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Contextualizing Kindergarten Readiness Data: A Qualitative Research Study Of The Highland Neighborhood In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Christine Sorrell Dinkins, Laura Barbas Rhoden, Marianna Gonzalez, Mayra Lomeli-Garcia, Sandra Lopez, Hector Ortiz, Jay Stevens, Naya Taylor 2020 Wofford College

Contextualizing Kindergarten Readiness Data: A Qualitative Research Study Of The Highland Neighborhood In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Christine Sorrell Dinkins, Laura Barbas Rhoden, Marianna Gonzalez, Mayra Lomeli-Garcia, Sandra Lopez, Hector Ortiz, Jay Stevens, Naya Taylor

Community Based Research

This project was undertaken as a result of conversations initiated by members of the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) about the desirability of qualitative data to contextualize quantitative data generated by the use of a validated national instrument in Spartanburg County Schools. SAM is a nonprofit and community movement that facilitates the discussion of shared information and intentional, collaborative, and strategic work by cross-sector partnerships in order to foster high levels of academic attainment for all children in Spartanburg County. As part of data-gathering efforts by SAM, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) was implemented to gather data about kindergarten readiness first ...


Jose: Mapping Civic Engagement In The Suny System, John Suarez 2020 SUNY Cortland

Jose: Mapping Civic Engagement In The Suny System, John Suarez

The SUNY Journal of the Scholarship of Engagement: JoSE

This editorial notes that SUNY is dedicated to developing civic engagement in general, and applied learning in particular, as ways of nurturing SUNY students’ commitment to civic engagement and their strength as valued employees in an ever-changing competitive work environment. JoSE supports these goals by serving as a platform for faculty to design, test, and refine civic engagement and applied learning pedagogies.


The Manifestation Of Neighborhood Effects: A Pattern For Community Growth?, Michael R. Cope, Jorden E. Jackson, Scott R. Sanders, Lance D. Erickson, Tippe Morlan, Ralph B. Brown 2020 Brigham Young University - Provo

The Manifestation Of Neighborhood Effects: A Pattern For Community Growth?, Michael R. Cope, Jorden E. Jackson, Scott R. Sanders, Lance D. Erickson, Tippe Morlan, Ralph B. Brown

Faculty Publications

Neighborhood effects, or the development of community by neighborhoods, are often studied in an urban context. Previous research has neglected to examine the influence of neighborhoods in nonurban settings. Our case study, however, contributes to the existing literature as it takes place in a small, rural-to-urban town at an important point in time where the town was urbanizing. We find that neighborhood effects also influence community satisfaction and attachment in Creekdale, an urbanizing town. Using survey data (N = 1006) drawn from the Creekdale Community Citizens Viewpoint Survey (CCVS), we find that, contrary to conventional wisdom, population size and density does ...


Agentive Personhood: Finding Yourself Through Serving Others, Sasha M. Miller 2020 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Agentive Personhood: Finding Yourself Through Serving Others, Sasha M. Miller

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

At the core of this study, at the core the transformative experiences that will be described, is agency and what can occur when it is at the forefront of development and learning. I discuss educational spaces that give young learners the opportunity to recognize their ability to shift their perception of themselves and the world and lead to social change. I address this topic through the lens of my own experiences and the experiences of my peers. This study is a reflection on my experiences of participating in a social justice program. I hold a mirror to myself and contemplate ...


Loss Of Self In Dissociation In Prostitution; Recovery Of Self In Connection To Horses: A Survivor's Journey, Sandra Norak 2020 University of Rhode Island

Loss Of Self In Dissociation In Prostitution; Recovery Of Self In Connection To Horses: A Survivor's Journey, Sandra Norak

Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence

This narrative is about dissociation in the lives of women who have been exploited through prostitution. When we speak about prostitution, we do not speak often enough about the dissociation needed for women and girls to survive sexual exploitation. The author challenges the wisdom of governments such as Germany that legalize prostitution, treating it as a “job” and ignoring the violence and subsequent dissociation in women. The author describes her personal journey, explaining how women are traumatized even after the first commercial sex act, which is a sexual assault. They dissociate which makes their lives bearable, but they fail to ...


Jose Editorial January 2020, Laura Dunbar 2020 SUNY College Cortland

Jose Editorial January 2020, Laura Dunbar

The SUNY Journal of the Scholarship of Engagement: JoSE

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Cancer Health Disparities Among African Americans: A Socioecological Approach, Seth M. Spitzley 2020 Western Michigan University

Cancer Health Disparities Among African Americans: A Socioecological Approach, Seth M. Spitzley

The Hilltop Review

Research shows that health outcomes are influenced by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education and literacy levels, and the physical environment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). The health statuses of minority groups, such as African Americans, are adversely impacted by inequality (Randall, 2009). In Kalamazoo, Michigan, the leading cause of death for all residents in Kalamazoo County was cancer, where black individuals have the highest death rate among any other racial or ethnic group. That African Americans comprise less than 11% of the population in Kalamazoo County thus suggests that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by ...


Contextualizing Kindergarten Readiness Data: A Qualitative Research Study Of Forest Park Neighborhood In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mayra Lomeli-Garcia, Jay Stevens, Marianna Gonzalez, Sandra Lopez, Hector Ortiz, Naya Taylor, Laura Barbas Rhoden, Christine S. Dinkins 2020 Wofford College

Contextualizing Kindergarten Readiness Data: A Qualitative Research Study Of Forest Park Neighborhood In Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mayra Lomeli-Garcia, Jay Stevens, Marianna Gonzalez, Sandra Lopez, Hector Ortiz, Naya Taylor, Laura Barbas Rhoden, Christine S. Dinkins

Community Based Research

This project was undertaken as a result of conversations initiated by members of the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) about the desirability of qualitative data to contextualize quantitative data generated by the use of a validated national instrument in Spartanburg County Schools. SAM is a nonprofit and community movement that facilitates the discussion of shared information and intentional, collaborative, and strategic work by cross-sector partnerships in order to foster high levels of academic attainment for all children in Spartanburg County. As part of data-gathering efforts by SAM, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) was implemented to gather data about kindergarten readiness first ...


Envisioning Critical Social Entrepreneurship Education: Possibilities, Questions, And Guiding Commitments, Mark Congdon Jr., Liliana Herakova 2020 Sacred Heart University

Envisioning Critical Social Entrepreneurship Education: Possibilities, Questions, And Guiding Commitments, Mark Congdon Jr., Liliana Herakova

Communication, Media & The Arts Faculty Publications

Higher education institutions continue to be increasingly interested in examining how social entrepreneurship and community engaged approaches to education can work together. In light of the recent growth and interest in such programs, scholars and educators have called for attention to specific considerations when developing SE and community-based education, which can be summed up in three areas - pedagogy, relationships, and impact. The present essay builds on such propositions, and calls for a critically-orientated approach to SE, grounded in community engagement, collaborative dialogue among diverse voices, and a commitment to transforming oppressive structures


Reflections Of Hope: The History, Development, And Growth Of Service Learning At An Urban Catholic High School In West Virginia, Susan Divita Malinoski 2020 Marshall University

Reflections Of Hope: The History, Development, And Growth Of Service Learning At An Urban Catholic High School In West Virginia, Susan Divita Malinoski

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

The purpose of this study is to capture the history, atmosphere, and experience of HOPE (Housing Outreach Project Express). Charleston Catholic High School’s HOPE is a story of service and learning put into action. For 25 years, Charleston Catholic students, teachers, administrators, and alumni have been involved in home renovation projects for fellow West Virginians in need. Since 2005, this service has been focused on the families of Clay County, and during the past 12 years, 124 families in Clay County have warmer, safer, and drier homes as a result of HOPE. HOPE is the call to build a ...


The Sound Of Leadership: The Self-Leadership Strategies Of Local Activist Musicians, John Hill 2020 University of Kentucky

The Sound Of Leadership: The Self-Leadership Strategies Of Local Activist Musicians, John Hill

Theses and Dissertations--Education Sciences

Within this dissertation I focused on the examination of local activist musicians’ self-leadership strategies and the method in which they lead social change movements. Additionally, I sought to increase the understanding of charismatic leadership, self-leadership strategies of local activist musicians, and the method in which local activist musicians lead social movements. To my knowledge, no published studies have explored local activist musicians’ self-leadership strategies. Therefore, this study is significant because I (a) explored a term which lacks a unifying definition, charismatic leadership, (b) provided theoretical foundations for activist musicians and social change, and (c) explored the self-leadership strategies of local ...


The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary: An Exploration Of Changing The Discourse On Conservation, Arielle Ben-Hur 2020 Claremont Colleges

The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary: An Exploration Of Changing The Discourse On Conservation, Arielle Ben-Hur

Pitzer Senior Theses

In 2015, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council submitted a National Marine Sanctuary Nomination to establish the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary– a means by which to ensure the protection of one of the most culturally and biologically diverse coastlines in the world. On October 5, 2015, John Armor of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responded to the nomination, adding it to the inventory of areas NOAA may consider in the future for national marine sanctuary designation.

In my thesis, I explore how the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary acts as a platform from which Traditional ...


The Weaponization Of Poverty: An Investigation Into United States Military Recruitment Practices In High Schools Of Low-Income Communities In The Inland Empire, Michael Springer-Gould 2020 Claremont Colleges

The Weaponization Of Poverty: An Investigation Into United States Military Recruitment Practices In High Schools Of Low-Income Communities In The Inland Empire, Michael Springer-Gould

Pitzer Senior Theses

Military recruitment in the United States is a highly contentious subject that has yielded a multitude of prior research across a variety of academic concentrations. To further the conversation, I narrow my focus to Southern California’s Inland Empire (IE) to explore practices of military recruitment in high schools that serve students in low-income communities. I begin with a general overview of life and labor in the Inland Empire before moving into prior research on military recruitment. My empirical research consists of five in-depth interviews documenting the lived experiences of individuals hailing from and attending high school in low-income communities ...


“Well, I’M Thinking About Horse Poverty”: Teaching And Learning About Social Justice And The Arts With Elementary School Students, Sophie Kennen 2020 Vassar College

“Well, I’M Thinking About Horse Poverty”: Teaching And Learning About Social Justice And The Arts With Elementary School Students, Sophie Kennen

Senior Capstone Projects

This paper analyzes a social justice arts program that I developed and taught to third, fourth, and fifth grade students at one school in the Poughkeepsie, NY area. I begin this project by considering my own experiences in art class as an elementary school student, and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of my school’s art curriculum. Next, I take a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate the current literature on social justice arts education. In this section, I define the characteristics of a high-quality social justice arts program and analyze commonly-available arts education resources for teachers. I continue with an outline ...


When Global Health Emergency Meets Chronic Emergency: Parsing Out (Inter)National And Local Optics In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo’S Tenth Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak, Samuel O'Keefe 2020 Vassar College

When Global Health Emergency Meets Chronic Emergency: Parsing Out (Inter)National And Local Optics In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo’S Tenth Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak, Samuel O'Keefe

Senior Capstone Projects

This thesis examines community distrust as it has manifested in local responses to the national and international emergency response to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) tenth Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country's war-torn east; in doing so it seeks to situate acts of "resistance" in locals' lived experiences with the state and international community. Lack of trust in epidemic responses is not a new issue, and was thrown into sharp relief by the Ebola riposte in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia amidst the West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014-16: affected populations displayed “resistance” toward a ...


Stream Of Consciousness (2020), Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) 2020 Dickinson College

Stream Of Consciousness (2020), Alliance For Aquatic Resource Monitoring (Allarm)

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness is the publication of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College.

Table of Contents

More to a Logo than Meets the Eye / by Phoebe Galione

Teamwork has a Place in Stream Quality Monitoring / Meredith Jones

Macroinvertebrates as an Education Tool / Abby Kaija

Meet Our New Assistant Director, Suzanne Hartley / Isabel Ruff

Understanding Volunteer Engagement, Management, and Recruitment / Angelo Tarzona

The Value of the Chesapeake Data Explorer for Local Monitoring Groups / Katherine Altamirano

Stories of Dickinson College Stormwater BMP's / by Karan Shakya

MS4 and Stormwater / by Olivia Spildoren

Volunteer Monitors Set the Stage for ...


Shadow Women: Wives Betrayed By Sex Buyers, Ingeborg Kraus 2020 Psychologische Psychotherapeutin, Germany

Shadow Women: Wives Betrayed By Sex Buyers, Ingeborg Kraus

Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence

Shadow women are women whose husbands betray them by using prostituted women. Until now, there has been almost no attention paid to the harm to the wives or partners of men who use prostituted women. In this interview, Dr. Ingeborg Kraus talks to the former wife of a sex buyer. She describes the impact of her husband’s betrayal on her and her family. This type of harm needs to be taken seriously and more research done on it.


Raising An Indoor Generation: Outdoor Environmental Education Impact On Adolescent Development, Daisy Elizabeth Bewley 2019 Fordham University

Raising An Indoor Generation: Outdoor Environmental Education Impact On Adolescent Development, Daisy Elizabeth Bewley

Student Theses 2015-Present

In an increasingly digital world, children are growing up with less involvement and interaction with the environment. Hands-on and experiential learning is less popular in schools and a more test-oriented and numerical evaluation is increasingly popular. This thesis explores the decrease in outdoor environmental education and the impact that has on adolescent development and developmental milestones in children. This impact extends past just mental development and impacts the physical health development of children. Obesity, attention deficit disorders, and other behavioral issues are just a few of the signs of the problems that have arisen due to a decrease in environmental ...


Food Preferences Among Children At Arcadia Elementary School, Laurel Lee 2019 Wofford College

Food Preferences Among Children At Arcadia Elementary School, Laurel Lee

Community Based Research

My research, conducted from September through November of 2017, showed that the children preferred more processed foods and starches instead of healthier options such as fruits and vegetables, even when healthy options were available. According to the parents/caregivers surveyed, their children prefer to eat processed American meals. Parents/caregivers desired for their children to eat a variety of different foods including fruit, vegetables, proteins, and traditional Hispanic food. This study acknowledges that healthy meal options are available at schools, but there needs to be more research on how to best encourage students to take advantage of these nutritious choices ...


Navigating Cultures And Development: An Account Of A Female Peace Corps Volunteer In Morocco, Renee Palecek 2019 Illinois State University

Navigating Cultures And Development: An Account Of A Female Peace Corps Volunteer In Morocco, Renee Palecek

Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development—Student Research

Little is known of how the “doers” of development may navigate regarding her community’s culture and her job in international development. This lack of knowledge leads to the erasure of experiences, felt both by the volunteer herself, as well as the community members she works with. Through autoethnographic methodology, and analysis, I retell my experiences and entanglements as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco with Moroccan institutions and culture, with my own identities and prior American socialization. I examine three questions: (1) How does the female PCV in Morocco make sense out of and create value from life events ...


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