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Adolescence Education, New Certificate Program, The College At Brockport, College Senate Dec 2007

Adolescence Education, New Certificate Program, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

Development of a post-baccalaureate curriculum for individuals seeking initial certification only in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies grades 5-12. It will also include certification in Students with Disabilities grades 7-12.


Popular Culture In The American History Classroom: Using Television, Film, And Popular Music As Primary Source Documents, Mary Kay Maslanka Dec 2007

Popular Culture In The American History Classroom: Using Television, Film, And Popular Music As Primary Source Documents, Mary Kay Maslanka

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teaching American history in the high school classroom is more than reviewing events and memorizing dates and facts, more than a preparatory course for high school students to take high-stakes tests that evaluate what they have learned. It is more than a chance to hone lifelong critical thinking skills for the young citizens who attend. Today’s educators struggle to compromise these two expectations; one that stresses student preparation as well-informed, critical-thinking citizens, and the other that emphasizes success on standardized tests. In order to be successful in both areas of significance, the study of primary sources has become a ...


Reducing Stress Through Morning Meetings, Denell Jodine Knaub Dec 2007

Reducing Stress Through Morning Meetings, Denell Jodine Knaub

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Stress in the lives of urban students, caused by multiple factors, specifically from violence and bullying, can affect their ability to do well both academically and socially. Student observation notes that the majority of students lack the coping mechanisms needed to deal with this stress in healthy and productive ways. This thesis project examines some of the causes of urban childhood stress and how educators can help their students reduce that stress and develop appropriate coping strategies for dealing with situations students may encounter daily at school. As part of this action research project, the use of daily morning meetings ...


How Mnemonic Devices And Songs Help Third And Fourth Graders Learn And Retain Information, Sarah Beth Butler Dec 2007

How Mnemonic Devices And Songs Help Third And Fourth Graders Learn And Retain Information, Sarah Beth Butler

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Much of the information students are required to learn in school consists of isolated facts and discrete bits of specific information and involves a process that incorporates both comprehension and memorization. Students need to learn strategies that work within their style of learning, and then apply them, to create and reinforce the links to acquired information. The concept of mnemonic devices as an aid in learning and recalling information is the focus of this research project, not as a teaching strategy but as an enhancement for students to create long-term memory associations. Mnemonic devices include rhyming, key words, peg words ...


Scaffolding The Writing Process, Hulda Yau Dec 2007

Scaffolding The Writing Process, Hulda Yau

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Writing is a multiple step process that requires the integration of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing that later culminates in a written piece. Writing, for the Limited English Proficient student, can be a demanding task. They must balance their native language skills with English literacy and competencies in knowledge and content areas. The task is complicated by the fact that each content area has its own set of terminology/vocabulary, writing conventions, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, many refugee students fall under this category and have significant gaps in their educational backgrounds, lack knowledge in specific subject areas, and often ...


Establishing Effective Consultant Teacher Model Relationships, Kevin Moore Dec 2007

Establishing Effective Consultant Teacher Model Relationships, Kevin Moore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explored how co-planning, shared workspace, and grade equivalent content knowledge impacted a co-teaching team (one special education teacher and one regular education teacher in the same room) working in the consultant teacher model (a special education teacher working in a classroom containing both regular and special education students). Participants for the study consisted of seven regular education teachers and three consultant (special education) teachers from a suburban, middle class, elementary school consisting of approximately four hundred students K-5. Data for the research study was collected over a period of seven weeks through pre-study questionnaires, journal entries, field notes ...


Math Anxiety Interventions, Mary Jane Klips Dec 2007

Math Anxiety Interventions, Mary Jane Klips

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Understanding and mastering mathematics is necessary for students to graduate from high school, pursue higher education, and is also critical in securing and retaining employment in the field of their choice. Driven by personal experience, difficulty with material, past performance, teacher behaviors and expectations, and language barriers, among several other noted causes, math anxiety affects more and more students each year. This thesis project examines current research and interventions in order to lessen or remove math anxiety, support academic success, and rebuild student confidence in an effort to assist learners in achieving mastery in mathematics. The study group was comprised ...


The Advantages Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In An Urban Eighth Grade Inclusion Science Class, Connie L. Arieno Dec 2007

The Advantages Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In An Urban Eighth Grade Inclusion Science Class, Connie L. Arieno

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Class Wide Peer Tutoring (CWP) is an instructional strategy which utilizes students who are academically strong in one area, in this case science. These students have favorable behavioral characteristics which allow them to successfully tutor their peers. One eighth grade inclusion science class of 23 students from an urban middle school were divided into five groups of four students and one group of three students. Each group was assigned a student peer tutor. This tutor would assist other students in the group with the designated science activity. Weekly observations of the effects of the CWPT; student, tutor and educator surveys ...


An Analysis Of Sprawl And Its Alternatives, Cedric Horne Dec 2007

An Analysis Of Sprawl And Its Alternatives, Cedric Horne

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The suburbs have been an integral part of American history since the mid nineteenth century, a period in which cities began growing in an exponential manner. Over the last one hundred and fifty years, urban and suburban areas and what defines them have undergone an incredible metamorphosis. These changes can be identified in the political, social, and economic arenas; some examples include immigration, federal housing policies, single family houses, industrialization, racial discrimination and segregation, and the development of rural lands away from the city center.

Since the end of World War II, much has been written about the topic of ...


Physical Education Teacher Certification Revisions, The College At Brockport, College Senate Nov 2007

Physical Education Teacher Certification Revisions, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

Attached please find a revised proposal for the Physical Education Teacher Education Major. This proposal was approved last academic year, however, after it was approved the Professional Education Unit created a new class, PRO 370 Health and Drug Education for Teacher Candidates that will replace HLS 301 Principles of Healthy Living. In addition, after the proposal was approved, Health Science and Physical Education agreed that HLS 201 First Aid and CPR would no longer be offered as students will be given other non-credit bearing opportunities to obtain their First Aid and CPR certification. In terms of Physical Education, as noted ...


Change In Eligibility For Administrative Internship, The College At Brockport, College Senate Nov 2007

Change In Eligibility For Administrative Internship, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

This change pertains to eligibility for the Administrative Internship, EDA 888. We propose that in order to qualify for the Internship, that all credits taken at SUNY Brockport in current certification studies (EDA required courses) have received a grade of "B" or better. Students who do not meet this minimal requirement will not qualify for the Internship unless they retake the course and upgrade the letter grade to qualify. As this is a minor change, it is suggested that the matter be addressed in committee.


External Peer Review, The College At Brockport, College Senate Nov 2007

External Peer Review, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

proposal to utilize external peer review in promotion and tenure decisions


Adding A Track To The History Ma Program, The College At Brockport, College Senate Oct 2007

Adding A Track To The History Ma Program, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

The history department proposes adding a joint American/world history track in its MA program


Bfa In Dance Required Course Substition, The College At Brockport, College Senate Oct 2007

Bfa In Dance Required Course Substition, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

Substitute a required third semester of composition (DNS 431 Advanced Composition) in place of the current requirement of DNS 427 Dance Performance Techniques for BFA candidates. Course would also be an elective option for BA and BS students.


Time Lines Fall 2007, Teri Rombaut Oct 2007

Time Lines Fall 2007, Teri Rombaut

History Newsletters

The Fall 2007 edition of Time Lines offers a tribute to Dr. Kathleen Smith Kutolowski. It also contains information on the Inaugural Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, faculty and student scholarship, and alumni news.

Volume 20, Issue 1


Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde Oct 2007

Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project examines education and technology as they intersect in order to increase educators understanding of the use of technology as it bears on motivational factors present in today’s student population. The study explores current research regarding motivation, science education, and the use of technology in the classroom. The researcher taught students to use technology as a tool for their science learning and then used assessment measures to understand whether the use of technology in science education had any effect on their participation and motivation levels in the classroom. As part of the study, technology was utilized to ...


Special Resolution For Jeffery T. Lashbrook, The College At Brockport, College Senate Sep 2007

Special Resolution For Jeffery T. Lashbrook, The College At Brockport, College Senate

College Senate Resolutions

Commendation for exemplary service as College Senate President 2006-07. Thank you.


Its @Brockport: Fall 2007, Mary Jo Orzech Sep 2007

Its @Brockport: Fall 2007, Mary Jo Orzech

Library, Information and Technology Services Newsletter

Newsletter for and about the Information Technology Services department at The College at Brockport. This issue's content includes:

MotorPool 2 ANGEL Among Us 3 Media Frenzy 3 IT Support Services 4 The A-Team 5 Library 6 Meet IT 8


Effectiveness Of Dynamic Indicators Of Basic Early Literacy Skills (Dibels), Jennifer Quackenbush Sep 2007

Effectiveness Of Dynamic Indicators Of Basic Early Literacy Skills (Dibels), Jennifer Quackenbush

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research shows the effectiveness of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) at identifying students in need of reading intervention compared to two other reading assessments, the Observation survey (OS) and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The percent of time DIBELS agreed or disagreed with OS or DRA was used to determine the effectiveness. DIBELS was found to agree with the OS and DRA for the majority of the data. This shows that the school does not need to waste time and money on an assessment that is not needed. There were a few participants in which DIBELS determined ...


How Is Comprehension Affected When Reading Aloud Versus Reading Silently?, Justine Marie Fancher Aug 2007

How Is Comprehension Affected When Reading Aloud Versus Reading Silently?, Justine Marie Fancher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this research project was to examine how students comprehend reading best. There are advocates for both reading aloud and reading silently, therefore this project was purposeful to find out which seems to be the most effective for comprehension alone. The objective of this project was to determine if reading silently or reading aloud is more beneficial in terms of aiding comprehension. Comprehension is a vital component to reading. It is the underlying goal in all areas of reading development. This study helped to determine how comprehension is gained more effectively. My goal for my research was to ...


Character Education And Students' Moral Development, Elizabeth O. Allis Aug 2007

Character Education And Students' Moral Development, Elizabeth O. Allis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Schools are constantly challenged to make students better readers and better thinkers, but what about better people? The historical partnership of education and moral development places schools in a significant role. Evolving societal attitudes towards this volatile and politically charged idea as well as a growing diversity of public opinion regarding what and whose values should be taught in schools remains an obstacle. This thesis project discusses the imperative nature of educational activities focused on moral development as part of students’ school experience. It argues that moral development is in the best interest of students for future success in society ...


How Do Children's Early Literacy Experiences Impact Their First Year Of Schooling?, Ashley E. Morath Aug 2007

How Do Children's Early Literacy Experiences Impact Their First Year Of Schooling?, Ashley E. Morath

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Through my research, I will explore the notion of family literacy. Students' early literacy experiences don't suddenly begin when they start their first year of schooling. What happens from the time children are born until they reach their first year at school? Early literacy experiences begin at home where children explore diverse family literacy experiences. The objective of my project is to take a closer look at students' home literacy experiences. More specifically, I will be focusing on how when one discovers children's home literacy environments and experiences it may offer opportunities to enhance learning during their first ...


Origins Of The Cold War, Michael Kiesow Aug 2007

Origins Of The Cold War, Michael Kiesow

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The United States continues its role as a world superpower in the 21st century. Since much of our involvement in global affairs today stems back to the Cold War, it raises the importance of specific instruction in the origins of the Cold War for today’s students. With the influence our nation possesses, and the integral role of citizenry that students will soon acquire as voters, this project argues the relevance of their deep understanding of our historical past which permits the individual to use said insight to form their own opinions and beliefs. This project examines the concept of ...


Incorporating Self-Directed Learning Practices Into An Elementary Classroom, Charles E. Conway Iii Aug 2007

Incorporating Self-Directed Learning Practices Into An Elementary Classroom, Charles E. Conway Iii

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The current focus of many school districts has been to teach students the skills and abilities that will be necessary to become successful individuals in a constantly changing, global environment. As many districts recognize the importance of incorporating more than content and knowledge in their curriculum, they are actively pursuing the intersection of creating life-long learners with current educational requirements and reforms. This means districts are attempting to create adults that are prepared with the ability to learn beyond the settings of the classroom. The goal of every educator, from teacher to superintendent to school board member, is the development ...


Teacher Collaboration: The Key To Student Success?, Jennifer L. Roe Aug 2007

Teacher Collaboration: The Key To Student Success?, Jennifer L. Roe

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Co-teaching is one of the main characteristics of educational collaboration and while co-teaching may be one of the most popular forms of collaboration within a school, it is just one of many ways to collaborate as teachers to improve student success in the classroom.

This thesis project discusses the various types of collaboration - professional development, reflection, communication, common vision, mentoring, co-teaching, common planning time, and resources. It also explores the impact of staff collaboration within a school to show how it can impact student success. Student success was measured through comparison of students who have been exposed (knowingly or unknowingly ...


Rationale For And Examples Of Internet-Based, Software, And Hardware Technologies That Can Be Integrated Into The Science Classroom, Tara M. Harradine Aug 2007

Rationale For And Examples Of Internet-Based, Software, And Hardware Technologies That Can Be Integrated Into The Science Classroom, Tara M. Harradine

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The global market and workplace today demand knowledge and skills associated with technology. More often than not the responsibility to provide students with the exposure to technology is left up to the classroom teachers, whether or not the teachers themselves are experienced with it. The natural intersection of science and technology is a recognized element of science education in 21st century classrooms. This thesis project presents some of the more accessible forms of technology to understand and offer assistance to both pre-service and in-service teachers as well as suggested methods for integrating technology in a science classroom. While technology ...


Examining How Teaching Strategies Alter The Misconceptions Of Middle School Science Students, Kirsten Meyers Aug 2007

Examining How Teaching Strategies Alter The Misconceptions Of Middle School Science Students, Kirsten Meyers

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

People observe the world using their five senses; they gain understanding and draw conclusions. Sometimes these conclusions align with scientific findings but many times personal opinions are formed that are rooted in misunderstandings or misconceptions. Misconceptions in science are common in students and affect how they learn. These false understandings hinder the acquisition of new knowledge as they try to fit scientific facts into their framework of knowledge. This thesis project examines student misconceptions in science. It studies instructional lessons designed to identify student misconceptions and then alter them through student-centered instructional strategies. The study was conducted in an eighth ...


How Does Teacher Modeling Of Fluent Reading Strategies Impact Students' Fluency?, Heather Marie Moriarty Aug 2007

How Does Teacher Modeling Of Fluent Reading Strategies Impact Students' Fluency?, Heather Marie Moriarty

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to discover how teacher modeling of fluent reading strategies impacted students' fluency. This research was conducted because in my class in which I am interning I noticed that students were excelling in oral reading when specific strategies were modeled first. I used the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) as well as observational notes to determine whether or not modeling is an effective teaching strategy.

Five third grade students, three males and two females, provided usable data for this study. Students were assessed prior to data collection using the DRA. The DRA was used to determine ...


Building Conceptual Understanding And Algebraic Reasoning In Algebra, Kathryne Elisabeth Morehouse Aug 2007

Building Conceptual Understanding And Algebraic Reasoning In Algebra, Kathryne Elisabeth Morehouse

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Algebra is a mechanism through which students build necessary and applicable skills for our technologically driven society and workforce, consequently success in algebra is considered the key to increased academic achievement in mathematics in high school and upper level mathematics. This thesis project is a comprehensive study which examines algebra from a number of perspectives - cognitive science, historical development, type of knowledge, teacher beliefs, and the impact of instructional materials - in order to gain greater understanding in the concept of learning and teaching algebra. The literature review examines the merits of symbolic versus rhetoric algebraic notation, educator’s approach to ...


Parental Involvement With Homework And Third Grade Student Achievement, Staci Lynn Masseth Aug 2007

Parental Involvement With Homework And Third Grade Student Achievement, Staci Lynn Masseth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers have been assigning homework since the first days of organized education. Homework builds responsibility and encourages practice and review of rudimentary and complex concepts and knowledge. As a means to understand and study possible improvements to student achievement, this thesis project explores the correlation between student achievement in mathematics and parental involvement in student homework and education; further the study seeks to identify successful strategies to improve grades, learning motivation and parental involvement. The research was conducted in a suburban district in Western New York State with a group of twenty third-grade students. (This study mostly targeted students who ...