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Ozar, Ryan H. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The United States Supreme Court's decision in the case Wisconsin v. Yoder et al. (1972) created a special provision for Amish and Old Order Mennonite families by allowing their children to end formal schooling at age 14. The assumption was that these Anabaptist families were preparing children adequately to live "full lives" in their…
Descriptors: Religious Cultural Groups, Public Schools, Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes
Moon, Caroline Lucinda – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The present dissertation in practice (DiP) proposal delineates an action research study designed to evaluate the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in an eighth-grade earth science class to assess the impact of PBL on student achievement. I have observed that students often struggle with developing an understanding of how the motions of the sun,…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Instructional Effectiveness, Problem Based Learning, Grade 8
Shepherd, Melody – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between servant leadership and school culture. School culture has been linked to several school outcomes, such as student behavior, teacher retention, and socio-emotional balance. The following questions guided the current study: 1) Is there a relationship between teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, School Culture, Leadership Styles, Principals
White, Penny Townsend – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this mixed methods case study was threefold: (a) to describe 7th through 12th grade science teachers' efficacy beliefs, perceptions of support, and concerns about using inquiry-based instruction and examine how they are related to one another, (b) to explore how teachers reporting different levels of concerns demonstrate levels of…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10
Hock, Sandra L. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Many schools have begun implementing co-teaching involving a general and special education teacher working collaboratively together within a classroom to deliver instruction to all students within a general education classroom environment. This trend has shown progression over the last 20 years with the implementation of the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Special Education Teachers, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Collaboration
Fortson, Brenda K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study explores factors that may be related to Mississippi's 2015 eighth-grade reading scores, which rank the state in 50th place (Nation's Report Card, 2016). Whereas there are likely several factors that contribute to middle-school students' poor performance on the high-stakes tests, this study examines teachers' reported knowledge and use…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Middle School Students, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods
Alhajeri, Ohoud Nasser – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This study examines teachers' perspectives and challenges with tablet use with students with autism in elementary and middle school inclusive classrooms. Surprisingly little is known about teachers use of tablets with students with autism in inclusive settings. Most studies on the use of tablets have been conducted in segregated settings, not in…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
Twinam, Tracey Arleen – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore how teachers explain their lived experiences and personal sense of self-efficacy when teaching students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an inclusive classroom in a PK-8 Christian school. This study is based on Bandura's theory of self-efficacy along with the concept of…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy
Conahan, Jeanne Shober – ProQuest LLC, 2018
As the population of English Learners (ELs) continues to rise in the United States, there is a need to investigate the efficacy of teachers who are assigned to instruct them. The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that contribute to teacher efficacy when mainstream elementary/middle school teachers instruct ELs while addressing the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, School Districts