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The Home Literacy Environment And Kindergarten Literacy Skills: A Case Study, Michele Izzo Dec 2010

The Home Literacy Environment And Kindergarten Literacy Skills: A Case Study, Michele Izzo

Education Masters

This study was completed to determine the effects of the home literacy environment on three areas of literacy development: phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and concepts about print knowledge. The research was conducted as a case study. Data was collected through interviews, checklists, and a series of literacy assessments. The data shows that a literacy-rich home environment contributes to successful acquisition of emergent literacy skills. Through the review of the literature and the findings of this study, three themes emerged: the value of books in the home, parent teaching of literacy skills, and the involvement of the family in literacy activities.


Series Books And Their Effect On Reader Development, Dana Randisi Dec 2010

Series Books And Their Effect On Reader Development, Dana Randisi

Education Masters

This study was conducted to determine the impact that series books have on developing reading skills and motivation. Data was collected through interviews with three teachers, observations of three secondgraders‟ book choices, and analysis of three different book series. The data showed that book series are widely read across grade levels and are useful in developing comprehension and fluency skills. The study implies that book series can provide many benefits to developing readers, but that it is important to use the appropriate level of book with each reader to prevent higher-level readers from holding themselves back. The research also shows ...


Skills Acquired Through Personal Narrative Writing Instruction, Samantha J. Martin Dec 2010

Skills Acquired Through Personal Narrative Writing Instruction, Samantha J. Martin

Education Masters

This study was focused on personal narrative writing instruction in the elementary grades. The purpose of this study was to determine the skills that students acquire during personal narrative writing instruction. The study was conducted in a rural fifth grade classroom and included six students of varying ability levels as well as the classroom teacher. samples. Data was collected through classroom observation, interviews, and student work The results of this study suggested that personal narrative writing instruction teaches students how to effectively organize a writing piece, include proper mechanics, vary word choice, and how to edit and revise. Educators need ...


Effects Of Single-Sex Classrooms Versus Coeducational Classrooms On Math And Literacy Achievement, Constance Matchell Dec 2010

Effects Of Single-Sex Classrooms Versus Coeducational Classrooms On Math And Literacy Achievement, Constance Matchell

Dissertations

This research project was designed to add to the limited available research concerning the effectiveness of single-sex education within a public elementary school setting. Following the first year of implementation of a single-sex classroom pilot program, the effects by gender of classroom grouping (single-sex education versus coeducation) on reading and math achievement were investigated for three consecutive grade levels from second grade through fourth grade.

This research project was designed to add to the limited available research concerning the effectiveness of single-sex education within a public elementary school setting. Following the first year of implementation of a single-sex classroom pilot ...


Effects Of Toyota Family Literacy Program On Reading Achievement Of Kindergarten, First, Second, And Third Grade Students By Gender And Grade Level, Regina Renae Stewman Dec 2010

Effects Of Toyota Family Literacy Program On Reading Achievement Of Kindergarten, First, Second, And Third Grade Students By Gender And Grade Level, Regina Renae Stewman

Dissertations

For the last 15 years, federal legislation has required that public schools involve parents in their child‘s education. Yet, there has been no solid definition for parent involvement (also known as family literacy) and limited research on family literacy. This mixed study examined the influence of Toyota Family Literacy, which focuses on Hispanic immigrant families, on the literacy achievement of students in kindergarten through third grade, as well as parental efficacy in helping their child succeed in school, in three Northwest Arkansas Schools. The study examined student literacy achievement by gender and grade level using the Developmental Reading Assessment ...


Implementing Reading And Writing In Secondary Mathematics, Mari E. Eisenhart Dec 2010

Implementing Reading And Writing In Secondary Mathematics, Mari E. Eisenhart

All Regis University Theses

Literacy in secondary mathematics continues to be difficult for many. Mathematics teachers and researchers continue to develop support documents for secondary math teachers. It is important to utilize the literacy strategies already established by other content areas. It is feasible to adjust these strategies to suit the needs of mathematics students. Literacy across the content areas is a relatively new idea in education, but literacy in mathematics is even more foreign. It is necessary to use the available literacy strategies to develop materials applicable in the secondary mathematics classroom.


An Application Of Vygotsky’S Social Learning Theory On Calculator Self-Efficacy And Calculator Achievement By Gender, Debbie M. Kohler Dec 2010

An Application Of Vygotsky’S Social Learning Theory On Calculator Self-Efficacy And Calculator Achievement By Gender, Debbie M. Kohler

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The purpose of this study is to determine what relationships or differences exist between males and females in calculator self-efficacy and calculator achievement, and if social learning groups better support females in calculator achievement and efficacy. To accomplish this purpose, this quasi-experimental study examined pre-test and post-tests using a teacher developed Calculator Self-Efficacy Instrument and a Calculator Achievement Test. The study involved three treatment classes that were arranged into social learning groups according to Vygotsky’s social learning theory and one control class that was arranged in traditional rows. Four major findings emerged. Males scored significantly higher than females on ...


The Effect Of Classroom Bibliotherapeutic Intervention On Perceptions Of Bullying Among Teachers Of Young Children Aged Four And Five, Patricia Gail Doss Dec 2010

The Effect Of Classroom Bibliotherapeutic Intervention On Perceptions Of Bullying Among Teachers Of Young Children Aged Four And Five, Patricia Gail Doss

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This paper investigates how the application of bibliotherapeutic intervention affects teachers’ perceptions of bullying in their young students, ages four and five. Bullying has become a serious global concern that has manifested itself in school dropouts, shootings, and suicides. Bibliotherapy is one way to help children solve problems using books and is advocated by researchers for use with bullying prevention.

Little research has been done on bullying in young children. This qualitative phenomenological study will add to the body of literature regarding bullying in young children ages four and five and will examine perceptions of teachers of young children regarding ...


Social Networking In Collegiate Public Relations, Leon Bracey Dec 2010

Social Networking In Collegiate Public Relations, Leon Bracey

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

A guide describing the importance of institutions of higher education implement social networking policies and procedures. The project includes a manual and marketing plan that will be implemented by the author of the project at his employer, Georgia Perimeter College.


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?


Earth Science For Secondary Schools: Earth Science Teaching Curriculum, Chelsea Devries Dec 2010

Earth Science For Secondary Schools: Earth Science Teaching Curriculum, Chelsea Devries

Earth and Soil Sciences

Creating this senior project, based on secondary Earth Science curriculum, will be directed toward teachers and will assist in lessons and instruction and reaching students at a deeper level. This Earth Science curriculum will challenge students and enlighten teachers. This curriculum will impact students in a way that they will never forget. After completing this course, the students will be knowledgeable and have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Earth Science. Creating this curriculum will challenge students in subjects such as, the universe, biodiversity / conservation biology, introduction to soils, rocks and minerals, and the geography of California. The result ...


An Investigation Of The Relationship Of School Suspension And Other Key Variables On The Performance Of Eighth Grade African-American Students On The Georgia Crct, George A. Weathers Jr Dec 2010

An Investigation Of The Relationship Of School Suspension And Other Key Variables On The Performance Of Eighth Grade African-American Students On The Georgia Crct, George A. Weathers Jr

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of school suspensionand other key variables on the performance of African-American middle students on theGeorgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRC I’) in a southern metropolitan Atlanta school district. The study examined students’ academic performance as measured by a selected school’s eighth grade CRCT performance levels in reading, English/language arts, and math in relation to teachers’ perceptions of suspension and student motivation.

The research design utilized in the study was an ex postfacto survey design in which significance analyses were conducted on a purposive sample using archived data. The sample ...


A Case Study Of Teachers' And Counselors' Perceptions Of The Factors Relating To Student Absenteeism, Discipline, And Retention In A High School Small Learning Community, James L. Jones Jr Dec 2010

A Case Study Of Teachers' And Counselors' Perceptions Of The Factors Relating To Student Absenteeism, Discipline, And Retention In A High School Small Learning Community, James L. Jones Jr

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The purpose of this mix-study was to investigate the effectiveness of the relationship of selected independent variables (student absenteeism, Pass Rate of Georgia High School Graduation Test, discipline referrals, interdisciplinary intervention, student gender, best practices, themes, project based learning, advisement, shared facilities, interdisciplinary teaching, performance based assessments, personalization, continuous program improvement and looping) as perceived by teachers and counselors relating to student retention, the dependent variable, at a high school small learning community. The statistical mean summary analysis, frequency data and Pearson Correlation statistical strength levels revealed that most factors improved since implementation of small learning communities. Also, the interview ...


Effects Of After-School Programs On Math And Literacy For Fourth And Sixth Grade Students, June Elliott Dec 2010

Effects Of After-School Programs On Math And Literacy For Fourth And Sixth Grade Students, June Elliott

Dissertations

The general purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if participating in after-school programs affected students’ math and literacy achievement in four elementary schools and two middle schools located in a school district in central Arkansas. The study investigated this phenomenon as it related to gender at two different grade levels. The independent variables were participation in after-school programs (participated versus no participation) and gender (male versus female). The dependent variables were math and literacy achievement measured by the state’s Augmented Benchmark Examinations. A review of the literature identified the various aspects after-school programs including the need for ...


Atwater Ag Mechanics Shop Rennovation / Cte Plan, Samuel J. Meredith Dec 2010

Atwater Ag Mechanics Shop Rennovation / Cte Plan, Samuel J. Meredith

Graduate Internship Reports in Agricultural Education

This internship report includes validation documents required in meeting the quality criteria for secondary-level programs of instruction in agriculture. The documents are used during the review process conducted by subject matter experts from the California Department of Education. The internship included the documentation to receive state/local funding, the development of a welding and fabrication facility, floral design classroom, and wood shop facility to accommodate student SAE projects, and to support instruction.


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 ...


Grass-Roots Struggle In The "Culture Of Silence": Collective Dialogue And The Brazilian Landless Movement, Genny Petschulat Dec 2010

Grass-Roots Struggle In The "Culture Of Silence": Collective Dialogue And The Brazilian Landless Movement, Genny Petschulat

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


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


Racial Uplift And Self-Determination: The African Methodist Episcopal Church And Its Pursuit Of Higher Education, Shannon A. Butler-Mokoro Dec 2010

Racial Uplift And Self-Determination: The African Methodist Episcopal Church And Its Pursuit Of Higher Education, Shannon A. Butler-Mokoro

Educational Policy Studies Dissertations

The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, like many historically black denomination over the years, has been actively involved in social change and racial uplift. The concepts of racial uplift and self-determination dominated black social, political, and economic thought throughout the late-eighteenth into the nineteenth century. Having created many firsts for blacks in America, the A.M.E. Church is recognized as leading blacks in implementing the rhetoric of racial uplift and self-determination. Racial uplift was a broad concept that covered issues such as equal rights, moral, spiritual, and intellectual development, and institutional and organizational building. The rhetoric of ...


The Inquiry Learning Model As An Approach To Mathematics Instruction, Michael C. Brune Dec 2010

The Inquiry Learning Model As An Approach To Mathematics Instruction, Michael C. Brune

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

Since current approaches to mathematical instruction fall short of the goals of NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) research was conducted in a small rural school district in the northwest United States evaluating inquiry based instruction. To complete the study two high school geometry classes were taught area formulation using a traditional lecture based approach to instruction. A third geometry class was taught area formulation utilizing inquiry-based instructional methods. Students in both groups took both a pre-test and post-test, filled out a questionnaire, and participated in a project designed to test their applications of mathematical understanding. Results indicated that ...


A Study Of The Perceived Effects Of School Culture On Student Behaviors., Linda Cox Story Dec 2010

A Study Of The Perceived Effects Of School Culture On Student Behaviors., Linda Cox Story

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Research has confirmed that the behaviors of human beings are influenced by their social environments. The school is the principal social environment of adolescents; thus, the school environment necessarily influences the behaviors of students to some degree.

This research project used the interview method to focus on perceptions of school personnel with regard to the elements of school culture that may negatively influence students' behaviors both inside and outside the school environment. The primary influences of school culture on students' behaviors were found to be peers, teachers, administrators, and parent involvlement. Governmental regulations, including those resulting from the Individuals with ...


Perceived Roles And Responsibilities Of Secondary School Principals And School Resource Officers Towards School Security, Macel Ely Ii Dec 2010

Perceived Roles And Responsibilities Of Secondary School Principals And School Resource Officers Towards School Security, Macel Ely Ii

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify the perceptions of Tennessee’s high school principals and school resource officers as to their roles and responsibilities during a school security crisis. Four thematic elements are discussed as existing among principals and school resource officers. Those thematic elements include relationships, school environment, roles, and obstacles between both groups. Previous research has examined an array of school security issues, but few have delved into this specific topic. Such knowledge is essential for the citizenry to maximize efforts of protecting students attending public schools.


The Impact Of Secondary Mathematics Methods Courses On Preservice Secondary Teachers’ Beliefs About The Learning And Teaching Of Mathematics, Ronald Gene Smith Ii Dec 2010

The Impact Of Secondary Mathematics Methods Courses On Preservice Secondary Teachers’ Beliefs About The Learning And Teaching Of Mathematics, Ronald Gene Smith Ii

Doctoral Dissertations

The Comprehensive Framework for Teacher Knowledge provides a model that describes an approach to the secondary mathematics methods course, as described by Robert Ronau and P. Mark Taylor. The model includes the orientation of preservice teachers toward mathematics and the teaching of mathematics, which includes the beliefs of the preservice teachers. The first questions deal with identifying the methods used in the methods course to address beliefs. The second set of questions deal with the effects of the methods course on the beliefs that preservice teachers hold on the learning and teaching of mathematics.

The study included 16 different universities ...


“Holla If You Hear Me”: A Conversation With Black, Inner-City Youth On Career Preparedness Programs, Theressa N. Cooper Dec 2010

“Holla If You Hear Me”: A Conversation With Black, Inner-City Youth On Career Preparedness Programs, Theressa N. Cooper

Doctoral Dissertations

This research study specifically addressed; how vocational preparedness programs effect the career aspirations of Black youth, within the context of the Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program. The goal of this research is to represent Black youth participating in a vocational preparedness program. Interviews, journals, and rich, thick descriptions are utilized in this work.

Using the lens of narrative inquiry and cultural studies, I hoped to further the field of career development through the experiences of some of its key players, African American youth. Within the context of their stories five major themes surfaced around the ...


We're Not Thugs And Rappers: An Examination Of African American Male Athletes' Perceptions Of The Media, Keia Janese Bragg Dec 2010

We're Not Thugs And Rappers: An Examination Of African American Male Athletes' Perceptions Of The Media, Keia Janese Bragg

Masters Theses

Manipulation of stories and events expose issues of false representation and stereotyping within the mainstream media. This research examined the media’s role in shaping the behaviors and experiences of African American male athletes while using Critical Race Theory as the framework in conducting research. A focus group consisting of six former African American male student athletes was conducted. A semi-structured interview schedule was used in order to allow for open discussion. The Constant Comparison Method was instrumental in thematizing the data while QDA Miner software was used to analyze the data. The findings suggested that African American male athletes ...


Developing, Refining, And Validating A Survey To Measure Adolescent Food Safety Self-Efficacy, Monica K Brandon Dec 2010

Developing, Refining, And Validating A Survey To Measure Adolescent Food Safety Self-Efficacy, Monica K Brandon

Masters Theses

Self-efficacy is a proven indicator of predicting risky behaviors, but without a baseline level of adolescent food safety self-efficacy to develop targeted interventions it is difficult to produce meaningful behavior change. The research question around which this study was designed is: To what extent can a validated instrument accurately capture adolescent beliefs of food safety self-efficacy. Through rigorous field testing and statistical analysis we hypothesize a valid and reliable instrument can be created for measuring adolescents’ food safety self-efficacy. The purposes of this study included: (a) development of a high quality, food safety self-efficacy instrument, (b) validation of the instrument ...