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Direct Inference Instruction: The Effects On Fourth Grade Students' Reading Comprehension And Motivation, Kalee Bengtson Dec 2011

Direct Inference Instruction: The Effects On Fourth Grade Students' Reading Comprehension And Motivation, Kalee Bengtson

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No abstract provided.


Preserving Euskera In A Globalized World: Determining The Long-Term Efficacy Of Multilingual Schools In The Basque Country, Spain, Olivia Destrades Mendoza Dec 2011

Preserving Euskera In A Globalized World: Determining The Long-Term Efficacy Of Multilingual Schools In The Basque Country, Spain, Olivia Destrades Mendoza

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The Basque Country, Spain is a linguistically unique region where the minority indigenous language, Euskera, competes alongside the dominant state language, Castilian, and a lingua franca, English, for prestige and status. Following a history of cultural and linguistic repression and marginalization, the Basque community has, in the past 30 years, begun to reintroduce Euskera into new, multilingual school systems in order to teach, preserve and maintain their heritage language, while simultaneously acquiring English as an important language for global communication. This multimethod, qualitative study takes data from 36 survey respondents and five interview participants from the Basque Country, and triangulates ...


Exploring The Effectiveness Of Environmentally Sustainable Practices In Municipal Government: A Case Study Of The City Of Knoxville’S Department Of Parks And Recreation, Anthony Michael Brown Aug 2011

Exploring The Effectiveness Of Environmentally Sustainable Practices In Municipal Government: A Case Study Of The City Of Knoxville’S Department Of Parks And Recreation, Anthony Michael Brown

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Sustainability practices produce programs and services that meet current needs while preserving the environment and natural resources for the future. City parks and recreation departments are facing budget shortfalls and increasing expectations from customers. Governments are now embracing sustainability practices to create financial savings while also fostering relations with customers.

The purpose of this single case study was twofold: (1) to examine the effectiveness of one city department’s strategies in outsourcing its environmental sustainability program through a performance contract with Ameresco; and (2) to examine the perceptions of key department employees about the effectiveness of the sustainability initiative. A ...


Optimal Experience: An Analysis Of Flow Among Intramural Officials At The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Victor Alexander Martin Aug 2011

Optimal Experience: An Analysis Of Flow Among Intramural Officials At The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Victor Alexander Martin

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The occurrence of flow in a number of leisure and sport activities has been well documented, yet the question of whether sports officials experience flow has not been addressed in the literature. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the occurrence and nature of flow among sport officials, specifically intramural officials. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six University of Tennessee, Knoxville intramural officials. The interviews were transcribed by an independent transcriptionist; the data were reviewed, coded and analyzed using QDA Miner software. Subsequently, five themes emerged: (1) experience/expertise of crewmates and self; (2) motivation of crewmates and ...


Knowledge And Perceptions Of Agriculture In Tennessee Through Fall Agritourism Experiences, Jessica Jarrell Poore Aug 2011

Knowledge And Perceptions Of Agriculture In Tennessee Through Fall Agritourism Experiences, Jessica Jarrell Poore

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The purpose of this study was to identify the key educational components of agritourism in Tennessee. The study strived to identify if knowledge of the agricultural industry increased due to agritourism experiences and if perception of the agriculture industry changed due to the experience. Additionally, the research sought to describe visitor demographics and characteristics.Following a pilot study in 2009, three agritourism venues throughout the state of Tennessee were used to collect surveys to create a pool of respondents and to identify their original knowledge of perceptions of the agriculture industry for the 2010 study. Additional data was gathered through ...


The Role Of Extension In Community Resource And Economic Development As Perceived By Administrators And Directors Of The Cooperative Extension Service, Seth Charles Urbanowitz Aug 2011

The Role Of Extension In Community Resource And Economic Development As Perceived By Administrators And Directors Of The Cooperative Extension Service, Seth Charles Urbanowitz

Masters Theses

Clearly understanding and specifying Extension’s role in community resource and economic development (CRED) programming will allow Extension to more effectively serve the communities in which it operates and communicate a clear purpose to stakeholders. All levels of management might not know how CRED efforts are defined at the national/regional or state level, how much human and financial support is allocated, or what upper level administrators think might be some external/internal constraints. A valid image of national and regional organizational capacities in community resource and economic development will allow for clearer understanding and communication of this programmatic area ...


The Impact Of Teacher Leadership Traits And Modeling On Offender Self-Efficacy: A Case Study, Marianne Allen May 2011

The Impact Of Teacher Leadership Traits And Modeling On Offender Self-Efficacy: A Case Study, Marianne Allen

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Educators of incarcerated adult males must be cognizant of their responsibilities to direct the classroom environment. Primarily, they should know that they are not only responsible for the content of their courses, but for motivating the offenders to change their minds about the philosophy and process of education. Not only should they base their success on student’s ability to pass the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) and GED (General Education Development), they also must measure their success on how offender attitude and behavior toward education has changed. By managing and adjusting the classroom, leading the tutors, and inspiring ...


The Effect Of Interactivity In An Online Course On Behavior Change And Self-Efficacy Among Health Care Professionals, Monica Blackwell May 2011

The Effect Of Interactivity In An Online Course On Behavior Change And Self-Efficacy Among Health Care Professionals, Monica Blackwell

Masters Theses

Continuing Medical Education (CME) interventions continue to be an important factor in the lifelong learning of health care professionals. Online interventions have become increasingly popular since the inception of the Internet. Many CME courses (traditional and online) are evaluated solely on the knowledge gained and participant reactions. However, this study focused on the instructional design of an online CME course and how the design affected the self-efficacy of the learner and the amount of knowledge transferred to the professionals’ practice. Specifically, this study answered the following research questions: 1) How can one design online instruction that will foster a change ...


An Attitudinal Study Of Parental Preferences Toward Programs For Underprivileged Youth In A Small City School, Jessica Marie Cave May 2011

An Attitudinal Study Of Parental Preferences Toward Programs For Underprivileged Youth In A Small City School, Jessica Marie Cave

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The purpose of this study was to examine parental attitudes and preferences toward youth programs in a small city school in Northwest Virginia that offer sports activities and mentoring. The study was conducted through the use of surveys, and an in-depth study of similar research and peer-reviewed journal articles. Special interest was given to the youth's parents' attitudes (with specific emphasis on their children's preferences) toward different, existing programs and interest in specific types of sports activities and mentoring programs. Most studies have focused on evaluating youth programs and the effects of youth programs for troubled youth in ...


Examining Student Employees' Perceptions Of Their Roles In An Outbound Call Center, Chiquita Irene King May 2011

Examining Student Employees' Perceptions Of Their Roles In An Outbound Call Center, Chiquita Irene King

Masters Theses

A number of case studies in the research literature address the negative effects and perceptions associated with working at a call center. The present study focused on student employees who work at an outbound call center operated by and for their university. The purpose of this study was to examine the students’ perceived roles as call center employees, as well as how these perceptions change over time. The researcher also examined organizational identification and self-efficacy. The sample comprised approximately 38 employees at Madison Connection, an outbound call center operated by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. The researcher collected data ...


Learning Environments, Instructional Strategies, And Instructional Methods For The Training, Development, And Success Of Employees With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Jessica Wade May 2011

Learning Environments, Instructional Strategies, And Instructional Methods For The Training, Development, And Success Of Employees With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Jessica Wade

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of instructional methods and learning environments on the training, development, and success of employees with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this study, instructional methods refer to the variety of educational learning options that trainers can use to facilitate learning. Past research indicates that employees with ADHD are more successful when trainers understand their learning needs, use sound instructional design practices, and provide creative learning environments and structured activities. The researcher conducted a survey of employees from Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, and James Madison University who were formally diagnosed ...


Aligning Organizational Culture To Training And Development In A Spiritually Based Company, Jasmine Williams May 2011

Aligning Organizational Culture To Training And Development In A Spiritually Based Company, Jasmine Williams

Masters Theses

Drawing on research about the increasing number of organizations that label themselves Christian-based companies (Ibrahim, Rue, McDougal, & Greene, 1991), training and development, and spirituality in the workplace, this study investigates the ways in which the Chick-fil-A© corporation aligns their training and development practices toward achievement of their corporate purpose. The corporate purpose of Chick-fil-A© as recorded on the company‘s website is ―to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A©‖ (Chick-fil-A©, 2010). The researcher seeks to determine whether the organizational ...


Professional Preparation Of The Ncaa Division I Athletic Director: An Occupational Framework, Jeffrey Charles Spenard May 2011

Professional Preparation Of The Ncaa Division I Athletic Director: An Occupational Framework, Jeffrey Charles Spenard

Masters Theses

The study collected occupational data from the 99 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I membership institutions head athletic directors. The purpose of this study was to identify common professional preparation and occupational characteristics among NCAA Division I athletic directors. Through issuing an electronic survey, the current study identified common characteristics and themes among Division I athletic directors specifically within the socio-demographical background, educational background, professional experience and career progression, and career and job satisfaction. The study also provided demographic information about the participant’s institutional athletic department. The necessity of this study is not due directly to the current ...


The Tech-Savvy Generation? Students’ Experience With Computer Technology At The University Of Tennessee., Almut Haboeck May 2011

The Tech-Savvy Generation? Students’ Experience With Computer Technology At The University Of Tennessee., Almut Haboeck

Masters Theses

This study analyzes the technology experience and knowledge of students of the generation of digital natives at the University of Tennessee. In an online survey students were asked about their experience and knowledge of certain software applications, their daily computer habits and their ability and skills to troubleshoot a malfunctioning computer.

In general, the results show that students’ computer experience and knowledge are limited to a specific set of software applications that is widened according to required needs. Students are knowledgeable in web browsing, using word processors, course management software and email. If academic courses require them, students learn how ...


How Textbooks Influence Students’ Algebra Learning: A Comparative Study On The Initial Treatment Of The Concept Of Function, Qintong Hu May 2011

How Textbooks Influence Students’ Algebra Learning: A Comparative Study On The Initial Treatment Of The Concept Of Function, Qintong Hu

Masters Theses

To give insights into cross national differences in schooling this study analyzed the initial treatment of the concept of function in three curricula: a US standards-based text--Connected Mathematic 2: Variables and Patterns, a US conventional text--Glencoe: Mathematics Applications and Concepts: Course 2, and a Chinese reform text--Shu Xue: Grade 8, first volume.

This study examined content organization and problem features in the three textbooks. For content analysis, this study explored how the concept of function was introduced, defined, and developed. The results indicated both of the US textbooks introduce this concept at grade 7 whereas the Chinese ...


There’S An App For That: Foreign Language Learning Through Mobile- And Social Media-Based Video Games, Trenton Edward Hoy May 2011

There’S An App For That: Foreign Language Learning Through Mobile- And Social Media-Based Video Games, Trenton Edward Hoy

Masters Theses

There is no doubt that the video game industry is undergoing a major upheaval, yet in spite of the recent reconceptualization of video games, educational games as a whole remain the pariah of the industry. Very little has been done in the wake of recent social and industry trends to adapt instruction of academic subjects, especially foreign language, for delivery through video games. Prior studies discussing the potential of games developed specifically for language learning have focused primarily on general principles and have offered no recommendations for platform, genre, or other aspects of design. Through an online survey as well ...


Examining The Experiences Of Six Women On Their Personal Journeys To Becoming Deans Of Agriculture: A Qualitative Study, Sarah Jane Kleihauer May 2011

Examining The Experiences Of Six Women On Their Personal Journeys To Becoming Deans Of Agriculture: A Qualitative Study, Sarah Jane Kleihauer

Masters Theses

Understanding one’s own personal journey provides for effective learning, growth, and development of self (Madsen, 2010). Reflection on the influences and experiences of successful women leaders is essential to understanding the factors that have enabled them to obtain and sustain leadership positions in nontraditional career fields. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the lives of women deans in agriculture in an attempt to conceptualize the leadership styles they have developed as a result of their positions as deans in a predominantly male field, as well as their upbringing and life experiences. Six women deans of agriculture ...


Corporate, Political, And Academic Perspectives On Tennessee Higher Education Accountability Policy, Andrew Quentin Morse May 2011

Corporate, Political, And Academic Perspectives On Tennessee Higher Education Accountability Policy, Andrew Quentin Morse

Masters Theses

The purposes of the research are (1) to identify the similarities and differences among corporate, political, and academic leaders in Tennessee on postsecondary education accountability policy and (2) to investigate ways for improving accountability policy as evidenced by the various stakeholders. The two following research questions will be adapted from the larger, ongoing study by Bogue et al. (2009) on accountability:

· What differences and similarities exist among corporate, political, and academic stakeholders on the issues of collegiate mission and issues of accountability definition and evidence?

· What are the most important steps that institutions of higher education can take to improve ...


An Exploratory Study Of Predictors Of Academic Success In A Graduate Nursing Program, Lori B. Brown Apr 2011

An Exploratory Study Of Predictors Of Academic Success In A Graduate Nursing Program, Lori B. Brown

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Identifying qualified students who are most likely to be successful in their graduate nursing studies is the goal of the admission process. Because fiscal and human resources are often limited, it is important that universities admit students who have the academic capabilities necessary to complete the degree requirements. This study attempted to determine whether the established admission criteria for graduate nursing students at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) reliably predict success within the graduate nursing program and if so, whether any one criterion is a better predictor of success. For the purpose of this study, success was defined as completion ...


Increasing Male Volunteering One Motivation At A Time, Matthew C. Nance Jan 2011

Increasing Male Volunteering One Motivation At A Time, Matthew C. Nance

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No abstract provided.


Increasing Male Volunteering One Motivation At A Time, Matthew C. Nance Jan 2011

Increasing Male Volunteering One Motivation At A Time, Matthew C. Nance

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No abstract provided.


For Wanting Of A Meal: An Exploratory Study Of Meal Provisions At Medium To Large College And University Food Services In Illinois, Evan J. Mcwhirter Jan 2011

For Wanting Of A Meal: An Exploratory Study Of Meal Provisions At Medium To Large College And University Food Services In Illinois, Evan J. Mcwhirter

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No abstract provided.


Millennial Music Students: Perceptions Of General Stress, Performance Stress, Physical Health, And Mental Health, Elizabeth Plapp Jan 2011

Millennial Music Students: Perceptions Of General Stress, Performance Stress, Physical Health, And Mental Health, Elizabeth Plapp

Masters Theses

No abstract provided.


The Mis-Education Of Fraternity-Sorority Life Professionals: Moving Towards Effective Support And Development Of Nphc Advisors At Predominantly White Institutions, Sunni Lee Solomon Ii Jan 2011

The Mis-Education Of Fraternity-Sorority Life Professionals: Moving Towards Effective Support And Development Of Nphc Advisors At Predominantly White Institutions, Sunni Lee Solomon Ii

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No abstract provided.


Student Athlete: From Recruitment To The Academic, Athletic, & Social Experiences, Moetiz Y. Samad Jan 2011

Student Athlete: From Recruitment To The Academic, Athletic, & Social Experiences, Moetiz Y. Samad

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No abstract provided.


Does Quantitative Or Qualitative Data Lower Stigma Of Those Suffering From Schizophrenia?, Fred A. Washburn Jan 2011

Does Quantitative Or Qualitative Data Lower Stigma Of Those Suffering From Schizophrenia?, Fred A. Washburn

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No abstract provided.


Perceptions Of Body Image: A Study Of College Women In Sororities And Not In Sororities, Amy L. Piekarski Jan 2011

Perceptions Of Body Image: A Study Of College Women In Sororities And Not In Sororities, Amy L. Piekarski

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No abstract provided.


The Impact Of Remedial Coursework On Transfer Student Success, Cathy Lee Feely Jan 2011

The Impact Of Remedial Coursework On Transfer Student Success, Cathy Lee Feely

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No abstract provided.


Freshmen Perceptions Of Academic Support In The Residence Halls, Katherine E. Schmidt Jan 2011

Freshmen Perceptions Of Academic Support In The Residence Halls, Katherine E. Schmidt

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No abstract provided.


The Impact Of A Sociology Career Planning Seminar On Students' Perceptions Of Career Barriers, Career Decision-Making Difficulties And Career Decision Self-Efficacy, Wendy M. Downing Jan 2011

The Impact Of A Sociology Career Planning Seminar On Students' Perceptions Of Career Barriers, Career Decision-Making Difficulties And Career Decision Self-Efficacy, Wendy M. Downing

Masters Theses

No abstract provided.