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Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton Oct 2011

Mentoring Within The Minority Population: How To Retain And Matriculate Minorities In A College Setting, Brent Matthias Obleton

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

In an ever-changing educational environment, it is pertinent that higher education institutions proactively implement strategies and programs that foster growth for the modern day college students. The establishment of effective support mechanisms is an essential component to aid in the development of students. Minority students, in particular, have shown a growing need to receive additional guidance outside of the traditional adherents (i.e., parents, personal ambition, educational advisors, etc). Historically, mentorship has been more prevalent in the private sector, used as a means to groom subordinates to take on new roles within their respective companies. However, assessment and the positive ...


A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner Oct 2011

A Comparative Analysis Of Effective School Board Leadership: The Case Of Gwinnett County And Atlanta City Public Schools, Joshua Allen Garner

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A quality education is essential in determining the success of future generations. All too often K-12 school systems fail to meet the expectations of success held by students, parents, and the community. On the other hand, there are school systems that surpass expectations of success held by stake holders of the school system. Exemplifying this phenomenon is the case of Atlanta Public Schools, who were placed on probation by the accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the case of Gwinnett County Public Schools, who were awarded the 2010 Broad Award for minority student achievement (Torres 2011 ...


An Investigation Of Brain Games As A Potential Non-Pharmaceutical Alternative For The Treatment Of Adhd, Stacy C. Wegrzyn Oct 2011

An Investigation Of Brain Games As A Potential Non-Pharmaceutical Alternative For The Treatment Of Adhd, Stacy C. Wegrzyn

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This study sought to determine if the daily use of brain games such as Nintendo DS Brain Age could increase the engagement of students with ADHD. The findings bridge the gap between prior research on the frontal lobe’s connection to ADHD and the studies that have indicated brain games can stimulate this area of the brain. Based on the compilation of data, there is hope for ADHD patients searching for an alternative to medication. Data from seven of the nine instruments utilized in this study support the overarching hypothesis that the daily use of brain games can help decrease ...


Designing Our Tribe With Online Learning In An Elementary Classroom, Timothy Neal Clark Oct 2011

Designing Our Tribe With Online Learning In An Elementary Classroom, Timothy Neal Clark

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate how the design of an online learning environment within a learning management system (LMS) could enhance learning experiences for fourth grade students and their teacher in a traditional face-to-face classroom over a five-week period. Online learning activities were developed in coordination with the researcher, the teacher, and the students utilizing a design-based research methodology in order to promote student interaction and collaboration within an online learning environment. Given the dearth of research in online or blended learning in elementary grades, this study was a qualitative exploratory investigation based on the principals of ...


Teaching For Global Learning Through Telecollaboration: A Case Study Of K-12 Educators' Conceptualizations And Practices About Global Education, Holly Gooding Oran Oct 2011

Teaching For Global Learning Through Telecollaboration: A Case Study Of K-12 Educators' Conceptualizations And Practices About Global Education, Holly Gooding Oran

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

A plethora of literature discusses the flattening of the world we live in (Friedman, 2007) and the need for teachers to educate K-12 students for global learning. However, the literature is critically lacking in empirical evidence in how this is to take place in classrooms. In addition, existing empirical studies have focused primarily on American social studies educators at the secondary school level. Scholars differ in their own understanding of what global education means and should look like in schools, how teachers are to incorporate it into their curriculum, and how it benefits K-12 learners. The purpose of the present ...


The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden Oct 2011

The Comparative Effects Of Two Types Of Photographic Visual Supports On The Acquisition Of Independent Performance Of Multi-Step Tasks By Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cindy Denise Golden

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This study uses a single subject adapted alternating treatment design to examine the comparative effects of two types of visual supports. Photographic visual supports that depict only the materials in the completed step and photographic visual supports that depict the student using the materials to complete each step were examined as to their comparative efficiency on the acquisition of independent performance of multi-step tasks by students with autism. The study expands the body of literature and fills a gap in the research of visual supports, which is one of the most widely accepted, research-based forms of intervention used with subjects ...


A Qualitative Study Of The Use Of Content-Related Comics To Promote Student Participation In Mathematical Discourse In A Math I Support Class, Jeni M. Halimun Oct 2011

A Qualitative Study Of The Use Of Content-Related Comics To Promote Student Participation In Mathematical Discourse In A Math I Support Class, Jeni M. Halimun

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The purpose of this study is to contribute to existing research on classroom discourse by investigating whether a content-related comic that is closely linked to the learning task can stimulate mathematical discourse in a real high school classroom. To build a math-talk learning community and to analyze the effectiveness of content-related comics in eliciting student participation, I employed the combined theoretical frameworks consisting of a Hufferd-Ackles’ et al. (2004) math-talk learning community and Nathan and Knuth’s (2003) social and analytical scaffolding. The combined frameworks provided a multilevel analytical tool for studying classroom interactions. The results suggested that the content-related ...


The Effects Of Peer Coaching For Technology Integration On Teachers’ Comfort, Practice, And Student Technology Literacy, Tricia Cauffiel Frazier Oct 2011

The Effects Of Peer Coaching For Technology Integration On Teachers’ Comfort, Practice, And Student Technology Literacy, Tricia Cauffiel Frazier

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The purpose of this eight week mixed methods study was to understand the effects of peer coaching on teacher’s comfort, instructional practices, and the culminating impact on student achievement. Through collaborative lesson planning, teachers learned how to improve student learning with technology. The data revealed that though change in comfort was only approaching significance, teachers’ personal statements demonstrated improved comfort. Similarly, change in practices with technology was found to be non-significant; however, observations and interviews indicated that teachers did indeed initiate changes in their instructional practices with technology. Student technology literacy scores also improved significantly from pre- to post-assessment ...


A Critical Examination Of The Relationship Between Student Performances On Assessments Of English Language Proficiency And Academic Achievement, Margaret E. D. Baker Oct 2011

A Critical Examination Of The Relationship Between Student Performances On Assessments Of English Language Proficiency And Academic Achievement, Margaret E. D. Baker

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To comply with federal accountability requirements, English learners (ELs) in Georgia must demonstrate progress in academic English language proficiency (ELP) and academic content-area achievement as measured annually by two state-mandated Title I and Title III assessments, the Accessing Communication and Comprehension in English State-to-State for English Language Learners® (ACCESS for ELLs®) and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). Using a critical ELP assessment validation framework, the intent of this study was to investigate the relationship of students’ performances on Title assessments, analyze student level variability in the predictive power of the ELP assessment for academic achievement, and examine claims made when ...


Moving Research Journals Online: Using Blogs To Teach Research-Based Writing In First-Year Composition, Tanya L. Rodgers Oct 2011

Moving Research Journals Online: Using Blogs To Teach Research-Based Writing In First-Year Composition, Tanya L. Rodgers

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The thesis describes a research study that evaluates replacing the research journal assignment with a research blog assignment. The study was conducted in Spring 2011 in the author's ENGL 1102: Composition II class.


Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby Oct 2011

Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby

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In a qualitative study in a school district transitioning from rural to suburban based on a population growth and a shift in demographics, attitudes about writing, writing practices, writing assignments, and assessment practices of three teachers in the curriculum content areas of math, science, and social studies were investigated. Individual interviews with the teachers, observations of their classroom practices, interviews with focus groups in their content areas, and examinations of rated assessments provided the data for the study. The results indicated that the teachers’ past negative experiences with writing reflect in their teaching practice, as all are reluctant to generate ...


Cultural Intersections: White Teachers And Their Racial Minority Students, Jason Pritchett Oct 2011

Cultural Intersections: White Teachers And Their Racial Minority Students, Jason Pritchett

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Racial minority students in American public schools learn in environments that are antithetical to their cultural and familial backgrounds. Because the majority of the teacher workforce is comprised of white teachers, the institution of school places racial minority students at risk. These students drop out or are labeled as failures at alarming rates. This qualitative study explored the teaching behaviors of white veteran teachers through a design that mixed both multicase study and autoethnography. The data sources for this study included interviews, focus groups, teacher journals, and teacher-authored documents. The data in this study was member checked and peer reviewed ...


How Does The Collaboration Of General And Special Educators Improve The Progress Attainment Of Students With Disabilities?, Ketrina L. Jordan Jul 2011

How Does The Collaboration Of General And Special Educators Improve The Progress Attainment Of Students With Disabilities?, Ketrina L. Jordan

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"I think that my kids have been very successful in the inclusion classroom this year. I have a seen a lot of growth" (SL). This statement was from a special education teacher who served students with disabilities in the general education math classroom. This teacher collaborates with the general education math teacher. For this co-teaching team, the experience has been a positive one. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to research the collaboration of co-teachers, like SL and her team-mate, in a suburban elementary school, uncovering benefits and costs of collaboration.

Data was collected over one school year utilizing ...


Comparative Effects Of Two Error Correction Procedures During Repeated Reading For Students With Learning Disabilities, Xiaoqing Yang Jul 2011

Comparative Effects Of Two Error Correction Procedures During Repeated Reading For Students With Learning Disabilities, Xiaoqing Yang

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This dissertation reports the findings from a main study and an extended study. The purpose of the main study was to examine the comparative effects of two error correction procedures during repeated reading interventions on the reading fluency and accuracy of nontransfer and transfer passages for learning disabled (LD) fourth grade students. Repeated reading with corrective feedback (RRCF) and repeated reading with word study (RRWS) were used. RRCF sessions consisted of the teacher’s corrective modeling contingent upon the student’s error during the first passage reading, three practice readings with the same passage, and a fifth reading for data ...


Examining The Efficacy Of Secondary Mathematics Inclusion Co-Teachers, Raquel Caampued Rimpola Jul 2011

Examining The Efficacy Of Secondary Mathematics Inclusion Co-Teachers, Raquel Caampued Rimpola

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Current educational policies such as NCLB and IDEA have led to the adoption of inclusive classrooms in schools. This presents challenges to teachers because they are held accountable for the learning experiences of both general and special education students. The situation is especially challenging in high school mathematics inclusion classes where the special education co-teachers may not necessarily possess the content expertise to teach advanced levels of mathematics. Collaboration between co-teachers is necessary in order to successfully plan effective lessons that address the needs of all students. This study provides information about the teacher efficacy of high school mathematics co-teachers ...


Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Family Perspectives On Home-School Connections And Family Engagement: A Case Study Of Four Middle Class Latin American Families, Janet Elizabeth Pierce Clark May 2011

Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Family Perspectives On Home-School Connections And Family Engagement: A Case Study Of Four Middle Class Latin American Families, Janet Elizabeth Pierce Clark

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The purpose of this case study was to explore the context, perceptions, and understandings of school-home connections and family engagement of four middle class Latin American families who have children in U.S. public schools. Because family engagement with schools correlates with student success, the participants’ perspectives were examined in depth. The study was guided by two major research questions and associated sub questions:

1. How do four middle class families from Latin America perceive that their child’s school makes efforts to connect with them?
a. What factors contribute to the development of connectedness between home and school for ...


An Examination Of The Discourse In A Graduate Mathematics Methods Course, Rako Morrissey May 2011

An Examination Of The Discourse In A Graduate Mathematics Methods Course, Rako Morrissey

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Mathematics reform efforts advocate the use of discourse as a method toward mathematical learning. Research also suggests that attention be placed on prospective teachers’ development of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. One way to develop teacher knowledge and discourse skills of prospective teachers is to engage them in purposeful discourse that focuses on mathematical knowledge for teaching. The purpose of this study was to examine the discourse of prospective mathematics teachers in a graduate mathematics methods course. Theories of communication developed a framework for analyzing discourse. Theories on teacher knowledge formed a framework for analyzing the types of teacher ...


An Exploration Of A First Year Experience Course To Meet The Needs Of Veteran And Other Non-Traditional College Students, Amy C. Wise Apr 2011

An Exploration Of A First Year Experience Course To Meet The Needs Of Veteran And Other Non-Traditional College Students, Amy C. Wise

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Over the last several years, the number of veterans returning to college campuses has steadily increased. Many veterans are taking advantage of education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and have been out of school for a number of years. A number of veterans are considered nontraditional students, and the responsibilities of being a parent, an employee, a husband or wife, and college student can be overwhelming. In recent years, the economic recession has also added financial hardships to the already full agenda of many of these students. Throughout the nation, colleges have created programs that will assist ...


A Case Study Of Collegiate Alcohol Education: How Can Kennesaw State University Improve?, Tyler Pede Apr 2011

A Case Study Of Collegiate Alcohol Education: How Can Kennesaw State University Improve?, Tyler Pede

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Alcohol consumption is often seen as a rite of passage for college students. Unfortunately, over 1,800 college students die and thousands more are injured each year as a result of inappropriate alcohol use. Alcohol abuse is also often linked to sexual assaults, fights, property damage, and numerous healthy issues. Students that abuse alcohol tend to struggle academically and have a higher likelihood of dropping out of college all together. Higher education administrators at universities and colleges across the country experience the negative effects of this behavior. To help combat and reduce these negative effects, it is critical that administrators ...


Middle School Academic Performance: An Exploratory Analysis Of The Fulton County School District, Martina Madison Apr 2011

Middle School Academic Performance: An Exploratory Analysis Of The Fulton County School District, Martina Madison

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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact that race and economic status have on middle school academic performance in the Fulton County School District. Descriptive statistics were used to critically analyze how these demographic variables affect middle school academic performance. The mean Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) scores in mathematics and reading were recorded for each of the 22 middle schools in Fulton County from 2006 to 2009 and compared according to race and economic level. The results were grouped together by grade, year, and test subject in order to find trends that occurred over the past ...


An Analysis Of Teachers’ Discourse And Their Perceptions Concerning The Use Of Questioning And Feedback During Reading Instruction In Third-Grade Classrooms, Jennifer C. Farist Apr 2011

An Analysis Of Teachers’ Discourse And Their Perceptions Concerning The Use Of Questioning And Feedback During Reading Instruction In Third-Grade Classrooms, Jennifer C. Farist

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The purpose of this study was to investigate teacher talk during elementary reading instruction. The study was designed to gain insight into existing discourse patterns and to attempt to understand how change in these patterns might be facilitated. The design of the study evolved after a review of existing literature on the topic of teacher talk indicated a lack of widespread, intentional focus on classroom discourse and its potential impact on student learning.

Qualitative methods were used to capture the language used by third-grade teachers during read aloud instruction. Data sources included audio recordings of lessons and teacher interviews. These ...


Looking Back: Tracing The Trajectory Of Four Dominican Women Who Learned 'To Do' School, Maria Montalvo-Balbed Apr 2011

Looking Back: Tracing The Trajectory Of Four Dominican Women Who Learned 'To Do' School, Maria Montalvo-Balbed

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This study examines the educational trajectories, critical life events, variations and commonalities of four Dominican educators in the U.S. South who, despite being non- English speakers and immigrants, were successful in attending college and obtaining degrees in education beyond a Master’s degree. This study explores their life journeys in order to understand and account for various factors which allowed and propelled them to be successful in school and rise to leadership positions in education. The themes which emerge are directly related to the various types of capital and social assets that are embodied within the Community Cultural Wealth ...