Dissertation Titles

Below are the ASU EDL Doctoral Program Dissertation Titles. Each dissertation is available for check out at the ASU library.

Click on the links to view the title page and abstract for each dissertation.

Full dissertations can be viewed at NC Docks for dissertations published 2010 and after.

E.g., 2020
Year Author Title
2014
Amie Brock Snow

A Comparative Evaluation of Instructional Levels Determined by the Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC) Assessment and an Informal Reading Inventory

2014
Caroline Scott Armstrong Beam

Perceptions and Enactment of Instructional Coaching in North Carolina

2014
Connie Miles Cole

“Dreamkeepers”: School Experiences from the Voices of Successful Adult African American Males

2014
David C. Burleson

Dropouts Who Return for Their Ged: Personal Reflections on the Socio-Cultural Issues Related to Leaving School

2014
Justin O’Neill Mitchell

Perceived Factors of a Quality Student Teaching Experience

2014
Sara Allison Carr-Holmes

Journey to the Presidency: Stories from Women Community College Presidents

2013
A.B. Lentz

The Start Point: a Grounded Theory Study of Aspirations and Needs of Trio Students at the Point of Entry into a Postsecondary Enrollment or Postsecondary Attainment Program

2013
Arshad Bashir

Exploration of 21st Century Skills Development Among Educators and Students Engaged in Online Collaborative Educational and Cultural Exchange Program: a Case Study of Us-Pakistan Online International Exchange Program

2013
C.Y. Tillery

The Summative Impact of College Access Interventions: a Program Evaluation of Gear up North Carolina

2013
Cama J. Duke

Integrative Learning Within Tutoring in Higher Education: Contexts for Connections

2013
J.M. Smith

An Investigation of the Experiences of Minority Males Participating in the North Carolina Community College System Minority Male Mentoring Programs

2013
Lisa Ann McNeal

Women in the Integrated Circuit: a Study Examining the Intersection Between Technology, Subjectivity, and the Academy

2013
Marisa Gwaltney Cornell

Casting the Circle: an Arts-Based Inquiry into Creating Spaces for Emergent, Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Higher Education

2013
Melanie Duckworth Honeycutt

Examining the Effect of Leadership Practices on Sustaining a Technology Innovation

2012
A.D. Mead

First-Generation College Students and Academic Advising: Words of Wisdom from Academic Advisors

2012
C.L. Forrest

Internationalization in Community Colleges: Perceptions Regarding the Role of a State Consortium

2012
Christopher Lee Bennett

The Freshman Academy Impact: a Comparison of Ninth Grade Structures Through Analyses of Student Perceptions and Performance Data

2012
D.J. Guelzow

Understanding the Educational Experiences of Graduate Counseling Students Engaged in Therapeutic Expressive Arts-Based Activities

2012
D.L. Presnell

“Visitor to All, Native to None”: How Digital-Native Teacher Education Students Use Bricolage and Multiple Modalities to Construct Knowledge

2012
E.E. Cramer

International Library Development in Africa: Benefits, Challenges, and Sustainability

2012
Elizabeth Ellen Cramer

International Library Development in Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Sustainability

2012
G.H. Hendricks

Predictors of Success for Community College Developmental Mathematics Students in Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Courses

2012
George Harrison Hendricks

Predictors of Success for Community College Developmental Mathematics Student in Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Courses

2012
L.G. York

The Learning and Development of Non-Traditional Women Within Social Constructivist 3d Immersive Environments

2012
M.S. Wyant

A Comparison of High School End of Course Test Results of Athletes and Non-Athletes in Three North Carolina High Schools

2012
R.H. Yarborough

Finding Our Voices: the Bittersweet Journey of a Dream for First-Generation Female Doctoral Graduates

2012
S.B. George

A Study of the Relationships Between Extracurricular Participation in Selected North Carolina High Schools and Student Achievement as Determined by Cumulative Grade Point Average

2012
S.E. Stuckey

Examining the Impact of Student-Generated Screencasts on Middle School Science Students’ Interactive Modeling Behaviors, Inquiry Learning, and Conceptual Development

2012
S.R. Fisher

The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students with Disabilities

2012
Stephen Ray Fisher

The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students with Disabilities

2012
V. C. Wilson

The Relationships of Selected Curriculum Program Areas on Credential Attainment of African American Males Enrolled in the North Carolina Community College System

2012
W.C. Matthews

Spirituality as a Component of Transformational Leadership Among Selected North Carolina Community College Presidents

2011
A.D. Allen

An Examination and Analysis of Middle School Transition Plans: a Study of Local Education Agencies and Middle Schools in North Carolina

2011
D.A. Stegall

Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Efficacy: a Correlational Study

2011
D.R. Madrazo

The Effect of Technology Infusion on At-Risk High School Students' Motivation to Learn

2011
David Euell Smith

Religious Knowledge Among Pre-Service Secondary Teachers of English and History

2011
Deborah Harmon Kincaid

An Evaluation of a School System's Excursion into Online Instruction for Middle School Students

2011
Donna Boston Ross

Digital Storytelling: Ordinary Voices, Extraordinary Stories

2011
James Anthony Brooks

Exploring the College-Going Scripts of Students Enrolled in a Rural Early College High School

2011
Jennifer F. Hefner

A Case Study of a Professional Learning Community: an Investigation of Sustainability with a Rural Elementary School

2011
John Stephen Martin, Jr.

The Impact of a Middle School Tiered Mathematics Program on Academically or Intellectually Gifted Students: One School District's Response to High Stakes Accountability

2011
K.W. Sepich

Perceptions of Displaced Manufacturing Workers About Their Transition to Successful Re-Employment Through a Community College Education Experience: Six Stories of Success

2011
Kay Hudkins Campany

A Phenomenological Study of High School Biology Teachers' Perceptions of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards in an Era of High-Stakes Testing

2011
T.C. Howell

The Impact of Student Mobility, Gender and Title I Status on Measures of School Accountability

2011
T.S. Brookes

Lessons Learned: a Crisis Responder's Journey Supporting Friends in Crisis

2010
J. Hauser

The North Carolina Community College System Critical Success Factor 1 and the Association with Leadership Styles Practiced by North Carolina Community College Presidents

2010
A.D. Brendle-Corum

Exploring Characteristics of Public School Facilities and Resources and the Relationship with Teacher Retention

2010
A.R. Williams

A Spelling-Based Phonics Approach to Word Instruction for Children with Down Syndrome

2010
B.Y. Ganzert

The Effects of Dual Enrollment Credit and Huskins Program Credit on College Readiness

2010
D. Ellis

The Principal's Role in Defining a Student Success-Based School Culture: the Impact of Specific Behaviors on School-Level Teacher Working Conditions

2010
D. Fonseca

Parental Perspectives and Decision-Making Processes About School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind in a Large Urban Elementary School

2010
E.H. Jones

Exploring Common Characteristics Among Community College Students: Comparing Online and Traditional Student Success

2010
J. Cockman

A "Quickguide" to Inquiry-Based Physics Laboratory Reform

2010
J.A. Isenhour

Experiences and Perceptions of Fatherhood Among Fathers with Sons Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

2010
J.C. Tunstall

Value-Added Effects of Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Funding on Students in the Surry County Schools

2010
J.G. Overman

Perceptions of 21st Century Community College Leaders on the Role of Relational Leadership

2010
Julie R. Morrow

Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Learning Communities as Opportunities for Promoting Professional Growth

2010
L.A. Mason

Honor Bound: Exploring the Disparity of Treatment of Women in Kurdistan, Iraq.

2010
P.R. Johnson

Still Missing in Action: the Perceptions of African American Women About the Barriers and Challenges in Ascending to the Superintendency in North Carolina Public Schools

2010
S.A. Davis

Navigating the Labyrinth: Women School Superintendents in North Carolina

2010
T.C. Martin

Cognitive and Non-Cognitive College Readiness in Participants in Three Concurrent Enrollment Programs at a North Carolina Community College

2010
T.K. Adams-Wiggan

Realities, Risks, and Responsibilities: A Critical Narrative Inquiry and Autoethnographic Exploration of Biculturality Among Black Professional Women

2009
E.D. Miller

An Examination of the Relationship Between Ease of Navigation and Course Completion in the Online Learning Environment

2009
S.D. McCracken

A Program Evaluation of North Carolina's Statewide Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear Up).

2009
W.T. Douglas

Associate Degree Nursing Students: a Study of Retention in Nursing Education Programs

2009
G.M. Taylor

Readiness to Lead: Perspectives of Graduates and Advanced Doctoral Students Answering the Call to Lead in Community Colleges

2009
J.P. Johnson

The Creation, Communication and Implementation of an Organizational Vision: Principals' Perspective in a Rural Education Setting

2009
K.L. Staley

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life at Appalachian State University

2009
L.D. Harrington

An Investigation of Issues Associated with the Transition from Eighth to Ninth Grade in a Rural School District

2009
M.A. Diggs, Jr.

The Perceived Role of the Media Coordinator as School Leader in the Sustainability of a Major Technology Initiative

2009
M.E. Barber

The Impact of Academic Self-Efficacy and Socio-Demographic Factors on Academic Achievement of First-Generation Community College Students

2008
A.E. Blalock

Exploring Leadership Qualities Among K-12 Public School Principals in North Carolina Successfully Implementing State-Mandated Technology Initiatives

2008
A.M. Roberts

Reclaiming Personal and Pedagogic Identity Through Social Constructivism: an Educator's Journey and Collaboration in Family Literacy Practices

2008
A.T. Wright

Ordered Chaos: the Implications of Childrearing in the Underrepresentation of Women in Educational Leadership Positions

2008
C.D.S. Ring

North Carolina Community College System Virtual Learning Community Evaluation

2008
C.L. Ruff

The Effects of Classroom Interior Design Elements of Eighth Grade Language Arts Students' Psychological Well-Being

2008
C.S. Smith

Early Transition from High School to College: an Ethnographic Case Study of the Obstacles and Strategies That Emerged in a Rural North Carolina Community College

2008
J.T. Ray

Formation of Teacher Mental Models Regarding Technology Configurations, the Factors Influencing Their Formation, and Teacher Receptivity to Adopting Alternative Configurations

2008
K.L. Elliott

Teacher Recruitment, Rural Schools and Student Teachers' Perceptions of Effective Teacher Recruitment Strategies in North Carolina

2008
R.A. Murray

An Examination of the Impact of Relative Age at School Entry on North Carolina Students - a Predictor of Future Outcomes

2008
W.C. Rynn

The Implementation of a Response to Intervention Problem-Solving Model in a Rural Elementary School: a Qualitative Case Study

2008
W.T. Powell

Analysis of North Carolina Economic Factors That Accurately Explain Student Performance in North Carolina Public Schools

2007
A. Senbel

A Study of Middle School Students' and College Sophomores' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Islam and Muslims

2007
A.R. Krueger

Implementing an Ethic of Care in a Kindergarten Classroom

2007
B.P. Sweet

A Compressed Ethnographic Case Study of Family and Community Involvement in a Sustainable Rural After-school Program

2007
C.L. Wilson

The Relationships Between Professional Learning Community Practices in High Poverty Elementary Schools in North Carolina and Successful School Outcomes

2007
K.M. Gold

The Process of Initiating and Sustaining a Learning College Concept : a Qualitative Study of the Leadership Journey

2007
M.B. Bell

Perceptions Held by Selected Stakeholders of a Rural, Small K-8 School in Southern Appalachia: a Case Study

2007
M.E. Stephens

Empowered Black Teen Mothers Overcoming Barriers to Educational Attainment

2007
S.M. Walker-Renc

The Effects of Attendance in Fifth Dimension After-School Program on Intra- and Inter-Personal Skill Attribution

2007
V.C. Hugger

Living in the Flood Plains : One Public Educator's Experience in the Media Torrents

2007
W.P. Hutchinson

Spiritual Leadership and Its Influence on Elementary School Climate

2006
L.B. Swann

A Twice Told Tale of Time: Dis/Ability, Identity, and Educational Response/Ability

2006
M.J. Schramm

Predicting Online Success : the Relationship Between High School Student Characteristics and Success in Online Courses

2006
R.A. Price

Beliefs of Students from an Eighth Grade Language Arts Class Regarding Their Meaningful Learning Experiences

2006
T.W. McClannon

Improving Student Engagement with Universal Design for Learning: a Comparison of Technology and Non-Technology Based Interventions

2006
W.S. Peacock

Development of Worldview of Education by Four Indian Women Teachers Who Have Attained Graduate Degrees in Education from American Universities

2005
A.L.W. Cheney

Technology Standards for School Administrators: an Evaluation of Guidelines Compared to Perception, Preparation and Practice

2005
C.A. Pritchard

"Now That the Doors Are Open" an Inquiry into the Full Inclusion of a Student with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in a Public Middle School General Education Program

2005
J.A.E. Wray

The Impact of Student Cohort Groups on the Sustainability of a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in a Medium Sized University in the South

2005
J.C. Rowe

A Comparison of the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors About Nutrition of a University Freshman Class Between the Beginning and the End of the Academic Year

2005
L.A. Runner

The Wise Village Music Program in Stanton, Kentucky: a Case Study of the Village That Sustained It

2005
S.D. Gilbert

The Shifting of Reading Teachers' Definitions of Literacy Through Their Involvement on an Intercollegiate Web Board

2005
S.L. Peacock

International Women Teachers View Their Careers in American Schools Abroad: a Qualitative Study of Overseas Hired Teachers in Three American International Schools in China

2004
L.F. Palmer

Acquisition of English Orthography by ESL Students and Its Relationship to Their Reading Performance

2004
E.C. Kirby

The Mountain Pathways School a History of the First Years: Founding an Educational Alternative in the North Carolina Mountains

2004
E.M. Frye

A Measure of Word-Level Automaticity and Its Relation to Reading Fluency

2004
M.A. Sherrill

Effects of Experiences and Beliefs of School Administrators on the Implementation of Mathematics Reform

2004
M.B. Johnson

Transforming a Community College: Isothermal Community College's Journey to Becoming Learning-Centered

2004
M.D. Evans

A Shared World and a Common Table: the Human Condition and Truth

2003
N.J. Matzen

Increasing the Impact of Technology Professional Development: an Evaluation of a Statewide, Research-Based Model of Technology Professional Development

2003
C. Liu

A Study to Identify and Analyse Adjustment Problems Encountered by Chinese Students in Selected North Carolina Universities

2003
P. Fisk-Moody

An Evaluation of a Curriculum Based on Public School Paraeducator Needs Assessment and Recommended Standards

2003
P.E. Yount

Connections Between Parental Involvement and the Academic Success of Southern Rural High School Students with Special Attention Given to Family Composition

2003
S.H. Weddington

Education as Aesthetic Experience: Escaping Abstract Oppression Through Perceptual Interaction

2003
T.L. Wilmesherr

Writer Self-Perception Among Fourth Grade Students as Measured by the Writer Self-Perception Scale

2003
V.D. Carpenter

School-Related Resiliency Factors That Contribute to the Academic and Social Success of Black Males in Elementary Schools in North Carolina

2003
V.G.H. Disney

Lasting Influences of Torey Haden's Teacher Lore on Teachers' Attitudes and Practices Toward Children with Disabilities: a Follow-Up Study

2003
W.G. Vinson, Jr.

Voices on the Side of God: the Power of the Literary Imagination to Prepare the Individual for Participation in a Democracy

2002
T.A. Peele

The Effects of Thinking Maps on Student Achievement in Selected North Carolina Elementary and Middle Schools

2002
T.M. Barrett

Mother Tongue: Emergent Language and Literacy in a Case Study of a Child with a Cochlear Implant

2001
T.R. Clark

A Study of the Relationship Between Superintendents' Use of Power Toward Principals and Superintendent Effectiveness as Perceived by Superintendents and Principals in North Carolina

2001
E.G. Brassell

Teacher Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment and Mediated Learning Experiences Curriculum

2001
H.P. Hall

A Study of Instructional Strategies That Elementary and Middle School Teachers and School Administrators Perceive to Facilitate High Academic Achievement Among Culturally Diverse Students

2001
M.T. Timothy

What Do Preservice Teachers Learn from Tutoring as an Early Field Experience

2000
A.F. Ware

A Study of Perceived Characteristics of Professional Relationships, Teacher Efficacy, and Teacher Responsibility Contributing to Student Academic Success in Four North Carolina Turnaround Schools

2000
D.K. Steele

A Case Study of the Reading Practices of a Fourth Grade Class Within a Residential School for the Deaf

2000
M.W. Fogg

The Effect of Early Steps Training on First-Grade Teachers' Beliefs About the Classroom Teaching of Reading

1999
A.D. Wark

A Program Evaluation: Implementing Technology in North Carolina Public Schools

1999
G.C. Cone

Organizational and Instructional Factors Contributing to Alternative Schools' Retention of At-Risk Students: Perceptions of Students, Faculty, and Parents Involved in Alternative Schools

1999
L.P. Wilson

Teachers' Beliefs About the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in General Education Classes

1999
M.W. Ward

Children's Conversations: a Discoursal Analysis of Patterns That Develop as Dyads Co-Construct Meaning in a Task-Centered Activity

1998
L.M. McCalister

Teacher Work Activity: a Descriptive Study of Work in Teacher Assistance Teams (Tats)

1998
M.R. Goodman

The Role of Leadership Style in the Perception of Stress Among High School Principals

1997
J.R. White

A Comparative Analysis of the Performance of Underprepared African-American Students and Graduation/Retention Rates at Two-Year Colleges

1997
D.W. Phipps

An Examination of System-Stayers: Identifying Systemic Factors Which Lead to Teacher Retention Within Systems

1997
L.F. Foster

The Process of Change and Development of Vertical Alignment of the Curriculum in Four Schools

1997
M.E. Matheny

A Study of Power Relationships Between Principals and Teachers Through Augmentative Practices

1997
M.J. Beasley

Study of Group Interactions and the Effect on Student Motivation and Morale

1997
M.L. Warner

The Effects of Participation in Two Activity Systems on Changing Preservice Teachers Beliefs About Teaching, Learning, and Pupils

1997
P. H. Scott

Organizational Change: a Case Study of One School's Approach to Merge General Education and Special Education

1997
R.D. Wright

A Study of Selected Variables Related to the Outcomes of School Bond Referenda in North Carolina

1997
T.M. Barrett

A Case Study: Communication of a Child with a Cochlear Implant in the Context of Conversation with Adult Caregivers

1996
A.D. Eury

Assessing the Effects of Individual School Report Card Data on the Shared Decision Making Processes in Three High Schools

1996
A.N. Obasohan

Factors Contributing to School Dropout: a Comparison of How Teachers and Students Perceive the Reasons for Dropping out of School

1996
B.A. Hayes

The Effect of Mediating Artifacts Designed to Promote Metacognitive Reflection on Transfer in the Mathematical Domain

1996
B.B. Howard

The Effect of Instructional Leadership on Teacher Efficacy and School Climate: a Structural Equation Modeling Approach

1996
L.B. Turchi

Teacher Classroom Inquiry: Activities, Thinking, Reflective Stances and Collaboration Embedded in the Assessment of Accomplished Teaching by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

1996
M.E. Walker

A Comparative Analysis of Job Engagement, Interactions and Choice Opportunities for Persons with Severe Disabilities in Supported Employment Versus Sheltered Employment

1995
M. Chen

Perceptions of Stress by Taiwanese Junior College Teachers and Teacher/Administrators