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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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An Exploratory Comparative Case Study of Successful Fundraising Operations at Three Small, Private, Christian Universities, James Edgar Bender
Literature suggests that the challenges currently facing higher education will continue, increasing the pressure on institutions to discover and cultivate new funding sources outside of the traditional avenues of tuition, room, board, and f...

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Coming Home: An Exploratory Quantitative Study of the Relationship Between Reentry Shock and Mindset, Julia L. Fagen
With a growing number of international secondary schools world-wide (International School Council, 2019) and a rise in the number of individuals repatriating to their home country after studying abroad (Ministry of Education of the People's...

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The Essential Components of the Afterschool Programming with K-8th Grade Targeted Service Students, Nate Ryan Hanson
The purpose of this quantitative research study was to examine the effectiveness regarding the essential components of the afterschool programming with K-8th grade targeted service students. This study also examined the effectiveness of aft...

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Disproportionality of Women in STEM Careers, Rachel J. Lanquist
Despite inclusion efforts for women to be equally represented across all disciplines and at all career levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), there remains a significant gap between males and females within the ...

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“It is What it is”: A Phenomenological Study of Undergraduate Students Enrolled in a Private Institution Who Were Required to Enroll in Zero-Credit Developmental Coursework, Comfort O. Olugbuyi
Developmental coursework is the requirement most higher education institutions in the United States implement to address the academic unpreparedness that challenges many of their students. Previous research identified factors that may contr...

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Marginalized Voices: Stories of Resilience Among At-Risk Youth in Southern China, Lynne Ruth Picker
The stories of at-risk minority youth living in rural southern China, are stories waiting to be told. These are the stories of trauma and courage as they discover their pathway from risk to resilience. This study points to the need for cont...

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Teachers’ Attitudes towards Multicultural Curriculum, Constance Marie Robinson
The purpose of this quantitative causal-comparative study was to examine teachers’ attitudes toward multiculturalism and perceptions of multicultural curriculum. Teachers’ perception of whether their schools’ curriculum reflects multicultur...

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Opting Out in Minnesota: Examining the Variables Associated with Opting Out of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, Peggy M. Rosell
Opting out of state mandated testing may have significant implications for schools and states. In Minnesota, each student opted out of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) receives a score of not proficient in school accountability ...

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The Racial Attitudes of White Students at a CCCU Institution, Jarad T. Russell
This phenomenological study used semi-structured interviews to understand the lived experiences and racial attitudes of White students at a CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges & Universities) institution as they related to Black people. T...

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Purpose and Autonomous Functioning in Emerging Adults, Michelle A. Steffenhagen
This study sought to understand the relationship between a sense of purpose and autonomous functioning in young adults. The relationships between the dimensions of purpose (goal orientation, sense of meaning, and beyond-the-self focus) and ...

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Examination of Shamans as Cultural Leaders in the Hmong American Communities, Phoua Y. Vang
Leadership in the world today is under crisis because many individuals serving as positional leaders lack effective leadership capacities. Many organizations choose leaders based on individuals’ academic performance and personality traits; ...

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A Quantitative Study of Factors Influencing Special Education Teachers’ Attrition: The Relationships Between Burnout, Personality, and Organizational Factors, Erin Lavery Wanat
The purpose of this study was to examine if there is a relationship between independent variables—special education teachers’ emotional/interpersonal stressors, personality type, and worklife variables—and special education teachers’ burnou...

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Synchronous Online Instruction, Institutional Connectedness, and Retention in College Students, Kara L. Wicklund
This study utilized items in a campus life survey, administered during COVID-19, to explore relationships among synchronous instruction, institutional connectedness, and retention. Various statistical tests were applied to the data set to a...

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The Relationship between Inclusive Classroom Practice and Student Self-Perception Outcomes, Jenifer York
The majority of students with special education needs spend of 80% their time in general education classrooms (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019c). While participation in general education classes is linked to positive outcomes...

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Inclusion Model Impact on Students with Disabilities in Academic Settings, Michael Anthony Adams
This study explored how the special education inclusion model impacted students with disabilities in several South Georgia counties. The researcher determined there were differences in perceptions and actual progression based on the finding...

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Differences in Teachers’ Self-Reported Levels of Gratitude Between High-Poverty and Low-Poverty Schools, Theresa Marie Anderson
Teacher turnover is a major issue in the U.S. education system because teachers are leaving the profession at astounding rates (Castro, Quinn, Fuller, & Barnes, 2018; Garcia & Weiss, 2019). Teacher turnover disproportionately impacts school...

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Factors that Contribute to High School Senior African American Male Students’ Academic Success, John Jeffrey Baker
There are many studies that examine the negative academic factors that hold African American male students back from being academically successful students. This research changes the narrative because it examines the positive factors that h...

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Principals’ Perceptions of Factors Leading to Academic Improvement in Minnesota Elementary Schools, Sean D. DuBé
The purpose of this basic qualitative study was to explore the principals’ perceptions of factors leading to academic improvement in Title I elementary schools in Minnesota. Participants included eight Title I elementary principals who led ...

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The Relationship of Psychological Capital and Leader Humility in Minnesota Secondary Schools, Kristine Fehr Flesher
The purpose of this investigation was to study the relationship between leader humility and teacher psychological capital in Minnesota secondary schools through a quantitative, cross-sectional study design. The four independent variables ex...

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The Rise of Segregated Charter Schools in Minnesota, Josiah Jackson
In the last decade, urban charter schools gained prominence in the United States. They specifically made substantial growth in the metro areas in Minnesota. The vitality of these schools and their accomplishments were seen and recognized by...

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Professional Learning Communities and Collective Mindfulness, Melissa J. Johnson
The purpose of this study was to examine faculty perceptions of professional learning communities, collective mindfulness, and student achievement in high-poverty Minnesota schools. The School Professional Staff as Learning Community Questi...

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Determinants of Professional Practice Experience Satisfaction in Health Information Management Students, Katie Lea Kerr
The purpose of this quantitative, nonexperimental, correlational study was to determine the degree to which factors of a high-quality professional practice experience (PPE) in undergraduate health information management (HIM) programs relat...

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Case Study: Formative Assessment Driven Instruction and Standardized Test Scores for 10th Grade Biology Students, Gregory Laurence Nelson
Accountability measures have been employed in United States schools to meet the demands of a globalized society with a standardized testing system used to assess student growth. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship be...

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Understanding the Whole Student Approach and Its Influence on the Graduation Rates of Hispanic/Latino ELL Students within Catholic High Schools, Pamela Marie Patnode
Spanish speaking English Language Learners (ELLs) represent a large and rapidly growing student population. Although many Hispanic/Latino ELL students are at risk for academic failure, Hispanic/Latino students who attend Catholic schools ar...

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Becoming a STEM Magnet School: The Story of Two Schools, Leanne M. Peterson
This mixed-methods study explored the journey of two elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) magnet schools. Both schools are marketed as using integrated, hands-on, problem solving approaches; science is the focus at on...

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Elementary Charter School Enrollment and Economic Segregation in Two Urban Minnesota Public School Districts, Jeffrey Michael Sambs
This study used a quantitative historical research design and multivariate mixed method analysis to examine whether there is a relationship between charter school enrollment and economic segregation at the elementary level in the public sch...

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Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports: Effective Elementary School Tier Two and Three Interventions, Ashley Schaefer
This study explored how one ambassador school that has been implementing PBIS with fidelity over the last few years is meeting the needs of all students using the Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) framework. An ambassador sch...

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Exploring Lived Experiences of University Students Attending a Residential University in the Midwest Who Have Moved Home as a Result of COVID-19, Hendrika B. Schoon
College students’ stress levels and mental health problems continue to rise (Acharya, Collins, & Jin, 2016; Galatzer-Levy & Bonanno, 2013; Gallagher, 2009; Gallagher, 2012; Giamos, Lee, Suleiman, Stuart, & Chen, 2017; Li 2018; Ketchen-Lipso...

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Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Professional Athletic Training Programs, Mary Elizabeth Westby
The purpose of this study was to examine the type of program-level student learning outcomes (SLOs) that athletic training programs (ATPs) are citing and how athletic training programs are assessing these student learning outcomes (assessme...

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The Cause and Impact of Charter School Leadership Turnover, Curtis Grant Windham
The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes and impact of charter school leadership turnover. Participants in this study included 10 charter school leaders in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Data discovere...

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Evaluation of Leadership Practices in High- and Low-Achieving Public High Schools in Nigeria, Wole Timothy Aderinkomi
Leadership has become one of the topical issues in all facets of our growing but complex world. This is because everything rises and falls on leadership whether in a country, corporate world, educational institutions, religious organization...

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Primary School Teachers’ Perceptions of the Principal’s Role in Leading Successful School Reform, Ugochukwu Valerie Aimakhu
This quantitative study explored the relationship between transformative school principal leadership and teacher commitment from the perspectives of teachers in the ongoing process of educational reform and the extent to which principals’ t...

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The Impact of One-to-One Technology Initiatives on the Racial Achievement Gap in the High School Setting., Jaysen Walter Anderson
The purpose of the study was to analyze the racial achievement gap between high schools that had a one-to-one technology program and schools without this program. Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment reading and math data were collected on 20...

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Contributing Causes for Retention or Turnover of Black Teachers in Minnesota Metropolitan Area Public Schools, Chris Bellmont
Teaching, above all else, is about relationships and engagement. Students need to see teachers, especially in their affinity group, as successful and guiding role models. American schools have spent 20+ years implementing strategies that se...

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Exploring Opportunities on a Liberal Arts Campus to Develop Students’ Critical Consciousness: A Qualitative Study, Tanden Lee Brekke
This qualitative study explores the critical consciousness development of students enrolled in a liberal arts institution. Two hundred seventy-seven students at Bethel University completed the Critical Consciousness Scale (Diemer, Rapa, Par...

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The Positive Effects of Education on African-American Students in Grades Three Through Eight in Alabama, Derrell Calloway
The purpose of this study was to research the effects of positive schools on African-American students in grades three through eight. There were a total of ten schools involved the research. All of the schools were located in the state of A...

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Leading a National School of Character Through the Lens of Organizational Change, Mark R. Chapin
The purpose of this study was to understand the role of the principal and the role of the change recipient in the organizational change process specific to the implementation of effective character education. The study utilized a constructi...

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The Essence of Deanship: 18 Long-tenure Latin American and Caribbean Theological Seminary Deans, Maria Elena Deluca Voth
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research study was to explore the essence of lived experiences of current Latin American and Caribbean theological seminary deans who had remained in their positions five or more consecutive ...

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Principals’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Importance of Transformational Leadership Behaviors of Effective Principals, Becky Evers-Gerdes
The purpose of this study was to analyze the perceptions of principals and teachers regarding the transformational leadership behaviors (“leadership behaviors”) of effective elementary school principals. The study compared the perceptions a...

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Inclusion in International Schools: Achieving Academic Excellence AND Education for All, Marla Starr Hall
Inclusion of students with diverse learning profiles is a rapidly growing trend, yet no research exists on the implementation of inclusive programming in international schools. As diversity becomes more important in the globalized world and...

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Agile Methodologies in Postsecondary Curriculum Development, Clay Hess
This study examined the state of the curriculum development process within the two-year technical college environment. The paper looked at cost, quality, and satisfaction with the curriculum development process. The scope of the study was t...

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How To Change Pre-Service Elementary Courses To Increase Teachers' Health Education Self-Efficacy Levels, Lisa Marie Kepple
This study used a mixed methods approach to examine the self-efficacy of pre-service elementary education teachers after completing a health education methods course compared to an interdisciplinary course such as a science, physical educat...

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The Lived Experiences of Students with High Functioning Autism in Higher Education, Aida G. Miles
A growing number of students with high functioning autism (HFA) are entering higher education; this number is expected to grow as the prevalence of autism continues to rise. Students with HFA face many challenges when entering higher educat...

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A Comparative Analysis of Leadership Factors Impacting Athletic Training Education Program Directors and Clinical Education Coordinators, Chad T. Osgood
Athletic Training specific research supports the need for athletic trainers to possess and utilize leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies. The expanding roles and responsibilities of Program Directors (PDs) and Clinical Education Co...

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The Experiences of Recently Graduated Marriage and Family Therapists Working with Immigrants and Refugees, Cristina Plaza Ruiz
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the experiences of recently graduated mental health professionals from Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) programs in the United States who work with immigrant and refugee populations...

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Servant Leadership and Teacher Retention, Ryan Siegle
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the relationship between teachers’ perceptions of principals’ servant leadership and teacher intent to turnover for public middle school teachers in Minnesota. This study specifically ex...

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A Phenomenological Study of an African American Church-Public School Partnership: In Search of Social and Emotional Support, Lisa Samantha Smith
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experience of an African American church-public school partnership to determine the types of social and emotional support provided in the mentoring program. A group of 21 s...

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The Relationship Between Cultural Background, Gender, Physical Activity, and the Resilience and Well-Being Levels of Adolescents, Joshua G. Symes
The incidence of mental health disorders continues to rise, and it is predicted that depression will be the second highest cause of disability, behind ischemic heart disease, for all ages and genders over the next decade (WHO, 2017). Mental...

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Association Between Study Abroad Experiences and Ethnocultural Empathy, Julia Jean Crumrine Winn
The ability to interact and interrelate with people from other cultures and ethnicities has great value in a world becoming increasingly more global in its orientation. Not only have institutions invested time and resources to this end, stu...

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Content and Instructional Strategies in Learning Arabic as a Second Language:The Impact of a Five Cs Designed Unit on Learners’ Speaking Motivation, Ghada Ali Al-Sadoon
The Arabic language is one of the significant world languages; it is the official language of 21 countries. Over three million people speak Arabic as a first language in the United States and almost all of them are native-born Americans (Se...

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Math Self-efficacy Effects on Prisoners' Academic Achievement, Randall Peder Bergman
This study examined three hypothesized math-self efficacy (MSE) sources that inhibit adult basic education male prisoner mathematics achievement. Previous correctional studies indicated that United States prisoners tend to have low self-eff...

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Rice to Biscuits: an In-depth Look at China-born Chinese Teachers’ Experiences in American Classrooms, Xiaoman Cook
Schools in America need Chinese teachers with experience and cross-cultural aptitude. The increasing rate of globalization and the rapid increase in the number of Chinese guest teachers teaching in the United States points to the need for c...

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The Relationship of Work Stressors and Perceived Organizational Support on Nurse Manager Work Engagement in Geriatric Care, Jacob Michael Goering
This study examined the relationship of work stressors and perceived organizational support on work engagement for nurse managers in geriatric care practice settings. A non-experimental descriptive, cross sectional design examined the relat...

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The Relationship of Underrepresented Minority Status With Choice Process When Considering the Physician Assistant Profession, Christina Hanson
Representation of African Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives in the Physician Assistant (PA) profession is not growing at the same rate as in the general population, leaving these groups underrepresented in...

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The Impact of National History Day Curriculum on Mathematics and Reading Achievement of Middle School Students, Cory Reed Hanson
The National History Day program has been utilized in a Southeastern Minnesota school on and off since Minnesota began participating in the program in the 1980s. This secondary data analysis sought to determine the impact that embedding Nat...

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The Effect of Unfunded Tuition Discount on the Financial Health of Very Small Colleges, Andrea L. Ide
Very small colleges, under 750 students, are valuable and yet vulnerable institutions in American higher education. Without financial stability, very small colleges are more susceptible to failure in the face of economic challenges. Very sm...

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Participative Decision-making and Informing as Antecedents of Trust Through a Hierarchical Layer of Leadership, Ross J. Jahnke
This study investigated a potential path to foster trust in two levels of college and university leadership (direct leaders and senior leadership). Two direct leader empowering leadership behaviors (participative decision-making and informi...

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Health Clinics and Adults With Physical Disabilities: an Inclusive Approach, Teresa Elizabeth Jones
There is evidence for health and education communities that call for disability curricula in care provider education. The purpose of this study was to explore what adults with physical disabilities (AWPD) experience in health clinics regard...

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Diversity Ideology in the CCCU: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Desiree Libengood
As American demographics shift, it is necessary for institutions of higher education to adapt to the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Christian colleges and universities have often been criticized for their lack of diver...

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Continuous Practices During Kindergarten Transitions, Nikole Lajuan Turner Logan
Although children’s development may be continuous, their early learning experience may not be. Absent from the field is literature describing actual teacher practices that are continued from early learning settings to kindergarten. This qua...

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Commonly Used Practices in Hosting International Students by Faith-based Universities in Minnesota, Kalia Sayaovong Lo
The process of hosting of international students in America started in 1946. Since then, there has been a steady increase of international students attending universities in America. In order to be competitive in the global market for inter...

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An Analysis of the Motivational Type Exhibited by Students after their High School Biology Course fulfilling the Minnesota Science Standards in Biology, Cheryl A. Moertel
Ninth-grade students were given a survey modified from the work of Aydin, Yerdelen, Gurbuzuglo, Yalmanci, and Goksu (2014) following completion of their high school biology course which asked for their level of agreement on 18 statements re...

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Teachers’ Perceptions of Value-added Models for Use in Annual Performance Appraisals: a Case Study, Theresa M. Pascual
Motivating and retaining teachers is a critical element of the educational process. In 2011, Florida law required school administrators to implement a Valued-Added Model (VAM) for teacher evaluation, compensation, and retention decisions. H...

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Measuring Student Engagement in Online Secondary Education, Meagan A. Rathbun
The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine which factors in the modified National Survey of Student Engagement benchmark variables, demographic variables, and experience variables relate to student engagement in online secondar...

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An Examination of Educational Non-Verbal Yardsticks Implementation (ENVoY) and the Impact on Teacher Efficacy, Amy Joan Reed
Classroom Management has long been recognized as a potential problem in the educational system that deserves serious attention, as the landscape of today’s classrooms continue to evolve and change as the students who are served become more ...

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Montessori as Metonymy: How Montessori Early Childhood Teachers Approach Race in the Classroom, Teresa M. Ripple
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how Montessori early childhood teachers approach teaching about race and racial bias in their classrooms. Twenty-four Montessori early childhood teachers participated in an open-ended sur...

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A Study of Life Satisfaction and Its Relationships With Acculturative Stress, Social Connectedness, and Perceived Social Support in International Students Attending Faith-based K-12 Schools, Todd Allen Russ
Life satisfaction has a profound impact on individuals. Social and emotional well-being are tied to positive life satisfaction. This quantitative study explored the relationship between life satisfaction and the variables of acculturative s...

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Total Language Immersion Education and Achievement in Standardized Tests, Ndeye Kany Seck
In this era of accountability, schools work hard to find ways to improve students’ achievement especially performance on standardized tests. This quantitative study utilized two-by-two factorial ANOVAs and Chi-square tests of independence t...

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Understanding Design Thinking as an Approach to Solving Problems at a Large Public University, Ryan Matthew Torma
This dissertation investigated how designers, leaders, and clients at a large public research university enacted and perceived the value of design thinking as an approach to solving problems. A review of the literature found interest but li...

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Adaptive Leadership and Student Achievement, Michelle Faye Wang
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the relationship, if any, between the adaptive culture of an elementary school and student achievement. The Adaptive Culture Profile Scale collected data from elementary school leadershi...

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Factors Contributing to School Placement for Students With Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Colleen F. Weis
Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders, in combination with significant and chronic behaviors, are often placed in alternative educational settings. No clear rationale is used by school districts to determine educational placement, an...

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Creating an Inclusive School Environment and Experience for Minority Students in a Faith-based University: a Case Study of Undergraduate Programs, Caroline O. Abiaziem
Higher education institutions are experiencing the need to advance their understanding of diversity and inclusion on campus. Therefore, this study was to explore the experiences and challenges of minority students in the undergraduate progr...

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Mentor Effectiveness and Its Correlation With Physician Assistant Faculty Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intentions, Amy Bronson
Growth in physician assistant training programs is resulting in an increasing demand for qualified physician assistant faculty. Gaining an understanding of mentoring in PA education and its relationship to faculty job satisfaction and facul...

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Instructional Coaching and Reflective Practice, Jessica Marie Cabak
Instructional coaching as a mode of professional development has gained popularity among school districts for its job-embedded, ongoing nature (Knight, 2012). Absent from the field is an effective method of measuring the impact of coaching....

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The Factors That Contribute to Success in College Freshmen With Specific Learning Disabilities a Descriptive Study in Learner Characteristics, Caleb J. Conklin
Once students graduate from high school and enter postsecondary education the academic support services change. This study uses a qualitative methodology to investigate the perceptions of students’ with specific learning disabilities (SLD),...

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Establishing and Maintaining Collective Faculty Trust in the High School Principal, Brenda M. Damiani
This study explored the process by which high school principals established and maintained collective faculty trust in the principal (FTP). High school principals face the challenge of establishing FTP in settings generally larger than thei...

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Increasing Academic Achievement and Motivation Through the Use of One-to-one Technology in the Intermediate Classroom, Derrick Stephen Davis
This study explored the impact of one-to-one technology on motivating students to higher academic achievement within math and reading curricula in the fourth-grade and fifth-grade intermediate classrooms. Located at an urban/suburban PreK-5...

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Student Religious Ideologies as Predictors of Openness to Diverse Others, Curt Hinkle
As Christian higher educational institutions and particularly Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member institutions seek to become more diverse bodies and prepare students to become people of influence in a pluralistic g...

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The Influence of Emotional Contagion on the Formation of Group Affective Tone within the Student Cohort Model, Michael J. Jensen
The use of the cohort model within higher education has produced outcomes that have been either positive and adaptive or dysfunctional and maladaptive due to the unique identities formed by cohorts. The purpose of this study was to examine ...

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Job Embeddedness: the Pulls of Staying for Teachers in the International School Setting, Ann M. Jurewicz
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors that influence retention of teachers in the international school setting using the construct of job embeddedness. As the largest global study of its kind to date, 975 respondents hired fo...

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Beauty in online learning environments: A quantitative study of the impact of expressive aesthetics on student engagement in blended courses, Shane Alexander Kelley
With the growing proportion of blended and online courses in higher education, it is increasingly important to understand how the online learning environments of these courses can impact student engagement. One important element of these on...

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How Do Different Stakeholder Groups Describe Their Feelings About Low-ability Math Groups?, Maria B. Kreie Arago
Two significant challenges confronting math educators in the United States today are overall achievement rates that lag behind many countries, and a sizeable achievement gap between White students and students of color. Research provides so...

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Pioneers in Education and Faith: Spiritual Development of First Generation College Students, Diane M. Krusemark
Spirituality may be a factor in the success of first generation college students. Leading spiritual development theories were built on the dominant population of continuing generation college students. This qualitative research explored the...

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Through the Eyes of Teachers: Relationships Between Principal Communication Style and School Climate, Ryan Lee Lang
The purpose of this quantitative study was to see if a statistically significant relationship existed between principal communication style and school climate as perceived by elementary teachers in high achieving Title 1 elementary schools ...

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Identification of Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities: Case Study of a New Jersey Urban/Suburban School District, Ngozi D. Martin-Oguike
The purpose of this case study is to explore the extent to which gifted students with learning disabilities are being identified and supported by examining educators’ experience and practice. A district categorized as urban/suburban in a mu...

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African American Female Principals at Urban Turnaround Arts Schools: Identification of Characteristics That Contributed to Their Success, Leona Robinson-Derden
The purposes of this qualitative study were to (a) identify leadership characteristics of female African American principals at successful Turnaround Arts schools and (b) explore the leadership factors that allowed these principals to impro...

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Cultural Disparities: An Ethnography of First Generation Students of Rural, Generational Poverty, Theresa Anne Spanella
The purpose of this qualitative, ethnographic study was to identify the cultural norms, beliefs, languages, values assumptions and rituals of first generation college students from rural, low socioeconomic status in order to better understa...

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A Phenomenological Study of the Students Who Were Actively Engaged in the High Achievement Program at a Suburban High School, Lee-Ann Stephens
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes are seen as steppingstones to college. There is a belief that these classes are the foundation of collegiate matriculation for students of color. In response to this pathway the Hig...

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Students With Specific Learning Disabilities; Perceptions of Postsecondary Accommodations, Barriers, and Self-advocacy, Jodi Elizabeth Stohl
Once students graduate from public education, the supports for individuals with disabilities change significantly. The law requiring school districts to support students with disabilities no longer applies upon graduation. As the familiar s...

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Flipped Learning Instruction: Differentiating Mathematics Instruction Through the Use of Technology, Nathan A. Flansburg
This study examines the relationship between mathematics achievement and the instructional approach used (flipped versus traditional). A suburban school district located outside of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul implemented fli...

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Rural Principals on the Move: Why They Leave, Cynthia Hansen
The purpose of this study was to investigate the personal, institutional, and environmental factors that influenced a principal’s decision to leave his or her school. Respondents included six elementary principals in rural Minnesota who lef...

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Good Goodbyes and Happy Hellos: The TCK Transition to Postsecondary Education, Sarah R. Hoverson
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to discover the lived experiences of Third Culture Kids transitioning to postsecondary education in the United States, and what role social media had in building or maintaining brid...

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A Day in Their Shoes: Lived Experiences of Five Agricultural Education Teachers Working with English Learners, Julie A. Ketterling
This dissertation took a phenomenological approach in order to take a deeper look into the experiences of five agricultural education teachers that taught English Learner (EL) students and factors that affected those experiences. Dunkin and...

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Improving Parental Engagement Through The Use of Reading Apps, Evelyn M. Lemons
A qualitative case study was conducted in a rural Title I school in the Piedmont of North Carolina using a pre and post-intervention survey and participant interviews, during the summer of 2016. The intervention was a workshop for parents t...

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Relationship Between Grade Configuration and Parent Perceptions about Schools, Jason J. Lind
This was a comparative case study that used in-depth interviews of parents to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of two grade configurations, and the possible influence of grade configuration on parent participation and parental a...

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Big Five Personality Traits and Other Predictors of Academic Success in Physician Assistant Students, Wade Avery Nilson
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between cognitive and noncognitive variables, and academic performance among Physician Assistant (PA) students. Noncognitive variables (i.e. personality traits) were assessed using t...

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Arts Integration and Student Achievement, Sheryl Denise Ray
Abstract This is a quantitative cross sectional survey design dual method study to test a theory that relates arts integration to achievement for students in grades two through six at three arts magnet schools and five non-arts schools in t...

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Teacher Burnout: A Comparison of Schools in North Dakota, Wayne R. Samson
Teacher burnout is a substantial issue in education today, and its negative effects have been seen across the United States. This quantitative study will focus on the state of North Dakota and analyze teacher burnout through the lens of the...

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A case study of how teacher preparation programs in Minnesota are preparing elementary teachers to work with English Learners, Sarah Lynn Stay
As the population of English Learners in mainstream classrooms across the United States continue to increase, it is critical that all classroom teachers (not just English language specialists) take responsibility for and are adequately prep...

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The Impact of Principal Turnover on PBIS Success: A Quantitative Analysis, Katie A. Svenby
The purpose of this study is to quantitatively analyze the impact of principal turnover in the principal’s office on the successful maintenance indicators of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The study sampled identifie...