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

Implementation and Management of Co-Teaching Practices Between ESL and Mainstream Teachers at One Middle School, Rachel Margaret Muzik

Incorporating a Supplemental Lesson into Curriculum about Educating Children on the Dangers of Antibacterial Hand Soaps, Elizabeth Rebecca Nguyen

Real world science: preparing our students for the 21st Century, Margaret A. Nufer

Engagement and motivation for adolescent males: increasing engagement and motivation for independent reading for adolescent male readers in an intervention reading class, Molly H. Oklobzija

Contributing Factors to Subtractive Bilingualism: A Systematic Review, Jenna Leigh Otten

How non-tenured, novice public school teachers describe their experience with mentoring programs, Karen L. Palmen

How scaffolded guided reading instruction impacts the growth and confidence of ELL males in a gender based classroom, Amber Palony

Effects of the Circle of Power and Respect on students' peer relationships and experiences in collaborative groups, Jacqueline P. Peck

The environmental and economical affects of sulfide mining in Northern Minnesota, Adam E. Pelot

“How much do we have to write?” A Hermeneutic Study of Long Term English Learners, Graphic Illustrations, and Adolescent Attitudes Toward Writing, Jessica Marie Pentz

Assessing the effect on engagement in using science notebooks in a secondary life science course for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, Annemarie Julia Peterson

How does Madrid’s bilingual program foster cultural competence in its students and how can this be translated into a secondary Spanish classroom in suburban Minnesota?, Megan Maus Radtke

How culturally relevant pedagogy can be utilized to create a peer conference strategy that will foster engagement and motivation for eighth grade students when discussing writing, Nicole P. Ramos

Exploring Reading Comprehension using Culturally Familiar and Unfamiliar Narrative texts in an Intermediate ESL Classroom, Rallou Mavromati Rice

Using Art to Teach Spanish in the High School Classroom, Kimberly Sanchez Rodrigues

Should grades show students' academic achievements or include other non-academic factors?, Samantha C. Sackett

So you built a LEED certified science museum, now what?: examining how science and natural history museums turn sustainable buildings into educational opportunities, Michael Sheldon Sanders

A curriculum design implementing WICOR strategies in the eighth grade English classroom, Anne Marie Satori

Social skills curriculum for students with autism, Andrea Schatzman

Combining environmental education and STEM to influence opinions, interest, and locus of control in middle school students, Angela Virginia Schilling

Creativity and technology: creating an elementary curriculum that uses technology to foster creativity, Randall S. Schlede

The Evolution of High School Hockey and Its Effects on the Social and Psychological Development of the Student-Athletes Involved, Adam William Schmidt

Implementing a Response to Intervention literacy framework at the middle school level: reflections and observations, Heather R. Schmidt

Classroom observations: a better method, Michael Schuldt

Measuring high school writing against college-level expectations, Nathan W. Schultz

How critical literacy strategies engage and deepen the thinking of secondary English Learners, Leah K. Sedler

Nonverbal Behaviors 
Study, Caitlin Anne Shea

Motivation of At-Risk Students: An Examination of Self-Determination Theory Through Intrinsic Motivation, Jessica Wittman Shores

Using Science Notebooks to Facilitate Growth of Science Process Skills, Jessica Mary Simon

How do elementary teachers describe the impact of writers' workshop on students as writers?, Jason Chad Sirovy

Northern Wisconsin educators and Wisconsin’s American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty social study curriculum requirements, Susan Lee Solterman


Integrating digital literacy into adult basic education curriculum, Janet Sparks

Developing an effective coaching framework that supports teachers with their literacy instruction in an elementary setting, Gina J. Spoo

The Flipped Classroom in High School Pre-Calculus, Paul Russell Stenberg

Increasing Interaction among Novice Elementary School Second Language Learners: A Preliminary Study, Angela Jean Stracke

Effective Support of Special Education Paraprofessionals to Improve Student Independence and Success, Angela Rose Swanson

Promoting student achievement and engagement using brain-based learning techniques, Erin K. Synan


Exploring How Faculty Members in Higher Education Respond to an Assessment of their Intercultural Competency, Naomi Rae Taylor

How English teachers can use mobile learning devices to teach literature more effectively, Martha Christine Thomas

How does building background knowledge influence struggling readers motivation at the secondary level, Jacklyn Lee Thompson

What research supports as an appropriate model for English literacy instruction in K-1 classrooms in a two-way immersion program, Catherine A. Thomson

Using student outdoor learning experience to enhance science writing, Roberta M. Tietge

Engaging Students through Movement and Individualized Technology, Taimi Jean Tuomie Thomsen

After Eight: The Effect of Later School Start Times on Adolescent Learning, Robert Andrew Valaas

Exploration in culturally relevant curriculum and assessments for urban American Indian students, Laura Elizabeth Wagner

Specialty Schools, Student Engagement, and School Achievement: A Story of School Communities, Jeff Walls

The use of dramatic performance as a culturally responsive teaching tool in a science setting, Janel M. Weiland

Increasing Involvement and Communication with Parents of Somali Secondary Students, Treacy Ann Weldon

Strategies to teach English language learners vocabulary in math word problems, Julia Wiessner


Readers theatre and prosody: comparing Spanish-speaking English learners and native English speakers, Scott Williams

Math talk: screencasting and English learners, Andrea Wilson Vazquez

How culturally responsive teaching can foster a sense of belonging for underserved students in an elementary classroom, Pang Xiong

A study of motivation and attitudes towards learning Turkish, Semra Yilmaz Ozturk

Using thinking and questioning strategies to support and help struggling readers become more engaged with text in a sixth grade reading classroom, Stephanie M. Zellmer

How oral academic language strategies affect elementary English learners' academic writing skills, Erin Michelle Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

The effects of implementing intrinsic-motivation-focused practices in a middle school reading intervention classroom, Paul V. Allen

Promoting self-directed learning in a high school foreign language classroom, Kevin J. Amdahl

Teaching social skills in the kindergarten classroom, Sarah J. Amundson

Online learning in physical education, Jillian L. Anderson

Twenty-six letters: a study in the motivation of reluctant middle school readers, Kathryn Athmann


Helping English learners make pragmatically appropriate requests, Katherine M Aubrecht

Using the TI-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator with ELL, mid-level algebra students, Anna Monsour Bader

A vision of Spanish heritage language programs, motivational success factors and their influence among heritage learners, Julissa Angelica Ballon

An investigation into what specific reading strategies motivate reluctant fourth-grade male readers and improve their attitudes toward reading, David Bataglia

Teacher attitudes and expectations about writing instruction for secondary English language learners, Andrea Bayadsy

Willowwind's story: using student portfolios to develop authentic assessments and reflective learning, Michelle Beninga

How does guided reading influence reading attitudes of students in an elementary classroom?, Lisa S. Bennett

How can fluency and comprehension strategies be implemented in an urban setting to promote active literacy engagement in the classroom?, Carrie M. Berndt

A service learning curriculum that educates secondary students on fair trade, Mariann Renee McGee Bernlohr

The integration of music in first-year Spanish classes, Borras Javier Blazquez


Literature review: English language learners and academic vocabulary, Jill M Boettcher

Phonemic awareness: a piece of the literacy puzzle, Jennifer L. Boyd


Teacher perspectives and responses to disruptive behavior in adult English as a second language classes, Meghan M Boyle

How does the teaching of fluency through guided reading effect struggling readers?, Adam A. Brandell

Parents' motivation to seek immersion education for their children and its impact, Daniel J. Buck

The effect supported independent reading has on motivation, engagement, and achievement in sixth grade striving readers, Jill D. Burnson

Drama therapy in the high school theater arts classroom: helping a generation of students suffering from anxiety and depression, Louisa Cadwell

How to integrate movement into a traditional unit study of Arkansas history, Rachel K. Caldwell


An ESL teacher's exploration of instructional coaching, Elizabeth Jeanne Carpenter

Growing minds: cultivating environmental attitudes in the school garden, Abigail Case

Impact of reading science related trade books in an elementary classroom, Michele Chalmeau

A case for teaching more organic chemistry and biochemistry at the high school level, Jeffrey Alan Chalmers

Implementing reading strategies in a kindergarten general music classroom, Meriah Jan Chamberlain

Teaching creativity and individuality in a high stakes testing environment, CeAnna Christen

How can a kindergarten teacher improve the writing performance of students by implementing benchmarks of Minnesota Academic Standards during writer's workshop, Kelly A. Clafton-Martinson


Cross-linguistic transfer of oral academic language: a literacy intervention for an early-exit bilingual program, Maureen Colleran

How can I create a teachers' guide focusing on social media to help support learning and increase student motivation in the secondary classroom?, Lindsay Crownhart

Middle level catechetical leaders' experience of conflict during a case of major diocesan reorganization, Lori E. Dahlhoff

Nature play initiatives: a study of nature play areas and programs at environmental education organizations in the United States, Rebekah H. Dalen

Conducting reading conferences during reading workshop in a third grade classroom, Heather Lea Holder Davis

On the path to lifelong reading: motivating intermediate students to enjoy reading, Nyomi Davis


English language attitudes in pre-Olympic Brazil, Elizabeth M Derr

How can community college faculty develop and initiate a hybrid program for beginning and small farm management education, Eric J. Deters

Designing lessons for intervention mathematics classes: an investigation in how to teach underachieving students, Megan J. Diediker

How can I develop a parent guide to help families create a meaningful home environment that supports the emergent literacy skills of kindergarten students?, Rachel L. Dimock


Pop music as a teaching tool: increasing recognition and use of suprasegmental features, Katherine Ditter


The effect of noticing on improving the pronunciation of Persian English language learners, Nathan Doan

How the use of an interactive whiteboard contributes to the engagement of students in an early childhood special education autism classroom, Amy Dorey


Explicit pronunciation instruction and its impact on the intelligibility of literacy level adult EL learners, Andrea D Echelberger

Vocabulary instruction in an elementary Spanish immersion classroom, Laura E. Eiden