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 2016

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Expeditionary Learning Curriculum for the Seventh Grade Classroom, Nora Denise Krings

The Effect of Motivational Teaching Strategies on the Motivation of EFL Learners at a Bolivian University, Danielle Marie Lang

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Environmental education in a dual immersion classroom, Annaka Marie Larson

The History and Development of Food Cooperatives as Diverse and Inclusive Centers for Food and Environmental Education, Brian David Larson

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Creating Meaningful Consequences That School Districts Can Implement While Staying In Compliance With State Law, Federal Law And School Discipline Policies, Jesse R. LaValla

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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MOVEMENT AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN A KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM, Catherine B. Lay

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Supporting Traumatized Students: A Toolkit for Teachers, Emily Leichtle

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Claims, Evidence and Reasoning: A Framework for Evidence-Based Writing on the subject of Evolution, Tami Lynn Limberg

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English Language Learners and Learning Disabilities, Erin Elizabeth Logan

What is the Effect of (or Relationship between) Outdoor Active Recess on (and) Student Behavior?, Susan Kay Loomis

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The Effects of Individualized Teacher Meetings on Struggling High School Students, Travis Woulfe MacLeod

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MEASURING WHAT STUDENTS KNOW: ENSURING MATH WORD PROBLEMS ON SCHOOL WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS ACCURATELY DISPLAY ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS’ UNDERSTANDING OF MATH SKILLS, Lori Magstadt

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A Nature Adventure Chapter Book for Early Readers and How it Can Influence Children's Interest in and Desire to Explore the Natural World, Keith Marshall

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WORLD HISTORY UNIT PLAN THAT NURTURES HABITS OF MIND AND INTEGRATES STRATEGIES PROMOTED BY THE NATIONAL URBAN ALLIANCE, Katherine A. Martin

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Determining the effect of bring your own device on cyberbullying incidents at a high school, Patrick William Maus

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READER ROLE MODELS: HOW CROSS-AGE TUTORING CAN HELP SECOND AND SIXTH GRADERS IMPROVE THEIR READING SKILLS, Robert McCabe

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Culturally Responsive Vocabulary Curriculum: Third Grade Culturally Responsive Vocabulary Guide, Maureen McCullagh

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JiJi Can Talk! An Oral Language Strategy Guide for Blended Learning Math Classrooms Using ST Math, William Menz

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The Effects of the Image-Making within the Writing Process on Kindergarten Writing, Samantha Dee Merrell

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High School Water Quality Curriculum for Rural and Urban Areas, James David Mesik

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How Graphic Novels Affect Reading Comprehension and Memory Recall of Story Elements for Language Learners, Stephen Jerome Meuer

How do the reading habits and attitudes of middle school parents correlate with those with those of their young adolescent children?, Julie Ann Meyer

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How can instructional staff be effectively introduced to a standards-based grading policy, Joseph Patrick Millard

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The Potential for Using Adaptive and Assignable Instructional Technology to Increase Student Agency and Achievement, Blair Allen Mishleau

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Using Critical Literacy to Build Community Among Minority Adolescents, Julia Quinn Moe

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Nature Experiences and Ecoliteracy: The Effect of Place­Based Education Experiences, Adventure and Outdoor Education Experiences and Undirected Nature Experiences on Eco­Literacy, Beth Anne Moonstone

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Engagement of Kindergarten English Learners during the Dramatic Play Center, Megan Marie Morin

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How Digital Formative Assessment Increases Student Achievement and Motivation, Jillian G. Morreim

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EFFECTIVENESS OF COGNITIVELY GUIDED INSTRUCTION PRACTICES IN BELOW GRADE-LEVEL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, Katherine S. Munday

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What Effect Does Full Day Kindergarten Have On Student Achievement In Literacy?, Philip Lee Munkvold

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Can a Speaker of Syllable-timed L1 (Spanish) Recognize the Stress-timed Pattern of the English Language?, Masooma Naqvi

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A Text Analysis of How Passive Voice in a Biology Textbook Impacts English Language Learners, Karli Jo Neilson

The use of critical thinking skills, specifically Thinking Maps, in the Middle School Social Studies curriculum, James Micah Nelson

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21st Century Literacy: Blending the English 12 Classroom, Natalie Nelson

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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM, Noelle J. Nelson

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A Study of Effective Teaching Strategies in A Kindergarten Chinese Immersion Class, Shengjia Ni

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Motivating First Grade Struggling Readers through Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Jessica Annmarie Nivala

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How Can Text-­Based Debates Increase Empathy in Upper Elementary Students, Melissa M. Ogden

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Professionals Reflect on the Under Representation of Visitors of Color in Wilderness Areas, Jessica Iris Ostrov

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We the People: We Survive, We Work, We Live, We Belong An Autobiographical Study of One Refugee’s Victory Over Poverty and Racism to Lead an English Learner Program, Sambath Ouk

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Benefits Provided To American Indian Youth Through Gidaakiimanaaniwigamig Stem Camps, Kyra Jo Paitrick

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How does composting at school change the way middle school students perceive their ability to positively impact the earth?, Katie Lynn Pangborn

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AN ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL THINKING AND MOTIVATION IN A KOREAN UNIVERSITY EFL CLASSROOM, Andrew Steven Parker

Developing TPACK: A Study of New Interactive Whiteboard Implementers, Allison Ruth Petersen

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How Reference with Demonstratives Creates Cohesion in a Physical Science Textbook, Amy Marie Petersen Sagrado

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Integrating Standards and 21st Century Skills to Increase Engagement, Andrea Michelle Peterson

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HOW DOES THE AMOUNT OF RECESS IMPACT STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN THE KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM?, Theresa Phillippo

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Implementing Effective Instructional Reading Settings for English Learners, Kathryn Louise Quesada

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Word Study Promotes the Application of Spelling Skills within Elementary Students’ Independent Writing, Sarah Kay Rabideau

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Increasing Autonomous Academic Motivation in Intermediate Elementary Students by Reducing Fear of Failure, Whitney Schill Ramirez

Best Practices for Teaching Language Arts in the Dual Immersion Setting, Allison Lee Rendon

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Form and Function Focused Language Activities and Their Effects on Student Writing in a Spanish Immersion Classroom, Brian John Rice

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How To Develop And Support The Academic Writing Of Our Students In The Science Classroom, Hannah Rose Hermanson Rivard

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BEST PRACTICES FOR CO-TEACHING LITERACY IN THE SECONDARY LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM, Anne Robenhorst

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THE IMPACTS OF AN EXPERIENTIAL-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY, Allison Ronglien

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Using Literacy Centers To Support A Balanced Literacy Program In A Pre-K Classroom, Jacquelin Ann Rowan

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How Vocabulary Word Selection, Instructional Strategies, And Assessments Affect Student Retention Of Newly Learned Words, Amber Rustand

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How can obstacles to adult English Language Learners with low levels of English proficiency participating in distance learning be reduced?, Anne Elizabeth Fern Ryan

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Yoga Intervention: A Yoga-Based Curriculum To Develop Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, And Resilience In Adolescents, Amanda Sati

How can critical literacy theory impact the engagement of struggling secondary readers?, Tina Delancey Schaefer

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Using a Functional Language Approach to Engage High School English Language Learners in Academic Language Arts Content, Robert Grant Schaller

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How an Experience in Nature Affects Ecoliteracy of High School Students, Megan Johanna Schimek

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‘What Do You Do With An Idea?’ Differentiating A Fourth -Grade Reading Curriculum Using Gardner’s Theory Of Multiple Intelligences, Medora Elaine Schou

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The Relationship Between Self-efficacy and Reading Test Score Improvement in Elementary English Learners, Daniel Patrick Sefkow

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How Does Daily Exposure To Vocabulary Through Text Talk Carry Over Into The Speaking And Writing of First Grade Students?, Natalie Lai Shaw

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How Does A Targeted Services Intervention Program Focused On Base-Ten Place Value Development Impacts Growth Of Second Graders In Mathematics, Katherine J. Shelley

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HOW ANCHOR CHARTS CAN ENGAGE STUDENTS IN INTERACTIVE READ-ALOUDS, Christine Simmet

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Increased Connection to Nature and Development of Ecological Identity in the Illinois Master Naturalist Program, Laura Sjoquist

Questioning Techniques to Help Move Third Grade Students’ Mathematical Thinking While Engaged in Learning Fraction Concepts in a Chinese Immersion Classroom Environment, Tengfei Song

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Investigating Text Talk as a Tool for Improving Vocabulary and Comprehension Skills for English Learners in Response to Intervention Groups, Roshawn Terese Sook

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Are Characteristics Of A Professional Learning Community Guiding Student Achievement, Staci Faye Souhan

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VIRTUAL REFERENCE BEST PRACTICES AND THE COLLEGE STUDENT EXPERIENCE, Sara J. Stambaugh

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How Formative Assessments can be Utilized to Respond to Student Needs Within a Balanced Literacy Framework, Amber Ann Steinmeyer

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A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF IMPLEMENTING TIERED SYSTEMATIC PHONICS INTERVENTION THROUGH THE COLORADO READ ACT, Geoffrey H. Stokes

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How Student-Led Goal Setting and Self-Monitoring of Progress Impacts SelfEfficacy Among Third Graders at an International School in Eastern Europe, Jessica Rose Stoll

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Teacher Perspectives on Co-teaching in a Content Classroom with English Language Support, Bradley Allan Thompson

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The Language of Movies: Using Film to Teach Visual Literacy in the EFL Classroom, Benjamin James Thurn

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Utilizing the Next Generation Science Standards as a Framework to Create a Climate Change Curriculum, Jenna Totz

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Adverbial Clauses in 4th Grade Science Textbooks: A Structural and Functional Analysis, Nicole Renee Tuchscherer

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Improving Educational Practices for Karen Newcomers by Understanding the Schooling Experiences of Karen Refugee Students, Alice Ramona Vang

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HOW DO WE EDUCATE CHILDREN THAT LIVE IN A WATER RICH ENVIRONMENT ABOUT THE NEED FOR WATER CONSERVATION?, Theresa Marie Vermeersch

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An Effective Instructional Model for Teaching English Language Learners within the Mainstream Classroom, Sofia Viktorova Vladimirova

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The Relationship Between Agriculture And The Environment, Elise Nicole Volz

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The Impact of Implementing Nonverbal Behavior Management Strategies Into An Elementary Classroom, Casondra Kelly Wada

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A Correlation Between English Oral Language Proficiency and the Success of the Reading Recovery Program for Karen Students, Heidi Wheelock

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PERCEPTIONS OF CO-TEACHING, Ashlee Wicks

What Are The Perceptions Of The “Flipped Classroom” In A Group Of High Achieving Ninth Graders Enrolled In An Algebra Two Course?, Michael David Wilmes

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Factors Influencing the Persistence of GED Students, David Foster Wilson

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Equitable Identification of EL students for Special Education by All Teachers, Hanna Winkelman

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TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TO ELEMENTARY AGED HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NATURE CENTERS: AN ANALYSIS OF BEST PRACTICES, Ronald P. Wodtke

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Using Critical-Thinking Strategies To Develop Academic Reading Skills Among Saudi Iep Students, Betsy Lindeman Wong

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TEACHER SUSTAINABILITY CULTURAL WEALTH AMONG SUBURBAN EDUCATORS OF COLOR, Verna Wong

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Using a Therapeutic Music Curriculum to Improve the Social and Academic Skills of Students with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia/Septo Optic Dysplasia, Kimberly Kay Wooster

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Culturally Responsive Teaching to Support Karen Newcomers, Win World

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The Impact of Reading Fluency Instruction on Reading Fluency, Abdul Wright

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Aspect Instruction and Narrative Inferencing, Christine Marie Wytaske

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How can teachers motivate struggling middle school readers in an intervention classroom?, Heather Young

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The Intersection of Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Technology: Implications for Adult ESL Learners using an Inquiry Approach, Mary Elizabeth Zamacona

Teaching Social Thinking Vocabulary In The General-Education, First Grade Classroom, Ann Kathryn Zweber

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Strategies to Support Vocabulary Development in Middle School Content Area Classrooms, Caitlyn Bandy