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The African American Experience: Notes On Black Identity Development, Membership In A Historically Black Fraternity Or Sorority And Involvement, Kimberly Joyce Branch Jan 1997

The African American Experience: Notes On Black Identity Development, Membership In A Historically Black Fraternity Or Sorority And Involvement, Kimberly Joyce Branch

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Association Of Performance Ratings Of Teachers And Achievement Of Students In The Classroom , David James Wilkerson Jan 1997

The Association Of Performance Ratings Of Teachers And Achievement Of Students In The Classroom , David James Wilkerson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purposes of this study were to examine the performance of K-12 students on criterion-referenced reading, language arts, and mathematics tests, and the relationship of those measures of student achievement to teacher performance measures by principals, students, and self-ratings by the teachers, with the intent of improving student performance through improved teaching. The relationships between gender, socioeconomic status, and absences of students to student performance on the criterion-referenced tests were also analyzed. A total of 988 students, 35 teachers, and four principals participated;The teacher performance questionnaires were pre-existing instruments that had been used in previous studies and had ...


Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr. Jan 1997

Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the perceptions of the communication of vision by Iowa community college presidents. The perceptions of two groups with whom community college presidents interact on a regular basis, members of the boards of directors and leadership team members, are investigated and compared with the perceptions of the communication of vision the presidents have of themselves. The entire populations of these three groups, 242 individuals, were invited to participate in the study with a return rate of 73%;The approach taken in this study begins with an historical look at leadership and the significance of vision ...


A Study To Determine Student-Athletes' Motivational Climate Influencing Their Athletic And Academic Performance At A Midwestern University , Percy Lee Caldwell Jan 1997

A Study To Determine Student-Athletes' Motivational Climate Influencing Their Athletic And Academic Performance At A Midwestern University , Percy Lee Caldwell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to describe and analyze the perceptions and experiences of six selected student athletes at a Midwestern university. The general research objects of the study were to describe and analyze the perceptions, expectations, and experiences of student athletes regarding: (a) school climate; (b) personal attitude; (c) teachers' interaction; (d) coaches' interaction; and (e) parental impact;The emerging themes elicited from the primary data were summarized for each of the five constructs. Two themes for school climate were: (a) some students adapt to the conditions of their school environment with differential behaviors and attitudes of teachers ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The need for skilled senior leaders within community colleges has long been acknowledged. This study identified and explored preparation factors which may contribute to the development of outstanding community college leadership skills;Surveys designed to collect both demographic information and information on the respondent's leadership preparation were sent to all presidents of public, two year institutions located in the Upper Midwest. A return rate of 85% (125/147) was achieved. A peer rating method was used to divide the respondents into two groups; outstanding/leading and normative;Demographic data from the two groups were compared. The peer selected outstanding ...


The Influence Of Cognitive Psychology On Art Education As Seen In The Work Of Howard Gardner And Elliot Eisner , Marcia C. Rich Jan 1997

The Influence Of Cognitive Psychology On Art Education As Seen In The Work Of Howard Gardner And Elliot Eisner , Marcia C. Rich

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines the influence of educational psychology on contemporary art education. The century-old debate in art education between those wanting more scientific methods of teaching and assessment and those wanting a more child-centered education appears in contemporary version in the work of Howard Gardner and Elliot Eisner. In this contemporary setting it is the educator, Eisner, who wants more discipline-oriented curricula, while the cognitive scientist, Gardner, calls for more child-centered education. By examining the writings of Howard Gardner, a cognitive scientist, and Elliot Eisner, an art educator, and comparing the art education programs overseen by them, i.e., Arts ...


Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen Jan 1997

Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study of the impact of community college general education, semester hours on student critical thinking ability responded to national and regional research recommendations in analysis of three components: (1) critical thinking, (2) general education, and (3) community college. Student critical thinking ability was measured by student scores on the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking component exam. General education was defined as the semester hours completed in each of five general education areas required for associate degree graduation: communications, humanities, math, science, and social science. All data for this study were obtained from the records of ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Given the important role of community colleges and the critical role the presidents of these institutions play, it is important that research is conducted that will help clarify what makes some community college presidents effective while others are not, what preparatory factors contribute to development of outstanding leaders, and how leadership can be strengthened through improved preparation of leaders. This study explored nine preparation factors which may contribute to development of outstanding community college leadership skills. Respondents were also divided into five geographic regions and compared to determine if differences existed by location;A survey instrument designed to collect demographic ...


The Measurement Of Caring Relationships In Associate Degree Nursing Students , Helen T. Roberts Jan 1997

The Measurement Of Caring Relationships In Associate Degree Nursing Students , Helen T. Roberts

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study began with a mailed survey to 180 nursing educators to ascertain whether caring was a curricular component, and to identify a quantitative instrument to measure caring in nursing students. The survey did not produce a suitable instrument, but a literature search located the Professional Caring Behaviors Instrument. Caring was a curricular component in 31% of the 109 respondents' programs;Caring has many meanings. Some nurses view it as affective and/or instrumental behaviors in relationships with patients. It has also been viewed as a moral basis for ethical decision making. These two views have been linked conceptually, but ...


Learning Team Participation: The Effects On Pre-Business First-Year Students, Lynnae Patrice Diefenbach Jan 1996

Learning Team Participation: The Effects On Pre-Business First-Year Students, Lynnae Patrice Diefenbach

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Recommendations For The Academic Preparation Of Professional Academic Advisors, Jennifer L. Stacy Jan 1996

Recommendations For The Academic Preparation Of Professional Academic Advisors, Jennifer L. Stacy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Longitudinal Assessment Of The Employment Productivity Of Former Alternative School Students In Iowa , Patricia Ann Black Jan 1996

A Longitudinal Assessment Of The Employment Productivity Of Former Alternative School Students In Iowa , Patricia Ann Black

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined productivity among students who dropped out of alternative schools in Iowa. Productivity was assessed in the areas of employment, political participation and volunteer involvement. Levels of involvement in counterproductive activities such as the public assistance and penal system were also under investigation, along with locus of control of this group. Also, within the scope of this study are comparison data from 1987-1989 graduates of alternative schools in Iowa;One hundred students who became dropouts during the 1991-1992, 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 academic school years completed the Student Interview Form via telephone interviews during the fall of 1995. Chi-square ...


A Study Of The Perceived Quality Factors And Methods Of Awarding Salary Increases For Superintendents In Selected School Districts , Thomas John Behounek Jan 1996

A Study Of The Perceived Quality Factors And Methods Of Awarding Salary Increases For Superintendents In Selected School Districts , Thomas John Behounek

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Forty-four Iowa school board presidents and superintendents from the same school districts were surveyed to investigate and analyze perceptions of the manner in which superintendents are currently being awarded salary increases and the preferred or ideal manner in which salary increases should be awarded. Secondly, a sample of board members, administrators, teachers, students, and support staff from these same forty-four school districts were asked to respond to a Perceived Quality instrument concerning a quality rating of the school districts. The results of these surveys were composed to determine whether a correlation existed between the current and ideal manner of awarding ...


Affective Curriculum In Dialogues On Diversity: A Pilot Study On Students' Development Of Awareness, Katherine Johanna Bolluyt Jan 1996

Affective Curriculum In Dialogues On Diversity: A Pilot Study On Students' Development Of Awareness, Katherine Johanna Bolluyt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Organizational Culture, Subcultures, And Organizational Commitment , Taysir M. Khatib Jan 1996

Organizational Culture, Subcultures, And Organizational Commitment , Taysir M. Khatib

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine whether three custodial groups in the same organization differ in their behavioral norms and shared values, and, if so, to what extent do these differences impact organizational commitment. Two major questions were of concern: (a) whether there were any differences in the perceptions of three custodial groups of their behavioral norms and shared values at the workplace; and (b) whether there were any relationships between these two components of organizational culture and organizational commitment of the custodians;A survey was administered to 63 custodians in the Residence department of a land-grant university ...


The Impact Of Enhancing A Behavioral Program For Children With Severe Behavioral Disorders By Promoting Parents' Coherent Life Story , Susan Kathryn Schiltz-Day Jan 1996

The Impact Of Enhancing A Behavioral Program For Children With Severe Behavioral Disorders By Promoting Parents' Coherent Life Story , Susan Kathryn Schiltz-Day

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of enhancing an already existing day treatment program for youth with severe behavior disorders. The intervention consisted of a short-term parent therapy group which operationalized elements of attachment theory and narrative therapy and then compared this to the program's regular treatment. This group focused on assisting parents (1) to review their past for a coherent story, (2) to identify and utilize a parenting strength, and (3) to voice their hopes and fears to their child with an emphasis on the child's potential. The effectiveness of this pilot group ...


An Examination Of Outcome-Based Education Practices, Standards, And Factors That Enhance Implementation Of Obe , Timothy Gene Hoffman Jan 1996

An Examination Of Outcome-Based Education Practices, Standards, And Factors That Enhance Implementation Of Obe , Timothy Gene Hoffman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study sought to determine the extent to which selected Iowa schools that had made a sustained effort to implement outcome-based education (OBE) were successful. The study also attempted to determine change factors that enhanced the implementation of OBE and teacher perceptions of the effects of OBE implementation. A total of 303 teachers from 21 schools volunteered to participate in this study about OBE implementation and completed the 64-item questionnaire. In particular, the study assessed the degree of implementation of 36 specific OBE practices. These results determined the degree of implementation of nine OBE standards defined by the Network for ...


A Study Of Quality Improvement And Its Relationship To Financial Characteristics Of Selected Iowa Public School Districts , Joseph Eric Kirchoff Jan 1996

A Study Of Quality Improvement And Its Relationship To Financial Characteristics Of Selected Iowa Public School Districts , Joseph Eric Kirchoff

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to assess whether a relationship existed between the financial characteristics and the perceived quality of selected Iowa public schools for the 1992-93 school year;Following a comprehensive review of literature, an assessment instrument designed for educational organizations based on the Baldrige quality award criteria was utilized to assess the perception of current quality and ideal quality of selected schools. Financial characteristics were compiled from State of Iowa information;The population used in the survey for this study included responses from five teachers, three support personnel, two administrators, the superintendent, all board members, and two ...


Is Iowa State University's Office Of International Students And Scholar's Foreign Scholar Orientation Program Satisfying The Needs Of Their Foreign Scholars?, Nancy Louise Walker Jan 1996

Is Iowa State University's Office Of International Students And Scholar's Foreign Scholar Orientation Program Satisfying The Needs Of Their Foreign Scholars?, Nancy Louise Walker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes Jan 1995

A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Relationship Between Personal Epistemology And Accountability On Critical Thinking Disposition , Alice Kathleen Peterson Jan 1995

The Relationship Between Personal Epistemology And Accountability On Critical Thinking Disposition , Alice Kathleen Peterson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The intent of this study was to examine the relationship between personal epistemology, complexity of thought given three different levels of accountability instruction, and critical thinking dispositions. Each of these areas has been examined in the literature separately, but the relationship between them has never been investigated;The participants consisted of 128 undergraduates, 81 female and 47 male, all of whom had earned sixty or more semester credits and were all enrolled in a required interdisciplinary seminar at a small private liberal arts college in the midwest;Personal epistemology was measured by the Learning Environment Preference (Moore, 1987), which is ...


An Examination Of The Student Culture Of A Comprehensive High School , Jan Westerman-Beatty Jan 1995

An Examination Of The Student Culture Of A Comprehensive High School , Jan Westerman-Beatty

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As part of a case study of a large comprehensive high school, this study was designed for four purposes: (1) to identify and describe the common ways of thinking and their relative strength within the student culture, (2) to determine the extent to which school membership and authentic work are present within the student culture, (3) to describe the student culture, and (4) to determine the extent to which organizational systems factors influence the student culture;Primarily qualitative methods were employed, but quantitative research and triangulation were used. Small group and individual interviews involved 259 students in 17 days of ...


An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris Jan 1995

An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEOA) was passed by the Iowa Legislature in 1987 and permits high school students to enroll in college classes for college credit and also apply that credit to high school graduation requirements. To date no longitudinal research has been conducted to track students participating in this program through a four-year university experience, and the state's educational sectors have indicated a need for such research. This study tracked the educational progress of 204 high school students who earned PSEO credit through four Iowa community colleges and transferred this credit to Iowa's three Regent ...


Development Of A Longitudinal Data Base For Tracking And Analysis Of Attrition Data , Cheryl Lynn Moller-Wong Jan 1995

Development Of A Longitudinal Data Base For Tracking And Analysis Of Attrition Data , Cheryl Lynn Moller-Wong

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined factors related to student persistence in college, with particular attention to engineering students. All direct from high school and transfer students who entered a large midwestern university in the engineering college were tracked through fourteen semesters and summer sessions between fall 1990 and spring 1995. The study was conducted for the following goals and purposes: (1) To assemble and design a data base that would allow for the characterization and tracking of all undergraduate engineering students. (2) To examine the relationships between significant variables in a model that could identify students potentially at risk of attrition. (3 ...


A Qualitative Study Of The Faculty Work Culture In Selected Comprehensive High Schools In The United States , Sandra L. Barnes Jan 1995

A Qualitative Study Of The Faculty Work Culture In Selected Comprehensive High Schools In The United States , Sandra L. Barnes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the faculty work culture in selected comprehensive high schools in the United States. More specifically, the study was designed to describe the culture of the schools, determine the common and unique themes in the work culture, and to determine the relative strength and valence of specific school work culture elements;Qualitative methodology was employed in this study that was conducted in two phases. During Phase I data were collected using individual and focus group interviews to gain an "emic perspective of the shared beliefs, values, and basic assumptions held by staff that ...


A Study Of Factors Associated With Science Persistence In Successful Female Baccalaureate Degree Recipients At Iowa State University , Diane Lynn Doidge Jan 1995

A Study Of Factors Associated With Science Persistence In Successful Female Baccalaureate Degree Recipients At Iowa State University , Diane Lynn Doidge

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study responds to the need to further the understanding of persistence of females in science. By studying college seniors it provides data on a population that previously has not been studied well. By studying successful graduates (3.00-4.00 cumulative GPA) it represents a group of females most likely to persist in science beyond the bachelor's degree. Other criteria for entry into the research population required females to be: American educated; graduates of Iowa State University from 1986-1994; and majors of a laboratory-based science;Surveys were sent to 221 females initially meeting these criteria. The 165 returned surveys ...


A Policy Design Analysis Of Iowa's Educational Excellence Program , Diane Lee Schnelker Jan 1995

A Policy Design Analysis Of Iowa's Educational Excellence Program , Diane Lee Schnelker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to use the model of Policy Design to identify factors that contributed to the development of Iowa's Educational Excellence Program. Interviews with policy makers and a review of relevant documents were used to reconstruct the development of the program;The results indicated that the program was the result of a confluence of four events: The movement to raise teachers salaries, the education reform movement, the emergence of a more collaborative attitude among policy makers, and the availability of windfall revenues. Further analyses indicated that the values of teachers, education, politics, local control, reform ...


Impact Of The Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990: Perceptions Of Selected Individuals At Two Major Urban Universities , Maurice Luke Williams Jan 1995

Impact Of The Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990: Perceptions Of Selected Individuals At Two Major Urban Universities , Maurice Luke Williams

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine how physically disabled students perceive the nature and extent of changes made at the University of Maryland and George Washington University campuses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A study of this nature, focusing on students with physical disabilities, is a new one. Therefore, the purpose of this study is important as a pilot study for future research;Telephone interviews were conducted individually with five disabled students form the University of Maryland and with seven disabled students from George Washington University. Because of each student's disability and ...


An Examination Of Individual, Team And Organizational Learning And Factors Influencing Learning In A Comprehensive High School , John Paul Robbins Jr. Jan 1995

An Examination Of Individual, Team And Organizational Learning And Factors Influencing Learning In A Comprehensive High School , John Paul Robbins Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Teachers are the key to educational reform; the literature on effective schools is meaningless, debates over educational policy are moot if the primary agents of education are incapable of acquiring new knowledge, learning new skills or abandoning outdated practices;This study was part of a larger case study at Anytown High School and was designed to: (1) determine the extent teachers in a comprehensive high school engage in individual, team and organizational learning; and (2) determine the impact on teacher learning attributed to learning disabilities, optimism, and the organizational systems elements of structure, process, purpose, culture, environment and ecology;Research ...


An Analysis Of A Method For Training Educators In The Peer Coaching Process , Judith Maule Sessions Jan 1995

An Analysis Of A Method For Training Educators In The Peer Coaching Process , Judith Maule Sessions

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the effects of peer coaching training developed by the School Improvement Model (SIM). Data were gathered from 23 teachers participating in graduate work at Iowa State University during 1991. A single-group design was used with written pre- and post-training tests and judgment panel ratings of videotaped postobservation conferences. Demographic and opinion data were analyzed;Participants were instructed in eight peer coaching strategies during three days of inservice. Written pre- and post-training tests were analyzed using paired t-tests. Participants were videotaped conducting a postobservation conference. A ten-member judgment panel rated each participant on use of the strategies. Ratings ...