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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2005

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How Do You Rate Those Instructors? The Validity Of Student Evaluations Of Higher Education Instructors, Kristy Ann Carter Ouallal-Mcriffey Dec 2005

How Do You Rate Those Instructors? The Validity Of Student Evaluations Of Higher Education Instructors, Kristy Ann Carter Ouallal-Mcriffey

Masters Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of students’ evaluation of higher education instructors. Many questions and issues arise concerning students’ evaluation of higher education instructors. It is questionable whether a student can provide an unbiased evaluation of a higher education instructor. Because there are varying opinions on what constitutes a good or even an effective instructor, it makes it hard to determine just what student evaluations measure. If factors such as the personal feelings toward the instructor are used to determine the score on an evaluation, then this can’t possibly measure the instructors’ ability to ...


Exploring Zero Tolerance School Policies And Their Effects On African American Males: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Jacqueline Renee Noble-Dial Aug 2005

Exploring Zero Tolerance School Policies And Their Effects On African American Males: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Jacqueline Renee Noble-Dial

Masters Theses

My interest in schools’ zero tolerance policies as a method of discipline arose out of the manner in which my son’s behavior was singled out as troubling to his teacher. In addition, the fact that my daughter, despite her proclivity to socialize during classes has never been labeled by any of her teachers as troubling aroused my parental curiosity. I noted how teachers related differently to my son than they did to my daughter and discovered through my interest in this subject that African American males are being displaced from the educational system and routed to alternative schools or ...


The Differential Effects Of Performance-Contingent, Completion-Contingent, And No Reward Conditions On Math Performance, Voluntary Task Participation, And Self-Reported Interest In Math, Renee Oliver Aug 2005

The Differential Effects Of Performance-Contingent, Completion-Contingent, And No Reward Conditions On Math Performance, Voluntary Task Participation, And Self-Reported Interest In Math, Renee Oliver

Masters Theses

Researchers have repeatedly found that performance-contingent and task-contingent rewards can be used to increase both math accuracy and completion rates. However, researchers have not directly compared the differential effects of these two types of reward contingencies. Although researchers have examined the differential effects of performance-contingent and task-contingent rewards on intrinsic motivation to perform an activity, this research has consistently focused on the dependent measures of self-reported interest and free-choice participation. To this point, researchers have not thoroughly investigated the differential effects of performance- and task completion-contingent rewards on academic accuracy when these contingencies are in place and after teachers remove ...


Marriage Myths And Dysfunctional Relationship Beliefs Among Undergraduates, Mary Lynn Edmundson May 2005

Marriage Myths And Dysfunctional Relationship Beliefs Among Undergraduates, Mary Lynn Edmundson

Masters Theses

The purpose of this study was to (a) explore what single undergraduate university students who never have been married believe about romantic relationships and marriage myths; (b) determine if there were any gender differences, age differences, or differences between students from divorced and intact families of origin in beliefs in myths about marriage, as well as dysfunctional relationship beliefs; and (c) investigate the possibility of influence by sociodemographic variables on students’ beliefs about marriage. The sample for this study included 164 university students who were classified as undergraduates and who had never been married. Sociodemographic data indicated that 33% of ...


Sett Framework Exploration By Tennessee Public School System Assistive Technology Service Providers, Nancy Lynne Mohrlyn May 2005

Sett Framework Exploration By Tennessee Public School System Assistive Technology Service Providers, Nancy Lynne Mohrlyn

Masters Theses

This descriptive study focused on assistive technology (AT) service provider exploration of the Student, Environment, Tasks, Tools (SETT) Framework during assessment and decision-making. Review of the literature is suggestive that employment of an effective model to structure team assessment, such as the SETT Framework, can prevent the phenomenon of device abandonment. Participants used for this study were identified as AT service providers through their participation in Tennessee sponsored training opportunities. All participants were involved in the provision of AT services in public school settings. Completion of an on-line survey designed to assess SETT Framework exploration was required of all participants ...