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Capability Approach And Teacher Quality: An Analysis Of Female Teacher Experience In A Rural, Malawian Community, Annabelle Hardy May 2019

Capability Approach And Teacher Quality: An Analysis Of Female Teacher Experience In A Rural, Malawian Community, Annabelle Hardy

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study used the capability approach as a lens to understand teacher quality from both the perspective of educational leaders and practicing teachers in a rural community in central Malawi. The overarching question of this research study was “How can the capability approach inform our understanding of teacher quality from both the perspective of educational leaders and practicing teachers?” The focus questions to guide this research were:

  1. What do national educational leaders value in a quality teacher?
  2. What do rural, Malawian, female teachers value in teaching?
  3. How do these teachers pursue and achieve what they value in teaching?

This study ...


Do Booster Emails Improve Learning Transfer Among Parenting Professionals?, Benjamin C. Stout May 2019

Do Booster Emails Improve Learning Transfer Among Parenting Professionals?, Benjamin C. Stout

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Parenting professionals play a key role in helping parents have a positive influence on their children, which is why it is important to ensure that professionals have and use research-based information and materials. Using data from 96 parenting professionals from Utah and Missouri, who completed a 4-hour Strong Parents, Stable Children training, we examined the effects (at 2-months post training) of reflective reminder emails on parenting professionals’ utilization and learning transfer of training materials. Results from independent samples t tests show that participants who received “booster” emails at 1-week and 1-month post training shared some information and some materials with ...


Enrollment Profile Report Spring 2019, Uno Office Of Institutional Effectiveness Apr 2019

Enrollment Profile Report Spring 2019, Uno Office Of Institutional Effectiveness

Enrollment Reports

This Enrollment Statistical Summary provides delivery and administrative-site information on enrollment headcount and student credit hours. Delivery site reporting counts all students, including those in UNL programs delivered at UNO, but excludes UNO programs only (including the CPACS program delivered in Lincoln).

The purpose of this summary is to provide the undergraduate and graduate enrollments and student credit hour information by college of equivalent academic unit, class, gender and ethnicity. A glossary at the end of the report provides a list of definitions for headings and categories found in the report.


Stem Pedagogical Content Knowledge Scale (Stempck): A Validity And Reliability Study, Bekir Yıldırım, Emine Şahin Topalcengiz Feb 2019

Stem Pedagogical Content Knowledge Scale (Stempck): A Validity And Reliability Study, Bekir Yıldırım, Emine Şahin Topalcengiz

Journal of STEM Teacher Education

The aim of this study was to develop the STEM Pedagogical Content Knowledge Scale (STEMPCK Scale). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to examine the structural validity of the scale. Exploratory factor analysis of the scale was conducted using data from 443 preservice teachers who were studying to become science teachers, preschool teachers, elementary school teachers, and mathematics teachers. The confirmatory factor analysis of the scale was conducted using data from 212 students who were enrolled in the same departments. The scale was administered to 655 preservice teachers in total. To determine the reliability of the scale, the Cronbach ...


Infographic: Student Motivation In Schooling, Jo Earp Feb 2019

Infographic: Student Motivation In Schooling, Jo Earp

Teacher infographics

In a UNICEF Australia national survey, secondary students were asked for their views about the education system. What aspects of school do they feel positive about? What motivates them to succeed? Find out in today’s infographic.


Brookings, South Dakota: Learning Lab, Doriane Paso Feb 2019

Brookings, South Dakota: Learning Lab, Doriane Paso

Empowering Research for Educators

The following paper explores the possibilities of education in one local setting using both an insider and outsider perspective. Education is a part of society, and as society changes, why should education not change with it?


Alexa?: Possibilities Of Voice Assistant Technology And Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom, Patrick D. Hales, Melissa Anderson, Tonya Christianson, Amber Gaspar, Billi Jo Meyer, Beth Nelson, Krista Shilvock, Mary Steinmetz, Makenzi Timmons, Michelle Vande Weerd Feb 2019

Alexa?: Possibilities Of Voice Assistant Technology And Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom, Patrick D. Hales, Melissa Anderson, Tonya Christianson, Amber Gaspar, Billi Jo Meyer, Beth Nelson, Krista Shilvock, Mary Steinmetz, Makenzi Timmons, Michelle Vande Weerd

Empowering Research for Educators

The following paper represents the combined effort of 10 educators exploring the experience and use of voice assistant technology in classrooms. This reflection and study of our classrooms looks to better understand both our use of technology and students’ use of technology in very specific ways. Is there a place for voice assistant technology in our classrooms? What benefits are there? What obstacles exist? We tell our stories and experiences here with the intent to provide context and continue the discussion among more of our colleagues.


From Assertion To Conversion: Classroom Management For 21st Century Teachers, Benjamin Halbkat Feb 2019

From Assertion To Conversion: Classroom Management For 21st Century Teachers, Benjamin Halbkat

Empowering Research for Educators

The following position paper provides a new teacher's perspective on modern classroom management. Where is there room for improvement? What might the future hold?


High School Biology Preparation: Do Students Feel They Have Been Adequately Prepared For Introductory College Biology?, Mara Neitzel Feb 2019

High School Biology Preparation: Do Students Feel They Have Been Adequately Prepared For Introductory College Biology?, Mara Neitzel

Empowering Research for Educators

The purpose of this study was to determine how well students are being prepared in high school for introductory college biology courses. Specifically, the objectives of the study are as follows: To gain a better understanding about how well students feel they have been prepared for college science classes based on their high school education, to gain insight on how college preparation in high school impacts students’ self-confidence, and to determine if the accessibility of advanced education courses is influenced by the size of a high school. A mixed methods survey was distributed to freshman in the fall semester of ...


In Support Of The Tinker V. Des Moines Decision, Matthew Olson Feb 2019

In Support Of The Tinker V. Des Moines Decision, Matthew Olson

Empowering Research for Educators

The following position outlines a case for the Tinker v. Des Moines decision, including a historical and modern perspective. With freedom of speech and protest being a regular part of the discussion about U.S. society and schools, now is a good time to look back.


Hopscotch 2.0: An Enhanced Version Of The Model For The Generation Of Research Designs In Social Sciences And Education, Ivan M. Jorrín Abellán Feb 2019

Hopscotch 2.0: An Enhanced Version Of The Model For The Generation Of Research Designs In Social Sciences And Education, Ivan M. Jorrín Abellán

Ivan M. Jorrín Abellán

The development of educational research designs might be daunting for novice researchers that have to make choices among the plethora of philosophical frameworks, research traditions, and different methods existing in the field. In this article we describe the process followed to formally evaluate Hopscotch, a model and a web-tool created by the author in 2015 to help novice researchers in the generation of solid and well-informed qualitative research designs. To do so, a responsive evaluation based on case study methods was conducted. The obtained results led us build a new 2.0 version of the Hopscotch's web-tool overcoming the ...


A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond Feb 2019

A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

In a 200-level biology laboratory course, we developed learning objectives (LO) for each lab. We also developed practice activities that directly corresponded to each LO. Students earned participation credit through completing the practice activities. As students progressed through their lab work and felt ready, they would request that the lab instructor come check their progress towards mastering a particular LO. If students were successful with the practice, the instructor would mark completion for that LO on the students’ lab handout. If students were not successful, the instructor would provide feedback and recommend additional learning approaches. Since the purpose of the ...


Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat Feb 2019

Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

First-year students’ critical thinking and analysis in science is rudimentary in SCI 101, the College of Sciences First Year Seminar. I tested whether the use of Pretests (Figures 1 and 2) can improve students’ inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis skills.


Categorization Of Exam Questions To Improve Metacognition, Tiffany Barrett Feb 2019

Categorization Of Exam Questions To Improve Metacognition, Tiffany Barrett

UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo

This practice addresses UNLV students’ need for greater metacognitive awareness. Students often employ memorization as a study strategy when preparing for an exam. This can create an inability to apply the knowledge in a complex or different scenario. We know that “practice retrieving” study activities produce greater gains in meaningful learning (Karpicke 2011) but often students don’t identify a need for a change in study habits and a deeper level of understanding, especially if their exam score is considered passing.


Infographic: Ict Literacy Of Students, Dominique Russell Feb 2019

Infographic: Ict Literacy Of Students, Dominique Russell

Teacher infographics

Every three years, a sample of Year 6 and Year 10 students in Australia are assessed on their ICT Literacy. In this infographic, we look at the results from the most recent test cycle and how they compare to previous years.


Motivating Students To Talk: Ted Conference In University-Based Chinese Language Classrooms, Danping Wang Feb 2019

Motivating Students To Talk: Ted Conference In University-Based Chinese Language Classrooms, Danping Wang

Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

This paper presents an innovative teaching method that uses TED conference to stimulate and support learners of Chinese in improving their speaking skills. In non-target language countries, students are often reluctant to use Chinese in real life. This study overviews a case where TED conferences were integrated into a university-based Chinese language course in New Zealand. It also discusses the major findings emerging from implementing this innovative pedagogy as well as the recommendations for future research. While motivating students to use Chinese in public setting, the approach has also enhanced critical thinking skills and co-learning in language classrooms. This paper ...


Data Diving Into “Noticing Poetry”: An Analysis Of Student Engagement With The “I Notice” Method, Scot Slaby, Jordan Benedict Feb 2019

Data Diving Into “Noticing Poetry”: An Analysis Of Student Engagement With The “I Notice” Method, Scot Slaby, Jordan Benedict

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education

This paper explores students’ engagement in reading poems, examining data on their self perceptions of their confidence and competence in reading poems before, during, and after using the “I Notice” methodology as adapted from The Academy of American Poets’ unit plan, “Noticing Poetry” (Slaby, 2017). The data was collected over the course of a month from January 9 through January 30, 2018 and involved five classes of one hundred general English tenth grade students across three teachers’ classrooms at Shanghai American School’s Puxi High School Campus. Data indicates that the “I Notice” method and the “Noticing Poetry” unit and ...


Conflicting Perspectives: A Comparison Of Edtpa Intended Outcomes To Actual Experiences Of Teacher Candidates And Educators In New York City Schools, Deborah Greenblatt Feb 2019

Conflicting Perspectives: A Comparison Of Edtpa Intended Outcomes To Actual Experiences Of Teacher Candidates And Educators In New York City Schools, Deborah Greenblatt

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education

The edTPA is a performance-based assessment of teacher candidates created by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and nationally scored by Pearson Education. It is also promoted by American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators (AACTE) as a “standards-based assessment.” As of the spring of 2018, the edTPA is used as a requirement for program accreditation or teacher candidate certification or program completion in 18 states.

This article analyzes the stated goals, objectives, and benefits made by SCALE and AACTE and compares them to data collected from interviews and open-ended questions with teacher candidates and teacher educators ...


Assessment Of Students' Interviewing Skills, Shannon Edminster, Christine Haruta Feb 2019

Assessment Of Students' Interviewing Skills, Shannon Edminster, Christine Haruta

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Connecting Courses To Capstone, Kieran Holland Feb 2019

Connecting Courses To Capstone, Kieran Holland

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Assessment Of An Undergraduate Research Outcome: To Explore Effective Ways Of Helping Students Get Engaged In Undergraduate Research, Qingwen Dong Feb 2019

Assessment Of An Undergraduate Research Outcome: To Explore Effective Ways Of Helping Students Get Engaged In Undergraduate Research, Qingwen Dong

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Using Guided Self-Assessment And Peer Review To Enhance Student Learning, Stephanie Thompson Feb 2019

Using Guided Self-Assessment And Peer Review To Enhance Student Learning, Stephanie Thompson

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Developing A Sense Of Self And Belonging In Residential Life, Maria Lazaro, Leticia Caballero, Tavaris Baxter Feb 2019

Developing A Sense Of Self And Belonging In Residential Life, Maria Lazaro, Leticia Caballero, Tavaris Baxter

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Using Institutional Data To Assess Program (And Student) Success, Melanie Hash, Eileen Camfield Feb 2019

Using Institutional Data To Assess Program (And Student) Success, Melanie Hash, Eileen Camfield

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Do You Know What To Do If Your Financial Aid Does Not Cover Your Balance?, Michelle Yan, Ashton Ricketts Feb 2019

Do You Know What To Do If Your Financial Aid Does Not Cover Your Balance?, Michelle Yan, Ashton Ricketts

Pacific's Annual Assessment Conference

No abstract provided.


Working Session To Align Learning Outcomes, Class Assignments, And Final Assessments, Wendi Flynn, Aaron Haberman Feb 2019

Working Session To Align Learning Outcomes, Class Assignments, And Final Assessments, Wendi Flynn, Aaron Haberman

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Ready to improve course assignments you’ve already created? Join us for a two-hour working session where you will evaluate and revise your existing course assignments using your course learning outcomes and best practices provided by the session facilitators. This session is structured to have plenty of time for discussion and feedback. You’ll leave this session with revised assignments that are better aligned with your course-level outcomes and assessment best practices.

To maximize the effectiveness of this working session, please bring: 1) a summative assignment (for example, a final exam or term project); 2) a formative assignment (for example ...


Instilling Confidence In First Aid And Cpr Training: Alternatives To Traditional Methods, Loriann M. Hynes, Mike Recine Jan 2019

Instilling Confidence In First Aid And Cpr Training: Alternatives To Traditional Methods, Loriann M. Hynes, Mike Recine

International Journal of First Aid Education

No abstract provided.


Formative Asynchonous Feedback For Faculty: A Case Study, Chad Rohrbacher, Jessica Mckee Dr Jan 2019

Formative Asynchonous Feedback For Faculty: A Case Study, Chad Rohrbacher, Jessica Mckee Dr

SoTL Commons Conference

While student evaluations provide a snapshot of feedback for faculty, successful teachers regularly seek feedback from other sources, including their peers. This case study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University describes a process of instituting a video recording and web-based technology to provide faculty peers and developers opportunity to asynchronously observe, reflect, and comment on peers’ teaching and classroom experience. Additionally, faculty developers were able to view courses on a larger scale and provide directed pedagogical feedback in new ways. This presentation explores the preliminary results including benefits and drawbacks to asynchronous formative feedback for improving teaching.


Community-Engaged Teaching: Lessons From A Participatory History Project, Amie Thurber, Sarah V. Suiter Jan 2019

Community-Engaged Teaching: Lessons From A Participatory History Project, Amie Thurber, Sarah V. Suiter

Social Work Faculty Publications and Presentations

How can we create opportunities for students to gain experience in community-engaged scholarship that truly benefits the community given the constraints of the academic calendar, students’ varied capacity to develop reciprocal and responsive community relationships, and the tendency for community-engaged research to instrumentalize community partners in service to academic deliverables? This paper explores one attempt to meet this challenge: an experimental graduate course in community development that linked course content to a participatory history project. Designed as a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) study, instructors studied the instructional process as well as outcomes for students and community partners. We ...


Does High-Quality Preschool Benefit Children? What The Research Shows, Hani Morgan Jan 2019

Does High-Quality Preschool Benefit Children? What The Research Shows, Hani Morgan

Faculty Publications

Despite research showing that high-quality early education can be extremely beneficial, a large percentage of American children do not attend preschool. In addition, children from low-income families are less likely to enroll in preschool and more likely to attend low-quality early education programs. One reason for this outcome involves low spending on early education. In comparison with many industrialized nations, the United States spends little on preschool education, allowing other countries to be ahead in this area. This paper summarizes the findings of research on preschool education. It also offers a few ideas on improving early education programs and reasons ...