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What Makes A Veteran-Friendly College Or University Campus?, Donald W-R Allen Nov 2016

What Makes A Veteran-Friendly College Or University Campus?, Donald W-R Allen

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The United States Armed Services has produced some of the finest men and women soldiers in history. After their service, some pursue institutions of higher learning to meet the needs of their continued excellence. Some colleges and universities have failed to meet the slightest requirements of the veteran student: understanding, compassion, respect and college credits for military training and experiential learning. The chapters inside this capstone confirms that veterans must be accepted as a very important part of the campus population. When veteran’s complete college and graduate, they have strategically and successfully completed another important undertaking. To look at ...


Effects Of Incorporating Multiculturalism In A High School Civics Classroom For Increased Student Interest And Engagement, Alison Beatt Ellertson Aug 2016

Effects Of Incorporating Multiculturalism In A High School Civics Classroom For Increased Student Interest And Engagement, Alison Beatt Ellertson

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The research question addressed in this study is, what are the effects of incorporating multiculturalism in a high school civics classroom for increased student interest and engagement? This action research study was conducted in a ninth grade civics classroom over the course of three weeks and in three separate class periods. There were 85 students included in the research. Students were observed, interviewed and participated in a survey. The research compared a unit that had limited multicultural elements to a unit that fit a multicultural framework and curriculum. Findings suggest that relevancy is key to keeping students interest and introducing ...


Expeditionary Learning Curriculum For The Seventh Grade Classroom, Nora Denise Krings Aug 2016

Expeditionary Learning Curriculum For The Seventh Grade Classroom, Nora Denise Krings

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The research question addressed in this project was, how are the components of Expeditionary Learning used to design an interdisciplinary, project-based expedition at a middle school grade level? It documents the creation of an interdisciplinary unit for a seventh grade classroom using components from Expeditionary Learning. The author uses research on Expeditionary Learning and related educational philosophies to incorporate different structures and components into the design of the curriculum. The unit includes such components as community connections, fieldwork and case studies. It also outlines different classroom structures and protocols that can be used to deliver instruction. The capstone documents some ...


An Analysis Of English Language Learning Needs For Latino Adults Associated With A Church Outreach Program, Ellen Elizabeth Keesling Aug 2016

An Analysis Of English Language Learning Needs For Latino Adults Associated With A Church Outreach Program, Ellen Elizabeth Keesling

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to examine the English language learning needs of Latino adults in a rural suburb of a large metropolitan area in the Midwest United States. Participants in the research are primarily of Mexican heritage, ranging in age from 20 to 62. The target population for this study is Latino adults associated with a local church outreach program who are not currently attending ESL classes. Barriers to attending existing ESL classes are identified and hypothetical scenarios for community-based, family-oriented programs are investigated. Data were collected primarily from personal interviews with seven Latino adults who act as ...


Using Critical Literacy To Build Community Among Minority Adolescents, Julia Quinn Moe Jul 2016

Using Critical Literacy To Build Community Among Minority Adolescents, Julia Quinn Moe

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

Studies continue to show the alarming achievement gap between white and minority students throughout the United States. The purpose of this capstone was to explore how critical literacy can be used to build classroom community among minority adolescents, with the intention of helping diverse learners feel successful in school. Included is research on the effectiveness of and how to use critical literacy practices, the importance of building community in the secondary classroom, and the state of minority education as a whole, encompassing the unique difficulties encountered by minority students in a primarily white school. Three major themes emerged from the ...


What Makes An Effective Bullying Prevention Program In Urban Middle Schools?, Diane Louise Durnick May 2016

What Makes An Effective Bullying Prevention Program In Urban Middle Schools?, Diane Louise Durnick

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate anti-bullying curriculums and programs available for middle schools to reduce bullying behaviors among students. Research involved identifying what has been proven to reduce bullying behaviors in schools, as well as, what students say best reduces bully behaviors at school. The curriculums were then evaluated against proven best practices, and a whole-school plan was created to apply at an urban middle school incorporating the best strategies to be most effective in reducing bullying behaviors.


Speaking And Pronunciation Confidence Of Middle School Esl Students At Various Proficiency Levels, Marian Rose Gagliardi May 2016

Speaking And Pronunciation Confidence Of Middle School Esl Students At Various Proficiency Levels, Marian Rose Gagliardi

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

Speaking and pronunciation confidence can aid a student’s ability to participate and learn in the classroom. This study investigated middle school English as a Second Language (ESL) students’ perceptions of their speaking and pronunciation confidence in relationship to their overall and speaking English proficiency levels. Although there are many adults and some teenagers who confess to the desire for more confidence in their speaking and pronunciation, there is little to no information about middle school students in this regard. The data collected for this research was through a two part survey, which included statements for students to rate their ...


Exploring The Implementation Of Project-Based Learning At An Alternative High School, Mairead Kathleen Beane Mar 2016

Exploring The Implementation Of Project-Based Learning At An Alternative High School, Mairead Kathleen Beane

School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

The research questions addressed in this project were: What are teachers’ and administrators’ experiences with implementing a project-based learning curriculum in their high school? And, what are students’ experiences of participating in a project-based learning curriculum in their high school? The author documents the necessity and rational of using a project-based learning approach in secondary schools. She documents one specific school’s early implementation of project-based learning pedagogy: its perceived successes and failures from teachers and students. In a time of high stakes testing and school accountability, the author concludes that project-based learning is a viable and valuable option for ...