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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Perceptions of Somali Parents Regarding the Impact of the Parent Academy Program on Their School Engagement Capacity, Abdisalam A. Adam
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of Somali parents about the Parent Academy program in Saint Paul Schools and whether it impacted their school engagement capacity. The research was a qualitative phenomenological ...

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Educator Support and Autonomy: Combating the Loss of Self-Efficacy Influencing Educators' Burnout, Chelsea L. Amell
Educator trauma-informed teaching practices in education systems are paving the way for schools to meet the needs of students who have experienced trauma and support students from experiencing secondary trauma. Furthermore, exploring the ef...

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Strategies to Teach Grit and Perseverance to Students with Special Needs Through the Growth Mindset, Melissa J. Anderson
Recently, there has been increased attention on the importance of non-cognitive skills in achieving academic success. Grit and The Growth Mindset are two of the characteristics. Research has established a positive correlation between Grit a...

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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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How Read Alouds Can Promote Higher-Level Thinking Skills in Students with Developmental Disabilities, Jennifer M. Bakken
This thesis consists of a literature review of research in the area of read alouds and how they can promote higher-thinking skills in students with developmental disabilities. Historically, read alouds have been used in early elementary sch...

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Physiology-Based Education for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Becca Barry, Cara Marie Gabriel, and Brenna Lynn Olson
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a multisystemic disease that affects more than 370 million people worldwide and costs the U.S. Healthcare System over $245 billion per year (Kahn et al., 2013; Powers et al., 2015). Current diabetes education serve...

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Classroom Management Strategies That Prolong On-Task Behaviors and Increase Success for Special Education Students with ADHD, Renee A. Barstow
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurological disorders among youth, leading to symptoms of impulsivity, inattention, and cognitive processing differences when compared to same-age typically developing peer...

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Parental Satisfaction With On-Campus and Off-Campus Learning in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Aaron Nelson Baumgartner
Research identifies several aspects of school climate and confirms the importance of parental satisfaction with school climate in terms of student learning. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has a highly competitive market for int...

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Impact of a Student’S Culture on Placement in Special Education, Anna Best
IDEA requires that schools address the disproportionate amount of minority students in Special Education. This literature review will summarize current research (2010 or later) on the evidence of disproportionality of minority students in S...

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Choosing Educational Strategies to Develop Social Studies Knowledge and Encourage Civic and Political Participation Among Students With Special Education Needs, Marc Louis Biermann
This research will address three questions: 1) To what extent do people with disabilities participate in the political process, 2) What do studies reveal about social studies education for students with disabilities, and 3) How can teachers...

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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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Effects of Recreational Marijuana Use in Adolescents, Yuliya Dzholos Bjorgan and Susana Jimenez
This community service project discusses short- and long-term effects of recreational marijuana use in adolescents, the most vulnerable audience to this psychoactive drug. According to the latest research, these effects include compromised ...

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Increasing Multilingual Parent Engagement: A Literature Review, Erin Elizabeth Boettcher
This literature review investigated the question: How can educators increase parental involvement for multilingual learners? The thesis identified barriers to involvement for parents of multilingual learners. It also discussed the importanc...

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Language Learning: Access and Equity, Ashley N. Bonsen
As humans evolve, so do their languages, cultures, and practices. In a world that is becoming increasingly connected and multilingual, access to language learning has never been more important. What remains open to question are modern perce...

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Disproportionality in Special Education: A Majority of Minority Students in Special Education, Sharon Hubbard Booth
Disproportionality in special education has been discussed, written about among scholars, authors, and has been debated in courts for over four decades. Minority groups that are most often referred to in this context are African Americans, ...

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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 Most Effective Transition Programming For Middle and High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Matthew Kjell Brunsvold
This thesis is a research project focusing on Transition Services for students with autism spectrum disabilities (ASD). Research was completed regarding evidence-based and effective transition practices. The findings were organized specific...

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Motivating Factors For Academic Dishonesty And Reoccurrence Prevention Of These Behaviors, Andrew Bryzgornia
Teachers often turn to assessments to measure a student’s learning in a class. The intent is for the student to complete this assessment by meeting the instructor’s requirements, but often they look for alternate means to aid in the assignm...

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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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An Investigation in the Mobilization of Syringe Exchange Programs, Gina K. Carter, Emma Kroll, Gina Rae McClanahan, and Rachel E. Rolf
Injection drug use along with the opioid epidemic have contributed to many problems facing communities locally and nationally. Preventative and harm reduction measures are important for individual and public health due to the adverse outcom...

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The “Most Important Asset”: An Exploratory Comparative Case Study of Factors Influencing Faculty Hiring and Faculty Composition at Two Small, Private Colleges in Iowa, Jamii Claiborne
The faculty composition in U.S. higher education has changed significantly over recent decades (AAUP, 2020; Hurlburt & McGarrah, 2016b; Schuster & Finkelstein, 2006). What was once a faculty model dominated by tenured and tenure-track facul...

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How to Effectively Support Students with Dyscalculia, Robin M. Conley
Dyscalculia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which makes it difficult for some individuals to automatically recognize numbers, estimate, perceive pictures, and order items and procedures correctly. It is similar to dyslexia, a common comor...

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Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Predicting Future Reading Success, Mindy Coulter-Glazier
This literature review examines teaching phonemic awareness skills and their importance in identifying students at risk. Phonemic awareness measures used at the beginning of kindergarten can help predict students' reading abilities at the e...

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Teaching Through a Polyvagal Lens: Using the Science of Safety to Co-Regulate in the Classroom, Anna Isolde Dahlen
According to Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, social responses to environments are mediated by the limbic system either by vagal input or vagal withdrawal (Mulkey & Du Plessis, 2019). The nervous system preconsciously perceives threats thr...

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How 9-12 Grade Students Find Success in Elective Courses in the United States, Laura Doberstein
Learning is social, emotional, and academic. Piecing together these elements in conjunction with applying scientific research based on these areas will help to ensure a basis for which students may be successful in the classes they choose t...

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Inclusion in the Modern-Day Classroom: Identification of Benefits, Reservations, and Methods of Implementation, Carley Anne Dyer
This thesis investigates some of the most apparent benefits of creating an inclusive classroom. Inclusion is a vital part of development for students with special education needs, but also directly benefits their general education peers and...

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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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Evidence-Based Interventions to Address Elopement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hailey Noelle Ek
Elopement is a concerning behavior among autistic children. This thesis focused on evidence-based strategies and interventions used to treat elopement for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Response blocking occurs immediately after a...

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Teacher Shortages and Student Learning, Julia M. Elliott
Staffing shortages have been a growing area of concern for school districts, which has driven research over the years. This literature review examined the effects that staffing shortages have on student learning and student achievement. Add...

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How Does Trauma Informed Teaching Impact Student Learning?, Keith Enstad
This literature review will explore the impact of a trauma-informed approach on students' ability to learn. The reader will learn about key terms and definitions that are used throughout the literature. The following literature review explo...

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The Influence of Differentiation: Student Engagement, Academic Achievement, Classroom Management and Barriers to Successful Implementation, Elise E. Erlandson
Differentiation is the instructional practice founded on the belief that every student deserves to receive the instruction that they need on an individual basis. When successfully implemented, it can positively influence student engagement,...

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Inclusion Strategies and Perspectives in Special Education, Meghan Filipek
This work drives to discover evidence related to the reasoning for varying perspectives in special education- specifically focusing on negative perspectives and what the reasoning is, and supportive strategies to make the shift to more posi...

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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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Education for Newly Diagnosed Sarcoma Patients: A Community Service Project, Jennifer Diane Gribble, Jaclyn R. Robles, and Taylor R. Schreier
Sarcoma is a rare neoplasm that may be found in any location in the body’s soft tissues or bone (NCCN, 2020). As with all cancer, early diagnosis is important. With sarcoma, there is increased urgency to obtain a proper diagnosis early on b...

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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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Trauma-Informed Practices and Students with Disabilities in Elementary School, Kimberly Jane Haney
Trauma-informed practices have become more utilized within the education setting, which has led to the need for teachers to be educated in these practices. Educators need to know how trauma impacts their students and appropriate interventio...

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Developing Scientific Literacy to Promote 21st-Century Skills in Students, Colleen R. Hanson
Scientific literacy and 21st-century skills are two skill sets that can equip students to handle the demands of the modern world. Scientific literacy is knowing the science content, understanding the methods and procedures scientists use, a...

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Use of Social Support to Decrease Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Collegiate Athletes with Time-Loss Injuries, Kaylee A. Hermansen and Jessie Juenemann
The mental aspects of an injury are what typically go unseen. Injuries often cause psychological distress among injured athletes such as depression and anxiety. Social support can assist in combating mental health distress associated with a...

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Successful Co-Teaching Models in the Secondary Setting, Alexandra L. Hermoza
Co-teaching is an educational practice that emerged in the early 1970’s with the creation of the IDEA act. In this inclusive teaching model, a special education and a general education teacher work together to share responsibilities of the ...

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The Importance of Teaching Middle School Social Studies in the United States, Ian Phillip Higgins
In the state of Minnesota, the standardized testing, known as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) test, does not have a requirement for social studies. Math, reading and sciences are all tested, but social studies is left to the wa...

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Trauma: How the Student Teacher Relationship Impacts Student Success, Eujeana Starr Hinkle
High behavioral and academic expectations are exceptionally challenging for students who have experienced trauma. With increasing numbers of students who have experienced significant trauma, it is essential that teachers create trauma-respo...

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ELL Mathematics: Best Practice and Methodology, Zach E. Holman
Math performance for ELL students continues to lag behind that of their native-speaking counterparts. While researching best practice when teaching ELL math, I found that many ELL students do not have equal opportunities when it comes to ma...

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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 Engagement of Students in Online Learning, Nathan Jacobson
Online education should include the engagement of students in as many ways as possible. Social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive engagements are the primary types of engagement that can be applied. This research was conducted firstly, t...

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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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The Effects of Trauma on Special Education Students Specifically Within Certain Disability Categories Such As Selective Mutism, Autism, and Other Health Disabilities, David R. Johnston
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been shown to have life-long consequences. The trail of trauma often associated with negative childhood experiences can impact students as they go through the developmental stages of adolescents all...

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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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How Secondary Art Teachers Can Develop 21st Century Skills of Creativity Through the Creative Process, Jason Kyle Kehrer
This literature review explores how secondary art teachers can develop 21st century skills of creativity through the creative process. Creativity is not easy to define. Many researchers and individuals define it differently or see creativit...

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The Impact of Terminal Doctoral Level Credentials on Physician Assistant/Associate and Physician Collaboration, Alicia Klein
Physician assistants/associates (PAs) are regarded as valuable members of the healthcare team and work in a team-based collaborative model with physicians. In recent years, there has been a debate regarding the most appropriate entry-level ...

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Differentiated Instruction: A Unit Planning Guide to Support Implementation, William H. Kornbaum
Classrooms today are filled with diversity in a plethora of spectrums. Students differ in ability, interests, learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and many other ways. In addition, teachers have been tasked with meeting the needs of all s...

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“Everybody Here is Like a Therapist": A Qualitative Case Study of School Based Mental Health Integration within a Multi-Tiered System of Support in one Urban Alternative High School, Adam B. Kunz
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the integration of a School Based Mental Health Program within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in an urban alternative high school. The eight participants of this study are membe...

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Diabetes and Hypertension Prevention in Vanuatu: A Community Service Project, Jasmin N. Lindberg, Abigail Marton, and Danielle M. Settle
Vanuatu is a country located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean that is east of Australia (Adams & Foster, 2020, para. 1). This community service project partnered with the health clinic at the Family Care Centre (FCC), located in Teouma Val...

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The Influence of Restorative Practice on School Climate, Kay E. Lister
The impact of restorative practices on school climate is affirmed as the fostering of teacher-student relationship impacts connection, empathy, and social skills. Bullying decreased, self-advocacy increased, and school communities became bo...

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Including LGBTQ Content in Health Care Education: Improving Provider Preparedness, Marta M. Little
Introduction: The LGBTQ community experiences significant disparities within health care. Lack of provider competence contributes to this, stemming from insufficient medical training. The purpose of this integrative review was to examine or...

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The Effects of Mindfulness Interventions to Enhance Educational Experiences and Sense of Well Being, Madeline Ruth Luoma
More recently than ever, teachers are witnessing an uptick in aggressive behaviors and emotional dysregulation and decreased academic engagement within their classroom walls. This can impact the learning environments of all students and hin...

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ASD Social Skills Development Using Immersive Virtual Environment Head-Mounted Display Interventions: A Review of Feasibility and Effectiveness, Kasey Lynn
This literature review determined the feasibility and effectiveness of Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) interventions to develop social skills for children with ASD. Data summarized 11 research ...

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The Female Autism Experience: A Literature Review, Megan Elizabeth Maas
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by communication challenges, difficulties in socialization, and the occurrence of restrictive, repetitive behaviors. Current data in the United States indicates that 1 in 44 children are diagn...

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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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The Impact of Technology Integration on Secondary Student Learning, Emma Lee Martin
In a world that is ever advancing in technology, we too must grow along with it. Technology has, especially in recent years, been integrated into education. It is a tool that provides a means to student learning. For many, the integration o...

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Gender Differences in High School Students’ Perceptions of Math and Science Identity, Self-Efficacy, and Utility, Lauren Mauel
This quantitative dissertation examined the differences between young men and women’s perceptions of mathematics and science identity, self-efficacy, and utility. There are gender norms and stereotypes that impact identity, self-efficacy, a...

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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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Teacher Burnout, Michelle L. Miller
Every year thousands of teachers across the world leave the classroom due to teacher burnout. Teacher burnout syndrome is the emotional and physical exhaustion originating from excessive job stress. Burnout originates from excessive workloa...

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Effective Feedback in the Secondary Writing Classroom, Lisa R. Murphy
Feedback in an educational context is an amazing tool to guide learners towards a goal. This literature review examines the beginning of feedback research, beginning with Thorndike’s Law of Effect in 1898 and moving into what researchers ar...

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A Cross Cultural Perspective of Parental Influence on Children’s Academic Success and Well-Being, Sarah R. Murray
This paper examines the correlation between parental involvement and student academic achievement through a multicultural lens, with a focus on eastern and western parenting. Parenting styles are proven to significantly influence academic a...

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Parent Advocacy in Special Education: Critical Principles and Action Steps, Amanda R. Musolino-Olson
Parent advocacy in special education is currently an expectation built into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process requires families and school personnel to wor...

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Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the Active Compression Test Compared to the Dynamic Labral Shear Test in Predicting SLAP Lesions in Female Overhead Athletes, Jenna Myers and Chloe A. Pruitt
Background: Superior Labral Anterior-Posterior (SLAP) lesions are a common shoulder injury in overhead athletes that can be difficult to evaluate clinically. With increasing participation in athletics, useful diagnostic tests are needed for...

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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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The Benefits of Co-Teaching Students with Special Education Needs in the General Education Classroom, Stephen R. Nelson
This research project has focused on co-teaching students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Co-teaching is synonymous with cooperative teaching and has been increasing in school districts across the United States and int...

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Perceptions of Elementary Classroom Teachers Using MoveMindfully®: Understanding Teacher Well-being and Teacher Efficacy, Jeff LeVern Nepsund
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to understand the perceptions of elementary school teachers who have used MoveMindfully® regarding their personal social emotional well-being and efficacy in meeting the needs of their stud...

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Understanding How Higher Education Leaders Manage Their Personal Self in a Changing Environment, Brittany Kay Nielsen
This research looked at how higher education leaders identified and managed their emotions in times of institutional change. Interviews were conducted with higher education leaders who were above the level of director and were not chancello...

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Parent Experience in Preschool Special Education Classroom Setting Decisions, Kaia Kathryn Nordtvedt
Early childhood is a crucial time in a child's development and is often the entry point for a child experiencing developmental delays in the special education process. Parents play an essential role in the special education process as the c...

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Social Emotional Learning, Bryan Kilbourne Norman
The COVID-19 pandemic declared in March of 2020 disrupted the landscape of education and presented students and teachers with unforeseen impacts and obstacles. Notably, negative social and emotional issues arose as these changes drove stude...

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Facing the Teacher Shortage of America, Cheryl L. Novine
With the nationwide shortage of teachers and the decrease in those entering the field of teaching, school districts are suffering the impact and ultimately students will be impacted as well. In one way or another, those impacted by the qual...

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The Effects of Poverty on Students' Mental Well-Being, Esther P. Nyagwencha-Nyamweya
Poverty is a global problem that has impacted the mental well-being of students. Research shows that in the US, one out of five children under the age of 18 live in poverty. This literature review sought to determine the effects of poverty ...

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A Choice Based Art Classroom with the Application of the Multiple Intelligence Theory and the Impact at the Elementary Level, Kelly Nyhammer
This literature review was guided by the research question, “How can the application of the multiple intelligence theory impact a choice based art classroom at the elementary level?” Data collected from this research found increased in stud...

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Best Practices for Elementary Reading Interventions, Kathleen E. Owen
Literacy skills are essential for success in school, work, and social life. In spite of years of research and reform, there is still an alarming rate of illiteracy in America today. This literature review, with application emphasis thesis, ...

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School-Based Health Centers and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students, Jena Parker
School-based health centers (SBHCs) improve health equity by increasing access to primary care and eliminating many barriers that underserved students often face. Convenience, confidentiality, and cost are just some of the benefits of this ...

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Teacher Perceptions and Attitude of Differentiated Instruction, Anu Pazhayannur
A classroom comprises of students who are learning at grade level, below grade level and some who find grade-level curriculum not challenging enough. Teachers who are planning and executing lesson plans that view the classroom as one entity...

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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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The Role of Inclusion in Creating a Positive Learning Experience and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Jacob Rath
This paper reviews the current research regarding the inclusion of students with special education services in the general education setting and what steps would be necessary to effectively implement more inclusive approaches in schools tod...

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Effects of Inquiry-Based Learning on Science Students, Aaron N. Rau
Inquiry-based learning is growing in popularity with educators seeking student-centric teaching methods. As with any method of instruction, evaluating the efficacy of the practice is essential. Through an extensive literature review, the da...

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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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The Characteristics of Successful Charter Schools, Justin E. Robb
This literature review examines what characteristics make successful charter schools. Charter schools have been expanding throughout the United States for the last 20 years and this paper looks at the different factors that contribute to su...

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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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The Relationship Between the Implementation of Response to Intervention and Students’ Achievement on Eighth Grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Ann Marie Rooney
The purpose of this research study was to determine if there is a relationship between the implementation phase of Response to Intervention (RTI), an academic multi-tiered system of support, and eighth grade students’ mathematics, reading, ...

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Supporting Educators in Implementing Alternative Instructional Strategies, Tobie C. Sanvick
Educators need support offered to successfully implement alternative instructional strategies, like project-based learning, cooperative learning, and inquiry-based learning. This literature review points to six supports to overcome the chal...

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Benefits, Barriers, and Supports in Sports and Activities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Stephanie O'Neal Sauer
This literature review examines the benefits of inclusion in sports and activities for those with intellectual disabilities, the barriers that exist that inhibit or prohibit the inclusion, and the supports that can be implemented to establi...

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Food Waste In Schools, Aimee Beth Schaefer Kueppers
This literature review examined the history of the National School Lunch Program from its inception to now. Ongoing questions and concerns related to food waste from school lunches have been explored by many researchers to understand its ef...