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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Reading Instructional Methods: The Effectiveness of Phonetic-Based, Whole Language, and Balanced Approaches to Teaching Beginning Readers, Jazmin L. Duwenhoegger
This thesis examines the benefits and identifies the differences between reading instructional methods. Current research reveals the relationship between whole language, phonics, and balanced literacy, which can be helpful to educators in i...

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Work-Based Learning Impact on Community, School, and Student, Megan Jacob
This literature review with application examined work-based learning programs at the high school level, and those programs impact preparing students for the workforce. Providing experiences for students to interact with career fields they a...

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The Impact of Early Deprivation on a Child's Cognitive and Social/Emotional Development, Hannah Grace Miller
This literature review seeks to answer the question of: “What effect does early deprivation have on the cognitive and social/emotional development of a child?” Education is constantly changing, and one part that has dramatically shaped and ...

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The Use of Gamification in the Classroom, Anne-Britt Christine Mulberry
The research presented in this paper is an overview of the use of gamification in education. The study explores the questions: Why is gamification a tool used in the classroom? How is gamification being implemented? What are the potential p...

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Literacy Instruction Best Practices for Students with Disabilities, Amanda D. Rose
The literacy instruction of students with developmental disabilities often looks different from the instruction of students without disabilities. In a world where knowing how to read is pivotal in order to function independently, it is cruc...

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Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Jackquelyn Slyter
This literature review with an application emphasis examines barriers to employment that adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities face and looks at what high schools are doing to help them prepare for a job during and aft...

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Structural Relationships Among Teacher Self-Efficacy and Burnout, Alexandra Kristine Stotz
This literature review focuses on the structural relationships between burnout in the education field and teacher self-efficacy. Teacher burnout is a substantial issue in education today and continues to increase as time continues. A teache...

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The Relation Between Physical Activity and Academic Performance, Ines Barros Vilas
Physical inactivity has been increasingly and dangerously growing across our society due to technological progresses in our daily lives. Consequently, the lifestyle and health of adolescents and young people is showing a tendency to the app...

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On the Causes, Effects, and Prevention of Bullying Among School-Aged Youth, Marie Warnert
This literature review provides a comprehensive overview on the topic of bullying. It explores the various definitions of bullying and how bullying might manifest itself among school aged youth. The common ways that bullying are measured in...

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The Most Effective Ways to Build a Strong Culture to Endure Times of Change, Meredith L. Weincouff
Times of change are inevitable. It is common for times of change to be accompanied with feelings of uncertainty. Leaders cannot predict change, but they can prepare for change by creating strong cultures of trust and building capacity withi...

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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How and Why Students are Motivated to Read in the Upper Elementary Grades, Emily Anderson
Research indicates that students in the upper elementary grades students show a decline in their motivation to read. Students that struggle in reading have less motivation than those that are more successful while it has been found that boy...

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The Impact of Cooperative Learning Methods Grades 6-12, Nathan Jon Anderson
Cooperative Learning methods are reviewed compared to traditional teaching methods in grades 6-12. Grades 6-12 present a time when students are beginning to explore careers and understanding their niche in the world of work. The research qu...

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Impact of Social and Emotional Learning Programs, Anna Appicelli
Social and emotional learning is an ever growing need in our schools. Research states that students are in more need of guidance in social skills than ever before. Providing students with an SEL program that helps them develop prosocial ski...

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Interventions and Community Models That Lead to Successful Long-term Meaningful Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Literature Review, Eileen Annette Baker
This paper examines interventions and community models that lead to successful long-term, meaningful integrated employment for individuals with ASD. The literature review outlines the barriers to successful employment experienced by individ...

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Therapeutic Interventions that Increase Engagement for Students with Autism, Rachel B. Berndt
Students with autism require unique programming to increase engagement in the classroom setting. This literature review is a collection of research-based studies involving animal assisted interventions, music therapy, art therapy, speech-la...

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Teacher Evaluation: Methods Most Effective in Promoting Teacher Growth and Student Success, Jaclynn Bock
This study investigates the effectiveness of teacher evaluation used across the United States and how evaluation tools can also improve the skills and development of educators. The literature review analyzes three forms of evaluation, inclu...

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Impacts Play Has On The Social, Emotional, And Academic Development Of Children, Alexandra R. Brinda
This thesis focuses on understanding the impacts play has on the development of social, emotional, and academic development of children. The foundation of play first starting in kindergarten classrooms, was meant to engage children in meani...

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Using Technology With Low-income Students:How Schools can Help Students Succeed, Rachael Anne Cappola
This thesis examines the effects of the digital divide on students primarily coming from low socioeconomic areas and how schools can help close the digital divide. It will look at who has access to technology and how access differs between ...

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Sankofa for students: Literature as the impetus for empathy and social justice, Kathryn Anne Carlson
This thesis analyzes empirical educational data and research-based best practices with the goal of synthesizing and implementing literature instruction to garner cultural empathy and to make strides toward social justice in a high school se...

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Individualizing Instruction Using Work Systems and Other Assistive Technology for Students With Significant Developmental Disabilities, Maria LeeAnn Goff
Students with significant developmental disabilities demonstrate different strengths and needs than typically developing students. These students’ skills in the areas of academics, communication, fine and gross motor, daily living skills, a...

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Integrating Social Emotional Learning into Curriculum Content, Routines, and Relationships in a Primary Classroom, Ruth E. Haugstad
The increasing need for social emotional learning within the classroom, combined with rising academic expectations, are putting educators in a difficult situation. Educators need to be more creative in how they teach, blending curriculum an...

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Strategies for Authentic, Student-Led, Text-Based Discussions in General Education High School English Class, Bethany Holt
Since the advent of Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory on the importance of social interaction in learning, teachers have sought to include more collaborative opportunities for their students. One avenue for that in English classes is discussi...

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Teaching for Learning: Creative Methods for Math Curriculum Design Using Cognitive Science Principles, Alisha A. Joyce
It has long been the goal of educators to teach for lifelong learning. This project is an examination of best practices for teaching for lifelong learning in the context of an elementary math curriculum. In pursuit of this research, I ident...

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School-to-work Programs in High School and the Effect on Students With Disabilities Transition Skill Development, Rebecca Kelley
This literature review examined the transition skill development of students with disabilities through high school, school-to-work experiences. Students are graduating from high school at ever-increasing levels of under-preparedness for the...

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Finding Third Culture Kids in Children's Literature, Chika Kitaoka
Children’s literature, such as picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels, has been utilized by educators in the classroom all around the world. It is well-established that children’s literature help guide students in understanding th...

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The Impacts of Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education, Ryan N. Kleven
Teachers in todays society have shifted from placing significance only in academic successes to placing focus and importance on the role that social and emotional learning plays into all facets of learning and citizenship. Research througho...

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Play-based Curriculum and the Holistic Development of the Child, Ameena Parvez Lalani
This paper’s essential questions were to study the impact of play on various developmental domains like physical, social-emotional, language, and cognitive. Then these developmental domains were incorporated via a play-based curriculum in t...

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Student Motivation and Achievement in Second Language Learning, Nathan D. Laseter
There are many variables that affect students’ motivation to learn another language. Studies have found a variety of methods and theories used to measure and explain students’ motivation to learn another language. These measurements also sh...

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The Negative Effects of Growing up in Poverty on Brain Development and What Teachers Can Do to Level the Playing Field, Jamie L. Leaf
This literature review was conducted to answer two questions. What are the negative effects of growing up in poverty on brain development and how can teachers level the playing field? The following chapters highlight the areas of the brain ...

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Harnessing the Value of Failure to Promote Student Growth, Jared Lyle
One common element that all students face in school is failure. A review of literature will seek to answer the questions: What are the effects of failure on self-efficacy and mindset? What are the most effective structures to help students ...

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Cooperative Learning, Kathleen (Trini) M. Marcouiller
Cooperative learning is an instructional method in which small groups of students work collaboratively to solve a problem or complete a task. This instructional method has been used with all grade-levels, across all subject areas, and in cl...

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Essential aspects to consider for the development of an instructional planning tool for a foreign language class, Lucía Marmolejo Jiménez
Foreign language teachers are the responsible ones for developing multicultural skills in students. These skills are to equip pupils to become more open-minded, empathic, and critical thinkers, something very needed in a globalized world in...

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Influencing Student Achievement: Teaching, Learning and Teachers’ Attributes, Carla Hachem Tannous
Student achievement has become a hot topic in education today, especially for classroom teachers whose responsibility is to employ effective teaching and learning strategies. This application thesis examines how crucial instructional strate...

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Comprehensible Input: The Effectiveness of TPR, TPRS, Technology, and Reading, Erin L. El Amatoury
This review of the literature summarizes findings on the world language teaching methods of Comprehensible Input. The review addresses the efficacy of multiple methods within Comprehensible Input when compared with previous, more traditiona...

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Development of Supportive Learning Communities in Multicultural and Multilingual Classrooms, Katherine G. Filion
Schools are experiencing an increase in diversity – such factors include culture, religion, primary language, race, socioeconomic level, ethnicity, family composition, gender, and previous experience, as well as ability level – of which cha...

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Problem Based Learning: the Impact on Classroom Environment and Student Engagement, Peter D. Gosen
This literature review will look at the implications of Problem Based Learning and its effects on student’s engagement in their learning. The research shows that students need to have a good foundation in the content information for Problem...

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A Review of Technology and Its Impact on Middle School Classrooms, Curtis Alan Gustafson
This literature review is an explorative examination of the current research related to how technology integration impacts the middle school classroom. With technology becoming more common in the home, work-pace, and school, studies highlig...

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Hands-on Learning in Primary Grades, Bridgette Marie Megears
This thesis focuses on the understanding of hands on learning in the setting of primary grades. Play and exploration is a natural form of learning that students have been doing all their lives. With the available different types of play, ea...

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Social and Emotional Health in the Schools, Brittany J. Meuser
This thesis examines the role of social and emotional learning skills in the schools. Teachers and schools are able to use a variety of interventions to address students’ social and emotional health needs within the school building. This wo...

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The Effects of Problem-Based Learning: A Literature Review, Brianna Nettleton
This thesis reviews the existing research of problem-based learning (PBL) and its implementation at a secondary level. The goal of the research is to determine if PBL should be implemented with students in a secondary math classroom. The au...

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Experiential Learning Best Practices and Successes in the K-8 Classroom, Asia Sierra Paulus
This paper aims to analyze the best learning practices and success stories of experiential learning in the K-8 classroom. Experiential Learning is explained through research done in the K-8 classroom. Research is analyzed showing how experi...

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Supporting ELL Secondary Students at International Schools in Asia, Richard Earl Poulin III
This literature review explores how to adequately support newly admitted secondary school English Language Learners (ELLs) attending an international school in Asia. Research suggests that learning English as a teen is more difficult and gr...

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Cooperative Learning as an Instructional Approach for Promoting Language Achievement in English Language Learners, Brittany Marie Rechtin
This research investigates the effectiveness of Cooperative Learning (CL) on the language achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs) by comparing it to traditional, individualistic and/or competitive approaches to learning. It also aim...

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The Implications of Childhood Trauma for Education Professionals, Travis William Walls
Students in all areas of the world have experienced trauma that has impacted both their educational and social development; this epidemic has become clear over the last 20 years. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study recognized seven nega...

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Special Education: a Literature Review, Andrea E. Becker
Each year as many as ten million children witness or experience domestic violence in the United States (Winder, 2015) and have shown to experience greater struggles in school. This type of trauma has no boundaries, it can occur in all socio...

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Information and Communication Technology in Kindergarten, Ruchi Marwaha Chalak
Information and communication technology (ICT) is an integral part of the present world and is also making a huge impact in the field of education, including kindergarten. This literature review comprises a brief overview of different inter...

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Building Understanding Among Students of Many Cultures: Story and Cultural Competence, Stephanie L. Hanson
Current events demonstrate a need for global society members who have understanding across cultural borders. Storytelling has long been considered universally human with the ability to build understanding in complex situations. This thesis ...

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Learning to Fail: Using a Growth Mindset in the K-12 Classroom, Colleen Kopp
As more and more research is being conducted on learning, the education system is forced to change with it. The approach to creating the right space and culture, lesson planning, instructional methods, and ultimate goal for learning all nee...

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Vocabulary Language Strategies: Training for Use in Second Language Acquisition, Amy C. Leafblad
This paper examines vocabulary language strategies for use in second language acquisition. Research on particular strategies such as the keyword method is discussed, as well as the positive effects strategy training has had on students’ voc...

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An Assessment Strategy to Mitigate the Effects of Test Anxiety, Michael J. Nerbovig
This paper examines the current literature regarding test anxiety, math anxiety, and general anxiety. Numerous factors that cause anxiety and strategies to mitigate the effects of anxiety are identified. While a comprehensive school-wide or...

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Implications of Physical Activity on Academic Outcomes, Laura Elizabeth Priebe
This thesis explores the implications physical activity has on academic outcomes for students. Current research is reviewed to provide an overview of what movement opportunities are already being implemented in schools. Reviewed research di...

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Increasing Self Regulation Skills in Students With Emotional/behavioral Disorder, Jessica L. Ronkainen
Students who qualify under Emotional/Behavioral Disorder (EBD) for special education services can exhibit significant external behaviors that significantly interfere with their educational progress. EBD students who exhibit these significan...

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Childhood Trauma in Education: Addressing the Needs of Students Who Have Experienced Trauma Through Trauma Informed Practices, Claire R. Steffen
This literature review explores the background of trauma, the physiological effects of trauma on the developing child, and effective trauma informed strategies to assist educators in meeting the challenging needs of all students, especially...

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Social and Emotional Learning in Daily Instruction for Intermediate Elementary Students., Laura R. Williams
Teachers today are consumed with a vast number of responsibilities. All teachers, no matter what licensure or specialized area, have the same responsibility to ensure that students receive an equitable and quality education by providing stu...

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The Causes, Impact, and Cost of Teacher Turnover, Jenny M. Young
This literature review examines research studies regarding the causes, impact, and cost of teacher turnover in U.S. schools. Results indicate a strong association between schools with high teacher turnover rates and high rates of students o...

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Transformative Power of Theatre in Education and Learning the 21st Century, Nikki Min Yeong Abramson
Education is the key to success in life. To have that success, 21st century skills are needed to be successful in most careers. Some of these skills consist of: team work, collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving skills, an...

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Alternative Therapies and Treatments and Their Effect in Reducing Behaviors Found Within Autism Spectrum Disorder, Paige L. Ferraro
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental syndromes characterized by deficits in communication, social interaction, imagination and sensory processing. The prevalence of ASD has increased significantly throughout rec...

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Characteristics and Development of Effective Classroom Management, Ann Melissa Hippen
Classroom management is an essential piece of teaching. Many teachers, new and experienced, struggle with establishing effective management strategies that allow all students to be successful in the classroom. This literature review will su...

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Disciplined-based Art Education in a Haitian Context, Tasha J. Irving
This paper discusses how Christian Haitian high school students can study and make art in a culturally appropriate manner while considering the art history of their country. A curriculum is suggested that focuses on the seven elements of ar...

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A New Approach to Inquiry, Dean William Lanois
This paper explores the theories that govern three processes of learning: project-based, problem-based and self-regulated. One of the critical questions that this paper addresses is: how can these three processes be utilized to plan an effe...

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Becoming Visible: Improving Reading Comprehension at the Middle Level, Keri M. Norell
This paper examines reading comprehension at the middle level. The literature review covers definitions of reading comprehension and then discusses specific challenges and characteristics of middle level readers, with a particular focus on ...