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Gender And An All-Girls Book Club: Navigating Conversation Centered On Gender With Fifth Grade Girls, Anna Haller Jan 2018

Gender And An All-Girls Book Club: Navigating Conversation Centered On Gender With Fifth Grade Girls, Anna Haller

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Today is a dynamic time for women and gender in general. More terminology and gender labels are introduced to society, popular culture has a larger representation of transgender and female leads, and in general differences are more visible to children. As educators, we must prepare to address conversations of gender and gender expression in the classroom. The data collected comes from a year of collaboration with the Strong Girls Read Strong Books book club, a qualitative research study created by Dr. Renita Schmidt and Dr. Amanda Haertling Thein. The Strong Girls group meets at a local elementary school on Friday ...


Incorporating Technology Into Analytical Chemistry, Neal Hausmann Jan 2018

Incorporating Technology Into Analytical Chemistry, Neal Hausmann

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

This research project looks at how technology is being utilized in Analytical Chemistry 1 and how can technology usage be improved. The study started out with a lesson that was designed for discussion sections during one week of the semester. The lesson contained how to derive fractional concentration equations and how to use Excel to enter equations and plot the data correctly. After every discussion section was administered the lesson, every student taking the class was given a survey that asked questions about how it went and how is the class currently going. The survey also had an example problem ...


English Language Education In Honduras: Opportunity, Adventure, Or Empire?, Kate Elizabeth Kedley May 2017

English Language Education In Honduras: Opportunity, Adventure, Or Empire?, Kate Elizabeth Kedley

Theses and Dissertations

Research suggests that teaching in international settings fosters professional growth and promotes tolerance for working in multicultural and linguistically diverse classrooms for U.S. teachers upon returning to the U.S. to work in schools. These studies portray teaching abroad as an unproblematic and neutral project, and narrowly focus on the benefit to the individual teacher during their temporary stay in a foreign country and when returning home to the U.S. Absent from these studies are two groups: 1) teachers from the U.S. who work in non-governmental organizations and private school settings abroad, but have no pedagogical training ...


Indonesian Public School Principals' Enactment Of Agency Within The Boundaries Set By Social Systems, Asih Asikin-Garmager May 2017

Indonesian Public School Principals' Enactment Of Agency Within The Boundaries Set By Social Systems, Asih Asikin-Garmager

Theses and Dissertations

Background: Indonesian schools are in the midst of implementing a new reform initiative, the 2013 Curriculum, mandated by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. The new curriculum requires a drastic change in instructional practices from the traditionally teacher-centered to student-centered instruction. As school leaders, principals play an important role in the implementation and enactment of the 2013 Curriculum in schools. This research explores the leadership practices of Indonesian school principals in facilitating the implementation of new reform policies and initiatives.

Purpose: The study served two purposes. The first was to examine Indonesian public school principals’ enactment of agency within ...


The Art Of Art Education, Kaylee Huber Jan 2017

The Art Of Art Education, Kaylee Huber

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Teaching is a career that can constantly be crafted through research and further education in order to ensure one’s students are reaching their full potential. Through this project I hoped to learn more about advocating for my students, discover what peer-reviewed research had already been conducted to promote the importance of art education and the transfer of skills into adulthood, and how to relay this externally to parents and community members. Technically, this project introduced new design skills necessary to expand my motion graphics animation ability using Adobe After Effects. My process began through the research of peer-reviewed articles ...


Foreign Language Teachers’ Technology Beliefs And Implementation Factors: A Mixed Methods Study, Brittany Ann Garling Aug 2016

Foreign Language Teachers’ Technology Beliefs And Implementation Factors: A Mixed Methods Study, Brittany Ann Garling

Theses and Dissertations

Using a mixed methods design this study investigates in-service K-12 foreign language teachers’ beliefs about technology and factors that influence its implementation in instruction. The study employs an Explanatory Design using a two-phase approach, where qualitative data is collected and analyzed to elaborate on the quantitative data results. A total of ninety-nine in-service K-12 foreign language teachers from across the state of Iowa responded to the Modified Technology Implementation Questionnaire about their technological beliefs and barriers to technology integration within classroom practices. The results of the instrument were tabulated using a hierarchical multiple regression to uncover factors impacting technology integration ...


A Mixed Methods Study Of A Technology-Based Self-Monitoring Intervention, Kari Lynn Vogelgesang Jul 2015

A Mixed Methods Study Of A Technology-Based Self-Monitoring Intervention, Kari Lynn Vogelgesang

Theses and Dissertations

In this study, I aimed to build on a line of research focused on using technology-based, self-management interventions for students experiencing behavioral difficulties in a classroom setting. I analyzed the effects of an iPad application (app) called SCORE IT (Bruhn, Goin, &Hasselbring, 2014) on the behavior of three 5th grade students with, or at risk of an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD) who were exhibiting low rates of academic engagement in a general education environment. I also aspired to gain an in-depth understanding of a teacher’s perceptions of the feasibility and value of the intervention, SCORE IT.

This study ...


Artistic Development Among Young Children: Evaluating Identity, Confidence, And Ability In The Saturday Morning Art Workshops, Anna Elise Charles Jul 2013

Artistic Development Among Young Children: Evaluating Identity, Confidence, And Ability In The Saturday Morning Art Workshops, Anna Elise Charles

Theses and Dissertations

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate artistic development of young children enrolled in the comic class as part of the Saturday Morning art workshops. I wanted to understand whether the children's artistic identity, confidence and ability in the comic workshop increased over time.

Methods: I used a case study method to evaluate development among five participants, 9-10 year olds, in the comic workshop over seven weeks. I observed the children and interviewed them during the workshops, and I also evaluated the drawings they created in the workshop from the first and last weeks using a rubric ...


Generative Community As A Regulative Ideal: The Moral Assessment Of Educational Aims And Of Educational Policies And Practices, Christopher Allen Peckover Jul 2013

Generative Community As A Regulative Ideal: The Moral Assessment Of Educational Aims And Of Educational Policies And Practices, Christopher Allen Peckover

Theses and Dissertations

The United States system of education is guided by broad underlying educational aims, whether or not those aims are critically examined or recognized. Contemporary educational discourse, however, has primarily focused on the level of implementation of policies and practices. This is a problem, because the broad underlying educational aims that guide the system of education have profound effects on humans' lives and the larger social structure. The question of what aims ought to guide education is a moral question that requires moral justification.

In this dissertation I develop the concept of Generative Community as a regulative ideal and use it ...


Dreams Worth Pursuing: How College Students Develop And Articulate Their Purpose In Life, Michael Edward Schluckebier May 2013

Dreams Worth Pursuing: How College Students Develop And Articulate Their Purpose In Life, Michael Edward Schluckebier

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences undergraduate students cite as helping them develop and articulate their purpose in life. Purpose in life, as a construct, is associated with many positive attributes associated with life in general, and the college experience specifically; however, it is also closely related to other concepts such as meaning, spirituality, and vocation. For the purposes of this study, purpose in life was defined as a set of goals or actions, informed by a belief system or set of values, that provides a sense of direction to an individual's life. This study ...


"Less Corn And More Culture:" Vocal Music Activities In Iowa's Rural Schools And Neighborhoods, 1900-1940, Erin Anne Kaufman May 2013

"Less Corn And More Culture:" Vocal Music Activities In Iowa's Rural Schools And Neighborhoods, 1900-1940, Erin Anne Kaufman

Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation explores the roots, growth, and significance of vocal music activities in Iowa's rural schools and communities, from roughly 1900 to 1940. Specifically, it analyzes the development of rural school choirs, sponsored by Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC), and the development of extension music outreach, sponsored by Iowa State College (ISC). Functioning as the state's sole state normal school, ISTC had primary responsibility for training the state's teachers, including its rural teachers. Part of ISTC's outreach to rural teachers entailed teaching them how to teach vocal music, a relatively new subject required in Iowa's ...


The Evolution Of A Pay-For-Performance Program : A Case Study Of A Public School District's Collaboration With An Intermediary Organization, Julie Kate Shepherd Jul 2012

The Evolution Of A Pay-For-Performance Program : A Case Study Of A Public School District's Collaboration With An Intermediary Organization, Julie Kate Shepherd

Theses and Dissertations

Educational intermediary organizations, as defined by Honig (2004a), are characterized by their internal placement within schools as they mediate change among groups during the policymaking process. As intermediary organizations work to bring about internal changes, however, they are still performing their core external functions by operating as independent organizations. This case study examined the alliance between a school district and an intermediary organization and how together they designed and implemented a well-received pay-for-performance program that evolved into a wider school improvement program, using the following research questions: (a) How did ISIP act as an intermediary organization in the North Plains ...


The Cultural Reform Project Of Northern Teachers Of The Freed People, 1862-1870, James Paul Patterson Jul 2012

The Cultural Reform Project Of Northern Teachers Of The Freed People, 1862-1870, James Paul Patterson

Theses and Dissertations

This study is a qualitative, historical examination of the diaries, journals, and letters of twenty-four northern teachers of former African American slaves. The study analyzes the cultural reform project carried out by these and other northern teachers working in the American South during the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods (roughly 1862 to 1870). The sample includes both black and white teachers as well as teachers who conceptualized their work in the South primarily in secular terms and--more commonly--in both secular and religious terms. After providing an overview of the work and situating it within the historiography of the teachers ...


Nature Of L2 Negotiation And Co-Construction Of Meaning In A Problem-Based Virtual Learning Environment: A Mixed Methods Study, Aurore Patricia Mroz May 2012

Nature Of L2 Negotiation And Co-Construction Of Meaning In A Problem-Based Virtual Learning Environment: A Mixed Methods Study, Aurore Patricia Mroz

Theses and Dissertations

Adopting a Socio-Constructivist theoretical framework, this study investigated the French language discourse produced by a focal group of five intermediate learners of French while immersed in a virtual learning environment (VLE) and engaged in a problem-based activity. Adopting a mixed methods approach, this study analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to examine the second language (L2) negotiation and co-construction of meaning process in this group's discourse; as well, it investigated these learners' emerging L2 critical thinking, problem solving, and technology literacy skills. Results indicated that the discourse produced by these students was significantly impacted by the problem-based activity itself ...


Culturally Relevant Teaching In The Art Classroom, Rachael Marie Ayers-Arnone May 2012

Culturally Relevant Teaching In The Art Classroom, Rachael Marie Ayers-Arnone

Theses and Dissertations

As a practicing in-service teacher, I designed this qualitative study to explore of the use of culturally relevant curriculum in my junior high art classroom. I used participatory action research to complete this research over the span of two school years. This research allowed me to identify the elements necessary to teach a culturally relevant curriculum, such as teacher background, student-centered teaching and school support. This data is combined with stories of my experiences growing up and stories from the field. I detailed and analyzed community performance art, mask-making and installation art projects for effectiveness and student engagement. Focus groups ...


Demography As Destiny: The Role Of Parental Connoisseurship And Mathematics Course Taking Patterns Among High School Students, Katherine Marie Degner May 2012

Demography As Destiny: The Role Of Parental Connoisseurship And Mathematics Course Taking Patterns Among High School Students, Katherine Marie Degner

Theses and Dissertations

This study uses data from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09). Parent responses to the Parent Involvement survey, given as part of the NCES study were considered, along with their child's socio-economic status and self-reported level of mathematics course enrollment during their 9th grade year of high school The purpose of this study is to identify parent behaviors that result in their child enrolling in upper level mathematics coursework in high school, regardless of race or ethnicity. Seven 2-factor ANOVA tests were conducted to determine interaction effects between types of ...


Critical Literacy And The World Language Classroom: Complicating Culture Education, Anah Victoria Malamut Jul 2011

Critical Literacy And The World Language Classroom: Complicating Culture Education, Anah Victoria Malamut

Theses and Dissertations

There is a struggle within the field of world language teaching to design culture curricula that promote respect, acceptance and understanding of world cultures, positioning those cultures as different but equal to the cultures of students. The purpose of this paper is to (1) provide background about the history and current practices of culture education in world language classrooms, (2) explain critical literacy as a theory, its possibilities for instructional methodology, and how critical literacy can address the struggle in world language education and help teach students a deep, complex understanding of culture, (3) outline an adapted culture curriculum that ...


Home, School, And Community Factors That Contribute To The Educational Resilience Of Urban, African American High School Graduates From Low-Income, Single-Parent Families, Joseph Michael Williams Jul 2011

Home, School, And Community Factors That Contribute To The Educational Resilience Of Urban, African American High School Graduates From Low-Income, Single-Parent Families, Joseph Michael Williams

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the ways in which the family, school, and community environments contribute to the academic success of urban, African American high school graduates from low-income, single-parent families. During a three-month period, in-depth individual and focus group interviews were conducted with eight African American high school graduates who excelled academically despite adversity. The student participants were also asked to identify at least one person in their lives who were considered important sources of support. Of the eight social support providers identified, four participated in separate individual interviews focusing on the form of ...


Orientations Of Literacy Leadership Among Elementary School Principals: Demographic And Background Trends, Bonnie L. Hoewing May 2011

Orientations Of Literacy Leadership Among Elementary School Principals: Demographic And Background Trends, Bonnie L. Hoewing

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


What Works In Collaboration: A Case Study Of A Facilities Partnership Between A Public School District And A Nonprofit Organization, Jake Mueller Klipsch May 2011

What Works In Collaboration: A Case Study Of A Facilities Partnership Between A Public School District And A Nonprofit Organization, Jake Mueller Klipsch

Theses and Dissertations

In the face of increasing budget cuts, public K-12 schools are collaborating with both public and private organizations in an effort to more efficiently meet the needs of the students they serve. When schools share a facility with a community-based organization, the school not only saves costs in regard to facility maintenance and operations, but potentially improves services to their student population. In addition to facility sharing, community agencies might partner with schools to provide students services that satisfy basic needs, including medical, vision, and dental care, to allow students to perform better in school. Other community organizations have cooperated ...


The History Of Education In Decatur County, Iowa, James Leonard Hight Dec 1948

The History Of Education In Decatur County, Iowa, James Leonard Hight

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Learning Process In Young Children : An Experimental Study In Association, Julia Allie Kirkwood Dec 1926

The Learning Process In Young Children : An Experimental Study In Association, Julia Allie Kirkwood

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.