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Back Matter Jan 2102

Back Matter

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

No abstract provided.


Teaching Statement, H Theixos Jan 2015

Teaching Statement, H Theixos

H Theixos

No abstract provided.


Bystanders And Bullying: A Reflective Examination Of College Students' Experiences, Katherine Marie Larsen Dec 2014

Bystanders And Bullying: A Reflective Examination Of College Students' Experiences, Katherine Marie Larsen

Honors Theses

This study examines the individual responses of bystanders to bullying based on situational and personal variables. Using self-report data collected on 935 university students, these variables were used to determine if there was a relationship between the variables and the decision to intervene in a bullying situation for a friend. The results suggested that race, sexual orientation, and direct forms of bullying (physical and cyber bullying) have a relationship between an individual’s choice to intervene in a bullying situation for a friend. The findings failed to support the hypothesis that personal factors such as gender, socio-economic status, and a ...


Importance Of School Library Programs, Cynthia Strong Oct 2014

Importance Of School Library Programs, Cynthia Strong

SPU Works

Within the discipline of library science, over 20 research studies have been done in the United States attesting to how high-quality school library programs contribute to improved academic achievement. On the other hand, in the fields of education, school counseling, administration, and school leadership, and so on, there is a dearth of scholarship and recognition of the positive impact librarians and library media program have on student success. This conceptual paper first presents an overview of the empirical research on school library programs and the positive impact they have on the academic achievement of students in the United States. Second ...


Henderson News [Volume 2, Issue 2], Ashley D. Lowery, Sonya Shepherd, Del Presley Dr., Paolo P. Gujilde, Jessica Minihan Oct 2014

Henderson News [Volume 2, Issue 2], Ashley D. Lowery, Sonya Shepherd, Del Presley Dr., Paolo P. Gujilde, Jessica Minihan

Friends of Henderson Library Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Reflections for Sale
  • Digital Commons Update
  • Assessment
  • Back Home 72 Years Later
  • Donating Books & Materials
  • New Resources


Indiana Choice Scholarships And Their Impact On A Christian School, Rebekah Read Aug 2014

Indiana Choice Scholarships And Their Impact On A Christian School, Rebekah Read

Master of Education Theses

This qualitative thesis project was conducted under the direction of Cedarville University and with the cooperation of the Christian Academy of Madison, in Madison, Indiana. The purpose of the project was to identify and analyze changes that occurred in a private school due to a significant increase in enrollment from students that received vouchers from the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program. Data was collected from third grade IREAD-3 and ISTEP+ state test scores from the previous four years. Additional data was gathered from surveys and interviews with the administration, teachers, non-voucher families and voucher families at the school. Student test scores ...


A Comparison Of Teaching Methods In Taiwan For Young Learners Of English, Marilyn E. Hodgin Aug 2014

A Comparison Of Teaching Methods In Taiwan For Young Learners Of English, Marilyn E. Hodgin

Master of Education Theses

The purpose of this research is to investigate what instructional methods are effectively being used in Taiwanese primary school classrooms to increase the abilities of students’ speaking and listening of English. The data for this qualitative study was collected from three sources. One was from a short survey of eight local teachers in the sample population. Another was from individual interviews with each of those instructors. The third was personal observations from the English classrooms while teaching in Taiwan. Most of the teachers were from the public schools, but two were private English instructors. Three themes emerged from the coding ...


Veteran Elementary Teachers Collaborating In Professional Learning Communities: A Phenomenological Study, Paula Jeanne Bailey Aug 2014

Veteran Elementary Teachers Collaborating In Professional Learning Communities: A Phenomenological Study, Paula Jeanne Bailey

Education Doctoral Theses

The outcome of this inquiry assists in understanding how veteran teachers view participating in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) and how their strengths could be utilized in this context within an elementary school setting.

Findings revealed that a PLC was useful for providing a foundation for collaboration and adult learning among veteran teachers at this school. The teachers said that as they participated, they became reinvigorated, increased their knowledge of instructional practices, and experienced positive student outcomes; they also noted an improved school culture. While PLCs have become common in secondary schools, one of the study's greatest challenges was ...


The Implications Of Childhood Divorce On The Teaching Practices And Perspectives Of A Substitute Teacher: A Self-Study, Christopher L. Coke Aug 2014

The Implications Of Childhood Divorce On The Teaching Practices And Perspectives Of A Substitute Teacher: A Self-Study, Christopher L. Coke

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This self-study examines the personal and professional implications of being raised in a single-parent household as a result of parental separation. Specifically, the research seeks to identify the personal and professional implications of being raised under such circumstances and the impact they might have on the researcher's practices and perspectives as a present day substitute teacher. Data was gathered using two sets of journal entries, one taking the form of a memoir and the other post-teaching field notes. Using these data sources, a number of key themes were identified, including valuing and supporting reading and writing, active identification with ...


Principals’ Experiences Of Autonomy In Nebraska Schools With Increased Hispanic/Latino Student Populations, Gary Czapla Aug 2014

Principals’ Experiences Of Autonomy In Nebraska Schools With Increased Hispanic/Latino Student Populations, Gary Czapla

Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

This phenomenological qualitative study explored the autonomy experienced by five Nebraska public school principals as they lead their respective schools that have growing Hispanic/Latino student populations. This study determined if the principals’ autonomy has increased, decreased, or been impacted in any manner due to these changes of student demographics.

In-depth interviews were conducted with five principals working in schools where there has been an increase of Hispanic/Latino/ELL students over the last decade. This study revealed that the principals perceived that they have experienced a loss of autonomy. This study revealed the principals lacked autonomy to manage resources ...


Open Educational Resources In The United States: Insights From University Foreign Language Directors, Joshua J. Thoms, Becky L. Thoms Aug 2014

Open Educational Resources In The United States: Insights From University Foreign Language Directors, Joshua J. Thoms, Becky L. Thoms

Joshua J. Thoms

This study reports the results of a survey completed by 155 university foreign language (FL) directors in the United States (US) during Fall 2012. Survey respondents come from a variety of institutions and direct a range of FL programs. The objectives of the study are to (a) determine what FL directors know about open educational resources (OER), (b) understand respondents’ perceived benefits and challenges of using OER, and (c) determine what resources and support are critical to establish or expand the use of OER in FL courses in the US. Results indicate that while 66% of FL directors do not ...


The Adoption Of Mixed Methods In China: An Exploratory Instrument Design, Yuchun Zhou Aug 2014

The Adoption Of Mixed Methods In China: An Exploratory Instrument Design, Yuchun Zhou

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

Mixed methods is “the third research paradigm” and a methodology along with traditional quantitative and qualitative methodologies (Johnson & Onwuegbuzie, p.14). It is at the expansion/diffusion stage of development where researchers are most interested in how this method is adopted across disciplines and countries. However, very little literature is found regarding the use of mixed methods in non-Western cultural contexts, such as East Asia. Hence, the current study aimed to explore the expansion of mixed methods in an underrepresented population, China, a non-Western context and developing country.

The study employed an exploratory instrument design to investigate Chinese scholars’ decisions of adopting mixed methods as well as to examine the factors that predict such decisions. This study consisted of three phases: (1) the initial qualitative case study explored Chinese scholars’ perceptions and their use of mixed methods; (2) based on the qualitative results, an instrument was developed to measure the adoption of mixed methods; and (3) the follow-up quantitative survey used the instrument and examined Chinese scholars’ adoption of mixed methods.

The findings of the study revealed that China is adopting mixed methods but at a slow rate due to researchers’ insufficient expertise and a variety of practical issues, such as budget issues and publication difficulties. The influential factors on Chinese scholars’ intentions to use mixed methods were the ...


Prospective Elementary Mathematics Teacher Content Knowledge: What Do We Know, What Do We Not Know, And Where Do We Go?, Eva Thanheiser, Christine Browning, Alden Edson, Jane-Jane Lo, Ian Whitacre, Dana Olanoff, Crystal Morton Aug 2014

Prospective Elementary Mathematics Teacher Content Knowledge: What Do We Know, What Do We Not Know, And Where Do We Go?, Eva Thanheiser, Christine Browning, Alden Edson, Jane-Jane Lo, Ian Whitacre, Dana Olanoff, Crystal Morton

Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Publications and Presentations

The authors reviewed 112 research studies from 1978 to 2012 on prospective elementary teachers' content knowledge in five content areas: whole numbers and operations, fractions, decimals, geometry and measurement, and algebra. Looking across these studies, this final paper identifies the trends and common themes in terms of the counts and types of studies and commonalities among findings. Analyses of the counts show that the number of articles published each year focusing on prospective teacher (PT) content knowledge is increasing. Most articles across the content areas show that PTs tend to rely on procedures rather than concepts. However, the focus of ...


Mathematical Content Knowledge For Teaching Elementary Mathematics: A Focus On Whole-Number Concepts And Operations, Eva Thanheiser, Ian Whitacre, George J. Roy Aug 2014

Mathematical Content Knowledge For Teaching Elementary Mathematics: A Focus On Whole-Number Concepts And Operations, Eva Thanheiser, Ian Whitacre, George J. Roy

Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This report represents part of a recent effort to summarize the state of knowledge of prospective elementary teachers' (PTs') mathematics content knowledge and the development thereof. Extensive reviews of the research literature were conducted by a recent PME-NA Working Group across various content areas. This report focuses on whole number and operations. Research in this area is scarce. What we do know from the literature is that PTs' knowledge of whole number and operations is insufficient and in need of improvement. PTs reason about whole numbers and operations in ways that are tied to the standard algorithms. At the same ...


"Network Teach": How A Student Led Organisation Supports The Transition To University, Deborah Callcott, Marianne J. Knaus, Judy Warren, Ashleigh Wenban Aug 2014

"Network Teach": How A Student Led Organisation Supports The Transition To University, Deborah Callcott, Marianne J. Knaus, Judy Warren, Ashleigh Wenban

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

It is well documented that the first-year experience is crucial to student success at university. The transition to university provides many challenges for students from a personal, social and academic perspective. Over several decades, universities across Australia have implemented strategies to improve the attrition rate of first year students. This paper discusses a program designed to meet the specific needs of students in the School of Education, at a university in a metropolitan suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The Network Teach program is unique in that it is a student-run organisation. It offers social networking and academic support systems to ...


Barriers To Parental Involvement In Schools: Developing Diverse Programs To Include Unique Demographics, Kristy L. O'Donoghue Aug 2014

Barriers To Parental Involvement In Schools: Developing Diverse Programs To Include Unique Demographics, Kristy L. O'Donoghue

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There is little debate that parental involvement in education is paramount to the success of students in their academic lives. As a result, public schools across our country are developing programs aimed at reaching out to parents in hopes of improving the relationship that exists between the schools and the families of their students. These programs are developed through the analysis of vast amounts of research based on the general issues commonly affecting parental involvement in our public schools. While the data gathered from this type of broad research is useful and necessary in the process, many urban schools don ...


The Role Of Mission In Strategic Planning Development And Execution At A Lasallian Catholic University, William Bisset Aug 2014

The Role Of Mission In Strategic Planning Development And Execution At A Lasallian Catholic University, William Bisset

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how administrators at a Lasallian sponsored Catholic university remain committed to institutional mission in its undergraduate education program at a time when external pressures require the institution to consider operational strategies that may run counter to its institutional ideals. To effectively investigate how key administrators balance institutional priorities within a specific context, I conducted a qualitative case study at Rheims University (pseudonym). Because the major focus of my study was to examine how administrators in senior level positions at this institution develop strategies designed to accomplish goals prioritized by the university ...


Laptops And Language Learning: A Mixed Methods Study Of Technology Integration And Student Engagement, Ginger R. Starks-Yoble Ph.D. Aug 2014

Laptops And Language Learning: A Mixed Methods Study Of Technology Integration And Student Engagement, Ginger R. Starks-Yoble Ph.D.

Theses, Student Research, and Creative Activity: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Student engagement and motivation have been a common focus among educational researchers over the last forty years. Self-determination theory and the inclusive definition of self-regulated learning have identified that both cognitive and motivational engagement are paramount for successful language learning. Within this canon of research, few have looked at student engagement as a result of effective technology integration during the language learning process. This mixed methods study explored students’ perceptions of engagement while learning with technology integration in a first-year language class. Qualitative data was collected from a sub-sample of ten students, in the form of semi-structured interviews, journal reflections ...


A Mixed Methods Approach To Examining The Getting Ready Intervention For Supporting Young Children With Challenging Behaviors, Miriam E. Kuhn Aug 2014

A Mixed Methods Approach To Examining The Getting Ready Intervention For Supporting Young Children With Challenging Behaviors, Miriam E. Kuhn

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

Families and preschool teachers of children with persistent challenging behaviors are taxed daily by difficulties presented in care and management of such children in their homes and early education settings. This study utilized a sequential explanatory mixed methods approach in three phases to better understand a collaborative partnership model of intervention, Getting Ready (Sheridan, Marvin, Knoche, & Edwards, 2008), for supporting preschoolers with challenging behaviors attending Head Start or state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. Preschool teachers received professional development and individual coaching to help them improve partnerships and collaboratively plan with parents to promote children’s growth, and enhance parent-child interactions.

In Phase 1, archival quantitative data for 19 children with challenging behaviors were analyzed for (1) relationships between teachers’ reports of problem behaviors and other child, parent, and teacher variables prior to beginning the intervention; and (2) change in 10 measures of child development/behavior, parent involvement in their children’s education, parent-teacher and teacher-student relationships after one year of preschool augmented by the Getting Ready intervention. In Phase 2, archival documents and audio-recordings from parent-professional team meetings, as ...


Communicating With Hispanic Parents Of Young, School-Age Children, Sarah Grace Williams Aug 2014

Communicating With Hispanic Parents Of Young, School-Age Children, Sarah Grace Williams

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


The Impact Of Adapting Classroom Management On An Elementary Teacher’S Perception Of Student Behavior, Nicole L. Russo Aug 2014

The Impact Of Adapting Classroom Management On An Elementary Teacher’S Perception Of Student Behavior, Nicole L. Russo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative self-study focused on how an elementary teacher’s perception of student behavior changed as a result of adapting various classroom management strategies. The study was conducted in an urban elementary school. The first grade classroom consisted of 22 general education students. The teacher collected data through the use of observation notes and a research journal. At the end of the school day the teacher wrote in a research journal, reflecting on the changes made in the classroom and how her perceptions changed based on the implementation of strategic adaptations. Data were analyzed through continual interim analysis by coding ...


Connecting Opportunity: Leaders' Perceptions Of Cross-Sector Collaboration Focused On Disconnected Youth In Westchester County, New York: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, Marian Gryzlo Aug 2014

Connecting Opportunity: Leaders' Perceptions Of Cross-Sector Collaboration Focused On Disconnected Youth In Westchester County, New York: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, Marian Gryzlo

Education Doctoral

This qualitative study analyzed how leaders from the public, private, philanthropic, and educational sectors view the complex issue of cross-sector collaboration addressing disconnected youth in Westchester County, New York. The research explored participants’ perceptions about this population, also known as opportunity youth, who are ages 16 to 24 and not in school, employed, or on-track to successfully transitioning to adult independence. The study used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as its methodology to explore, examine, and interpret how leaders perceive the complex and challenging issue of disconnected youth who are living in a suburban county in the New York metropolitan region ...


Reasoning & Proof In The Hs Common Core, Laurie O. Cavey Jul 2014

Reasoning & Proof In The Hs Common Core, Laurie O. Cavey

Laurie O. Cavey

No abstract provided.


Design Alternatives For The Upgrade Of The Moffat Drinking Water Plant To 300 Mgd, Brent Brouillard Jul 2014

Design Alternatives For The Upgrade Of The Moffat Drinking Water Plant To 300 Mgd, Brent Brouillard

Undergraduate Research Day

The scope of the project was to design a water treatment plant (WTP) for Denver Water that provides 300 million gallons per day (MGD) to the Denver area to meet future demands. The Moffat treatment plant is at the end of its design life. The two options are 1) to upgrade the existing plant at the current Moffat location to handle 300 MGD or 2) to build a new WTP at the Ralston Reservoir site. The team designed a conventional treatment train for each site to evaluate which option to select. The sites were compared based on criteria desired by ...


Rotationally Stabilized Multi-Sensor Package For A Sounding Rocket, Charles Galey, Peter Jay, Nicholas Roder, William Ryan Jul 2014

Rotationally Stabilized Multi-Sensor Package For A Sounding Rocket, Charles Galey, Peter Jay, Nicholas Roder, William Ryan

Undergraduate Research Day

Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) and NASA offer Universities in the United States affordable access to sub-orbital space flights. Wyo Galactic, composed of four Mechanical Engineering students, continues UW involvement for a second year. The goals of Wyo Galactic were to develop technologies and components for future UW experimenters to use as part of their test packages. These experiment sub-systems included, a rotationally stabilized camera plate, GPS tracking and logging of flight data, wireless recovery of test data.


Isolation Of An L-Amino Acid Oxidase From Agkistrodon Contortrix Contortrix (Southern Copperhead), Nicholas Hudson Jul 2014

Isolation Of An L-Amino Acid Oxidase From Agkistrodon Contortrix Contortrix (Southern Copperhead), Nicholas Hudson

Undergraduate Research Day

Snake venom is a source of biological study for its ability to induce apoptosis, platelet aggregation, hemorrhage, and edema. L-amino acid oxidases (LAAOs) are components of snake venom that can induce apoptosis, and they are under extensive review for cancer therapy. These LAAOs act on L-amino acid substrates to generate an excess amount of hydrogen peroxide placing the cell under severe oxidative stress, leading to the induction of apoptosis via the intrinsic pathway.

Isolation of an LAAO from Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix snake venom was accomplished with a combination of size exclusion and ion exchange chromatographies. The molecular weight of the ...


Variation Of Web Bounded Shear Reinforcement On Internal Steel Stress, Alex Larkin Jul 2014

Variation Of Web Bounded Shear Reinforcement On Internal Steel Stress, Alex Larkin

Undergraduate Research Day

A four-point iosipescu shear test is used to evaluate the effects of CFRP reinforcement on crack width development as well as the effect on the internal steel reinforcement. The test program indicates that the steel reinforcement yields following cracking in a concrete beam test specimen containing a No. 3 29,000 ksi yield strength reinforcing bar. Typically, the specimens when loaded will produce a steel strain around 45 percent of the yield strain prior to the failure between the CFRP and the concrete face. Through this research, it can be assumed the steel will yield with the additional CFRP attached ...


Theories Of Intelligence And Academic Self-Efficacy In American Indian Youth, Kevin Mcwain Jul 2014

Theories Of Intelligence And Academic Self-Efficacy In American Indian Youth, Kevin Mcwain

Undergraduate Research Day

This study will examine possible direct and indirect relationships between theory of intelligence, goal orientation and depressive symptoms in American Indian (AI) youth. The sample will include 197 American Indian youth attending grades 7-12 on reservations in the northern plains of the U.S. and Alaska. This study will use self-report surveys, collected as part of a longitudinal study, to measure theory of intelligence, goal orientation, and depressive symptoms. It is hypothesized that an incremental theory of intelligence and a learning goal orientation will be negatively correlated with depressive symptoms. In addition, goal orientation is predicted to moderate the relation ...


Apj Silencing Attenuates Apoptosis In H9c2 Cells, Ellen Thompson, Asli F. Ceylan Jul 2014

Apj Silencing Attenuates Apoptosis In H9c2 Cells, Ellen Thompson, Asli F. Ceylan

Undergraduate Research Day

Obesity-related cardiovascular diseases have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Studies have shown obesity may lead to hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy and compromised ventricular function. Apelin is a recently discovered protein involved in regulating cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and immune infections as well as in embryonic cardiovascular development and fluid homeostasis. It may prove therapeutic in preventing obesity-related diseases. This project aims to describe the signaling pathways involving apelin receptors (APJ) in insulin resistant mouse myocytes. Neonatal rat cardiac myocytes (H9c2 cells) were cultured and then insulin resistance was invoked by treatment with palmitic acid in both the presence and absence of ...


Design Of A Compact And Lightweight Lunar Vehicle, Charles Battisti, Anthony Garcia, Lori Sandberg, Elizabeth Vanhoosen Jul 2014

Design Of A Compact And Lightweight Lunar Vehicle, Charles Battisti, Anthony Garcia, Lori Sandberg, Elizabeth Vanhoosen

Undergraduate Research Day

NASA proposed a competition to design, fabricate, and race a vehicle capable of traversing difficult terrain, based on the original moon buggy, which was first used in 1971 by Apollo 15 astronauts. This challenge required participants to assemble a two-person human-powered vehicle that was collapsible within a confined space, lightweight, maneuverable, and safe. Our moon buggy placed the riders back-to-back with the front rider steering and both riders having the capability to brake. As part of the NASA competition, two members of the team were required to carry the moon buggy twenty feet; thus a lightweight vehicle was desired. This ...