This collection includes Capstone Theses and Dissertations submitted by Hamline School of Education and Leadership 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 HSEL 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 and Leadership Student Capstone Projects

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Theses/Dissertations from 2003

Integrating technology as part of an interdisciplinary unit to enhance my 7th grade language arts curriculum, Jennifer Elaine Buckley

Creating a modified reading workshop curriculum to effectively engage diverse middle school learners in the language arts classroom, Erin Burggraff

Promoting social and emotional learning in an educational setting, Jessica Rose Buskey

What is soulful teaching?: implications for the young adult English language learner and their educators, Michelle Elizabeth Campbell

Career development for junior high students with special needs, Robert Raymond Carrero

What is the best practice for teaching writing to second graders?, Jennifer L. Cavanaugh

A step up: creating a dance curriculum for higher education, Deborah Ann Choszczyk

Promoting self-advocacy skills for students with a learning disability, Angela D. Christen

Integration of the national science education standards into an ethology unit for a 10th grade biology class, Erik Jon. Christenson

How can I create a program to help middle school students make a successful transition from elementary to middle school, Nadine Christenson

Effective implementation of cooperative learning strategies in a secondary integrated math curriculum, Jenny L. Coates

The development of student writing through the use of the six traits of writing and self-assessment, Peggy K. Conner

What are some strategies or activities I can use to improve comprehension in an intermediate classroom?, Debra Cordes

Infrared thermography: computer aided training, Daniel S. Crofoot

Building classroom community through the morning meeting, Cara Croonquist

Making kindergarten a kinder garden: teaching children to care, Denise L. Dahl

Language anxiety and elementary age English language learners, Susan Mondale Day

Integrated thematic instruction, Susan Marie Riehm Denzer

Guided reading in action, Alicia Kay Detter

Creating an environment to promote and support resilience for students in an inner-city elementary school, Amber Ellen Dietz

Beyond keyboarding and games: how technology can enhance the writing skills of high-achieving fifth grade students, Sylvia B. Dobrovolny

Implementing an effective writing workshop that will enhance my second graders writing, Faye Dragich

The impact of parental involvement on eighth grade students' motivation to read, Heidi Dresser

Literacy centers, Cynthia Edling

I hate to read! : encouraging reluctant readers, Patricia Larson Ehlers

Managing writing conferences in a middle school writing workshop, Sara Lynn Eichten

Critical components of effective staff development for introducing a cluster model and differentiated instruction to K-6 classroom teachers, Grace Irene Ellefson

A problem-based peace education curriculum for urban junior high school students, Jill K. Elliott

Active learning in secondary classrooms: benefits and barriers, Barbara Elvecrog

Differentiating math to better meet the needs of students in a fifth grade classroom, Jeremy Engebretson

How can [I] foster emotional intelligence in my early-childhood classroom?, Melissa Engel

Modifications to a mainstream classroom to help a child in the autism spectrum to be successful, Mary E. Ericson

Manipulatives in mathematics, Sara L. Ertl

Journals, sketchbooks, visual diaries: how they can increase the self-awareness of high school art students, Kristina L. Ervin

Putting students first, Nancy Eull

Building comprehension in young readers, Sarah Evens

Using literacy centers in a kindergarten classroom, Tracy Farrell

Using phonological processing in the second grade classroom, Kristine Flanaghan

Methods advocated to assist elementary classroom teachers in overcoming resistance to utilizing differentiation for gifted students, Therese L. Frenette

Building positive classroom climate, Michael Frober

Building connections: improving memory and recall using strategies supported by brain research, Jennifer Lynn Swanson Fuglestad

Developing competitiveness and aggressiveness in female athletes, Irving Geary

Differentiation of the reading curriculum for the high achieving student in second grade, Judy A. Gentz

Third graders use the theory of multiple intelligences to learn multiplication, Amy Gillespie

Restoring values within our youth by Matthew Gonzalez., Matthew Gonzalez


Cooperative learning in an English as a second language classroom, Judith Grundman

Changes in Colombian higher education through my educational journey, Hader A. Guana Benitez

Stories of success: what I have learned from listening to girls in alternative education, Cheryl Gustafson

Teaching the strategy of putting self-written lyrics to music in order to enhance a second language learner's retention, Jacquelyn Hafiz

Math confidence: through girls' eyes, Mara Jane Hagedorn

Poetry sucks, a boy's story, James Hagg

What strategies promote at-risk students to transition successfully from a structured learning environment to an unstructured independent learning environment?, Mary Claire Hansen

Incorporating four teaching strategies into an already developed Minnesota history curriculum for a sixth grade social studies class, Lori A. Hanson

Differentiating instruction: making it happen in the secondary Spanish II classroom, Brian Edward Harapat

Discovering passionate readers: facilitating deeper comprehension with fourth and fifth grade multi-age students, Karla Jean Harding

Considerations for an academic writing program for advanced ESOL secondary students, Ellen G. Harford

A classroom blueprint for success, Maureen D. Hauck

How does active parent involvement positively affect the overall academic success of fifth grade students, Chris Hauer

Enriching a fifth grade social studies curriculum with active learning strategies, Deana Marie Haug

Active learning strategies' impact on learning and teaching, Carrie Haugen

Using technology to communicate more conveniently and efficiently with parents of elementary students, Erik Heieie

Developing an assistive technology framework for an early intervention program, Lisa Hambleton Heille

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) and the Minnesota graduation standards, Melissa A. Hein

Comprehension strategies for struggling readers, Adriana Mae Henderson

Weight training manual, Tim Hickey

Math journals in the elementary classroom: benefits, challenges, and strategies, Jennifer Hodges-Harrison

Reading comprehension: the use of literature circles at the fourth grade level, Amy Lee Hohenecker

The essential elements of an effective interdisciplinary unit for middle school students, Jay Hohenstein

Autism 101, Barbra L. Hollom

Do clothes make the student?, Jessica Hosmer

Developing more respectful and responsible learners, Meredith Anne Huikko

Linking theory to practice in an undergraduate teacher preparation reading methods course: the role of the field experience, Mary J. Jacobson

Building positive classroom climate, Joseph Janssen

Teaching to think using think-alouds in the secondary ESL classroom, Meagan Anne Jasperson

Poetry in the primary Spanish immersion classroom, Nicole M. Jessen

Motivating struggling readers, Kristi Anne Joesting

Differentiating history instruction to make it interesting and challenging for students with varying abilities, Barry A. Johnson

The glue that holds us together: the personal and professional impact collegiality has on teacher stress and teacher burnout, Deborah Marie Johnson

How to ensure reading success for all learners (in a classroom using centers), Jason Dale Johnson

The transition from kindergarten to first grade: a case for parent-school collaboration, Jennifer Jean Johnson

Phonics quest: an intense program for struggling readers in the intermediate grades, Jill Kimberly Johnson

A quest: phonics intervention for intermediate students, Kristine Kathleen Johnson

The key components of successful parenting of adolescents and how middle schools can assist parents during their child's adolescent years, Justin L. Jones

Power, politics, and policy: a sociocultural analysis of the adoption of the administrative and supervisory licensure standards for Minnesota school administrators, Jean A. Jordan

Emotional intelligence in a fourth grade classroom, Pete Kautto

Perception and production of North American English question intonation: a case study of a Mandarin Chinese speaking student, Kelly S Kentfield

Hearing voices: poetry and chaos in a fifth grade classroom, Barry Joseph Kiel

Why am I drawn to the subjects that I teach?, Rose Marie Kinsley

Teaching emotional intelligence through literature to at-risk students, Aimee Klein

How can literacy centers ensure success for all students, Gerald Michael Kliber

How can we promote gender equity in science, David Knutsen

What are the effects of using individual and group rewards in a fourth grade classroom?, Laura M. Knutson

High school mentor groups and the at risk student, Cynthia K. Koll

Learning social skills with Second Step violence prevention curriculum, Linda Jane Kuechle

Simulate and stimulate to understand learning statistics with Fathom, Sharon J. Lane-Getaz

Emergent writing in the kindergarten classroom, Marit Lang

Designing high school science labs for safety, John Logan LeCompte

Creating effective visual supports for students with autism spectrum disorder, MeLinda Leet

Inviting the gift of response: engagements for eliciting reader response, Catherine Anne Leslie

Visual literacy development: exploring connections between visual and verbal literacy skills in a middle-school setting, Robin Jeanne Rose Lindberg