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Planning And Implementing A Successful Nsa-Nsf Gencyber Summer Cyber Academy, Bryson R. Payne, Tamirat Abegaz, Keith Antonia Dec 2016

Planning And Implementing A Successful Nsa-Nsf Gencyber Summer Cyber Academy, Bryson R. Payne, Tamirat Abegaz, Keith Antonia

Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

The GenCyber program is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help faculty and cybersecurity experts provide summer cybersecurity camp experiences for K-12 students and teachers. The main objective of the program is to attract, educate, and motivate a new generation of young men and women to help address the nationwide shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals. The curriculum is flexible and centers on ten cybersecurity first principles. Currently, GenCyber provides cyber camp options for three types of audiences: students, teachers, and a combination of both teachers and students. In 2016, over 120 ...


Implementing Document-Based Lessons In High School Classrooms: A Case Study Of World History Teachers' Perspectives And Practices, Laura B. Astorian Dec 2016

Implementing Document-Based Lessons In High School Classrooms: A Case Study Of World History Teachers' Perspectives And Practices, Laura B. Astorian

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to explore teachers' philosophical and pedagogical views regarding their definitions of historical thinking. Staff development intended to train teachers in this method of instruction is also reflected upon by the participants. The goal of the study is to investigate how teachers create opportunities for practice through their own understanding of the phenomena of the construction of historical knowledge through their pre-service education and current classroom experience, the application of that understanding to their pedagogy, and what they consider to be beneficial staff development.

The research design for this study is a phenomenological case study ...


Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In The English Language Arts Classroom, Kimberly R. Foster Dec 2016

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In The English Language Arts Classroom, Kimberly R. Foster

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to understand the cultural identities of students in a twelfth grade English language arts classroom. Additionally, this study sought to explore and to better understand how implementing culturally relevant pedagogy in the English language arts classroom may enhance students’ literacy experiences, may empower the cultural identity of students, and may shape students’ perspectives of themselves and their peers. A case study method was utilized; there were five cases: teacher, four students, and whole class. Multiple interviews, classroom discussions, and student writings were used as data. The findings show that with the implementation of culturally ...


Mathematics Engagement In Middle School: It's A Family Affair, Cheryl D. Pappy Dec 2016

Mathematics Engagement In Middle School: It's A Family Affair, Cheryl D. Pappy

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore ways African American families, with middle school students, view learning mathematics and engagement within a theme school environment. The participants in this study included nine parents and ten students at an urban Title I theme school. The data collection process included two focus group interviews, nineteen semi-structured individual interviews, journal entries from each participant and 15 documents disseminated to parents from the school and from the district. Three themes emerged from the data: (a) the parents’ understanding/confusion about the “new math” and the effects on parent engagement with mathematics, (b ...


The Assistant Principal Position As Preparation For The Principalship, Abigail M. May Dec 2016

The Assistant Principal Position As Preparation For The Principalship, Abigail M. May

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to determine if the position of the assistant principal is an effective pathway to the principalship and to examine the links between actual and ideal responsibilities of the assistant principal and principal positions, and the accountability measures of preparation for the principalship. This research study was conducted using a qualitative case study with a phenomenological touch. The particular phenomena studied in this research is the assistant principal role as preparation for the principalship within a large metropolitan school district in the southeast. By nature, case studies involve a small target population.

The study analyzed ...


A New Approach To Parental Involvement: The Role Of Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, Daphne M. Winkler Dec 2016

A New Approach To Parental Involvement: The Role Of Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, Daphne M. Winkler

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations

Abstract

A NEW APPROACH TO PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: THE ROLE OF THE VIRTUAL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE

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Daphne M. Winkler

Kennesaw State University, 2016

The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of virtual parent-teacher conferences in facilitating parental involvement in the middle school setting. The research was used as a tool to establish whether or not parent involvement could be facilitated by removing barriers to participation, specifically those related to the traditional face-to-face conferences. Ninety-four parents from two middle schools in one county agreed to participate in the study. Of the 94 parents, 54 participated in the face-to-face setting ...


Perceptions Of Online Teaching Endorsement Program Effectiveness In Georgia: A Case Study, Leslie Pourreau Dec 2016

Perceptions Of Online Teaching Endorsement Program Effectiveness In Georgia: A Case Study, Leslie Pourreau

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the beliefs and perceptions of professional educators about online teaching endorsement practices in the state of Georgia. The participants in this study included three University System of Georgia teacher educators, one Georgia K-12 virtual school administrator, and two Georgia K-12 virtual school educators. The data collected came from six one-on-one semi-structured interviews, the researcher’s personal narrative, and the analysis of Online Teaching Endorsement Program standards (505-3-.95) as set forth by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Using a constructivist lens, data from all three sources was coded thematically and ...


Beyond A Meeting: A Case Study Examining The Impact Of Data-Focused Professional Learning Communities On Teacher Practice And Student Learning, Deena W. Townsend Dec 2016

Beyond A Meeting: A Case Study Examining The Impact Of Data-Focused Professional Learning Communities On Teacher Practice And Student Learning, Deena W. Townsend

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership Dissertations

The increased professional demands on educators without parallel increases in funding encourage schools to continually search for practical solutions to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to improve their instructional effectiveness. This qualitative research study explored this issue by examining how participation in a data-focused professional learning community (PLC) affected teacher practice and perceptions along with determining how data-focused PLCs contributed to student learning outcomes. The study participants were a team of mathematics teachers from a public middle school in the southeastern United States serving grades sixth through eighth. The findings from this study were summarized through three ...


A Comparison Of Online And Face-To-Face Achievement In Physical Science, Lisa F. Mozer Dec 2016

A Comparison Of Online And Face-To-Face Achievement In Physical Science, Lisa F. Mozer

Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology Dissertations

ABSTRACT

This study provided a descriptive analysis of learning outcomes in both online and face-to-face grades 9-12 physical science courses. Archived data from a single school system were used for a comparative analysis of learning outcomes in high school physical science between students enrolled in online classes and students enrolled in face-to-face classes. The study compared two years of summative assessment scores of two student groups and, overall, found equality between the two learning environments. Online learning outcomes and face-to-face learning outcomes were similar for both school years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The overall comparison between learning environments was further examined ...


Informe De Conferencia Maya- Pdf En Español, Alan Lebaron Nov 2016

Informe De Conferencia Maya- Pdf En Español, Alan Lebaron

Maya Heritage Community Project Texts

Memoria de la Conferencia; Noviembre 2016 en el local de Mesa, AZ


Maya Conference Report - Pdf In English, Alan Lebaron Nov 2016

Maya Conference Report - Pdf In English, Alan Lebaron

Maya Heritage Community Project Texts

Remembering the conference; on November 2016 in Mesa, AZ


“You Can Count On It!” Using County Auditors' Data For Marketing Research Group Projects: A Case Study, Julie M. Szendrey Oct 2016

“You Can Count On It!” Using County Auditors' Data For Marketing Research Group Projects: A Case Study, Julie M. Szendrey

Atlantic Marketing Journal

The purpose of this research was to develop an efficient and effective process for marketing educators to use in the teaching of an undergraduate marketing research course. Instructors should consider the use of readily available auditors’ data for pedagogical usage in a semester-long courses. The research process posed by Neuman (2007) was followed in the development of a course assignment utilizing the use of auditors’ data. Students analyzed and presented their project results using SPSS software tools learned during the course and through videos provided by the American Marketing Association certificate offerings. Final group presentations also included the discussion of ...


Turning Guest Speakers' Visits Into Active Learning Opportunities, Vassilis Dalakas Oct 2016

Turning Guest Speakers' Visits Into Active Learning Opportunities, Vassilis Dalakas

Atlantic Marketing Journal

While guest speakers have a lot to offer, the traditional format of their visits to marketing classes may hinder student engagement. This paper describes an idea used in marketing classes intended to increase active learning and to maximize impact of guest speakers’ visits. It involves creating assignments for the students to prepare prior to a speaker’s visit. As a result, the students end up preparing thoughtful questions, they are engaged in their discussion with the speaker, and they make a more conscious effort to link course material to the insight from the speaker.


Planning And Implementing A Successful Nsa-Nsf Gencyber Summer Cyber Academy, Bryson R. Payne, Tamirat Abegaz, Keith Antonia Oct 2016

Planning And Implementing A Successful Nsa-Nsf Gencyber Summer Cyber Academy, Bryson R. Payne, Tamirat Abegaz, Keith Antonia

KSU Proceedings on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

The GenCyber program is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help faculty and cybersecurity experts provide summer cybersecurity camp experiences for K-12 students and teachers. The main objective of the program is to attract, educate, and motivate a new generation of young men and women to help address the nationwide shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals. The curriculum is flexible and centers on ten cybersecurity first principles. Currently, GenCyber provides cyber camp options for three types of audiences: students, teachers, and a combination of both teachers and students. In 2016, over 120 ...


Teaching Security Of Internet Of Things In Using Raspberrypi, Oliver Nichols, Li Yang, Xiaohong Yuan Oct 2016

Teaching Security Of Internet Of Things In Using Raspberrypi, Oliver Nichols, Li Yang, Xiaohong Yuan

KSU Proceedings on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

The Internet of Things (IoTs) is becoming a reality in today’s society. The IoTs can find its application in multiple domains including healthcare, critical infrastructure, transportation, and home and personal use. It is important to teach students importance and techniques that are essential in protecting IoTs. We design a series of hands-on labs in a smart home setting, which can exercise attack and protection of IoTs. Our hands-on labs use a Raspberry Pi and several diverse smart things that communicate through Z-Wave technology. Using this environment, students can operate a home automation system and learn security concepts by performing ...


Developing And Using Evidence-Based E-Learning Videos For Cybersecurity Education, Wu He, Xin Tian, Mohd Anwar Oct 2016

Developing And Using Evidence-Based E-Learning Videos For Cybersecurity Education, Wu He, Xin Tian, Mohd Anwar

KSU Proceedings on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

To help people improve their knowledge and security self-efficacy in dealing with malware attacks that are relevant and meaningful to their organizations, we recently developed over 30 e-learning videos based on the major types of malware attacks we captured using the state-of-the-art anti-malware solution. The preliminary evaluation results of the videos are quite positive and indicate that these evidence-based e-learning videos have great potential to increase users’ security self-efficacy.


Teaching Static Call Analysis To Detect Anomalous Software Behavior, Jordan Shropshire, Philip Menard Oct 2016

Teaching Static Call Analysis To Detect Anomalous Software Behavior, Jordan Shropshire, Philip Menard

KSU Proceedings on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice

Malicious code detection is a critical part of any cyber security operation. Typically, the behavior of normal applications is modeled so that deviations from normal behavior can be identified. There are multiple approach to modeling good behavior but the most common approach is to observe applications’ system call activity. System calls are messages passed between user space applications and their underlying operating systems. The detection of irregular system call activity signals the presence of malicious software behavior. This method of malware-detection has been used successfully for almost two decades. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to cover this concept at the ...


Motivational Situations Of Choice, Charles N. Elliott, Paul A. Story Sep 2016

Motivational Situations Of Choice, Charles N. Elliott, Paul A. Story

The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research

The present research explores situations that demonstrate enhancing effects on motivation based on the amount of choice seen by individuals. Individuals who are intrinsically motivated see more choice in certain academic settings, including those that foster self-regulation and autonomy. Extrinsically motivated individuals are predicted to see more promise in reward and external regulation strategies. We identified six separate situations: a free will situation, a learning of materials situation, an instructor feedback situation, an extra credit situation, and two time-based situations. Four of these situations target a certain type of motivation, either intrinsic or extrinsic. The other two situations were used ...


Definition Of A Method For The Formulation Of Problems To Be Solved With High Performance Computing, Ramya Peruri Aug 2016

Definition Of A Method For The Formulation Of Problems To Be Solved With High Performance Computing, Ramya Peruri

Master of Science in Computer Science Theses

Computational power made available by current technology has been continuously increasing, however today’s problems are larger and more complex and demand even more computational power. Interest in computational problems has also been increasing and is an important research area in computer science. These complex problems are solved with computational models that use an underlying mathematical model and are solved using computer resources, simulation, and are run with High Performance Computing. For such computations, parallel computing has been employed to achieve high performance. This thesis identifies families of problems that can best be solved using modelling and implementation techniques of ...


Development And Validation Of The Mathematical Problem-Solving Dispositions And Beliefs Scale, Laura L. Barrett Jul 2016

Development And Validation Of The Mathematical Problem-Solving Dispositions And Beliefs Scale, Laura L. Barrett

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

Mathematical problem solving has received recent attention and been recognized as central to analysis and application in everyday life. Mathematical problem solving has often been characterized by traditional word problems. From the models-and-modeling perspective, students problem solve mathematically by engaging in conceptual development through interaction with communities of practice that produce artifacts that are continually under design. Productive problem-solving dispositions and beliefs mold students who are confident and willing to take on new tasks. Attitudes, feelings, dispositions, and beliefs are manipulatable, and thus individuals’ problem-solving identity is complex. To date, there are no empirical studies that have measured students’ levels ...


Using Manipulatives To Investigate Esol Students' Achievement And Dispositions In Algebra, Donna L. Marsh Jul 2016

Using Manipulatives To Investigate Esol Students' Achievement And Dispositions In Algebra, Donna L. Marsh

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership Dissertations

The purpose of this embedded quasi-experimental mixed methods research was to investigate the effectiveness of concrete and virtual manipulatives on the achievement of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as they employ them to explore linear and exponential functions in high school Sheltered Common Core Coordinate Algebra. Also of interest were the effects concrete and virtual manipulatives have on their disposition towards mathematics and math class. Another goal was to investigate the benefits and disadvantages of using concrete and virtual manipulatives versus traditional instructional practices.

This was a 5-week study. The control group (N=20) was instructed through the use ...


Educational Materials In A Private School Setting: An Industrial Ethnography And Document Analysis Of One School’S Presently-Used Educational Documents, Allison M. Feldman Jul 2016

Educational Materials In A Private School Setting: An Industrial Ethnography And Document Analysis Of One School’S Presently-Used Educational Documents, Allison M. Feldman

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This study utilized an industrial ethnographic framework to perform a document analysis on educational classroom documents presently used at a single small, private boarding school. This school, where students are given an individualized curriculum and experience immersed in technology, frequently uses Google Apps for Education to share electronic documents used in the classroom.

Qualitative information was gathered using an instrument created for this study, the Educational Document Design and Information Evaluation (EDDIE) form. EDDIE forms in the areas of Supplemental Documents, Adopted Textbooks, and Lesson Plans were used to evaluate presently-used classroom documents with current information design and educational trends ...


Effects Of A High-Intensity Interval Training Program Versus A Moderate-Intensity Continuous Training Program On Maximal Oxygen Uptake And Blood Pressure In Healthy Adults: Study Protocol For A Randomized Controlled Trial, Victor Hugo Arboleda Serna, Elkin Fernando Arango Vélez, Rubén Darío Gómez Arias, Yuri Feito Jul 2016

Effects Of A High-Intensity Interval Training Program Versus A Moderate-Intensity Continuous Training Program On Maximal Oxygen Uptake And Blood Pressure In Healthy Adults: Study Protocol For A Randomized Controlled Trial, Victor Hugo Arboleda Serna, Elkin Fernando Arango Vélez, Rubén Darío Gómez Arias, Yuri Feito

Faculty Publications

Background: Participation in aerobic exercise generates increased cardiorespiratory fitness, which results in a protective factor for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. High-intensity interval training might cause higher increases in cardiorespiratory fitness in comparison with moderate-intensity continuous training; nevertheless, current evidence is not conclusive. To our knowledge, this is the first study to test the effect of high-intensity interval training with total load duration of 7.5 min per session. Methods: A randomized controlled trial will be performed on two groups of healthy, sedentary male volunteers (n = 44). The study protocol will include 24 exercise sessions, three times a week, including ...


Can Library Research Be Fun? Using Games For Information Literacy Instruction In Higher Education, Jennifer Young Jul 2016

Can Library Research Be Fun? Using Games For Information Literacy Instruction In Higher Education, Jennifer Young

Georgia Library Quarterly

Collectively, the world's population spends about 3 billion hours a week playing video games. To reach game-playing audiences of all ages, educators, including library instructors, are embracing game-based learning to engage and motivate students the same way that games do. In looking at the collective wisdom on what makes a good game, and providing concrete examples of library gaming projects, this paper discusses the best practices for creating virtual and virtual-reality hybrid games for bibliographic instruction. The author explores the literature on gamification and games used for teaching information literacy in higher education, and provides recommendations gleaned from existing ...


A Discrit Narrative Case Study: How Are The Cards Stacked In Alternative School For African American Students With Disabilities?, Cherry Stanard May 2016

A Discrit Narrative Case Study: How Are The Cards Stacked In Alternative School For African American Students With Disabilities?, Cherry Stanard

Doctor of Education in Special Education Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative narrative case study is to develop a better understanding of how African American students with disabilities in alternative schools make sense of their educational journeys. Critical race theory and disability studies (DisCrit) is used as a framework for the investigation of (a) the process of being identified as a student with disabilities and (b) behavioral factors associated with placement in the alternative school environment, and (c) how students develop characteristics of resiliency in the alternative school environment. Five African American students with disabilities who were currently attending or who had previously attended alternative school were ...


Development Of A School Network Accessibility For Parents (Snap) Scale: An Exploratory Factor Analysis, Lea M. Campos May 2016

Development Of A School Network Accessibility For Parents (Snap) Scale: An Exploratory Factor Analysis, Lea M. Campos

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to; a) design an instrument that could be used to assess parent’s access to school social networks; b) to determine if relationships exist between parents’ beliefs and ability to access school networks and resources; and, c) to determine if there are significant differences in parents’ access to school networks and resources as it relates to social class. A total of 430 respondents replied to a 37-item survey consisting of 31-Likert scaled items and six demographic questions. All respondents were parents or guardians of middle grade students in one of two middle schools in ...


An Analysis Of Pre-Service Elementary Teachers’ Understanding Of Mathematical Number Sense As Tested On The Timss Assessment, Monica J. Doriney May 2016

An Analysis Of Pre-Service Elementary Teachers’ Understanding Of Mathematical Number Sense As Tested On The Timss Assessment, Monica J. Doriney

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

This study investigated pre-service elementary teacher’s performance on released items from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 4th grade mathematics assessment. This study combined an error analysis of pre-service teacher’s errors with a chi-square test for association between type of error and question type as well as type of error and type of cognitive domain. Only number sense questions were chosen, and all questions included were rewritten to (1) be in free response form and (2) encourage pre-service teachers to show all of their work when answering the questions.The test was administered over ...


Personality, Interests, Self-Efficacy, And Anxiety Of Female Stem Majors: A Description, Comparison, And Prediction Of Female Stem Majors, Jennifer L. Mckinney May 2016

Personality, Interests, Self-Efficacy, And Anxiety Of Female Stem Majors: A Description, Comparison, And Prediction Of Female Stem Majors, Jennifer L. Mckinney

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education Dissertations

Gender disparities in specific science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) degrees are apparent in the United States’ higher education reports (e.g., National Science Committee on Science and Engineering indicators, 2014). There is a lack of understanding female STEM majors’ selection that can be addressed by personality, STEM interest (INT), STEM self-efficacy (SE), and mathematics anxiety (MA), and understanding the relationship between those factors. The purpose of the study was to describe, compare, and predict female STEM majors based on personal factors (i.e., INT, SE, MA, and personality) through the following strands: (a) to examine the association of female ...


Principal Perceptions Of The Effectiveness Of University Educational Leadership Preparation And Professional Learning, Arvin D. Johnson May 2016

Principal Perceptions Of The Effectiveness Of University Educational Leadership Preparation And Professional Learning, Arvin D. Johnson

Faculty Publications

Principals and assistant principals currently serving in Florida and Georgia school districts were surveyed about their perceptions of university educational leadership preparation and professional learning. The results revealed that many principals and assistant principals agreed that university educational leadership preparation programs enhanced their overall preparation, school leadership, and school law. However, participants disagreed that leadership preparation programs assisted them in managing school budget, data analysis, and human resources. Participants overwhelmingly indicated that school districts provide meaningful professional learning opportunities and that they prefer job-embedded learning experiences over university preparation.


2016 - The Twenty-First Annual Symposium Of Student Scholars Apr 2016

2016 - The Twenty-First Annual Symposium Of Student Scholars

Symposium of Student Scholars Program Books

The full program book from the Twenty-first Annual Symposium of Student Scholars, held on April 21, 2016. Includes abstracts from the presentations and posters.