Below are theses and dissertations completed by graduates of the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education.

For the entire collection of UNLV theses and dissertations, visit UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Are Universities Providing Non-~STEM Students the Mathematics Preparation Required by Their Programs?: A Case Study of a Quantitative Literacy Pathway and Vertical Alignment from Remediation to Degree Completion, Charles Merritt Allen

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Parent and Teacher Perspectives of the Social Competence of Dual Language Learners, Christine Baxter

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Developing a Navajo Educational Media Guide: A Community Perspective, Shawna Lynn Begay

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Preschool Teacher Knowledge and Skills: Phonemic Awareness and Instruction, Cecilia Anne Billow

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More Bang for your Buck: Bolstering Learning Via Refutation Text with Refutation-~based Elaborated Feedback, Jacqueline R. Cordova

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Preventing Deaths by Writing: In Search of a Prescriptive Software Solution for Curing Student Writing Ills in Postsecondary Nursing Education, Donald Allen Deever

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Understanding College Preparedness of First-~Semester College Students, Kimberly Marie Florence

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Teachers’ Perceptions of Motivational Support in Middle School Classrooms: A Multiple Case Study, Cherie Marlene Gibson

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Instructional Math Technology in Secondary Special Education: Teacher-~Reported Practices and Perceptions, Joice M. Higa

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Effectiveness of ST Math in College Remedial Mathematics Students of Learning Fraction Concepts, Taro Ito

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Examining the Affordances of Dual Cognitive Processing to Explain the Development of High School Students’ Nature of Science Views, Luke Jackson

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The Nature and Extent of Instructors’ Use of Learning Analytics in Higher Education to Inform Teaching and Learning, Janet L. King

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A Comparison of the Effects of Video Modeling Other and Peer-~Implemented Pivotal Response Training to Video Modeling Other on Positive Social Interactions of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities, Maryssa Kucskar

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Effects of Explicit-~Reflective Instruction on Preservice and Novice Teachers’ Epistemic and Conceptual Change Mediated by Reasoning, Danny Murphy

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An Examination of Differences in Division I FBS Student-~Athlete Academic and Athletic Performance, Marissa Katherine Nichols

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Success in online credit recovery: Factors influencing student academic performance, David Nourse

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An Analysis of Stress and Self-~Efficacy Experienced by General and Special Educators, Joanne Lyn Ringer

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De-~colonizing Language Needs: A Critical Ethnographic Study of Former and Current Teachers’ Language Dispositions and How Taking a Multicultural Education Course Mediates Those Dispositions, Ravijot Singh

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Comparing the Differences in Access to Professional Development for General Education and Special Education Teachers and the Subsequent Impact on Instructional Practice, Lori L. Slater

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So It’s Not Like the Movies? An Analysis of the Links Between Popular Culture, Motivation and Expectations in First-~Year College Students, Kelle Snow

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Preview-~View-~Review: Increasing Academic Access for Students with Intellectual Disabilities who are English Learners, Dolores Marie Williamson

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mentor-Mentee Perception of the Effectiveness of Self-Disclosure in the Field Experience, Khaled Ismail Alnajjar

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From Belief to Action: Omani EFL Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Relation to their Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, Abdullah Khamis Al-Shukri

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Impact of Universal Social-Emotional and Behavioral Screening Among Middle School Students: A Multistage Approach to Identification, Kristen M. Ballinger

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A Case Study Analysis of Career and Technical Instructors' Development of Multicultural Self-Awareness through a Transformative Learning Experience, Cynthia Bezard

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The Experience of Teaching Online Secondary Science, Cynthia Ann Clark

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Teachers + School Librarians = Student Achievement: When Will We Believe It?, Gaetana D'agata

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The Manifestation of Student Engagement in Classrooms: A Phenomenological Case Study of How Teachers Experience Student Engagement and How It Influences Pedagogical Decision Making, Andrew Goodman

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Comparing the Effects of Two Utility Value Interventions on Graduate Students' Interest, Performance, and Perceptions of Utility Value, Ivan Vladimirov Ivanov

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Investigating Teacher Learning and Change in a Professional Learning Community: Integrating ELA and Social Studies Curriculum, Derek Jordan

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Competencies for the Community College Advisor: A Crucial Job in the Student Success Mission, Shellie Jo Keller

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A Case Study: Students' Mathematics-Related Beliefs From Integrated STEM Model-Eliciting Activities, Cathrine Maiorca

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School Connectedness: Comparing Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders to Their General Education Peers, Robert Jordon Marsh

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Secondary Preservice Teacher Expectations of the Principal's Role in New Teacher Induction, Matthew C. Nishimoto

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A Comparison of the Effects of Peer Networks and Peer Video Modeling on Positive Social Interactions Performed By Young Children With Developmental Disabilities, Conrad Oh-Young

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Using Generalizability Theory to Investigate Sources of Variance of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 with Trainees, Dorothy Rita Parriott

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An Analysis of Reflective Thinking in Teacher Candidates' ePortfolios, Cristina Salinas-Grandy

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Changes in Teachers' Constructivist Beliefs and Practices from Preservice to Inservice Teaching: A Mixed Methods Approach, Christina Joan Santoyo

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Leadership Competencies at Concordia University System Institutions, Samuel Joseph Seefeld

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Interrelationships among Teacher Self-Efficacy, Collective Teacher Efficacy, and Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Qingmin Shi

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Development and Testing of an Assessment to Measure Spatial Thinking about Enhanced Greenhouse Effect, Heather Jean Skaza

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Thinking about those who value you based on how smart you are: Effects on effort and test anxiety, Lucie Vosicka

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Agentic Engagement, Teacher Support, and Classmate Relatedness— A Reciprocal Path to Student Achievement, Curt Ryan Wakefield

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The Concordance of Caregiver-Teacher Perspectives on the Behavior of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Allison Werlinger

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Is Being Green, White? A Critical Ethnographic Study of Social Norms in Conservation, Heather Whitesides

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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A Study of Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Nature of Science and Their Beliefs about the Developmental Appropriateness and Importance of Nature of Science throughout a Professional Development Program, Elif Adibelli

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Literacy and Social Justice: Understanding Student Perceptions and Conceptions about Literature, Jennifer Marie Crosthwaite

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The development of language and identity: A sociocultural study of five international graduate students living in the U.S., Alexandra Dema

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Exploring Cognitively Accessible Academic Lessons for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Using the iPad, Jamie Linn Gunderson

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Playful Aggression and the Situational Contexts That Affect Perceptions, Jennifer Hart

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Evidence-~based Practices: An Exploratory Study Concerning School District Professional Development Considerations, Pamela Marie Juniel

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The Attitudes and Beliefs of Special and General Educational Professionals Concerning Alcohol and Drug Problems, Troy Wayne Kieser

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A New Perspective On Underrepresented Student Completion: Self-Efficacy Beliefs Of Successfully Completed Underrepresented Students, Diana Alexandra Lourdes

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Forecasting The School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Generative Case Study of Early Literacy Experiences of Black Male Youth, Tarryn E. Mcghie

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Effects of Picture Activity Schedules on Tasks Completed, Michael Eric Morrisett

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Gestures as Mimetic Forms of Identity in Post-Secondary Italian as a Foreign Language Classrooms: A Sociocultural Perspective, Ilaria Nardotto Peltier

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Examining Factors Influencing NCAA Division-I Conference Realignment, Ginikachi O. Nwosu

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A Comparison of PIPRT to VMO to Increase Social Play Skills in Children with Autism, Kathleen Scarlett Ohara

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A Comparison Study of Parents’ Perceptions of Quality in Early Childhood Programs, Juanita Ortiz

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Tweet vs Status Update: Exploring Ways to Promote Collaborative Argumentation in an Online Classroom Setting, Marissa Christina Owens

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Multicultural Education in Action: A Multiple Case Study of Black Elementary Aged Children's Identity Development and Engagement with Civil Rights Literature, Rebekah E. Piper

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Engineering the Path to Higher-Order Thinking in Elementary Education: A Problem-Based Learning Approach for STEM Integration, Abeera P. Rehmat

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"Because of my Identity:" Valuing the Experiences of Latina Students in the Culturally Responsive Service-~Learning Classroom, Janessa Schilmoeller

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The Role of the Integration-Responsiveness Framework in an International Branch Campus: A Case Study, Tammy Joy Silver

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Negative Impacts of Teacher Evaluation Reform: The Role of Federal Policy in Student Achievement and Teacher Quality, Allison Smith

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Division I Men's Basketball Scholarship : The Challenges of Being a Black Male Athlete, Lonnie Gene Wright

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A Phenomenology Study of First-~year Teachers Looking at the Shared Lived Experience of Learning to Grade, Brandon Lee Yost

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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A Competency Model for Catering and Event Professionals Using a Modified Delphi Technique, Donnell G. Bayot

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A Narrative Study of Male Accompanying Partners: Adaptation to a Nontraditional Role in Dyadic Partnerships, Donald J. Bernard

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Effects of Internalizing Behaviors on Processing Speed and Academic Fluency, Kristen Bjork

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Cognitive Differences Between High and Low Responders of a Tier II Reading Intervention, Jillian Cohen

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Runnin' With the Rebels: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Highly Identified College Student Sports Fans, Joseph Stanley Ervin

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Validation of a Personality Scale: A Factor Analytic Approach, Leslie Forbush

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The Relationship between Teaching Approaches and Student Science Achievement for Four Racial Groups in US Eighth Grade Classes, Su Gao

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Analyses of Suspension, Expulsion, and Incarceration Data Reported Under IDEA 2004, William Dennis Garnett

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Digital Behavior Intervention Plans: Effects on General Education Teacher fidelity of Implementation, Christopher G. Holcomb

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Enhancing Teaching and Learning through iPad Integration in a Clinic-~based Literacy Course, Kyle F. Kaalberg

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An Autoethnography of Heart-Based Hope Leadership: A Matter of Life or Death, Cynthia Jeanne Kimball

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Effects of Cooperation Games on Social Interactions of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Teri Alicia Marx

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An Examination of Implicit Values in Cornerstone Student Affairs Textbooks, Nathan Slife

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A Multiple Case Study of Whiteness and Critical Literacy Practices Among White Elementary Teachers in Urban Public Schools, Amanda Rose Vandehei

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Impact of A Grade Contract Model in A College Composition Course: A Multiple Case Study, Nayelee Villanueva

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Reducing Court-Related Stress Through Court Education: Examining Child Witnesses, Attorneys and Parents, Brittnie Turquoise Watkins

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Evaluation of Video Prompting To Teach Students with Intellectual Disabilities to Use a Cell Phone, Allenda Tharel Zionch

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Dehumanization: As It Is Present Within Bullying Behaviors In An Anti-Bullying Program, Katelyn Amos

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The Importance of Explicitly Mapping Instructional Analogies in Science Education, Loretta Asay

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Literacy Coaching and Preschool Teacher's Implementation of Literacy Instructional Practices, Teresa Byington

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Examination of Student, Program, and Institutional Support Characteristics that Relate to PGA Golf Management Students' Intent to Persist, Christopher Paul Cain

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An Analysis of Reading Skills Instruction Provided To Special and General Educators In Their Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education, Wendie Lappin Castillo

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Examining the Relationships Between Internalizing and Externalizing Problems and Academic Achievement, Lara Elizabeth Conrad

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Word Calling In 3rd And 4th Graders: Exploring Student And Teacher Characteristics, Lindsay Starr Couzens

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Comparison of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test and Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers: Which is the Better Predictor of Autism in Toddlers?, Vanessa Marie Fessenden

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Second Language Gesture and Acculturation in Study Abroad Contexts, Christie Marie Gardner

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A Multiple Case Study of Gay Teacher Identity Development: Negotiating and Enacting Identity to Interrupt Heteronormativity, Zaid Mashhour Haddad

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Black Teachers, White Schools: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study on Their Experiences of Racial Tokenism and Development of Professional Black Identities, Abigail Kathleen Hasberry

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An Analysis of Co-Teaching Instruction Provided in Teacher Education and Inservice Training for Special Education and General Education Teachers, Catherine S. Howerter

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Parental Stress, Family-Professional Partnerships, and Family Quality of Life: Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Yun-Ju Hsiao

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Managerial Behavioral Complexity and the Collegiate Registrar, Katherine Jeanette Humphreys

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Identity Status: The Impact on Academic Performance, Milan Jelenic

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The Effect of Scaffolded Strategies on Content Learning in a Designed Science Cyberlearning Environment, Cynthia Lee Kern