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Parental Perceptions On The Impact Of Adhd Medication Regarding Children’S Inappropriate Behavior And Academic Performance, Amy Vest Dec 2017

Parental Perceptions On The Impact Of Adhd Medication Regarding Children’S Inappropriate Behavior And Academic Performance, Amy Vest

Ed.D. Dissertations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) suggested that parenting a healthy child brings about a variety of challenges throughout life, however parenting a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) proves a daunting task inundated with unanswered questions and multitudes of stressful situations. The purpose of this research is to study parent perceptions of a child’s ADHD medication to determine if a relationship exists between the ADHD medication, inappropriate behavior and academic performance. The quantitative survey instrument provided the means to examine the significance of the child’s ADHD medication on one day of the parent’s ...


African-American Males, Part-Time Work, And Persistence, Ami M. Tripp Dec 2017

African-American Males, Part-Time Work, And Persistence, Ami M. Tripp

Ed.D. Dissertations

The central research question for this study asked how do African-American males perceive working part-time, while enrolled full-time, to have an impact on their persistence? A secondary question asked, what factors influenced African-American male students to persist through graduation? The participants comprised of 35 African-American male college students who graduated Spring 2016. This study was focused on part-time employment and its support of persistence for African-American men. Hence, persistence theory was the most pertinent lens through which to view the literature and the data collected in this study. This study employed a case study research, as it is an empirical ...


Perceptions Of Effective Teaching Strategies And Assessments Of Critical Thinking In Radiographic Clinical Practice, Christian Raby Dec 2017

Perceptions Of Effective Teaching Strategies And Assessments Of Critical Thinking In Radiographic Clinical Practice, Christian Raby

Ed.D. Dissertations

The following dissertation represents research concerning radiologic science clinical coordinators and program director’s perception of student critical thinking skills, teaching strategies and assessment. The survey used in the study was based on Gosnell’s (2010) model that evaluated critical thinking skills in radiography program director perceptions. Results from the research offers a contribution to the field of radiography in general and specifically in clinical practice. The survey was sent electronically through Qualtrics to 523 clinical coordinators employed at JRCERT accredited institutions. A solid 31.74% response rate was reached with a slightly skewed delineation of facility representation (hospital 18 ...


A Study Of Undergraduate Personal Finance Courses At Public Universities In The Pacific Northwest Using An Action Research Approach, Melody Bell Dec 2017

A Study Of Undergraduate Personal Finance Courses At Public Universities In The Pacific Northwest Using An Action Research Approach, Melody Bell

Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this action research study was to examine undergraduate personal finance course instruction with a specific focus on student loan debt instruction at public universities in Oregon. This study focused on the central research question: What is the scope, sequence, and emphasis on the curriculum in undergraduate financial education courses and how could it be improved? Four personal finance professors from four public universities in Oregon participated in the study; with one of the universities serving as the focus. The first stage after the proposed study was to audit the personal finance course at the focus university. The ...


The Perceptions Of Teachers In A K-8 School On The Implementation And Impact Of Culturally Responsive-Positive Behavior Interventions And Supports (Cr-Pbis), Kathleen Ellwood Dec 2017

The Perceptions Of Teachers In A K-8 School On The Implementation And Impact Of Culturally Responsive-Positive Behavior Interventions And Supports (Cr-Pbis), Kathleen Ellwood

Ed.D. Dissertations

Despite decades of effort to change disciplinary practices in American schools, racial disparities continue and are most prevalent for Black students, according to national Office Disciplinary Referral data. While Culturally Responsive-Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (CR-PBIS) is the result of years of adjustments to weave cultural responsiveness into Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) systems and decrease racial disciplinary disparities, the results at K-12 schools have been inconsistent. Cultural Race Theory, which recognizes racism is reflected in all societal systems and is the foundation for this study, may provide a clue as to why racial disciplinary disparities continue. This study ...


International Teachers' Perceptions Of Leadership Practices For Effective Teacher Evaluations: A Qualitative Case Study, Megan E. Geshel Dec 2017

International Teachers' Perceptions Of Leadership Practices For Effective Teacher Evaluations: A Qualitative Case Study, Megan E. Geshel

Ed.D. Dissertations

Many teacher evaluation systems in use today were developed in the early mid-1900s and reflect what educators believed about teaching at the time, which included only a few observable behaviors (Danielson & McGreal, 2000). Furthermore, many teachers find the evaluative process ineffective for professional improvement. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the teacher evaluation process, and how international teachers perceive the impact of school leadership practices for effective teacher evaluation. This study’s theoretical framework focused on the attributes found within transformational and transactional leadership practices, and how these affect the evaluation process. The research study provided evidence ...


The Experiences Of Saudi Third Culture Kids Following Repatriation: A Phenomenological Approach, Todd M. Curro Dec 2017

The Experiences Of Saudi Third Culture Kids Following Repatriation: A Phenomenological Approach, Todd M. Curro

Ed.D. Dissertations

This study investigated the collective experience of repatriation, as reported by preadolescent, Saudi Arabian boys between the ages of nine and 13, who had lived for a minimum of one year in a country outside of the Arab world, and had subsequently returned to Saudi Arabia. While the study was open to students between the ages of nine and 13, the actual sample consisted of boys who were between the ages of 10 and 12. Eleven Saudi Arabian boys were interviewed to gather their accounts of their lives before, during, and after their time abroad. They discussed their experiences surrounding ...


Spiritual Leadership, School Climate, And Teacher Collective Efficacy In Asian International Schools, Tobin E. Holden Dec 2017

Spiritual Leadership, School Climate, And Teacher Collective Efficacy In Asian International Schools, Tobin E. Holden

Ed.D. Dissertations

This research explored whether spiritual leadership could predict teacher collective efficacy and school climate in Asian international schools. Fifteen international schools from nine countries elected to participate and 104 teachers completed an online survey. Linear regression and multiple regression were used to discover a prediction equation linking spiritual leadership to the outcomes of teacher collective efficacy and school climate. Findings from this study indicated that spiritual leadership significantly predicted teacher collective efficacy accounting for 28.3% of the variation, a small effect according to Cohen (1988). Further, spiritual leadership significantly predicted school climate accounting for 44.1.3% of the ...


First Year Teachers' Perceptions Of Their Preparation For Teaching English Language Learners, Veronica Aguiñaga Dec 2017

First Year Teachers' Perceptions Of Their Preparation For Teaching English Language Learners, Veronica Aguiñaga

Ed.D. Dissertations

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in public schools is increasing rapidly throughout the United States. All teachers are expected to meet the individual needs of these culturally and linguistically diverse students in their classrooms. However, little training and guidance in preservice teacher education programs is being provided to prepare future teachers. This study investigated how first year teachers viewed their preparation of working with English language learners in their preservice teacher education program. From a transformative learning lens, it is recommended that preservice teacher education programs consider effective ways to provide a variety of field experiences and classroom ...


Parental Workshops And Student Academic Success, Dwain C. Thompson Jr. Dec 2017

Parental Workshops And Student Academic Success, Dwain C. Thompson Jr.

Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative participatory action research study analyzed the perceptions and experiences of parents regarding the effectiveness of their involvement in parental workshops along with their perceptions of their engagement in parent involvement activities and their impact on student behavior and academic achievement. The study took place in a local church. The targeted population was low socioeconomic status (SES) and African American parents. Twenty parents with children attending grades K-12 participated in the study. The results of the study paralleled with the review of literature, in researchers suggested that there is a lack of opportunities for parent involvement among low SES ...


Building Effective Parental Involvement In Middle Schools: The Parents' Perceptions, Tracy Oates Dec 2017

Building Effective Parental Involvement In Middle Schools: The Parents' Perceptions, Tracy Oates

Ed.D. Dissertations

Parental involvement is an integral variable that bears a significant value in the overall academic achievement and learning process of a student’s educational journey. Therefore, all parents should play a major role in their children’s academic success from elementary through middle and high school. The prime focus of this research was to examine the perceptions of middle school parents and find strategies to build effective relationships between the school and home. This two-part case study utilized Epstein’s (1995) School and Family Partnership Surveys of Teachers and Parents in the Elementary and Middle Grades, and semi-structured interviews to ...


Mexican-American Female Leaders In Public Education: A Regional Study Of The Effect Of Parenting Behaviors On Motivation And Leadership Style, Yvette Silva Ramos Dec 2017

Mexican-American Female Leaders In Public Education: A Regional Study Of The Effect Of Parenting Behaviors On Motivation And Leadership Style, Yvette Silva Ramos

Ed.D. Dissertations

Women in positions of leadership in education are still underrepresented. Although the majority of classroom teachers continue to be women, in leadership, that is not the case. Specifically, the number of Mexican-American women in educational leadership positions lags behind the number of male counterparts. A qualitative case study was carried out to find how parenting style affected Mexican-American women’s leadership style, how Mexican-American heritage affected Mexican-American women’s self-perceived leadership style, and how parental influence affected Mexican-American women’s desire to lead. The study used a demographic data form, the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, and a one-on-one interview with Mexican-American ...


Procedural Integrity: A Study Of Implementing Integrity Utilizing Fidelity Checks And Performance Feedback, Kristin Johnson Nov 2017

Procedural Integrity: A Study Of Implementing Integrity Utilizing Fidelity Checks And Performance Feedback, Kristin Johnson

Ed.D. Dissertations

This action research study examined the experiences of professional and support staff at a suburban Philadelphia school district regarding the increased frequency of fidelity checks for behavior protocols. Based on interview data, all participants reported positive experiences throughout this action research study. All participants contributed to the two actions that took place during the action research study. These two actions comprised the implementation of biweekly team meetings and the development of Google Drive folders for students. The relationship between frequency of fidelity checks of behavior protocols and accuracy of intervention implementation was also examined. The data supported the notion: The ...


Experiential Perspectives Of Teachers In An Inclusive Classroom, Evelyn Ifeoma Nwadinobi Nov 2017

Experiential Perspectives Of Teachers In An Inclusive Classroom, Evelyn Ifeoma Nwadinobi

Ed.D. Dissertations

Inclusive educational settings have become the norm as schools aim to educate disabled students in environments least restrictive to their development (U.S. Department of Education, 2004). This study was conducted in order to assess teacher perceptions of inclusion academically, socially, and behaviorally for general and special education students. Informed by Sociocultural theory (Vygotsky, 1978), and Integrated Threat Theory (Bustillos & Silvan-Ferrero, 2013), this research aimed to give voice to those most instrumental in implementing inclusion successfully and effectively. Utilizing open-ended interviews and qualitative analyses coded by Excel and NVivo software, the study discovered that teacher participants perceived the main benefit ...


Elementary Title I Teachers Perception Of Stress, Burnout And The Impact On Retention, Kelly Thompson Nov 2017

Elementary Title I Teachers Perception Of Stress, Burnout And The Impact On Retention, Kelly Thompson

Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore teachers’ perceptions of stress due to their job, and if this had an influence on retention. The study concentrated on teacher’s perceptions on stress, teacher retention along with their views on coping strategies to handle or prevent stress. The conceptual framework for this study was the transactional model of stress theory by Lazarus and Folkman, which provided a better understanding of demands in education and the resources provided to teachers. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore teachers’ perceptions of stress due to their job and ...


A Correlational Study Examining The Relationship Between Restorative Practices And School Climate In Selected Elementary Schools In A Large Mid-Atlantic Urban School District, Akil A. Boucaud Nov 2017

A Correlational Study Examining The Relationship Between Restorative Practices And School Climate In Selected Elementary Schools In A Large Mid-Atlantic Urban School District, Akil A. Boucaud

Ed.D. Dissertations

Punitive consequences are extensively utilized when dealing with school discipline. Recently, positive approaches to discipline, such as restorative practices, have been implemented in many schools to address school discipline concerns and to improve school climate. Restorative practices is a philosophy that focuses on building positive relationships by changing mindsets. This study took place in a large mid-atlantic urban school district. The goal of the study was to determine the relationship between restorative practices and school climate from the perspectives of school staff members who utilize restorative practices in their schools. A quantitative correlational research design was utilized for this study ...


Relationship Between Advisor Servant Leadership Behaviors And First-Year Students' Intent To Persist, Jennifer Kelly Nov 2017

Relationship Between Advisor Servant Leadership Behaviors And First-Year Students' Intent To Persist, Jennifer Kelly

Ed.D. Dissertations

This correlational study sought to determine the relationship between advisor servant leadership behaviors and first-year students’ intent to persist from fall 2016 to spring 2017 and from spring 2017 to fall 2017 with students in a private, four-year, religiously affiliated university in the United States. The research was grounded in Tinto’s (1975) persistence theory and Greenleaf’s (1977) theory of servant leadership. The Advisor Servant Leadership Behavior Scale (ASLBS) (Paul, 2012) and descriptive analysis were applied. Study results indicated that all four servant-leader constructs, degree awareness (DA), conceptual mapping (CM), advising environment (AE), and holistic growth (HG), were associated ...


Elementary Teachers' Perceptions On How Positive Behavioral Interventions And Supports (Pbis) Relate To Academic Achievement, Tamalita S. Funches Nov 2017

Elementary Teachers' Perceptions On How Positive Behavioral Interventions And Supports (Pbis) Relate To Academic Achievement, Tamalita S. Funches

Ed.D. Dissertations

This phenomenological research study reviews elementary teachers’ perceptions on how Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) relate to academic achievement. Researchers have identified the need for effective behavioral management plans to assist teachers with student discipline concerns and academic achievement. PBIS provides an effective framework for accomplishing these outcomes. Purposeful sampling identified 10 participants for individual interviews and completing a Qualtrics survey. During the 1:1 interviews, participants expressed their perceived ideas and experiences with PBIS as a behavioral management framework that was used to manage behavior and improve student academic achievement. The surveys provided an additional analysis of the ...


The Perceived Needs Of Teachers Of At-Risk Students, Daniel J. Rushton Nov 2017

The Perceived Needs Of Teachers Of At-Risk Students, Daniel J. Rushton

Ed.D. Dissertations

The objective of this dissertation was to determine the perceived needs of teachers of at-risk students in regard to strategy-based professional development and supports for teachers to perform better within the classroom. Of secondary interest within this dissertation was whether differences exist between the perceived needs of teachers of at-risk students and the perceived needs of teachers of non-at-risk students. This was accomplished through a quantitative survey and data analysis that examined the perceived needs of teachers. Participants completed a survey in which they ranked their interest in specific strategy-based professional development and additional supports. The data was ...


The Phenomenon Of The Hybrid Classroom, Tamara Lynne Cesinger Nov 2017

The Phenomenon Of The Hybrid Classroom, Tamara Lynne Cesinger

Ed.D. Dissertations

This research study was completed to explore the perceptions of teachers who have experienced online and hybrid teaching platforms in the United States. The purpose of the study focused on the satisfaction and success of students from the viewpoint of the teacher. Social Interdependence Theory, and Social Constructivist provided the theoretical framework for the study. The theories guiding the study include the Collaborative Learning Theory and Developmental Learning Theory. The research utilized interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires. Eight certified teachers participated in the study where they shared their experiences and perceptions on student success and satisfaction for online courses. Data ...


Parent Perceptions Of The Transition Programs Completed By Their Adult Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Judithanne Arcaro Nov 2017

Parent Perceptions Of The Transition Programs Completed By Their Adult Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Judithanne Arcaro

Ed.D. Dissertations

The lifelong effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) impact the living, employment, and social aspects for individuals with the diagnosis and their families. In this study, I sought to determine parent perspectives of school transition programs completed by their adult children with ASD. Guided by the theoretical framework from Bronfenbrenner, Freire, and Mezirow, my purpose was to identify transition practices with which parents were satisfied and dissatisfied, as well as to seek their input about improving transition programming. With the unemployment rate for individuals with ASD reported by the Department of Labor as 80%, improvement of outcomes would reduce the ...


Middle School Educators' Perceptions Of At-Risk Students Following A School's Initiative Focused On Helping At-Risk Students Succeed, Johnel Bryant Robinson Oct 2017

Middle School Educators' Perceptions Of At-Risk Students Following A School's Initiative Focused On Helping At-Risk Students Succeed, Johnel Bryant Robinson

Ed.D. Dissertations

With a focus on teachers’ efficacy and its effect on their perceptions of at-risk students, this qualitative case study examined the perceptions of teachers toward at-risk students, following a school’s 3-year implementation of an initiative that was geared toward helping educators improve teaching efficacy. The effects of professional development on improving the relationships with at-risk students and the influence on middle school educators’ perceptions and efficacy were explored. Data was gathered by conducting 20 interviews with the participants; including classroom teachers, an administrator, and a guidance counselor, regarding teachers’ perceptions of the at-risk students, following a schoolwide initiative. Six ...


Staying Connected: Measuring The Impact Of Technology Integration On Student Engagement And Achievement At The Middle Level, Jaclyn M. Swayne Oct 2017

Staying Connected: Measuring The Impact Of Technology Integration On Student Engagement And Achievement At The Middle Level, Jaclyn M. Swayne

Ed.D. Dissertations

Knowing how technologies impact student engagement and achievement is vital. The present study validated and added to the existing knowledge in determining to what extent specific levels of technology integration impact student engagement. It also addressed how specific levels of technology integration impact student achievement in middle level English Language/Arts and mathematics classrooms using 1:1 tablet technology. The descriptive study with statistical analysis provided quantitative evidence to educational leaders on the extent to which increasing levels of technology integration can increase student engagement. This evidence was generated using classroom observation data and Fisher’s exact cross-tabulation analysis. The ...


The College-Transition Experience: The Role Of High School Teachers, Dawn M. Lewis Oct 2017

The College-Transition Experience: The Role Of High School Teachers, Dawn M. Lewis

Ed.D. Dissertations

Given the high remediation rate in math, reading, and writing of high school seniors who matriculate to college campuses in the United States, educational leaders have explored ways to address and decrease the need for remedial courses at the postsecondary level. Many K-20 leaders have developed programs and courses to bridge the gap between secondary and postsecondary education, but high remediation rates continue to exist. The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore the role of high school teacher college knowledge in the college-transition process. The survey measured responses using a five-point Likert scale and was administered electronically to ...


A Qualitative Case Study Of Teachers’ Perceptions And Practices In Social Justice Education And The Perceived Implications For K‒2nd Grade Children, Tina M. Lageson Oct 2017

A Qualitative Case Study Of Teachers’ Perceptions And Practices In Social Justice Education And The Perceived Implications For K‒2nd Grade Children, Tina M. Lageson

Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative case study explored the perceptions and practices of three teachers who teach social justice concepts in kindergarten and 2nd-grade classrooms in an urban school district in the Northwest region of the United States. The research sought to answer the following central questions: (a) What do teachers perceive about how instruction on social justice concepts impact early grade learners in classroom settings? (b) What do teachers perceive about how this instruction influences learner perceptions regarding their role in society? Through a three-phase data collection approach that included teacher and parent interviews, teacher observations with observation debrief, and student artifact ...


A Case Study Investigation Of Differentiation In Middle Grade English And Math Classrooms, Yvonne-Nicole Maisel De St. Croix Oct 2017

A Case Study Investigation Of Differentiation In Middle Grade English And Math Classrooms, Yvonne-Nicole Maisel De St. Croix

Ed.D. Dissertations

The research questions investigated in this study were designed to explore (a) what strategies of differentiation teachers used in their practice of teaching and learning, and (b) what challenges teachers faced in implementing differentiated strategies. Efforts to answer these questions were supported by existing related research and theories in the field of education and were examined using an explanatory case study methodology. The intent of this study was to add to the body of literature regarding the ways in which middle grade teachers used differentiated strategies and the challenges teachers faced in implementing differentiated strategies. The findings of this study ...


Dialogic Interactions That Support Learning And Motivation: A Phenomenological Study Of High School Teachers’ Experiences During Reflective Dialogue, Sandra Metzger Oct 2017

Dialogic Interactions That Support Learning And Motivation: A Phenomenological Study Of High School Teachers’ Experiences During Reflective Dialogue, Sandra Metzger

Ed.D. Dissertations

When teachers skillfully interact in reflective dialogue, they experience professional learning and motivation. However, teachers’ interactional skills are often not data-informed. The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study is to provide descriptive data on (a) how high school teachers experience the dialogic interaction within reflective dialogue, (b) what evidence of learning is present in the interaction, and (c) how self-directed motivation is supported in the interaction. The conceptual framework for this study consists of learning theories from Dewey and Mezirow and the Self-Determination theory of motivation from Deci and Ryan. Three sessions were conducted with two teams of two teachers ...


Perceptions And Experiences Of White Teachers Teaching African American Students In K-5 Rural Midwest Schools, Tiffany L. Snyder Oct 2017

Perceptions And Experiences Of White Teachers Teaching African American Students In K-5 Rural Midwest Schools, Tiffany L. Snyder

Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the teaching experiences of White educators working with African American students in rural elementary schools. The findings offered insight into the following questions: (a) How are White teachers prepared to teach African American students? (b) What are the cultural competence abilities of White teachers at rural elementary schools? This study occurred in a predominately White community in the Midwest and involved three schools from the same district. The target group included nine White participants. Research methodology included individual interviews, researcher’s journal, and a self-assessment survey. The interviews were recorded on ...


An Investigation Of Leadership Factors And Traits That Led To And Supported The Formation Of A Multi-University Partnership, Gloria Ngezaho Oct 2017

An Investigation Of Leadership Factors And Traits That Led To And Supported The Formation Of A Multi-University Partnership, Gloria Ngezaho

Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to discover what leadership traits and factors led to the formation and support of a multi-university partnership between three faith-based, higher education institutions. Data was collected using interviews, documents analysis, and leadership surveys. Fifteen leaders, five from each institution, were invited to participate in this study. They included three presidents, three provosts, and nine vice-presidents from various departments who played a role at some point during the process of forming the partnership. Ten leaders from the 15 invited, accepted to participate in this study. They included all three presidents, three provosts, and four ...


Teacher Efficacy And Its Influence On Classroom Management When Teaching African American Males In Grades Prek-2: A Case Study, Suzon M. Pulliam Oct 2017

Teacher Efficacy And Its Influence On Classroom Management When Teaching African American Males In Grades Prek-2: A Case Study, Suzon M. Pulliam

Ed.D. Dissertations

This observational case-study examined teacher efficacy and its influence on classroom management when teaching African American males in grades preK-2, through the lens of choice theory (Glasser, 1998). Data were analyzed with the intent of gaining an in-depth understanding of how teacher efficacy influenced classroom management when addressing the needs of survival, power, freedom, fun, and belonging of African American males in grades preK-2. Through the use of professional development, the intended goal was to discover insight of how to better assist teachers in supporting the social and emotional needs of their African American male students in grades preK-2. The ...