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Why Do Undergraduate Women Persist As Stem Majors? A Study At Twotechnological Universities, Ronald Brandt 2014 Seton Hall University

Why Do Undergraduate Women Persist As Stem Majors? A Study At Twotechnological Universities, Ronald Brandt

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields despite significant policy efforts to increase the number of qualified women. Prior research focused on access for women into advanced high school mathematics and science courses. Parity has been achieved in academic prerequisites for STEM studies in higher education, yet the number of women majoring in STEM has remained static. Recent research has focused on the socio-cultural obstacles that women face, including a lower self-confidence in their abilities, bias and gender stereotypes.

A survey was undertaken to examine the self-confidence, opinions and backgrounds of female students persisting as STEM majors at two ...


“What The Hell Is Revise?”: Student Approaches To Coursework In Developmental English At One Urban-Serving Community College, Stefan A. Perun 2014 Seton Hall University

“What The Hell Is Revise?”: Student Approaches To Coursework In Developmental English At One Urban-Serving Community College, Stefan A. Perun

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

The primary objective of this dissertation was to help illuminate why most students who enroll in developmental English at community colleges never make it to a college-level course. The extant literature suggests that students’ learning experiences in a course largely account for success or failure, yet few studies have uncovered how students experience content and pedagogy in developmental English at community colleges, and how these experiences shape students’ success or failure in their course. To remedy this gap, I conducted a semester-long, classroom level, qualitative study of three sections of developmental English at one community college. I primarily relied upon ...


Exploring The Factors That Influence And Motivate Female Students To Enroll And Persist In Collegiate Stem Degree Programs: A Mixed Methods Study, Rosemary L. Edzie 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Exploring The Factors That Influence And Motivate Female Students To Enroll And Persist In Collegiate Stem Degree Programs: A Mixed Methods Study, Rosemary L. Edzie

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Nationally, the need for an increase in interest, enrollment, and degrees awarded from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs continues to suffer. While students are enrolling in collegiate STEM degree programs, it is not occurring at a rate that meets the workforce demand. In addition to the concern that there is not a sufficient amount of collegiate STEM majors, there is a concern over too few females enrolling and persisting in collegiate STEM degree programs.

This mixed methods sequential exploratory research study considered the factors that influence and motivate undergraduate female students to enroll and persist in collegiate ...


Promoting Social And Academic Attainment Through Emotional And Social Skills Development, Aiden Carthy, Sinead McGilloway 2014 Dublin Institute of Technology

Promoting Social And Academic Attainment Through Emotional And Social Skills Development, Aiden Carthy, Sinead Mcgilloway

Conference Papers

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Understanding The Importance Of English Education In South Korea And Exploring The Reasons Why South Korean Students Come To A University In The Midwest, Jaekeun Cho 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Understanding The Importance Of English Education In South Korea And Exploring The Reasons Why South Korean Students Come To A University In The Midwest, Jaekeun Cho

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions held by South Korean students who study at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) of the benefits and values of studying English language. Furthermore, the researcher found what kinds of challenges Korean students encounter both before they come to UNK and after they come to UNK. A sample of UNK Korean students (30 interviewees) was chosen. The researcher used the stratified sampling technique and the semi-structure interviews to collect the data.

This study found the following results: (a) South Korean students significantly focus on achieving a high level of ...


Building Meaningful Relationships And Enhancing Teacher Efficacy: A Study Of The Quality Of The Leader Follower Relationship And Its Impact On Teacher Efficacy, Amy Sallee 2014 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Building Meaningful Relationships And Enhancing Teacher Efficacy: A Study Of The Quality Of The Leader Follower Relationship And Its Impact On Teacher Efficacy, Amy Sallee

Theses and Dissertations

This mixed methods study sought to quantitatively assess any correlational relationship between the independent variable (principal-teacher relationship) and the dependent variable (teacher efficacy), and it also sought to qualitatively identify and address themes in order to determine their relative strengths for describing how principals promote high-quality relationships and increase teacher efficacy. Relationships between leader-follower relationship and selected demographic variables were also explored. A total of 165 teachers from a rural school district in southwest Virginia participated in the study by responding to questions via an online questionnaire administered by Qualtrics. Teachers were asked to consider their relationship with only the ...


The Impact Of Faculty Perception Of Student Affairs Personnel On Collaborative Initiatives: A Case Study, Matthew Peltier 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The Impact Of Faculty Perception Of Student Affairs Personnel On Collaborative Initiatives: A Case Study, Matthew Peltier

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Sandeen (1991) and, later, Winston, Creamer, Miller, and Associates (2001) describe the primary role of student affairs personnel as being educators. They further identify collaboration between student affairs and the faculty to be a key way in which this educational role is to be accomplished. However, there exists bifurcated understanding of student development, with faculty being responsible for intellectual development and student affairs professionals being responsible for psychosocial development.

Much attention has been given to the relationship between academic and student affairs, the role of each, and the potential that collaboration between the two offers in the achievement of developmental ...


What Matters Most? Factors Influencing Choice Of A Student Affairs Master's Program, Stacy A. Dam 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

What Matters Most? Factors Influencing Choice Of A Student Affairs Master's Program, Stacy A. Dam

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Numerous studies exist on the undergraduate choice process. This has led to undergraduate models being applied to the graduate selection process even though there are known differences between groups. Graduate program enrollment is increasing, yet there is little research on what factors encourage prospective students to enroll in a particular master’s or doctoral program. This study seeks to add to the graduate program choice research for student affairs master’s programs. The sample population of this quantitative study was current master’s students who are members of the professional organization NASPA region IV-West and currently enrolled in a student ...


Naspa’S New Professionals Institute: Exploring The Personal And Professional Impact Of A Two-Day, Intensive Professional Development Experience, Ashley Stone 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Naspa’S New Professionals Institute: Exploring The Personal And Professional Impact Of A Two-Day, Intensive Professional Development Experience, Ashley Stone

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Professional development experiences, like professional development literature, are vast. While existing professional development literature discussed the needs for and barriers toward professional development as well as the benefits and types of professional development experiences, no research existed about NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s (NASPA) New Professionals Institute (NPI), an intensive, two-day leading professional development experience for student affairs professionals who have been in the field for less than five years. Therefore, I conducted a phenomenological qualitative study, which explored the meanings NASPA’s Region IV-West NPI participants made of their two-day professional development experience as well as ...


Developing A Sense Of Belonging For Commuter Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Eric S. Bloomquist 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Developing A Sense Of Belonging For Commuter Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Eric S. Bloomquist

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

In this mixed methods study, the researcher explored the experiences of commuter freshmen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln—a large, four-year, public institution. Specifically, he sought to better understand how commuter freshmen feel that they belong on their residential campus and what they report as their greatest needs in order to succeed. Using a quantitative survey returned from a sample of 92 students (n = 92), he found that a majority of the commuter freshmen did report feelings of belonging. Additionally, responses relating to feelings of not belonging were correlated with lower first-semester self-reported GPAs. In a follow-up Nominal Group Technique ...


Not Designed With Us In Mind: Exploring The Experiences And Needs Of Adult Learners At A Public Research University, Stephanie N. Meyer 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Not Designed With Us In Mind: Exploring The Experiences And Needs Of Adult Learners At A Public Research University, Stephanie N. Meyer

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Adult learners are a rapidly expanding student population, constituting more than 40 percent of college students today (Stokes, 2006). Research on adult learners has historically focused on their experiences within adult-centered institutions where they make up the majority student population. Although older students challenge the status quo of higher education, traditional institutions continue to dismiss their needs in the development of policies and practices. The structure of higher education is historically designed to serve youth and assumptions are often made about students that often overlook the needs, availability, and interests of adult learners. For many adult learners who prefer the ...


Making Their Own Way: The Experiences Of Gay Male Students In Stem Fields, Adam R. Smith 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Making Their Own Way: The Experiences Of Gay Male Students In Stem Fields, Adam R. Smith

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

This thesis focuses on the experiences of gay male undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These fields are often thought to be very masculine or hyper-genderized, which could conflict with the dominant culture’s perception of a gay student’s identity. It follows, then, that a hypergenderized environment could have negative effects on those who do not identify strongly with the hegemonic masculine identity that may be present in the classroom.

Using phenomenological principles, students were asked to participate in a series of three interviews, which included two reflective exercises designed to explore their experiences ...


Doctoral Program Specialists In The Big Ten Conference, Eva Burns Bachman 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Doctoral Program Specialists In The Big Ten Conference, Eva Burns Bachman

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

An increase in non-academic personnel in higher education institutions has led to the development of specialized roles for staff members. One of these roles is the doctoral program specialist.

The purpose of the study was to explore the role of doctoral program specialists in the universities of the Big Ten conference in the U.S.

The study focused on a) the work of doctoral program specialists; b) their relationships with members of the university community involved in graduate education; and c) how the administration and work expectations have changed during the past five years. Role theory provided the theoretical framework ...


Using Marketing Research And Positioning Techniques To Create Imc Campaigns For Private, Charter, Or Public Magnet Schools, John M. McGrath Ph.D. 2014 Kennesaw State University

Using Marketing Research And Positioning Techniques To Create Imc Campaigns For Private, Charter, Or Public Magnet Schools, John M. Mcgrath Ph.D.

Atlantic Marketing Journal

This article describes how two common tools of consumer marketers, marketing research and positioning analysis, were used to promote enrollment at a private elementary school that draws students from across district lines. The case study uses literature in the relevant fields to follow the process from the development, methodology, and results of the marketing research study to their inclusion in a positioning analysis and map of the school’s perceived strengths and weaknesses, to the final integrated marketing communications (IMC) campaign that resulted.


Structures And Relationships Between The Business Executive And Information Technology Executive At The University: A Mixed Methods Study, Angela K. Hollman 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Structures And Relationships Between The Business Executive And Information Technology Executive At The University: A Mixed Methods Study, Angela K. Hollman

Open Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

This study uses an explanatory mixed methods methodology to attempt to determine the reporting relationships between business and IT executives within the university. The study also explores IT and business executives thoughts on these relationships. Supporting research from organizational studies and business-IT alignmfent is combined in order to enhance the study. In the first quantitative phase, an exploratory factor analysis is used to determine organizational dimension factors while simple response and frequency analysis are used to model the top occurring organizational structures between IT and business executives. The second qualitative phase used semi-structured interviews with 12 random CIOs and CFOs ...


Social Justice Leadership In The Becoming. A Response To "Educational Leadership Or Followership?", Vachel W. Miller 2014 Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Social Justice Leadership In The Becoming. A Response To "Educational Leadership Or Followership?", Vachel W. Miller

Democracy and Education

In this letter, I respond to comments from David Gabbard regarding my article on the Broad Superintendents Academy. Energized by Gabbard’s critique, my letter points toward a position for educational leaders that works both within and against dominant systems. I ask: How can we model in our own communities the kind of caring, inclusion, and dialogic relations that we espouse in our graduate seminars? This type of leadership carries the challenge of working in ways that are both effective and subversive, both oppositional and affirmative.


Increasing Sustainability By Going Paperless: A Wmu Case Study, James Amos, James Kison 2014 Western Michigan University

Increasing Sustainability By Going Paperless: A Wmu Case Study, James Amos, James Kison

Graduate Student Work at Research and Creative Activities Poster Day

This is a study analyzing the use of digital signatures to reduce paper consumption at WMU. The poster demonstrates ways in which technology promotes sustainability by saving time, fuel and paper.


Building Assets: The Strategic Use Of Closed Catholic Schools, Kristopher Knowles 2014 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Building Assets: The Strategic Use Of Closed Catholic Schools, Kristopher Knowles

Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Review of Building Assets: The Strategic Use of Closed Catholic Schools.


Faith, Resistance, And The Future: Daniel Berrigan’S Challenge To Catholic Social Thought, Kurt Nelson 2014 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Faith, Resistance, And The Future: Daniel Berrigan’S Challenge To Catholic Social Thought, Kurt Nelson

Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Review of Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan’s Challenge to Catholic Social Thought.


Culturally Responsive Caring And Expectations For Academic Achievement In A Catholic School, Christian Dallavis 2014 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Culturally Responsive Caring And Expectations For Academic Achievement In A Catholic School, Christian Dallavis

Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

This article draws from a larger dissertation study that applied ethnographic and historical research methods to explore the intersection of culturally responsive pedagogy and Catholic schooling in immigrant communities. In particular, this article presents qualitative data analysis to describe student achievement expectations at a contemporary urban Catholic elementary school. By examining teacher, student, and parent perspectives on academic achievement, the article explores the degree to which the caring demonstrated at the school is/is not consistent with a notion of “culturally responsive caring” in the scholarly literature surrounding theories of culturally responsive pedagogy.


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