Graduate Research Papers

 

The graduate research paper can be considered the capstone of the graduate program. For the paper, students synthesize information they have learned throughout the program and apply it to the field experience.

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Submissions from 2016

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The effects of digital storytelling on student motivation and student engagement, Robyn Bredvick

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Developing authentic summative assessments that correlate to the Next Generation Science Standards for a middle school science classroom, Nick Bushkofsky

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Supporting reading curriculum without restricting access to library materials: Resources for teacher librarians, Tricia Carty

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Fogging practices of Iowa counties for mosquito abatement, Alex Jay Davey

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Exploring effective classroom management techniques in a 1:1 classroom setting, Kenton Engels

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Female sexuality in current young adult literature, Joanna M. Freking-Smith

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Readers' advisory program for non proficient readers, Lisa Gogel

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A selective annotated list of reading promotion events recommended for elementary students, Nicole Nadine Guldager

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A twist on happily ever after : Fractured fairy tales for young adults, Kathryn Hale

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E-readers and struggling middle school readers, Abigail L. Hendrickson

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Content analysis of two libraries resources for supporting primary economics instruction, Lindsey J. Hilts

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Online audiobook reference guide for Iowa elementary school librarians, Kerry LeWarne

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Makerspaces and the Iowa Core: Connections in a high school library, Tracie Marshall

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After-school success: Associations between youth participants and youth outcomes, Dana Miller

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Robotics in the classroom: The effectiveness of robotics based curriculum in STEM education, Mark Nall

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The need for a teacher librarian to take a leadership role in the implementation of supplemental reading program initiatives to achieve desired student outcomes, Mindy M. Reimer

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Impact of problem based learning on teaching light to middle school science students, Stephanie Yager

Submissions from 2015

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Alternative therapy for sickle cell disease, Huda Alsultan

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The 21st century school teacher librarian: Trends in the Iowa school library survey data over the last decade, Emily Baltes

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Active landing velocity: "pawing motion", Erin Dean Blind

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The return on investment from comprehensive worksite health promotion programs, Kayla Nicole Blocker

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The downside of being up: the blight of the nonprofit pedestal, Jamie Branch

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Instruction and standards-referenced grading in a 9th grade conceptual physics classroom, John C. Chai

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The 1930s: The Great Depression and beyond ; an annotated bibliography, Tydra Corbin

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The impact of school library circulation policy change: A case study, Kristen Downes

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Middle school leisure reading selection: Influences during selection and implications for school library programs, Jessica A. Elliot

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An annotated bibliography of materials recommended for middle school classrooms regarding the multiple perspectives on the causes of the American Civil War, Emma Folland

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ELA teacher perceptions of the school librarian's role in standards implementation, Franny Frey

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Genrifying the school library's fiction collection, Andrea Hora

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The use of marketing in nonprofit organizations, Elizabeth Kehret

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Using a 5E learning cycle to adapt a college physics instructional unit for high school, Stacia Marie Kelly

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The inclusion of engineering design into the high school biology curriculum, Cody D. LaKose

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Generational characteristics: How do we all play together, Jessica L. Malcheff

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Poverty and homelessness : A content analysis of children's nonfiction literature, Christine Newell

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Factors influencing successful planning and implementation and employee participation in worksite wellness programs, Amanda Ramthun

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Lifeguard fitness readiness: Certification vs. qualification, Jacob Rasmussen

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A study for comprehensive and collaborative relationships: Partnering public schools and nonprofit outdoor programs, Nicole Rottinghaus

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Teacher librarians & literacy coaches: Their roles in reading support, Nicole N. Ruthaivilavan

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Nonprofit marketing strategies for small organizations, Emily Saveraid

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Understanding by Design unit lesson plans for the next generation science standards: life science, Arie Schiller

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Student achievement in the area of inquiry learning with the implementation of 1:1 iPads, Denise Shekleton

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Strength in numbers: collaborating to support nonprofit advocacy, Emily J. Shields

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Influx of child immigrants to the United States: Policy & practice implications, Megan Vogt

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Sustainable microfinancing: improving microenterprise's traditional measures of success, Stephen R. Watson

Submissions from 2014

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Influencing incoming fourth graders' reading habits through a summer literature circle: A case study, Brandy E. Bingman

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Overhand throwing: overuse injury analysis, Peter Z. Broome

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Understanding motivating factors for college students involvement in club sports, Ryan Thomas Houselog

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The collaborative relationship between teacher librarians and public librarians, Jennifer J. Keltner

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Resource to support teaching local history in Baxter, Iowa, Greg Pickett

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The health benefits of dietary fiber consumption of adults in the United States, Nathan Stewart

Submissions from 2013

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Reader's workshop: A new approach to integration, Ashlea M. Ahrenholtz

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Prevalence of obesity and culturally appropriate prevention among young adolescents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Wardah Almahdi

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Improving multiplication fact recall; Interventions that lead to proficiency with mathematical facts, Brandon J. Bauer

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What are the effects of integrating technology into student literacy?, Lauren A. Bitetto

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Teacher perceptions of graphic novels, Katherine Block

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Using readers theaters to help students develop reading fluency, Adrianna D. Cavanaugh

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The effects of explicit writing instruction, Christine M. Clark

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Portrayal of Latinos in young adult fiction, Jennifer Cole

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A training guide and reference handbook for elementary school library secretaries in the Iowa City Community School District, Lisa Collier

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Artist residency programs: The present and future, Emily Coussens

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College freshmen dispositional readiness: Examining the perceptions, Jennifer Dovre

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Effect of student choice on acquisition of alphabet knowledge, Lindsey L. Fonkert

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The effects of STEM inquiry practices on English language acquisition in a first grade classroom in Thailand, Rebecca J. Fuhrman-Petersen

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What are the mechanisms of action of stereotype threat and how does it contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in African Americans, Anthony Gage

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Iowa core technology integration: A resource for kindergarten through second grade teachers, Shalyn Huerter

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Investigating the use of an interactive whiteboard to teach literacy in the early childhood classroom, Laci A. Hummel

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How elementary students can apply self-guided learning strategies in the classroom, Nicole Ivers

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A comparison of print and e-book texts with 4th grade students to evaluate comprehension and motivation, Sarah Johnson

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Portrayal of agriculture in children's literature: Contemporary stories in picture books, traditional tales, and nonfiction, Kathryn S. Koller

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A selective annotated bibliography of materials recommended for junior high classrooms regarding resistance during the Holocaust, Katharine Mulfinger

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101 books for youth that feature hunters & hunting, Leann Seddon

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Scheduled library visits and reading achievement, David Stanfield

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A comparative analysis of leisure and tourism in China and in the USA, Xin Wang

Submissions from 2012

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Teens Read book trailers, Jill Besler

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Influence of digital communication on young adult contemporary fiction, Melissa J. Dagel

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Multicultural picture books: Windows and mirrors, Dawn M. Goodale

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Access versus circulation for kindergarten students, Linda Johnson

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School library circulation records: What do they reveal about boys' reading preferences?, Chelsea Sims

Submissions from 2011

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Supervision in the school library program: Administrator expectations of paraprofessionals and traveling teacher librarians, Dixie Forcht

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PCE groundwater quality assessment of the University of Northern Iowa campus area, Brian Gedlinske

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Life of chaos, life of hope: Dystopian literature for young adults, Lisa Newgard

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Are students ready for post-secondary research?, Paula Winward

Submissions from 2010

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Fifth grade student learning and interest in the American Revolution through reading graphic novels compared to reading biography or other nonfiction books, Kari Bosma

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Designing a library program to increase the number of fourth grade reading goals, Jodonna Carlson

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Self-censorship in Iowa elementary libraries, Lacey Fliger

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Cloning in young adult fiction, Jennifer L. Kehoe

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Sheldon community history traveling trunk project, Jan M. Kinderknecht

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Educating a school community implementing a one-to-one laptop learning initiative, Shannon McClintock Miller

Submissions from 2009

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The portrayal of Asian intercountry adoptees in children's literature, Rachel A. Burrow

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Remember me always, love you forever: A mother's memory book, Katie Houselog

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Princesses persevere: Seeking representations of gender equity in modern fairy tales, Erin Becker McConnell

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The portrayal of volunteer firefighters in children's literature, Jamie Noack

Submissions from 2008

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The role of writing: Increasing higher level thinking for all students, Caroline Elser

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School library orientation: Introducing teachers to the roles and services of teacher librarians, Allison Emery

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An herbal ABC book: A contribution to information available to children and adults, Linda Jo Kirkland

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School librarians are teachers too!: University of Northern Iowa teacher education majors and their perceptions of the role of the school librarian, Colleen Nelson

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The portrayal of bullying in young adult fiction novels, Deanna L. Weber

Submissions from 2007

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Partnering with homeschoolers: Collaborations between homeschoolers and public schools, Sharon Gerst

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Readers' workshop: Giving students time, choice, and flexibility in the classroom, Jennifer Lynn Shaffer

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Instructional recommendations for the teaching of writing, Bridgette Wagoner