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Assessing The Development Of High School Chemistry Students' Conceptual And Visual Understanding Of Dimensional Analysis Via Supplemental Use Of A Proprietary Interactive Software Program, Jennifer Tennille Pinder Ellis Jan 2009

Assessing The Development Of High School Chemistry Students' Conceptual And Visual Understanding Of Dimensional Analysis Via Supplemental Use Of A Proprietary Interactive Software Program, Jennifer Tennille Pinder Ellis

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study was designed to evaluate the effects of the proprietary science education software, “Conversionoes,” on students' conceptual and visual understanding of dimensional analysis. The participants in the study were high school general chemistry students enrolled in two public high schools with different demographics (School A and School B) in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, metropolitan area. A mixed methods design was used in the data collection and analysis to provide a holistic view of the impact of the software on student learning, via a value-added design. The resulting qualitative and quantitative data indicated that the Conversionoes software enhanced the treatment groups ...


"It Takes A Lot Out Of You": Ethnography Of Secondary English Teachers' Writing Pedagogy, Lisa F. Morales Jan 2009

"It Takes A Lot Out Of You": Ethnography Of Secondary English Teachers' Writing Pedagogy, Lisa F. Morales

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study was conducted in two case-study teachers’ public middle school classrooms in south Louisiana and a survey in three public school districts. A qualitative research focus with the research design taken from work of Michael Patton’s (2002) Qualitative Research Evaluation Methods and James Spradley and David McCurdy’s (1975) Anthropology: The Cultural Perspective. The survey was developed from the work of Tourangeau, Rips, and Rasinski’s (2002) The Psychology of Survey Responses. The researcher assumed the role of participant observer for three months which resulted in two themes: first, traditional teaching methods in the teaching of writing, and ...


Do Tops Eligibility Requirements Predict In-System College Retention?, Jason J. Droddy Jan 2009

Do Tops Eligibility Requirements Predict In-System College Retention?, Jason J. Droddy

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a state-funded, merit-based scholarship codified into Louisiana state law in 1997. More than $1 billion in awards have been distributed since the program’s inception. By 2006, eligibility for TOPS required a 2.5 high school grade point average on a legislatively specified 16.5-unit college preparatory curriculum, and a minimum ACT score equivalent to the average of the prior year’s test takers. These rules were believed to promote greater academic preparedness resulting in higher college retention rates. Only recently has the six-year graduation rate for Louisiana’s public universities passed ...


The Digital Disconnect: Uncovering Barriers That Sustain The Phenomena Of Unplugged Teachers In A Technological Era, Deidra Brown Johnson Jan 2009

The Digital Disconnect: Uncovering Barriers That Sustain The Phenomena Of Unplugged Teachers In A Technological Era, Deidra Brown Johnson

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study investigated the barriers to technology integration of teachers that are technology proficient and work in school settings where Type I barriers, such as lack of access, insufficient time to plan, and lack of support, have been systematically removed. The results of this case study are intended to provide practical recommendations for practitioners such as technology coordinators, principals and teachers, and recommend future areas of study. The participants in this qualitative study consisted of eight teachers, three principals and one technology supervisor. Six of the eight teachers were interviewed, and all eight were observed teaching a lesson that utilized ...


Determining The Number Of Factors In Data Containing A Single Outlier: A Study Of Factor Analysis Of Simulated Data, Victor Snipes Swaim Jan 2009

Determining The Number Of Factors In Data Containing A Single Outlier: A Study Of Factor Analysis Of Simulated Data, Victor Snipes Swaim

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Numerous procedures have been suggested for determining the number of factors to retain in factor analysis. However, previous studies have focused on comparing methods using normal data sets. This study had two phases. The first phase explored the Kaiser method, Scree test, Bartlett’s chi-square test, Minimum Average Partial (1976 & 2000), Horn’s parallel analysis, and Longman’s Parallel Analysis on normal data using the estimation methods of Maximum Likelihood (ML), Principal Component Analysis (PCA), and Principal Factor Analysis (PFA). The second phase explored the Kaiser method, Scree test, Minimum Average Partial (1976 & 2000), and Horn’s parallel analysis, and ...


An Examination Of Louisiana Educational School Improvement Legislation, Policy Decisions, Initiatives, And Fiscal Expenditure From 1997 To 2005, Belinda Marie Cambre Jan 2009

An Examination Of Louisiana Educational School Improvement Legislation, Policy Decisions, Initiatives, And Fiscal Expenditure From 1997 To 2005, Belinda Marie Cambre

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study sought to identify major school improvement reform programs and initiatives in Louisiana during the period of 1997 to 2005. The criteria used to identify each program included: state funding that averaged at least $2 million per year in state funds; programs that affected teachers and students for school improvement purposes; and, programs that remained in place for at least two school years. The study ultimately yielded nine initiatives that met each of the above listed criteria. Some, but not all, were the result of the School and District Accountability Commission, which was established by Act 478, the 1997 ...


Effects Of An Audience Response System On Student Learning Outcomes In An Applied Kinesiology Course, Katherine Krieg Jan 2009

Effects Of An Audience Response System On Student Learning Outcomes In An Applied Kinesiology Course, Katherine Krieg

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of using audience response systems (ARS) on student learning outcomes and learning processes, when the instructional strategy of using sequentially challenging questions and collaborative discussions were held constant across both treatment and control conditions. A quasi-experimental AB alternating research design was employed. Two sections of a Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology course at a small faith-based college participated in the study. One section served as control and the other section as treatment groups until midsemester, when the roles of the groups switched. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed ...


A Study Of The Relationship Of Teachers' Self-Efficacy And The Impact Of Professional Learning Community As An Organizational Structure, Dana Elaine Nolan Jan 2009

A Study Of The Relationship Of Teachers' Self-Efficacy And The Impact Of Professional Learning Community As An Organizational Structure, Dana Elaine Nolan

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The study was conducted to explore the characteristics of and interrelationships between teachers’ self-efficacy and professional learning community. Specifically, this study presents a quantitative study of ten Louisiana public schools participating in the second year of the Louisiana 9th Grade Redesign Initiative. Bandura’s (1977, 1986) social cognitive learning theory of self-efficacy provides the theoretical framework for the construct of self-efficacy under study. Hord’s (1998) dimensions of professional learning community provide the framework for the exploration of professional learning communities in this study. The School Professional Staff as Learning Community (SPSLCQ) instrument developed by Shirley Hord (1997) and the ...


Investigating Conceptual Teaching Strategies In A Computer Based Mathematics Curriculum: The Case Of R2r, Haitham Sleiman Solh Jan 2009

Investigating Conceptual Teaching Strategies In A Computer Based Mathematics Curriculum: The Case Of R2r, Haitham Sleiman Solh

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study investigated the various teaching strategies implemented by the teachers in a computer-based Mathematics course delivery model created by the LSU Math Department and applied in Louisiana High Schools. This model was referred to as R2R (Roadmap to Redesign). It was a course design that includes whole class instruction time (about 25% of class time) in addition to time spent with teacher assistance utilizing computer software (MathXL) to practice exercises, submit homework assignments, and take quizzes and tests.The study aimed to determine the proportion of teachers using the R2R model that opt to support a conceptual agenda in ...


The Indigenous Culture Of School Mathematics In China And The United States: A Comparative Study Of Teachers' Understanding Of Constructivism, Lingqi Meng Jan 2009

The Indigenous Culture Of School Mathematics In China And The United States: A Comparative Study Of Teachers' Understanding Of Constructivism, Lingqi Meng

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study aimed to explore how the indigenous (national) culture of teaching and learning mediates teachers’ understandings of constructivism in China and the U.S. Thirty middle school math teachers who are self-identified with the mathematics teaching reform movement in each country participated in this study (NCTM 2000 Math Standards in the United States or the MOE 2001 Math Standards in China). Both theoretical and empirical methods were adopted for this research. Theoretical analysis led to a new cultural model that helped select appropriate cultural elements for this study. Based on emergence theory, the new model perceives Confucianism and Taoism ...


Deconstructing Student Perception Of Incivility In The Nursing Education Triad, Jennifer Wibbenmeyer Beck Jan 2009

Deconstructing Student Perception Of Incivility In The Nursing Education Triad, Jennifer Wibbenmeyer Beck

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This triangulated mixed methods study examines the construct of incivility in nursing higher education within the southeastern United States. A modification of the Incivility in Nursing Education (INE) survey (Clark, 2007) was administered to determine behaviors students identify as uncivil within the various contexts of the associate degree nursing educational environment – classroom and clinical area and among the nursing education triad – students, faculty, and nurses. Ten factors were isolated as a result of exploratory factor analysis. There was a statistically significant difference between beginning and graduating students’ perceptions regarding one factor, Abuse of Faculty Position. Beginning students described this factor ...


A Mixed Methods Study Of Factors Related To The Receipt And Retention Of Tops Scholarships In Louisiana, Samuel Houston Theriot Jan 2009

A Mixed Methods Study Of Factors Related To The Receipt And Retention Of Tops Scholarships In Louisiana, Samuel Houston Theriot

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine disparities in the receipt and retention of the TOPS scholarship in Louisiana. Specifically, the study examined why some schools are more successful than others in preparing students for TOPS eligibility, what impact availability of quality core curriculum courses has on TOPS eligibility, the ways the State can improve eligibility for lower income students, and the reasons why many lose their awards. The research utilized a sequential mixed methods QUAN/QUAL approach with multiple levels of analysis (school, cohort, and student). Matched pairs of outlier schools (one with a high rate of TOPS ...