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Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Phenomenology of the Bachelor of Science in HVAC Engineering Technology from Ferris State University, Michael Feutz

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An Examination of the Leadership Practices of Effective Rural Superintendents: A Multiple Case Study, Mark Forner

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Opt Out: Women with Children Leaving Mid-Level Student Affairs Positions, Dana Hebreard

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Principal Leadership and School Effectiveness: Perspectives from Principals and Teachers, Robert Herrera

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Perceived Levels of Nurse Educators' Attainment of NLN Core Competencies, Julie Kinney Higbie

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Curriculum Coherence: A Comparative Analysis of Elementary Science Content Standards in People's Republic of China and the USA, Fang Huang

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Determining Characteristics that Increase Success on the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam, Karen Kain

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Direct Care Workers Perceptions and Practices Related to Quality of Life in Long Term Care, Karen M. Kinyon

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Job Satisfaction of University Chief Student Conduct Administrators and Their Intent to Stay or Leave the Position, Suzie Nagel-Bennett

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The Perceived Impacts of the 14-Year (1989-2003) Civil War on Higher Education in Liberia: An Analysis of the Case for the University of Liberia and Cuttington University, Manjerngie Cecelia Ndebe

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Assessing Problem Solving Strategy Differences within Online and Face-to-Face Courses and Their Relationship to Pre-Service Teachers' Competence and Confidence for Integrating Technology into Teaching, Sharon L. Peterson

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4-H Leaders: Factors that Affect Their Persistence in the 4-H Youth Development Program, Regina Schinker

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Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in AQIP Accredited Community and Technical Colleges, Constance M. Schwass

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Superintendents' Use of Research-Based Responsibilities/Practices in High-Performing School Districts, Wayne Russell Stitt

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The Knowing-Doing Gap: The Influence of Teacher Feedback in Changing Principal Behavior - A Mixed Methods Study, Kimberly St. Martin

Creative Iconology: A Conceptual Framework for Instruction in K-12 and Pre-Service Visual Arts Education, Cindy Todd

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The Inception and Development of Michigan's 21st Century Schools Fund, John Richard VanWagoner II

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Systemic and Personal Change: A Retrospective Case Study Of Balanced Literacy Implementation as Perceived by Those Involved, Donna J. Anderson

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Persistence and Success: A Study of Cognitive, Social, and Institutional Factors Related to Retention of Kalamazoo Promise Recipients at Western Michigan University, Michelle Ann Bakerson

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A Qualitative Study of School Lockdown Procedures and Teachers' Ability to Conduct and Implement Them at the Classroom Level, Bethney Bergh

The Effects of Toyota Production System Training Discontinuation, Robert Patrick Biggins

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African American Student Retention: A Study of the Effects of an Intrusive Advising Intervention at a Career College, DeAnna R. Burt

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Nursing Faculty Experiences and Perceptions of the Implementation Process to a Learner-Centered Teaching Philosophy: A Case Study, Sharon L. Colley

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Comparing Indigenous and External Teachers: Beliefs, Origins of Beliefs, and Expectations, Richard H. Fowler

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Longitudinal Study of Factors Impacting the Implementation of Notebook Computer Based CAD Instruction, Richard F. Goosen

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Middle School Teacher and Parent Perceptions of Parental Involvement, Brandon Graham

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Career Decision Making for Male Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Model of Critical Factors Aiding in Transitional Efforts, Gregory B. Gray

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The Development and Application of a Checklist for Evaluating E-Learning in Organizations, Anne-Marie Guidy-Oulai

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Key Challenges Facing Student Athletes and Connections to Their Choice of Major, Kimberlee J. Henrion

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Exploring the Ultimate Role of Central Office in the Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Professional Development: A Comparative Case Study, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson

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Correlates of Teachers' Job Satisfaction: A Hierarchical Linear Model Study Using 2003-2004 Schools and Staffing Survey, Jeffrey M. Leslie

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Special Education Preschool: Perceptions of the Parent Participation and Education Component, Denise Ann Ludwig

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A Look at the Beginning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and the Support Structures for New Teachers from the Perspectives of Elementary School Principals, Scott Merkel

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NovaNET Online Curricula and the Course Completion of Alternative High School Students, Margaret Elizabeth Munger

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Child Care Centers on Higher Education Campuses: Director Perceptions of Internal and External Roles and Director Leadership, Kerisa A. Myers

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Understanding the Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise from the Perspectives of Parents and Community Group Members, Charles Pearson

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Characteristics of Alternative Public High Schools: A National Study Using the 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey, Lisa Ryan

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Role of Residence Hall Staff in Offering Early Warning Academic Intervention, Jon L. Shaffer

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Making Sense of Roles and Responsibilities: A Socialization Study of College and University Music Department Chairs, Jason Robert Werkema

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Can We Get Nurses to Stay? A Qualitative Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Formal Mentoring Program in an Acute Care Health System, Eileen M. Willits

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Climate in Catholic Schools: A Comparative Study of Three Types of Organizational Structures, Andra Zommers

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Student Persistence at a Small, Private, Religiously-Affiliated College: An Examination of Retention Theory, Benjamin Arendt

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A Comparative Study of Extended Meta-Ethnography and Meta-Analysis Based on the Fundamental Micro-Purposes of a Literature Review, Rhae-Ann Richardson Booker

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Missing Data Treatment of a Level-2 Variable in a 3-Level Hierarchical Linear Model, Xiaofan Cai

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New Teachers' Perceptions on Their Preparation, Rosemary Cleveland

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Social Work Field Instructors' Perceptions of On-Line Training, Denise E. Dedman

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How Can Art Education Enhance the Content Subject Area in an Urban School Setting?, Lonnie Ford

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First-Generation, Income-Eligible Peer Mentor Study, Charlotte L. Giscombe

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Contextual Learning for a Global Economy: A Comparative Case Study of Two Career Technical Centers and Two Machine-Tool Manufacturing Businesses, Jennifer L. Harrison

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The Impact of a Community Leadership Academy in a Midwestern County on Graduates' Attitudes and Behavior toward Community Trusteeship, Robert Harrison

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The Role of Prediction in the Teaching and Learning of Algebra, Lisa Kasmer

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Critical Components to Improve Literacy Learning for All Students, Marcia Harriet Kaye

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Making the Difference in High Poverty; High Achieving Urban Elementary Schools: Selected Principal's Perspectives, Penny Larsen

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Collective Bargaining in Public Schools: Superintendents' Perspective, Kyle W. Mayer

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Transitioning between the Requirements of Accrediting Bodies in Athletic Training Education Programs: What Might It Take?, Jennifer O'Donoghue

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Effective Intervention Approaches for Increased Student Achievement with At-Risk Middle School Students: Voices from Parents, Susan J. Peets

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Content Analysis of University Alcohol Policies: "Party Schools" Compared to Non-Party Schools, Sarah E. Pernie

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Essential Novice Nurse Educator Role Competencies and Qualifications to Teach INA Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse Education Program, Kathleen A. Poindexter

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Differences by Degrees: Providing Services to Adult Students Based on Degree Level Pursued, Kathy L. Rix

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Online Teaching Self-Efficacy of Nurse Faculty Teaching in Public, Accredited Nursing Programs in The State of Michigan, Kristi Adair Robinia

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A Study of Teacher Leadership and Its Relationship with School Climate in American Public Schools: Findings from SASS 2003-2004, Donghai Xie

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Effective Critical Thinking Teaching Strategies as Perceived by Affiliated Program Evaluation Faculty, Dhaifallah Almatrodi

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Intensive Professional Development in Early Literacy Instruction for Preschool Teachers, Rebecca Brinks

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Attitudes Toward and Knowledge of Affirmative Action in Higher Education, Erika Ann Carr

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Retaining Exploring Students: A Comparison Study of Decided and Undecided College Students, Betty D. Dennis

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Experiences of Michigan Elementary National Board Certification Candidates, Kristen L. Dewitt

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Michigan Elementary School Facility Quality and Its Impact on Student Achievement, Brett A. Geier

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Resilient Teachers: A Qualitative Study of Six Thriving Educators in Urban Elementary Schools, Paul Giroux

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Leadership-Influenced Practices that Impact Classroom Instruction Related to Writing: A Case Study of a Successful Elementary School, Barb Johnson

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Early Childhood Program Director Leadership Characteristics and Program Quality, Barbara J. June

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Community College Retention: The Role of Late Registration Policies, Kay L. Keck

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The Association between School Choice and School Climate: Comparing School Climate in Private Relgious, Charter, and Public Schools, Mark Krommendyk

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Community College Partnerships with Business and Industry, Maryann Sharpley Lavendar

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Mail and Web Surveys: A Comparison of Demographic Characteristics and Response Quality when Respondents Self-Select the Survey Administration Mode, Dawn M. Mackety

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Differences in Bachelors Degree Attainment: Are College Degrees a Function of Habitus?, Colin S. McCaleb

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Metaevaluation Case Study of Four Evaluations of OSHA VPP Programs, Jafar Momani

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Exposing Star Teachers of Children in Poverty, Bobbi Morehead

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A Narrative Inquiry of Teachers’ Perceptions Regarding Their Professional Development Experiences, Theresa Andrea Nugent

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Gender Disparity in Nigerian Education: Women’s Experience of Barriers to Equal Educational Opportunity, Eugene Okoli

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A Study of Career Preparation Activities Used in Michigan’s Public High Schools, Brian L. Pyles

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Principals’ Leadership and Its Association with Whether or Not Their Schools Meet District/State Peformance Goals, John Mark Rainey

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Systematic Study of the Validity of Clinical Performance Assessments in Entry-Level Athletic Training Education, Gayle A. Thompson

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Vygotsky’s Theory of the Creative Imagination: A Study of the Influences on Preservice Teachers’ Creative Thinking Capacities, Stephen J. Worst