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Supporting The Student Service Member And Veteran Population As Learners: An Exploratory Study Of Academic Motivation And Best Practices In Student Services At A State Comprehensive University, Seth D. Kastle, Brendon Fox, Jeni Mcray, Haley Moon May 2021

Supporting The Student Service Member And Veteran Population As Learners: An Exploratory Study Of Academic Motivation And Best Practices In Student Services At A State Comprehensive University, Seth D. Kastle, Brendon Fox, Jeni Mcray, Haley Moon

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

This article explores best practices in student services for Student Service Members and Veterans (SSM/V) learners at a Midwestern state comprehensive university (SCU.) The Military Learner Academic Success Perception Survey (MLASPS) was administered to a small but targeted cohort population of SSM/V’s enrolled in a customized Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program through the institution’s new centralized student support center for SSM/V’s. The research team collected data related to the enrolled students’ perceived academic preparedness, student service needs, and academic motivation. Results informed the center about how to best serve SSM/V’s in ...


Junior Faculty Advising For Effective Student Growth And Academic Success: A Qualitative Study, Noreen Powers, Russell Wartalski Feb 2021

Junior Faculty Advising For Effective Student Growth And Academic Success: A Qualitative Study, Noreen Powers, Russell Wartalski

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Supporting the academic advising needs of adult learners is paramount for colleges and universities. Research suggests that the faculty advisor's role is pivotal in students' academic progress. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty advisors are tasked with supporting adult learners in achieving their professional goals and providing resources to ensure their academic success. Specifically, they help students navigate curriculum requirements and provide support both inside and outside the classroom. The tasks and responsibilities associated with faculty advising can vary based on the institution type and program needs. However, junior faculty who take on advising responsibilities at regional ...


Book Review: Cracks In The Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess Of Higher Education, Bruce Henderson Feb 2021

Book Review: Cracks In The Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess Of Higher Education, Bruce Henderson

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Review of Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education.


Preface To The Special Issue: Student Affairs At The State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt Jan 2021

Preface To The Special Issue: Student Affairs At The State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

In this special issue of Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, authors are encouraged to submit original manuscripts based on new data collection and/or analysis that investigate student affairs within the context of the state comprehensive university. For the purposes of this special issue, “student affairs” is defined broadly and does not exclude specific divisions of practice (ex. academic advising); rather, it may include anything that extends beyond the standard curriculum of academia in order to develop the whole student. This may even include coursework wherein it is oriented toward the student affairs mission (ex. freshman orientation ...


Mathematics Methods For Early Childhood, Janet Stramel Jan 2021

Mathematics Methods For Early Childhood, Janet Stramel

Open Educational Resources

This book is for the early childhood pre-service teachers, which includes the period from infancy until eight years of age. Mathematics skills must be taught in early childhood and children should be provided a foundation to succeed in elementary school and beyond.

Mathematics Methods for Early Childhood was designed to help early childhood teacher candidates develop an understanding of why lessons in early childhood should focus on mathematics in order to help children be successful. Young children are naturally curious, and the best time to begin mathematics is at a time while the young child's brain is rapidly developing ...


Winning Paper: Effectiveness Of Curriculum-Based Technology In Student Learning, Elizabeth Miller Jan 2021

Winning Paper: Effectiveness Of Curriculum-Based Technology In Student Learning, Elizabeth Miller

2021 Lynn Haggard Undergraduate Library Research Award

As technology changes and becomes more prevalent in society, there is greater push to integrate technology into classroom instruction (Nganji, 2018). One of the main focuses in education has become developing the best way to integrate the technology to support student learning of the content while building students’ technology skills (Ozerbas & Erdogan, 2016). Many teachers continue to build their own lessons integrating various programs and websites as they see fit for their instruction. Textbook and curriculum developers create digital-based content to support this growing need. The effectiveness of technology in classroom instruction, such as websites, word processing, and searching the internet, has been established in many studies throughout the world (Garavaglia et al., 2012; Joshi et al., 2019; Kardanova et al., 2018; Ozerbas & Erdogan, 2016). These studies compare technology rich classrooms with the traditional classroom. I propose an experimental design be applied to the research question how effective is the integration of technology derived from a prepared curriculum in students’ retention and performance ...


Chapter 1: Developing Social Empathy With Higher Education, Phillip A. Olt Jan 2021

Chapter 1: Developing Social Empathy With Higher Education, Phillip A. Olt

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

The purposes of this chapter are to demonstrate the need for social empathy in a democratic society, identify polarization barriers, and explore how American higher education can be a leading agent for developing social empathy. The United States has seen a recent rise in political tribalism, and it now faces rising antipathy between those holding polarized perspectives. Higher education is uniquely situated to address these problems. Like a mixing bowl, college is a place where students of all backgrounds can be combined in deep discourse at a key point in their psychological development. However, higher education has struggled to fulfill ...


Winning Poster: Campus Inclusivity: Student Experiences With Accessibility At Fhsu, Rachel Moravek May 2020

Winning Poster: Campus Inclusivity: Student Experiences With Accessibility At Fhsu, Rachel Moravek

2020 Lynn Haggard Undergraduate Library Research Award

To conduct the Campus Inclusivity project (IRB #: 1530337-1), URE student researchers utilized qualitative methodology to examine undergraduate understandings of and experiences with accessibility at FHSU in their own words. Focus groups gave the students the freedom to talk with and ask questions of one another. Student researchers conducted five small focus group sessions during February 2020. Focus groups examined student explanations about their understandings and experiences on campus. We advertised through student daily email announcements, sidewalk chalking, campus signage, as well as word-of mouth from FHSU faculty. Each focus group session was audio recorded, and student researchers took field notes ...


International Students’ Transition To A Rural State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt, Bingbing Tao Feb 2020

International Students’ Transition To A Rural State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt, Bingbing Tao

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

International students face challenges as they transition to higher education in the United States. In this article, we explore that transition process when it intersects with an institution in a rural setting. We used Schlossberg’s transition theory—with a particular emphasis on the 4Ss of situation, self, support, and strategies—as the theoretical framework for this case study, and we found that the situation for international students in this transition was fraught with concurrent stressors of isolation, food, and safety. While their sense of self included a strong desire to experience United States culture and language, they struggled apart ...


Book Review: How Humans Learn, Daniel Kulmala Feb 2020

Book Review: How Humans Learn, Daniel Kulmala

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Review of Joshua Eyler, How Humans Learn (2018)


The Implicit Costs Of Regulatory Compliance In Higher Education: A Case Study, Phillip A. Olt Jan 2020

The Implicit Costs Of Regulatory Compliance In Higher Education: A Case Study, Phillip A. Olt

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

It has been proposed that higher education is the most highly regulated sector in America (Lee, 2010). Broadly speaking, institutions are regulated by government at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as other implied sources. While sharing commonalities with other sectors, higher education institutions are differentiated by their educational mission.


Enhancing Collaborative Group Processes To Promote Academic Literacy And Content Learning For Diverse Learners Through Video Reflection, Brooke Moore, Alison G. Boardman, Clara Smith, Amy Ferrell Jul 2019

Enhancing Collaborative Group Processes To Promote Academic Literacy And Content Learning For Diverse Learners Through Video Reflection, Brooke Moore, Alison G. Boardman, Clara Smith, Amy Ferrell

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Research indicates the benefits of collaborative learning for supporting academic literacy in content classrooms, especially for diverse and exceptional students such as students with learning disabilities or English learners (ELs) who can become disengaged in content classrooms if they struggle to access complex, content-related texts. Drawing from Cognitive Load Theory, we argue that collaborative group structures support students in sharing the load of processing these texts across all members, thus ensuring better comprehension of the content. Yet, collaborative structures may not be beneficial to diverse and exceptional learners in the group, particularly if students are not supported in how to ...


Career Education Discourse: Promoting Student Employability In A University Career Center, Rose Helens-Hart Feb 2019

Career Education Discourse: Promoting Student Employability In A University Career Center, Rose Helens-Hart

Applied Business Faculty Publications

In 2016, Gallup reported 80 percent of recent U.S. college graduates who had visited career services offices (CSO) rated their engagement to be somewhat to very helpful. Quantitative reports such as this provide student views of CSOs, but neither address CSO staff’s perceptions of the value of their work nor the tools they use to assist students. Staff perceptions provide insight into how they communicate with students and align with emerging career education paradigms. Through in-depth interviews and participant observations, this study illuminates the communicative strategies used by CSO staff at a large U.S. Midwestern public university ...


Teaching College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd), Jacqueline Lubin Jan 2019

Teaching College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd), Jacqueline Lubin

2019 SACAD Winners

According to Wei, Wagner, Hudson, Yu & Javitz(2016), approximately 33% of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the K-12 setting pursue higher education. As more children are being identified in schools, more are transitioning into postsecondary settings (Gelbar, Smith, & Reichow, 2014). While college personnel working in counseling, disability, and guidance offices may have some familiarity with working with students with ASD, many faculty do not. This increase in the number of students with ASD present on college campuses makes it pivotal that professors understand the population with whom they are working (Barnhill, 2016). This literature review aims to ...


Parent Partnerships: Promoting Student Growth Of Exceptional Students, Dayne Fletke, Todd Millemon, Tiffany Tipton, Sherly Wiele, Jerri Brooks Jan 2019

Parent Partnerships: Promoting Student Growth Of Exceptional Students, Dayne Fletke, Todd Millemon, Tiffany Tipton, Sherly Wiele, Jerri Brooks

2019 SACAD Winners

Meaningful parent partnerships are key in the educational process (Lueder, 1998/2000), especially for students with high incidence disabilities, as these students often “slip through the cracks.” Academic success and quality of learning improve for students of all ages and abilities when the family and school join forces (National Education Association Policy and Practice Department, 2008). This study analyzed parent partnerships in various school settings. Data was used to develop a meaningful parent partnership model to promote student growth, both academically and socially. Data collected allowed us to learn how individuals in varying roles within the educational system and parents ...


Effects Of Audiobooks And Group Discussion In Inclusive Special Education, Tiffany Tipton, Brooke Moore Jan 2019

Effects Of Audiobooks And Group Discussion In Inclusive Special Education, Tiffany Tipton, Brooke Moore

2019 SACAD Winners

Research has shown us that reading while listening has potential benefits. With the popularity of audiobooks growing along with technology advances, it is much easier to implement audiobooks in the classroom than in past years. There have also been indications of positive effects from social interactions on student reading skills and habits, such as those occurring during group discussions and literature circles. This action research study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of using both of these techniques in conjunction with one another to improve reading comprehension among a small group of students identified as struggling readers receiving special education support ...


The Effects Of Art Integration On Math Achievement Of 6th Grade Male Students, Greta Mountain Jan 2019

The Effects Of Art Integration On Math Achievement Of 6th Grade Male Students, Greta Mountain

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The United States educational system continues to cut back on art programing; however, international statistics report countries with a stronger art presence continuously perform at higher academic levels. Art integration provides multiple pathways through curriculums and enables engaging learning environment. Art integration refers to three forms of art collaboration: learning in core subjects with and through the arts, creating interdisciplinary connections throughout curriculums and collaboration engagement. When all three of these forms are combined, casual relationships with increased student achievement and higher levels of engagement are formed. This study examined the effects of art integration on math achievement on male ...


Getting Into Character: A Qualitative Study On Readers’ Theater And Fluency, Natalie Frericks Jan 2019

Getting Into Character: A Qualitative Study On Readers’ Theater And Fluency, Natalie Frericks

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The need for fluent readers is clear in schools today as many readers are lacking reading fluency. This qualitative study examined the influence Readers’ Theater, a reading strategy, has on reading fluency. The following questions were addressed: 1) How does Reader's Theater influence reading fluency? 2) How did students’ selfassessment influence reading fluency? 3) How did teacher assessment influence reading fluency? The participants included four third-grade students from an elementary school in the Midwest. The findings suggested that Readers’ Theater positively influenced student’s reading fluency. Students’ self-assessment was helpful in getting students to become more aware of their ...


Small Group Skills Based Instruction And Reading Fluency: A Fourth Grade Classroom Study, Stephanie Felts Jan 2019

Small Group Skills Based Instruction And Reading Fluency: A Fourth Grade Classroom Study, Stephanie Felts

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

Reading fluency instruction takes place in schools across the nation. Fluency assesses how many correct words a student can read per minute, while also using speed, accuracy, and expression. Many schools across the nation report low reading fluency scores. Students who struggle with reading fluency can lead to essential problems as a child grows causing behavior and social issues, along with unemployment. Students may lack confidence or improvement when they are reading stories out of their level because of poor instruction. Reading fluency issues increase from inconsistent practice, inappropriate reading passages for their levels, and lack of differentiated instruction. Educators ...


Journal Of Applied And Educational Research - Front Matter And Table Of Contents, Dharma Jairam Editor-In-Chief Jan 2019

Journal Of Applied And Educational Research - Front Matter And Table Of Contents, Dharma Jairam Editor-In-Chief

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

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The Effects Of Ability Grouping On Kindergarten Students’ Readingachievement, Katie Nauman Jan 2019

The Effects Of Ability Grouping On Kindergarten Students’ Readingachievement, Katie Nauman

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The number of elementary students in the United States reading at a proficient level is significantly low. Elementary schools in the United States need to increase the number of students reading at the proficient level in order to move towards success in other subject areas, raise graduation rates, increase economic opportunities, and boost the likelihood of favorable long term health. Foundational reading skills, beginning in kindergarten, are an early predictor of future reading proficiency. Homogeneous ability grouping is one instructional strategy that can help students master foundational reading skills. Ability grouping is an educational practice that can be used with ...


Thematic Analysis Of Social Issues In Ten Young Adult Novels, Brittany Sale Jan 2019

Thematic Analysis Of Social Issues In Ten Young Adult Novels, Brittany Sale

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The purpose of this study was to complete a thematic analysis on ten randomly selected young adult novels published in the year 2018. Novels were selected based on the criteria of (1) being published in the year 2018, (2) age-appropriate for middle and high school students, (3) written in English and (4) not being a part of a series. The novels were published in the United States or Canada. The thematic analysis was conducted to determine recurring social issues presented in the novels that are affecting young adults. The novels examined in this study are: What If It’s Us ...


The Effects Of Individualized Literacy Interventions On Eighth-Grade Students’ Perceived Self-Efficacy In Content Reading And Reading Achievement, Sara Kellogg Jan 2019

The Effects Of Individualized Literacy Interventions On Eighth-Grade Students’ Perceived Self-Efficacy In Content Reading And Reading Achievement, Sara Kellogg

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

Many middle school students struggle to reach proficiency in reading. The implications of their struggle for success in high school and beyond are far-reaching. Literacy interventions at the middle school level are vital to addressing skill deficiencies and related challenges facing adolescents in the United States. Using individualized literacy interventions featuring fluency, guided reading, word study, and academic vocabulary this study examined grade equivalencies of 41 eighth-grade students over a four-month period. Twenty of the 41 students were randomly selected and randomly assigned to one of two groups: (a) weekly one-to-one self-efficacy debriefing sessions (experimental, n=9) and (b) no ...


Runner-Up Project: Action Research Project, Michala Bieker Jan 2019

Runner-Up Project: Action Research Project, Michala Bieker

2019 Lynn Haggard Undergraduate Library Research Award

“Nearly one in five children come from a home where English is not the native language and more than one in four children are Hispanic where Spanish is the primary language spoken” (Correa, Mackiewicz, & Miller, 2017, p. 209). Classrooms are more diverse now than they ever have been before. Even though this diversity greatly enriches the culture of a classroom, many teachers are not equipped with the teaching techniques to engage children who have traveled from other countries to the United States. The world of English Language Learners (ELL) and the programs that exist to help these children acclimate to ...


Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack Oct 2018

Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

This paper investigates the topic of non-traditional students enrolled at four-year public regional universities and addresses questions about who they are, what makes them non-traditional and how they experience college life. The analysis is based on survey data collected from 187 undergraduates at one regional public college in the southeastern United States. The study found a higher portion of non-traditional students than expected and that the non-traditional students tended to break down into two types, a younger worker-student and an older adult student, rather than conforming to a single profile. While the findings highlight other similarities with the broader population ...


Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen Sep 2018

Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Building classroom and school cultures of thinking is one of the fundamental and critical purposes of education. This study is an exploratory effort to obtain a clearer picture of teachers’ perceptions about eight components of a culture of thinking within their own classroom. The instrument used is a quantitative survey developed by Ritchhart (2015) that examines eight forces of cultures of thinking (expectations, language, modeling, time, opportunities, routines, physical environment and interactions). The survey results provide useful information about potential target areas for those seeking to deepen cultures of thinking in educational settings


Virtually There: Distant Freshmen Blended In Classes Through Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt Jun 2018

Virtually There: Distant Freshmen Blended In Classes Through Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Synchronous online education occurs when the students and faculty member are in different locations geographically and interaction occurs simultaneously through the internet at scheduled times. In this study I investigated the phenomenon of using synchronous online classes blended with a face-to-face classroom to complete the freshman year of college. The essence of the experience emerged around the concept of ambiguity, specifically in regard to group membership, functionality of technology, and place. This understanding of ambiguity provides a framework upon which to design practices for engaging such distance students and best promoting their learning.


Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell Jun 2018

Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell

Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business Research

Chinese students represent the largest single group among international students enrolled in the U.S, and globalization has played an important role in impacting Chinese students’ perceptions of what it means to study abroad. According to The Wall Street Journal, there are 85 percent more international students enrolled today in U.S. schools than ten years ago, adding more than 35 billion dollars to the nation’s economy in 2015 (Belkin & Purnell, 2017). This qualitative study adds to the limited research available regarding Chinese students’ cross-cultural transition and academic adaptation to American universities (Kusek, 2015; Yan & Berliner, 2009). Findings add a new perspective regarding the students’ perceptions and expectations in China compared to their true experiences in the U.S. universities. Results show that ...


Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright May 2018

Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright

Master's Theses

The purpose of the research was to identify the preference of parents regarding the type of communication they receive from schools. Communication of general, negative, and positive information was considered in this study. Participants were parents of school-age children from a rural school district with a pre-kindergarten through high school level program. The quantitative research was designed using a survey with a Likert scale. The parents had the opportunity to participate in a parent and teacher conference event, which provided the best chance for input from most parents. The results were shared with district and building level administrators to help ...


Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore Apr 2018

Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Reading comprehension models implemented in content classrooms boost adolescent reading achievement. Yet, few researchers examine how such models are incorporated into teachers’ daily instruction. We used extended observations and interviews to examine the integration of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), an evidence-based reading comprehension model, into the instructional practices of fifteen middle school content teachers. High integration teachers embedded CSR lessons into their curriculum and reinforced CSR strategy use throughout the week. These teachers felt supported in their efforts by colleagues and school administrators. There is much to be learned from the ways in which teachers engage in the art of ...