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International Handbook of Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy

Edited By

David C. Virtue

ISBN 9780815358626
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
420 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The International Handbook of Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy is a landmark resource for researchers, graduate students, policy makers, and practitioners who work in middle level education and associated fields of study. The volume provides an overview of the current state of middle level education theory, research, and policy; offers analysis and critique of the extant literature in the field; and maps new directions for research and theory development in middle level education. The handbook meets a pressing need in the field for a resource that is comprehensive in its treatment of middle level research and international in scope.

Chapter authors provide rationales for middle level education research and definitions of the field; discuss philosophical approaches and underpinnings for middle level education research; describe and critique frameworks for quality in middle level education; review research about young adolescent learners, middle level school programming, and educator preparation; and analyze public policies affecting middle level education at national, regional, and local levels.

Table of Contents

SECTION I: Introduction to the Volume

1. Capturing a Moment in Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy

[David C. Virtue]

SECTION II: Visions and Frameworks for Quality and Equity in Middle Level Education

2. Hope is Work: A Critical Vision for Middle Grades Education

[Susan Y. Leonard and P. Gayle Andrews]

3. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in U.S. Middle Level Schools

[Robin Dever]

4. Democratic Living and Learning as a Signature Pedagogy for Middle Level Teacher


[Karynne L. M. Kleine, Joanne L. Previts, Nancy B. Mizelle]

5. A Framework for Classroom Caring that Challenges the Eurocratic Norm in Middle Level Schools and Classrooms

[Toni M. Williams and Susi Long]

6. Exemplary Middle Level Education in Three Pacific Contexts: Hawai‘i, American Samoa and the Republic of the Marshall Islands

[Paul D. Deering, Deborah K. Zuercher, Kezia M. Curry, and Sabrina Suluai-Mahuka]

SECTION III: Characteristics of Learners in Middle Level Education Communities

7. Understanding Young Adolescents Through the Intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, and Educational Pedagogy

[Erika Daniels]

8. Using a Cognitive Apprenticeship Approach to Prepare Middle Grades Students for the Cognitive Demands of the 21st Century

[Victoria Cardullo]

9. The Effects of Contemporary Technology on Young Adolescents’ Socioemotional Behaviors and Learning

[Priya M. Poehner and Dave F. Brown]

10. Engaging and Supporting Boys through the Middle Years: A Perspective from Australia

[Craig M. McFarlane]

11. The Need to Teach Responsive Dispositions in Middle Level Teacher Preparation

[Holly J. Thornton]

SECTION IV: Characteristics of Middle Level Education Learning Environments

12. Supporting Young Adolescent Motivation in School through an Adolescent-centered Community of Care

[Sarah M. Kiefer and Cheryl R. Ellerbrock]

13. Classroom Behavior Management in Middle Level Education: A Self-regulatory Approach to Empower Teachers and Adolescent Learners

[Karen L. Peel]

14. It’s a Human Right! Young Adolescents Need to Play in the Middle Grades

[Bea Bailey]

15. Creativity and Non-Traditional Approaches for Middle-Level Music Education

[Robert L. Lyda, Jane M. Kuehne, and Shane E. Colquhoun]

16. Continuing Professional Development and Middle Years Teachers: What the Literature Tells Us

[Katherine Main and Donna Pendergast]

SECTION V: Microcontexts of Middle Level Education Praxis

17. Less Doing, More Being: A Conceptual Framework for Culturally Responsiveness in Middle Grades Education

[Kimberly J. Stormer, Cory T. Brown, and Pamela Correll]

18. Starting with the Students: An Assets-based Model to Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics

[Torrey Kulow and Micki M. Caskey]

19. Place-based Education in Middle Level Education: Bringing in and Contributing to the Local Context

[Matthew J. Irvin, Jennifer Harrist, Dodie Limberg, George Roy, and Gina Kunz]

20. Making the Shift: Consciously Preparing Clinically-Minded Middle Grades Teacher Educators

[Melissa Baker, Janna Dresden, Ashley Nylin, and Kathy Thompson]

21. Middle Grades Ethnographies in Theory and Practice

[Boni Wozolek and Walter S. Gershon]

SECTION VI: Macrocontexts of Middle Level Education Policy and Praxis

22. Reforming Middle Years’ Education in Australia: Challenges, Implications and Opportunities

[Rebecca Seward-Linger]

23. Engaging Middle Years’ Learners: An Australian Perspective, 1990-2018

[Rachel Flenley, Julie McLeod, and Russell Cross]

24. Humanities-Forward Developments in Norwegian Middle Grades English Education

[Jessica Allen Hanssen and Maja Henriette Jensvoll]

25. Middle Level Social Studies Education in Turkey: A Window to Citizenship Education

[Zafer İbrahimoğlu]

26. Measuring What Matters: Rethinking Middle Grades Accountability Systems in the Era of the Every Student Succeeds Act

[Steven L. Turner]

27. Hidden in the Middle: The State of Homelessness in Middle Level Education

[Matthew J. Moulton]

SECTION VII: Future Directions

28. Looking Back to Move Forward: An Historical Analysis of Educating the Young Adolescent in the United States

[Shawn A. Faulkner, Chris M. Cook, and Penny B. Howell]

29. Maturation of Scholarship in Middle Level Education

[David C. Virtue]


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David C. Virtue is Professor and Department Head of the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Auburn University. His areas of scholarly interest include social studies instruction, comparative and international education, and middle level teacher education and certification policy.