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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Administrator Perceptions Regarding Pennsylvania's MTSS/RtII Framework and Gifted Elementary Students, Tricia M. Murin
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Recontextualizations of Families of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Educational E-Discourse: A Discourse Analysis of Representation, Accessibility, and Ideological Values in Parent Involvement, Janelle L. Newman
Department: English

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Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade Teacher Perception of Self-Efficacy in Educating Students Diagnosed With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders, Jenifer R. Pappasergi
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Hookups and Gender Norm Conformity: The Experiences of Undergraduate Women, Rebecca Shayne Pearlson
Department: Psychology

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Stress, Burnout, and Attrition: Implications of Student Performance Data on Math Teacher Effectiveness Evaluations, Becky L. Piscitella
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Adventure Camp: Evaluation of an Experiential Learning Social Skills Intervention for Children with ADHD and ASD, Mark E. Pleiss
Department: Psychology

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Adapting Place, Embracing Hybridity: Brian Friel’s and Frank McGuinness’s Dramatic Adaptations of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen, Nancy Elizabeth Raftery
Department: English

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Introducing the Prison Writer to Composition: A Multilayered, Many Stranded, Nested, and Textured 3D Metanarrative That Begins to Unfold the Untold Story of Prison Writing, Alva Natalie Ramon
Department: English

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Leadership Development Among Fraternity Presidents: Can Leadership Be Learned?, Joseph Rosenberg
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Valuing Non-Degree, Online Training: An Examination of Hiring Managers’ Perceptions of MOOCs, Joseph A. Rosendale
Department: Communications Media

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"A Land of Picture": Novelized Art and Visual Literature in Cole, Cooper, and Hawthorne, 1826-1860, Ellen H. Ryan
Department: English

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A Mixed Method Examination of Student Achievement Indicators, Michael E. Sable
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination Into University-Based Image Repair via Social Media as Demonstrated by Penn State University's Effort During the Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Carrie L. Scanlon
Department: Communications Media

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Effects of an Intervention on Undergraduate Women’s Knowledge of and Attitudes Related to Sexual Objectification, Samantha R. Sciarrillo
Department: Psychology

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A Spiritual Approach for Licensed Professional Counselors in Private Practice: Treating African-American Women’s Psychological Pain, Callie Marie Scott
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Holding Back the Mountain: Sustaining Place in the Appalachian Poetry of Robert Morgan, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Ron Rash, Alana Dagenhart Sherrill
Department: English

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Understanding How Texting and Driving Video Public Service Announcements Change College Students' Attitudes and Impact Information Retention Using the Health Belief Model, Rona Smeak
Department: Communications Media

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Trauma Exposure and Health Outcomes in College Students: The Mediating Role of Experiential Avoidance, Kathryn L. Sowder
Department: Psychology

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A Case Study of Pennsylvania's University Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities, Margaret Stolar-Martz
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Source of Controversy: Newspaper Reporters' Sourcing Practices in Coverage of Natural Gas Drilling, Brandon J. Szuminsky
Department: Communications Media

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The Phenomenological Exploration of User-Design Among Junior Undergraduate Students Majoring in Computer Science in a Medium Sized Liberal Arts University When Developing a Game Prototype, David Tucker
Department: Communications Media

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Merging Professional Academic Literacies and Identities: Four Case Studies of New PhDs Working in Composition, Kathleen Vacek
Department: English

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The Effect Academic Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control Have in the Successful Completion of High School Cyber Courses, William L. Vitulli
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Reducing the Impact of Negative Media Messages on College Students’ Body Satisfaction: Examining the Effectiveness of a Warning Message, Audra L. Wagaman
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of K-2 Commercialized Reading Programs on 3rd Grade Reading Mastery as Measured by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Jesse T. Wallace III
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of K-2 Commercialized Reading Programs on 3rd Grade Reading Mastery as Measured by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Jesse T. Wallace III
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Teachers’ Implementation of Constructivist Teaching: Does Career Motivation Make a Difference?, Peizhen Wang
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Alcoholic Republic/Temperate Empire: Temperance and Imperialism in U.S Literature, 1830-1870, Sarah Elise Franzen Young
Department: English

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The Sidekick Comes of Age: Tracing the Growth of Secondary Characters in Young Adult Literature, Stephen M. Zimmerly
Department: English

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Androgynous Content: Gender-Inclusive Language in Qur'anic Arabic and Egyptian Arabic, Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed
Department: English

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A Qualitative Case Study Exploring the Implementation of ePortfolios by Writing Teachers in PASSHE Schools, Maha Alawdat
Department: English

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Teachers' Perceptions of the Importance of Intercultural Communicative Competence in Saudi EFL Education, Basim Mohammed Al Hasnan
Department: Education

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Writing for Certainty: Women's Reformist Exegesis in Early Modern England, Angela Aliff
Department: English

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The Use of Instructional Videos in K-12 Classrooms: A Mixed-Method Study, Carleen Allison
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Criterion Validity of Mathematics Curriculum-Based Measurement, Giancarlo A. Anselmo
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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An Exploration of the Relationship Between School Dropout and the Academic, Emotional, and Social Experiences of Incarcerated Males, Jessica Attardo-Maryott
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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"But Where Can We Draw Water?": Ideology, Myth, and Legend in Twentieth-Century Irish Literature, Matthew P. Ayres
Department: English

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Postmodern Tendencies in Contemporary Arab American Novel, Ibrahim Azizi
Department: English

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The Unsung Feminist Heroine: Jessie Redmon Fauset-- Liberator, Educator, and Female Emancipator, Michelle Eileen Banks
Department: English

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Weird Mysticism: Philosophical Horror and the Logic of Negation in Thomas Ligotti, Georges Bataille, and E. M. Cioran, Brad Baumgartner
Department: English

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Empathy in Preservice Early Childhood Teachers, Kathleen A. Beining
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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When English is Performed Rather Than Spoken: The Narrative Inquiry of Saudi M.A. Students' Experiences with Pragmatic Competence, Fahad A. Ben Duhaish
Department: English

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Rereading, Rewriting, and Recovering the Literary Legacy of Susan Warner, Amanda M. Benigni
Department: English

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"I Am Master Here and You Shall Learn to Know It": Recovering Domestic Abuse Literature by 19th-Century Transatlantic Women Authors, Maria E. Bodenschatz
Department: English

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Nursing Students' and Educators' Perspectives on Using Educational Games as an Experiential Learning Strategy, Johanna E. Boothby
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Study of Effects of Institution-Wide 1:1 Computing Initiatives on University Freshman Student Engagement, James R. Bosco
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Examination of the Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Students' Academic Outcomes, Heather Lynnette Bravener
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Academic Advising at a Satellite Campus of a Large Multi-Campus University: A Qualitative Case Study Using Systems Theory Constructs, Sean Thomas Bridgen
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Women Motorcycle Passengers: The View from the Backseat, Ginger Lou Bucher
Department: Sociology

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Evaluative Study of Legal Literacy Relative to Principals' Knowledge of the First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments and the Impact on Daily Decision-Making, Amy Marie Burch
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of Financial Issues on the Departure of First-Year, First-Time-In-College, Full-Time Students From a Public, Four-Year University, W. Paul Bylaska
Department: Sociology

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The Effects of Audio and Video Encoding on Information Acquisition Among Undergraduates, Todd A. Campbell
Department: Communications Media

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Gathering Wombs: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Decolonizing the Female Body in the Works of Mahasweta Devi, Margaret Randall, and Bessie Head, Mary Louisa Cappelli
Department: English

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Bring Your Own Device: A Case Study of a 10th Grade BYOD Program in a Rural Pennsylvania School District, Donna M. Carey
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Teacher Acceptance of Web-Based E-learning Technology, Adam C. Coffman
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Bakhtinian Approach to (Re)visioning Heroic Rhetoric in Medical Discourse, Gillian Mary Collie
Department: English

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Construct Validity of the D-KEFS Sorting Test: Standard and Non-Standard Administration with a Non-Clinical Undergraduate Sample, Sunshine M. Collins
Department: Psychology

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Captivating Culture and Composition: Life Writing, Storytelling, Folklore, and Heritage Literacy Connections to First-Year Composition, Jennifer O. Curtis
Department: English

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Breaking Down Barriers for Low Income and First Generation College Bound Students: A Case Study of Five College Access Programs, Jennifer J. Damico
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Comparing Strain at a Residential and a Commuter Campus: A Test of General Strain Theory, Darla D. Darno
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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A New Model for Reading Adaptation: The Textus, in a Case Study of Adaptations of “The Great Gatsby”, Sarah Elizabeth Davis
Department: English

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An Examination of the Effects of Multiple Learning Environments on Problem Solving in Graduate Instructional Design Students, Robyn A. Defelice
Department: Communications Media

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Utility of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (L SI-R) in Predicting Recidivism: Do Gender and Offense Type Matter?, Ashley Leigh Dickinson
Department: Criminology

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A Gendered View of Servant Leadership, Susanne Diehl
Department: Sociology

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Examining the Links Between Parental Meta-Emotion Philosophy and Mother-Adolescent Relationships as Assessed by the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB), Yu Ding
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Among Parental Style, Involvement, Influence and Undergraduate Student Success, Susan Miller Donat
Department: Sociology

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Metatext: A Study of Nonfiction Fan Compositions and Disciplinary Writing, Shevaun Donelli O'Connell
Department: English

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The Perceived Value of Music Teacher Input During IEP Meetings: Special Education Teacher Survey Responses, Melissa A. Douglas-Kline
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Core Job Dimensions as Predictors of Intended Retirement Timing, Eric S. Ecklund
Department: Sociology

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Trapped Like a Trap in a Trap: Subversive Fiction of the Twenties and Thirties - Dorothy Parker's Outrage at the Failure of Advancement Toward Gender and Social Equality, Claire Louise Englehart
Department: English

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Growing Up Working Class in Southwestern Pennsylvania: How Class Impacts Career and Educational Decisions, Brian James Farester
Department: Sociology

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The Efficacy of Readers' Theatre with Digital Voice Recording as a Means of Improving Reading Skills, Meghan Ferraro
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Evaluating the Sensitivity of a Reading Comprehension Benchmark Assessment as a Predictor of Performance on a High Stakes Academic Assessment For Middle School Students, René Fetchkan
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Beyond Visible Cities: Avant-Garde Actions and the Materialized Word in Twenty-First-Century New York City, Dominique Ficalora
Department: English

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Recommended Practices for Determining Rate of Improvement: A Review of State-Level Guidance, Caitlin S. Flinn
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Effect of the Use of the Simulation Leadership Training Software VLeader on the Leadership Aptitude Scores of Undergraduate College Students in the Communications Media Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer L. Forrest
Department: Communications Media

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Developing a Change-Process Blueprint: A Case Study of Online and Hybrid Courses at a Liberal Arts Institution, Jeffrey D. Foster
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Belief and an Act of Will: Hopeful Writing Theory for the Composition Course, Brian Fotinakes
Department: English

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Reflections from Pennsylvania Charter School Leaders: A Qualitative Study, Colleen L. Freyvogel
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Collective Case Study that Examines the Decision-Making Experiences and Influential Variables as Identified by Leaders in Higher Education, Dennis D. Frketich Sr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Academic Literacy and Discourse Socialization of Seven Multilinguals in a Research Seminar Course in a Japanese University, Yutaka Fujieda
Department: English

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Social Combination: Teaching Two Fa(u)lkners and Digital Literacy, Koichi Fujino
Department: English

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Information Retention of Audio Based Public Service Announcements: The Impact of Messages Created Using Different Production Methods, Lacey A. Fulton
Department: Communications Media

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Differences in Perceptions of Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, and Burnout Among Nurse Faculty, Earlston Kinzie Gardner III
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Common Profiles and Clinical Utility of the MMPI-2-RF in Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations, Laura K. Gilman
Department: Psychology

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Recontextualizing Composition Studies: Translingual Practice, Representation, and an Enacted Methodology, Rachel Griffo
Department: English

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(Re)framing the Immigrant Narrative: Exploring Testimonios That Counter the Essentialized Image of (Un)documented People in the Discourses of Contemporary U.S. Rhetoric, Leslie Nicole Gutierrez
Department: English

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Correlation of Emotional Intelligence of School Leaders and School Climate: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between American and South Korean Schools, Ellen I. Harney
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Examining the Academic, Behavioral, and Financial Effectiveness of In-House Alternative Education Programs Compared to Off-Site Programs: A Quantitative Analysis, Keith A. Hartbauer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of the Effects of National Board Certification on School Climate: Perceptions of Teachers, Staff and Administrators, Carolyn Headley
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Factors Affecting Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Among Nurse Practitioners, Susan Hellier
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Reimagining the Dominant Narratives of Peer Tutoring: A Study of Tutors' and Writers' Stories, Margaret M. Herb
Department: English

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The Impact of Inclusion on the General Education Curriculum, Stephanie L. Hoelper
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Instituting Restoration: Establishing and Sustaining a Restorative Model of Justice, Timothy J. Holler
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Writing Stories Across Languages: The Exploration of Students' Books Construction in an EAP Writing Classroom, Maria Houston
Department: English

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Aristotle, the Sublime, and Quantum Rhetoric: New Approaches to Understanding the Fiction Writing Process, Mitchell R. James
Department: English

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Recovering the Agency of Editors in the Careers of Three Canonical Nineteenth-Century American Authors, David W. Johnson
Department: English

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Analysis of Factors That Influence Use of Learning Management Systems by Pennsylvania Rural School Districts, Derek S. Jones
Department: Communications Media

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A Comparison of Hypertension Management Perceptions, Knowledge, and Stage of Change Among Hospital Employees, Sarah D. Jones
Department: Sociology

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The Phenomenological Exploration of Constructionism Among Female Undergraduate Communications Media Students When Designing a 2D Game Interface, Christopher W. Juengel
Department: Communications Media