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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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An Exploration of Career Transition Self-Efficacy in Emerging Adult College Graduates, Tammy Jane Halstead
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of Support Programs for Students on Academic Probation in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Karen J. Hamman
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed-Methods Study: Principals' Perceived Leadership Styles and Ability to Lead During a School Violence Crisis, Joyce Herod Henderson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Life Course Study: Significant Life Events in the Lives of Appalachian First-Generation College Graduates, Peggy Henderson Murphy
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Perceptions of Teachers Regarding the Promoting of Self-Determination Skills in Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Annah Lea Hill
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Emotional Responses to the Reading Difficulties Experienced by Young Children Enrolled in Title I: A Qualitative Study of Students', Teachers', and Families' Perspectives, Rae Ann Hirsh
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Academic Success of First Year Students: The Effects of Alcohol Expectancy and Academic Self-Efficacy, Theresa Messina Horner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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High SchoolPrincipals' Perceptions of Cyberbullying, Brendan J. Hyland
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Peer Tutoring in College Learning Assistance Centers: A Qualitative Study of Sociotransformative Theory in Action, Patricia A. Johnson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Within Professional Development Schools: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of the Three-Student Project, Épryl L. King
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Factors that Promote Persistence and Motivation Among Successful, High Poverty, Urban High School Students, Lori A. Kuhns
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation into the Training of Instructors of Online Graduate Education Courses at Institutions of Higher Education, Lisa Michele LoBasso
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Students With Disabilities Taking Online Courses at Rural University: A Quantitative Investigation, Jennifer M. May
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study on the Effects of 4/4 Block Scheduling on Achievement in Mathematics Based on State Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania for High School Students, William Anthony Parks
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed Methods Study of Cyberbullying: Student, Educator, and Parent/Guardian Perspectives and Implications for Prevention and Intervention, Shannon Phillips-Shyrock
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of Basic and Borderline Proficient Students' Comprehension Reading Achievement Using the READ 180© Computerized Instructional Program, Deborah L. Piper
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Exploring the Relationship Between Accomplished Teaching Through National Board Certification for Teachers and Teacher Leadership in New York State, Kathleen M. Sottile
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Reverend Doctor William Archer Rutherfoord Goodwin: Can Leadership Resurrect and Restore the Past?, Susan Hutzler Venatta
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Walkthrough Observation: The Elementary Principals' and Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of the Walkthrough Observation Tool, Rick A. Walsh
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Exploration of the Effects of a Literature-Based Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum on the Kindergarten Classes in a Large K-5 Elementary School, Susan N. Gravle Werkheiser
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Training Curriculum at Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academies: Perceptions of Effective Training, Jonathan Wesley Wolf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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A Descriptive Study of the Effects of Mentoring and Induction Programs on Novice Teacher Self-Efficacy Beliefs, John M. Ackermann
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Earth Education Program SunshipTM Earth: A Mixed Methods Study of the Long-Term Influence on Environmental Attitudes and Actions, Nancy K. Bires
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Middle Level Science: A Mixed-Methodology Study of the Impact of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) on Curriculum and Instruction, PatriciaSarappo Sarappo Britton
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Simulation Usage as a Partial Replacement of Traditional Clinical: A Study of Administrator and Faculty Perceptions in Practical Nursing Programs in Pennsylvania, Cynthia A. Cornelius
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Student Affairs New Professionals Employee Orientation Programs' Relationship with Organizational Socialization, Amy L. Cotner-Klinger
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Professional Development on Teachers' Technology Self-Efficacy: A Design-Based Approach, Joshua David DeSantis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of 21st Century Skills in High Achieving Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania, Gregory P. Egnor
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Reflective Thinkers: An Examination of the Development of the Student Teachers' Journal Reflections during the Student Teaching Experience, Christine L. Fryer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Elementary Writing Assessment Platforms: A Quantitative Examination of Online Versus Offline Writing Performance of Fifth-Grade Students, Vickie L. Heath
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Metacognition and Learning to Read: An Examination of the Metacognitive Strategies Fifth Grade Students Use Before, During, and After Reading, Dana Ann Keck
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Graduates' Perceptions of a Western Pennsylvania Public High School Alternative Education Program, Beverly J. Knopf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Long-Serving Rural Superintendents of Western Pennsylvania: A Descriptive Case Study of the Factors That May Influence Their Longevity, Shawn Lewis Kovac
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Study of Parental Understanding of and Intervention in Cyberbullying among Children in Fourth through Eighth Grade, Emily L. Levine
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Using Electronic Reading Devices to Gauge Student Situational Interest in Reading: A Quantitative Study with Ninth-Grade Language Arts Students, Karen Louise Matis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed-Methods Study of Early Intervention Implementation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Janet Anne Mattern
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Study of the Post-Lesson Reflective Practices of Pre-service Health Education Teachers at Four Institutions of Higher Education, Jennifer E. Rodgers
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Academic Help-Seeking Behavior of Act 101 Students: Who Seeks Help? Who is Reluctant?, Nancy Anne Rottler
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Bridging the Gap Between Interior Design Education and Entry-Level Job Expectations, Karen M. Scarton
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Exploring Preservice Early Childhood Educators' Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Preparedness to Teach Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Inclusive Classrooms, Tricia H. Shelton
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Study Using a 360 Degree Feedback for Principals Along With Professional Development Seminars, Stephen D. Shutters
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Secondary Preservice Teachers' Perception of Preparedness to Integrate Technology, Leanne Spazak
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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National Board Certified Teachers in Pennsylvania: A Study of Motivation and Persistence, Ronald Jay Starnes
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Performance-Based Music Ensembles' Effect on Academic Achievement: A Correlational Study, Timothy Francis Stevenson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed-Methods Study: Motivational Aspects of a Summer Reading Program for Young Adolescents with Low Reading Achievement, Brianna R. Strahler
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Gatekeeping and Creativity in Higher Education: A Mixed-Methods Study of Professors' and Students' Perceptions of Practices in Freshmen-Level College Courses, Laura J. Strong
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Digital Citizenship Instruction in Pennsylvania Public Schools: School Leaders Expressed Beliefs and Current Practices, Chris A. Suppo
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Teacher Perceptions of the Importance of Fitness Testing and the Relationship of Fitness Testing to Lifetime Fitness Goals for High School Students, Jennifer Thorp
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Providing Additional Reading Opportunities for Struggling Readers at Their Independent Reading Levels Within Content Areas, Teresa Vasinko
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Public School Teachers' Knowledge, Perception, and Implementation of Brain- Based Learning Practices, David A. Wachob
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Promoting Adult Student Success at Four-Year Higher Education Institutions, Heidi A. C. Watson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Walkthrough Observations and their Influence on the Development of Professional Learning Communities: A Multiple-Case Study, Ronald J. Yasher
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Pre-Service Teachers as Tutors: Influencing Reading Achievement Among 1st and 2nd Grade Students in a Low Income School, Michelle Durkin Blackburn
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Gender Specific Instructional Strategies: Examining the Reading Achievement of Boys in Single-Sex Schools, Virginia Bonomo
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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New Building Level Leaders' Perceptions: Experiences in the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership's Induction and Mentoring Program, Raymond Daniel Burk
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Special Education "Preparation Gap:" Perceptions of the Western Region Special Education Advisers Concerning Pennsylvania's Special Education Competencies for School Leaders, Matthew Richard Conner
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of Teacher Leadership Perceptions of Teachers and Building Administrators Using a Comparative Case Study Approach, Matthew E. Curci
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of Hybrid Instructional Models on Game Performance Outcomes of Middle School Physical Education Students, Kimberly Ann Everhart
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Exploring the Relationship between College Student Leadership Experiences and the Practice of Effective Leadership Behaviors, Jodie A. Frey
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Modern Sexism and Preference for a Coach Among Select National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Female Athletes: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Nancy Jo Greenawalt
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Exploring the Early Field Experience to Examine the Impact on Pre-Service Teacher Development, Anthony P. Grieco
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed-Methods Study: Raising Student Achievement Through the Lens of Hope and Collective Efficacy, Jesse A. Haight
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Survey of Vocational Administrators and Teachers in Career and Technical Education Centers Regarding Their Perception of Vocational Program Improvements, Richard Lynn Hummel Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of Commercial Bank Solvency During a Global Financial Crisis, Dan Kozyro
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Teachers' Perceptions on the Impact of Blogs and Wikis Regarding the Acquisition of 21st Century Skills in the Classrooms for the Future Classroom: A Study of Two Pennsylvania High Schools, Robin Lee Lutcher
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Content Analysis of John F. Kennedy's Public Papers Between 1960 and 1963, John Gerard Makara
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Qualitative Study of Blue Ribbon Elementary School Principals: Perspectives on Promoting Student Achievement, Jacie Maslyk
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Clinical Instructors' Perceptions of the Importance of Affective Behaviors in Undergraduate Athletic Training Clinical Education, Rebecca L. Mokris
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Gender and Leadership: Educational Leadership through Feminine Eyes: Have the Barriers in Acquiring Educational Administrative Positions for Women Changed in the Last Fifteen Years?, M. Holly Morrison
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Implementation of "Turning Points 2000" Recommendations: A Survey of Mid-Western Pennsylvania Middle Level Teachers' Beliefs and Practice, Michael J. Pendred
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Year-Round School on Students with Learning Disabilities: A Case Study, John Pfeiffer Jr.
Department: Professional Studies in Education