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A Technique Designed To Enhance First-Year At-Risk Students' Intrinsic Motivation: Its Effect On Quality Of Effort Relative To The Academic Experience , Wanda Earnestine Woods Everage Jan 1999

A Technique Designed To Enhance First-Year At-Risk Students' Intrinsic Motivation: Its Effect On Quality Of Effort Relative To The Academic Experience , Wanda Earnestine Woods Everage

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Student involvement theory provides the framework for examining the effectiveness of the technique Dare to Dream on improving first-year at-risk students' quality of effort relative to their coursework and other academic activities. The researcher of this study developed the technique Dare to Dream with the goal to enhance students' intrinsic motivation by helping them construct connections between the current academic experience and their future career aspirations, thereby increasing their involvement and thus improving their quality of effort. From 1994 to 1998 the researcher, in the role of educator during that time, administered Dare to Dream to over 300 students in ...


Black Women Academicians Speak Out: Race, Class, And Gender In Narratives Of Higher Education , Sharon Louise Holmes Jan 1999

Black Women Academicians Speak Out: Race, Class, And Gender In Narratives Of Higher Education , Sharon Louise Holmes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to investigate the academic experiences of selected African American women faculty and administrators employed by two- and four-year predominantly White institutions in the Midwest region of the United States. Particularly attention was given to how the constructs of race, class, and gender shape their academic roles.


The Experiences Of High School Students Dual-Enrolled In Post-Secondary Education: Possibilities Of Positive Growth And Negative Influence, Heather Dawn Johnson Jan 1999

The Experiences Of High School Students Dual-Enrolled In Post-Secondary Education: Possibilities Of Positive Growth And Negative Influence, Heather Dawn Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative thesis examined the experiences of high school students who were dual-enrolled in both high school and college. The thesis focused on the experiences of nine high school students from three Midwestern high schools who were dual-enrolled in geographically proximate post-secondary institutions from October, 1998 through May, 1999. Data based on taped interviews with the students, field observations at the students high schools, and discussions with high school guidance counselors identified reasons why the students enrolled in college courses while still in high school, how they perceived their college classmates, and the differences between educational environments.;It was found ...


Status Of The Freshmen Learning Community Initiative At Iowa State University, Laura Jo Doering Jan 1999

Status Of The Freshmen Learning Community Initiative At Iowa State University, Laura Jo Doering

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

One type of experience in higher education today that encourages students to get involved in their learning, both in and outside of the classroom, are learning communities. Learning communities are "relatively small groups of students (and faculty) working together to enhance and integrate students' learning and to help students become well-rounded, broad based individuals" (Lenning & Ebbers, 1999, p. 15). Learning communities, when intentionally structured and centered on learning outcomes, enable students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to shape and mold the learning experience, and to do so in an energized environment. Ultimately, learning communities can increase retention, and improve student academic performance. The first purpose of this study was to increase understanding of whether freshmen learning communities at Iowa State University contribute positively to student persistence at the University and to student academic achievement (measured by grade point average).;The second purpose of this study was to explore which characteristics of learning communities at Iowa State University make a difference. This study compares the retention rates and GPA performance of learning community students based on five learning community characteristics: (1) lived together in a ...