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 2015

Layers in the Life of an English Learner, Jyl Rene Dieckhaus

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How can the 5-E Learning Cycle Model of Instruction Be Used to Develop a Differentiated Science Unit on Evolution Based on Six Minnesota Evolution Standards?, Monica Christine Digre

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Teaching Health Literacy To Underrepresented Adolescents: A Curriculum For High School Advisory Teachers, Anya Dmytrenko

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Cultural Factors in Implementing Communicative Language Teaching Methods with Karen English Language Learners, Jonathan Randall Dunnette

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Monitoring The Writing Progress Of English Learners In The Secondary Setting, Susan C. Ellis

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Teacher and Student Perceptions of DynEd Multimedia Courseware: An Evaluation of CALL in an American Technical College, Gail Katherine Ellsworth

How Can a Monthly Newsletter Raise a School Staff’s Awareness of the Cultural and Linguistic Needs of ELs?, Patti R. Elton

Parent Involvement in Family Literacy Programs, Peter John Elwell

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The Confluence of STEM Education and Language Learning: Curriculum Integration to Benefit Language Learners, Christian Joseph Engelbret

Analyzing How Involvement in Extra Curricular Activities Impacts Student Achievement, Lee Michael Engstrom

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Effective Conversations Around Tough Text Within Middle School Literature Circles, Gretchen Elizabeth Enselein

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Presenting Evolution in Public Schools; Is It indisputable?, Paul Andrew Erdman

Goals in Multicultural Education: Toward a More Gender-Inclusive U.S. History Curriculum, Caroline L. Erickson

How Context and Story Matter in Science Instruction, Christopher Johnson Evavold

The Necessity of Parent Involvement in Education: One Teacher's Personal Experiences, Leatitia Leigh Exner

The Role And Impact Of Reflective Practice On Education Doctorate Alumni’s Professional Practice, Aimee Young Fearing

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Intertextual Connections in Text Sets: Creating Common Core Curriculum for Middle School Readers, Karissa Anne Finley

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Creating Picture Books that Feature Children Parented by Same-Sex Partners, Kira Lenore Fischler

Education and Trauma: How Schools can Successfully Educate Students Suffering from the Effects of Trauma, Amy Josephine Fox

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How Can Personalized Learning Devices Be Used to Best Support English Learners in the Middle School Classroom?, Laura Jolin Franke

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Sports and Somali Girls: Increasing Participation and Acculturation, Mandy Rose Franz

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Perceptions of ESL Teachers’ Roles within School Communities, Angela Carolyn Froemming

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Environmental Education in Pre-K Child Care Settings, Kathryn Allison Galloway-Thoele

Competency-based Education in Social Work: Are we there yet?, Jennifer L. Gervais

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Making Content Count: How Content Marketing Can Impact Colleges' Recruitment of Undergraduate Students, JacQueline M. Getty

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Coordinating Collaboration For An ELL / Special Education Student, Cynthia Ann Graham

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How do the Life Stories of Non-Traditional Students Impact Their Educational Journeys, Janna Lynn Graham

The Pathway to a Senior Housing Officer, A Latino Man’s Journey, Javier Gutierrez

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Impacting Science Observation Skills Through Drawing Training, Andrew Keith Hale

Marketing and Higher Education, Michael J. Hand

Preparing alternative learners for college and career readiness, Katherine Erin Harmeyer

The Impact of Robust Vocabulary Instruction on Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Vocabulary Learning, Sabrina Marie Harvey

How and Where? Types and Timing of Backchannels of Japanese Speakers in English Conversation, Chiaki Hasegawa

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The Emotional Effect of Same Sex Grouping, Katherine Barwacz Heidrick

Teacher Perceptions of Their Preparation to Meet the Needs of Secondary English Learners with Limited Formal Education, Kristina Marie Herman Hill

Mainstream Teachers and the Response to Intervention Process for English Language Learners, Rachel Elizabeth Herman

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Young Adult Saudi Learners with Low-Level Literacy, Randy Allen Heuring

How Do High School English Language Learners Experience Community Building in a Constructivist Environment?, Amy Marie Hewett-Olatunde

Engaging Alternatives To A Traditional High School Experinece: A Case Study Of How Graduates Of An Alternative (Project-Based Learning) High School Setting Describe Their Experiences, Insights, And Suggestions For Engaging All Learners, Josiah James Hill

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The Integration Of Social And Emotional Learning And Literacy, Sarah Marie Kennon Hippert

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Journey To Inclusion: A School’s Perspective From Selfcontained ECSE Classrooms To Inclusive Preschool Programs, Allison Marie Hirsch

The Beauty of Hatred: The McDonogh Three’s Untold Stories, Leslie Theresa Hitchens

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When and why do native English speaking students in a Spanish immersion setting switch into English during math instruction?, Samantha Marie Judith Holland

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Effective Teacher Performance Evaluation Systems and the Twin Cities Metro Area: Are local public schools using research-based valued practices?, Jeffrey Philip Escen Holtz

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The Effect of the Mastery Learning Approach on Student Motivation in Middle Level Science, Phillip Jeffrey Hutcheson

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Creating Collaborative Parent-Teacher Learning Environments in an English Language Learner Setting, Joseph William Hutchins

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Culturally Responsive Curriculum: Third Grade Dual Language Immersion Fraction Unit, Katherine Elizabeth Jacques

Effective redirecting language in a Responsive Classroom setting, Blair Nicole Jedinak

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The Correlation between Athletic Intrinsic Motivation and Academic Intrinsic Motivation of Student Athletes at the Secondary Level, Rebecca Lee Jelenc

How can teachers create a positive classroom culture that promotes student engagement and increases academic achievement?, Ann Marie Johnson

Improving English Learners’ Attitude Towards Writing: Goal-Setting with WIDA CAN DO Descriptors, Danielle Kristine Johnson

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The Effect of Directed Sensory Motor Activity on Attention and Independent Work Skills of Second Graders, Janene Ruth Johnson

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Complex Social Skills: Tools for Assessment and Progress Monitoring, Samantha Gail Jung

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Implementation of WIDA Standards: A Cross-Case Analysis of Twelve Public School Districts in Minnesota, Ashley Elizabeth Karlsson

Finding Common Ground: The Effect of Cultural Awareness Professional Development on Teaching Practices, Jared Richard Robert King

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Critical Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Students, Jennifer Ann King

Strategies to Increase Background Knowledge in a Secondary Language Arts Classroom, Sarah Loraine Kisiah

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Integrating Human Culture, Community, and Sense of Place Into an Existing High School Environmental Studies Curriculum, Kathy Allen Kline

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Why are African American Males Dropping out of High School? A Case Study, Michael Charles Cochies Knight

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Growing in This Place: A Place-based Guide to Edible Wild Plants and Wildcrafting in Minnesota, Kelly Shaun Knott

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Mandarin Immersion School: A Case Study, Susan Jean Koehn

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Increasing Number Sense at the Preschool Level, Sarah Marie Koenig

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Mentor texts ability to boost young writer’s confidence, paired with mini-lessons and explicit instruction, Allison Juanita Koester

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How Can Standards-Based Grading be Implemented into an English Language Arts Classroom in Order to Give More Accurate Feedback of Student Achievement, Taunya Kolbinger

Critical Thinking among High-Beginning English Language Learners through Peer Reviews, Zachary Joel Kostka

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Use of Inquiry-Based Learning in a Content-Based Physical Science Course for English Language Learners, Otto Joseph Kraus

Learning Styles and English Language Proficiency of Adult Ecuadorian EFL Students, Mary Elizabeth Kuder

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Je me suis couché de bonne heure: The Explicit Teaching of Collocations to High School French 2 Students, Callie Anne Kunz

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A Needs Analysis of Intercultural Competency Skills for the Community Interpreter Preparatory Course, Tina Marie Kush

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Facilitating Provider Education: The Role and Impact of Healthcare Educators, Jenna Brianne Laine

The Role of Literacy and Language in Building Mathematical Knowledge: A Case Study, Melinda Ellen Langeberg

Exploring the Effectiveness of an Ecoadventure trip as an Environmental Education Tool, Cliff Joseph Langley

Teachers’ and Administrators’ Descriptions on Involvement With Involuntary Transfers, Keren J. Lebron Calderon

Reflection On Feedback To Feed-Forward Learning, Rebecca Lynne Lieffort

How Thinking Maps Impact the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas within Primary Readers, Erica Jamie Li

Teaching Renewable Energy in High School Physics, Lauren Sylvia Lindelof-Leith

How the Flipped Classroom Increases Motivation and Achievement in a Mathematics Classroom, Megan Marie Loahr

How Incorporating Physical Activity and Movement into the Kindergarten Curriculum Will Help to Keep Students Engaged and Increase Their Academic Success, Katie M. Lockrem

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Using Toolkit Activities to Reduce Household Food Waste, Nancy Lo

Developing Teacher Dispositions: A Shared Journey and an Individual Adventure, Jill Lorraine Long

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The Effectiveness of Direct Instruction in Increasing English Reading Fluency for Arabic Speaking English Language Learner Students in Qatar: A Research Case Study, Jared Andrew Lorence

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How can critical literacy be used to address social justice issues through a first grade social studies read aloud curriculum?, Katie L. Lorenz

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Perceptions of Cyberbullying within Higher Education, Julie Marie Luker

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Teaching MLA Formatting and Research Using Screencasting Technology: Resources for High School English Teachers and Students, Tegan Skye Madson Dion

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Somali Stories: A Development of a Story-Based ESL Literacy Tool for Use With Older Adult Somali Women, Susan Renee Marshall

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How Can the Relationship Between Climate Change and the Coast Redwood Forest Be Incorporated into Fifth and Sixth Grade Environmental Education Programs?, Dorea Eve Martin

How Teachers' Perceptions of Their Writing Instruction Have Changed Over Time With the Introduction of a One-To-One Learning Environment?, Leah Ann Martin

How the Identity of Somali-American Youth Impacts Learning, Kelly Jelen Mayberry

Factors that Contribute to Adult ESL Students Classroom Participation in Oral Language Activities in Oral Language Activities in a Family Literacy Program, Kellie Marie McGowan

Identity through Communication: International Teaching Assistants’ L2 Professional Identity Negotiation and Identity Gaps, Kimberly Merriman

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Former English Learners’ Perceptions of their K-12 Educational Experiences, Corissa Rae Michaelson

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How Do Interactive Read-Alouds Promote Engagement and Oral Language Development in Kindergarten, Laura Leigh Mikul

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English language proficiency, academic confidence, and academic success: A case study of first-year female students at an Ethiopian university, Jennifer Sue Miller

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Using Guided Math and Flipped Learning in a Fifth Grade Fractions Unit, Kristin Leigh Moore

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Culturally Responsive Math Curriculum: First Grade Dual Language Immersion Addition Unit, Alia R. Morales Towns

How can incorporating self-advocacy skills improve retention rates and academic success among at-risk first-year students of color in higher education?, Amanda Khongcee Moua

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Analysis of Nominalization in Elementary and Middle School Science Textbooks, Breanna Marie Mueller

A Culturally Relevant Writing Curriculum for Ojibwe Adolescents, Gail Marie Netland

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Processing of American Idioms by Native Speakers of Brazilian Portuguese: A Study Based on the Heuristic Model of T.J. Cooper, Brendan John Obern

Response to Intervention to Identify and Support Students who are English Learners and who may Have Learning Disabilities, Miriam Esther O'Brien