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Relationship Between College Student Identity Development And Readiness For Change, Pamela Jo Kayanan Aug 2017

Relationship Between College Student Identity Development And Readiness For Change, Pamela Jo Kayanan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study examines the relationship between college students’ developmental level of identity formation and their choice to make intentional changes in behavior. Specifically, it examines whether there is a relationship between the level of identity development of college students according to Chickering’s model, measured by the Erwin Identity Scale (EIS), and the level of Readiness for Change concerning alcohol use following the Stages of Change Model by Prochaska and DiClemente. Correlational analyses in the form of multivariate regression is used to examine relationships between the various assessment measures. This helped answer the research questions: Is there a relationship between ...


A Study Exploring The Educational Needs Of African-American Pastors' Wives Within Baptist Congregations, Jocelyn Georgette Henry-Whitehead Jan 2004

A Study Exploring The Educational Needs Of African-American Pastors' Wives Within Baptist Congregations, Jocelyn Georgette Henry-Whitehead

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

For many years, the role of the pastor's wife has been an emerging role in American religious history (Sweet, 1983). While on their journey in building and nurturing their relationship with God, supporting their husbands, families, congregations, and communities, pastors' wives have experienced joys and blessings as well as challenges and issues. A tremendous joy for some pastors' wives has been the privilege, the opportunity, and the honor to serve, minister to, assist and care for others. However, one major challenge for many pastors' wives has been preparedness, or the lack of preparedness, knowledge, and instruction (Obleton, 1996). Wives ...


Ged Diploma Graduates: Performance, Persistence, And Attrition In Four -Year Postsecondary Education Institutions, Monica A. Osei Jan 2001

Ged Diploma Graduates: Performance, Persistence, And Attrition In Four -Year Postsecondary Education Institutions, Monica A. Osei

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Individuals who pass the General Educational Development (GED) exam often pursue higher education. Although GED diploma students tend to enroll in two-year colleges, an increasing number are enrolling in four-year postsecondary education institutions. GED diploma college students are characterized as nontraditional students and usually possess risk factors that impede academic performance and cause attrition. Collective data and analysis of their academic performance and persistence and attrition behavior is needed to determine their success in attaining a bachelor's degree.;The purpose of this study was to analyze the academic performance and persistence and attrition behavior of GED diploma undergraduates who ...


Increasing Teachers' And Parents' Awareness Of Indicators Of Giftedness In Economically Disadvantaged Students, Clifton Gadberry Payne Jr. Jan 1998

Increasing Teachers' And Parents' Awareness Of Indicators Of Giftedness In Economically Disadvantaged Students, Clifton Gadberry Payne Jr.

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Low socioeconomic students represent a population in public schools which is underrepresented and underserved in the talented and gifted programs. Part of the problem may be due to teachers' and parents' abilities to recognize giftedness in economically disadvantaged potentially gifted students and to nominate them for a gifted screening.;The present study attempted to determine if a training program for teachers and parents would increase the valid referral rate of potentially gifted economically disadvantaged students. Teachers at one school received an oral presentation and written summation of economically disadvantaged potentially gifted student characteristics. Teachers at a second school received the ...


Adults "Making Meaning" At Colonial Williamsburg: A Descriptive Study Of Planners' Intentions And Audience Members' Constructions Of The 1996 History Forum, Joan Ellen Casey Jan 1998

Adults "Making Meaning" At Colonial Williamsburg: A Descriptive Study Of Planners' Intentions And Audience Members' Constructions Of The 1996 History Forum, Joan Ellen Casey

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Forecasts reveal an increase in the percentage of mid to older adults in the U. S. and the need of educational programs for lifelong learners. In recognition of changing demographics, the American Association of Museums urged its member institutions to place a high priority on adult programs and research into learning. While museums have experienced changes in adapting to environmental conditions and more explicit educative mission, professionals have noticed the emergence of a meaning-making, constructivist paradigm.;Previously, no study dealt with the mental constructions adults have or form as they interface with a multi-faceted museum program such as the History ...


Clinical Decision-Making And Clinical Judgment Outcomes By Nursing Students In Traditional Or Nontraditional Curricula, Dinah Jo Saunders Jan 1997

Clinical Decision-Making And Clinical Judgment Outcomes By Nursing Students In Traditional Or Nontraditional Curricula, Dinah Jo Saunders

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate the claim that nursing students in nontraditional curricula achieve program outcomes consistent with nursing students in traditional generic curricula. Clinical decision making and clinical judgment are essential components of critical thinking in nursing. Self-perception as a decision-maker was measured by the Clinical Decision Making in Nursing Scale (CDMNS) and clinical judgment was measured by the Clinical Judgment in Nursing Series #1: Emergencies in Adult Client Care Test (CJS:EACC).;Participants were recruited from three regional universities. One curricular group consisted of a generic (traditional) BSN group. One nontraditional curricular design was RN-BSN ...


Issues Of Power And Centrality In United Methodist Ministers' Occupational Activities: Implications For Professional Education, Richard Bruce Osmann Jan 1996

Issues Of Power And Centrality In United Methodist Ministers' Occupational Activities: Implications For Professional Education, Richard Bruce Osmann

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this interview based qualitative study was to explore the influence that a plurality of social contexts, represented through United Methodist congregations in the Virginia Conference, have on the formation of ministers' occupational activities.;The study used a typology developed by Larry Blazer (1987) to identify the occupational activities practiced by parish ministers. The investigation weighted clergy's professional practice using Judith Hackman's (1985) concepts of power and centrality in her study institutions of higher education's budgeting process. Congregational representatives identified occupational activities that were central and peripheral to their congregation's mission. Clergy identified the ...


"Mattering" Doesn't Matter: An Analysis Of Adult Undergraduate Persistence Patterns, Terri Laskey Fauber Jan 1996

"Mattering" Doesn't Matter: An Analysis Of Adult Undergraduate Persistence Patterns, Terri Laskey Fauber

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

A steady rise in the number of nontraditional students combined with high attrition has raised questions about whether postsecondary institutions have been effective in creating environments that facilitate adult student success. This concern led to the current study which investigates whether adult undergraduate perceptions of environmental support and responsiveness to student needs affects persistence patterns.;Tinto's (1993) Academic and Social Integration Model and Schlossberg, Lynch, and Chickerings' (1989) ecological perspective have guided this study. Students' perceptions play a critical role in their willingness to become engaged or involved in the educational environment and therefore affect persistence. Schlossberg, Lasalle, and ...


Baccalaureate-Prepared Women In Nursing: Return To Graduate Education In Nursing In Midlife, Barbara Ann Ritch-Brant Jan 1995

Baccalaureate-Prepared Women In Nursing: Return To Graduate Education In Nursing In Midlife, Barbara Ann Ritch-Brant

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Student Attitudes, Learning Effectiveness, And Costs/Benefits Pertaining To Military Logistics Courses Offered In The Residence, On-Site, And Satellite Television Modes Of Instruction, Raymond C. Fenn Jan 1995

Student Attitudes, Learning Effectiveness, And Costs/Benefits Pertaining To Military Logistics Courses Offered In The Residence, On-Site, And Satellite Television Modes Of Instruction, Raymond C. Fenn

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Using period newspapers and books, mercantile correspondence, Spanish imperial archives, and the colonial records of the Caracas City Council, Consulado, and Venezuelan Intendancy, this dissertation highlights the enterprises of those who profited from sustaining the Spanish Empire in its frail and debilitated state. Whether they had prospered from or merely survived the commercial revolutions that shook the Atlantic World after 1789, all merchants and traders calculated the economic consequences of South American independence and encouraged their contemporaries to do so too.


Continuing Nursing Education: An Analysis Of The Relationship Between Benefits, Participation And Socialization Of Registered Nurses In Southeastern Virginia, Barbara Simpkins Harrison Jan 1993

Continuing Nursing Education: An Analysis Of The Relationship Between Benefits, Participation And Socialization Of Registered Nurses In Southeastern Virginia, Barbara Simpkins Harrison

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

There has been limited research on the benefits nurses' derive from participation in continuing nursing education (CNE). Researchers have investigated sociodemographic and attitudinal characteristics of CNE participants or the effects of CNE on nursing practice.;The purpose of this study was to determine what factors influenced registered nurses in the Southeastern region of Virginia to participate or not to participate in CNE. Specifically, this study investigated the relationship of socialization (defined as level of nursing education, reading of professional nursing journals and professional nursing memberships), benefits (defined as either personal or social/professional type) derived from CNE attendance, the importance ...


The College Investment Decision For Nontraditional Students: Factors Affecting The Choice Of Postsecondary Enrollment And Quality, Shahram Amiri Jan 1993

The College Investment Decision For Nontraditional Students: Factors Affecting The Choice Of Postsecondary Enrollment And Quality, Shahram Amiri

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

As the shift in demographics and the aging population of the United States make their presence felt, colleges and universities throughout the country must address the question of supporting the goals of the non-traditional student in higher education. While it is difficult to characterize a "typical non-traditional student," it is important to analyze the role that certain demographic factors play in the student's decision to go to college.;We hypothesize that the non-traditional student's decision to attend college is influenced by several factors that, in broad, general terms, include family background characteristics, the student's demographic profile and ...


Making Access Meaningful: Effects Of An Early Contact Program On Community College Student Success, Judy Bierlein Mcmillan Jan 1993

Making Access Meaningful: Effects Of An Early Contact Program On Community College Student Success, Judy Bierlein Mcmillan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of an early contact program on the achievement, persistence, and satisfaction of new underprepared community college students. While open door admissions policies assure access to higher education, nearly three-fourths of all community college students leave before completing an associate degree. The traditional sink or swim approach to community college student success is at odds with the goal of improved student outcomes. It was hypothesized that first-time underprepared community college students who participate in a program providing personal contact and support exhibit greater achievement, persistence, and satisfaction than their cohorts who ...


Perceptions Of Senior Re-Entry Registered Nurse Students In Baccalaureate Nursing Programs, Yvonne Nazareth Stringfield Jan 1993

Perceptions Of Senior Re-Entry Registered Nurse Students In Baccalaureate Nursing Programs, Yvonne Nazareth Stringfield

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine how RNs who were seniors in academic programs leading to a baccalaureate nursing education perceived their programs. These perceptions were determined by assessing: (1) the educational and experiential characteristics of senior re-entry registered nurses, (2) reasons for returning to college for a baccalaureate education, (3) perceptions of the relevancy of nursing course work, and (4) personal, professional and academic difficulties encountered in the program of study. The study also investigated specific demographic data with relationship to perceptions.;Participants attended nursing programs at seven Virginia state supported colleges and universities. A sample of ...


The Public Service Aspect Of William And Mary's Mission: 1906-1972, Kathryn Jean S. Patterson Jan 1991

The Public Service Aspect Of William And Mary's Mission: 1906-1972, Kathryn Jean S. Patterson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Teaching, research, and service constitute the three commonly articulated missions of American colleges and universities. The purpose of this study was (1) to examine whether public service is a viable element of the college mission or a marginal activity and (2) to analyze the forces that shape the public service responsibility of a given institution. The specific aspect of public service addressed is the college's role in providing continuing educational opportunities for adults in the surrounding community.;The College of William and Mary in Virginia was selected as a case study because of the wide variations it has undergone ...


An Analysis Of Characteristics Associated With Corporate Colleges, Jean Simpson Rose Jan 1991

An Analysis Of Characteristics Associated With Corporate Colleges, Jean Simpson Rose

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of change in corporate colleges between 1985 and 1989 and to examine the evolution of these institutions to structures and programs which more closely resemble traditional institutions of higher education. A random sample of three institutions was selected for analysis from the first of corporate colleges identified in the Carnegie Study, Corporate Classrooms: The Learning Business, conducted in 1985.;Data collection instruments were sent to 17 of the institutions identified in the Carnegie Study. of the institutions contacted, 11 responded which represented a return rate of 64.7 percent. All ...


Factors Affecting Persistence Of Re-Entry Women At An Urban State University, Carolyn Sheriff Mayfield Jan 1989

Factors Affecting Persistence Of Re-Entry Women At An Urban State University, Carolyn Sheriff Mayfield

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that affect the persistence of re-entry women over age twenty-five at an urban state university using Vincent Tinto's academic-social fit theory of retention and persistence which posits that once this fit is achieved, persistence and retention will be positively affected.;The re-entry women's population at Urban State University, an historically black university, was studied. It was chosen because of its mission of serving special populations, its size, its historical prominence, and its location in an urban community.;Urban State University had an available pool of eighty-eight women over ...


Incentives For Faculty Participation In Professional Service At Selected Public Urban Universities In Virginia, Barbara King Wallace Jan 1988

Incentives For Faculty Participation In Professional Service At Selected Public Urban Universities In Virginia, Barbara King Wallace

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine if urban universities truly support faculty in carrying out the universities' self-stated commitment to professional service. Professional service refers to significant professional activities outside the categories of teaching and scholarship that draw upon one's professional expertise in his or her academic discipline. A secondary purpose was to identify the incentives universities employ to encourage professional service.;Two public, urban universities in Virginia were studied for this project. The population for this study consisted of two groups at each of the two institutions: full-time faculty currently involved (within the past five ...


Distance Learning And Higher Education : A Study In State-Wide Policy And Coordination For Continuing Education In The 1980'S, Barbara Maurer Hund Jan 1987

Distance Learning And Higher Education : A Study In State-Wide Policy And Coordination For Continuing Education In The 1980'S, Barbara Maurer Hund

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study was concerned with policy research for coordinating state higher education and telecommunication efforts. It focused on graduate and continuing education and on distance learning. (Distance learning is an extension of the classroom which utilizes interactive television.).;This study's research was to identify and analyze possible coordinating state policies that would best facilitate distance learning in Virginia. This is linked to how Virginia higher education can interact with business and industry to encourage academic and industrial cooperation in distance learning.;It was hypothesized that there is consensus among influential people in Virginia as to the best coordinating policy ...


Behavior Modeling : The Evaluation Of A Program To Develop Conflict Management Skills, Charles Michael Grissom Jan 1986

Behavior Modeling : The Evaluation Of A Program To Develop Conflict Management Skills, Charles Michael Grissom

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to determine if the behavior modeling approach to training could be used effectively to teach managers conflict management skills. The researcher explored whether behavior modeling training made a significant difference in the participants' conflict management behaviors and whether videotaped feedback to participants enhanced their gain scores.;Forty-eight managers from an industrial organization in central Virginia were the subjects for this study. The managers were invited to participate following a needs assessment identifying conflict management as a skill deficit.;The design used for this study was a combination of the pretest-posttest control group design and ...


A Matter Of Degree : Mid-Career Professional Training For Museum Workers In The United States & Great Britain, William Joseph. Tramposch Jan 1985

A Matter Of Degree : Mid-Career Professional Training For Museum Workers In The United States & Great Britain, William Joseph. Tramposch

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

What are the differences between the continuing education programs for museum workers in the United States and Great Britain, and what do these distinctions reveal about the ways in which the role of the museum worker is perceived in these respective countries?;This study will: (1) analyze the literature surrounding these questions, literature ranging in topics from the sociology of professions to descriptions of mid-career training options, (2) compare and contrast the museums, museum studies programs, and continued learning schemes for museologists, and, finally, (3) examine the differences and similarities between two representative programs, one for each country: the Seminar ...


A Study Of The Effects Of A Group Education Program, Systematic Training For Effective Parenting, Upon Parental Self Concept And Assessment Of Child Behavior, Marcia Thompson Bauer Jan 1977

A Study Of The Effects Of A Group Education Program, Systematic Training For Effective Parenting, Upon Parental Self Concept And Assessment Of Child Behavior, Marcia Thompson Bauer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


A Study Of Adult Education In Virginia, Clarence Hardy Spain Jan 1939

A Study Of Adult Education In Virginia, Clarence Hardy Spain

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.