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Reach To Teach, April R. Cowles Dec 2014

Reach To Teach, April R. Cowles

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Multiple intelligences theory of Howard Gardner are used as a foundation of research in order to explain how educating students of all learning styles should include interdisciplinary methods and creative applications. Primary and secondary research of Howard Gardner’s theory and interdisciplinary methods, specifically the Integration Model and Broad Model approaches were completed. Two different lesson plans demonstrating how to teach students integrating two disciplines while including creativity were generated as examples of thesis. Qualitative research on creativity and motivation identified connection between the two and why interdisciplinary methods enable more possibilities of adding creativity to lessons taught. Advantages include ...


The Cadet Training Program Versus The Student Certification Program: A Study Of It- Support Training Programs At Western Kentucky University, Michael Courtney Moore Dec 2014

The Cadet Training Program Versus The Student Certification Program: A Study Of It- Support Training Programs At Western Kentucky University, Michael Courtney Moore

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Technology is a critical component of modern-day success. Advancements in technology have improved communication between individuals and companies. Technological advancements have allowed students to earn college degrees online. People who habitually use technology expect a high level of performance and support. As new technologies are implemented, such as complex web services or new operating systems, the dependence for information technology (IT) support grows in demand. Even learning curves can be cumbersome without proper assistance from IT professionals. Companies and institutions must accommodate user needs by implementing fast, efficient, and friendly support. In order to offer optimal customer support, representatives must ...


Middle School, School Culture, Parental Involvement, And The Academic Index, Jacob L. Clute Nov 2014

Middle School, School Culture, Parental Involvement, And The Academic Index, Jacob L. Clute

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This research examines two possible influences of student achievement at the middle school level: school culture and parental involvement. The study investigates Kentucky Scholastic Audits of 90 middle schools from 2001 through 2005. The purpose of the study is to identify whether school culture and parental involvement affect student performance. The results of this study suggest that demographic variables account for most of the variance in the Academic Index. Controlling for demographics, parental involvement does not affect the school Academic Index, while school culture does add significantly to the variance explained.


Toward A More Perfect Definition Of Learning: Using Biomarkers To Predict And Assess Learning Performance, Samuel J. Hunt Aug 2014

Toward A More Perfect Definition Of Learning: Using Biomarkers To Predict And Assess Learning Performance, Samuel J. Hunt

Dissertations

This study seeks to establish groundwork for a new definition of learning based on neurogenesis capable of guiding future educational policy and practice. The purpose of the research was to: (1) produce separate increases in neurogenesis and intelligence, (2) measure the changes in neurogenesis using protein biomarkers, and (3) correlate increases in levels of the protein biomarkers with increases in intelligence. The study employed a randomized pretest-posttest, control/comparison group research design. Thirty-eight fourth- and fifth-grade students with diverse academic needs were divided into three experimental groups: chess, exercise, and combined; with an additional control group. Pre-post measures included intelligence ...


Type Of School And Parental Awareness Of The Clery And Minger Acts When Selecting A College In The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Steven R. Briggs Aug 2014

Type Of School And Parental Awareness Of The Clery And Minger Acts When Selecting A College In The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Steven R. Briggs

Dissertations

College and university campuses are being scrutinized more stringently in regard to the issue of campus safety. While media reports and advocacy groups may suggest to parents that college campuses are becoming more dangerous, research continues to demonstrate that colleges are a relatively safe environment. A problem exists that, although the Clery Act and the Minger Act in the Commonwealth of Kentucky require colleges and universities to report campus crime rates in order that parents and students can make an informed decision on selecting a college based on campus safety, few parents tend to be familiar with this resource. The ...


Teachers' Perceptions Of Working Conditions: The Difference Between Static And Improving Schools In Kentucky, Amy Bryant Allen May 2014

Teachers' Perceptions Of Working Conditions: The Difference Between Static And Improving Schools In Kentucky, Amy Bryant Allen

Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to identify the changes concerning teachers’ perceptions of working conditions within Kentucky’s District 180 Priority Schools. The District 180 Priority Schools comprises of 41 secondary schools that ranked in the bottom fifth percentile on the Kentucky School Report Card. Schools were divided into two categories, static or improving, based upon student achievement changes from 2009 until 2013. The study utilized results from the 2011 and 2013 TELL Kentucky Survey to determine whether changes in teachers’ perceptions of working conditions were statistically significant from 2011 to 2013 in the areas of instructional time ...


Catholic School Faculty Meetings: A Case Study Linking Catholic Identity, School Improvement, And Teacher Engagement, Daryl Craig Hagan May 2014

Catholic School Faculty Meetings: A Case Study Linking Catholic Identity, School Improvement, And Teacher Engagement, Daryl Craig Hagan

Dissertations

While research on faculty meetings is limited, existing literature suggests that meetings could be an arena where schools can address their common challenges (Brandenburg, 2008; Michel, 2011; Riehl, 1998). The purpose of this case study was to gain an understanding of the perceptions of Catholic school teachers on teachers in a high-performing Catholic school regarding their own faculty meetings and to explore how faculty meetings engage teachers in the work of promoting Catholic identity and school improvement. This dissertation builds on the work of Macey and Schneider’s (2008) Model of Employee Engagement, as well as McGrath’s Model of ...


The Academic Library And High-Impact Practices For Student Retention: Perspectives Of Library Deans, Adam L. Murray May 2014

The Academic Library And High-Impact Practices For Student Retention: Perspectives Of Library Deans, Adam L. Murray

Dissertations

Dramatic declines in state appropriations for postsecondary education, the rise of performance-based funding models, and limitations on tuition increases have resulted in a focus on student retention as a matter of importance to institutions of higher education. Concomitantly, academic libraries face changes in service models brought about by technology and the rising costs of providing access to an ever-expanding field of literature required by academic programs and faculty. The value proposition of the academic library is reduced in the face of budget interests that impact recruitment and retention. Many researchers and university leaders have called on academic libraries to develop ...


Identifying The Relationship Between The Map And Wj-Iii Reading Tests To Make Instructional Decisions Within A Rti Framework, Lauren Brittany Martin May 2014

Identifying The Relationship Between The Map And Wj-Iii Reading Tests To Make Instructional Decisions Within A Rti Framework, Lauren Brittany Martin

Dissertations

The current study explored the relationship between the reading tests of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a screening test, and the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, Third Edition (WJ-III), a diagnostic academic achievement test. By examining the relationship between these two tests, more reliable instructional decisions within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework can potentially be established. Reading scores were collected for 234 students who completed the MAP three times per year both in first and second grades. One hundred of those students were randomly selected and administered the five reading subtests of the WJ-III in the spring of their ...


Value And Effectiveness Of An Intervention Reading Course, Imari Rashad Hazelwood May 2014

Value And Effectiveness Of An Intervention Reading Course, Imari Rashad Hazelwood

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Students who graduate from high school and receive a diploma believe they are indeed ready for a college education. What most of these students are not aware of is that many students enter into higher education underprepared for the rigors of college level coursework. There are support programs such as tutoring and intervention reading courses that have been created to combat this problem and further prepare students to handle college level work, specifically reading. This study evaluated the effectiveness of an intervention reading course in terms of student success and growth. Students participated in a semester long course and were ...


The Effects Of Problem-Based Learning On Interest In Mathematics For Elementary Students Across Time, Kerry Douglas Duck May 2014

The Effects Of Problem-Based Learning On Interest In Mathematics For Elementary Students Across Time, Kerry Douglas Duck

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Elementary school is a transition time for student interests and motivation and there is a need for teachers to provide opportunities to facilitate continued interest. One area of concern is in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. One pedagogical approach that may help with facilitating interest is problem-based learning (PBL; Barrows, 1996). The purpose of this study was to assess changes in students’ reported levels of individual interest in mathematics across time and to assess differences in individual interest based on amount of PBL exposure. Participants included students (n = 45) involved with Project GEMS (Gifted Education in Mathematics ...


Learning Outcomes [Presentation With Audio], Lisa Brun Apr 2014

Learning Outcomes [Presentation With Audio], Lisa Brun

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


College Student Alcohol Assessment [Presentation With Audio], Allie Sharp Apr 2014

College Student Alcohol Assessment [Presentation With Audio], Allie Sharp

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Assessing Student Satisfaction [Presentation With Audio], Marrissa Bryant Apr 2014

Assessing Student Satisfaction [Presentation With Audio], Marrissa Bryant

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Student Affairs: A Culture Of Assessment [Presentation With Audio], Leslie Poynter Apr 2014

Student Affairs: A Culture Of Assessment [Presentation With Audio], Leslie Poynter

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Assessing Student Learning [Presentation With Audio], Brimah Vonjo Apr 2014

Assessing Student Learning [Presentation With Audio], Brimah Vonjo

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Ask Standards [Presentation With Audio], Kelcie Dixion Apr 2014

Ask Standards [Presentation With Audio], Kelcie Dixion

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Needs Assessment Of Students And Student Groups [Presentation With Audio], Sam Earls Apr 2014

Needs Assessment Of Students And Student Groups [Presentation With Audio], Sam Earls

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Focus Groups: An Assessment Tool In Student Affairs [Presentation With Audio], Sarah Jackson Apr 2014

Focus Groups: An Assessment Tool In Student Affairs [Presentation With Audio], Sarah Jackson

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.


Council For The Advancement Of Standards In Higher Education [Presentation With Audio], Richard Rose Apr 2014

Council For The Advancement Of Standards In Higher Education [Presentation With Audio], Richard Rose

Assessment & Accountability in Student Affairs & Higher Education (CNS 610)

No abstract provided.