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Let’S Get Growing: Exploring How Teachers Use Expository Texts In Gardening Lessons For K-1 Students, Lindsey Thomas May 2018

Let’S Get Growing: Exploring How Teachers Use Expository Texts In Gardening Lessons For K-1 Students, Lindsey Thomas

Honors Program Theses and Projects

In this research study, I explored how teachers bring expository texts into their lessons and find ways in which nonfiction children’s books are used in science lessons. This project had two goals: to research teachers’ use of expository texts in science lessons related to a garden project for students in kindergarten to first grade and to look at the most effective ways to incorporate Massachusetts standards of reading with science in the classroom. Throughout this honors thesis project, I created a book set of nonfiction texts relating to garden topics such as the parts of a plant and how ...


Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies To Reach All Students, Jennifer Rogerson May 2018

Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies To Reach All Students, Jennifer Rogerson

Honors Program Theses and Projects

Many elementary education teachers employ differentiated teaching strategies during reading instruction to ensure all students’ needs are being addressed, based on well-established evidence that not every child learns the same way. Differentiated instruction is not as simple as altering expectations or standards. In order to provide academically diverse learners an equal opportunity to access and demonstrate learning, changes need to be made in the instructional delivery method, assessment method, or both. By using differentiated instruction and employing various delivery methods and assessments, teachers can develop an inclusive classroom environment where students have opportunities to be successful regardless of their learning ...


Why Do You Want To Be A Teacher? Getting To The Bottom Of The Teacher Retention Problem, Jamie Macdonald May 2018

Why Do You Want To Be A Teacher? Getting To The Bottom Of The Teacher Retention Problem, Jamie Macdonald

Honors Program Theses and Projects

The basis of this research began with a very personal connection to the topic of teacher retention. As I began working in schools while progressing through my Elementary Education degree, I noticed an atmosphere that was not as positive and passionate as I had hoped it would be. I often found myself thinking, "Will I end up like this?" or "Why be a teacher if you don't enjoy it?" Shortly after, I attended a conference where I learned about current teacher retention problems in the United States. This piqued my interest further and I set out to study this ...


A Biomechanical Examination Of The Lower Extremities In High Heeled Shoes, Ann Sylvia May 2018

A Biomechanical Examination Of The Lower Extremities In High Heeled Shoes, Ann Sylvia

Honors Program Theses and Projects

Women have been wearing shoes of various heel heights for hundreds of years. However, the effects of wearing high-heeled shoes upon a woman’s gait has not been significantly studied. Recently, high heeled shoes along with their purpose and place in society has come under fire with the current First Lady’s donning of 4.5” (0.11 m) Louboutin stilettoes. The vocal majority of criticisms seemed to center on the symbolization of high heels, denoting femininity and an elite position of wealth and power while a small minority focused on criticizing the potential negative health effects. Heel heights and ...


A Portrait Of The Assessment Professional In The United States: Results From A National Survey, Mark C. Nicholas, Ruth C. Slotnick Apr 2018

A Portrait Of The Assessment Professional In The United States: Results From A National Survey, Mark C. Nicholas, Ruth C. Slotnick

Faculty, Administrator & Staff Articles

While the systematic assessment of student learning has been undertaken since the 1980s, scant research is available that outlines a profile of assessment professionals or the roles and responsibilities these individuals perform in institutions of higher education. This study presents the results of the Assessment Professional Survey (n=305). By examining the demographics, range of roles and responsibilities, types of methodological skills and the service contribution of these professionals, this study provides the first national portrait of the assessment professional.

Findings are valuable for (a) the field of assessment, as it represents the first systematic attempt to create a profile ...


Structured And Critical Intercultural Programming: Faculty And Staff Collaborate To Put Research Into Action, Emily Spitzman, Michael Waugh Jan 2018

Structured And Critical Intercultural Programming: Faculty And Staff Collaborate To Put Research Into Action, Emily Spitzman, Michael Waugh

Special Education Faculty Publications

This article describes the origin and curriculum of Identity Dialogues, a program which facilitates conversations about power and privilege among international and domestic students. It was developed as a result of findings from an ethnographic study of an unstructured conversation partner program at the same institution. The study found that power-laden issues were influencing the interactions and confirmed that intercultural competence development has to be actively facilitated (Bennett, 2009). Identity Dialogues sessions start with an examination of participants’ own cultural histories and then they are guided to analyze stereotypes and microaggressions. Finally, participants create action steps for fostering intercultural competence ...


Identifying Significant Components Of A Sexuality Education Program For Students With Severe Disabilities, Amanda Brennen Dec 2017

Identifying Significant Components Of A Sexuality Education Program For Students With Severe Disabilities, Amanda Brennen

Honors Program Theses and Projects

The body of knowledge in the field of sex education that has been modified for individuals with disabilities is currently lacking. There are currently no evidence based practices for sexuality education. The programs that currently exist are either not effective for the severe population or there is no research to support its use. However, people that are considered in the population of severe special education could benefit greatly from a sexuality program that is evidence based.

The researcher conducted a study to determine the topics that are common in the literature and that are important to teachers and their with ...


Preparing Today’S Middle School Science Students For The Real World Of Science Through Relevant And Inquiry-Based Activities, Hannah F. Walsh Dec 2017

Preparing Today’S Middle School Science Students For The Real World Of Science Through Relevant And Inquiry-Based Activities, Hannah F. Walsh

Honors Program Theses and Projects

During the past several decades we have seen an increase in the demand for individuals trained in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines (Rothwell, 2013). While this is this case, according to the Bureau of Labor, the United States will see a shortage of STEM workers over the next decade, with the demand for highly trained STEM workers exceeding the minimal supply (Rothwell, 2013). In a study of bachelor and associate students in the academic year of 2003 and 2004, only 28% of bachelor students and 20% of associate students entered STEM fields (Chen & Soldner, 2013). This study took ...


“I Didn’T Think Students Like Me Got Opportunities Like This”: Using The Rsd Framework To Address Equity Gaps In Undergraduate Research, Jenny Olin Shanahan Dec 2017

“I Didn’T Think Students Like Me Got Opportunities Like This”: Using The Rsd Framework To Address Equity Gaps In Undergraduate Research, Jenny Olin Shanahan

Faculty, Administrator & Staff Conference Proceedings

The benefits of participating in undergraduate research (UR) are most pronounced for students from traditionally underserved groups (underrepresented minority, Aboriginal, low-income, and/or first-generation students), yet access to UR in many parts of the world favors economically advantaged students with family legacies of higher education. Scaffolding research throughout required components of the curriculum is key to addressing those equity gaps. A professional development workshop with the goal of broadening access to UR was offered at eight diverse universities and three national conferences in the United States. Participants were introduced to the Research Skill Development (RSD) Framework as a means of ...


Oral Language Interactions Between Students And Teachers In One-Way And Two-Way Immersion Programs, Kristin Arnold May 2017

Oral Language Interactions Between Students And Teachers In One-Way And Two-Way Immersion Programs, Kristin Arnold

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


The Whole World In Your Hands: An Exploration Of The Benefits Diverse Literature Has On Students, Emily Wiegand May 2017

The Whole World In Your Hands: An Exploration Of The Benefits Diverse Literature Has On Students, Emily Wiegand

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


An Archival Study Of Grammar Instruction: Looking To The Past For Future Best Practices In Writing Instruction, Hannah Patriquin May 2017

An Archival Study Of Grammar Instruction: Looking To The Past For Future Best Practices In Writing Instruction, Hannah Patriquin

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


The Influence Of The Renaissance On Current Teaching Methods, Marissa Balsamo May 2017

The Influence Of The Renaissance On Current Teaching Methods, Marissa Balsamo

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


The Effect Of Both Per Pupil And Science Expenditure On Fifth Grade Science Mcas Scores In Three School Districts In Massachusetts, Kaitlin Kummer May 2017

The Effect Of Both Per Pupil And Science Expenditure On Fifth Grade Science Mcas Scores In Three School Districts In Massachusetts, Kaitlin Kummer

Honors Program Theses and Projects

In this research study, I focused on the correlation between per pupil expenditures of three school systems - a low funded suburban school, a moderately funded suburban school, and a well-funded urban school - and the scores students received on their fifth grade state standardized test for science (MCAS). These three school systems have different demographics, and varying levels of both state aid and average family income. As a result, each school system spends different amounts on their science programs and on each individual student’s education for the school year. Previous research has found that school size and per pupil expenditure ...


Cracking The Code: Redefining Text Complexity, Complicating Reading Pedagogy, Creating Lifelong Readers And Learners, Sarah Bruns May 2017

Cracking The Code: Redefining Text Complexity, Complicating Reading Pedagogy, Creating Lifelong Readers And Learners, Sarah Bruns

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


Students’ Attitudes Toward An Ipad Program In Teacher Education, Tracy Souza Charbonnier Apr 2017

Students’ Attitudes Toward An Ipad Program In Teacher Education, Tracy Souza Charbonnier

Faculty, Administrator & Staff Articles

A College of Education (CE) at a public university implemented an iPad policy four years ago requiring all juniors, seniors and graduate students to purchase an iPad. My focus was on students’ attitudes toward the requirement that they purchase and use iPads for their education courses and during student teaching. The research also included the students’ perception of any advantages and/or disadvantages the iPad offered in comparison to other technology. A qualitative survey and group interview were conducted to collect data from the students currently enrolled in their third and fourth year. The results showed students purchased the iPad ...


Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2016-2017, Office Of Institutional Research, Bridgewater State University Jan 2017

Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2016-2017, Office Of Institutional Research, Bridgewater State University

Factbook

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Required Peer-Cooperative Learning Improves Retention Of Stem Majors, Matthew Salomone, Thomas Kling Jan 2017

Required Peer-Cooperative Learning Improves Retention Of Stem Majors, Matthew Salomone, Thomas Kling

Faculty, Administrator & Staff Articles

Background: Peer-cooperative learning has been shown in the literature to improve student success in gateway science and mathematics courses. Such studies typically demonstrate the impact of students’ attending peer-led learning sessions on their learning or grades in an individual course. In this article, we examine the effects of introducing a required, comprehensive peer-cooperative learning system across five departments simultaneously at a master’s public university, looking not only at students’ success in supported classes, but also their retention within STEM fields two years hence. Combining institutional demographic data with students’ course grades and retention rates, we compare outcomes between 456 ...


Horses Helping Children Grow, Louise Graham, Allison Lindsey Jan 2017

Horses Helping Children Grow, Louise Graham, Allison Lindsey

Counselor Education Faculty Publications

A review of Animal-Assisted Therapy and related terms such as "Animal-Assisted Activities" is presented as an introduction to the exploration of additional equine applications with children. Animal-Assisted Therapy has been studied, but Animal-Assisted Activities with children facing normal developmental struggles has not received much attention. Definitions and research for various animal activities and therapies are reviewed. Subsequent focus will be on equines helping children via Animal-Assisted Activities to meet normal developmental challenges. Creating parallels using a horse is an avenue to working with children, aiding them in the process of introspection, self-monitoring, self-efficacy, self-esteem, metacognitions, and overcoming angst associated with ...


How Mood And Motivation Regulate Learning: The Neurobiological Perspective, Ahmed Abdelal May 2016

How Mood And Motivation Regulate Learning: The Neurobiological Perspective, Ahmed Abdelal

Special Education and Communication Disorders Faculty Publications

Abstract: This session will discuss the neurobiology of emotional states and motivation, how they modulate our neurocognitive functions, and how they determine learning outcomes. The session will also discuss how the motivational system works in individuals with and without learning disabilities, with a special emphasis on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The impact of stress, anxiety, and depression on the various phases of the learning process will be explained. The last segment of the session will provide evidence-based recommendations for maximizing internal motivation, emotional engagement, and learning outcomes.

Session Objectives: (1) Explain the basic neurobiology of emotions and motivation. (2 ...


Why The Brain Discriminates: Neurobiological Underpinnings Of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Ahmed Abdelal May 2016

Why The Brain Discriminates: Neurobiological Underpinnings Of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Ahmed Abdelal

Special Education and Communication Disorders Faculty Publications

Abstract: This session will focus on the neurobiology of ethnic and racial discrimination. It will discuss why and how the brain develops bias, prejudice, and discrimination. The session will explain the impact of discrimination on self-perception, mental health, cardiovascular health, academic achievement, behavior, and mortality. It will also provide evidence-based strategies for fostering diversity and uprooting discrimination. These strategies will involve cognitive restructuring and rationalization, raising awareness, empowering victims, effective management the classroom environment and academic content. Activities for engaging participants will be built into the session.

Session Objectives: (1) Explain the neurobiological underpinnings of ethnic/racial discrimination. (2) Describe ...


Exploring The First Encounters Of Native Americans And European Explorers/Settlers From Multiple Perspectives Through Critical Literacy Discussions In A Fifth-Grade Classroom, Kristen Merrill May 2016

Exploring The First Encounters Of Native Americans And European Explorers/Settlers From Multiple Perspectives Through Critical Literacy Discussions In A Fifth-Grade Classroom, Kristen Merrill

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


Your Story, Your History: Social Studies And History Instruction In A Nicaraguan Primary School, Nicole Akin May 2016

Your Story, Your History: Social Studies And History Instruction In A Nicaraguan Primary School, Nicole Akin

Honors Program Theses and Projects

In the latter half of the 20th century, the country of Nicaragua experienced major political upheaval, which not only affected political, social and economic policies, but education as a whole. Education has been a constant struggle in Nicaragua – this country is the second poorest in Latin America and has the highest dropout rate in Latin America with 52% of individuals leaving school before finishing their primary school education. The Sandinista movement rallied the country together and as a result helped to foster a rich culture and history of Nicaragua, which can be found in primary school social studies classes. This ...


Aligning Citylab Biotechnology Curriculum With Ngss Standards And Practices, Arianna Jefferson May 2016

Aligning Citylab Biotechnology Curriculum With Ngss Standards And Practices, Arianna Jefferson

Honors Program Theses and Projects

No abstract provided.


Making Math Happen: Exploring Math Ipad Games With Sixth Grade Students, Molly Bennett May 2016

Making Math Happen: Exploring Math Ipad Games With Sixth Grade Students, Molly Bennett

Honors Program Theses and Projects

Technology is a great resource for teachers. It can enhance lessons, activities, assessment and general functions of the classroom. The use of technology in education can be beneficial, but may present challenges for pre service and in service teachers. Integrating technology in the classroom is the foundation of teaching. However, research on iPad use in the classroom is quite limited. This qualitative research study took place at a K-8 school in Southeastern, Massachusetts. A study group of five sixth grade students was chosen by the classroom teacher. The teacher selected the students by looking at their standardized test scores, class ...


Core Assessment Project 2015, Results-Expanded, Office Of Assessment, Bridgewater State University Mar 2016

Core Assessment Project 2015, Results-Expanded, Office Of Assessment, Bridgewater State University

Core Assessment Project Reports and Publications

No abstract provided.


Core Assessment Project 2015, Results-Brief, Office Of Assessment, Bridgewater State University Mar 2016

Core Assessment Project 2015, Results-Brief, Office Of Assessment, Bridgewater State University

Core Assessment Project Reports and Publications

No abstract provided.


Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2015-2016, Office Of Institutional Research, Bridgewater State University Jan 2016

Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2015-2016, Office Of Institutional Research, Bridgewater State University

Factbook

No abstract provided.


Guide To The Massachusetts Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation And Dance Collection, 1935-Current, Lenora Robinson Jan 2016

Guide To The Massachusetts Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation And Dance Collection, 1935-Current, Lenora Robinson

Archives & Special Collections Finding Aids

The Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) is a non-profit organization for professionals and students dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles. The organization was in existence in 1935 as Massachusetts Society of the American Physical Education Association, before changing to the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and finally adding “Dance” to its name in 1983. MAHPERD is a division of the Eastern District Association of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America, a national organization started in 1885 as American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. AAHPERD became SHAPE America ...


Supporting The Success Of Students Of Color: Creating Racial Justice Through Student Activism, Judith Willison, Laura Boutwell, Sabrina Gentlewarrior, Thomas Kling, Kate Mclaren, Richardson Pierre-Louis, Colleen Rua, Marvin Ezhan, Jesse Barbosa, Gary Chow, Julian Millán Pérez, Brian Owusu, Jovan Taylor, Ye Chen, Ruby Lila De La Rosa, Danielle Marie Galstian, Frank Iaquinta, Michael Molyneaux, Tashima Point Du Jour, Jamaal Rodney-Bonnette, Marina Smoske, James Gouzias, Kasheida Hector Jan 2016

Supporting The Success Of Students Of Color: Creating Racial Justice Through Student Activism, Judith Willison, Laura Boutwell, Sabrina Gentlewarrior, Thomas Kling, Kate Mclaren, Richardson Pierre-Louis, Colleen Rua, Marvin Ezhan, Jesse Barbosa, Gary Chow, Julian Millán Pérez, Brian Owusu, Jovan Taylor, Ye Chen, Ruby Lila De La Rosa, Danielle Marie Galstian, Frank Iaquinta, Michael Molyneaux, Tashima Point Du Jour, Jamaal Rodney-Bonnette, Marina Smoske, James Gouzias, Kasheida Hector

Faculty, Administrator & Staff Articles

Despite the increased numbers of students of color in higher education, racial stratification is deeply entrenched in the university system (Carnevale & Strohl, 2013), and it is within these racialized systems of inequality that students of color seek academic excellence. This paper describes three student activism initiatives at Bridgewater State University focused on racial justice, in response to the non-indictments of white police officers lethal brutality toward men of color in New York and Missouri, and in the face of pervasive systemic racism. During the 2014-2015 academic year, students, in collaboration with employees, organized a Black Lives Matter event, an Acting ...