Helping Students Transition to Middle School

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the types of social psychological interventions in education and their effectiveness.
  2. understand the social and academic challenges associated with making the transition to middle school.
  3. describe the results of a study of an attributional intervention aimed at improving outcomes during the transition to middle school.


How effective are attributional interventions in education, like growth mindset, when used as universal interventions? We will provide results of a study of one such intervention that was not successful in shifting attributions or impacting motivation, social belonging, and achievement but may have been successful in improving achievement for a local minority population. We will compare these results to several meta-analyses. Practitioners will learn how best to implement attributional interventions in a school setting.



Gordon Hall, Mifflin County School District


James C. DiPerna


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