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Are Avid Readers Lurking In Your Language Arts Classroom? Myths Of The Avid Adolescent Reader, Nance S. Wilson, Michelle J. Kelley 2010 University of Central Florida

Are Avid Readers Lurking In Your Language Arts Classroom? Myths Of The Avid Adolescent Reader, Nance S. Wilson, Michelle J. Kelley

Reading Horizons

This article describes a pilot study conducted with 10 identified avid adolescent readers who completed the Adolescent Motivation to Read Profile (AMRP) (Pitcher, Albright, DeLaney, Walker, Seunarienesingh, & Moggie, 2007) that includes both a survey to determine students’ self-concept and value of reading and an interview that sheds light on what motivates them to read as well as yields specific information about their reading habits. The researchers use this data to challenge current myths regarding avid readers and to suggest that teachers look more deeply at the types of literacy experiences they offer in their classroom in order to draw these ...


Examining One Class Of Third-Grade Spellers: The Diagnostic Potential Of Students’ Spelling, Molly K. Ness 2010 Fordham University

Examining One Class Of Third-Grade Spellers: The Diagnostic Potential Of Students’ Spelling, Molly K. Ness

Reading Horizons

The purpose of this article is to examine the developmental spelling levels of one class of 17 third-grade students. In analyzing over 600 student spelling samples, results indicate that these students spanned four spelling stages: (1) letter name, (2) within word pattern, (3) syllables and affixes, and (4) derivational relations (Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton, & Johnston, 2008; Henderson, 1981). The article provides convincing evidence of the diagnostic potential of spelling analysis as a means to comprehending students’ orthographic understandings. Implications for small-group word study instruction are provided.


Perceptions Of Leadership Attributes Of South Carolina Technical College Presidents, Kevin Mckenzie 2010 Clemson University

Perceptions Of Leadership Attributes Of South Carolina Technical College Presidents, Kevin Mckenzie

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This study examined the leadership attributes perceived to be possessed by the presidents in South Carolina's Technical College System. The participants consisted of 16 presidents and 80 subordinates that were selected by the presidents. All participants were asked to complete the Leader Attribute Inventory . Additionally, each participant was requested to identify and rank attributes needed for future leadership at their institution. Demographic data were also gathered about the participants and summarized. The survey responses were collected via United States Postal Service, transposed into spreadsheets and analyzed to determine what relationships existed between the presidents' self perception and the subordinates ...


Citizenship Education In Kenya: A Content Analysis Of State-Sponsored Social Studies Instructional Materials, Anna Mukhongo 2010 Clemson University

Citizenship Education In Kenya: A Content Analysis Of State-Sponsored Social Studies Instructional Materials, Anna Mukhongo

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not the principal citizenship issues identified by scholars as significant with regard to the African experience were addressed in state-endorsed Kenyan social studies instructional materials. This study also determined whether or not the treatment of the principal citizenship issues was consistent with the recommendations in the citizenship literature. In addition, this study analyzed and evaluated the pedagogical exercises present in social studies instructional materials.
A qualitative content analysis was used for the study. Content in the social studies materials was read iteratively to determine patterns and generate themes. The generated ...


The Impact Of A Noise-Reducing Learning Accommodation Utilized By Students With Learning Disabilities During An Independent Reading Inventory, Gregory Smith 2010 Clemson University

The Impact Of A Noise-Reducing Learning Accommodation Utilized By Students With Learning Disabilities During An Independent Reading Inventory, Gregory Smith

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The ill-effect of noise on human performance has been studied by researchers in the fields of cognitive psychology and education for almost a decade. The learning theory Cognitive Information Processing was applied to a new empirical study that builds upon past relevant research on (a) working memory and individuals with learning disabilities, and (b) auditory distraction and academic performance. Reading comprehension assessments were completed by students with learning disabilities while wearing and not wearing noise-reducing headphones. Findings indicate a positive relationship between the wearing of noise-reducing headphones and the results of the reading comprehension assessments for students with learning disabilities ...


An Analysis Of Expenditures On Student Affairs / Services And College Student Retention At Four-Year Colleges And Universities In The United States, Jason Umfress 2010 Clemson University

An Analysis Of Expenditures On Student Affairs / Services And College Student Retention At Four-Year Colleges And Universities In The United States, Jason Umfress

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The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between expenditures for student affairs / services and college student retention rates. Data reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) for the 2007-2008 academic year were used. Public and private-not-for-profit institutions in the United States that completed the IPEDS survey we included in the population and analysis.
A multiple regression analysis was conducted, controlling for institutional size, institutional control, institutional mission, institutional selectivity, and non-student affairs / services expenditures. The study found that expenditures for student affairs / services were a significant predictor of college student retention rates, even when other ...


College Football Players: The New Nontraditional Student, Michael Godfrey 2010 Clemson University

College Football Players: The New Nontraditional Student, Michael Godfrey

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The focus on the collegiate careers of student athletes continues to grow within the community of higher education. As the focus has been centered on academic performance, a growing concern is evolving for the overall experience student athletes obtain in a higher education setting. As the focus on college experience gains momentum, higher education professionals must investigate why traditional stereotypes maintain their strength and the appropriateness of the expectations placed upon student athletes.
The purpose of the study is to gain understanding and insight into the relationship between athletics and academics for Division I football players in higher education. To ...


Professional Development To Promote Employee Engagement: A Multi-Case Study, Starrin Shafer 2010 Clemson University

Professional Development To Promote Employee Engagement: A Multi-Case Study, Starrin Shafer

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ABSTRACT
Organizations with high employee engagement have positive outcomes in their organizational results. These organizations attained greater satisfaction from their customers, employees were more productive, and increased profits. Employee disengagement is detrimental to businesses, costing companies billions of dollars every year as a result. The suffered losses are a result of high turnover, low employee and customer satisfaction, and decreased productivity. Disengaged employees affected the overall economy in the United States by approximately $300 billion. Because employee engagement has an extensive influence on an organization's financial position, many organizations designed professional development training programs targeted at enhancing the engagement ...


A Historical Analysis Of Property Reform Act Of 2006, David Pitts 2010 Clemson University

A Historical Analysis Of Property Reform Act Of 2006, David Pitts

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The South Carolina Property Tax Reform Bill was signed into law in June 2006 creating a new way of generating money for public education in South Carolina. The Property Tax Reform Act eliminated 100% of the fair market value of 4% owner-occupied property for the purposes of taxation for school operations. Additionally, the Act increased the sales tax by 1% on most goods. Further, the Act limited a local school district's ability to raise additional revenue.
The following qualitative study used historical research design with an emphasis on oral history. The researcher used the wealth neutrality theory for the ...


The Role Of Student Support Services In Encouraging Student Involvement And Its Impact On Student Perceptions And Academic Experiences, Caren Kelley-hall 2010 Clemson University

The Role Of Student Support Services In Encouraging Student Involvement And Its Impact On Student Perceptions And Academic Experiences, Caren Kelley-Hall

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The purpose of this study was to explore the role of Student Support Services (SSS) in encouraging student involvement and its impact on student perceptions and academic experiences in three technical colleges in upstate South Carolina. By
examining Alexander Astin's theory of student involvement in the services provided by the program, a better understanding of the existing functions of SSS may be obtained. The study may offer information to increase knowledge and awareness about the college experience for a diverse group of college students. It is hoped that the study will help to better understand unique experiences of SSS ...


A Comparison Of Limited-Information And Full-Information Methods In Mplus For Estimating Irt Parameters For Non-Normal Populations, Christine E. DeMars 2010 James Madison University

A Comparison Of Limited-Information And Full-Information Methods In Mplus For Estimating Irt Parameters For Non-Normal Populations, Christine E. Demars

Department of Graduate Psychology - Faculty Scholarship

In structural equation modeling software, either limited-information (bivariate proportions) or full-information item parameter estimation routines could be used for the 2PL IRT model. Limited-information methods assume the continuous variable underlying an item response is normally distributed. For skewed and platykurtic latent variable distributions, three methods were compared in Mplus: limited-information, full-information integrating over a normal distribution, and full-information integrating over the known underlying distribution. For the most discriminating easy or difficult items, limited-information estimates of both parameters were considerably biased. Full-information estimates obtained by integrating over a normal distribution were somewhat biased. Full-information estimates obtained by integrating over the true ...


A Case Study Of Student And Leadership Team Perceptions Of A Metro Atlanta Alternative School Program: Selected Educational Factors Which Impact Student Achievement As Measured By High School Completion, Jacinta Nataki Toliver 2010 Clark Atlanta University

A Case Study Of Student And Leadership Team Perceptions Of A Metro Atlanta Alternative School Program: Selected Educational Factors Which Impact Student Achievement As Measured By High School Completion, Jacinta Nataki Toliver

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The graduation rate is a significant topic for groups who have a vested interest in education across the nation. With limited studies on the effectiveness of alternative schools and one of their main purposes for existence, to increase the graduation rate, this study was conducted as a qualitative descriptive case study of a Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative High School. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of students and members of the leadership team as it related to the independent factors, components of the alternative school program, and the dependent factor, high school completion. One hundred two students ...


Attitudes And Perceptions Of High School Mathematics Teachers Regarding Students' Cognitive-Metacognitive Skills, Peter A. Babich 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

Attitudes And Perceptions Of High School Mathematics Teachers Regarding Students' Cognitive-Metacognitive Skills, Peter A. Babich

Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to identify the attitudes and perceptions held by select teachers in a Midwest high school regarding teaching strategies related to students solving mathematics problems from a cognitive-metacognitive approach. The case study utilized a questionnaire regarding instructional practices and teacher beliefs and opinions as well as semi-structured interviews. Teachers commented on definitions and beliefs regarding thinking about thinking, thinking mathematically, and conceptual and procedural understanding. Furthermore, teachers discussed teaching strategies utilized to teach thinking about thinking in mathematics, effects of school-wide metacognitive training efforts, and usage of student reflection activities. The specificity and sophistication of ...


From Fourth Grade Slump To Fourth Grade Triumph, Maria Delsing 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

From Fourth Grade Slump To Fourth Grade Triumph, Maria Delsing

Ed.D. Dissertations

The Fourth Grade slump has been a phenomenon that was identified over 50 years ago and is most prevalent among students from low achieving schools. This applied research project focused on students using material that was readily available and was free or low cost to help prevent the slump. Students created inference questions, as well as other critical thinking questions, as they read the material. They also played the Set Game daily. Students in this school had historically experienced the fourth grade slump as demonstrated on the standardized tests for the last four years. The study was implemented for one ...


Impact Of Two Interventions On Isat Scores In A Small, Rural School District, Vicki J. Good 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

Impact Of Two Interventions On Isat Scores In A Small, Rural School District, Vicki J. Good

Ed.D. Dissertations

This case study sought to determine the impact that an after school program and summer school program may have had on the ISAT reading scores of elementary students in a small, rural school in the Midwest. A secondary purpose was to determine if other factors may have impacted the effectiveness of the two interventions. Quantitative data indicated that the after school program had a positive effect on ISAT reading scores for those students who participated, raising the median raw score of the ISAT reading test by 2.23 points. On the other hand, there was no evidence that the summer ...


College Athletes' Perceptions Of Effective Coaching Behaviors And How Perceptions Influence Individual Performance And Team Satisfaction, David Brent Holstein 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

College Athletes' Perceptions Of Effective Coaching Behaviors And How Perceptions Influence Individual Performance And Team Satisfaction, David Brent Holstein

Ed.D. Dissertations

This study collected data both quantitatively and qualitatively on athletes’ perceptions of their current coaches and whether these perceptions influenced individual performance and team satisfaction as perceived by the athlete. Athletes at two community colleges participated (n=145) in the quantitative portion, the Athletes’ Perceptions of Effective Coaching Traits Questionnaire (APECT-Q), along with five being interviewed. Overall, on the APECT-Q it was found that athletes at the two schools felt their coach’s behaviors/traits did moderately to strongly influence their performance and team satisfaction. Conclusions and implications from both a theoretical and empirical perspective were discussed in an effort ...


The Impact Of Career, Psychosocial, And Spiritual Functions Of Mentoring On Undergraduate Students, Tom Middendorf 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

The Impact Of Career, Psychosocial, And Spiritual Functions Of Mentoring On Undergraduate Students, Tom Middendorf

Ed.D. Dissertations

This study investigated the perceived utilization and importance of career, psychosocial, and spiritual mentoring functions in the mentoring relationships with university personnel at select Nazarene Higher Educational Institutions (NHEI). Quantitative methodology utilizing survey research was used to collect data. A total of 366 traditional undergraduate students were surveyed from the Behavioral Sciences Division at four select NHEIs. Data analysis indicated statistically significant differences on students‟ ethnicity and the mentoring function of protection, denomination and the function of exposure and visibility, college or university and the function of spiritual accountability, major and the functions of exposure and visibility and challenging assignments ...


Adequate Yearly Progress, Special Education, And Student Success: Can They All Co-Exist?, Ruth Reynolds 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

Adequate Yearly Progress, Special Education, And Student Success: Can They All Co-Exist?, Ruth Reynolds

Ed.D. Dissertations

This study investigated the ways that the disaggregation of Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) scores has impacted the progress and performance of students with disabilities within two central Illinois counties, discovered the interventions taken with this subgroup, and explored the ethical implications of these interventions. The participants were middle school special education and general education teachers, administrators, and support staff. A mixed-methods format with a predominant qualitative approach was used. The needs of students with disabilities were addressed by implementing co-teaching, inclusion, and collaboration between special education and general education teachers. Schools with successful subgroups of students with disabilities also ...


The Impact Of Experience On Elementary School Teacher Affective Relationship With Mathematics, John Salzer 2010 Olivet Nazarene University

The Impact Of Experience On Elementary School Teacher Affective Relationship With Mathematics, John Salzer

Ed.D. Dissertations

This study was designed as an exploratory examination of the impact of teaching experience on elementary school teachers’ affective relationships with mathematics. A self-reporting survey was used to examine a wide variety of experience factors, including factors related to quantity of experience, type of experience, and post-certification training opportunities (n = 275). Participants were also asked to identify services that might impact their affective relationships with mathematics. This study resulted in recommendations for seven follow-up studies to gain insight into factors that significantly correlated to teacher attitudes toward math or to their perceived changes in attitudes over time. Recommended practices for ...


The History Of Human Bondage And An Instructional Strategy Resource Guide For Teaching History Through The Humanities, David L. Insalaco 2010 The College at Brockport

The History Of Human Bondage And An Instructional Strategy Resource Guide For Teaching History Through The Humanities, David L. Insalaco

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis focuses on the history of human bondage through historiography and original research and provides an instructional strategy resource guide for teaching history through the humanities. This resource will provide teachers with the tools to create and implement student-centered learning activities into their learning environments, thus producing informed and active global citizens.


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