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A Comparison Of Research Findings Obtained Through Focus Group Sessions With Those Acquired Through Surveys , Paul Thomas Hillyer Jan 1998

A Comparison Of Research Findings Obtained Through Focus Group Sessions With Those Acquired Through Surveys , Paul Thomas Hillyer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study sought to answer the questions: (1) Are there significant differences in the answers gained through focus group sessions and answers gained from surveying the larger population from which the focus group participants were taken? (2) Can focus group findings be generalized to the larger population?;To answer these questions focus group sessions were conducted which asked participants to give their opinions on a teacher evaluation plan that was being piloted in the Mesa, Arizona, public schools. Each of four groups was asked ten questions related to various components of the proposed evaluation model. After each focus group session ...


Perceptions Of Secondary School Agriculture Teachers In The North Central Region Of The U.S. Regarding Sustainable Agriculture: Implications To Curriculum Development In Agricultural Education, Kehinde Aderemi Ajaiyeoba Agbaje Jan 1998

Perceptions Of Secondary School Agriculture Teachers In The North Central Region Of The U.S. Regarding Sustainable Agriculture: Implications To Curriculum Development In Agricultural Education, Kehinde Aderemi Ajaiyeoba Agbaje

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The major purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of secondary school agriculture teachers in the North Central Region of the US regarding sustainable agriculture, the extent to which they teach the subject in their curriculum, and the use, credibility, and benefits of selected information sources. A secondary purpose was to develop a model to guide the integration of sustainable agriculture subject matter into the curriculum. Overall, the teachers had positive perceptions and a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture practices. Teachers in this study expressed the desire to incorporate more of the subject into their curriculum if their ...


The Feasibility Of Charter Schools In The United States: A National Study , Ann Ronette Curphey Jan 1998

The Feasibility Of Charter Schools In The United States: A National Study , Ann Ronette Curphey

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this investigation was to do a feasibility study of charter schools in the United States. The states of Arizona, California, Minnesota, and New Mexico were the basis of the research. Most charter schools are free from laws and regulations governing public schools. However, charter schools are accountable for results affecting student achievement. Usually, a charter school's performance is reviewed three to five years after starting. If student achievement is good and results are successful, the charter school remains;Six research questions were answered as a result of the study. (1) What really prompted the charter school ...


A Qualitative Study Of Selected Educational Issues In Nine Hospital-Related Colleges In The United States , Deanne Marie Remer Jan 1998

A Qualitative Study Of Selected Educational Issues In Nine Hospital-Related Colleges In The United States , Deanne Marie Remer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the role of hospital-related allied health colleges in higher education; how changes in the nation's health care system have impacted these colleges; and the leadership characteristics of allied health college presidents. Based on the propositions that health care education and the preparation of a health care workforce are integral parts of our society's health care system, theories of environmental change and organizational development are presented as a theoretical foundation for this study. Four research questions were identified as the focus of exploration for this research study: (1) What impact ...


Cultural Synergy: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Gender And Race On The Perceptions Of Administrators And Faculty On Understanding And Managing Diversity In Higher Education , R. Mary Thomas-Gallet Jan 1998

Cultural Synergy: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Gender And Race On The Perceptions Of Administrators And Faculty On Understanding And Managing Diversity In Higher Education , R. Mary Thomas-Gallet

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine whether faculty and administrators had different perceptions on the impact of cultural synergy as an approach to understand and manage cultural diversity in higher education. These perceptions were examined to identify whether there was an impact by the respondents' race and gender. The challenges facing higher education in dealing with diversity issues on campus and in the curriculum were discussed in this study and issues such as racism, affirmative action, and employee demographics were reviewed. The cultural synergy approach was examined by looking at various models;The population surveyed included all faculty ...


Faculty Computer Self-Efficacy And Integration Of Electronic Communication In Teaching College Courses , Leah Chepngéno Keino Kagima Jan 1998

Faculty Computer Self-Efficacy And Integration Of Electronic Communication In Teaching College Courses , Leah Chepngéno Keino Kagima

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As technological innovations continue to change and expand, it becomes increasingly necessary to support faculty in adopting innovations to keep up with the educational demands of the 21st century such as the changing learning environments, distance education, computer based course management, and delivery technologies. Recent studies have indicated that successful implementation of educational technologies depends largely on educators who guide the daily experiences of learners. Understanding more about faculty confidence and skills for computer technology use can provide insights for intervention strategies in faculty development efforts. To prepare for this intervention, it is important to identify the extent to which ...


Perceived Degree Of Continuous Improvement Principles And Degree Of Role Effectiveness Of Local School Boards In Iowa , David J. Scala Jan 1998

Perceived Degree Of Continuous Improvement Principles And Degree Of Role Effectiveness Of Local School Boards In Iowa , David J. Scala

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was undertaken to examine the relationship between the manner in which local boards of education perceive their responsibilities and the extent to which perceptions of total quality improvement principles exist within their school districts;Data were collected from thirty-four (34) Iowa public school districts. Two survey instruments, the Perceived Quality Assessment Instrument (PQAI) and the Role Perception Quality Instrument (RPQI), were used to collect data from all thirty-four districts;Analysis of the data included (1) correlation, to determine the relationship between a board of education's perceptions of its roles and responsibilities and the extent to which principles ...


Student Affairs Professionals' Perceptions Of The Concerns And Feelings Of International Students At Private Four-Year Liberal Arts Institutions , David Allen Walker Jan 1998

Student Affairs Professionals' Perceptions Of The Concerns And Feelings Of International Students At Private Four-Year Liberal Arts Institutions , David Allen Walker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Throughout the American system of higher education, student affairs offices often are given the responsibility of providing programming and support systems for international students. In order to provide international students with well-defined programs and support systems, student affairs professionals must have current and complete information which indicates the concerns and feelings of today's international student population;However, there is very little research which has studied student affairs professionals' perceptions of the concerns and feelings of international students. Specifically, at the private, four-year liberal arts level, very little information exists which examines student affairs professionals' views of the concerns and ...


A Qualitative Study Of The Student Culture In A Selected Comprehensive High School In The United States , Charles Milton Green Jan 1998

A Qualitative Study Of The Student Culture In A Selected Comprehensive High School In The United States , Charles Milton Green

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Schools today, especially large comprehensive high schools, are besieged with studies, critiques, and proposals for reform. Many critics have exposed factors that contribute to putting our nation at risk because of its schools. Despite reports targeted on the weaknesses of high school education, constructive attempts are being made to study root causes and implement changes that work to improve and make lasting changes in the schools. As early as 1945, a body of research has focused on improving high schools by fully understanding student culture and promoting ideas and structures which facilitate improvements in student culture. It is believed that ...


Two Case Studies On Impact Evaluation Of Education Projects , Jooseop Kim Jan 1998

Two Case Studies On Impact Evaluation Of Education Projects , Jooseop Kim

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Primary school enrollment rates in Pakistan are far lower than in countries facing similar economic circumstances. The problem is particularly severe for girls in poor families and rural areas;To address this problem, the Balochistan Education Foundation with technical support from World Bank launched the Urban Girls' Fellowship program in 1994, and the Community Support Program (CSP) in 1992. These programs were instituted in Balochistan Province, the poorest, the least populous, least educated province of Pakistan. The main object of the pilot programs was to increase the enrollment rate for girls;This study evaluates the two programs using experimental and ...


Selection Factors Related To Satisfaction, Persistence, And Job Performance For Technical Writers At The Iowa State University Child Welfare Project , Mary Jean Loven Jan 1998

Selection Factors Related To Satisfaction, Persistence, And Job Performance For Technical Writers At The Iowa State University Child Welfare Project , Mary Jean Loven

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Bureau of Collections, Iowa Department of Human Services, is the designated agency to provide child support recovery services in the state of Iowa. This agency has received federal funding to expand and upgrade its computer system to support federal regulations for child support recovery programs. To enable the agency to meet federal standards, the Bureau (BOC) contracted with Iowa State University, through its Child Welfare Project, to secure technical writers who could play a major role in the development of policy and system enhancements. The position involved working as part of a team to develop and implement child support ...


An Analysis Of Public School Financial Allocation Policy Alternatives Supported By Selected Education Groups In Iowa , James Richard Scharff Jan 1998

An Analysis Of Public School Financial Allocation Policy Alternatives Supported By Selected Education Groups In Iowa , James Richard Scharff

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study was to provide information and assistance to Iowa policy-makers as the July 2001 sunset date approaches for expiration of the current public school funding Law; This study addressed the support for preserving and continuing the current funding policies, or pursuing changes in those policies. Board of education members, superintendents, teachers, and business managers were the subjects of the study (n = 289) as these individuals are charged with the efficient delivery of public education in Iowa;A seven member panel of experts in Iowa school finance developed the survey as an appropriate established instrument was ...


Educating Young Children With Autism: A Conflict Over Methodologies , Lorna Marsh Volmer Jan 1998

Educating Young Children With Autism: A Conflict Over Methodologies , Lorna Marsh Volmer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

There currently is controversy on how best to educate children with autism that focuses on preeminent leaders in the field of autism, their disparate views, and the requirement that all children with disabilities be provided with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). The controversy has affected large numbers of children with autism, their families, and the school districts charged with educating them. Information detailing the elements of several nationally significant programs has been provided, including a review of the research supporting each program's efficacy. Two studies were initiated to explore the educational services provided to children with autism ...