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Orlando’S Pulse: Diversity And Inclusion In Higher Education After A Tragedy, Jennifer C. Sands Jan 2018

Orlando’S Pulse: Diversity And Inclusion In Higher Education After A Tragedy, Jennifer C. Sands

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy in Orlando shocked the nation, after a gunman who identified as being Muslim walked in to a gay nightclub and gunned down 49 people and injured 53 more. In addition to the LGBTQ+ community being targeted, the Latinx community had been targeted as well, considering it was Latin night. With many of those affected being of traditional college age, local colleges and universities took action to offer support. Focusing on the Pulse shooting, I explored the ways in which higher education institutions offered support after this tragedy occurred, while reviewing other tragedies and the responses by ...


Developing Individualized Education Programs With Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Families From Low-Income Homes : A Heuristic Inquiry Of Special Education Teachers, Kristen E. Clark Jan 2015

Developing Individualized Education Programs With Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Families From Low-Income Homes : A Heuristic Inquiry Of Special Education Teachers, Kristen E. Clark

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Research shows evidence of overrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse children enrolled in special education services, a positive correlation between parent involvement and academic success, and a plethora of barriers impeding active 6 parent participation in IEP development. Barriers include language, culture, low income, . and school climate and team dynamics. The aim of this study was to explore: (a) In what ways do special education teachers engage with culturally and linguistically diverse families from low-income homes in the IEP development process? (b) In what ways do special education teachers address culturally and linguistically diverse children's educational needs while also ...


Students And Faculty Indivisible: Crafting A Higher Education Culture Of Flourishing, Eileen K. Camfield Jan 2015

Students And Faculty Indivisible: Crafting A Higher Education Culture Of Flourishing, Eileen K. Camfield

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is comprised of three separate articles addressing related issues central to the culture and future of higher education. The questions that animate the investigations are: In what ways is writing self-efficacy forged in the learning relationships between student and instructor? In what ways, if any, do traditional assessment practices impact student development? In what ways, if any, does institutional culture shape faculty identity, and what is gained or lost in the process? These queries stem from concerns about possible disconnects between visions of higher education's potential and actual practices in the classroom. The dissertation uses grounded theory ...


Mastery Learning And The Essentials Of Critical Care Orientation : A Heuristic Participant Evaluation, Mitchell J. Seal Jan 2007

Mastery Learning And The Essentials Of Critical Care Orientation : A Heuristic Participant Evaluation, Mitchell J. Seal

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

This study employed a heuristic -participant evaluation of the instruction of the web-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program using two research questions: (1) How well does the ECCO adhere to Bloom's theory of mastery learning and instruction; and (2) What effect, if any, does this have on the participant RN? Evaluation findings demonstrated that the ECCO is 66 hours of expository instruction with little to no meaningful feedback, correction, or enrichment activity, is not well aligned, and has significant design flaws related to objectives and transfer of instruction and to the processes of instruction. This results in ...


Instruction Of Reading Study Skills In Four Academic Content Areas Of California Secondary Schools, Judith Chibante Neal Mar 1988

Instruction Of Reading Study Skills In Four Academic Content Areas Of California Secondary Schools, Judith Chibante Neal

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the status of instruction of reading study skills as revealed by a state-wide survey of teachers. The problem was: To what extent are academic content area teachers in California secondary schools providing instruction in reading study skills as part of their instruction program? An analysis of the problem yielded eight questions related to the perceptions and practices of teachers in the four content areas of English, mathematics, science, and social science. Eleven hypotheses were proposed related to possible differences among sub-groups of teachers. The research was descriptive in nature and employed a ...


First Language Instruction And Second Language Acquisition Among Spanish Speaking High School Students: A Case Study, Dolores Villarreal Del Barco Jan 1988

First Language Instruction And Second Language Acquisition Among Spanish Speaking High School Students: A Case Study, Dolores Villarreal Del Barco

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

This case-study had as its principal focus the applicability of James Cummins' theory of developmental interdependence in language acquisition to secondary age students. This theory postulates that, for younger children, the development and strengthening of the first language can ultimately lead to a more rapid and efficient acquisition of the second. The study set out to test the hypothesis that secondary age Limited English Proficient (LEP) students who receive Primary Language Arts instruction demonstrate higher levels of English acquisition than do comparable students who do not receive this instruction. The primary language of the students was Spanish. A quasi-experimental research ...


Development Of Data Base Software To Facilitate Instrument Selection In The Adapted Physical Education Assessment Process : A Thesis ..., Charles Jay Anema Jan 1988

Development Of Data Base Software To Facilitate Instrument Selection In The Adapted Physical Education Assessment Process : A Thesis ..., Charles Jay Anema

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Word Processing As An Instructional Tool In The Revision/Editing Stages Of The Writing Process, Marion M. Jensen Jan 1988

Word Processing As An Instructional Tool In The Revision/Editing Stages Of The Writing Process, Marion M. Jensen

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of word processing on students' composition when used as a tool in the revision/editing stages of the writing process.

Procedure: Two experimental groups were established; Group A Computer, Group B No Computer. For each group, the generic method of teaching writing remained the same. Group A, however, was able to use the microcomputer in editing their work; Group B was not. Final essays were scored by independent raters and the data were analyzed by the use of the independent 1-test. A Pearson product -moment correlation coefficient was computed ...


A Comparative Analysis Of Comprehension Questions In Three California State-Adopted Spanish And English Basal Readers, Ana Maria Bonilla Jan 1988

A Comparative Analysis Of Comprehension Questions In Three California State-Adopted Spanish And English Basal Readers, Ana Maria Bonilla

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to determine if there was a variation in the number of questions within a given taxonomy level between parallel Spanish and English basal readers at primary grade levels. A secondary purpose was to determine if questions in parallel Spanish and English series, that extended to fourth grade, facilitated the transition from the Spanish to the English reader. Specifically, the tasks to be accomplished in the study were: (1) to classify reading questions contained in California state-adopted parallel Spanish and English basal readers utilizing Barrett's Taxonomy, (2) to determine the number of questions ...


Characteristics Necessary For Effective Rural Elementary Student Study Teams As A Pre-Referral Intervention Technique, Sandee Kludt Jan 1988

Characteristics Necessary For Effective Rural Elementary Student Study Teams As A Pre-Referral Intervention Technique, Sandee Kludt

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was two-fold. First, it was conducted to determine if the factors identified as prerequisites for successful general team decision making are also the prerequisites for successful Student Study Team functioning. A secondary purpose was to determine the extent to which these compositional and operational variables are incorporated into current Student Study Team processes.


The Impact Of Increased Graduation Requirements On The High School Population Of Stockton Unified School District, Donald Lee Bradstreet Jan 1988

The Impact Of Increased Graduation Requirements On The High School Population Of Stockton Unified School District, Donald Lee Bradstreet

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of increased high school graduation requirements on the student population of one California school district. An increase in graduation requirements was imposed by state legislation and the local school board in response to a nationwide call to improve America's education which dominated educational attention during the early 1980's. The class entering Stockton high schools as ninth graders in 1982 was the last class required to meet the old requirements and the class entering in 1983 was the first class required to meet the increased standards.


The Impact Of The "C" Average Policy On The Academic Achievement And Attendance Of Student-Athletes At Stagg High School Between 1981 And 1983, Jean Katherine Fitzgibbons Jan 1988

The Impact Of The "C" Average Policy On The Academic Achievement And Attendance Of Student-Athletes At Stagg High School Between 1981 And 1983, Jean Katherine Fitzgibbons

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the "C" average rule on student achievement at Stagg High School, Stockton, California. This study particularly addressed the issue of whether there were significant differences between athletes' grade point averages (GPA) before implementation of the policy and after. In addition, the study included assessing differences in attendance patterns of the athletes. The 1981-82 school year was identified as the year prior to implementation of the "C" average-rule. The 1982-83 school year was considered the implementation year and, finally, the 1983-84 school year was identified as the year after the ...


Visually Displayed-Emg Biofeedback : Training Muscle Relaxation In Hearing Impaired Children :A Thesis ..., Cheryl Renee Bene Jan 1988

Visually Displayed-Emg Biofeedback : Training Muscle Relaxation In Hearing Impaired Children :A Thesis ..., Cheryl Renee Bene

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the present study was to test the use of visually displayed EMG biofeedback as a means for training hearing impaired adolescents to reduce anterior temporalis or frontalis muscle tension . Five male and four female hearing impaired students between the ages of 13 and 15 were chosen from the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, CA to serve as participants. Each participant was randomly assigned to either an experimental or control condition. Participants in the experimental groups were given five 15 minute EMG biofeedback training sessions. An additional group of 4 adolescents with normal hearing from Marshall Junior ...


Effects Of Peer Mentoring On The Achievement And Persistence Of Academically Underprepared College Freshmen, Ann Ferden Austad Jan 1988

Effects Of Peer Mentoring On The Achievement And Persistence Of Academically Underprepared College Freshmen, Ann Ferden Austad

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a peer mentoring program incorporating learning styles impacts upon the achievement and persistence of entry-level academically underprepared college students.

PROCEDURE: Subjects were freshmen at Bemidji State University during the fall terms of 1985 and 1986 who were assigned to remedial/developmental English because of low placement test scores. An experimental group of 31 English 100 students participated in Connections: The Student-to-Student Mentoring Network, a pilot program designed to help underprepared students make a successful transition into college. The experimental group was compared to a control group of 40 students who ...


Superintendents' And Legislators' Perceptions Of Effective Lobbying Practices In California, Carol L. Mcelroy Aug 1987

Superintendents' And Legislators' Perceptions Of Effective Lobbying Practices In California, Carol L. Mcelroy

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Purposes: The purposes of this investigation were to identify the use of paid lobbyists within California school districts, to describe the legislative lobbying activities of superintendents, and to compare the perceptions of superintendents and legislators to determine effective lobbying practices.


An Investigation Of Priorities Ascribed To The Mission And Goals Function Statements Of The Board Of Governors In California Community Colleges, Phillip Neil Laughlin May 1987

An Investigation Of Priorities Ascribed To The Mission And Goals Function Statements Of The Board Of Governors In California Community Colleges, Phillip Neil Laughlin

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Purpose: This study investigated the priorities of twelve commnunity college constituent groups in order to determine if their priorities were consistent with function statements established by the California Ccmnunity College Board of Governors in 1983. The mission function statenents were: Associate Degrees, Certificate Programs, Conmunity Services, Continuing and Corrmunity Education, General Education, Joint Programs, Remediation and Basic Skills Education, Student Services, and Transfer Education. It was hypothesized that the twelve groups would respond differently based upon the conditions under which they were ranking the function statements, that there would be differences among the districts depending upon the size of the ...


The Effects Of Peer Administered Methods For Increasing Social Interaction Between Young Handicapped And Nonhandicapped Children, Marilyn Kathleen Errett Jan 1987

The Effects Of Peer Administered Methods For Increasing Social Interaction Between Young Handicapped And Nonhandicapped Children, Marilyn Kathleen Errett

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to compare the use of peer administered contingent reinforcement for social interaction with the use of play materials that facilitate interaction. The subsequent effects on the social interaction of mainstreamed preschool handicapped children with their nonhandicapped peers was examined. Three nonhandicapped kindergarten children were paired with three moderately mentally handicapped preschool children and trained to initiate play. A single-subject, alternating treatment design with a withdrawal phase was used to compare the effects of the two treatments. Generalization immediately following each treatment was also examined as was maintenance over time. Observers used an interval recording ...


Factors Contributing To Self-Esteem Structure In Males And Females, Jerry Steve Harris Jan 1987

Factors Contributing To Self-Esteem Structure In Males And Females, Jerry Steve Harris

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this study was to test certain gender-related hypotheses regarding the relationships among personality traits as identified on the Personality Research Form (PRF) and self-esteem as measured by the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS). The subjects who voluntarily participated in this research were 29 male and 96 female college students. The subjects were students in an Introductory Psychology course at a local community college and state university. A packet containing a short biographical questionnaire, the TSCS, the PRF, and an introductory letter was administered to and completed by each subject. A stastistical analysis of the data was accomplished with ...


The Development Of Rhythm In Young Children Aged One To Four Years, Davidah Koseff Jan 1987

The Development Of Rhythm In Young Children Aged One To Four Years, Davidah Koseff

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The aim of this study was to assess how young children between the ages of one and four years develop rhythm skills. The project was a pilot study conducted at 11 preschools and day care centers in Stockton, California, and included 60 children. Thirty behaviors comprised the test of various aspects of rhythmic performance. The children were video-taped and the tapes were then analyzed. By examining how many children in a particular age group could perform a particular task, a sequence became apparent. This body of research can now be used as a basis for further studies with the aim ...


Effects Of A Home-Based Contingency Program On Improving Academic Performance Of Disadvantaged Middle School Youths : A Thesis ..., Lupo A. Quitoriano Jan 1987

Effects Of A Home-Based Contingency Program On Improving Academic Performance Of Disadvantaged Middle School Youths : A Thesis ..., Lupo A. Quitoriano

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Research has demonstrated various ways of improving academic performance of students in public-school classrooms (e.g., Barrish, Saunders, & Wolf, 1969), some of which may be clinically effective but not practical within present school systems. A more practical method is the use of a program involving home-based contingencies. Home-based contingencies simply means that: When children are reinforced by their parents for their appropriate behavior and performance at school, school behavior and performance will improve (Broughton, Barton, & Owen;. 1981). The current study employed a program including home-based contingencies modeled after one created by Shumaker, Hovell, and Sherman (1977), and tested the program's effect on academic performance of disadvantaged middle school youths. The independent variable was the home-based contingency component of the program, and the dependent variables were daily report cards, grades, truancy, attendance, and archival data reflecting previous grades, truancy, and attendance. Results indicated that the home-based contingency program significantly increased appropriate school behavior (t(25) = 13.85, p ...


An Exploratory Study Of Divorced Fathers' Perceptions Of Relationships With Their Absent Children, Dorothy Vignolo Isaak Jan 1987

An Exploratory Study Of Divorced Fathers' Perceptions Of Relationships With Their Absent Children, Dorothy Vignolo Isaak

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

Purpose : This study investigated how divorced fathers perceived their relationships to their children and met their parenting roles. It also sought information on new parenting techniques generated by these fathers. The study compared fathers' perceptions of their parenting roles to ideal father role behaviors. Other areas investigated were the process o f divorce and factors impacting on fathers' roles after divorce.

Procedures: The approach was an exploratory one. Subjects in the study were six divorced fathers in San Joaquin County . Twelve fathering role categories were identified from the literature review. An interview schedule was developed from these· categories, from variables ...


Academic Survival Skills For The Young Child At-Risk For School Failure, Barbara Foulks Jan 1987

Academic Survival Skills For The Young Child At-Risk For School Failure, Barbara Foulks

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to identify social competence and academic survival skills necessary for success in kindergarten. The study was designed to indicate similarities and differences among early childhood educators in (a) academic survival skills considered necessary for success in kindergarten, and (b) behaviors considered inappropriate for kindergarten. A review of the literature revealed minimal research related to academic survival skills and social competence in kindergarten.

In order to ascertain which skills early childhood educators consider crucial for the child's successful survival in kindergarten, the Social Behavior Skills Inventory (Walker & Rankin, 1980) was utilized as a ...


Catholic Education For Ministry Among Hispanics, Carmen Maria Cervantes Jan 1987

Catholic Education For Ministry Among Hispanics, Carmen Maria Cervantes

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

PROBLEM: Programs to educate Hispanics for ministry require special training , knowledge of students' needs, appropriate curriculum, teaching methodology, and educational materials.

PURPOSE: To identify the teachers' background and preparation, the students' general characteristics, and the characteristics and problems of the educational process. To draw recommendations for improving teacher training, curriculum planning, teaching methodology, and educational materials.

PROCEDURE: Questionnaires were distributed among all teachers in Catholic Education for Ministry Among Hispanics (CEMH) in California. This study is based on 54 questionnaires that represent 67% of the population estimated.

CONCLUSIONS: Most of the teachers were bilingual lay women born in Latin American ...


Perceived Job Functions, Satisfaction, And Training Needs Of Human Service Workers, Sarah Pender Jan 1987

Perceived Job Functions, Satisfaction, And Training Needs Of Human Service Workers, Sarah Pender

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to obtain information about human service workers: who they are, (demographics), how satisfied they are (job satisfaction), and what they do (job functions). This information is intended to assist educators in improving paraprofessional training programs. The Human Service Worker Inventory was developed and disseminated to the experimentally accessible population, human service workers from all appropriate human services agencies (N = 13) in the Placerville area of ElDorado County, California. Research questions focused on the demographics, job satisfaction, and job functions of paraprofessional workers within these agencies. Data from the 136 returned Inventories were analyzed, and ...


Peak Isokinetic Torque Of Knee Flexors And Extensor Muscles Of College Football Players : A Thesis ..., David L. Boerem Jan 1987

Peak Isokinetic Torque Of Knee Flexors And Extensor Muscles Of College Football Players : A Thesis ..., David L. Boerem

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The problem of the study addressed knee injuries in college football. Imbalance of the musculature surrounding the knee would predispose the athlete to knee injury. Recognition of those who have muscular deficiencies would be a primary way of preventing knee injuries. The focus of the study was to determine if there was a significant difference in peak isokinetic torque of knee flexor and extensor muscles across speeds (60 degrees/second, 180 degrees/ second and 300 degrees/second) of a college football team subsequent to participation in a spring football season.


The Effects Of The Thunderstick Batting Device On Hitting Efficiency : A Thesis ..., Bruce Anderson Jan 1987

The Effects Of The Thunderstick Batting Device On Hitting Efficiency : A Thesis ..., Bruce Anderson

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Perceptions Of California Continuation High School Principals Of Effective Non-Classroom Actions In Combating Student Truancy, George Stephen Mathiesen Jan 1986

Perceptions Of California Continuation High School Principals Of Effective Non-Classroom Actions In Combating Student Truancy, George Stephen Mathiesen

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to gather and apply statistical treatments to measure the perceptions of California continuation high school principals relative to the effectiveness of various non-classroom actions in combating student truancy. This study was designed to develop a prioritized listing of non-classroom actions in combating student truancy and to determine if significant differences existed in perceptions of California continuation high school principals based upon respondents' school size as determined by the number of certificated staff members, sex, years of employment in education, years of experience in California continuation education, and years of employment as a California continuation ...


Teaching Smoking Refusal Skills To Adolescents, Christine M. Robisch Jan 1986

Teaching Smoking Refusal Skills To Adolescents, Christine M. Robisch

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the effects of a smoking prevention program on the acquisition of refusal skills in junior high school students. Sixty-three seventh graders were randomly assigned to a refusal skill training group (N=29) or a no treatment control group (N=34). Students' refusal skill performance was assessed pre and post training. Assessment consisted of a peer trainer offering the student a cigarette while being videotaped. The smoking refusal skill was broken down into 5 component parts: (1) eye contact; (2) upright posture; (3) voice intonation; (4) response to approach; (5) reason for refusal. Results showed significant improvement for ...


The Relationship Of Exercise And Diet To Total Cholesterol And High Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol College Age Males And Females : A Thesis ..., William F. Rothschild Jan 1986

The Relationship Of Exercise And Diet To Total Cholesterol And High Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol College Age Males And Females : A Thesis ..., William F. Rothschild

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Chinese American Images In Selected Children's Fiction For Kindergarten Through Sixth Grade, Laureen Chew Jan 1986

Chinese American Images In Selected Children's Fiction For Kindergarten Through Sixth Grade, Laureen Chew

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to investigate Chinese American images in selected children's fiction to determine whether or not data support the position of the Council on Interracial Books for Children, that the works of fiction studied tend to stereotype Chinese Americans.

After reading the selected fifteen works of fiction, a criterion checklist was devised by the investigator to examine the behavior and lifestyle of Chinese Americans depicted in a variety of circumstances. validity of the criterion checklist was established by a panel of experts in the area of Chinese American studies. Inter-rater reliability was determined by two ...