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A Head Start To Learning: Exploration Of A Parent-Directed Intervention To Promote Early Literacy Skill Development, Ashley Nicole Sundman-Wheat Jan 2012

A Head Start To Learning: Exploration Of A Parent-Directed Intervention To Promote Early Literacy Skill Development, Ashley Nicole Sundman-Wheat

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This study examined the effects of a parent-led intervention focused on developing children's early literacy skills within the home setting. The lesson plans contain scripted steps for completing activities to teach letter names and phonological awareness skills. Archival data were analyzed from a study conducted with 26 families from three Head Start centers. Thirteen families completed the intervention and thirteen families were enrolled in a control condition which provided information on shared reading strategies. Children in the intervention group performed at statistically significant higher levels on measures of letter naming, phonological awareness, vocabulary/oral language, and comprehension. Parents rated ...


Impact Of School Counselors' Use Of Deliberate Practice And Accountability Measures On Perceived Levels Of Self-Efficacy And Student Academic Success, Allison Paolini Jan 2012

Impact Of School Counselors' Use Of Deliberate Practice And Accountability Measures On Perceived Levels Of Self-Efficacy And Student Academic Success, Allison Paolini

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This study examined the degree and frequency to which school counselors' utilized accountability measures and deliberate practice and their impact on perceived levels of counselor self-efficacy, as well as, perceived levels of student academic success. This study attempted to answer several critical questions regarding school counselor accountability and deliberate practice. It assessed the relationship between receipt of formal training in the American School Counseling Association Model (ASCA) or another counseling model and likelihood of using ASCA principles, the relationship between years of work experience and use of accountability measures and deliberate practice, the relationship between use of accountability measures and ...


Multiple Intelligences In The Text: Examining The Presence Of Mi Tasks In The Annotated Teacher's Editions Of Four High School United States History Textbooks, Carey Mullican Jan 2012

Multiple Intelligences In The Text: Examining The Presence Of Mi Tasks In The Annotated Teacher's Editions Of Four High School United States History Textbooks, Carey Mullican

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The current state of the social studies classroom comprises one of uninspired students using unexciting textbooks as their guide for learning U.S. history (Hope, 1996; NCES, 1993; Banks, 1990; Wakefield, 2006). With multiple intelligences gaining popularity in education, renewed hope exists for social studies to produce quality textbooks with differentiated instruction to reach all learners. The purpose was to design a rubric for measuring the presence of multiple intelligences structured tasks in teacher's editions of four 11th grade U.S. history textbooks. Using 1995 to 2007 as a purposeful sample of consistent authorships and similar publications, the study ...


The Impact Of Socioscientific Issues Based Curriculum Involving Environmental Outdoor Education For Fourth Grade Students, Karey Burek Jan 2012

The Impact Of Socioscientific Issues Based Curriculum Involving Environmental Outdoor Education For Fourth Grade Students, Karey Burek

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There is a divide between what students are being taught within the science classroom and what they experience out in the real world. This study sought to explore possible relationships between a socioscientific issues embedded curriculum and outcome variables addressing environmental attitude and knowledge, oral and written argumentation and critical thinking skills. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to examine both within and between class differences as well as individual differences between the beginning and end of a semester of elementary school. Results indicated that socioscientific issues assist students in developing their critical thinking skills while also providing students ...


Assessing Cognitive Processes, Instructor Strategies, And The Transdisciplinary Nature Of Course Offerings In Post-Secondary Sustainability Education Programs, Dennis L. Wilson Jan 2012

Assessing Cognitive Processes, Instructor Strategies, And The Transdisciplinary Nature Of Course Offerings In Post-Secondary Sustainability Education Programs, Dennis L. Wilson

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this case study was to describe, assess, and compare the cognitive level of instruction, course objectives, instructional strategies, assessments, and the transdisciplinary nature of two post-secondary degree programs in sustainability. Instructional strategies in these programs included such methods as class presentations, group activities, and interaction with students. The populations for the case studies consisted of instructors and administrators from two undergraduate courses at the Arizona State University School of Sustainability and two graduate courses at Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The cognitive levels of instruction were derived from courses selected from the core curriculum ...


Wikipedience: Teaching Students To Write For Nonacademic Audiences, Rhonda Lorraine Mccaffery Jan 2012

Wikipedience: Teaching Students To Write For Nonacademic Audiences, Rhonda Lorraine Mccaffery

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As a qualitative study and that employs teacher research methods and activity theory analysis, this dissertation explores the effectiveness of an assignment designed to both teach introductory technical and business communication students how to better write for nonacademic (workplace) audiences and to facilitate skills and knowledge transfer using Wikipedia as a writing medium. In particular, it explores the potential and problems that can arise when contradiction, something that can interfere with an individual's successful completion of a task, is used to promote student learning. In a three-article format, the author presents case studies of one technical communication student and ...


Training Development For Pavement Preservation: Chip Sealing And Fog Sealing, Angel Daniel Morandeira Jan 2012

Training Development For Pavement Preservation: Chip Sealing And Fog Sealing, Angel Daniel Morandeira

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The benefits of pavement preservation are only achieved if properly selected, designed, and applied. In some cases there is a lack of training when conducting one of these steps and the objective of applying pavement preservation techniques gets hampered. Literature on pavement preservation is extensive, but from a training point of view there is no structured approach on how to train people for selecting, designing, and applying pavement preservation techniques.

The objective of the research is to develop a training learning management system that addresses pavement preservation treatments (chip seals, fog seals, slurry systems, and crack seals and fills) as ...


A Competency Model For Culinology® Graduates: Evaluation Of The Research Chefs Association's Bachelor Of Science In Culinology® Core Competencies, Michael S. Cheng Jan 2012

A Competency Model For Culinology® Graduates: Evaluation Of The Research Chefs Association's Bachelor Of Science In Culinology® Core Competencies, Michael S. Cheng

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Culinology® is the blending of culinary arts and food technology (RCA, 2012). As of 2012, there are 13 RCA-approved Culinology® degree programs, but there has been no research conducted on the effectiveness of the Culinology® competencies in preparing graduates for employment in the food product development industry. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the RCA's Bachelor of Science in Culinology® core competencies prepared graduates for successful employment in the food product development industry.

A sequential explanatory design was used for this research. In the first stage, a survey was used to measure the graduates' and employers ...


Embracing Civility, Community, And Citizenship: A Qualitative Study Of Multimodal College Composition Classrooms, Sarah Zoe Pike Jan 2012

Embracing Civility, Community, And Citizenship: A Qualitative Study Of Multimodal College Composition Classrooms, Sarah Zoe Pike

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This thesis will examine ways of teaching college composition through a lens where civility, citizenship, and community are the focus of the composition classroom. By drawing from critical composition pedagogy scholars and rich examples of civil/civic dialogue from the media, I will construct a series of actionable strategies to foster civil dialogue in the multimodal college composition classroom. Using scholarship in the field of rhetoric and composition, this classroom-based research project will seek to answer questions such as: "How can a first-year college composition class teach civil dialogue and promote understanding in a society where the loudest, shrillest voices ...


When Native And Nonnative English Learners Are Placed In One Class: College Students' Preferences For Writing Feedback From Teachers And Peers In Cross-Cultural Settings, Manman Qian Jan 2012

When Native And Nonnative English Learners Are Placed In One Class: College Students' Preferences For Writing Feedback From Teachers And Peers In Cross-Cultural Settings, Manman Qian

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The study attempted to look at college students' attitudes towards teacher and peer feedback on their English papers in culturally-mixed classes which were composed of half American students and half ESL (English as Second Language) students. Data were collected from sixty-nine students at a university in the U.S.. Students' survey and interview responses reflected and explained their perceptions of effective teacher feedback, self-evaluations of learner progress, grammar error corrections/corrective feedback (CF), and peer feedback. The helpfulness of native and nonnative English peer responders was compared. Results suggested a general belief held by native ad nonnative English students that ...


Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment In An Undergraduate Industrial Technology Course, Jacqulyn Baughman Jan 2012

Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment In An Undergraduate Industrial Technology Course, Jacqulyn Baughman

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Student professional development attempts to address the gap between academic experiences and employer expectations. This study examined student professional development utilizing competency-based development and assessment within an academic environment. An undergraduate course in lean/cellular manufacturing at Iowa State University served as the site for this mixed methods study. Degree program outcomes linked to workplace competencies were the foundation for implementation of a 360-degree assessment process. A pre-course survey showed that students had no prior experience with the 360-degree process. The workplace competencies' key action items were assessed during the semester using pre- and post-assessment formats. Analysis utilized paired t-testing ...


Malaysian Polytechnic Lecturers' Teaching Practices With Ict Utilization To Promote Higher-Order Thinking Skills, Siti Noridah Ali Jan 2012

Malaysian Polytechnic Lecturers' Teaching Practices With Ict Utilization To Promote Higher-Order Thinking Skills, Siti Noridah Ali

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In recent years, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been having a significant impact in the field of education, and as a result drawing considerable attention. The advent of the digital and information age has made the development of critical and creative thinking, and higher-order thinking skills (HOTs) vital to future success. Thus, experiences that expose students at higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy in constructivist-based learning environments are becoming an increasing practice. Take for example a country like Malaysia where ICT is becoming more and more pervasive in today's polytechnic institutions; however, very little is understood of polytechnic ...


Schoolgirls In Cyberspace: A Cross-Case Analysis Of The Literacy Practices Of Three Fifth-Grade Girls In A Social Network Site, Denise Lorraine Lindstrom Jan 2012

Schoolgirls In Cyberspace: A Cross-Case Analysis Of The Literacy Practices Of Three Fifth-Grade Girls In A Social Network Site, Denise Lorraine Lindstrom

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This dissertation is an exploratory study of the literacy practices of three fifth-grade girls as they used a social network site (SNS) for school related purposes. SNSs are widely used by adolescents, and because communication in these sites is accomplished mainly through writing, it is important to improve our understanding of what this kind of writing might mean for school-based writing instruction. Best practices in adolescent literacy instruction suggest that teachers need to build on the literacy practices adolescents develop in their homes, communities and peer networks to improve their motivation to engage with school-based writing. However, many educators tend ...