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

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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

Dissertations from 2022

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Teachers’ Burnout Experience in a Title I Suburban Elementary School, Shakoiya Aiken

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The Perceptions of High School Art Teachers on their Experiences with Digital Art, Chris Akins

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Appley: Approximate Shapley Values for Model Explainability in Linear Time, Md Shafiul Alam

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Effects of a Professional Learning Experience on Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions, Experiences, and Implementation of Curricular-Embedded Self-Regulated Learning and Motivation, Samuel Baillie

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EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT DISCOURSE: A CASE STUDY OF WOMEN’S NARRATIVES IN OMAN, Hania Bekdash-Muellers

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Ethical Analytics: A Framework for a Practically-Oriented Sub-Discipline of AI Ethics, Jonathan Boardman

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The Art of Sketchnoting in a High School Language Arts Classroom, Rachael Bourne

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Service Learning- It’s Elementary! Teacher initiated service learning at an independent school, Kate Burton

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The Flipped Model Classroom Experience for 8th Grade Students Enrolled in Algebra 1: A Case Study, Mary Colclasure

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Auditing Outside the "GAAP": The Association Between Non-GAAP Reporting and Audit Quality, Casey Colson

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The Myth of Meritocracy and Colorblindness in France: Experiences of Black Professionals in the French Workplace, Catherine Dietsch

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Violence Interruption And The Epidemiological Approach: A Systematic Review Of Cure Violence, Charles Elliott

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Novel Instance-Level Weighted Loss Function for Imbalanced Learning, Trent Geisler

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The Relationship between Instructional Staff Training Expenditures and Teacher Retention: Comparing Georgia Public Schools, Sunita Holloway

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Student Perceptions in Conferring: A Phenomenographic Exploration of Student Perceptions on Teacher-Student Writing Conferences, Jacqueline Johnson

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Alignment of Leadership to Constructs of Governance in Independent Schools, Damian Kavanagh

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An exploration of effective communication strategies for secondary educational leaders to increase African American family engagement within an urban school district, Stephen McClure

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The Relationship between Leadership Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Student Achievement in Reading and Mathematics in Middle Schools in Georgia, Eleajah McElroy

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Human-AI Hybrids in Virtual Teams: The Effects of IT Identity and Trust on Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Application, Denise McWilliams

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I'M PART OF THE INGROUP, DOES IT MATTER? IMPACT OF SOCIAL IDENTITY ON MULTI-CHANNEL INFORMATION SYSTEMS EFFECTIVENESS, Michele Minetola

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"Alexa? What Keeps Consumers From Engaging With You?", Kate Nicewicz

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WILLINGNESS TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL INFORMATION: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY PERSPECTIVE, DeJarvis Oliver

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Perceptions of School Through the Lens of Black Male Elementary Students: A School Climate Study, Erica Peek

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Investigating the Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Georgia 6-12 Science Teachers in Relation to Conservation of Mass, Lyric Portwood

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Understanding Students’ Perceptions of Self-Regulatory Instructional and Learning Strategies in a Flipped Learning Environment, Nakia Salam

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Debiasing Cyber Incidents – Correcting for Reporting Delays and Under-reporting, Seema Sangari