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Mathematics: Giving Classical, Christian Education Its Voice, James W. Seidel Sep 2011

Mathematics: Giving Classical, Christian Education Its Voice, James W. Seidel

Master of Education Program Theses

Classical, Christian education developed in the late twentieth century as the result of the influence of authors and educators such as Dorothy Sayers, Douglas Wilson, and Mortimer Adler. Building upon the educational approach taken in the Middle Ages and earlier, the classical, Christian approach has slowly grown in popularity over the past thirty years. As classical, Christian education has matured, however, some areas of its educational philosophy have developed more slowly than others. In particular, mathematics education within the classical, Christian model has received minimal treatment. This thesis attempts to initiate a more intentional educational philosophy for mathematics in a ...


Christian Education In The 21st Century: Renewing A Transformational Vision, Gabriel J. Pethtel Aug 2011

Christian Education In The 21st Century: Renewing A Transformational Vision, Gabriel J. Pethtel

Master of Education Research Theses

The findings of this research include educational concepts synthesized from interviews with several contemporary Christian school leaders including, D. Bruce Lockerbie, Jeff Woodcock, Janet Lowrie Nason, Barret Mossbacker, Bob Gresh, Rick Bernhardt, Randy Ross, Chirs Cleveland, Dr. Jane Duffey, Dr. John Foreman, and Dr. Marck Eckel. The voices of these educators are combined with literary points made by foundational Christian school leaders in years past, such as Frank E. Gaebelein, Roy W. Lowrie, Roussas J. Rushdoony, Cornelius Van Til, and Gene Garrick, to renew a transformational vision for Christian education in the 21st century. Research findings promote a call to ...


Effect Of Geometer’S Sketchpad On Student Knowledge And Attitude, David J. Dekker Aug 2011

Effect Of Geometer’S Sketchpad On Student Knowledge And Attitude, David J. Dekker

Master of Education Program Theses

This study examines the effects of Geometer’s Sketchpad on student achievement and attitudes in algebra classrooms. It has a quasi-experimental design. The sample included 93 students enrolled in Advanced Algebra courses at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, MI. Four classes participated in a five-day unit that explored graphs of equalities and inequalities. Two classes used traditional graphing calculators and two classes used Geometer’s Sketchpad. One class of each type took a pretest to measure prior knowledge. All classes took a posttest and attitude survey at the end of the study. A t-test was used to compare class ...


Factors Affecting Institutional Choice Of Minority Students Admitted To Institutions In The Council For Christian Colleges And Universities, Christopher Lee Confer May 2011

Factors Affecting Institutional Choice Of Minority Students Admitted To Institutions In The Council For Christian Colleges And Universities, Christopher Lee Confer

Theses and Dissertations

The study examined the factors that affected minority students' choice to enroll at private faith-based 4-year institutions in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in the United States. These factors included: minority students' demographic and background characteristics, financial factors, perceived institutional characteristics, and institutional marketing strategies. The theoretical framework for this study focused on Maguire and Lay's (1981) college choice model as well as Hossler and Gallagher's (1987) three phase college choice theory. This study also drew on the Critical Race Theory as a lens through which to examine minority student college choice. The study utilized ...


Educators Learning Together: Promoting Meaningful And Motivating Professional Development In Christian Schools, Joshua E. Bowar Apr 2011

Educators Learning Together: Promoting Meaningful And Motivating Professional Development In Christian Schools, Joshua E. Bowar

Master of Education Program Theses

Each year, nearly all teachers in the United States participate in some form of professional development (Andree, Chung Wei, & Darling-Hammond, 2009). Much research is available outlining best practices related to professional development in an effort to provide teachers with a positive learning experience so that they can use their expertise and acquired knowledge and skills to ensure that students learn. Schools are not implementing these best practices. As a result, many teachers express a sense of dread when they think about entering a professional development session. There are several reasons for this sense of dread, but there are also several ...


Gifted Students: What Motivates Them, Sharon Reitsma Zonnefeld Apr 2011

Gifted Students: What Motivates Them, Sharon Reitsma Zonnefeld

Master of Education Program Theses

This paper explores the implications of a Biblical worldview on gifted students' motivation and uses this Biblical worldview as a framework to evaluate classroom constructs, such as high level questions, promotion of learning as hard work, cooperative learning, Theory of Multiple Intelligences, RtI (Response to Intervention), and student choice, that are known to influence gifted students' motivation. Teacher personalities and tendencies, as well as students' family relationships, early learning and stimulation, personal characteristics, and emotional state are also discussed in relation to gifted students' motivation and achievement. A review of the relevant literature was conducted to ascertain the relationship of ...


Literacy And Lenses: Can The New Michigan Merit Curriculum Support The Mission Of Covenant Christian High School‘S English Department?, Suzanne R. Looyenga Apr 2011

Literacy And Lenses: Can The New Michigan Merit Curriculum Support The Mission Of Covenant Christian High School‘S English Department?, Suzanne R. Looyenga

Master of Education Program Theses

The need for curriculum restructuring as a solution for addressing the changing needs in Michigan‘s public schools has led to the creation and implementation of a new Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) based on the latest educational research into the needs of 21st century students. Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a private, parental school that is evaluating and revising its curriculum in anticipation of adding the ninth grade to the school next year. The question has been raised in the English department whether the MMC could be used to support the Reformed, biblical mission of the ...


An Analysis Of Knowledge Of The Bible, Private School Law, And Business And Finance Between Christian School Principals With And Without Graduate Degrees, Dennis E. Robinson Jan 2011

An Analysis Of Knowledge Of The Bible, Private School Law, And Business And Finance Between Christian School Principals With And Without Graduate Degrees, Dennis E. Robinson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019

This study analyzed the performance of a sample of K-12 Assemblies of God Christian school principals on the Christian School Principal Preparation Assessment Questionnaire (CSPPAQ). The CSPPAQ, developed especially for this study, assesses knowledge in three areas: knowledge of the Bible, knowledge of private school law, and knowledge of business and finance. A sample size of 102 was determined using the sample size formula, based on a population of 611and a bound of 4 (+ 2). Numerous school closures over the course of this study caused the population size to drop to 490. This fact, coupled with a 45% survey return ...


Correlations Between High School Athletic Participation And Academic Performance, Tim Klein Jan 2011

Correlations Between High School Athletic Participation And Academic Performance, Tim Klein

Master of Education Program Theses

This research study examines the correlation between high school students‘ school-sponsored athletic participation and their academic performance. Previous studies show students who participate in school-sponsored athletic activities will have an academic advantage (Eccles, Barber, Stone, & Hunt, 2003; Hartmann, 2008). This study expands previous studies by examining whether the amount of participation has an impact on students‘ academic achievement. The research study included a sample of students from a small midwestern Christian school in the ninth and eleventh grades. This study found a negative correlation between school-sponsored athletic participation and students‘ academic performance. This study concludes that as students‘ school-sponsored athletic participation increases ...


Senior Students’ Perceptions Of The Factors Positively Influencing Their Faith Development Within The Environment Of A School-Church Nexus. A Case Study Of Two Schools With Campus Churches, Alisha Christie Jan 2011

Senior Students’ Perceptions Of The Factors Positively Influencing Their Faith Development Within The Environment Of A School-Church Nexus. A Case Study Of Two Schools With Campus Churches, Alisha Christie

Theses Bachelor Honours

Schools with campus churches can provide an environment where personal faith development and affiliation with a faith community are encouraged. This study investigated senior students’ perceptions of the factors positively influencing their faith development within the environment of a school-church nexus. A review of the literature revealed a strong connection between adolescent faith development and social context. This case study gathered data from two Adventist schools with campus churches with a focus on senior students’ and staff perceptions. An emergent mixed-method approach was adopted to gather data through the use of a questionnaire, focus group interviews and unstructured staff interviews ...