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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Mindfulness and Its Impact on Perinatal and Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, and Perceived Stress: An Integrative Review, Julie Ann Andrzejczak and Kathryn Jean Berscheit
Introduction: Many patients have mental health concerns during the peripartum period. These include, but are not limited to, depression, stress, and anxiety. There is emerging research showing that using mindfulness exercises during this pe...

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Cultural Barriers to Orthopedic Follow-up Care in Pucallpa, Peru, Jona Bakke, Alyssa Braun, and Laura Luttio
Scalpel at the Cross (SATC) is a nonprofit Christian organization that serves the Pucallpa, Peru community through short-term medical mission trips. Teams travel to Pucallpa each year to perform orthopedic surgeries, educate providers in lo...

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Expedient Resolution for Shoulder Dystocia: A Comparison of Maneuver Research, Alexis Ann Bischof
Introduction: The purpose of this review is to assess which order of interventions is the most effective and timely at resolving a shoulder dystocia according to the literature. This is important information for perinatal providers to utili...

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Teachers' Union's Collective Bargaining Agreements and Their Impact on School Functions, Chad Jonas Borseth
Teachers' unions have a vital role in public education. The collective bargaining agreements negotiated between them and school districts are viewed by many as the de facto rule book for how a school is organized and how it shall operate. D...

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The Use of Clary Sage in Women's Health: An Integrative Review, Kimberly S. Brenneman
Introduction: Women have used various herbal remedies for health issues for centuries. One of the most commonly used essential oils is clary sage (Salvia sclarea). It is important for women’s health providers to know and provide evidence-ba...

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Parenting During a Pandemic: Exploring the Experience of Evangelical Parents Cultivating a Spiritual Orthodoxy in Their Children During the Covid-19 Quarantine, Joseph E. Brown
Beginning in March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic forced evangelical parents to adjust their parenting and Christian discipleship. With in-person gatherings limited, families and churches had to reorient to more isolation and less community. Th...

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The Pastor: From Calling to Competency, Sheila C. Carpenter
Elucidation of pastoral competency is a complicated subject, but, a necessary and important aspect of servant leadership for pastors, and congregants. Competency outcomes and criterion measurement (what is pastoral competency and how it is ...

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Facilitators and Barriers to Breastfeeding Success in Adolescent Mothers: An Integrative Review, Julie M. Edinger and Kara N. Fairbanks
Abstract Introduction: Breastfeeding is the optimal feeding method for infants and confers numerous health benefits to mothers and their children. Nevertheless, despite overwhelming data supporting breastfeeding, breastfeeding rates remain ...

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Diet and Supplements to Prevent Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Allison J. Freese-Johnson and Ally A. Muehlenbein
Introduction: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are complications that present many problems for both mothers and infants. The purpose of this systematic review is to identify what dietary patterns and supplements could decrease the...

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Latinas in Leadership in Latino Churches and Christian Organizations, Luz N. Gálvez de Figueroa
This study addressed the lack of understanding of transformational leadership characteristics and skills used by Latinas serving in Latino churches and Christian organizations in the United States. This qualitative research took a case stud...

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Presidential Transition in Higher Education, Julie Dunlop Gednalske
The transition of a college or university president is inevitable. Presidential tenure is becoming shorter and turnover becoming more commonplace at private and public higher educational institutions. Thriving higher education institutions ...

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A Comparison Study of Leadership Self-Efficacy and Leadership Experiences of Physician Assistant Students, Cynthia Gail Goetz
Leadership for any medical profession is important for ongoing success and developing a succession of leaders for a profession is vital, including the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. Developing leadership self-efficacy (LSE) in PA stud...

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Nonpharmacologic Interventions for the Treatment of Anxiety in Pregnancy, Mikayla K. Gratz and Katelyn Renee Sola
Introduction: Anxiety has become an increasing concern for women throughout the perinatal period. The mainstay treatment for anxiety in pregnancy is pharmacotherapy, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Less often a...

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Impact of Secondary Birth Trauma on Perinatal Providers and Interventions to Promote Adaptive Coping Strategies, Angela Patrice Hale and Pa D. Vue
Introduction: Vicarious birth trauma can cause serious negative repercussions for perinatal providers worldwide. This methodological review aims to examine the aftermath of experiencing secondary birth trauma among perinatal providers and e...

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Consolidating Prenatal Care: An Integrative Review, Rachel Irving
Introduction: The purpose of this integrative review was to examine how consolidating prenatal care visits can affect attendance, exploring aspects at five different levels of influence. Methods: Whittemore and Knafl’s five-stage review pro...

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The Impact of Group Prenatal Care on Decreasing Racial Health Disparities, Nikki L. Jacobson
Introduction: Adverse birth outcomes are a significant public health issue for women and infants in the United States, with preterm birth identified as a major cause of neonatal complications leading to lifelong morbidity and mortality. BIP...

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Understanding Possible Risk and Protective Factors For High School Students Who Experience Chronic Childhood Trauma, Albert Johnson
Students enter their respective school buildings with unknown past physical, emotional, or mental traumas due to dynamics within their family, community, or school (Izard & National, 2016). Experiencing trauma in childhood can lead to a myr...

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Factors Affecting the Academic Self-Concept of K-12 Students with Reading Disabilities, Jamie L. Kaihoi
The way students perceive themselves as learners is referred to as their academic self-concept (ASC). ASC is made up of the thoughts and feelings a student has about their experience in the classroom with learning tasks and research has sho...

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The Impact of Trauma on Learning and Behaviors in the Classroom and how a Trauma-Informed Classroom Helps, Susanne W. Karris
As trauma is becoming more prevalent among our students, it is essential that districts, schools, and staff understand its impacts in the classroom. The American Psychological Association (2021) estimates that more than ⅔ of children experi...

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Outcomes for Special Education 18-21 Transition Programs: A Parent Perspective, Mandy Lynn Kasowicz
Parenting is a complicated journey that never ends for those who raise children with special needs. Families need to make several difficult decisions about life after high school, and they are often left alone to navigate those choices. Dec...

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Suicide Prevention for The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, Tiffany M. Manor
The problem that this research addressed is the lack of a Lutheran training framework for suicide prevention in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) in which ministers learn to identify and respond to congregants and colleagues who h...

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Healthy Brains from Birth: Raising Parental Awareness on Early Childhood Brain Development in HealthPartners Birth Centers, Arielle Melum, Cole Smith, and Caitlin Rose Van Meter
The human brain most efficiently and rapidly develops during the first three years of life with nurturing and stimulating serve-and-return interactions (Britto et al., 2017; Center for the Developing Child 2021). Because not all parents are...

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Self-Advocacy and Postsecondary Program Achievement in Students With High-Incidence Disabilities, Alyssa Nelson
This literature review examines studies that investigated and evaluated the relationship between self-advocacy and college program completion in postsecondary students with disabilities. Research was reviewed that used school-aged participa...

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Burnout, Timeout, and Fallout: A Qualitative Study of Why Pastors Leave Ministry, Trisha R. Peach
There is a lack of understanding of what factors are contributing to pastoral attrition in the Assemblies of God. In response to this problem, the researcher investigated the ministry and training of Moses and Paul. The researcher studied r...

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Implementation of Tiered Systems of Support at Secondary Schools in Minnesota, Beth Arlene Praska
The purpose of this study was to examine data regarding the implementation of critical components of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework in Minnesota public secondary schools, defined as middle and high schools that service...

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Prenatal Mindfulness Education and Childbirth Outcomes, Taylor Mae Rasmusson
Introduction: Mindfulness-based childbirth education focuses on supporting normal physiologic labor and birth. This article presents the findings of an integrative review examining the relationship between prenatal mindfulness education and...

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Spiritual Needs Outcomes in Faith-Based Nonprofits, Ambri Refer
The researcher observed that faith-based nonprofits frequently report on tangible needs met but have failed to report on spiritual needs that are attended to. These spiritual needs can include prayer, church referral, encouraging people to ...

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Language Learning and Empathy, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Second language learning and empathy are two concepts frequently explored and employed in schools but are often treated as separate domains. This literature review aims to analyze the connection between learning a second language and the de...

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Universal Depression Screening in Pregnancy, Kayla M. Schmidt
Introduction: Identifying the optimal timing and frequency of universal depression screening during pregnancy can optimize the current national recommendations. Identifying whether a protocol for universal depression screening is beneficial...

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The Impact of Amniotomy on Induction of Labor: An Integrative Review, Sarah Jessica Seuntjens
Background/Purpose: There is clear evidence available that refutes the practice of routine amniotomy in the spontaneously laboring patient. Amniotomy is an intervention that disrupts a normal physiologic birth and therefore should be utiliz...

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Antenatal Pelvic Floor Education: A Review of the Midwifery Role in Promoting Pelvic Floor Health, Hannah L. Shir
Introduction: Nurse-midwives care for women from puberty until the end of life. As primary care providers, they are “with women” to help them reach optimal well-being, including pelvic floor outcomes. Pelvic floor health is important not on...

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Emotions in Educators Implementing a Social-Emotional Development Framework, Cindy Stolp
This qualitative study explored the emotions of early childhood educators implementing the Pyramid Model social-emotional framework. The semi-structured interviews with 11 educators included discussing emotions correlated to Pyramid Model p...

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How Can Educators Better Inform Parents about the Special Education Process So That They are Empowered to Increase Their Role as Active Participants in Their Students’ Education?, Beth Ann Thibodeau
The benefits of family involvement in students’ education range from academic and behavioral growth to better attendance and social skills. Parent involvement in the educational process for students with disabilities is a legal right, yet b...

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How Hmong Students Perceive Academic Success, Pheng Vang
The Hmong people have been a part of the United States of America since the 1960s. Three generations of Hmong people have learned to assimilate while balancing their customs and traditions. Older generation Hmong parents want their children...

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An Effective Culturally Informed Model For Intergenerational Leadership Transfer In The Alliance Church Of Merced: A Qualitative Case Study, Thai Vang
The purpose of this study was to examine an effective, culturally informed model for intergenerational leadership transfer within the Alliance Church of Merced (ACOM) in Merced, California. The project consisted of a qualitative case study ...

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Using Technology In And Out Of The Classroom To Support English Language Learners, Yihui Wang
This thesis examined various methods of how technology could better support English language learners in and out of the classroom, and how educators should utilize technology to better support English language learners across all age ranges...

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Hydration and Nutrition During Labor, Muna Abdi and Katie Cooper
Background/Purpose: Historically women have birthed in their own homes. As birth moved to the hospital, concerns surrounding gastric aspiration following general anesthesia led to restrictive intake policies for laboring women. Current prof...

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The Relationship between the Implementation Phase of the DuFour Model of Professional Learning Communities and Students’ Achievement, William Adams
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the implementation phase of the DuFour model of professional learning communities (PLCs) and students’ achievement. A survey was emailed via Qualtrics to elementary principal...

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Teacher Feedback and Assessment Outcomes of Students: a Literature Review, David Doe Agoha
This paper examines the role of teacher feedback in improving the assessment outcomes of students. The literature review provides a brief overview of the types and levels of feedback, and discusses how the timing, format, and type of feedba...

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Use of Blood Flow Restriction to Treat and Rehabilitate Patients Ages 18 to 40 Year Old from Postoperative Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Alec Green Almquist
Background: Blood flow restriction (BFR) is being shown to have many positive applications for the medical, and strength and conditioning fields. Recently, researchers and physical therapists have been applying these same concepts to patien...

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Bullying Interventions in K-12 Schools: an Extensive Look at the Essential Components of an Effective Bullying Intervention Program, Jacob T. Archbold
This thesis addresses the essential researched-based components of effective bullying intervention programs in K-12 schools. It provides an overview of bullying which includes; a definition, types of bullying, bullying motivation, and the e...

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The Effect of Project-based Learning on Student Motivation and 21st Century Skills, Abigal J. Ash
Keeping students engaged and motivated is a universal challenge faced by teachers of all grades and ability levels. This thesis focuses on the impact that Project-Based Learning (PBL) has on student motivation and preparedness for life afte...

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The Effects Poverty Has on Students in Special education, Morgan Marie Auge
Poverty is an issue around the world that affects children and their academic achievement. In the United States 21% of children are raised in poverty. Children from poverty have a higher risk of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders i...

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Taking a Moment for Mindfulness: a Review on the Efficacy of Mindfulness Interventions on Student Academic Attainment, Andrew Lawrence Bailey
Mindfulness, or the act of paying attention on purpose without judgment, has received significant attention for its role in stress reduction. As stress levels are closely tied to academic outcomes for students it is logical to presume a con...

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Differences in Elementary Students’ Self-Reported Mental Health Between Racial Groups, Alyssa Kim Bartosh
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine whether there are differences between racial groups in elementary students’ self-reported mental health. The Minnesota Department of Education gathered data from Minnesota school distric...

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Effects of Innovative School Leadership Practices With the Goal of Promoting Collective Teacher Efficacy Through Creating a Collaborative Working Environment: A Literature Review, Deena Terese Bayer
The purpose of this literature review on collective teacher efficacy and collaborative working environment strategies completed in schools settings from Pre-K-university level, was to help guide teachers and school leaders to examine their ...

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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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Benefits of Physical Activity for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trey Lewis Benhart
Adolescents with autism live a more sedentary lifestyle than those without an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Lack of exercise results in increased health risks, obesity, and decreased quality of life, exercise, motor skills, and peer i...

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Early Palliative Care Implementation in Metastatic Lung Cancer Patients: A Quality Improvement Project, Megan Joan Biegler, Erin Hamar, and Stephanie Spinolo
This was a quality improvement project that will allow improvements to be made in healthcare services offered and the overall health status of Stage IV metastatic lung cancer patients receiving palliative care referrals. Data was collected ...

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The Most Effective Ways to Teach Social Skills to Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emily J. Blake
This thesis explores the most effective ways to teach social skills to individuals with ASD. It takes a deeper look into the importance of teaching and using social skills instruction when working with individuals with ASD, social skills ar...

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Deaf Pastor Cohort: Self-Care for Deaf Pastors, Karen R. Bregman
The Researcher observed posts on social media from deaf pastors sharing their experiences of personal and professional struggles with suicide, depression, and mental health challenges with their close circle of pastors, colleagues, and cong...

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Opportunities for and Benefits of Career and Technical Education for High School Students With Disabilities, Dan K. Burton
Students with disabilities struggle more than students without disabilities to graduate high school as well as finding a good paying job after high school. With the implementation of the IDEA act of 1975, there have been many different theo...

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Developing Collective Teacher Efficacy to Help Secondary Teachers Feel Confident in Their Positions, Katherine E. Cabieses
This study evaluates the resources available to develop the efficacy and the collective teacher efficacy of Secondary School Teachers in handling students’ misbehavior, resulting in effective teachers satisfied with their teaching positions...

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Postplacental Intrauterine Device Insertion: Efficacy and Barriers, Tommi Amanda Ladd Carrell
As many as half of all women do not attend postpartum care and receive desired family planning care. Left with little to no resources for obtaining contraception, many go on to have subsequent unplanned pregnancies. The American College of ...

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Avoiding the Services Cliff: An Extensive Look at Effective Strategies to Prepare Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders (asd) for Life and Work, Danielle Marie Carter
A fundamental objective of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is to safeguard that all students with disabilities have available to them a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) that affirms special education and related services d...

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Instructional Coaching: A Way to Improve Teacher Pedagogy and Students’ Achievements, Allison Coalwell
As students' assessment scores in the United States continue on a downward trend, school districts across the nation seek ways to improve the quality of instruction. A proven strategy to enhance teacher quality, and subsequently student ach...

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Perineal Massage or Warm Compress to Decrease Perineal Trauma in Second Stage of Labor, Amanda Condon and Colleen Williams
Background/Purpose: The purpose of this review of research is to determine if the use of perineal massage or warm compress in the second stage of labor decreases perineal trauma, including spontaneous lacerations or the need for an episioto...

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Use of Feedback Mechanisms Versus Exercise Alone for Treatment of Patients With Scapular Dyskinesis, Jill Contreras
Background: Scapular dyskinesis is more prevalent in overhead athletes and can also lead to eventual shoulder injuries or shoulder dysfunction. Therefore, a rehabilitation program to manage or treat scapular dyskinesis is important. The eff...

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The Impact of Mathematics Curriculum Policy in the United States, Kassidy Wade Cook
The purpose of this literature review was to investigate the effectiveness of common curriculum initiatives in mathematics in the United States. First, the study examined the effects of these initiatives on the rates of students’ math anxie...

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Diabetes, Obesity, and Quality of Life Among End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Receiving Hemodialysis, Austyn Lee Cross, Hailey Grace Shaull, and Paige Elizabeth Urquhart
Within the last thirty years, in the United States alone, the number of patients receiving treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) doubled (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018b). Previous research has indicated lower...

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Benefits and Risk Associated With Physical Exercise During the Antenatal Period, Corrie Crump and Brittany Freeman
Background/Purpose: There are many misconceptions, uncertainties, and false narratives pertaining to how much physical activity and what types of activities are safe in pregnancy. This purpose of this critical literature review was to provi...

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Use of Best Practices in Exam Item Creation, Analysis, and Revision: Nursing Faculty’s Knowledge, Use, and Implementation Barriers and Facilitators, Julie Anne De Haan
The ultimate goal of nursing education is to prepare graduates to provide excellent, safe patient care. The implementation of exam item best practices can significantly contribute to this process. This study examined nursing faculty’s use o...

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Does Implementing Neck Strengthening Exercises Reduce the Risk of Concussion?, Brandon M. Desrosiers
Background: There is currently no standard process or preventative method to reduce the risk of concussions. Researchers have claimed that new helmet technology, q-collar necklace, and mouthguards can reduce concussions, but the evidence is...

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The Effect of Classroom Physical Activity Breaks on Students' Academic Performance and Executive Functioning Skills, Barb J. Diemer
Classroom-based Physical Activity (PA) has gained attention among teachers and schools due to the potential to enhance learning while also providing the opportunity for children to increase their physical activity level. Children are not me...

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Online Special Education Teachers’ Use of Best Practices in Online Education: Comparisons with General Education Teachers, Supporting Factors, and Barriers to Implementation, Kelly Dietrich
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the use of best practices for K-12 general education teachers and special education teachers in Minnesota K-12 approved online learning programs. Additionally, the relationsh...

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The Resilient Midwife, Sarah M. Dorsey
Midwives have been shown to significantly improve birth outcomes; the World Health Organization proposes that 83% of maternal deaths, newborn deaths, and stillbirths could be prevented through midwifery care. However, burnout level in this ...

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Impacts of Social and Emotional Learning Interventions in Special Education Students, Cassandra R. Drusch
Social and emotional learning is educational programming that can help the student learn to recognize emotions, set goals, perspectively think, maintain positive relationships, make decisions and learn conflict resolution (McCormick, 2019)....

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Maintaining Postpartum Bleeding: Effects of Tranexamic Acid, Shenider Dufort
Background/Purpose: The purpose of this literature appraisal is to determine the effectiveness of tranexamic acid (TXA) and its ability to stabilize postpartum bleeding. TXA is an antifibrinolytic pharmacologic drug found to reduce blood lo...

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The Congruence of Teachers’ and Principals’ Perspectives of Learning-Centered Leadership Behaviors of Principals within International Christian Schools and the Impact on Organizational Commitment of Teachers, Andrea Dawn Rens Dugan
The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore the degree of congruence between principals’ self-perception of learning-centered leadership behaviors and teachers’ perceptions of learning-centered leadership behaviors of their princi...

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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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Vocational Faculty Experience with Emerging Technology, Amie M. Dwyer
This case study illuminates the vocational faculty experience with emerging technologies. Interviews were conducted with vocational faculty who incorporated emerging technology into their practice within three years of the study. The resear...

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Students in Special Education and Extracurricular Activities, Marissa A. Eastling
Research regarding the effects of extracurricular activities on youth is abundant and clear: extracurricular activities benefit students. Some even suggest the benefits go far beyond the high school experience and can have a profound and po...

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Impacts and Strategies in Positive Student-teacher Relationships, Cassandra C. Eckart
Researchers, educational professionals, and classroom teachers consistently seek out ways to engage students in the classroom. For some students, engagement comes naturally. They connect easily with people and are by nature, curious and act...

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Effects of social media on adolescents, Jeffrey Scott Erickson
Social media has a strong influence on adolescents. The effects of social media use can be both positive and negative for adolescents. Social media makes adolescents feel more connected to their friends, family, and interests. On the other ...

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The Role of Phonemic Awareness in Reading Development in the Primary Grades, Zachary Carl Erickson
Reading is a multifaceted skill, which requires careful and explicit instruction. The majority of students do not acquire the skill of reading naturally. The teaching of reading is important so students do not become struggling readers. Pho...

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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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Special Education Teachers and Burnout: the Factors That Contribute to it and Effective Strategies That Combat it, Sydni M. Fancher
This thesis will explore the reasons behind teacher burnout in special education. The field of special education has increased dramatically throughout the years. As more research is being done to determine the various disabilities out there...

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Vaginal Microbiomes and Preterm Labor/Birth, Stephanie Dayl Feltman
Current standards of care for decreasing the incidence of preterm labor and preterm birth are not decreasing the public health burden of spontaneous preterm birth. Preterm labor and birth contribute to the high infant mortality rate in the ...

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Restorative Justice in Schools - The Impact and Implementation, Chad Edward Felty
Are restorative practices producing fewer negative outcomes for students and improving relationships within schools? The following literature review and application looked at the effectiveness of restorative practices in schools. The eviden...

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Self-Determination Skills in Special Education Students: A Review of the Literature, Jessica L. Ferraro
Self-determination is an important skill for all students, but a necessity that students identified as having a disability and receiving special education skills develop throughout their lifespan and prior to leaving the comforts of high sc...

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Building a Cultural and Scholar Identity in Adolescent Black Males, Emily E. Firkus
Black male students in the United States have been the focus of interest in education for a long time. Much professional development is centered around closing the Achievement or Opportunity Gap as the progress of Black students is not as g...

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Exploring the Lived Experiences of Rural Southwest Minnesota Teachers in the Spring 2020 Transition to Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kim Robin Friesen
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand the lived experience of rural teachers in Southwest Minnesota during the spring 2020 transition to distance learning and to unearth any connection between the transiti...

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Implementing a Health and Wellness Program for Low Income Children and Their Families: A Community Outreach Program, Kailey Ann Geib, Hannah N. Moland, and Emily Nicole Nelson
Low income status has been proven to have negative effects on overall health, such as increased prevalence of chronic diseases and poor childhood development (Gupta, de Wit, & McKeown, 2007). Children living in communities of this status of...

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Impact of Relative Age on Need for Special Education Services, Leonie Giles
This thesis consists of a literature review of research on a potential correlation between a student's birthdate, age upon entry into kindergarten, and the potential need for special education services while in elementary school. Results we...

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Telehealth Use During the Prenatal Period: Strengths and Limitations, Adrian M. Goblisch and Tessa L. Hand
Background/Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the risks and benefits of telehealth use during the prenatal period. With the increasing use of technology to provide healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is cri...

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Homelessness and Diabetes: A Review to Provide Education to Homeless Individuals and Organizations, David W. Grewe, Mckenzie J. Kostreva, and Karly Kroeten
Diabetes is a disease that is prevalent in both the United States, and within the homeless population. This project outlines what T2DM is, its prevalence in the homeless population, and then barriers to treatment that the homeless face. Edu...

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Mitigating Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Insulin Resistant Phenotype: A Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Hypoxia, William Christian Grillo, Joshua Pinson, and Bethany K. Tangen
Chronic disease currently affects 45%, nearly half, of all persons in the United States (Raghupathi & Raghupathi, 2018). A systemic, cellular etiology of chronic disease has been proposed: literature supports the mechanism of a universal ce...

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The Effects of Socialization on the Progression of Dementia, Caitlyn Hagstrom, Ashley G. Heppner, and Katelyn N. Kunde
Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of disorders marked by a decline from baseline in memory, executive function, and other cognitive functions such as reasoning, handling complex tasks, and spatial orientation, all of which interferes...

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The Role of Specialty Care in Pediatric Management in Minnesota, Marissa Hall and Rachel Nornes
Childhood asthma can be a challenging condition to manage and often requires individually tailored pharmacologic therapy in order to prevent symptom exacerbation and subsequent hospitalizations. Many patients and their families seek guidanc...

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Faith-Driven Impact Investing: Renewing a Belief that an Investment in Entrepreneurialism and Commerce is Central to God's Plan of Redemption and Human Flourishing, Jonathan Mark Halverson
This project addressed the need for a renewed belief among faith-driven investors that investments in redemptive businesses is central to God’s plan of redemption and biblical human flourishing. The explosive growth of values-aligned invest...

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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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Locational Disparity in Rural Education, Carlie A. Hedlund
Location impacts the quality of education a student receives. Specifically in rural areas, the challenges that students face are unique to their location. The purpose of this literature review on locational disparity in rural education was ...

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Supporting the Whole Student: Interventions for Academic, Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Relationship Building, Madison Holm
Students experience a variety of obstacles in and out of school. Interventions are necessary to consider for students at-risk or with disabilities to maintain engagement. Students who fail at the transition to high school are likely to be d...

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Implementing The Autonomy-Supportive Teaching Model with Elementary Students, Rebecca I. Hons
Task avoidance and keeping students motivated in the classroom are common struggles that elementary school teachers face in their career. This literature review explores task aversiveness in elementary students and how they are motivated to...

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The Effectiveness of Comprehensive Sexual Education for Teens: an Exploration of the Advantages and Disadvantages, Crystal L. Iddings and Danielle J. Wadsworth
Background/Purpose: The teen pregnancy rate in the United States was18.8 per 1000 in 2017. Although this is an all-time low for teen pregnancy in the United States, it is still the highest rate among developed countries. This literature rev...

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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 Educational Impact That Social Media Has on School Age Children's Mental Health and Educational Experiences, Kasondra Janc
Studies have shown that school involvement and the policies that they have created can impact adolescents’ mental health. Social media is one of the most widely used online platforms and a reason why school-aged children want cell-phones, t...

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Assessment of Medical Experiences of Hearing Guardians With Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children in the Twin Cities, Hannah R. Jaster, Erin R. Rudolph, and Melinda Sorensen
This paper assesses the medical experiences guardians of deaf or hard of hearing children have after their children are first diagnosed with a hearing loss within the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. Data collection used a mixed methods app...

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A Phenomenological Case Study of the School District of Palm Beach County's 2018-2020 Professional Development Certification Program, Brad Daniel Johnson
Certifying teachers is a very important element within the educational process. Teacher certification is usually accomplished through undergraduate colleges of education. However, because many professionals change careers and want to become...

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Best Practices for Transformational Discipleship in North Dakota Assembly of God Churches, Jack Donald Jones III
The researcher constructed this project to discover best practices for transformational discipleship in the local church. The researcher provided the theological and biblical framework for transformational discipleship from Romans 12, explo...