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 2014

International teaching, Leah Casia Marie Conrad

Story Stretching: An Instructional Writing Technique, Amy Marie Coughlan

Best Practices to Develop Science Skills and Vocabulary of Students Receiving English Learner Support, Benjamin Creagh

Promoting Target Language Literacy in the Undergraduate Spanish Classroom Through Graphic Organizers and Other Supplementary Tools, Kimberly Marie Cronen

Earthworms in our community, Allison E. Crowell

Creating a Culturally Responsive Teaching Practice: Does attainment of Minnesota State Standard of Effective Practice Standard 3 – Diverse Learners lead to developing a culturally responsive practice?, Arnoldo Curiel

Oral language development: using text talk with struggling readers in the first grade classroom, Alicia Maureen Darby

Building background knowledge through interactive read-alouds to promote engagement in an intermediate classroom, Heather Marie Davis

Using Flipped Classrooms To Engage, Individualize and Differentiate Instruction, Kaci Louise Demerchant

Reshelving the Cookbook: Engaging Learners in Science through Student-Driven Inquiry, Jodi Jean Dempsey

White teacher - black student: bridging the academic achievement gap, Sarah J. Dickhausen

Accelerating first grade reading growth through systematic yet responsive phonics instruction, Christine K. Dickinson

Using Adapted Readers' Theatre to Improve Young Adult English Language Learners' Pronunciation of Thought Groups, Sam DiVita

Problem and standards-based learning: curriculum to enhance middle school algebra, Tiffany Doherty

The effect of a shared reading curriculum on student learning, Julie Droessler

The effects of a single-gender classroom on global climate change education, Carl E. Dyar

How can kindergarten reading instruction be differentiated in order to support students and align with a Christian school's core beliefs and practices?, Elizabeth A. Dymanyk

The impact of comprehensive musicianship through performance in an eighth grade orchestra, Madeline E. Eicher

Two teaching strategies for kindergartners in full-day, urban, Spanish immersion school, Deborah Eide


Making the content of a language arts benchmark test accessible for low level readers: a functional linguistics approach, Bridget Erickson

Elements from Family Literacy Programs that Support Student Parents Enrolled in Developmental Reading Courses at a Community College, Shana Letnes Erickson

How a curriculum framework for higher order thinking questioning can be used to deepen primary students' learning, Ashley Feehan

Using evidence-based reading instruction to address the vocabulary needs of adult striving readers, Terrisa M. Fisher

Comparing L1 and L2 Writing in Middle School, Catherine Dorothy Forst

How a balanced mathematical approach of whole group and small group settings, with a focus on math talk, better addresses differentiation, Samantha Gaarder

How Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D. dogs) in an Elementary Intervention Program are Perceived by Teachers and Students, Emily Gallatin

Supporting International Students at a North American Boarding School, Andrew Paul Garlinski

The significance of LGBT bullying and its lifelong effects?: Listening to former LGBT students' narratives to inform policy makers and educators, Misti Germundson

Increasing Group Work Participation in a Foods Laboratory, Marissa Ann Getty

What motivates African-American males to succeed in middle school?, Domonique Dejoan Gilmer

Social Skill Intervention for Students with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Survey of Special Educator Preparedness, Robyn Renee Glaim

K-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION TO BIG TOO FAIL: How can K-12 public school funding be directed in order to attract and retain high quality educators who will be highly successful with students?, Lauren Elizabeth Griffin

Integrating character education in the classroom using young adult literature to strengthen the social and emotional awareness of middle school students, Rachel J. Gustafson

Outdoor experiences and science achievement, Jill Gysberg

Using research-based vocabulary teaching strategies to improve student achievement in high school geometry, Heather M. Hagen

Food allergies and food related diseases: how do schools accommodate students with food allergies or food related diseases?, Marcus John Hammerseng


Absenteeism in adult ESL programs: a review of the literature in the light of Norton's theories of language learning, Alice Han-Carlsson

Exhibit evaluation: using Q methodology to gauge visitor interest, Matthew B. Hansen

Environmental literacy assessment tool developed for the Audubon Center of the North Woods, located in Sandstone, Minnesota, Jessica G. Harguth


Building fluency for elementary English learners: an analysis of CAFE fluency strategies, Kelly Hassemer

White Teachers Examine Their Racial Biases: A Book Study Group, Elizabeth Heggestad

Reading fluency: repeated reading paired with audio passage practice, Rosemary K. Heim

The Challenges of Feral Cat Management: A Case Study on Population Control Methods, Jodi Lynn Hendrickson

Creating physical science curriculum supported by differentiated readings, Jordan Herman

Hmong adolescents' perceptions of migration to rural areas of Minnesota: familiarizing students with their families' histories of migrations, Maria Higueros-Canny

Minnesota’s Community Supported Agriculture, Alexandra Jeanne Hiniker

Classroom management strategies in urban middle school classrooms, Kelsey M. Holder

How youth farm affects the mental health of participants, Claire Frances Hughes


The impact of graphic organizers on critical thinking and reading skills with adult ESL students, Stephen T. Hunt

How can a sense of community affect achievement in a reader's workshop?, Dawn M. Hydukovich

Explicitly Teaching Fourth Graders How To Peer Conference, Alyssa J. Isaacs


What connections can be found between late bilinguals' interactions in the target language and the level of their non-native accent in English?, Kristie M. Jadwin

Please Consider Before Printing: Changing a Culture of Paper Waste, Christopher Allen Jandro

Improving kindergartner's social and emotional competence through the implementation of social emotional learning strategies, Christina Marie Johnson

Best instructional practices in alternative learning centers in Minnesota, Ethan S. Johnson

Increasing accessibility to environmental education: providing online environmental education for high school students, Julie Ann Johnson

How does adopting a critical literacy approach to instruction in a secondary reading classroom improve the level of engagement of struggling adolescent readers?, Rhonda L. Johnson Marn

How creating a sequential and comprehensive recorder curriculum raises the performance level of music students as measured by technical skill, Ryan A. Johnson

Parent preferred components of family assessment tools in early intervention, Sara E. Johnson

Impacting the reading of informational text: explicitly teaching during-reading strategies to struggling middle school readers, Janelle D. Juberian

Writing at the Elementary Level: What English Learners are Expected to Write and How They Are Graded, Rachel Lynn Kaster

Music in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom: Improving the Whole Student Through Analysis of Contemporary Music, Kelly Marie Kennefick

Saudi International Students in Minnesota: A Preliminary Study of Acculturation by Time Spent Studying English in the United States, Alicia Mary Khalek

Patterns of Article Use in the Expository Writing of Spanish-Speaking Adult Learners of English, Jennifer Marie Killam

Going Beyond Expectations: Special Education Teachers' Experiences with Student-Centered Instruction, Allyse Nicole Knox

Reader’s Workshop Minilessons That Increase Students’ Reading Comprehension, Alissa Jean Knutson

The principalship, Katherine R. Kratofil

Bringing social studies back to third grade: curriculum for integrating literacy and social studies, Jessica R.H. Krohn

What Effect Does Teaching Leadership Skills Have on Third Grade Students?, Kristin Marie Kyllo

A Survey of Preferences of Arab ESL Students and Their Teachers in Classroom Reading Practices, Rebecca Jones Lahniche

Facilitating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Middle School Students in Short, Single Visits to an Educational Farm, Tara Laidlaw

The Most Effective Grouping Configurations to Produce the Highest Level of Student Engagement in Elementary English Language Learners, Mary Ellen Langlas

Translanguaging in the Secondary English Learner Classroom, Joseph Christian Larsen

How have literacy trends impacted teacher preparation and delivery, Tracy K. Lermon

How Special Education Students React to a Flipped-Classroom Teaching Technique in a High School Geometry Course, Emily R. Lewis

Characteristics of Adult Learners and effective staff development to consider when creating and implementing a staff development plan for Title 1 staff, Colleen M. Liegakos

No Child Left Behind Act a perspective: are educators being pressured to teach to standardize test because of this act, Victoria Sharon Long

Strategies for Integrating Basic Computer Skills and Online Resources into the Low Level ABE ESL Computer Lab to Facilitate Independent Language Learning, Erin Loughran

What it means to eat well in America: a history and happenstances of the American diet, Benjamin M. Lucca

Reading and Writing Strategies For English Language Learners With Learning Disabilities, Natia Amber Luck

Improving scores on Advanced Placement European History multiple choice tests by using student response systems, Paul Th Lund

School Culture: Connections Between Staff Morale and Student Achievement, Celia Ann Magill-Cuerden

Single-Serving Education: Measuring the Efficacy of Field Trip Educators, Elissa Erin Mallory

L-vocalization: Its Transfer into English in the Speech of Bulgarian English Learners, Anna Katharina Marco-Cortiel

What Factors Help Foster a Positive Classroom Community?, Melissa Ann Mase


A text analysis of context clues in nonfiction literature, Julia Matson

For and of learning assessments: reading professionals' recommendations for essential adolescent comprehension progress monitoring, Jillian Yvonne Maxe

Language Immersion Implemented for Success in an Urban Setting, Christina Elizabeth Maynor

Excel Girls’ Group: Creating a Curriculum to Address Self-Worth and Goal Setting with Adolescent Females, Nicole F. McCarty

How parents and caregivers can encourage comprehension and metacognition in emergent readers during storytime, Lauren E. McClain

Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary English Language Learners, Toni Marie McDevitt

A third-grade integrated math and science curriculum unit, Joshua McKeever

How can effective models of instruction to be used for English Learners in primary grades?, Zachary J. Mernin

Ways to increase the effectiveness of public environmental education messages, Michael M. Mesch

Addressing environmental racism with activism for environmental justice, Meghan K. Miller

Finding Homeostasis in a Meteorotropic Milieu, Rachel Naomi Minerich

Techniques for examining gray wolf visitation rates to white-tailed deer fawns, Aaron W. Morris

Fundamental forces of nature with experiments and the environmental impacts, Kiumarce Mortezaee


Understanding the role of faith communities in immigrant integration and adaptation: a case study of a Baptist church serving a Spanish-speaking congregation and an English-speaking congregation in contact, Anna Jean Mundy

Using a Book Club blog to motivate and support middle school readers, Kit Murley-Henspeter