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Dissertations from 2017

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Underachievement in Gifted Students: Understanding Perceptions of Educational Experiences, Attitudes Toward School, and Teacher Training, Paula Macy

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The Relationship between Teacher Evaluation Ratings and Student Achievement in a Rural, Midwest School District, Margaret A. Mathus

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Missouri Public High School Principals Perception of Zero Tolerance, Sherry Ann McMasters

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Exercising Their Privilege to Borrow: A Demonstrated Understanding of the Obligation of Student Loans in a Community College, Joan M. Meyer-Barrett

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Inclusive Education for Preschool Learners with Autism: A Program Evaluation, Rachel C. Morgan

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A Case Study: An Andragogical Exploration of a Collegiate Swimming and Diving Coach’s Principles and Practices at Lindenwood University, Hannibal Najjar

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Reading Achievement: A Study of Perceptions of First-Grade Teachers and the Relationship Between Attendance and Reading Achievement, Mykie C. Nash

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Obstacles Facing Veterans in Applied Sciences Programs at the Community College Level, Alexander B. Neeley

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A Qualitative Study Investigating Facility Managers’ Perceptions of the Classroom Learning Environment, Eric Shannon Parr

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A Study of the Effectiveness of Alternative Schools through an Examination of Graduation Rates, School Climate, Student Motivation, and Academic Rigor, Mark Harris Piper

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In Line for the Presidency: The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership Competencies and the Career Development of Women Leaders in Community College Administration, Autumn Rene Porter

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Inclusive Special and General Education Secondary Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Setting, Barbara Portwood

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A Study of High School Improvement Initiatives and the Impact on School Achievement, Jack Lowell Randolph

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of FMS Shoulder Mobility and Reported Upper Body Injury in Collegiate Football Athletes at a Division II Midwestern University, Jessica L. Randolph

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Departmentalized Classroom Environments Versus Traditional Classroom Environments in Second Through Fourth Grades: A Quantitative Analysis, Staci Janelle Ray

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The Impact of Substance Use on the Prevalence of Sexual Misconduct at Institutions in the Midwest, Jerilyn Jean Reed

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An Examination of Poverty: A Case Study of One Rural Missouri School Attempting to Meet the Needs of All Students, Amy Michelle Ross

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A Mixed Methods Study on Educational Leadership and Ethical Decision Making in Situations of High Turbulence, Jenna Sladeck

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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Project Lead the Way Engineering Curriculum Goals within Missouri High Schools, Brian Eugene Smith

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The Relationship Between Political Affiliation and Student Achievement in the Areas of Reading and Mathematics, with Respect to Black Students, Steven Michael Smith

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Perceptions of Academic Advising and Student Retention, Stacy Renaee Soden

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A Comparative Analysis of Missouri Elementary School Arts Curriculums, Shenicquel LaRene Spotts

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of an Attendance Program in a Missouri School District, Lindsay Sutherlin

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Student Choice and Student Engagement, Joellyn Marie Travis

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Effects of Elementary Teacher Preparation and Support on Retention, Sarah Turpin-Padberg

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Perceptions of Missouri Public School Early Childhood Teachers and Administrators in Regard to Technology and Current Practices, Lara Jean Wilbur

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Effects of Early Childhood Education on Reading Preparedness in Third Grade of Elementary School, Kimberly A. Williams

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Perceptions of School Leaders Regarding the Benefits of Leadership Dashboards, Chance A. Wistrom

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At-Risk Students: An Analysis of School Improvement Grants in the State of Missouri, Anissa Witherspoon

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Missouri Legislator and Administrator Perceptions of Federal Government Involvement in Education, Roger Allen Woods Jr.

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Response to Intervention: A Study of Intervention Programs in Rural Secondary Schools, Richard William Wylie Jr.

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The Quality of a Globalized Character-Based Education in Missouri, Justin Heath Yates

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A Quantitative Exploration of Higher Education, Nontraditional Student Retention Demographics and Success Predictors at a Midwest Private University, Megan Zacheis

Dissertations from 2016

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Mitigating the Effects of Test Anxiety through a Relaxation Technique Called Sensory Activation, Marylynne Abbott

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Improving Teacher Comfort Levels and Self-Efficacy with Technology Integration and Application of Technology into the Elementary Education Curriculum through the Tech Buddy Program, Susan Christine Adams

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A Quantitative Study of International School Working Conditions and Learning Environments in Relation to Student Achievement, Melissa Allen

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Teacher Perception of Student Engagement in an Arts-Integrated Classroom, Staci J. Baker

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A Quantitative Study on Student Emergency Financial Assistance: The Impact on Community College Student Success, Persistence, and Completion Rates, Abigail Benz

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A Pilot Study: The Effects of Mentoring on At-Risk African American, Ninth Grade Male Students, Tira C. Brockman

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Administrative Strategies to Improve Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Rural Public Schools, Christine Kay Butler

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Action Research Study on the Gradual Release of Responsibility, Critical Thinking Skills and Use of Intertextuality in a Midwest Suburban High School Setting, Donna Canan

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A Mixed Method Study on Schema-Based Instruction, Mathematical Problem Solving Skills, and Students with an Educational Disability, Bill Casner

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A Mixed-Methods Study on Student Achievement in Reading and Teacher Professional Development in a K-2 Urban Public School Setting, Michelle Chism

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An Exploration of Informed Student Goal Setting on Achievement in a Midwest Middle School, Laura Conley

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The Role of the Technology Coach in Middle School English Language Arts Classrooms, Brenda Christine Conyac

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Identification of Instructional Strategies Within Athletic Training Curricula and the Impact of Best-Practices on First-Attempt Board of Certification Pass Rate, Aedryan Cox

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A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District, Michael L. Crowell

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An Action-Research Case Study of Professional Development on Essential Questions in a K-8 Private Parochial School, Ronda K. Cypret-Mahach

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Comparison of Classroom Grades and Missouri End-of-Course Exam Scores, Rodney Delmont

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Fifth Grade Teachers’ Knowledge About Reading Instruction and Its Effects on Classroom Literacy Practices and Reading Achievement, Susan M. Dirnbeck

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A Mixed-Method Investigation of Teacher Fidelity, Implementation of Cooperative Learning, and Academic Achievement in a Midwest Public Elementary School Setting, Elizabeth C. DuBray-Allen

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Fine Arts Coursework and Student Achievement Among African-American Students in a Midwest Setting, Douglas Erwin

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Alternative School Leadership Transformation: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Outcomes, Justin Fears

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Exploring Ways to Support Teachers’ Use of Instructional Practices: A Principal’s Action Research Investigation, Sheila E. Fitzgerald

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Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Practice of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in a Private School, Elizabeth Maria Franklin

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Teachers’ Perspectives on Academic Achievement and Educational Growth of U.S.-Born Hispanic Students in a Midwestern Spanish Language Immersion Program, Herlinda Arlene Galve Salgado

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A Mixed-Methods Study of the Suspension/Expulsion and Graduation Rates of Missouri Public High School Special Education Students, Matthew F. Glazer

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Educators’ Perceptions of Student Mobility During the Intermediate Elementary Grades in Two Rural Counties in Missouri, Landon S. Gray

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A Mixed-Method Program Implementation: Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program in a Medium-Sized Suburban School District, Jennifer Gross

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An Examination of the Long-Term Academic Impacts of Students Who Participated in the Missouri Preschool Program in Rural Southwest Missouri, Clinton R. Hall

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An Initial Examination of Relationships Between Early Intervention Services, Family Outcomes, and Andragogical Factors, Kelly Hantak

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Comparing the Effectiveness of Flipped Classroom and Traditional Classroom Student Engagement and Teaching Methodologies, Michael T. Holik

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A Mixed-Method Investigation of Common Assessments Within a Suburban Secondary School, Matthew Irvin

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The Academic Impact of Extracurricular Activities on Middle School Students, Lauren Jansen

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The Perceptions of Missouri High School Principals in Regard to the Missouri Learning Standards, Christopher Lee Kell

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Perceptions of Southwest Missouri Superintendents in Regard to School Violence and Prevention, Ahlam Mohamed Krimid

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The Implementation of Systematic Promotion and Retention Procedures and its Impact on District-Wide Practices in Elementary Schools, Roger Anthony Le Blanc

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Higher Education Perspectives: The Role Magic the Gathering Plays in Whole-Person, Academic, and Career Development, Bob Ellsworth Lynch

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An International Quantitative Comparative Content Analysis of Reading Curriculum Using a 21st Century Framework, Tameka Tammy Moore

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A Qualitative Exploration of Multiple Case Studies of the Perception of School Social Workers Concerning Their Roles in Public Schools, Alesha Nicole Morrison

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The Impact of Secondary Career and Technical Education on Postsecondary Career and Educational Placement, Roy Allen Moss

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The Effects of One-to-One Technology on Students in Schools with a High Population of Students from Low-Socioeconomic Households, Ryan J. Persinger

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Evaluating the Implementation Process of a New Math Program: Math in Focus, Suzette Pfanstiel

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The Role of Technology in Personalized Learning and the Effect on Student Achievement, Allison Jean Pilley

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Team Captain: A Quantitative Study Examining the Relationship between Extracurricular and/or Co-Curricular Participation and Leadership Styles of Beginning Superintendents, Shawn Poyser

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Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of One-to-One Technology Device Implementation, Stewart F. Pratt

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The Evolution of a High-Achieving School: Creating a Cultural Shift Through a Schedule Change, Interventions, and Imbedded Collaboration, Beth Rapoff

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An Evaluation of an Adaptive Learning Tool in an Introductory Business Course, Tim A. Rogers

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A Comparison of Teacher Perceptions of Students’ Abilities and Students’ Self-Reported Technological Abilities, Karalin Sanders

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Traditional and Hybrid Dental Assisting Program: An Exploration of Design and Optimal Outcomes for Community College Students, Janet A. Sell

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Missouri Public School Administrators’ Perceived Effectiveness of Senate Bill No. 75, Joby B. Steele

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Action Research Using Entomological Research to Promote Hands-On Science Inquiry in a High-Poverty, Midwest Urban High School, Dustin Stockmann

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A Qualitative Study of Workplace Perceptions by Postpartum Women, Chelsey K. Taylor

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Special Education Students and Standardized Assessments, Deborah Taylor

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The Relationship between Students’ Achievement Scores of Administrators who Completed the Missouri Leadership, Excellence, and Development Program, Tina Turner

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The Impact of Educational Backgrounds on Academic Success at a Private Work College in the Midwest, Abbey Nicole Vogt

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The Learning Needs of Community College Emerging Scholars, Janet K. Walsh

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Applying Andragogical Principles To Corporate Medical Sales Training, Benjamin C. Washington II

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Applying Andragogical Principles To Corporate Medical Sales Training, Benjamin C. Washington

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The Effects of Extrinsic Motivation on High School Attendance, Eric Conrad Wilken

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A Mixed-Method Case Study of Growth Mindset, Grit, and Reading Scores in a Midwest Public Elementary School, Christina Wilson

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The Evaluation of the Outcomes of Work Ethic Curriculum: A Report on the Perceptions from Faculty and Students, John E. Wood

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Applying Active Learning Strategy to the Teaching of History within a Multigenerational Community College Classroom, Zachary John Zweigle

Dissertations from 2015

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One Academic Year Study of Experiences of One Cohort of Graduates from a Midwestern University’s Teacher Education Program, Chris Albers

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A Qualitative Case Study on Parental Involvement in a Midwestern Urban Charter School District: Perspectives of Parents, Teachers, and Administrators, Amanda N. Aldridge

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Teacher Evaluation and Student Achievement in Elementary Education, Eric L. Allen

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A Program Evaluation of a Literacy Intervention for Reluctant Middle School Readers, James Allison

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The Perceptions of Elementary STEM Schools in Missouri, Kelli Michelle Alumbaugh

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Evaluation of the Counseling, College and Career Specialist, and Social Work Programs in a Midwest School District, Shona O. Ambers-Phillips

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Case Study on the Efficacy of an Elementary STEAM Laboratory School, Mary Paula Armknecht