Graduate Student Research

Graduate Student Research

 

A collection of Graduate Student Research by students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction including electronic theses and dissertations, graduate research papers, and presentations given at the Annual Graduate Student Symposium.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Using Internet reciprocal teaching to develop second graders' online text evaluation skills, Annika Buell Open Access Thesis

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Building an understanding of the Common Core state standards and complex texts, while supporting upper elementary readers with complex text through shared reading, Joanna Mae Carlson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Relationship between decoding and writing with early readers: An action research study, Nicole M. Henningsen Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Vocabulary strategies in elementary science - A self study, Katherine Hooey Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The writing identity of a Hip Hop lyricist and educator: An autoethnography, Lamont Muhammad Open Access Dissertation

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Teacher librarian influence on students' self-selection of books, Elizabeth A. Nelson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of Native Americans and Native culture in children's picture books, Janace Nester Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Investigating the environment needed to shift instructional practice towards a learner-centered classroom in rural Iowa, Kelli Olson Dissertation (UNI Access Only)

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Unstacking the matryoshka nesting doll: A self-study of playful language instruction for adult second language learners, Marine Pepanyan Open Access Dissertation

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Lexile levels and their value to public school teachers, Kristin Schumacher Open Access Thesis

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Pleasure reading workshop: Meeting SEL competencies based on sustained (and maybe not so silent) reading, Lora Sink Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Students vs. suspects: A qualitative examination of stereotype threat and the impact on behavior of Black males, Ryan J. Williamson Open Access Dissertation

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A case study of the impact a pleasure reading curriculum has on students' passion for reading, Danielle M. Wolfe Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Hey! That's how I feel! A qualitative content analysis of anxiety in middle grade literature, Heather M. Wood Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Submissions from 2021

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Mental illness representation in young adult literature, Ashley Aberle Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of characters with autism in picture books, Tara Amundson Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Teaching race through multicultural children's literature, Kaley Bailey and Maiya Duthoo-Wolpert Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Examining diversity in the Iowa Goldfinch Award, Jill M. Doyle Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The influence of book club conversations on reluctant or struggling readers, JaDee Jo Gloede Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Examining teacher librarians' impact on students' self-selection strategies, Sarah Gunsolley Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The portrayal of fathers in children's literature, Kate A. Hite Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Inspiring students to take action in order to make positive change through the integration of social studies themes in children's literature, Morgan Ives, Taylor Marsho, Ashtyn Riley, and Deidra Rudd Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Diverse representation within secondary-level state consortium-provided e-books, Jill McDonald Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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A case study of the impact of teacher librarian collaboration in the instruction of information literacy and digital citizenship on student achievement in inquiry skills, Abby M. Mussmann Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Identifying ways to support preservice teachers to engage in inquiry work through Project Approach: A self-study, Allison K. Pattee Dissertation (UNI Access Only)

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The historical and cultural accuracy of the Japanese internment camps in children's literature, Zoey Perrigo Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Portrayal of females in notable science trade books for children, Carolyn Proesch Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Examining the impact a teacher librarian has on students' self-selection strategies, Stefanie Throndson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Exploring the experiences of one team of teachers: Well-being and navigating the demands of the education profession, Abby Weiland Open Access Dissertation

Submissions from 2020

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Representation of Native peoples in picture books about Christopher Columbus: A literary analysis, Mari Butler Abry Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Elementary school library program integration with art, literacy, and STEAM through makerspaces, Kristi Baldwin Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of characters with physical disabilities in picture books, Emily Biederman Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Using mentor texts to enhance the teaching of reading comprehension and writing, Alexandra Jordyn Cushman Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of Diverse Family Structures in Children's Literature, Beth Grafft Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The impact of the use of mobile computing on vocabulary learning in the language classroom, Lorena Harger Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Characterizing protagonists in graphic novels for teens, Danielle Lahr Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of immigration in fiction for grades 4-6, Melissa N. Marwedel Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Three cases of makerspace integration in school library programs in conjunction with district initiatives: Literacy, design thinking, and STEAM, Sara Pflughaupt Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Influence of book clubs on reading motivation for third through fifth grade students, Allyson Reister Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Trauma in children's literature, Kyra Ross Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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An analysis of ADHD in middle grade and young adult literature, Sydney Schuler Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Representation of LGBTQ characters in 2019 young adult literature, Janelle M. Snyder Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Gazing at scattered stars: Immigration through the lens of elementary graphic literature, Jennifer K. Stanerson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Technology based grammar instruction, Erin Mary Summerhays Open Access Thesis

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Three cases of makerspace integration in school library programs in conjunction with district initiatives: STEAM, design thinking, and literacy, Lisa Tegels Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Culture in transitional chapter books: Assimilation or inclusion, Jeanette P. White Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Early childhood professional learning facilitators: A self-study within a new delivery model, Allison Jane Barness Dissertation (UNI Access Only)

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Teacher perceptions of understaffed school libraries, Amanda Bonjour Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The effect of gamification on student motivation, David A. Brahn Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The effects of gamification on student engagement and motivation, Sara Butcher Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Computer science is elementary: Comprehensive plan for computer science implementation at the elementary level, Erin Chute Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Writing workshop and creativity despite standardization: An exploration of elementary teachers' practices, Darcie Kay Kress Open Access Dissertation

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Using critical literacy and emotionally responsive teaching to discuss racism in a literature circle unit, Autumn Rose Den Boer Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Student engagement within the use of graphic novels, Melissa Felsenthal Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Understanding ESL undergraduate students' beliefs about learner-centered instruction, Mahjabeen Hussain Open Access Dissertation 2020 Award

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Understanding ESL Undergraduate Students' Beliefs About Learner-Centered Instruction, Mahjabeen Hussain Open Access Oral Presentation 2019 Award

"If It Wasn't My Race, It Was Other Things like Being a Woman, or My Disability": A Qualitative Research Synthesis of Students of Color with Disabilities in Education, Shehreen Iqtadar Oral Presentation 2019 Award

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Best practices in assessment and evaluation of literacy at the secondary level, Meaghan Kathleen Johnson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Is there a correlation between oral reading rate and social conversational speaking rate?, Sarah C. Mason Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Portrayal of females in agriculturally themed children's books, Malinda Mick Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The effects of a makerspace curriculum on the 4C's in education, Staci Novak Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The effects of text-to-speech on students with reading disabilities, Melissa Oberembt Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Play Element and Dynamics of Interaction in an Adult Second Language Classroom, Marine Pepanyan Oral Presentation (Electronic Copy Not Available)

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The effect of digital game-based learning on student learning: A literature review, Katrina Serrano Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Effective professional development design, Katie Stull Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The effectiveness of using intelligent tutoring systems to increase student achievement, Tedi Swanson Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Supporting early social-emotional development with wordless picture books, Kayla E. Takatsuka Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

Teacher Well-Being: Voices in the Field, Abby Weiland Oral Presentation (Electronic Copy Not Available) 2019 Award

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The effects of computer coding on elementary students, Cassidy Winslow Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Exploring the academic, social, and cultural experiences of English language learners from Saudi Arabia at a Midwest university in the U.S., Sukainah A. Al Subia Open Access Dissertation

Does performance on an attention test predict executive function test scores in young and older adults?, Aaron Joseph Brummel Thesis (Electronic Copy Not Available)

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Shift into ctrl: Integrating digital citizenship into high school freshman transition curriculum, Ellen Fairfield Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Blended learning and second language acquisition in the classroom, Victoria R. Hamilton Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Transforming Professional Learning Using Self-Study in an EFL Context, Mahjabeen Hussain Open Access Oral Presentation 2018 Award

Personal Experiences of Students at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and (Dis)ability, Shehreen Iqtadar Poster Presentation (Electronic Copy Not Available) 2018 Award

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Blended learning in credit recovery, Robin Kuhn Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Exploring the effects of web-based parenting support on access to information and resources for rural families, Anne Plagge Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The role of virtual environment and virtual reality for knowledge transfer, Michelle Rice Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Teachers' pedagogical practices, shift, and professional growth in online courses, Maryam Rod Szabo Open Access Dissertation

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An investigation of early childhood outdoor play areas and social and emotional play, Brandy A. Smith Open Access Dissertation

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Piecemeal Change in Higher Education: An Example of Curriculum Re-conceptualization, Dessy Stoycheva Open Access Poster Presentation

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The effects of a station-rotation model of blended learning on student engagement, Melinda Tremmel Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

Events from 2017

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Second-Graders Beautify for Butterflies, Andrea Anderson Open Access Poster Presentation

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Fluency and instruction in the elementary grades, Stacey Bakken Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Taking university business courses online: An instructional designer's perspective, Zachary P. Benton-Slocum Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Ultrasound simulators: Determining the simulator's role in diagnostic medical sonography programs, Lisa Bindert Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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Vocabulary matters : why vocabulary instruction is important and how to implement quality instruction in preschool, Melanie Blocker Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Visual phonics : its impact as an instructional tool to promote literacy development in kindergarten students, Lori J. Bower Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The impact of peer coaching on peer relationships and the distribution of knowledge in pre-service teachers, Kelsey J. Bowers Open Access Thesis

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Going 1:1 across the district, Kim Carlson Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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TPACK learning activity types for secondary computer science courses, Rebecca Carton Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Defying the odds: A research based reading program project guide, Megan Casey Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Exploring Technology through the Integration of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Issues of Social Justice, Courtney Clausen Open Access Poster Presentation 2017 Award

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Living and teaching for social justice: teacher educators' stories and experiences, Courtney Kay Clausen Open Access Dissertation

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Invented spelling and its effect on kindergarten students' reading and writing abilities, Kelli A. Daly Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Examining student selection behaviors with library fiction collections, Katie Delaney Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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Students' perceptions of the impacts of dual enrollment programs on later college experiences, Caralee K. Doak Dissertation (UNI Access Only)

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Using Google tools to enhance secondary writing instruction, Sarah Ebener Open Access Graduate Research Paper

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The power of professional learning communities, Amanda Eller Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)

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The value of inquiry-based science instruction for elementary students, Jessica Renae Enger Open Access Graduate Research Paper