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Florida's Adolescent Literacy Policy: An Alternative Reading And Response, Diane Kroeger Dec 2010

Florida's Adolescent Literacy Policy: An Alternative Reading And Response, Diane Kroeger

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In this qualitative case study, I constructed interpretations of the meanings conveyed by state-level discourse communities as they were manifested in the primary and secondary speech genres of Florida’s adolescent literacy policy. Meanings (or values, beliefs and feelings) are highly tacit understandings embedded in the language, actions and objects of policy (Yanow, 2000), and are conveyed through informal and formal speech (Bakhtin, 1986). Results revealed (a) state policy meanings convey multiple versions of literacy with a heavy focus on receptive aspects of literate practice; (b) a typology of students and their fit within the institutional system; and (c) an ...


Factors That Influence Faculty Intentions To Support The Community College Baccalaureate, Lori Kielty Sep 2010

Factors That Influence Faculty Intentions To Support The Community College Baccalaureate, Lori Kielty

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An increasing number of community colleges in the United States are becoming baccalaureate-granting institutions. Proponents of the community college baccalaureate (CCB) argue that the CCB provides students with access to higher education, while others argue the CCB will compromise the community college's core values.

The purpose of this study is to explore faculty members' intention to support the CCB transition. Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behavior provides the theoretical framework for the study. The theory assumes that changes in behavior are intentional and, therefore, can be planned. This theory posits that attitudes, subjective (social) norms, and perceived behavioral control ...


Identifying And Addressing Health Disparities In Black Older Adults With Osteoarthritis, Chivon A. Mingo Jul 2010

Identifying And Addressing Health Disparities In Black Older Adults With Osteoarthritis, Chivon A. Mingo

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Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis in older adults, often results in pain, disability and poor psychological well-being. Compared to White adults, Black adults consistently report more pain, more activity limitations, and have different perceptions about OA. Racial disparities also exist in treatments, and prevalence of arthritis. It is imperative to have effective interventions and treatment options for older Blacks. Yet, few arthritis interventions have included Black participants in their samples, and nearly all of those have failed to report separate analyses indicating the effectiveness for Black adults, thus leaving a gap in the literature. The purpose of ...


La Vida En La Ficción Como Forma De Reescritura De La Historia Oficial En La Novela Caballeros De Fortuna De Luis Landero, Maria Elena Arroyo Jun 2010

La Vida En La Ficción Como Forma De Reescritura De La Historia Oficial En La Novela Caballeros De Fortuna De Luis Landero, Maria Elena Arroyo

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In this thesis we will study Luis Landero's Novel, Caballeros de fortuna, specifically the creation by the characters of an alternate life that they create through fiction. As a result of a failed life that resembles the effect of the years that Spain experienced Francisco Franco's dictatorial regime, these characters, unable to fight insecurity and rootlessness produced by the society of this era, become victims of utopian desires that result in the creation of an alternative life lived in fiction. At the same time, we can observe how this life style leads to the emergence of a critical ...


Systematic Development And Validation Of A Course Of Instruction In Prior Learning Assessment, John D. Mcnally Jun 2010

Systematic Development And Validation Of A Course Of Instruction In Prior Learning Assessment, John D. Mcnally

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Many post-secondary schools across the country offer adult working students an opportunity to obtain at least partial credit for work and life experiences in their curriculum through portfolios. The primary goal of this project was to design, develop and evaluate a portfolio course for adult students at a small independent university. Design emphasized adult learning theory and incorporated instructional design best practices throughout. Also significant to the design was the implementation of the Quality Matters ™ Rubric. The project focus was to intertwine the six assumptions of adult learning theory while implementing best practices and effective instructional strategies, and to conduct ...


Experiences Of Foreign Language Teachers And Students Using A Technology-Mediated Oral Assessment, Jeannie Ducher May 2010

Experiences Of Foreign Language Teachers And Students Using A Technology-Mediated Oral Assessment, Jeannie Ducher

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The development of the speaking skill at the lower levels of proficiency is seldom assessed as a matter-of-fact in the foreign language classroom, for reasons of impracticality and difficulty of implementation. Although the practice of the speaking skill is an important part of current approaches to the teaching of foreign languages, issues of time and logistics often prohibit the direct evaluation of the skill in a manner consistent with best practices, which purport that practice and assessment must be closely aligned, and that students benefit from self-evaluation and teacher feedback. Classroom research has shown that a skill that is not ...


The Dynamic Graphic Organizer And Its Influence On Making Factual, Comparative, And Inferential Determinations Within Comparative Content, Cameron Spears May 2010

The Dynamic Graphic Organizer And Its Influence On Making Factual, Comparative, And Inferential Determinations Within Comparative Content, Cameron Spears

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By augmenting an existing static medium (a graphic organizer) with attributes such that learners were able to sort or rearrange information in multiple ways, two new types of “dynamic” graphic organizers were created. An experiment was performed to investigate the effectiveness of these dynamic graphic organizers as instructional tools. One-hundred-sixty-one students were recruited for participation in the study from a two-year community college and a four-year public university in the southeast United States. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three graphic organizer treatment groups: static, sortable, and shuffle-sortable. Response accuracy and response latency measurements for three types of mental ...


Shamanism, Spiritual Transformation And The Ethical Obligations Of The Dying Person: A Narrative Approach, Ellen W. Klein Apr 2010

Shamanism, Spiritual Transformation And The Ethical Obligations Of The Dying Person: A Narrative Approach, Ellen W. Klein

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The person experiencing chronic or protracted illness is confronted with a complex array of physical, emotional and spiritual trials. This thesis explores how chronic illness can be viewed through the lens of the shamanic experience of dismemberment and re-memberment and shows how clinical, narrative, and relational models on their own are insufficient to speak meaningfully to illness experiences, but the integration of aspects of each of these models when coupled with shamanic initiation experience creates an innovative model for patients and those with whom they are in relationship.


Organizational Information Markets: Conceptual Foundation And An Approach For Software Project Risk Management, Areej M. Yassin Apr 2010

Organizational Information Markets: Conceptual Foundation And An Approach For Software Project Risk Management, Areej M. Yassin

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This dissertation employs both design science and behavioral science research paradigms to investigate an emerging form of technology-enabled human collective intelligence known as information markets. This work establishes a conceptual foundation for the study of organizational information markets and the design and use processes of information markets inside organizations.

This research conceptualizes markets from an information systems perspective and presents an information systems research framework for organizational information markets. This work develops a systems theory of information markets to facilitate investigation of the relationships and interactions between markets as systems and their context of use. It proposes a structuration model ...


Understanding Organizational Adoption Theories Through The Adoption Of A Disruptive Innovation: Five Cases Of Open Source Software, Delmer Nagy Mar 2010

Understanding Organizational Adoption Theories Through The Adoption Of A Disruptive Innovation: Five Cases Of Open Source Software, Delmer Nagy

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation seeks to understand how organizations adopt a disruptive technology, open source software. Five cross-sectional case studies at municipal governments were performed using a theoretical model based off of eight organizational adoption theories. Results of the case studies highlight how each construct from each theory was present at the organizations. However each construct was of variable influence based upon organizational characteristics and the time or stage of adoption.


Spelling Errors In Children With Autism, Khalyn I. Wiggins Mar 2010

Spelling Errors In Children With Autism, Khalyn I. Wiggins

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The goal of this study was to examine the spelling errors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when asked to spell morphologically complex words. Specifically, this study sought to determine if percent accuracy across morphological areas would be similar to patterns noted in typical developing children, correlate with participant age, and correlate to performance on standardized measures of achievement. Additionally, the study wanted to highlight the types of errors made by children with ASD on homonyms and the specific linguistic patterns noted when spelling derivational and inflectional word types.

Participants included 29 children diagnosed with Autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger ...


Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-Herold Jan 2010

Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-Herold

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In light of the current economic downturn, thousands of Iowan's are unemployed and this is the ideal time to build the skills of the workforce to compete in the knowledge-based economy so businesses and entrepreneurs can compete in a global economy. A tool for assessing the skills and knowledge of dislocated workers and students as well as identifying skills deficits in order to match individuals' transferrable skills to high-demand jobs is essential in order for dislocated workers and students to increase their human capital. It is essential for individuals to make informed decisions regarding the training they need and ...


Assessing Credibility And Aesthetic Perception Across Different Exposure Times On A Health Care Information Website, Simon Setterstrom Jan 2010

Assessing Credibility And Aesthetic Perception Across Different Exposure Times On A Health Care Information Website, Simon Setterstrom

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Within the domain of online health care information, the purpose of this study was: (1) to examine changes in the evaluation of expressive and classical aesthetics on the same site across exposure times, (2) to test whether the evaluation of classical and expressive aesthetics across exposures changes between different "modes", (3) to examine whether credibility has a relationship with expressive or classical aesthetics as well as any fluctuations across exposure times.

The results from this thesis indicate that expressive and classical aesthetics are positively correlated across exposure times, while also having a significant mean difference across exposure times. Evidence for ...


Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson Jan 2010

Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson

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The purposes of this study were (a) to examine the socialization factors of community college transfer students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (b) to examine the socialization factors that impact the academic and social adjustment of community college transfer students in STEM majors; and (c) to understand how female community college transfer students describe their overall socialization experiences in STEM majors. A survey was used to collect data concerning the background characteristics as well as the community college and university experiences of transfer students. A purposive sample of female community college transfer students were interviewed to gather information ...


A Comparative Analysis Of Demographic And Academic Characteristics, Kathleen Johanna Nacos-Burds Jan 2010

A Comparative Analysis Of Demographic And Academic Characteristics, Kathleen Johanna Nacos-Burds

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A retrospective study was initiated to determine: (1) the predictive relationship between demographic and academic variables and NCLEX-RN success; and (2) if there were significant differences between urban and rural nursing students that could account for an increased percentage of rural NCLEX-RN failures. A convenience sample was comprised of 398 graduates in 2005-2008, of an associate degree nursing program in the Midwest. Student age group, campus enrolled, Anatomy and Physiology GPA, number of practical nursing terms attempted, Practical Nursing GPA, and the number of associate degree nursing terms attempted were analyzed for predictive value of first-attempt NCLEX-RN success.

Descriptive analyses ...


Beyond The Factory Floor: The Experiences Of Displaced Manufacturing Workers As They Retrain In Community College Settings, Mary Jane Entz Jan 2010

Beyond The Factory Floor: The Experiences Of Displaced Manufacturing Workers As They Retrain In Community College Settings, Mary Jane Entz

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study describes and examines the experiences of displaced manufacturing workers as they lose jobs and retrain in community college settings. The analysis included perceptions of community college services and programming designed to help the workers transition into retraining programs, along with those factors that they identified as contributing to or inhibiting success. Given the recent, permanent structural shifts in the U.S. economy, which have decimated the manufacturing sector, learning more about the experiences of displaced manufacturing workers will better prepare community colleges to serve this population more effectively.


The Dynamics Of Student Learning Within A High School Virtual Reality Design Class, Teresa Morales Jan 2010

The Dynamics Of Student Learning Within A High School Virtual Reality Design Class, Teresa Morales

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This mixed method study investigated knowledge and skill development of high school students in a project-based VR design class, in which 3-D projects were developed within a student-centered, student-directed environment. This investigation focused on student content learning, and problem solving. Additionally the social dynamics of the class and the role of peer mentoring were examined to determine how these factors influenced student behavior and learning. Finally, parent and teachers perceptions of the influence of the class were examined. The participants included freshmen through senior students, parents, teachers and the high school principal. Student interviews and classroom observations were used to ...


Historical Short Stories In The Post-Secondary Biology Classroom: Investigation Of Instructor And Student Use And Views, Jerrid Wayne Kruse Jan 2010

Historical Short Stories In The Post-Secondary Biology Classroom: Investigation Of Instructor And Student Use And Views, Jerrid Wayne Kruse

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This study investigated the use of five historically accurate short stories in a post-secondary introductory biology course. The stories were designed to include both high levels of science content as well as explicitly attend students to nature of science ideas through bulleted points and reflective questions embedded within the stories. The stories targeted fundamental science ideas including: age of the earth, biological evolution, and genetics.

Through mostly qualitative methods, student and instructor use and views of the short stories were investigated. That is, this study investigated 1) how the stories were implemented in a post-secondary biology course, 2) instructor views ...


Historical Short Stories And The Nature Of Science In A High School Biology Class, Jennifer Ann Reid Smith Jan 2010

Historical Short Stories And The Nature Of Science In A High School Biology Class, Jennifer Ann Reid Smith

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To overcome students' misconceptions regarding the nature of science, it is essential that teachers utilize instructional activities that accurately and explicitly portray the nature of science within the context of the science content being taught. This study examines the impact of implementing two historical short stories in a high school biology course during units on genetics and biological evolution. The stories describe the lives and work of Mendel and Darwin and how their scientific ideas were developed. Questions embedded in the stories explicitly draw students' attention to key nature of science concepts. Students in the treatment group demonstrated significantly higher ...


Exploring Women Community College Natural Scientists' Personal Experience Narratives Through A Subjectivist Lens, Nancy Anne Woods Jan 2010

Exploring Women Community College Natural Scientists' Personal Experience Narratives Through A Subjectivist Lens, Nancy Anne Woods

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The thrust in education today is to encourage young women to enter nontraditional fields of study such as chemistry, physics, and biology. In order to better prepare the next generation of women scientists, then, we should examine the experiences of women participants already working within these areas. We can learn from their experiences. What motivated them toward science? What influenced them to become teachers? What brought them to the community college? If the premise is that we want more women involved in science, then one way to understand how to entice women into science would be to research those who ...


Discourse Of Construction: A Look At How Secondary Reading Preservice Teachers Conceptualize Their Teaching, Ryan Robert Kelly Jan 2010

Discourse Of Construction: A Look At How Secondary Reading Preservice Teachers Conceptualize Their Teaching, Ryan Robert Kelly

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the discourse of preservice teacher candidates in order to better identify those practices and experiences by which they shape their identity and conceptualize their role in teaching. The study's purpose was to find out (a) how secondary preservice teacher candidates conceptualize the practice of their teaching, (b) what relevant experiences frame the context of their conceptualization of teaching, and (c) how they engage with one another through classroom discourse to collectively shape their developing conceptualization of teaching?

Data consisting of in-class recorded discourse (with accompanying field notes), online discourse, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups were collected ...


An Exploration Of Personal Financial Behavior Of College-Educated Black Women In The Midwest, Jacqueline Denise Pryor Jan 2010

An Exploration Of Personal Financial Behavior Of College-Educated Black Women In The Midwest, Jacqueline Denise Pryor

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative inquire examined the financial behavior of six college educated Black women located in the Midwest. Utilizing Black feminism as a theoretical framework for analysis, a depiction was prepared on the adeptness of the women at managing their finances; the influence of parental teaching on personal finances; and their behavior toward wealth building and self-gratification. Parental teaching on personal finances greatly influenced the women's perception and how they managed their finances. The experiences and stories of these women help to provide an understanding of how they navigate personal financial matters, their understanding of finances beyond college, and the ...


Changing Faculty Perceptions And Perspectives: A Case Study At A Private, Midwestern, Liberal Arts University, Lucina May Kimpel Jan 2010

Changing Faculty Perceptions And Perspectives: A Case Study At A Private, Midwestern, Liberal Arts University, Lucina May Kimpel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research was comprised of a case study conducted at Grand View University to determine faculty perceptions and perspectives of outcomes related to a Title III grant-funded, professional development program. The conceptual framework for the study was based on a systematic process called the logic model (W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004). A goal-free evaluation technique developed by Scriven in 1972 (Scriven, 1974) was the method utilized for conducting a utilization-focused evaluation (Patton, 1997). These evaluation processes were conducted through the use of semi-structured interviews of two focus groups and four key informants to determine the short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes ...


Job Satisfaction Of Community College Adjunct Faculty At Midwestern Community College, Jody Kristine Tomanek Jan 2010

Job Satisfaction Of Community College Adjunct Faculty At Midwestern Community College, Jody Kristine Tomanek

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Adjunct faculty constitutes the majority of faculty in higher education. Their large numbers make them a force in community colleges and four-year universities. The role that adjunct faculty play is impressive and their role should not be overlooked. Studying the background of adjunct faculty assists in providing an overview of gender, age, and ethnicity amongst adjunct faculty. College administrators and support professionals can benefit from understanding the levels of support adjunct faculty expect and their satisfaction with support that already exists in community colleges. The overall level of job satisfaction of adjunct faculty also assists college personnel in understanding adjunct ...


An Examination Of College Factors Used By Business Students Who Chose To Attend A Small Midwestern Private College, Joni K. Anderson Jan 2010

An Examination Of College Factors Used By Business Students Who Chose To Attend A Small Midwestern Private College, Joni K. Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Many college systems are facing a recruiting environment where the individual driving forces add up to more than their individual sum, creating a highly challenging situation. Some of the driving forces creating this recruiting challenge are: decreasing number of high school graduates, more educational offerings, a tightening of the credit markets, and changing college expectations of the “millennial” generation. This quantitative research study focused on students who chose to major in business and their college decision-making process to attend a small Midwest private college. The students' responses to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) freshman survey were used to identify ...


Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer Jan 2010

Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The late twentieth century was a time of great change. The advent of Internet connectivity and the World Wide Web dramatically redefined the way all humans live and communicate. Where cross-cultural interaction, relationships, and business practices once existed primarily for the wealthy and powerful, we now find these opportunities readily available to all. One major area that has been greatly affected by this transformation is the field of graphic design. Practitioners in graphic design, for the first time, find themselves in a position to work with an international clientele and to design for global audiences. As a result of these ...


An Analysis Of Demographic Data And Educational Experiences That Predict Student Success On The Funeral Service National Board Examination, Kevin E. Patterson Jan 2010

An Analysis Of Demographic Data And Educational Experiences That Predict Student Success On The Funeral Service National Board Examination, Kevin E. Patterson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using graduate surveys, which ascertained demographic data and educational experiences of the graduates, funeral service National Board Examination (NBE) scores, program curricula, and annual accreditation reports, this study investigated the relationship between educational experiences of funeral service graduates and their corresponding NBE scores. The sample consisted of 213 graduates of accredited programs who graduated and completed the NBE during 2009. The sample was evaluated to insure it was a representative sample of the population. In addition to descriptive statistics, comparative analyses and multiple regression analyses were conducted to determine differences between values of variables under investigation and to determine if ...


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 ...


Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas Jan 2010

Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas

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Baby Boomers Attending A Community College: Influences, Challenges, And Social Networks, Nancy Peters Jan 2010

Baby Boomers Attending A Community College: Influences, Challenges, And Social Networks, Nancy Peters

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine how Baby Boomers make meaning out of disorientating dilemmas and challenges as they enroll in community college for career training. The dilemmas include: retirement, layoffs, shrinking job market, returning to school, and dwindling retirement accounts. Understanding Baby Boomers' processing of this new event can help colleges provide tailored course work, support services, and social networks.

Through the voices of ten participants and the guiding framework of Mezirow's transformational theory as well as theories of student engagement and validation, the following themes emerged:

* Economic conditions influenced Baby Boomers to attend ...