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A Study Of High School Students' Perceptions Of Their Safety In School, Christina L. Testani Cafiero Jan 2003

A Study Of High School Students' Perceptions Of Their Safety In School, Christina L. Testani Cafiero

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was designed to investigate the factors that contributed to high school students' sense of security at school, and what these students perceived as measures that if put in place, would increase their feelings of security. The focus was the relationship between students' perceptions of safety at school and their own opinions of school and their experiences at school. The study was conducted in the School.District of Osceola County, Florida. The population of this study was comprised of all students enrolled in the public high schools in the School District of Osceola County. The sample for the study ...


Online Giving And University Development, Peter A. Trakas Jan 2003

Online Giving And University Development, Peter A. Trakas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the profile of the potential online donor to a small, private, liberal arts institution. Attitudes towards online giving were studied between participants who donated online and those who did not. Additionally respondents of differing class years were compared to determine which age groups were more likely to donate over the Internet. A total of 576 surveys were returned for an effective response rate of 38%. Collected data were entered into an SPSS database. The data revealed most respondents had been using the Internet for over 5 years, and accessed the Internet almost everyday. Data also revealed that ...


Is There A Difference In Learning Styles Of Honors Versus Non-Honors Students As Assessed By The Geft?, Debra Lee Hollister Jul 2001

Is There A Difference In Learning Styles Of Honors Versus Non-Honors Students As Assessed By The Geft?, Debra Lee Hollister

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Working Relationship Of International Teaching Assistants And Undergraduate Students, Marcella A. Farina Phd Jan 1999

The Working Relationship Of International Teaching Assistants And Undergraduate Students, Marcella A. Farina Phd

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The present study was conducted to ascertain undergraduate views about the effectiveness of International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) in the American classroom. The study was administered to a stratified cluster sampling by college of the target population, undergraduate students at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida. The instrument used, Questionnaire of Undergraduates about International Teaching Assistants (QUITA) as developed by Wanda Fox (1990), is composed of a total of 40 items regarding personal and academic background, cultural exposure to and views about non-native speakers of English, and ITA-classroom effectiveness and problem-solving strategies. On the basis of data from the ...


Expectation And Satisfaction Of Freshmen And Seniors In Higher Education, Reuban Beryrl Rodriguez Jan 1999

Expectation And Satisfaction Of Freshmen And Seniors In Higher Education, Reuban Beryrl Rodriguez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the expectation, satisfaction and performance gap levels between selected freshman and seniors as measured by the selected SSI scales. The problem was to determine if expectation, satisfaction, and performance gap levels differed between freshman and seniors in 1995 and freshman and seniors in 1998 based on class level, gender and age. The study examined four selected scales from the twelve scales derived from the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI): Campus Climate, Campus Life, Campus Support Services, and Instruction Effectiveness. Respondents rated all items on a 7-point Likert scale with respect to their expectations ...


Florida Social Studies Leaders' Perceptions Regarding An Afrocentric Curriculum, Vicki Kaplan Banks Jan 1998

Florida Social Studies Leaders' Perceptions Regarding An Afrocentric Curriculum, Vicki Kaplan Banks

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to gain insight into the perceptions Florida's leaders have regarding the inclusion of an Afrocentric curriculum. The leaders chosen for this study were the Florida Council for the Social Studies Board and the Association of Social Studies Supervisors. These leaders were sent a questionnaire that contained 57 statements about social studies curriculum content in a Likert scale format. The results of the survey were reported by using mean scores and frequency distributions. The Likert survey statements examined respondents' viewpoints with regard to diversity, Afrocentrism, and Eurocentrism. The results of the survey were ...


The Effect Of Water Immersion On Lactic Acid Kinetics During Swimmimg Interval Training Recovery Periods, Richard P. Morris Jan 1997

The Effect Of Water Immersion On Lactic Acid Kinetics During Swimmimg Interval Training Recovery Periods, Richard P. Morris

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to determine the difference in the circulation of lactic acid following high intensity swimming, between resting immersed in water or resting sitting on the pool deck, completely out of the water. Six (four male and two female) collegiate swimmers volunteered for the study. The swimmers were randomly assigned to two groups and a counterbalance design was employed, were each group experienced both treatments (one resting out of the water, one resting in the water), in different orders. Each swimmer completed an identical warm-up and them swam five 100 yard swims at 85-95% intensity, with ...


Fatigue : Investigation Of A Human Factor For Aviation Curricula, Thomas R. Weitzel Jan 1997

Fatigue : Investigation Of A Human Factor For Aviation Curricula, Thomas R. Weitzel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This descriptive study investigated the perceived problem of human fatigue as an operational consideration within the U.S. air carrier industry and the status of fatigue as content within U.S. aviation education/training curricula. An instrument was developed and expert-validated for self-completion by the following three groups (each with its sample size): (a) aviation higher education, represented by a mailing to 50 individuals; (b) air carrier training/management, represented by a mailing to 50 individuals; and (c) a professional training group of 58 general aviation flight instructors, with administration by the researcher during scheduled company meetings. The resultant SPSS ...


Telecourse And Traditional Computer Applications : Exploring The Impact Of Review Sessions, Carol Odette Bourke Jan 1997

Telecourse And Traditional Computer Applications : Exploring The Impact Of Review Sessions, Carol Odette Bourke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to explore the effects of review sessions on student achievement and retention in a computer applications course taught by televised distance learning and traditional instruction. Identified within the study were method of instruction, review, and grades in televised and traditional computer applications courses. A quasi-experimental design was used to measure the effects of review sessions on student achievement and retention in computer applications classes. Intact classes were used to form the 4 groups used in this study. Randomization was limited to choices students made in registering for the classes. The control groups for this ...


Analysis Of Parental Choice : Islamic School Enrollment In Florida, Feryal Y. Elkhaldy Jan 1996

Analysis Of Parental Choice : Islamic School Enrollment In Florida, Feryal Y. Elkhaldy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to discover and interpret reasons Florida parents enrolled their children in Islamic schools. A selection of 30 parents from 3 different schools in Florida were interviewed by the researcher using a semistructured interview guide which used both oral and written responses. The sample was matched according to the gender of parents interviewed - 15 mothers and 15 fathers were interviewed. the sample was matched according to the gender of the referent child. Out of 30 referent children, 15 were female and 15 were male. The researcher included children of all grade levels. Fifteen were from ...


A Study To Determine Which Factors Contribute To The Implementation Of A Successful Primary Multiage/Nongraded Program, Vicki Hils Osborne Jan 1996

A Study To Determine Which Factors Contribute To The Implementation Of A Successful Primary Multiage/Nongraded Program, Vicki Hils Osborne

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Child growth and development pedagogy suggests that not all children are ready to learn the same thing, at the same time, in the same way. Multiage/nongraded programs allow pupils to advance from one concept or skill level to the next as they are ready, regardless of age or grade, which results in continuous progress. Multiage/nongraded education has a solid foundation or research and experience to support its use. However, many questions still exist regarding the factors that contribute to the implementation of a successful primary multiage/nongraded program. The purpose of this ethnographic study was to identify the ...


An Analysis Of The Early Retirement Programs Offered During The 1992-1993 School Year By The Public School Districts In The State Of Florida, Peter B. Berry Jan 1994

An Analysis Of The Early Retirement Programs Offered During The 1992-1993 School Year By The Public School Districts In The State Of Florida, Peter B. Berry

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Using Electronic Portflios To Archive Student Performance, Phyllis M. Olmstead Jan 1994

Using Electronic Portflios To Archive Student Performance, Phyllis M. Olmstead

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Design For Implementing A Simulation For Training School Principals In Decision-Making Utilizing Videodisc Technology, Robert Henry Wright Jan 1993

A Design For Implementing A Simulation For Training School Principals In Decision-Making Utilizing Videodisc Technology, Robert Henry Wright

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to design a simulation using a personal computer-based authoring system that could serve as a vehicle for investigating decision-making styles of educational administrators. The program was designed to be used at the graduate level for students seeking advanced degrees in educational leadership. The simulation makes use of simulation techniques for controlling presentation of material and data collection for subsequent analysis about information search and utilization procedures of administrators. The study was undertaken to demonstrate that nontechnical personnel using state-of-the-art technology could develop affordable and effective multimedia simulations. The study was also designed to demonstrate ...


Assessing The Effects Of A Program To Improve Questioning Skills Of Nurse Educators In Clinical Post-Conferences : An Initial Study, Diane M. Wink Jan 1992

Assessing The Effects Of A Program To Improve Questioning Skills Of Nurse Educators In Clinical Post-Conferences : An Initial Study, Diane M. Wink

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The use of cognitively high level questions, those classified in Bloom's taxonomy at the application level and above, has been suggested as a teaching strategy which will help students develop critical thinking abilities. This study was designed to determine the effect of a program to teach nursing faculty how to ask cognitively high level questions. A convenience sample was used. Subjects in the treatment (N=10) and control (N=4) groups were faculty and the students in their clinical laboratory groups from four National League for Nursing accredited undergraduate nursing programs in the state of Florida. Pre- and post-intervention ...


An Historical Analysis Of The Philosophies Of The Vocational Education Leaders In Relation To The 1990 Carl D. Perkins Vocational And Applied Technology Education Act Amendments, Cynthia D. Woodley Jan 1992

An Historical Analysis Of The Philosophies Of The Vocational Education Leaders In Relation To The 1990 Carl D. Perkins Vocational And Applied Technology Education Act Amendments, Cynthia D. Woodley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Federal vocational education legislation has undergone drastic changes in recent years. This study was designed to determine the educational philosophies of the leaders who pushed for the 1990 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments and the degree to which the amendments reflected the philosophies of those leaders. Data were collected on testimonies given before the United State[s] Congress during hearings related to the act, to identify who the leaders were. Once the leaders were identified, the published literature and testimony of each leaders was analyzed using a m model developed by Lloyd Duck and the ...


Declines In Student Achievement In Science-- Implications For Public Education, Robert P. Hogan Jan 1990

Declines In Student Achievement In Science-- Implications For Public Education, Robert P. Hogan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

During the 1960s and 1970s, major innovative science curricula were introduced into public schools in the United States, and federal funds were used to improve the quality of science teachers. Nevertheless, student achievement in science has generally declined since 1963. This research focused on changes in four of the key variables related to science achievement--teachers, students, curricula, and school goals. The research examined (a) meta-analyses of the effectiveness of the innovative science curricula on student achievement, (b) research on changes in teacher and student characteristics during the last 30 years, (c) educational literature on changes in the goals of public ...


The Development Of Non-Credit Programming Within Florida's Community College System : The First Thirty Years, 1957-1987, Ann Sherry Herring Jan 1988

The Development Of Non-Credit Programming Within Florida's Community College System : The First Thirty Years, 1957-1987, Ann Sherry Herring

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Identification And Comparison Of Effective Merit Pay Factors By Central Florida Public School Educators, Richard K. Bommelje Jan 1987

The Identification And Comparison Of Effective Merit Pay Factors By Central Florida Public School Educators, Richard K. Bommelje

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this survey was to identify and compare the specific factors relating to merit pay that teachers, principals, and superintendents in Central Florida would accept in the development and implementation of a merit pay plan. A questionnaire, based on an instrument that was used in a previous study on merit pay factors in 1970, was developed that consisted of 38 factors. A five-point ordinal scale was used to measure the educators' degree of acceptance for each factor. There were 14 Central Florida school districts that participated in the survey including 433 teachers, 211 principals, and 12 superintendents. The ...


A Study Of Self-Perceived Current And Desired Career Stages Of Federal Government Engineers And Public School Educators In The Central Florida Area, Dennis Stephan Duke Jan 1987

A Study Of Self-Perceived Current And Desired Career Stages Of Federal Government Engineers And Public School Educators In The Central Florida Area, Dennis Stephan Duke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated the perceptions of public school educators and Federal Government engineers in the Central Florida area to determine their self-perceived current and desired career stages (Dalton, Thompson and Price, 1977). The influences of age, education and tenure variables on these perceptions and on the employee's preference for a technical or managerial career track were also examined. The rationale for the study is based upon findings in the literature which indicate that both occupations are experiencing motivation and retention problems caused by the requirement to leave classrooms or technical engineering positions and enter management ranks in order to ...


The Effects Of A Freshman Orientation Course On Academic Achievement And Retention, Daniel J. Kelly Jan 1987

The Effects Of A Freshman Orientation Course On Academic Achievement And Retention, Daniel J. Kelly

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Freshman business administration students were placed into an extended orientation course during their first semester of enrollment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The 60 course participants met twice a week for fifteen weeks in a 55-minute class spending approximately 20% of class time in each of the following: (a) lecture; (b) skill exercises; (c) group discussion; (d) guest speaker presentations; and (e) a combination of reviews, quizzes, previews, and assignments. The purpose of the course was to provide students with information and the opportunity to acquire skills to help them to be more successful in college. Following the end of their ...


The Nonpromotion Message's Affective Impact On Parents, Sandra Kaye Daves Jan 1987

The Nonpromotion Message's Affective Impact On Parents, Sandra Kaye Daves

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to investigate the nonpromotion message's affective impact on parents. An interview guide was developed to collect data on parents' reactions to several aspects of public schools: Elementary schools in general; Messages received from elementary schools; Current practices (nonpromotion) in schools; Parents' feelings as a result of their child being retained; Information about their family. Interviews were conducted with parents of 180 children who attended public schools. Ninety interviews were conducted with parents of children who had been retained in either second, third or fifth grade and 90 were conducted with parents of children who had ...


The Relationship Between The Individual's Educational And Professional Backgrounds And The 1985 Florida Merit Program, James Roger Dearing Jan 1987

The Relationship Between The Individual's Educational And Professional Backgrounds And The 1985 Florida Merit Program, James Roger Dearing

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research was designed to investigate whether there are any significant relationships between the individual's educational and professional backgrounds and the 1985 Florida Master Teacher Program. This study included information collected on 2,245 (72%) respondents out of 3,390 teachers who were selected as meritorious in Florida's 1985 program. Two instruments were used in data collection. One was the set of Fram Factor Data which was obtained from the Merit Teachers' Summative Observation forms. The Frame Factor Data included: method of classroom presentation, number of students in the observed classes, number of students un upper and lower ...


An Assessment Of Florida Community College Presidents' Acceptance Of Quality Indicators, George Cameron Barcus Jan 1987

An Assessment Of Florida Community College Presidents' Acceptance Of Quality Indicators, George Cameron Barcus

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This report describes a study that was conducted to determine the perceived degree of usefulness the indicators of progress toward excellence have for the presidents of Florida's 28 community colleges. This study reports this degree of perceived usefulness by using a survey instrument that identified quality indicators developed by the State Board of Community Colleges, Florida Department of Education.

Based on a project design and format adapted by the Florida Community/Junior College Inter-Institutional Research Council, this study proposed to identify what information (indicators of progress toward excellence) is considered most valid to the presidents of Florida's community ...


Assessment Of The Extent Of Agreement On The Implementation Of Instructional Design Principles Among Corporate Training And Development Experts, Elba C. Grovdahl Jan 1987

Assessment Of The Extent Of Agreement On The Implementation Of Instructional Design Principles Among Corporate Training And Development Experts, Elba C. Grovdahl

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A sample of corporate instructional designers and professors of instructional design completed the "Corporate Instructional Design Scale." The data yielded information on the extent of agreement that descriptive statements identified conventionally and systematically designed instruction. Descriptive and asymmetric log linear (statistical) analyses were conducted. In the asymmetric log linear analyses, the extent of agreement was used as the dependent variable. The three independent variables with three levels each were Program type (conventionally designed instruction, both conventionally and systematically designed instruction, and systematically designed instruction), Instructional component (instructional intents, instructional strategies, and instructional assessments), and Trainer type (professional trainers in manufacturing ...


A Survey And Analysis Of The Beginning Teacher Program In Florida And Its Relationship To Effective Education, Joanne Mullins Olson Jan 1986

A Survey And Analysis Of The Beginning Teacher Program In Florida And Its Relationship To Effective Education, Joanne Mullins Olson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to determine whether there were significant factors contributing to a teacher's ability to perform effectively in the classroom. An approximate 5% stratified random sample was selected from 9,401 possible subjects in Florida's Beginning Teacher Program between 1982 and 1985. A comparison of descriptive and reportive data was performed for teachers who completed and teachers who did not complete the program.

Statistical measures included the use of contingency tables, chi-square statistic, frequency distributions and t-tests. Results suggested that a teacher's possibility of successfully completing Florida's Beginning Teacher Program was influenced by the ...


A Study Of Job Satisfaction As Perceived By The Certified Staff In Florida Public Elementary Schools, George A. Taylor Jan 1986

A Study Of Job Satisfaction As Perceived By The Certified Staff In Florida Public Elementary Schools, George A. Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to survey the subject certified staff of Florida public elementary schools to determine how elements of Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory were perceived as being met in their current school employment. The descriptive study utilized an instrument that listed each of the 16 job factors in Herzberg’s theory. The instrument was designed to allow subjects to mark each job factor as contributing to their job satisfaction, neutral, or contributing to their job dissatisfaction. The instrument also had areas to record various biographical data regarding the subjects. The survey was conducted on a randomly selected ...


An Applied Orientation Model In A Community College Setting, Ivan Ronald Applebaum Jan 1986

An Applied Orientation Model In A Community College Setting, Ivan Ronald Applebaum

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A study was conducted at Valencia Community College to determine whether an improved student performance and retention. An orientation, based on the expressed needs of students, was provided to first-time, full-time students. The orientation consisted of an introduction to the institution and its resources, academic skill training, and personal resources management training. There were 22 students who participated for one day, 25 students who participated for two days of orientation, and a control group of 72 students. Although the behavioral outcomes were not generally statistically significant, the trends of all of the dependent measures, i.e., enrollment and withdrawal, were ...


An Investigation Of Career Development By Community College And University Women : Importance Of Contributors To Advancement Into Higher Education Administration, Lynda A. Kuyper Jan 1986

An Investigation Of Career Development By Community College And University Women : Importance Of Contributors To Advancement Into Higher Education Administration, Lynda A. Kuyper

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Surveys of women in higher education administrative positions that identified factors which may contribute to career development have been conducted. However, the literature revealed little information regarding the importance placed on those factors by women in higher education administrative positions. The purpose of this study was to determine the importance of selected contributors to career development of women in higher education administration. Data were gathered by a mailed questionnaire to a sample of women administrators employed in Florida state supported community colleges and universities. The 343 useable returned questionnaires represented a 65.5% response rate and 51.3% of the ...


An Investigation Of The Attitudes Of Principals And Superintendents In Florida Toward Merit Pay, Albert W. Helms Jan 1985

An Investigation Of The Attitudes Of Principals And Superintendents In Florida Toward Merit Pay, Albert W. Helms

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to detennine the attitudes of superintendents and principals in the state of Florida toward the issue of merit pay. The evaluation instrument used for the collection of data was a questionnaire that was developed and validated by Rometo in 1961. For this study, the instrument consisted of 34 statements and four questions related to merit pay.

During the 1983-84 school year, the instrument was mailed to a total of 1,990 educators in the state of Florida. Included in the sample were all 67 district superintendents and 1,923 selected principals. Usable returns were ...