Theses and projects in the Department of Education and Human Development include action research, curriculum projects, and analytic reviews. They also include a wide variety of topics and approaches which reflect originality, creativity, and rigor.

Collected here are both current and past theses and projects produced by graduate students from the Department of Education and Human Development at the College at Brockport.

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Theses from 2017

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The Effects of the Location of Instruction on Student Engagement., Katherine Burgstrom

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The Impact of Student Completion Requirements Using an LMS (Learning Management System) on Student Achievement and Differentiated Instruction in The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom

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Video Games In Education, Matthew C. Heins

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Bullying in Our Schools: The Impact of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Kaylee Mitchell

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Changing the Mindset: A Look at Current Literacy Practices and How These Are Failing Boys, Rebecca Oliver

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Gamification Through Algebraic Coding, Rachel L. Serpe

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Are You Afraid of Technology? Effects of 1:1 iPads on Standardized Assessment Scores, Michael Vowles

Theses from 2016

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Exploring Urban Student Perspectives on Literacy Achievement, Cara Accorso

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Social Media in the Classroom, Courtney Altenbach

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Strategies to Support Student Argument and Argumentative Writing in a Secondary STEM Classroom, Laura Arnold

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A Culturally Relevant Conceptual Unit Plan for the Engagement of African American Male Adolescents in the Rochester City School District, Quiana D. Beasley

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Accountable Talk as a Strategy to Increase Reading Comprehension for All Children, Kelly A. Bellamy

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Using Choice to Promote Intrinsic Motivation within Students during their Literacy Activities, Nicole M. Berntsen

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Engaging Struggling Readers in Literacy at the Elementary Level, Cienna C. Bills

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Why Common Core? Educational Standards, the Legislative Process, and Best Practices, with a Unit Design Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, by a Teacher, for Teachers, Daniel Boyd

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Uncovering Models and Visualizations in the Chemistry Classroom, an Assessment of Classroom Activities and Lessons, Michael Brooke-Gay

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Hablantes de Herencia (H.H.) de Español en las Clases de Idiomas Extranjeros en la Escuela Secundaria: Los Maestros y su Preparación, Hercilia I. Cassell

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Achieving Conceptual Change Using a Differentiated Instructional Approach, Elena R. Chmielowiec

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Fiction Reader: A Case Study Documenting the Impact Reading Fiction has on One Child’s Literacy, Gregory P. Cost

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Modification of Linguistic Instructional Strategies for Application in Chemistry: Progressing beyond Scientific Literacy to Chemical Fluency, Genevieve Marie Criss

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Parental Involvement: Barriers Hispanic Parents Face, Iris M. Cruz

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Response to Intervention Through the Lens of One Middle School, Maribeth L. Doyle

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Contemporary Strategies for the 21st Century Curriculum and Modern Student in English Language Arts, Shannon Ekas

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Going Beyond the Literal, Lindsay M. Falzano

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i-Ready, Are You?, Alicia M. Federico

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The Impact of Inclusion on 2nd Grade Students with Disabilities, Kaitlyn M. Federico

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Teaching Arithmetic Sequences Using Situated Problem Solving Tasks, Thomas A. Fisher

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Integrating Social Studies and Literacy through Project-Based Learning, Katie L. French

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A Curriculum Project on the Design and Implementation of Cognitive Load Theory in Mathematics, Kevin D. Gaydorus

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The Impact of Play on Emergent Literacy Development, Ashley Gazza

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Special Educator’s Role within the Co-Taught Classroom, Lisa S. Haller

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Anxious Behaviors Among Elementary Aged Children: Implications for Teachers and Schools, Tara L. Jackson

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Adapted Living Environment Lessons to Support All Students: A toolkit of strategies and scaffolds for teaching science to students with learning disabilities in an inclusive setting, Kristen M. Kimble

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Reading Comprehension: What Works and What Does Not?, Hannah Kruger

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Differentiation in Chemistry for Students With Various Levels of Cognitive Efficiency, Marilyn Laistner

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Metacognition and Student Achievement in Mathematics, Nancy Laistner

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Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis to Nurture Metacognition in Young Children, Angela M. Larmon

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Modes of Reading in the Elementary Classroom, Amy B. Long

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Building English Language Learner’s Knowledge of Chemistry Through Inquiry Based Learning, Sarah Maggard

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Literacy Strategies to Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti

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Sensory Strategies and Literacy Learning, Michelle A. Matteson

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How Choice Influences Student Engagement and Motivation: A Case Study, Natalie K. Memmel

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Literacy Becomes “Popular” for a Male Student, Cody J. Miller

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Changes in Society: The Increasing Diversity in Society Results in an Increasingly Diverse ELA Classroom and the Increasing Need for Inclusion in ELA, Amanda Leigh Mills

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Teaching to Think & Read Like a Historian, Erin E. Moses

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Exploring the Literacy Lives of Elementary Male Readers, Kelly N. Muszak

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The Use of Reading Strategy Prompts in Math, Jessica N. Newton

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The Question of Digital Game Based Learning: An Investigation into the Potential Promises and Perils of Education's Golden Goose, Molly E. O'Riley

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Physics Inquiry Starters: Labs to Introduce Physics Content, Jason S. Pritchard

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Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Teacher Perspectives, Jennifer Adelia Raponi

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A First Grade Student’s Affect and Self-Perception Regarding Literacy, Jami Saladin

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Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione

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The Importance of the Implementation and Learning of Spanish Language Arts, Adrializ Serrano

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The Changing Nature of Society, its Effect on (ELA) Education, and the need for Adaptability, William W. Smarcz

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Putting the Pieces Together, Jessica Smith

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Rearranging Algebraic Equations Using Electrical Circuit Applications: A Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, Susan L. Sommers

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Describing Transformations: A Math 8 Unit Plan Aligned to the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards, Jessica Stam

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Problem Based Learning and STEM Model design in a Secondary Biology Curriculum, Caleb Stewart

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Graphic Novels as Tools for a Modern English Classroom, Erin St. James

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Delaying School Start time at One High School and its Impact on Attendance, Thomas C. Street

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A Curriculum Project on Expressions and Equations in Mathematics 8 Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Nicole Szatko

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A Magnified View: The Impact of Arts Integration in the ELA and Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy

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Adapted Primary Literature (APL): An Effective Authentic Text Option for the Science Classroom, Lauren C. Thresh

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Factors That Influence the Gap in Literacy Achievement for Emergent Literacy Male Students, Samantha Tumminelli

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Read Alouds and Their Impact on Students' Literacy Development, Rebecca L. Walch

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Technology Effects on Motivation to Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West

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Parent Involvement in an Urban Head Start Classroom, Stephanie Whitmire

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A Curriculum Study About Trigonometric Applications Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, Timothy F. Wilson

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Swipe, Tap, and Read: Research on E-book Tools, Features, and Student Engagement, Amanda R. Winans

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Examining Motivation to Behave Professionally in a Positive Behavior Support Model, Warren C. Wood

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Don’t Forget About Social Studies: A Unit Plan Project on Using Integration in Elementary Social Studies, Roland J. Yockel II

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Dueling Perspectives on School to Home Literacy, Kimberly Zimmer

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Involvement Matters, Sarah Zink

Theses from 2015

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Co-teaching Using the Common Core State Standards in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom, Stacy M. Adams

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Reading and the Perception of Gender Roles, Kelley L. Anzalone

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Differentiating Science Instruction for All Learners in Problem-Based Learning, Brian Battle

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Rochester City School District Charter Schools: Decreasing the Achievement Gap?, Kathryn M. Beaumont

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Higher Levels of Differentiation in Reading Instruction: a potential framework, Maria Behncke

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Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis to Revalue Reading: A Case Study, Catherine D. Bulmahn

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Working Memory Deficits in Students with ADHD: Implications for Developing Curriculum on Introductory Trigonometric Functions and the Unit Circle, Christian N. Case

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Motivation to Read: A Study of Three Primary Age Students, Kacie Castle

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How to Increase Reading Motivation among Elementary Children Based on Teachers’ Perspectives and Teaching Methods, Gina M. Chinappi

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Response to Intervention: Importance of Parental Involvement, Yanisvel Cordero

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Student-Engaged Assessment-A Meta-Analysis of EL Assessment Practices, Joshua Cornue

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A Case Study: The Effect of Repeated Read-Alouds of Complex Texts on the Comprehension of a Preschool Student, Stephanie J. Cottrell

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Exploring the Impact of Assistive Technologies in the Classroom for Students with Disabilities, Katie Coulon

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Differentiated Math Instruction: Instruction that Incorporates the Common Core State Standards and Effectively Addresses the Needs of Sixth Grade Students. A Self-Study., Nicole A. Cubiotti

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How is Response to Intervention Doing? A Self-Study Approach, Mary K. Daloia

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Implementing Technology in an Algebra Classroom, Jennifer M. Damick

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Educating All Students? Successfully Supporting Students with Emotional Disabilities, Emily R. Davis

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Using Direct Instruction to Teach Self-Monitoring Strategies for Accuracy, Sarah DeGoey

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A Self-Analysis of a Substitute Teacher, Christina M. Donofrio

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Single-Sex Classrooms: Effects of Boys’ Achievement A Meta-Analysis, Alisha A. Duffina

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Homeless Children & Academic Achievement: What Do Adults Who Experienced Homelessness As Children Believe Teachers Can Do To Ensure Their Homeless Students Achieve Academic Success?, Debra S. Dumuhosky

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How the Shift in High Stakes Testing Impacts Students of Low Socioeconomic Status in a Suburban Junior High School, Amanda M. Eagan

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A Spiraling Curriculum Project on Factoring in Algebra I Aligned with the New York State Common Core State Standards, Katie Elkins

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Academic Language Acquisition, Rebekah R. Feller

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Anti-Bullying Interventions in the Middle School Literacy Instruction, Ashley Fotopoulos

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Applying Cooperative Learning to the New York State Living Environment Curriculum, James R. Franklin

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An investigation into the impacts of peer discourse on students' comprehension proficiency with a specific focus on English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A meta-analysis, Laura A. Gallagher