Dr. Madalienne Peters, Editor
Scholarship in Education Electronic Database
Candidates in the Master of Science in Education program have always produced thoughtful, diverse and relevant Master’s Thesis papers and projects. In recent years under the excellent tutelage of Dr. Madalienne Peters these projects have only increased in their quality of academic scholarship. All of the articles shared here have been published to the ERIC academic database.
Developing the Girl as a Leader
by Rose Hembrow-Beach
XY Needs in Education
by Jennifer Neidlinger
Thoughtful Homework or Busy Work: Impact on Student Academic Success
by Jennifer E. Tokarski
Postsecondary Education Preparation/Career Exploration by Academic Scholar 2010 Rajinder Gill
American students accustomed to standardization in secondary education have experience with fulfilling the requirements imposed upon them, but often these students require further assistance to facilitate their personal decisions about education after high school. Postsecondary education and career preparation programs, educators, and educational counselors can provide guidance to encourage student self-awareness and goal setting. A pilot postsecondary education preparation/ career exploration program was developed to address the needs of educators and students in a rural county.
Preparing California Public Middle School Students For Scientific Inquiry into Environmental Issues by Outstanding Student 2010 Gretchen Thompson
As of 2010, the California State Standards for Science for grades six through eight do not sufficiently address the importance of inquiry-based studies, limiting the scope of possibilities in public education. Studies show that middle school students build a deeper understanding of conceptual science and its application if they have opportunities to apply their knowledge through empirical activities. A student survey in a Marin County, California public middle school revealed that students learn science concepts best, and prefer experiential activities, to other teaching methods.
A Pilot Study Comparing Total Physical Response Storytelling™ With the Grammar-Translation Teaching Strategy by Rubén Castro
This study evaluated the effectiveness of Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS™) compared to the Grammar-Translation approach for acquiring and retaining new vocabulary in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class. The subjects were adult Hispanic learners with limited literacy. Results indicated that both Grammar-Translation and TPRS™ approaches made an important difference in student retention of vocabulary: the improvements in vocabulary acquisition and retention were 49% using Grammar-Translation and 45% using TPRS™.
Practicing Democracy in the NCLB Elementary Classroom by Margaret H. Davis
This study examines the importance of practicing democracy and identifies ways in which it can be done in the NCLB classroom. By surveying a population of public school teachers and through follow-up interviews, this paper endeavors to bring awareness to its importance and to provide ways in which the NCLB classroom teacher can practice democracy.
2010 A Digital Odyssey: Exploring Document Camera Technology and Computer Self-Efficacy in a Digital Era by Robert Joaquin Hoge
Within the sphere of education, navigating throughout a digital world has become a matter of necessity for the developing professional, as with the advent of Document Camera Technology (DCT). This study explores the pedagogical implications of implementing DCT; to explore the relationship between teachers’ comfort with DCT and to the self-efficacy beliefs of teachers.
Road to Equality in South African Education: a Qualitative Study by Kevin O’Brien
South Africa is experiencing a crisis in its educational system, a lack of access for Black South Africans from township communities to quality education, perpetuating vestiges of the old apartheid state. This study examines the LEAP (Langa Educational Assistance Program) school of Science and Maths as a model for educational change. Results indicated that since 2005, LEAP students are achieving passing scores on the annual matriculation examination, and more than 90% of LEAP graduates continue their education.
Using Electronic Books to Increase Elementary Students’ Motivation to Read by Lauren Ashley Short
One of the main challenges that elementary teachers face is developing a reading program that adequately meets the need of all students. This research explores ways in which electronic books can be used to motivate students to read, thereby improving their reading skills. Results indicate that electronic books are motivating to elementary students.
Identifying Obstacles to Incorporating Ocean Content into California Secondary Classrooms by Jennifer Stock
Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on individuals and their influence on the ocean. The ocean is largely excluded from California secondary content standards. This study examines the importance of ocean literacy for high school graduates and the obstacles teachers face when trying to include ocean content in their classrooms.