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A Contextual Examination Of Mississippi's Principal Preparation Programs And Their Impact On Student Achievement, Wilner Bolden Jan 2014

A Contextual Examination Of Mississippi's Principal Preparation Programs And Their Impact On Student Achievement, Wilner Bolden

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Principal preparation programs have faced increased scrutiny concerning their effectiveness in preparing K-12 administrators (Bennet, Gooden, Lindauer, & Petrie, 2001). Due to consistently stagnant academic performance of schools across the nation and reported shortages of quality school leaders, principals have been pushed front and center as the targeted school leader responsible for school failure. Because principals received their preparation from either a traditional or alternate route principal program, there is a need to re-exam the effectiveness of these programs to enhance principal practice and principal performance. The purpose of this quantitative study, a contextual examination of Mississippi's principal preparation programs and their impact on student achievement, is to determine whether a difference exist between Mississippi's traditional and alternate route principal preparation programs. The study also determines if there is a difference between Mississippi's eight principal preparation programs and student achievement. Mississippi's principal preparation programs include the following: Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi College, Mississippi State University; the University of Mississippi; University of Southern Mississippi; William Carey University; and the Mississippi alternate path to quality school leaders. The 384 principals in the study are graduates of Mississippi's principal preparation programs who served three consecutive years as a principal during the 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 school years. Using an independent t-test, the study finds no significant difference in student achievement scores of traditional and alternate route principal preparation programs. Using an ANOVA, the ...


Relationship Of Self-Efficacy In Community College Students From Critical Need Areas With First Semester Academic Achievement, Elmira Ratliff Jan 2014

Relationship Of Self-Efficacy In Community College Students From Critical Need Areas With First Semester Academic Achievement, Elmira Ratliff

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The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if a relationship existed between the self-efficacy levels of freshman year community college students from critical need areas and their first semester academic achievement during their freshman year. Additionally, this research determined the strength of the relationship between self-efficacy levels and first semester grade point average of students from critical need areas. The study was conducted using three community colleges in the state of Mississippi during the 2013-2014 academic school year. The sample included one hundred and fifty males and one hundred and fifty females with a permanent address and school ...


An Analysis Of Two-Year College Fundraising Practices, Luke Joel Howard Jan 2014

An Analysis Of Two-Year College Fundraising Practices, Luke Joel Howard

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Abstract: this study sought to discover information about the types of fundraising methods being used in community college resource development, determine what methods are most effective for successful development practices, and inform community college development officers of these methods. Specifically, this study addressed the following question: are there statistically significant relationships between two-year college size, fundraising method(s), and the amount of funds raised? Descriptive statistics were obtained, and two-way chi-square analysis was used to illustrate the comparisons between the categorical variables in all hypotheses. Only one hypothesis was rejected based on a computed chi-square (χ2 = 22.507), which exceeded ...


Effects Of Multicultural Group Projects On Domestic Students' Intercultural Competence, Summer L. Deprow Jan 2014

Effects Of Multicultural Group Projects On Domestic Students' Intercultural Competence, Summer L. Deprow

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The Attitudes Toward Reading And Reading Achievement Of Seventh Grade Students In A Sustained Silent Reading Program, Tarra Renee Taylor Jan 2014

The Attitudes Toward Reading And Reading Achievement Of Seventh Grade Students In A Sustained Silent Reading Program, Tarra Renee Taylor

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Davis and Neitzel (2010) and Patrick, Ryan, and Kaplan (2007) indicate that many students develop negative attitudes toward reading as they advance through school. Because students report that they enjoy independent reading time, providing this time to students in middle school is thought to be beneficial. Additional research is needed to determine whether providing independent reading time to middle school students using a range of texts will influence attitudes toward reading. The purpose of this study was to determine seventh grade students' attitudes toward reading who participate in sustained silent reading (SSR). A secondary purpose was to determine if their ...


The Relationship Between Teacher Perception Of Principals' Leadership Behaviors And Student Achievement, Monte Damon Ladner Jan 2014

The Relationship Between Teacher Perception Of Principals' Leadership Behaviors And Student Achievement, Monte Damon Ladner

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The purpose of this research study was to determine whether a relationship exists between student achievement, as measured by school Quality of Distribution Index score, and school leadership based on staff perceptions of school leadership, as measured by the Survey of Supervisory Behavior. The leadership of seven schools was assessed by staff members in five different sub scales of leadership domains: human relations, trust/decision making, instructional leadership, control, and conflict. The seven schools sampled were comprised of four rural or county schools and three city schools. The subjects for this study were principals of standalone schools containing grades five ...


Increasing Self-Efficacy And Quality Lesson Planning Using Lesson-Study With Elementary Preservice Teachers, Elizabeth Ann Mitchell Jan 2014

Increasing Self-Efficacy And Quality Lesson Planning Using Lesson-Study With Elementary Preservice Teachers, Elizabeth Ann Mitchell

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This qualitative, quasi-experimental study examined if lesson-study could be a successful approach in improving lesson plan quality and increasing self-efficacy levels toward teaching science at the preservice elementary teacher level in North Mississippi. Lesson-Study can be defined as a cycle of instructional improvement in which small groups work together to design and teach a lesson, revising again as needed over the course of a semester. This study described the experiences of two sections of preservice teachers enrolled in a science methods course as they engaged in lesson-study at a comprehensive university in Northeast Mississippi. One section of the class served ...


A Comparison Of Preparatory Academies And Traditional High Schools In A Large Urban District Of Completion Rate And Student Perceptions Of School Climate Characteristics, Beverly Dabney Becton Jan 2014

A Comparison Of Preparatory Academies And Traditional High Schools In A Large Urban District Of Completion Rate And Student Perceptions Of School Climate Characteristics, Beverly Dabney Becton

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The problem of high school dropout impacts all sectors of American society. The country's minority youth and its poorest residents are most at-risk of dropping out of school (apa, 2012). Bradshaw, O'Brennan, and McNeely (2008) note hispanic and black youths have a higher percentage of dropout events (22% and 11% respectively) compared to 6% of white youth. In order to create a bridge of support for underperforming at-risk students to stay in school, four preparatory academies were instituted in the district under study in 2009. A preparatory academy was placed in each region of this district: northwest, northeast ...