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Ivey, Michelle L. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
A multi-element design was used to investigate the effect of priming on spontaneous verbal communication in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Three children with ASD engaged in 20-minute thematic activity sessions (ACT) with the investigator. Prior to the ACTs, they met with another trained researcher for 10-minute presessions. Half…
Descriptors: Priming, Language Skills, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Verbal Communication
Edwards, Diondrea R. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of developmental faculty regarding the effectiveness of developmental education. Today, many individuals believe developmental education programs should not be a part of the college curriculum. They believe that developmental courses should be taught in high school or some other program…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes
Butterfield, Jay V. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of key stakeholders, including teachers, board members, administrators, community members and parents in a larger suburban, formerly comprehensive high school that adopted a schools-within-a-school reform model (SWAS). The research illuminated similarities and differences in perceptions…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Restructuring, Stakeholders, Perception
Seethaler, Pamela M. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability, validity, and predictive utility of 3 measures for screening kindergarten students for risk for math difficulty (MD). The screening measures assessed number sense and computational fluency, constructs central to typical early mathematical development. Conceptual and operational outcomes…
Descriptors: Prediction, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Predictive Validity
Feit, Valerie – ProQuest LLC, 2008
Preparing high school students for work in a global economy means that high schools must reinforce personal and social responsibility inside and outside of school and simultaneously seek opportunities for students to engage in educational activities that are relevant in a changing world. This study assessed administrators' perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, High Schools, Global Approach, High School Students
Swarlis, Linda L. – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The test scores of spatial ability for women lag behind those of men in many spatial tests. On the Mental Rotations Test (MRT), a significant gender gap has existed for over 20 years and continues to exist. High spatial ability has been linked to efficiencies in typical computing tasks including Web and database searching, text editing, and…
Descriptors: Females, Visualization, Genetics, Information Seeking
Shearer, Debra Connolly – ProQuest LLC, 2008
In 2005 the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported that 32,000 qualified nursing candidates were turned away from baccalaureate nursing programs, primarily due to the shortage of nursing faculty. This shortage limited the number of students permitted to enroll in nursing programs when the need for nurses continues to grow. An…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nurses, Nursing, Professional Development
Choi, Gil Ok – ProQuest LLC, 2008
For the past few years, virtual environments (VEs) have gained broad attention from both scholarly and practitioner communities. However, in spite of intense and widespread efforts, most VE-related research has focused on the technical aspects of applications, and the necessary theoretical framework to assess the quality of interfaces and designs…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Performance, Job Performance, Problem Solving
Hansen, Alan – ProQuest LLC, 2008
This qualitative study examined the process of adopting online education at three private colleges. All three institutions participating in the study were private Catholic colleges that offered their first online courses in the late 1990s. The research question posed for this study was: Within the participating institutions, how did online…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Case Studies, Adoption (Ideas)
Hibner, Chris – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate elementary teacher interview processes. The method for this qualitative study consisted of surveys as well as in-depth, semi-structured interviews with a sample of 17 elementary principals. The study examined the extent to which research-based best practices were reported by principals as they conducted…
Descriptors: Employment Interviews, Teacher Selection, Principals, Elementary Schools
Neutze, Donna Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2008
Educators, students, and parents are among those who have stereotypical preconceived ideas about science and scientists. The study reports on a content analysis of graphic images in 303 of the "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12" from the years 1973 through 2005. Using quantitative and qualitative content analysis, all of the images…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Biographies, Content Analysis
Thi, Han Han – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study is to investigate teachers' learning improvement through participation in study groups. In particular, this study examined how two second grade active participant teachers' classroom practice changed over time and how their changes were related to changes in their study group meetings, which they called Professional…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Communities of Practice, Groups, Observation
Levine, Kimanya Darsel – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The qualitative phenomenological study explored the barriers discouraging African American males from enrolling in graduate programs in one public university in Texas. The purposive sample consisted of 16 African American male college juniors and seniors between the ages of 20 and 25 enrolled at the targeted university. Questionnaires were used…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Males, Focus Groups
Lewis, Anna – ProQuest LLC, 2008
This study examined science textbooks over time to better understand the "science content" expectations that the U.S. educational system deems appropriate for 8th and 9th grade science students. The study attempted to answer the questions: (1) What specific science content has been presented via the textbook from 1952 to 2008? (2) Within…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Grade 9, Comparative Analysis, Physics
Sanchez, Edgar Isaac – ProQuest LLC, 2008
To enhance test security of high stakes tests, it is vital to understand the way various exposure control strategies function under various IRT models. To that end the present dissertation focused on the performance of several exposure control strategies under the generalized partial credit model with an item pool of 100 and 200 items. These…
Descriptors: Test Items, High Stakes Tests, Item Response Theory, Item Banks
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