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.

part I|2 pages

Introduction to the Volume

part II|2 pages

Visions and Frameworks for Quality and Equity in Middle Level Education

chapter 2|18 pages

Hope Is Work

12A Critical Vision for Middle Grades Education

chapter 6|25 pages

Exemplary Middle Level Education in Three Pacific Contexts

Hawai‘i, American Samoa, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands

part III|2 pages

Characteristics of Learners in Middle Level Education Communities

part IV|2 pages

Characteristics of Middle Level Education Learning Environments

part V|2 pages

Microcontexts of Middle Level Education Praxis

chapter 17|11 pages

Less Doing, More Being

A Conceptual Framework for Cultural Responsiveness in Middle Grades Education

chapter 18|21 pages

Starting with the Students

An Assets-Based Model to Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics

chapter 19|10 pages

Place-Based Education in Middle Level Education

Bringing in and Contributing to the Local Context

chapter 20|12 pages

Making the Shift

Consciously Preparing Clinically-Minded Middle Grades Teacher Educators

part VI|2 pages

Macrocontexts of Middle Level Education Policy and Praxis

chapter 22|13 pages

Reforming Middle Years’ Education in Australia

305Challenges, Implications, and Opportunities

chapter 23|13 pages

Engaging Middle Yearsʼ Learners

An Australian Perspective, 1990–2018

chapter 25|14 pages

Middle Level Social Studies Education in Turkey

A Window to Citizenship Education

chapter 26|10 pages

Measuring What Matters

Rethinking Middle Grades Accountability Systems in the Era of the Every Student Succeeds Act

chapter 27|14 pages

Hidden in the Middle

The State of Homelessness in Middle Level Education

part VII|2 pages

Future Directions

chapter 28|14 pages

Looking Back to Move Forward

382An Historical Analysis of Educating the Young Adolescent in the United States