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Dissertations from 2004

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An analysis of outcomes associated with student participation in living-learning communities at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst., Michael A. Gilbert, Education

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Customizing education to the student : the Educational Transitions Program at Greenfield Community College., Melinda Gougeon, Education

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Perceptions of new teacher candidates in history/social studies at one public university and the critical choices they face., Andrew D. Hamilton, Education

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Fifth grade students' perspectives of learning through a constructivist approach., Frederick Jibran Harling, Education

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The lives and careers of veteran urban physical education teachers., Mary Henninger, Education

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Teachers' professional development across the lifespan : shifting realities and roles., Frances L. Hitchens, Education

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College teachers' orientation to teaching : a comparative case study., Christine L. Holmes, Education

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Globalization of English teaching practices : when Confucianism meets Vygotskian practices : an ethnography of teaching and learning EFL in a Korean university., Sun Joo Huh, Education

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Elementary teachers' perceptions regarding the usefulness of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for improving student learning., Gregory R. Hungerford, Education

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Measurements of student understanding on complex scientific reasoning problems., Alisa Sau-Lin Izumi, Education

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Collaborating with refugee and immigrant communities : reflections of an outsider., Dale M. Jones, Education

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Learning milieu for primary school teachers in Malawi : perspectives, practices, & policies., Fritz. Kadyoma, Education

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Critical multicultural analysis of reconstructed folk tales : Rumpelstiltskin is my name, power is my game., Jane Elizabeth Kelley, Education

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An evaluation of automated scoring programs designed to score essays., Shameem Nyla Khaliq, Education

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Using performance level descriptors to ensure consistency and comparability in standard setting., Dafter January Khembo, Education

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The birth of parenting : maternal representations, the place of the infant, and the development of sensitive caring., R. H. Killough, Education

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A comparative study on the efficacy of High Schools That Work in vocational high schools in Massachusetts., John A. Kozikowski, Education

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(De)mystifying literacy practices in a foreign language classroom : a critical discourse analysis., Yuri Kumagai, Education

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Listening to the voices of inner city, low-income, 12th grade, black males : a phenomenological study of their educational experiences., Christopher A. Lester, Education

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Impact of the living history online project on students' computer use, skills, attitudes towards computer technology and history learning in four Western Massachusetts public schools., Weijia Li, Education

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Analysis of a complex policy domain : access to secondary education in Malawi., Samson L. W., MacJessie-Mbewe, Education

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Famine and ideology : the precipitating factors and educational implications in the case of Somalia., Yasin I. Magan, Education

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An investigation of alternative approaches to scoring multiple response items on a certification exam., Xiaoying Ma, Education

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Capturing complexity in conflict : a critical ethnography of nonprofit organization development through a social justice lens., Joan Marion Mikalson, Education

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Indications of positive peacebuilding in education : a basic needs approach., Vachel W. Miller, Education

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Different and alike : an ethnographic study of language use in a dramatic play center = Diferentes y semejantes., Silvia Sander Norbis, Education

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Teacher-student co-construction processes in biology : strategies for developing mental models in large group discussions., Maria Cecilia Nuñez Oviedo Oviedo, Education

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A case study of the dual roles of an exemplary physical education teacher/coach : an ecological comparison., Karen B. Pagnano, Education

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Comparative case studies of teacher change within the context of reform-based physical education teacher development., Kevin G. Patton, Education

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Teachers' interpretations of a reflective practice school reform initiative : an existential analysis., Elizabeth Dolly Pedevillano, Education

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Voices from the field : auxiliary nurse-midwives of Nepal., Erica M. Piedade, Education

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Children of my children : an exploration of the issues embedded in the lives of grandchildren being raised by their grandparents., Lina C. Racicot, Education

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Perspective transformation : an ethnoculturally-based community service learning with refugees and immigrants students., Shekhar K. Regmi, Education

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Teachers' and supervisors' perceptions of current and ideal supervision and evaluation practices., John F. Rizzo, Education

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Family child care providers' self-reported perceptions of isolation, autonomy and burnout., Sharon A. Roth, Education

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Diagnostic accuracy of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills in the prediction of first grade oral reading fluency., Amanda L. Ryan, Education

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Weighting procedures for robust ability estimation in item response theory., William P. Skorupski, Education

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Organize or die : exploring the political and organizational activities of the Tanzania teacher union., Fulgence S.S. Swai, Education

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Modernizing English teacher education in China : faculty perspectives., Timothy W. Taylor, Education

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Problems and possibilities : the complexities of accessing higher education for Puerto Rican women in the United States., Barbara Tramonte, Education

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The effects of culturally matched materials on the reading comprehension of African-American students., Stacy A. S. Williams, Education

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Evaluating the effects of several multi-stage testing design variables on selected psychometric outcomes for certification and licensure assessment., April L. Zenisky, Education

Dissertations from 2003

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Development discourse for socio-emotional well-being., Friedrich W. Affolter, Education

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Sudanese refugee women becoming activists : the role of popular education., Magda M.A. Ahmed, Education

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A model to promote a seamless transition from early intervention to the public preschool : a longitudinal study., Janet S. Arndt, Education

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Quantitative evaluation of gender differences, cognitive development differences and software effectiveness for an elementary mathematics intelligent tutoring system., Ivon M. Arroyo, Education

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Child temperament, parenting styles and externalizing and internalizing behavior of young children of Indian immigrants in Canada., Shakuntla Brar, Education

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Parental expectancy and correlates of hypnotic and nonhypnotic suggestibility in a sample of Puerto Rican children., Antonio J. Bustillo, Education

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A pedagogy of disharmony : subjects, economies, desires., Kenneth, Byrne, Education

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Learning resistance in West Timor., Karen, Campbell-Nelson, Education

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Monitoring and evaluating adult education programs in the District of Columbia., Lulu Mary Davies, Education

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Reducing student attrition : inquiry into why students leave college before completing their degrees., Dawn M. Ellinwood, Education

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A comparative study of underachieving and high achieving African heritage high school students., Ericka J. Fisher, Education

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Building a professional learning community in preservice teacher education : peer coaching and video analysis., Jeanne C. Gemmell, Education

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Nurturance : an Andean Amerindian way of life as an alternative construct to development theory and practice., Cole D. Genge, Education

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A conceptual framework for effective strategies for information and communication technologies in education : a case study of Mauritius., Papayah, Guruvadoo, Education

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The experiences of high school teachers in Massachusetts with the History and social science curriculum framework., Margaret Harris, Education

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An item modeling approach to descriptive score reports., Kristen L. Huff, Education

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Evaluation of the oppressed : a social justice approach to program evaluation., Mohamed, Ibrahim, Education

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Elementary physical education teachers' and students' perceptions of instructional alignment., Alisa R. James, Education

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Early identification and intervention with kindergartners at risk for reading failure : a district-wide prevention program using a multiple gating approach., Judith E. Loughlin, Education

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The adoptive parenting process : a study of the experiences of parents who adopt infant girls from China., Nili Luo, Education

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Principals' perceptions of the MCAS : the impact of high stakes testing in Massachusetts., Darryll A. McCall, Education

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Off that spectrum entirely : a study of female-bodied transgender-identified individuals., Linda A. McCarthy, Education

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Perceptions of college students of color about community service learning through tutoring., Kacie Charmion McCollum, Education

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The senior year : a study of transition, liminality and students' perspectives of their final year as undergraduates., Brian T. McCoy, Education

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An exploration of the relationships between family and social support and parent-child attachment : multicultural perspectives in the United States and Ireland., Mary E. McGuire-Schwartz, Education

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How students understand financial aid : a qualitative study of the college choice process., Jannette Mendez, Education

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The role of parenting style and family characteristics of levels of organization and control in the development of self-regulation skills in young children., Mary Anne Morris, Education

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The liberal impulse in American schooling : three historical case studies., James. Nehring, Education

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Boy, walk with a purpose : a postmodern study of the conversation between the discourses of secondary English education., Michael P. Riendeau, Education

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The journey of Latinas in undergraduate schools of nursing : roadblocks and bridges., Migdalia V. Rivera Goba, Education

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Dialogue in a school-university teacher education partnership : critical ethnography of a "third space"., Cynthia Rosenberger, Education

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Predictors of relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction and sexual frequency in female couples., Kathryn M. Salisbury, Education

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Pathways of elementary school mathematics teachers seeking to improve their instruction through professional development., Donna Babski Scanlon, Education

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"Our spiritual center" : language ideology and personhood at a Chinese community heritage language school., Peter C. Silver, Education

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Priorities in conflict : livelihood practices, environmental threats, and the conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar., Michael J. Simsik, Education

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A program evaluation of an academic self-management training as an intervention for post-secondary students with learning disabilities., Peter C. Stoll, Education

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The process of collaborative capacity building : the journey towards achieving self-management for local INGO staff in the Lao PDR., Mainus, Sultan, Education

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Determining support for new teachers in Namibian schools., Michael K. Tjivikua, Education

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Becoming scholars : constructing literacy in a learning disabilities environment., John E. Villemaire, Education

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Scientists researching teaching : reforming science education & transforming practice., Tarin Harrar Weiss, Education

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The evaluation of principals and the improvement of public elementary schools., Carol Ann Johnson Willis, Education

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High-stakes testing : truth or consequential validity., Mary L. Zanetti, Education

Dissertations from 2002

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Same students, different strategies! : a sociocultural perspective to studying language learning strategies in a second language setting., Gihan Sidky Al Azab, Education

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The educational impact of Tech Prep on Massachusetts occupational education programs., James Alicata, Education

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Exploring the internal and external factors influencing the career development of first generation Filipina Americans., Belinda C. Badger, Education

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Social perceptions of African-American community college transfer students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth., Norman L. Barber, Education

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Making science accessible through collaborative science teacher action research on feminist pedagogy., Brenda M. Capobianco, Education

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Teaching and learning in diverse classrooms : faculty reflections on their experiences and pedagogical practices of teaching diverse populations., Carmelita Rosie Castañeda, Education

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Stewardship as a transformative practice : an inquiry into the nature of sustained involvement and ongoing learning of environmental stewards., Mark, DeMoranville, Education

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The impact of marketer controlled factors on college-choice decisions by students at a public research university., John Donnellan, Education

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Accessing first grade teachers' images and beliefs about teaching, learning, and students : the use of abstract symbolic drawing., Karen A. Droy, Education

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From holistic worldview to holistic education : cross-boundary journeys of educators toward integrative learning and integral being., Yihong, Fan, Education

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College students' construction of writer identity : furthering understanding thr[o]ugh discourse analysis and poststructural theory., Linda A. Fernsten, Education

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KMEEP : linking theory and practice in an effective science pedagogy., Elizabeth Flores-Cotte, Education

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Education for rural development in Côte d'Ivoire : school based cooperatives as a vehicle for a successful transition of primary school leavers/dropouts from school to real life., Jacqueline A. Gnagne, Education

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Neonatal behavior & maternal representations over the first month postpartum : a short-term longitudinal study with Puerto Rican infants and their mothers., Julio C. González Martínez, Education

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Graphic user interface design curriculum., David A. Gosselin, Education

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The implementation and utilization of democratic discipline as an approach to classroom management : a case study., Richard P. Grandmont, Education