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Reducing The Constraints To School Access And Progress: Assessing The Effects Of A School Scholarship Program In Malawi, Stephen Hunsaker Apr 2018

Reducing The Constraints To School Access And Progress: Assessing The Effects Of A School Scholarship Program In Malawi, Stephen Hunsaker

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The study utilizes a causal-comparative research design to compare the educational experiences and outcomes of two student groups – those who did and those who did not receive a needs-based scholarship to attend secondary or tertiary school. We administered surveys to 89 scholarship recipients and 57 non-recipients in the Dowa, Kasungu and Lilongwe Districts of Malawi. Surveys included items to determine group differences across a range of short and medium-term outcomes, including: career aspirations, attendance rate, withdrawal rate, graduation rate, employment status, time unemployed since graduation, and employment quality (using the Tanzanian Standard Classification of Occupations). This study included students currently ...


The Impact Of Gap Years On Academic Outcomes For Women: A Case Study From The Missionary Age Change, Margaret Marchant Apr 2018

The Impact Of Gap Years On Academic Outcomes For Women: A Case Study From The Missionary Age Change, Margaret Marchant

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Young adults throughout the United States and other countries participate in “gap years,” or time away from school, often for travel, work, or volunteering. This practice is promoted as a way to mature and refocus. However, some worry that it lowers the likelihood of college completion. Previous literature has investigated the academic, social, and personal benefits of gap years with mixed results; however selection into gap years confounds the true impact with unobservable personal characteristics. To overcome selection issues, I exploit an exogenous policy change that lowered age requirements for missionary service, a unique type of gap year, resulting in ...


A Fresh Coat Of Paint On Evolution Education, Daniel Bergholz Jan 2018

A Fresh Coat Of Paint On Evolution Education, Daniel Bergholz

Undergraduate Honors Theses

An education gap, especially in the STEM fields, persists between urban schools and their suburban and rural counterparts. This thesis investigates how traditional evolution teaching curricula could be amended and enhanced for greater impact in urban areas. For this objective, I created and described an education module for high school and early college students that positions graffiti as a cultural model for exploring and learning the central principles for evolution by natural selection. Students collected data from “before” and “after” photographs of graffitied walls and then completed a trait analysis to determine which traits influenced the “survival” of a graffiti ...


Students’ Perceptions Of The Societal And Personal Implications Of Education Regarding Concepts Of Evolution, Samantha Jane Steele Jan 2018

Students’ Perceptions Of The Societal And Personal Implications Of Education Regarding Concepts Of Evolution, Samantha Jane Steele

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Evolutionary theory is a national learning priority in the United States. However, evolution is differentially taught and accepted by individuals across the nation depending on a variety of factors. Many studies have been conducted on academic populations and their acceptance and understanding or lack thereof of concepts of evolution. However, many of these studies were conducted on generalized populations. The University of Colorado at Boulder has a unique population of biology students with varying backgrounds, and we were curious as to how their perceptions of the impacts of teaching evolution might differ from other groups. In the research for this ...


An Analysis Of Exams Using The Three Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol, Naomi Andre Jan 2018

An Analysis Of Exams Using The Three Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol, Naomi Andre

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, there is an intrinsic problem wherein students graduating into those fields are unprepared for the work they have to do. In order to prevent this issue, the Three Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol (3D­LAP) was developed. The 3D­LAP is made of three standards: Scientific Practices, Cross­Cutting Concepts, and Core Concepts, and these were used to analyze exams given in five courses at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). The study found that many of the questions on these exams did not meet all of the standards given by the ...