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Perceived Benefits Of Selected Experiential Learning Activities And Quality Of Instructional Techniques In A College Of Agriculture Capstone Course , Randall James Andreasen Jan 1998

Perceived Benefits Of Selected Experiential Learning Activities And Quality Of Instructional Techniques In A College Of Agriculture Capstone Course , Randall James Andreasen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of course completers in a college of agriculture capstone course regarding the benefits of selected experiential learning activities and instructional techniques. Further, this study sought to determine the quality of the learning activities and instructional techniques employed in capstone course and to develop a model for the integration of these experiential learning activities into capstone courses;This study was conducted using a descriptive survey design. A four part questionnaire was developed and sent to 214 capstone course completers of AgEdS 450, Farm Management and Operation, Iowa State University. This sample ...


Assessment Of The United States Information Agency Sponsored University Affiliation Project Between Iowa State University And The National Agriculture University Of Ukraine Using The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (Cbam), Victor A. Udin Jan 1998

Assessment Of The United States Information Agency Sponsored University Affiliation Project Between Iowa State University And The National Agriculture University Of Ukraine Using The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (Cbam), Victor A. Udin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The problem of this study was to evaluate the success of the Iowa State University (ISU) Linkage project (Crawford & Melnichuk, 1994) at the National Agricultural University of Ukraine (NAUU). The evaluation of the project's success and the educational changes it brought about were accomplished by determining the levels of use of the key elements of this change: the revised curriculum, new methods of teaching, and new teaching materials used at NAUU. This program evaluation research of the Linkage project was conducted based on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM). The Levels of Use dimension of the Concerns-Based Adoption Model was applied to determine if the Linkage project was successful;The survey questionnaire consisted of sections describing the NAUU participants': demographic characteristics; knowledge of the English language; understanding of the essence of the Linkage project; awareness of the administrative changes at NAUU; and levels of use of the new curriculum developed as the result of the Linkage project. Statistical analysis revealed that neither demographic characteristics nor administrative reform has a relation to the levels of use of the main results of the Linkage project. The school environment was the only factor ...


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 ...


An Investigation Of A Manipulative Simulation In The Learning Of Recursive Programming , Randall Wayne Bower Jan 1998

An Investigation Of A Manipulative Simulation In The Learning Of Recursive Programming , Randall Wayne Bower

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Recursion is a fundamentally important topic in Computer Sciences; Even so, it is often omitted in introductory courses, or discussed only briefly. This is likely due, at least in part, to the fact that teaching recursion has been difficult. Perhaps the biggest problem in teaching recursion is that there are few, if any, naturally existing examples of recursion in our lives. However, successful simulations have shown that the computer may hold the key to solving this problem. A simulation of recursion presented to students before formal classroom instruction can provide a foundation of concrete experiences to build upon. The challenge ...


Words And Spaces: A Story Of An American Indian In The Academy , Smokey Mckinney Jan 1998

Words And Spaces: A Story Of An American Indian In The Academy , Smokey Mckinney

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A new social climate in American society is allowing more American Indians to pursue higher education, and an increase is being seen in the number of Indians attaining graduate degrees and participating in the academy as professors and researchers and authors. But distinct differences between approaches taken by the European-based academy and ways of thinking shared by many American Indian peoples create unique challenges for the Indian person who seeks to be an academic. This dissertation looks into the issues facing the Indian Academic, and argues that the Indian person must pursue multiple avenues of thought and argument to find ...


Day Treatment: Development Of A Model Program And Determination Of Its Effects On 13-21 Year Olds , Thomas Joseph Gehlsen Jan 1998

Day Treatment: Development Of A Model Program And Determination Of Its Effects On 13-21 Year Olds , Thomas Joseph Gehlsen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

For decades there has been a need in communities to provide a collaborative series of services to the emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescent. These services need to be provided in a lesser restrictive environment other than a residential setting but more restrictive that a mainstream educational setting. In this completed study, the purpose was to describe an ecological treatment program for Behavior Disorder/Severely Emotionally Disturbed adolescents. The question, "How did the development of this type of treatment program come about and how did the effects of the program make the coordinated efforts of various local agencies a state and ...


Interdisciplinary Health Professions Education: An Exploration Of Two Programs , Ann M. Valentine Jan 1998

Interdisciplinary Health Professions Education: An Exploration Of Two Programs , Ann M. Valentine

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In response to economic and demographic forces, health care delivery is changing. These powerful dynamics of change require practitioners from all disciplines to be prepared to work in interdisciplinary teams, to competently access health and information technologies, and to understand the multiple functions required for adequate health care provision (Pew Health Professions Commission, 1995). Therefore, we have reached a juncture at which a careful study of health professions education is essential. This project is an exploratory study of two programs which have been instituted to address the nation's changing health professions workforce, needs. The study is intended to establish ...


Relationships Among Student Attitudes, Motivation, Learning Styles, Learning Strategies, Patterns Of Learning And Achievement: A Formative Evaluation Of Distance Education Via Web-Based Courses , Ching-Chun Shih Jan 1998

Relationships Among Student Attitudes, Motivation, Learning Styles, Learning Strategies, Patterns Of Learning And Achievement: A Formative Evaluation Of Distance Education Via Web-Based Courses , Ching-Chun Shih

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The World Wide Web (WWW) is the latest in a long line of educational technologies, and the list of courses on it is growing daily. Formative evaluations would help educators enhance teaching and learning in Web-based courses. This study analyzed the relationships between student achievement and the following variables: attitudes, motivation, learning strategies, patterns of learning, learning styles, and selected demographics. It was a population study that included 99 students taking two non-major introductory biology courses offered over the WWW by Iowa State University in the fall of 1997. Seventy-four (75%) students completed a learning style test, an on-line questionnaire ...


Constructs That Contribute To Student Satisfaction For Participating In Graduate Level Courses Delivered By Full Motion Interactive Fiber Optic Communications Network , Fatemeh Zarghami Jan 1998

Constructs That Contribute To Student Satisfaction For Participating In Graduate Level Courses Delivered By Full Motion Interactive Fiber Optic Communications Network , Fatemeh Zarghami

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to measure constructs that contribute to graduate student satisfaction with interactive televised courses that have been taught via Iowa Communications Network (ICN). In this study student satisfaction with the instructor's communication and teaching skills, accessibility of the instructor out of classroom, course management, course content, and quality of technology was measured by using the Student Satisfaction with ICN (SSICN) questionnaire. Students' needs and their suggestions to improve the quality of education through ICN were identified through five open-ended questions. The population for the study was 690 graduate students who took ICN courses between ...


Prediction Of And Differences In Computer Use: Universal Adoption Of Notebook Computers At Three Undergraduate Institutions , Therese Anderson Corwin Jan 1998

Prediction Of And Differences In Computer Use: Universal Adoption Of Notebook Computers At Three Undergraduate Institutions , Therese Anderson Corwin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The universal availability of computers through the adoption of notebook computers for faculty by the University is an organizational answer to the adoption of computer technology by faculty. The researcher studied solutions to this problem through a survey of faculty at three undergraduate institutions that adopted notebook computers for their faculty and students;Participants completed a Computer Technology in Teaching (CTIT) questionnaire composed of the above measures as well as demographic and computer-related questions. Faculty received the questionnaire prior to the adoption of notebook computers on three undergraduate campuses. The faculty received the same questionnaire one year later. During the ...


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 ...


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 ...


Efficacy Of Institutional Interventions On The Attainment Profile Of African-Americans At A Regional Predominately White Institution: Questions Of Will, Effort, Competence And Responsibility , Robert Andre Broadus Jan 1998

Efficacy Of Institutional Interventions On The Attainment Profile Of African-Americans At A Regional Predominately White Institution: Questions Of Will, Effort, Competence And Responsibility , Robert Andre Broadus

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The nature of access to higher education at predominately white institutions for African-Americans has been focused largely on the preparation of the student. Little attention has been placed on the quality of the interaction of the student with standardized institutional practices and procedure. The purpose of this study is to examine the differences obtained by African-Americans, when the institution adjusts practices and procedures to be inclusive of the academic, social and environmental characteristics versus the creation of specialized interventions;African-American students attending a Midwestern regional comprehensive university between 1985-1990 are the bases of the study. Each entry class was introduced ...