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2006

College for Professional Studies

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Full-Text Articles in Education

The Place Of Art In K-12 Education, Emily A. Bumguardner-Myers Jul 2006

The Place Of Art In K-12 Education, Emily A. Bumguardner-Myers

All Regis University Theses

Despite the fact that it is the law to include art in education, the arts are often inadequately funded, and/or given minimal attention in U.S. public education. This research project discusses the history of education, provides a review of literature on the benefits of art education, looks at the impact of Gardner's (1993/1983) theory of Multiple Intelligences, and the work of Gardner and his colleagues on the arts, thinking, and creativity. Collectively, all of this information was then formed into a guide called, Have You Had Your Art Today? (Why you should build your school's ...


Total Physical Response Storytelling And The Teaching Of Grammar Rules In Second Language Instruction, Angela M. Dettenrieder Jun 2006

Total Physical Response Storytelling And The Teaching Of Grammar Rules In Second Language Instruction, Angela M. Dettenrieder

All Regis University Theses

This project examines methodologies of second language instruction such as The Natural Approach, Total Physical Response, Total Physical Response Storytelling, The Grammar Translation Approach, and Communicative Language teaching. Research is presented on brain research and how it relates to second language acquisition. The author of the project presents a detailed explanation of Total Physical Response Storytelling, and explains why it is an effective method of second language instruction when combined with the teaching of grammar rules.


Using Literature Circles To Improve Literacy Skills Of English Language Learners, Shannon Montoya Clower Jun 2006

Using Literature Circles To Improve Literacy Skills Of English Language Learners, Shannon Montoya Clower

All Regis University Theses

The increasing number of English language learners in mainstream classrooms continues to be one of the greatest challenges for educators. English language learners not only must learn the literacy skills necessary to be successful in American society, but they must also learn social and cultural skills. Literature circles are a successful way to improve comprehension skills while also providing English language learners with authentic social interactions. Many educators find literature circles to be an effective way to improve literacy, social, and cultural skills, yet they fail to implement them in their classroom. This research project will consist of a literature ...


Shaping Academic Success: Understanding The Interrelationship Between Intelligence Beliefs, Motivation, Learning, And Achievement, Susan Harris Warner Jun 2006

Shaping Academic Success: Understanding The Interrelationship Between Intelligence Beliefs, Motivation, Learning, And Achievement, Susan Harris Warner

All Regis University Theses

The findings of recent studies in the area of achievement indicate that the motivation to learn contributes to academic success, apart from intelligence, individually and significantly. While the early motivational theorists concluded that cognitive skills and abilities were factors of intelligence, and that behavioral and psychosocial attributes were factors of motivation, the more contemporary motivational researchers have found that the belief one holds about intelligence influences both cognition and behavior, more powerfully than previously estimated. Presented here are the main social cognitive components of motivation: (a) competence beliefs and self-efficacy, (b) attributions, (c) intrinsic motivation, and (d) achievement goals. The ...


Effective Strategies For Instructing Online Courses, Brandi Nicole Van Horn May 2006

Effective Strategies For Instructing Online Courses, Brandi Nicole Van Horn

All Regis University Theses

In this research project, the author compares the traditional learning environment to the online learning environment from a facilitators' perspective. Since there can be ambiguity in the instructor's role and function in an online environment, this research project represents an attempt to provide a concise, applicable list of effective strategies that instructors new to the online environment can utilize when teaching online. The strategies are based on methods and techniques utilized by instructors/researchers who have spent years in the field of higher education researching topics such as distance education, independent learning, and online education.


Teachers' Attitudes Toward Inclusion In The Regular Classroom, Rebecca J. Kaisler May 2006

Teachers' Attitudes Toward Inclusion In The Regular Classroom, Rebecca J. Kaisler

All Regis University Theses

Historically, individuals and members of specific groups have always been denied equality in the society in which they live. Denials for equality have been based upon a person's: (a) gender, such as women's suffrage (b) race, such as Rosa Parks and her fearless refusal to give up her seat on a bus; and (c) age, the current trend of some companies to enforce a mandatory retirement age upon employees, even if they are still productive. Currently, a similar equality issue is at stake because of the policy to include disabled students into the regular classroom with their nondisabled ...


From Chalk Boards To Smart Boards: Technology In The Classroom, Megan E. O'Malley May 2006

From Chalk Boards To Smart Boards: Technology In The Classroom, Megan E. O'Malley

All Regis University Theses

Researchers support the use of technology in the classroom as a way to enhance the learning environment and student achievement. Successful technological integration depends on appropriate teacher training. There are numerous ways to successfully integrate technology into the classroom such as educational technology, business partnerships, and technological tools. Teachers have the ability to introduce students to varying types of technology at an early age, better preparing students for their educational career. Educating administrators and teachers alike is the first step in creating successful classrooms. This first purpose of this project was to explore the effects that technology use had on ...


A Teacher's Guide To Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd), Alaina L. Hollis Apr 2006

A Teacher's Guide To Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd), Alaina L. Hollis

All Regis University Theses

Over the past decade, cognitive and behavior problems, characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, have affected millions of children around the world. Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; [American Psychiatric Association, 1994), and it is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder (Barkley, 1990). The collective problems that define ADHD contribute to one of the most complex childhood disorders of this time (Goldstein & Goldstein, 1998). Typically, the symptoms of ADHD are exacerbated in school settings where high demands are placed on children. Because ADHD is so prevalent in academia, teachers need to fully ...


Motivational Techniques For At Risk Students In An Online Secondary Environment, Adria D. Trembly Mar 2006

Motivational Techniques For At Risk Students In An Online Secondary Environment, Adria D. Trembly

All Regis University Theses

This applied project addresses the issues related to at risk youth turning to the Internet as a means to obtain their high school diplomas. A review of literature examines the pros and cons of the virtual high schools, motivational theory, how to apply motivational techniques to the online setting, and methods that can be employed by online instructors to increase learner motivation and participation. The review results in a presentation by the author to fellow online instructors at the Fort Washakie Virtual High School with suggestions on how the teacher can increase the motivation of the student body who is ...


The Myers Briggs Type Indicator And Learning In Secondary Classrooms, Holly Frank Jan 2006

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator And Learning In Secondary Classrooms, Holly Frank

All Regis University Theses

Students and educators have different learning styles based on personality type. Because many of the 16 types identified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator may be present in any given classroom, it is important for educators be aware of their own personality type and related learning and teaching styles, and also be able to recognize their students' behaviors and learning preferences based on their knowledge of the MBTI and its dichotomous pairs of preferences. In this project, this researcher attempted to create a way to equip educators with information about the implications of individual personality types and learning styles in ...


Physical Fitness Levels In Girl's Sixth Grade Physical Education, Alicia R. Griffin Jan 2006

Physical Fitness Levels In Girl's Sixth Grade Physical Education, Alicia R. Griffin

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Every year more and more children become clinically overweight. One vital aspect of a child's overall health is their fitness level. This paper explores the correlation between cardiovascular activity and fitness levels. The research will be conducted at Monaco Middle School in two periods of sixth grade physical education. Pre and post fitness testing were used to evaluate fitness levels. The fourth period class will receive increased amounts of cardiovascular activities several days a week. The fifth period remained on the standard physical education schedule. The conclusion is made that there may be a correlation between the amount of ...


Balanced Teaching: The Role Of Caring In Effective Teaching, Holly A. Nase Jan 2006

Balanced Teaching: The Role Of Caring In Effective Teaching, Holly A. Nase

All Regis University Theses

Despite a rich history of research and reform, educational scholars have not yet formulated a working definition of effective teaching that encompasses the complexities of the learning process. Today, as policy makers demand measurable outcomes, teachers are increasingly aware of their need to be effective in motivating their students to achieve. In order to do so, teachers need to establish balanced practices that incorporate all three of the domains of learning: (a) affective, (b) behavioral, and (c) cognitive. Currently, the emphasis is on the behavioral and cognitive aspects of learning, but, frequently, the affective aspects are ignored. However, affect plays ...


Teacher's Perceptions Of A Scientifically Based Reading Program Compared To An Optional Reading Program, Christine Donner Jan 2006

Teacher's Perceptions Of A Scientifically Based Reading Program Compared To An Optional Reading Program, Christine Donner

All Regis University Theses

While the methods of teaching reading are constantly changing due to advancements, the purpose of this research has been to determine the effectiveness of two particular reading methods that are currently being practiced. The "scientifically based" reading program demands explicit and systematic instructional strategies as outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act-Reading First Grant while the optional reading method allows the teacher to selected reading material, time allocations, and reading techniques based on local objectives and expectations (Nevada Reading First). Based on a questionnaire, which examines teacher's perceptions of their reading program, this project compares both advantages and ...