EdDSI Dissertations

We believe that it is important to disseminate the work of our students. To that end, we have listed below our students' completed dissertation studies.

 

Cohort 12

Alexander, Amy  (2014)  Neuroscientific Literacy and Implementation of Brain-based Instructional Practices Among Pre-Service Teachers:  A Grounded Theory Study  Advisor:  Dr. Debra Cobia

Berg, Michael  (2014)  Perceptions and Strategies of Administrative Duties of Veteran Special Education Teachers  Advisor:  Dr. Tamra Ogletree

Bryan, Valerie  (2014)  A Qualitative Study Exploring Influences on the Types of Online Instructional Support Provided by High School Librarians  Advisor:  Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Eskut, Donna  (2014)  A Study of the Intended Purpose of De-Escalation and Restraint Training in Georgia Public Schools Using the Mindset Method  Advisor:  Dr. Dianne Hoff

Goff, Elizabeth  (2014)  Teacher-Student Relationships:  Characteristics of Teachers Who Engage in Quality Relational Management Practices  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox

Roycroft, Elizabeth Anne  (2014)  The Lived Experiences of Online High School Social Studies Teachers Utilizing Project-Based Lessons at a Virtual School  Advisor:  Dr. Judy Butler

Sheppard, Kimberly  (2014)  Qualitative Perceptions of Students, Parents, and Teachers in a Fifth Grade Mathematics Flipped Classroom Model  Advisor:  Dr. Donna Harkins

Synan, Sharon  (2014)  Using Q-Methodology to Explore Educators' Perspectives on Georgia's Statewide Longitudinal Data System  Advisor:  Dr. Barbara Kawulich

 


 

Cohort 11

Hargrett, Teresa W.  (2012)  Middle School Teacher Collaboration and Student Achievement Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

Rossi-Espagnet, Tabatha  (2013)  The Effects of Common Core Georgia Performance Standards on Math Education During the First Year of Implementation  Advisor:  Dr. Lara Willox


Cohort 10

Beers, Cynthia  (2014)  The Relationship Between Teacher-Assigned Grades, End-of-Course-Test Scores, and Teacher Grading Practices  Advisor:  Dr. Dianne Hoff

McKee, Yolonda  (2014)  Implementation of Problem-based Learning as an Instructional Strategy in High School Science Classrooms  Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Short, Lynne R.  (2012)  Investigation of the Effects of a Response to Intervention Process on Elementary-Aged Students’ Mathematical Achievement: A Case Study    Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

Skinner, Lynn  (2012)  The Relationship of Traditional and Block Scheduling to High School Mathematics Achievement
Advisor: Dr. Andy Nixon


Cohort 9

Harrell, Jennifer  (2011)  Comparing Credit Recovery Among Special Education and General Education High School Students Participating in the E2020 Program    Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Hooper, Joann  (2011)  Perceptions of Teachers in Albermarle County (VA) Public Schools on the Five Dimensions of Professional Learning Communities                   Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Hoover, Jania  (2011)  Content Analysis of the Integration of African Topics into World History Curricula in Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Donna Harkins

Kelly, Isaac  (2011)  High School Co-Teachers' Definitions and Perceptions of Successful Co-Teaching: A Study in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Reuss, Timothy  (2011)  An Investigation of Teachers' Attitudes of Grade Recovery Programs at the Middle School Level
Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Shaw, Robert  (2011)  Georgia Public High School Principals' Understanding of FERPA Advisor: Dr. Dianne Hoff

von Biberstein, Andrea  (2014)  Exploring the Nature of Teacher Knowledge Through Job-Embedded Peer Coaching  Advisor:  Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Waller, John  (2011)  The Effects of a State Book Distribution Program on Literacy Outcomes of Preschoolers Advisor: Dr. Tamra Ogletree

Watson, Melanie  (2011)  An After-School tutoring program and its effects on the academic achievement of homeless students
Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler


Cohort 8

Broadway, Shuanta  (2011)  Elementary Teacher Perceptions of Response to Intervention (RTI) Intervention Implementation
Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Coleman, Daphne  (2012)  A Study of the Common Characteristics in the Planning of Mathematics Lessons by Effective Teachers of Students in Poverty
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Dowdy, Kim  (2011)  Technology Integration in Technology Rich Schools: Is it Low Tech or High Tech? Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Doyal, Tracy  (2011)  Teachers' Perceptions of the Understanding of and Engagement in Formative Classroom Assessment
Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Harrison, Jamie  (2010)  Mainstream Teachers' Implicit Beliefs about English Language Learners Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Hayes, Jennifer  (2011)  Collaborative Teams: A Study of Teacher Perceptions About Collaboration Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Legagneur, Francis  (2012)  A Phenomenological study on turnaround leadership from the superintendent's level; Evidence in the state of Georgia Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

McCaffrey, Kathleen  (2011)  The Effect of a Character Education Program on the Perceptions of Young Adolescents Regarding Their School's Climate and Their Abilities to Internalize Loyalty and Perseverence Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

McCoy, Doug  (2010)  How do Pro-Social Features of Assessment Practice Manifest in a Teacher’s Assessment Practice and Affect Student Learning Behavior? Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Ridley, Hal Brian  (2011)  Teacher Expectations of Economically Disadvantaged Rural Students among Highly Efficacious Teachers and Those with Low Levels of Teacher Efficacy Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Thompson, Kiley  (2010)  The Many Faces of Co-Teaching: How Does Co-Teaching Impact Students at Different Levels of Academic Functioning? Advisor: Dr. Craig Mertler

Wright, Margaretta  (2011)  Assessing Understanding of Central Office Staff Concerning How Student Mobility Affects Teaching and Learning Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner




Cohort 7

Baldwin, Rhonda Ann  (2009)  Graphic Organizer Impact: Educator Understanding and Use Linked to Student Achievement
Advisor: Dr. Mary Hancock

Corley, Aaron  (2009)  EMIC and ETIC Perspectives of Male Elementary School Teachers: Understanding the Motivations, Experiences, and Challenges of Men Working in a Female-Dominated Context Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Johnson, Penny  (2010)  Principals' Perceptions of the Alternative Certification of Teacher Candidates in a Southeastern Suburban School System as Measured by their Attitudes and Hiring Practices Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Ruble, Michelle L.  (2009)  First-Year Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Mentoring Experiences: A Case Study Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Sankar, Lakshmi  (2009)  An Experimental Study Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Formats of Professional Learning on Teacher Collaboration in a Co-Teaching Class Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Shafer, Emmett  (2010)  The Effects of the Graduation Coach Initiative on the Graduation Rates in the State of Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Simone, Dione  (2010)  An Exploration of the Relationship Between School Climate and Professional Staff's Perceptions of the Maturity of Professional Learning Communities in a Large Urban School System Undergoing High School Reform Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

Waddy, Naima  (2010)  Middle School Co-Teachers Perceptions of Co-Teaching Advisor: Dr. Tamra Ogletree

White, Amanda  (2013)  Administrators' and Media Specialists' Perceptions of the Library Media Specialist Role   Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

White, Donald  (2011)  The Effects of Goal Setting on Student Academic Performance in High School Science Advisor: Dr. Gail Marshall


 

Cohort 6

Biggins, Lenice  (2010)  Teacher Wellness: A Descriptive Study of Teacher Choice in Wellness Advisor: Dr. Jeff Johnson

Cribbs, Gail  (2009)  The Effect of Peer Coaching on the Practice of School Psychologists Advisor: Dr. Susan Boes

Henson, Kerri  (2010)  School Social Capital: An Analysis of the Impact of Student-Teacher Relationships on Students' Academic Successes and Failures Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Horn, Carolyn  (2009)  Stakeholder Perceptions of the Roles and Responsibilities of Middle School Curriculum Specialists
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Lacey-Bushell, Adrienne  (2013)  Perceptions of Middle School General Education Teachers on the Inclusive Education of Students with Emotional Disorders:  An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis   Advisor:  Dr. Andrew Nixon

Lusk, Christy  (2009)  An Investigation of the Relationship between the Student Support Team Process and Student Achievement Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Marsh, Nancy  (2011)  Critical Friends Group Facilitators' Use of Transparent Facilitation to Make Work Public Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Willaford, Sherrod  (2011)  An Examination of Lesson Preparation ad Delivery of Elementary Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners 
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan


Cohort 5

Houston, Lorilyn  (2010)  Student, Parent, and Teacher Perceptions of Transition to Middle and High School Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Isenberg, Mathew  (2009)  An Exploratory Study of Organizational Incongruence in Middle Schools Advisor: Dr. Mary Hooper

Kirby, Karen  (2008)  The Effects of Explicit Phonemic Awareness Instruction in the Kindergarten Classroom Advisor: Dr. Cathleen Doheny

Lasseter, Mary Ann  (2007)  Developing Individual and Collective Visions for Teachers: Establishing Systemic Commitment for School Improvement 
Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Mills-Biwott, Reagan  (2007)  Examining the Achievement of Alternatively Recommended Minority Students in Advanced Science Classes Advisor: Dr. Mary Angela Coleman

Phillips, Scott  (2007)  All-Girls Mathematics Classes in a Coeducational Setting Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Rouse, Jo Ann  (2007)  Facilitating Productive Teacher Collaboration Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Verner, Jacqueline  (2008)  A Descriptive Study of Educator Job Satisfaction and Valued Communications Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan


Cohort 4

Bishop, Barbara  (2007)  The Purpose of Schooling for Georgia High Schools as Informed by Textual Analysis of Language used in School Mission Statements            Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Evans, Georgia  (2006)  The Effectiveness of the Georgia Department of Education’s Coaching Academy on the School Level Instructional Coaches’ Knowledge and Application of Educational Research Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Gregaydis, Jason  (2013)  Developing Teacher Collaboration and Collegiality Through a Professional Book Study 
Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

Johnson, Christie  (2006)  Identification, Exploration and Analysis of Conditions Existing Within the Gap Between Georgia Women Public School Administrators and the Superintendency Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Luck, Phillip  (2009)  Educators’ Perceptions of Referrals for Boys to the Student Support Team (SST) Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Sethna, Madhavi  (2008)  Understanding the support needs of Veteran Experienced Teachers from India in US Public Schools
Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Smith, Vickie  (2008)  A Comparison of Counselor Functions in Georgia High Schools Identified as Achieving and not Achieving Adequate Yearly Progress Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks


Cohort 3

Anderson, Kimberly  (2007)  Systemic Report: The Concerns of Middle School Mathematics Teachers Advisor: Dr. Hema Ramanathan

Lombard, Ted  (2013)  A Study of the Effectiveness of a Rotating Class Schedule initiative as an intervention to Meet the Developmental Needs of Middle School Students and to improve their Achievement  Advisor:  Dr. Abbot Packard

Ricks, Suevess R.  (2011)  New Leaders' Belief about the Preparation Needed for the Principalship Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard


Cohort 2

Ball, Lisa  (2005)  Evaluating the Self Limiting Model with Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Students Advisor: Dr. Paul Phillips

Chapman, Janet  (2006)  Collaborative Early Intervention Program Teachers’ Roles as Change Agents in Relation to Current Change Theory Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Earwood, Susan  (2006)  A Study to Determine the Extent to which Title I and Non-Title I Middle Schools Provide for Parent Involvement Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner

Fortes, Scott  (2005)  An Investigation of the Impact of Teaching Concepts that Promote Learning and Social Development for Sixth Grade Students in Physical Education Class Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Fraker, Kimberly  (2006)  The Effects of a Freshman Academy Program on Standardized Test Performance and Core Course Academic Achievement in English and Math Advisor: Dr. C. J. Douvanis

Hays, Judy  (2009)  A Study of Changes in the Classroom Practice of Presenters in a Critical Friends Group Advisor: Dr. Paul Phillips

McLeod, Robert  (2007)  Co-teaching in the Secondary Classroom and Its Impact on Student Achievement Advisor: Dr. Abbot Packard

Porcher, Sonja  (2007)  An Examination of the Use of Differentiated Instruction Practices for Gifted Students in an Elementary Cluster Model Classroom Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Smith, Edwin  (2008)  The Effects of Using an Expanded Adapted Rating Scale in Applying the Georgia Teacher Observation Instrument for the Evaluation of Classroom Teachers Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Williams, Florence  (2011)  Leadership Behaviors for Continuous School Improvement Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kawulich

Williamson, Daria  (2006)  The Effects of a Career Education Mini-Course on the Career Decision-Making Skills of High School Students Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Wright, Doug  (2006)  Using Human Relations Incidents to Explore the Link Between Teacher Dispositions Associated with Effectiveness and Indicators of Student Learning Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bainer Jenkins


Cohort 1

Bagby, Sonja  (2007)  Stages of Concern: Measuring the Affective Dimension of Faculty Implementing an Instructional Innovation Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bainer Jenkins

Baker, Ann  (2004)  Women Educational Leaders: Beliefs and Practice of Leadership Characteristics and Situational Management
Advisor: Dr. Robert Morris

Gonzales, Lisa  (2006)  Mini- Society for Teaching Economic Concepts and Entrepreneurship to Third Grade Students and Increasing Teacher Knowledge and Confidence Advisor: Dr. John Voneschenbach

Lambert, Simon  (2004) The Multiple Realities of an Elementary School Library Media Center: A Case Study Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Perry, Alan   (2005)  A Chronology of the Use of Technology in Secondary School English Classes Advisor: Dr. Cher Hendricks

Pratschler, Leslie  (2007)  An Investigation of Preferences for Activities Performed by Media Specialists in Middle Schools
Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Smith, Dannette  (2004)  Critical Friends Study Group: Exploring Changing Perceptions and Practices Advisor: Dr. Marie Holbein

Townsend, Richard  (2011)  Gender Equity in Georgia High Schools Advisor: Dr. Luke Cornelius

Woods, Lucia  (2008)  The Persistence of Elementary School Bully Prevention Training Into Middle School Advisor: Dr. Myrna Gantner