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Student Misconceptions About Cybersecurity Concepts: Analysis Of Think-Aloud Interviews, Julia D. Thompson, Geoffrey L. Herman, Travis Scheponik, Linda Oliva, Alan Sherman, Ennis Golaszewski, Dhananjay Phatak, Kostantinos Patsourakos Jul 2018

Student Misconceptions About Cybersecurity Concepts: Analysis Of Think-Aloud Interviews, Julia D. Thompson, Geoffrey L. Herman, Travis Scheponik, Linda Oliva, Alan Sherman, Ennis Golaszewski, Dhananjay Phatak, Kostantinos Patsourakos

Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

We conducted an observational study to document student misconceptions about cybersecurity using thematic analysis of 25 think-aloud interviews. By understanding patterns in student misconceptions, we provide a basis for developing rigorous evidence-based recommendations for improving teaching and assessment methods in cybersecurity and inform future research. This study is the first to explore student cognition and reasoning about cybersecurity. We interviewed students from three diverse institutions. During these interviews, students grappled with security scenarios designed to probe their understanding of cybersecurity, especially adversarial thinking. We analyzed student statements using a structured qualitative method, novice-led paired thematic analysis, to document patterns in ...


Nursing Students’ Knowledge And Attitudes Toward Care Of The Dying, Betsy N. Ward, Elizabeth Nora Ward Dec 2017

Nursing Students’ Knowledge And Attitudes Toward Care Of The Dying, Betsy N. Ward, Elizabeth Nora Ward

Doctorate of Nursing Science Dissertations

Abstract

Most nursing students fear death or care of the dying and thus question their abilities to give compassionate and competent care to patients or families at end-of-life (EOL). Research has shown positive results when students have experiences with dying patients in environments where interdisciplinary palliative and end-of-life practices are delivered. The purpose of this mixed methods comparative group study was to assess BSN students’ knowledge and attitudes toward care of the dying guided by Bandura’s social cognitive theory, which addresses learning under difficult circumstances. Nursing students in a palliative and end-of-life care elective course were compared to students ...


Critical Analysis Of The Educational Success Of African Immigrants And African Americans In The U.S., Regina J. Giraldo-Garcia, Joshua G. Bagaka's Apr 2017

Critical Analysis Of The Educational Success Of African Immigrants And African Americans In The U.S., Regina J. Giraldo-Garcia, Joshua G. Bagaka's

Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective

Using the cultural-ecological and culturally relevant theory as the theoretical overarching framework, this study works to quantify the high school achievement gap in mathematics and reading IRT scores between immigrants and U.S.-born black minorities as well as between these students and whites. Based on a nationally representative sample of 1,669 black and 8,682 white students from the NCES Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a hierarchical linear regression model confirmed that the achievement in mathematics and reading was statistically significant and higher for voluntary compared to involuntary black minorities, but with a small effect size of about ...


A Comparison Of Online And Face-To-Face Achievement In Physical Science, Lisa F. Mozer Dec 2016

A Comparison Of Online And Face-To-Face Achievement In Physical Science, Lisa F. Mozer

Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology Dissertations

ABSTRACT

This study provided a descriptive analysis of learning outcomes in both online and face-to-face grades 9-12 physical science courses. Archived data from a single school system were used for a comparative analysis of learning outcomes in high school physical science between students enrolled in online classes and students enrolled in face-to-face classes. The study compared two years of summative assessment scores of two student groups and, overall, found equality between the two learning environments. Online learning outcomes and face-to-face learning outcomes were similar for both school years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The overall comparison between learning environments was further examined ...


Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, And Turnover Intention Of Online Teachers In The K-12 Setting, Ingle M. Larkin Dec 2015

Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment, And Turnover Intention Of Online Teachers In The K-12 Setting, Ingle M. Larkin

Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to measure and explore factors influencing K-12 online teacher job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intentions K-12 online education. Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1954), Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory of Satisfaction (1959, 1968), Meyer and Allen’s measure of Organizational Commitment (1997), and Fishbein and Ajzen’s Theory of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior (1975), this mixed-methods study was conducted in public, private, charter, for-profit, and not-for-profit K-12 online schools in a single Southeastern state. The researcher used a sequential explanatory design by collecting and analyzing quantitative data and then qualitative data in ...


Writing On The Margins: Student Experiences In A Learning Support English Course, Tabatha W. Martin Jul 2015

Writing On The Margins: Student Experiences In A Learning Support English Course, Tabatha W. Martin

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

This study evaluates the effectiveness of one learning support English program at preparing its students for first-year composition.


School Climate Study In Greater Atlanta Schools Of The Georgia-Cumberland Conference, Beverly Amlaner Jun 2015

School Climate Study In Greater Atlanta Schools Of The Georgia-Cumberland Conference, Beverly Amlaner

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

School climate is a relevant topic for both public and private parochial schools to understand the value placed upon the school by the stakeholders. School climate studies are a critical component of effective education delivery in all school settings. The researcher was most interested in the private parochial school setting and the unique challenges facing the private Christian schools. In this study the researcher chose to use a survey previously created by the researcher to ascertain the perceptions of the students in six environments of the school setting. The survey instrument had already been validated and its reliability well established ...


Measuring The Impact Of A Ninth Grade Academy On Tenth Grade Performance In Academics, Attendance, And Behavior, Dan Snipes Mar 2015

Measuring The Impact Of A Ninth Grade Academy On Tenth Grade Performance In Academics, Attendance, And Behavior, Dan Snipes

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Ninth Grade Academies were designed to smooth the transition of rising ninth graders academically and behaviorally. Current research has addressed the long-term effects of Ninth Grade Academies on academics, behavior, and graduation rates. This literature has shown the Ninth Grade Academy to be moderately effective in improving graduation rates but have only limited success in retention, disciplinary action rates, and academic performance. To measure the impact a Ninth Grade Academy has on tenth grade performance in academics, behavior, and attendance data was compared from two schools: School A (which has a Ninth Grade Academy) and School B (which has a ...


A Case Study Examining Teacher Responses To Principal Feedback Of Class Observations, Sean Kelly Oct 2014

A Case Study Examining Teacher Responses To Principal Feedback Of Class Observations, Sean Kelly

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations

Four teachers from each of the four major academic disciplines: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English Language from a suburban high school in the Southeastern United States participated in a study which examined teacher responses to principal feedback of class room observations. Each of the 16 teachers were observed on three occasions and provided feedback. Teachers were also interviewed using a semi-structured questioning format and asked to keep a journal during the study.

Findings of the study demonstrated that teachers who participated in the study most often responded to principal feedback of class observations by changing behaviors, considering changing behaviors ...


Reducing Cheating Opportunities In Online Test, Dale Varble Sep 2014

Reducing Cheating Opportunities In Online Test, Dale Varble

Atlantic Marketing Journal

Abstract

This paper focuses on reducing cheating opportunities of online test assessment. Increasing use of online test in all course presentation formats (online, blended/hybrid or facilitated) has elevated faculty concerns of cheating. Efforts by educators to reduce cheating have been ongoing and with some success but, as the results of a study reported here more is needed.

Two sections of a course, one online and one onsite were offered the same semester, with the same instructor, syllabus, textbook and tests. The online students took all tests online. The onsite students took all exams online except the last two tests ...


Whispers Of Hope: Urban Christ-Centered Education, Kristy A. Brown Aug 2014

Whispers Of Hope: Urban Christ-Centered Education, Kristy A. Brown

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the culture of an urban Christ-centered day school. the participants in the study included five administrators, fourteen teachers, five staff members, two board members, two donors, six parents, twelve students, and three alumni. The data collection process included 49 semi-structured interviews, 20 participant observations, and seven documents that were analyzed. By using a critical ethnographic lens, this study was able to identify how Freedom Academy integrated a Christian worldview, used the ethic of care, and implemented culturally relevant pedagogy into the curriculum. By combining these characteristics, Freedom Academy demonstrated their ...


High School Teachers' And Administrators' Perceptions Of Teacher Motivation Factors, Tiffany Penland Boyle May 2014

High School Teachers' And Administrators' Perceptions Of Teacher Motivation Factors, Tiffany Penland Boyle

Education in Leadership for Learning Dissertations

For years motivational theorists and educational researchers have studied the complex phenomenon known as teacher motivation. With decreasing teacher morale and higher student achievement standards, educational leaders must seek to better understand teachers' perceptions on teacher motivation and how administrators' perceptions may differ from those of teachers'. In this study, a quantitative approach was used to examine if there were statistically significant differences between teachers' and administrators' perceptions of teacher motivation. Teacher demographics--included sex, ethnicity, generation, and length of service--were also analyzed to examine if those participant demographics make any significant difference in teachers' perception.

Using a widely-known motivational theory ...


The Relationship Between Socio-Economic Status And The Academic Achievement Of Culturally Diverse Students, Yvette P. Ford Oct 2013

The Relationship Between Socio-Economic Status And The Academic Achievement Of Culturally Diverse Students, Yvette P. Ford

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Test results have shown that culturally diverse students from both high and low socioeconomic groups have continued to underperform when compared to the dominant group.

The study focused on high achieving minority students in order to gain deeper insight of factors that lead to high academic achievement of culturally diverse students (Hispanics and Blacks) from both high and low socio-economic groups. The data for this study included the 2012 CRCT of middle school students, and interview records with 4 students, 4 parents and 4 teachers. The quantitative data were analyzed and sought to answer the following research questions: (a) Does ...


School Days: Perceptions And Experiences Of African American Boys In Gender-Based Classrooms, Deirdra Milligan Oct 2013

School Days: Perceptions And Experiences Of African American Boys In Gender-Based Classrooms, Deirdra Milligan

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

African American boys bring unique characteristics and experiences into American classrooms. Recognizing the inherent strengths and qualities of these characteristics has eluded educators for decades, leading to misguided special education referrals, increased discipline challenges and dropout rates (Davis, 2003; Delpit, 2012; Kunjufu, 2005a; Kunjufu, 2005b; Kunjufu, 2011; Langhout & Mitchell, 2008). Limited research examines the perceptions of African American boys in an attempt to inform and transform teaching practices. This qualitative case study investigates fifth grade African American boys’ perceptions on how successful they feel in school, their experiences of being in gender-based classrooms, and the influence of teaching practices on their success in school. Data from student interviews and focus groups, student journals, classroom observations, and teacher questionnaires, suggests (1) boys perceive their success in school is dependent on classroom environment, teaching styles, and familial support, primarily of their mothers; (2) benefits of an all-boy classroom are increased attentiveness, comfortability, and teacher’s use of relevant and differentiated teaching practices (3) challenges of an all-boy class include occasional strange feelings of being in a classroom with only boys and some unproductive behaviors; and (4) teachers that foster the success of African American ...


Meeting The Standards Of The Standardized Test: How Does Project-Based Learning Correlate To Traditional Learning In An Advanced Placement English Language And Composition Course?, Colette Armstrong-Grodzicki Oct 2013

Meeting The Standards Of The Standardized Test: How Does Project-Based Learning Correlate To Traditional Learning In An Advanced Placement English Language And Composition Course?, Colette Armstrong-Grodzicki

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Project-based learning (PBL) is defined by Markham, Larner and Ravitz (2003) as “a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks” (p. 7). This quantitative study examined the relationship between traditional and PBL high school students’ achievement on the AP English Language and Composition national exam. The study was conducted in a large public metropolitan high school that offered PBL as a curriculum option for students wishing to learn the standards in a different way. Scrubbed data were collected through PSAT ...


E/Merging Across Africa: Five Papers On The Use Of Educational Technology In African Higher Education, Tony Carr Jul 2013

E/Merging Across Africa: Five Papers On The Use Of Educational Technology In African Higher Education, Tony Carr

The African Journal of Information Systems

This guest editorial comments on the rapidly changing environment for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in African Higher Education Institutions (HEI), introduces the e/merge online conferences and gives a brief introduction to the papers in the special issue.


Assessment In Secondary Environments: How Co-Teachers Navigate The Competing Demands Of Theory, Policy, And Practice, Sylvia Martinez Spruill Jul 2013

Assessment In Secondary Environments: How Co-Teachers Navigate The Competing Demands Of Theory, Policy, And Practice, Sylvia Martinez Spruill

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The purpose of the current study was to examine how co-teachers in an inclusive environment perceive assessment as well as how they navigate and balance the challenges of a co-taught secondary classroom with assessment mandates from local and state levels. In this current era of accountability and assessment mandates, teachers have unprecedented pressure placed on them to effectively use assessment in the classroom. The literature suggests that teachers’ perceptions influence their instructional decisions, which includes the planning and implementation of assessment in the classroom. Also, co-teachers in secondary, inclusive classrooms have a particularly challenging task as ability levels in their ...


Moving Margins: Using Marginalia As A Tool For Critical Reflection, Patricia Alvarez Mchatton, Sandy May Apr 2013

Moving Margins: Using Marginalia As A Tool For Critical Reflection, Patricia Alvarez Mchatton, Sandy May

Faculty Publications

Marginalia is the practice of writing notes in the margins of texts as a way to capture ones' thoughts and feelings about the text during reading. It is giving in to the impulse, based on what was read, to stop and record a comment. In this manuscript, we make the connection between marginalia and the visceral responses to text felt by one doctoral student (the second author) taking a course examining language as a "place of struggle" (hooks, 2004, p. 153). We also demonstrate how marginalia can be used as a qualitative method to document and investigate the way textual ...


Voices In Cyberspace: Testing The Effectiveness Of Blogs As A Tool For Improving Voice In Student Writing, Caitlin Martinez Apr 2013

Voices In Cyberspace: Testing The Effectiveness Of Blogs As A Tool For Improving Voice In Student Writing, Caitlin Martinez

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This capstone project addresses the issue of "voicelessness" in student writing, and attempts to determine whether or not the implementation of weblogs in first year composition classrooms will help students to begin to see themselves as writers.


Comparative Analyses Of Mathematics Teachers' Efficacy Using Factor Analysis And The Rasch Model, Catherine F. Head Oct 2012

Comparative Analyses Of Mathematics Teachers' Efficacy Using Factor Analysis And The Rasch Model, Catherine F. Head

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Self-efficacy is a key piece of Bandura’s (1984) social cognitive theory and has been shown in previous studies to be a strong predictor of student achievement, motivation, collaboration, and teacher leadership. Teacher efficacy, in particular, is the belief a teacher holds about the capability to reach all students in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to investigate the validity and reliability of the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (Tschannen-Moran & Hoy, 2000) and the Mathematics Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Inventory (Enochs, 2001) using both Classical Test Theory and Rasch Measurement analyses. Secondly, the study sought to compare the efficacy ...


Ideas, Hints, And Tricks: So Much More Than What's On The Surface: Assessing Reference Services At Academic Libraries, Paula M. Adams Oct 2012

Ideas, Hints, And Tricks: So Much More Than What's On The Surface: Assessing Reference Services At Academic Libraries, Paula M. Adams

Georgia Library Quarterly

Much of what's missing from the discussion of assessing reference services is the dire need to fully realize the value of qualitative assessment. The need for more academic libraries to utilize this method of gathering statistics can open up a much needed discussion concerning the nuanced impact of reference services on student learning outcomes and the broader picture of higher education.


A Culture Of Collaboration: Meeting The Instructional Needs Of Adolescent English Language Learners, Felice Atesoglu Russell Sep 2012

A Culture Of Collaboration: Meeting The Instructional Needs Of Adolescent English Language Learners, Felice Atesoglu Russell

Faculty Publications

This article details a study that focused on the supports that enabled an English language learner (ELL) facilitator to contribute to a culture of collaboration between the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Arts Departments to more effectively meet the instructional needs of ELLs in one culturally and linguistically diverse high school. Findings emphasize the importance of (1) a supportive leadership context for inclusion of ELLs and the ELL facilitator's work, (2) schoolwide supports for ELLs, and (3) collaboration and influence of the literacy team. The article describes the contributions of the ELL facilitator to the culture ...


The Impact Of Dual Enrollment On The Institution, Katherine N. Kinnick Jul 2012

The Impact Of Dual Enrollment On The Institution, Katherine N. Kinnick

Faculty Publications

How do dual enrollment programs benefit colleges and universities? Using quantitative and qualitative measures, the director of Kennesaw State University's Dual Enrollment Honors Program demonstrates the program's value to the university and highlights program concerns and challenges.


Case Study Of Participants In A Site-Based Secondary Mathematics Methods Course And Internship: Three Teachers In Transition, Alyson Elizabeth Lischka Jul 2012

Case Study Of Participants In A Site-Based Secondary Mathematics Methods Course And Internship: Three Teachers In Transition, Alyson Elizabeth Lischka

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Although the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) introduced standards intended to reform the teaching of mathematics in 1989, those reform-oriented practices have not saturated mathematics teaching. Mathematics teacher educators continue to work with pre-service and practicing teachers to more fully implement the reform practices as described by NCTM. At times, this can take the form of professional development schools (PDSs) in which mathematics teacher educators and practicing teachers collaborate to prepare pre-service teachers. Through a case study, three participants in a PDS setting were studied as they took part in the initial year of a secondary mathematics methods ...


Planning And Implementing Online Instruction: Faculty Perceptions Of One University, James M. Wright Jul 2012

Planning And Implementing Online Instruction: Faculty Perceptions Of One University, James M. Wright

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

To maintain a competitive advantage, many universities have expanded their online course offerings, and college faculty members are vital to the design, development, and delivery of online instruction (Allen & Seaman, 2007; Mitchell & Geva-May, 2009; Tabata & Johnsrud, 2008). In this study, a mixed-method approach is used to investigate faculty’s perceptions about teaching online at one university. Understanding the factors that motivate and impede faculty to teach online provided the knowledge to plan future strategies to increase faculty participation with this instructional medium.

At a large suburban university in the Southeastern United States, 363 faculty members were surveyed and 14 faculty members were interviewed using the frameworks of Innovation Diffusion Theory (Rogers, 2003) and the theory of self-efficacy (Bandura, 1986). The findings showed flexibility and convenience were the primary motivators for teaching online, as well as, the ability to reach a wide range of diverse learners. However, the findings were inconclusive concerning the role of extra financial compensation as a motivating factor. The large amount of time and effort needed to teach online, concerns about academic integrity, intellectual property rights, and tenure and promotion concerns proved to be the major obstacles for adopting online instruction. Additionally, the faculty had a negative opinion about the quality of online instruction.

In this study, future plans to stimulate more online teaching were discussed; moreover, these findings are beneficial to guide colleges, universities, or other organizations when adopting online instruction or other technology initiatives.


From The Margins To The Middle: Making Room For Visual Rhetoric In The Composition Classroom, Montyne H. Morris Jul 2012

From The Margins To The Middle: Making Room For Visual Rhetoric In The Composition Classroom, Montyne H. Morris

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This study examines the potential role of visuals in a first-year composition classroom. Essential theoretical questions include whether visual images have rhetorical power, and specifically, whether they can sustain an argument. If we suppose that visual images, like verbal texts, can be arranged to create or extend an argument, then the inclusion of visuals in a writing classroom becomes a question not of if but of how. Study findings and recommendations are relevant for first-year writing instructors, administrators, and others involved in the design and delivery of first-year writing programs.


Student Interaction With Online Course Content: Build It And They Might Come, Meg C. Murray, Jorge Pérez, Debra B. Geist, Alison Hedrick Jan 2012

Student Interaction With Online Course Content: Build It And They Might Come, Meg C. Murray, Jorge Pérez, Debra B. Geist, Alison Hedrick

Faculty Publications

Online learning continues to expand at educational institutions around the globe. Educators must better understand how interaction with online course content impacts student engagement and learning. Advances in technology amplify the imperative to gain further insights into how delivery of course materials can enhance and support the learning process. This study investigates student patterns of access to instructional resources provided in an asynchronous online digital literacy course offered at a regional university in the United States. Frequency counts and access rates collected from a learning management system were used to assess patterns of student retrieval of course materials in four ...


Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton Oct 2011

Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

In an ever-changing educational environment, it is pertinent that higher education institutions proactively implement strategies and programs that foster growth for the modern day college students. The establishment of effective support mechanisms is an essential component to aid in the development of students. Minority students, in particular, have shown a growing need to receive additional guidance outside of the traditional adherents (i.e., parents, personal ambition, educational advisors, etc). Historically, mentorship has been more prevalent in the private sector, used as a means to groom subordinates to take on new roles within their respective companies. However, assessment and the positive ...


A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner Oct 2011

A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

A quality education is essential in determining the success of future generations. All too often K-12 school systems fail to meet the expectations of success held by students, parents, and the community. On the other hand, there are school systems that surpass expectations of success held by stake holders of the school system. Exemplifying this phenomenon is the case of Atlanta Public Schools, who were placed on probation by the accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the case of Gwinnett County Public Schools, who were awarded the 2010 Broad Award for minority student achievement (Torres 2011 ...


The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden Oct 2011

The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This study uses a single subject adapted alternating treatment design to examine the comparative effects of two types of visual supports. Photographic visual supports that depict only the materials in the completed step and photographic visual supports that depict the student using the materials to complete each step were examined as to their comparative efficiency on the acquisition of independent performance of multi-step tasks by students with autism. The study expands the body of literature and fills a gap in the research of visual supports, which is one of the most widely accepted, research-based forms of intervention used with subjects ...