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The Effect Of Varying Data Collection Techniques In Evaluating The Impact Of A Social Problem Solving Curriculum , John Frederick Tompkins Jan 1999

The Effect Of Varying Data Collection Techniques In Evaluating The Impact Of A Social Problem Solving Curriculum , John Frederick Tompkins

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The ability to apply techniques associated with problem solving and decision making has been identified as an area receiving significant emphasis in today's educational programming. Goodman, Gravitt and Kaslow (1995) found that children who had experienced a high impact of negative life events with less effective social problem solving skills reported higher levels of depression compared to children that exhibited more effective social problem solving skills. The following questions are posed as problem statements for this study: (1) Is student performance in social problem solving measured in a one-to-one structured interview enhanced when demonstration or application of skills is ...


Structural Equation Modeling Of Health Belief Model Influences On Exercise Behavior Among Medical Center Employees , Charles Michael Cychosz Jan 1994

Structural Equation Modeling Of Health Belief Model Influences On Exercise Behavior Among Medical Center Employees , Charles Michael Cychosz

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This investigation had two purposes. First, the study was designed to confirm the factor structure of the Health Belief Model Inventory (HBMI) among employees of a medical center. Second, a causal model was developed and tested using HBMI components to predict exercise behavior;Data were collected from 511 employees of a regional medical center. Analysis of the data included (1) confirmatory factor analysis of the proposed model including benefits, barriers, susceptibility, social influences, cues to action, and perceived physical ability. (2) structural equation modeling of the relationship between these factors and exercise behavior;Confirmatory factor analysis of the HBMI revealed ...


Effectiveness Of Training On Algorithms Versus Notation For Indirect Addressing Comprehension , Robert Dee Franks Jan 1992

Effectiveness Of Training On Algorithms Versus Notation For Indirect Addressing Comprehension , Robert Dee Franks

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study compared two units of instruction for overcoming difficulties of beginning programmers in understanding and implementing strategies of indirect addressing. One of the units emphasized the algorithms in which indirection was used, whereas the other unit emphasized indirect notation. Both instructional units were delivered by computer to two introduction to Pascal programming classes. Students in each class were randomly divided so that each student used one or the other of the two units;These units were used prior to and were supplementary to three lectures covering indirect notation. The effectiveness of the units were determined by two posttests. One ...


Estimating Course Difficulty , Daniel James Mundfrom Jan 1991

Estimating Course Difficulty , Daniel James Mundfrom

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The difficulty level of college courses has been identified as a value which varies across courses. A sample of fifty (50) introductory-level college courses was selected and four different measures of course difficulty, (1) perceived difficulty, (2) perceived amount of work, (3) average grade awarded, and (4) average ACT composite of enrolled students, were calculated for each course. The difficulty estimates were examined for consistency for each measure individually, over time, and in comparison with the others. Correlation analysis, multiple regression, factor analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and analysis of variance procedures were used. The four measures were combined into one ...


A Comparative Study Of Univariate And Multivariate Methodological Approaches To Educational Research , Robert M. Crawford Jan 1989

A Comparative Study Of Univariate And Multivariate Methodological Approaches To Educational Research , Robert M. Crawford

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to examine a meaningful set of data from a longitudinal educational research project using univariate and multivariate methodological approaches. It was hypothesized that the multivariate analysis would provide a more in-depth and complete understanding of the underlying factors. A second purpose was designed to provide a practical, clear, and concise guide for other educational researchers to draw upon;The researcher first explored the possible relationship between teacher education graduates' teaching certification level and their adequacy ratings on 33 areas of preparation in their teacher education program. A comparison was made between the results of ...


Cognitive Abilities, Affective Characteristics And Learning Strategies As Related To Academic Achievement Among First Year Nursing Students: Test Validation And Causal Modelling , Sandra Beermann Chacko Jan 1989

Cognitive Abilities, Affective Characteristics And Learning Strategies As Related To Academic Achievement Among First Year Nursing Students: Test Validation And Causal Modelling , Sandra Beermann Chacko

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The present research had two purposes. First, the study was designed to validate the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) (Weinstein, 1987) with undergraduate nursing students. Second, a causal model of learning for undergraduate nursing students was developed and tested. Results of the validation study were used for the development of the model;The data were collected on 134 first-year nursing students enrolled at a Midwestern community college. Analysis of the data included (1) factor analysis of the LASSI data; (2) Cronbach alpha to estimate internal consistencies of the revised LASSI scales; (3) Pearson product-moment correlations to determine the relationships ...


An Analysis Of A Preservice Teacher Structural Equation Model Under Varying Assumptions And Measurement Conditions , Dean K. Frerichs Jan 1989

An Analysis Of A Preservice Teacher Structural Equation Model Under Varying Assumptions And Measurement Conditions , Dean K. Frerichs

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to develop a structural equation model of preservice teacher variables and to examine alternative methods of testing this model under different assumptions and measurement conditions. A conceptual model was posited to examine variables related to job expectations, academic ability, pre-student teaching preparation, satisfaction with cooperating teacher, self-rated student teaching performance, and quality of teacher preparation program;From this conceptual model of preservice teacher variables, five empirical models were developed and analyzed. Models I and II utilized single indicators computed as composite means of the respective observed standardized indicators. Model I assumed variables were measured ...


Evaluation Of A Logo Computer Curriculum For Upper Level Elementary School Students , Marilyn Hecht Blaustein Jan 1986

Evaluation Of A Logo Computer Curriculum For Upper Level Elementary School Students , Marilyn Hecht Blaustein

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

With the proliferation of computers in the elementary schools, evaluation of computer curricula has become increasingly important. One of the purposes of this study was to test a causal model that attempted to identify factors related to upper elementary school students' attitudes and performance using the computer programming language Logo. Factors considered included student entry characteristics, attitudes toward the computer experience, subjective and objective measures of achievement, as well as sex and grade. A secondary area of emphasis was the effect of sex on attitudes, experiences and performance using the Logo language. The model was operationalized using measures derived from ...


Factors Underlying The Grading Attitude Of Industrial Education Instructors At Midwestern State Universities , Anusorn Skulkhu Jan 1983

Factors Underlying The Grading Attitude Of Industrial Education Instructors At Midwestern State Universities , Anusorn Skulkhu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to factor analyze the grading attitude of the industrial education instructors from midwestern state universities and to compare the factors of grading attitude of the instructors who differed in sex, number of years of college teaching, academic rank, highest education degree attained, number of college credits of educational evaluation completed, and type of courses taught;A seven-point Likert-type grading attitude survey was developed by the investigator. The randomly selected sample to whom the survey instrument was administered consisted of one hundred ninety-four industrial education instructors who taught at midwestern state universities. Factor analysis and ...


A Comparison Of: Four Multiple Prediction Selection Techniques, Mathematical And Empirical Estimation Of Weight Validity, And The Quality Of Prediction Of Three Different Combinations Of A Real Life Data Set , Ahmad Suleiman Audeh Jan 1982

A Comparison Of: Four Multiple Prediction Selection Techniques, Mathematical And Empirical Estimation Of Weight Validity, And The Quality Of Prediction Of Three Different Combinations Of A Real Life Data Set , Ahmad Suleiman Audeh

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The present study investigated the performance of four multiple regression techniques: stepwise, forward, backward and Maximizing Weight Validity (MWV) in predicting the success of freshman students, as measured by Freshman GPA, in the college of science at Yarmouk University, Irbid-Jordan, from the grades of five academic subjects selected by an exploratory analysis from eight available subjects taken from the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (GSECE). The shrinkage in the squared validity coefficient (R('2)) was compared with the corresponding values calculated from the three mathematical shrinkage formulas (Wherry, Lord-Nicholson and Stein-Darlington). The original eight variables were numerically reduced by three ...


Relationship Between Perceived Adaptation To The New School Setting And Academic Standing In The New School Among The Indochinese Refugee Students In Iowa Junior And Senior High Schools , Liem Thanh Nguyen Jan 1979

Relationship Between Perceived Adaptation To The New School Setting And Academic Standing In The New School Among The Indochinese Refugee Students In Iowa Junior And Senior High Schools , Liem Thanh Nguyen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Cohort Analysis Of Elementary Reading Achievement Scores In Two School Districts Which Implemented The Individually Guided Education Program , Michael Szymczuk Jan 1977

A Cohort Analysis Of Elementary Reading Achievement Scores In Two School Districts Which Implemented The Individually Guided Education Program , Michael Szymczuk

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Preservice Teacher Education: An Evaluation Of Two Programs At The University Of Northern Iowa , Marlene Ingraham Strathe Jan 1975

Preservice Teacher Education: An Evaluation Of Two Programs At The University Of Northern Iowa , Marlene Ingraham Strathe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.