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Enrollment And Disenrollment In Voluntary Prekindergarten: A Study Of Educational Leaders’ Decision-Making, Angela Cherie Passero Jones Apr 2018

Enrollment And Disenrollment In Voluntary Prekindergarten: A Study Of Educational Leaders’ Decision-Making, Angela Cherie Passero Jones

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative case study focused on how school leaders’ understandings of (dis)ability were implicated in decision-making and affected student (dis)enrollment in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK). More specifically it explored how leaders in private VPK programs invoked conceptions of normality, and subsequently abnormality, during decision-making processes for student (dis)enrollment. Combining a critical poststructuralist approach (critical disability studies, critical policy analysis), decision-making on (dis)enrollment was contextualized within the current policy ecology. This policy ecology was framed as an historical development of policies regarding preschool for children with and without disabilities in a marketplace shaped by the ...


Experience Of The Neophyte Science Teachers: Through Their Eyes, David Thornton Jul 2017

Experience Of The Neophyte Science Teachers: Through Their Eyes, David Thornton

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A variety of lenses were used to examine the world of the novice science teacher. A degree of agency was provided by looking through the eyes of the beginning teacher. Previous studies focused on researcher or program’s orientation, the successes of various educator preparation programs, or were limited in scope to elementary teachers of science. This study was conducted to better understand and appreciate the high school novice science teacher’s view of science, teaching, and teaching science in the today’s contextual setting. Experiences encountered during the initial year of teaching high school science and as perceived by ...


Restorative Practices In One Pacific Northwest Middle School: A Case Study Of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives And Experiences, Erin B. Shepherd Jan 2017

Restorative Practices In One Pacific Northwest Middle School: A Case Study Of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives And Experiences, Erin B. Shepherd

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore restorative justice practices in one Pacific Northwest Middle School. The specific restorative practices used as well as staff and student experiences and perceptions explored. Data were collected from teacher surveys (n=22), staff interviews (n=6), student interviews (n=3), restorative circle observations (3 sessions) and a document analysis. Results included descriptions of seven distinct restorative practices as well as an in-depth account of a whole-class dialogue circle. Staff perspectives indicated the challenges, benefits, and recommendations for RJ implementation as well as key student viewpoints and experiences on the transformative ...


A Game-Based Design Studio: An Exploration Of An Interior Design Studio Environment For Implementing Game-Based Learning, Zina Alaswad Jan 2017

A Game-Based Design Studio: An Exploration Of An Interior Design Studio Environment For Implementing Game-Based Learning, Zina Alaswad

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The design studio is an active, participatory, and experimental learning environment. Since the 19th century, the studio has been a place for learning through doing with a community of peers seeking knowledge, skills, and a space for unleashing creativity. The advancement in teaching and learning has shown to address a variety of instructional issues in a variety of fields using digital technology and innovative pedagogies. The design studio, despite its many affordances, has been criticized over the past decade for multiple reasons. This three-article dissertation focuses on using the game-based learning (GBL) pedagogy to address three instructional issues in interior ...


At The Intersection Of Space, Place, And Experience: An Ethnographic Case Study Of Affordances In Architectural Design 1, Melissa Leigh Rands Jan 2017

At The Intersection Of Space, Place, And Experience: An Ethnographic Case Study Of Affordances In Architectural Design 1, Melissa Leigh Rands

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This ethnographic case study explored the learning environment of a studio design course to describe how interactions in the studio environment shape students’ understandings and behaviors as they learn the fundamental elements of design and architectural practice. The purpose of the study was to understand the role of the studio environment in supporting students’ architectural knowledge and identity and provide insight into how individual-environment interactions shape how students make meaning of their learning experiences. I spent a semester as a participant-observer in a beginning architecture course at a large, public university, and gathered data through approximately 106 hours of studio ...


New Reverse Transfer: A Case Study Analysis Of Implementation Between A Community College And A Four-Year Institution, Sarah Lynn Wilson Jan 2015

New Reverse Transfer: A Case Study Analysis Of Implementation Between A Community College And A Four-Year Institution, Sarah Lynn Wilson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The new reverse transfer has emerged in recent years as an innovative pathway for degree completion. The term, once used to refer to students who transferred to a community college from a four-year institution, has undergone a contextual change (Hagedorn & Castro, 1999; Townsend & Dever, 1999; Yang, 2006). The term today has a new application and references a different pathway, which refers to students who transfer credits from a community college to a four-year institution and retroactively earn a two-year degree with their newly earned four-year college credits (Bragg, Cullen, Bennett, & Rudd, 2011; Friedel & Wilson, 2015; Marling, 2012). The reverse transfer pathway has emerged as community colleges pursue innovative ...


Emerging Issues In The U.S. Corn Belt: Infection Of Corn By Clavibacter Michiganensis Subsp. Nebraskensis And Use Of Foliar Fungicides To Protect Yield, Salome Mallowa Obura Jan 2015

Emerging Issues In The U.S. Corn Belt: Infection Of Corn By Clavibacter Michiganensis Subsp. Nebraskensis And Use Of Foliar Fungicides To Protect Yield, Salome Mallowa Obura

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Currently two major issues pertaining to disease management in corn production in the US Corn Belt are the spread of Goss's wilt and leaf blight caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis (Cmn), and the use of foliar fungicides on corn for `plant health' benefits. This dissertation presents data regarding infection of corn by Cmn, and fungicide effects on disease management and yield.

Greenhouse and laboratory research was undertaken to determine if infection of corn by Cmn may occur without severe wounding, such as that caused by hail, sand blasting or wind damage. Corn plants with no obvious wounding were ...


Curriculum Gatekeeping In Global Education: Global Educators' Perspectives, Robert Wayne Bailey Jan 2013

Curriculum Gatekeeping In Global Education: Global Educators' Perspectives, Robert Wayne Bailey

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Teaching social studies from a global perspective has been resisted by many since its inception (Kirkwood, 2009). Critics have labeled the theory anti-American and unpatriotic (Schlafly, 1986; Burack, 2001). Others are concerned with its shifting perspectives and apparent lack of core facts (Finn, 1988). Over time, some critics have changed their stance on global teaching and now endorse the idea (Ravitch, 2010). This qualitative case study sought to identify the barriers seven self-proclaimed global educators faced while teaching global themes and to identify the effective gatekeeping strategies for circumventing such obstacles. The goal was to provide a rich, compelling account ...


Connective Capacity: The Importance And Influence Of Dispositions In Special Education Teacher Education, Scot Mcgregor Rademaker Jan 2013

Connective Capacity: The Importance And Influence Of Dispositions In Special Education Teacher Education, Scot Mcgregor Rademaker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Dispositions are a difficult construct to define and assess within teacher education. The problem lies in the relative ambiguity of the term and the subjective manner in which it is applied to the assessment of the performance of preprofessional teachers. Additionally, because certain accreditation institutes including the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) require that dispositions be measured as part of a teacher's professional development, the issues of how dispositions are constructed and gauged becomes an essential part of the foundation related to understanding the effectiveness of teacher education programs. The fact that much of the ...


A Case Study Of Adolescent Females' Perceptions Of Identity In An After-School Book Club, Holly Atkins Jan 2011

A Case Study Of Adolescent Females' Perceptions Of Identity In An After-School Book Club, Holly Atkins

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Abstract

Reading is a perennial educational hot topic - but now extends for beyond early literacy to the secondary level. Reading researchers are growing in our knowledge of how to reach and teach struggling adolescent readers yet too often success in literacy is measured solely by performance on standardized tests. Literacy is seen on one hand as a one-dimensional set of skills students need to possess to be successful in school and their future workplaces. A more expansive view of the importance of literacy and what it means to adolescent females' growth as individuals and members of communities is needed.

This ...


Iowa Career And Technical Education: A Case Study Of Secondary And Postsecondary Collaboration On Programs Of Study And Technical Skill Attainment Assessment, Jennifer Lynn Foster Jan 2010

Iowa Career And Technical Education: A Case Study Of Secondary And Postsecondary Collaboration On Programs Of Study And Technical Skill Attainment Assessment, Jennifer Lynn Foster

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this case study was to describe how one regional team addressed, implemented, and managed POS/TSA. Utilizing McGregor's theories of management, Kelman's social influence theory, and Weick's small wins as the guiding framework for this study, three themes emerged which described participants' views about POS/TSA: absence of regional team in POS Model development and implementation, building a culture of collaboration, and cultivating collaborative relationships. Implications for secondary districts, community colleges, and state education departments include asking questions before joining collaborative ventures, consideration of institutional cultural differences when choosing collaborative partners, and supporting mandates ...


Impact Of High-School Reform Initiatives Using The Pygmalion Effect, Kimberly K. Buryanek Jan 2010

Impact Of High-School Reform Initiatives Using The Pygmalion Effect, Kimberly K. Buryanek

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In 2006, a 9th-period program and an A, B, C, Incomplete grading policy were implemented as high school reform initiatives in a rural high school in the Midwest. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine how teachers interpreted the effect of the A, B, C, Incomplete grading policy and the 9th period reform initiatives at the school where the reform initiatives were implemented. Understanding the effects of the reform initiatives from the teachers' perspectives should help others develop and implement similar reform initiatives.

This study was guided by high school reform research and Pygmalion effect motivation theory ...