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Middle Level Teachers' Perceptions of Interim Reading Assessments: An Exploratory Study of Data-based Decision Making

Abstract This study explored the data-based decision making of 12 teachers in grades 6–8 who were asked about their perceptions and use of three required interim measures of reading performance: oral reading...
Author: Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
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An Investigation of the Concerns of Fifth Graders Transitioning to Middle School

Abstract Entering middle school can cause apprehension for young adolescents who face many cognitive, physical, social, and emotional changes. A quantitative, descriptive study was designed to identify and explain...
Author: Gahan Bailey, Rebecca M. Giles, Sylvia E. Rogers
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A Mixed Methods Study of the Relationship between Student Perceptions of Teacher-Student Interactions and Motivation in Middle Level Science

Abstract This mixed-methods study examined the relationship between middle level science students' perceptions of teacher-student interactions and students’ science motivation, particulary their efficacy,...
Author: Julie B. Smart, Ph.D.
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Interim Testing, Socio-Economic Status, and the Odds of Passing Grade 8 State Tests in New Jersey

Abstract A review of the literature pertaining to the effect and influence of commercially-prepared interim assessments in mathematics and language arts literacy reveals a lack of quantitative data to determine the...
Author: Gerard Babo, Christopher H. Tienken, Maria A. Gencarelli
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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Motivation: Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences

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A basic educational principle is that no matter how well teachers design their instruction, students who refuse to engage can ensure the teachers' instruction will come to naught. This simple truth leads teachers on a...
Author: Bruce Henderson, David Strahan
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Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

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Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, 10- to 15-year-olds, experience...
Author: Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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The Impact of Negative Life Events on Young Adolescents: Comparing the Relative Vulnerability of Middle Level, High School, and College-Age Students

Abstract Early adolescence represents a particularly vulnerable period of development during which young people are susceptible to establishing lifelong behavior patterns associated with poor life, health, and...
Author: Michael J. Mann, Alfgeir L. Kristjansson, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Megan L. Smith
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Coaching Teacher Dispositions

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We know that educators who "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them" are a key component to middle level students' success (AMLE, 2010, p. 15). Middle level teachers must have the appropriate knowledge,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Jennifer Roberts
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The Role of Responsive Teacher Practices in Supporting Academic Motivation at the Middle Level

Abstract The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to investigate the ways teachers support young adolescents’ academic motivation in one large, urban, ethnically diverse middle school. Data...
Author: Sarah M. Kiefer, Ph.D., Cheryl Ellerbrock, Ph.D., Kathleen Alley, Ph.D.
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