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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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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

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"The Past is a Country from which we have all Emigrated": Salman Rushdie's Postcolonial and Postmodern Embrace of Memory, Stephen James Bell
Department: English

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Teachers', Administrators', and Students' Perception of Recess at Public Elementary Schools: A Mixed Method Study Using Online Surveys, Interview Questions, and Students' Essays with Drawings, Krisztina Beni
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of Leadership Readiness and Empowerment Among Full-Time Nursing Faculty, Loretta Lynn Bilder
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Leading the Way in Radiography: Radiography Students' Perceptions of Leadership in the Field, Leadership Opportunities, and Themselves as Future Leaders, Renee C. Bloom
Department: Sociology

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Writing Centers and the Problem of Expertise: Knowing and Doing in Peer Tutoring, John Larkin Boyd
Department: English

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A Study of the Relationship Between Job Satisfaction and Financial Performance in Pennsylvania Community Banks, John L. Brooks
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Gender Equity in Nursing Education: Student Perceptions and Impact on the Educational Experience, Timothy B. Campbell
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Examining the Effectiveness of a Parent Manual for Improving and Generalizing Learned Social Skills in Rural Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Julie C. Cash
Department: Psychology

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Who Are Community College Transfer Students?: A View through the Faculty Lens, Lisa Castellino
Department: Sociology

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Teachers' Perception of Looping in Secondary Schools, Dennis J. Chakey
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Differences in Eighth Grade Science Student and Teacher Perception of Students Level of Input into Academic Planning and Decision Making, Jarrett Michael Chapman
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Uneasy Hybridity: The Nature and Culture of Science, and its Bioethical Implications in Select Victorian Fiction, Jae-uk Choo
Department: English

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A Qualitative Case Study of Five Mothers' Experiences with Early Intervention Services and Preschool Choices for Their Children with Disabilities, Brenda L. Cole
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Voice of Choice: An Examination of African American Parents' Choice of Charter Schools, Danielle Marie Conner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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School Psychologists' Report of School-Based Mental Health Service Programs Across Pennsylvania School Systems, Ajani Yanea Cross
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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University Police Legitimacy and Fear of Crime: An Exploration of Student Perceptions, Justin Crowl
Department: Criminology

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Stemming the Tide of Leadership Instability in Long Term Care: How Worklife Factors and Burnout Contribute to Nursing Home Administrators' Intention to Leave Their Job and Career, Christina Daley
Department: Sociology

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Evaluation of the Efficacy of Strengths Based Mobile Therapy, Marianne L. DiMatteo
Department: Sociology

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The Lived Experience of Baccalaureate Nursing Students Following the Sudden Death of a Classmate, Paulette Sue Dorney
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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The Novels of Deirdre Madden: Expanding the Canon of Irish Literature with Women's Fiction, Carly J. Dunn
Department: English

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Assessing Executive Functioning in Schools: The Utility of the BRIEF and D-KEFS in Identifying ADHD, Mindy L. Emch
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Mixed-Method Exploration of School Organizational and Social Relationship Factors That Influence Dropout Decision-Making in a Rural High School, Andrea J. Farina
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Digital Discipling: Assessing the Strategies of Spiritual Formation in Online Course Design for Bible Colleges, Michael Jeffrey Freeman
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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University Students' Perceptions of the Effects of Having Been Weight-Teased by Basic Education Teachers, Rebecca A. Gallagher
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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On Being an Island: A Grounded Theory Study of Being a WPA and the Only Composition Scholar at an Institution, Robin Gallaher
Department: English