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Dissertations from 2024

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Impact of Collaborative Communities on Collective Teacher Effectiveness and Agency, Leila Barber

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Understanding Parents’/Caregivers’ Experiences with School-based Technology at Home, Marcus J.W. Borders

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The Complexities of Using Digital Game-based Learning for Writing Instruction: An Exploratory Multiple-Case Study of Two Teachers, Sean D. Bowden

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Finding Focus: Authentic Inquiry and Composition in the Third Space, Noah Brewer

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A Holistic and Collaborative Behavioral Health Detection Framework Using Sensitive Police Narratives, Martin Keagan Wynne Brown

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Inclusivity within the Digital Age, Jarvis Denmark

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Networking for Indigenous Rights: Evolving Relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Civil Society Organizations, Jonathan Taylor Downs

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The Value of Mentorship for Black Ballerinas, Anna Dunn

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Career Technical and Agricultural Education Teachers in Rural Schools: Perceptions of Leadership Abilities, Professional Support, and Overall Job Satisfaction Following Participation in a Teacher Leadership Professional Learning Community, Tasia Ellis

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Business Students’ Perceptions of the Influence of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) on Career Readiness and Graduation Outcomes, Spencer T. Fortson Jr

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Teachers’ Perceptions of the Impact of iReady on Student Reading Achievement for Students in Response to Intervention, Althia Gates

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"Something Else Called Order": Mental Inertia and Mentacide in African American and Native American Oral Histories, Steven Gayle

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The Impact Establishing a Focus on Learning Through PLCs has on Student Growth in Elementary Mathematics, Heather Hodge

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The Effect of Teacher Identity on the Level of Cultural Inclusion in the Classroom, Jennifer Jones

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Multi-Modality Transformer for E-Commerce: Inferring User Purchase Intention to Bridge the Query-Product Gap, Srivatsa Mallapragada

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CONSUMERS’ ASSESSMENT OF RETAILER DONATION TYPES: LABOR, PRODUCT, OR MONEY, ARWEN L. MATOS-WOOD

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Evaluating the Need for Professional Learning that Highlights Proficient Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism in the Elementary Environment, Allison Norman

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Decolonizing Mediation: An Exploration of Justice System Impact on Community-Based and Court-Connected Mediation Service Providers and Intercultural Communities, Teni-Ola Ogunjobi

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Audio-Visual Emergency Notification Delivery in Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (I2V) Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANETs), Mfon OKPOK

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MAKING AGREEMENTS LAST IN AFRICA: A LOGISTIC PARADIGM-SHIFT ANALYSIS OF THE PEACE PROCESS FRAMEWORK USING AN IMPLEMENTATION-GOAL MODEL, Odion Omovbude

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Thoughts, Conflicts, and Feelings of ELA Teachers’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Matthew Osborn

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Promoting Civic Engagement and Knowledge Amongst Middle School Adolescents Through Simulation Based Teaching Models, Karrie Palmer

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Integration of Art Tools in Calming Corners in Various Content Areas at the Secondary Level, Kathleen Petka

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“Haiti is my Heart”: Exploring Return Migration Experiences Among the Haitian American Diaspora, Semline Singleton

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STATE GOVERNMENTS TAKE A BATH: EARNINGS MANAGEMENT IN STATE GOVERNMENTS, Chris Slinkard

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TEACHER PERCEPTIONS OF CALMING CORNERS IN LANGUAGE ARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS, Freya Sneed

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MATHEMATICAL MODELING FOR DENTAL DECAY PREVENTION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, Mahdiyeh Soltaninejad

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Teacher Initiated Collaboration in Community: A Case Study Considering Communities of Practice at a Title I Middle School, Katherine Stewart

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Thinking Outside the Box: Exploring the Instructional Conversations Model Beyond English Language Learners into Gifted Learners, Terri Thornton

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Understanding chemistry concepts through analogies and the Frayer Model, Ashley A. Walls

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A Phenomenographical Study of One School’s Efforts to Improve Student Reading Skills and Parent Literacy Support, Karey L. Williams

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THE CAUSES OF TEACHER BURNOUT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PERSONAL LIVES OF TEACHERS, Neisha Williams

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Teachers' Perceptions of Technology Professional Development and Implementation in an Urban Middle School: A Case Study, Valeria Williams

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Enhancing Teachers’ TPACK and Self-Efficacy Through Content-Based Technology Professional Development, Chloe Wilson

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THE EFFECT OF CONSUMER PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE EFFICIENCY: THE NEW STAKEHOLDER THEORY ON FIRM CLIMATE CHANGE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ACTIVITY, MODERATED BY THE INFLUENCE OF SECONDARY STAKEHOLDER GOVERNANCE, Simona Womack

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT: THE CONTRARY INFLUENCES OF EMPOWERMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY CLIMATES ON PROACTIVE WORK BEHAVIOR, William Yaeger

Dissertations from 2023

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UNITY IN TRAGEDY? PREDICTING LEBANON’S FUTURE THROUGH HOPES, FEARS, OPTIMISM, AND SOCIAL COHESION., Isaac Andakian Mr.

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Demystifying the Link Between Loneliness and Materialism: Mediating Roles of Emotion Regulation, Self-Enhancement, and Escapism, Christine Billen

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“We’re All Teachers Here!”: The Role Peer Relationships Play in Teacher Leaders’ Influence in Schools, Tamara Bodrick

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Cue the Paralinguistics: A Qualitative Case Study of Teacher Social Presence, Molly R. Bowden

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Student Engagement in Junior High World Languages Classes, John Brittain

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Rural Voices: A Photographic Journey of the Intersection of Place and Reading Identity in Rural Adolescents, Gena Brown

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BUYER-SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS: A CASE INVESTIGATION IN THE RUG AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY, OBIE BYRUM

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Inscribing Violence: Quantifying the Impact of World Heritage Site Inscription on Direct and Structural Violence., Anne Chance

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Leading Online Professional Development for Instructional Technology Coaches with Effective Design Elements, Janet Cowart

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The Impact of a Design-Based Engineering Curriculum on High School Biology: Evaluating Academic Achievement and Student Perceptions of Epistemology, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Determination in Life Science, Courtney Cox

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Navigating the Digital Realm: Perceptions and Challenges of High School Educators in Fostering Digital Citizenship, Kristopher P. Daniels

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The Relationship Between Teacher Burnout and Physical Activity Among High School Teachers, Jonathan Davis

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Rhetoric vs. Reality: A Critical Analysis of Georgia’s Official Curriculum for United States History, Haley Dawkins

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Lean Six Sigma: Impacts on Audit Quality Indicators, Tiffany DeRoy

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Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in High School Science: Assessing the Implementation in Title 1 Classrooms, Micah Ducre

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COVID-19 Crisis: Shifting Educational Leadership Toward a New Normal - A Case Study, Emily C. R. Ellwood

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Perceptions of Curriculum Alignment and Student Achievement in US History Courses in an Urban Characteristic Georgia School, Jameka Fields

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Exploring High School Students’ Perceptions of the Influence of Fine Arts Education on Academic Achievement, Samantha Fields

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Characterizing the Adolescent Male Reader: A Narrative Inquiry into the Reading Lives of 12th Grade Boys Enrolled in IB Language A: Literature, Marsha French

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General Education Teacher Challenges with Teaching English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom: A Qualitative Study of 3rd-5th Grade Elementary General Education and ESOL Teachers’ Perceptions, Joanne Gauthier

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AP Statistics Students’ Conceptions of Engagement and Technology in a Flipped Classroom: A Phenomenographical Study, Kimberly Gile

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Understanding the Impact of Asset-Based Teaching on the Academic Motivations of High-Achieving Marginalized High School Students, NICHOLE L. GILLIAM

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SELF-REPAIR OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN THE AMERICAS, Charen Glasgow

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Upper Elementary Teacher, Instructional Technology Coach, and Administrator Experiences with Technology Integration During COVID-19 Related School Closures: A Phenomenography, Amber Gravitt

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A Phenomenographic Study to Explore the Perceptions and Experiences of Diversity Directors in Council of Educational Standards and Accountability Member Schools, Joel Hazard

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Navigating the Context: Implementing Inquiry in the Middle School Social Studies Classroom, Juliann Noble Healy

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Digital Bridges: How Art Educators Build Professional Learning Networks on Twitter, Jennifer Heyser

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Moral Injury, Identity Dissonance, and Reintegration: A Compendium of Reintegration and Survey of United States Military Veterans, Thomas Hodges

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Time is Money: An Examination of Audit Time Budgets and Profitability, Sydney (Tori) Hoffman

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A Case Study of Shifting to a Four-Day Student School Week as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction and Retention, Melanie Hyde

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Creating Inclusive Classrooms with Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Melissa Kane

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Tracking and mathematical identity for rural adolescent students of color, Joseph Melvin Kelly

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Implementing global citizenship education: A case study of exemplary practices, opportunities, and challenges, Judson Kidd

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Improving Students’ Confidence and Competence Using Critical Media Literacy Skills in a Secondary English Language Arts Class, Leeanne Kline

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FAMILY FIRM INNOVATION: THE ROLE OF LEADER DARK TRIAD PERSONALITY AND SOCIOEMOTIONAL WEALTH IMPORTANCE, Marek Kolinski

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Cultural Classroom Competencies: White Female Social Studies Teachers’ Preparedness and Support to Interact with, Engage, and Teach the Global Majority, Ashley Lamar

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WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION ON STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN LEARNING?, Charlotte Lester

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From Allies to Co-Conspirators: Unveiling the Many Faces of Solidarity in Contemporary Racial Justice Social Movements in the U.S., Nashay Lowe

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“I Forget to Enjoy the Book”: A Narrative Analysis of Adolescents’ Perceptions of Their Real Selves and Ideal Selves as Readers, Brittany McWhorter

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THE BEAUTY OF AUDITOR SELECTION: THE EFFECTS OF AUDITOR ATTRACTIVENESS AND AUDITEE GOALS ON PROCURING GOVERNMENTAL AUDIT SERVICES, Marena M. Messina

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Becoming an Effective Digital Educator: A Case Study of Technology Preparation in a Novel Preservice Teacher Internship Program, Stephanie Milner

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Teachers Re-Imagining Parental Involvement: Using Parents' Funds of Knowledge in Math Lesson Designs, Enyinnaya Onyeukwu

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UNPACKING VALUE CO-CREATION USING THE DYNAMIC CAPABILITIES FRAMEWORK, Perry Parke

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How Participation in a Peer-Led Writing Center Impacts Struggling Students’ Self-Efficacy and Motivation, Laura Peterson

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High School Student Narratives of Error Analysis: A Qualitative Investigation into Literacy for Geometry Learning, Dean Petti

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Identifying Teacher Perceptions of Teaching At-Promise Students Online in an Alternative School, LaNadia Pugh

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Administrators' perceptions of reducing exclusionary discipline in Black girls in k - 12 urban schools: A qualitative study, Lorraine Reeves

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Effects of adaptive learning technologies on mathematics achievement in low SES settings, William Roberts

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Classroom Teachers: Why the Mass Exodus?, MaryBeth Sanders

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Quantification of Various Types of Biases in Large Language Models, Sudhashree Sayenju

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Teachers' Perceptions of an Inclusive STEM High School, Carlon Scholz

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Powerful Partnerships: Examining Home-School Engagement in the Virtual Setting, Joshua Scott-Pineda

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Trauma-Informed Educational Leadership: A Case Study, Robyn Scott

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Connection Before Correction: The Impact of Restorative Practices on Students with Disabilities, katrina shirley

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THE MISUNDERSTOOD LINK BETWEEN TRAINING AND REAL-WORLD INFORMATION SECURITY OUTCOMES: SENSEMAKING, Henry Torres

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Does a gift in a captive service make me feel better? Examining gift giving in uncertain conditions that influence emotions and firm performance., Martha Troncoza

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Elementary Grade Students’ Perspectives on the Impact of Adult Behaviors on School Climate, Tameka Walker

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"Proventing" Intimate Partner Violence-Related Attitudes Through Arts-Based Peace Education: A Sequential Explanatory Study of Dancing Classrooms Alumni, Cody Wehlan

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8th Grade Students’ Perceptions of 1:1 Laptops in Algebra 1, Richard Wilford

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Growth Mindset Intervention and Its Impact on Productive Struggle in the Eighth-Grade Mathematics Classroom, Jordy Wilson

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Courageous School Leadership: Rural Principals’ Perception and Self-Efficacy in Implementing Culturally Responsive Leadership (CRL), Angela Denise Young