This collection includes Capstone Theses and Dissertations submitted by Hamline School of Education master’s and doctoral students, respectively. Capstones are the culminating degree work and include research that draws from the student’s formal study as well as professional and personal development.

This is an online listing of the scholarly works of HSE graduate program students. Works prior to 2015 are available in print in the Bush Memorial Library. Full text, online, prior to 2015, may be restricted to current Hamline students, faculty and staff.

See also: School of Education Student Capstone Projects

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Theses/Dissertations from 2002

Guided reading: a developmental approach to teaching reading to young children, Deborah Lynn Davis

Using advisory programs effectively in the middle school, Melissa DeGidio

Independent reading activities for readers in the early phase of the First Steps developmental reading continuum, Laura Jean Dickinson

Learning styles: how do I, as an elementary classroom teacher, adapt my lessons to make sure I am teaching to each student's learning style?, Jeremy Jonathon Doesken

Personal and career exploration curriculum for eighth grade students, Megan Dols

Parent involvement: involving parents of reading recovery students, Kathleen M. Elliott

Using children's literature with ESL students to increase reading and writing skills, Mary Elliott-Smith

Phonemic awareness: a key component in reading development, Kathleen N. Elton

Primarily poetry, Betty Jean Erickson

Brain research: how does movement enhance learning?, Barbara Joyce Farley

The ancient path: considering classical education, Sarah M. Fink

Learning to read through writing: an exploration of writer's workshop, Beth Flottmeier

Differentiation and curriculum enhancement through book making, Linda L. Fullerton

Kid stress in school: what it is, how it feels, how to help, Jennie Deming Gabrych

Meeting the needs of the high-ability math student in the regular education classroom, Tanya Kay Elliott Galland

In the current standards-based accountability system, can we be sure that the increase in test scores on high-stakes assessments, are leading to actual improvements in student achievement?, Deanna Gerard

Organizing and managing the guided reading environment: what are the other kids doing?, Mary Gilsdorf-Moore

Class meeting, Kathy Ann Grenier

Modern day issues in a one-room school house, Kristen K. C. Gundry

Creating a support system for Latino families through the use of Spanish family nights, Michelle Hartwell

Co-motion: empowering youth through skill training and community-based projects, Rachel M. Hefte

How administrators, teachers and collaboration affect the change process in a school setting, Lynn M. Hernandez

Adapting workforce ESL curriculum to meet the goals of the employee, Amy Marie Hewett

Research based curricular elements that facilitate student understanding, Sonja Hovey

Guided reading: an effective approach to teaching reading in a first grade classroom, Kristi Lynn Hunt

Kinesthetic academic curriculum: using movement experiences as an augmentation to reading instruction, Martha J. James

Integrating bookmaking into the curriculum to enhance student learning, Penny P. Jeurissen

Preparing new teachers to become partners with parents, Peter L. Johansen

The stated beliefs of kindergarten children compared to their actions in terms of racial perceptions and attitudes, Ann Eaton Johnson

Supplementary curriculum for the first year flute player, Bethany A. Johnson

The effects of participation in a short term phonics and comprehension skills intervention program (reading academy) on the reading motivation of upper elementary students, Kimberly Jean Johnson

Exploring media arts technologies in the artroom, Cecilia Johnstone

Guided reading in a second grade classroom, Jeri Lynn Joy

Guided reading in the first grade classroom, Holly Justeson

Reclaiming heart: a self-study using the writings of Parker Palmer, Heidi Kagan

How can understanding my own multicultural story through James Banks' multicultural education framework inform my teaching?, Haisung Lee Kiefer

Standards based versus traditional mathematics instruction, Kathleen Mary Koenig

How does a hands-on science curriculum affect attitudes toward science in elementary/middle school students?, Jeremy Kuhns

Migrating with the monarchs, David R. Kust

The middle school coach, Mark R. Larson

Literature circles in an elementary classroom, Dianne Law

Bridging the gap: listening to our children's voices, Mai Yia Amanda Lee

The creation of a school health office website, Ann Margaret Little

What can parents do to spark imagination and encourage creative spirit in their young children?, Laura Jane Loppnow

Fostering reading for understanding through reciprocal teaching, Mary Colleen Lotzer

Using note books to help urban learners achieve in the classroom, Raphael Fabian Lucas

A curriculum for teaching forestry and wildlife management to junior high school students, John W. Maronde

Parents enhancing their children's language, Stephanie Masloski

Parent involvement in reading, Colleen G. Maxwell

Designing an interdisciplinary enrichment program, Catherine Lynne Mikel

Inclusion and modification for staff development, Latham Patrick Miller

Developing empathy in students through service learning, Erik Allen Moe

A study of Reading Recovery : a promising intervention for struggling readers, Jill K. Morrissey

Teaching reading to English language learners: an investigation into a first language literacy program for Hispanic/Latino children, Kari Ann Muyres

A math curriculum from a language arts perspective, Debora J. Nelson

Shifting into inquiry, Joyce E. Nilsen

Differentiation of math instruction in a fifth grade Spanish immersion program, April Dawn Ostermann

Individualizing reading instruction: from groping to grouping, Lisa Marie Palkki

A journey through the eyes of a reading recovery advocate, Michelle April Peterson

Why is phonics not spelled the way it sounds?: embedded phonics in a first grade, whole language classroon, Ronda Plathe

Building an empowered community: a social/emotional curriculum, Cheryl Fiets Poplett

Camels to snowmen: why should ESL teachers engage imagination of Somali adult learners?, Tatiana A. Przytula

Assisting the affective mentor, Sherry J. Randa

Developing positive literary attitudes in elementary students, Carla Beth Renz

Service learning: a search for developing empathy in students, Janee Mary Rivard-Johnson

Creating a support system for Latino families through the use of Spanish family nights, Lisa Anne Krueger Robb

How can teachers effectively meet the instructional needs of all learners in an increasingly diverse classroom?, Maria LaBelle Rollinger

Self-awareness through self-expression: self-expression through visual arts enhances self-awareness in high school art students, Gretchen Romain

A community of totems, Randi Rood

How is African American culture being integrated into the second grade social studies curriculum and instruction?, Isis Roper

Creatively teaching art history: what active learning strategies motivate and engage high school art history students to increase their critical thinking and visual literacy skills, Dawn Marie Rossbach

Motivation and the reluctant learner: using relationship-building strategies to encourage students, Marie E. Russell

Encouraging parents to share the joy of reading with their children, Kathleen Anne Reif Sansted

Implementation of a balanced literacy program in first grade, Julianne Marie Schacht

Understanding poverty affects the attitudes and instructional practices of teachers, Rynell K. Schock

The implementation of an interdisciplinary curriculum within the content areas of American history and communications, Allen Dennis Schulte

The role of religion in the public schools, Mary M. Shapiro

Incorporating computer technology into the visual arts curriculum, Jennifer Wesson Silus

The Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI): an evaluation of emergent literacy within the St. Paul Head Start program : a case study, Abeba Baire Sium

Community building through the use of Responsive classroom's morning meeting, Lori Beth Smith

Teaching and stress, Heather Spitzner

A solid path: helping middle school students become self-managed learners by teaching organizational and study skills, Jane M. Stone

Using learning centers to help insure success for students with special needs, Allison L. Storti

The impact of kindergarten news on a child's literacy development, Amy Karen Tervola

The effect of student self-designed experimentation on student attitudes towards science, Michael Thomsen

Composition for middle school band, Rebecca A. Totzke

How will a ninth grade transition team program affect the attendance and passing rates of participating students?, Darya D. Trimble

Building community through the morning meeting in the first ten days of school, Jane Ellen Tucker

Creating and maintaining a respectful classroom environment, Julie Ann Urban

Using the writer's workshop to improve student achievement in the primary grades, Cynthia K. Venberg

Comparing teacher-centered versus student-centered teaching styles in a recycling unit, Jason R. Voss

How can a teacher approach character education in the first grade classroom?, Kelly Voss

Why are African American males failing and what can we do about it?, Sarah Wahlquist

How can teachers effectively meet the instructional needs of all learners in an increasingly diverse classroom?, Kristie Weigel

Environmental studies curriculum, Lori Ann Wester

Developing an advisory program in an alternative education setting, Allison LaBree Whittlef

The relationship of self-reported learning styles and success on the grade three Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments in reading and mathematics, Marie Elizabeth Wilkie

Teaching grammar in the context of the writer's workshop, Lois J. Williams

Positive changes in classroom climate as a result of the ENVoY curriculum, Kelli Wilson

Inquiry science: effectively managing the necessary transition from exploration to investigation, Linda Wilterdink