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Boyd, Amy Cronin – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The literature suggests that while the number of students attending virtual charter schools continues to grow in Pennsylvania, math student academic performance in 6th and 7th-grade math in students attending cyber charter schools falls well below the state average. Although it is tempting to assume that the concern of summer slide would be…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Charter Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Distance Education
Watson, Paul R., II. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Increasingly, employers are demanding further development and attainment of soft skills from college graduates; namely, the cluster of personality traits such as time management, decision-making and creativity that characterize positive working experiences and relationships (Kamin, 2013; IBM, 2010). This phenomenon is due to employers recognizing…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Creativity, Innovation
Pulliam, Norine Dolores – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The proficiency level of performing health assessments within nursing units in the United States is inadequate. Educators have not known if students perceive flipped classrooms as effective environments for learning the course material. The purpose of this qualitative, exploratory, multiple-case study was to explore the perceptions of nursing…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Homework, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Ratti, Rebecca Alleva – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The implementation of the Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone Exam brought many changes to the mathematics classroom for both teachers and students. The purpose of this case study will be to explore how teachers at a charter school respond to testing requirements through adjustments in how and what they teach and to understand and explain the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Student Relationship, Algebra
Fetterolf, Annette M. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative narrative research study explores the reasons that undergraduate transfer students make college and career planning decisions. The insights of community college students who expressed interest in completing a bachelor's degree but did not enroll at a university were compared with the perspectives of university students enrolled in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Bachelors Degrees, Decision Making
Stauffer, Michael B. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This mixed-method double-blind study was designed to examine the relationship and impact of mindset, grit, and the influence of family members in the postsecondary goal selection process of students in one rural high school in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The population for this study consisted of twelfth grade students (N = 135). The study was…
Descriptors: Correlation, Family Influence, Rural Schools, High School Students
Matson, Brigette D. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Schools with similar demographics have varying school performance; these differences exist among schools across Western Pennsylvania. Questions remain as to why some schools perform at higher levels than other schools in similar regions. Some researchers posit that leadership practices in different schools may influence student learning and school…
Descriptors: Principals, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Academic Achievement
Federico, Justine – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this case study was to examine the leadership team of one successful school district to identify the characteristics, vision, and practice of the team. The study examined specific situations that the members of the administrative team identified as significant in their growth. Specifically, the study identified the perceptions and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Organizational Change, School Districts, Instructional Leadership
Anderson, Cavil S. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore how organizational structure is perceived to influence collaborative learning and integrated services in the non-academic department of human resources in three different types of universities in central Pennsylvania. The study focused narrowly on nine respondents, three heads and six middle management…
Descriptors: Human Resources, Cooperative Learning, Universities, Middle Management
Fallon, Lochran C. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Within the past two decades, federal and state governments have increased the frequency, number, and importance of standardized tests in elementary and secondary American schools. These tests are characterized by recognition-based frameworks that privilege "best" or "correct" answers, processes, and understandings which remain…
Descriptors: English, Language Arts, Standardized Tests, Teaching Methods
Plesnarski, Cathleen E. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine which measures of technical skill attainment and program hours predict positive post-program placement of secondary Pennsylvania career and technical education (CTE) students who completed a Phase I or Phase II program of study. Predictor variables included performance on the end-of-program…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Predictor Variables, Student Placement, Secondary School Students
Caffrey, Summer Joy – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Deemed the "broad safety net approach," reformation of statutory law Pennsylvania Act 126 of 2012, increased the education and training requirements for mandated reporters with the intentions to increase the number of children identified as abused and neglected. The purpose of this quantitative correlation study is to examine data from…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Advocacy, Child Safety, State Legislation
Potter, Stacy M. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Budgetary constraints have led many educational leaders to limit arts education programming to students across the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose of this qualitative dissertation was to investigate how educational leaders sustain access to arts education programs using alternative budgetary resources for K-12 students in Pennsylvania Title I…
Descriptors: Art Education, Access to Education, Educational Finance, Disadvantaged Schools
Mest, Julie – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards has necessitated a change in the instructional practices used by many mathematics teachers. The new standards encourage problem solving and the development of conceptual understanding rather than rote memorization of formulas and rules. Researchers have demonstrated that formative assessment is a…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Teachers, Common Core State Standards, Formative Evaluation
Yarger, Keith D. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Rural school districts, educating just over 25% of all public school students across the country, play an important role in the nation's educational landscape. At the heart of the success of rural school districts are the superintendents who run these rural and often small districts. Superintendents of rural schools throughout the United States,…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Rural Schools, School Districts, Barriers
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