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Balkew, Teshome Mogessie – ProQuest LLC, 2015
In many control systems changes in the dynamics occur unexpectedly or are applied by a controller as needed. The time at which a controller implements changes is not necessarily known a priori. For example, many manufacturing systems and flight operations have complicated control systems, and changes in the control systems may be automatically…
Descriptors: Self Control, Public Policy, Health Services, Diseases
Search, Robert – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this study is to examine how knowledge of astronomy can enhance college-level learning situations involving mathematics. The fundamental symbiosis between mathematics and astronomy was established early in the 17th century when Johannes Kepler deduced the 3 basic laws of planetary motion. This mutually harmonious relationship…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Comprehension, Astronomy
Manning, Miles Kirkland – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation will look at large scale collaboration through the lens of online communities to answer questions about what makes a collaboration persist. Results address how collaborations attract contributions, behaviors that could give rise to patterns seen in the data, and the properties of collaborations that drive those behaviors. It is…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning, Sustainability
Erickson, Kristyanna – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The developmental sequence of mathematics courses in most 2-year and 4-year colleges is designed to prepare students to succeed in college-level math courses. That is, students must complete this sequence in order to progress to courses such as statistics, college algebra, precalculus, calculus, and differential equations. Research on the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Developmental Programs, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Strand, Stephen Raymond, II – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Making the transition from calculus to advanced calculus/real analysis can be challenging for undergraduate students. Part of this challenge lies in the shift in the focus of student activity, from a focus on algorithms and computational techniques to activities focused around definitions, theorems, and proofs. The goal of Realistic Mathematics…
Descriptors: Calculus, Advanced Courses, Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction
Lewno, Brittany – ProQuest LLC, 2019
The predictive utility of cognitive abilities on reading, writing, and mathematics achievement domains helps inform high-stakes decision making, such as learning disabilities. An examination of differences in specific groups may increase understanding of obtained scores on cognitive ability and academic achievement standardized tests. One…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Cognitive Ability, Predictor Variables, Mathematics Achievement
Menzies, Max Duery, III – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Increasing higher education enrollment and decreasing state and national funding has created a fiscal problem for higher education institutions in the United States. Differential tuition charged to a variety of subsets of students is increasingly used to close funding gaps. This research uses demand analysis and elasticities to determine…
Descriptors: Tuition, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Access to Education
Castillo-Garsow, Carlos – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Both Thompson and the duo of Confrey and Smith describe how students might be taught to build "ways of thinking" about exponential behavior by coordinating the covariation of two changing quantities, however, these authors build exponential behavior from different meanings of covariation. Confrey and Smith advocate beginning with discrete additive…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Experiments
Weber, Eric David – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation describes an investigation of four students' ways of thinking about functions of two variables and rate of change of those two-variable functions. Most secondary, introductory algebra, pre-calculus, and first and second semester calculus courses do not require students to think about functions of more than one variable. Yet…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Cognitive Processes, Logical Thinking, Students
Al-Hattami, Abdulghani Ali Dawod – ProQuest LLC, 2012
High school grade point average and college entrance test scores are two admission criteria that are currently used by most colleges in Yemen to select their prospective students. Given their widespread use, it is important to investigate their predictive validity to ensure the accuracy of the admission decisions in these institutions. This study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictive Validity, Grade Point Average, College Entrance Examinations
Fried, Michael Joseph – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study sought to examine the interrelationships between job socialization, organizational commitment, occupational commitment, and intention to leave a job for individuals working in the field of student affairs. Specifically, a theoretical model was proposed based on the literature in order to determine how well that model fit data gathered…
Descriptors: Socialization, Labor Turnover, Student Personnel Workers, Employee Attitudes
Hu, Dehui – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Calculus is used across many physics topics from introductory to upper-division level college courses. The concepts of differentiation and integration are important tools for solving real world problems. Using calculus or any mathematical tool in physics is much more complex than the straightforward application of the equations and algorithms that…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Instruction, College Students
Della Sala, Matthew Robert – ProQuest LLC, 2014
School finance scholars have called for the alignment of accountability policies with state finance formulae to allocate resources toward student learning goals (Adams, 2008; Ryan, 2008; Superfine, 2009; Verstegen, 2002). With the presence of accountability policies that focus on improving students' academic achievement, state finance systems must…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Academic Achievement, Structural Equation Models, Accountability
Zheng, Xiaohui – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The call for standards-based reform and educational accountability has led to increased attention to large-scale assessments. Over the past two decades, large-scale assessments have been providing policymakers and educators with timely information about student learning and achievement to facilitate their decisions regarding schools, teachers and…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Structural Equation Models, Measurement, Models
Baily, Charles Raymond – ProQuest LLC, 2011
A common learning goal for modern physics instructors is for students to recognize a difference between the experimental uncertainty of classical physics and the fundamental uncertainty of quantum mechanics. Our studies suggest this notoriously difficult task may be frustrated by the intuitively "realist" perspectives of introductory…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Task Analysis
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