The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe
middle level prepared teachers’ perceptions of
their practices after completing an Ohio Middle
Childhood: Grades 4–9 teacher education program.
Using the National Middle School Association/
National Council of Accreditation of Teacher
Education Initial Level Teacher Preparation Standards
(2001) as the organizing framework for the interview
protocols, the researchers interviewed middle level
teachers, their administrator, and their students.
The researchers in this study wanted to explore
the perceptions of teachers in their implementation
and understandings of the middle school concept
as articulated in the teacher education program,
even if the middle level schools in which they were
employed did not fully implement practices consistent
with these middle level practices. The findings that
emerged from these analyses provide insights for
middle level teacher educators about how middle level
teachers construct a philosophy arising out of middle
level ideals and, therefore, how they implement their
understandings with young adolescents.
Published in Research in Middle Level Education Online, 2013