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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

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Chancellor's College Success Coach Initiative: A Formative Program Evaluation Of The Virginia Community College System's Initiative From The Success Coaches' Perspective, Marcia C. Strange Jan 2015

Chancellor's College Success Coach Initiative: A Formative Program Evaluation Of The Virginia Community College System's Initiative From The Success Coaches' Perspective, Marcia C. Strange

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


An Analysis Of State And Local Alignment Of Teacher Evaluation In Maryland, Serene N. Peterson Jan 2014

An Analysis Of State And Local Alignment Of Teacher Evaluation In Maryland, Serene N. Peterson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study explored the components of Maryland's newly-implemented teacher evaluation framework and compared state requirements with evaluations to three local school systems' evaluation procedures. The study sought to investigate the relationship between three evaluation protocols in comparison to the state requirements.;Three local school districts were selected based on their student population served and the availability of their evaluation documents. Howard County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools were selected. State evaluation documents were also included in the study, coming from the Maryland State Department of Education. Evaluation documents underwent a qualitative data ...


Faculty Sense Of Academic Optimism And Its Relationship To Students' Achievement In Well Performing High Schools, Michael Tyrone Cromartie Jan 2013

Faculty Sense Of Academic Optimism And Its Relationship To Students' Achievement In Well Performing High Schools, Michael Tyrone Cromartie

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The aim of this study was to determine the organizational characteristics and behaviors that contribute to sustaining a culture of academic optimism as a mechanism of student achievement. While there is a developing research base identifying both the individual elements of academic optimism as well as the academic optimism construct itself as contributors to student achievement, little information exists to assist school leaders in identifying specific organizational practices that sustain collective teacher efficacy, academic emphasis, and trust in students and families. This study employs case study methodology to investigate faculties' interpretations of academic optimism by examining the organizational and instructional ...


Realizing Federal Policy Outcomes Of The Post-9/11 Gi Bill: Veterans' And Active Duty/Reservist Perceptions, Lydia Leporte Jan 2013

Realizing Federal Policy Outcomes Of The Post-9/11 Gi Bill: Veterans' And Active Duty/Reservist Perceptions, Lydia Leporte

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (Public Law 78-346), generally referred to as the GI Bill, provided any veteran, who had served for at least 90 days from the time period of September 1940 to July 1947, paid full-time education. The original Act also called for the creation of a central agency dedicated to the administration of all veterans' benefits, which ultimately became the Veterans' Administration (VA). The GI Bill has been revamped five more times since its initial inception, with the most recent iteration, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, being hailed to be potentially ...


Emancipated Foster Youth's Transition From Care To Virginia Community Colleges, Shylan E. Scott Jan 2012

Emancipated Foster Youth's Transition From Care To Virginia Community Colleges, Shylan E. Scott

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The focus of this study was the experience of students who had successfully achieved the transition from foster care to enrollment in Virginia Community Colleges. The following questions guided the inquiry: How do students who are emancipating from foster care describe their transition to enrollment at one of the Virginia Community Colleges? What challenges do students who are emancipating from foster care face in the transition to college? What types of support do these students require to successfully transition to college?;This study used a qualitative approach to examine the transition from care of emancipated foster youth to post-secondary education ...


How Institutional Theory Informs State Education Policy Regarding Exit Outcomes For Students With Disabilities, Michele Myers Hopkins Jan 2012

How Institutional Theory Informs State Education Policy Regarding Exit Outcomes For Students With Disabilities, Michele Myers Hopkins

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

As school districts negotiate accountability requirements imposed by federal and state policies regarding exit outcomes for students with disabilities, one strategic response has been to provide students with mild disabilities such as SLD, ED, and Gil with alternative routes to graduation (Goertz & Duffy, 2003; Guy, Shin & Lee, 1999; Johnson & Thurlow, 2003; Johnson, Thurlow, & Stout, 2007; Pankaskie & Webb, 1999). These alternatives made available by state policy may assist school districts to maintain legitimacy by meeting accountability targets and obtaining resources; however, unintended negative consequences may arise.;The purpose of this study was to examine the responses of school districts to educational policy regarding exit outcomes for students with disabilities. A mid-Atlantic state serving over 1.2 million students was the setting of the study.;The results of this study support institutional theory ...


Children Serve Too: An Investigation Of The Impacts Of Military Family Life On Adult Relationships, Karena Heyward Jan 2012

Children Serve Too: An Investigation Of The Impacts Of Military Family Life On Adult Relationships, Karena Heyward

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Military involvement in Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freed 3131 brings a focus on military families to the forefront of public and governmental attention. The military family represents a distinct cultural context, as each family is immersed in "the prevailing values, norms, philosophies, customs and traditions of the armed forces" (Collins, 2000, p. 213, i.e., military culture). Thousands of families live within these unique communities, but little is known about the role of such family experiences upon the development of children and their transitions into adulthood or the impacts of military family life throughout adulthood. Specifically, few ...


Dimensions Of Principal Support Behaviors And Their Relationship To Organizational Citizenship Behaviors And Student Achievement In High Schools, Jennifer A. Tindle Jan 2012

Dimensions Of Principal Support Behaviors And Their Relationship To Organizational Citizenship Behaviors And Student Achievement In High Schools, Jennifer A. Tindle

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This research was designed with the primary purpose of identifying the dimensions of principal support perceived by public high school teachers in Virginia and identifying the relationship between principal support and organizational citizenship behaviors. In addition, this study also examined the relationship between principal support and student achievement; organizational citizenship and student achievement, as well as the interaction of Principal Support, Organizational Citizenship Behaviors and Student Achievement when controlling for SES. Participants in the study were self-selected after being contacted by a member of a team of researchers from The College of William & Mary. Thirty-four schools elected to participate in the survey which required teachers in the selected high schools to complete one of the two forms of the School Social Variables Survey. For this study, data were collected using the Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in Schools Survey, the Principal Support Survey, and Standard of Learning Test results for the areas of Algebra II, Biology, English 11 Reading, and World History I. SES was accounted for by calculating the percentage of free and reduced price lunch students served in each building.;This study found that principal support has ...


Continuous Improvement Monitoring: An Analysis Of State Special Education Compliance Procedures, Barbara Richmond Blake Jan 2012

Continuous Improvement Monitoring: An Analysis Of State Special Education Compliance Procedures, Barbara Richmond Blake

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this policy analysis was to examine the responses of selected states to the special education monitoring requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) with particular attention paid to the years after this most recent reauthorization. This study examined the legislative and litigative history of students with disabilities including the gradually increasing role of the federal government in both general and special education.;The various approaches used by the selected states to monitor special education procedures and student outcomes were identified as well as the procedures used by these states in order to remediate ...


Effective Teaching Practices And Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Teachers, Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. Jan 2010

Effective Teaching Practices And Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Teachers, Gregory C. Hutchings Jr.

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study compared the teaching practices and efficacy beliefs of traditional middle school teachers and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) teachers in an urban school district using the framework of Stronge's Model of Effective Teaching (2007), Stronge and Tucker's (2003) Teacher Effectiveness Behavior Scale, and Tschannen-Moran & Hoy's (2001) Teacher's Sense of Efficacy Scale. Recommended practices for effective teaching were extracted from the following four categories of Stronge's (2007) Model of Teacher Effectiveness: classroom management and organization, implementing instruction, monitoring student progress, and construct of teacher's sense of efficacy.;A stratified random sample of teachers was selected from four middle schools in a large urban district. There were approximately 10 teachers selected from each school which gave a total of 40 teachers who participated in the study. There were 20 (n=20) IBMYP teachers and 20 (n=20) traditional middle ...


Recipe For Citizenship: Professionalization And Power In World War I Dietetics, Kathleen Marie Scott Jan 2009

Recipe For Citizenship: Professionalization And Power In World War I Dietetics, Kathleen Marie Scott

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation is an analysis of the professionalization tactics of white, native-born, Protestant, middle-class women who served with the U.S. armed forces as dietitians during World War I. Through the overlapping rubrics of maternalism, citizenship, and professionalism, I examine the ways in which dominant race, class, and gender ideologies inflected their quest for professionalization. I specifically examine the way hospital dietitians infused their expertise with rhetoric of race betterment and national security to acquire distinct status and authority in relation to other female medical/health practitioners. In this study, I locate the ideological origins of Public Law 36, 80 ...


Virginia Business Higher Education Council: A Case Study Of Interest Group Formation, Christiane Groth Jan 2003

Virginia Business Higher Education Council: A Case Study Of Interest Group Formation, Christiane Groth

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

An exploratory case study of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC), a higher education lobbying group of business and education interests, was conducted to gain greater insight to state-level higher education interest group formation. A qualitative method was utilized and interviews with founding members of the VBHEC were carried out to understand why participants felt the need to organize such a group at that particular time as well as why members joined the group and continued their participation. The case study covered the time period from the early 1990s through the Council's incorporation in September of 1996. Findings ...


Interorganizational Town-Gown Relationships And Property Taxes: A Case Study, Cynthia Felix Burns Jan 2002

Interorganizational Town-Gown Relationships And Property Taxes: A Case Study, Cynthia Felix Burns

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study examined the relationship between a college and its local government organizations in a community that engaged in property tax or voluntary contribution deliberations with nonprofit organizations to determine the extent to which these interactions altered the preceding town-gown relationship. Interorganizational relationship theory and social interaction theory provided a theoretical framework for data collection while cooperative interorganizational relationship (CIOR) theory was utilized in describing the findings.;A qualitative, single, embedded, descriptive case study was employed to investigate the town-gown relationship between Mercyhurst College and the City, County and Public School District of Erie, Pennsylvania to determine if and how ...


Implementing State Transfer Policies: A Case Study Of Virginia's State *Policy On Transfer, Lonnie J. Schaffer Jan 2000

Implementing State Transfer Policies: A Case Study Of Virginia's State *Policy On Transfer, Lonnie J. Schaffer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Using a collective case study methodology, this policy-oriented research examined how Virginia's state Policy on transfer has been implemented at selected public colleges and universities. A conceptual framework of policy definitions was used to examine how the policy is understood in various contexts and what the policy's effects have been at the campus level.;Based on quantitative transfer data, five community colleges and four state universities were selected for study. The cases captured a wide range of transfer activity and college characteristics with the expectation that different understandings of the policy would produce different effects. How colleges defined ...


A Content Analysis Of State Legislative Responses To Educator Assault, Jamie Heider Arkin Jan 1999

A Content Analysis Of State Legislative Responses To Educator Assault, Jamie Heider Arkin

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Educators increasingly find themselves having to rely on laws for protection from threats or attacks, and educator assault laws reflect the diverse and unique needs of the individual states. This study sought to determine if the state legislatures in each of the 50 states have created legislation punishing educator assault and to compare, contrast, and analyze any existing statutes by using content analysis methodology. Currently, 37 states possess educator assault legislation. Specific features within each law were examined: its protected recipient, the prohibited action, identification of the aggressor, any limiting or qualifying statements, and the stated penalties. Several trends emerged ...


Comprehensive Services For Students With Serious Emotional Disturbance: An Analysis Of State Legislation And Policy, Elizabeth B. Hill Jan 1996

Comprehensive Services For Students With Serious Emotional Disturbance: An Analysis Of State Legislation And Policy, Elizabeth B. Hill

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to examine state legislation and policy related to comprehensive, integrated services for students with serious emotional disturbance. Legislation and policy documents from nine states, Virginia (the pilot study), Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin, were examined. These documents were compared to a set of components extracted from the literature as recommended practice. The document analysis was confirmed through telephone interviews with state-level policymakers in each state's department of education, department of mental health, and/or department of children's services. Support documents were also examined to establish a ...


A Cross-Cultural Comparison Of Selected Medical Students' Perceptions Of Issues Related To Battered Women, Anita Strickland Jan 1995

A Cross-Cultural Comparison Of Selected Medical Students' Perceptions Of Issues Related To Battered Women, Anita Strickland

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Constantly Vulnerable Yet Persistently Strong: A Study Of The Financial Condition Of The Liberal Arts College, Robert Joseph Bouressa Jan 1993

Constantly Vulnerable Yet Persistently Strong: A Study Of The Financial Condition Of The Liberal Arts College, Robert Joseph Bouressa

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study is to analyze the income and expenditure patterns at three Liberal Arts I colleges in the Midwest from 1979-89. It combines from hard data from HEGIS/IPEDS financial reports and interviews with campus administrators to examine the effects the 1980s had on the institutions and makes a judgment about the financial condition of each college as they entered the 1990s. The study also examines state, local, and federal policies and presents the administrators' policy views about solutions to help ensure a financially strong sector of liberal arts colleges. It was concluded that the financial condition ...


School System Merger: A Study Of Power And Redistribution Of Resources, Rebecca Clark White Adams Jan 1992

School System Merger: A Study Of Power And Redistribution Of Resources, Rebecca Clark White Adams

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to examine the merger of the school systems of the City of South Norfolk and Norfolk County in the State of Virginia. The merger of these two geographical entitites was consummated on January 1, 1963. Norfolk County was formed in 1636 by the Virginia General Assembly. The cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and South Norfolk were carved from this county. A series of annexations by these cities between 1940 and 1960 cost Norfolk County thirty-three square miles of territory, 110,000 residents, and {dollar}1,881,000 in revenue.;In order to protect its viability ...


Keeping The House In Order: Government Regulations And Campus Compliance. A Case Study Of Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973 And Compliance By The College Of William And Mary, Robbie Lee Cordle Jan 1991

Keeping The House In Order: Government Regulations And Campus Compliance. A Case Study Of Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973 And Compliance By The College Of William And Mary, Robbie Lee Cordle

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The topic of this study is federal regulations and university compliance. The purpose is to understand university compliance with public policy; the approach used is a case study of one particular university, the College of William and Mary, and its compliance measures with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Areas that are reviewed are as follows: (I) Public Policy and Compliance of Colleges; (II) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; (III) Organizational Behavior: College Response to External Mandates; (IV) Particular Case School: The College of William and Mary, Circa 1693.;This study looks at broad interpretations ...


A Study Of The Opportunities Available To The United States Army Soldier For Acquiring A College Degree, Heinz Henry Volz Jan 1955

A Study Of The Opportunities Available To The United States Army Soldier For Acquiring A College Degree, Heinz Henry Volz

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


An Analysis Of The Army Education Program, George Lester Anderson Jan 1953

An Analysis Of The Army Education Program, George Lester Anderson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


An Evaluation Of The Public Relations Program Of The Public Schools Of Alleghany County, Virginia, Walter Lee Hodnett Jan 1950

An Evaluation Of The Public Relations Program Of The Public Schools Of Alleghany County, Virginia, Walter Lee Hodnett

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Development Of A State System Of Teacher Certification In Virginia, 1870-1950, James Mckinley Helmer Jan 1950

The Development Of A State System Of Teacher Certification In Virginia, 1870-1950, James Mckinley Helmer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


A Study Of The Expressed Intentions Of Virginia Teachers In Military Service Concerning Returning To Teaching, Hughes Kennedy Reveley Jan 1949

A Study Of The Expressed Intentions Of Virginia Teachers In Military Service Concerning Returning To Teaching, Hughes Kennedy Reveley

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.