The department holds as its central mission the preparation and development of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.

Below are theses and dissertations of graduates of the Department of Teaching and Learning, as well as the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (until 2012).

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

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"Already Writers": A Case Study in Assessment and Visual Rhetoric Connections in Digital Multimodal Composition, Fawn Elise Canady

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Reverse Migration: Documenting How the Educational Experiences of Transnational Youth in Mexican Schools are Shaped by Parental Deportation, Sandra Lourdes Candel

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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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A Study of Strengthening Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge of Statistics and Probability via Professional Development, Lina Devaul

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Co-navigating the U.S. Educational System: A Multiple Case Study of the Social and Academic Pressures Experienced By Iranian Immigrant Parents and Their 1.5-Generation Immigrant Children, Shahla Fayazpour

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Student Expectations and Motivation in Spanish for Heritage Speakers Programs, Sergio A. Guzman

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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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Using Two Simulation Tools to Teach Concepts in Introductory Astronomy: A Design-Based Research Approach, Pamela A. Maher

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

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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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Case Studies of Teach for America Teachers’ Teacher Identity Development in Relation to English Language Learners, Refika Turgut

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The Relationship between African- American Male Education and Employment Opportunities Through the Lenses of Critical Race Theory and Stereotype Threat in the Historical Context of the 1965 Moynihan Report, Robert Paul Walker

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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