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Dissertations from 2019

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Dropping the Invisibility Cloak: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Sense of Belonging and Place Identity Among Rural, First Generation, Low Income College Students from Appalachian Kentucky, Brenda Abbott, Education (also CAGS)

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Learning Linguistics, Teaching for Change: Preparing Secondary Educators to More Equitably Teach Disciplinary Literacies, Kathryn Accurso, Education (also CAGS)

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TEACHERS' PERCEPTIONS AND KNOWLEDGE TOWARD INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN SAUDI ARABIAN SCHOOLS, Tassan Alsulami and Tassan Mohammed Alsulami, Education (also CAGS)

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"No One is Gonna Tell Us We Can't Do This": The Development of Agency in Student-Initiated Community Engagement, Shuli A. Archer, Education (also CAGS)

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Interfaith Education and the Quest for Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria, Ezekiel Abdullahi Babagario, Education (also CAGS)

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(Social) class is in session: Examining the experiences of working-class students through social class identity, class-based allyship, and sense of belonging, Genia M. Bettencourt, Education (also CAGS)

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Chilean Teachers Responses to and Understanding of Student Interaction with Diverse Peers in the Classroom, Javier Martín Campos-Martínez, Education (also CAGS)

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Bridging the gap: Cultural wealth and college transitions for Upward Bound students, Ashley J. Carpenter, Education (also CAGS)

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Retrofitting Educators Through Sheltered Instruction Training: A Longitudinal Case Study Examining the Efficacy of a Five-year District-wide Intervention Effort, Marisa Ferraro, Education (also CAGS)

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STEERING AGAINST THE TIDE? PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY AT AMHERST COLLEGE, Letha Gayle-Brissett, Education (also CAGS)

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Re/Reading Paulo Freire & Lorenzo Milani: Critical Pedagogies for the 21st Century, Simone Gugliotta, Education (also CAGS)

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Language Learners as Agentive Meaning-Makers: Exploring Learners' Investment and Meaning-Making, Shinji Kawamitsu, Education (also CAGS)

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TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE ON EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN SAUDI ARABIA, Ahmed Khodari and Ahmed Khodari, Education (also CAGS)

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NEGOTIATING CRITICAL BILITERACIES: LANGUAGE AND LITERACY LEARNING IN A BILINGUAL ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM, Jing-Ji Marsha Liaw, Education (also CAGS)

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A TOP-DOWN APPROACH FOR OPTIMALLY DESIGNING MULTISTAGE-ADAPTIVE TESTS, HWANGGYU LIM, Education (also CAGS)

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Every Pawn is a Potential Queen: How Female Early-Career Faculty Play the Game of Tenure, Bethany Lisi, Education (also CAGS)

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Young Adult Early Childhood Home Visitors’ Perceptions of FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) and Its Potential Protection to Burnout, Lee MacKinnon, Education (also CAGS)

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A CRITICAL LENS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN PUERTO RICO, Robin Marion, Education (also CAGS)

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An Exploration of the Influence of Dimensions of Organizational Behavior on the Relationship between the Allocation of Financial Resources and Persistence and Graduation Rates, Bryant Morgan, Education (also CAGS)

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When Healing and High-stakes Meet: Restorative Justice in an Era of Racial Neoliberalism, Dani O'Brien, Education (also CAGS)

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Bringing Learning Back In: Examining Three Psychometric Models for Evaluating Learning Progression Theories, Duy Pham, Education (also CAGS)

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Interweaving Personal and Community Transformation in a Capability Approach: An Education for Development Case Study in Colombia, Stephanie M. Pirroni, Education (also CAGS)

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Navigating Mainstream Environments: The Impact of Modality Selection for Children with Cochlear Implants, Kristine Plasse, Education (also CAGS)

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Latina/o College Students' Experiences at a Predominately White Research University, Maria Alicia Remaly, Education (also CAGS)

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Mapping the Development of College Going Identities Among Aspirantes Puertorriqueñas, Yedalis Ruiz, Education (also CAGS)

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Home Away From Home: Chinese, Female, International Students Attending a High School in the United States, Pamela Shea, Education (also CAGS)

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A SEMIOTIC ANALYSIS OF LINGUISTIC AND CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT IN MATHEMATICS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, Hyunsook Shin, Education (also CAGS)

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UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S DISCOURSE ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION AND CHINA-AFRICA HIGHER EDUCATION EXCHANGE: A FIELD RESEARCH STUDY AT ZHEJIANG NORMAL UNIVERSITY’S CHINA-AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL, Yi Sun, Education (also CAGS)

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EXAMINING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AMONG STATE SPECIAL EDUCATION AGENCIES IN THE RESULTS DRIVEN ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS, Anne Louise Thompson Granfield, Education (also CAGS)

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3CAM MODEL CONCEPT MAPS, CRITICAL THINKING, COLLABORATION ASSESSMENT (3CAM) TOWARD THE PATH OF MASTERY LEARNING, Elham Zandvakili, Education (also CAGS)

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AN EXAMINED LIFE OF A LANGUAGE TEACHER OF CHINESE: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATION INTO AGENCY, Ying Zhang, Education (also CAGS)

Dissertations from 2018

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TEACHER EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT IN BANGLADESH: EXPLORING POLICY AND PRACTICE THROUGH A VERTICAL CASE STUDY, Sumera Ahsan, Education (also CAGS)

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CHARACTERISTICS FOR TEACHING GIFTED STUDENTS: THE SAUDI TEACHERS' PERSPECTIVE, Majed s. Al dalham, Education (also CAGS)

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STEM PIPELINE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO INTENTIONS TO MAJOR IN STEM, Joshua Bittinger, Education (also CAGS)

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Examining the Effects of Changes in Automated Rater Bias and Variability on Test Equating Solutions, Michelle Boyer, Education (also CAGS)

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Playing the Field: A Case of Restructuring at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jacqueline Brousseau-Pereira, Education (also CAGS)

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USING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO ESTABLISH NEED AND BUY-IN PRIOR TO SELECTING A SCHOOLWIDE MODEL: A MIXED METHODS SEQUENTIAL EXPLANATORY DESIGN, Kelly Carriere, Education (also CAGS)

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Preparing Asian ESOL Teachers to Respond to Student Writing: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Perspective in Action, I-An Chen, Education (also CAGS)

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USING STRATEGIC DISCOURSE FOR BUILDING UNDERSTANDING IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS: WHAT DO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS THINK?, Mary Coakley, Education (also CAGS)

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Organized Anarchies in the Marketplace: Competition and Change in a Rural School District, Laura Davis, Education (also CAGS)

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The History of Massachusetts Transfer and Articulation Policies in Contexts of Evolving Higher Education System Structure, Coordination, and Policy Actors, Daniel de la Torre, Jr., Education (also CAGS)

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Investigation Repeater Effects on Small-sample Equating: Include or Exclude?, Hongyu Diao, Education (also CAGS)

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Educational Leaders’ Perspectives on Their Preparation, Practice, and Professional Development in MTSS, Jodi Drury, Education (also CAGS)

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BEYOND ACCESS: SENSE OF BELONGING OF BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITING TO COMPLETE THE Ph.D, Sabrina Durand, Education (also CAGS)

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High School Students' Perceptions of School Climate in Relation to Discipline History and Discipline Approach, Kayla R. Gordon, Education (also CAGS)

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Female Students’ Academic Engagement and Achievement in Science and Engineering: Exploring the Influence of Gender Grouping in Small Group Work in Design-Based Learning Contexts in High School Biology, Miancheng Guo, Education (also CAGS)

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Get in Where You Fit in: The Career Paths for White and Black Superintendents, Terrell Melvin Hill, Education (also CAGS)

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INCREASING STEM PARTICIPATION AND STUDENT SUCCESS OF DEVELOPMENTAL MATHEMATICS STUDENTS AT AN URBAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Vanessa A. Hill, Education (also CAGS)

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THE ROLE OF PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, SITUATIONAL INTEREST, AND CASE STUDY PEDAGOGY IN THE UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY CLASSROOM., Ally Hunter, Education (also CAGS)

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The Knowledge They Possess: Elementary Teachers' Expertise and Where It Becomes Usable Knowledge in the MA Education System, Helen-Ann Ireland, Education (also CAGS)

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MOTHER ETHNOGRAPHY: A PERFORMANCE OF POSSIBILITY, Sonji Johnson-Anderson, Education (also CAGS)

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Technology Integration and Use in Elementary Mathematics Methods Courses for Pre-service Teachers, Elzbieta Manos, Education (also CAGS)

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LEARNING PROSOCIALITY THROUGH EXPERIENCE: MODELING THE OUTCOMES OF POSTSECONDARY STUDY ABROAD AND SERVICE LEARNING, CHRISTINA Monte, Education (also CAGS)

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PARENTING, IDENTITY AND CULTURE IN AN ERA OF MIGRATION AND GLOBALIZATION: HOW BANGLADESHI PARENTS NAVIGATE AND NEGOTIATE CHILD-REARING PRACTICES IN THE USA, Mohammad Mahboob Morshed, Education (also CAGS)

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EXPLORING EXPERIENCES, PERSPECTIVES, AND IDENTITY (RE) FORMATION PROCESSES OF AFRICAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Brenda M. Muzeta, Education (also CAGS)

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EVALUATION AND REMEDIATION OF RATER SCORING OF CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE ITEMS, Frank Padellaro Jr, Education (also CAGS)

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APPLYING STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR CONFLICT-SENSITIVE EDUCATION IN THE SOMALI EDUCATION SECTOR, Nina Aristea Papadopoulos, Education (also CAGS)

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Plazing Inside the Fratriarchal Frame: American College Fraternity Men’s Gender Identity and Hazing, Emily Perlow, Education (also CAGS)

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MOTIVATION AND GENDER DYNAMICS IN HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE: THE EFFECT OF GENDER COMPOSITION ON MOTIVATION IN SMALL GROUP INQUIRY AND ENGINEERING TASKS, Julie Robinson, Education (also CAGS)

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Investigating the Parent Functions: African-American Families and Schools Collaborating to Improve Secondary Mathematics Achievement, Frank E. Staples Jr., Education (also CAGS)

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Understanding Progress Toward Degree Completion for Student Veterans in the Post 9-11 Era: A Focused Life History Narrative, David T. Vacchi, Education (also CAGS)

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MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM OF CALCULUS AS ENACTED IN THE CURRICULUM, SENSE-MAKING AND GENDER, Ileana Vasu, Education (also CAGS)

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Adopting Active Learning Classroom (ALC) Technology and Overcoming Barriers: A Faculty Development Intervention Model for Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces, Bradford D. Wheeler, Education (also CAGS)

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Examining Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and Their Decisions in Regard to Referral and Placement, Ayse Dilsad Yakut, Education (also CAGS)

Dissertations from 2017

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Capacity Development and Workplace Learning: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Workplace Learning at Afghan Ministry of Education, Department of Planning, Mohammad Javad Ahmadi, Education (also CAGS)

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Special Education and Massachusetts Charter Schools: Examining Issues and Practices Associated with Enrollment, Placement and Compliance, Jennifer C. Baribeau, Education (also CAGS)

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The Role of Foster Parents in Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care, Gwen Bass, Education (also CAGS)

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Demystifying Distributed Leadership: How Understanding Principles of Practice and Perceptions Regarding Ambiguity Can Enhance the Leadership Capacity of Department Chairs, Diana Bonneville, Education (also CAGS)

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Moving from Trauma to Healing: Black Queer Cultural Workers’ Experiences and Discourses of Love, Durryle N. Brooks, Education (also CAGS)

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Perceptions and Perspectives of Core Subject High School Teachers on the Phenomenon of Creative Learning, Ralph Caouette, Education (also CAGS)

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Critical Language Awareness in an ELL Urban Language Classroom: Transforming a Latina Teacher’s Language Ideology, Yvonne V. Fariño and Yvonne Virginia Farino, Education (also CAGS)

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Examining the Influence of Graduate Student Experiences on Graduate Alumni Giving, Kevin Fleming Ph.D., Education (also CAGS)

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Residence Directors as Residential Crisis Workers: Exploring the Role of Campus-Based Critical Incident Stress Management in the Mitigation of Compassion Fatigue, Noga Flory, Education (also CAGS)

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The Cultural Construction of Diverse Other(s): A Discourse Analysis of Institutional Policy, Rachel E. Friedensen, Education (also CAGS)

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Evaluating a Translingual Administration of the Early Grades Math Assessment (EGMA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fernanda Gandara, Education (also CAGS)

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Supporting Black and Brown Females’ STEM Identity Construction Through Mathematics Teacher Noticing: A Mixed Methods Study, Carolyn Gardner, Education (also CAGS)

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Let’s Take an Adventure: Exploring Beginner Writing in Chinese by Non-Heritage Learner, Ping Geng, Education (also CAGS)

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Cross Case Study of an Elementary Engineering Task, John Heffernan, Education (also CAGS)

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“Going the Extra Mile”: Perspectives and Experiences of Coaches Supporting Primary School Teachers in Sierra Leone, Ashley Clayton Hertz, Education (also CAGS)

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Factors that Shape Arab American College Student Identity, Abdul Rahman F. Jaradat, Education (also CAGS)

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Using Exemplar Items to Define Performance Categories: A Comparison of Item Mapping Methods, Ana Karantonis, Education (also CAGS)

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Maximizing Test Efficiency: The Effects of Test Format on Nonsense Word Reading, Amanda Kern, Education (also CAGS)

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Countering the "Strong School" Narrative: Community Response to Racial Inequity in a High-Performing District, Katie A. Lazdowski, Education (also CAGS)

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Investigating the Impact of Student Opt Out on Value-Added Measures of Teacher Quality, Joshua Marland, Education (also CAGS)

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Examining the Capacity of Instructional Support Networks for the Diffusion of Computer Science for All (CSforALL) in an Urban District, Rebecca Mazur, Education (also CAGS)

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Urban Heritage Speakers As Multilingual Language Learners: Contexts in the 21st Century, Bridgette Moriarity, Education (also CAGS)

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Promoting Self-Determination Skills of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Participating in the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative Programs throughout Massachusetts, Lyndsey Nunes, Education (also CAGS)

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Seguimos Luchando: Women Educators’ Trajectories in Social Movement Based Popular Education Projects in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jennifer Lee O'Donnell, Education (also CAGS)

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Implicit Bias in Pre-Service Teachers: A Mixed Methods Approach, Tara Pepis, Education (also CAGS)

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Getting It Right: African American Male College/University Presidents and Their Early Cultivation of Self-Efficacy, JAMES RANDALL, Education (also CAGS)

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Master's Tools and the Master's House: A Historical Analysis Exploring the Myth of Educating for Democracy in the United States, Timothy Scott, Education (also CAGS)

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Inclusion of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Inclusive Practices in Turkey, Hanife Ece Ugurlu, Education (also CAGS)

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Using Social Network Analysis to Investigate the Diffusion of Special Education Knowledge within a School District, Martha H. von Mering, Education (also CAGS)

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THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS, Kerry E. Weir, Education (also CAGS)