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Toward Culturally Responsive Online Pedagogy: Practices Of Selected Secondary Online Teachers, April Lawrence Aug 2017

Toward Culturally Responsive Online Pedagogy: Practices Of Selected Secondary Online Teachers, April Lawrence

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Proponents of K-12 online learning claim that it can provide more equitable learning opportunities by offering access to courses that might not otherwise be available to students, and by providing personalized learning experiences. Despite the growth of online learning in K-12 public schools, very little is known about what constitutes good online teaching. The purpose of this interpretivist investigation was to learn about some of the ways in which culturally responsive teaching can occur online. This study focused on the practices of four full-time online high school teachers. Using the methods of grounded theory research, I analyzed data generated through ...


Effects Of Virtual Conversations On International, Students' Intercultural Communicative Competence, Jingzhu Zhang Jan 2015

Effects Of Virtual Conversations On International, Students' Intercultural Communicative Competence, Jingzhu Zhang

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No abstract provided.


Mission Us And Historical Empathy: A Qualitative Case Study Of Sixth-Grade Students' Experiences, James Richard Maxlow Jan 2015

Mission Us And Historical Empathy: A Qualitative Case Study Of Sixth-Grade Students' Experiences, James Richard Maxlow

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No abstract provided.


Teachers' Perceived Influences On Technology Integration Decisions: A Grounded Theory On Instructional Decisions After Professional Development, Karen Larsen Greenhaus Jan 2014

Teachers' Perceived Influences On Technology Integration Decisions: A Grounded Theory On Instructional Decisions After Professional Development, Karen Larsen Greenhaus

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This qualitative grounded theory study explored teachers' instructional decisions around planning and practice for technology integration after participation in professional development. The purpose of this study was to determine how a long-term hybrid professional development experience influenced, if at all, math teachers' instructional decisions to integrate The Geometer's Sketchpad into their planning and classroom practice. There are several components for effective professional development suggested in the research literature. Professional development that is sustained over long periods of time, connected to teachers' practice, and provides active engagement in learning by participating teachers' is more likely to result in effective implementation ...


Teaching Slope Of A Line Using The Graphing Calculator As A Tool For Discovery Learning, Fiona Costello Nichols Jan 2012

Teaching Slope Of A Line Using The Graphing Calculator As A Tool For Discovery Learning, Fiona Costello Nichols

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Discovery learning is one of the instructional strategies sometimes used to teach Algebra I. However, little research is available that includes investigation of the effects of incorporating the graphing calculator technology with discovery learning. This study was initiated to investigate two instructional approaches for teaching slope of a line in Algebra I. One approach involves the graphing calculator as a tool in a discovery learning setting. The second approach involves using the graphing calculator to reinforce traditional instruction. An urban public school division located in southeastern Virginia was the site for this investigation. Two Algebra I classes from each of ...


Professional Development Practices In Literacy And Technology Integration At Socioeconomically Different Schools, Kendra M. Boykin Jan 2011

Professional Development Practices In Literacy And Technology Integration At Socioeconomically Different Schools, Kendra M. Boykin

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Socioeconomically disadvantaged and African American students consistently perform lower on literacy assessments that measure reading and writing achievement than their dominant culture peers. The changing nature of literacy itself is making this literacy problem even more challenging. Competencies for interacting in digital contexts, identified as new literacies, are necessary to effectively read, write, and communicate using the Internet and other information and communication technologies [ICTs]. According to extant literature, African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged students are more likely than their dominant culture peers to use digital technologies to build traditional literacy (Au, 2006; Harwood & Asal, 2007).;Teachers have an important role in ...


Serving Students From A Distance: A Content Analysis Of Persistent Characteristics In Distance Learners, Ann L. Sorensen Jan 2010

Serving Students From A Distance: A Content Analysis Of Persistent Characteristics In Distance Learners, Ann L. Sorensen

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Distance learning has experienced a noteworthy increase in both the number of institutions offering alternatives to traditional classroom instruction, and the number of students participating in the various distant modalities. Accompanying the increase of students utilizing distance learning is the subsequent increase in students leaving their studies before completion. These two opposing increases have elevated the need to address retention in distance learning and specifically, online distance learning. This study utilizes the results of a Transfer Student Survey administered to criminal justice and nursing online students between 2006 and 2008. Survey results were used to determine if specific traits of ...


Factors Contributing To The Integration Of Computer Technology In Classroom Instruction, Philip Michael Pavlidis Jan 2001

Factors Contributing To The Integration Of Computer Technology In Classroom Instruction, Philip Michael Pavlidis

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The purpose of this study was to determine what factors contribute to and what factors inhibit the integration of computer technology in classroom instruction in the middle school setting at selected schools in a central Virginia public school system. Information derived from this study may be used to assist in the planning and decision making process by central office and building level administrators.;The population for this study included teachers from three middle schools in a central Virginia public school system. This school system has demonstrated through the Virginia Standards of Learning test scores, an even distribution of results regardless ...


Organizational Citizenship Behaviors And Technologically Proficient University Faculty, Scott Richard Sechrist Jan 2000

Organizational Citizenship Behaviors And Technologically Proficient University Faculty, Scott Richard Sechrist

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As institutions of higher education seek to meet the demands of a changing technological environment, they are compelled to push for increased faculty use of technology in their instructional and scholarly pursuits. as more faculties adopt these innovations, universities find themselves unable to provide the necessary technological support required. Filling this support gap are the techno-profs, faculty members who are technologically proficient, have a network of technological resources, reside at the department level, and are willing to assist most everyone who asks for help.;The purpose of this study was to determine if the techno-profs within various university administrative units ...


Academic Advising In Distance Education, Robert Furman Curry Jan 1997

Academic Advising In Distance Education, Robert Furman Curry

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This study compared and contrasted current goals and practices of institutional advising programs with those utilized specifically by distance education programs. as part of the conceptual framework, the study analyzed seven practices of advising programs identified through previous research on academic advising: delivery systems, organizational models, evaluation, support or reference materials, required occasions for academic advising, group advising, and advisor-student communication. The eight advising goals of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) were also used to build the conceptual framework.;Data were collected through a survey which resulted in descriptive statistics on advising goals and practices in distance education. Data ...


Students With Autism: A Light/Sound Technology Intervention, Patricia Powell Woodbury Jan 1996

Students With Autism: A Light/Sound Technology Intervention, Patricia Powell Woodbury

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of light/sound technology to promote sensory integration which facilitates the learning capacity of children with autism by reducing their high state of arousal, increasing time on task and decreasing acting-out behaviors. This research extended the work of A. Jean Ayres and Lorna King who theorized that the autistic individual's brain does not register, modulate or integrate sensations that most people notice; auditory and visual inputs are ignored more than other types of sensory stimuli. This study utilized light/sound technology to stimulate and desensitize these sensory channels to ...


Managing Change For A Distance Learning Initiative: An Evaluation, Jeanie Pollard Kline Jan 1996

Managing Change For A Distance Learning Initiative: An Evaluation, Jeanie Pollard Kline

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The purpose of this case study was to examine the degree to which those managing change for a distance learning initiative followed David Nadler's (1989) four action steps designed to reduce resistance in making the transition from the former operational state to a newly-created state.;The four action steps include providing opportunities for participation among employees, allowing employees to identify current operations that will not work in the new organizational state, rewarding behavior that assists in the transition, and allowing sufficient time for the change to take place. The findings in this study revealed that participation was the critical ...


The Hidden Curriculum Of The Video Teleconference (Vtc) Classroom And Its Implications For The University Of The Twenty-First Century, Mary Webb Stout Jan 1995

The Hidden Curriculum Of The Video Teleconference (Vtc) Classroom And Its Implications For The University Of The Twenty-First Century, Mary Webb Stout

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Old Dominion University's Peninsula Center, in Hampton, Virginia, was the location for an ethnographic case study about the urban "distributed university" centers that provided instruction via video teleconference (VTC). Graduate engineers attended VTC classes at the Peninsula Center originating from five Virginia universities as part of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program.;The purpose of this study was to describe VTC instruction and identify aspects that impacted on student learning, faculty teaching, and the socio-cultural environment. Fifty-one interviews and two months of observations were conducted during the Spring term, 1993.;Benson Snyder's (1971) ethnographic case study at MIT, described ...


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

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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.


The Effect Of Computer-Assisted Instruction In Improving Mathematics Performance Of Low-Achieving Ninth-Grade Students, Thomas Everett Bailey Jan 1991

The Effect Of Computer-Assisted Instruction In Improving Mathematics Performance Of Low-Achieving Ninth-Grade Students, Thomas Everett Bailey

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether computer assisted instruction of mathematics produces significantly greater improvement in mathematics performance of low achieving ninth grade students than teaching mathematics skills without computer assisted instruction.;The sample consisted of four classes (N = 46) of ninth grade students who had registered for the course "Mathematics Nine," and whose eighth grade ITBS scores fell between the 1st and 30th national percentile. Identified students were randomly assigned to one of four instructors and one of two instructional groups (computer assisted instruction or non computer instruction). Two classes with different instructors were taught the ...


The Effects Of Microcomputers On The Mathematical Skills Of Low-Achieving Students, Charlotte Evans Copley Jan 1990

The Effects Of Microcomputers On The Mathematical Skills Of Low-Achieving Students, Charlotte Evans Copley

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of using the microcomputer to improve mathematics achievement for those students who did not pass the mathematics section of the State Literacy Passport Test in Grade 6.;The sample consisted of nine classes of seventh grade students who had not passed the LPT and whose parent(s) committed to the five week summer program. Students were assigned randomly to the nine teachers. The teachers were then assigned randomly to either the microcomputer or non microcomputer group with five being assigned to the microcomputer group. to control for teacher variability staff ...


The Effects Of Computer-Based Instruction On College Students' Comprehension Of Classic Research, Josephine Amy Welsh Jan 1990

The Effects Of Computer-Based Instruction On College Students' Comprehension Of Classic Research, Josephine Amy Welsh

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No abstract provided.


Factors Contributing To The Use Of Computer-Based Information Systems In Student Services, Genene Marie Demaio Jan 1990

Factors Contributing To The Use Of Computer-Based Information Systems In Student Services, Genene Marie Demaio

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The purpose of this study was to determine what factors facilitate and what factors inhibit computer use in the Student Affairs Divisions of James Madison University (JMU), Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), and Mary Washington College (MWC).;The population for this study was student affairs officials and related personnel deliberately selected from three Virginia public institutions.;The following conclusions were drawn from the findings of this study. (1) MWC is in the beginning stages of automation, JMU is moving in the direction of state-of-art technology while VPI's current status has reached the level regarded as state-of-art. (2) The status of ...


A Comparative Analysis Of The Value Of Intrinsic Motivation In Computer Software On The Math Achievement, Attitudes, Attendance, And Depth-Of-Involvement Of Underachieving Students, Patricia Ann Furey Meyer Jan 1986

A Comparative Analysis Of The Value Of Intrinsic Motivation In Computer Software On The Math Achievement, Attitudes, Attendance, And Depth-Of-Involvement Of Underachieving Students, Patricia Ann Furey Meyer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

It was the purpose of this study to determine what effect intrinsic motivation in software programs using graphics and non-graphics has on the achievement, attitudes, attendance and depth-of-involvement of 65 underachieving students. The study was conducted in the natural school setting over the period of a semester. Data was collected on three groups, the control group (n = 33), the alternate treatment group in which students were exposed to CAI without the use of graphics as a part of the instruction, and the experimental group in which students were exposed to CAI with graphics for at least 20 minutes three times ...


The Effects Of Microcomputer Use On The Critical Thinking Skills Of Middle School Students, Harvey William Perkins Jan 1985

The Effects Of Microcomputer Use On The Critical Thinking Skills Of Middle School Students, Harvey William Perkins

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether teaching critical thinking skills with the microcomputer produces a greater increase in the thinking skills of middle school students than teaching critical thinking skills with conventional methods.;The sample consisted of ten intact classes (N = 204) of seventh grade students who had registered for a class called, "Problem Solving with the Microcomputer." Five of the classes were assigned at random to two treatment groups and five classes served as the control group. Trained teachers instructed the treatment groups in a nine week course in critical thinking and problem solving consisting of ...


A Computer-Assisted Instruction Program In Mathematics, William Lindsay Lawrence Jan 1973

A Computer-Assisted Instruction Program In Mathematics, William Lindsay Lawrence

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No abstract provided.


Motion Pictures And The Retention Of Biological Knowledge, Allen M. Eckstine Jan 1955

Motion Pictures And The Retention Of Biological Knowledge, Allen M. Eckstine

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No abstract provided.