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Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann 2010 Iowa State University

Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Higher education and the military have been linked throughout history in the United States. Now, with the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq the higher education community is beginning to realize again the importance of understanding student veterans' transition experiences into college and providing appropriate support programs. However, the experiences of war veterans making the transition from servicemember to college student are not clearly understood. Consequently, community colleges and other institutions of higher education may not possess the information necessary to assist these students effectively.

The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative research study was to explore the nature of the ...


General Education Reform At A Community College A Grounded Theory Study, Daniel Dutkofski 2010 University of Central Florida

General Education Reform At A Community College A Grounded Theory Study, Daniel Dutkofski

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The attempts to reform general education programs in higher education have been applied and studied throughout the history of higher education in the United States, but with even greater frequency and urgency over the past fifty years. Countless studies show the high percentage of institutions participating in these efforts and further studies lament the state of general education both as a reason to initiate reforms and as a result of the reforms. This effort is difficult enough for universities, but is further complicated when the curriculum for general education is part of a community college degree program. A grounded theory ...


How Did They Get Here, And Why Do They Stay? A Phenomenological Study Of Female Athletics Directors At Selected Ncaa Division Iii Member Institutions, Molly Elizabeth Parrott 2010 Iowa State University

How Did They Get Here, And Why Do They Stay? A Phenomenological Study Of Female Athletics Directors At Selected Ncaa Division Iii Member Institutions, Molly Elizabeth Parrott

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study focused on the educational, professional, and personal experiences of seven women who currently serve as NCAA Division III athletics directors. While previous literature has examined the experiences of women in Divisions I and II, very little has focused specifically on those in Division III, even though more women serve as athletics directors in this division (Acosta & Carpenter, 2010). Using phenomenology as the methodological roadmap, participants were purposefully selected from Midwestern, small, coeducational, traditional residential colleges, where the quintessential Division III experience exists. Participating athletics directors took part in a series of three semi-structured interviews, which served as the primary data source. Data were analyzed and coded, and then themes were organized into three areas: (1) experiences leading up to the attainment of athletics director positions; (2) experiences related to their current positions; and (3) the convergence of their personal and professional lives. While the participants typically served as administrators prior to becoming athletics directors, their coaching experiences have been especially vital to their current positions. Their ...


The Suitableness Of Google Documents As A Student Collaborative Writing Tool, Todd Vens 2010 Iowa State University

The Suitableness Of Google Documents As A Student Collaborative Writing Tool, Todd Vens

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Collaborative writing appears to be an academic exercise whose relevance will only continue to rise, especially with the ever-increasing arrival of newer technology easily appropriated for educational uses. Often this new technology is commercially produced or open source, free, incredibly intuitive to use, and most important, created for the express purpose of facilitating collaborative writing. It is important to understand if these new technologies, commonly referred to as collaborative writing environments, offer a common-sense, low-to-no-cost means for institutions of higher learning to address the challenge of teaching collaborative writing skills to students. This qualitative research study analyzed one of these ...


The Sources That Influence Student Teachers' Sense Of Efficacy, Sunjin Oh 2010 Iowa State University

The Sources That Influence Student Teachers' Sense Of Efficacy, Sunjin Oh

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation study is to examine the variables that impact student teachers' perceptions of their teaching efficacy during their reading and writing lessons. Extending Bandura's four sources of efficacy beliefs - performance or mastery experiences, vicarious experiences, verbal or social persuasion, and physiological and/or emotional states - this dissertation explores what other sources may impact preservice teachers' sense of efficacy.

Multiple regression analysis was conducted to investigate the sources of teaching efficacy that could influence student teachers' efficacy beliefs on both pretest and posttest surveys. Student teachers' personality was a significant predictor of efficacy for instructional strategies ...


Analysis Of Adjunct Faculty At Des Moines Area Community College: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory To Predict Job Satisfaction In Teaching Improvement And Professional Development, Margi Ann Boord 2010 Iowa State University

Analysis Of Adjunct Faculty At Des Moines Area Community College: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory To Predict Job Satisfaction In Teaching Improvement And Professional Development, Margi Ann Boord

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

"During the past two decades, two-year and four-year colleges have increased their reliance on part-time faculty" (Antony & Valadez, 2002, p. 41). The hiring of part-time faculty started as a convenient way to meet the demands for instruction while remaining financially responsible during tough budgetary times. Currently "...hiring part-time faculty now has become a more permanent strategy for colleges and universities--one that has made part-time faculty a substantial group among the professoriate" (p. 41).

The purpose of this study was to examine the demographics and current level of job satisfaction of adjunct faculty at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and ...


The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara 2010 Iowa State University

The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine how a student's college academic success at Iowa State University (ISU) is related to college credit earning while in high school. The unit of analysis for this research was first time full time first year students who entered ISU in the fall semester of 2006, 2007, and 2008. This study examined the relationships between students' college credit earning while in high school, background attributes such as high school grade point average (GPA) and/or ACT/SAT scores, and their college academic success as measured by GPA and persistence to the second ...


Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas 2010 Iowa State University

Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-herold 2010 Iowa State University

Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-Herold

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In light of the current economic downturn, thousands of Iowan's are unemployed and this is the ideal time to build the skills of the workforce to compete in the knowledge-based economy so businesses and entrepreneurs can compete in a global economy. A tool for assessing the skills and knowledge of dislocated workers and students as well as identifying skills deficits in order to match individuals' transferrable skills to high-demand jobs is essential in order for dislocated workers and students to increase their human capital. It is essential for individuals to make informed decisions regarding the training they need and ...


A Phenomenographic Study Exploring Nursing Education And Practice, Greta Marie Degen 2010 Iowa State University

A Phenomenographic Study Exploring Nursing Education And Practice, Greta Marie Degen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to illuminate the qualitatively different ways in which three nurses with an associate degree (ADN) and three nurses with a baccalaureate degree (BSN) experience, conceptualize, perceive, and understand their own nursing practice within the context of their educational background. Using a phenomenographic methodology for qualitative inquiry and data analysis, findings of this study revealed two main differences between the nursing practice of newly graduated ADNs and BSNs: (1) ADNs focused on their (a) education as the means and their practice as the end result, over which (b) the nurse has no ultimate control (external ...


Questions Of Transfer: Writers' Perspective On Familiar/Unfamiliar Writing Tasks In A Capstone Writing Course, Heather G. Lettner-Rust 2010 Old Dominion University

Questions Of Transfer: Writers' Perspective On Familiar/Unfamiliar Writing Tasks In A Capstone Writing Course, Heather G. Lettner-Rust

English Theses & Dissertations

Understanding what students bring from one writing context to another may the central concern for teachers of writing from elementary school to adult learning. Research from the field of composition studies offers knowledge about writing as process(es) (Emig, 1971; Shaughnessy, 1979; Russell, 1999), as socially constructed performances (Flower & Hayes, 1980; Bartholomae, 1985; Bloom, 1985), and as part of a larger activity system (Russell, 1997). This dissertation ties together theories of writing as an activity in a broader system of tools and outcomes and current research on transfer in writing in order to illustrate writers' perspectives on particular writing tasks. Essential to ...


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 Dynamics Of Student Learning Within A High School Virtual Reality Design Class, Teresa Morales 2010 Iowa State University

The Dynamics Of Student Learning Within A High School Virtual Reality Design Class, Teresa Morales

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This mixed method study investigated knowledge and skill development of high school students in a project-based VR design class, in which 3-D projects were developed within a student-centered, student-directed environment. This investigation focused on student content learning, and problem solving. Additionally the social dynamics of the class and the role of peer mentoring were examined to determine how these factors influenced student behavior and learning. Finally, parent and teachers perceptions of the influence of the class were examined. The participants included freshmen through senior students, parents, teachers and the high school principal. Student interviews and classroom observations were used to ...


Supporting A Standards-Based Teaching And Learning Environment A Case Study Of An Expert Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Didem Akyuz 2010 University of Central Florida

Supporting A Standards-Based Teaching And Learning Environment A Case Study Of An Expert Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Didem Akyuz

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Although it has been more than 20 years since the publication of Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 1989) and 10 years since the second version of standards, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), the research underlines the lack of essential practices for standards-based teaching (Franke, Kazemi, & Battey, 2007). The literature also emphasizes the importance of planning in standards-based teaching, although few studies focus on the direct planning of the teacher (Kilpatrick, Swafford, & Findell, 2001). The aim of the current study was to conduct a case study to extract the planning and classroom practices of an ...


Principals' Leadership Styles And Their Impact On School Climate: Assistant Principals' Perceptions, Bruce R. McColumn 2010 Georgia Southern University

Principals' Leadership Styles And Their Impact On School Climate: Assistant Principals' Perceptions, Bruce R. Mccolumn

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The primary focus of this study is to explore the perceptions of assistant principals as to how their principals' leadership styles impact school climate. A school's climate plays a vital role in student achievement and principals are the most important factor in setting a setting a school's climate. Therefore, principals' leadership behaviors warrant investigating. This qualitative study identified principal leadership styles through the perceptions of their assistant principals. Interactive interviews were conducted with selected assistant principals in the XYZ School System. Their responses were analyzed, themed and coded to draw a connection between principal leadership style and school ...


Culture, Surprise, And Adaptation: Examining Undergraduate Students’ Matriculation Processes, Catherine W. Barber 2010 Eastern Michigan University

Culture, Surprise, And Adaptation: Examining Undergraduate Students’ Matriculation Processes, Catherine W. Barber

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to (a) explore undergraduate students’ experiences as they transitioned to the university, (b) explore how the cultures of students’ hometowns influenced student culture at the university, and (c) provide a conceptual model which has analytical generalizability across higher education.

This ethnographic research focuses on developing a cultural knowledge of hometown community culture. While previous research examined how college affects students, this research reverses the approach and investigates how the students and their hometown community values actually affect the college community. To investigate these topics, I did ethnographic observation including trips to students’ hometowns and ...


The Missing Students: A Case Study, Patricia L. Batista 2010 Eastern Michigan University

The Missing Students: A Case Study, Patricia L. Batista

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Fruit And Vegetable Consumption In Four Elementary Schools After Implementation Of Nutrition Education Programs, Lori Nelson 2010 Eastern Michigan University

Fruit And Vegetable Consumption In Four Elementary Schools After Implementation Of Nutrition Education Programs, Lori Nelson

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Nutrition education programs in schools often promote fruits and vegetables with the goal of increasing consumption among children. This study determined whether nutrition education programs increased fruit and vegetable intake in four elementary schools in Florida from October 2008 to October 2009. School A offered the U.S.D.A. Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program; School B had a Student Wellness Advisory Council, OrganWise Guys and CATCH; School C had OrganWise Guys and CATCH; School D had no nutrition education programs. Students’ favorite fruits and vegetables at breakfast and lunch were compiled. An increase in fruit intake was observed in three out of ...


Nutrition-Related Knowledge And Behaviors Of Healthcare Professionals: A Pilot Study, Sarah Dale Zeola 2010 Eastern Michigan University

Nutrition-Related Knowledge And Behaviors Of Healthcare Professionals: A Pilot Study, Sarah Dale Zeola

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Background: Healthcare consumers have a plethora of resources of nutrition guidance available, yet many sources provide unreliable information. Healthcare professionals are expected to be the expert source of nutrition information and dietary guidance for their clients and patients.

Purpose: To determine the nutrition knowledge, behaviors, and beliefs of healthcare professionals to identify which, if any, professional group are experts in nutrition and which professionals are the best resource for nutrition information and guidance for healthcare consumers.

Research Design: A self-reported online survey gathered information on participants’ (n=201) BMI, knowledge of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, dietary intake, and beliefs ...


Board And Superintendent Perceptions Of The Illinois Professional Standards For School Leaders Critical For Superintendent Success, Pamela Rhea Rockwood 2010 Iowa State University

Board And Superintendent Perceptions Of The Illinois Professional Standards For School Leaders Critical For Superintendent Success, Pamela Rhea Rockwood

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This quantitative study focused on the differences in perceptions between Illinois K-12 unit district public school superintendents and board presidents as to those performance competency indicators in the "Illinois Professional Standards for School Leaders" that they perceived as being most critical for superintendent success. Via a web-based, online survey, participants responded to six demographic questions and scored each of the performance competency indicators to their level of agreement regarding the importance of that performance competency indicator for success. Summing up the top three performance indicators for all respondents, for all superintendents and board presidents (male and female), the number of ...


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