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 2017

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Connecting Environmental Stewardship, Youth Development, And Community Engagement, Through A Student-Centered Pollinator Curriculum, Elizabeth Huerta Ortiz

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Sense Of Belonging And Community In An Alternative Education Program: Perceptions Of Former Graduates And Teachers, Elizabeth A. Janey

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Student Engagement With Nature When Using Nature Journals and IPads, Xeng Jasiczek

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The Impact Of Informal Education On Formal Education In Science A Symbiotic Relationship, Colin Johnson

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Curriculum Development And Analysis To Encourage Positive Environmental Attitudes In High School Students, Matthew Johnston

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Equity And A Quality Education: Perceptions Of Suburban And Urban High School Graduates, Leanne Kampfe

Auto-Ethnography: My Environmental Educational Journey And What Is Society Doing Or Not Doing To Environmentally Educate Its Citizenry?, Bruce S. Kessler

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ESP for Ecotourism: Discourse Skills, Technology, and Collaboration for Job Contexts, Jill King

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Is A Single Or Multicomponent Reading Intervention Program More Effective At Enhancing Outcomes For Struggling Readers In Intermediate Grades?, Barbara Klun

A Text Analysis Of Bound Morphemes In K-12 Science Texts And The Implications Of Bound Morphemes For English Language Learners’ Reading Comprehension, Matthew Koch

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A Text Analysis Of Bound Morphemes In K-12 Science Texts And The Implications Of Bound Morphemes For English Language Learners’ Reading Comprehension, Matthew Koch

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Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy And Social Interactions Within Families And Their Child With Autism, Christina Latterner

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Southeast Asian American Community: Improving Students Literacy Performance Through The Involvement Of The After School Literacy Enrichment Program, Kalia Lee

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Using Repeated Oral Assisted Reading To Improve The Fluency Of Students With Learning Disabilities, Angela J. Leyk

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Decreasing The Social Gap Between English Language Learners And Native Speakers Of English, Rachel Loayza

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Modeling During Writing Instruction As A Way To Increase Elementary Age Writer Self-Efficacy), Kristin Locketz

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How Family Advocates Home-Visiting In A Midwestern Urban Area Describe The Impact of Family Stress On Children’s Learning And Success In School, Virginia Lucio

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Guided Reading For Beginning English Learners In The First Grade Classroom, Alexis L. Lundberg

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Introducing Non-EL Teachers To Visual Learning Strategies For Beginning English Learners: A Proposal For Workshop Study, Jillian Magnusson

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Texts In Reading Intervention Programs: Are They Culturally Representative Of English Learner Populations?, Lisa N. Marquardt

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How Can An Advisory Program Be Implemented Into The Structure Of A Large Suburban High School To Foster Academic Success In Ninth-Grade Students?, Andrew McCluskey

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Discovering Conceptual Metaphors In High School Biology To Instruct English Language Learners, Nancy R. McCurdy

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How Can An Intermediate Elementary Educator Use Critical Literacy To Promote Social Justice Through Book Clubs?, Grace Shields Mevissen

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Influencing Factors For Academic Tracking In High School Mathematics, Matthew Minowitz

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Science Interactive Notebooks: A Case Study On Learning In High School Students, Autumn A. Mollet

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The Impact Of The Closure Of Open Enrollment On Language Immersion Program, Katie Moss

A Search For Poly-Collaborative Education: Rediscovering The Social Values Of Minnesota’s Founding Farmers And Imperfect People, Brian W. Mumford

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Grammatical Acquisition Of Present And Past Tense Verb Forms In A Communicative Setting, Katherine N. Nelson

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Teaching Vocabulary To Ninth Grade Students From Context, Ned Nelson Jr

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How Can Teachers Enhance The Acquisition And Retention Of Vocabulary In Their Urban Learner?, Sarah K. Norenberg

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Student Reactions To Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Designed To Build Trust And Mutual Respect, Karrah O’Daniel

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Creating A Karen Culture And Language Toolkit, Kate Oliver

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Reciprocal Teaching: Improving Students Reading Comprehension, Nora O'Malley

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The Impact Of Effective Guided Reading Practices, Emily O'Rourke

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The Impact Of Math Talks On Student Achievement In Kindergarten, Emily Payan

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Developing Academic Language In The Context Of A Fourth Grade Mathematics Geometry Curriculum Unit, Rachel J. Pazandak

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The Effects Of The Press Intervention On Kindergarteners With Limited Early Literacy Skills, Lindsey Peterson

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Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Single Gender Classroom In An Elementary School Setting, Jade Phillips

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Case Studies Of Nature-Based Preschool Models In The Midwest, Janelle Dawn Phillips

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Environmental Stewardship: Protecting Our Planet’s Future, Barbara Pierce

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How Does Experience-Based Learning Impact Students’ Decisions To Perform Sustainable Actions?, Andrew J. Pierson

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World History Lesson Module Design: Promoting Civic Responsibility Through Engagement, Relevancy, And Global Understanding, Jacalyn R. Polloway

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How Integrating Digital Formative Assessment Impacts The Learning Of Sixth-Grade Science Students, Sara E. Potter

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Integrating Cultural Studies into the Social Studies Curriculum in a First-Grade Chinese Immersion Classroom, Qiong Qin

How Can A Research-Based Professional Development Model Enhance Dual-Language/Immersion Teachers’ Instructional Practices, Patricia Ramirez

Citizens All: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy In The First-Year College Writing Classroom, Vanessa Ramos

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Is Co-Teaching An Effective Model In Kindergarten Writing Block?, Kristine A. Ranweiler

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Building Capacity: How A Local Government Agency Can Support Partners In Offering Environmental Education For Youth, Alisa Reckinger

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MALP® In The Classroom With A Focus On New Activities For Learning To Improve Linguistic Complexity In Writing For English Learners Seventh-Grade Students, Jehan Hanna Rehayem

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Indirect Requests: A Comparative Study Of Explicit-Deductive And Explicit-Inductive Instruction Methods, Nicholas J. Reishus

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English Learners’ Oral Production Of Math Vocabulary In A Play-Infused Kindergarten Classroom, Meagan Reissy

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Aspect Comprehension And Processing In Narratives By Native Spanish Speakers, Hannah Riddle

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What Are Teacher Perceptions Of An Equity Committee?, Isabel Rowles

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Understanding Nontraditional Transfer Student Challenges And Persistence To Degree Completion, Marcia L. Runnberg-Valadez

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How Can An Individual’s Growth Mindset Be Improved By Using Self-Assessment Techniques?, Elizabeth A. Ryan

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How Higher Order Questioning And Critical Thinking Affects Reading Comprehension, Lindsay A. Samelian

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How Interacting With Teacher Feedback Impacts Students’ Writing, Kristen Bankers Saxhaug

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Impact Of Mindset Interventions During Morning Meeting On Student Motivation And Classroom Community, Megan Schoaf

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Interactive Videos As A Vocabulary Pre-Teaching Tool In Middle School Science, Kimberly Severson

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Incorporating Effective Practices Into An Intermediate Classroom To Improve Student Writing, Heidi M. Shannon

An Embedded Single Case Study Of A Large Urban Charter School In The Midwest In The United States: The Impact Of School Leadership On Student Academic Achievement, Mohamed Ibrahim Sheikh

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Supporting Students With Gifted-Talented Potential In High Need Schools: A Portraiture Study, Anna Zillnger Shepard

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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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L1 Literacy And Its Implications For Leslla Immigrant Women In Canada, Theresa Wall

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How To Integrate Vocabulary In A Fourth Grade Classroom Of English Language Learners To Accelerate Reading Achievement, Randi Kay Weiland

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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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Barriers To Individuals Of Entering The Field Of Education, Jamie Williford

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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 [sic] 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