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Dissertations from 2014

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Implementing a Flexible Approach to Teacher Assignments and Placement of Students with Special Needs: A Policy Advocacy Document, Kim M. Morley, Educational Leadership

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A Support Framework for Virtual Learners: A Policy Advocacy Document, Donna Davis Nicolodi, Educational Leadership

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An Investigation of Teacher Evaluation Systems and How They Can Be Transformed To Improve Teaching and Learning: A Change Leadership Plan, Kelly O'Brien, Educational Leadership

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ADVOCATING FOR A TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, Sandy Ozimek, Educational Leadership

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Planning for Change While Changing the Plan: A Case Study of Staff Perceptions of an Elementary ELL Program Redesign, Joanne Panopoulos, Educational Leadership

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Enhancement and the Launch of Odyssey, Jason Pascavage, Educational Leadership

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Community College President's Health Habits: A Prescription for Job Performance in Rural Illinois, William J. Peacy III, Community College Leadership

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Identifying the Competencies Required to be a Highly Effective Leader in a Low-Performing School, Ruth A. Reimer, Educational Leadership

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Investing in the Modern Day Public School Administrator: Advocating for Change in the Development of Turnaround Principals: A Policy Advocacy Document, Ruth A. Reimer, Educational Leadership

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Creating A Comprehensive Supportive Policy That Provides Equal Educational Access For The Mentally Ill Student: A Policy Advocacy Document, Lesley S. Roberts, Educational Leadership

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Incorporating An Assessment of Mastery Motivation In Elementary School Students Within A School Psychological Evaluation, Lesley S. Roberts, Educational Leadership

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Evaluating The Effectiveness of an Alternative High School Program Serving At Risk Students, Francisco Santa, Educational Leadership

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Utilization-Focused Evaluation of a School District Leadership Pipeline, Whitnee Shaffer, Educational Leadership

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A Proposed Change Leadership Plan For Bimmer Elementary School, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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Closing the Achievement Gap in Elementary Schools: A Policy Advocacy Dissertation, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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Impact of Collaborative Specialization On 5th Grade Student Achievement in a Title I School: Program Evaluation Proposal, Nicole Villaverde, Educational Leadership

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The Relationship Between Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth and Achievement in Fourth and Fifth Graders, Margaret M. Walsh, Reading and Language

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The Game Of Chess: A Conduit To Increase Student Academic Achievement In Pinellas County: A Policy Advocacy Document, Douglas Williams, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2013

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Increasing Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom, Elisa V. Biancalana, Educational Leadership

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African American Women in Higher Education: Challenges Endured and Strategies Employed to Secure a Community College Presidency, Lois M. Britton, Community College Leadership

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THE LEONARD BERNSTEIN ARTFUL LEARNING MODEL: A CASE STUDY OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, David S. Brothman, Educational Leadership

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Integrating Aesthetics: Transforming Continuing and Professional Education Through Africentric Practice, Auburn E. Ellis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Community College Academic Leadership: Examining Effective Leadership Teams, Walter J. Fronczek, Community College Leadership

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ADVOCATING A SUCCESSFUL POLICY FOR IMPLEMENTING STATE-MANDATED REFORMS TO TEACHER EVALUATION PRACTICES, Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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Analysis Of Change Plans in Two Elementary School Districts For Teacher Evaluation Practices Following the New Illinois Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 (PERA), Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR PERCEPTIONS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CURRENT TEACHER EVALUATION PRACTICES AND THE IMPACT OF THE NEW ILLINOIS PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REFORM ACT OF 2010 (PERA), Christina R. Heyde, Educational Leadership

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The Message 2.0: Perceptions of Success from Members of the Founding Class of MC Squared STEM High School, Jeffrey D. McClellan, Educational Leadership

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ACADEMIC ACCELERATION: A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT, Kelly Neylon, Educational Leadership

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Evaluation of a Successful High Risk Nursing Student Assistance Program: One ADN Program's Journey, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Community College Leadership

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Breaking the Boundaries: Decision Factors That Lead Male Students to Enroll in Associate Degree Nursing Programs in Illinois Community Colleges, Leandro Alcovendaz Resurreccion, Community College Leadership

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Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Therapeutic Day School Students: Prevalence in this Population and Effective Treatment Programs, Monica Roberts, Educational Psychology

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THE NECESSITY OF DEVELOPING RESPONSIBLE USE POLICIES: ADVOCACY FOR USE OF WEB 2.0 TOOLS IN A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COMPUTING PROGRAM, David L. Russo

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Building A High-Quality Teaching Profession: Professional Development For Teachers and Staff, Marybeth Whitney-DeLaMar, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2012

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FROM CRISIS TO EMPOWERMENT: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Marcie Anne Bates, Community College Leadership

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UNDERSTANDING BURNOUT AND PROMOTING ENGAGEMENT AMONG ADJUNCT FACULTY IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Michael Alan Bates, Community College Leadership

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DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES: AN INTEGRATIVE MODEL FOR INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, Claude Adam Callery, Community College Leadership

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CHANGE IS CONSTANT: THE ONGOING REENGINEERING OF SENIOR ADMINISTRATION IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Maria H. Coons, Community College Leadership

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DOWN FRONT: CHALLENGES FACING COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASED PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS, Stephen Bradley Cummins, Community College Leadership

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STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES: AN EXPLORATION OF ISSUES RELEVANT TO DECISION MAKING TO CONFER COMMUNITY COLLEGE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES, Charles W. Currier, Community College Leadership

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EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND PERSISTENCE OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES WHO MATRICULATE TO THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE GRANTING INSTITUTION, Shawn L. Govan, Community College Leadership

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Living With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Chalonda Henry, Psychology

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BEYOND THE DREAM: IMPROVING COLLEGE-READINESS OF UNDERPREPARED COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS, Joan L. Kindle, Community College Leadership

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ASKING LATINO STUDENTS: STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE DUAL CREDIT HIGH SCHOOL – COMMUNITY COLLEGE BRIDGE PROGRAMS, Ana L. King, Community College Leadership

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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAMS AND THEIR ASPIRATIONS TO ATTEND COLLEGE, Ashley B. Knight, Community College Leadership

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BEYOND ACADEMICS: CHALLENGING ISSUES FACING COMMUNITY COLLEGE NON-ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES, Judith Lynn Mitchell, Community College Leadership

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EXPECTATIONS OF IMPROVED STUDENT LEARNING: GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT IN AQIP COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Alyssa Renee O'Brien, Community College Leadership

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THE POWER WITHIN: INSTITUTION-BASED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN ILLINOIS, Jaleh T. Sherbini, Community College Leadership

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THE ESSENCE OF THE DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE OF A HIGH SCHOOL LITERACY COACHING TEAM: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY, Nancy Spaniak, Educational Leadership

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT ACCELERATED PROGRAM: FACULTY EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY INFLUENCE ON STUDENT RETENTION, Nancy S. Wajler, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2011

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FROM THE BORDER TO THE BOARDROOM: THE JOURNEY TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENCY FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, Yesenia Noreeka Avalos, Community College Leadership

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITIONS: ENHANCING THE PROCESS BY UNDERSTANDING STAKEHOLDER PERCEPTIONS, Jeffery Clay Bradford, Community College Leadership

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES: THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS, William M. Griffin, Community College Leadership

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LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY: AN APPRECIATIVE CASE STUDY OF SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVES WITHIN A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION, Matthew Price McCrickard, Adult and Continuing Education

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INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND A CULTURE OF EVIDENCE: ACCOUNTABILITY CORNERSTONES FOR THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Teresa Renee McKinney, Community College Leadership

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GIVING MY HEART A VOICE: REFLECTION ON SELF AND OTHERS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF PEDAGOGY: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY, Vera L. Neyman, Educational Leadership

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The Leadership Practice of Museum Educators, Tina R. Nolan, Educational Leadership

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UNDERGRADUATE ELEMENTARY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY, Deborah A. O'Connor, Educational Leadership

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DATA GATHERING AND DECISION MAKING AMONG COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY UNION LEADERS, Mary K. O'Sullivan, Community College Leadership

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TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL: STUDENT SUCCESS EXAMINING STUDENT AFFAIRS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND FOR-PROFIT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, De'Reese L. Reid-Hart, Community College Leadership

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CAO PERSPECTIVES: THE ROLE OF GENERAL EDUCATION OBJECTIVES IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE, Jennifer Ballard Schanker, Community College Leadership

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EXAMINING THE MOTIVATING FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE STUDENTS WITH AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE TO COMPLETE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, Rudolph D, Smith, Community College Leadership

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AN EXPLORATION OF HOW DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES ARE EVALUATED IN SELECT COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Donna Anita Walker, Community College Leadership

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EXPLORING SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Roberetta Young, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2010

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Essential Personal Attributes, Skills and Abilities Needed by Aspiring Community College Presidents, Jeffery Steven Boyd, Community College Leadership

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Improving Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges, Michael William Duggan, Community College Leadership

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A Comparison of the Career and Technical Education Programs in a US Community College and a Chinese Institution, Harry Hou, Community College Leadership

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Deans of Career and Technical Education: Charting the Course to Senior Administration, Shelley Zarovsky Levin, Community College Leadership

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Community College Succession Planning: Preparing the Next Generation of Women for Leadership Roles, Angela Kaysen Luzbetak, Community College Leadership

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Multiple Roles: The Conflicted Realities of Community College Mission Statements, Mark David Mrozinski, Community College Leadership

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Veterans Education: Coming Home to the Community College Classroom, Karen Rae Persky, Community College Leadership

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Bridging the Gap: Linking Co-Curricular Activities to Student Learning Outcomes in Community College Students, Katie Lauren Storey, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2009

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Global Competency in Hospitality Management Programs: A Perfect Recipe for Community Colleges, David Jonathan Beer, Community College Leadership

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Headed for the Heartland: Decision-making Factors for International Students to Attend Rural and Suburban Community College in Illinois, Eric John Bohman, Community College Leadership

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White Lies: A Critical Race Study of Power and Privilege, Patricia Jones Brainard, Adult and Continuing Education

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The Effects of Reading Nonfiction Aloud on the Vocabulary Acquisition of Middle-School Students, Patricia Ann Braun, Reading and Language

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Synchronicity of the Community College Mission and the Role and Responsibilities of Academic Advisors, Zalika A. Brown, Community College Leadership

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Unlocking Doors for the Locked-Out: How Can Community Colleges Help to Demolish Barriers, Build Bridges, and Transition Male Ex-Offenders into the Workforce, Jeannette Collins-Molden, Community College Leadership

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Higher Education and the New Capitalism: Social Enterprise Partnerships and the Opportunity for Community Colleges, Rosanna S. Diaz, Community College Leadership

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: Insights into the Lived Experiences of Graduates of an Accelerated Undergraduate Degree-Completion Program, A Phenomenological Study, Bonnie B. Flynn, Adult and Continuing Education

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“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” An African Centered Historical Study of the Selfethnic Liberatory Education Nature and Goals of the Poetry of Langston Hughes: the Impact on Adult Education, Sarah E. Howard, Adult and Continuing Education

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Righteous Commitment: Renewing, Repairing, and Restoring the World—Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement, Jennifer Lara Simka Kushner, Adult and Continuing Education

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A Study of Exceptional Mentoring Insights for Adult Education and emerging mentors, Laura Lee Larson, Adult and Continuing Education

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Transformative Learning in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Community An Ethnographic Study examining how and in what ways transformative learning is realized and lived out among members of an MS community., Mary N. Lewis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Identifying and Addressing Issues Faced by New Community College Presidents, Anthony Raymond Miksa, Community College Leadership

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Culturally-Relevant Information Literacy: A Case Study, Rob Morrison, Adult and Continuing Education

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An Analysis and Evaluation of Sit Stay Read: Is the Program Effective in Improving Student Engagement and Reading Outcomes?, Corinne Serra Smith, Education

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Strategic Planning Leadership in Illinois Community Colleges: Who is Leading the Process?, Tasha S. Williams, Community College Leadership

Dissertations from 2008

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Creating the Path Together: A Case Study of a Mathematics Professional Development Program for Teachers of English Language Learners, Alison Marie Whittington, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 2007

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All Children Are Our Children, Tania Giordani, Adult and Continuing Education

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Navigating Barriers of African American Male Administrators: Manifesting Mechanisms for Career Advancement in Mainstream Institutions of Higher Education, Orlando Lewis, Adult and Continuing Education

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Autobiography as Counter-Narrative: An Empirical Study of How Race Enters and Structures the Stories of Our Lives, Wendy B. Yanow, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2006

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Critical Praxis: Using My Own Whiteness and Experiences to Challenge Issues of Racism and White Privilege, Linda Selway, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy

Dissertations from 2005

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Hope—Heartbeat of Adult Education: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Phillip L. Moulden, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2003

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Adult ESL Oral Reading Fluency and Silent Reading Comprehension, Kristin Lems, Reading and Language

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Organizational Power and Politics: More Than Meets the Eye in Program Planning, Susan Shaver, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 2001

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Adult Learning in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue: A Collaborative Research Study Involving Christians, Jews, and Muslims, Nadira K. Charaniya and Jane West Walsh, Adult and Continuing Education

Dissertations from 1996

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Teaching/ Learning Experiences: Meanings Constructed by Participants ini a Degree Completion Program for Adult Students, Natalie K. Manbeck, Curriculum and Instruction

Dissertations from 1995

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The Role of Transformational Leadership in the Collaborative Development of a Full Inclusion Program: An Action Research Study, Paul R. Hain, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 1994

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Profiles of Promise: Students With Learning Difference Prepare For Optimal Foreign Language Learning, Ludmilla Coven, Educational Leadership

Dissertations from 1985

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Peer Influence: A Method to Help Manage Stress, Ronald Cameron Zurcher