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The Effects On Completion Rates And Comprehension Using A Blended Flipped Classroom With Tiered Instruction In Accounting And Computer Applications High School Classroom, Shari Lynn Mctaggart Dec 2018

The Effects On Completion Rates And Comprehension Using A Blended Flipped Classroom With Tiered Instruction In Accounting And Computer Applications High School Classroom, Shari Lynn Mctaggart

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This study was designed to examine the effects of a blended flipped model classroom with tiered instruction. Students involved in the study were students in grades 9-12, enrolled in either a high school Accounting or Computer Applications class in a private school in Fargo, North Dakota. Data sources included student surveys, summative assessments in the form of assignments and tests, and formative assessments in the form of teacher observations and a student questionnaire completed by participants at the conclusion of the study. Results show student comprehension appears to remain steady with the new method, although more study on student comprehension ...


The Effects Of Record-Keeping On Teacher Self-Efficacy And Student Self-Regulation In The Primary Montessori Classroom, Molly W. Wheeler Dec 2018

The Effects Of Record-Keeping On Teacher Self-Efficacy And Student Self-Regulation In The Primary Montessori Classroom, Molly W. Wheeler

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This paper examines the effects of teacher use of an online record-keeping system on teacher self-efficacy and student self-regulation behavior. Four teachers and thirty-four students between the ages of three and six years old participated in this seven-week study in one of the few Montessori schools in a Latin American capital city. Pre- and post-study data collection methods included a teacher self-efficacy questionnaire and small group discussion, as well as use of the Head-to-Toe Test, a means of measuring children’s self-regulation behavior. For seven weeks, teachers used the program Transparent Classroom to record lessons, inform their lesson presentations, and ...


The Impact Of Grace And Courtesy Instruction And Modeling On The Normalization Of A Montessori Primary Classroom, Kara A. Mahan Dec 2018

The Impact Of Grace And Courtesy Instruction And Modeling On The Normalization Of A Montessori Primary Classroom, Kara A. Mahan

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This action research studied the effect of instructing and modeling grace and courtesy lessons on the normalization of a primary Montessori classroom. The study was conducted at a private, in-home Montessori classroom serving children three to six years of age. Nine students received daily presentations of grace and courtesy lessons over four weeks totaling twenty lessons in all. Sources of data included student-teacher conferencing, tally sheets, behavioral self-assessments, and teacher journaling. Instructing and modeling grace and courtesy lessons resulted in an increase in desired behaviors, a more positive classroom environment, and additional knowledge gained on this subject. Throughout this study ...


The Effect Of Seesaw Technology On Parent Engagement At Private Montessori Schools, Stephanie Kurnava, Jamie Sellhorn Dec 2018

The Effect Of Seesaw Technology On Parent Engagement At Private Montessori Schools, Stephanie Kurnava, Jamie Sellhorn

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The researchers looked at how using Seesaw technology, in a six-week parent education intervention, would affect parent engagement with their children in learning at home as well as parent understanding of Montessori principles. The research participants were 31 parents and 2 teachers at two private, urban Montessori schools. Data was collected through pre and postintervention questionnaires, teacher logs of parent questions, and Seesaw usage data. Through the intervention, we saw parent knowledge of Montessori principles, parent engagement, parent efficacy, and parent confidence in Montessori education beyond preschool increase. Parents also enjoyed interacting with each other as a community of parents ...


The Impact Of Using Seesaw Between Students, Parents, And Teacher In An Elementary Setting, Andrea Jarvis, Zachary Martin Dec 2018

The Impact Of Using Seesaw Between Students, Parents, And Teacher In An Elementary Setting, Andrea Jarvis, Zachary Martin

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This action research project was completed to study the impact that the online communication tool, Seesaw, had on the students, parents, and teacher relationship in an elementary setting. The setting was in two urban schools, one being in Fargo, ND and the other being in Central Minnesota. This study took place with a total of 37 children who are predominantly Caucasian. Data was collected using the following four data sources: Data Notification Tool, Pre and Post-Survey send to parents, and the 1-4 Star Ratings using the Data Folder for pictures and videos of student work. Samples of student work were ...


Read Like You Are Talking To A Friend: The Effects Of Using A Systematic Approach, Including Teacher Modeling, Repeated Reading, And Corrective Feedback On The Reading Fluency And Prosody Of Students In A 6-9-Year-Old Public Montessori Classroom, Catherine E. Munro, Julie A. Foltmer Dec 2018

Read Like You Are Talking To A Friend: The Effects Of Using A Systematic Approach, Including Teacher Modeling, Repeated Reading, And Corrective Feedback On The Reading Fluency And Prosody Of Students In A 6-9-Year-Old Public Montessori Classroom, Catherine E. Munro, Julie A. Foltmer

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine effective ways to improve fluency among lower elementary Montessori students. The study was comprised of 33 students ages 6-9 who attend public Montessori classrooms in North America. The field of research on reading fluency and comprehension was surveyed as a background to support this action research study, which utilized an experimental design, collecting quantitative data through student-generated artifacts. The researchers implemented a reading block into their Montessori classrooms. The large and small group lessons focused on modeled readings from the teacher, repeated readings, and corrective feedback. Data was collected at the beginning ...


The Effect Of Goal Setting And Student Self-Reflection On Motivation And On Task Behavior In The Upper Elementary Public Montessori Environment, Kelsey E. Alesch, Frances E. Niblack-Rickard Dec 2018

The Effect Of Goal Setting And Student Self-Reflection On Motivation And On Task Behavior In The Upper Elementary Public Montessori Environment, Kelsey E. Alesch, Frances E. Niblack-Rickard

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The purpose of this action research project was to study the effects of goal-setting and self-reflection on the intrinsic motivation and on task behavior of students in an upper level (ages 9-12) public Montessori classroom. The project used multiple data sources to better understand the impact of goal-setting and self-reflection on student academic achievement, prosocial behavior, and emotional wellbeing. Teacher-made rating scales and self-reflection prompts were used to determine student outlook on completion of their goals while semi-structured student interviews, given at the beginning, middle, and end of the project, gave insight into student perceptions of goal-setting benefits. After analyzing ...


Speaking To The Numbers: Impacts Of Growth Mindset On Student Mathematics And Achievement, Sarah Rodriguez Aug 2018

Speaking To The Numbers: Impacts Of Growth Mindset On Student Mathematics And Achievement, Sarah Rodriguez

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine if an increase in teacher growth mindset language and practices positively impacted students’ mindset and mathematical achievement. This study took place in a suburban public school. Twenty-one fifth grade students’ mathematics data were collected as part of this study. At the beginning of the academic year, students were administered a mathematical growth mindset survey. During a mathematical unit involving mathematical operations with percentages, taught near the end of the academic year, students’ mathematics journals, mathematics unit pre-and post- assessments, and a teacher reflection journal were collected. The results showed that students increased ...


Impact Of Responsive Classroom And Pbis On Behavior Choices In The Elementary Classroom, Allison Kalkman Aug 2018

Impact Of Responsive Classroom And Pbis On Behavior Choices In The Elementary Classroom, Allison Kalkman

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

Effective teaching encompasses more than instructional strategies, content knowledge, and assessing; effective teachers must be able to manage their classroom and build relationships with the students they work with in order to foster student growth. This study examined what effect Responsive Classroom and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) strategies had on reducing negative student behaviors and improving student attitudes towards school. Over a seven-week period Responsive Classroom and PBIS strategies were utilized as the primary classroom management strategies in a suburban first-grade classroom in Minnesota. Student attitudes towards school were surveyed at the beginning and end of the study in ...


The Effects Of Purposeful Vocabulary Instruction, Kelsey Raasch Aug 2018

The Effects Of Purposeful Vocabulary Instruction, Kelsey Raasch

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The goal of this action research project was to identify the effects of purposeful Tier II vocabulary instruction in a second grade classroom in a suburb of Minnesota. The study participants included 21 second grade students. Students took a baseline assessment to identify comprehension and vocabulary skills before the study was done. After the baseline assessment, students participated in the following interventions focusing on Tier II vocabulary words: once weekly shared reading with Tier II vocabulary words, learning and incorporating ten Tier II vocabulary words into sentences, and completing a partner performance assessment on one Tier II vocabulary word from ...


Social-Emotional Learning In Pre-Primary And Primary Education, Jillian R. Larson, Paige A. Larson, Anna Marie C. Wiatros Aug 2018

Social-Emotional Learning In Pre-Primary And Primary Education, Jillian R. Larson, Paige A. Larson, Anna Marie C. Wiatros

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

Students entering the school setting have a need for explicit instruction to develop their social and emotional competencies. The aim of this research was to study the effects of the Mind+Heart Social Emotional Curriculum as an intervention for pre-primary and primary students. This study consisted of preschool children (age 4) in a daycare setting and kindergarten and second grade students in a public school setting. Over an eight week period various data was collected: pre- and post-conversational dialogues, student journals, student self-assessments, and teacher observation logs of student behavior. The data presented a correlation between implementation and a reduction ...


Scaffolding The Implementation Of The Engineering Design Process Within Stem Based Projects, Jeffrey Kohoutek, Chris Lyons Aug 2018

Scaffolding The Implementation Of The Engineering Design Process Within Stem Based Projects, Jeffrey Kohoutek, Chris Lyons

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The purpose of this research was to improve student understanding and use of the engineering design process by scaffolding instruction of implementation during STEM project-based learning. The study was conducted in a fifth-grade engineering class and a seventh and eighth grade technology class with a total of 79 participants. The researchers collected data through pre and post student questionnaires, student checklists, researcher observations and reflection journals. Findings indicated that scaffolding instruction improved student understanding and implementation of the engineering design process. Further research could indicate the effectiveness of teaching best practices within each step of the process and further understanding ...


Making Feedback Stick: The Effects Of Targeted, Verbal Formative Feedback Strategies On Writing Skill Acquisition For Secondary English Students, Sean Kern Aug 2018

Making Feedback Stick: The Effects Of Targeted, Verbal Formative Feedback Strategies On Writing Skill Acquisition For Secondary English Students, Sean Kern

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

Providing feedback to developing writers that creates lasting changes in their writing presents a challenge for educators. This study investigates the use of a formative feedback system in which students write in staggered groups while receiving targeted, specific verbal feedback on their writing. Participants include thirty-one 10th grade general English students in a suburban high school. Data collection methods include a Google Form data gathering tool, an observation log, teacher-generated journal, and comparison of essay scores using a writing rubric. Results showed an increase in student writing performance, a mindset shift from an external to internal locus-of control, and a ...


The Effects Of Interactive Word Walls On English Language Learners’ Academic Vocabulary Acquisition, Jessica A. Curtis Aug 2018

The Effects Of Interactive Word Walls On English Language Learners’ Academic Vocabulary Acquisition, Jessica A. Curtis

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine if the implementation of interactive word walls influenced student academic vocabulary acquisition and the academic achievement of students in a tenth-grade biology unit with a focus on English Language Learners (ELL). This study took place in a midsized suburban high school in a midwestern state with 64 tenth-grade biology students. A mixed methods research approach was employed that included analysis of pre- and post-tests, weekly formative assessments (quick writes), observation tallies of student word wall usage, student feedback, and a reflective teacher journal. The data showed that the interactive word wall was ...


The Effects Of Collaborative Grouping On Student Engagement In Middle School Students, Jeanine M. Backer, Jaymeson L. Miller, Shannon M. Timmer Aug 2018

The Effects Of Collaborative Grouping On Student Engagement In Middle School Students, Jeanine M. Backer, Jaymeson L. Miller, Shannon M. Timmer

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This action research project investigated the impact of collaborative grouping on students’ engagement in three middle level STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) classrooms. Research was conducted in two rural and one urban setting. Four data collection tools were used: A semantic rating scale (student questionnaire), teacher observations, student interviews, and teacher journaling. Data was categorized into three domains of student engagement: emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. Teamwork strategies were overtly taught to students before the study with additional instruction during the observation process as needed. While quantitative evidence implied a slight decrease in preference for collaborative learning by student’s ...


Working With Immigrant And Refugee Deaf Students: Strategies And Decision-Making Processes Of Interpreters, Carly R. Fischbeck Jun 2018

Working With Immigrant And Refugee Deaf Students: Strategies And Decision-Making Processes Of Interpreters, Carly R. Fischbeck

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This study investigates the work of educational interpreters working with D/deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students who are refugees or immigrants. This investigation occurs at the intersection of several fields of study: American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting, Deaf education, and immigrant and refugee education. Despite the overlap in these fields found in interpreters’ work with DHH refugee and immigrant students, to date no research has studied this work. This pilot study, conducted through four interviews of interpreters working in K-12 settings with DHH refugees and immigrants, explores the current practices of these interpreters in these settings. These practices ...


The Effect Of Purposeful Movement In The Garden On Attention And Focus In The Primarymontessori Classroom, Linda Webb Jun 2018

The Effect Of Purposeful Movement In The Garden On Attention And Focus In The Primarymontessori Classroom, Linda Webb

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This study explores how gardening affects students’ focus and attention in a primary Montessori classroom. Over the course of a four-week intervention, the teacher-researcher provided eleven students with mini-gardening lessons, followed by time to use purposeful movement in the garden. When students returned to the classroom to assume their Montessori work activities, the researcher collected data by recording the time it took the students to get on task, whether or not students were focused, and which unfocused behaviors were exhibited. A pre-and post-attitude scale was completed by the students to determine prior experiences and attitudes towards gardening. The study revealed ...


Nudging Parents Towards Parent Education Emails, Lauren P. Sitarz Jun 2018

Nudging Parents Towards Parent Education Emails, Lauren P. Sitarz

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This research studied the effects three different styles of email content has on sustained parent interest. Emailing is a cost-effective way of offering parents a glimpse inside their child’s classroom; but if parents do not engage with the emails or correspond with the teacher, the effort may be ineffective.. Over six weeks, 81 primary (3 to 6 years-old) parents at a small suburban Montessori school received one of three weekly emails containing photos or text intended to teach parents about Montessori education. The data suggests parents value photos rather than text. Teachers may see sustained engagement by sending regular ...


Collaboration With Interpreters In K-12 Education, Karen E. Brimm May 2018

Collaboration With Interpreters In K-12 Education, Karen E. Brimm

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Educational interpreting for students who are Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH), like other interpreting specializations, involves much more than linguistic competence, message management skills, and cultural competence. An educational interpreter uses those skills and competencies within the K-12 environment populated by other educational professionals (e.g., related services personnel and teachers). Best practices in educational interpreting suggest that collaboration between the interpreter and the rest of the IEP team is fundamental. However, strategies for such collaboration are not outlined in the literature. This two-phase study examined collaboration in the K-12 school setting between educational interpreters and other educational professionals ...


Characterizations Of Conference Interpreting By Sign Language Interpreters, Amanda M. David May 2018

Characterizations Of Conference Interpreting By Sign Language Interpreters, Amanda M. David

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

The definitions and characterizations of conference interpreting work found in the literature primarily refer to the work done by spoken language interpreters. As many American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpreters currently work in conference settings, it is important to define and characterize conference interpreting for this group of practitioners. A mixed methods approach was used to learn about the experiences of sign language interpreters working in conference settings. This paper will discuss the inherent features of conference environments experienced by sign language interpreters, ways in which conference work differs from generalist work, and the changes in the process by which ...


Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon May 2018

Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This phenomenological case study explores the racial microaggression committed by ASL– English interpreters. Data regarding microaggression events were collected by documenting experiences of Deaf People of Color through semi-structured interviews. To date, there is not any identified research investigating this topic. The field of professional sign language interpretation has a historical praxis of centering White epistemologies, while marginalizing the lived experiences of both Deaf and hearing People of Color in both formative interpreter education, as well as professional trainings. The growing interest in topics relating to social justice in the field of sign language interpretation has brought about an increase ...


The Evolution Of Coda Interpreters, Athena Crosby-Martin May 2018

The Evolution Of Coda Interpreters, Athena Crosby-Martin

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Hearing children born to deaf parents, known as Codas are born into a world where they are bimodal bilingual, as well as bicultural. They must navigate the distinct differences between spoken and signed languages and hearing and Deaf communities, often acting as interpreters for situations well beyond their maturity level. Codas simultaneously belong to both worlds, but to neither. Many Codas go on to become professional interpreters, and their unique childhood experience and identities create a space of complexity within the interpreting community. Older Codas grew up in a time before technological aids to the Deaf were available, or professional ...


Exploring Deaf Physicians’ And Physician Trainees’ Experiences With Designated Interpreters, Todd S.K. Agan May 2018

Exploring Deaf Physicians’ And Physician Trainees’ Experiences With Designated Interpreters, Todd S.K. Agan

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

The term “designated interpreter,” introduced by Hauser, Finch, and Hauser (2008), continues to be an emerging concept in the field of signed language interpretation. Whereas this role has been discussed by deaf professional and designated interpreter teams, or by interpreters themselves, there is a lack of perspective on this role exclusively from those deaf professionals who work with interpreters. Using a demographic survey and an ethnographic interview, deaf physicians and physician trainees were asked about their experiences with interpreters for this pilot study, and to conceptualize what a designated interpreter is and does. Results of this study suggest that a ...


Meeting The Interpreting Needs Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing High School Students, Ursula P. Dierauer May 2018

Meeting The Interpreting Needs Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing High School Students, Ursula P. Dierauer

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This small scale pilot study asked how deaf and hard of hearing high school students currently perceive the effectiveness of their educational interpreting services and how those same students suggest interpreting services could be improved. In order to do so data was collected via survey and focus group from deaf and hard of hearing students attending a large Midwestern school district. Results yielded themes regarding student comfort with interpreters, student satisfaction with interpreters, logistical issues with an interpreted education, interpreter attributes, and ways in which students could work alongside interpreters. From these results recommendations to the school district and educational ...


Language Preferences Of Deaf Employees At The Department Of Defense, Trisha H. Montgomery May 2018

Language Preferences Of Deaf Employees At The Department Of Defense, Trisha H. Montgomery

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

In the last 10 years, the workplace setting has become a new research topic in the field of signed language interpreting. This research, an adapted study from Birr (2010), looked at the language preferences among Deaf employees at the Department of Defense (DoD). Participants assessed an interpretation from spoken English to American Sign Language (ASL) and a transliteration from spoken English to contact sign. They then provided feedback regarding the two language models and which language model they preferred for each of eight specific settings commonly found in the federal government environment. This study considered various factors influencing the language ...


Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy Dekorte Sullivan May 2018

Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy Dekorte Sullivan

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This paper describes an initial discourse analysis of a homily (sermon) given in American Sign Language (ASL) at a Catholic mass in the presence of a Deaf congregation. The data for the analysis was obtained using a digital video recording made as the homily was being presented. Using ELAN, a program developed for linguistic analysis, the homily was transcribed. Discourse features that make this homily coherent, interesting, and engaging were noted. While many features were observed, three were chosen for analysis: pausing, listing, and the prolific presence of mouthing English words throughout the ASL discourse. The structure of the Catholic ...


Exploring The Work Of K-12 Interpreters At One School For The Deaf, Lena K. Stavely May 2018

Exploring The Work Of K-12 Interpreters At One School For The Deaf, Lena K. Stavely

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Emergent signers are Deaf students with a spoken language foundation who are learning within educational environments where ASL is the shared and dominant language. Emergent signers’ growing presence within Deaf school classrooms has created a new opportunity in educational interpreting research because they require spoken language interpreting services while learning within these settings. Interpreting is produced primarily from ASL to spoken English. This pilot case study illuminates the factors that influence interpreters’ decision-making in an ASL-dominant K-12 educational setting, at one school for the Deaf. Furthermore, the study documents strategies used by interpreters in response to those factors. This project ...


Effects Of Storytelling On Emotional Development, Elizabeth Erickson May 2018

Effects Of Storytelling On Emotional Development, Elizabeth Erickson

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This action research project was completed to test the effects of storytelling on the emotional development of three to six-year-old children in a Montessori primary (PreK-K) environment. The setting was a rural school, and this study took place in an environment with 28 children who are predominantly Caucasian and come from upper-middle-class families. Data was collected using a tally sheet, observational field notes, a small group discussion rubric and an observational rubric. Storytelling took place each day and stories centered around emotions like anger, sadness, and frustration. The adult would share a story first, then invite the children to share ...


Effects Of Collaboration On Elementary Teachers, Meghan M. Jackson May 2018

Effects Of Collaboration On Elementary Teachers, Meghan M. Jackson

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

This action research study investigated the effects of bi-weekly, guided, intentional and collaborative classroom material development on the teaching practice of elementary teachers. The study was conducted at a private Montessori school of 125 students, and two elementary teachers participated. Data was collected using a variety of research tools including participant self-assessments, a prepared environment rubric, post-collaboration meeting reflection pages, daily reflection pages and a final conference with the teachers at the end of the research period. Both teachers expressed positive feelings towards the collaborative approach of enhancing their classrooms. The teachers also appreciated the ability to share ideas and ...


Montessori Family Education, Katharina Vidojevic May 2018

Montessori Family Education, Katharina Vidojevic

Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers

Montessori family education is a stepping stone in forming a bridge between school and home. This action research is focused on increasing familial attendance in Montessori education classes. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods are important tools in discovering the needs of the school community. Attendance, Likert scales and feedback questionnaires were useful tools in reaching out to the familial community. Implementing the changes based on the research results showed a drastic increase in attendance. With families leading busy lives, the school meeting them half way showed positive quantitative and qualitative results. This study had a maximum of 28 families ...