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Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck Dec 2012

Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project addresses student epistemological values through technology and independent laboratories. The literature provides evidence that students show greater learning when they are prompted to reflect and develop these epistemological values (Davis, 2003 Demetriadis et al., 2011; Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Reiser & Sandoval, 2004). Furthermore, in conjunctions with research that supports prompting, other research advocates for the development and use of more modern technologies (Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Keengwe et al., 2008; Kuhn, 2001; Maddux, 1998). As such, my culmination project consists of two virtual “lab notebooks.” These notebooks are made using Microsoft Excel® and consist of several quasi-intelligent macros that not only provide instant feedback, but also help guide students through the experimental process in a way akin to inquiry. While a completed series of these notebooks ...


A Kindergarten Teacher's Exploration Of Independent Learning Activities, Nicole A. Vaughn Aug 2012

A Kindergarten Teacher's Exploration Of Independent Learning Activities, Nicole A. Vaughn

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The focus of this thesis project was to gain insight and understanding of the types of independent learning activities that are developmentally appropriate and meaningful for kindergarten students during a guided reading ELA block and to discover ways to engage students in independent literacy activities that extend and enhance their literacy development. In the study, the following questions were addressed - How are independent learning activities developmentally appropriate for kindergartners to promote literacy development? What types of independent learning activities promote the literacy development of kindergartners? Throughout this six week study a qualitative research design was utilized. The teacher-researcher, created the ...