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The Effect Of Comic Books On Students' Reading Attitudes, Sheila Lambert Dec 2006

The Effect Of Comic Books On Students' Reading Attitudes, Sheila Lambert

Masters Theses

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A Comparison Of Two Teaching Methodologies In A Middle School Algebra Classroom, Kristina L. Tucky Dec 2006

A Comparison Of Two Teaching Methodologies In A Middle School Algebra Classroom, Kristina L. Tucky

All Regis University Theses

This study was an attempt to determine if a change in teaching methodology would have a positive effect on the outcome, as measured by a chapter test, of an algebra class. The research involved a pretest-posttest control group design of two sections of an eighth grade algebra class. The control group received the standard instructional practice, known as the "direct method", while the treatment group received the same "direct method" and additional "constructive" methodology in the form of manipulatives and group reading of the subject matter. No statistical difference was found between the means of the two classes on the ...


The Effect Of Participation In School-Facilitated Community Service Programmes On Students' Self-Esteem, Sense Of Community Engagement And Attitudes To Christianity, Luke Terrence Reed Dec 2006

The Effect Of Participation In School-Facilitated Community Service Programmes On Students' Self-Esteem, Sense Of Community Engagement And Attitudes To Christianity, Luke Terrence Reed

Theses

Increasingly, student orientated service outreach programmes (community service) are being incorporated into the broad curriculum of Australian High Schools. The assumption made is that such programmes have tangible benefits for students, the community and the schools themselves. Schools that operate out of a Christian paradigm have the added incentive of seeking to assist students give personal expression to religious commitment through the service of others. This study tests the assumption that participation in community service or service outreach activities has positive benefits for the students involved. It explores the effect that student involvement in school-facilitated community service programmes has on ...


Recruitment In Augsburg College's Theatre Arts Department, Bethany J. Bierman Dec 2006

Recruitment In Augsburg College's Theatre Arts Department, Bethany J. Bierman

Theses and Graduate Projects

Many factors influence a prospective college student's final college decision. As Augsburg College seeks to grow its theatre department, the question of what matters most to prospective theatre students is especially timely. This project seeks to answer the question, "'What factors make the largest impact in attracting and matriculating theatre majors to Augsburg College?" One-on-one interviews were conducted with current Augsburg theatre students. These in-depth conversations provided insight into the effectiveness of various recruiting methods and identified untapped recruitment opportunities. The research confirmed that the theatre department's early, deliberate, and multi-faceted recruitment strategies directly impact students' interest in ...


Of "Illustrators," "Narrators," "Editors," And "Readers": Describing Relations Between Significantly Disabled Students And Their Peers, Srikala Naraian Dec 2006

Of "Illustrators," "Narrators," "Editors," And "Readers": Describing Relations Between Significantly Disabled Students And Their Peers, Srikala Naraian

Dissertations

This paper interweaves several theoretical strands—disability studies, narrative theories, and sociocultural perspectives on learning—both as a means to understand current practice in the education of students with significant disabilities as well as to envisage other forms of participation for them. The aims of the study are derived from the argument made by Ferguson (2003) that the narratives of others in the lives of severely disabled individuals are critical to the formation of their identities. Appropriating this idea to the classroom, this study explores the notion that the narratives of classroom peers are vital to the participation of the ...


Transition Activities And Their Effects On Middle School Students, Vicki Sue Vanlaere Dec 2006

Transition Activities And Their Effects On Middle School Students, Vicki Sue Vanlaere

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness that transitional activities have on student achievement and attendance when students moved from elementary school to middle school. The data were gathered from two school districts that are demographically similar. Data included average daily attendance rates, Terra Nova Achievement Scores from social studies in grades five, six, and seven, as well as math in grades five, six, and seven. There were 187 students in the Treatment Group and 147 in the Control Group for a total of 334 students. Comparison of means for demographic equivalency of the groups (t-test) and ...


The Impact Of A Ninth- And Tenth-Grade Academy Program On Student Attendance, Discipline, And Achievement, Sandra Wooten Dec 2006

The Impact Of A Ninth- And Tenth-Grade Academy Program On Student Attendance, Discipline, And Achievement, Sandra Wooten

All Dissertations

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an Academy Program on freshman and sophomore attendance, suspensions out of school, PLAN and PSAT scores, and the number of students retained in ninth and tenth grades. With the Academy Program at Gaffney High School, the amount of time spent in mathematics and English language arts classes was doubled, staff development was provided, instructional methods were changed, data was analyzed to modify instruction, and successes were celebrated. School data from two years before and two years after implementation were examined to determine whether any significant differences existed. Results ...


The Relationship Between Work Motivation And Leadership Practices Among Graduates Of A Master's Degree Program, Marjorie Dowd Dec 2006

The Relationship Between Work Motivation And Leadership Practices Among Graduates Of A Master's Degree Program, Marjorie Dowd

All Dissertations

This study examined the relationship between work motivation and leadership practices among graduates of a master's degree program in education administration and supervision. The study was conducted in an effort to produce information relevant to the human resources practices of secondary school administrators and to identify potential professional development topics for school districts and college training programs. Data were collected through a quantitative research methodology. First, the study sought to determine each participant's work motivation as measured by the Work Motivation Inventory and differences among participant scores on that inventory. Secondly, the study sought to determine each participant ...


Design Drawing In Instructional Design At Brigham Young University's Center For Instructional Design: A Case Study, S. Todd Stubbs Dec 2006

Design Drawing In Instructional Design At Brigham Young University's Center For Instructional Design: A Case Study, S. Todd Stubbs

All Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to compare the use of design drawing in design fields such as architecture, engineering, and industrial design with its use in instructional design (ID). This study was conducted in three parts: first, a review of literature to understand the role and value design drawing plays in non-ID fields; second, a search for design drawing in the literature of ID; and third, observations of actual use of design drawing in ID in the field. For the first part, the literature of design studies was reviewed regarding design drawing. For the second part, the literature review ...


Preservice Teachers' Procedural And Conceptual Understanding Of Fractions And The Effects Of Inquiry-Based Learning On This Understanding, Hope Marchionda Dec 2006

Preservice Teachers' Procedural And Conceptual Understanding Of Fractions And The Effects Of Inquiry-Based Learning On This Understanding, Hope Marchionda

All Dissertations

ABSTRACT Non-negative rational numbers play a major role in the K-8 curriculum and continue to permeate mathematics content through high school and college in all strands of mathematics. The difficulty that both students and teachers encounter with these concepts is well documented in the literature. This study looked at preservice teacher knowledge and how an alternative means of instruction might improve their conceptual understanding of fractions. To accomplish this task, the study took place in two stages over the course of two semesters. During the first stage, preservice teachers' conceptual and procedural knowledge of fractions and their associated algorithms were ...


Financial Analysis And Fiscal Viability Of Secondary Schools In Mukono District, Uganda, Janet Jeffery Tanner Dec 2006

Financial Analysis And Fiscal Viability Of Secondary Schools In Mukono District, Uganda, Janet Jeffery Tanner

All Theses and Dissertations

Within the worldwide business community, many analysis tools and techniques have evolved to assist in the evaluation and encouragement of financial health and fiscal viability. However, in the educational community, such analysis is uncommon. It has long been argued that educational institutions bear little resemblance to, and should not be treated like, businesses. This research identifies an educational environment where educational institutions are, indeed, businesses, and may greatly benefit from the use of business analyses. The worldwide effort of Education for All (EFA) has focused on primary education, particularly in less developed countries (LDCs). In Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda increased its ...


Banking Transactions And Controls Training For Deutsche Bank Operations Employees, Jodi Young Dec 2006

Banking Transactions And Controls Training For Deutsche Bank Operations Employees, Jodi Young

All Theses and Dissertations

This report describes the development process of the Deutsche Bank Intro to Controls instructional training tool. This course utilizes a multi-faceted, blended approach, including web-based training, simulation, and instructor-led training components to teach complex banking operations. The report includes a literature review describing instructional theories, and strategies concerning the use of a blended approach in the training of complex systems and operations. The report also includes a description of the formative evaluation process and results. These results demonstrated a positive response to the content and instructional strategies employed in the training, as well as the need for future research to ...


The Technical College Image In South Carolina, Charles Mclafferty Dec 2006

The Technical College Image In South Carolina, Charles Mclafferty

All Dissertations

ABSTRACT


This dissertation seeks to understand the perceptions of key constituencies (legis¬lators, private and public college and university presidents, and technical college presidents) about technical colleges in South Carolina. It explores the impact of technical colleges in the state and the difficulties that technical colleges face in achieving that impact and adapting to future needs.
Survey instruments were distributed to these key constituencies. Data were reduced via factor analysis, and MANOVA procedures were used to analyze differences among constituencies on the factor scores. Open-ended questions and interviews with select participants illuminated, expanded, and validated the quantitative findings.
There were ...


In-School Suspension: A Qualitative Study Of High School Programs, Joseph M. Boone Dec 2006

In-School Suspension: A Qualitative Study Of High School Programs, Joseph M. Boone

Student Theses, Dissertations, Portfolios and Projects

In-School Suspension (ISS) is the temporary placement of a student experiencing behavior problems in an alternative location within the school or school district. ISS is designed to offset the negative effects of exclusion and external suspension from school. In the ideal situation students assigned to ISS are under school supervision with an academic component provided (Stiefer, 2003).

There are various forms of ISS including: the punitive format which employs strict rule enforcement, the discussion format which includes activities designed to improve self-esteem, communication, and problem solving skills, and the academic model, which focuses on improving skills required to improve academic ...


Effects Of Visual Distractions In The Classroom Environment On The Time On Task Of Elementary Students With Adhd, Kate E. S. Harris Dec 2006

Effects Of Visual Distractions In The Classroom Environment On The Time On Task Of Elementary Students With Adhd, Kate E. S. Harris

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

The focus of this study is to demonstrate that the visual distractions, narrowly defined as wall decoration, in an elementary classroom can be a factor in the amount of time students with ADHD spend on-task in that classroom. This study builds upon the information revealed by studies conducted by such researchers as Creekmore (1987), Cruickshank (1967), Doyle, Anderson, and Halcomb (1976), and Steinkamp (1980), which tested the effects of visual distractions on participants with ADD/HD . These studies did not use learning tasks and used distractions that are not typical to an elementary classroom. This study attempted to answer the ...


An Investigation Of Proportional Thinking Among High School Students, Kirsten Dooley Dec 2006

An Investigation Of Proportional Thinking Among High School Students, Kirsten Dooley

All Dissertations

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics suggests that formal proportional reasoning instruction take place during grades five through eight (1989). While extensive research has explored both pre-instructional and intra-instructional student proportional thinking strategies, little research has been done on post-instructional proportional thinking strategies used by high-school aged students. As proportional reasoning is fundamental for success in Algebra and other advanced mathematics, it seems relevant to verify that these students retain their reasoning abilities and can apply them in both high school and college mathematical situations.
This study sought to: (1) determine whether high-school students from specific rural, low-income school ...


Financial Aid As A Predictor Of Retention At A Two-Year College, Cheryl Davids Dec 2006

Financial Aid As A Predictor Of Retention At A Two-Year College, Cheryl Davids

All Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to determine the likelihood that the type of financial assistance a student receives is a predictor of retention at a two-year college. The institution utilized in the study is a mid-size, public, two-year college in South Carolina. The effects of five distinct types of financial assistance on retention were investigated. The types of financial assistance include Federal Pell Grant, Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship, South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) Tuition Assistance, a combination of South Carolina Education Lottery Tuition Assistance and Federal Pell Grant, and a combination of Legislative Incentive for ...


Using Social Network Analysis To Investigate Potential Bias In Editorial Peer Review In Core Journals Of Comparative/International Education, Biao Cheng Dec 2006

Using Social Network Analysis To Investigate Potential Bias In Editorial Peer Review In Core Journals Of Comparative/International Education, Biao Cheng

All Theses and Dissertations

This study explores potential bias in the editorial peer-review system within the context of the field of comparative and international education. Assuming the role as “Guardian of Science” and “social status judge” (Zuckerman & Merton, 1971), peer-review, the quality control system of science, directly affects the growth of science, scientists' academic career and their institutions. The very basic tenet of the peer review system is its assumed objectivity. Bias in editorial peer review process, however, is inevitable. The constitution of the blind peer review mechanism is itself a simply undeniable acknowledgement of that fact. Therefore, this study investigated potential peer-review bias by examining the core peer-reviewed academic journal publications of the field between 1994 and 2003, through the methods of social network analysis. In addition to some descriptive analysis on the overall state of the field, based on the criterion of centrality, focus was specifically given to two networks (co-authorship network and institutional network) and the network structure for patterns that might indicate bias in terms of author, gender, author-affiliated institution, country, number of articles published and number of journals in which the author published. Findings of this research revealed no discernable patterns nor network-wide centralization in either the co-authorship network or the institution network. Thus, no reason exists to suspect the objectivity of the peer-review process of the five core academic journals of comparative and international education 1994 – 2003 on the base of centrality. Further descriptive analyses, however, did reveal patterns that may represent norms of the field and, thus, may suggest potential sources of bias. Findings indicated that 1) scholars of the field tend to research independently and publish in relative isolation, and single-authored journal articles are the norm of the field; 2) the field is dominated by the scholars and institutions of Western countries, especially the U.K and the U.S; and 3) journals of the field tend to publish more authors from the hosting countries of the journal. The implications of these findings were also discussed.


The Effectiveness Of Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops: An Action Research Approach, Stacy Marie Hooker Dec 2006

The Effectiveness Of Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops: An Action Research Approach, Stacy Marie Hooker

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In recent years, the United States has been struggling to keep abreast with international competition in terms of scientific development. This trend has led researchers to study why students abandon scientific majors in favor of pursuing nonscientific degrees and what can be done to attract students to and retain them in scientific fields of study. This thesis project focuses specifically on Peer-Led Team Learning Workshops (PLTLW) and their effectiveness in not only helping students learn course material but providing them with the motivation to finish with scientific degrees. It also explores the differences in participating in a PLTLW as a ...


A Laptop-Learning Initiative: Relationships With Student Achievement, Technology Proficiency, And Attitude Towards Technology, Kevin Scott Nicholas Dec 2006

A Laptop-Learning Initiative: Relationships With Student Achievement, Technology Proficiency, And Attitude Towards Technology, Kevin Scott Nicholas

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between a laptop learning initiative, student achievement, technology proficiency, and attitude towards technology. The initiative, Project One-on-One, was designed to provide teachers with the ability to teach technology integrated lessons in classrooms with a student-to computer ratio of 1:1. This was accomplished by utilizing two mobile laptop labs that were financed through a national grant competition. The variables that were examined in the study were three years of eighth-grade student achievement scores from the criterion-referenced Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) test and the Louisiana Center for Educational Technology’s ...


Factors Which Impact The Conduct Of Fifth Grade African-American Males, Derricka Bashetta Thomas Dec 2006

Factors Which Impact The Conduct Of Fifth Grade African-American Males, Derricka Bashetta Thomas

Dissertations

This study examines the factors that impact the conduct of fifth grade African- American male students who participated in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten (ECLS-K). The participants in this study are located throughout the United States of America. These students attend private and public schools. The data for this study were provided by the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. The researcher utilized ECLS-K’s Public Use Data File and Electronic Codebook to create an SPSS syntax file in order to measure the factors that impact the conduct of fifth grade ...


Crossing The Bridge From Eighth To Tenth Grade: Can Ninth Grade Schools Make It Better?, Eddie James Peasant Ii Dec 2006

Crossing The Bridge From Eighth To Tenth Grade: Can Ninth Grade Schools Make It Better?, Eddie James Peasant Ii

Dissertations

Ninth grade is a complicated time period in the school years of young adolescents, They face many social, emotional, physical, and academic issues during the transition from eighth grade to the freshman year. In some cases, these problems in ninth grade lead to increased dropout rate. This matter is addressed in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). School districts across the country are establishing programs to deal with this dilemma of students transitioning from the middle grades to high school. One such program is the ninth grade school or academy. The general purpose of this study was to investigate ...


An Examination Of Perception Toward Merit Pay In A Southern School District, Carol Lynn White Payne Dec 2006

An Examination Of Perception Toward Merit Pay In A Southern School District, Carol Lynn White Payne

Dissertations

The use of merit pay systems has been a part of educational history for one hundred years. States across the country have utilized different forms o f merit pay systems to increase student achievement. Career ladder merit pay systems may base teacher salary on the attainment of additional degrees, additional responsibilities and an increase in student achievement. School-based performance awards may reward all staff members of a school based on achievement of goals set by the school board. Individual teacher financial awards may be based on administrative evaluations, student achievement, attainment of additional degrees, and participation in professional development sessions ...


Developing Technical Vocabulary And Scientific Writing Skills Of English Language Learners In General Education Science Classrooms, Shawn D. Kerr Dec 2006

Developing Technical Vocabulary And Scientific Writing Skills Of English Language Learners In General Education Science Classrooms, Shawn D. Kerr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Through weekly tutoring sessions with a 1: 1 teacher to ESL student ratio different instructional techniques and strategies were tested for their practicality, applicability, and success for developing the vocabulary comprehension and scientific writing skills. The sessions served a two-fold purpose: (1) to test various strategies and techniques relevant to the topic, and (2) to provide additional support to an at-risk student that cannot be provided by the school. The student participant was a 10th grade ESL student, who has been in the U.S. for 8 years, yet continues to struggle with science, particularly with vocabulary and writing skills ...


The Benefits Of Cooperative Learning In The Middle School Science Classroom, Michael M. Pettibone Dec 2006

The Benefits Of Cooperative Learning In The Middle School Science Classroom, Michael M. Pettibone

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study presents an overview of the academic, social and behavioral benefits of cooperative learning in a middle school science classroom. Students were assessed in the second marking period during a teacher centered lecture and then introduced to a cooperative learning environment. There was an 89.7% increase in academic averages in the third marking period. This study also showed an observable improvement in classroom behavior and increase in appropriate social interactions.


The Effect Of Teacher Support On Students From Divorced Families, Jamie Kraemer Anderson Dec 2006

The Effect Of Teacher Support On Students From Divorced Families, Jamie Kraemer Anderson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Statistics reveal divorce as a pervasive and real aspect of modern American society. As a result of the steady divorce rates, the implications for the classroom are far-reaching. While educators cannot resolve the challenge of divorce for students within a given classroom, a concerted effort to assist and understand the educator’s role and influence will better equip teacher’s to best meet the interests of their students. This research project addresses the potential effect of divorce on students. In order for teachers to best serve in a supportive role for their students experiencing the social, emotional, and academic impact ...


Cooperative Learning And Student Motivation, Patricia Quinn Dec 2006

Cooperative Learning And Student Motivation, Patricia Quinn

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The effects of cooperative learning on student motivation, attendance, and achievement were investigated in a school age GED program' s science lessons. Students took a pre-survey and post-survey to assess the effect of cooperative learning on motivation. Students took a pretest and post-test to assess the effect of cooperative learning on achievement. Student attendance was analyzed before and during the implementation of cooperative learning. Students exhibited more positive motivation and higher achievement after implementation of cooperative learning. It was not possible to determine the effect of cooperative learning on student attendance.


Targeting And Attempting To Correct Common Misconceptions In The High School Chemistry Classroom, Lori Jean Dolgos Dec 2006

Targeting And Attempting To Correct Common Misconceptions In The High School Chemistry Classroom, Lori Jean Dolgos

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

What is it about the nature of high school chemistry that creates obstacles to student learning? What are the common misconceptions? This thesis project notes that many high school chemistry students often struggle with misconceptions about the material. It postulates that these misconceptions are driven by the overwhelming amount of material they must master, the student’s prior “assumed” knowledge which may or may not be correct, and the reality that chemistry content tends to be more abstract in nature than previous science coursework. The project seeks to identify the common misconceptions in the chemistry classroom and create instructional strategies ...


Teaching Culture Through Dance To Kindergarten Students, Karen Ekeze Dec 2006

Teaching Culture Through Dance To Kindergarten Students, Karen Ekeze

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The arts are a defining part of our personal culture and history as well as a means to understand and experience global culture and history. According to the New York State Social Studies Curriculum, kindergarteners should be developing self-awareness and growing as individuals; teaching these concepts, through the arts, helps students answer basic questions about themselves and others. In order to address the scarcity of accessible resources, this thesis project creates and explores how to incorporate both creative dance and cultural dance into kindergarten social studies curriculum while addressing the kindergarten NYS Social Studies standards. The creative lesson plans (included ...


Family Mathematics Night, Ann M. Cartwright Dec 2006

Family Mathematics Night, Ann M. Cartwright

All Regis University Theses

The purpose of this project was to develop a family mathematics night program that would encourage parental involvement in mathematics education thus, enhancing student achievement in mathematics. Parents attending the program would: (a) become familiar with the current mathematics program used by their children; (b) learn mathematics games to play at home with their children; and (c) be introduced to various child appropriate, mathematics web sites on the Internet. Much of the material presented was recapped in a miniguide to fourth grade mathematics that was given to all the families. This guide is a tool for the parents to use ...