University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral Defenses

Kenneth Smith: Iraq: My Stories of Life, Liberty & Leadership (2014-08-26)

…this war is lost, and the surge is not accomplishing anything…

Scott H. Baker: Faculty Perceptions as a Foundation for Evaluating Use of Student Evaluations of Teaching (2014-08-29)

Amidst ever-growing demands for accountability and increased graduation rates to help justify the rising costs of higher education, few topics in undergraduate education elicit a broader range of responses than student evaluations of teaching (SETs).  Despite debates over their efficacy, SETs are increasingly used as formative ...

Daniel M. French: Voices of Leadership: A Narrative Study of Four Vermont Superintendents and their Experience with Policy Governance (2014-08-29)

In 2006, the Vermont School Board's Association launched a pilot implementation of Policy Governance® in four Vermont school districts. Policy Governance is a coherent governance model that requires boards to establish policy in four policy quadrants (Carver, 2006). Key features of Policy Governance include the clear delineation ...

Prem P. Timsina: Employing “Best Practices” in Teacher Education: Faculty Perceptions of Their Success and Their Needs in Preparing Teachers to Increase Student Achievement (2014-06-23)

This qualitative study focuses on the faculty engaged in the preparation of secondary teachers at North East University (NEU). It seeks to discover how they see themselves as professionals and assess their work preparing future teachers in “Best Practices” of teaching so that they can effectively teach all students, ...

Beth Brodie: Perceptions of the Impact of High School Advisory in Vermont on Academic Success, Connectedness and Personalization (2014-04-14)

Public education is a cornerstone of our democracy and social advancement. However, current Vermont graduation rates would indicate that public education at the high school level does not address the needs of all twenty-first century learners. Research has revealed that personalization and creating a connected environment are ...

Kenneth Lemoyne Smith Jr: Iraq: My Stories of Life, Liberty and Leadership (2014-03-25)

…this war is lost, and the surge is not accomplishing anything… - Harry Reid, April 19, 2007

Talia J. Glesner: Programming for Families Impacted by Incarceration: An Ecological Exploration (2014-03-21)

The purpose of this dissertation is to learn how the ecological perspective can describe such a program with the intent of learning how to develop an evaluative tool that utilizes the framework that incorporates development and context. This study describes a state-wide Vermont program, Families Behind Walls that works with ...

Vincent M. Mugisha: Engaged African Refugee Youth Negotiating Schooling in the United States of America: An Inquiry into the Influence of Culture and Social Structure (2014-02-24)

This research explored the interculturally constructed scholastic engagement of six ethnically diverse African refugee youth at a high school in a small Northeastern city in the United States (U.S.). The study aimed to understand the refugee students’ realities of straddling betwixt and between African and American ...

Kelly Ann Swindlehurst: Meeting the Needs of all Learners: The Impact of Teacher Education on Teacher Readiness (2014-02-20)

Using a multiple case study, mixed-method approach, this study examined the differences between classroom teachers who earn a dual endorsement in general and special education and classroom teachers who earn only an elementary education teaching license.  Specifically, this research sought to understand how these two groups of ...

Linda A. Hazard: Changing Public Health policy in Vermont With Newborn Hearing Screening For Homebirth Families: Midwives Perceptions (2014-01-29)

In 2000 the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Screening recommended hearing screening for all infants born in the United States or its territories. The committee endorsed screening all infants by one month after birth, identification of hearing loss by three months and intervention by six months of age. Children identified with ...

Maria Mercedes Avila: Evaluating the Efficacy of Youth Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings: Implications for School Personnel and Health and Mental Health Service Providers (2013-11-13)

The purpose of this mixed methods sequential explanatory study was to identify factors contributing to providers’ and community members’ suicidality attitude and knowledge changes in Vermont communities by obtaining quantitative results (pre- and post-training evaluations) from surveying youth suicide prevention gatekeeper ...

Carol Williams Howe: Service-Learning, College Student Development, and Critical Thinking: Implications for Pedadogical Design (2013-10-11)

Service-learning has been characterized as a high impact educational practice, often cited as a means through which students can develop personal, professional, and academic skills.  A wealth of research has been dedicated to both illuminating best practices in the implementation of service-learning and to understanding ...

Erin Donovan: Peer Sexual Harassment in College: The Relationship with Status and College Adjustment (2013-09-16)

This study examined the prevalence and predictors of peer sexual harassment among college undergraduates (ages 18-25) at a public university in New England.  Participants (N= 147) completed online self-report measures of sexual harassment victimization and perpetration, adjustment to college, self-perceived peer liking, ...

Sadig Dahlan: Principles Relating to Inclusive Education For Children With Special Educational Needs (2013-06-26)

After many years and long discussion, the United Arab Emirates adopted policies and practices that encourage inclusion in educational classrooms. The policies and practices are modeled after those in the United States and European countries and endorsed by such international organizations as UNESCO and the United Nations. One ...

Adrienne M. Capone: The Intricacies Of Public School Teacher Hiring Practices: Perspectives From Applicants, Employers, And School Contexts (2013-03-27)

Teachers can have a significant effect on students’ success in academics (Goe, Bell, & Little, 2008; Hanushek, Rivkin, Rothstein, & Podgursky, 2004; Harris & Sass, 2011; Rockoff, Jacob, Kane, & Stalger, 2011) making the hiring of a teacher a critical event in the quest for increased student achievement. In the ...

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