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Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions Of Goal Orientations, Teacher Self-Efficacy, And Authentic Outcomes-Based Assessments, Tamela W. Hoak May 2020

Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions Of Goal Orientations, Teacher Self-Efficacy, And Authentic Outcomes-Based Assessments, Tamela W. Hoak

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine middle school teachers’ attitudes towards authentic outcomes-based assessments and to relate teachers’ perceptions of patterns of adaptive learning to authentic assessment scores of middle school students. Multiple learning theories were used to shape the conceptual framework. The correlational portion of this study was designed to seek relationships between the participants’ perceptions of patterns of adaptive learning and their students’ mean authentic assessment scores. The descriptive survey portion of this study was designed to gather middle school social studies teachers’ opinions of authentic outcomes-based assessments used to evidence mastery of intended learning outcomes ...


The Principal–Pastor Relationship: The Experiences Of Principals Working With Pastors In Lutheran Schools, Corey J. Brandenburger May 2020

The Principal–Pastor Relationship: The Experiences Of Principals Working With Pastors In Lutheran Schools, Corey J. Brandenburger

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Principals of Lutheran Schools work in an environment that includes the leadership of a pastor or pastors. Principals and pastors often serve in Lutheran churches with schools as servant leaders. Within the framework of servant leadership (Greenleaf, 1997), this study focused on the experiences of five Lutheran school principals working with the pastors of their congregations. A case study approach was utilized to gather data through interviews of principals selected from Lutheran schools. Five principals were given the opportunity to reflect upon the preparation and training they received to lead Lutheran schools, with a focus on collaboration with their pastors ...


Academic Achievement And Development Of Self-Efficacy Of At-Risk Girls Through Mentoring Programs, Latriace Wicks-Williams Apr 2020

Academic Achievement And Development Of Self-Efficacy Of At-Risk Girls Through Mentoring Programs, Latriace Wicks-Williams

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

At-risk girls of color face a variety of challenges; even more when they are in an urban setting. Girls must gain the tools necessary to transition effectively into adulthood. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the effect participating in a mentoring program had on the academic achievement and self-efficacy of girls of color in an urban setting who have been identified as at-risk. The primary focus of the study was academic achievement and self-efficacy. These two traits have been identified as essential to the successful transition into adulthood. The population of this study is girls of ...


Higher Education Executives And Data-Driven Decision Making: A Phenomenological Study, Rose M. Horst Apr 2020

Higher Education Executives And Data-Driven Decision Making: A Phenomenological Study, Rose M. Horst

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Higher education organizations gather significant data from their constituents throughout student enrollment to graduation and beyond. This qualitative phenomenological study explored how college executives make decisions for their organizations. The Competing Values Framework (CVF) provided the conceptual framework for this study which focuses on how an organization relates to its environment. Eight executives consisting of five vice presidents, one enrollment executive, one dean, and one director, at higher education institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges participated in this research study. Semistructured interviews, an open-ended questionnaire, and a review of participant college website data ...


The Stories Of Middle School Science Teachers’ Teaching Evolution: A Narrative Inquiry, Victoria L. Klahn Apr 2020

The Stories Of Middle School Science Teachers’ Teaching Evolution: A Narrative Inquiry, Victoria L. Klahn

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Avoidance of the theory of evolution occurs in science classrooms due to levels of dissonance from challenges that persist in the United States from conflicting worldviews and a lack of support regarding the topic of evolution. The purpose of this qualitative study with a narrative inquiry design was to explore the stories of science teachers teaching evolution in middle schools. This study adopted a qualitative method with a narrative inquiry design. Participants were 10 public middle school science teachers with at least 10 years of science teaching experience in urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Pacific Northwest. The central ...


Exploring The Use Of Mental Health Services And Programs At A Historically Black College: A Case Study, Stacey D. Wilson Apr 2020

Exploring The Use Of Mental Health Services And Programs At A Historically Black College: A Case Study, Stacey D. Wilson

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Research shows students’ use of counseling programs and services to address the mental health needs of their student body on HBCU campuses are underdocumented. This qualitative descriptive single case study was developed to provide substantiated conclusions on this use that can be added to the current literature. The purpose of this study was to investigate participants’ perceptions on the use of these services, and the strategies used to influence the use of these services, on one HBCU campus. This study was guided by two research questions: (a) What are the perceptions of the counseling center staff, faculty, and students of ...


Theory To Practice: Perceptions Of School Psychologists, Special Education, And General Education Teachers On Social Skills Instruction In The Least Restrictive Environment, Dusty G. Low Apr 2020

Theory To Practice: Perceptions Of School Psychologists, Special Education, And General Education Teachers On Social Skills Instruction In The Least Restrictive Environment, Dusty G. Low

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Social-Emotional Learning for students with disabilities is an important topic in education. Currently, over 13% of students in schools K–12 have a documented disability, of which many are faced with deficits in social-emotional development. Furthermore, there appears to be a gap between the research literature and how instructional practices are used to support students with social-emotional deficits. This case study design aimed to understand how three general education teachers, four special education teachers, and three school psychologists implemented social-skills instructional practices for students with high-incidence disabilities in the LRE. These participants represented 12 different schools from four school districts ...


Case Study Of School Practices, Policies, And Culture That Foster Small, Faith-Based School Teacher Retention, Brian Nelson Apr 2020

Case Study Of School Practices, Policies, And Culture That Foster Small, Faith-Based School Teacher Retention, Brian Nelson

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Teachers are the very foundation of a successful educational program. High rates of teacher attrition threaten the core mission of small, private, non-Catholic, faith-based secondary schools—to transform students spiritually, intellectually, and personally. It is vital that the faculty at these schools is comprised of quality teachers who return year-to-year to deepen relationships with students and continue the momentum of student transformation. The problem addressed in this single, instrumental case study is the high rate of teacher attrition that exists within small, private, non-Catholic, faith-based schools. The purpose of this study was to examine practices and policies that support teacher ...


Guiding The Socio-Emotional Learning Of African American Middle School Girls Through The Perspective Of School Counselors, Towana Hunter Apr 2020

Guiding The Socio-Emotional Learning Of African American Middle School Girls Through The Perspective Of School Counselors, Towana Hunter

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative case study explored the perspective of school counselors and how they support African American middle school girls through their SEL challenges. School counselors play a key role in the development of socio-emotional learning (SEL) for all students. SEL supports academic achievement, behaviors, and positive relationship development. Despite success with SEL, socio-emotional gaps remain in the areas of age, gender, and race. In response to addressing these gaps, this study focused on SEL challenges that impact African American middle school girls and how school counselors support them through these challenges. Data for this study was collected through individual interviews ...


Science Teachers’ Perceptions Of Implementing Literacy Practices In The (Grades 9–12) Science Classroom, Wesley Russ Apr 2020

Science Teachers’ Perceptions Of Implementing Literacy Practices In The (Grades 9–12) Science Classroom, Wesley Russ

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Teachers in the (Grades 9–12) science classroom are adjusting to using literacy practices in their pedagogy. This is in response to school systems adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The purpose of this hermeneutic, phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions of teachers experiencing this change. The research questions of this study were focused on how teachers in the (Grades 9–12) science classroom perceive the implementation of literacy practices and professional development needs. The study site was a large Northeastern public school system that adopted the educational reform measures, at ...


Key Pedagogical Practices For Formative Assessment In Higher Education, Brita L. Williams Apr 2020

Key Pedagogical Practices For Formative Assessment In Higher Education, Brita L. Williams

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Instructors in higher education, except those in teacher education, generally do not have any prior pedagogical training nor are they generally required to have such training. Formative assessment is an essential component to creating effective teaching and learning. Most research in methods of formative assessment primarily stems from pedagogical research for the PK‒12 learning environment. Consequently, collegiate instructors typically do not know how to use methods of formative assessment in higher education to gather evidence of learning during the teaching and learning process or why it may inform their instruction and have an impact on student learning; hence, achieving ...


Exploring The Role Of Communication In Crisis Readiness, Gideon F. For-Mukwai Apr 2020

Exploring The Role Of Communication In Crisis Readiness, Gideon F. For-Mukwai

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The goal of this study was to examine the role of communication in campus crisis readiness at an institution of higher learning that experienced a major crisis. In order to have a good understanding of the issues, the challenges, and the breakthroughs, the researcher interviewed an institution’s executives who had emergency and crisis readiness responsibilities. This study was designed as a case study to gain an in depth understanding of what prevails based on three instruments: interviews, online questionnaire, and document analysis. This study involved eight interviewees in a sit-down interview and 21 respondents in an anonymous online questionnaire ...


Lived Experiences With Inauthenticity Of The Physician Assistant Program Admission Essay: A Phenomenological Study, Pollyanna Kabara Apr 2020

Lived Experiences With Inauthenticity Of The Physician Assistant Program Admission Essay: A Phenomenological Study, Pollyanna Kabara

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Inauthenticity occurs in the physician assistant program admission process when students plagiarize content of the admission essay. This qualitative research study focused on the experiences of physician assistant admission committee members with the admission process, including the experiences of physician assistant admission committee members with the authenticity of the admission process. The experience with the components of the admission process were discussed through eight interviews with physician assistant admission committee members from accredited physician assistant programs in the United States. Phenomenology was the research method used to evaluate the experience the admission committee members have had with the components of ...


Transformational Teaching: A Multiple Case Study Examining Transformational Teaching As Pedagogy, Sean Garrett Warman Apr 2020

Transformational Teaching: A Multiple Case Study Examining Transformational Teaching As Pedagogy, Sean Garrett Warman

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The transformational teaching practice is designed to address individual student needs by creating and modeling teaching practices to help students change from their current learning experience to that of growth and a higher level of understanding. The purpose of this multiple case study was to examine and understand the actions and behaviors associated with transformational teaching theory. The purpose of the study was also to examine how transformational teachers understand, frame, and use specific pedagogic approaches to help transform students toward success. Two research questions guided this study: How do primary school teachers utilize transformational teaching as a teaching methodology ...


Factors Influencing Hmong College Students’ Persistence And Retention In Laos: A Case Study, Kou Xiong Apr 2020

Factors Influencing Hmong College Students’ Persistence And Retention In Laos: A Case Study, Kou Xiong

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Student persistence and retention in higher education is a phenomenon that has been studied for years, yielding many theories and frameworks. The purpose of this study was to explore the factors influencing the persistence and retention of Hmong college students in Laos. This study adopted a qualitative method with a single-case study design to explore the experiences of 10 Hmong students who were attending a university in the Lao’s People Democratic Republic (LPDR). Data for the study were collected via individual interviews and reflection journals. The findings of the study showed that there were seven emergent themes that influenced ...


Teacher Perspectives Of Physical Activity And Student Engagement In Middle School English Language Arts: An Action Research Investigation, Alphonsina M. Savell Apr 2020

Teacher Perspectives Of Physical Activity And Student Engagement In Middle School English Language Arts: An Action Research Investigation, Alphonsina M. Savell

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The researcher sought to determine how teachers in a middle school academic setting perceived the incorporation of movement with regards to student engagement. Three seventh grade English Language Arts instructors from the same middle school, one of whom was the researcher, incorporated three different physical activities into the academic class period and observed academic engagement indicators. The three movements used were 4-minute walking breaks, 2-minute stretching breaks, and a discussion technique that involved throwing, standing, and walking. Results showed that teachers perceived changes in academic engagement with all three activities, though the results for stretching indicated mixed positive and negative ...


Perceptions Professor Have Toward Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder: A Causal-Comparative Study, Alexandria Vassallo Apr 2020

Perceptions Professor Have Toward Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder: A Causal-Comparative Study, Alexandria Vassallo

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine professors in higher education perceptions toward students with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Further, considering Goffman’s theory of stigma, this researcher designed a study which examined perceptions of professor toward adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Therefore, this dissertation focused on using a quantitative causal-comparative research method to examine perceptions professors in higher education have toward adults with ADHD. This researcher examined the perceptions of professors who had undertaken coursework in ADHD or have a special education license to those who have not. Further, this researcher examined professors’ academic disciplines, grouping ...


An Examination Of Enterprise Social Media And Its Impact On Employees In A Global Corporate Organization, Howard Poppel Apr 2020

An Examination Of Enterprise Social Media And Its Impact On Employees In A Global Corporate Organization, Howard Poppel

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore perceptions on the impact enterprise social media has on employees in a global corporate organization with a geographically diverse workforce. The 15 study participants were part of three select groups of a global corporate organization, each with differing levels of geographic distribution. There were three instruments used in this study to maximize the acquisition of information from the study participants: a written survey, one-on-one interviews with each study participant, and a focus group where multiple study participants were permitted to share their perceptions on the use and effectiveness of enterprise ...


Teacher Perceptions Of The Challenges Of Teaching English Language Learners In Bilingual Education Versus English Immersion, Dea Wheeler Apr 2020

Teacher Perceptions Of The Challenges Of Teaching English Language Learners In Bilingual Education Versus English Immersion, Dea Wheeler

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding about the perceptions of teachers regarding the challenges experienced instructing ELLs in the English immersion and bilingual classrooms. The conceptual framework was centered on Cummins (1979) Linguistic Interdependence Theory suggesting that a student’s native and second language are interdependent and necessary for optimal language acquisition. This study addressed the research question: “What do teachers perceive to be the greatest challenges for teaching ELLs in English immersion classes as compared to ELLs in bilingual classes?” The non-probability purposive sampling was used in this study. The qualitative data collection process included ...


A Qualitative Study Into Teacher Instruction And Advocacy Of Social Justice In International Kindergarten To Grade 2 Classrooms, Victoria Elizabeth Atha Apr 2020

A Qualitative Study Into Teacher Instruction And Advocacy Of Social Justice In International Kindergarten To Grade 2 Classrooms, Victoria Elizabeth Atha

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This qualitative intrinsic case study examined how teachers instructed and advocated for social justice in the international Kindergarten to Grade 2 classroom. Social justice is an important topic for discussion and exploration for children of any age, yet the research revealed much of the focus on social justice in education was focused on older students, as some theorists felt younger children could not understand the complexities of the concept. Data were collected through focus groups, semistructured interviews, and the evaluation of values-based lesson plans. It was analyzed with the intent of gaining greater understanding of how teachers’ perspectives regarding social ...


Healthcare Provider Overlap On Evidenced-Based Practice In Intubated Patients Using The Theoretical Domain Framework: A Case Study, Katie Bull Apr 2020

Healthcare Provider Overlap On Evidenced-Based Practice In Intubated Patients Using The Theoretical Domain Framework: A Case Study, Katie Bull

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Intubation by endotracheal or tracheostomy means is a common life-saving intervention bearing significant, yet preventable risk. Evidence-based practice (EBP), intended to mitigate risk, is often inconsistently adhered to by healthcare providers (HCPs) due to a variety of factors, leaving patients vulnerable to adverse outcomes such as ventilator-associated pneumonia or tracheostomy-related stenosis. A review of the literature identified socially related barriers resulting from overlapping roles and expectations of primary HCPs. Little research has been conducted to understand the impact of overlap on EBP adherence. Using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF), this case study explored HCP overlap in one critical care unit ...


Dual Literacy Practices For Dual Language Learners, Darlys G. Garcia-Marty Apr 2020

Dual Literacy Practices For Dual Language Learners, Darlys G. Garcia-Marty

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

In early childhood academic settings, literacy practices play a crucial role in the development of emergent literacy skills. Many of the available practices for developing these foundational pre-reading skills are not often inclusive to second language learners. Educators who enter classrooms where dual language exposure is necessary to their curriculum are limited to the types of practices they can utilize to support the development of literacy in two languages. The purpose of this case study was to explore what literacy practices teachers could implement to improve dual literacy development in second language learners. The study began with a foundational understanding ...


A Phenomenological Study Of The Self-Efficacy Of Veteran Traditionally Certified And Alternatively Certified Career And Technical Education Teachers, Khristy A. Franklin Apr 2020

A Phenomenological Study Of The Self-Efficacy Of Veteran Traditionally Certified And Alternatively Certified Career And Technical Education Teachers, Khristy A. Franklin

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Self-efficacy is important to be a successful teacher. As a result of successful teacher demands, veteran traditionally certified and alternatively certified career and technical education (CTE) teachers must be aware of their perception of their self-efficacy. Bandura’s (1977) foundational theory on self-efficacy was utilized as a conceptual framework to demonstrate the perception of veteran traditionally and alternatively certified CTE teachers. This phenomenological study enlisted 17 participants to investigate their perception of their self-efficacy of veteran traditionally certified and alternatively certified CTE teachers. This phenomenological study utilized interviews as qualitative instrumentation methods to answer the two research questions. Narratives and ...


The Lived Experience Of African American Juvenile Parole And Probation Officers In The Pacific Northwest, Andre J. Lockett Apr 2020

The Lived Experience Of African American Juvenile Parole And Probation Officers In The Pacific Northwest, Andre J. Lockett

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore and better understand the lived experiences of African American juvenile parole and probation officers in the Pacific Northwest. I conducted semistructured interviews with four African American juvenile parole and probation officers using a transcendental phenomenological framework. This framework was further supported and guided by social identity theory, critical race theory, and person‒organization fit theory. Through detailed semistructured interviews, field notes, and artifacts; honest and thought-provoking insight was gathered about the experiences of African American juvenile parole and probation officers. Furthermore, interview data was coded and analyzed using ATLAS.ti (2020 ...


How Experienced High School Teachers Perceive The Effects Of An Instructional Coaching Program On Their Pedagogical Strategies, Marcia A. Tierney Mar 2020

How Experienced High School Teachers Perceive The Effects Of An Instructional Coaching Program On Their Pedagogical Strategies, Marcia A. Tierney

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

A leading influence on teachers’ pedagogical strategies is the ongoing professional support provided by an instructional coaching program. However, due to competing needs, not all teachers receive the same amount of instructional coaching attention. More is known about the influence that instructional coaching programs have on new teachers and less about the benefits received by experienced teachers. The purpose of this study was to explore how experienced high school teachers perceive the effects of an instructional coaching program on their pedagogical strategies. Research questions also addressed how an instructional coaching program effected other areas of teacher performance and how teachers ...


The Use Of Digital Applications And Websites In Completing Math Assignments, Ronna Williams Mar 2020

The Use Of Digital Applications And Websites In Completing Math Assignments, Ronna Williams

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

There is a large assortment of digital applications and websites available for students to use in completing their math assignments. The problem is how and why they are using these applications. This study looked at the different applications and websites used by students, including Slader, Wolfram Alpha, Symbolab, Desmos, and Photomath. The study then explored why students used these applications and websites. The idea of plagiarism in mathematics was presented to the students in this study. The review of the literature included the concepts of plagiarism and cheating and illustrated that students have a history of using tools for accomplishing ...


Perceived Accuracy Of Doctor Of Physical Therapy Students’ Self-Assessment Using Two Clinical Performance Assessment Tools, Tracy Porter Mar 2020

Perceived Accuracy Of Doctor Of Physical Therapy Students’ Self-Assessment Using Two Clinical Performance Assessment Tools, Tracy Porter

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

Clinical education plays an important role in entry-level, doctoral training for physical therapists. While completing clinical education experiences, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students self-assess clinical performance and are also assessed by their assigned clinical instructors. Student self-assessment accuracy has not been widely studied in DPT education in the United States. Insight into DPT student self-assessment patterns is needed to inform best practice in DPT clinical performance assessment. The National Consortium of Clinical Educators identified the need to study clinical performance assessment tools for DPT clinical education. This study investigated the perceived accuracy of student self-assessment of clinical performance in ...


The Social And Emotional Learning Needs Of Ib Diploma Students: A Phenomenological Study On The Perceptions Of Ib Diploma Teachers, Brad Matthew Augustine Mar 2020

The Social And Emotional Learning Needs Of Ib Diploma Students: A Phenomenological Study On The Perceptions Of Ib Diploma Teachers, Brad Matthew Augustine

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This phenomenological study focused on the perceptions of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB diploma) teachers toward school-based social and emotional learning programs. The purposeful sample for this study relied on interviews with 16 participants from one international school in Southeast Asia. Utilizing a retrospective data collection methodology, six themes were identified: benefits for students, a lack of preservice training, the need for ongoing professional development, a lack of confidence teaching social and emotional learning, curriculum challenges teaching social and emotional learning, and the need for strategic plans regarding social and emotional learning. The results indicated that the social and emotional ...


Understanding Challenges In Modern Police Leadership: A Multi-Case Study Of Procedural Justice Reform Leadership, Kelliann Klindtworth Mar 2020

Understanding Challenges In Modern Police Leadership: A Multi-Case Study Of Procedural Justice Reform Leadership, Kelliann Klindtworth

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This multi-case study examined the experiences of leadership in police departments currently focused on implementation of reform through the lens of procedural justice. The study collected the experiences of six leaders in a single department who have leadership responsibilities over other officers. The study sought to understand the common challenges, barriers and elements that contributed to the success of shifting paradigms and behaviors in a department focused on building trust and legitimacy with the community they serve. Based on interview data, the participants in this study identified key areas of consideration for the implementation of procedurally just reform. The four ...


Effect Of Classroom Interactions And Instructional Practices On Mindset Development And Students’ Attitude Toward Challenges, Cherie Kinnersley Mar 2020

Effect Of Classroom Interactions And Instructional Practices On Mindset Development And Students’ Attitude Toward Challenges, Cherie Kinnersley

CUP Ed.D. Dissertations

This mixed-methods study explored the relationship between growth and failure mindset with a student’s attitude toward challenge and the ecological factors in the classroom that lead to mindset development. The study included both a survey and individual student interviews. For the study, one school was with a low percentage of students with free or reduced lunch (10%–30%), one with a high percentage of free or reduced lunch (60%–95%), and one with an average percentage of students with free or reduced lunch (31%–59 %). A principal component analysis (PCA) was run to examine and analyze the survey items ...