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Wanda Grant, Wanda Grant, Institute Of Child Nutrition Aug 2013

Wanda Grant, Wanda Grant, Institute Of Child Nutrition

Oral History Project (all interviews)

Wanda Grant is a retired School Nutrition Director with over 35 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition and Institutional Management from Washington State University and is a registered dietitian. Her career took her from Washington to Alaska and finally to California. She is a credentialed School Nutrition Specialist with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), has served on the Executive Board of SNA, and was honored nationally in 2009 as Outstanding Director of the Year. Wanda is a certified ServSafe® instructor and a consultant trainer for the National Food Service Management Institute.


Using Adolescent Literature To Enhance Student Perceptions Of Autism: One Exploratory Study, Baxter Williams Aug 2013

Using Adolescent Literature To Enhance Student Perceptions Of Autism: One Exploratory Study, Baxter Williams

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

This mixed methods study explored how the inclusion of literature on Autism Spectrum (AS) in a teacher education diversity class impacted students’ knowledge and perceptions of AS. Data from the intervention group found a positive shift in student perceptions of AS through the reading process. Includes a discussion of suggestions implicit in the findings and of potential future research.


Logistic Regression Model Effectiveness: Proportional Chance Criteria And Proportional Reduction In Error, Jeffry L. White Aug 2013

Logistic Regression Model Effectiveness: Proportional Chance Criteria And Proportional Reduction In Error, Jeffry L. White

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

The importance of classification tables in binary logistic regression analysis has not been fully recognized. This may be due to an over reliance on statistical software or lack of awareness of the value that computation of the proportional by chance accuracy criteria (PCC) and proportional reduction in error (PRE) statistic can add to binary logistic regression models. Case illustrations are used in this paper to demonstrate the usefulness of these computations. An overview of logistic regression is proffered along with a discussion of the function of case classifications and strategies in application of the PCC and PRE. It offers guidance …


Ears: A Strategy For Enhancing Content Mastery Through Effective Listening Skills, Conn Thomas Aug 2013

Ears: A Strategy For Enhancing Content Mastery Through Effective Listening Skills, Conn Thomas

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

This article outlines a metacognitive strategy that can be employed as either a Tier I or Tier II instructional practice. The strategy is designed to enhance learning skills in public school students who are included in the general education classroom. The strategy is reflective of the ongoing research agenda related to improving the academic performance of both at risk and inclusion students who make up a major portion of today’s academically diverse classrooms. A research foundation for the strategy, an outline of the strategy’s components, and suggestions for implementation are provided.


Rehabilitation Of People With Intellectual Disabilities In A Resource Poor District, Barwani, India: A Community-Based Approach, Ram Lakhan Aug 2013

Rehabilitation Of People With Intellectual Disabilities In A Resource Poor District, Barwani, India: A Community-Based Approach, Ram Lakhan

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) have several rehabilitation needs, which are difficult to address at one institution. Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is one approach that provides services that meet their varied needs within their own communities. Objective of this research is to study a community-based rehabilitation program that provides comprehensive rehabilitation to people with ID in India. People with ID were identified through a door-to-door survey in 63 villages of the Barwani District. Patients received medical, educational, psychosocial, and vocational intervention by a CBR team. A total of 262 subjects, 140 tribal (53.4%), 122 non-tribal (46.6%) were categorized as borderline (5, …


The Liberal Professor? An Analysis Of The Beliefs Of Teacher Educators, Andrew Kemp, C. Steven Page Aug 2013

The Liberal Professor? An Analysis Of The Beliefs Of Teacher Educators, Andrew Kemp, C. Steven Page

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

There is much discussion in public discourse about the liberal leanings of faculty in higher education. The researchers in this study investigated the validity of this assumption. Using data collected from faculty from colleges of education throughout the country, the belief systems of this group were analyzed. What was discovered was that faculty in colleges of education are not liberal. In fact, the opposite is true. Discussion about the implications of these finding leads to an analysis of current policies and practices.


Jennifer Jennings, Jennifer Jennings, Institute Of Child Nutrition May 2013

Jennifer Jennings, Jennifer Jennings, Institute Of Child Nutrition

Oral History Project (all interviews)

After a number of years in retail food service, Jennifer Jennings saw an ad for a food service director position in her native Wisconsin and applied. Surprised that she got the job, she knew she had a lot to learn about school food service and took advantage of all the classes available through her Department of Public Instruction, as well as becoming involved with the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin. She has now been a director for six years.


Educating For Virtue Across Multiple Cultural And Religious Contexts: On The Problem Of Commensurability, Mark Ortwein Apr 2013

Educating For Virtue Across Multiple Cultural And Religious Contexts: On The Problem Of Commensurability, Mark Ortwein

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

This aim of this paper is to explore the concept of intellectual and moral virtue across cultural, religious, and philosophical points of view—with special attention to the role of education in the formation of virtue. The central ambition of this paper is to determine if virtue is a concept that transcends cultural contexts and, should it do so, to what extent? It is shown that certain ubiquitous virtuous character traits are valued across cultural lines, and that similar understandings of virtue emerge in almost all cultural and religious contexts. Despite this, it also clear that virtue functions differently across cultural …


Structural Integrity: A Paradigm Of Systemic Engineering And Organization, Conn Thomas, Dennish Bunch, Joe Blackbourn, Jennifer Fillingim Apr 2013

Structural Integrity: A Paradigm Of Systemic Engineering And Organization, Conn Thomas, Dennish Bunch, Joe Blackbourn, Jennifer Fillingim

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

This article addresses the nature of educational organizations for an engineering perspective. Principles of structural engineering are employed as a means of examining and addressing problems within educational organizations. Both current and future issues are addressed in relation to the redesign of educational organizations in relation to function, flexibility, and efficacy. Suggestions and recommendations are provided.


Systematic Observations Of The Availability And Use Of Instructional Technology In Urban Middle School Classrooms, Hersh C. Waxman, Russell T. Evans, Anna W. Boriack, Emin Kilinc Apr 2013

Systematic Observations Of The Availability And Use Of Instructional Technology In Urban Middle School Classrooms, Hersh C. Waxman, Russell T. Evans, Anna W. Boriack, Emin Kilinc

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

The present study uses systematic observations to investigate the availability and use of instructional technology in 64 middle school classrooms serving predominantly minority students from economically disadvantaged families. The T3 Overall Classroom Observation Measure, a high-inference walk-through instrument, was developed to examine: (a) types and use of technology present in the classroom, (b) teachers’ technology usage, (c) students’ technology usage, (d) teachers’ general instructional behaviors, and (e) students’ general behaviors. The results revealed that instructional technology was widely available in the classrooms, but most teachers and students were only using it to “some extent.”


Teachers’ And Students’ Beliefs About Ells In Mainstream Mathematics Classrooms, Stacie K. Pettit Apr 2013

Teachers’ And Students’ Beliefs About Ells In Mainstream Mathematics Classrooms, Stacie K. Pettit

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

The purpose of this study was to explore the beliefs middle school mathematics teachers have about ELLs, to identify the strategies used to help ELLs, to explore the support teachers need to teach ELLs, and understand some of the experiences of ELLs in mainstream mathematics classrooms. In addition to student and teacher interviews, 106 middle school mathematics teachers from 11 school systems completed a questionnaire. The qualitative portion of the data is presented here.


Avoiding Ignorance And Mindlessness In Educational Research: Moving From “Good Enough” Studies To More Mindful Approaches, Hersh C. Waxman Apr 2013

Avoiding Ignorance And Mindlessness In Educational Research: Moving From “Good Enough” Studies To More Mindful Approaches, Hersh C. Waxman

Journal of Contemporary Research in Education

No abstract provided.


The Extension Process Of National Panhellenic Conference Sororities On Southeastern Conference College Campuses, Stevie Farrar Jan 2013

The Extension Process Of National Panhellenic Conference Sororities On Southeastern Conference College Campuses, Stevie Farrar

Honors Theses

The definition of a sorority has evolved significantly from its origins in the mid-1800s. From their beginnings as secret literary societies to their current standing as corporate networks of sisterhood, sororities have grown from groups of a handful of women to chapters of over three hundred members. The National Panhellenic Conference's outline of the formal extension process has helped structure this growth, enabling the process to meet the needs of growing collegiate Panhellenic communities and allow NPC member sororities to continue to expand the reaches of their sisterhood. The process can be highly competitive, characterized by applications, interviews, and presentations, …


Education News 2012-2013, University Of Mississippi. School Of Education Jan 2013

Education News 2012-2013, University Of Mississippi. School Of Education

Education Newsletters

Cover Story: Virtual Classroom: TeachLive pilot program allows UM students to train with interactive avatars. Pictured: Shannon Green, Class of 2014


The Elderly And Internet Usage In Holly Springs, Mississippi, Sharon A. White Jan 2013

The Elderly And Internet Usage In Holly Springs, Mississippi, Sharon A. White

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The digital divide among senior citizens 65 and older has prompted a significant number of studies, surveys, and interviews of the barriers and benefits of Internet users and non-users. This project surveyed 39 participants through focus groups, in-depth interviews, and radio shows in Holly Springs, Mississippi, a predominantly African-American retirement community 30 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee. This study validates the difficulties senior citizens face when learning how to access the Internet. Cognitive issues revealed that senior citizens could not understand basic computer terminology or remember verbal or written commands during training classes. This project has shothat senior citizens must …


Exploring The Relationship Between Academic Dishonesty And Moral Development In Law School Students, Macey Lynd Edmondson Jan 2013

Exploring The Relationship Between Academic Dishonesty And Moral Development In Law School Students, Macey Lynd Edmondson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This mixed methods study explored whether a relationship existed between moral development and dishonest academic behaviors in law students. The quantitative portion of the study utilized a survey adapted from James Rest's Defining Issues Test and Donald McCabe's Academic Integrity Survey. Law students were solicited by email from two public institutions. The usable sample included 134 law students in the first, second, and third years of law school. Qualitatively, a law school honor council chair was intervieas part of a case study. The transcript was coded and explored for themes and emerging topics. In tandem, the quantitative and qualitative aspects …


Student Dropout From The Perspectives Of Junior High Counselors In Northeast Mississippi, Kelly Ann Bennett Jan 2013

Student Dropout From The Perspectives Of Junior High Counselors In Northeast Mississippi, Kelly Ann Bennett

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

I investigated fifteen junior high counselors' understandings about student dropout, particularly about identification of and interventions for students at risk for dropping out of school. As an educator, I desired to research the phenomenon of student dropout to understand how to better reach these types of students. Research is available concerning student dropout from the perspectives of teachers, principals, and student dropouts; however, little research on student dropout from the viewpoint of counselors exists. I utilized a qualitative design, in particular a descriptive case study, to develop understanding of the counselors' perspectives of student dropout. Data collection included individual and …


A "Quiet Activist" During The Second-Wave Feminist Movement: Katharine Rea A Historical Case Study, Sara R. Kaiser Jan 2013

A "Quiet Activist" During The Second-Wave Feminist Movement: Katharine Rea A Historical Case Study, Sara R. Kaiser

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this historical case study dissertation is to discover the story of Dr. Katharine Rea in her role as Dean of Women and later faculty member in the higher education and student personnel program at the University of Mississippi. As the Dean of Women in the 1960s Rea was responsible for the well-being and quality of the educational experience of the women students at UM. Rea pursued leadership opportunities for the women students through academic honor societies, and student government. Moreover, Rea served as a faculty member in the school of education for ten years teaching courses in …


An Examination Of The Relationship Between Campus Involvement And Perception Of Community Among Seniors Attending Mississippi's Public Universities, James Edward Hood Jan 2013

An Examination Of The Relationship Between Campus Involvement And Perception Of Community Among Seniors Attending Mississippi's Public Universities, James Edward Hood

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the relationship between level of involvement and perception of community for senior students attending Mississippi's public universities. Data were collected using an online survey instrument consisting of questions from the college and university community inventory (Mcdonald, 1997) to measure community constructs and the college student experiences questionnaire (pace & Kuh, 1998) to measure involvement constructs. The study was conducted during the spring 2011 term and included 1,086 senior students. Resulting Pearson's correlation figures suggest a moderately significant relationship exists between level of involvement and perception of community for students in the study. This relationship …


Chinese Female Graduate Students' Academic Socialization Across Disciplines - Perspectives On Language, Culture, And Gender, Sheng Bi Jan 2013

Chinese Female Graduate Students' Academic Socialization Across Disciplines - Perspectives On Language, Culture, And Gender, Sheng Bi

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

From the mid-1950s, international education in the United States has witnessed stupendous growth. China boasts the largest number of English language learners in the world, and contributes to an increasingly large share of the global international student market. Being informed by a community of practice perspective and poststructuralist conceptualization of identity, the present study aims to explore the academic socialization experience of three female Chinese graduate students in the United States. The ethnographic case study collected data from various sources such as classroom observations, open-ended questionnaires, interviews with participants and with their course instructors, and written documents. The findings revealed …


The Relationship Between Academic Entitlement, Academic Performance And Satisfaction With Life In A College Student Population, Rebekah Holmes Reysen Jan 2013

The Relationship Between Academic Entitlement, Academic Performance And Satisfaction With Life In A College Student Population, Rebekah Holmes Reysen

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Although academic entitlement (AE) has become a popular topic of discussion in the media, it has received very little scholarly focus in the higher education literature to date. AE has been defined as a belief held by students that they deserve high grades in school despite a lack of effort put forth into their work (Chowning & Campbell, 2009). AE has been linked to a variety of inappropriate behaviors in the classroom including sleeping during class or being rude to the instructor (Mellor, 2011). These uncivil behaviors pose as frustrating obstacles to the learning process for students and instructors. To …


The Relationships Between Advocacy Competency, Adult Attachment Styles, Climate And Comfort In Training, And Social Empathy., Tyler Rogers Jan 2013

The Relationships Between Advocacy Competency, Adult Attachment Styles, Climate And Comfort In Training, And Social Empathy., Tyler Rogers

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the relationship between adult attachment styles, climate and comfort in training, social empathy and advocacy competency in counselor trainees. Advocacy competency has become a critical aspect of counseling, yet few studies exist that determine the predictive influence of concepts such as adult attachment, climate and comfort of training, and social empathy. The following study surveyed graduate students in counseling to determine the influence of adult attachment, climate and comfort of training, and social empathy on advocacy competency beyond the stage in counselor program. A Pearson r and hierarchical regression model …


Mathematical Tasks Without Words And Word Problems: Perceptions Of Reluctant Problem Solvers, Sydney Margaret Holbert Jan 2013

Mathematical Tasks Without Words And Word Problems: Perceptions Of Reluctant Problem Solvers, Sydney Margaret Holbert

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative research study used a multiple, holistic case study approach (Yin, 2009) to explore the perceptions of reluctant problem solvers related to mathematical tasks without words and word problems. Participants were given a choice of working a mathematical task without words or a word problem during four problem-solving sessions. Data were gathered from problem-solving sessions, in the form of session transcripts, written reflections, and interviews to determine how the reluctant problem solvers perceived the problems presented in each session. Participants' views of the problems before and after working were recorded and thick descriptions of the sessions including quotes from …


Improving Qualitative Assessment In Higher Education, Chad Woodson Russell Jan 2013

Improving Qualitative Assessment In Higher Education, Chad Woodson Russell

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation considers in turn the role education plays in civil, democratic society; the role assessment plays in education; and the role theoretical constructs and cultural contexts play in assessment. Then, through literature review, document analysis, and interviews, the analysis investigates, identifies, and recommends grounded-theory-derived practices for improving qualitative assessment in higher education settings. The process of qualitative assessment is understood as being heuristic and continual, requiring re-examination and revision to maintain both its validity and reliability. To this end, rubrics are essential to efficiently and reliably assessing everything qualitative, whereas the realities of institutional culture and politics require adroit …


Managing Threats: Examining Intra-Organizational Collaboration Between Academic And Student Affairs Divisions, Mignon Chinn Jan 2013

Managing Threats: Examining Intra-Organizational Collaboration Between Academic And Student Affairs Divisions, Mignon Chinn

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Tragic shootings in classrooms on the campuses of Virginia Tech (2007), Louisiana Technical College (2008), and Northern Illinois University (2008) where 39 students and faculty members lost their lives shattered perceptions of the college campus as a safe haven (Dungy & Roberts, 2010), brought heightened awareness to the decade-long increase of students with "severe mental health issues" enrolled in postsecondary education (Goldrick-Rab & Cook, 2011), and became a "tipping point" for new resource allocations for violence prevention in higher education (Dunkle, 2009). Following The Virginia Tech Panel Review (2007), threat assessment and management teams (TAMTs) became an intervention of choice. …


Standardized Testing Placement And High School Gpa As Predictors Of Success In Remedial Math, Susan Carol Burrow Jan 2013

Standardized Testing Placement And High School Gpa As Predictors Of Success In Remedial Math, Susan Carol Burrow

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if a relationship existed between success in elementary algebra and a set of predictor variables including COMPASS score and high school GPA. Relationships for intermediate algebra and college credit accumulation over three semesters were also examined with COMPASS score and high school GPA as predictor variables. The study was conducted in a multi-campus regional rural community college in the southeast United States. The sample included 527 community college freshmen placing via COMPASS score into elementary algebra. Cases were sorted and 216 case level files were selected for study inclusion, 85% of …


The Effect Of Coach Expectations On Female Athletes' Motivation To Play, Megan Matthews Buning Jan 2013

The Effect Of Coach Expectations On Female Athletes' Motivation To Play, Megan Matthews Buning

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This concurrent, embedded mixed methods study used predominantly quantitative analyses to examine coach expectations and behaviors on female athletes' intrinsic motivation to play softball. Qualitative methods in the form of structured, open-ended questions were used to enhance the data by examining athletes' perceptions of coaching behavior and changes in motivation and competence levels. A cluster sampling technique was used to randomly select 20 Division I softball teams competing in the United States. The resulting quantitative participant sample included 174 female collegiate athletes ranging in age from 18-22 years old, and 20 male and female head coach participants ranging in age …


An Investigation Of Attitudes And Perceptions Of Preservice Teachers Compared To First Year Teachers Toward Inclusion, Nancy Eugenia Douglas Jan 2013

An Investigation Of Attitudes And Perceptions Of Preservice Teachers Compared To First Year Teachers Toward Inclusion, Nancy Eugenia Douglas

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Abstract: over the last decade the mandated "push" for full inclusion has changed the dynamics of our general education classrooms to the extent that our general education teachers do not feel adequately prepared to teach. The lack of preparation may affect the pre-service teachers' attitude and perception of students with disabilities in a general education classroom. The limited research in this area prompted this study. The purpose of this quantitative, cross-sectional study was to investigate how the perceptions and attitudes of inclusion and teacher efficacy differ from preservice teacher candidates to first year teachers. Preservice teacher candidates (n=40) and first …


Astronomy Week: An Investigation Of The Implementation And Identity Formation Of Participants, Carl Matthew Dewitt Jan 2013

Astronomy Week: An Investigation Of The Implementation And Identity Formation Of Participants, Carl Matthew Dewitt

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Abstract: our society has a great need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals and educational institutions are currently having difficulty keeping up with society's demand (Carnevale, 2011). Outreach efforts are a key strategy to encouraging young people to pursue STEM careers and evaluation methods need to be used to ensure that this outreach is efficient and effective in helping young students see themselves as prospective STEM professionals (Moskal, 2011). The purpose of this dissertation study was to investigate the implementation of an astronomy week supported by the center for mathematics and science education (CMSE) and its impact on …


Exploring Mathematical Knowledge In Elementary Teacher Candidates With The Use Of Classroom-Based Artifacts, Erica Paige Gillentine Jan 2013

Exploring Mathematical Knowledge In Elementary Teacher Candidates With The Use Of Classroom-Based Artifacts, Erica Paige Gillentine

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.