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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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How Do Middle School Core Content Area Teachers in a Title 1 School Use Cooperative Learning in the Context of High Accountability for Student Proficiency: A Multiple Case Study, Martha Cunigan-Wells

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Elementary Principals’ Perspectives on Newly Graduated General Education Teachers’ Abilities to Teach Students with Disabilities in Inclusion Classrooms, Darla Jane England

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The Impact of Mentoring on the Self-Perceived Personal and Professional Success Of African American Women Graduates of a Midwestern University, Deveta R. Gardner

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A Phenomenological Study of University Faculty Experiences with Disruptive Undergraduate Students in a Face-to-Face Classroom or Laboratory Setting, Anne Marie Gillespie

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From National Standards to Classrooms: A Case Study of Middle Level Teachers’ Assessment Knowledge and Practice, Susan Lynn Gutierrez

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Black Male Graduates’ Reflections on their College Experiences at a Private, Faith-Based, Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education, Kimberly Hayworth

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Connecting the Disciplinary Dots: Faculty Attitudes Toward the Professionalization of Web Development, Kathleen Mary Kalata

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District Mandated Changes in Technology and Inquiry-Based Instruction, Mulonge Musa Kalumbula

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An Examination of How Feminist Perspectives and Generational Differences lnfluence the Leadership Practices of Women Administrators in Higher Education, Marlene Kowalski-Braun

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Tatweer School Principals' Perceptions of New Authorities Grantedin the lnitial Steps of Decentralization, Salah Salih Meemar

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From Altruism to Investment: Venture Philanthropy and its Impact on Shared Governance at Liberal Arts Colleges, Joshua D. Merchant

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Perceptions of General Education Deans and Department Chairs of their Colleges as Learning Organizations, May Charmayne Mulligan

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Formation of Successful Partnerships between Rural Community College Workforce Development Offices and Businesses: Motivation, Social Capitaland Communication, Ryan Nausieda

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The Logistics of Implementing a Field-Based Comprehensive School Reform Initiative, Dawn E. Reeves

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The Experiences of Latina/o Executives in Higher Education, Leonard A. Savala III

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A Phenomenological Study into How Students Experience and Understand the University Presidency, Kahler B. Schuemann

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Teachers' Making Meaning of Reduced Class Sizes: A Phenomenology, Brenda Ludy Snow

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The Influence of Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning on Teachers’ Knowledge and Change of Instructional Practices in Low Performing Schools, Christen Conklin Topolinski

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Implementation of a Modified Reading Program in an Urban High School Setting, Ann Vayre

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A Comparison of Charter Public and Traditional Public School Principals: Who They Are and How They Function, Jared R. Vickers

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Principal-Teacher’s Decision-Making Power Relationship: A National Study Based on Sass 2003-04 Data, Jiangang Xia

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Cultural Adaptations of American Teachers in International Schools, David J. Alban

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Committed Seventh-Day Adventist Students at Secular Institutions of Higher Education, LaShonda R. Anthony

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Measuring Performance Excellence: Key Performance Indicators for Institutions Accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), Paul J. Ballard

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Effective Leadership Behaviors: How One Principal Made Sense of and Integrated Research-Based Behaviors Into His Daily Practice, Heidi Ann Beidinger-Burnett

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Anxiety-Reducing Strategies in the Classroom, Robin K. Buchler

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The Impact of Institutional Culture on Student Activism: A Multi-Case Study in Christian Higher Education, Brian E. Cole

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How Schools are Meeting State Legal Mandates to Provide Online Education, Mark Edward Deschaine

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Collaboration between Grant-Making Organizations, Evaluators, And Program Staff Related to Standardized Evaluation Requirements, Kristin M. Everett

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Veteran Teachers and Novice Coaches: A Case Study of Content Focused Coaching in Three Persistently Failing Midwestern Middle Schools, Brian E. Gamm

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Principal Leardership Behaviors Which Teachers at Different Career Stages Perceive as Affecting Job Satisfaction, Valari Hill

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A Comparative Study of Exact Versus Propensity Matching Techniques Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Mukaria J. J. Itang'ata

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From Script to Screen to Syllabus: The Path to Curriculum Design for Undergraduate Film Production Programs, Peter J. Muir

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The Process of How Teachers Become Teacher Leaders and How Teacher Leadership Becomes Distributed Within a School: A Grounded Theory Research Study, Steven J. Sanocki

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A Phenomenological Exploration of Superintendents’ and Principals’ Experiences in a Shared Professional Development Process, John R. Severson

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Pathways to Cyber Bullying from Bystander to Participant: Secondary School Students’ Perspectives, Michele L. Siderman

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Student Thoughts and Perceptions on Curriculum Reform, Douglas D. VanderJagt

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Psychosocial Development of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education, Kathleen M. VanderVeen

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Making Grades Matter: Connections Between Teacher Grading Practices and Attention to State Assessment, Gregory D. Warsen

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Single Case Research Designs: An Effective and Efficient Methodology for Applied Aviation Research, Geoffrey R. Whitehurst

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The Voices of Higher Education Service-Learning Directors: A Qualitative Inductive Analysis, Kelsey Woodard

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Teaching and Understanding the Concept of Critical Thinking Skills Within Michigan Accredited Associate Degree Dental Hygeine Programs, Kimberly S. Beistle

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"Sí Se Puede" Latino Students Can Succeed in School: A Success Case Method Study, Manuel J. Brenes

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Student Success: An Investigation of the Role the Pre-Admission Variables of Academic Preparation, Personal Attributes, and Demographic Characteristics Contribute in Predicting Graduation, Lianne Briggs

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Predictors of Academic Success for Optometry Students, Robert S. Buckingham

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A Study of the Effects of Charter Schools on Achievement, Attendance and Selected Mitigating Factors in a Midwestern State’s Small Urban School Districts, Frederick C. Clarke

Higher Education Leadership in American Geography: Restrospect and Prospect, Michael S. DeVivo

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Accelerated Degree Completion Programs: The Effects of Core Professors in Nontraditional Higher Education, Dale Frederick Gadd

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A Study of Support Services and their Relationship with School Effectiveness in American Public Schools: Findings from the School and Staffing Survey (SASS) 2007-2008, Diane J. Gibbs

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From Crisis to Stability: A Case Study of Presidential Leadership at a Christian College, Jeffrey Gill

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Female Head Athletic Trainers in NCAA Division I (IA Football) Athletics: How They Made it to the Top, JoAnne Gorant

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The Role of Focus Group Venue: A Comparative Study of Face-to-Face, Telephone, and Internet Video-Based Venues, June E. Gothberg

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A Comparison of High School Teachers' Perceptions in a Large Metropolitan Midwestern County Across Six Different Dimensions Associated with Professional Learning Communities, Larry D. Gray II

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Permissive Disclosure: What Information are Post-Secondary Institutions Disclosing and Why?, Christine Glah Greer

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Through the Eyes of Higher Education Attorneys: How Department Chairs are Navigating the Waters of Legal Issues and Risk Management, Carol L.J. Hustoles

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Characteristics of Public Alternative High Schools Specifically for Students Placed At-Risk: A National Study Using the 2003-04 and 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey, Masashi Izumi

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Design in Evaluation: Adequacy and Validity of Health Evaluation in the Context of Developing Countries, Julien Kouamé

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Examining the Research Designs and Analytical Techniques in Athletic Training from 2005-2010, Monica R. Lininger

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Experiences of Suburban and Rural High School Principals Who Have Attained Longevity in the Position: A Qualitative Study, Peggy A. Mathis

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The Perception of Adult Learners Concerning their Satisfaction of Their Educational Experiences in a Midwestern Community College, Constance L. McCallum

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Traveling with a Purpose: Stories of Contradiction and Transformation in International Service-Learning, Rebecca A. McNamara

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Teachers' Sense of Professional Practices as a Result of Mentoring, Leadriane L. Roby

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Overcoming Non-Academic Issues to Gain Admission into Competitive Entry College Majors: The Power of Positive Psychological Development, Stephen J. Snyder

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An Inquiry Approach to Reading Instruction: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Instruction and Motivation, Tammy Turri-Scodeller

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Value of U.S. Higher Education for International Students in the Context of Higher Education Internationalization, Ewa L. Urban

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Establishment and Maintenance of Academic Optimism in Michigan Elementary Schools: Academic Emphasis, Faculty Trust of Students and Parents, Collective Efficacy, Jill Van Hof

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Instructional Practices of Michigan Community College Math Instructors: The Search for a KAP Gap in Collegiate Math, Maria Haverhals Andersen

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Invariance in the Factor Structure of Translated Instruments: Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis and MIMIC Models, Fatma Ayyad

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The Impact of the Head Start Parent Teacher Partnership on Home Based Mathematical Interventions Provided by Single Rural Head Start Mothers, Curtiss J. Babcock

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The Impact of Leadership Training on Collegiate Student Athletes, Jerry Bergsma

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Bayesian Item Response Theory: Statistical Inference and Power Analysis, Jason W. Bodnar

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Children‘s Protagonism at the Centro Cultural Da Criança: A Case Study, Claudia Protasio Ceccon

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A Study on Becoming an Alternatively Certified Career and Technical Educator, Kymberli Cotton-Flanagan

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Transgender People on University Campuses: A Policy Discourse Analysis, Doris Andrea Dirks

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How Politics, Economics, and Technology Influence Evaluation Requirements for Federally Funded Projects: A Historical Study of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1965 to 2005, Maxine R. Eversley-Gilling

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Teachers and Their Struggle with Personal Satisfaction as Young Mothers, Katherine Homer

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The Role of Experiential Learning in Nurturing Management Competenciesin Hospitality and Tourism Management Students: Perceptions from Students, Facultyand Industry Professionals, Kristen Jack

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Daily Practices Elementary Principals Utilize to Increase Student ReadingAchievement: A Case Study of Successful Michigan Elementary Schools, Susan L. Johnson

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Differentiated Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Analysis of the Level of Implementation and Factors that Influence Practice, Duane Kiley

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Comparisons of Three Analytical Techniques for Measuring Absolute and Relative Temperature Changes During Ultrasound Treatment, Michael G. Miller

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A Case Study of How Students Enrolled in CTE Programs and Faculty Understand and Assess the Implications of Globalization on Career Preparation, Mohammad A. Moradi

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Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area Classroom:Teacher Attitudes and Predictors, Sara L. Norton-Ejnik

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White Male College Students: An Examination of Identity Development, Masculinity, and Institutional Connections, Randy Ott

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African American Male Teachers in K-12 Education: A Limited Quantity, Kelley A. Peatross

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A Qualitative Study of Instructional Strategies Used by Elementary General Education Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms, Kristen Peterson

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African American Students’ Experiences, Achievement and Outcomes; Examined through the Lenses of Teacher Expectations, Racial Congruence and Stereotype Threat, Carla Postell

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Voices of Parolees Who Have Chosen a Community College Element within a Reentry Program, Kristi S. Potts

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Learning Organization Principles: The Impact on a Midwest State Government as Perceived by Its Employees, Rosalee Billingslea Rush

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Highly Qualified Public School Teacher: Its Status, Distribution, Determinants, and Relationship with Job Commitment and Job Satisfaction, Samuel Striker

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Understanding the Career Paths and Experiences of Division I-A Athletic Directors: A Phenomenological Study, Harold Thomas Swift

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Generalization or Specialization in High School Based Health Careers Transition Programs: What Is the Impact on the Health Care Work Force Shortage?, James Wm. Taylor

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A National Study of Parental Involvement: Its Trends, Status and Effects on School Success, Alandra Washington

Professional Development Experiences of Indiana K-12 Public School Teachers: Evidence from the SASS 2007-2008, Patrick David Weil

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Study Abroad Program Design, Personal Development and Intercultural Effectiveness, Margaret Davis Wiedenhoeft

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Administrator Perspectives of Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities for Michigan High School Students, Carl Wozniak

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Advanced Placement Courses and College Student Success: Evidence from BPS: 96/01, Jinhai Zhang