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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

Megan Munson-Warnken: Gendering Fiction: A Mixed Methods Examination of the Influence of the “Boy” Book/ “Girl” Book Phenomenon on the Willingness to Read of Young Adolescents (2016-05-18)

Well-meaning educators often recommend more “boy” books to increase reading motivation amongst boys.  This experimental mixed-methods study investigated the influence of the “boy” book/ “girl” book phenomenon on willingness to read using a researcher-designed instrument called the Textual Features Sort (TFS).  The ...

Jeremy LyDell Beauregard: Taming the Elephant: An Examination of the Identity, Coping Strategies, and Educational Aspirations of Two Adolescent African American Males Who Live... (2016-03-23)

Taming the Elephant: An Examination of the Identity, Coping Strategies, and Educational Aspirations of Two Adolescent African American Males Who Live and Attend School in a Predominantly White Community

Mercy Burton Russell: Psychotherapists Becoming Leadership Consultants: The Making of Institutional Entrepreneurs (2016-03-25)

Leadership consultants bring specialized knowledge into their clients’ organizations. Advisor leadership consultants (ALC) trained as psychotherapists apply concepts from human behavior theories to business leaders. They also bring service-oriented professional norms, values of objectivity, neutrality, and lack of ...

Caitlin S. Steele: Education in the Age of Complexity: Building Systems Literacy (2016-03-30)

In the 21st century, transdisciplinary approaches to research and problem solving rooted in complexity theory and complex systems methodologies offer hope for understanding and solving previously intractable problems.  In the face of daunting modern challenges like a broken health care system, growing social and economic ...

John M. Downes: Middle Grades Students As Teacher Educators: Consulting With Students In Professional Development (2016-03-28)

Many teachers of young adolescents face compelling pressures to dramatically change their practice. The rapid adoption of 1:1 computing, whereby each student has nearly constant access to an Internet-connected laptop, netbook or tablet, poses unique challenges to established practices in curriculum, instruction and classroom ...

Kelly Mancini Becker: The Nile Project: Creating Harmony Through Music in the Nile Basin Region (2016-02-09)

The use of the arts as a tool for conflict transformation, or what has been called arts based peacebuilding, is a new and emerging field. Yet, there is little empirical evidence on its outcomes. The Nile Project, a musical collaborative from East Africa that brings together musicians from all of the countries that border the Nile ...

Nicholas E. Negrete: Examining Undergraduate Faculty’s Competence and Confidence in Addressing Distressed and Disruptive College Students (2016-02-19)

Mental health issues serve as a leading barrier to academic success for college students. As mental health issues among college students continue to escalate, there is an increased likelihood in the manifestation of demonstrable distress and disruption among college students within the classroom. However, there is dearth of ...

Paul Dragon: The Social Construction of Mental Illness Among State Administrators and Consumer Advocates (2015-12-09)

From 19th century insane asylums to state sponsored eugenic programs in the 20th century the state has been an incongruous leader and provider of mental health policy and practice. Current practices that include such treatments as confinement, restraints, forced medication and electro-convulsive therapy continue to raise issues of ...

Robert A. Skiff, Jr: Challenges to Building an Open Learning Organization in Higher Education: A Scholarly Personal Narrative (2015-12-11)

Higher education is undergoing rapid changes brought about by the ongoing financial crisis, globalization, and the rapid advancement of information technology. This scholarly personal narrative will apply assemblage theory and system dynamics to analyze the financial, cultural, and political constraints hampering change processes ...

Patience E. Whitworth: Powerful Peers: Resident Advisors’ Experience with Restorative Practices in College Residence Hall Settings (2015-10-28)

This study explores the implementation of Restorative Practices (Costello, Wachtel, & Wachtel, 2009) in a residential life program at a small public university. Narrative inquiry is used to explore the perspectives of eleven resident advisors (RAs) who have been trained in Restorative Practices (RP) and are using them in their ...

Tristan McNamara:Services For Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Study Of Educational Practices In Vermont (2015-11-03)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to receive increasing degrees of national attention in parallel with increasing rates of occurrence (Baio, 2012; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014; Rice, 2009). The disorder’s growing prevalence has been accompanied by controversies regarding the source of the disorder ...

Ryan Becker: A Science Instrument for the Digital Age: #SciStuChat Participants’ Perceptions of Twitter as a Tool for Learning and Communicating Science (2015-06-01)

The integration of digital technologies in K-12 education is ubiquitous. Web 2.0 technologies enable students who were once passive consumers to become active participants in, and even creators of, dynamic digital experiences. Social media, in particular, can connect disparate populations, minimizing traditional barriers such as ...

Nancy R. Disenhaus: Boys, Writing, and the Literacy Gender Gap: What We Know, What We Think We Know (2015-03-27)

The existence of a persistent gender gap in literacy achievement, and particularly in writing, is not in dispute: boys trail girls in every assessment at state, national, and international levels.  Yet although this basic fact is not in dispute, nearly everything else concerning the gender gap in literacy achievement—its ...

Windy Paz-Amor: Damned if you Do - Damned if you Don't: A Queer Woman of Color's Journey of Trauma, Agency, and Leadership (2015-03-27)

Navigating systems of leadership in Predominantly White Institutions (PWI’s) in higher education as a Queer Woman of Color can be a challenging and complex process--one that integrates identity, experience, expertise, knowledge, patience, and most importantly the ability to risk while remaining authentic and professional. It is ...

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