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Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Collective Efficacy, And Job Satisfication In Small Learning Communities And Small Schools: Implications For Educational Leaders, Curtis Armour Jr. Dec 2012

Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Collective Efficacy, And Job Satisfication In Small Learning Communities And Small Schools: Implications For Educational Leaders, Curtis Armour Jr.

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The traditional comprehensive high school model is facing overwhelming scrutiny as educational leaders and policy makers are deeming them ineffective. With the steady decline of standardized test scores and overall student achievement, school district administrators, with the assistance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, began the daunting task of transforming these large comprehensive high schools into Small Learning Communities and Small Schools. These smaller learning environments are meant to provide a more specialized education for students that focus on specific learning pathways. The primary purpose of this study is to examine teacher self-efficacy, collective efficacy, and job satisfaction of ...


"Rock The Mic!" The Influence Of Hip-Hop Culture On Black Boys' Attitude In School: A Critical Ethnography, Douglass M. Sanders Jr. Dec 2012

"Rock The Mic!" The Influence Of Hip-Hop Culture On Black Boys' Attitude In School: A Critical Ethnography, Douglass M. Sanders Jr.

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Hip-Hop educational research is critical to understanding the plight of black boys in public schools throughout the United States. This qualitative inquiry fills a void in the research literature that often fails to include the emic perspectives of the participants involved. To confront the challenges black male youth face in school studies that capture their salient voices about lived-experiences are crucial. Nonetheless, this critical ethnography provides a praxis for educational practitioners to use to gain valuable insight into the minds of school age black males. This study contributes to the canon of educational research by situating hip-hop culture and its ...


The Relationship Between Persistence, Ability-To Pay, And Other Selected Variables At A Highly Selective, Urban Hbcu, Kara R. Gardner Dec 2012

The Relationship Between Persistence, Ability-To Pay, And Other Selected Variables At A Highly Selective, Urban Hbcu, Kara R. Gardner

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Gaining admissions into higher education is not nearly as challenging as persisting to degree attainment. Promising black students are failing to complete higher education pursuits, but what can institutions of higher education do to reverse this trend, particularly in the HBCU environment, where the average graduation rate is 42% (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2008)? The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship intent to persist and actual persistence may have with ability-to-pay, socioeconomic status, and other selected variables at a private, highly selective, urban, HBCU. Pearson Correlation was utilized to analyze survey and student record data ...


Difference In Ninth-Grade Student Performance Between Small Learning Communities And Traditional High School Models, Jormell Bland Cofield Dec 2012

Difference In Ninth-Grade Student Performance Between Small Learning Communities And Traditional High School Models, Jormell Bland Cofield

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The purpose of this causal-comparative research study was to determine the extent to which ninth-grade student performances are impacted by the small learning community model. The urban high school of interest performed higher than the district in all accountability areas, and was comparable to the state in all areas except ninth-grade on track performance. Transforming this urban school district into small learning conmiunities was planned in order to address the needs of students with the ultimate goal of increasing the graduation rate and lowering the dropout rate. The urban school district being investigated in this study began the SLC transformation ...


Young, Gifted, And Disadvantaged: A Study Of Key Program And Personnel Factors Related To The Underrepresentation Of African-American Disadvantaged Students In The Talented And Gifted Program In Two Urban Middle Schools In The Atlanta Metro Region, Billie Deshun Rucker-Edwards Dec 2012

Young, Gifted, And Disadvantaged: A Study Of Key Program And Personnel Factors Related To The Underrepresentation Of African-American Disadvantaged Students In The Talented And Gifted Program In Two Urban Middle Schools In The Atlanta Metro Region, Billie Deshun Rucker-Edwards

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African Americans continue to be the smallest represented segment of population in gifted education. The significance of this study was to determine the impact of teacher perception and influence on the screening process of African-American students into the gifted studies programs of two economically disadvantaged schools in a metro Atlanta school system. This study took a look at how teachers perceive students and what other influences have an impact on African-Americans students in economically disadvantaged communities and their choice to seek participation in the gifted studies program. This research study also analyzed the multiple criteria process that has been the ...


Diversity In The Use Of Technology In Instruction And Assessment Strategies In One Predominantly African-American Metro Atlanta Public High School, Jason Thomas James Jul 2012

Diversity In The Use Of Technology In Instruction And Assessment Strategies In One Predominantly African-American Metro Atlanta Public High School, Jason Thomas James

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The purpose of this sequential mixed method research study is to examine the effects of the technology in the classroom, and to understand why highly qualified teachers in metro Atlanta who teach minority, low income students and diversity in the use of technology in their lesson plans, assessments, instruction, expectations from students, and in-class student time. These teachers did attend mandatory in-service training where they were not only trained to use technology; they were cautioned they would be evaluated on their regular use of technology in their lessons. The participants are representative of teachers from Metro Atlanta who have been ...


The Influence Of Mentoring And Other Factors On The Student Reading Achievement In A New Orleans Charter Public School, Sean T. Deas Jul 2012

The Influence Of Mentoring And Other Factors On The Student Reading Achievement In A New Orleans Charter Public School, Sean T. Deas

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Due to low performance in student achievement of the students in the Uptown New Orleans school district, community leaders decided to pool resources and skills and create an education plan that was designed to increase reading literacy. It is believed low income students in the New Orleans schools may not receive educational home support to improve reading performance. It is believed that this type reading program would provide individual reading support that would improve literacy, but also it would develop confidence and desire to learn (Burgess, 2002). This environment was designed to replicate the traditional family setting with high reading ...


An Investigation Of The Belief System Held By African-American Male College Students Regarding The Influence Of Selected Variables Upon Their Retention And Persistence Toward Graduation, Ravenell Christopher Dupree Jul 2012

An Investigation Of The Belief System Held By African-American Male College Students Regarding The Influence Of Selected Variables Upon Their Retention And Persistence Toward Graduation, Ravenell Christopher Dupree

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The purpose of this research is to quantify the general beliefs of African- American males currently enrolled in college regarding selected factors that may have a substantial impact on their retention in college and persistence toward graduation. The factors selected were secondary preparation, institutional social adjustment programs, personal support from faculty and staff, academic support, parental expectations and involvement, financial aid, economic return on investment, and extracurricular activities. These factors were selected by the researcher because they were salient themes in research by previous researchers such as Robertson (2008), Eaves (2009), Freemen (2005), Harper (2012), Valbrun (2011) and many others ...


Persistence Of Graduate Students At An Urban Research Institution In The Southeastern Region Of The United States, Lakeisha Nicole Gibbs Jul 2012

Persistence Of Graduate Students At An Urban Research Institution In The Southeastern Region Of The United States, Lakeisha Nicole Gibbs

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Attrition rates have remained at the breadth of significant concerns for higher education institutions. During the progression toward a graduate degree, countless students lose focus and “stop-out.” An unsuccessful practice in higher education is the lack of concentrated initiatives to retain graduate students and assist in providing resources to support persistence. Alas, graduate students are abandoned and forced to navigate programs in isolation. Therefore, this study examined the problem of persistence of students in graduate programs and the extent to which variation in such persistence may be influenced by: (a) demographic factors, (b) program advisement, (c) research advisement, (d) financial ...


A Multiple Case Study Analysis: The Perception Of Female Principals Of The Influence Of Social Norms And Gender Roles On Their Effectiveness And Secondary School Instructional Leaders, Calandra Leann Brown Jul 2012

A Multiple Case Study Analysis: The Perception Of Female Principals Of The Influence Of Social Norms And Gender Roles On Their Effectiveness And Secondary School Instructional Leaders, Calandra Leann Brown

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The purpose of this study was to examine how female principals perceive the influence of social norms and gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary instructional leaders. This study sought to contextualize the experiences and perception of women as secondary instructional leaders to provide insight to leadership preparation programs, aspirants, and school systems. This study used a multiple case study analysis of two female principals by collecting data through interviews, observations, and document reviews. The researcher found that the female principals in this study do not perceive the influence of social norms nor gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary ...


Factors That Influence Students’ Success In Learning Support At A Two-Year Community College., Alecia Lynette Watkins May 2012

Factors That Influence Students’ Success In Learning Support At A Two-Year Community College., Alecia Lynette Watkins

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The University System of Georgia (USG) requires students take the COMPASS placement exam to determine their academic level and if they are ready for the rigor of college-level courses prior to taking any courses. The COMPASS evaluates students’ skill levels in reading, writing, math, and English as a Second Language (ESL) (American College Testing [ACT], 2010). Students who test below the acceptable standard scores are placed into Learning Support (LS) courses, designed to help build the foundational skills needed for success in college-level courses. A student is successful if he or she passes the LS course(s) with a grade ...


A Mixed Method Study Assessing The Level Of Satisfaction Of A High School Counseling Program As Perceived By Stakeholders: Implications For Educational Leaders, Melissa D. Eades-Gadson May 2012

A Mixed Method Study Assessing The Level Of Satisfaction Of A High School Counseling Program As Perceived By Stakeholders: Implications For Educational Leaders, Melissa D. Eades-Gadson

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of satisfaction of a high school counseling program based on the perceptions of parents, students, teachers, and administrators. One hundred and ten high school seniors that were 18 years of age and older, 59 parents, and 45 teachers at a high school in the Atlanta metropolitan area participated in this study. Five administrators and four counselors completed an open end questionnaire. The participants were asked to complete a survey and questionnaire that were developed by the researcher. There were 11 research questions that guided this study.

The results indicated that ...


Student, Teacher,And Educational Leader Perceptions Of The Quality Of Implementation Of An Advanced Placement Program In A Select Urban High School: A Mixed Methods Study, Quail T. Arnold May 2012

Student, Teacher,And Educational Leader Perceptions Of The Quality Of Implementation Of An Advanced Placement Program In A Select Urban High School: A Mixed Methods Study, Quail T. Arnold

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The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate the factors that impact the quality of implementation of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program at a select urban high school and determine if the implementation methods can be attributed to the exam success rates. Furthermore, this study analyzed the quality of program implementation through student and teacher perceptions to investigate a relationship between factors of implementation and student performance on the AP exams. This research was conducted at a large metropolitan Atlanta high school, with a large minority population, located in the suburbs of a large urban school district in ...


Internationalizing The Black College: An Investigation Of The Stage Of Readiness Of Private Black Colleges As It Relates To Select Benchmarks For Comprehensive Internationalization, Anthony Louis Pinder May 2012

Internationalizing The Black College: An Investigation Of The Stage Of Readiness Of Private Black Colleges As It Relates To Select Benchmarks For Comprehensive Internationalization, Anthony Louis Pinder

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the state of internationalization at the private Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs), and to identify select factors that drive or restrain the internationalization process at these particular institutions. The problem of practice explored by this study was that despite the research in U. S. higher education on internationalization, unique conditions exists, which impact comprehensive internationalization at private HBCUs. The problem of research addressed by this study was that although the literature indicates a wide array of approaches to internationalization in higher education, it does not include a study that specifically examines the ...


Perceptions Of African-American Middle School Gifted Students Regarding Factors That Influence Their Attrition In Gifted Education Programs, Jefferson D. Amelia May 2012

Perceptions Of African-American Middle School Gifted Students Regarding Factors That Influence Their Attrition In Gifted Education Programs, Jefferson D. Amelia

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This study examines the relationship between the attrition of African-American gifted students’ participation in gifted programs and their racial identity, cultural attitude, self-esteem, group membership, teacher support, and student demographics from the student’s perspective.

This study was based on the premise that some underrepresentation of African- American gifted students is partially caused by gifted students own choices not to participate in gifted programs. This concept is less explored in the research with the John Uzo Ogbu (2003) controversial research as its foundation.

A Pearson r Product Moment Correlation Coefficient research study was used to determine if there was a ...


An Investigation Of Potential Benefits Of An Eighth To Ninth Grade Transition Program In An Atlanta Metro School District High School On Attendance, Grades,And Discipline Referrals As Comparable High School Without A Transition Program In A Comparable High School Without A Transistion Program In Another Metro School District, Edward Williams Jr. May 2012

An Investigation Of Potential Benefits Of An Eighth To Ninth Grade Transition Program In An Atlanta Metro School District High School On Attendance, Grades,And Discipline Referrals As Comparable High School Without A Transition Program In A Comparable High School Without A Transistion Program In Another Metro School District, Edward Williams Jr.

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The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate if the potential benefits of a presence of an effective eighth to ninth grade transition program (BRIDGES Program) within School Cluster A had a positive impact on student attendance, student grades, student discipline referrals, and high school dropout rate, in comparison to School Cluster B, that lacks a transition program, using the same variables. The researcher conducted an unstructured, modified open-ended interview of 20-35 select eighth and ninth grade teachers, administrators and counselors from each cluster. The modified interview process consisted of participants being interviewed verbally as well as a ...


A Study Of The Potential Influence Of School Environment, Administrative Leadership And Support, Social Support, And Coping Upon The Presence Of Symptoms Of Teacher Depression: Implications For Educational Leaders., Tara M. Cotton May 2012

A Study Of The Potential Influence Of School Environment, Administrative Leadership And Support, Social Support, And Coping Upon The Presence Of Symptoms Of Teacher Depression: Implications For Educational Leaders., Tara M. Cotton

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The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the potential influence ofschool environment, administrative leadership and support, social support, and coping upon the presence of symptoms of teacher depression. The population was comprised of teachers employed in the metropolitan Atlanta area. A snowball sample, which helped the researcher to gain a comprehensive understanding, was used in effort to reach teachers in various school districts. Participants electronically submitted the surveys to ensure anonymity. The survey followed a correlational design to seek out relationships between the independent variables of school environment, administrative leadership and support, social support, and coping with the ...


The Influence Of Technological Integrated Instruction On Student Achievement In Reading And Mathematicas Of Students With Autism: Implications For Educational Leadership, Mary Butler May 2012

The Influence Of Technological Integrated Instruction On Student Achievement In Reading And Mathematicas Of Students With Autism: Implications For Educational Leadership, Mary Butler

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The purpose of this study is to examine the influence technological integrated instruction has on the reading readiness, reading comprehension and premathematics achievement of students with autism. The technological tools used in this study were eBooks, PowerPoint presentations and video models. Five students served in a moderate autism class were given a specific goal as outlined in their individual education plan. Results from this research suggest that students with moderate autism produce higher achievement percentages when answering comprehension questions about a given story after hearing it via an eBook versus self reading or having another read it to them. Results ...


An Investigation Of Selected Factors That May Impede Academic Success For English Language Learners On The Crct In Third Grade In A Metro Atlanta Public School District As Perceived By Teachers, Parents, And Students, Implications For Educational Leaders, Rosa Fitzhugh May 2012

An Investigation Of Selected Factors That May Impede Academic Success For English Language Learners On The Crct In Third Grade In A Metro Atlanta Public School District As Perceived By Teachers, Parents, And Students, Implications For Educational Leaders, Rosa Fitzhugh

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This study examines factors that impede academic success for English Language Learners (ELL) students on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) as perceived by students, parent,; and ELL teachers. This study was based on the premise that international students face a big challenge in regards to assimilation inside America’s classrooms. Educators need to understand the plight of these students and find ways to assist them in passing standardized exams which in many cases they are unaware of. A qualitative analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from surveys; open ended questionnaires; and observational tools with a consistent rubric ...


A Mixed Methods Study On Factors That Influence Recent High School Dropouts To Persist In Adult Secondary Educational Programs To Pusue The General Educational Development Certificate, Latanya L. Fanion May 2012

A Mixed Methods Study On Factors That Influence Recent High School Dropouts To Persist In Adult Secondary Educational Programs To Pusue The General Educational Development Certificate, Latanya L. Fanion

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Every day thousands of students make the decision to abandon the nation’s high schools for various reasons. Instead of staying in school and graduating with their high school diploma, these students opt for a life that is often inundated with personal, social, educational, and employment barriers, such as unemployment, incarceration, poverty, and a reliance on public assistance. After being out of school and experiencing these unwelcoming circumstances, many high school dropouts decide to give education a second chance. So, within years of leaving school, many high school dropouts enroll in
adult education programs to pursue the General Educational Development ...