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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Reading habits of adults: What drives the choice to read or not read?, Jessica Annable

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Using the Superkids Reading Program with a First Grade Inclusive Class, MacKenzie Bailey

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First Grade Teachers' Literacy Instructional Practices Influence on the Learning of Elementary School Students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Reading, Carole A. Barkin

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The Use of Confidence Building Strategies and Self-Concept of Emergent Readers, Gina Bessing

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Listen Up! The Impact of Music on Students' Reading Comprehension, Jenna Bird

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The Impact of Metacognitive Learning of Reading on Students’ Cross Curricular Success, Katherine Bretsch

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An Exploration of Consultant Teaching: Instructional Methods and Materials to Support Struggling Learners, Karen E. Burdick

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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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Using Read Alouds to Support a Pre-Kindergarten Student's Emergent Literacy Skills, Kaitlin Dennis

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“How Many More Pages?” One Child’s Reading Experience, Samantha De Rosa

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Engaging Assessment in English Language Arts, Joseph L. Dugan, Jr.

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How to Support Students in Reading for Meaning, Gabrielle Dzikowicz Miller

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Thinking like a Historian: How do Sixth Grade Students Analyze Documents?, Sarah Eisenmenger

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Handling the cultural divide: Discussing unfamiliar territory in the classroom, Mikayla Ekwell

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The Impact of a Canine Assisted Reading Program on a Reluctant Reader's Literacy Learning, Samantha Fitch

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Digital Reader: Using A Cell Phone to Explore and Engage with Informational Texts, Kayla Fostano

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The Use of iPads in the Literacy Learning of Students with ADHD, Samantha German

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Emergent Literacy Learners and the Achievement Gap: Strategies to Help Struggling Students, Sarah Harradine

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Video Games In Education, Matthew C. Heins

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Exploring Technology in English Language Arts, Rachel Hovey

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Writer's Workshop and Students' Literate Identities, Sarah Howell

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A Financial Literacy Curriculum Project on Linear Functions in Algebra I Aligned With New York State Common Core State Standards, Michael T. Hughson Jr

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Living Environment Field Trips in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, New York, Breanna Hummel

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Primary Grade Students’ Expressive Oral Language in Social Situations, Caitlin Kier

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The Impact of Instructional Methods and Resources on Vocabulary Development of ENL Students, Carolyn Kovac

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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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I Feel Trapped: Motivation, Engagement, and Text Choice with Struggling Readers, Brie Olsen

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Teacher Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology in Literacy Instruction, Derek Peterson

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A Transition to Flipped Learning: The Oakfield Experience, David R. Porter

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Identification and Literacy: The Way Children Identify Themselves as Literacy Learners, Kristina M. Roberts

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iPad & Paper: Teacher Perceptions of Tablet Literacy Outcomes on Middle School Students, Matthew Rockefeller

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Self-Regulated Strategy Development and its Influence on a Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Kelsey Romal

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Playing with Literacy, Kailey Rozzi

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The Impact of Past Literacy Experiences on Perception of Motivation, Nicholas Schaller

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Technology Reading Programs and Their Impact on Listening Comprehension, Meghan C. Schott

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Gamification Through Algebraic Coding, Rachel L. Serpe

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Gaining Perspective: Social Media’s Impact on Adolescent Literacy Development, Kayla Swan

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“Please Turn and Talk”: Mathematical Discussions in Elementary Classrooms, Siobhan M. Tarbell

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Twins’ Literacy Development in a Home Child Care, Elisabeth Tytler

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

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Multiple Measures of Reading Assessment and the Effects on Data-Driven Instruction, Kelsey Wadhams

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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Motivating Students to Read: A Case Study, Samantha K. Ericksen

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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 Impact of Promoting Literacy Through Educational Songs, Rachel Turner Orenberg

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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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The Impact of the Multiple Intelligences on Literacy Learning: A Case Study, Brittany Sanderson

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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