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Dissertations from 2021

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The Influence of Implicit Bias on Student Evaluations of Teaching at a Missouri Community College, Kimberly Franklin Berry

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Embedded Librarianship and Student Success in Graduate Nursing Programs, Jennifer Marie Brady

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A Comparative Analysis of Effective Mathematics Curriculums in the State of Missouri, Matthew Robert Britt

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The Impact of Supervisory Roles on Employee Engagement at a Private Midwest University, Brittany D. Brown

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Mixed Methods Study of the Relationship Between Students’ Perceptions of School Climate, Attendance, and Academic Achievement, Danielle Nicole Carter

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Technology-Enhanced Interaction, Residency Requirements, and Student Characteristics in Fully Online Programs and Their Relationship with Student Connectedness, Susan Dellasega

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Performance-Based Evaluations of Special Education Teachers in a Special Education School Setting, Katie Evans

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A Study of Military-Connected Parental Perceptions of Support, Engagement, and Climate, John Patrick Finnane

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Examining the Impact of Interscholastic State Activity Association Athletics Expansion at the Middle School Level in a Large Urban School District, Nathaniel Brooks Gillespie

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Effect of Instructional Support Structures on Novice Teachers’ Efficacy and Job Satisfaction, Ashley Nicole Klein

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Behavioral Motivation of High School Leadership Organizations, Jake Kloeppel

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A Mixed-Methods Study Regarding Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty Burnout in a Community College Setting, Margaret Leigh Loflin-Williams

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Perceptions Regarding the Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning, Tina L. Morse

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The Role of the Academic Librarian: A Comparison of Administrator and Librarian Perspectives, Christina Prucha

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School-Based Wellness Programs: Educator Perceptions, Rocky C. Valentine

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An Examination of Recruitment and Retention Strategies of High-Performing Public School Districts in Missouri, Zebadiah Thomas Wallace

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A Tale of Two Schools: A Study of Student Risk Factors and Exclusionary Suspension Incidents, Brandy Nicole Williamson

Dissertations from 2020

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The Effect of the Missouri Preschool Program on School Readiness, Madeline June Allin

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The Effects of Principal Feedback on Instruction and Student Achievement, Jeremy Brownfield

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Exploring How Andragogical Principles May Enhance Doctoral Students’ Persistence to Dissertation Completion, Bernice Bush

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The Haves and the Have Nots: How Disparities in Social Capital Impact the Postsecondary Decision Processes of Seniors at a Midwestern High School, Patricia M. Closson

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Recidivism Rates and Its Correlation to Mathematics and Reading Comprehension Among Detention Center Juveniles Who Participate in Trauma Informed Teaching, Isaac Collin

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An Analysis of the Effects of Content Coaching and Instructional Coaching on Teacher Practices, Victoria E. Daniels

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Perceptions of Elementary School Support Staff of Their Role in Supporting the School Mission Statement, Matthew Dean

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A Study to Determine the Relationships Among Grit, Engagement, and Student Achievement, Jill Dennison

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Study of Preservice Teachers’ Preparation for DI: Investigating Data for Secondary Teacher Candidates in One Research University, Matthew TRP Dittrich

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A Mixed-Method Study Analyzing the Impact of Continuing Education on K-12 Educators, Jennifer Sue Edler

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A Mixed Methods Examination of Generational Faculty Perceptions When Developing Online Courses, JeLena Fleming

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A Study to Investigate the Relationship Between Teacher Self-Efficacy, School Climate, and Student Behavior, GegiMara Fluelen-Ra-El

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Instructional Coaching: Perceptions of Midwest Building Principals and Instructional Coaches, Mary Jean Hall

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A Mixed-Method Investigation of the Best Practices of Online Education in Southwestern China at Four Public Universities by Yu Hao, Yu Hao

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Grow Your Own Teacher Programs: A Qualitative Study of Best Practices to Address the Teacher Shortage, Jack August Harris

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A Mixed Methods Study of Educators’ Perceptions and Comfort Levels of Professional Learning in a Blended Model, Gina Hartman

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Perceptual Differences between Lighthouse Team Members and Non-Lighthouse Team Members Regarding School Attendance, Classroom Discipline, and School Climate in Leader in Me Schools, Nina J. Henson

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Examining Preservice Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Development Throughout Teacher Education, Jenny Christine Hernandez

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The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Mathematical Achievement, Joshua Lee Holt

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A Quantitative Study of Collaborative Theories of Action, Teacher Collective Efficacy, and the Behaviors of Student Self-Directedness, Melissa Ann Huff

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Midwestern “Grow Your Own” Programs: A Viable Means to Teacher Recruitment and Retention?, Sandra Jean Humbyrd

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A Qualitative Investigation of Andragogy in Adult Bible Classes in Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod Congregations in St. Louis, Peter Luther Jurchen

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A Phenomenological Study of Teacher Perceptions of Blended Learning: Definition, Adoption, and Professional Development, Gregory A. Katzin

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A Qualitative Study of the Preparedness of Novice Teachers to Teach Effectively in a Blended Learning Environment, Rachelle R. LaFave

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The Effects of Character Education Programs on School Climate and Student Discipline in Grades 6-8 Through the Eyes of Substitute Teachers, Javier Lozano

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An Investigation of the Learning Perspectives of Non-Native English Speakers in an ESL / EPP Writing Program, Susan L. Lundry Ph.D.

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Student Achievement and Teacher Efficacy In Multiage Team-Taught versus Single-age Classrooms, Troy A. Marnholtz

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Personality Type, Self-Efficacy, and Learning Style Preference: A Quantitative Study of Ninth-Grade Students in Missouri, Katie Lee Mock

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A Study of One-to-One Computer Usage and Student Levels of Engagement and Rigor and Teacher Perception, Matthew Mooney

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The Influence of Twitter Educational Opinion Leaders on K-12 Classrooms, Toni Owens

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A Mixed- Methods Study Investigating the Perceptions of Culture Among Faculty, Staff, Adjunct Instructors, and Administrators in a Four-Year, Private, Midwestern University, Amanda J. Price

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Qualitative Study Investigating Elementary and Middle School Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Secondary Schooling in Privately Funded and Publicly Funded Schools in Missouri, Natalie Rohlfing

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Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools, Kendra Scott

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Principal and Teacher Perceptions of Classroom Walkthroughs In Middle School Settings, Ethel Shanklin

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The Impact of Direct Instruction at English Learner Instructional Sites Compared to Indirect Instruction at English Learner Support Sites, Lauren Shim

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Variables Affecting Student Veterans’ and Student Service Members’ Success in Higher Education, Warren Ray Spadoni

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Block Versus Traditional Scheduling in High School: Teacher and Student Attitudes, Martin James Spence

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A Study to Determine the Relationship Between Classroom Teacher Attendance and Student Success, Meagan Stanley

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Exploring the Relationship Between Student Online Discussion-Board Activity and Student Grades, Frank Robert Talbott

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Noncognitive Characteristics and Family Income: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Grit Levels and Mindset Types, Joshua A. Teeter

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Exploring Relationships of Positive Reading Attitudes in Secondary English Classrooms, Lorin Blackburn Thierfelder

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A Comparative Study of Teacher Efficacy Based on Their Years of Service, Aaron Robert Thomas

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Study of the Incorporation of Sustainability Topics into the Accounting Curriculum at Missouri Four-Year Colleges and Universities, Kimberly Ulrich

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Recidivism Among Ex-Offenders in Missouri, Norman James Vick

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A Comparative Study of Student Achievement and Teacher Perceptions Between Differently Structured Special Education School Districts, Leigha Wetter

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An Examination of Indicators Regarding Student Choice in Social Media Marketing and Platforms of Higher Education Institutions in Missouri, Emmy J. Zimmerman

Dissertations from 2019

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Andragogy and Lean Six Sigma in Today’s Business Environment, Teresa A. Anderson

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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Pilot Program Paws for Reading in a Midwest Public Library, Marie T. Baine

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Exploring Student and Faculty Perceptions Regarding the Availability of On-Campus Counseling Services, Stephen Wade Baker

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A Quantitative Study Examining Project Lead the Way Gateway Program Outcomes in a Suburban School District, Patrick Joseph Bellinger

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First-Generation Community College Transfer Students’ Perceptions of Building A Sense of Belonging and Its Subsequent Impact on University Retention, Tara E. Benson

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Mixed-Method Study Exploring International Students’ Career Readiness at a Four-Year Private University in the Midwest, Chloe Bonnand

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Teaching English Learners: A Study of Procedures and Perceptions of Missouri Program Directors and Mainstream Classroom Teachers, Merica Schoen Clinkenbeard

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Social Media as a Primary Means for Parent Involvement in Missouri Rural Schools: Secondary School Principals’ and Superintendents’ Perceptions, Justin Paul Copley

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A Qualitative Investigation of the Andragogical Teaching Methods Used in Adult Group Piano/Organ Instruction, Deborah Timpone Curran

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Comparing Student Achievement and School Climate in Four-day and Five-day Secondary Schools in Missouri, William Gordon Daleske

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A Mixed Methods Investigation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in a Midwest Middle School, Thomas Dittrich Jr.

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The Four-Day School Week: Teacher Retention and Recruitment, Perceptions, and Achievement, Peter Damian Fay

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English as a Second Language: Adult Programs and Their Impact on Second Language Learners’ Aspirations, Hala Gheriani

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Perceptions of Exemplary Special Education Teachers: Instructional and Management Strategies For Special Education Students, Shawna Dawn Gruben

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A Mixed Methods Study Comparing Nursing Preceptored Clinical Learning Experiences and Nursing Simulation Clinical Learning Experiences of Nursing Students in a Midwest Community College, Teresa R. Hamra

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A Mixed-Method Investigation Comparing Perceptions of First-Generation and Non- First- Generation College Sophomores, Joshua Steven Hanke

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Education and the Art Viewing Experience: The Evolution of Learning in Museums and Corporate Art Collections, Piper Hutson

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Turnaround Model in a Midwestern Public High School, Ronald E. Joyner

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Complexities of Clery Act Reporting Requirements as Related to Non-Compliance: Perceptions of Compliance Officials at Midwest Higher Education Institutions, William R. Kenny

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A Mixed-Method Study Evaluating English Second Language Student Classroom Placement at the Secondary Level in a Midwest Public School, Corbin Kreamalmeyer

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Beyond Curriculum: Information Literacy, Librarianship, and the Role of the Faculty at a Rural Community College in Missouri, Michelle A. Lane

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An Investigation of Patterns Between Demographic Characteristics of Teachers and Grading Practices, Jenelle Lee

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A Study of Kindergarten through Eighth-Grade Teachers’ Perceptions of the Impact Gender Plays on Students Involved in Divorce, Amanda Lukefahr

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A Mixed Methods Investigation of Student Achievement and Satisfaction in Traditional versus Online Learning Environments, Jessica L. Manion

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Workshop Model and SRI Scores in the Middle School Setting, Kelly Manning

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A Comparative Analysis of Student Success and Perceptions of Engagement Between Face-to-Face and Online College Courses, Shane Carroll May

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Exploring Restorative Justice, Suspensions, and Expulsions with African American Males, Dorothy L. Mosby

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A Qualitative Exploration of the School Resource Officer’s Role in Two K-12 School Districts, Christopher T. Muench

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Alternative Education Program Best Practices: A Comparative Analysis of Three Mid-Missouri High School Alternative Education Programs, Elizabeth Christine Nelson

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Perceptions of Elementary School Parents, Principals, and School Resource Officers Regarding Visitor Management Systems and School Safety, Janalee Olhausen-Kaylor

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Addressing the Theory-Practice Gap Relative to Teacher-Perceived Knowledge of Effective Instructional Strategies, Laura Danielle O’Quinn

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A Quantitative Case Study on School Climate, Student Behavior, Student Achievement, and Classroom Facility Factors in an Urban Midwest High School, Shamonda Owens

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A Teacher’s Perspective: Valued Leadership Behaviors as Related to Preferences in School Culture and Professional Motivation, Jeremy R. Philips

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Problem-Based Learning and Technical Students in General Studies Course at a Midwest Technical College, Barbara R. Primm

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Effectiveness of Alternative School Interventions in Reducing Incidences of Violence in Schools and Improving Attendance and Graduation Rates, Norman Robinson

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Developing Moral Education to Combat Human Trafficking, Shima Rostami

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The Effects of Rurality and Education Deserts on the Four-Year Degree Selection of Aspiring Teacher Education Candidates in a Rural Community College Setting, Alice Faye Sanders