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Exploring How Second-Career Teachers Construct A New Professional Identity: A Narrative Inquiry Study, Bethany Pflug Jul 2020

Exploring How Second-Career Teachers Construct A New Professional Identity: A Narrative Inquiry Study, Bethany Pflug

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative, narrative inquiry explored how second-career teachers constructed their new professional identity as a teacher. Through personal, in-depth interviews, the study analyzed how each participant constructed their professional identity. Four common themes were found among the participants in how they constructed their professional identity: professional identity shaped by identity as a parent, professional identity as shaped by personal identity, professional identity as shaped by prior professional skills and experiences, and professional identity as shaped by social context. In addition to these themes, each participant had unique ways in which they constructed their professional identity as at teacher which did ...


Understanding Hispanic Women's Emotional And Social Presence Experiences: Case Studies Of Three Undergraduate Online Learners, Angel Krause Jul 2020

Understanding Hispanic Women's Emotional And Social Presence Experiences: Case Studies Of Three Undergraduate Online Learners, Angel Krause

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The purpose of this study was to describe how Hispanic women experience emotional and social presence in a fully-online program, as described within the Community of Inquiry framework. It focused on how participants articulated what it felt like to be their real selves during online learning experiences. This multiple case study consisted of a series of two individual interviews with three participants. The first phase of data analysis consisted of observational and theoretical memos, which focused on how participants described their emotional and social presence related to curriculum content, structure, or format. This was followed by a within-case and cross-case ...


Job Satisfaction Among Faculty Members At Cccu Institutions, Heather C. Vaccaro Jun 2020

Job Satisfaction Among Faculty Members At Cccu Institutions, Heather C. Vaccaro

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The purpose of this research study was to determine whether any significant differences existed between generational cohorts, gender and employment status, and reported levels of job satisfaction among faculty at institutions within the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). This study aimed to influence institutional objectives and values to make any necessary adjustments in the attraction and retention of faculty members. The Academic Setting Evaluation Questionnaire (ASEQ) was used to survey participants. The data suggested factors that impact job satisfaction among faculty members within CCCU institutions are not those related to generational cohort, gender, or employment status. This study ...


When's The Payoff?: A Narrative Inquiry Into Adjunct Faculty Experiences, Tiffany Sarkisian May 2020

When's The Payoff?: A Narrative Inquiry Into Adjunct Faculty Experiences, Tiffany Sarkisian

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This narrative inquiry sought to understand how adjunct faculty negotiated professorial identity and institutional belongingness after failed tenure-track interview processes when those same adjunct faculty continue to teach on that same campus or within that same district that did not offer them a tenure-track position. Two adjuncts teaching within a multi-campus California community college district shared their verbal stories as a means to further understand their experiences related to the research questions. Their narratives suggested that (1) the phase in their career and how the tenure-track experience was framed, impacted their professorial identity and (2) reflecting on various college professional ...


The Relationship Between Social Science Majors' Quantitative-Course Experience And Their Quantitative Anxiety, Kelly Mcintyre Apr 2020

The Relationship Between Social Science Majors' Quantitative-Course Experience And Their Quantitative Anxiety, Kelly Mcintyre

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This study examined the relationship between quantitative anxiety, specifically mathematics anxiety and statistics anxiety, and quantitative-course experience with gender. Social science majors from two universities were offered the opportunity to complete an online survey. Twentyone undergraduates responded. The survey contained demographic questions, 25 items from the Revised-Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale, and 24 items from the Statistical Anxiety Scale. Data from the surveys were analyzed using linear regression and multiple regression. Data showed all students had some level of mathematics test anxiety and statistics class test anxiety. There were some students with no anxiety in the other anxiety subscales. Data from ...


"Some Days We Don't Learn Anything New": A Phenomenological Study Of Intellectually Gifted Elementary Students, Frank Luzaich Apr 2020

"Some Days We Don't Learn Anything New": A Phenomenological Study Of Intellectually Gifted Elementary Students, Frank Luzaich

Doctor of Education (EdD)

With accountability pressures to help all students reach grade-level proficiency, the needs of gifted students may be neglected. This qualitative phenomenological study explores the nature of intellectually gifted students in a suburban elementary setting in the Pacific Northwest. After several close observations with six participants in grades 2-5, semi-structured conversational interviews revealed recurring feelings of frustration, constraint, and missed opportunities in classrooms. Participants claimed that school was not challenging and they did not learn much. When classroom life did not provide intellectual stimulation, gifted students often engaged in reading. The voices of intellectually gifted students show how they experience life ...


A Case Study Of Christian School Parents Who Work In Public Schools, Timothy C. Lehman Apr 2020

A Case Study Of Christian School Parents Who Work In Public Schools, Timothy C. Lehman

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This case study investigated factors parents consider when choosing Christian schools for their children and how they made sense of their decision. Participants were northern Indiana public school employees who enrolled at least one child in an evangelical Christian School. In individual interviews participants were asked to reflect on their process of school choice decision making. The researcher used in-vivo and values coding to determine that the primary factors pushing participants away from public schooling are, (a) lack of individual attention, (b) low confidence in staff, (c) low academic rigor, (d) lack of Christian values, and (e) feeling unsafe. Primary ...


The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, And English Learner Status In Predicting Student Placement With An Individual Education Plan During The Third Through Eighth Grades, John Burch Apr 2020

The Impact Of Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, And English Learner Status In Predicting Student Placement With An Individual Education Plan During The Third Through Eighth Grades, John Burch

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This study analyzed the predictive validity of certain demographic indicators and academic achievement assessments in determining designation of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Specifically, the study examined the predictive validity of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, English Learner (EL) status, gender, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) in English/language arts and the SBAC in mathematics as predictors of student designation with an IEP. This study used secondary data from the 2017-2018 school year from a large, urban California school district. Binomial logistic regression was used to analyze the secondary data. The analysis found a statistically significant impact of ...


The Lost Boys: A Phenomenological Study Of Freshmen Year Failure, Holly Miele Apr 2020

The Lost Boys: A Phenomenological Study Of Freshmen Year Failure, Holly Miele

Doctor of Education (EdD)

In educational circles and beyond, there is increased concern for young men who are deemed underperforming in schools. This concern has been persistent for years, and has led to many studies exploring the growing academic divide between young men and women. Few have endeavored to investigate this phenomenon by studying young men’s experiences. Using Eccles’ Value-Expectancy (2000) framework as a guide, this phenomenological study explored the lived-experience of six young men who failed courses during their freshman year of high school. The aim of this study was to investigate the intersection of stereotypes, expectations, and perceptions within the context ...


Christian Higher Education Faculty's Perceptions Of Occupational Stress, Job Demands, And Job Resources As Predictors Of Job Burnout, Michelle E. Shelton Apr 2020

Christian Higher Education Faculty's Perceptions Of Occupational Stress, Job Demands, And Job Resources As Predictors Of Job Burnout, Michelle E. Shelton

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which faculty perceptions of occupational stress, job demands, and job resources are predictors of job burnout for faculty at Christian universities, specifically at CCCU institutions. The desire was to gain an awareness of these variables as they relate to the well-being of Christian higher education faculty. The hope was that administrators and leaders in academe will consider making changes to provide an environment that is more supportive of faculty. This research study could help administrators and leaders at universities to take a critical look at what is being asked ...


The Association Between Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Motivation And The Implementation Of Project-Based Learning (Pbl) Teaching Methods, John Spencer Apr 2020

The Association Between Teacher Self-Efficacy, Teacher Motivation And The Implementation Of Project-Based Learning (Pbl) Teaching Methods, John Spencer

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This exploratory study analyzed the association between teacher self-efficacy, teacher motivation, and the implementation of project-based learning teaching methods. In addition, the study also analyzed the association between teacher self-efficacy, teacher motivation, and project-based learning methods with demographic variables and school context variables. The survey study used two items from the Ravitz 2008 PBL survey, the Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES), and the Work Tasks Management Scale for Teachers (WTMST). Moderate to significant correlations were found between the teacher implementation of PBL methods and teacher efficacy in instructional strategies. Strong correlations were identified between teacher efficacy in classroom management ...


A Critical Phenomenological Study Of Female Asian American Leadership In Higher Education, Jenny L. Elsey Mar 2020

A Critical Phenomenological Study Of Female Asian American Leadership In Higher Education, Jenny L. Elsey

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This phenomenological study used a critical approach to explore the lived experiences of five female Asian American administrators who lead at predominately White institutions of higher education. Given the lack of female Asian American representation in senior-level positions across college and university campuses, the study aimed to understand how participants made meaning of their leadership experiences and what factors they viewed as important to their success. Participants indicated a strong desire to tell their stories. Four major findings surfaced in the analysis of data: (a) participants were trailblazers in their respective positions; (b) participants experienced a tension between wanting to ...


A Cross-Study Exploration Of Experiences Of Induction Level Teachers Identified As Teacher Leaders, Elaine Tinholt Jan 2020

A Cross-Study Exploration Of Experiences Of Induction Level Teachers Identified As Teacher Leaders, Elaine Tinholt

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Developing classroom teachers to become leaders within their school environments is an initiative which is gaining momentum nationally. Leadership from teachers is critical to a school’s success due to their knowledge concerning the learning environment and the students they serve. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of early career teachers identified as teacher leaders. Data was collected through personal interviews with three early career teachers who had been identified as teacher leaders by either colleagues or administrators. The data analysis revealed the following themes: (a) new teacher leaders do not always see themselves as ...


An Examination Of Oregon Department Of Education's Implementation Processes And Practices, Beth Maruka Wigham Dec 2019

An Examination Of Oregon Department Of Education's Implementation Processes And Practices, Beth Maruka Wigham

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The purpose of this study was to examine state-level implementation practices and processes of current initiatives or programs through personal interviews with implementation managers at the Oregon Department of Education. This study used a qualitative research design for gathering individual perspectives on their effective and ineffective processes and practices for implementation and identified commonalities across implementation managers and departments. This study answered three research questions: (1) What are the practices and processes described by implementation managers in this study as effective for the implementation of their initiative or program?; (2) How are implementation elements conceptualized, enacted, and measured by implementation ...


A Multiple-Case Study Of Chinese Student Teachers' Micropolitical Literacy In Teaching Practicum Conflicts In Chinese Contexts, Huiyin Li Nov 2019

A Multiple-Case Study Of Chinese Student Teachers' Micropolitical Literacy In Teaching Practicum Conflicts In Chinese Contexts, Huiyin Li

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the micropolitical literacy of four former Chinese English Foreign Language (EFL) student teachers in handling conflicts during their practicum in Chinese urban practicum schools. Each participant graduated from an EFL teacher education program after their completion of practicum and worked as a school English teacher. The researcher sought to investigate the participants’ conflict experiences and how they made sense of and responded to the micropolitics of their practicum. This study utilized in-depth personal interviews to explore former student teachers’ practicum conflict experiences. Four major themes were identified in the analysis ...


Examining The Help Seeking Experiences Of Youth In Extended Care: A Narrative Ethnography Study, Sarah M. Pennington Jul 2019

Examining The Help Seeking Experiences Of Youth In Extended Care: A Narrative Ethnography Study, Sarah M. Pennington

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This narrative ethnographic study examined the help-seeking experiences of foster youth as they transitioned into adulthood in extended care. The purpose of the study was to understand whether foster youth in extended care report a period of continued support which assisted in the development of their adult roles, relationships, and the knowledge and skills to become productive and satisfied adults. Survivalist Self-Reliance (Samuels & Pryce, 2008) asserts foster youth viewed their adult identities as grounded in independence and standing on their own, or are foster youth influenced by the relationships and the network of support embedded in the extended-care network which aligns to the assumptions of Relational Cultural Theory (Jordan, 2017). Themes identified during the analysis process included: (a) Youth felt responsible for their own development and safety while also disconnecting from the people in their lives; (b) Participant’s lack of trust in others led to difficulty asking for help and balancing life’s challenges; and (c) A lack of growth-fostering relationships. Implications from this study suggested opting into extended care provided the ...


Student Perceptions On A Virtual Credit Recovery Program, Max O. Sigander May 2019

Student Perceptions On A Virtual Credit Recovery Program, Max O. Sigander

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative study examined the perceptions and lived experiences of four successful online credit recovery students in a rural high school in northwestern Oregon. Each of the students had failed at least one high school course in a traditional face-to-face setting and subsequently enrolled in and passed at least one equivalent course in an online credit recovery environment. Personal interviews were utilized to document the students’ perspectives concerning their sense of community belongingness, motivation, and the effectiveness of their online credit recovery course design and delivery.

The analysis of the data identified five main themes: (a) an in-person teacher/facilitator ...


Exploring High School Seniors' Lived Experience Of Teacher Empathy: A Phenomenological Study, Danielle Bryant May 2019

Exploring High School Seniors' Lived Experience Of Teacher Empathy: A Phenomenological Study, Danielle Bryant

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative phenomenological study sought to explore the lived experiences of four high school seniors. Through the utilization of personal interviews, students offered their unique perspectives on the phenomenon of empathy and specifically empathy from a teacher. The study used questions inviting a retrospective analysis of students’ K-12 experience, and students’ stories provided rich details on the times they felt empathy from teachers. Three significant themes were identified through content analysis in this study and are known as The Trajectory of Empathy. These three themes were : (a) Creation of Personal Connection: teachers used a combination of humor, initiating conversations, personal ...


Healthy Life Choice: Using The School-Based Program To Facilitate Change, Jennifer Shaheed May 2019

Healthy Life Choice: Using The School-Based Program To Facilitate Change, Jennifer Shaheed

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Research highlights the multiple determinants of weight including poverty, nutrition, and physical activity (Miguel-Berges, 2018). Children and adolescents living in rural areas are at greater risk than their urban counterparts. Regarding physical activity, there are often fewer recreational resources and the high poverty rate precludes transportation or additional fees associated with many extracurricular activities. In response to this problem, research has shown the educational environment is a point of access to reinforce health education and behavior. One evidenced-based program showing significant outcome in improving health behavior is the Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC) which is designed to be delivered in an ...


Homeless Students In Rural Oregon: A Narrative Ethnographic Study, Sherri Sinicki Apr 2019

Homeless Students In Rural Oregon: A Narrative Ethnographic Study, Sherri Sinicki

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative study explores the experiences of a little understood marginalized segment of the American population. Using a narrative ethnographic approach, I examined the perceptions and experiences of a small sample of youth ages 18-24 in rural Oregon who experienced high school while homeless. I conducted personal interviews to explore the perceived needs of homeless youth as identified by the participants and document what they consider as the predominant misconceptions surrounding their circumstances. The data analysis documented four prevailing themes common to the participants’ experience with homelessness while high school students: 1) the challenge presented by being a homeless high ...


Art Student Perspectives Of Activist Art: A Phenomenological Study, Charity-Mika Woodard Apr 2019

Art Student Perspectives Of Activist Art: A Phenomenological Study, Charity-Mika Woodard

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the lived experience of seven undergraduate art students who created an original piece of Activist Art through a class assignment.

The researcher sought to hear participants’ stories and examine the artwork created to give meaning to their experience. The overwhelming response showed that undergraduate students wanted to tell their stories and looked inward to find personally powerful and relevant causes that they wanted to share with their classmates, and, in creating a lasting piece of artwork, with the world. The implications of this work suggest that art programs set up in ...


The Influence Of A School-Based Health Center On Students And Teachers' Classroom Experiences: Stories Teachers Tell, Joseph D. Bridgeman Apr 2019

The Influence Of A School-Based Health Center On Students And Teachers' Classroom Experiences: Stories Teachers Tell, Joseph D. Bridgeman

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This narrative qualitative study endeavored to learn from teachers’ stories regarding the significance of a school-based health center. This study took place at North High School (pseudonym), an urban high school within a large metropolitan school district in the Pacific Northwest. The study used a three-interview series to elicit stories about the school-based health center and students’ experiences with it. Several themes were evident across teachers’ stories: 1) the school-based health center made a notable difference in the typical markers of academic success, 2) students who previously did not have an adult they trusted changed significantly when they got established ...


An Exploration Of Schooling Perceptions Of Dual-Enrollment Students: A Qualitative Research Study, Helen Louise Milliorn-Feller Apr 2019

An Exploration Of Schooling Perceptions Of Dual-Enrollment Students: A Qualitative Research Study, Helen Louise Milliorn-Feller

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative study sought to discover two Mexican-American students’ perceptions of their experiences as dually-enrolled charter high school students. The study took place in the Central Valley of California at a dual-enrollment high school located on a community college campus. The participants in this study were in the tenth or eleventh grades at the time of the study, and each participant had experienced education in an outlying school district prior to attending the dual-enrollment high school. Additionally, at the time of the study, each of the participants had completed two or three college classes. For this study, the information gathered ...


Including Students With Emotional Disturbance: Teachers' Experiences, Kimberley Shearer Apr 2019

Including Students With Emotional Disturbance: Teachers' Experiences, Kimberley Shearer

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This phenomenological study explored three general educators’ experiences of including students with Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD) in the general education classroom. Given the challenges of including children with severe behaviors, the study aimed to understand what educational and behavioral practices teachers found useful as they strove to help students be successful. This study took place in a suburban school district with first-through-fourth grade elementary general education teachers who were perceived as being successful with students with EBD. This study used in-depth interviews to explore the teachers’ lived experiences around their efforts to include students with EBD, using descriptions, quotes, and ...


An Examination Of The Psychometric Properties Of The Mental Health Literacy Scale With K-12 Educators, Cassandra A. Kenney Mar 2019

An Examination Of The Psychometric Properties Of The Mental Health Literacy Scale With K-12 Educators, Cassandra A. Kenney

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The aim of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS) with K-12 educators, including the exploration of an education-modified version of the MHLS, and a between groups comparison of practicing educators. A tool that is reliable and easy to administer could help assess staff mental health literacy needs and guide district professional development. In this study, the MHLS was found to have several strong scales. The disorder recognition scale, information seeking knowledge scale, and the attitudes scale, which demonstrated better reliability and factorability when divided into two sub-scales, all demonstrated good to ...


The Predictive Validity Of Mathematics Curriculum-Based Measurement On Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Mathematics Scores, Lauren J. Merkel Mar 2019

The Predictive Validity Of Mathematics Curriculum-Based Measurement On Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Mathematics Scores, Lauren J. Merkel

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The purpose of this study was to examine the predicative validity of computation curriculumbased measurement (CBM) on mathematics Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium scores (SBAC). This study looked at one cohort consisting of 2,741 participants in third, fourth, and fifth grade during the 2017-2018 school year in one school district in Oregon. This study used a hierarchical multiple regression to examine the relationship between CBM and mathematics SBAC. Additionally, this study looked at the extent to which gender, ethnicity, special education status (SPED) and English language learner (ELL) status interacted with CBM scores to predict end-of-year mathematics SBAC scores. The ...


A Microethnographic Study Of Bilingual Teacher Candidates' Appropriation Of Translanguaging, Jessica Dougherty Feb 2019

A Microethnographic Study Of Bilingual Teacher Candidates' Appropriation Of Translanguaging, Jessica Dougherty

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Preparing bilingual teacher candidates is an important task for teacher preparation programs as bilingual education is a growing field. In order to become culturally and linguistically responsive teachers, bilingual teacher candidates need to acquire knowledge and skills of various bilingual approaches. Translanguaging is one approach that equips teacher candidates with a philosophical base and strategy set to meet the needs of bi/multilingual students. Translanguaging is a flexible approach that teacher candidates can incorporate into many ESOL and bilingual program models. This microethnographic study explored how bilingual teacher candidates’ appropriated translanguaging.

This research explored several issues: how bilingual teacher candidates ...


Exploring The Associations Among Self-Harm, Anxiety, And Suicidal Ideation In The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment Ii, Meagan Clark Jan 2019

Exploring The Associations Among Self-Harm, Anxiety, And Suicidal Ideation In The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment Ii, Meagan Clark

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The focus of this research was to explore self-harm, anxiety, anxiety’s impact on academic performance, and suicidal ideation in university student populations using secondary data from the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment II (ACHA NCHA II) survey. This research also explored these variables with the covariates graduate status, gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity. This secondary research included undergraduate and graduate students from 140 universities across the United States with 88,178 total responses. The universities self-selected to administer the ACHA NCHA II and the students in each university were randomly sampled. This study used ...


The Impact Of Freshmen On-Track Status, Absenteeism, And Associated Demographic Variables On Four-Year Graduation Attainment Within A Rural Community: A Predictive Validity Study, Joel Hoff Jan 2019

The Impact Of Freshmen On-Track Status, Absenteeism, And Associated Demographic Variables On Four-Year Graduation Attainment Within A Rural Community: A Predictive Validity Study, Joel Hoff

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This study analyzed the predictive validity of key dropout indicators at the freshmen year within a rural school district. Specifically, the study examined the predictive validity of the freshmen on-track indicator and freshmen absenteeism as predictors of four year, on-time graduation attainment. While most of the Early Warning System (EWS) research has taken place in large urban and suburban schools districts, this study used secondary data spanning four years from a small, rural school district. Additionally, the study sought to explore which student academic and behavior metrics had the greatest predictive validity for the rural student sample. Binomial logistic regression ...


Planning For Enrichment And Equity In Dual Language Education: A Study Of Eight Program Master Plans, Charles Merritt Nov 2018

Planning For Enrichment And Equity In Dual Language Education: A Study Of Eight Program Master Plans, Charles Merritt

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This qualitative study analyzed eight dual language master plans developed by school districts on the West Coast of the United States. Each of the plans represented one or more dual language programs within each school district. The purpose of the study was to determine how school districts express their priorities for dual language programming. Master plans were analyzed for their structure, rationales, and their intended impact on students and families. Through numerous coding passes, several themes revealed themselves related to proposed benefits to students in language, academics, and social-emotional growth. The findings of this study indicated an informal community of ...