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How Retrospective Miscue Analysis Might Impact A Child's Understanding Of The Reading Process, Elizabeth Rose Farrell Dec 2010

How Retrospective Miscue Analysis Might Impact A Child's Understanding Of The Reading Process, Elizabeth Rose Farrell

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study seeks to answer the following questions: How might Retrospective Miscue Analysis impact a child's understanding of the reading process?

1. How might RMA impact a student's perceptions of himself/herself as a reader?
2. How might the student's definition of reading change throughout the process?
3. How might the student's comprehension of text be impacted by the implementation of multiple RMA sessions?
4. What strategies and language might the child begin to use as he/she progresses through the RMA sessions?


Administrators' Reasons To Provide Or Withhold Recess, Elyse Marie Benamati Dec 2010

Administrators' Reasons To Provide Or Withhold Recess, Elyse Marie Benamati

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There is controversy in the field of education over the decline of recess in the United States of America. This thesis examines and includes what recess is, the history of recess and its current trend of decline, and the benefits and troubles of recess. In an attempt to explore the possible explanations for the decline of recess, this thesis also reports data gathered from interviews with administrators who have the authority to provide or withhold recess.


Using Classroom Response Systems In A Tenth Grade High School Geometry Classroom In A Suburban School District, Melissa Ann Mccumiskey Dec 2010

Using Classroom Response Systems In A Tenth Grade High School Geometry Classroom In A Suburban School District, Melissa Ann Mccumiskey

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project will investigate the ways in which the classroom response system (CRS) affects student learning and attitude during instruction. Comparisons of unit test scores for students who used the CRS and for students who did not use the CRS were compared. Surveys were administered to students in regards to their experiences in using the CRS. Thirty - nine students from two tenth grade geometry classes were participants in this study. It was reported at the end of the study that test scores increased significantly when the CRS was used. The CRS also increased levels of interest and participation. Implications for ...


Teachers' Attitudes About Reward Systems In The Classroom, Jessica Drexler Dec 2010

Teachers' Attitudes About Reward Systems In The Classroom, Jessica Drexler

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The present study investigates teacher's attitudes about rewards in the classroom. A sample of elementary teachers was surveyed to examine how rewards were used with their students. Teacher's attitudes about rewards were also measured. Results indicated that all teachers in the sample use some kind of reward in their classroom. The majority of teachers thought that rewards can help increase participation and academic achievement. Overall teachers did not feel that student's intrinsic motivation decreased when extrinsic rewards were given.


Relationships Between Teachers' Attitudes And Homework Practices In A Rural Public Middle School, Diana Marie Dettelis Dec 2010

Relationships Between Teachers' Attitudes And Homework Practices In A Rural Public Middle School, Diana Marie Dettelis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Based on the lack of prior research and inconsistency regarding teachers and homework, this study focuses on the teachers' influential decisions that pertain to homework. In the current study, the research question addressed is: What is the relationship between teachers' attitudes toward homework and their homework practices?


Guided Reading In The Elementary Classroom: Assessing Student Progress To Inform And Individualize Guided Reading Instruction, Jennifer Lyndsay Powell Dec 2010

Guided Reading In The Elementary Classroom: Assessing Student Progress To Inform And Individualize Guided Reading Instruction, Jennifer Lyndsay Powell

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to determine what reading assessments teachers are using to inform their guided reading instruction. The ways that teachers use the data from the assessments in terms of guided reading instruction and grouping was also addressed. Finally, the frequency of the administration of assessments will also be a critical piece of this study.


Northern And Southern Intentionality In The Civil War: Using Graphic Representations To Help Students Visualize The Past, Allison Tavino Dec 2010

Northern And Southern Intentionality In The Civil War: Using Graphic Representations To Help Students Visualize The Past, Allison Tavino

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis on the American Civil War consists of the following three parts:

Part I: Historiographical Analysis: Why the South Lost the Civil War

Part II: Original Research: Courage, Honor, and Devotion to Family: The Values of a Deserter in the Confederate Army

Part III: Curriculum Development: The Gettysburg Address and Northern Intentionality: Using Graphic Representations to Visualize the Past


The Integration Of Culture Into Foreign Language Classrooms, Michael Marcal Dec 2010

The Integration Of Culture Into Foreign Language Classrooms, Michael Marcal

Senior Honors Theses

The integration of culture into foreign language education is a necessity in order to teach students in the best manner possible and allow them to learn a second language correctly and successfully. Culture is the driving force behind learning other languages. Culture can be defined as “anything and everything humankind has invented” and varies from country to country and household to household (Pfister 4) Students need to learn about foreign cultures for a number of reasons such as understanding others’ viewpoints, personal encounters with foreign cultures, and to put the language into context.

Not only is the teaching and learning ...


An Examination Of Parents' Responses To The Use Of Literacy Kits In Order To Further The Support Of Their Child's Literacy Education, Jillian Sara Fisher Nov 2010

An Examination Of Parents' Responses To The Use Of Literacy Kits In Order To Further The Support Of Their Child's Literacy Education, Jillian Sara Fisher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The literacy achievement of students was found to be closely related to the involvement of their parents in the classroom and the continuation of literacy activities in the home (Clark, 2007). This thesis describes the process of gathering and analyzing data to answer specific research questions regarding the reactions of parents and students to home literacy activities. This study examined the impact of providing parents with tools and knowledge to make an impact on their children's literacy education. The purpose of this study was to examine parents' responses to support their child' s literacy education by using literacy kits ...


Researching The Influence Of Families Sharing Viewing Experiences On Motivation And Attention In The Classroom, Jill Anne Albertson Nov 2010

Researching The Influence Of Families Sharing Viewing Experiences On Motivation And Attention In The Classroom, Jill Anne Albertson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to observe the students motivation and interest in a subject after sharing multi-media experiences in science with their parents/ guardians. I also compared the parents' and students' perceptions of the experience as it pertained to emotion, comprehension, and relation to past-shared viewing experiences. I would like to see if a shared experience in science literacy reflected in their classroom participation and motivation. The questions I asked in this study were:

1) How do students and their parents perceive the importance of sharing family literacy experiences at home?

2 ) How do family viewing literacy experiences ...


The Impact Of A Smart Board On The Literacy Teaching And Learning In An Inclusion Third Grade Classroom, Stephanie Anne Ferris Sep 2010

The Impact Of A Smart Board On The Literacy Teaching And Learning In An Inclusion Third Grade Classroom, Stephanie Anne Ferris

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis reviews the impact of a SMART Board on the literacy learning and teaching in a third grade inclusion classroom. The research answered the following questions: How does the use of a Smart Board impact the teaching and learning of literacy in a third grade inclusion classroom? How will my pedagogy need to change to adapt to the integration of the SMART Board technology? How will using interactive technology impact the way my students construct knowledge? How will using interactive technology influence my students' motivation and engagement in learning? The SMART Board brought interactivity, creativity and fun into the ...


The Effects Of Homework On Student Achievement, Jennifer M. Hayward Sep 2010

The Effects Of Homework On Student Achievement, Jennifer M. Hayward

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to determine how implementing a homework correction plan effects student achievement in mathematics. There are numerous unique plans regarding homework that teachers use and often these varieties occur within the same school or district. Through my research, I found many recommendations for length of homework, the amount of time students should spend on homework, etc. , but none that focused on having students make corrections to their homework. I believe if students are made aware of their misconceptions and have the opportunity to correct them on their homework assignments, the learning will carry over to ...


Rochester Coughed The 1918 Influenza Epidemic In Rochester, New York, Daniel D. Cody Aug 2010

Rochester Coughed The 1918 Influenza Epidemic In Rochester, New York, Daniel D. Cody

History Master's Theses

A massive war engulfed the world in 1918. Enormous armies of men laid waste to each other with appalling casualties. However, all of mankind was threatened by an invisible killer much deadlier than any war. This menace to humanity killed more people in a shorter time period than any other event recorded in history. Millions died in just a little over a year. This massive killer was influenza. As the Great War held the attention of the world, influenza circled the globe spreading infection and death everywhere. The science of man was unable to identify it and therefore unable to ...


The Effects Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In The Algebra Classroom, Mandy J. Roth Aug 2010

The Effects Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In The Algebra Classroom, Mandy J. Roth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study examines the effects of class wide peer tutoring ( CWPT) on the algebra classroom and the students' attitudes towards the new teaching strategy. Two integrated algebra classrooms and two algebra 1 classrooms were sampled. The study took place over a period of four weeks. Students were assessed through a weekly pretest and post-test. The CPWT groups also took a Likert scale survey at the end of the four weeks. No significant difference gains were shown in the group using CWPT versus independent practice. The students' feedback showed that they did enjoy using class wide peer tutoring in the classroom ...


Multiage Education And Student Perceptions, Michelle Marie Barton Aug 2010

Multiage Education And Student Perceptions, Michelle Marie Barton

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis was designed to explore my growing curiosity about students' perceptions of their reading development within my multiage classroom. I looked at multilevel reader' s theater groups to explore perceptions of reading development in multiage classrooms. This multiage grouping occurred twice a week for five weeks. In order to answer this research question, I used interviews and observations. Some students were videotaped and others were in a group that I observed. My analysis led to themes and patterns pertaining to help; specifically, the types of help, the ways in which older and younger students offer help, and how students ...


Environmental History: Methods, Research, And Practice, Gavin James Barry Aug 2010

Environmental History: Methods, Research, And Practice, Gavin James Barry

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis has three parts, a historiography and original research into path of environmental history, culminating with the development of a website titled: Teaching Environmental History that seeks to open up new opportunities for teachers and students of history to gain a more engaging and holistic understanding of the past present and future. You can visit the website at: https://sites.google.com/site/teachingenvironmentalhistory/


Comparing Individualized Instruction In The Form Of A Differentiated Jigsaw To Cooperative Learning In The Mathematics Classroom, Jessica Corrine Roth Aug 2010

Comparing Individualized Instruction In The Form Of A Differentiated Jigsaw To Cooperative Learning In The Mathematics Classroom, Jessica Corrine Roth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to compare the similarities and differences between cooperative learning and differentiation, focusing on whether one shows a higher level of student success than the other. This study is going to put forth many new ideas in the minds of educators. When planning to incorporate an activity into the curriculum, there are many factors consider. One thing to keep in mind is grouping of students within an assignment. Even in homogeneous groups it is important to remember that competition and competence within the group can result in a threatening learning environment (Buchs & Butera, 2009). It ...


Globalization: Cultural Impacts And Implications Into The Twenty-First Century, Michael Austin Turbeville Aug 2010

Globalization: Cultural Impacts And Implications Into The Twenty-First Century, Michael Austin Turbeville

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This Master's thesis consisted of three parts:

Historiography: Globalization: Cultural Impacts and the Shifting Balance of Power

Original Research: Homogenizing Global Culture

Professional Development Seminar: PowerPoint Presentation: The Global Classroom


Teaching History From The Ground Up: One Teacher's Appeal To Nature And The National Parks, Chelsea Carl Jul 2010

Teaching History From The Ground Up: One Teacher's Appeal To Nature And The National Parks, Chelsea Carl

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis is a three part study on teaching history from the ground up, using nature and the National Parks.

1)Historiography: From Grass to Grand Canyon: A Study of Historical Research on the Creation of the National Park Service

2)Original Research: "Beauty as well as Bread" : A Study of Primary Resources on the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Parks and Unemployment during the Great Depression

3) Curriculum Development: National Parks- Past and Present Introduction: A United States History Unit Curriculum Based on Historical and Original Research


Jihad And American Education: An Examination Of Textbook Inclusion, Michael W. Bourne Jul 2010

Jihad And American Education: An Examination Of Textbook Inclusion, Michael W. Bourne

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigates what impact has the American educational system had in conveying the religious ideals of Islam within high school classrooms and has classroom discussions dealing with the societal profiles of Muslims been proactive or passive in dealing with this controversial issue? The method in which traditional American scholarly mindsets have approached the Islamic religion in education is explored and compared to relatively recent conceptions of Muslims within American schools in order to shed light on an interesting modern topic with immense historical background. Finally, a professional development presentation, designed to show societal impact of nationalistic bias of textbook ...


The Best Practices For Teaching Writing, Elizabeth A. Escobar Jun 2010

The Best Practices For Teaching Writing, Elizabeth A. Escobar

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The objective of this project was to examine how the explicit teaching of writing strategies and skills along with Self Regulation Strategy Development impacted my students' writing. The research was conducted at an urban public school in Western New York. The entire study took place in my own classroom. The participants in the study were six sixth grade students . This project was intended for me to reflect and adjust the way I teach writing in order to better support my students' learning process and involvement. Furthermore, through reflections on how I taught my mini-lessons and how my students applied the ...


The Effects Of Heuristic Problem-Solving Strategies On Seventh Grade Students' Self-Efficacy And Level Of Achievment In Mathematics, Denise M. Rudd May 2010

The Effects Of Heuristic Problem-Solving Strategies On Seventh Grade Students' Self-Efficacy And Level Of Achievment In Mathematics, Denise M. Rudd

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The ability to solve problems is an important and integral reason for learning mathematics. Teaching students to use heuristic problem-solving reasoning and strategies can help them become expert problem-solvers and assist them in transferring and applying their contextual knowledge to novel problems and situations. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of teaching heuristic problem-solving reasoning and strategies on seventh grade students ' perceptions and level of achievement in mathematics. To do this, the researcher examined two aspects of problem-solving and student learning; the students' self-efficacy and their ability to solve non-routine problems in novel contexts. Two seventh-grade ...


New York State's Alternate Assessment: Is It Really Fulfilling Its Purpose?, Jennifer Barrett May 2010

New York State's Alternate Assessment: Is It Really Fulfilling Its Purpose?, Jennifer Barrett

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The main focus of this study was to demonstrate that the New York State Alternate Assessment is not a useful tool for instructional planning. The current study suggested that in all cases, it is not. As mentioned prior, the purpose of implementing an assessment is to use the results to improve teaching practices. The current study has suggested that the alternate assessment used by New York State is not fulfilling its purpose.


Teaching Vocabulary Using Movement In A Kindergarten Classroom, Alissa Bruce May 2010

Teaching Vocabulary Using Movement In A Kindergarten Classroom, Alissa Bruce

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

It is essential to close the vocabulary gap at a young age. Through this study, I will be working to discover if using movement could be the best practice for closing this gap and beginning to implement it in my own classroom. Although the benefits of this may not be fully realized until they are in intermediate grades where there is a greater focus on content literacy, it is important to start now. Teachers cannot control the experiences that children bring with them to school; however, teachers can implement rich vocabulary instruction to help all students find success in reading ...


Word Study Instruction And Its Impact On Students' Writing In Third Grade, Ashley Nevada May 2010

Word Study Instruction And Its Impact On Students' Writing In Third Grade, Ashley Nevada

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I am interested in studying the interactions of word study and students transferring that knowledge into writing. My research question is: How does word study impact students' strategies in word construction in writing workshop for third graders identifying words in isolation below grade level?


Reviewing And Reflecting Skills During Mathematical Problem Solving, William Michael Renick May 2010

Reviewing And Reflecting Skills During Mathematical Problem Solving, William Michael Renick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Can I include writing activities in my problem solving lessons in such a way that my students' ability to reflect upon the problems they are solving and to review their work improves? This study will investigate just that: Whether the use of writing during mathematical problem solving improves the quality of reviewing and reflecting which students perform.


Connecting Social Skills And Cooperative Learning, Danielle Mercendetti May 2010

Connecting Social Skills And Cooperative Learning, Danielle Mercendetti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate how social skills contribute to successful cooperative learning within the classroom. I looked at how incorporating and teaching social skills in classroom lessons affects student's interaction and behaviors while working in cooperative groups. I looked at student perceptions of social interaction within cooperative group work, if students apply the learned social skills within cooperative groups and if the teaching of the social skills helped increase social interaction within cooperative learning groups.


Effects Of Open Court On Students' Spelling, Crystal B. Grimes May 2010

Effects Of Open Court On Students' Spelling, Crystal B. Grimes

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this research is to explore the effects the Open Court phonics instruction has on students' spelling. The current study intends to find the answers to two questions. The first question is: What Open Court phonetic rules and patterns are first grade students using in daily writing and. on spelling assessments? In order to discover this, I will be analyzing two sets of data. At the beginning of the study, a qualitative spelling inventory will be given to determine the students' current stage. I will also look at children's informal journal writing to look for Open Court ...


Academic Bias Towards Minority Women, Jessica Lynn Mellenthine May 2010

Academic Bias Towards Minority Women, Jessica Lynn Mellenthine

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to uncover areas of academic bias, specifically in regards to African American women in the classroom. There are some areas where very little research has been done surrounding minority females academic success; these gaps have been compensated with information about how these issues plague women in general. It is the researchers understanding that if an issue or circumstance within education affects white female students negatively, the same affect would most likely be multiplied for minority female students. After completing this research, there is much information that will need to be uncovered through field tests ...


Interactive Smart Board Techology: Does It Promote Individual Student Academic Achievement?, Jason D. Ellis May 2010

Interactive Smart Board Techology: Does It Promote Individual Student Academic Achievement?, Jason D. Ellis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this two-phase, sequential mixed methods study will be to explore academic stimulation with the intent of using this information to develop and test an intrinsic relationship between SMART Board technology and academic achievement. The first phase will be a qualitative exploration of student stimulation by collecting observational data within a high school mathematics classroom. Themes from this qualitative data will then be developed into an instrument so that the integration of SMART Board technology in Math Education can be compared to student stimulation and academic achievement.

The integration of technology in education is very controversial. Is technology ...