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International Student-Athlete Experiences At The Ncaa Division I Level, Eric Ryan Bentzinger Jan 2016

International Student-Athlete Experiences At The Ncaa Division I Level, Eric Ryan Bentzinger

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This qualitative study focused on the experiences of seven non-native-English-speaking international student-athletes at an NCAA Division I, large, public, research institution. The experiences of the participants detailed their time prior to attending the institution, while enrolled, and plans after graduation. While previous literature on this topic existed, there was a paucity that positioned the international student-athletes, themselves, at the center of the research. Prior literature was largely quantitative. In an effort to avoid cross-institutional analysis and also due to accessibility of participants, all were selected from the same institution. The participants partook in a lengthy interview (at least one hour ...


“They Don’T Get The Respect They Should”: An Examination Of Visual Communication Disciplinary Practices In Composition And The Biological Sciences, Erin Bethany Zimmerman Jan 2016

“They Don’T Get The Respect They Should”: An Examination Of Visual Communication Disciplinary Practices In Composition And The Biological Sciences, Erin Bethany Zimmerman

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This study investigates the similarities and differences of visual communication practices and conventions in the composition and biological sciences disciplines. Although scholars and instructors in Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) and composition have examined disciplinary differences in written communication, little is known about disciplinary differences of visual communication. While writing has been the central focus of composition classes, visuals are often key components of the composing process for individuals working in natural sciences fields like the biological sciences.

This dissertation reports the results from a two-part qualitative analysis research project: 1) an examination of how composition and general science-writing textbooks ...


Shadow Education In China: What Is The Relationship Between Private Tutoring And Students’ National College Entrance Examination (Gaokao) Performance?, Ran Li Jan 2016

Shadow Education In China: What Is The Relationship Between Private Tutoring And Students’ National College Entrance Examination (Gaokao) Performance?, Ran Li

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between private tutoring and Chinese students’ Gaokao (National College Entrance Exam, NCEE) performance including other potential factors (e.g. gender, registered residence status, family SES, academic track, etc.). Specifically, this study examines three goals: a) the difference between students who choose to participate in private tutoring and students who does not choose to participate in private tutoring in terms of their background information, b) the factors influencing students’ Gaokao performance, and c) the mechanism of how private tutoring and other factors influence students’ Gaokao performance.

This study adopts three theoretical ...


Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens Jan 2016

Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens

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This study focused on how four Black women described their retention and persistence; how institutional retention efforts support or hinder Black women’s perceptions of their ability to persist; and how institutional programs, processes, and policies can be transformed to support the retention and persistence of Black women attending community college. In 2012, 38 percent of Black women in college were enrolled in community colleges, 60 percent were over the age of 25, and 65.3 percent were considered low income.

Although there has been extensive research conducted on retention and persistence broadly, only two studies were identified that focused ...


The Effects Of An Integrated Rhythmic And Literacy Intervention On The Development Of Phonological Awareness And Rhythm Skills Of Preschoolers, Sara D. Nelson Jan 2016

The Effects Of An Integrated Rhythmic And Literacy Intervention On The Development Of Phonological Awareness And Rhythm Skills Of Preschoolers, Sara D. Nelson

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This study explored the impact of an integrated rhythm-literacy (IRL) intervention on the development of rhythm and phonological awareness (PA) skills in preschool children ages 4-5.5 years old. The IRL intervention draws from research that examines the role rhythm may play in the development of PA and is composed of three main events. Those events include (1) integrated rhythm-literacy text interactions, (2) integrated rhythm-literacy call and response and (3) integrated rhythm-literacy movement. The study used an experimental pretest-posttest design. A total of 43 participants took part in the study (intervention group = 23 children, comparison group = 20 children). Initial results ...


Predicting And Assessing College Students' Mental Health, Joshua J. Mitchell Jan 2016

Predicting And Assessing College Students' Mental Health, Joshua J. Mitchell

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Concerns about college students’ mental health have prompted attention in recent years. Studies have shown that mental health problems can negatively influence academic performance. Fortunately, positive mental health can serve as a buffer against mental health problems. Integrating a focus on mental health into policies and practices can enhance the educational environment. Not only can policies, practices, and campus community members influence campus climates, but also campus climates can encourage mental health. This dissertation makes two broad contributions to the literature. First, it examines perceptions of campus climates that support civic learning and their influence on mental health. It also ...


The Present Status Of Women's And Gender Studies Programs At Community Colleges, Alissa Kristine Stoehr Jan 2016

The Present Status Of Women's And Gender Studies Programs At Community Colleges, Alissa Kristine Stoehr

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According to the State University of New York-Oneanta (2013), “women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes gender as its main category of analysis, and works to reframe the place of gender as essential to the workings of social, cultural, political, and economic systems.” These programs, especially at community colleges, have not benefitted from much research and/or scholarship within the last ten years. For this reason, I chose to explore the history of women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, their place within higher education, and the creation and maintenance of such ...


Examining Teachers' Experiences In A Professional Learning Community Focused On Integrating Technology Into Literacy Instruction, Jennifer Marie Thoma Jan 2016

Examining Teachers' Experiences In A Professional Learning Community Focused On Integrating Technology Into Literacy Instruction, Jennifer Marie Thoma

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Many factors, such as lack of time, access to technology resources, and professional development, have been indicated as barriers to technology integration in teaching. One possible way to support teachers as they integrate technology into their instruction is through professional learning communities . The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine how teachers experienced a Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on integrating technology into literacy instruction. In this study, the PLC framework was situated as the means for teacher learning and planning. As such, it provided opportunities for teachers to learn from one another as well as share their ...


The Lived Experiences Of College Students With A Learning Disability And/Or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sarah Jean Lux Jan 2016

The Lived Experiences Of College Students With A Learning Disability And/Or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sarah Jean Lux

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The body of research concerning college students with disabilities is sparse relative to the percentage of disabled college students who attend college. Further, the majority of existing research fails to capture the student voice and the lived experiences of the students themselves. This dissertation explores the experiences of college students with learning disabilities (LD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), examines the experiences that are particularly formative in their development and self-awareness as learners, and considers the role of disability in how the students think of themselves as learners. Using a qualitative, phenomenological research framework, this study uses in-depth individual ...


Investigating Child Care Food Safety Culture And Barriers & Motivators To Safe Food Handling Practices, Joel Reynolds Jan 2016

Investigating Child Care Food Safety Culture And Barriers & Motivators To Safe Food Handling Practices, Joel Reynolds

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Young children are considered a high risk population for foodborne illness. Furthermore, children attending child care facilities are four times more likely to contract a foodborne illness than other children. Research has shown that increased food safety knowledge and training alone are not enough to mitigate foodborne illnesses. Researchers have begun to assess food safety through the lens of organizational culture. It has been shown that food safety practices are partly influenced by prevailing cultural norms within work environments. The aim of this study was two-fold: 1) to assess food safety culture and social system factors effect on child care ...


Development Of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (Tpack) In Prek-6 Teacher Preparation Programs, Wei Wang Jan 2016

Development Of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (Tpack) In Prek-6 Teacher Preparation Programs, Wei Wang

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This dissertation investigates whether preservice teachers majoring in elementary education, in the context of a teacher preparation program at a higher education institution, develop technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) with the goal of having the capacity to successfully integrate technology while planning instruction and teaching in PreK-6 classrooms. The dissertation is presented in a non-traditional format including an introduction, three manuscripts prepared for journal publication, and a concluding chapter.

The three journal articles tapped into the essential components surrounding the dissertation’s focus of preK-6 preservice teachers’ TPACK development during their teacher preparation program. The first article provided an extensive ...


Exploring The Experience Of Academic Suspension And Subsequent Academic Resilience For College Students Who Were Reinstated To The Institution: A Phenomenological Analysis, Jennifer Jill Suchan Jan 2016

Exploring The Experience Of Academic Suspension And Subsequent Academic Resilience For College Students Who Were Reinstated To The Institution: A Phenomenological Analysis, Jennifer Jill Suchan

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Within the larger group of students who are placed on academic suspension for failure to meet the expectations of minimum academic performance, there is a unique subset of students who seek reinstatement to the institution and, furthermore, who are able to achieve academic success in subsequent semesters. Despite the significant amount of empirical research that exists on the topics of student achievement and attrition, there is still much to be understood about academic suspension and, in particular, the academic resilience of academically suspended college students. This qualitative study utilized a phenomenological approach to explore the academic resilience of academically suspended ...


A Study On The Impact Of Funding On State-Level Community College Governance Systems, Jeffrey Alan Fletcher Jan 2016

A Study On The Impact Of Funding On State-Level Community College Governance Systems, Jeffrey Alan Fletcher

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Building on a 2015 national landscape research study of state-level community college governance systems, the purpose of this study was to determine if there were correlational relationships between revenue resource funds, state-level community college governance systems, and state funding distribution formulae. Many states had experienced change since 2000, and therefore, it was important to research the impact of funding. Although state funding distribution formulae emerged organically, they remain exposed to ever-changing technological, economic, and political developments. Similarly, state-level community college governance systems also remain susceptible to these technological, economic, and political dynamics. It has been noted that these two subjects ...


The Use Of Map-Works To Examine Adjustment And Retention In Undergraduate International Students, Lindsay Anne Simpson Jan 2016

The Use Of Map-Works To Examine Adjustment And Retention In Undergraduate International Students, Lindsay Anne Simpson

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Over the past several decades, United States institutions of higher education have experienced increased enrollment from international students. However, researchers have long acknowledged that many international students experience problems adjusting to life and studying in the United States, including culturally, academically, socially, and psychologically. These difficulties related to international student adjustment can easily translate into compromised academic performance, decreased mental health, and the potential for dropout. This study addressed the undergraduate international student adjustment and retention gap by examining data from MAP-Works™, a comprehensive student retention platform, to better understand if and how adjustment predicted undergraduate international student retention in ...


Using A Pen Pal Program To Assess Student Learning Through Culture And School Gardens, Samantha Kae Green Jan 2016

Using A Pen Pal Program To Assess Student Learning Through Culture And School Gardens, Samantha Kae Green

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Youth at two schools (St. John, USVI and West Liberty, IA) participated in the I Grow Culture Pen Pal Program. The purpose of the 9-week program was to evaluate middle school student's increase in knowledge and confidence related to communicating local gardening, cultural understanding and sustainability. The collaborating schools were specifically chosen because they each meet the criteria of having a garden for middle school students to integrate English and science into their agriculture curriculum. The objectives of this program were to increase awareness of garden sustainability, understand place-based gardening and environmental sciences, while establishing a garden-based distance cultural ...


Conceptualization And Practice Of Information Literacy Instruction In Community Colleges, April Lynne Anderson Jan 2016

Conceptualization And Practice Of Information Literacy Instruction In Community Colleges, April Lynne Anderson

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This interpretive multi-case study methodology was conducted with five sites using interviews, observations, and document analysis to answer two research questions: (1) How do community colleges and their libraries' instructional mission statements/statements of purpose conceptualize and understand information literacy? and (2) How are Information Literacy Instruction Programs providing students information literacy instruction, as demonstrated in classroom information literacy instruction sessions? The problem is that students who graduate with an associate's degree and enter the workforce or transfer to university and have not had IL instruction will be at a disadvantage compared to students who have had access to ...


A Teacher Development Program On Call Materials Evaluation: Teachers' Knowledge And Attitudes Toward Technology, Corry Caromawati Jan 2016

A Teacher Development Program On Call Materials Evaluation: Teachers' Knowledge And Attitudes Toward Technology, Corry Caromawati

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Teacher Development Programs (TDPs) in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) aim to develop teachers' knowledge as well as positive attitudes toward technology. Previous studies (Liu & Kelinsasser, 2015; Tai, 2015, 2013; Rienities, Brouwer, & Lygo-Baker, 2013; Wong & Benson, 2006; Chao, 2006; Hegelheimer, 2006; Yildirim, 2000) show that teachers develop their CALL technical pedagogical knowledge through participation in CALL TDPs. In addition to the development of their knowledge, teachers also increase their positive attitudes toward technology after CALL TDPs as revealed in previous studies such as Tai (2013); Kessler (2007); Hegelheimer (2006); Meskill, Anthony, Hilliker-VanStrander, Tseng, and You (2006), and Yildirim (2000). Regarding teachers' CALL knowledge, it is believed that ...