Date of Award

12-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Education, Leadership and Public Service

Program

Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor/Chairperson

Derek Anderson

Second Advisor

Joseph Lubig

Third Advisor

Cale Polkinghorne

Abstract

The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine the impact moving seventh-grade students from two-person to four-person teams had on students’ attitudes and beliefs towards school. The review of literature provided the reader a brief analysis of the history of the middle school philosophy and teaming, recommendations for schools to address the unique needs of early adolescents, a review of key literature regarding middle level programing and structure, and a discussion highlighting the importance and impact of smaller learning communities. Two main theories makeup the framework for this report: Social Cognitive Theory and Human Relations Theory. The research findings are intended to advance the knowledge of leadership and practice for educational practitioners working with adolescents, specifically as it pertains to the concept of teaming within middle schools. The results of the study followed four general themes: students’ relationships with their teachers; students’ relationships with their classmates; students’ feelings towards themselves; and students’ feelings towards the team