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Special Ideas, Marlene Ashby May 1988

Special Ideas, Marlene Ashby

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Special Ideas is a composite of practical strategies and techniques assembled for the primary-grade teacher’s use with the learning disabled student, slow learner and underachiever. The focal point of this material is the basic skills of reading, math, spelling, handwriting and general ideas on classroom management, behavior management and motivation. The purpose of the material is to provide the classroom teacher with practical ideas that may serve as a guide to help the teacher adapt and/or modify the curriculum, the materials, and the methods of instruction to the needs of the special child. The sources for these ideas ...


A Study Using The Initial Teaching Alphabet As A Remedial Technique For Ninth Grade Students With Learning Disabilities, Jeanette Conner Dec 1985

A Study Using The Initial Teaching Alphabet As A Remedial Technique For Ninth Grade Students With Learning Disabilities, Jeanette Conner

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The reading achievement of two groups of ninth grade students with learning disabilities was compared using the standard scores on the Reading subtest of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) as the pre- and posttest measurement to determine gain in reading achievement. The experimental group used only curriculum materials written in the Initial Teaching Alphabet (ITA). The control group used curriculum materials written in traditional orthography provided for students with learning disabilities by a rural Kentucky School District. At the end of an 80-day period, the standard scores on the Reading subtest of the WRAT were compared using a t-test ...


A Preschool Outdoor Curriculum And Playground Design, Teacher Education, Connie Smith Jul 1985

A Preschool Outdoor Curriculum And Playground Design, Teacher Education, Connie Smith

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The writer proposes the utilization of a developmentally based outdoor curriculum and playground designed for young children. The curriculum consists of an overview, objectives, curriculum methodology, playground designs and evaluation. Cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains are each included in the objectives. A curriculum methodology focusing upon approaches for individualization and development of the total child is presented. The playground designs are based upon current research. Play value, development appropriateness and safety were considered in developing playground designs and curriculum. Evaluation of the curriculum and playground will be measured through assessments of the individual child, the class, and the staff. Numerous ...


A Comparative Study Of Academic Achievement Of Students From Phased-Elective Social Studies Curriculum With Students From A Traditional Social Studies Curriculum, Dennis Minnix Jul 1979

A Comparative Study Of Academic Achievement Of Students From Phased-Elective Social Studies Curriculum With Students From A Traditional Social Studies Curriculum, Dennis Minnix

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

In this study, the academic achievement of two groups of University students was compared. The control group consisted of 15 students who had attended a traditional high school. The experimental group consisted of 25 students who had attended a high school which utilized a phased-elective curriculum design.

The students were observed at three points in their schooling. First, students were compared at the end of the eighth grade to determine if any significant difference existed prior to their exposure to the two high school programs. Next, students were observed at the end of their high school education by comparing scores ...


Pressure Basketball And The Speed Game: A Comprehensive Coaching Philosophy, Lanny Vaneman May 1979

Pressure Basketball And The Speed Game: A Comprehensive Coaching Philosophy, Lanny Vaneman

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

There has been in the past, and likely will continue to be, an obvious lack of printed material dealing with the discipline of basketball. The wide spectrum of everything that is to be taught, as well as how it is to be introduced (in the writer’s opinion) has been neglected. Rather than focusing on one phase or a limited number of areas of interest, this work attempts to serve as a comprehensive basketball coaching manual for a beginning mentor. It should also serve well for one who wishes to reevaluate or revise his coaching philosophy. Careful thought has been ...


Recreation Needs Of Pre-Adolescent Girls In Selected Public Schools, Michael Aune Aug 1977

Recreation Needs Of Pre-Adolescent Girls In Selected Public Schools, Michael Aune

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

There was a need to determine the recreation needs of girls in the pre-adolescent age range of nine through fourteen years old so that municipal recreation professionals may program activities to meet the desires of this specific population. In order to do this, a testing instrument was developed. The test, a recreation preference schedule, used closed questions exclusively, unlike many of the available checklist surveys. The recreation preference schedule was modeled after the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule that was used in counseling. The new test, containing one hundred questions, utilized ten recreation activity categories. It was checked for reliability and ...


Development And Proposed Implementation Of A Career Education Curriculum Utilizing A Matrix Technique, Theo Vickers May 1975

Development And Proposed Implementation Of A Career Education Curriculum Utilizing A Matrix Technique, Theo Vickers

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The results of a needs assessment and a review of other career education programs, administered by a federally funded career education project in Region 3, Kentucky, indicated that one of the requirements for developing a successful occupational program was to produce sequential career education curriculum materials for all students in the region, kindergarten through post-secondary.

The process by which Region 3’s Project Green River Opportunities for Work (GROW) career education leaders defined the scope and sequence of the materials and determined the materials’ design into a matrix format were described. Also included was a summary of the research, production ...


A Descriptive Study Of Ninth Grade Reading Programs In Schools Of The Second Education District Of Kentucky, Eloyse Jean Groves May 1975

A Descriptive Study Of Ninth Grade Reading Programs In Schools Of The Second Education District Of Kentucky, Eloyse Jean Groves

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Questionnaries concerning the nature of the state-required Ninth Grade Reading Programs were sent to principals of secondary schools in the Second Education District of Kentucky. The program, which had been in effect for two years, was studied as to the different organization, curriculum, students, faculty, resources, conclusions, and projections of each school involved an then compared to a standard reading program. It was found that Kentucky is a forerunner in the area of state requirements as to provision for help in reading for ninth grade students. The type of referral and physical setting of the program were both found to ...


A Position Paper Of Environmental Education For Nelson County, Geneva B. Hunt Aug 1974

A Position Paper Of Environmental Education For Nelson County, Geneva B. Hunt

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The results of a survey, concerning environmental education taken of the educators of the Nelson County School System, indicated a need for environmental education workshops and classes.

The status of environmental education in the nation and in Kentucky were studied and compared. A research was done of the status of environmental education in Nelson County, and implications were drawn for implementing environmental education in the Nelson County School System.

A tentative program for implementing environmental education in the Nelson Country schools was given, and a bibliography of resources and materials to be used in said program was included.


The Application Of Self-Instruction To Elementary School Music, Jane Austin Jul 1971

The Application Of Self-Instruction To Elementary School Music, Jane Austin

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of self-instruction on achievement in elementary school music at the fourth grade level. In order to study this effect, the investigator will seek answers to the following questions:

  1. Which methods of self-instruction are most applicable to children at the fourth grade level?
  2. What concepts are basic to the understanding of music?
  3. What studies have been concluded to define the range of conceptual developments among fourth graders?
  4. What materials and activities are most effective in achieving the desired results based on the above considerations?
  5. Is I.Q. a significant factor in ...


A Course Of Study In Beginning Bookkeeping, Burton C. Jones Jul 1953

A Course Of Study In Beginning Bookkeeping, Burton C. Jones

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

After having majored in Commercial Education and having taught bookkeeping for three years, the writer is attempting to organize his past experiences, knowledge, and material into a concise form. It is hoped that by so doing it will be possible to make a course of study in beginning bookkeeping interesting and beneficial to his students and help the teacher do a better job of teaching.

The writer realizes that he has three types of students – (1) those who plan to continue their education; (2) those who do not plan to continue their education and feel a need for a vocation ...


A Course Of Study For General Chemistry, Paul E. Kerrick Jul 1951

A Course Of Study For General Chemistry, Paul E. Kerrick

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

  1. This study should help the teacher create a greater interest among the students for chemistry. The study should enable the teacher to do better teaching.
  2. The study was prompted by a felt need on the part of the writer and to satisfy the partial requirements for a Masters degree.
  3. The study involves three main divisions:
    1. A course of study in chemistry consisting of an introduction.
    2. A course of study in chemistry consisting of nine developed units.
    3. The means of evaluating a course of study.
  1. The scope of the study includes an introduction to chemistry usually taught in high school.
  2. Materials ...


The Study Of Folklore In American Education, Tom Venable May 1947

The Study Of Folklore In American Education, Tom Venable

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The purpose of this study is to trace the history of the study of folklore from its origins in Europe through its development in the United States. Particular emphasis is laid on the part organized education has played in this development, the attitudes organized education has showed in relation to the study, those persons in American education who have furthered the study, and how folklore has been and is being used in the curriculum of the secondary school and college.


Analysis Of Public School Music Curricula Of The State Teachers Colleges In The United States, Louise Jackson Funk Dec 1936

Analysis Of Public School Music Curricula Of The State Teachers Colleges In The United States, Louise Jackson Funk

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

There is very little literature pertaining to the Public School Music curriculas of the state teachers colleges in the United States.

Various questions, however, have arisen in each institution relative to the required music courses and to the number of hours that should be required of a public school music major. Music teachers disagree as to the text to be used in music courses. Of all the various public school music texts available it is difficult to find any one text that is most worthy of recognition as there seem to be many of equal value. Not only is there ...


The Development Of The Commercial Curricula Of Teacher Training Institutions, Joseph Compton Aug 1936

The Development Of The Commercial Curricula Of Teacher Training Institutions, Joseph Compton

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The purpose of this study is to trace the development of the curricula for commercial teacher training in the United States in order to discover its implications for the academic and professional preparation of teachers of business subjects. An attempt will be made to trace the evolution of secondary business education in order to discover the relationships existing between the aims and curricula of secondary business education on the one hand, and the preparation of business teachers and the curricula devised for their training on the other. Recommendations based upon the findings, will be made for the purpose of harmonizing ...


A Study Of Majors & Minors In Western Kentucky State Teachers College, Bessie Beck Aug 1936

A Study Of Majors & Minors In Western Kentucky State Teachers College, Bessie Beck

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This study has grown out of the desire of the writer to render some service to prospective high-school teachers in their selection of majors and teaching combinations, and to be of aid to the teacher-training institutions of the State - especially to Western Kentucky State Teachers College in directing prospective teachers to pursue courses that will fit them for the teaching demands of the high schools.

A number of studies of subject combinations in high-school teachers' programs have been made to determine in what fields and what subject combinations high school teachers actually teach. Clarence Nelvin Emrick1 in his Master ...


The Status Of Handwriting Instruction And The Qualifications Of Teachers Of Handwriting In The Elementary And Secondary Schools Of Kentucky, Robert Ashby Aug 1935

The Status Of Handwriting Instruction And The Qualifications Of Teachers Of Handwriting In The Elementary And Secondary Schools Of Kentucky, Robert Ashby

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The major reason for this survey was to secure definite facts and opinions from superintendents, principals and teachers in elementary and secondary schools on the subject of handwriting. The information gathered gives conclusive evidence that these groups recognize the need for more and better training in this fundamental subject.

The aim of the writer was to determine:

  1. The extent to which outlined courses of study in handwriting are followed.
  2. The number of special instructors in handwriting, whether part- or full-time and other subjects they teach.
  3. Whether handwriting is taught incidentally with other subjects with no formal lessons, or as a ...


Status Of Certificates Issued And Employment Of Certificate Holders At Western Kentucky State Teachers College, James Ashby Aug 1932

Status Of Certificates Issued And Employment Of Certificate Holders At Western Kentucky State Teachers College, James Ashby

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

It is the purpose of this study to determine the supply of certified teachers from Western Kentucky State Teachers College. From data compiled at the institution concerning the number of certificates issued, the number at present in effect, and the employment of the certificate holders, this supply will be ascertained. The study undertakes to answer the following questions:

  1. What has been the nature of certification of teachers in Western Kentucky State Teachers College?
  2. How many teachers certificates issued by the institution are now in effect?
  3. How many of the certificate holders are at present engaged in teaching?
  4. What per cent ...