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Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin Dec 2018

Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The ways in which educators have tried to implement autonomy support have typically been constrained by their pedagogical interests and demands from above for certain threshold levels of performance. In our current educational system, this treats autonomy as a means to the end of measurement-based outcomes. The research on autonomy such as self-determination theory (SDT) often acknowledges the significance as a matter of background, but the actual ways teachers bring it into class is typically much more superficial than what might be possible with authentic cognitive autonomy support. Further, the innate status of the three needs put forth by SDT ...


A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy May 2016

A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative research study explores the impact of arts integration in the ELA and social studies classroom. Through interdisciplinary lessons that weave music, theater, visual art, and movement with ELA and social studies content; this research explores the result of arts integration in the classroom. The fourth grade student participants in this study have contributed their ideas, understanding and reflections of the interdisciplinary ELA and social studies lessons through a collection of work samples, surveys, and interviews. Although the New York State Common Core State Standards have created a shift in content priorities and objectives for teachers, this study examines ...


Technology In Education, Ryan S. Hackett Dec 2014

Technology In Education, Ryan S. Hackett

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This comprehensive project examines how overexposure to technology impacts the learning styles of students, and how teaching strategies need to be adapted to meet the changing learning needs of this generation. David Jukes (2010) book, Understanding the Digital Generation (Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape), discusses how students learning styles have evolved and changed over the years due to them being inundated with technology from a young age. This paper will examine Jukes claims, discuss how modern teachers need to adapt their teaching styles to reach students of the Digital Generation, and will offer practical lessons that teachers ...


Technology's Adverse Effects On Students' Writing: An Emphasis On Formal Writing Is Needed In An Academic Curriculum, Kathleen A. Bronowicki May 2014

Technology's Adverse Effects On Students' Writing: An Emphasis On Formal Writing Is Needed In An Academic Curriculum, Kathleen A. Bronowicki

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project focuses on the negative impacts of technology and updated technological programs on students’ writing skills. Research proves that students are overly reliant on these devices, which is ultimately causing them to write in a careless manner and fulfill the bare minimum of what is required. Students today do not value the writing process, and simply do not understand why it is essential for their future endeavors. However, these attitudes and perceptions on writing, combined with an overuse of technology, are putting our students at a serious disadvantage, as they are ill-equipped for the challenges encountered in college and ...


Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Media, His Physical Image, And Teaching Implications, Eric R. Waples Dec 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Media, His Physical Image, And Teaching Implications, Eric R. Waples

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis consists of three distinct chapters, each with a focus on the general theme of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the media, and his image. Chapter I is a historiography that traces the scholarly discussion of Roosevelt and the media from the late 1970s until the early 21st century. It argues that there was a shift in research that occurred in the 1980s. Where scholarship originally focused intently on how FDR used the media to run the country, it transitioned towards an exclusive concentration on how he used the media to minimize the public’s perception of his disability. Chapter ...


Prohibition Era Rochester: A Family Affair, Russell G. Hendrick Dec 2013

Prohibition Era Rochester: A Family Affair, Russell G. Hendrick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project researched the largely overlooked historical topic of Rochester, NY during the Prohibition Era. It draws upon a wide variety of sources, including oral history from the author’s family who were directly involved in the illegal sale of alcohol in Rochester. These stories offer unique insight into the heretofore-undocumented side of the speakeasy operators. The combination of oral history and more traditional research offers a diverse interpretation of Rochester NY during the Prohibition Era. The project also includes a historiography of research on Prohibition in general and Rochester specifically as well as a DBQ designed for 8th ...


Incorporating Poetry Back Into The Curriculum, Maryanna Bournazakis May 2013

Incorporating Poetry Back Into The Curriculum, Maryanna Bournazakis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers need to continue teaching Poetry in high school and not omit it from the curriculum because of the Common Core. This project is a comprehensive Poetry Unit that meets the objectives of several state standards; including the new Common Core standards. It includes worksheets, poems, rubrics, and project ideas. Also, it provides research detailing why teachers are not as willing to teach poetry anymore and how students feel about learning poetry.


What’S The Deal With Junie?: Responses From Second And Third Graders To Junie B. Jones, Sarah C. Hull Oct 2012

What’S The Deal With Junie?: Responses From Second And Third Graders To Junie B. Jones, Sarah C. Hull

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study examined what children noticed from the Junie B. Jones popular culture series through the use of a book club. The two books read were Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Park, 1997) and Cheater Pants (Park, 2003). Semi-structured and open-ended questions were utilized to gather data. Then, the participants collaboratively created a script based on one of the books. All six sessions were videotaped so that I could review them for accurate data collection.

The children shared many comments throughout the sessions. Generally, the comments indicated that Junie’s language did not always sound “right,” and the ...


Northeast Woodland Native American Warfare & The Iroquois Response To The Colonial Era, Andrew Thomas Ehnot Aug 2012

Northeast Woodland Native American Warfare & The Iroquois Response To The Colonial Era, Andrew Thomas Ehnot

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Iroquois are the second most studied native group in U.S. history behind the Navajo. They played a major role in the development of the United States, both geographically and politically. Given their importance, I wanted the capstone of three years of graduate studies to be centered on them and the teaching of Iroquois history.

My project’s aim was to first outline the way the Iroquois and other Northeast Woodland Native Americans fought wars before European contact, and then discuss how the Iroquois responded to the colonial era. The first part of my project is a simple historiography ...


The Civil Rights Movement: What Progress Has Been Made Since The 1950s?, James J. Schroeder Aug 2012

The Civil Rights Movement: What Progress Has Been Made Since The 1950s?, James J. Schroeder

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The study of United States history, Post Civil War Reconstruction and the emerging Jim Crow Era in particular, brings into sharp focus the great divide – between races and ideologies. Stories of inequality, brutality, struggle and hardship abound, and students, researchers, and educators continue to examine and explore the many implications of the “house divided.” The Supreme Court, Federal Government, and general society, especially in the southern states, launched a systematic campaign of regression and oppression that would span decades and lead to the modern Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s. This thesis project examines and uncovers an era of ...


Through Grace And Grit: Northern Women's Contributions To The American Civil War, Amelia Luel Morgan May 2012

Through Grace And Grit: Northern Women's Contributions To The American Civil War, Amelia Luel Morgan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Women’s accomplishments have often been an undervalued if not forgotten part of the American Civil War. This research project discusses the role of Northern women in the war; not only the expected but also the unexpected roles they performed, some as diverse as nurse, spy, musician, and soldier. Women served on and near the battlefield, at home, in the city and countryside, dedicated to the war effort. This paper gives testament to their commitment and sacrifice. The first section of the project offers a historiography of several women as they crossed traditional gender boundaries and served alongside their male ...


Unraveling Anti-Federalist Ideology Through A Conceptual Framework Of Natural Rights, Jacob D. Solt Dec 2011

Unraveling Anti-Federalist Ideology Through A Conceptual Framework Of Natural Rights, Jacob D. Solt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This master thesis begins with a detailed telling of the history of the Anti-Federalist movement. At the time, the United States was undergoing a huge change. The entire government was in the process of being replaced with a fundamentally different one. Dismantling all pre-existing state and local governments, and forming one unitary government. Some people were understandably fearful of this and Anti-Federalism was born.

The Anti-Federalist group was extremely diverse, with internal disagreements on nearly every concept. The author argues that the one thing that all Anti-Federalists mutually agreed upon was the existence of inalienable natural rights including the natural ...


Collective Action Of The American State, Collective Action Of The American Masses, Brett R. Wilcox Jan 2011

Collective Action Of The American State, Collective Action Of The American Masses, Brett R. Wilcox

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis contains three parts:

  1. Whose Side Are You On? : Mob Violence and Collective Action through the Eyes of Revolutionary America
  2. Collective Action of the American State, Collective Action of the American Masses in the 21st Century
  3. Applications of New Knowledge: Student-Centered Resources Focusing on Collective Action in America History


Rock ' N' Roll In The 1950s: Rockin' For Civil Rights, Eric Vaillancourt Jan 2011

Rock ' N' Roll In The 1950s: Rockin' For Civil Rights, Eric Vaillancourt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis has three parts, a historiography and original research into the impact of rock and roll on civil rights in history, original research, and ending with publishable teaching materials on Rock 'n' Roll and the Civil Rights Movement that will take seven class periods to complete. Five of these class periods are set aside for the students to complete a pod cast for the summative assessment portion of the unit. The lessons are planned for seventy-two minute block classes but can easily be adapted to any class period length .


An Exploration Of The Success Of Implementing A Creative Movement Lesson In A Special Education Classroom, Kaleigh C. Schwarz Jan 2011

An Exploration Of The Success Of Implementing A Creative Movement Lesson In A Special Education Classroom, Kaleigh C. Schwarz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study describes the experience of implementing a creative movement lesson in a special education classroom. The lesson was videotaped for further analysis by the researcher, and students were interviewed by the researcher following the lesson to detail their feelings about the experience. The researcher hoped to identify perceived successes and note possible challenges for the instructor and students when implementing a creative movement lesson.

Participants in this study were 3rd-5th grade students from a suburban elementary school in Western, NY. The district serves primarily working, middle class families, and all participants were in the mid to low socio-economic range ...


The Effects Of Movement Activities On Beginning Instrumental String Students' Perception Of Musical Pulse And Rhythm, Claudia Lasch Deiboldt Jan 2010

The Effects Of Movement Activities On Beginning Instrumental String Students' Perception Of Musical Pulse And Rhythm, Claudia Lasch Deiboldt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

My primary purpose for this study was to investigate whether a variety of whole body activities and improvisational movement such as those traditionally used in the general music classroom could be used in the instrumental classroom to assist in internalizing basic musical concepts of steady pulse and rhythm. In addition to seeing improvement in many students' musical responses such tasks provided a window for me to observe and identify other underlying issues that caused difficulty in synchronization and rhythmic performance for some children. This may be the most important discovery of the study; one that will open the way toward ...


Disaster In The Heartland: The American Dust Bowl, Carl R. O'Connor Dec 2009

Disaster In The Heartland: The American Dust Bowl, Carl R. O'Connor

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Homestead Act, introduction of cattle and high yield crops, along with technological transformations in agriculture, and an ill-timed drought cycle began the disaster known as the Dust Bowl. The first section of this thesis project closely examines the Dust Bowl era of American history and the impact on several agricultural regions in the United States, both economically and culturally. It explores the historical cause and effect of this calamitous time in our nation’s history. Discussion of this era also touches on the Great Depression, the New Deal, and other pertinent legislation. In the second section, the project explores ...


Background Classical Music In A First Grade Writer's Workshop, Ann Marie Koukides Aug 2009

Background Classical Music In A First Grade Writer's Workshop, Ann Marie Koukides

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Diverse disciplines claim music as inspiration and muse for great discovery and creativity. From Albert Einstein to Charles Schultz, they praise music for its ability to stir imaginative thought. The impetus for this research project was the desire for a better balanced literacy program. The study sought a greater understanding of the relationship between classical music played in the background of learning settings and successful writing and learning-focused behavior. The purpose then was to examine the impact of music on three components of a first grade writing workshop learning environment – engagement, motivation, and behavior. For the purposes of this study ...


The Immigration Movement From 1880 To Present Day, Elizabeth Barton Grizzanti Dec 2008

The Immigration Movement From 1880 To Present Day, Elizabeth Barton Grizzanti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Immigration is an important topic for today’s upper level high school student as it has bearing on Regents level exams and on today’s societal challenges as we address illegal immigration, its problems and solutions. The central question of this project is simply stated – what are the implications of web-based instruction in a high school history curriculum? In an effort to better equip students and educational peers, this three-part thesis project provides a comprehensive set of lessons on immigration in the United States and a section intended for website use. The first section examines US immigration from 1880-1925 and ...


Native Americans Past And Present, Tiffany Ann Diduro Aug 2008

Native Americans Past And Present, Tiffany Ann Diduro

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

For many years, the minority group of Native Americans and their changing role in our society throughout national history has been overlooked in Social Studies classrooms. This thesis project examines Native American history in the United States-its revisionist aspects as well as exemption from many instructional sources. Through an historical lens, the literature research examines the current information available to teachers and students with regard to Native Americans as they are positioned throughout the United States national timeline. Taking into consideration the roles of Native Americans in the Revolutionary War and early American period through present day, the discussion encompasses ...


Music's Effect On Performance During Writers' Workshop, Caitlin E. Philpott Aug 2008

Music's Effect On Performance During Writers' Workshop, Caitlin E. Philpott

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research attempted to.answer the question, how does music affect the time on task and the number of words/sentences written during writers' workshop. The researcher collected data from a first grade class in an urban school. The researcher used classical music from various artists during writers' workshop. Organized charts and surveys were used to collect the data. The data was analyzed to determine if their was an increase in students' progress.


What Strategies And Activities Help Sixth-Grade Students Acquire Vocabulary?, Janette Canales Aug 2008

What Strategies And Activities Help Sixth-Grade Students Acquire Vocabulary?, Janette Canales

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Vocabulary - a list, a collection, the words of a language which lead to reading and word comprehension. These components are intrinsically, irrevocably linked as the building blocks of communication in any language and are the keys to understanding and learning. Students who lack fluency in language and strategies to acquire the necessary vocabulary struggle in all content areas. This thesis project examines the relationship between contextual reading strategies, multiple intelligence theories, and the partnership of these to improve word acquisition and reading comprehension in a sixth grade classroom. The literature review section highlights the role of the teacher, student assessment ...


United States Foreign Policy From The Marshall Plan Through Iraqi Reconstruction*, Justin Marino Aug 2008

United States Foreign Policy From The Marshall Plan Through Iraqi Reconstruction*, Justin Marino

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Marshall Plan, expressed to the world by Secretary of State George C. Marshall in a speech at Harvard University in 1947, was proposed to resolve the economic need left behind by the devastation of Europe during the conflict of World War II. Cities and towns, industry and agriculture, transportation and commerce lay in ruins. The only major power not damaged in the conflict was the United States. Although US financial and military aid was already present in European countries, Marshall believed the solution to political stability in Western Europe was to be found primarily in their economic recovery. In ...


Popular Culture In The American History Classroom: Using Television, Film, And Popular Music As Primary Source Documents, Mary Kay Maslanka Dec 2007

Popular Culture In The American History Classroom: Using Television, Film, And Popular Music As Primary Source Documents, Mary Kay Maslanka

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teaching American history in the high school classroom is more than reviewing events and memorizing dates and facts, more than a preparatory course for high school students to take high-stakes tests that evaluate what they have learned. It is more than a chance to hone lifelong critical thinking skills for the young citizens who attend. Today’s educators struggle to compromise these two expectations; one that stresses student preparation as well-informed, critical-thinking citizens, and the other that emphasizes success on standardized tests. In order to be successful in both areas of significance, the study of primary sources has become a ...


Origins Of The Cold War, Michael Kiesow Aug 2007

Origins Of The Cold War, Michael Kiesow

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The United States continues its role as a world superpower in the 21st century. Since much of our involvement in global affairs today stems back to the Cold War, it raises the importance of specific instruction in the origins of the Cold War for today’s students. With the influence our nation possesses, and the integral role of citizenry that students will soon acquire as voters, this project argues the relevance of their deep understanding of our historical past which permits the individual to use said insight to form their own opinions and beliefs. This project examines the concept of ...


Connections In History: Past To Present, Cheryl A. Raleigh Aug 2007

Connections In History: Past To Present, Cheryl A. Raleigh

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project examines scholarly work on the Black Plague and considers its import on history from an historian’s perspective. The second section explores the modern epidemic, AIDS, as a similar historical event and discusses the modern day response and effect of this “plague.” The third section of the project offers a global history lesson plan based on the central idea that current events guide our understanding of historical moments utilizing the theme magazine method. The year-long instructional package focuses on foundational lessons that teach historical analysis and understanding of primary and secondary sources, strategies for historical document analysis ...


Fanning The Flames: Interpretations And Reactions To Mccarthyism, Charles Martelle May 2004

Fanning The Flames: Interpretations And Reactions To Mccarthyism, Charles Martelle

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project will examine the meaning of “McCarthyism” and the ways in which writers have portrayed Joseph McCarthy and the era named for him. It will start with the initial effect on the United States, in the 1950s and throughout the Cold War. Contemporary scholarly interpretations will look at what effect the era had on academic freedom, how much of a threat Communism actually was, and how it shaped foreign and domestic policy.

The second section of the paper will delve deeper into the issues on a local level as it uses over 200 editorials and letters to the editor ...