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Iowa State University

1999

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Educational And Occupational Aspirations Of Rural High School Seniors In The Private And Public Schools In Northwest Iowa , Duane Harold Bajema Jan 1999

Educational And Occupational Aspirations Of Rural High School Seniors In The Private And Public Schools In Northwest Iowa , Duane Harold Bajema

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Research has suggested that rural youth have lower educational and occupational aspirations than their nonrural counterparts, and they may experience barriers to educational and occupational attainment. Discrepancies and barriers that may exist have implications for educational policy and educational planning;Seventeen rural high schools in northwest Iowa were examined; thirteen public and four private schools. Rural high school students were studied to examine their perceptions concerning potential educational and occupational barriers. Student characteristics and qualities were examined based on where the student lived and the type of school they attended. Students who had been involved in the agricultural curricula in ...


A Comparison Of The Effects Of Using Interactive Www Simulations Versus Hands-On Activities On The Conceptual Understanding And Attitudes Of Introductory Statistics Students , Barbara Dombroski Barnet Jan 1999

A Comparison Of The Effects Of Using Interactive Www Simulations Versus Hands-On Activities On The Conceptual Understanding And Attitudes Of Introductory Statistics Students , Barbara Dombroski Barnet

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Researchers have found that students learn better and retain more if the students are engaged in activities that require thinking and processing information, rather than passive learning. With increasingly easy access to computers and with several notable statisticians calling for greater computer use in statistics courses, it makes sense for some of these activities to be computer based. Currently, several World Wide Web (WWW) sites provide Java simulations covering statistical topics, which may be used in statistics courses. The present study investigates whether WWW simulations lead to improved understanding of statistical concepts in comparison to hands-on activities and also what ...


The Development Of A Computerized Version Of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test And The Effect Of Visuo-Spatial Working Memory Loading , Shawn Driftmier Strong Jan 1999

The Development Of A Computerized Version Of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test And The Effect Of Visuo-Spatial Working Memory Loading , Shawn Driftmier Strong

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation focused on the generation and evaluation of web-based versions of Vandenberg's Mental Rotation Test. Memory and spatial visualization theory were explored in relation to the addition of a visuo-spatial working memory component;Analysis of the data determined that there was a significant difference between scores on the MRT Computer and MRT Memory test. The addition of a visuo-spatial working memory component did significantly affect results at the .05 alpha level. Reliability and discrimination estimates were higher on the MRT Memory version. The computerization of the paper and pencil version on the MRT did not significantly effect scores ...


Predicting College Of Agriculture Professors' Adoption Of Computers And Distance Education Technologies For Self-Education And Teaching At The University Of Guadalajara, Mexico , Ana Ramírez Carr Jan 1999

Predicting College Of Agriculture Professors' Adoption Of Computers And Distance Education Technologies For Self-Education And Teaching At The University Of Guadalajara, Mexico , Ana Ramírez Carr

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This descriptive and associational study investigated whether personal and institutional characteristics of professors in the College of Agriculture in Guadalajara, Mexico, were related to the use of computers for traditional teaching, and for distance learning and teaching. These characteristics included: interest, attitudes, self-efficacy levels, uses, need for support for faculty development opportunities, and availability of equipment and communications. By using multiple regression and discriminant analysis a series of predictors were identified;Among the findings it was identified that, in general, professors were highly interested in the use of technology in teaching, and held a positive attitude toward the use of ...


Social Information Processing In Children: Sequential Relations And Syndrome Specificity , Timi Dee Friederichs Jordison Jan 1999

Social Information Processing In Children: Sequential Relations And Syndrome Specificity , Timi Dee Friederichs Jordison

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined social information processing as a function of level of depression, anxiety, aggression and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Multiple informants were used to identify symptoms of depression, anxiety, aggression and ADHD in 141 fifth grade children in an Iowa middle school. 91 of these students were randomly selected to be interviewed with an instrument consisting of six vignettes depicting social situations relevant to this age group. Four stages of social information processing were studied: (a) interpretation of cues, (b) goal clarification (i.e., goal generation and evaluation), (c) response generation and (d) response evaluation. The ...


Perceptions Of Urban Agriculture Education Stakeholders Toward Curriculum , Donn Harry Russell Jan 1999

Perceptions Of Urban Agriculture Education Stakeholders Toward Curriculum , Donn Harry Russell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to focus on the perceptions of urban agriculture education stakeholders toward curriculum issues and curriculum content of urban agriculture education programs. The study sought to determine the importance of program linkages in urban agriculture education programs. The study will recommend a curriculum design model to enhance the development of urban agriculture education programs;This was a quantitative research study using descriptive survey methodology to describe curriculum and issues in urban agriculture education. The study also predicts "what will be" giving it the potential to be more useful to urban agriculture education stakeholders;Data were ...


Perceptions Of The Feasibility Of Total Quality Management Theories And Methodologies In The Vocational Training System Of Taiwan, Republic Of China , Hsi-Kong Chin Wang Jan 1999

Perceptions Of The Feasibility Of Total Quality Management Theories And Methodologies In The Vocational Training System Of Taiwan, Republic Of China , Hsi-Kong Chin Wang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The major purpose of this study was to design an instrument to measure the feasibility of implementing TQM (Total Quality Management) theories and methodologies in the vocational training system in Taiwan, R.O.C. as perceived by the instructors at the vocational training centers (VTCs) and the leaders of companies which have sent their employees to VTCs. Specifically, the goals of this study were to identify the degree of importance of teaching an established core body of knowledge in TQM concepts and skills to trainees, to find the level of preference for potential learning opportunities to improve instructors' knowledge of ...


Federal Indian Policy And The St Francis Mission School On Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota: 1886-1908 , Karla Lee Ekquist Jan 1999

Federal Indian Policy And The St Francis Mission School On Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota: 1886-1908 , Karla Lee Ekquist

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Contrary to popular white opinion of the nineteenth century, the Lakota, and other, native peoples, had a strong and effective culture. Their culture included a well developed system for educating their children and passing on essential knowledge and skills long before contact with whites. By the nineteenth century, white perceptions of the Indians, as possessing an inferior and primitive culture, led to a push for the assimilation of Indian populations into the dominant white culture;The institution seized upon to effect assimilation was the white, or European, style school. The government relied on religious organizations to run these Indian schools ...


Vocabulary Size And Gpa For Non-Native Speakers Of English, Dann Eric Nebbe Jan 1999

Vocabulary Size And Gpa For Non-Native Speakers Of English, Dann Eric Nebbe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examines the relationship between knowledge of academic vocabulary relevant to an American university setting and academic success as measured by grade point average (GPA) of undergraduates who were non-native speakers of English at an university in the United States. To study this relationship, this study addresses issues in developing a list of vocabulary items relevant to undergraduate study in the United States; developing, administering and scoring an appropriate test of vocabulary size; and interpreting the results of the test. The study also addresses the reliability of a checkbox test, the usefulness of common word families is estimating vocabulary ...