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Parental Effects On Academic Achievement, Gregory A. Chubb Sep 2009

Parental Effects On Academic Achievement, Gregory A. Chubb

Theses and Graduate Projects

Prior studies have shown differing opinions on whether factors such as the makeup of the family or the level of a parent's education have an effect on academic achievement of a student. This study looks at students at a small K-8 inner city school in Minneapolis to see exactly what aspects of parenting indeed have an effect on a student's academic achievement. Through the use of qualitative research it was found that high levels of parent-teacher communication and high expectations for both level of education and performance in school give the student the best chance of experiencing academic ...


Factors Of Effective Teaming Of Special Education Paraprofessionals And Special Education Teachers., Heidi Zisla Jul 2009

Factors Of Effective Teaming Of Special Education Paraprofessionals And Special Education Teachers., Heidi Zisla

Theses and Graduate Projects

The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that lead to effective teaming of special education teachers and special education paraprofessionals. These teams face many challenges in teaming effectively. Teachers and paraprofessionals were surveyed and interviewed to gather their perspectives. Communication, clear roles and expectations, demonstrating appreciation and respect emerged as some of the main factors leading to effective special education teaming.


Transition Curriculum For Vessey Leadership Academy Leadership Application Project, Paul Terrence Gruber Jul 2009

Transition Curriculum For Vessey Leadership Academy Leadership Application Project, Paul Terrence Gruber

Theses and Graduate Projects

Research indicates students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) struggle with their transition from high school onward. Students who once received services, now on their own, are left poorly equipped for success. Studies show these students often have low rates of participation in post-secondary schooling, high rates of unemployment, and high rates of incarceration or involvement in crime. Though studies show these young adults struggle after high school, very programs have been implemented to improve their chances for success. The following Leadership Application Project (LAP) was developed in an effort to create a transition curriculum for Vessey Leadership Academy, a ...


The Effects Of Procedural Choice As An Instructional Strategy On Locus Of Control: A Practical Curriculum, Seth Duane Baun Jul 2009

The Effects Of Procedural Choice As An Instructional Strategy On Locus Of Control: A Practical Curriculum, Seth Duane Baun

Theses and Graduate Projects

To investigate the existence of effective instructional strategies that would meet the learning needs of individual students as well as influence existing perceptions of locus of control, a research review and discussion are presented which discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of the methodology known as procedural choice. Inconclusive data and no readily identifiable examples of application resulted in the utilization of current research findings to develop a curriculum containing procedural choice based instructional strategies, designed to serve as both a potential measurement tool for future research as well as a practical, readily applicable curriculum for classroom use. Results from ...


Development Of An Art Curriculum That Best Prepares Students For Careers In The Visual Arts By Conducting Interviews With Professional Artists And Designers., David James Willits Jun 2009

Development Of An Art Curriculum That Best Prepares Students For Careers In The Visual Arts By Conducting Interviews With Professional Artists And Designers., David James Willits

Theses and Graduate Projects

The purpose of this study is to examine ways to best prepare students in an art curriculum at a high school level who wish to go on to pursue a career as a professional artist or designer. In this study I have interviewed eleven professional artists and designers. I asked them a series of questions regarding the types of subjects that, based upon their experience, they would recommend be taught at that level. I have also asked them to identify those things that they feel teachers could do to encourage students to consider art or design as a career.


Intrinsic Motivation In The Responsive Classroom, Dana Ruggiero Apr 2009

Intrinsic Motivation In The Responsive Classroom, Dana Ruggiero

Theses and Graduate Projects

The Responsive Classroom model is considered a positive way to promote intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation in this study was measured through classroom management, teacher/student relationships, and academic choice. The participants of the study were teachers who had been trained in the Responsive Classroom method. Through direct observation and surveys the results of the study proved to be that motivation is a variable dependent on multiple factors including number of years teaching as well as personal philosophy.


Efficacy Of A Secondary School Mentoring Program: Connecting Academic Achievement With Mentoring, Kimberly Olson Jan 2009

Efficacy Of A Secondary School Mentoring Program: Connecting Academic Achievement With Mentoring, Kimberly Olson

Theses and Graduate Projects

This study was created to determine if students at the middle school level would exhibit an increase in quarter grades in the areas of reading and mathematics throughout the year if they received mentoring from school personnel. In addition to student grades, attendance and behavior referrals throughout the year were also examined. This study involved fifty-two students in the study group and sixty-six students in the control group, all of whom attended the same public middle school in southeast Minnesota. Data were collected by school office personnel and was analyzed using the t-tests (to compare average means for analyzing academic ...


Teaming: Advantages And Implementation, Kevin Van Gheem Jan 2009

Teaming: Advantages And Implementation, Kevin Van Gheem

Theses and Graduate Projects

Teaching for four years, I have first-hand experience of what it is like teaching in two distinctly different types of classrooms. My first year was difficult as I was often alone in my room with little guidance or help from fellow teachers. The following three years, our school began to implement teaming and I began to see the benefits of it right before my eyes. This paper will examine some of the benefits for students, parents, and teachers. It will also discuss different types of teams or professional learning communities that can exist in a school. And finally, this paper ...


Becoming Literate Through Art: Benefits Of A Literacy Infused Art Curriculum, Amy Wagner Jan 2009

Becoming Literate Through Art: Benefits Of A Literacy Infused Art Curriculum, Amy Wagner

Theses and Graduate Projects

The decline of literacy skills continues to be a crisis and a concern. It is important to emphasize that being literate goes beyond reading and writing. The definition of literacy can and should also include the ability to listen and speak. With this inclusion literacy becomes well defined as a form of communication. While art and writing are both forms of expression and thereby a means of communication, it is only natural that, because the two share the same goal, they should be studied jointly. The study and practice of art can enhance student's fine motor skills, cognitive learning ...


The Importance Of Teaching Social Skills To Students In Elementary Schools, Jessica Deschneau Jan 2009

The Importance Of Teaching Social Skills To Students In Elementary Schools, Jessica Deschneau

Theses and Graduate Projects

The purpose of this study was to examine what social skills teachers are currently teaching in the classroom setting. Data were collected from 15 teachers in grades kindergarten through third grade. Teachers completed three surveys and participated in classroom observations. The teachers identified and later rated what social skills they believed were important for students to posses in the elementary school setting.


Developng A Neighbor-Like Enviornment Between Home And School, Rebecca J. Butters Jan 2009

Developng A Neighbor-Like Enviornment Between Home And School, Rebecca J. Butters

Theses and Graduate Projects

Parental involvement is an aspect of education that will never go away. It is not a new concept, but continually remains a critical component of student success and achievement. There are many barriers to parental involvement and ultimately student success. Neither parents nor educators can do it alone. The goal of student success and achievement needs to be a collaborative effort from both sides. As a teacher of students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders, developing a solid relationship with parents is crucial. In this study, parents of four students in an E/BD program were interviewed to explore their ...


Factors Of Effective Co-Teaching Between Special And General Educators, Jake Zisla Jan 2009

Factors Of Effective Co-Teaching Between Special And General Educators, Jake Zisla

Theses and Graduate Projects

The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that lead to effective co-teaching relationships between special and general educators. With an increasing focus on inclusion of students with special needs into the general curriculum, co-teaching provides special education teachers an opportunity to provide services within that general curriculum, while giving general educators necessary support. The sfudy was conducted in the form of an initial survey with seven participants, as well as four in-depth case studies of special and general educators currently in co-teaching relationships. The results were analyzed along three major theme areas: collaboration, roles and outcomes. Compatibility ...