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 2021

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Standardized Test and the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Phenomenological Multi-Site Case Study of Singapore and Southern Nevada within a Culturally Responsive Evaluation Framework, Rosnidar B. Arshad

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Opportunities for Second Language Development with the Use of Digital Tools: Analyzing the Experience of a Multi-Age Primary Community from an Activity Theory Perspective, Ellen Dougherty

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How do Beliefs Come into Play? An Examination of the Influence of Core Conceptions on Science Teachers’ Inquiry Lesson Plan Designs, Mehmet Fatih Dulger

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Student Perceptions of Formative Feedback in Mathematics, Derek E. Fialkiewicz

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The Use of Post-Course Feedback on Mastery Learning in a Professional Development Context, Thomas M. Kramer

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School Climate, Teacher Self-Efficacy, and Teaching Practices: Evidence from TALIS 2018, Chengcheng Li

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We Gon' Be Alright: A Narrative Inquiry with Black Male Doctoral Students, Lashaun D. Limbrick

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Still We Rise: A Black Feminist Qualitative Inquiry Exploring Black Women’s Experiences on Twitter, Yvonne C. Morris

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Learning As We Grow: A Multiple Case Study of Teachers Experiences with Graduate Online Courses, Erica K. Reid

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Nos/otrxs Que Fuimos Separados: Recovering Testimonios of Separation and Resistance, Marcela Rodriguez-Campo

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Popular Culture as a Tool for Critical Pedagogy: A Case Study, Kyle Rogers

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Understanding and Addressing Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Misconceptions in Science Education, Nicole Juliana Thomas

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Examining the Experiences of LGBTQ DPT Students: A Critical Ethnography, Catherine Turner

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The Development of Prerequisite Skills and Concepts from Task-Based Interviews in Calculus Students with Low-Levels of Prerequisite Skills, Nicholas Wong

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Understanding Visual Language and Visual Literacy: A Case Study of Young Children’s Meaning Making of Complex Wordless Picturebooks, Yunying Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Training Design Enhancement through Training Evaluation: Effects on Training Transfer, Elham Arabi

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The Relationship Between Teacher Identity and Teacher Retention in Title 1 Schools: A Multiple Case Study, Michelle A. Arroyo

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Change of Venue: An Exploratory, Multistage Evaluation that Examines the Impact of Change Based on the Shared Experiences of the Toe Tag Monologues, Lisa Ann Baaske

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Understanding the Professional Experiences of White Jewish Women in Higher Education: An Intrinsic Case Study Analysis, Janna M. Bernstein

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The Noise from the Writing Boundaries: Collaboration and Tutor Identity in Writing Intensive Courses, Laura Decker

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Using the Critical Mathematics Pedagogical Framework to Teach Adult Basic Education Learners: A Transformative Convergent Parallel Mixed Methods Study, Matthew D. Gromlich

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Addressing Disproportionality in School Discipline Through Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline Practices, Kevin Matthew Higley

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Toward Developing a Valid and Reliable Assessment of Learners’ Nature of Engineering Views, Erdogan Kaya

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Awareness of Apprenticeships among College Students at a Research University in the Western United States: A Fixed-Convergent Mixed Methods Study, Kendra Vanessa O'Connell

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A Combined Approach to Evaluating Student Engagement in a Virtual Laboratory Environment, Aster Sigel

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Reflections of an Early Literacy Professional Learning Community: An Interactional Ethnographic Case Study of Transforming Pedagogy through Reflective Practice, Carly Waters

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Epistemic Aspects of Engineering for K-12 Education, Ezgi Yesilyurt

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