Current Research in Middle school education

Precipitates of power within a middle school culture of success
Daniel Phillip Dickens, 2010
This dissertation explores how students, teachers, classified personnel, and administrators articulate definitions of success. Data collection occurred at a middle school and included individual an...
The Effect of Parental Involvement on Mathematics Achievement of African American Middle School Students
Sandra Marie Dobbins Powell, 2010
Some African American students in urban schools are significantly underachieving in mathematics. Math proficiency among African American students in one eastern U.S. school is low. The purpose of t...
The influence of a morphology intervention on fluency in adolescents
Traci Fellers Seils, 2010
Fluent reading enables readers to focus on gaining meaning from what is read. This crucial facet of reading is often neglected instruction in elementary and is nearly non-existent in middle and hig...
An investigation of California middle-grades teachers' knowledge of early adolescent development
Melina R. Johnson, 2010
Proponents of specialized middle-grades teacher preparation believe that knowledge of early adolescent development is needed to teach young adolescents; however, preparation programs that focus on ...
Establishing collaborative best practices of middle school data teams
Brooks Thomas, 2010
The trend in education toward data-driven decision making resulted in one Midwestern school district initiating district wide data teams composed of 1,400 certified educators. The goal of the data ...
A case study of Hispanic middle school students in an ESL classroom: Discourses in academic reading instruction
Horace Andrews, 2010
This case study examined student teacher interaction that took place in one ESL middle school classroom with 29 Latino/a students learning to read in English. Observations in classrooms and intervi...
Online reading comprehension among seventh grade students with high incidence disabilities in inclusive settings: A mixed methods study
Katherine R. Robbins, 2010
Because research exploring how students with disabilities read and comprehend on the Internet is scarce, a mixed methods study was implemented to determine if Internet Reciprocal Teaching (IRT) is ...
A systemic examination of the introduction of an outdoor learning-based science curriculum to students, their teacher, and the school principal
Molly Louis Yunker, 2010
The outdoor environment has been under-utilized as a legitimate setting for learning within the formal school context, resulting in few examples of curriculum materials that integrate the indoors a...
Tracking Students' Understanding of the Particle Nature of Matter
Joi DeShawn Merritt, 2010
One reason students find it difficult to learn the particle model of matter is that traditional curriculum materials present concepts to students without helping them to develop these ideas. The ; ...
The influence of conflict resolution programs on student conduct violations in middle schools with a school uniform policy
Edward C. Breitenbach, 2010
School safety is a very important issue for school staff, parents, and students. When school safety is lacking, students suffer in emotional, academic, and social areas. One recent intervention mid...
The sound of silence: Educators managing and reproducing heteronormativity in middle schools
Julia I. Heffernan, 2010
Recent national studies indicate that well over three quarters of sexual and gender identity minority high school students are subjected to verbal and physical violence related to their gender iden...
Teacher and student evaluations on the use of digital courseware and computerized assessment for adolescent reading comprehension intervention
Susan Chapin, 2010
Currently, the use of computer technology, specifically digital courseware, for the assessment and intervention of adolescent reading comprehension problems is a growing trend in public schools. Ho...
Middle school deaf students' problem-solving behaviors and strategy use
ChongMin Lee, 2010
The purpose of this research is to describe and understand the ways in which deaf middle school students understood and solved compare word problems, and to examine their overall strategy use in le...
Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Middle School Science Education
Jennifer L. Esswein, 2010
The research objectives addressed in this dissertation include: the measurement of the effects of an inquiry-based middle school science professional development program on teachers, the developmen...
Extended Learning Time and the Academic Performance Outcomes for Participating At-Risk Middle School Students
Robin Marie Lee-Myricks, 2010
The amount of time scheduled for instruction is the one factor that has remained constant for decades in the American school system. These archaic time restrictions may impede educators from adequa...
School Culture and Performance at Different Middle Level Structures
Martin Omar Gomez, 2010
American educators and researchers have spent decades attempting to determine the most effective middle level school configuration. Although various models have been conceptualized in order to res...
Instruction of Reading Comprehension Strategies in Literature Textbooks
Joletta Crooks Falknor, 2010
ABSTRACT The textbook holds the potential to serve as an instructional resource, to provide directives on how to effectively teach reading comprehension strategies. In this capacity, the textbook ...
Relationship of robotic implementation on changes in middle school students' beliefs and interest toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Stephen H. Whitehead, 2010
This quantitative study evaluates the impact of using robotics as a content organizer to teach a mathematic concept between math and technology education classes in a middle school of the students ...
Attaining and sustaining school success: Examining winning Blue Ribbon elementary and middle schools in Georgia
Ellen L. Porter-Levert, 2010
This study investigated principal's perceptions of factors that may impact the ability of Blue Ribbon School (BRS) administrators to sustain adequate yearly progress (AYP) status after their nomina...
The next generation of teachers: A phenomenological study of brain-based professional development for the new middle school teacher
Christopher A. Walsh, 2010
A phenomenological study investigated the affect of participating in a sustained brain-based professional development program for new teachers. The MILES (Metacognitive Initiative for Learning and ...