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Evaluating The Quality, Usability, And Potential Effectiveness Of Online Learning Modules: A Case Study Of Teaching With Technology Grant Recipients At The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Christina Marie Goode Dec 2003

Evaluating The Quality, Usability, And Potential Effectiveness Of Online Learning Modules: A Case Study Of Teaching With Technology Grant Recipients At The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Christina Marie Goode

Doctoral Dissertations

Online learning has become an ever-increasing means of acquiring knowledge. As educational institutions worldwide are trying to keep pace with the demand, faculty is being urged or mandated to move their curriculum online.

This research addressed selected factors involved in developing quality and effective instruction and how these factors can be applied to the development of quality learning modules that are usable and effective in online teaching and learning. Specific emphasis was given to the pedagogical, instructional design, and developmental support issues involved in developing online learning modules.

Online learning modules (11) submitted in fulfillment of the Innovative Technology Center ...


“Compelled To Connect: A Phenomenological Study Of The Experience Of Writing, Shannon D. Collins Dec 2003

“Compelled To Connect: A Phenomenological Study Of The Experience Of Writing, Shannon D. Collins

Doctoral Dissertations

Writing is frequently referred to as a process. Writing, in fact, is a series of complicated acts involving many processes, most of which take place in the writer’s mind and, thus, remain hidden from the lens of the researcher. The purpose of this research was to describe the first-person experience of writing through use of a phenomenological method involving dialogic interviews and hermeneutic interpretation. In the course of this investigation, 10 practicing writers (6 men and 4 women) were engaged in open-ended dialogue in which they described various personal experiences of writing. The participants were a business owner, a ...


“A Study Of The Perceptions Of Occupational Therapy Students After Completing Fieldwork Level Ii Clinical Training In The United States On Supervision Characteristics, Victoria L. Smith Dec 2003

“A Study Of The Perceptions Of Occupational Therapy Students After Completing Fieldwork Level Ii Clinical Training In The United States On Supervision Characteristics, Victoria L. Smith

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to analyze occupational therapy student perceptions of supervision characteristics during fieldwork level II experiences in the United States. The fieldwork education system for occupational therapy has experienced a great deal of stress due to economic and educational delivery system changes.

The target population for this study was professional level occupational therapy students from accredited bachelors level and master’s level entry programs within the United States that have completed their fieldwork level II clinical education experiences in 1999. The instrument used included 2 sections of the Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience (SEFWE).

The research ...


The Singing Schools Of New Salem, Georgia, Kathy Forester Adkins Aug 2003

The Singing Schools Of New Salem, Georgia, Kathy Forester Adkins

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to document the singing schools held in the community of New Salem, Georgia, and their use of the shape-note teaching method. This method was compared to those of earlier singing school teachers to see if these methods have a place in the modern day choral classroom. Thirteen singing school students and teachers were interviewed and historical documents and artifacts were collected.

This study was conducted primarily as a historical research project; an effort to preserve the rural music education process as it has been passed down from one generation to another through the oral ...


Role Of Dietary Carbohydrate Source In The Development Of Obesity In Rodent Models Of Diet-Induced Obesity, Kristin Lynnet Morris Aug 2003

Role Of Dietary Carbohydrate Source In The Development Of Obesity In Rodent Models Of Diet-Induced Obesity, Kristin Lynnet Morris

Doctoral Dissertations

Dietary macronutrient composition plays a critical role in health and disease. The contribution of dietary carbohydrate source in the development of obesity and related diseases is often given minimal attention. The present studies demonstrate that both quantitative and qualitative changes in dietary carbohydrate influence body composition and adiposity in a rodent model of diet-induced obesity. In heterozygous (fa/+) Zuker rats, consumption of a high-fat, carbohydrate free ad libitum, attenuated weight gain and adiposity by increasing energy efficiency and blunting expression of fatty acid synthase, a key enzyme in de novo lipogenesis. These effects were independent of significant changes in plasma ...


Patterns Among Computer-Mediated Instruction, Student Learning Styles And Student Achievement, John Peter Laprise Aug 2003

Patterns Among Computer-Mediated Instruction, Student Learning Styles And Student Achievement, John Peter Laprise

Doctoral Dissertations

This research focused on instruction limited to text and graphics communication, offered through a combination of hypertext media and textbook, to community college students. This study served two purposes: assess the overall effectiveness of instruction that is limited to text and graphics communication; and determine the patterns, if any, between the strength of individual learning modality preferences and achievement. One hundred and twelve students enrolled in an introductory course in probability and statistics volunteered to participate. Instruction on the statistical concept of counting was conveyed by Web-pages and textbook. Communication between students and instructors was conducted by electronic mail. Subjects ...


Protocol And Training Of Educators For The Use Of Technology To Enhance Learning In Tennessee Certified Schools, Joe M. Wilson Aug 2003

Protocol And Training Of Educators For The Use Of Technology To Enhance Learning In Tennessee Certified Schools, Joe M. Wilson

Doctoral Dissertations

The purposes of this study were (a) to determine the Tennessee protocol and standards for the initial certification of teachers and re-certification of experienced teachers, (b) to determine the technology skills necessary and competency level of these skills needed to meet and/or exceed the levels that are mandated by the individual curriculum frameworks and standards of Tennessee, and (c) how this technology use is evaluated in the classroom.

This was based on published information on the State of Tennessee Department of Education website. Additionally, information was secured from other reliable sources with pertinent data required to fully examine and ...


Evaluation Criteria For Language Teaching Software: A Delphi Study Of Professional Perspectives, Victoria B. Savchenkova Aug 2003

Evaluation Criteria For Language Teaching Software: A Delphi Study Of Professional Perspectives, Victoria B. Savchenkova

Doctoral Dissertations

Rapid development of computer technology in recent years has presented broad opportunities for its use in various fields, including the field of language teaching. Various materials have been designed to assist language teachers and learners with their goals. At present, a number of tools, including a vast variety of language teaching software, is readily available on the market. However, limited research has been conducted on identifying evaluation criteria for language teaching software from multiple perspectives. This study has undertaken to identify and reach consensus on the evaluation criteria for language teaching software essential for the software design and selection. Specifically ...


Effectiveness Of An Anger Management Training Program Based On Rational Emotive Behavior Theory (Rebt) For Middle School Students With Behavior Problems, Shannon Rae Sharp Aug 2003

Effectiveness Of An Anger Management Training Program Based On Rational Emotive Behavior Theory (Rebt) For Middle School Students With Behavior Problems, Shannon Rae Sharp

Doctoral Dissertations

Sixteen seventh and eighth graders from a rural East Tennessee middle school participated in an anger management group training program based on Rational Emotive Behavior Theory (REBT). The participants were identified as having behavior problems in the school setting, characterized by the number of office referrals acquired in the previous school year.

When tested on knowledge of REBT concepts directly following treatment (post-test), the participants earned significantly higher scores compared to baseline (pre-test). This knowledge gain remained significant after an 8-week follow-up period. Effect sizes for these comparisons were large. Additionally, the 7th graders’ post-test scores were significantly higher ...


Students’ Experiences Of The Social Environment And Social Presence In Campus-Based And Web-Based Education, Jennifer Lynn Gramling Aug 2003

Students’ Experiences Of The Social Environment And Social Presence In Campus-Based And Web-Based Education, Jennifer Lynn Gramling

Doctoral Dissertations

Learning is a social process involving conversation, dialogue, and interactivity. Student-student, student-instructor, student-content, and student-interface interaction are considered integral to meaningful learning in both campus-based and web-based education (Moore, 1989; Hillman, Willis and Gunawardena, 1994). A review of the literature suggests that social factors are of increasing concern to distance learning researchers and practitioners. In particular, the concept of social presence has emerged as essential to comprehending the social context of web-based teaching and learning and to students’ overall satisfaction with a course.

The purpose of the study was to observe and describe the social environment of two sections of ...


Comparison Analysis Of Grade Level Implementation Of Published Keyboarding Skills Based On International Society For Technology In Education (Itse) Standards And States In The Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (Sacs), Nancy Sue Phillips Knox Aug 2003

Comparison Analysis Of Grade Level Implementation Of Published Keyboarding Skills Based On International Society For Technology In Education (Itse) Standards And States In The Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (Sacs), Nancy Sue Phillips Knox

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation of grade level implementation of published keyboarding skills based on International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) national standards and individual states governed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Internet served as the medium for collecting the published data.

Accessing the official state websites and comparing standards, curriculum guidelines, competency profiles, benchmarks, and/or frameworks from each state governed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accomplished this correlation. The states governed by SACS and were included in this study are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia ...


Creating Changes In Organizational Culture: The Role Of Three Types Of Teaching And Learning, Sheila Gordon May 2003

Creating Changes In Organizational Culture: The Role Of Three Types Of Teaching And Learning, Sheila Gordon

Masters Theses

The purpose of this thesis was to describe my experiences as part of a team that assisted the Careville Health System plan and implement an organizational culture change effort. This was not considered an empirical research study; it was, rather, a recording of my personal experiences, reflections, and served as a documentation of such. This change effort was designed to assist the staff in creating an improved culture of customer service delivery to patients, their primary customers.

This thesis reviewed two theoretical frameworks used to assist the organization’s change efforts: Schein’s (1992) model of organizational change and Peters ...


An Evaluation Of Influences On Preadolescent Boys' Body Mass Index And Body Composition, Lynn Samson Brann May 2003

An Evaluation Of Influences On Preadolescent Boys' Body Mass Index And Body Composition, Lynn Samson Brann

Doctoral Dissertations

This study was designed to investigate the differences in the diets, activity levels, body concerns, body esteem, and body perceptions of fifty preadolescent boys in relation to their body mass index (BMI; kg/m2) and their percent body fat (PBF), measured using air-displacement plethysmography. Additionally, it was designed to examine general parenting and child feeding practices of parents in relation to their sons' BMI and PBF. Boys were recruited based on their BMI and were placed into either an average BMI group or a high BMI group. Additionally, boys were placed into either a lower PBF group or an ...


Development Of An Instrument To Measure Self-Directedness, Susan L. Stockdale May 2003

Development Of An Instrument To Measure Self-Directedness, Susan L. Stockdale

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to develop a reliable and valid instrument to measure self-directedness in learning within the framework of the teaching-learning (TL) and learner characteristics (LC) components of the Personal Responsibility Orientation (PRO) Model of Self-Direction (Brockett & Hiemstra, 1991) among college students. Accomplishing this purpose involved two states: (a) the identification and operationization of reliable scale items that validly reflected the two components of the PRO model, and (b) the validation of the developed scale items with other related measures of self-direction.

The resultant 35-item Personal Responsibility Orientation to Self-Direction in Learning Scale (PRO-SDLS) was a highly ...


A Phenomenological Investigation Of The Experiences Of Engineering Upperclassmen In A Team Facilitator Training Program, Daniel W. Knight Jr May 2003

A Phenomenological Investigation Of The Experiences Of Engineering Upperclassmen In A Team Facilitator Training Program, Daniel W. Knight Jr

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences of engineering upperclassmen in an engineering design team facilitator training program. Sixteen male and five female engineering students from a large southern university participated in 25 to 45 minute phenomenological interviews in which they were asked to talk about their experiences in a facilitator training program. The students ranged in age from 19 to 22. Each student was asked to respond to the following statement, “What has been your experience of participating in the facilitator training program?” Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. The transcripts were analyzed individually and in a ...


A Study Of The Perceptions And Attitudes Regarding Library Services Available To Students Enrolled In Online Degree Programs, Robin Felecia Blackman May 2003

A Study Of The Perceptions And Attitudes Regarding Library Services Available To Students Enrolled In Online Degree Programs, Robin Felecia Blackman

Doctoral Dissertations

There is a diverse population of students who will benefit greatly from a convenient, time and place-independent learning environment. Distance education provides this type of environment and addresses the many needs of adult learners and the new generation of online learners. The problem is that this environment differs from a traditional institution of higher learning and continues to bring about questions from educators related to the issue of equivalency between online and traditional degree programs, especially in terms of student support services, such as the library.

The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions and attitudes of students ...


Fact Book: 2002-2003, The Office Of Institutional Research And Assessment Jan 2003

Fact Book: 2002-2003, The Office Of Institutional Research And Assessment

UTK Fact Book

The 2002-2003 edition of the University of Tennessee Fact Book comes with a new look, reflecting recent changes in the university’s organizational structure. The University of Tennessee encompasses programs in Knoxville, Memphis, and Tullahoma, as well as the Institute of Agriculture, and the Institute for Public Service. These changes are incorporated in this edition of the Fact Book. For this reason, some of the data reported for 2002-2003 will vary substantially from previous years. For example, the number of professional degrees granted shows a marked increase because of the addition of the degrees awarded at the Health Science Center ...


Engaged Buddhism & Women In Black: Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War, Candace Walworth Jan 2003

Engaged Buddhism & Women In Black: Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War, Candace Walworth

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

This paper explores principles, practices, and manifestations of engaged Busshism in the United States. It includes a personal narrative based on the author's participation in Women in Black (a silent, symbolic protest against war) and classroom stories based on the author's experience teaching at a Buddhist-inspired university.


An Unspoken Trust – Violated?, Kia Jane Richmond Jan 2003

An Unspoken Trust – Violated?, Kia Jane Richmond

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Reflecting on our decisions in the classroom, both when we are honest with our students & when we are not, can offer teachers opportunities for growth and change.


Connecting, Helen Walker, Jim Super, Pamela Hartman, Nancy Myers, Andrea Siegel, Traci L. Merritt, Susan A. Schiller, Wilma Romatz Jan 2003

Connecting, Helen Walker, Jim Super, Pamela Hartman, Nancy Myers, Andrea Siegel, Traci L. Merritt, Susan A. Schiller, Wilma Romatz

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Helen Walker. Connecting.

Jim Super—Fearless

Pamela Hartman—English? I'd Rather Read A Book

Nancy Myers—B

Andrea Siegel—Walking the Talk, Breathing the Breath

Traci L. Merritt—The Day Jenny Died

Susan A. Schiller—Touched by the Spirit in AEPL Topics

Wilma Romatz—On the Delicate Art of Teaching


Reviews, Dale Jacobs, Stan Scott, Sue Hum, Lita Kurth Jan 2003

Reviews, Dale Jacobs, Stan Scott, Sue Hum, Lita Kurth

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Reviews

Dale Jacobs. The Energy to Teach (Donald H. Graves, 2001)

Stan Scott. Writing with Elbow (Pat Belanodd, 2002)

Sue Hum. Unfolding Bodymind (Brent Hocking, Johnna Haskell, Warren Linds, 2001)

Lita Kurth. The Unconscious (Athony Easthope, 1999)


Multiple Forms Of Prewriting In Elementary Writing Lessons, Carolyn L. Piazza, Christine Jecko Jan 2003

Multiple Forms Of Prewriting In Elementary Writing Lessons, Carolyn L. Piazza, Christine Jecko

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Multisensory prewriting invitations (creative visualizations, art, music, dreams, and mediations) affect writing fluency and idea generation in the first draft writing of elementary students.


Jaepl, Vol. 9, Winter 2003-2004, Katie S. Fleckenstein, Linda T. Calendrillo Jan 2003

Jaepl, Vol. 9, Winter 2003-2004, Katie S. Fleckenstein, Linda T. Calendrillo

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Essays

Kilian McCurrie. Spiritual Identities, Teacher Identities, and the Teaching of Writing.

Through a case study, this article examines the ways teacher identity and spiritual identity intersect in the teaching of writing. By showing that a teacher's pedagogy is prodoundly informed by a basic spiritual disposition, the author offers a view of teaching that is often neglected in studies of teacher identity.

Robert Root. The Experimental Art.

Nonfiction is an experimental art, as contemporary examples make clear, and writing teachers need to show students both how meaning arises from writers' experiments with material and also how form from writers ...


Spiritual Identities, Teacher Identities, And The Teaching Of Writing, Kilian Mccurrie Jan 2003

Spiritual Identities, Teacher Identities, And The Teaching Of Writing, Kilian Mccurrie

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Through a case study, this article examines the ways teacher identity and spiritual identity intersect in the teaching of writing. By showing that a teacher's pedagogy is prodoundly informed by a basic spiritual disposition, the author offers a view of teaching that is often neglected in studies of teacher identity.


Encounters: Relationship In The Study And Teaching Of Literature, Christina Vischer Bruns Jan 2003

Encounters: Relationship In The Study And Teaching Of Literature, Christina Vischer Bruns

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

While trends in the teaching of literature of the last few decades may seem at odds with one another, the thread that can weave them together is a recognition of relationship among readers, text, author, and other readers.


Back Matter Jan 2003

Back Matter

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

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Front Matter Jan 2003

Front Matter

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Editors' Message

Surrounded by the dead he had caused through his wanton murder of an albatross, the tortured mariner of Samuel Taylor Coleridge fame watches the water snakes beyond the shadow of his ghost ship and “blessed them unaware./The selfsame moment I could pray; And from my neck so free/The Albatross fell off, and sank/Like lead into the sea” (ll. 287-291). Without deliberately looking, he suddenly recognizes the beauty of all creatures and blesses them “unaware.” The sailor experiences a serendipitous moment, and through that accidental wisdom frees himself from his self-created purgatory.

Serendipity: Teaching for Accidental ...


The Experimental Art, Robert Root Jan 2003

The Experimental Art, Robert Root

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Nonfiction is an experimental art, as contemporary examples make clear, and writing teachers need to show students both how meaning arises from writers' experiments with material and also how form from writers' experiments at representing meaning.


Compos(T)Ing Loss: Transformation In The Telling, Laura Milner Jan 2003

Compos(T)Ing Loss: Transformation In The Telling, Laura Milner

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Using composting as a metaphor, this author examines the transformative potential in writing about and bearing witness to stories of loss, particularly the death of a parent.


Community, Spirituality, And The Writing Classroom, W. Keith Duffy Jan 2003

Community, Spirituality, And The Writing Classroom, W. Keith Duffy

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

From a spiritual perspective, this article critiques the concept of community as defined by scholars of rhetoric and composition; the author suggests that our experience of community in the writing classroom cab be enhanced if we strike a balance between doing and being.