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Exploring Gendered Barriers To Higher Education Leadership For Women In Midlevel Student Affairs Roles, Melodye J. Macalpine Jan 2022

Exploring Gendered Barriers To Higher Education Leadership For Women In Midlevel Student Affairs Roles, Melodye J. Macalpine

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This qualitative case study explored the perceived barriers to leadership for female-identifying student affairs professionals at the midlevel who aspire to, but have not yet attained, a senior student affairs officer role. Women hold 71% of all student affairs positions in higher education compared to men; however, that majority shrinks to 56% for senior-level positions (Pritchard &McChesney, 2018). Thus, a study designed to explore gendered barriers to leadership was warranted. The research questions were designed to explore what barriers, if any, have participants experienced regarding their ability to move into a senior student affairs officer role and to what extent, if at all, participants experience higher education institutions as gendered organizations. A theoretical framework of gender role theory and gendered organizations was used to explore the research questions. The study was conducted in two phases; Phase 1 included a questionnaire in which participants (n = 32) responded to a series of statements about perceived barriers to leadership and gendered workplaces in student affairs. In Phase 2, follow-up interviews were conducted on a random selection of participants (n = 8) from Phase ...


Program Experiences Of Pacific Alliance For Catholic Education Graduates That Impact Retention In The Field, Austin Veiga Jan 2022

Program Experiences Of Pacific Alliance For Catholic Education Graduates That Impact Retention In The Field, Austin Veiga

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Teacher retention rates in America have remained low over the past decades, with almost half of teachers exiting the field in their first five years of teaching. High teacher turnover has a financial impact on schools and districts as well as negative impacts on student learning. The Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) is a teacher preparation program that has graduates who have demonstrated higher retention rates in the teaching field over the first five years. This single-case study investigated the experiences of six graduates of the PACE program during their time in the program, and sought to understand their ...


Examining The Ways Female Students Experience Teacher Feedback And Assessment, Nicole Foran Jan 2022

Examining The Ways Female Students Experience Teacher Feedback And Assessment, Nicole Foran

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Providing instructional feedback and assessing student learning are integral components of the educational process. Yet teachers report that in their preservice education programs and subsequent inservice professional development, they receive very little instruction specifically dedicated to feedback and assessment practices. Research reveals that feedback and assessment remain at the center of debate in academia, and teachers report that assigning grades and giving effective academic feedback are major contributors to overall job dissatisfaction, especially given the high-stakes role grades play in students’ academic, athletic, college admission, and future employment opportunities (Feldman, 2019; Guskey & Bailey, 2001). While much has been learned about effective assessment practices, there is still much to learn about how students experience feedback and grades. The pressure to achieve impacts students’ motivation to learn, academic self-efficacy, self-esteem, and overall health and wellness, and female adolescents are at greater risk of mental-health issues due to grades and academic pressure than their male counterparts (Saviola et al., 2020; Villeneuve et al., 2019). The purpose of this ...


Lasting Impacts From A Kairos High School Retreat: A Case Study Of Participants Three To Five Years Post-Retreat Exploring The Social, Emotional, Mental Health, And Faith Impacts, Andrew Kuffner Jan 2022

Lasting Impacts From A Kairos High School Retreat: A Case Study Of Participants Three To Five Years Post-Retreat Exploring The Social, Emotional, Mental Health, And Faith Impacts, Andrew Kuffner

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This study examined the long-term impacts of a Catholic high school Kairos based retreat. Long-term impact is defined as impacts on participants present three to five years after the retreat. This research contributed to the general body of knowledge around retreats and retreat elements that provide long-term social, emotional, and faith impacts. The importance of this study is the identification of specific long-term impacts, and the specific retreat elements that contribute to the long-term impacts. These impacts demonstrate the benefits for participants of a Kairos based retreat program, and how these benefits contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of ...


The Influence Of A Public School Fundraising Equity Policy: Investigating Financial Impacts And Parent Perceptions, Bethany K. Cavanaugh Jan 2022

The Influence Of A Public School Fundraising Equity Policy: Investigating Financial Impacts And Parent Perceptions, Bethany K. Cavanaugh

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The purpose of this mixed-methods case study was to explore whether an urban public school district’s longstanding policy requiring the redistribution of a portion of parent financial contributions resulted in the equitable distribution of fundraising dollars. Additionally, the study investigated how parents in the district perceived the impacts of this policy, and whether those perceptions differed based on how much fundraising was done in their schools or based on participant demographics.

Using public datasets including annual fundraising dollars and school demographic information, correlational analysis determined that there was a statistically significant relationship (p < .001) between school racial and socioeconomic demographics and the amount of dollars allocated both before and after the distribution of “equity grants” to qualifying schools. Next, 238 parents from 52 of the district’s 57 elementary schools reported their attitudes about the policy and its impacts through a voluntary online survey. Results were disaggregated to determine whether attitudes differed by race or by the level of fundraising occurring in participants’ schools. Chi-square analysis revealed statistically significant differences (p < .05) in parent positions on specific elements of the policy such as how much schools should be required to share or the role of fundraising dollars in paying for teachers, but overall attitudes about the policy were aligned with the expected distributions based on race or level of fundraising. Qualitative analysis of the single open-ended survey question along with the interview responses also revealed thematic differences, with parents from low fundraising schools reporting more negative attitudes than other groups and White parents reporting more negative attitudes than BIPOC parents. Finally, interview participants were shown the quantitative analysis of the financial distribution data and asked to respond. Magnitude coding was used to identify shifts in the direction or intensity of interview participants’ attitudes about the policy. This analysis revealed that parents who initially thought the policy was having an equitable impact due to its redistribution requirement shifted to a negative or more complex view of the policy’s impacts after viewing the financial data.

Results of this study have implications ...


Understanding Women’S Experience In Undergraduate Leadership Development Through A Transformative And Intersectional Lens, Maureen E. Cullen Jan 2022

Understanding Women’S Experience In Undergraduate Leadership Development Through A Transformative And Intersectional Lens, Maureen E. Cullen

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Women today are completing their undergraduate studies and entering careers during a time of shifting values, systemic barriers, and complex social environments. Undergraduate leadership development may positively influence women’s leadership self-concept, which includes the incorporation of their intersectional social identities with their sense of themselves as leaders. A positive leadership self-concept may empower emerging women leaders to leverage their unique leadership qualities toward overcoming barriers to advancement. This qualitative study employed hermeneutic phenomenology to develop understanding of women’s experience of undergraduate leadership development. The study included semi-structured interviews with 10 women who completed their undergraduate education 2-8 years ...


Success And Persistence Of First-Generation Students At Private Colleges And Universities, Matthew Daily Jan 2022

Success And Persistence Of First-Generation Students At Private Colleges And Universities, Matthew Daily

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The purpose of this descriptive study utilizing survey research was to understand student perceptions about how private institutions support the persistence of first-generation college students. First-generation college students refer to those students whose parents or guardians have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree but may have some postsecondary college experience (Center for First-Generation Student Success, 2017). Today, 4.1 million students, or 33% of all students, are considered first-generation, yet only 20% earn a four-year college degree within six years (Center for First-Generation Student Success, 2019). Thus, it is critical to understand the landscape that exists for first-generation college students ...


Student Perspectives In A Recovery High School: How Students With Emotional Disability And Students With Other Health Impairment For Adhd Experience Success, Elizabeth Kelly Jan 2022

Student Perspectives In A Recovery High School: How Students With Emotional Disability And Students With Other Health Impairment For Adhd Experience Success, Elizabeth Kelly

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The purpose of this bound, exploratory case study was to investigate how students with ED (Emotional Disorder) and students with OHI (Other Health Impairment) for ADHD experience success at a recovery high school (RHS). The five participants in this qualitative study, current RHS students and recent alumni, were asked to participate in a pre-interview activity followed by a semi-structured interview to gather the student voice and discover how students with ED and students with OHI for ADHD experience success within this specialized and seldom-studied educational environment. Through their pre-interview activities and their responses in semistructured interviews, it was evident that ...


International Students In The Campus Carry Debate: A Descriptive Phenomenological Inquiry, Andre Richardo Grant Dec 2021

International Students In The Campus Carry Debate: A Descriptive Phenomenological Inquiry, Andre Richardo Grant

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This qualitative phenomenological study purposefully sampled 15 graduate international students at a Southern University (SU). Semi-structured interviews were used to determine their perceptions and attitudes regarding the implementation of campus carry policies at the institution. The study aimed to answer the following research questions: How has the implementation of the campus carry policy at SU impacted international students’ perceptions of their experiences at the institution? How has the implementation of campus carry policies at SU influenced international students’ perceptions of the social ecology of the institution? and How did SU formally include international students in the on-campus campus carry policy ...


The Effects Of Watching Text-Relevant Video Segments On Reading Comprehension Of Culturally Unfamiliar Texts With Adult English Language Learners Supported By The Schematic Information-Processing (Sip) Model Of Reading Comprehension, Amirreza Karami Dec 2021

The Effects Of Watching Text-Relevant Video Segments On Reading Comprehension Of Culturally Unfamiliar Texts With Adult English Language Learners Supported By The Schematic Information-Processing (Sip) Model Of Reading Comprehension, Amirreza Karami

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The purpose of this mixed-methods sequential explanatory study was to investigate the effects of watching text-relevant video segments on reading comprehension of a culturally unfamiliar text when technical words are present or absent. Therefore, 44 adult English Language Learners (ELLs) with higher-intermediate to advanced English language proficiency levels from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) School of Languages located in the Dominican Republic were chosen and randomly assigned to two different groups: control vs. experimental.

First, the researcher compared two different types of reading instruction—traditional text-based vs. video-based reading instruction supported by the Schematic Information-Processing (SIP) model of ...


Teacher And Staff Perception Of School Climate: A Case Study, Michael Shane Hampton Dec 2021

Teacher And Staff Perception Of School Climate: A Case Study, Michael Shane Hampton

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The purpose of this study is to determine how different public-school teachers and staff perceive school climate at an achieving public middle school. The research sought to find relationships between teacher sub-groups and other staff members, and how they perceived the school climate, either negatively or positively. The researcher believed that there would be a positive perception of school climate, which coincided with high student achievement. Additionally, it was believed that there would be no relationship between teacher types or demographics, and how the climate would be perceived among the different groups. This paper also presents a review of the ...


Advising Student Veterans In Higher Education, Brett Edward Rankin Dec 2021

Advising Student Veterans In Higher Education, Brett Edward Rankin

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Student veterans are a growing population in higher education with over 650,000 veterans using education benefits in 2018. Student veterans are enrolling in colleges of all types, and many institutions have support services designed for them specifically. In most cases these support services are limited to veteran centers where officials certify credit hours for financial benefits and do not offer services to help them fully assimilate into higher education. Student veterans bring a wide range of life experiences, culture, and work ethic to college campuses which serves to build and diversify the student body. However, veterans have reported feeling ...


Examining The Relationship Between Library Services Use And Fall-To-Fall Retention In Community College Libraries, Eric Deatherage Dec 2021

Examining The Relationship Between Library Services Use And Fall-To-Fall Retention In Community College Libraries, Eric Deatherage

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Community college libraries exist to support institutional outcomes. One such outcome is student retention. This study’s purpose was to fill the gap in the literature at the community college level, proposing that a model including all library service use types would explain variance in student retention beyond that explained by total library financial expenditure. Services included were numbers of physical materials circulated, digital books circulated, e-serials used, reference transactions, library presentations, attendees at presentations, gate counts, and interlibrary loan materials borrowed. Additionally, it was proposed that the relationship between gate counts of physical entry into the library and student ...


Faculty Perception Of Inclusive Instruction At Three South-Central Community Colleges, Karen R. O'Donohoe Dec 2021

Faculty Perception Of Inclusive Instruction At Three South-Central Community Colleges, Karen R. O'Donohoe

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Enrollment rates for student with disabilities in higher education continue to rise, particularly in 2-year colleges, but graduation rates have not kept pace due to barriers not addressed by traditional disability supports (Black et al., 2014; NCES, 2019; Smedema et al., 2015). Inclusive instruction is a low-cost, high-impact solution that can be implemented on any campus (Black et al., 2014; Lombardi et al., 2013; Roberts et al., 2011). This quantitative study utilized a cross-sectional descriptive non-experimental research design that explored faculty self-reported attitudes and actions associated with inclusive instruction at three of the largest degree-granting, two-year institutions in a single ...


The Impact Of Corporal Punishment For Timorese High School Graduates, Veronica Godinho Pereira Dec 2021

The Impact Of Corporal Punishment For Timorese High School Graduates, Veronica Godinho Pereira

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This research examines the impacts of corporal punishment for Timorese high school graduates. Physical punishment is a pervasive method of disciplining students and children used in Timor-Leste because it has been such a tradition (UNICEF 2017). Few researchers have attempted to analyze the negative impacts of corporal punishment and possible gender differences; there is no known research on the impacts of corporal punishment in Timor-Leste. This study uses an in-depth interview method, where data were collected from 26 Timorese high school graduates composed of both men and women from both private and public schools in Timor-Leste. The ages of the ...


Listening To Voices Of Latinx Immigrants In Rural America, Jacqueline Smith Dec 2021

Listening To Voices Of Latinx Immigrants In Rural America, Jacqueline Smith

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The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to capture and gain an understanding of Latinx immigrants’ lived experiences during their transitions from their native countries to rural Arkansas. Using purposeful criterion-based sampling, the population of interest was five Latinx immigrant students and families who migrated from their native countries to the state of Arkansas. The analytic strategy included a single-case model of each family’s transcription, two-case model, cluster analysis to identify likeness, document portrait, and subtheme development. The structural descriptions that formed the essence of the experience resulted in three themes: education, migration, and emotional experiences. The three ...


Mapping The Pathways To Campus Writing Sites: Implications For Writing Program Administrators, Meagon Clarkson-Guyll Dec 2021

Mapping The Pathways To Campus Writing Sites: Implications For Writing Program Administrators, Meagon Clarkson-Guyll

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This dissertation investigates the extent to which the writing program administrator and their affiliated writing program are structurally, organizationally, and rhetorically visibly connected to other campus sites of writing. To complete this project data was collected across five benchmarked institutions from publicly accessible online texts. Rhetorical analysis, informed by rhetorical genre studies and institutional ethnography, was conducted to conclude how writing programs are rhetorically situated in their home campus and how the role of the writing program administrator is rhetorically shaped within institutional structures and texts. The analysis concludes with recommended authorial interventions for the writing program administrator to adapt ...


In The Line Of Duty - A Documentary Film About Davis Duty And His Seeing Eye Dog, Paulina Sobczak Dec 2021

In The Line Of Duty - A Documentary Film About Davis Duty And His Seeing Eye Dog, Paulina Sobczak

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“In the Line of Duty” is a documentary film about Jeff Davis Duty, a man from a small town in Arkansas, who lost his sight at the age of five. He is the oldest Seeing Eye dog user in the world. At the age of 22, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the London School of Economics in England, as the first Fulbright Scholar with disability. Duty achieved great success in his career as a lawyer, leading a fulfilling and enjoyable life. The documentary film’s storytelling focuses on Duty’s life from his childhood to current times and ...


Does Self-Reference In Concept Mapping Influence Transfer?, Daniel A. Parker Dec 2021

Does Self-Reference In Concept Mapping Influence Transfer?, Daniel A. Parker

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Concept maps are a popular learning activity that have successfully demonstrated student learning outcomes. Research suggests that concept mapping has a positive effect on recognition, recall, and transfer. Likewise, researchers in cognitive psychology have shown the value of referencing oneself with a concept. Known as the self-reference effect, learners who connect their experiences or traits with new knowledge are more likely to remember that knowledge than if they used other mnemonic devices. Previous research suggests that integrating self-reference in concept mapping may improve recall. However, to date, no study has investigated the influence of this combination on higher order learning ...


Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Compassion Organizing And The University Advancement Workplace, Christina Marie Smith Dec 2021

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Compassion Organizing And The University Advancement Workplace, Christina Marie Smith

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Compassion organizing has been described within positive organizational scholarship as an organization’s response to pain and suffering in organizational behavior and also the ability for organizations to flourish and promote joy and fulfillment in the workplace. Compassion organizing has been examined in organizational life through the four areas of noticing, feeling, acting, and sense-making. Previous research has focused on business and healthcare workplaces and has shown that compassion organizing is both an organizational and interpersonal social process. Because of the limited existing research on compassion organizing in the higher education workplace (and none with respect to the university advancement ...


Symbolism Or Substance: Factors Influencing Campus Messaging Decisions And Their Alignment With Institutional Values, Laura Herzog Jacobs Dec 2021

Symbolism Or Substance: Factors Influencing Campus Messaging Decisions And Their Alignment With Institutional Values, Laura Herzog Jacobs

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Historically, institutions of higher education (IHE) have been cautious and slow in making changes. Yet in today’s fast-paced and dynamic world of content availability and information flow generated by 24-hour news cycles and the ubiquity of social media present a challenging reality for colleges and universities in their public relations and communications approaches (Sands & Smith, 2000). Creating a harmonious and agile approach to managing these responsibilities against the backdrop of an incessant flow and public demand for information, including responses to national events often with seemingly little or no connection to the institution, suggested a need to examine the ...


A Case Study Of Eastern Region Arkansas Promise Participants And Their Expectations For The Future, Robin Freeman Dec 2021

A Case Study Of Eastern Region Arkansas Promise Participants And Their Expectations For The Future, Robin Freeman

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The purpose of this study was to develop an in-depth understanding of how Eastern Arkansas youth with disabilities and their parents describe their expectations for the future, after participating in the Arkansas PROMISE program. The study sought an understanding of how participants viewed themselves and their expectations for the future, for employment, for participation in higher education, for independent living, and for future financial support. The research used a case study approach, interviewing five students and five parent participants. Participants were asked a series of questions to get an understanding of their experiences, their expectations for the future, and their ...


How Bad Do You Want It?: The Personal Motivation Of Joining A Sorority, Garry Butler Dec 2021

How Bad Do You Want It?: The Personal Motivation Of Joining A Sorority, Garry Butler

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College campuses provide students with endless opportunities to become members of various student organizations that provide leadership, accountability, a sense of belonging, personal growth, and development. Many colleges have provided students with the opportunities to join social Greek fraternity and sorority organizations. The foundation of social fraternity and sorority organizations are built on principles such as sisterhood, brotherhood, scholarship, service, philanthropy, and leadership. Many traditional college-age women who desire to become members of a social sorority organization all participate in a formal recruitment process. There are various motivations that traditional college-age women have for joining social sororities on college campuses ...


Remixed, Remastered: Investigating Organizational Adaptation In Higher Music Education, Jacob Bruce Hertzog Dec 2021

Remixed, Remastered: Investigating Organizational Adaptation In Higher Music Education, Jacob Bruce Hertzog

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Higher music education presents a unique opportunity to examine change within higher education due to the digital revolution in the music industry over the past two decades. The purpose for conducting this study was to describe, map, and explain the strategies that higher music education programs are using to adapt to the digital revolution in the music industry. This study was grounded in organizational adaptation theory, drawing upon nine well-established theories: population ecology, life cycles, strategic choice, isomorphism, symbolic action, resource dependence, cybernetics, and network theory. Critical concepts of the turbulent environment, environmental perception, and organizational adaptation strategy emerged from ...


Alone Together: The Experiences Of Lgbtqia+ Undergraduates At Faith-Based Colleges, Jennifer Edwards Dec 2021

Alone Together: The Experiences Of Lgbtqia+ Undergraduates At Faith-Based Colleges, Jennifer Edwards

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This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences of LGBTQIA+ alumnix who attended faith-based colleges. The study was guided by Strayhorn’s (2019) College Students’ Sense of Belonging Theory and Abes’ et al. (2007) Reconceptualized model of multiple dimensions of identity. The scope of experiences explored was narrowed to three of the five categories in Schreiner’s (2010a) Thriving Quotient. These categories were: positive perspective (outlook on life), social connectedness, and diverse citizenship.

The study included 11 participants from 7 faith-based colleges and represented various intersections of sexual and gender identity. The study employed constructivist grounded theory methodology, an inductive ...


Lgbtq+ College Students' Perceptions Of Social Presence And Self-Disclosure In Online Learning: A Single-Case Study, Scott Anthony Wright Dec 2021

Lgbtq+ College Students' Perceptions Of Social Presence And Self-Disclosure In Online Learning: A Single-Case Study, Scott Anthony Wright

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Social interaction among learners plays a significant role in online learning environments (Garrison, 2006; Kreijns et al., 2014; Mykota, 2017). The construct of social presence in online courses is important because it influences interaction and connectedness among learners and its effects on their learning outcomes and emotional well-being. Social presence at its essence refers to how an individual is perceived as a "real person" in an online environment (Gunawardena & Zittle, 1997). Online students must decide what aspects of their social identities they share in their interactions with their peers and instructors. Furthermore, LGBTQ+ students must negotiate what aspects of their ...


Stress Among Ncaa Division Ii Head Coaches, Dee Gerlach Dec 2021

Stress Among Ncaa Division Ii Head Coaches, Dee Gerlach

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The purpose of this quantitative study was to identify factors that create stress among head coaches at the National Association Athletic Association Division II level. Data was collected through a demographic questionnaire and the Coaching Issues Survey (CIS), a tool used to measure specific factors that may create stress among coaches. The factors of the CIS include four subscales: Athlete-Concerns, Time-Role, Program-Success, and Win-Loss. Participants (N=416) consisted of head coaches representing the following sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s tennis, and men ...


The Nature Of Informal Educators In Science Centers, Science Museums And Zoos: Case Studies Of Personnel, Practices, Programs, Outreach And Organization, Courtney Erickson Dec 2021

The Nature Of Informal Educators In Science Centers, Science Museums And Zoos: Case Studies Of Personnel, Practices, Programs, Outreach And Organization, Courtney Erickson

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Informal Science Centers provide educational experiences for people across the country daily. While the terminology is often similar, there are differences between institutions, often determined by mission, organizational structure, and experience. The purpose of this study was to identify shared experiences and unique characteristics of eight informal science centers around the country. The significance of the study was to add to the understanding of informal science educators' responsibilities, organizational structure, decision-making process, and development. Data for the study was collected using qualitative measures through a researcher-created interview, sent to fifteen institutions, after the recommendation from two well-known informal science researchers ...


Parenting The Gifted: Caregivers’ Perspectives Of Challenges And Their Confidence To Support Their Exceptional Children, Kristi A. Mascher Dec 2021

Parenting The Gifted: Caregivers’ Perspectives Of Challenges And Their Confidence To Support Their Exceptional Children, Kristi A. Mascher

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This phenomenological study uses Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy (1977) to examine the lived experiences of eight parents of gifted children and how their experiences, both positive and negative, shape their perception of their confidence and may contribute to building future supports for gifted parents and caregivers. Qualitative data, collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed with an interpretive/hermeneutic lens, provides seven major themes derived from the voices of parents with children of varying ages and exceptionalities. In addition, this study concludes with a discussion surrounding the additional challenges associated with parenting the exceptional, frameworks for gifted parent support systems ...


Sense Of Belonging Among Dual Enrolled First-Year Students In Grand Cayman: Perceptions, Experiences, And Culturally Engaging Campus Environments, Patricia E. Robinson Nov 2021

Sense Of Belonging Among Dual Enrolled First-Year Students In Grand Cayman: Perceptions, Experiences, And Culturally Engaging Campus Environments, Patricia E. Robinson

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Understanding how the experiences, perceptions, and culturally engaging campus environments build a sense of belonging and persistence among first-year dual-enrolled college students in a unique and diverse nation in the Western Caribbean (Greater Antilles) is an area of inquiry that had yet to be researched prior to this study. Using a case study qualitative research approach that included 10 individual semi-structured interviews, document elicitation of three university advertised campus events posts, and one focus group session, participants shared their experiences and perceptions of being a first-year dual-enrolled student and to what extent their campus’ environments influenced their sense of belonging ...