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 2020

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Factoring in Algebra through a Flipped Classroom, Nicole Arbore

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Exploring Angles, Lines and Triangles Through Project-Based Learning, Micah Court

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Structures and Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Eighth Grade Mathematics Classroom, Felicia Dobbins

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Solving Systems of Equations and Inequalities using Technology and Virtual Manipulatives, Matthew Juba

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Revised Bloom's Taxonomy: Providing Structure for Levels of Learning Required in Systems of Equations in Algebra 1, Michael Larkin

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Controversial Conversations in the ELA Classroom: Using Banned Books to Enhance Learning, Whitney Markwica

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Tarsia Puzzle: An Interactive Activity for the Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Mary OConnor

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WELCOMING OUR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS: Using Folklore to Bridge the Gap in Multicultural Classrooms, Amy L. Powers

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Multiple Intelligences in the Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project on Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable, Angelina Rocchio

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Embracing Young Adult Literature to Support Struggling and Reluctant Readers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Richard J. Taddonio III

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Implementing a Flipped Classroom in a Unit on Slope, Ryan Tuggle-Haskins

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A Phenomenology of Homeschoolers’ Parents’ Experiences of Teaching Mathematics, Melissa Wenzel

Theses from 2019

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You CAN Handle the Truth: How to Create a Caring Classroom Culture in which to Address Uncomfortable Topics, Delia Andalora

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Rethinking Mathematical Proofs and the Opportunity to Learn, Robert Burgett

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Creating a Discourse-Rich Classroom Culture to Enhance Academic Discussions Across Content Areas, Briana Cammarata

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Improving Depth of Student Understanding of Physics Content Using Standards Based Grading, Elizabeth Carbone

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Fostering Motivation with an Authentic Task Based Unit on Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue

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Implementing Comprehensible Input in the World Language Classroom, Anna DiSabatino

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Equity and Democracy: A Push Towards Social Justice in the ELA Classroom, Sean Formato

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Research-Based Instructional Strategies to Support Newcomers in the Mainstream Classroom, Melissa Gonzalez

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Reaction Rates in Chemistry: A Learning Segment Using the 5E/GRC Instructional Model, Corey Hollister

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Implementing Digital Tools in Assessments for Algebra, Brandon M. Kapcinski

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A Spiraling Curriculum Project on Factoring for Grade 7-Algebra 2, Marissa Meehan

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The Truth Still Matters: Teaching Information Literacy to Combat Fake News and Alternative Facts, Alexander Mulroy

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Curriculum to Support the Flipped Classroom in 8th Grade Mathematics, Haley Parker

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High School Chemistry Curricular Redesign: The Spiral Curriculum, John Posillico

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Using Multicultural Literature to Enhance the Reading Skills of Youth of Color, Jessica Rapp

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Literature Healing, Courtney Robinson

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Increasing Growth Mindset through Collaborative Learning in Algebra 1, Brianna Rogers

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Developing Phenomena-Based Storylines for Middle School Next Generation Science Standard Units, Kelly Russo

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Science Concepts Visualization and Classroom Engagement Through Technology and Simulations, Kaylee Santos

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Developing a Curriculum for the ELA Inclusive Classroom That Meets the Shifts in the CCSS, Allison Sharpe

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Teaching a Geometry Unit on Solids Incorporating Blending Learning, Allison Shields

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The Purposeful Position of PhET Simulations in a 5E Model: A Rationale for PhET Integration in the Explore (Introduction), Explain (Core Instruction) and Elaborate (Assessment) Phases of NYS Chemistry Units, Zackary D. Waild

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The Impact of Integrated Co-Teaching on Special Education Students in the High School English Language Arts Classroom, Emily Werner

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Implementing Technology in a Geometry Curriculum, Stephanie Zimmerman

Theses from 2018

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A Focus on Mathematical Literacy to Increase Student Understanding and Performance, Rachel Alvarez

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A Focus on Scientific Inquiry in CTE Through a Green Space, Emily Anderson

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A Project Based Learning Approach to Teaching Geometry in a 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish

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Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin

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The Importance of Developing Classroom Community, Heather Geller

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Alternative Assessments: Moving Learning Forward in a Geometry Classroom, Lindsey Hadzima

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Using Haptic Virtual Reality to Increase Learning Gains and Construct Knowledge of Unobservable Phenomena, Devin Hagendorn

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The Development and Integration of Nearpod Materials into a High School Biology Curriculum, Matthew Halloran

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Experiential Learning in the Middle School Living Environment Classroom, Andrea G. Heinlein

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices for Educators of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, Tyler Jarosinski

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Preparing New Teachers to Manage the Modern Classroom, Cody Kaminska

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The Inclusion of Media Literacy in the English Curriculum, Nicole Manioci

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A Practical Guide to Incorporating Best Practices into a College-level Instrumental Methods Course, Keith Osgood

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Augmented Reality Technology Used To Enhance Informal Science Learning, Erin Reidy

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Rethinking Metacognitive Intervention: A Scaffolded Exam Wrapper Strategy, Aaron Ridall

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Understanding Cultural Differences Between Home and School for Latino Students, Leslie Rivera

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Teaching Science Through Multimedia: Transitioning from a Technology-Centered Approach to a Learner-Centered Approach, Daniel Roberti

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An Introduction To Implementing Technology In The Classroom Using Interactive Web-Based Applications, Matthew Rybak

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Embracing Audiobooks as an Effective Educational Tool, Stacy Waite

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Credit Card Interest Curriculum for Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Agnieszka Wallace

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Physics Curriculum using Project Based Learning, Miranda Wharram-Santillo

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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A Study of the Performance of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students in High School Mathematics on Conceptual Understanding, Procedural Fluency, and Mathematical Reasoning Tasks, Bridget Ashmore

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

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Using Inquiry to Teach the Common Core State Standards: Two Exemplars, Rachel Bardun

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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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Introductory Strategies for Evaluating Digital Technology Viability in Contemporary Classrooms, Brian Crawford

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A Global Mind is a Nurtured Mind: The Demand to Consider and Cure the Deprivation of Multicultural Education, Amber D'Ambrosia

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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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The Implications of a Quality Teacher Education Program Implementing a Multicultural Studies Curriculum: Combating the Old Diversity Paradigm of the 21st Century Classroom, Yvonne Gibson

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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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Decreasing Math Anxiety Through Teaching Quadratic Equations, Kaitlyn Kaufman

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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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Ignorance Isn't Strength: The Need for Secondary Education to Address Fake News, Joseph P. Larkin

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Personalized Learning, The New Look of a Classroom in the Twenty-First Century, Nicole Lock

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Inner Dialogue Reading Behaviors and Student Comprehension of Texts, Antonio Madau

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Improving Reading Comprehension: For Children Living in Poverty in a Tier 3 Response to Intervention Group, Caitlin Merrifield

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

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Out With the Old, In With the New Digital Era Instruction: 21st Century Education Must Conform to the Needs of "Digital Kids", Sheila Neth

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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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Teaching and Learning about Diverse Cultures in Africa, Alyssa Owen

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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