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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Nurse Characteristics That Increase a Healthcare System's Ability to Become a Highly Reliable Organization, Sheri A. Matter
Department: Sociology

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Investigating Inside Jokes and Their Implications for Individual and Interpersonal Functioning, Anna L. Mayo
Department: Psychology

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Today's College Student: Measuring the Effectiveness of Financial Literacy Education and Effect on Subsequent Student Debt, Patricia Curran McCarthy
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Seeking Consensus on Prebriefing: Preparing Students for Simulation-Based Learning, Donna S. McDermott
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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"Up the Long, Long Street": The Poetry, Other Writings, and Life of Donald Junkins, Bradley Roy McDuffie
Department: English

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The Relationship Between Organizational Communication and Campus Climate as an Indicator of Organizational Effectiveness, Kelly Lynch McKenzie
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Brothers in the Struggle: A Phenomenological Study of White Male College Student Development as Social Justice Allies, John F. McKnight Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Political Engagement and the Shifting Paradigm from Traditional to Social Media, Susan Jane McManimon
Department: Communications Media

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The Effectiveness of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Alabama and Oklahoma: Are We Preventing Crime in the Heart of Dixie and the Sooner State?, Stacie Merken
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Working Memory: The Concurrent Validity of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function and the Relationship Between Parent and Teacher Ratings and Performance-Based Measures, Ray M. Milke
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Family and Community Social Capital: A Case Study of One Private and One Public Secondary School, Kathleen Sue Miller
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Teacher Efficacy for Secondary General Education Teachers Supporting Students With Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in Inclusive Classrooms, Laura C. Moran
Department: Sociology

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Analysis of Employment-Related Social Policies That Seek to Increase the Economic Security of America's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Sukanya Mukherjee
Department: Sociology

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Voices of Change: A Case Study Documenting the Development of an Organization and Its Culture, Patrick M. Mulvihill
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of Pennsylvania's New Teacher Evaluation System, Based Upon the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and Its Impact on Teachers' Instructional Strategies in an Urban School District, Pamela K. Murray
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Interactive Read-Alouds: A Qualitative Study of Kindergarten Students' Analytic Dialogue, Jacqueline M. Myers
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Effects of an Intervention on College Students' Expectations and Attitudes About Seeking Therapy, Janessa Lin Nowlen
Department: Psychology

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White Double Consciousness in Lillian Smith's Strange Fruit, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Geraldine Brooks's March, Jean-Paul Konda Ntusi
Department: English

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Investigating Students' Situated Understandings of Criticality in a Master of Arts TESOL Course, Kyle Nuske
Department: English

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Personality Differences Between RTI-Oriented and Neuropsychological Assessment-Oriented School Psychologists, Bridget L. O'Connell
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Nursing Students' Lived Experiences in Learning Communication Skills in a Theater Class Taught by Theater Faculty, Pamela S. O'Harra
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Examining Preservice Teachers' Creativity and Use of Mobile Learning Technology Within Instructional Practices, Amanda K. Onion
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Two Techniques for Assessing Rates of Acquisition and Retention Among the Gifted, Michael T. Paff
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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News Crawls and Audience Retention: A Test of Information Overload in Local Television News Programming, Brittany L. Pavolik
Department: Communications Media

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An Investigation Into Co-Teacher Relationship Collaboration Factors: Co-Teachers' Perceptions, David Leigh Petrick Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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"That's Classy!": A Workshop Exploring the Influence of Social Class, Andrea Denise Poet
Department: Psychology

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The Predictive Strength of the DIBELS Next ORF Assessment to the WIAT-III ORF and Reading Comprehension Subtests for Students Referred for Special Education Eligibility Evaluations, Jaclyn R. Pollard
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Emotions of Professionalization in a Master's of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Program, Dana Poole
Department: English

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Student Learning of Violence Prevention Education Concepts: A Longitudinal Analysis, Rachel Posner LeMay
Department: Psychology

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The Encoding and Decoding of Gendered Heroic Quests in Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Red Dwarf, and Torchwood, Thomas M. Powers
Department: English

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Perceptions of Western Pennsylvania Elementary Principals on the Teacher Effectiveness System, James P. Prager
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Rice Culture, Buddhism, Wars, and Diaspora: Mutual Legacies in Heterogeneity in Southeast Asian American and Diasporic Literature, Kittiphong Praphan
Department: English

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The National Labor Relations Act: Structuration and the Interaction of Policy and the Hermeneutics of Case Law, Paul L. Rainey
Department: Sociology

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Journey to College from Special Education: A Case Study of Transition Support in a Cyber-Charter School, Sasha A. Reese
Department: English

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The Impact of Disruptive Behavior on Operating Room Nurse Satisfaction, Michael Eric Reyka
Department: Sociology

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Mythopoeia: The Unified Worldview of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and George MacDonald, Zachary Andrew Rhone
Department: English

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Racial Passing in Twenty-First Century Literature: Complicating Color in the African-American Fin-de-Siècle Novel, Pamela S. Richardson
Department: English

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The Relationship Among Student Creativity, Curiosity, and Academic Intrinsic Motivation: A Mixed Methods Phenomenological Study of Sixth Grade Students, Jennifer L. Rinkevich
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Use of Distance Education for Continued Professional Education by Physical Therapists in the State of Pennsylvania, Christine Romani-Ruby
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Sociolinguistic Analysis of Nigerian Pidgin English in Nigerian Film, Olubukola Yetunde Salako
Department: English

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Exploration of Co-Teaching in Inclusive Fourth-Grade Classrooms as a Viable Option for School Districts, Rebecca J. Schaef
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of Teaching Principals, Administrators with Class, Examining the Perceptions of Administrators and Teachers, Karl Richard Scheibenhofer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Principal Longevity and the Variation of the Implementation and Sustainability of RTI on Reading Achievement, Sandra A. Seibel
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Mixed Method Investigation of the Relationship Between Facebook Use, General Self-Efficacy, and Autonomy Development Among Undergraduate College Students, Christopher J. Selena
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Educators of the Gifted in Pennsylvania: A Quantitative Study of Educational Beliefs, Grace A. Shellenbarger
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Hemispheric Minstrelsies: Race, Nation, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Performance, Jessica M. Showalter
Department: English

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The Perspectives of Teachers on Intervention Strategies Used in Inclusive Settings With Elementary-Aged Children With Autism, Kristie L. Shulsky
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Lived Experience of Graduate Nurses with Multiple NLCEX-RN Failure, Christina Lynne Silva
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Rosa Parks 1913-1955: How Family, Education, Religion, and Socio-Political Influences Shaped Her Leadership, Susan E. Sitter
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Audio and Gender Within a 3D Gaming Environment on the Achievement of Different Educational Objectives, Ryan L. Sittler
Department: Communications Media

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Game On: A Qualitative Study of Leadership Skills Developed Through College Athletics, Wendy J. Snodgrass
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Talking Voice in Women's Advocacy Sites and Composition, Karen Sorensen-Lang
Department: English

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Community Supervision of the Domestic Violence Offender: An Exploratory Study, Mathilda Spencer
Department: Sociology

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Re-Reading Economics in Literature: A Capitalist Critical Perspective, Matthew D. Spivey
Department: English

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Investigating the Impact of Early Union Socialization Experiences and Union Justice on Union Commitment and Participation, John F. Springer
Department: Sociology

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Perceptions of Professional Athlete Criminality, Robert P. Stallings
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Executive Functioning is Related to Intraindividual Variability: A Response Time Distributional Approach, Peter V. Stewart
Department: Psychology

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The Author Who Lived: Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling, Their Fans, and Their Characters, Tess R. Stockslager
Department: English

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Giftedness: Conceptualizations and Identification Practices of School Psychologists, Benjamin T. Stumpf
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Exploring the Experiences of Female Doctoral Nursing Students Who Have Completed Research Focused Doctoral Degrees in Nursing, Colleen M. Sunday
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Effects of Assessing Religious Beliefs in Initial Sessions on Aspects of the Therapeutic Alliance, Angelica Terepka
Department: Psychology

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Examination of the Parasympathetic Activation Hypothesis (PAH) for Arousal-Induced Eating, Stephanie Marie Terracciano
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Homeland Security on Policing, Gregory A. Thomas
Department: Sociology

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Differences in Handwritten and Typed Responses to Curriculum-Based Measurements in Written Expression (WE-CBM), Megan L. Trapasso
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Technology's Impact on the Learning Experience of At-Risk Digital Natives, Malaika M. Turner
Department: Communications Media

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Sky Juice: Students Writing Hope, Sharon M. Virgil
Department: English

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A Quantitative Study on the Influence of Poverty on School and Teacher Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment Scores, Donald Warren Wagner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Surrounded by Crime: This I Know, for the Internet Told Me So, Philip Wagner
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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A Study of the Associations Among Homophobia, Empathy, and Mindfulness, Thomas R. Wahlund
Department: Psychology

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Rural Jail Reentry: Perceptions of Offender Needs and Challenges in Pennsylvania, Kyle C. Ward
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Expanding Narrative Representations: A Study of TA Preparation Programs in Rhetoric and Composition, Nicole Warwick
Department: English

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Motivation of Community College Faculty and Administrators to Pursue the Doctorate: A Qualitative Interview Study, Tomi Waters
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Primary Teachers' and Parents' Perceptions of Bullying, Sharon Weber
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Information Literacy: Correlation of Self-Efficacy and Proficiency, Camille Wendekier
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Use of Social Networking Technologies: Effects on College Students' Academic Writing, Huachuan Wen
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Writing in Fashion: An Exploratory Case Study Examining Fashion Faculty Use of Writing and the Transmission of Industry Specific Genres, Elizabeth Sara Whitehead
Department: English

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A Multi-Sensory Approach to the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Tino George Wilfong
Department: English

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The Utilization of Technology-Mediated Evaluation Tools to Analyze Learning Efficiency Through Cognitive Load and Performance, Laura E. Wilson
Department: Communications Media

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The Mercury and Autism Debate: What Has Shaped the Public's Perception?, Erica Anita Wisniewski
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Correlation Between College Freshmen's Perceptions of School Climate and Instances of High School Bullying, Eric Witt
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Relationship Between Formative Assessments and PSSA Performance, Ruth Yatzkanic
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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MBA Literacy Practices: Among Taiwanese MBA Students in Taiwan and the United States, Wan-Ning Yeh
Department: English

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The Effect of Delayed Feedback and Visual Hints Within a Gaming Environment to Facilitate Achievement of Different Learning Objectives, Eric Zeglen
Department: Communications Media

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Transforming Educator Instructional Practice in Pennsylvania Secondary Schools Through the Addition of Teacher-Specific Student Achievement Data as a Component of Teacher Evaluation, John W. Zesiger
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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English Business Communication in the Saudi Workplace: Employers' Perceptions and Insights about the Cultural Ecology and Needed Literacies, Mahdi Redha Aben Ahmed
Department: English

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The Fuld Object Memory Evaluation: A Study of Validity, Clinical Utility, and the Effects of Extending the Delay, Cynthia Aguilar
Department: Psychology

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Capitalizing on Appalachia: Resisting Colonization and Exploitation in the Works of Ron Rash and Fred Chappell, Elisabeth C. Aiken
Department: English

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The Use of the Smartphones as a Resource for News Among Saudi Arabian Students in the United States, Ali Dhumayan Alanazi
Department: Communications Media

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"I Am a New Breed. A Rebel.": Defying Hegemonic Identity Constructions in Contemporary Arab-American Women Writers, Nancy H. Al-Doghmi
Department: English

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Beyond the Religious and the Secular: The Hybrid Nature of Forgiveness in Early Modern Drama, Salim Eflih Al-Ibia
Department: English

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Negotiating Ethnic and American Identities in Contemporary Multiethnic American Drama, Sameer Mohammad Eid Al-Shraah
Department: English

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A Calculus of Fire: Strange Loops and Autopoietic Consciousness in Selected Twentieth-Century Fiction from James Joyce to Philip K. Dick--A Cognitive Poetic Approach, Francis Carmen Altomare
Department: English

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Academic Honesty in the Digital Age, T. Simeon Ananou
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Nursing Faculty Experiences Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities, Darlene A. Ardary
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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The Role of Aesthetic Artifacts in Creative Writing Research: Casting Student Identity Narratives as Cultural Data, Christine I. Bailey
Department: English

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Choosing Materials for a Writing Center Resource Library in an ELL Setting, John R. Baker
Department: English

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Analyzing Discourse of Renewal in Post-Crisis Organizational Resiliency Among Nonprofit Organizations, Karen Kay Barone
Department: Communications Media

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Who is Taking the Shirt Off Your Back? A Multi-Method Analysis of Theft at a Specialty Retailer, Dana N. Baxter
Department: Criminology

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Revisiting Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell's Decision not to Attack Cemetery Hill on the First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg: A Study Viewed Through the Theoretical Lenses of Sun Tzu, Antoine Jomini, and the US Army Field Manual 3-0, C1, Michael S. Bednarski
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Playful Texts: Play Theory and the Adaptation and Reception of Fantasy Genres, Joshua Grant Begley
Department: English