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Persistence Like A Mother: Nursing The Narrative Toward Doctoral Completion In English Education—A Poetic Autoethnography, Krista S. Mallo Jan 2021

Persistence Like A Mother: Nursing The Narrative Toward Doctoral Completion In English Education—A Poetic Autoethnography, Krista S. Mallo

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In this poetic autoethnography, exploration of the feeling and the experience of developing persistence as an English Education doctoral student mother is expressed through analysis of artifacts gathered over a 20-year period inclusive of the years of graduate study, becoming and remaining an English teacher and professor, while paralleling the mothering years. A metaphorical parallel is established between breastfeeding and completing the doctoral degree, thus the phrase "nursing the narrative." Expression is storied through poetry in the voices of the persona of the English teacher, the mother, the doctoral student, and the intersectionality of the roles of each as the ...


Exploring The Graduation Gap Between Oregon Virtual And Traditional High Schools, Jeffrey M. Welch Jan 2021

Exploring The Graduation Gap Between Oregon Virtual And Traditional High Schools, Jeffrey M. Welch

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The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to compare graduation rates, defined as completing high school within five years, of students who learned online in Oregon virtual schools to students who attended traditional schools. The study utilized longitudinal data provided by the Oregon Department of Education connected to literature-supported graduation indicators to explore and compare graduation rates of traditional and virtual students. Analysis of data in the study was guided by three research questions: (1) when examining the ratio of the number of school days spent in a virtual school setting to the student graduation rates, does the increase of ...


Instructional Coaches’ Perspectives On Preparations For The Role As Coach, Sarah Savage Hedges Jan 2021

Instructional Coaches’ Perspectives On Preparations For The Role As Coach, Sarah Savage Hedges

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The pressure to improve instruction and teacher effectiveness continues to grow in our nation’s public elementary schools. As a means to achieve instructional improvements, school districts are increasingly adopting instructional coaching initiatives. This study explored instructional coaches’ perspectives on their preparation for the role of instructional coach. Mixed methods research was organized through a social constructivist lens that focused on the perspectives of the instructional coaches. The sample consisted of 50 public elementary instructional coach participants in Oregon who responded to a survey, and follow up interviews with ten participants. Data analysis led to several key findings. First, many ...


Descriptions And Differences By Regions And Divisions In The United States: Female Secondary School Administrative Leaders, Bobbie Lyn Brown Jan 2021

Descriptions And Differences By Regions And Divisions In The United States: Female Secondary School Administrative Leaders, Bobbie Lyn Brown

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This ex post facto comparative, non-experimental study investigated the demographics and characteristics of female secondary school administrative leaders (N = 1,068) to determine if the community types, individual characteristics, school leader characteristics, and school characteristics varied by regions and divisions in the United States. To determine the demographics and characteristics of female secondary school administrative leaders, survey data from the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) from the 2017-2018 school year published by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) data were analyzed in this study. The results of this study indicate that there were statistically significant differences among female ...


Developing Student Affairs Practitioner Competency In Assessment, Evaluation, And Research: Improving The Classroom Experience, Annie M. Cole Jan 2021

Developing Student Affairs Practitioner Competency In Assessment, Evaluation, And Research: Improving The Classroom Experience, Annie M. Cole

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This mixed methods explanatory sequential design study explored how classroom experiences in a student affairs assessment, evaluation, and research (AER) course impacted student competency development in AER. Three research questions were addressed: Does graduate students’ perceived AER competency change from pre- to post-course? Are changes in graduate students’ perceived AER competency from pre- to post-course impacted by other variables? How do classroom experiences in a student affairs AER class impact graduate students’ perceived development of competency across the three components of AER (assessment, evaluation, and research)?

Participants were graduate students enrolled in a master’s level student affairs AER course ...


Faculty Development And Interdisciplinary Partnerships: Supporting Change In Instructional Practice Of Engineering Faculty Members Through Professional Learning And Pedagogical Expertise, Rebecca D. Levison Jan 2021

Faculty Development And Interdisciplinary Partnerships: Supporting Change In Instructional Practice Of Engineering Faculty Members Through Professional Learning And Pedagogical Expertise, Rebecca D. Levison

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A shortage of science and engineering professionals has led to an effort to engage and retain higher education students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors in the United States. School reformers call on faculty members to shift their teaching practices towards evidence-based instructional strategies that involve students in the learning process. Professional developers provide awareness of innovative strategies, but support during implementation is rare. This case study research examined how one unique professional learning partnership (PLP) between a School of Engineering and School of Education in the Pacific Northwest supported an instructional change.

Faculty members supported by the ...


The Impact Of Neuro-Education Intervention Methods Upon The Learning And Development Of An Individual With Developmental Disabilities, Christopher Merideth Jan 2021

The Impact Of Neuro-Education Intervention Methods Upon The Learning And Development Of An Individual With Developmental Disabilities, Christopher Merideth

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The purpose of this qualitative retrospective case study was to measure the impact that intervention methods derived from Arwood’s Neuro-Education Model had upon the learning and development of one young adult with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. One participant received the intervention methods over the course of 2 years from a single practitioner operating in a private clinic setting. Drawings, writings, and oral language samples were coded and analyzed to track how the participant evolved over time in the developmental domains of cognition, language, and social-emotional functioning. Additionally, these same artifacts were coded and analyzed to identify changes to ...


Combating Sexual Violence On College Campuses: Exploring The Relationship Between Values And Bystander Intervention Among College Students, Sarah Meiser Jan 2021

Combating Sexual Violence On College Campuses: Exploring The Relationship Between Values And Bystander Intervention Among College Students, Sarah Meiser

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Sexual violence is a serious problem on college campuses, and research indicates that bystander intervention is one way to reduce rates of violence. This quantitative study analyzed survey data (N = 696) from a small, private, religiously affiliated university on the West Coast of the U.S. to explore the relationship between values and bystander intervention behavior in incidents of college sexual assault. Survey data included the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey (2019) with additional questions about personal, peer, and institutional values adapted from the Character Education Values and Practices Inventory (CEVPI, Chen, 2005). Data ...


A Neuroeducation Model For An Inclusive School-Wide Intervention System, Katelyn Blake Jan 2021

A Neuroeducation Model For An Inclusive School-Wide Intervention System, Katelyn Blake

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In 2019, a career and technical education (CTE) school in the Pacific Northwest created and implemented a school-wide intervention system based on the principles of learning from the Neurosemantic Language Learning Theory (NsLLT), called the Neuroeducation Intervention System (NIS). The NIS focused on conceptual learning by providing inclusive, conceptual, language-based interventions to any student at the CTE school. This single case study investigated in what ways the NIS, a school-wide intervention system that focuses on conceptual learning, is effective. Institutional data were collected, and interviews were conducted to provide the data for this study. These measures, including staff perceptions, program ...


Transformative Learning: The Role Of Language In Supporting A Self-Reflective Process In A Context Of Crisis, Ana Lia Oliva Jan 2021

Transformative Learning: The Role Of Language In Supporting A Self-Reflective Process In A Context Of Crisis, Ana Lia Oliva

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Research has shown that adult learning is a complex and integrative process that requires an interdisciplinary lens of study. Thus, to understand the cognitive dimensions of learning, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. This single case study aimed to examine how the role of language function in self-reflection supports the socio-cognitive and neurobiological processes associated with transformation through a model of neuroeducation that considers the role of language function. Based on a multidisciplinary review of transformative learning through the lenses of cognitive and cultural psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and language function, a reflective semi-structured interview protocol was implemented with six speech-language pathologists ...


The Relationship Between Course-Taking Patterns In Undergraduate Biology And Community College Transfer-Success, Linda Fergusson-Kolmes Jan 2021

The Relationship Between Course-Taking Patterns In Undergraduate Biology And Community College Transfer-Success, Linda Fergusson-Kolmes

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The purpose of this non-experimental, quantitative study was to investigate the relationship of course-taking patterns of community college students enrolled in a major’s biology sequence to successful transfer into a biology or biology-related degree track at four-year institutions. The research was guided by the seminal work of Adelman (1999, 2006) on course-taking as it relates to academic momentum and the STEM transfer model developed by Wang (2016b). The relationship of course-taking behavior to transfer outcomes for a population of students in a biology transfer sequence at a large, community college in the Western U.S. was addressed using anonymized ...


A Transcendental Phenomenology Of Homeless Parenting Youth In A Clackamas County Rehousing Program: Examining Their Lived Experiences And Educational Prospects, Francisco Garcia Jan 2021

A Transcendental Phenomenology Of Homeless Parenting Youth In A Clackamas County Rehousing Program: Examining Their Lived Experiences And Educational Prospects, Francisco Garcia

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Literature is limited on the experiences of parenting homeless youth in rehousing and education programs. This study filled a research gap by discerning the experiences of parenting youth living with homelessness in the Clackamas County Youth Housing Initiative. Utilizing a transcendental phenomenology, this study explored how three Clackamas County parenting homeless youth experienced the housing program and the education services provided by the Clackamas County Youth Housing Initiative; and how the program and services impacted them during re-entry into mainstream daily life. Three young mothers, ages 18-25, were interviewed to extract respective experiences. Interviews were then analyzed to distill pertinent ...


An Examination Of Preschool Teachers’ Beliefs About Early Literacy Within The Context Of A Transdisciplinary Neuroeducation Learning Framework: An Exploratory Qualitative Case Study, Robert D. Cantwell Jan 2021

An Examination Of Preschool Teachers’ Beliefs About Early Literacy Within The Context Of A Transdisciplinary Neuroeducation Learning Framework: An Exploratory Qualitative Case Study, Robert D. Cantwell

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Teacher beliefs have been shown to be an influential factor in student outcomes in all areas of learning. In light of the persistent achievement gap between White students and students of color, it seems important to study and understand the role of teacher beliefs in public education. This exploratory case study contributes to a deeper understanding of how preschool teachers’ beliefs about early literacy are expressed or may evolve within a context of implementing the Neuro-semantic Language Learning Theory, a learning framework integrating neuroscience, Western cognitive psychology, and language acquisition into educational applications. The study design included a sample of ...


Do I Even Belong Here? : An Examination Of Impostor Phenomenon Among First- Generation College Seniors And The Perceived Factors That Contribute To Resilience And Persistence On The Journey To Graduation, Yvonne Tracy Ayesiga Jan 2021

Do I Even Belong Here? : An Examination Of Impostor Phenomenon Among First- Generation College Seniors And The Perceived Factors That Contribute To Resilience And Persistence On The Journey To Graduation, Yvonne Tracy Ayesiga

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This mixed methods study explored the lived experiences of first-generation college seniors to develop a deeper understanding of the presence of impostor phenomenon during their college journey. Through a social constructivist lens, this study focused on the lived experiences of first-generation college seniors. This resulted in the understanding of how impostor phenomenon manifests among first-generation students and how perceived experiences of resilience and persistence aided the firstgeneration students on the journey to graduation. This study defined first-generation students as those whose parents did not attend college at all. The study sample consisted of 51 first-generation college seniors who completed the ...


Listening To Graduates: An Evaluation Of A U.S. Catholic High School Religious Education Program, Gary L. Hortsch Jan 2021

Listening To Graduates: An Evaluation Of A U.S. Catholic High School Religious Education Program, Gary L. Hortsch

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Recent research indicates that membership in the Catholic Church is steadily declining. Simultaneously, the rise of the religiously unaffiliated continues to grow. This phenomenon is a spiritual and cultural crisis within the Church. Studies demonstrate an inverse relationship between age and disaffiliation as younger generations are more reflective of identifying with no religious affiliation. Recognizing a growing generational gap and the need to better understand the lives of young people, Pope Francis is urging the faithful to become a “listening Church.” Situated as an important meeting point for many young people, Catholic schools are an important proximal zone for faith ...


Catholic Education Centers As Third Party Support For Current Catholic School Principals, Jennifer Passadore Gfroerer Jan 2021

Catholic Education Centers As Third Party Support For Current Catholic School Principals, Jennifer Passadore Gfroerer

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This qualitative case study assessed the need for a Catholic Education Center (CEC) for Catholic school principals within the United States. The research questions that were addressed were: 1) How have Catholic school principals experienced support around complex and controversial issues when conflicting viewpoints exist between school and Church leadership? and 2) How have participants perceived Catholic Education Centers as a support system for Catholic school principals? Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, journaling, document analysis and the use of analytical memos. Two-cycle coding was utilized in the data analysis (Saldaña, 2015) process requiring numerous iterative returns to the transcript ...


The Water In Which We Swim: The Influence Of The Contemplative On Higher Education In American (Capitalist) Culture, Namdrol Miranda Adams Jan 2021

The Water In Which We Swim: The Influence Of The Contemplative On Higher Education In American (Capitalist) Culture, Namdrol Miranda Adams

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The 20th century brought about the development of an increased climate of capitalist influence on every aspect of American life, including and especially on higher education. Simultaneously, as more and more purposes of higher education have come to reflect values of capitalist culture, a movement towards new ways of teaching and learning has begun to emerge in the academy. These new ways of teaching and learning value relationship, introspection, and inquiry based on critical reflection. Many of them have their roots in the contemplative traditions of Asia. Guided by the framework of Paulo Freire and Parker Palmer's broad visions ...


Sensemaking Of Education Equity And Equity Policy: A Case Study Of Vice Principal Discourse, Jeffrey R. Laff Jan 2021

Sensemaking Of Education Equity And Equity Policy: A Case Study Of Vice Principal Discourse, Jeffrey R. Laff

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This study focuses on the sensemaking of education equity and equity policy of 9-12 grade high school vice principals in Oregon as they implement leadership practices. This case study of vice principal education equity discourse seeks to understand how beliefs, values, and attitudes become enacted in schools’ everyday situations through critical discourse analysis triangulating education equity definitions, district and state equity policies, and vice principal interviews. This study seeks to understand how ideological beliefs influence student outcomes. To further critical understanding of the effects of accountability measures in education policy and shift the focus from a discourse of student meritocracy ...


A Case Study: School Professionals’ Perspectives On Students Exiting Middle School Entering An Achievement High School, Joy Davis Lee Dec 2020

A Case Study: School Professionals’ Perspectives On Students Exiting Middle School Entering An Achievement High School, Joy Davis Lee

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Each year approximately 1.3 million students dropout of high school and an estimated 40% of minority students do not graduate on time (Roybal, Thornton, & Usinger, 2014). In high school, 22% of students repeat 9th-grade classes because students fail to make a smooth transition. This gives the 9th-grade the highest enrollment rate and the highest dropout rate (McCallumore & Sparapani, 2010). In an effort to increase high school graduation rates, the Peabody County Public School District created Achievement schools, an initiative to recruit highly effective administrators, teachers and staff members to support students with the highest academic and nonacademic needs. This ...


Advancing Functional Scientific Literacy To Socioscientific Literacy As A Cross Disciplinary Educational Goal: A Philosophical Analysis, Kory Bennett Nov 2020

Advancing Functional Scientific Literacy To Socioscientific Literacy As A Cross Disciplinary Educational Goal: A Philosophical Analysis, Kory Bennett

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Educational experiences built upon the Socioscientific Issues (SSI) framework provide opportunities for teachers and students to reflectively and reflexively address ill-defined complex scientific issues that affect human beings around the planet. Through the practice of Socioscientific Reasoning (SSR), while grappling with SSI, students have the potential to develop a SSI functional perspective of scientific literacy (SL); functional scientific literacy (FSL). Due to the multidimensional complexity of many human issues in and out of the science classroom, students are required to develop various skills, dispositions, and problem-solving strategies that expand from and connect with a SSI functional perspective of SL. The ...


Counseling Clients With Traumatic Brain Injury: Exploring Counselors’ Perceived Knowledge, Comfort, And Self-Awareness, Michelle Bradham-Cousar Nov 2020

Counseling Clients With Traumatic Brain Injury: Exploring Counselors’ Perceived Knowledge, Comfort, And Self-Awareness, Michelle Bradham-Cousar

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The number of traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnoses continues to rise each year. Counseling is a critical factor in TBI treatment, and although numerous studies have investigated TBI outcomes, a paucity of researchers have studied professional counselors’ knowledge, comfort, and self-awareness when working with TBI clients. Due to the diversity of counselor caseloads, it is likely that counselors will serve clients with a dual diagnosis that includes TBI. These dual diagnoses include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, psychosis, or another neurocognitive disorder. The purpose of this study was to explore counselors’ knowledge, comfort, and self-awareness when working with individuals with ...


Visualization Dynamics And Ideal L2 Self: Exploring L2 Learner Motivation In A Study Abroad Context, Dan Zhong Nov 2020

Visualization Dynamics And Ideal L2 Self: Exploring L2 Learner Motivation In A Study Abroad Context, Dan Zhong

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Second language learner motivation research has witnessed a transition from a historically static approach to a more dynamic approach, yielding extensive research during the past decade. Dörnyei (2005, 2009) proposed a vigorous motivation framework, the Second Language Motivational Self System (L2MSS) that highlights the dynamic nature of learner motivation. The L2MSS consists of three main constructs: the ideal L2 self, the ought-to L2 self, and the learning experiences (Dörnyei, 2005). This study uses the L2MSS framework as the theoretical basis to explore learners’ motivation and learning experiences in a study abroad context. Empirical studies using this framework to explore L2 ...


Self-Perceived Competence Of Senior-Level Student Affairs Professionals, Anh-Kay Pizano Nov 2020

Self-Perceived Competence Of Senior-Level Student Affairs Professionals, Anh-Kay Pizano

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The purpose of this study was to examine the self-perceived competence levels of senior-level student affairs professionals. Additionally, the study aimed to learn about the experiences that contributed to the participants’ competence levels. A qualitative study, consisting of semi-structured interviews, was conducted to address the research questions. Common themes emerged from the interviews. When asked to rate themselves based on their competency level, the majority of the participants rated themselves advanced. The participants recounted numerous experiences that led to how they rated their levels of competence. Years of experience in the student affairs profession was most often noted. Other experiences ...


Isolation Of Specific Phospholipids From Nannochloropsis Oculata Microalga For Cosmetic Applications, Ahmet Yener Manisali Nov 2020

Isolation Of Specific Phospholipids From Nannochloropsis Oculata Microalga For Cosmetic Applications, Ahmet Yener Manisali

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Algae, photosynthetic aquatic organisms, have recently caught the attention of the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries due to the variety of natural compounds in their cellular bodies such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Specifically, microalgae-derived natural compounds such as phospholipids are extensively utilized in cosmetics as part of liposome formers, emulsifiers, solubilizers, and wetting agents. Although phospholipids are currently extracted from food sources, this practice raises sustainability concerns. Hence, growing microalgae on the provision of macronutrients such as nitrates and phosphates will serve as a more sustainable source of the several specific phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidyl-ethanolamine (PE ...


Mapping Narrative Transactions: A Method/Framework For Exploring Multimodal Documents As Social Semiotic Sites For Ethnographic Study, Anne W. Anderson Nov 2020

Mapping Narrative Transactions: A Method/Framework For Exploring Multimodal Documents As Social Semiotic Sites For Ethnographic Study, Anne W. Anderson

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This work grew from my attempts to find a method for studying a body of editorial cartoons—multi-modal documents producing cross-modal responses—that were created and published in an earlier time period, in order to answer questions about the culture in which the cartoons were produced and read. Initially my questions included wondering about the topics cartoonists addressed, the narratives cartoonists created to address the topics, how the narratives were framed, and in what ways the narratives might have been seen as attempts to shape the larger cultural discourse around the topics. However, given the number of possible combinations of ...


The Convergence Of Our American And Ghanaian Lives: A Narrative Inquiry, Hope Marie Zikpi Nov 2020

The Convergence Of Our American And Ghanaian Lives: A Narrative Inquiry, Hope Marie Zikpi

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There is little in the body of literature about the experience of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Ghana from their perspectives. In this inquiry, four adult orphans and one doctoral candidate employed a narrative framework to share their stories about growing up in a children’s home in the Central Region of Ghana and how their lives converged as they spent time together over the course of two and one half years. Through narrative interviews and conversations with the participants, themes of food insecurity, bullying, lacking basic needs, and finding emotional support in peers emerged. In addition, each participant ...


My Life In The Arts: Challenges Of A Non-Conformist Professional Path, Mark L. Matthews Nov 2020

My Life In The Arts: Challenges Of A Non-Conformist Professional Path, Mark L. Matthews

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There exists a cognitive dissonance between the current state of educational delivery systems and the preparatory needs of the non-traditional student who desires a professional life outside of the cultural norm. The aspiring professional painter, musician, poet, actor, novelist, photographer, or dancer all fall into an educational category that is not properly served by current pedagogical design at all levels. In order to address this problem of practice we must first identify common themes present in a non-conformist, entrepreneurial life progression though the formative years. To that end I will begin with a presentation of my own story, which encompasses ...


An Examination Of An Engagement Indicator For Non-Traditional First-Generation Black Students Enrolled In U.S. Institutions, Chantae D. Still Nov 2020

An Examination Of An Engagement Indicator For Non-Traditional First-Generation Black Students Enrolled In U.S. Institutions, Chantae D. Still

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More students than ever have been provided access to higher education; however, the increase in enrollment is outpacing the data on successful completion rates. Student engagement has been identified as fundamental for college student success and retention.

The purpose of this study was to provide a description of the student engagement of non-traditional first-generation Black students attending 4-year public institutions in the United States. Using the Student-Faculty Interaction (SFI) National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) scales of student engagement, this study examined the relationship between SFI and selected personal characteristics of traditional and non-traditional, first-generation first-year and senior-year Black students ...


Communication, Learning And Social Support At The Speaking Center: A Communities Of Practice Perspective, Ann Marie Foley Coats Nov 2020

Communication, Learning And Social Support At The Speaking Center: A Communities Of Practice Perspective, Ann Marie Foley Coats

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In response to increasing demand for public speaking instruction, more institutions are establishing campus speaking centers staffed by student tutors. Peer tutors provide clients with a range of supports in the speech-making process, including suggestions for speech content and organization and for improving delivery during simulated practice sessions. This study investigates patterns of peer interaction in one campus speaking center to understand the dynamics of peer support in a non-classroom setting and how they may create the conditions for student learning. This ethnographic study conceptualized speaking center activities and the practice of oral communication skills development through the lens of ...


Elevating Training Effectiveness: Exploring The Factors In The Learner’S Environment That Influence Training Transfer, Michael Summers Nov 2020

Elevating Training Effectiveness: Exploring The Factors In The Learner’S Environment That Influence Training Transfer, Michael Summers

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Considerable evidence from science and business practice suggests that a tremendous amount of money and effort is spent by organizations on designing and delivering training programs so that employees adopt and use their newly acquired skills and knowledge when they return to their jobs. A large percentage of that money is often wasted due to missed opportunities to create a conducive transfer climate for workers expected to change the way they work as an outcome of training. The extensive literature on training transfer supports the existence of work environment factors that influence the application of training. The focus of this ...