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The Role Of Virtual Communication Platforms In Academically Supporting Post-Secondary Students, Eldora M. Fosmire Dec 2018

The Role Of Virtual Communication Platforms In Academically Supporting Post-Secondary Students, Eldora M. Fosmire

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

While many consider college students to be digital natives, who are at ease with multiple forms of technology, many of these students do not adapt these skills for academic purposes. Retention concerns for college students often prompt support staff to seek out and adopt technology approaches to promote completion. This study provided a virtual learning platform to deliver academic support and sought to promote learning community interaction for rural and urban post-secondary students. A subset of vocational major programs that prepare students for employment after completion served as a participant pool. However, participants in the study chose not to use ...


The Impact Of A Collaborative Data-Inquiry Culture, As Promoted By The Harvard University Data Wise Improvement Process, On Student Achievement., Kenneth I. Barrie Dec 2018

The Impact Of A Collaborative Data-Inquiry Culture, As Promoted By The Harvard University Data Wise Improvement Process, On Student Achievement., Kenneth I. Barrie

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The study examined the impact of a collaborative data-inquiry culture, promoted by the Harvard University Data Wise Improvement Process (DWIP), on student achievement. 58 teacher surveys and PARCC scores for 2, 631 students were taken from four middle schools in a minority district. A quantitative method and a quasi-experimental one-sample-pretest-posttest design were used. Analysis involved Chi-Squared tests followed by pairwise comparisons. Statistical significance was determined using standard alpha of p ppppppp< 0.00556. Future research should focus on a larger school sample, data on the student level, and the impact of the DWIP on school culture.


Social Media And Academic Performance: Assisting Academic Achievement For English Language Learners, Eduardo D. Moreno Dec 2018

Social Media And Academic Performance: Assisting Academic Achievement For English Language Learners, Eduardo D. Moreno

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative retrospective, causal-comparative study was to examine what, if any, statistically significant difference existed between Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematical and reading achievement of English Language Learners (ELL) in a school using Seesaw—a social media platform—and those in a school not using Seesaw in an elementary school setting in Northern California. The population of ELL third and fourth-grade students within each participating school was 52, for a total of 104 participants. All ELL students in this study come from Spanish speaking homes and were Spanish speakers. Collection of data occurred through the MAP ...


Blended Learning In Middle School Art: A Qualitative Case Study, Michele Mars Dec 2018

Blended Learning In Middle School Art: A Qualitative Case Study, Michele Mars

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this exploratory qualitative case study was to explore the actions of one middle school art teacher implementing blended learning methods in an eighth grade art class to understand what effect the art teacher perceives blended learning has on eighth grade middle school art students’ engagement in the subject matter. Mezirow’s Transformational Theory was the framework that guided the study. The study was conducted in a rural middle school located in the Midwest region of the United States over a nine-week period focusing on one middle school art teacher and an eighth grade art class using blended ...


A Case Study Of Fine Arts Teachers’ Perceptions Of Eportfolio Evaluation As Professional Development, Jacquelynn S. Demontmollin Dec 2018

A Case Study Of Fine Arts Teachers’ Perceptions Of Eportfolio Evaluation As Professional Development, Jacquelynn S. Demontmollin

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative case study illustrated perceptions of seven fine arts teachers who were veteran participants in an ePortfolio evaluation method (with three or more years participation). The research questions centered on professional growth, reflection, and the impact ePortfolio had on the craft of teaching. A blended conceptual framework of Schön’s (1983, 1987) theory of reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action, and Mezirow’s (1991) transformative learning theory was applied to analyze the data. The researcher explored types of reflection fine arts teachers perceive through ePortfolio evaluation, and how the process of ePortfolio evaluation doubled as a professional development for some teachers. Through ...


Fundraising Managers’ Perceptions Of Online Education’S Influence On Fundraising Practices And Giving, Peter J. Szucs Dec 2018

Fundraising Managers’ Perceptions Of Online Education’S Influence On Fundraising Practices And Giving, Peter J. Szucs

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The influence of online education on higher education fundraising practices and giving patterns is not well understood. This qualitative case study explored how fundraising managers perceived the impact of online education on higher education fundraising. To explore this phenomenon, the researcher interviewed fundraising managers at private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the western United States, and reviewed publicly available documents on the participant schools fundraising and financial information. The interviews demonstrated that study participants were concerned about connecting with graduates of online programs, and perceived that online students may have less affinity for their alma mater than on-ground alumni. The ...


Community College Students’ Perceived Value Of High School Career And Technical Education Program Experiences, Martin Douglass Dec 2018

Community College Students’ Perceived Value Of High School Career And Technical Education Program Experiences, Martin Douglass

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The goal of this qualitative, narrative inquiry study was to explore the voices of community college students who have taken Career and Technical Education (CTE) while in high school, investigate if they perceived value from their high school CTE classes, and determine how those experiences impacted their high school and college educations (cf. Association for Career and Technical Education, 2016; American Institutes for Research, 2013; Southern Regional Education Board, 2008). The central research question for the dissertation was: What value do local community college students believe their high school Career and Technical Education program participation provided? The screening survey had ...


Accuplacer Placement Cutoff Scores As Predictors Of Freshman Performance: A Correlational Analysis, Lulani Tomaszewski Dec 2018

Accuplacer Placement Cutoff Scores As Predictors Of Freshman Performance: A Correlational Analysis, Lulani Tomaszewski

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

There is uncertainty on how to maximize freshman performance in an English course when students have competing placement scores. Students who have scored above the cutoff score on one of the English placement tests (either reading or writing) and scored below the cutoff score on the other are not systematically placed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether ACCUPLACER placement cutoff scores in reading and writing predicted performance in first-semester English courses and first-semester cumulative GPA among incoming students at a community college in the Pacific Northwest during the 2015−2016 and 2016−2017 school years. Two research ...


Determining Impact Of Appreciative Inquiry: A Case Study, Kimberly Davis Dec 2018

Determining Impact Of Appreciative Inquiry: A Case Study, Kimberly Davis

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative study was an exploratory, single-case study from the perspectives of Appreciative Inquiry [AI] practitioners that explored how they determined the impact of an Inquiry. Through AI worldwide, the common call to action has been for empirical, critical analysis of the theory and practices of AI (Bushe, 1998; Bushe & Marshak, 2011, 2014, 2015; Clarke, n.d.; Conklin, 2009; Grant & Humphries, 2006; Hart, Conklin, & Allen, 2008; Kessler, 2013; Tartell & Vogel, 2017; Willoughby & Tosey, 2007). Bushe and Marshak (2013) stated a lack of unifying theory of change being offered and “a rather large gulf between academics who study change from narrative and interpretive premises and Organization Development (OD) practitioners who use ...


Critical Reflection And Mainstream Teachers’ Implementation Of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol For English Language Learners: A Case Study, Teneisha Mcneil Dec 2018

Critical Reflection And Mainstream Teachers’ Implementation Of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol For English Language Learners: A Case Study, Teneisha Mcneil

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The researcher in this study investigated questions that explored (a) what are the frames of reference of mainstream teachers who instruct English learners in the mainstream classroom, (b) how the use of critical reflection and implementation of sheltered instruction observation protocol (SIOP) influence mainstream teachers’ efficacy of instructional delivery, and (c) how do mainstream teachers construct meaning and encourage their professional growth through their use of critical reflection and sheltered instruction observation protocol. Using a case study methodology, the researcher sought to answer these questions using relative literature and theories that exist within the field of education. The goal of ...


Reducing Runway Incursions: The Role Of Collaboration, Education, And Training, Billy Metallinos Dec 2018

Reducing Runway Incursions: The Role Of Collaboration, Education, And Training, Billy Metallinos

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Runway incursions are a major threat to aviation safety and can cause major delays and collisions that have significant human and financial implications for airlines. This study investigated how training, education, and collaboration may be improved to reduce the occurrence of runway incursions at airports. Data collection involved interviews, a focus group, and document analysis to explore the participants’ perceptions. The interviews and focus group involved a purposive sample of 12 pilots, air traffic controllers, airport administrators, and ground personnel. The interviews and focus group transcripts were chunked, coded, and patterns sought to form five key themes addressing the research ...


Teacher And Student Perceptions Of Digital Skills: A Qualitative Case Study, Dawn B. Prescott Dec 2018

Teacher And Student Perceptions Of Digital Skills: A Qualitative Case Study, Dawn B. Prescott

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The idea that today’s learners possess uniquely advanced digital skills continues to persist in the field of education, yet a significant void may exist between the formal digital literacy skills today’s students possess and the essential skills they need to be digitally competent, lifelong learners. The purpose of this research study was to explore teachers’ and students’ perceptions of students’ digital literacy for learning. These two research questions guided the study: 1) How do teachers perceive their students’ digital literacy skills as effective for learning? and 2) How do students perceive their digital literacy skills as effective for ...


The Difference Between Teacher Candidates’ And Veteran Teachers’ Perceptions Of Motivation, Nishika Edwards Dec 2018

The Difference Between Teacher Candidates’ And Veteran Teachers’ Perceptions Of Motivation, Nishika Edwards

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

In this study, motivational levels and self-efficacy of educators are assessed as a case study. Twenty-two participants were divided into three subgroups engaged in the study. The subgroups included a group of teacher candidates who had recently declared their majors, a group of teacher candidates who had completed all of their coursework, and a group of veteran teachers who had completed a formal teacher education evaluation system. An academic motivational scale was administered to determine if the participants are extrinsically or intrinsically motivated to be an educator. In addition, a teacher self-efficacy scale was administered to distinguish the self-efficacy beliefs ...


The Impact Of Teacher Self-Efficacy On Methodology And The Use Of Graphing Technology In Teaching Factoring Quadratic Functions: Perspectives Of International Introductory Algebra Teachers, Malgorzata Mart Dec 2018

The Impact Of Teacher Self-Efficacy On Methodology And The Use Of Graphing Technology In Teaching Factoring Quadratic Functions: Perspectives Of International Introductory Algebra Teachers, Malgorzata Mart

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The primary purpose of the study was to determine whether there is a relationship between self-efficacy of international algebra teachers and their level of incorporating technology in teaching factoring quadratic functions to introductory algebra students. The secondary purpose of the study was to examine the influence of self-efficacy on the perspective of international teachers with respect to the methods they use to teach factoring quadratic functions to introductory algebra students. The participants, 54 mathematics educators form 15 countries on five continents, replied to the UVGIA survey instrument. Quantitative analysis of data brought two results. There is a strong positive relationship ...


Parents' Experiences Working With Their Adolescent Children On Secondary Mathematics Homework In Relation To Epstein’S Framework Of Involvement: A Phenomenological Study, Rebecca Ann White Dec 2018

Parents' Experiences Working With Their Adolescent Children On Secondary Mathematics Homework In Relation To Epstein’S Framework Of Involvement: A Phenomenological Study, Rebecca Ann White

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative study was conducted at a rural school located in southwest Louisiana with an enrollment of 767 students during the Spring of the 2017-18 academic school year (XXXXX School Board, 2018). A descriptive phenomenological research methodology was used to investigate the experiences of parents working with their adolescent children on their secondary mathematics homework. A sample of seven parents participated in this study. The criteria used for a parent to qualify was having an adolescent child taking secondary mathematics courses during the 2017-18 school year. Data were collected using one-on-one interviews with individual participants during the summer of 2018 ...


Effects Of Standardized Testing In Urban Turn Around Schools, Melida Jemmott Nov 2018

Effects Of Standardized Testing In Urban Turn Around Schools, Melida Jemmott

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Standardized tests are intended to show what students have learned and retained in a classroom setting. The purpose of the qualitative case study was to understand the effects of standardized testing in urban turn around schools. The research question that guided the study was: What are the experiences of teachers regarding the use of standardized testing, in urban turnaround schools in the south? The sample was obtained through a snowball strategy, and it consisted of 11 participants who were teachers from an Izone school in the Southern United States. The data obtained were interviews and artifacts (lesson plans). Inductive analysis ...


A Case Study Of The Perceptions Of Teacher Job Satisfaction Working Under A Transformational And Distributed Leadership Style, James A. Diaz Nov 2018

A Case Study Of The Perceptions Of Teacher Job Satisfaction Working Under A Transformational And Distributed Leadership Style, James A. Diaz

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative, single-embedded multiple-case study was to explore the perceptions of teachers’ working in a transformational and distributed leadership style at a large comprehensive rural high school in South Central Texas. The research was conducted on a campus that has a total teaching staff of 170 and serves approximately 2,000 socioeconomically and racially diverse students. The sample consisted of 15 teachers, approximately one third of the purposive sample pool, with 1–6 years of teaching experience. For each participant, a preinterview open-ended questionnaire, the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), and a semistructured in-person interview provided data. The ...


A Case Study To Determine Classroom And Field Educator Perspectives On Occupational Therapy Student Readiness For Transition To Clinical Practice, Pamela Karp Nov 2018

A Case Study To Determine Classroom And Field Educator Perspectives On Occupational Therapy Student Readiness For Transition To Clinical Practice, Pamela Karp

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

In occupational therapy education, fieldwork is essential to preparing students for licensure and practice. Fieldwork is where students are afforded opportunities to assimilate knowledge gained through didactic coursework into newly constructed knowledge developed through practice in authentic clinical environments. The classroom and the field represent diverse and unique teaching and learning environments which students are required to successfully navigate. Facilitating student success these environments requires the efforts of educators and the students themselves. Understanding educator perspectives about student readiness for practice in fieldwork settings can advance organized professional educator development, lead to improved academic curriculums, and more productive communication between ...


The Relationship Between Social Integration In Learning Community And Retention Of Freshmen Minority Students, Christopher A. Phekni Nov 2018

The Relationship Between Social Integration In Learning Community And Retention Of Freshmen Minority Students, Christopher A. Phekni

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This dissertation examined whether student social integration through participation in a learning community is associated with the retention of freshman minority students from the first semester to the second semester of their first year in college. A web-based Qualtrics survey questionnaire was administered through social media to the target population of freshmen aged at least 18 years old in learning communities across the United States. A correlational quantitative research design was utilized to address the research questions. The study examined whether retention between freshmen first and second semester relates to their social experiences in a learning community. In addition, this ...


Interprofessional Education: How Curriculum Influences And Develops Future Healthcare Professionals, Karen Keune Nov 2018

Interprofessional Education: How Curriculum Influences And Develops Future Healthcare Professionals, Karen Keune

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The value of higher education is a topic of great consideration and discussion, not only for current and future students, but also for legislators, educators, and employers. A college degree is more than a pathway toward advanced knowledge in a given subject; it is a component of a larger outcome beyond a diploma, it's a job. While the scale of employment opportunities appears to rise for those with a college degree, it is not enough to guarantee security for new graduates, no matter their topic of study. More than a competency in the field of study is required to ...


Game Play In Education: An Exploration Of The What, How, And Why, Carrin Lynn Blyth Nov 2018

Game Play In Education: An Exploration Of The What, How, And Why, Carrin Lynn Blyth

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This study explored whether teachers utilize games in the classroom, known as gamification and, if so, whether they used games according to game theory that exists in the field of gaming and game design. In higher education and secondary environments, educators report that problems exist as far as student behavior and engagement. Many students do not want to learn. The literature review conducted as part of this study indicated that when teachers gamified their classrooms few empirical investigations were conducted in the K-12 setting; another shortcoming was a lack of a uniform classification system for game elements among the literature ...


Teachers’ Description Of Multiple Initiatives Implementation: A Phenomenological Study, Angie Spann Nov 2018

Teachers’ Description Of Multiple Initiatives Implementation: A Phenomenological Study, Angie Spann

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive phenomenological study was to describe the lived experience of K-12 public school teachers who have implemented multiple initiatives in a Wyoming school district. This study sought to answer two research questions: (1) How do K-12 public school teachers describe their lived experience with implementing multiple initiatives? (2) How does the lived experience of K-12 public school teachers implementing multiple initiatives help to understand whether teachers are experiencing initiative fatigue? A descriptive phenomenological design was used to investigate to experience of 12 K-12 teachers in a southwest Wyoming public school district who experience multiple initiative ...


Teachers' Experiences In Urban Turnaround Schools: A Phenomenological Study, Nicole Holsted Ciancetta Nov 2018

Teachers' Experiences In Urban Turnaround Schools: A Phenomenological Study, Nicole Holsted Ciancetta

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This phenomenological study explored teachers’ lived experiences in relation to teacher retention in urban turnaround schools and how the essential elements of the relational cultural theory may contribute to experienced teachers’ decisions to remain in the workplace. The study sought to uncover the phenomenon of teacher retention regarding the workplace, specifically in an urban turnaround school environment, and sought to understand teachers’ lived experiences and why they have remained in the urban turnaround environment. All participants had at least 4 years of experience and had taught in urban turnaround schools located in a city in the Midwest. A phenomenological approach ...


School-Age Child Care Teachers’ Perceptions Of Quality Programming In Southeastern Michigan, Angelita S. Jacobs Nov 2018

School-Age Child Care Teachers’ Perceptions Of Quality Programming In Southeastern Michigan, Angelita S. Jacobs

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Parents look to child care programs to provide supervised oversight for their children when they are unable to provide the care. Quality school-age care is important because program type and staff-student interactions can affect the participant’s engagement and belonging as well as promote social-emotional and character development. Perceptions of quality programming with school-agers have not received the same attention and research interest as services for younger children. I examined school-age child care teachers’ perceptions of experiences and challenges with operating quality programs in one school district in southeastern Michigan to better understand their perspectives. The study was guided by ...


A Phenomenological Study On The Role Of Teacher Mentor Programs On Educator Careers: Perspectives From Across The Career Continuum, Kim Werth Nov 2018

A Phenomenological Study On The Role Of Teacher Mentor Programs On Educator Careers: Perspectives From Across The Career Continuum, Kim Werth

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences and perspectives of teachers from across the career continuum regarding teacher mentor programs. Thirteen teachers from different stages of the teacher career continuum took part in the study. The conceptual framework for this study focused on high teacher attrition rates among early-career teachers as a primary factor in present and projected shortages in the United States. Associated with the conceptual framework is Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory which supports the notion that new teachers learn about their profession through interaction and collaboration with their ...


A Qualitative Comparison Case Study Evaluation Of The Emotional Intelligence Of College Health Care Business Students, Cheryl Nutter Nov 2018

A Qualitative Comparison Case Study Evaluation Of The Emotional Intelligence Of College Health Care Business Students, Cheryl Nutter

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Health care is undergoing significant transition in practice models, payment structures, and assessment strategies requiring health care leaders to adapt to support transition and lead change (Larkin, 2015; Miles, 2017). There is speculation that current health leaders lack the necessary awareness to connect the patient’s needs with critical business decisions (Quy, 2017). If this ability is lacking in current employees, academic institutions should evaluate college students to determine if there is a gap in knowledge that can be identified. Using emotional intelligence (EI) as the conceptual framework, this study aims to evaluate EI in college health care management (HCM ...


Understanding The Liberal Arts Experience: Developing Leadership Skills From Classical Education, Christina Kloch Nov 2018

Understanding The Liberal Arts Experience: Developing Leadership Skills From Classical Education, Christina Kloch

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This descriptive case study seeks to determine how public high school students perceive the value of participating in liberal arts activities and how they believe these activities influence their academic success and future choices after their high school graduation. Participants were selected from students who participated in both a liberal arts and leadership activity at the research site during the 2018 spring semester. The eight selected participants were asked to complete an initial interview and a member checking interview. The researcher also observed each participant’s leadership activities twice. Themes emerging from the collected data included participant’s access to ...


A Correlational Study Of Factors That Contribute To Private School Enrollment: School Culture And Physical Facilities, David Warmbier Nov 2018

A Correlational Study Of Factors That Contribute To Private School Enrollment: School Culture And Physical Facilities, David Warmbier

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Private schools all over the country are declining and closing whereas many schools are growing and flourishing (Gilmore & Rush, 2013). Since competition is so strong, it is important to understand the key factors that contribute to enrollment (Frost, 2014). This study explored two factors in particular: the condition of the physical facilities and the culture and climate of the school. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to examine what type of relationship, if any, exists between the dependent variable of change in private school enrollment and each of the two independent variables: the rating of condition of facilities ...


Understanding The Academic Achievement Of African American Scholars: An Intrinsic Case Study Of An Urban High School, Cluny Lavache Nov 2018

Understanding The Academic Achievement Of African American Scholars: An Intrinsic Case Study Of An Urban High School, Cluny Lavache

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative intrinsic case study focused on the academic achievement and success of African American alumni students in an urban school district in New York City. The researcher sought to answer the following research questions: (a) How do urban, African American high school alumni perceive and describe the quality of education they received as impacting their studies and their success?; (b) How do alumni describe the social and cultural factors that contributed to and influenced the quality of education they received?; and (c) How do social and cultural factors influence their trajectory towards high academic achievement and/or success? Data ...


Experiences Of Faculty In The Design And Development Of Sustainability Education In Higher Education Curricula: A Case Study Of A Southeastern College, Tina Wilson Nov 2018

Experiences Of Faculty In The Design And Development Of Sustainability Education In Higher Education Curricula: A Case Study Of A Southeastern College, Tina Wilson

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Sustainability is a global concern; sustainability education is a logical and necessary response to that concern. There is very little research regarding the integration of sustainability concepts in higher education curriculum and delivery of instructional strategies. Sustainability education in higher education is a multifaceted phenomenon studied through a variety of lenses. The lens for this qualitative, descriptive single case study was curriculum design and development from the experiences and perspectives of a faculty involved in the process. The case study college was one of several institutions of higher education that responded to campus interest and expectations regarding sustainability education. This ...