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The Dropout Effects Of Career Pathways: Evidence From California, Sade Bonilla Jan 2020

The Dropout Effects Of Career Pathways: Evidence From California, Sade Bonilla

Published Work

Contemporary Career and Technical Education (CTE) models have shifted from isolated courses to sequences of study that integrate academics and skills in high-demand sectors. Providing career pathways to high school students may reduce asymmetries about the available careers and strategies for attaining them but they may also catalyze students’ intrinsic motivation by shifting their understanding of their social role and capacity for success. In this study, I estimate the effects of an ambitious $500 million effort to encourage the formation of career pathways in California. Funding supported the formation of tripartite partnerships between K-12 school districts, employers and community colleges ...


How Many Students With Disabilities Are There? Measuring Disability On College Campuses, Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

How Many Students With Disabilities Are There? Measuring Disability On College Campuses, Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


What Encourages College-Going Among Students With Disabilities? The Key Roles Of Messaging And Support, Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

What Encourages College-Going Among Students With Disabilities? The Key Roles Of Messaging And Support, Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


Accessible, Equitable Research Design: Creating Instrumentation Inclusive Of Students With And Without Intellectual Disability, Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

Accessible, Equitable Research Design: Creating Instrumentation Inclusive Of Students With And Without Intellectual Disability, Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


Universal Design In Postsecondary Learning Outcomes Assessment, Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

Universal Design In Postsecondary Learning Outcomes Assessment, Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


Mapping The Ecology Of College-Going And Within-College Support For Students With Intellectual And Other Disabilities: An Introduction To The Project., Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

Mapping The Ecology Of College-Going And Within-College Support For Students With Intellectual And Other Disabilities: An Introduction To The Project., Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


Disability Online: The Digital Lives And Navigation Strategies Of Young Adults With Disabilities, Center For Student Success Research Jan 2020

Disability Online: The Digital Lives And Navigation Strategies Of Young Adults With Disabilities, Center For Student Success Research

Reports and White Papers

No abstract provided.


Is First-Gen An Identity? How First-Generation College Students Make Meaning Of Institutional And Familial Constructs Of Self, Genia Bettencourt, Koboul E. Mansour, Mujtaba Hedayet, Patricia Tita Feraud-King, Kat J. Stephens, Miguel M. Tejada, Ezekiel Kimball Jan 2020

Is First-Gen An Identity? How First-Generation College Students Make Meaning Of Institutional And Familial Constructs Of Self, Genia Bettencourt, Koboul E. Mansour, Mujtaba Hedayet, Patricia Tita Feraud-King, Kat J. Stephens, Miguel M. Tejada, Ezekiel Kimball

Published Work

Institutions increasingly use first-generation categorizations to provide support to students. In this study, we sought to understand how students make meaning of their first-generation status by conducting a series of focus groups with 54 participants. Our findings reveal that students saw first-generation status as an organizational and familial identity rather than a social identities. This status was connected to alterity and social distance that was most salient in comparison to continuing-generation peers. Our recommendations include re-examining the role of first- generation specific programming on campus, creating opportunities for meaning-making, supporting students within changing family dynamics, and exploring the interaction between ...


Stem Degree Completion And First-Generation College Students. A Cumulative Disadvantage Approach To The Outcomes Gap, Genia Bettencourt, Catherine A. Manly, Ezekiel Kimball, Ryan Wells Jan 2020

Stem Degree Completion And First-Generation College Students. A Cumulative Disadvantage Approach To The Outcomes Gap, Genia Bettencourt, Catherine A. Manly, Ezekiel Kimball, Ryan Wells

Published Work

No abstract provided.


High School–University Collaborations For Latinx Student Success: Navigating The Political Reality, Genia Bettencourt, Chrystal A. George Mwangi, Keisha Green, Daniel Morales Morales Jan 2020

High School–University Collaborations For Latinx Student Success: Navigating The Political Reality, Genia Bettencourt, Chrystal A. George Mwangi, Keisha Green, Daniel Morales Morales

Published Work

Latinx students are a growing population in postsecondary education but attain degrees at a pace behind their non-Latinx peers. This research examines a partnership between a research university (RU) and career and technical education (CTE) high school, Hillside Technical High School (HTHS). Through a 2-year ethnographic case study, we found that different logistics and cultural values were primary contributors to the bifurcated pathway between high school and college. These pathways were most successfully connected through strategies such as flexibility, personal relationships, and incorporation of community resources as well as viewing the students as resources. Our study suggests a need to ...


Modeling Epidemics, An Introduction, Shubha Tewari Jan 2020

Modeling Epidemics, An Introduction, Shubha Tewari

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

  • Group discussion of videos watched – Mainly focus on 3Blue1Brown videos

  • Discussion of known facts about Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2

  • Joint look at news articles and websites – Discussion of exponential growth

  • Introduction to SIR (Susceptible-Infected-Recovered) model

  • Excel demonstration of SIR model

  • Other models: SEIR, others

  • Modeling using python (time-permitting)


Agenda, Shubha Tewari Jan 2020

Agenda, Shubha Tewari

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Abstracts for six Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars.


From Soap Bubbles To Cell Membranes, Peter Beltramo Jan 2020

From Soap Bubbles To Cell Membranes, Peter Beltramo

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Have you ever blown a soap bubble and wondered - what causes the bubble to be so stable and produces those colorful reflections of light? The answer lies in a class of molecules known as surfactants, and they have remarkable similarities with the molecules that comprise the cell membrane of all living organisms. In this workshop, we will use the analogy of a soap bubble to describe cellular membrane properties such as chemistry, structure, membrane transport, and ion channel formation. The goals of this workshop are to 1) link initially intractable concepts in biology like intracellular transport to the intuitive soap ...


Bubble Lab Exercise, Peter Beltramo Jan 2020

Bubble Lab Exercise, Peter Beltramo

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

The cell membrane is a ubiquitous component in mammalian cells which control many vital biological functions. It consists of a phospholipid bilayer with embedded protein molecules which serve to transport molecules between the interior and exterior of the cell. Understanding what makes cell membranes so important and how they function requires concepts from physics, chemistry, and of course biology, but it is difficult to learn and conceptualize the structure and function of membranes due to their nanoscopic size and dynamic nature which can’t be properly appreciated in a static textbook. This activity draws analogies between the chemistry and structure ...


Agenda, Revised, Shubha Tewari Jan 2020

Agenda, Revised, Shubha Tewari

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Materials from the seminars. The agenda was revised to include online sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Step Up Workshop, Michael J. Wadness, Savvy Lodge-Scharff Jan 2020

Step Up Workshop, Michael J. Wadness, Savvy Lodge-Scharff

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Did you know that teachers are the reason that most undergraduate women in physics chose that degree? That's right. You are key to encouraging women to pursue prosperous careers in physics! The STEP UP project provides access to downloadable research-based lessons about physics and a nationwide community of teachers engaged in changing the future of physics. This insightful and interactive workshop invites participants to join a national movement designed to empower teachers with resources specifically focused on leveraging high school physics teachers' pivotal role in influencing the career choices of women and contributing to the culture change needed to ...


Bits, Knits, And Knots:Using Knitting As A Tool To Teach Stem Concepts, Mary Elizabeth Lee-Trimblee, Daria Atkinson, Michelle Berry Jan 2020

Bits, Knits, And Knots:Using Knitting As A Tool To Teach Stem Concepts, Mary Elizabeth Lee-Trimblee, Daria Atkinson, Michelle Berry

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Knitting is an ancient technology as well as an enjoyable pastime that is often overlooked as an object of scientific study. However, knitting can be used as an accessible, low tech tool to teach coding fundamentals, higher level mathematics, and even concepts in physics. In this seminar we will do all three, as well as teach you to knit. We will divide this into 5 modules:

1. Overview of knitting as technology

2. Learning to knit (and teaching it too!)

3. Knitting as coding

4. Tangles, knits, and knots: the knot theory of knitting

5. Recent developments in the physics ...


Arduino Microcontrollers In The Classroom: Teaching How To Phrase Effective Science Questions And How To Answer Them With Original Data, Tony Dinsmore Jan 2020

Arduino Microcontrollers In The Classroom: Teaching How To Phrase Effective Science Questions And How To Answer Them With Original Data, Tony Dinsmore

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

Arduino microcontrollers in the classroom: teaching how to phrase effective science questions and how to answer them with original data. Prof. Tony Dinsmore, UMass Physics This workshop will develop course modules that address a challenge in the science curriculum: how do we teach basic problem-solving and curiosity-based research skills in a classroom setting? The standard science curriculum teaches concepts and theory quite well but leaves rather little opportunity for students to take the lead in designing and implementing their own investigations. The workshop will use the Arduino, an inexpensive microcontroller that is simple to set up. A huge range of ...


Too Taboo For You? - Questions, Lessons, And Strategies For Engaging Students With Challenging Materials, Blake Spitz Jan 2020

Too Taboo For You? - Questions, Lessons, And Strategies For Engaging Students With Challenging Materials, Blake Spitz

University Libraries Presentations Series

This talk will briefly present experiences of, and strategies for, teaching with challenging topics and materials in archives. In recognizing that our collections include (or have archival silences around) challenging, controversial, and even disturbing topics, when and why do we decide to share and prioritize these records, and how do we present and contextualize them for students? I will present a few case studies from my work presenting difficult records and topics to undergraduates, and some of my professional training and growth in these areas. I would love to start a dialogue, and hear from others in reaction to my ...


Food Safety And Risk Of Foodborne Illness At A Food Center Extension: Toolkit For Front-Line Volunteers, Sara Anderson Jan 2020

Food Safety And Risk Of Foodborne Illness At A Food Center Extension: Toolkit For Front-Line Volunteers, Sara Anderson

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Background: Foodborne illness is a serious public health issue. One in six Americans has an episode of foodborne illness each year and over 50,000 are hospitalized. Food distribution centers are instrumental in decreasing food insecurity, however, some of the food donated is expired or may be damaged leading to increased risk of foodborne illness.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to educate front-line volunteers at a local food center regarding food safety.

Methods: A toolkit was developed to teach food safety to the front-line volunteers. Seven classes were given to front-line volunteers including a pre and post intervention ...


Adolescent Mental Health Training For Middle School Educators, Sarah Minton Jan 2020

Adolescent Mental Health Training For Middle School Educators, Sarah Minton

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

Abstract

Background: Adolescent mental health disorders are an increasing concern in the United States. School systems, specifically educators, are in the unique role to aid in early identification of mental health disorders, as well to intervene in mental health distress. However, mental health training for educators is lacking, leaving educators unprepared to manage mental health concerns within their classroom.

Purpose: The purpose was to utilize an evidence-based training, the “Teacher Knowledge Update Guide” from TeenMentalHealth.org to train middle school educators on the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in the adolescent population with the intent to increase awareness ...


Dissertation Abstracts 1969-2019, Center For International Education Nov 2019

Dissertation Abstracts 1969-2019, Center For International Education

Doctoral Dissertations at the Center for International Education

This is the Seventh Edition of the Dissertation Abstracts of the Center for International Education (CIE). It contains abstracts of all the doctoral dissertations completed by students actively involved in CIE from 1969 through the academic year ending in June 2019.

The abstracts in this document reflect research in the fields of Development Education, Nonformal and Adult Education, Literacy, Community Development, and Global Education in both international and domestic contexts.

The abstracts reflect the values that inform the research and the practice of the Center: the theory and practice of liberation, consciousness-raising, literacy and popular education, empowerment, social change, gender ...


Integration Of Student Interest Into Learning, Sydney Packer Jan 2019

Integration Of Student Interest Into Learning, Sydney Packer

Youth Leadership and Community Service Projects

The goal of the Community Service Learning project was developing PBL method with an emphasis on 3 target habits of mind. These habits of mind focused on applying previous knowledge, listening and understanding, and cultivating joy in the classroom. This manifested into an afterschool “Game Club” where students are given a safe place to share a common interest with their peers. Built on the 7 essential PBL design elements, students were able to joint construct the club and its rules and goals. For some club members, since the clubs inception, significant improvement in the classroom can be seen. Additionally students ...


Increasing Student Participation Through Model United Nations, Daniel Labelle Jan 2019

Increasing Student Participation Through Model United Nations, Daniel Labelle

Youth Leadership and Community Service Projects

Project Overview:

  • Inviting at-risk and disinterested history students to join model UN
  • Model UN offers a more hands on setting for learning and participating in historical scenarios
  • Model UN offers students an opportunity to participate by choice and provides students with a worldview of history that is not present in the U.S.I. and U.S.II
  • Model UN provides students with public speaking and active listening skills
  • Model UN provides insight into world politics and the importance of political participation
  • Students gain confidence working in a collaborative setting with their peers


First Generation Students At The University Of Massachusetts Amherst, Ryan S. Wells, Genia M. Bettencourt Jan 2019

First Generation Students At The University Of Massachusetts Amherst, Ryan S. Wells, Genia M. Bettencourt

Reports and White Papers

Executive Summary

First generation (First Gen) students—those who do not have a parent or guardian who attained a four-year degree—represent a third of all college students in the United States. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), a quarter of the undergraduate student body is First Gen. Nationally as well as locally, First Gen students often experience lower rates of academic success due to factors such as a lack of family familiarity with the college going process, lower levels of academic preparation, and limited finances.

UMass Amherst is undertaking efforts to improve conditions for success for First Gen ...


#Activism: Understanding How Student Leaders Utilize Social Media For Social Or Political Change, Genia Bettencourt Jan 2019

#Activism: Understanding How Student Leaders Utilize Social Media For Social Or Political Change, Genia Bettencourt

Published Work

No abstract provided.


(Social) Class Is In Session: Becoming Student-Ready For The Working-Class, Genia Bettencourt Jan 2019

(Social) Class Is In Session: Becoming Student-Ready For The Working-Class, Genia Bettencourt

Published Work

No abstract provided.


The Effects Of School Reform Under Nclb Waivers: Evidence From Focus Schools In Kentucky., Sade Bonilla, Thomas S. Dee Jan 2019

The Effects Of School Reform Under Nclb Waivers: Evidence From Focus Schools In Kentucky., Sade Bonilla, Thomas S. Dee

Published Work

Under waivers to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the federal government required states to identify schools where targeted subgroups of students have the lowest achievement and to implement reforms in these “Focus Schools.” In this study, we examine the Focus School reforms in the state of Kentucky. The reforms in this state are uniquely interesting for several reasons. One is that the state developed unusually explicit guidance for Focus Schools centered on a comprehensive school-planning process. Second, the state identified Focus Schools using a “super subgroup” measure that combined traditionally low-performing subgroups into an umbrella group. This design ...


Disability, Admissions, And The Web: An Analysis Of College-Going Information In Google Search Results, Jordan Abbott, Hanni Thoma, Rebecca Steinberg, Ezekiel Kimball Jan 2019

Disability, Admissions, And The Web: An Analysis Of College-Going Information In Google Search Results, Jordan Abbott, Hanni Thoma, Rebecca Steinberg, Ezekiel Kimball

Conference Presentations

No abstract provided.


Learning From Post-Transition College Students: Using Research To Improve Transition Services For College Inclusion Success, Jordan Abbott, Catherine Mceachern Jan 2019

Learning From Post-Transition College Students: Using Research To Improve Transition Services For College Inclusion Success, Jordan Abbott, Catherine Mceachern

Conference Presentations

No abstract provided.