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 2017

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Close Reading As A Means For Increasing Self-Perception In Struggling Middle School Readers, Megan Slinger

Designing An Environmental, Experiential, Ecology Course For Minnesota High School Students: IB Environmental Systems And Societies Explore Minnesota, James Stanton

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Foundational Elements Of A Steam Learning Model For Elementary School, Ariel Starzinski

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Achievement And Engagement With The Workshop Model In The High School Literature Classroom, Sara Stensaas

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The Impact Of Independent Investigations On The Engagement Of Elementary Spanish Immersion Students Who Are Gifted, Carolyn Suarez

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Using Social Interaction To Elevate And Enrich Student Expressive Vocabulary In Writing, Elizabeth Swenson

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How Do You Empower At Risk Students To Become Active Citizens About The Environment, Through The Design And Implementation Of An Urban Environmental Science Curriculum Within An Alternative Education Setting?, Stephen N. Szczodroski

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Suggestions In Writing Center Tutorials, Chin Wah Teo

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Motivation For Learning English At A Theological Seminary In Ukraine, Joshua Tokar

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Modifying Curriculum For Enriched And Gifted Students, Jason Tornell

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Factors That Influence Motivation To Read With African American Middle School Males, Brandon Tuttle

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Small Group Explicit Academic Vocabulary Instruction For Kindergarten English Language Learners, Mara Verstraete

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How An English Teacher May Draw From The Socratic Seminar Method In Order To Further Engage Tenth Grade Students During Discussion, Rebekah Margaret Vincent Hogshead

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Cultural Dissonance Of Elder Learners In Beginning Literacy And Language Classrooms, Lisa Vogl

How Do Interactive Read Alouds Promote Student Engagement And Build Classroom Community?, Molly J. Voigtlander

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Improving Language Proficiency Through Effective Use Of Authentic Assessments In High School Spanish Courses, Jeffrey Wheeler

How Can Targeted Interventions Help Support Elementary Learners Sustain Attention?, Jamie Wiggins

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Perceptions From School Principals About The Role Of Schools In Developing Student Leadership, Pangjua Vang Xiong

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Valuing Multilingualism: Differences In Perceptions Of Students In World Language Classes Versus Students In ESL, Kazusa Yamashita

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Using A Functional Language Approach To Modifiy Guided Reading For English Langauge Learners, Kristen A. Young

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Teaching Math Academic Language In Chinese Immersion Middle Schools, Xu Zhu

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How Reading Through Literary Lenses Impacts The Quality Of High School Students’ Arguments, Craig D. Zimanske

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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The impact of collaborative professional development between classroom teachers and reading recovery teachers, Tessa Abrahamson

Bilingual Children’s Early Home Literacy, Mohamud M. Aden

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What Makes a Veteran-Friendly College or University Campus?, Donald W-R Allen

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The Academic and Psychological Effects of Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities to Solve Problems Using Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies, Holly Andersen

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Formative Assessment of Academic Writing with English Learners in an Algebra Class, Robert J. Anderson

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How Can Implementing Oral Language Strategies Support First Grade Struggling Readers?, Alexandra Kraemer Askew

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An Equitable and Culturally Responsive Examination of the Identification Practices of English Learners for Special Education in a Suburban East Metro District, Brandon Michael Auge

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TEACHING THE CULTURES OF MINNESOTA NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES: REPORTED COMFORT LEVEL OF TEACHERS IN MEETING MINNESOTA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS, James D. Autio

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Classroom Environment and Effects on Adolescents’ Attitudes and Test Scores in Reading, Kirstin Sue Bailey

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Tales for a teacher’s toolbox: Stories of emergent bilinguals and their funds of knowledge, Erika Rae Bakkum

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HOW INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH DESCRIBE THE IMPACT OF SPEAKING WITH AN ACCENT IN THEIR LEARNING, Guadalupe Bañuls

Gifted: An Examination of the Challenges in Gifted/Talented Programs’ High School Student Selection Process, Tracy Chanel Batsell

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Response to Intervention in the Kindergarten Classroom, Megan Elizabeth Bauer

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The Impact of Movement on Student Learning and Engagement, Nina Marie Bauernfeind

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Exploring the Implementation of Project-based Learning at an Alternative High School, Mairead Kathleen Beane

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Using Evidence-based Spelling instruction to Support Elementary Students: A Self-Study, Brigid Ayn Berger

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Can’t I Speak Japanese? The Use of Students’ L1 as a Cognitive Tool for Collaborative Writing Tasks in a Japanese EFL Context, Brian Steven Berning

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The Effects On Reading Comprehension When Using Prompts In Book Clubs, Kelly Jo Bridge

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How does culturally responsive curriculum impact African American student’s literacy development in the primary grades?, Kaylan Louise Carlson

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WHAT INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR INCREASING VOCABULARY FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN A PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM?, Nicole Carter

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Teacher Perspectives on Co-teaching in a Content Classroom with English Language Support, Donald Joseph Chapman

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How does learning about affixes (prefixes and suffixes) help English Language Learners (ELLS) understand the meaning and use of affixes?, Melissa Jean Cook

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Grade Retention and English Learners: A Literature Review And Teacher Interviews, Katie Jo Cordes

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The Perceived Impact of a Short-Term Monolingual Karen Language Learning Experience on the Teaching Practices of Low-Literacy Adult English Language Instructors, Loretta Dakin

Second Language Writing in the Immersion Classroom, Abbie Chandler Defiel

Mobile Device Practice versus Paper & Pencil Practice for Mathematics: Impact for Accuracy and Attention to Task, Thomas Page Deris

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Exploring Career Development Curricula and Experience of Secondary Transition Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Interviews with Students and Teachers, Anthony Oliver Dosen

Does Service-­Learning in Environmental Science Develop Awareness of Environmental Issues and Inspire Stewardship and Sustainable Practices?, Kelly Rae Dreier

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What Makes An Effective Bullying Prevention Program In Urban Middle Schools?, Diane Louise Durnick

The Power Of Scaffolding In Early Literacy Skill Development For ELL Preschoolers, Nazli Denise Duru

At-Risk Students in an Experiential Education Based Setting: An Examination of Attitudes and Engagement, Samuel Eberhart

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Teaching Problem Solving In Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction In Kindergarten, Christy Faith Wilson Eckenrode

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Increasing Joy and Motivation Through Experiential Art Curriculum, Rachel Mejdrich Edstrom

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Effects of incorporating multiculturalism in a high school civics classroom for increased student interest and engagement, Alison Beatt Ellertson

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Creating a Community of Writers the First Week of School, Jeanne Fimmen

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How Movie Dubbing Can Help Native Chinese Speakers’ English Pronunciation, Irene Lin Florente

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Plate Waste Trends of 5​ th​ -8​ th​ Grade Students at a Residential Environmental Learning Center, Colleen K. Foehrenbacher

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Visual Support in Discourse Writing for Students With Limited or Interrupted Formal Education, Brady John Fossenbell

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Evaluate the expression: An analysis of the linguistic features of directions in an upper elementary mathematics textbook, Melinda Freeland

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What Are You Teaching? Curriculums, Expectations, and Experiences of High School Writing Teachers and First Year Composition, Kathryn Elizabeth Fullmer

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Speaking And Pronunciation Confidence Of Middle School ESL Students At Various Proficiency Levels, Marian Rose Gagliardi

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Family Engagement Interpretations: A Comparison of Primary Classroom Teachers and Chinese Families, Bridget Bergeson Gagnelius

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Thematic Learning and English Learners: Integrating Authentic Literacy in an Experience-Based Summer Program for English Learners, Miranda Michelle Gamayunov

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The Influence of Parent Language Use on the Dual Language Development of Simultaneous Bilinguals, Berit Erin Gelvez

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Educator Perceptions of the Disproportionate Experience of African Americans in Special Education, John Palen Geske

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Teacher Training To Identify Students With Dyslexia. Implementation Of Accommodations To Help Students Be Successful, Brita Marie Gibart

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The Impact of Critical Literacy on the Moral Reasoning of Adolescents, Sierra Mae Gilbertson

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Teacher Identity, Motivation, and Career in the EFL Setting, Kevin Peter Gilman

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How Does The Development of Early Literacy Skills and The Partnership Between a Child’s Home and School Promote Literacy Success?, Teri Greenstein

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Teaching English Rhythm: The Importance of Rhythm and Strategies to Effectively Incorporate Rhythm Practice within Content Lessons, Angela L. Reinard Haasch

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Using Text Sets to Foster Critical Literacy Skills in Fifth Grade Social Studies, Brooke Malyn Haley

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Mindset and Instructional Practices in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom, Charity Hall

How a teacher’s personality traits and organization affect self-efficacy for the teaching profession, Kate M. Hardt

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Improving Cultural Competence and ELL writing through Culturally Relevant Digital Storytelling, Julie Robeck Harrell

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Student needs and perceptions of the learning environment according to high school students: A case study, Christina J. Hartje

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The Impacts Of Classroom Stem¬-Themed Environmental Investigations On Middle School Environmental Literacy, Megan Alece Heitkamp

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English Only? Examining the Use of Students’ L1 in the ESL Classroom: A Systematic Literature Review, Erin Lynn Helland

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HOW CAN SCIENCE AND LITERACY BE INTEGRATED IN A FIFTH GRADE CIRRICULUM?, Kathryn J. Hellen

Two Teachers’ Thoughts And Feelings About Low-Income Students Of Color, Joan Renee Hernandez Lindeman

Engaging Women Educators In Reflective Conversations, Traci Anne Hess

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How Fostering Parent/Teacher Communication Impacts Literacy Development In The Primary Grades, Melissa Ann Hibbard

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DEVELOPING AN EDUCATIONAL TOOLKIT FOR CAREGIVERS OF SIX-TO-EIGHTEEN-MONTH-OLDS MIXING DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION, Jessica K. Hillstrom

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Assessing the Impact of Public Secondary School on the Cultural Identities of Native American Students, Joseph Vincent Hobot

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The Effect Technology has on Student Comprehension and Motivation, Paul Richard Holland

How can middle school language arts teachers engage unmotivated readers in independent reading?, Kevin Jeffrey Homstad

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Student Use of Cell/Smartphones Integrated in a Field-Based Science Curriculum, Cynthia Ann Hougo

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Increasing Capacity and Quality of Alternative Break Programs: Moving to a Student Led Model, Margot Southwood Howard

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The Impact of Environmental Education on Environmental Literacy and Motivation in Urban Communities, Amber Huston

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How Does Young Adult Literature Foster Reading Growth in the Striving Secondary Reader?, Elizabeth Catherine Jensen

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How can embedding critical literacy practices through the use of text sets foster a growth mindset in a first grade classroom?, Rachel Ann Johnson

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Case Studies of Innovative Science Teacher Professional Development Programming at Biological Field Stations, Sarah Rose Johnson

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Rendaku: The Sociolinguistics of Its Use in Japanese, Matthew Sofus Joseph

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An Analysis of English Language Learning Needs for Latino Adults Associated with a Church Outreach Program, Ellen Elizabeth Keesling

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The Effects of Content-Based Academic Paired Conversations on the Speaking Skills of Fifth-Grade English Learners, Brandice Renee Kelzenberg

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How Does Explicit Instruction Enhance the Understanding of Academic Vocabulary for Middle School English Learners?, Katherine Marie Kermes

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Twelve Best Practices for Mathematics Vocabulary Instruction for K-5 Elementary Students, Shannon Elisa King

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How can Incremental Rehearsal Be Used to Facilitate Successful Sight Word Acquisition for English Language Learners to Improve Their Sight Word Reading Ability?, Elliot Kohl

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Differentiation For All Learners: Applying Theory and Practice So All Children Reach Their Potential, Kathryn Elizabeth Kreitzer