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Dissertations from 2014

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Project-based Learning as a Means for Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Students in Common Core States, Scott Ragsdale

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A Qualitative Analysis of Mentoring Experiences and Perceptions of Female Students Enrolled in a Doctoral Program in Education at a Midwestern University, Sherrill Rayford

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Teacher Induction Programs: How Key Components Influence Teacher Retention Rates in Rural School Districts, Samuel Rogers

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Two Case Studies of the University Strategic Planning Process, Robert Lawrence Salter

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Parental Mentoring: An African American Approach to Raising Daughters with Self-Esteem, Qiana Brandy Smith

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An Exploration of the Characteristics of Public Relations in Regards to Face-to-Face Versus Distance Learning in Two Private Liberal Arts Higher Education Settings, Cessna Catherine Smith Winslow

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The Relationship between School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation and Office Discipline Referrals at the Secondary Level, Isaac William Sooter

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A Comparison of Fifth Grade Mathematics Curriculum Materials, Michael E. Starks Sr.

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The Effect of an Integrated Music Curriculum on Reading Achievement Outcomes of Kindergarten Students, Tracy St. Clair

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Utilizing Canines in a Public School Setting: A Case Study, Krista J. Tate

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The Connection to Improved Student Performance for Teacher Experience and Advanced Degree Completion above Bachelor’s Level, Jared Flay Terry

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The Connection to Improved Student Performance for Teacher Experience and Advanced Degree Completion above Bachelor’s Level, Jared Flay Terry

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Deciding on Science: An Analysis of Higher Education Science Student Major Choice Criteria, Stephen Wilson White

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Effectiveness of Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum on Middle School Reading Comprehension and Preparation for Common Core State Standards, Paula J. Wuebbels

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The Learning Pathways of Ironman Triathletes: Case Studies of Age-Group Ironman Triathletes, Ari Zelmanow

Dissertations from 2013

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Teacher Perceptions of Effective School Leadership Using Twenty-first Century Skills and Knowledge, Bobbie Anita Augspurger

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Exploring the Lived Experiences of Participants in Simulation-Based Learning Activities, Rachael Beard

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A Mixed Method Study Measuring the Perceptions of Administrators, Classroom Teachers and Professional Staff on the Use of iPads in a Midwest School District, Andrea Laux Beckerle

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The Lifetime Experiences of Being Labeled “Gifted”: Case Studies of Adults Who Participated in a 1959 Public School Gifted Program, John R. Beckerle

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The Effect of PBIS on the School Environment and Test Scores, Denise A. Buettner

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Federal Education Laws and the Fine Arts, Kim R. Cavener

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Taking the Right Path: A Two-Year Journey through School Turnaround by Katherine O., Katherine O. Chambers

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Comparing the Effectiveness of Two Models of College Summit Programs in an Urban School Setting, Wanda Davis

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The Effect of Manipulatives on Achievement Scores in the Middle School Mathematics Class, Elaine D. Doias

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RtI Characteristics Commonly Implemented in High Performing Middle Schools, Mark Joseph Fitch

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A Study of Student Engagement Activities, Discipline Referrals, and Student Achievement in Reading First Schools, Shelly Lynette Fransen

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The Relationship of Academic Courses to Skills Required Of Automobile Repair Technicians, Stephen H. Freund

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Goal-Setting, Self-Monitoring, and Teacher-Student Conferences and the Relationship with Overall School Climate and Student Academic Achievement, Paul Thomas Godwin

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Case Study of the Voluntary Student Transfer Program: The Perspectives of African American Students and Parent Participants in One Midwestern School District, Rosalyn Harper Goodwin

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Inter-agency Coordination: The Key to Successfully Transition Juvenile Offenders Back into the Educational Mainstream, Robyn Beth Gordon

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Project SEARCH: Work-Based Transition Program for Young Adults with Disabilities, Teresa D. Green

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An Exploration of the Influences of Literature Circles on Secondary Student Reading Level, Tina Hamilton

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A Study of Best Practices and Student Achievement in Elementary and Middle School Reading, Tracey L. Hankins

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Student Success and Perceptions of Course Satisfaction in Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online Sections of Introductory Biology Classes at Three, Open Enrollment, Two-Year Colleges in Southern Missouri, Joyce Diane Hill

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Early Interventions and Student Achievement, Alana S. Hillman

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Superintendents’ Perceptions of Readiness in Regard to Transitioning to the Missouri Educator Evaluation System to Fulfill the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Request, Stacy Hollingsworth

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Perceptions of Corporal Punishment in Missouri Public Schools, Danny K, Humble

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A Comparative Analysis of Physical Activity and Wellness through the Adult Life Stages based upon High School Varsity Athletic Participation, Joseph J. Lovell

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The Role Development of a Community College President’s Spouse, Tracy M. McGrady

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Exploring the Relationship between the Ventures for Excellence Teacher StyleProfile Data and Teacher Performance, Barry Nelson

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A Case Study: Achievement Studies of Persistent, Transitional, and Transient Populations within the Blitz Program Model at a Large Midwestern Elementary School, Jackie D. Ramey

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Examining the Teacher Perceptions, Implementations, Barriers, and Benefits Associated with the Missouri Reading Initiative, Christie L. Rodgers

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A Content Analysis to Investigate the Evidence of 21st Century Knowledge and Skills within Elementary Teacher Education Programs in the United States, Mary Margaret Ruettgers

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Will Implementing a Research Based DESE Approved Early Childhood Program Have an Effect on the School Readiness of Prekindergarten Students, Stephanie Small

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The Relationship Between Weather and Lunar Changes on Student Achievement and Measures School Districts Utilize to Combat Potential Impact, Kendra Stuart

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An Analysis of the Academic Library and the Changing Role of the Academic Librarian in Higher Education: 1975 – 2012, Candance L. Virgil

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A Comparison of the Academic Achievement and Perceptions of Leadership Skills and Citizenship Traits of JROTC, Student Athletes, and Other Students in an Urban High School Setting, Carmen Williams-Bonds

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Perceptions of Educational Leaders of Incentive Pay Programs, Kena Lashel Worley

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Investigating a Relationship between Nonverbal Communication and Student Learning, Dustin York

Dissertations from 2012

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Employment of an Informal Educational Mathematical Facility to Lower Math Anxiety and Improve Teacher and Student Attitudes Towards Understanding Mathematics, Vicki Adams

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Teacher Training for "Response to Intervention" at a Midwest University, LaDonna Jean Barnett

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Missouri Educator Perceptions on the use of Smartphones/Cell Phones in a Secondary School Setting: Their Relationship to Instruction, Christopher Birch

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An Evaluation of the Student Service Expectations of Freshmen at a Small, Midwestern Liberal Arts University, Jerry Michael Bladdick

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Outcome Evaluation of The Instant Word Notebook, Adrienne Lynn Bland

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Best Practices for Student Success on the ACT, Grant Coday Boyer

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Investigating an Afterschool Program for Black Teenage Males Designed to Increase Self-Efficacy, Marvin Lee Byrd

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The Relationship between Multiplication Fact Speed-Recall and Fluency and Higher Level Mathematics Learning with Eighth Grade Middle School Students, Steven James Curry

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Factors Influencing the College Choice of Music Majors Attending a Four Year Institution: A Comparative Study, Ryan Curtis

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A Cost Benefit Analysis of Retention of K-2 Students in an Urban District, Debra Ann Davenport Yonke

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The Relationship of Servant Leadership on Teacher Satisfaction and Teacher Retention, Elizabeth F. Engelhart

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An Evaluation of Physician-to-Patient Communication Training in Medical Schools across the United States: A Status Report on the Nation’s Efforts to Promote Health Literacy by Adding Health Literacy Courses to Medical School Curriculum, Andrea P. Frazier

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A Quantitative Content Analysis of the Common Core State Standards Compared to Missouri’s Grade-Level Expectations using the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Framework, Toni Gallia

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The Effects of Implementing Change on a Middle School Culture A First Year Principal's Journey, Edward Robert Gettemeier

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Graduates‟ Perceived and Measurable Changes in Writing through One Ed. D. Program, Yvonne Duncan Gibbs

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A Study of the Effect of Additional Reading Assistance on Student Achievement, Nicole A. Gillan-Sanderson

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An Inquiry into Workplace Incivility: Perceptions of Working Graduate Students, Ashley E. Greene

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The Perceptual Difference in Roles and Responsibilities of Special Education Paraprofessionals, Carmen Renee Harris

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Quality Induction: The Effects of Comprehensive Induction on New Teacher Retention and Job Satisfaction, Mary Therese Hendricks-Harris

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Evaluating the Critical Thinking Skills and Academic Characteristics of Undergraduate Students at Two Post-Secondary Institutions Utilizing Two Different Curriculum Models, Michael Robert Hepner

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Selected Practices and Characteristics of Highly Effective Elementary Schools, George Allen Lauritson

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The Effectiveness of the YEA Tobacco Prevention Program with a Media Literacy Component for Middle School Age Students in Regards to Tobacco Use, Unsun Grace Lee

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Applying Positive Leadership Principles to an Investigation of Organizational Stress in Military Units and the Benefits Associated with Providing Leaders with Emotional Intelligence Social Awareness, Darcy L. Lilley

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The Challenge Program: A Quantitative Analysis of Strategies Designed to Eliminate the Achievement Gap, Diane L. Moore

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The A+ Schools Program and School Improvement, Ashley Suzanne Moyer

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A Multidimensional Perspective of Faculty Mentoring and Job Satisfaction during the First Year of Teaching at Lindenwood University, Carla Mueller

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Best Practice in Early Reading Intervention: Implementing a Reading Intervention Program to Reach Below Level Readers, Bridgett Niedringhaus

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Correlation of Conditional Admittance and Student Achievement in an Undergraduate Higher Education Setting, Joe Parisi

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Investigating Staff Morale in an Elementary School Setting, Bethany Pendino

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First-Year Superintendents‘ Perceptions of Preparation and Practice, Brady D. Quirk

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Analysis of the Effectiveness of a Preseason Strength and Conditioning Program for Collegiate Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Aaron Michael Randolph

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Exploring Congruency between John A. Henschke‘s Practice and Scholarship, Lori Risley

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Computer-Based Versus Paper-Pencil Modes of Administration United States Government End of Course Exams: Student Cumulative Grade Point Averages as Predictors of Success, Barbara A. Ryan

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The Disconnection Between High School and College: A Study of Retention of Students Who Are at Risk of Leaving College Before Completing a Degree, Peggy R. Sherwin

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Strategies and Factors Influencing Public School District Referendums, Alan N. Stauffacher

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Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Their Interests in Reading As Defined By Engagement and Social Interaction When Using Sustained Silent Reading, SSR, and Peer Interests Reading Strategies, PIRS, Regina J. Ware

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Exploring the Experiences of Former Alternative Education Participants: Case Studies, Shirley L. Washington-Cobb

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The Effect of School Based Intervention Processes on Secondary School Graduation Rates, Ben H. Yocom

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The comparison of cross sectional area and parasagittal dimension measurements of the multifidus muscles in collegiate athletes identified on the basis of gender, body morphology, history of back pain, and rotational nature of sport, Delaine C. Young

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An Evaluation of the School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Check In/Check Out Behavior Education Program, Barbara M. Zaegel

Dissertations from 2011

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Investigating the Transition Process When Moving From a Spiral Curriculum Alignment Into a Field-Focus Science Curriculum Alignment in Middle School, Randi Kay Alwardt

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A Descriptive Study of the Relationship Between Teacher Mentoring Programs and Retention Rates, Lisa D. Anderson

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The Impact of Community College Developmental Education Programs on Student Success, Melissa A. Batchelor

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Evaluating Summer School Programs and the Effect on Student Achievement: The Correlation Between Stanford-10 Standardized Test Scores and Two Different Summer Programs, Alicia Kaye Bottorff

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The Relationship Between Study Island and Student Achievement, Nathan Travis Bracht

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An Analysis of Attendance Policies and High School Attendance Rates, Dawn Michelle Brenner

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The Effects of Backward-Designed Curriculum and Instruction on Classroom Management, Tyrone Burson

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PLCs: Student Outcomes Evaluation in Midwest High School, Kelly E. Dickinson

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Closing the Achievement Gap Between Boys and Girls, Helen Finley

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Missouri Charter Schools and Educational Reform, Phillip James Guy

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The Effects of School Climate Change on Student Success in a Fifth and Sixth Grade School, Kim M. Harris