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Civic Engagement In Young Adulthood: Social Capital And The Mediating Effects Of Postsecondary Educational Attainment, Kevin M. Hemer Jan 2018

Civic Engagement In Young Adulthood: Social Capital And The Mediating Effects Of Postsecondary Educational Attainment, Kevin M. Hemer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Civic Engagement has two purposes in American society. The first is to maintain democracy and democratic institutions; the second is to serve as a pathway for maturation into adulthood. Utilizing data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), we investigate how adolescent experiences with schools and families impact young adult’s political (voting) and nonpolitical (volunteering) civic engagement and the mediating role postsecondary educational attainment may have in this process. Utilizing measures of adolescent bonding and bridging social capital, as well as human and financial capital, this investigation takes a life course perspective and relies ...


Mixed Methods Assessment Of Project-Based Learning In A Senior-Level Highway Design Course, Steven Kurtis Younkin Jan 2017

Mixed Methods Assessment Of Project-Based Learning In A Senior-Level Highway Design Course, Steven Kurtis Younkin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The lack of practical real-world applications in a classroom setting has been identified as one factor inhibiting student interest in STEM fields. Project-based learning (PBL) directly addresses this concern by providing an opportunity for students to complete an extensive, semester-long project that mirrors professional practice. In addition, PBL allows students an opportunity to refine related soft skills, such as technical writing and oral communication. This study involved the redevelopment of a senior-level highway design course using a PBL framework that largely reflects professional practice. A questionnaire survey was distributed to public and private road agencies in order to assess the ...


Latin@ Identity Politics In Higher Education: Unveiling Representations Of Whiteness In Latin@ Culture, Michael Benitez Jr. Jan 2015

Latin@ Identity Politics In Higher Education: Unveiling Representations Of Whiteness In Latin@ Culture, Michael Benitez Jr.

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This theoretical research project examines research and literature utilizing different critical lenses to assist in promoting alternative ethnoracial understandings of Latin@ness in the context of higher education. This dissertation sought to problematize and complement how Latin@ student identity development theory and Latin@ Critical Theory are framed and used, and fuses different theoretical bodies of scholarly work to help reveal gaps in current literature that fill a significant void in, and complement current literature on Latin@ identity and culture. This project consist of varying conversations between Latin@ cultural formation, Latin@ oriented theoretical lenses, postcolonialism, antiracism, whiteness and higher education, to ...


Measuring Difference In Knowledge Achievement And Satisfaction Between Viewing Interactive And Linear Online Learning Modules, Linda Christine Weldon Jan 2014

Measuring Difference In Knowledge Achievement And Satisfaction Between Viewing Interactive And Linear Online Learning Modules, Linda Christine Weldon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The use of online learning to teach academic courses in higher education is increasing

(Allen & Seaman, 2011; Baehr, 2012; Pastore & Carr-Chellman, 2009). The use of online

learning modules can be used to replace face-to-face classroom lecture. Research in the field

of e-learning and adult learners supports the use of interactive e-learning to aid in

engagement of learner and with knowledge retention (Bozarth, 2008; Clark, 2008, 2010;

Clark & Lyons, 2011; Clark & Mayer, 2008; Duarte, 2008). However, the production of

online learning modules that meet the criteria of e-learning is time consuming and expensive

(Chapman, 2010). This study explored the effect of level of interaction with learning

modules on student performance and on student satisfaction by comparing the knowledge

achievement (measured by quiz and exam scores) and satisfaction (measured by student

responses to satisfaction survey) of 34 students enrolled in an online academic course after

viewing a series of two styles ...


Asian American Transfer Students: The Intersection Of Race & Class, Joyce Lui Jan 2013

Asian American Transfer Students: The Intersection Of Race & Class, Joyce Lui

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

There has been a limited body of research on Asian American students, specifically regarding community college attendance and the transfer process. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and understand how Asian American transfer students navigate the community college, their transfer processes, as well as their post-transfer experiences. Using Critical Race Theory as the guiding framework for this study, five themes emerged: parents' expectations, academic majors, a sense of community, old and alone, and class matters. Implications for community colleges and four year institutions, as well as future research ideas are discussed.


A Case Study Examining How Students Make Meaning Out Of Using Facebook As A Virtual Learning Community At A Midwestern University, Jerome Hilscher Jan 2013

A Case Study Examining How Students Make Meaning Out Of Using Facebook As A Virtual Learning Community At A Midwestern University, Jerome Hilscher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how peer mentors make meaning out of using Facebook as a virtual learning community. With the prevalence of Facebook usage by college students, and the introduction of Facebook into academic settings by educators, program facilitators, administrators, and recruiters, researchers have begun to examine the impact of Facebook as a virtual learning community. Currently, there has been a missing voice in the research, the voice of the students involved in the use of Facebook as a virtual learning community. Facebook presents itself as an ideal vehicle for a virtual learning community ...


Accessing An Undergraduate Program In The United States: Latin American Male Experiences And Perceptions, Sam Robert Von Gillern Jan 2012

Accessing An Undergraduate Program In The United States: Latin American Male Experiences And Perceptions, Sam Robert Von Gillern

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study examines the experiences and perceptions of Latin American males who accessed undergraduate education in the United States. Because the mobility of Latin American students pursuing higher education outside of Latin America is low (Gacel-Ávila, 2011), developing an understanding of this phenomenon is important. This is especially true because international and domestic students alike benefit from each other's participation in U.S. higher education (Obst & Forster, 2006; Winkler, 1984). This study utilizes an interview-based, qualitative approach to learn the stories of two Latin American men. Three primary themes that illuminate important aspects of their journeys emerged: viability, motivation, and perceptions ...


Explaining Critical Thinking Skills, Leadership Skills, And Openness To Diversity In Fraternity Members: A Quantitative Analysis, Jonathan M. Turk Jan 2012

Explaining Critical Thinking Skills, Leadership Skills, And Openness To Diversity In Fraternity Members: A Quantitative Analysis, Jonathan M. Turk

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Each year thousands of college students make the choice to join a men's collegiate social fraternity. This study sought to understand how a student's demographic characteristics, academic characteristics, participation in fraternity activities, and chapter characteristics explain growth, learning, and development along three areas: critical thinking, leadership, and openness to diversity. To assess fraternity members' development of critical thinking skills, leadership skills, and openness to diversity, data were collected from members of Delta Tau Delta international fraternity using the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA) during the spring of 2011, resulting in a sample size of 1,238 students.

Through ...


Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann Jan 2010

Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Higher education and the military have been linked throughout history in the United States. Now, with the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq the higher education community is beginning to realize again the importance of understanding student veterans' transition experiences into college and providing appropriate support programs. However, the experiences of war veterans making the transition from servicemember to college student are not clearly understood. Consequently, community colleges and other institutions of higher education may not possess the information necessary to assist these students effectively.

The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative research study was to explore the nature of the ...