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Understanding The Relationship Between Student Engagement And Persistence Among Community College Students, Thomas E. Chatman Jr May 2020

Understanding The Relationship Between Student Engagement And Persistence Among Community College Students, Thomas E. Chatman Jr

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Community colleges enroll large numbers of students each year. However, their retention rates are dismal and have remained stagnant for more than 30 years. The low retention rates have serious implications for community colleges and the community at large. Low retention rates impact such things as individual health and well-being as well as funding for colleges to operate. As such, this correlational study was designed to understand the relationship between student engagement and specific student characteristics and persistence in college. The specific student engagement variables examined were student-faculty interaction, college GPA, academic self-efficacy, late registration, and sense of belonging. Moderation ...


Lonely Zs: Examining The Relationships Among Time Spent On Social Networking Sites, The Fear Of Missing Out (Fomo), And Loneliness Among Undergraduate College Students, Chantelle Elam Bernard May 2020

Lonely Zs: Examining The Relationships Among Time Spent On Social Networking Sites, The Fear Of Missing Out (Fomo), And Loneliness Among Undergraduate College Students, Chantelle Elam Bernard

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Time spent on social networking sites has become an essential part of the Gen Z’s social experience, and the fear of missing out (FoMO), and loneliness have become three well known topics among today’s college students. It is suspected that emerging adults are spending an excessive amount of time on SNSs, which is contributing to the increasing psychological decline and the epidemic of loneliness on college campuses around the world. The research conducted sought to determine if there is a predictive relationship between multiple variables, including time spent on social networking sites, the fear of missing out (FoMO ...


Exploring Immigration And Acculturation Stressors Among First Generation Peruvian Adults Residing In Utah, Mery Lipscomb May 2020

Exploring Immigration And Acculturation Stressors Among First Generation Peruvian Adults Residing In Utah, Mery Lipscomb

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Among the literature, various stressors related to acculturation between immigrants. The goal of this study is to recognize factors that take place when immigrating to the United States. Unfortunately, studies have found most Latinos experience high levels of stress regardless of age and gender. Recognizing those factors that increase stressors can help immigrants from Latin America to cope with stressors and avoid mental health problems during the acculturation process. As the Latino population continues to grow, it is critical for mental health professionals to learn about the Latino culture and the factors that create mental health problems to better diagnose ...


The Reentry Experience For Study Abroad Counselors-In-Training, Corinna Arndt May 2020

The Reentry Experience For Study Abroad Counselors-In-Training, Corinna Arndt

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Students often encounter difficulties upon returning home after a study abroad cultural immersion experience, but many counseling education programs provide limited or no reentry assistance. Despite this challenge, there is little research regarding the reentry process as students transition back into their home culture, as most research is focused on multicultural competency building. Thus, understanding the reentry processes can help students successfully navigate this important aspect of study abroad trips. To this end, a qualitative thematic analysis design was used to identify themes related to masters-level counseling students’ experiences upon returning home from a 3-week study abroad cultural immersion trip ...


Exploring The Lived Experiences And Coping Strategies Of Parents Of Children With Profound Intellectual And Multiple Disabilities, Anne Glaeser Hubach May 2020

Exploring The Lived Experiences And Coping Strategies Of Parents Of Children With Profound Intellectual And Multiple Disabilities, Anne Glaeser Hubach

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the lived experiences and coping strategies of parents of children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) in Central Virginia. Research questions used to frame this study are: How do parents of children with PIMD describe their experiences as parents of children with PIMD? How do the parents of children with PIMD describe the impact of their experiences on their well-being? How do the parents of children with PIMD describe their understanding of and perspectives regarding their children’s disabilities? How do parents of children with PIMD describe the impact ...


Factors Influencing The Completion Of The High School Equivalency Program By Black Female Inmates, Erica L. Yuille May 2020

Factors Influencing The Completion Of The High School Equivalency Program By Black Female Inmates, Erica L. Yuille

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

There is limited available research to date that has investigated the factors influencing the completion of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) by Black female inmates. A high school education is an important subject explored by researchers when studying females in prison. This predictive correlational study used archival data to determine if age, length of sentence, type of crime, and family status influenced Black female inmates’ HEP completion rates. A logistic regression analysis was used to examine 100 Black female inmates in state prison. After completing the investigation, it was determined the criterion variable of age was statistically significant in ...


The Difference In Satisfaction Among Academic Advising Formats For Online College Students, Caleb Samuel Gordon May 2020

The Difference In Satisfaction Among Academic Advising Formats For Online College Students, Caleb Samuel Gordon

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Online education is growing so quickly that colleges are finding it difficult to provide enough online programs to meet student demands, and they are still finding their way in terms of the best academic advising format. To better understand the best way to support online students, the researcher studied student satisfaction within centralized advising offices with general academic advisors, department academic advisors, and individually assigned academic advisors. The researcher utilized developmental academic advising because it provided an excellent theoretical framework for academic advising’s purpose and its best practices. The instrument Advising Scale was used to measure student satisfaction. Advising ...


Classroom Teachers And School-Based Mental Health Professionals: A Multi-Case Study, Andrea Spangler Leonard May 2020

Classroom Teachers And School-Based Mental Health Professionals: A Multi-Case Study, Andrea Spangler Leonard

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this qualitative, multiple-case study was to understand the pedagogy and attitudes of teachers when faced with the presence of school-based mental health professionals in the classrooms in two schools in southwestern Virginia. Semi-structured interviews, with open-ended questions, document analysis, and participant observations were utilized to collect data. The theory that guided this study was Bandura’s (1993) theory of perceived self-efficacy as it related to an individual teacher’s sense of how capable he or she is of creating an environment conducive to learning. The research centered around understanding how a teacher addresses necessary changes to pedagogy ...


The Effects Of A School-Based Physical Education Course On Seventh Grade Academic Achievement, Gregory Allen Beasley May 2020

The Effects Of A School-Based Physical Education Course On Seventh Grade Academic Achievement, Gregory Allen Beasley

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This quantitative study examined academic achievement of seventh grade students from a local school district in Cincinnati, OH. Academic achievement and physical activity are both of importance and beneficial to an individual. Specifically, the purpose of this study was to determine whether students who are participating in school-based physical education (P.E.) courses exhibited higher academic achievements. The sample consisted of 290 seventh grade students for the school year (2015-2016), 312 for the school year (2016-2017), and 339 for the school year (2017-2018). For seventh grade students, archival data was received from the school, which included ethnicity, gender, Grade Point ...


A Causal-Comparative Study Investigating Differences In Cultural Intelligence Levels Of College Faculty, Annik A. Miller May 2020

A Causal-Comparative Study Investigating Differences In Cultural Intelligence Levels Of College Faculty, Annik A. Miller

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

In this age of globalization, colleges need to ensure that their students be able to function effectively across cultures upon graduation. This ability is referred to as Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and is comprised of four subfactors: Metacognitive, Cognitive, Motivational, and Behavioral CQ. Faculty play an important role in getting students exposed to the cross-cultural experiences and thoughts needed to develop CQ, yet little is known about the faculty’s CQ levels. The purpose of this study with a quantitative causal-comparative cross-sectional research design was to determine if the undergraduate faculty members in this convenience sample have differing levels of CQ ...


The Effect Of Section 504 Plans On Elementary Student Attendance, Jeffrey Michael Guerin May 2020

The Effect Of Section 504 Plans On Elementary Student Attendance, Jeffrey Michael Guerin

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this causal-comparative, quantitative study was to compare the attendance of students with a Section 504 plan to their non-disabled peers, in School District A, located in central Virginia. A study of this nature is important, as attendance is a key indicator for student success and academic progress. Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has recently established standards for accreditation based on school attendance. Students with disabilities are at an increased risk of being truant from school. Section 504 plans are federal mandates set in place under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/1974 that ensure students with disabilities ...


Attitudes Of Health Profession Faculty Involved In A Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education Experience, Shannon Ashe May 2020

Attitudes Of Health Profession Faculty Involved In A Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education Experience, Shannon Ashe

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Interprofessional education and collaborative practice are the current standards of the global healthcare field. In order to better understand the barriers to completing simulation-based interprofessional education (Sim-IPE), faculty attitudes and perceptions need to be identified and addressed. In the current study, the researcher sought to identify the attitudes of health profession faculty at a private university within a college of health sciences that includes over 20 academic programs, exclusive of medicine, in relation to a planned large-scale Sim-IPE in the acute care setting. Utilizing both a correlational and repeated measures approach, the researcher explored a previously planned interprofessional experience that ...


Leadership Experiences Of Rural School Principals In Culturally-Cohesive Communities: A Phenomenological Study, Paige Ryan Raney May 2020

Leadership Experiences Of Rural School Principals In Culturally-Cohesive Communities: A Phenomenological Study, Paige Ryan Raney

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe leadership experiences of rural school principals in K-12 schools in culturally-cohesive communities in Alabama. Three theories guiding the study were Blanchard’s situational leadership theory (Hersey & Blanchard, 1977) as it described different leadership styles and directing others to desired results, Dweck’s mindset theory (Dweck, 2006) by considering how fixed mindset was the inability to think beyond a situation and growth mindset focused on the process of learning and development, and Burns’ and Bass’s (1978) transformational leadership theory in how principals display leadership. Rural principals’ experiences were defined as ways they display leadership in culturally-cohesive communities. The central question was: How do rural principals describe their leadership experiences working in rural schools? The research questions were: (1) How does the culture in a rural, culturally-cohesive community affect the ways school principals make decisions and implement change?; (2) What specific ways do rural school principals display leadership?; (3) What leadership experiences create a fixed mindset for rural school principals?; and, (4) What leadership experiences create a growth mindset for rural school principals? A qualitative research method with a transcendental phenomenological research design was used, and 10 rural school principals were selected to participate. Data collection included semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and ...


Military-Connected High-School Graduates’ Lived Experiences With K-12 Civilian Schools: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study, Christy L. Thomas May 2020

Military-Connected High-School Graduates’ Lived Experiences With K-12 Civilian Schools: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study, Christy L. Thomas

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Considering that most military children attend civilian schools, the purpose of this transcendental, phenomenological study is to describe the K-12 lived experiences of military-connected (M-C) graduates of public schools in a large school district located in the southeastern region of the United States. The theory guiding this study is Hamilton McCubbin’s family stress theory as it explores how family members handle situational stressors regarding the ability to thrive and prove resilient or disintegrate to a degree that threatens the family’s stability. Interviews, letters of advice, and focus groups were used to collect data. Data was analyzed to generate ...


Parental Involvement In Children’S Education At A Christian School: A Transcendental Phenomenological Approach, Deborah Ann Minix-Fuller May 2020

Parental Involvement In Children’S Education At A Christian School: A Transcendental Phenomenological Approach, Deborah Ann Minix-Fuller

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Parents share collective experiences of either involving themselves or not in their child’s education. This transcendental phenomenological study’s rationale was to explore the views, experiences, beliefs, and motivations of parents who are involved in their children’s education. Eleven participants who engaged in this research are from a small-sized Christian school in Kentucky. The theory guiding this study is Urie Bronfenbrenner’s theory (1979), the Ecological System (microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem). The data collected from interviews, a focus group, and two surveys. NVivo12 plus Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Q-DAS) implemented to analyze the qualitative data collected ...


Administrator Practices That Support Job Satisfaction Of Special Education Teachers In Rural Southwest Virginia: A Collective Case Study, Donna Jean Ragan Poskas May 2020

Administrator Practices That Support Job Satisfaction Of Special Education Teachers In Rural Southwest Virginia: A Collective Case Study, Donna Jean Ragan Poskas

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this collective case study was to describe special education teacher and administrator perceptions of administrator practices that support job satisfaction of special education teachers in a rural Southwest Virginia public school district. The theory guiding this study is Herzberg’s motivational-hygiene theory of job satisfaction (1959). Purposeful convenience sampling was used to select 11 participants who are administrators or special education teachers who currently work in the rural public school setting. Face-to-face interviews, observations, and a focus group were used in order to seek to answer the questions: How do special education teachers and administrators describe practices ...


A Comparison Of Perspectives Of Special And Regular Education Teachers On Inclusive Education, Bryanan Stefanie Salita Callicutt May 2020

A Comparison Of Perspectives Of Special And Regular Education Teachers On Inclusive Education, Bryanan Stefanie Salita Callicutt

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Many teachers feel unprepared to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities in the general education classroom setting. Presently, limited information exists about the separate viewpoints general and special education teachers hold about providing inclusive education. The purpose of this causal-comparative study is to compare the perspectives of inclusive education held by general and special education teachers located in the state of North Carolina. The perspective about inclusive education will be measured using the Multidimensional Attitudes toward Inclusive Education Scales (MATIES). The framework guiding this study is the Ajzen theory of planned behavior which explains that one’s beliefs ...


Teachers’ Perspectives On Extended Learning Activities During A Balanced Calendar In A Rural Setting, Charlene Lovette Isom May 2020

Teachers’ Perspectives On Extended Learning Activities During A Balanced Calendar In A Rural Setting, Charlene Lovette Isom

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

For over a century, most public schools across the United States have operated in a traditional nine-month calendar. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine teachers’ perspectives regarding the influence of the extended learning activities on student achievement. A small rural school system adopted a balanced school calendar that included two intersession weeks, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students were provided enrichment and remediation extended learning activities during the intersession weeks. The theory guiding this study is Bandura’s (1977, 1986) self-efficacy theory. The researcher conducted on-site interviews with teachers. Additional data collection included ...


The Difference Among School Librarians' Self-Efficacy Levels And The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy Of School Librarians And Reading Scores, Jessica Lynn Thompson May 2020

The Difference Among School Librarians' Self-Efficacy Levels And The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy Of School Librarians And Reading Scores, Jessica Lynn Thompson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This study examined the difference in school librarians’ self-efficacy between elementary, middle, and high school librarians. It also attempted to determine if self-efficacy levels in elementary school librarians can predict the overall average pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning Reading assessment for their schools. The study was conducted quantitatively using the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale that was sent out electronically to members of the Virginia Association of School Librarians contact list, using a convenience sample of 234 school librarians across the state of Virginia as well as the results of the Virginia Standards of Learning reading scores ...


Digital Immigrant Teachers’ Technology Integration And In-Service Professional Development: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Michael William Peck May 2020

Digital Immigrant Teachers’ Technology Integration And In-Service Professional Development: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Michael William Peck

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research study was to describe and interpret the digital integration learning experiences of digital immigrant teachers at a southeastern United States school system. Digital immigrant teachers represent a large segment of the teachers in American classrooms. Digital immigrant teachers desire to be effective educators in today’s digital technology-rich classrooms, yet they have struggled due to a lack of technological knowledge and with knowing how to effectively integrate digital tools in their practices. Theories that guided this study were constructivism and Mishra and Koehler’s TPACK, a conceptual knowledge framework that considers ...


The Effect Of Teacher-Team Generated Formative Assessments On Student Writing Achievement Test Levels, Justin Michael Calhoun May 2020

The Effect Of Teacher-Team Generated Formative Assessments On Student Writing Achievement Test Levels, Justin Michael Calhoun

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Formative assessment has been studied for the last 2 decades. Increased high-stakes accountability requirements have intensified the focus on preparing students to demonstrate increased achievement on end-of-course summative tests. Districts have turned to common formative assessments as a means to increase student achievement on end-of-course testing. Therefore, more study was needed to determine if common formative assessments lead to increased students’ achievement on summative writing assessments. This causal-comparative study examined two groups of eleventh-grade students to determine if any differences existed between student achievement scores on teacher-created formative assessments and common formative assessments created by teacher teams. Data were gathered ...


A Mixed-Methods Case Study Of Spiritual Formation And School Induced Stress In Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists During Hospital Residency, R. Dawn Whybrew Apr 2020

A Mixed-Methods Case Study Of Spiritual Formation And School Induced Stress In Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists During Hospital Residency, R. Dawn Whybrew

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Student registered nurse anesthetists in hospital residency undergo a rigorous schedule. For Christian nurse anesthesia students, spiritual formation may suffer due to the stressors of anesthesia residency. The purpose of this mixed-methods case study sought to understand and describe the perceived influence of participation in spiritual formation opportunities during nurse anesthesia hospital residency on students’ spiritual formation level as well as their ability to handle stressors of hospital residency. In phase one of the study, the researcher conducted a purposeful convenience sampling of 54 Junior and Senior students in a quantitative quasi-experimental design. In phase one, the participant's spiritual ...


Does The Interactive Push-Presentation System Nearpod Effect Student Engagement In High School Anatomy?, Jan Anderson Hirtz Apr 2020

Does The Interactive Push-Presentation System Nearpod Effect Student Engagement In High School Anatomy?, Jan Anderson Hirtz

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The ability of the United States to succeed and compete successfully in the 21st Century will be directly related to the effectiveness of America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. In 2012 the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology set a goal to add one million STEM college graduates over a 10-year period. Motivation in STEM secondary classrooms is a critical contributor to students entering college in declaring and persisting in a STEM related major. The purpose of this study is to add research findings to the literature regarding means of using technology ...


A Transcendental Phenomenological Inquiry Of First-Generation Community College Students’ Experiences, Jean Marky Leandre Apr 2020

A Transcendental Phenomenological Inquiry Of First-Generation Community College Students’ Experiences, Jean Marky Leandre

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

In the United States, 36% of community college enrollments are comprised of first-generation students (FGCS); however, little is known about FGCS as a cohort. Various initiatives have been formulated to encourage success among students with constraints related to social capital, bandwidth recovery, and the education system. The purpose of this phenomenological study aimed to understand the experiences of FGCS in community colleges in the Northeast region of the United States. FGCS are defined as students whose parents did not graduate from college with at least a bachelor’s degree. This study addressed student experiences—including social interactions—that impacted academic ...


A Phenomenological Study Of North Carolina Elementary Teachers' Lived Experiences With Google Classroom Integration, Hilary Elizabeth Dodson Apr 2020

A Phenomenological Study Of North Carolina Elementary Teachers' Lived Experiences With Google Classroom Integration, Hilary Elizabeth Dodson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to understand North Carolina elementary school teachers’ perceptions of Google Classroom technology integration as a lived experience. Google Classroom is a learning management system and component of the technology integration that many teachers use to organize their classroom content. The discovery learning theory by Bruner guided this study. The problem of this study was North Carolina elementary teachers experience difficulties integrating technology, using applications like Google Classroom, in combination with more traditional curriculum and instructional strategies. The central research question was: What are North Carolina elementary teachers’ perceptions of the ways in ...


A Phenomenological Study That Examined The Experiences Of High School Teachers Who Build Supportive Classroom Environments That Encourage African-American Students To Graduate, Tressa D. Matthews Apr 2020

A Phenomenological Study That Examined The Experiences Of High School Teachers Who Build Supportive Classroom Environments That Encourage African-American Students To Graduate, Tressa D. Matthews

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions and lived experiences of high school teachers who have created supportive classroom environments that encourage African-American students to graduate. The theory guiding this study was the self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2008) as it explains the psychological needs of students to encourage persistence toward high school graduation. The central question guided the research in describing the experiences of high school teachers who have created a supportive classroom environment at high schools with high graduation rates for African-American students in Southeastern Michigan. The study sought to determine the experiences of ...


Teacher Perception Of Administrators' Leadership Qualities Based On The Administrator's Biological Sex, Jennifer Derickson Washington Apr 2020

Teacher Perception Of Administrators' Leadership Qualities Based On The Administrator's Biological Sex, Jennifer Derickson Washington

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Determining the criteria necessary for an educational leader or principal to be effective by including employees, such as teachers in evaluating their principals, may aid in strengthening educational leadership overall. The purpose of this quantitative causal-comparative study was to determine if there is a difference between teacher perception of their administrator’s leadership qualities of inspiring a shared vision, modeling the way, and enabling others to act based on the biological sex of their administrator. The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Observer form was used to measure the leadership quality of educational administrators as perceived by their teachers. The population for ...


Boarding School Syndrome: A Phenomenological Study Giving Single-Gender Military Boarding School Alumni A Voice To Tell Their Stories Of Life After Graduation, Bruce Alan Patterson Apr 2020

Boarding School Syndrome: A Phenomenological Study Giving Single-Gender Military Boarding School Alumni A Voice To Tell Their Stories Of Life After Graduation, Bruce Alan Patterson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand boarding school syndrome for single-gender boarding school alumni. The theory guiding this study was Erikson’s (1968) socioemotional development theory as it describes human development. Development during Erikson’s adolescent period is fragile. This fragile adolescent period is interrupted when students are separated from their families and placed in the boarding school environment under the care of strangers. Research indicates boarding school syndrome correlates with relationship difficulties, college struggles and employment problems of military boarding school graduates (Marsh, 2011; Schaverien, 2011). Schaverien (2011) created the term boarding school syndrome after treating ...


Causal-Comparative Study Of The Effects Of Classworks As A Tier Ii Intervention On Middle School Struggling Readers, Tammy Kamerik Small Apr 2020

Causal-Comparative Study Of The Effects Of Classworks As A Tier Ii Intervention On Middle School Struggling Readers, Tammy Kamerik Small

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to investigate the effects of ClassworksTM as a Tier II intervention on middle school struggling readers as part of a Response to Intervention system. This study sought to determine whether the ClassworksTM intervention administered in a small group twice per week during a supplemental reading class would improve reading skills as measured by the MAP Growth Test after 12 weeks. Two groups of students (Grades 6–8) from four middle schools in a suburban, South Carolina school district were used in the study. Archival data were analyzed with a Multivariate Analysis of Variance ...


Relationships Between Placement Criteria And Students' Online Developmental Math Final Grades, Michael P. Gibson Apr 2020

Relationships Between Placement Criteria And Students' Online Developmental Math Final Grades, Michael P. Gibson

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Students placed into developmental math courses experience significantly increased costs for obtaining a college degree. They are also considerably more likely to drop out of college without obtaining a degree. However, many students need developmental math if they are going to succeed in their college level math courses. As a result, it is vitally important to both students and educators concerned with student success that students are placed into the correct courses. Little, if any, work has done been in this area for online math courses despite the explosive growth of online college level education in the last two decades ...