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Investigating Metacognition In New Graduates Transitioning To Professional Nursing Practice, Cynthia Delle Site Jul 2019

Investigating Metacognition In New Graduates Transitioning To Professional Nursing Practice, Cynthia Delle Site

Nursing Dissertations

Annually, large numbers of new nurses are entering the professional practice environment. To function effectively in practice, nurses must reflect on identifying how they learn, be skillful thinkers, and know when to retrieve and apply previously learned information or skills to clinical situations for effective decision-making. There is a lack of nursing literature measuring transfer of knowledge during the nursing student experience and upon attaining nursing licensure, from academia into clinical practice. As minimal nursing research has examined metacognition and metacognitive abilities, it was important to conduct this study to establish a foundation. The intent of this quantitative descriptive study ...


Mindset, Self-Efficacy, And First Year College Students: Perceptions Of Performance Accomplishments, Jeanette E. Moore Jun 2018

Mindset, Self-Efficacy, And First Year College Students: Perceptions Of Performance Accomplishments, Jeanette E. Moore

Education Dissertations

College-bound students move from various high school environments to a collegiate setting; this transition requires acclimation. There is increased interest in the understanding of college student adjustment to decrease student attrition, thus adjustment to college has been studied in different contexts, including social and academic. The construct of self-efficacy, or students’ judgments of their capabilities to organize courses of action to perform tasks, attributes to college adjustment. Another construct, mindset, defined as a person’s self-perception or “self- theory” effects learning, skill acquisition, success, and other aspects of life. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of ...


Self-Regulation Through Goal Setting And Reflective Practice: Impact On Students’ Perceived Scholastic Competency And Motivation In Ninth-Grade Mathematics Classrooms, Ann Elizabeth Tucci May 2018

Self-Regulation Through Goal Setting And Reflective Practice: Impact On Students’ Perceived Scholastic Competency And Motivation In Ninth-Grade Mathematics Classrooms, Ann Elizabeth Tucci

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of self-regulatory practices on scholastic competency and motivation in the classroom. Research on goal orientation theory indicates that students who have power over their learning will become more competent and motivated. Data were collected using an exploratory sequential mixed-methods design. The treatment group was comprised of ninth-grade mathematics students who received a goal setting and reflection treatment that was embedded in their mathematics unit of study and a comparison group where students received standard mathematics instruction. For the quantitative portion of the study, data were collected using a pretest/posttest ...


The Self-Perceptions Of Principals’ Transformational Leadership Practices, Stephanie M. Metz May 2018

The Self-Perceptions Of Principals’ Transformational Leadership Practices, Stephanie M. Metz

Education Dissertations

This research focused on the transformational leadership traits of principal participants from a sample bound within the geographic regions of Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mixed methods case study utilized three different instruments to gather data from principal participants. Using the online program SurveyMonkey to distribute the Phase 1 instruments, the researcher-created demographic questions were administered first to each participant. Upon completion of the demographic questions online, the participants proceeded to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The survey results were analyzed descriptively, including mean and standard deviation. Using a sample of convenience, participants were selected ...


Understanding The Effects Of Mixed Reality Simulation On Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy, Erik M. Gundel May 2018

Understanding The Effects Of Mixed Reality Simulation On Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy, Erik M. Gundel

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this mixed methods multiple case study was to gain insight into the self-efficacy beliefs of pre-service teachers participating in a curriculum enhanced via mixed reality simulation experiences. There were two cases within the present study, one was bound by pre-service teacher candidate participants enrolled as students within one of three sequential courses enhanced via mixed reality simulations. The pre-service teacher candidate participant case was further bound and subdivided into sub-units by level of exposure, either 30, 60, or 90 minutes of total exposure within the simulated classroom, respectively. The second case utilized professional candidate participants with connections ...


Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin May 2015

Understanding Teacher Use Of Inquiry: Investigating Catalysts And Barriers, Susan H. Guertin

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative, multiple-case study was to investigate the catalysts and barriers related to implementing inquiry-based instruction in elementary school from the perspective of third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers. The participants included five teachers who were frequent inquiry users, and four teachers who were infrequent inquiry users. The subjects were interviewed about their teaching styles and beliefs about education, understandings and use of inquiry-based learning, feelings about instructional change, personal experience with inquiry as students, problem-solving preferences, and opinions about the catalysts and barriers to teacher use of inquiry. Each subject was observed and rated on the ...


Daughters Of China: An Examination Of The Home, School, And Community Experiences Of Adolescent And Young Adult Chinese Adoptees, Marguerite Scaglione Aldrich May 2013

Daughters Of China: An Examination Of The Home, School, And Community Experiences Of Adolescent And Young Adult Chinese Adoptees, Marguerite Scaglione Aldrich

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perspectives of adolescent and young adult Chinese adoptees raised in the United States. It sought to describe how the adoptees perceived their life experiences in different contexts of their lives and over time. To date, there has been very little research conducted with Chinese adoptees. The studies that had been conducted with this population have predominantly relied upon the parents’ perspectives; simply because most of the children had not been old enough to speak for themselves. As a result, the voices of these young women were missing from previous research ...


The Impact Of A Peer Leadership Program On High School Students’ Social Capital, As Measured By Co-Cognitive Factors Of The Renzulli Houndstooth Theory, Michelle M. Sands May 2012

The Impact Of A Peer Leadership Program On High School Students’ Social Capital, As Measured By Co-Cognitive Factors Of The Renzulli Houndstooth Theory, Michelle M. Sands

Education Dissertations

This study examined the impact of different volunteer experiences on the development of social capital. The study was grounded in Renzulli’s Operation Houndstooth Intervention Theory, which hypothesizes that six co-cognitive factors are associated with the development of students’ social capital, and that volunteer experiences in which students help others (Direct Involvement I) and take active leadership roles (Direct Involvement II) may be most effective at developing social capital.

A sample of convenience, juniors and seniors attending an urban high school in the northeastern U.S., was utilized. Students participated for 16 weeks in one of three programs: (a) a ...


African American Adolescents’ Perceptions Of Their Learning, Instructional, And Relational Experiences, Melissa M. Jenkins Aug 2011

African American Adolescents’ Perceptions Of Their Learning, Instructional, And Relational Experiences, Melissa M. Jenkins

Education Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine African American adolescents’ perceptions of their learning, instructional, and relational experiences to provide additional insight into how to eliminate the achievement gap. Research investigating the pedagogical experiences of African American adolescents’ is limited. A review of the literature suggested that the theories of pedagogy, culture, and motivation might inform our understanding of their achievement. A multiple-case design and methodological triangulation procedures were used to collect data from a stratified purposive sample of 12 African American eighth-grade students from an urban school district. The sample consisted of four high, four average, and four low achievers ...


Comparison Of The Learning Styles Of Students With Autism Versus Typical Elementary-School Students, Diana Friedlander May 2010

Comparison Of The Learning Styles Of Students With Autism Versus Typical Elementary-School Students, Diana Friedlander

Education Dissertations

Developing successful educational opportunities for students with autism has long been a challenge for educators. Although medical research is making great strides in the treatment and etiology of autism, as more and more students with autism are learning alongside their peers in the general education classroom the struggle to find effective teaching methods increases. This challenge may well be due to the fact that students with autism have unusual intellectual and academic skills profiles making it difficult for teachers to accurately assess students and align curriculum. Educators must develop proficiency in carefully evaluating profiles of ability for children with autism ...


A Study Of The Bard College Writing Model And Its Application In An Urban High School, Raymond Nicholas Velez May 2009

A Study Of The Bard College Writing Model And Its Application In An Urban High School, Raymond Nicholas Velez

Education Dissertations

For over twenty years, Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) has been used to teach its incoming freshmen how to use writing as a tool to think more creatively and at a higher conceptual level. Bard students use these writing tools to understand the content of all their subject and communicate clearly and creatively. The Bard writing model consists of a series of interconnected writing and dialectic activities that are consistently used throughout Bard College’s curriculum. This program of writing and writing instruction has also been offered to the public in a series of workshops. The ...


An Investigation Of The Potential Benefits Of A Faculty Mentor Program As Related To High School Students’ Attitudes, Affiliation, And Self-Efficacy, Michael R. Sinatra May 2009

An Investigation Of The Potential Benefits Of A Faculty Mentor Program As Related To High School Students’ Attitudes, Affiliation, And Self-Efficacy, Michael R. Sinatra

Education Dissertations

Faculty mentor programs and other types of student advisory programs are a popular topic among educational leaders today. What drives their popularity is the need to personalize students’ learning experiences, a particular problem in large high schools and middle schools. Many studies have found that students who have at least one caring adult who knows them well are less likely to engage in at-risk behaviors. These students are often not only more academically successful, but are happier and healthier young adults.

While most educators are in agreement about the need for schools that offer students a personalized setting, how to ...


Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca May 2008

Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca

Education Dissertations

Problem finding is a creative process whereby individuals develop original ideas for study. Secondary science students who successfully participate in authentic, novel, open inquiry studies must engage in problem finding to determine viable and suitable topics. This study examined problem finding strategies employed by students who successfully completed and presented the results of their open inquiry research at the 2007 Connecticut Science Fair and the 2007 International Science and Engineering Fair. A multicase qualitative study was framed through the lenses of creativity, inquiry strategies, and situated cognition learning theory. Data were triangulated by methods (interviews, document analysis, surveys) and sources ...


The Effects Of A Study Skills Program On Self-Efficacy And Self-Regulated Learning Strategies Use, Annmarie Bufalini Spatola May 2008

The Effects Of A Study Skills Program On Self-Efficacy And Self-Regulated Learning Strategies Use, Annmarie Bufalini Spatola

Education Dissertations

This study examined the impact of a study skills program utilizing daily journal writing and weekly peer-group discussions to facilitate the acquisition of effective learning strategies and to enhance perceptions of self-efficacy. A quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest, control group study with random assignment utilizing a 2 X 2 factorial design was conducted. Instructional method with two levels (Study Skills Program Participation and Non-Participation) and students’ grade point average with two levels (High GPA and Low GPA) were the independent variables. Posttest measures for perceptions of self-efficacy and self-regulated learning strategies use were the dependent variables with pretest measures used as covariates. The ...