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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Perceived Importance and Degree of Implementation of Ergonomics-Related Leading Safety Performance Indicators in the American Workplace, Frederick D. Straub
Department: Safety Sciences

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Civic Engagement: Generational Differences in Engagement of Citizens in Their Communities, Justin A. Tatar
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effectiveness of Workers' Compensation Loss Control Services in Reducing Workers' Compensation Claims, Justin S. Thygerson
Department: Safety Sciences

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Pennsylvania Teachers’ Perceptions and Use of Social Media Communication Technologies as a Pedagogical Tool, Brett C. Tozer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Popular Music in the Films of Joel and Ethan Coen, Jesse Ulmer
Department: English

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Postcolonial Intersectional Feminism, Trauma, Whiteness, and Recovery in Michelle Cliff's Novels, Begoña V. Vázquez
Department: English

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More Than Murderers: Confronting Perpetrators in Holocaust Fiction, Adam M. Wassel
Department: English

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The Impact of Teacher Education in ADHD and ODD on Perceived Efficacy, Proposed Interventions, and Behavior Attributions, Melissa Webb
Department: Psychology

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Safety Prequalification Factors for the Selection of Contractors Within the Steel Industry, David W. Wilbanks
Department: Safety Sciences

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Perceptions of Secondary Teachers on the Co-Teaching Model: An Examination of the Instructional Practices in Co-Teaching Classrooms in Western Pennsylvania, Phillip K. Woods
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation Into the Use of HERO I ®, a Videogame for Interpersonal Communications in Enhancing Intercultural Competency, Ahmed K. Yousof
Department: Communications Media

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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From Eric to Tarzan: An Ethical Analysis of Lead Male Characters in Disney Animation Films Produced During the Company’s Renaissance Era, Nicholas Artman
Department: Communications Media

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Presenting a Framework and Process for Designing Leadership Development Programs as Sustainable Competitive Advantages: A Case Study at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Travis A. Berger
Department: Sociology

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An Analysis of Varying Instructional Time and the Association With Third Grade Reading and Mathematics Proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, Heather D. Carr
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Early Intervention Sessions for Infants and Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Providers' Use of Routines, A Case Study, Melissa M. Casses
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Fitspiration: Empowering or Objectifying? The Effects of Fitspiration and Self-Objectification on Exercise Behavior, Julia Kathryn Chasler
Department: Psychology

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A Study of the Relationship Between Transportation Infrastructure and Criminal Behavior, Sherri Bennett Chippo
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of Access to School-Based Parent Resource Centers on Parents' Perceptions of School Climate and Students' Academic Achievement, Cherisse Le'Fay Chisolm
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Effects of the Big Five Personality Factors and Adverse Childhood Events on Leadership Emergence in an Online Violence Prevention Discussion Group, Adam Clarke
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Nursing Students' Test-Taking Motivation and the Exit Examination Score, Lorraine Coalmer
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Caribbean “Islands of the Mind”: Reshaping the Ocularity of the Self, Margaret Cox
Department: English

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Test Anxiety and Academic Procrastination Among Pre-licensure Nursing Students, Nicole R. Custer
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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How a National Blue Ribbon Elementary School Negotiates the ELA PA Core, Todd Dishong
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Study of Superintendents' Perceptions of Current Superintendent Certification Programs in New York State, Robert M. Dufour
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of the Relationships Between Leadership Practices of Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Directors and Program Performance on the BOC Examination, Jacqueline Durst
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of Undergraduate Sophomore-Level Nursing Students’ Personal Reflection Ability Following High-Fidelity Simulation and Video-Assisted Debriefing, Taylor Fawn Edwards
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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An Examination of Undergraduate Sophomore-Level Nursing Students’ Personal Reflection Ability Following High-Fidelity Simulation and Video-Assisted Debriefing, Taylor Fawn Edwards
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Assessing Stress and Coping Among Federal Probation Officers, Erika L. Farester
Department: Sociology

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"How Do You Feel About This Paper?" A Mixed-Methods Study of How Writing Center Tutors Address Emotion, Jennifer Follett
Department: English

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Principal Leadership and Its Influence on Educational Outcomes for High Need Student Populations, Alyssa Ford-Heywood
Department: Sociology

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Validating Placement for Teaching and Learning, Jessica Ann Ganni
Department: English

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Fabulous Ordinariness & Self-Making: The Other Side of USonian Identities, Erin Guydish
Department: English

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Caregivers of Children of Incarcerated Parents: Motivations for Involvement in the Family-School Partnership, Nikole Y. Hollins
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Qualitative Study of Graduate and Professional Studies Students' Writing Identities: The Role of Writing Centers in Constructing Identities, Kimberley M. Holloway
Department: English

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Kindergarten Entry Age and the Effect on Student Academic Achievement, Angela J. Hughes
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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High School Peer Tutor Alumni Research Project, Andrew L. Jeter
Department: English

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Movie Effects on Social Dominance Orientation of Undergraduate Students, Brian C. Johnson
Department: Communications Media

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A Quantitative Study: The Relationship Between School-Wide Instructional Practices, Teacher Beliefs, and Growth Mindset and Value-Added Student Growth in Elementary Mathematics for Grades 3–5, James W. Jones
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Discovering Perceptions of the Essence of College-Level Writing: Transcendental Phenomenological Inquiry in a Midwestern Community College, Nathan B. Jones
Department: English

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The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Physical Health in College Students: A Replication and Extension of the ACE Study, Irina Khrapatina
Department: Psychology

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Do Gender Stereotypes Keep Girls Away From Crime? A Structural Equation Modeling Approach to Power-Control Theory, EmmaLeigh E. Kirchner
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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The Usage of Smartphone Technologies by American Expatriate Teachers as a Communication and Cultural Assimilation Tool, Erik M. Kormos
Department: Communications Media

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The Effect of Acetaminophen on Social Pain, Peter Kozel
Department: Psychology

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Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of the Effect of Preschool on Academic and Social Skills, Amy L. Larcinese
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Faculty Members' Perceptions of Teaching Writing to Students Who Use English as an Additional Language, Nathan Lindberg
Department: English

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An Examination of High-School Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Advanced Level Educational Opportunities in Pennsylvania Public High Schools: A Quantitative Study, Mark J. Madson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of Fifth Graders' Reading Strategies When Reading Digital Texts in Regard to Overall Retention of Content Material by Proficient and Non-Proficient Readers, Melissa J. Martinez
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Enhancing Community Supervision: A Unified Voice for Community Corrections Concerning Police-Probation/Parole Partnerships, Adam K. Matz
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Investigation of CASEL SELect Programs with Minority Students From High Poverty Communities, Byron M. McClure
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Arriving at This Place: A Teacher’s Journey to Fostering Sustainable International Service-Learning in the Writing Classroom, Ravyn L. McKee
Department: English

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Intensive and Systematic Training in Working Memory: Does It Have Validity for Improving Reading Achievement?, Geneel A. McKenzie
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Elements of Process Quality Within a Preschool's Language and Early Literacy Environment: The Influence on Children's Pre-Reading and Writing Performance in the Beginning of Kindergarten, Cynthia Lynn Miller
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of Systemic Change from Failure to Success in Select Pennsylvania Schools, Michael A. Minnick
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Syllabus Design on Course Information Retention by At-risk First Semester College Students, Evelyn Anne Mocek
Department: Communications Media

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Fourth Grade Literature Blogging Versus Hand-Written Response: Effects on Motivation, Classroom Community, and Reading Comprehension, Adrienne Monaghan
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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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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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
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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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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