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Peer Perceptions Of Students Without Learning Disabilities Toward Students With Disabilities And A Self Perceptions Of Students With Learning Disabilities, Vernell Greene Scott Dec 2000

Peer Perceptions Of Students Without Learning Disabilities Toward Students With Disabilities And A Self Perceptions Of Students With Learning Disabilities, Vernell Greene Scott

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of the nondisabled students toward students with learning disabilities and the self perceptions of learning disabled students. A survey research design was used for this study. Subjects were students in grades 6-8 with and without disabilities from a rural area in Virginia. The participants who were chosen were general and special education students at the middle school level.

The results from this study showed on most issues the two groups agreed, on such topics as friendship, social gathering, and favoritism. Findings indicated students without disabilities are accepting students with disabilities ...


A Descriptive Analysis Of Selected Personality Traits Of Student Teachers In Physical Education, Chunlei Lu Dec 2000

A Descriptive Analysis Of Selected Personality Traits Of Student Teachers In Physical Education, Chunlei Lu

Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education Master’s Theses

This study investigated changes in six personality traits over a course of a teaching semester. The personality traits measured included anxiety, concentration, confidence, mental preparation, motivation, and cooperation. An adapted Psychological Skills Inventory for Sport (PSIS) questionnaire was administered to student teachers before (PRE), at mid-term (MID), and immediate after (POST) a student teaching period. Repeated Measures Multivariate Analysis of Variance (rm MANOVA) and rm ANOVA and t-test of Scheffe were used to analyze differences for each the selected personality traits in terms of time (PRE, MID, and POST). The results reported significant differences in anxiety, concentration, confidence in terms ...


Factors Which Affect Immigrant Parental Involvement In School Activities And Their Relationship To Student Achievement, Emma Jean Raglin Dec 2000

Factors Which Affect Immigrant Parental Involvement In School Activities And Their Relationship To Student Achievement, Emma Jean Raglin

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The purpose of this study was two-fold: (1) to examine the relationship between immigrant parental involvement and selected variables which the literature indicates may affect immigrant parental involvement in the education of their children, and (2) how their involvement relates to student achievement. 486 immigrant parents from six schools, 2 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools, were participants in the study. The questionnaires were translated into English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Chinese and Bosnian.

A quantitative research design was utilized to conduct the study. Descriptive statistics were done for demographic information in terms of independent and moderator variables ...


The Assistant Principalship And Instructional Leadership In Clayton County Public Schools, Tonya Mahone Williams Dec 2000

The Assistant Principalship And Instructional Leadership In Clayton County Public Schools, Tonya Mahone Williams

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

The purpose of this study was to investigate the instructional leadership tasks that are performed by assistant principals in Clayton County Public Schools. This study tested ten null hypotheses to determine if statistically significant relationships existed between the assistant principalship and Krug’s instructional leadership tasks. A modified questionnaire was used to obtain responses to address the research questions posed in this study. Questionnaires were mailed to every elementary, middle and high school assistant principal in the Clayton County Public School System. The questionnaire asked respondents to identify what instructional leadership tasks they performed. Results of the questionnaires were compiled ...


The Determination Of Failure Occurring In The Stator Coil Winding Due To The Over-Voltage Using Matlab Software, Ali Reza Alavizadeh Dec 2000

The Determination Of Failure Occurring In The Stator Coil Winding Due To The Over-Voltage Using Matlab Software, Ali Reza Alavizadeh

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the College of Science & Technology at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Vocational Education & Technology by Ali Reza Alavizadeh on December 1, 2000.


The Status Of Senior Music Education In Seventh-Day Adventist High Schools: Perceptions Of Administrators, Vanessa Matthies Dec 2000

The Status Of Senior Music Education In Seventh-Day Adventist High Schools: Perceptions Of Administrators, Vanessa Matthies

Theses Bachelor Honours

The present study addresses the current status of year 10-12 music education in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) school system in Australia and New Zealand, as perceived by education administrators. The main purpose of the study was to identify the current status, and discover reasons for it. The study also aimed to make recommendations for future policy development, if it was found that change was necessary.

While the literature reveals numerous studies on the value of music education, studies on perceptions of the value of senior music education held by administrators have not been carried out either in the State or ...


Persistence Differences In Community College Courses Taught In Classrooms And Through Alternative Formats, Andrew A. Runyan Dec 2000

Persistence Differences In Community College Courses Taught In Classrooms And Through Alternative Formats, Andrew A. Runyan

Faculty Dissertations

While distance education programs continue to expand, the occurrence of higher dropout rates in those programs as compared to the same courses offered in lecture/lab settings remains a point of contention between supporters and detractors of non-traditional forms of education. This study used a foundation of research on dropout in higher education as the basis for an investigation of dropout rates in non-traditional forms of instruction in a community college setting. Course delivery formats studied included videotape-based courses, Internet-based courses, and courses offered in a self-paced laboratory environment. For each of these formats, the same course, offered in a ...


Tennessee Performance Funding And The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville: A Case Study, Kimberely B. Hall Dec 2000

Tennessee Performance Funding And The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville: A Case Study, Kimberely B. Hall

Doctoral Dissertations

This case study was undertaken to provide a description of the Tennessee Performance Funding Policy's impact on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville over the past twenty years. Answers to three research questions were sought:

1. How has the Tennessee Performance Funding Policy impacted the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with regard to (a) awareness of the policy and its purposes and (b) the activities of the institution in relation to the policy?

2. How has educational decision making been affected by the Tennessee Performance Funding Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?

3. Based on professional experience and opinion, are ...


Teachers’ Perceptions Of School Culture In Relation To Job Satisfaction And Commitment, Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell Dec 2000

Teachers’ Perceptions Of School Culture In Relation To Job Satisfaction And Commitment, Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell

Dissertations

The concepts of culture and climate have been investigated in the corporate world and have been found to relate to increased job satisfaction and commitment. Schools can also benefit from such findings. In the school setting there are a number of studies that have been conducted relating school culture and climate to student achievement, but few have investigated the relationship of school climate and culture to job commitment and satisfaction.

Organizational culture, employee job satisfaction, an d employee commitment are all variables that must be measured in order to investigate how culture affects the organization. In this study, teachers’ perceptions ...


An Exploratory Study Of Michigan Grantmaker Attributes And Competencies, Lisa R. Wyatt Knowlton Dec 2000

An Exploratory Study Of Michigan Grantmaker Attributes And Competencies, Lisa R. Wyatt Knowlton

Dissertations

Foundation trustees and professional staff are giving greater attention to issues of accountability and return on investment, while voices of those with significant experience in the private sector inquire with increasing frequency and vigor about the organizational performance of foundations. For these reasons there must be renewed attention on the competencies and attributes of grantmaking practitioners. This study is a self-assessment by grantmakers based on the construct of Emotional Intelligence (Goleman, 1995) as well as competency studies in organizational management and leadership.

In association with the Council of Michigan Foundations, grantmakers associated with foundations holding in excess of $1 million ...


Teachers’ Use Of Instructional Alignment In Michigan Fifth Grade Classrooms And The Relationship Of Use To Student Meap Scores In Writing, John Rasmussen Dec 2000

Teachers’ Use Of Instructional Alignment In Michigan Fifth Grade Classrooms And The Relationship Of Use To Student Meap Scores In Writing, John Rasmussen

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which Michigan fifth grade teachers use components of instructional alignment in writing instruction, and then to compare the writing MEAP scores from a sample of fifth grade elementary buildings in Michigan to determine if there was a relationship between writing test scores and (a) teachers’ years of experience; (b) the degree to which fifth grade teachers use the Michigan Model Core Curriculum in writing, the Michigan Curriculum Framework, or local curriculum documents containing this curricula, to plan their lessons; (c) the degree to which teachers perceive they are implementing ...


An Investigation Of Primary School Teachers' Problem-Solving Beliefs And Practices In Mathematics Classrooms, Judith Anne Anderson Dec 2000

An Investigation Of Primary School Teachers' Problem-Solving Beliefs And Practices In Mathematics Classrooms, Judith Anne Anderson

Theses

Aims. Problem-solving approaches to teaching mathematics have been recommended in curriculum documents for some time but there is evidence to suggest that there has been limited classroom implementation both in Australia as well as overseas. This investigation explored the level of implementation of mathematical problem solving in primary classrooms in NSW. Teachers' beliefs about the role of problem solving in learning mathematics as well as their classroom practices were also investigated.


An Account Of Novice Phylogenetic Tree Construction From The Problem-Solving Research Tradition, Terrance E. Brisbin Dec 2000

An Account Of Novice Phylogenetic Tree Construction From The Problem-Solving Research Tradition, Terrance E. Brisbin

Dissertations

Both the content and strategic knowledge used in phylogenetic tree construction are described to account for novice performance. A review of the literature is used to place this research with respect to studies in: problem solving studies (both expert, and novice), the history and practice of evolutionary systematics, and the teaching of evolution. The computer-based problem-solving environment is discussed along with model problems used for the research.

Each of the five research problems consists of an encoded matrix containing phylogenetic data organized by taxa and characters. Twelve participants (high school students) volunteered to solve the research problems, on their own ...


The Effect Of Presentation Media On Student Reading Comprehension, Jeffrey T. Conklin Dec 2000

The Effect Of Presentation Media On Student Reading Comprehension, Jeffrey T. Conklin

Dissertations

The purpose o f this study was to investigate the effect of display media on reading comprehension in students with learning disabilities. This research examined two types o f display media, computer screen and paper.

Three groups of subjects were used in this study: (1) readers with learning disabilities, (2) low achieving readers, and (3) average readers. Three instruments were used to gather performance data in this study: a) a standardized measure o f reading comprehension, b) a measure of individual passage comprehension, and c) a measure of vocabulary knowledge using words from the experimental passages.

The data presented in ...


Can Principals’ Personality Traits Predict Their Risk-Taking: Uncertainty And Success Orientation As They Relate To Risk Propensity, Bruce A. Evans Dec 2000

Can Principals’ Personality Traits Predict Their Risk-Taking: Uncertainty And Success Orientation As They Relate To Risk Propensity, Bruce A. Evans

Dissertations

This exploratory investigation compared the personality traits uncertainty orientation and success orientation of Michigan principals with their risk-taking propensities. The personality traits were correlated individually with the risk-taking of principals and both traits were combined to examine their additive effect. The principals' personality traits and their risk-taking were also compared by gender.

One-third o f the public school principals in Michigan were chosen and targeted as subjects for study. The study concluded a significant positive correlation between uncertainty orientation and success orientation existed. The Pearson coefficient was r = 0.39. However the alpha level was a = 0.003. The findings ...


Public School Principals’ Perceptions In Accredited And Non-Accredited Elementary Schools Regarding Strategies To Improve Student Performance On The Michigan Education Assessment Program, Mattie P. Hampton Dec 2000

Public School Principals’ Perceptions In Accredited And Non-Accredited Elementary Schools Regarding Strategies To Improve Student Performance On The Michigan Education Assessment Program, Mattie P. Hampton

Dissertations

The purpose of this research study was to investigate whether principals of summary accredited elementary schools and principals of non-accredited elementary schools significantly differ in their perceptions in regards to selected strategies used to prepare students for the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP). More specifically, this study attempted to address three focused interrelated questions: (I) Will principals of summary accredited elementary schools and principals of nonaccredited elementary schools significantly differ in their perceptions in regards to selected curriculum strategies used to prepare students for the MEAP? (2) Will principals of summary accredited elementary schools and principals of non-accredited elementary schools ...


Teacher Perceptions Of Collaboration And Engagement In Five Twenty-First Century Restructuring Schools In Indiana, Cynthia L. Kujawski Dec 2000

Teacher Perceptions Of Collaboration And Engagement In Five Twenty-First Century Restructuring Schools In Indiana, Cynthia L. Kujawski

Dissertations

School restructuring is a process which can facilitate school improvement. One approach to school improvement is based on the principles of learner-centered instruction. These principles, “by focusing on students and bringing their frames of reference to the implementation of educational innovations” (McCombs & Lambert, 1998, p. 501), relate that more students will be successful in school, and the innovations will be more effective in improving achievement. In Indiana, five restructuring “Indiana 2000” school proposals contained one or more goals for the development of collaboration and teacher-student engagement. Teachers at these restructuring schools completed a 60-item, investigator-created questionnaire designed to assess their ...


Issues Of Factorial Invariance Inherent In Conceptual Change: Teachers’ Evolving Perceptions Of Classroom Practice, Cynthia C. Phillips Dec 2000

Issues Of Factorial Invariance Inherent In Conceptual Change: Teachers’ Evolving Perceptions Of Classroom Practice, Cynthia C. Phillips

Dissertations

This study explored the extent to which confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) can be used to address the measurement challenges faced by evaluators engaged in the assessment of change; in particular, the interpretation of self-report survey data collected under quasi-experimental conditions. The psychometric principles behind the instruments used to measure change are built on the assumptions that the constructs of interest remain stable and that error and score magnitude alone may vary. This study examined the complications that arise, with respect to the valid use of change scores, when the constructs of interest reflect conceptual change.

CFA techniques are available enabling ...


The Safety And Efficacy Of Resistance Training For Chronic Heart Failure Patients, John B. Coleman Jr. Dec 2000

The Safety And Efficacy Of Resistance Training For Chronic Heart Failure Patients, John B. Coleman Jr.

Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of resistance training (RT) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Two retrospective CHF patient groups were assessed pre and post 4-week participation at the Borgess Health and Fitness Center CHF Clinic. The first group participated only in monitored aerobic exercise (AG, N= 10), while the second group participated in monitored aerobic exercise along with the six experimental RT exercises (ARG, N= 10). The safety parameters measured during the aerobic and RT exercises were incidence of new onset arrhythmia and rate pressure products (RPP). The efficacy parameters measured were ...


A Study Of Catholic Schools' Consultants In New South Wales: Their Leadership, Relationship With Principals And Influence On Schools, Anthony Peter Whelan Nov 2000

A Study Of Catholic Schools' Consultants In New South Wales: Their Leadership, Relationship With Principals And Influence On Schools, Anthony Peter Whelan

Theses

How do the Catholic Schools Consultants through their leadership and relationship with Principals influence the outcomes of Catholic systemic schools in New South Wales (NSW)? This research question has been of considerable interest to the professional communities of Catholic educators. Throughout NSW there are eleven diocesan Catholic school systems, each led by a Director assisted by senior field officers called Consultants, the equivalent position of Area superintendents or inspectors in other school systems. The leadership of these Consultants is considered critical for the effectiveness of the school systems especially through their influence on and with Principals. Within this survey research ...


What Researchers Are Publishing And What Parents Are Implementing: Current Interventions For Autism, Barrie Tripp Nov 2000

What Researchers Are Publishing And What Parents Are Implementing: Current Interventions For Autism, Barrie Tripp

Student Theses, Dissertations, Portfolios and Projects

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Adult Student Satisfaction With Overall Learning Experiences At East Tennessee State University., Linda Gale Wyatt Nov 2000

Adult Student Satisfaction With Overall Learning Experiences At East Tennessee State University., Linda Gale Wyatt

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study examined adult students' perceptions of satisifaction levels within specific areas of the ETSU campus. The population surveyed included 106 undergraduate adult learners aged 25 years and older. The Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, 4-year College and University Version was the survey instrument used to share feedback about the adult learners' collegiate experiences thus far. Responses received would give campus leadership feedback about the satisfaction levels of adult learners at ETSU.

The purpose of this study was to determine if the adult learner at ETSU is satisfied with his/her overall learning experience. Adult students were asked to rank ...


The Impact Of Different Teacher Education Courses On The Beliefs And Problem-Student Coping Strategies Of Preservice Teachers, Kate Megan Fullerton Nov 2000

The Impact Of Different Teacher Education Courses On The Beliefs And Problem-Student Coping Strategies Of Preservice Teachers, Kate Megan Fullerton

Theses Bachelor Honours

The results of this cross-sectional study involving 102 entering primary teaching candidates and 104 exiting graduating primary preservice teachers from four different teacher education institutions revealed both stability and change in the beliefs of these two groups of prospective teachers about various aspects of teaching. Beliefs that tended to remain stable related to student control (i.e. giving students greater autonomy about making decisions about managing their own behaviour); their sense of personal teaching efficacy (i.e. their ability to make a positive impact on student learning); and general teaching efficacy (i.e. the ability of teachers in general to ...


Spanning The Generations: A Model For Using Retirees As Volunteers In Schools, Michael Croft Nov 2000

Spanning The Generations: A Model For Using Retirees As Volunteers In Schools, Michael Croft

Theses Bachelor Honours

The present study addressed the potential for using retirees as volunteers in schools. The main advantages for using retirees in the classroom are to bring the generations together and to improve student learning.

The fastest growing segment of our population is retirees. Retired people represent a great resource because they have knowledge, experience, and time availability. Regrettably, older people generally have had little involvement in the education of young people, although volunteer retirees have much to offer schools. The use of retirees in the classroom benefits students, teachers, and the volunteer retirees.

The residents of Avondale Retirement Village were surveyed ...


The Study Of The Perceived Effectiveness Of Resident Assistant Training At Rowan University, April Adams Oct 2000

The Study Of The Perceived Effectiveness Of Resident Assistant Training At Rowan University, April Adams

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of training design, format and length in preparing RA's for their positions. The participants for this study included residence life professional staff, hall directors and resident assistants. Because the population was small, all members were sampled.

This study consisted of a survey that was administered to all current and eight former RA's as well as a similar survey that was administered to the professional staff and hall directors. This survey addressed the effectiveness of the current training designs, as well as training formats and length. Additional archival data ...


The Impact Of Varying Teaching Style Techniques To Better Match Learning Styles In The Science Classroom, Karen M. Santoro Oct 2000

The Impact Of Varying Teaching Style Techniques To Better Match Learning Styles In The Science Classroom, Karen M. Santoro

Theses and Dissertations

This paper will address the correlation between student learning styles and the mode of delivery employed for instruction, and the outcome: student test scores.

By integrating a learning style assessment with a teaching style assessment the researcher challenges the belief that science needs to be taught in a systematic, methodical fashion and varying teaching style will result in significantly higher test scores. The test scores of a class taught with traditional science teaching delivery (lecture style) and the test scores of a class taught with various teaching styles were then compared.

The method employed involved using a learning style survey ...


Utilization And Integration Of Technology By Teachers: A Case Study, Dawn Shipley Basinger Oct 2000

Utilization And Integration Of Technology By Teachers: A Case Study, Dawn Shipley Basinger

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning process of teachers as they begin to implement an innovation. The research problem was based on the need to understand better the processes by which teachers come to integrate technology into their instructional practices. The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (Hall, Wallace, & Dossett, 1973) provided the conceptual framework for facilitating change in teachers' use of technology to support instructional practices. The constructivist approach to learning characterized the setting for the courses-Introduction to Technology for Teachers (ITT) and Software Applications, Teaching Methods, and Software Development for Teachers ( AMDT). Teachers learned basic computer operations ...


Pre-Service Teachers' Assumption Of Responsibility For The Academic Successes And Failures Of Their Students In Physical Education, Kaduabu S. Ajongbah Sep 2000

Pre-Service Teachers' Assumption Of Responsibility For The Academic Successes And Failures Of Their Students In Physical Education, Kaduabu S. Ajongbah

Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education Master’s Theses

Effective teachers communicate their expectations to students and hold them responsible for accomplishing tasks. Expectations of teachers for their students can greatly influence student learning.

The purpose of the study was to examine the extent to which pre-service teachers assumed responsibility for the academic success and failures of their students in the classroom or gymnasium.

A total of seventy subjects (N=70) participated in the study. The subjects enrolled in the student teaching program of the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.

The Responsibility for Student Achievement Questionnaire was administered ...


Training Cooperating Teachers To Conference With Students Of University College Of Education Of Winneba During Teaching Practice, Harriet Naki Amui Aug 2000

Training Cooperating Teachers To Conference With Students Of University College Of Education Of Winneba During Teaching Practice, Harriet Naki Amui

Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education Master’s Theses

The purpose of the study was to train cooperating teachers to supervise student teachers during teaching practice at University College of Education of Winneba. The University College of Education of Winneba Cooperating Teachers' Feedback Instrument was used to collect data.

A total of five cooperating teachers and ten undergraduate students were utilized for the study. The cooperating teachers who had never done supervision of student teachers were trained to use The U.C.E.W-CTFI to collect data on student teachers' feedback which was used during conferencing to provide feedback on the student teachers' teaching.

The baseline data and Intervention ...


A Comparison Of Fifth Grade Students’ Listening Behaviors Using Two Presentation Techniques: Storytelling And Read Aloud, Krista M. Schaller Aug 2000

A Comparison Of Fifth Grade Students’ Listening Behaviors Using Two Presentation Techniques: Storytelling And Read Aloud, Krista M. Schaller

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of storytelling and reading aloud on fifth grade students' listening behaviors and preference of presentation technique. What presentation technique motivates a student to listen and what could we expect to observe when this is occurring?

The subjects were from two different classrooms. There were 23 from one fifth grade class and 24 from the other classroom. They remained in their own classrooms for the procedure. The students were presented with the telling of two stories told by the same professional storyteller. One story had been memorized and was told without ...