Search results for: Middle school students
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This article aims to share preservice teachers’ responses to the iPad initiative. In order to model technology integration, teacher educators at a small university in Texas implemented a one-to-one iPad initiative in a summer-camp setting. The findings will show student-centered interaction with the summer-camp participants, and technology integration, in an effort to prepare teachers for the 21st-century classroom.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2015
This article describes a 3-year qualitative study on a English language arts teacher preparation approach that places middle school students at the center and interweaves various technologies into the study of The Outsiders. Using the ever-popular young adult novel, The Outsiders, as a nexus of literature study and an integration of technology and music, the authors created The Outsiders Project. For three years the authors produced, directed, studied, and analyzed The Outsiders Project (TOP) to determine the impact of these experiences on their preservice teachers and to examine what they learned from the middle school students. The findings reveal that the preservice teachers were very surprised to discover that the middle school students really did want to learn. Another lesson the preservice teachers reported they learned about middle school students was that all students can contribute.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2014
Students’ Interest in Social Studies and Negotiation Self-Efficacy: A Meta-Analysis of the GlobalEd Project
This meta-analysis study summarizes the effects of the GlobalEd Project on middle and high school students’ interest in social studies and negotiation self-efficacy. Meta-analytic evidence supports statistically significant increases in students’ interest in social studies for both middle and high school students and negotiation self-efficacy for high school students only as a result of participating in GlobalEd. Results demonstrated different effects of the intervention on middle and high school students, indicating greater increases for high school students.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2013
To Me It’s Like Having a Kid, Kind Of: Analysis of Student Reflections in a Developmental Mentoring Program
The authors explore the experiences of sixth grade students who participated in the Chapel Buddy program. This program pairs sixth graders with kindergarten students in order to ease the transition to kindergarten and middle school. The findings indicated that the students’ understanding of the mentoring role evolved and matured over the course of the year. Results also indicated that the ability to form an effective relationship with their mentees was the primary factor that influenced the value and satisfaction of the mentors’ experience.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2013
Practicing What We Teach: A Self-Study in Implementing an Inquiry-Based Curriculum in a Middle Grades Classroom
This article describes the self study of Charles, a science teacher educator returned to teaching adolescents in a public school located in a rural area in the southeastern United States. The authors examined his beliefs and his abilities in practice by gaining first-hand, experiential knowledge through his efforts to implement a reform-based curriculum. The authors conclude that teachers must seek creative and varied ways for their students to learn science via relevant experiences that connect to student interests, utilizing more open forms of inquiry where appropriate.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2012
The current paper describes the development and validation of the Student Tool for Technology Literacy (ST2L).The ST2L was designed to be a flexible tool for the assessment of student technology literacy in order to support the integration of technology into the curriculum and students' daily learning experiences. ST2L was found to be a sound assessment tool for the intended purpose of low-stakes assessment of technology literacy.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2011
Meeting the Needs of Middle Grade Science Learners Through Pedagogical and Technological Intervention
The goal of this study was to examine the effects of inserting laptops and science technology tools in middle school environments. Working together with a local university, middle school science teachers wrote and aligned curricula, explored relevant science education literature, and prepared evaluation measures for their year-long implementation of laptops, probeware, and other scientific hardware and software. The findings revealed differences in student achievement, responses to pedagogy, and effectiveness of tools implemented by teachers over the course of the year.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
This article describes a study in which eighth grade students in one school learned to create multimedia mini-documentaries in a six-week history unit on early 19th-century U.S. history. The authors examined the relative benefits for students who participated in a technology-assisted project-based learning experience. The authors also contrasted the students’ experiences to those of students who received a more traditional form of instruction. Results from content knowledge measures showed significant gains for students in the project-based learning condition as compared to students in the comparison school.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
This study examined the effects of students' characteristics (gender, age, and first-language spoken at home) on their perceptions about problem-based learning (PBL). The study revealed that students from the fifth, sixth and seventh grades perceived PBL in a positive way but there were significant differences between the grades.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2009
The Effectiveness of Volunteer Tutoring Programs for Elementary and Middle School Students: A Meta-Analysis
This meta-analysis assesses the effectiveness of volunteer tutoring programs for improving the academic skills of students enrolled in public schools Grades K-8 in the United States. It also further examines for whom and under what conditions tutoring can be effective. The authors found 21 studies to guide them in assessing the effectiveness of volunteer tutoring programs.Overall, the authors found volunteer tutoring has a positive effect on student achievement.
Updated: May. 18, 2009