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Influences Of Native American High School Students' Financial Knowledge And Behavior, Lorna Saboe-wounded Head 2010 Iowa State University

Influences Of Native American High School Students' Financial Knowledge And Behavior, Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study was to identify the relationship between culture, family socioeconomic status and community infrastructure to financial knowledge and behavior of Native American high school students in Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota. A secondary analysis of survey data gathered in the 2008 Oweesta Jump$tart Study was analyzed by conducting an ANOVA comparison of means. The National Jump$tart survey was administered at high schools with a high population of Native American students in Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota. In the original study, questions were added to the survey instrument to collect demographic data ...


Exploration Of The Meaning Of Sustainability In Textiles And Apparel Discipline And Prospects For Curriculum Enhancement, Anupama Pasricha 2010 Iowa State University

Exploration Of The Meaning Of Sustainability In Textiles And Apparel Discipline And Prospects For Curriculum Enhancement, Anupama Pasricha

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Sustainability is gaining importance because of heightened ecological challenges. The UN declared 2005-2014 as the decade of sustainable development encouraging educational institutions at all levels to nurture ecologically literate individuals. An ecologically literate person has the knowledge necessary to comprehend interrelatedness among individuals, society and nature, an attitude of care or stewardship, and the practical competence required to act on the basis of knowledge and feelings.

This study focuses on developing an understanding of the definition of the term sustainability, and expectations related to sustainability for education in the discipline of textiles and apparel. Focus group interviews with college students ...


Parental Perceptions Of Touch Between Parents And Infants In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Crystal Y. Whittington 2010 Iowa State University

Parental Perceptions Of Touch Between Parents And Infants In The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Crystal Y. Whittington

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the role of touch in the parental experience of having an infant in the NICU. Using a narrative analysis methodology, the researcher interviewed six parents who currently had infants in the NICU. Both mothers and one father were interviewed. Infant ages ranged from 24-28 weeks gestation and all infants were admitted within two weeks of the interviews. Four nurses were also interviewed to gain deeper understanding of their perceptions of parents and parental experiences of touching preterm infants. Overarching themes that emerged from the parent interviews were the phenomenon of touch ...


E-Learning: Investigating Students' Acceptance Of Online Learning In Hospitality Programs., Sung Mi Song 2010 Iowa State University

E-Learning: Investigating Students' Acceptance Of Online Learning In Hospitality Programs., Sung Mi Song

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Students' perceptions and satisfaction with online learning courses have drawn a lot of attention from educational practitioners and researchers. However, an empirical study of perception and satisfaction with online learning is yet to be found in the hospitality area. Thus, this study addresses gaps in previous studies.

This study was conducted with the participation of hospitality programs at six universities in the states of Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. A web-based survey was developed to understand students' perceptions and satisfaction with online learning classes in hospitality. Perceived infrastructure quality (1PSQ) reflects students' experiences or perceived performance of the functional ...


The Effect Of A Planned Instructional Program On The Empathy Levels Of Registered Nurses At A Metropolitan Hospital In Southern Louisiana, Deborah K. Charnley 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

The Effect Of A Planned Instructional Program On The Empathy Levels Of Registered Nurses At A Metropolitan Hospital In Southern Louisiana, Deborah K. Charnley

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The professional nurse’s role focuses on two distinct provisions of expert care involving the science and art of caring for patients. Nurses must attain and maintain a high level of scientific, clinical expertise. In addition, nurses must continuously seek to understand, relate to and connect with the patients with whom they work whether it is at the hospital bedside or in other arenas where healthcare services are provided. The nurse plays a critical role in supporting patients through their most vulnerable times by empathizing and understanding where they are and where they want and need to be from a ...


The Influence Of Self-Esteem And Selected Demographic Characteristics On The Academic Achievement Of Freshman Students In The College Of Agriculture At A Research-Extensive University, Mae Blanchard Gaspard 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

The Influence Of Self-Esteem And Selected Demographic Characteristics On The Academic Achievement Of Freshman Students In The College Of Agriculture At A Research-Extensive University, Mae Blanchard Gaspard

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between self-esteem and academic achievement among students at the freshman level in the College of Agriculture at a Research-Extensive University in the Southern Region of the United States. The sample of the study was all students at one selected Research-Extensive University enrolled in the Introduction to Agriculture course which was a requirement for agriculture students at the freshman level. Three instruments were used for data collection. The Adult Form of the Coopersmith Inventory was administered at two data collection points at the beginning and end of the ...


Organizational Paths: History, Process And Ireland’S Industrial Development Authority, Paul Donnelly 2010 Dublin Institute of Technology

Organizational Paths: History, Process And Ireland’S Industrial Development Authority, Paul Donnelly

Conference papers

Taking issue with the largely ahistorical and aprocessual character of much organizational theorizing, and following calls for ‘building path-oriented organization research on a rigorous path theory’ (Sydow, Schreyögg and Koch, 2005: 2), I argue for knowing the organizational as an ongoing process. Through the contributions of path dependence theory, and with Ireland’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) as empirical focus, this paper will also seek to address: the historicity and evolution of the organizational; the role of initial, external conditions on the emergence and subsequent development of the organizational; the dynamics of path building and the development of path dependency ...


The Village Voice: Masculine Identity Construction Within An Interpretive Community, Deirdre Duffy 2010 Dublin Institute of Technology

The Village Voice: Masculine Identity Construction Within An Interpretive Community, Deirdre Duffy

Conference papers

This paper looks at how young Irish men construct their masculine self/identity/body keeping in mind the mediated world within which they find themselves, and considering their own more immediate social surroundings and influences, that is to say, their interpretive community. The research paper combines Foucault’s later writings on technologies of the self with literary theory, using critics such as Stanley Fish (1980) and his work on ‘Interpretive Communities’ to inform the study.


Consuming At The Centre Of No-Where: Tweens And The Mediating Of Liminal Selves Through Metaconsumption, Kevina Cody 2010 Dublin Institute of Technology

Consuming At The Centre Of No-Where: Tweens And The Mediating Of Liminal Selves Through Metaconsumption, Kevina Cody

Conference papers

Despite the fact that ‘a consumer culture of childhood stands as a ubiquitous fixture in public life’ (Cook, 2004: p1), there are few theoretical accounts of young people’s specific negotiations and ‘styles of agency’ (James and Prout, 1996: p47) as they mediate the intricacies of their lived experiences and social contexts within contemporary consumer culture. Within the realm of children’s consumer culture theorists, Martens et al (2004: p161) contend that ‘relatively little is known about how children engage in practices of consumption or what the significance of this is to their everyday lives and broader issues of social ...


Exploring Antecedents Of Consumer Resistance Towards Microgeneration Technologies In Ireland, Marius Claudy, Aidan O'Driscoll, Rosanna Garcia, Michael Mullen 2010 Dublin Institute of Technology

Exploring Antecedents Of Consumer Resistance Towards Microgeneration Technologies In Ireland, Marius Claudy, Aidan O'Driscoll, Rosanna Garcia, Michael Mullen

Conference papers

The diffusion of microgeneration technologies like micro wind turbines provides great potential to reduce CO2 emissions, ease fossil fuel dependency and stabilize energy costs. The uptake of microgeneration technologies among home owners, however, remains low and they are often referred to as resistant innovations. Consumer resistance to innovations is a generally under-researched area and empirical evidence is scarce. The research presented in this study is based on a large scale study around micro wind turbines, which was conducted with home owners in the Republic of Ireland in 2009. The contribution of this study is twofold. Building on recent advances in ...


The Effect Of The Enneagram On Psychological Well-Being And Unconditional Self-Acceptance Of Young Adults, Jeanne Godin 2010 Iowa State University

The Effect Of The Enneagram On Psychological Well-Being And Unconditional Self-Acceptance Of Young Adults, Jeanne Godin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This quasi-experimental study investigated whether the knowledge of the Enneagram system affects unconditional self-acceptance and psychological well-being of university students who have been attending university for at least a year. It also measured the correlation between the total scores on the psychological well-being instrument and unconditional self-acceptance questionnaire. A two-group design was employed, wherein a control and an experimental group completed a pre- and two post-tests on psychological well-being and unconditional self-acceptance. The randomly selected experimental group received three weekly educational sessions on the Enneagram system.

Results show that the knowledge of the Enneagram personality system does not have a ...


Efficient Techniques For Partitioning Software Development Tasks, Samyukta Soothram 2010 Iowa State University

Efficient Techniques For Partitioning Software Development Tasks, Samyukta Soothram

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research examines the problem of assigning software development tasks to teams. The goal of this study is to model the most efficient way of module assignments in order to reduce the communication and coordination delays among software teams that arise from the improper distribution of software modules. The study quantifies the module interactions using software coupling design measure and models these interactions using Linear Programming and Cluster Analysis techniques. The performance of the two techniques is evaluated to find the one that offers the most favorable set of module assignments that can be used by software practitioners in the ...


Men's Consumption Of Fitness And Exercise: An Exploration Of Motivations For Exercise And Fitness Involvement, Melissa Lynne Jakubauskas 2010 Iowa State University

Men's Consumption Of Fitness And Exercise: An Exploration Of Motivations For Exercise And Fitness Involvement, Melissa Lynne Jakubauskas

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Individuals in the U.S. have become increasingly involved in fitness and exercise within the last decade. As health of Americans decreases due to unhealthy diets and stresses of family and career coupled with society's obsession with attractiveness and physical appearance, more individuals are turning to exercise and fitness to get healthy and enhance the physical appearance of the body (Bordo, 1999). Men, in particular, have increasingly become a target for the fitness industry as more and more men spend money on fitness, diet and appearance products (Dworkin & Wachs, 2009). The purpose of this research was to understand men ...


Outcomes Of Student Participation In Apparel Construction/Sewing Laboratory Classes In Southern California Community Colleges, Diane Lewis-goldstein 2010 Iowa State University

Outcomes Of Student Participation In Apparel Construction/Sewing Laboratory Classes In Southern California Community Colleges, Diane Lewis-Goldstein

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This exploratory study was an attempt to understand the types of affective learning. The study focused on beginning students who were enrolled in apparel construction/sewing laboratory in community colleges within Los Angeles and Ventura counties during the spring of 2009 (n = 155). The primary purpose of the study was to develop scales that would measure the multiple levels of the affective domain and perceived self-efficacy of student participation in class. The relationships among the scales were investigated. Other scales were developed to measure related variables such as how comfortable students felt participating in class, the students' sense of community ...


Training Methods And Topics For Hospitality Employees With Disabilities: Managers' Attitudes And Perceived Knowledge, Paola Paez 2010 Iowa State University

Training Methods And Topics For Hospitality Employees With Disabilities: Managers' Attitudes And Perceived Knowledge, Paola Paez

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

People with disabilities are a viable segment of the population from which hospitality managers can hire employees. Once hired, hospitality managers must assure adequate training for all employees; training is an important human resource management function that can increase productivity in any organization. This study aimed to assess current training topics and methods used with employees with disabilities, as well as managers' knowledge and attitudes about people with disabilities, in hotels, restaurants, and school foodservice operations in the United States. Interviews and questionnaires were used for data collection.

For the questionnaire, a total of 1,199 managers and foodservice authorities ...


The Impact Of Nutrition And Health Education Intervention On Kindergarten Students' Nutrition And Exercise Knowledge, Nina Louise Roofe 2010 Iowa State University

The Impact Of Nutrition And Health Education Intervention On Kindergarten Students' Nutrition And Exercise Knowledge, Nina Louise Roofe

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Quasi-experimental research was conducted with kindergarten students at two Southern state elementary schools to compare the changes in nutrition knowledge, food intake, physical activity behavior, and body mass index among elementary-age students and parents who participated in a nutrition education program with those who did not participate in the program. Permission and assent was obtained from 156 parents and kindergarten students (treatment n = 79, control n = 77) out of 205 total kindergarten students (76% response rate). A mixed between-within ANOVA was used to compare the children's knowledge change over time (repeated measures), the parent's Family Nutrition and Physical ...


Local Foods Movement In The Iowa Catering Industry, Amy Lynn Casselman 2010 Iowa State University

Local Foods Movement In The Iowa Catering Industry, Amy Lynn Casselman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Although past research has documented high interest in local foods procurement by many types of foodservice operations, perspectives from catering foodservices haven't been reported. Catering functions in a different fashion than other foodservices with inconsistent amounts of food purchased due to fluctuations in business. This project assessed commercial caterers' attitudes toward and purchasing habits of local foods, as well as their perceptions of desired supplier characteristics. A database was compiled for three sectors (stand-alone, restaurant-affiliated, and grocer-affiliated) of the catering foodservice industry in five metro areas in Iowa. Data collection involved three phases, using mail surveys and interviews. Data ...


Adolescents' Cyberconnections: Identity Definition And Intimacy Disclosure On A Social Networking Site, Zayira Jordan 2010 Iowa State University

Adolescents' Cyberconnections: Identity Definition And Intimacy Disclosure On A Social Networking Site, Zayira Jordan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study investigates the relationship between the disclosure of intimate information by adolescents aged 18-21 through Facebook and the developmental stage they are in as per Erikson's (1968) psychosocial development theory. A meta analysis of the literature on presence and computer mediated communication supports the contention that mediated presence may help increase disclosure of intimacy online. Erickson's tenets also contribute to an understanding of identity definition processes as given in a social context that benefits from disclosure of intimacy. Given popular media's negative coverage of adolescents' internet indiscretions, this study proposes a framework for understanding the Net ...


Expanding Social Justice Knowledge With Sweatshop History, Ashley Ratute 2010 Iowa State University

Expanding Social Justice Knowledge With Sweatshop History, Ashley Ratute

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to provide examples of undergraduate textiles and clothing lesson plans that incorporate social justice into the course curriculum. Specifically, the researcher examined three periods of sweatshop conditions in the United States ready-to-wear apparel industry: 1880 to 1915, the 1930s, and the 1990s and developed corresponding lesson plans. The three periods were selected because they represented significant occurrences in the history of sweatshops in the United States, including disasters, legislation, and demonstrations held by unions, trade leagues, consumer advocacy groups, and the popular press media.


Hospital Foodservice Directors Identify The Important Aspects When Implementing Room Service In Hospital Foodservice, Zafirah Mohd Nor 2010 Iowa State University

Hospital Foodservice Directors Identify The Important Aspects When Implementing Room Service In Hospital Foodservice, Zafirah Mohd Nor

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Room service represents a revolution in hospital patient dining. More menu options, more flexibility in meal delivery, increased food quality, and more personalized service resulted in improved nutritional intake among patients receiving room service. The purpose of this study was to identify key aspects hospital foodservice directors (HFDs) considered when deciding to implement room service and determined the importance of each aspect.

A mixed methods study was conducted to address the objectives of this study. Responses from a key informant interview and HFDs on open-ended questions were utilized to develop a web questionnaire. A web questionnaire was e-mailed to 845 ...


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