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 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Breaking the Chains that Prevent Student Comprehension: Exhuming and Rectifying Common Chemistry Misconceptions through Music, Anthony Raymond

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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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Positive Reinforcement Positively Helps Students in the Classroom, Lindsey Rumfola

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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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Teaching the Strand of CCSS Slope through Metacognition in Middle School, High School, and Advanced Placement Mathematics, Sara Snarr

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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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Mindful and Positive Relationships as Foundational to Student Support, Luke Townsend

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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

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The Effect of Chromebooks on Disciplinary Literacy in the High School Social Studies Classroom, Joseph Yockel

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