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Action Research Project, Michala Bieker Jan 2019

Action Research Project, Michala Bieker

2019 Lynn Haggard Undergraduate Library Research Award

“Nearly one in five children come from a home where English is not the native language and more than one in four children are Hispanic where Spanish is the primary language spoken” (Correa, Mackiewicz, & Miller, 2017, p. 209). Classrooms are more diverse now than they ever have been before. Even though this diversity greatly enriches the culture of a classroom, many teachers are not equipped with the teaching techniques to engage children who have traveled from other countries to the United States. The world of English Language Learners (ELL) and the programs that exist to help these children acclimate to ...


Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack Oct 2018

Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

This paper investigates the topic of non-traditional students enrolled at four-year public regional universities and addresses questions about who they are, what makes them non-traditional and how they experience college life. The analysis is based on survey data collected from 187 undergraduates at one regional public college in the southeastern United States. The study found a higher portion of non-traditional students than expected and that the non-traditional students tended to break down into two types, a younger worker-student and an older adult student, rather than conforming to a single profile. While the findings highlight other similarities with the broader population ...


Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen Sep 2018

Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Building classroom and school cultures of thinking is one of the fundamental and critical purposes of education. This study is an exploratory effort to obtain a clearer picture of teachers’ perceptions about eight components of a culture of thinking within their own classroom. The instrument used is a quantitative survey developed by Ritchhart (2015) that examines eight forces of cultures of thinking (expectations, language, modeling, time, opportunities, routines, physical environment and interactions). The survey results provide useful information about potential target areas for those seeking to deepen cultures of thinking in educational settings


Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell Jun 2018

Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell

Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business Research

Chinese students represent the largest single group among international students enrolled in the U.S, and globalization has played an important role in impacting Chinese students’ perceptions of what it means to study abroad. According to The Wall Street Journal, there are 85 percent more international students enrolled today in U.S. schools than ten years ago, adding more than 35 billion dollars to the nation’s economy in 2015 (Belkin & Purnell, 2017). This qualitative study adds to the limited research available regarding Chinese students’ cross-cultural transition and academic adaptation to American universities (Kusek, 2015; Yan & Berliner, 2009). Findings add a new perspective regarding the students’ perceptions and expectations in China compared to their true experiences in the U.S. universities. Results show that ...


Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright May 2018

Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright

Master's Theses

The purpose of the research was to identify the preference of parents regarding the type of communication they receive from schools. Communication of general, negative, and positive information was considered in this study. Participants were parents of school-age children from a rural school district with a pre-kindergarten through high school level program. The quantitative research was designed using a survey with a Likert scale. The parents had the opportunity to participate in a parent and teacher conference event, which provided the best chance for input from most parents. The results were shared with district and building level administrators to help ...


Adjunct & Faculty Survey: Perceptions Of Quality & Rigor, Gary G. Andersen, Nicole M. Frank Apr 2018

Adjunct & Faculty Survey: Perceptions Of Quality & Rigor, Gary G. Andersen, Nicole M. Frank

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Seeking comprehensive feedback about adjunct faculty experiences at Fort Hays State University, the authors created an anonymous survey tool to inquire about full-time and adjunct faculty perceptions of a broad range of factors affecting adjuncts and the classes they teach. Results include valuable information about adjunct satisfaction, compensation, recruitment, orientation, and support, as well as perceptions of course and program quality. Findings suggest significant differences in perceptions of academic rigor and expectations of student clock-hours. Results were shared with the Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee and will be used to make various recommendations to the Provost and Academic Council. Additional research ...


Removing Barriers To Promote Parent Partnerships, Lyndie Glidewell, Annette M. Fieger, Byron Sturm, Andrew Weese Apr 2018

Removing Barriers To Promote Parent Partnerships, Lyndie Glidewell, Annette M. Fieger, Byron Sturm, Andrew Weese

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Parent partnerships are ways for educational staff, especially those who work with children with disabilities, to connect with families of students in meaningful ways that not only guide the education of the student but also show acceptance, provide encouragement and continue support to students and families beyond the school environment. Partnerships may include more than just schools and parents; they often invite other family members, friends and the community to be involved. These types of relationships can be very important to students with special needs because, “when schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to ...


Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore Apr 2018

Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Reading comprehension models implemented in content classrooms boost adolescent reading achievement. Yet, few researchers examine how such models are incorporated into teachers’ daily instruction. We used extended observations and interviews to examine the integration of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), an evidence-based reading comprehension model, into the instructional practices of fifteen middle school content teachers. High integration teachers embedded CSR lessons into their curriculum and reinforced CSR strategy use throughout the week. These teachers felt supported in their efforts by colleagues and school administrators. There is much to be learned from the ways in which teachers engage in the art of ...


Rural Community College Student Perceptions Of Barriers To College Enrollment, Shanda Scott, Michael T. Miller, Adam A. Morris Feb 2018

Rural Community College Student Perceptions Of Barriers To College Enrollment, Shanda Scott, Michael T. Miller, Adam A. Morris

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Rural community college students face unique difficulties in higher education for many reasons, including the resources they typically have access to, their collective histories, and in many cases, the preparation they received in high school. These challenges might be low-performing secondary schools, a lack of tradition and precedence in attending college, and even limited technology connectivity. These difficulties can be seen as barriers to college attendance, and it is important to understand how rural community college students see these barriers, and even more important to understand how they can be overcome. The current study sought to take the first step ...


The Conflict Of Commodification Of Traditional Higher Education Institutions, Jarrad Plante Feb 2018

The Conflict Of Commodification Of Traditional Higher Education Institutions, Jarrad Plante

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Moving into the 21st century, the landscape of the traditional higher education institution has changed, including its model of conducting business. Students in the millennial generation see higher education as a commodity, where learning can be acquired through different delivery systems. It is imperative that organizational leaders, like those in colleges and universities, improve, effectively responding to changing environments at their institutions. Double-loop learning (Rahim, 2011; Senge, 2013) is a formative method of organizational effectiveness that allows top managers to focus on the underpinning of conflicts like commodification of higher education and use strategic decision-making processes to recognize and accept ...


A Diverse Clinical-Based Practice In Teacher Education, Shelby Gottschalk, Megan M. Hake, Lori Cook-Benjamin Feb 2018

A Diverse Clinical-Based Practice In Teacher Education, Shelby Gottschalk, Megan M. Hake, Lori Cook-Benjamin

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

The purpose of the study was to determine if offering a virtual clinical-based practice would affect teacher candidates’ level of confidence in teaching diverse students. During 2012-2014, data were collected using a pre- and post-Likert scale questionnaire. A paired two sample t-test was utilized to determine if there was a significant difference in mean scores from the pre- to the postquestionnaire. Increases were found in all questionnaire items with five of the items showing a significant increase at the α=.01 level. The results suggest that a virtual clinical-based practice may provide an authentic experience for teacher candidates, may lead ...


In Search Of A Proper Role For First-Year Composition In The Two-Year Open-Enrollment College, Stephen M. Combs Feb 2018

In Search Of A Proper Role For First-Year Composition In The Two-Year Open-Enrollment College, Stephen M. Combs

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

The search for a common model of instruction in first-year composition began in the 1960s when composition first began to separate from literature in college English departments. Because writing is essentially a methods course with no standard curriculum as one might find in physics or economics, a common model has been elusive. A sign that consensus may be developing came in 2011 when an alliance of three professional organizations published its “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.” Its recommendations consist of departures from some of the discipline’s long-cherished practices. Many of these recommendations appeared in scholarly articles more than ...


Establishing A Learning Community To Support Research And Scholarly Training: A Case Study, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis Feb 2018

Establishing A Learning Community To Support Research And Scholarly Training: A Case Study, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

This paper examines the concept of learning communities as defined in the literature. An existing case study is described, and the issues that facilitated and constrained the development of this learning community are considered and discussed. Strategies to address threats to the ongoing viability and usefulness of a learning community to support research training are offered. The influence of leadership styles and their interaction with the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of learning communities is used to support the argument.


The International Curriculum: Current Trends And Emerging Needs, Jesse Jones Richter Feb 2018

The International Curriculum: Current Trends And Emerging Needs, Jesse Jones Richter

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

This paper examines the current state of tertiary level international curricula and provides groundwork for future research aimed at ongoing needs. Recognized is the premise that existing international curricular programs require maintenance. Burn (1995) called for curriculum reform in international departments two decades ago with the rationale that effective programming will consider both the near and distant future contexts of the business world. Devine (1993) provided some evidence of progress in the same era, but it is uncertain whether or not this was a sustained or isolated event. Additionally, there tends to be a mix in thought about what exactly ...


The Effect Of Standardized Testing On Historical Literacy And Educational Reform In The U.S., Julie Hisey Maranto Feb 2018

The Effect Of Standardized Testing On Historical Literacy And Educational Reform In The U.S., Julie Hisey Maranto

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Public education in America has an impressive history of success in equipping students with literacy that extends back to the earliest days of our nation. Education was a high priority for the original settlers in America who, motivated by their religious convictions, eagerly sought mastery and dissemination of literacy skills throughout the population. For most of the Protestant settlers, their beliefs derived from the doctrines of the Reformation and they considered the ability to read as a fundamental necessity for grounding citizens in the tenets of their faith as well as their government.


The Value Of Teaching Preparation During Doctoral Studies: An Example Of A Teaching Practicum, Jeffrey D. Edwards Feb 2018

The Value Of Teaching Preparation During Doctoral Studies: An Example Of A Teaching Practicum, Jeffrey D. Edwards

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

For doctoral students who seek faculty appointments in academic settings upon graduation, it is imperative those students have access to quality mentoring, direct instruction, and experiential opportunities to apply effective teaching methods during their training. Currently, some doctoral programs are beginning to develop teaching practicums which provide essential skills and experiences for doctoral students. The purpose of this paper is to describe best practices in the field of education and provide examples of post-graduate programs that are providing training and teaching opportunities to graduate assistants. One existing teaching practicum course offered at a public university in the southeast is described ...


Motivational Techniques: Positively Impacting Students From Middle School Through College, Joseph E. Walter Feb 2018

Motivational Techniques: Positively Impacting Students From Middle School Through College, Joseph E. Walter

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

In the United States, our children face a number of factors that influence their behavior. Children’s peers, parents and even the media, especially television, heavily influence students. Because of these influences, it can be difficult to motivate students in the classroom to strive for and achieve success. The purpose of this article is to discuss the influential factors that affect children from middle school through college, and discuss ways to help motivate students to achieve success.


Online Learning And Post-Secondary Expectations: Bridging The Gap From Academic Leaders To Instructors, Marian Muldrow Feb 2018

Online Learning And Post-Secondary Expectations: Bridging The Gap From Academic Leaders To Instructors, Marian Muldrow

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Because of the increase of online learning on college campuses, some researchers primarily concern themselves with student perceptions to online learning (Jain, Jain, & Jain, 2011). Others are concerned with the changes they would consider beneficial through the instructor perspective (Lederman & Jaschik, 2013). Both groups want to determine the breakdown between the structure of online courses and student success. Therefore, attention needs to be turned to the academic leaders such as the coordinators, directors, and deans of distance learning.


Finding The Surprise: A Case Study Of A Faculty Learning Community, Roberta M. Michel Feb 2018

Finding The Surprise: A Case Study Of A Faculty Learning Community, Roberta M. Michel

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

This article details a faculty learning community (FLC) that started in 2009 on the campus of a Midwestern University and has evolved into an interdisciplinary research, teaching and social community of practice and learning called SurPriSe. SurPriSe is an acronym that reflects the interest area of the FLC; Sur for surveillance, Pri for privacy, and Se for security. This case study provides understanding of the social context, the institution and the nature of encouraging established faculty to engage in new research and pedagogical interests that are interdisciplinary.


A Case For Explicit Grammar Instruction In English As Second/Foreign Language Classrooms, Kent Williams Feb 2018

A Case For Explicit Grammar Instruction In English As Second/Foreign Language Classrooms, Kent Williams

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Not surprisingly, one’s first language (L1) is not learned from having studied its grammatical rules. On the contrary, it is acquired as a result of exposure to a substantial amount of unmodified linguistic input from the surrounding environment. However, as cognition develops over time, the ability to process input in this manner invariably declines; thus, in order to acquire an additional language following cognitive maturation, one may need to rely upon different cognitive processes altogether (Ellis, 2008).


A Comparison Of The Incidence Rate In Mtss Tiers, Andrea Rackaway Feb 2018

A Comparison Of The Incidence Rate In Mtss Tiers, Andrea Rackaway

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

The Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) is an evolutionary educational method recently introduced to schools in Kansas. As part of an ongoing investigation into the deployment and effectiveness of the MTSS system, this pilot study established initial participation rates in the program. This project sought to define the incidence rate among males and females in MTSS tiers in the study region. The study also sought initial teacher satisfaction with support for their development and training into the new MTSS system. A survey consisting of 13 items was sent to 600 randomly selected elementary public school teachers in the Kansas First ...


Verbal Word Choice Of Effective Reading Teachers, Kelly A. Moran Feb 2018

Verbal Word Choice Of Effective Reading Teachers, Kelly A. Moran

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Humans are fragile beings easily influenced by the verbal behaviors of others. Spoken words can have a multitude of effects on an individual, and the phrases and statements teachers use in their classrooms on a daily basis have the potential to be either detrimental or inspirational. As increasing numbers of students arrive at schools from broken families, possessing poor nutritional habits and debilitating health concerns, and experiencing greater exposure to violence in the media and within their communities, educators need to be keenly aware of the impact their verbal behaviors have on children. Teachers need to be mindful of the ...


A Duoethnographic Exploration Of Persistent Technological Failures In Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt, Eric D. Teman Jan 2018

A Duoethnographic Exploration Of Persistent Technological Failures In Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt, Eric D. Teman

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

While higher education becomes increasingly reliant upon technology to deliver instruction, technological failures profoundly affect faculty members and students. We used duoethnography to explore the student-instructor dynamic during persistent technological failures within a synchronous online course, which occurred during a semester-long, qualitative research methods course. Duoethnography allowed us to first explore our own experiences and then engage in a continuous dialogue to interrogate the same event without privileging one voice over the other. We provide a series of dialogues of our shared understandings and different perspectives, taken from discussions and reflections on the experience. We then provide deeply personal insight ...


Including Students With Special Needs In A Mainstream Classroom In Cameroon, Elie Tcheimegni Jan 2018

Including Students With Special Needs In A Mainstream Classroom In Cameroon, Elie Tcheimegni

Master's Theses

This qualitative study used a survey research design to collect perception data from ten general educators from Northern Cameroon to examine the attitudes and instructional efficacy of the regular education teacher towards the inclusion of learning disabled students in the Northern part of Cameroon in grades 9 to 12. The findings of this study indicated that there is a need to train general education teachers for inclusion. Participants believe general education teachers need supports, logistics, professional development and training in inclusion practices. They all mentioned teachers need training, support and resources. Teachers should possess the skills that facilitate all learning ...


Book Review: The End Of College: Creating The Future Of Learning And The University Of Everywhere, Bruce Henderson Nov 2017

Book Review: The End Of College: Creating The Future Of Learning And The University Of Everywhere, Bruce Henderson

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Review of Kevin Carey's The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.


An Evolutionary Perspective On Increasing Student Success, And The (Partial) Fallacy Of First-Year Retention, Doug Mcelroy, Kate Mcelroy Nov 2017

An Evolutionary Perspective On Increasing Student Success, And The (Partial) Fallacy Of First-Year Retention, Doug Mcelroy, Kate Mcelroy

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

With state support for higher education declining and/or increasingly tied to performance outcomes, and greater emphasis being paid to the debt load incurred by students, student retention and success have become key drivers of universities’ strategic decision-making. Much effort has concentrated on first-year students; however, it may be more advantageous to pay greater attention to the fate of students at later points in their careers. We apply the concept of Reproductive Value to explore dynamics of retention rates, graduation rates, and degree production within and among seven state comprehensive universities. We ask: (1) Is enhanced first-year retention predictive of ...


Increasing Research Requirements For Tenure At Teaching Universities: Mission Creep Or Mission Critical?, Elizabeth Blakey, Crist Khachikian, Daisy Lemus Nov 2017

Increasing Research Requirements For Tenure At Teaching Universities: Mission Creep Or Mission Critical?, Elizabeth Blakey, Crist Khachikian, Daisy Lemus

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

What social forces are driving the increase in research requirements for tenure at teaching universities? Engaging Pierre Bourdieu's field theory, this case study examines a state comprehensive university, at multiple levels of analysis, and via multiple methods. Field theory is a viable alternative to neoinstitutional theory for higher education scholars. The methods used are quantitative content analysis, qualitative discursive analysis and interviews. The study provides a detailed account of whether economic or cultural forces are the stronger influence on the trend to increase research requirements. Economic factors, such as national enrollment trends, do not necessarily have a strong effect ...


Understanding Chinese Students’ College Choice To Increase Chinese Student Recruitment: A Focus On Music Majors, Tamara Yakaboski, Sonja Rizzolo, Lei Ouyang Nov 2017

Understanding Chinese Students’ College Choice To Increase Chinese Student Recruitment: A Focus On Music Majors, Tamara Yakaboski, Sonja Rizzolo, Lei Ouyang

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

The focus of this study was to understand why 20 Chinese students selected a rural, regionally focused research university. The research sought to (1) offer new, nuanced understanding of how Chinese students selected a university not well-known to international students and (2) advance how an institution of this type could meet its goal of improving and increasing Chinese student recruitment. As a majority of the Chinese students who selected this institution were majoring in music, this study offers implications for niche marketing and recruitment. In addition to the knowledge produced, this study models academic and student affairs collaboration where the ...


Story Sharing For First-Generation College Students Attending A Regional Comprehensive University: Campus Outreach To Validate Students And Develop Forms Of Capital, Colby R. King, Jakari Griffith, Meghan Murphy Nov 2017

Story Sharing For First-Generation College Students Attending A Regional Comprehensive University: Campus Outreach To Validate Students And Develop Forms Of Capital, Colby R. King, Jakari Griffith, Meghan Murphy

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

This paper describes a story-sharing program, called Our Stories, in which faculty and staff at a regional comprehensive university share their personal experiences about attending college as first-generation, working class, or financially insecure (FGWCFI) students with an audience of undergraduate students of various backgrounds. Using preliminary qualitative and quantitative data, we find evidence that these programs validate the experience of these student attendees and build their social, cultural, and psychological capital. This paper reviews literature on outreach to first-generation students, provides an overview of the story-sharing program, discusses how these events support student success, and suggests that such outreach efforts ...


The Challenges Of A New Department Chair: Success Despite Reality, Jeanneine P. Jones May 2017

The Challenges Of A New Department Chair: Success Despite Reality, Jeanneine P. Jones

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

A narrative demonstrating the need for administrative training for department chairs.