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 2016

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EFFECTIVENESS OF COGNITIVELY GUIDED INSTRUCTION PRACTICES IN BELOW GRADE-LEVEL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, Katherine S. Munday

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What Effect Does Full Day Kindergarten Have On Student Achievement In Literacy?, Philip Lee Munkvold

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Can a Speaker of Syllable-timed L1 (Spanish) Recognize the Stress-timed Pattern of the English Language?, Masooma Naqvi

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A Text Analysis of How Passive Voice in a Biology Textbook Impacts English Language Learners, Karli Jo Neilson

The use of critical thinking skills, specifically Thinking Maps, in the Middle School Social Studies curriculum, James Micah Nelson

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21st Century Literacy: Blending the English 12 Classroom, Natalie Nelson

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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM, Noelle J. Nelson

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A Study of Effective Teaching Strategies in A Kindergarten Chinese Immersion Class, Shengjia Ni

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Motivating First Grade Struggling Readers through Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Jessica Annmarie Nivala

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How Can Text-­Based Debates Increase Empathy in Upper Elementary Students, Melissa M. Ogden

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Professionals Reflect on the Under Representation of Visitors of Color in Wilderness Areas, Jessica Iris Ostrov

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We the People: We Survive, We Work, We Live, We Belong An Autobiographical Study of One Refugee’s Victory Over Poverty and Racism to Lead an English Learner Program, Sambath Ouk

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Benefits Provided To American Indian Youth Through Gidaakiimanaaniwigamig Stem Camps, Kyra Jo Paitrick

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How does composting at school change the way middle school students perceive their ability to positively impact the earth?, Katie Lynn Pangborn

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AN ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL THINKING AND MOTIVATION IN A KOREAN UNIVERSITY EFL CLASSROOM, Andrew Steven Parker

Developing TPACK: A Study of New Interactive Whiteboard Implementers, Allison Ruth Petersen

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How Reference with Demonstratives Creates Cohesion in a Physical Science Textbook, Amy Marie Petersen Sagrado

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Integrating Standards and 21st Century Skills to Increase Engagement, Andrea Michelle Peterson

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HOW DOES THE AMOUNT OF RECESS IMPACT STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN THE KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM?, Theresa Phillippo

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Implementing Effective Instructional Reading Settings for English Learners, Kathryn Louise Quesada

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Word Study Promotes the Application of Spelling Skills within Elementary Students’ Independent Writing, Sarah Kay Rabideau

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Increasing Autonomous Academic Motivation in Intermediate Elementary Students by Reducing Fear of Failure, Whitney Schill Ramirez

Best Practices for Teaching Language Arts in the Dual Immersion Setting, Allison Lee Rendon

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Form and Function Focused Language Activities and Their Effects on Student Writing in a Spanish Immersion Classroom, Brian John Rice

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How To Develop And Support The Academic Writing Of Our Students In The Science Classroom, Hannah Rose Hermanson Rivard

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BEST PRACTICES FOR CO-TEACHING LITERACY IN THE SECONDARY LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM, Anne Robenhorst

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THE IMPACTS OF AN EXPERIENTIAL-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY, Allison Ronglien

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Using Literacy Centers To Support A Balanced Literacy Program In A Pre-K Classroom, Jacquelin Ann Rowan

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How Vocabulary Word Selection, Instructional Strategies, And Assessments Affect Student Retention Of Newly Learned Words, Amber Rustand

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How can obstacles to adult English Language Learners with low levels of English proficiency participating in distance learning be reduced?, Anne Elizabeth Fern Ryan

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Yoga Intervention: A Yoga-Based Curriculum To Develop Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, And Resilience In Adolescents, Amanda Sati

How can critical literacy theory impact the engagement of struggling secondary readers?, Tina Delancey Schaefer

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Using a Functional Language Approach to Engage High School English Language Learners in Academic Language Arts Content, Robert Grant Schaller

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How an Experience in Nature Affects Ecoliteracy of High School Students, Megan Johanna Schimek

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‘What Do You Do With An Idea?’ Differentiating A Fourth -Grade Reading Curriculum Using Gardner’s Theory Of Multiple Intelligences, Medora Elaine Schou

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The Relationship Between Self-efficacy and Reading Test Score Improvement in Elementary English Learners, Daniel Patrick Sefkow

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How Does Daily Exposure To Vocabulary Through Text Talk Carry Over Into The Speaking And Writing of First Grade Students?, Natalie Lai Shaw

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How Does A Targeted Services Intervention Program Focused On Base-Ten Place Value Development Impacts Growth Of Second Graders In Mathematics, Katherine J. Shelley

HOW ANCHOR CHARTS CAN ENGAGE STUDENTS IN INTERACTIVE READ-ALOUDS, Christine Simmet

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Increased Connection to Nature and Development of Ecological Identity in the Illinois Master Naturalist Program, Laura Sjoquist

Questioning Techniques to Help Move Third Grade Students’ Mathematical Thinking While Engaged in Learning Fraction Concepts in a Chinese Immersion Classroom Environment, Tengfei Song

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Investigating Text Talk as a Tool for Improving Vocabulary and Comprehension Skills for English Learners in Response to Intervention Groups, Roshawn Terese Sook

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Are Characteristics Of A Professional Learning Community Guiding Student Achievement, Staci Faye Souhan

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VIRTUAL REFERENCE BEST PRACTICES AND THE COLLEGE STUDENT EXPERIENCE, Sara J. Stambaugh

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How Formative Assessments can be Utilized to Respond to Student Needs Within a Balanced Literacy Framework, Amber Ann Steinmeyer

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A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF IMPLEMENTING TIERED SYSTEMATIC PHONICS INTERVENTION THROUGH THE COLORADO READ ACT, Geoffrey H. Stokes

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How Student-Led Goal Setting and Self-Monitoring of Progress Impacts SelfEfficacy Among Third Graders at an International School in Eastern Europe, Jessica Rose Stoll

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Teacher Perspectives on Co-teaching in a Content Classroom with English Language Support, Bradley Allan Thompson

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The Language of Movies: Using Film to Teach Visual Literacy in the EFL Classroom, Benjamin James Thurn

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Utilizing the Next Generation Science Standards as a Framework to Create a Climate Change Curriculum, Jenna Totz

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Adverbial Clauses in 4th Grade Science Textbooks: A Structural and Functional Analysis, Nicole Renee Tuchscherer

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Improving Educational Practices for Karen Newcomers by Understanding the Schooling Experiences of Karen Refugee Students, Alice Ramona Vang

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HOW DO WE EDUCATE CHILDREN THAT LIVE IN A WATER RICH ENVIRONMENT ABOUT THE NEED FOR WATER CONSERVATION?, Theresa Marie Vermeersch

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An Effective Instructional Model for Teaching English Language Learners within the Mainstream Classroom, Sofia Viktorova Vladimirova

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The Relationship Between Agriculture And The Environment, Elise Nicole Volz

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The Impact of Implementing Nonverbal Behavior Management Strategies Into An Elementary Classroom, Casondra Kelly Wada

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A Correlation Between English Oral Language Proficiency and the Success of the Reading Recovery Program for Karen Students, Heidi Wheelock

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PERCEPTIONS OF CO-TEACHING, Ashlee Wicks

What Are The Perceptions Of The “Flipped Classroom” In A Group Of High Achieving Ninth Graders Enrolled In An Algebra Two Course?, Michael David Wilmes

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Factors Influencing the Persistence of GED Students, David Foster Wilson

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Equitable Identification of EL students for Special Education by All Teachers, Hanna Winkelman

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TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TO ELEMENTARY AGED HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NATURE CENTERS: AN ANALYSIS OF BEST PRACTICES, Ronald P. Wodtke

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Using Critical-Thinking Strategies To Develop Academic Reading Skills Among Saudi Iep Students, Betsy Lindeman Wong

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TEACHER SUSTAINABILITY CULTURAL WEALTH AMONG SUBURBAN EDUCATORS OF COLOR, Verna Wong

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Using a Therapeutic Music Curriculum to Improve the Social and Academic Skills of Students with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia/Septo Optic Dysplasia, Kimberly Kay Wooster

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Culturally Responsive Teaching to Support Karen Newcomers, Win World

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The Impact of Reading Fluency Instruction on Reading Fluency, Abdul Wright

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Aspect Instruction and Narrative Inferencing, Christine Marie Wytaske

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How can teachers motivate struggling middle school readers in an intervention classroom?, Heather Young

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The Intersection of Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Technology: Implications for Adult ESL Learners using an Inquiry Approach, Mary Elizabeth Zamacona

Teaching Social Thinking Vocabulary In The General-Education, First Grade Classroom, Ann Kathryn Zweber

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Strategies to Support Vocabulary Development in Middle School Content Area Classrooms, Caitlyn Bandy

How Does Rewards-Based Classroom Management Impact Kindergarten Student Behavior?, Andrew James Wilbur Bassani

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Achievement in Mathematics and Self-Concept Among Gifted Female High School Seniors, Leah M. Battin

Peer Observation as a Professional Development Tool for Educators, Jared B. Belden

Community College Students’ Perceptions of Stress When Experiencing Loss Through Death of Someone Close and the Support that May be Available or Needed, Kathleen M. Bell

Teacher Cognitions in Relation to Pedagogical Practices and Transformative Learning for Purposes of Pre-service Teacher Education, Robin Reginald Bell

To What Extend Does Dramatic Storytelling Have On Adult ESL Learners’ Ability To Recognize And Use Emphatic Stress In English?, Abigail Lynn Bennett

How do Contract Alternative Schools work to close the Achievement Gap?, Kate Louise Benson

How a medical rounds model could improve standardization of teacher training, Kevin Randall Berdine

What Can Elementary Schools Do to Eliminate and Prevent Cyber Bullying and the Effects of Cyber Bullying in the School Community?, Jessica Marie Bernard

How immigrant parents of three to five year old children decide which values are most important to transfer to their children and the reason for their importance, Michelle Jeannette Ademite Berscheid

Improving Number Sense in High School Students through Science Instruction, Melanie Martha Bristor

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Encouraging Student-­Generated Critical Questions through Literature Circles in a Tenth-­Grade Classroom, Damon Reuben Brook

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The Use of One-To-One iPad Technology and its Impact on Students Receiving Special Education Services Work Completion and Grades, Angela Jean Brumbaugh

Increasing Student Awareness and Stewardship of Nature Through Literature and Storytelling, Krisann Marie Bunnell

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A Study of How the Components of Effective Co-Teaching are Implemented in Middle School Content Area Classrooms in One Suburban School District, Kathryn Rose Burley

Consumer Based Social Marketing to Effect Environmental Change Using a Municipal Curbside Recycling Program, Brooke Butler

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Preparing English Learners for Academic Language Demands of Mainstream Mathematics, Tracie Lynn Cavalli

Increasing Student Achievement in Urban Online/Project-Based Learning, Jeffrey Robert Coleman

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Exploring Attitudes toward Teacher Led Parent Advocacy Models that Address Racial Education Inequity, Paula Yadel Cole

A 1:1 iPad program and its effect on academic achievement, Jane Marie Cornell

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Food Waste and Behavior Change Through Project-Based Learning, Patrick Cary Crawford

Funk and Chunk: Can Music and Memorization Help Fluency Find its Groove?, Kelly Glenn Crocker

Leadership as a Holistic Model in Education, Carlos A. da Cruz

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Student Self-Regulated Learning Through Use Of The Linguafolio® Online In A Beginning Middle School El Class, Melissa Rose Davey

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Assessing Remedial Course Transitional Intervention Effectiveness for First Generation College Students, John Nathan Day

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Newcomer perceptions of identity and school membership: Program comparisons between English only and dual language immersion tracks, Jeanne Lorraine de la Riva [Whisler]

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Analysis of EFL Academic Writing in a Saudi University, Philline Mary Deraney

Leadership Practices of Minnesota Superintendents That Foster a Culture of Innovation among their District Principals, Khuzana E. DeVaan