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Theses from 2015

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The Influence of Parent Attitudes and Involvement on Children’s Literacy Achievement, Stacey Timkey

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Integrating Comprehension Instruction Within the Middle School ELA Curriculum, Ulyana Udyak

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Literacy Strategies for Reading and Understanding Nonfiction Texts in the Elementary Grades, Melody L. Vanacore

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Embracing a Diverse Student Population within an Urban Science Classroom Through the Use of Inquiry-Based and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: A Multipedagogical Approach in Narrowing the Science Achievement Gap, Brian Walker

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Collaboration and Co-teaching in a High Needs Learning Environment, Heather West

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Mindfulness Meditation: A Practical Intervention in Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Inmates, Patricia Williams-McGahee

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Disciplinary Literacy and Content Area Reading Strategies: Intentionality and Collaboration, Jamie Wojtowicz

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The Common Core State Standards and the Previous NYS Standards Case Study: What Can We Learn About the Math and ELA Common Core State Standards and the Previous NYS Standards through Lessons Conducted with One Child?, Sara Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Oshun, Xica and the Sambista: The Black Female Body as Image of Nationalist Expression, Oluyinka A. Akinjiola

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Ways I Can Support and Motivate Students Who Struggle With Writing: A Self-Study, Jessica M. Aldinger

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Code Switching: A Tool in the Classroom, Karen Marie Algarin-Ruiz

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An Examination of the Role of Physical Education as a Determinant to Continued and Lifelong Physical Activity in Females, Erin Asquith

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Scaffolding and Encouraging Imaginary Play, Michelle S. Barbaro

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Effects of Stormwater Ponds on Calling Amphibian Communities in Monroe County, NY, John Arthur Bateman

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Simulated Emerald Ash Borer Induced Changes in Western New York Forests, Rebecca Lee Bernacki

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Utilizing the History of Science to Enhance Student Understanding and Engagement: A Compilation of Earth Science Lesson Plans, Jennifer Boerner

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Supporting Kindergartners’ Writing Development Through the Use of Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study: A Self Study, Lora K. Bower

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Technology's Adverse Effects on Students' Writing: An Emphasis on Formal Writing is needed in an Academic Curriculum, Kathleen A. Bronowicki

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African American Women and Postpartum Depression, Robyn Broomfield

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Talk within Literature Circles in an 8th Grade ELA Classroom, Samantha S. Brown

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junction, Grisell Buides

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Shifting to Higher Levels of Inquiry in the Regents Physics Laboratory, Anthony P. Cali

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Implementing Whole Class Discussions in a Seventh Grade Unit on Ratios, Lauren Cannon

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To What Extent Does Professional Development Influence Constructivist Science Teaching in Classrooms?: A Comparative Study of Education in the United States of America and Finland, Michelle A. Caton

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Teaching Nutrition and Health in the Urban-Science Classroom A Blended-Approach to Culturally Relevant, and Problem Based Learning., Alexa C. Cavalli

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For Arguments Sake, Let’s use Technology in the Science Classroom, Timothy P. Chichester

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Utilizing Non-Formal Teaching Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement within Environmental Themed Science Units, Cody C. Clement

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Racial Politics of American History and the United Nations: The Impact of the Cold War on the Civil Rights Movement, Amy C. Cody

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The Implications of Childhood Divorce on the Teaching Practices and Perspectives of a Substitute Teacher: a Self-study, Christopher L. Coke

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Positive Reinforcement Behavior Plans and the Effects on Student Behavior, Anmarie G. Conley

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Boys' Interest in Writing, Nancy J. Contestabile

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Sport as a Social Spectacle, Sean Cook

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The Effect of the Lack of Resources in Spanish for Students in Dual Language Bilingual Education Programs, Megan E. Cooley

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The Civil War Brought to Life: Civil War re-enactments and their use in the classroom, Joshua Arie Coon

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A Series of Problem Based Learning Modules to be used in Living Environment Classrooms, Katrina Cordeiro

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A Quantitative Survey of the Freshwater Mussel (Unionidae) Fauna in Honeoye Creek, New York, Robert William Cornish

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Dance and Sport, Anna H. Corvera

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Principal's Perceptions of the Role of School Counselors and the Counselor-Principal Relationship, Todd Costanza

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The Benefits and Limitations of the Leveled Literacy Intervention System, Theresa E. Craft

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Frederick Douglass and the Rochester Community, Sara D'Ambrosio

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Maladaptive Behavior in College Students and Breaking Student Codes of Conduct, Kristin C. Dauenhauer

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Ethnocentrism And Off Reservation Indian Boarding Schools, Nicholas C. Davidson

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Gifted Students in Mathematics: A Problem Solving Approach to Enrichment, Caylin DePuy

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Parental Involvement and the Influence of Parents’ Prior Literacy Experiences, Joseph Dobucki

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The Impact of Rochester Storm Sewers on the Water Quality of the Lower Genesee River: A Modeling Approach Using PCSWMM, Lindsay Dressel

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Exploring the Impact of a Substitute Teacher’s Passion for Literacy and Her Literacy Beliefs, Margo P. Dunlevy

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The Effects of Hands-on Literacy Activities and Strategies to Support the Literacy Development of a Student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Katrina M. Durnberg

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Applications of Biological Integrity within the National Wildlife Refuge System Region 5, Katie Ehlers

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A Study of the Relationship Between Teacher Characteristics and Student Performance in High School Geometry, Amie M. Ellerhorst

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A Case Study On The Effects a TBI Has On Learning, Jessica H. Ellis

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Methods Used to Think Critically in Literacy, Casey M. Erb

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Students Speak Out About Choices Made in the Classroom, Wendy J. Federico

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Challenging American Exceptionalism in the 21st Century, Allen J. Ferreri

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Lincoln: Inconsistencies in Racial Perspectives, Adrianna C. Fierro

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Using Banned and Challenged Books in the Classroom, Toni L. Flanagan

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Adolescent Perceptions of "Healthy" Dating Relationships: Implications for Programming, Cassandra M. Fleck

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Culturally Responsive Teaching within the Common Core Math Modules, Jaclyn D. Flores

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Effects of Technology on Literacy Skills and Motivation to Read and Write, Leah C.C. Fox

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Classroom Management, Jonathan Gattellaro

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The Co-Occurring Disorder Patient: Effects of Stigma, Perception of Care, and Treatment, Lauren A. Giglia

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The Long-Term Effects of Homophobia-Related Trauma for LGB Men and Women, Eric L. Goodwin

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Technology in Education, Ryan S. Hackett

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English as a Second Language Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Effective Literacy Instruction, Cody A. Hamilton

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Anxiety Prevalence among High School Students, Jessica Hess

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The Impact of Economic Disparity on Motivation and College Success, Tausha Hill

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Energetics and Migration in Songbirds: Two Case Studies Examining Energetic Condition and Migration at a Northern Stopover Location, Jennalee Ann Holzschuh

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A Mathematics Curriculum Study In Trigonometric Graphs To Align With The Common Core Standards, Julie M. Howell

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Racism and Education, Alicia M. Hunt

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Constructing safer lives: Women who display resilience in responding to intimate-partner violence (IPV), Denise L. Hyland

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Choices Made By Elementary Teachers When Implementing Digital Literacies, Nicole M. Inzana

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A Collection of Computer Simulation Enhanced Units for Earth Science, Erin Jankowiak

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The Use of the Developmental Assets Profile at a Residential Treatment Center, Ashlee D. Johnson

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The Implementation of Project-Based Learning (PjBL) in an Earth Science Classroom: The Effectiveness of PjBL in Teaching Students about Sustainable Energy, Jeremiah E. Johnson

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Student Reading Instruction Preferences and Book Choice, Lauren Kessler

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A population study and management suggestions for the Denslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) at Fort, Drum, NY, Ariel D. Kirk

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Investigating the Perceived Needs and Barriers upon Release from a County Correctional Facility Between Two Age Groups, Amanda Knipfing

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Writing Behaviors of a 5th Grade Bilingual Student, Zachary T. Koch

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The Connection between Language and Writing in Mathematics, Rebeca A. Kolupski

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Developmental Assets in a Residential Setting, Nicole M. Kramell

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Native American Women Representations in American History, Margaret E. Krencik

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Differentiated Instruction: Its effect on proximal development, Stephanie K. Least

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How Elementary Teachers Perceive and Implement Sustained Silent Reading, Bridget C. Lefler

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A Curriculum Project on Understanding Percent Aligned to Common Core State Standards, Kimberly A. LeRoy

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Kinesthetic Approach to Word Study, Melissa A. Lewis

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A Curriculum Project on Expressions and Equations in Mathematics 7 Aligned to the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards, Rebecca K. Logan

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The 'Art' of Majesty: Displaying the Stuart Monarchy, 1603-1714, Fabrice Le Yon Louis-Broyld

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Creating Personal Relationships With Students to Improve the Implementation and Planning of Writers Workshop in a Fourth Grade Classroom, Ashley L. Magar

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Reading Process Comparison between Graphic Novel and Traditional Novels, Emily M. Maniace

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Investigating Student Discourse and Literacy Development Surrounding Peer Reading, Lilly M. Marino

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Middle School Students' Perceptions on Academic Motivation and Student Engagement, Cassie Mauro

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Using the Interdisciplinary Approach to Education to Meet the Literacy Standards in the Common Core: and Ensuring Graduates are College and Career Ready, Erica A. Mazzara

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One Student’s Use of Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century, Essence J. McFadden

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Using Conceptual Change Texts to Address Misconceptions in the Middle School Science Classroom, Daniel M. McKenna

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Teacher Involvement with the Dignity for All Students Act, Kerry R. McMillan

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Proportional Reasoning Unit Correlated to the Common Core State Standards, Yelena Melnichenko

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Change in the Role of American Women Through Radio and Television, Kristen M. Messina

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Bullying Prevention: Combining Whole-School Approaches and Positive School Climate, Margaret C. Mink

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Building Resiliency in the Classroom, Loren M. Montrallo

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Use of Computer Assisted Language Learning, Nelson E. Morales

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Self-Efficacy and Social Support: An Application of Social Cognitive Career Theory, Kristin L. Morgan