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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Effective Discipline Methods, John George Hayes
School systems have the main responsibility of educating students, and to help achieve this goal, schools need standards of behavior that promote safety, order, and discipline methods to address unacceptable behavior. This paper set out to ...

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The Need to Equip Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Church Planters for Spiritual Warfare, David John Heinrich
The goal of this research project was to address the need for spiritual warfare training and equipping for church planters to be more efficient in mission within the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) movement. The research...

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The Contributions of Spiritual Formation Questions to Redeeming the Shadow Side of Pastoral Identity, Natalie Hendrickson
There is a well-documented problem of shadow side issues, hidden sin or dysfunction, derailing many pastoral leaders and devastating families, congregations, and whole communities. In response to this problem, this Doctor of Ministry thesis...

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Connections Between Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Gang Affiliated Youth: How Educators Can Play a Role in Prevention, Meghan K. Herlofsky
This paper identifies the risk factors shared by students who receive special education services under the category of emotional and behavioral disorders and gang affiliated youth. It also recognizes the role an educator can play in the ide...

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Adverse Childhood Experiences: the Impact of Toxic Stress and Complex Trauma on the Developing Child, Rebecca J. Holman
Adverse childhood experiences have been found to increase the likelihood of immediate and long-term negative impacts on children. Adverse childhood experiences are complex traumatic events that can produce a powerful stress response in a ch...

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The Effects of Poverty Academically and Behaviorally on Students in Urban Communities, William Kyle Holmes
One of the biggest travesties that is present globally across all nations is poverty. Despite being the wealthiest country in the world, “in 2015 there were 43.1 million people in poverty.” (Proctor, Bernadette D. 2015). Additionally, milli...

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Key Components in the Financial Literacy of College Students, Michel B. Humphrey
There appears to be a severe lack of financial literacy education for young people today. This problem is compounded by the increasing complexity of adult’s financial lives. This is a literature review to analyze current design of financial...

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Finding the Gold Standard Intervention for Social Skills Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Molly Delia Hunholz
This literature review focuses on finding research supported techniques to teach social skills to students with autism and to compare each curriculum in terms of generalization of skills, acquisition of new skills, ease of parent use, and s...

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

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Teacher Practices and Behaviors That Increase Student Achievement When Implementing 1:1 Technology in the Classroom, Jared P. Jacobs
This paper examines the research related to the impact of 1:1 technology initiatives on student achievement. There are studies that show students using 1:1 technology have improved test scores in a variety of subjects, and there is literatu...

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

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How Effective General Education Management Strategies and Awareness of Cultural Environment Could Decrease the Need for Initial Special Education Services, Jennafer Roxas Jechorek
During my time as a federal setting III EBD teacher in a self-contained elementary-aged program, there have been two critical elements in this field that have provided me the passion to tackle this topic of effective classroom management st...

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The Benefits of Unstructured Time for Students With Special Education Needs, Maggie P. Jensen/Kregness
This research was completed with the goal of contributing to the discussion of unstructured time in the school day. Specifically, it looked at the question; what are the benefits of unstructured time for students with special education need...

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Prevention and Education of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Within Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Adolescents, Kalie S. Johnson and Hayden Middleton
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are becoming an increasingly significant issue faced by high school adolescents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adolescents 15 to 21 years of age ...

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

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How the Increase of Students With Autism Has Impacted the General Education Classroom, Jennifer Elaine Jonland
There has been a significant increase of students with autism in the general education classroom over the past few years. The education system is moving towards inclusion based of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), which ...

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Literacy Support Through Visual Art for English Language Learners, Claire E. Kiewel
There are many academic, emotional, and social benefits that Visual arts curriculum has on K-12 students. Among those students, English Language Learners (ELL) have very specific language needs that may prevent them from being able to stay ...

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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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Attitudes Towards Vaccinations in the Minnesota Slavic Community, Maksim Kozak, Hannah Margaret Roy, and Rachel Van Heest
The incidence of vaccine preventable illnesses is increasing in the United States. Negative attitudes towards vaccinations, or vaccine hesitancy is fueling the decreasing vaccination rates. Ascertaining the level of vaccine hesitancy in sus...

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Unrecognized Talent: Guiding Secondary Students with Autism Towards Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Torry Robert Kraftson
Individuals with Autism have strengths and abilities that are often overlooked in light of their disability. With strengths in the area of systemizing, individuals with autism have the opportunity to excel in educational and career opportun...

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An Application of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions in a High School Special Education Program, Jesse David Kwakenat
By examining the foundational concepts of learned helplessness, motivation, and a child’s self-perception of control, this thesis examines why students who appear to lack motivation or self-regulation behave in the manner in which they do, ...

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The Pros and Cons of Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Mainstream Classroom, Benjamin Kwofie
General education placement are believed to offer innumerable benefits for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, decisions about including students with ASD remain controversial. This thesis highlights the benefits and chal...

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Poverty and Special Education: Disproportionality and Unmet Student Needs, Andrea Crystal Lahti
In recent years, policy concerns have regarded over-representation of minority students in special education as a problem in schools across the United States. While over-representation may be an issue for some racial groups, there is a lurk...

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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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Parental Involvement Within The Special Education System, Lauren E. Lehman
Parental involvement of children with special needs in schools and the IEP process have both been a topic of interest for decades. Research shows that parental involvement produces a number of benefits for children. However, studies have al...

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Factors Contributing to Physician Assistant Burnout, Sarah F. Leonard, Tiffany J. Mellang, and Connor Sacks
Workplace burnout is known to be extremely prevalent among employees in the medical professions. For other health care professions such as physicians or nurses there is a plethora of existing literature on workplace burnout, but there is a ...

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

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The Best Ways to Increase Reading Comprehension Skills for Middle School English Language Learners, Taylor J. Lindeman
This paper inspects the role of storyboards and graphic organizers, vocabulary, cultural relevancy/responsiveness, reading fluency and reading engagement, as each relates to reading comprehension growth in middle school English Language Lea...

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The Art of Reading, Laura Rose Lindquist
The product of this literature review with application emphasis is an Art of Reading class which addresses reading comprehension and the role that art teachers can play in contributing to achievement. The class is based on research findings...

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

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

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A Review of Choice and Preference Interventions and Their Impact on Students With Disabilities, Corinne Marie Lozinski
This empirical research literature review was conducted in order to better understand the effects that students' choice and preference have on increasing academic performance rates and decreasing disruptive behaviors within classroom and re...

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An Evaluation of Co-teaching Models and Best Practices to Meet the Needs of Providing Equitable Educational Opportunities for English Language Learners, Sophie M. Ly
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate and evaluate best practices in a co-teaching setting between two licensed educators, one being the content teacher and the other an English Language Learner (ELL) specialist. The focus is on main...

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Benefits of Art as Therapy in a K-5 Inclusive Classroom, Kristina K. Makousky
The present literature review is guided by the question: What benefits would the inclusion of art as therapy techniques in a k-5 classroom setting bring to all students, regardless of their mental health status, including students who are t...

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Positive School Culture: Facilitating Changes to Cultivate Learning and Change Perceptions, Melinda J. Mallinger
There are a variety of things to consider when facilitating changes to a school culture. First of all, it is important to understand the differences and nuances between school culture and climate. It is also imperative to understand the rol...

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Effects of Palliative Care on Quality of Life for People With Dementia and Their Informal Caregivers, Sara S. Martin
Background: Dementia is a leading cause of debility and dependence and its incidence is increasing exponentially as the global population ages. Despite the terminal nature of dementia, the end-of-life process is often poorly recognized due ...

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Effective Learning and Behavioral Strategies and Supports for Low Functioning Students with Autism, Brennan O'Brien McKeag
This thesis set out to research current literature and research regarding various aspects of working with low functioning students with autism. It contains information regarding learning styles for typically functioning students, as well as...

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

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Social Emotional and Cognitive Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy for Students With Disabilities, Rochelle Danielle Molde
Research has shown that incorporating the use of a therapy dog in a school setting can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, promote positive social interactions among peers, boost confidence, and increase motivation for learning...

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Unity in Diversity: an Intentional Plan to Move from Inclusion to Belonging to Becoming, Brian R. Mowrey
The goal of this thesis project was to develop an intentional plan to embrace and celebrate unity in diversity at Walnut Hill Community Church. The church enjoyed diversity in race, ethnicity, age and ability but had no plan to embrace and ...

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy a Treatment for Postpartum Depression, Lindsay Anne Nelson
Background/Purpose:The purpose of this paper is to critically analyze the literature in order to determine whether or not cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective intervention in the prevention and/or treatment of postpartum depression....

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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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How Flipped Classrooms Impact K-12 Student Achievement: Flipping a Middle School Geography Classroom, Jenna Norman
The purpose of this thesis is to apply knowledge gained from reviewing the literature on flipped classrooms to a middle school geography unit. The history of the flipped classroom model, varying models of flipped classrooms, the need for fl...

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Addressing the Need for Greater Social Competence of Lutheran Brethren Seminary Students Entering Pastoral Ministry, Nathan G. Oldenkamp
This study employed an interview process with pastors and leaders in a small Lutheran denomination to investigate the relationship between social competence and pastoral development. The study data was then evaluated alongside other researc...

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Elevated Anxiety in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Implications of Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapies as an Effective Treatment Plan, Nichole L. Olsen
As educators, we have seen Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety levels, mental health issues, and explosive behaviors rise in the general education population as well as the special education population in the last five years. The need f...

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Physical Activity and Academic Achievement in Students With Disabilities, Kirsten M. Olson
This literature review examines studies that investigated and evaluated the relationship between physical activity and academic achievement in students with disabilities. Research was found and reviewed that used school-aged participants, e...

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Summer Learning Loss and Summer Programming: How to Build a Cohesive Mathematics Education, Jill Osborne
Students across the world are learning at an incredible rate. By the end of each academic school year, most students have amassed a large amount of knowledge. But what happens to that knowledge over the summer? Research shows that most stud...

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The Impact of Religious Beliefs of Medical Practitioners on the Prescribing of Contraceptives, Ashley M. Overby and Kayla Westling
For centuries, the use of artificial birth control has been a highly debated topic across different religions and this debate continues to remain strong today. Living in a country made up of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs, religio...

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Obesity and Eating Disorders Prevention Programs: Effects on Adolescents and Young Adults With Weight Related Conditions, Jean Marie Parsons
Background: With implementation of healthy weight education programs throughout schools, questions have been raised whether a preoccupation with obesity prevention contributes to an increase in the incidence of eating disorders. The purpose...

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

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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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Positive Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline for Students in Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Megan Elaine Radmer
Schools across the country are utilizing exclusionary discipline (ED) at an alarming rate. Exclusionary discipline is suspension, expulsion, and other disciplinary actions leading to a student’s removal from the typical educational setting....

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

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

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Behavioral and Academic Strategies for Students With EBD, Natalie A. Renalls
This thesis discusses a variety of behavioral and academic strategies for special education and general education teachers to help support students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). The literature review covers the behavioral a...

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

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

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What's My Motivation? Teaching Strategies for Fostering Student Perseverance in the Classroom, Adam R. Satterlie
Motivation is a hot topic in education. It is not uncommon for many students give up when challenges arise, while others rise to the occasion to overcome challenges. This literature review addresses many studies showcasing the benefits of a...

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The Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes of Utilizing Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia, Joy L. Sayler
Background: Inhaled nitrous oxide has been used in many developing countries for labor analgesia but fell out of practice in the United States over the past 40 years. Recently it has been reintroduced into practice in the U.S. Purpose: The ...

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The Impact of Social Skills Instruction With an Emphasis on Mindfulness Among Stduents With Emotional Behavior Disorders: Does Training in Social Skills and Mindfulness Reduce Suspension Rates and Increase Positive Behavior in Students With EBD?, Tyler James Schmidt
Children labeled with Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD), as defined by the educational system, have behavioral factors that impact their educational success in school. Research suggests that social skills instruction, mindfulness training, ...

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Beyond the Carrot: Strategies to Increase Reading Motivation in Students from Low Income Schools, Brenna D. Schueller
This thesis investigates the role that motivation has on reading amongst students in low income schools. Research regarding specific strategies to engage learners from low income schools shows that using a wide variety of higher-order think...

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

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Effective Inclusion Practices for the Academic and Social Success of Students With Intellectual Disabilities, Caitlin J. Siems
This paper includes a comprehensive literature review of the research and best practice implications for providing effective inclusion in the general education setting to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Similarly, it reviews the...

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The Power of Play on Academic and Social Learning, Brianna Sorlien
Play is among the most vital components in elementary student’s prosperity, wellbeing and improvement academically and socially. It is a characteristic and instinctual behaviour which should be encouraged during childhood. Some articles ind...

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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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Fivefold Ministry: an Expressional Church Model for Releasing 21st-century Disciples Into Their Missional Potential and Design, Nick Francis Stephens
Making disciples is the mission of the church. However, the task of equipping and releasing disciples has become progressively complex with the increased access to information and influence shaped by popular leadership content. This has res...

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Teen Car Control Courses: Impact to Develop Safer Drivers?, Jaime (Wayne) W. Street
Background: Since the dawn of the automobile, crashes have resulted in significant morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, in our modern era the novice teen driver population suffers the most. In an attempt to decrease crashes, government o...

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Assessment of Nurses' Knowledge of Tools and Implementation of Interventions to Prevent Intensive Care Unit Delirium, Gertrude Brown Thomas
Background: Intensive Care Unit (ICU) acquired delirium is a significant practice issue for nurses. Delirium in ICU patients can be perceived inaccurately by nurses as an expected part of patients’ ICU stay. Increased morbidity and mortalit...

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Evidence Based Reading Strategies for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Mackenzie Thompson
The intended purpose of this paper is to examine successful literacy strategies for students with learning disabilities and to also determine how to scaffold literacy instruction to meet the needs of all learners, whether in the general edu...

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

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The Impact of Financial Education on High School Students' Current and Future Financial Behaviors, Deidra M. Van lith
Financial literacy is an essential skill, necessary to lead a prosperous life. This paper explores the impact of financial education on high school students' current and future financial behaviors focusing on the history of financial litera...

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

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

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Palatable and Profitable: Making the Sermon More Useful as a Catalyst for Millennials' Spiritual Growth, Frank E. Weller
The problem this project addressed is the limitation of the sermon as a catalyst for spiritual growth in Millennials due to the static nature of the sermon as a means for communicating the gospel and the significant differences in the Mille...

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Supports in Higher Education for Students With Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Disabilities-a History and Summarization on the Experience of Students, the Effectiveness of Present Accommodation, and Areas of Future Growth., Hannah M. White-McGinn
According to the National Center for Special Education, there has been an increase in the past few decades in the amount of students with dyslexia who have enrolled in higher education programs.This includes two year, four year, and technic...

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Barriers to Effective Technology Adoption and Integration, Tyler Wiegert
This study reviews the available literature to identify the barriers to technology adoption, which encompasses professional, efficiency-driven uses of technology by teachers and students, and to technology integration, which encompasses ped...

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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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Teacher’s Block: Embracing the Challenge of Improving Students’ Writing, Neil Witzig
This paper will explain the overall trend of worsening writing abilities in the past twenty years of education. The purpose of the paper is to analyze this downward trend, examine different methodologies for teaching writing, and propose so...

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

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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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Effectiveness of Project-based Learning as an Instructional Method in Middle and High School Education, Charise Aeikens
Based on the theoretical framework of experiential learning, this thesis focused on whether project-based learning (PBL) is an effective instructional method for middle and high school education. This review of the literature examined the d...

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A Model for Small Church Leadership to Support their Minister’s Self-Care, Jeremy Allard
The complexity of vocational ministry is difficult to manage and maintain. Balancing the complex nature of the church, relationships, family life, spiritual and personal life provides the minister with a struggle that rarely ceases. Pursuin...

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Faith Community Nurses' Impact on Family Caregivers, Lori R. Anderson
Title: What are the most compelling ways that faith community nurses support family caregivers? Background: The need for family caregivers will rise exponentially in the United States in the coming decades as older adults live longer lives ...

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Non-Pharmacologic Measures to Prevent and Treat Gestational Diabetes, Dikshya Aryal
Background: Gestational Diabetes (GDM) can have adverse effects on the health of both mother and baby during pregnancy and for a lifetime thereafter. While insulin is the mainstay of treatment, metformin and glyburide may be considered as a...

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Degree of Knowledge, Potential Barriers, and Reasons for Finding Out About Genetic Testing, Lisa Ann Atkinson, Drew Alexander Holm, and Michael Jacob
Genetic testing is a resource that continues to evolve and change the world of medicine. The availability of such testing has created opportunities for many to better understand and take control of their health. However, studies show that t...

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Patient Understanding of the Physician Assistant Profession Across Age Groups, Amber Baumann and Galen Hilgendorf
The demand for healthcare providers such as Physician Assistants is ever increasing with the growing and aging United States population. The number of Physician Assistant education programs as well as practicing Physician Assistants is grow...

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What Is the Cause for the Suspension Disparity Between Caucasians and Students of Color, Pamela Marie Beatty
The purpose of this research is to showcase the ineffectiveness of suspension upon students and to illustrate the disparity in the use of suspension and expulsion towards African American students when compared to their peers. Studies show ...

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Patient Satisfaction with Physician Assistants in Family Practice, Megan A. Bendix and Mariah Eystad
Introduction: The nation is experiencing an expanding, aging population. As the nation faces an imminent physician shortage, physician assistants (PAs) will be utilized in practice to a greater extent. Maintaining patient satisfaction is im...

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Sports Specialization and Injury Prevalence, Jacob P. Berwyn and Jordan Lee Reiner
This retrospective study examines musculoskeletal injury prevalence rates among high school athletes. Specifically, it examines if there is a higher injury prevalence amongst single sport athletes compared to multi-sport high school athlete...

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A Review of Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hannah A. Betz
This literature review with application thesis explores the prevalence of anxiety in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and dives into differentiating anxiety symptoms from ASD symptoms and provides tools for teachers to help red...

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Trauma Sensitive Schools, Maria Bowker
Recent research has shown that an astounding number of children have faced adverse childhood experiences. Due to this fact, many of the students sitting in American classrooms have traumatic backgrounds that can cause a variety of side effe...

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

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

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The Impact of Prescription Medication Use and Misuse on Students in K-12 Schools, Benton C. Cady
This paper will examine students and their use of prescription medications when administered to students at school. The law requires that schools follow policies in regards to the distribution of drugs in school. Guidelines have been create...

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Auditory Processing Deficits in Students With Autism and Research-based Instructional Strategies, Jamie Carpenter
The ability to accurately process and interpret auditory information, for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or ‘ASD’, is often difficult. Here we review behavioral, neurophysiological and imaging literature pertaining to this field ...

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Technology in the Second Language Classroom, Sylvie Carrier
This thesis explores the history and effectiveness of technological tools present in a second language classroom. Comparing research from the beginning of the 20th century to today’s research shows the progression and current use of technol...

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Midwife Provider Education and Screening Can Prevent and Decrease the Prevalence of Perinatal and Postpartum Depression: A Critical Review of the Literature, Suzanne M. Chatters
Background: Perinatal and postpartum depression (PPD) has a diagnosed prevalence of 10-20%. Experts theorize that up to 60% of women experiencing PPD do not seek help. Mental depression carries a negative stigma in western culture and medic...

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Dynamic Knee Hyperextension Screening as a Predictor of Acl Injury Potential in Competitive High School Soccer Players, Jon-Paul W. Ciszewski, David McGehee, and Jessica Schindler
Introduction: Young, active populations who play sports that include sudden cutting motions, are at heightened risk of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Female athletes with increased joint laxity and subsequent hyperextension...