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Relationships Among Learning Community Participation, Student Self-Efficacy, Confidence, Outcome Expectations, And Commitment , Karen Ann Zunkel Jan 2002

Relationships Among Learning Community Participation, Student Self-Efficacy, Confidence, Outcome Expectations, And Commitment , Karen Ann Zunkel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study brings together research on learning communities and student self-efficacy, confidence, outcome expectations, and commitment. Participation in learning communities has been proven to increase retention rates and success. Similarly, high levels of self-efficacy, confidence, and outcome expectations are correlated with increased retention rates and success. 356 students enrolled in the undeclared engineering orientation course were surveyed at the beginning of fall semester. Of these students, 130 completed a follow-up survey at the end of spring semester. About half of the students completing the initial survey were enrolled in a course-clustered Undeclared Engineering Learning Community, which was comprised of an ...


An Analysis Of Perceptions Toward Governance And Working Relationships Among Iowa School Board Members, Single-District Superintendents, And Shared-District Superintendents , Steven Lynn Oberg Jan 2002

An Analysis Of Perceptions Toward Governance And Working Relationships Among Iowa School Board Members, Single-District Superintendents, And Shared-District Superintendents , Steven Lynn Oberg

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Conflict between superintendents and school boards existed in the early 1800s and continues to exist today. This adversarial conflict in the working relationship results when one of the parties exceeds the other's subjective boundary as it pertains to involvement in the governance process and working relationship. The study examined six hypotheses regarding the perceived degree of involvement of Iowa single superintendents, shared superintendents, and those superintendents' school board members.;The study was designed to determine whether or not school board members perceived their superintendent differently if the superintendent was a shared superintendent rather than a single superintendent. The study ...


Development And Testing Of A Compendium Of Model Strategies For Performance Improvement Of Classified Personnel Of K-12 Schools , Cassandra S. Turner Jan 2002

Development And Testing Of A Compendium Of Model Strategies For Performance Improvement Of Classified Personnel Of K-12 Schools , Cassandra S. Turner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Effective evaluation and strategies regarding employee performance development have been linked to the endeavors regarding the school improvement reform. Implementing improvement efforts adapted from business and corporations, school organizations are beginning to recognize the integral relationship between an employee's performance and the effectiveness of the educational process. However, there has been scant attention devoted to the improvement and enhancement of educational classified/support personnel.;The purposes of this study were to develop and critique the quality and feasibility of a collection of improvement strategies regarding selected subgroups of classified employees from two districts, Camp Verde (AZ) Unified School District ...


Work-Related Stress Factors Affecting The Community College Dean , Linda L. Wild Jan 2002

Work-Related Stress Factors Affecting The Community College Dean , Linda L. Wild

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Community college deans support and guide the educational efforts of the community college. This middle manager, charged with productive interaction among students, faculty, and administration, is faced regularly with complex decisions. Furthermore, the dean is challenged today with reduced resources, expanded demands from students, and increased accountability from governing bodies and constituencies. Community college deans are under great stress as they strive to meet the mission of the community college and guide the institution into the future.;Due to the complexity and multiple pressures of the position, it is important to identify the causes of stress for the deans. If ...


Adding The Role Of Student Nurse: Perspectives From Women With Multiple Roles , Carol J. Maxwell Jan 2002

Adding The Role Of Student Nurse: Perspectives From Women With Multiple Roles , Carol J. Maxwell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Nursing students enter the community college setting with multiple and different roles, and continue to fulfill the responsibilities associated with those roles. This descriptive study attempted to assess the nursing students' understanding of their roles, and the barriers and resources they encountered as they fulfilled their roles or delegated the responsibilities associated with those roles to family and friends. Interviews were conducted with six community college nursing students filling the roles of parent, partner, worker, and student. Roles are discussed as well as role conflict and barriers to role fulfillment, and responsibility delegation is explored. In addition, the importance of ...


Relationships Between Accreditation Affiliation, Definitions, And Tools Used To Assess Critical Thinking As A Learning Outcome In Schools Of Nursing , Joan Mccleish Jan 2002

Relationships Between Accreditation Affiliation, Definitions, And Tools Used To Assess Critical Thinking As A Learning Outcome In Schools Of Nursing , Joan Mccleish

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Critical thinking is an expected learning outcome for baccalaureate nursing students. Previous studies regarding critical thinking have shown mixed results related to growth over time in critical thinking abilities, and a lack of consensus among nurse educators regarding the definition of critical thinking. Also, in the past, NLNAC has been the sole accreditor of baccalaureate nursing programs; therefore, no previous studies have related aspects of critical thinking to accreditation affiliation.;The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of definitions of critical thinking and the use of critical thinking measurement tools with accreditation affiliation in baccalaureate nursing programs ...


Student Voices: The Residential Business Learning Community Experience , Diann Lynn Burright Jan 2002

Student Voices: The Residential Business Learning Community Experience , Diann Lynn Burright

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The College of Business at Iowa State University (ISU) implemented learning communities (LCs) in the fall of 1995. This program has since evolved to include residential LCs beginning in the fall of 1999. Since much of the data collected on LCs (at ISU and elsewhere) is quantitative in nature, there seemed to be a gap in explaining and identifying the community building aspect of the LC experience, and its affect on student learning. This study set out to discover those tangible, underlying elements and factors that the residential business LC students found beneficial to their community building and learning, as ...


The Impact Of Learning Community Enrollment On First-Generation Students' First-Year Academic Achievement And Retention Rates , Kurt Martenae Earnest Jan 2002

The Impact Of Learning Community Enrollment On First-Generation Students' First-Year Academic Achievement And Retention Rates , Kurt Martenae Earnest

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study assessed the extent to which enrollment in learning communities predicted the first-year GPAs and retention rates of first-generation students enrolled at Iowa State University. First-year first- and second-generation students who lived in the residence halls during the first-semester of enrollment were divided into two cohorts based on year of enrollment (1999 n = 370 and 2000 n = 347). Using the statistical methods of analysis of variance and logistic regression, models were tested to determine the impact of learning community enrollment on first-year GPA. Analysis revealed that learning community enrollment had little ability to predict the academic achievement or the ...


Ethical Practice In The Work Lives Of Iowa Public High School Principals , Deborah Hellman Hunter Jan 2002

Ethical Practice In The Work Lives Of Iowa Public High School Principals , Deborah Hellman Hunter

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated how high school principals make meaning of the ethical issues they face. Sixteen Iowa public high school principals were selected by gender and district size. Each participated in a one-hour face-to-face interview with the researcher who had five years of building-level administrative experience at the middle and secondary level.;Narratives were analyzed identifying major categories of educational beliefs and values, ethical issues, and ethical dilemmas. Kidder's Resolution Principals of Ends-based Thinking, Rule-based Thinking, and Care-based Thinking were evident as participants balanced personal and professional ethics and described decisions made. Which principles were used most often and ...


Arrested Emotional Development: Male College Students' Experiences With A Campus Judicial Process , Randall Blaine Ludeman Jan 2002

Arrested Emotional Development: Male College Students' Experiences With A Campus Judicial Process , Randall Blaine Ludeman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Men are often criticized for not knowing or expressing their feelings. Consequences of this lack of emotional awareness and expression for men include loneliness, isolation, alienation, physical illness, aggression and violence. Having an awareness of and the ability to express and manage emotions has been purported to be a foundational developmental tasks for young adult males.;This inquiry focused on men's emotional experience as a part of a campus judicial process. The conceptual framework guiding this qualitative inquiry included critical postmodernism and feminist theory, which were weaved into a praxis-oriented methodology that included a dialectical process of emancipatory theory ...


A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke Jan 2002

A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in postsecondary institutions while still in high school, earning concurrent high school and college credit. Because dual credit programs can serve a variety of purposes (financial, educational, and systemic), they have gained prominence in education reform initiatives. My study evaluated one school-based dual credit program partnered through a Midwestern community college.;Two research questions guided the study: (1) Are high school students who earn early college credit more likely than traditionally-enrolled students to complete college degrees? (2) Does this form of dual credit program yield accelerated educational progress for students? I ...


The Power Of Philosophy, Policies, Programs, Practices, And Participation: Alcohol-Related Institutional Congruence And College Students' Attitudes And Behaviors , William Russell Nelson Jan 2002

The Power Of Philosophy, Policies, Programs, Practices, And Participation: Alcohol-Related Institutional Congruence And College Students' Attitudes And Behaviors , William Russell Nelson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The relationship between alcohol-related institutional congruence and college students' attitudes and behaviors related to alcohol was examined. Alcohol-related institutional congruence is defined as the co-congruence among the philosophy, policies, programs, and practices related to alcohol and among administrators, faculty, and students in their understanding and application of the philosophy, policies, programs, and practices related to alcohol. The relationship between student participation in alcohol-related policy and program development and students' attitudes and behaviors related to alcohol was also examined.;Conducted using qualitative research methods, this instrumental case study was designed to provide a better understanding of the research focus (alcohol-related institutional ...


Practical Application Of The Isllc Standards: Job Analysis, Job Descriptions, And Performance Evaluation Criteria In Selected School Districts , Susan Lynn Risius Jan 2002

Practical Application Of The Isllc Standards: Job Analysis, Job Descriptions, And Performance Evaluation Criteria In Selected School Districts , Susan Lynn Risius

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to determine if the ISLLC Standards and 180 domains were appropriate for educational leadership (in practice and in training). Principals from three high expectation districts participated in this study: two school districts in Iowa and one school district in Arizona.;Matrices were created for each school district to show the linkage of the principals' critical work activity, which represented what school related activities they actually spent their time on during and outside of a typical school day, to what their school districts' job criteria and descriptors required. A comparison using these data was ...


Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson Jan 2002

Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The point of entry into higher education for approximately half of all students is America's community colleges. Community colleges provide access to higher education to students who are extremely diverse in their educational preparation and personal backgrounds. Student services administrators and counselors agree that today's students are more in need of counseling services than ever before. At the same time, counseling positions are being decreased or even eliminated in all sectors of education. Counselors are on the front lines of providing critical services to under prepared or high-risk students. If the current trend continues, many high-risk students may ...


The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole Jan 2002

The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 2002, the State of Iowa is developing guidelines for implementation of the Accountability Government Action, House File 687. This legislation will require all state departments to develop planning and accountability strategies that will fit within the overall direction of state government. The pilot research was conducted utilizing one community college and a single participating company, through case study methodology, and developed an evaluation process and instruments to measure the effectiveness of economic development initiatives, specifically Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260E). Three additional community colleges and participating 260E businesses volunteered to pilot the evaluation instruments and compiled results ...


Principals' Perceptions Of Elementary To Middle Transition Practices In Iowa Middle Level Schools , Amanda J. Lemanczyk Ross Jan 2002

Principals' Perceptions Of Elementary To Middle Transition Practices In Iowa Middle Level Schools , Amanda J. Lemanczyk Ross

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent transition practices are used in identified Iowa public middle level schools, and why schools using those practices have selected them. This investigation used a mixed methodological approach, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. The signature middle school practices of interdisciplinary teaming, advisor/advisee programming, and exploratory programming were examined by the use of transition practices used to acclimate parents and students coming from the elementary to the new middle level school. Additionally, the number of transition practices implemented for students and for parents was examined by (a) enrollment size ...