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Theses from 2012

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Using Literature to Support Second Graders' Critical Literacy of Civil Rights, Nicole M. Leo

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Investigating Burnout at a County Mental Health Agency, David B. Luce

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Dropout: Students leaving urban high schools prior to graduation, Jeffrey K. Mangini

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A Look at Ability Grouping vs. Cooperative Learning, Laura Martin

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How the Accelerated Reading Program Supports the Comprehension Development of Struggling Readers, Emily A. McLean

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An Investigation of Melanin-concentrating Hormone Receptor Internalization – Or Lack Thereof, Jay I. Moden Jr.

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Alternative Strategies for Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore

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Through Grace and Grit: Northern Women's Contributions to the American Civil War, Amelia Luel Morgan

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Authentic Topics as Organizers for Instruction, Cassandra M. Moulton

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Characterization of in vitro and in vivo enzymatic activity of TbLpn and its role in phospholipids biosynthesis in Trypanosoma brucei, Dominic Nyamai Munini

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A Comparison of Homework Practices in an Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Brian Paganin

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Context Based Science Instruction, Hanna S. Panek

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Developing Epistemological Values in Students using Microsoft Excel(R) as a Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck

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Interest Books and Engagement in Reading, Stephanie Rufina Peckham

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Use of Computer Technologies in Supporting 3rd Graders' Literacy Development, Nicole M. Pensgen

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Oatka Creek Water Quality Assessment: Identifying Point and Nonpoint Sources of Pollution with Application of the SWAT Model, Dale Matthew Pettenski

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Seesaw, Caroline M. Povinelli

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Parents’ Perceptions of Factors Influencing Student’s Attendance, Amy L. Powell

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The Use of Hands-On Comprehension Games in Literacy Development, Maria Prestigiacomo

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The Effects of Discrete Trial Teaching on Students with Autism, Kristine Reardon

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The Impact of Group Counseling on the Self-Esteem Levels of Students Who Have Been Identified as the Targets of Bullying Aggressors, Christine D. Reber

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Mathematics Curriculum Revised to Align to Common Core State Standards, Ashley Redino

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Complacency and Conformity: How the Elimination of Individual Choice Creates Perfect Dystopian Societies, Lauren L. Rohan

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Factors Influencing Readers When Matching Texts to Struggling Students, Brian P. Romeo

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The Civil Rights Movement: What Progress Has Been Made Since The 1950s?, James J. Schroeder

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The Impact of Fountas and Pinnell's Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Program on Student Learning in a Multi-Age, Special Education Classroom, Leigh Anne Shaffer

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From Mufflers to the Mütter: Essays on Everyday Spectacle, Pauline S. Smith

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Down The Rabbit Hole: A look at integrating classic literature into a secondary mathematics curriculum, Adam E. Sokol

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Evaluation of Concurrent Operant Preference Assessment For Identification of Social Consequences in Adolescents: Daily Living Skills in a Residential Setting, Elizabeth A. Speares

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How Does Incorporating Multi-Sensory Approaches Into Literacy Instruction Influence the Literacy Development of Preschoolers?, Jennifer Stonier

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Multimodality in the Science Classroom: A Focus on Multimedia Representations and How Students Learn, Natalie Suflita

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Meaningful Use of Animation and Simulation in the Science Classroom, Kevin T. Swain

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Spelling Instruction and Young Learners' Literacy Development, Amber Gail Taylor

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The Decision and the Debate: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nick Tolleson

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The Use of Authentic Context to Foster Independent Learning in Science, Ignacy Urbanski

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Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments for Completion, Kara K. Utegg

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A Kindergarten Teacher's Exploration of Independent Learning Activities, Nicole A. Vaughn

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Handbook of Teaching and Learning: A Theoretical and Practical Review of the Literature on Modern and Recent Theories of Learning, Glen D. Wallace

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The Lived Experience of the Black Death, Megan Webb

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Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceptions of College Level Students, Lindsay C. Weise

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Water Quality Analysis of Black Creek Watershed: Identification of Point and Nonpoint Sources of Pollution and Loading Simulation Using the SWAT Model, Mellissa Jayne Winslow

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Corporal Punishment: Schools Ask, "Spare The Rod Or Use It?", Erin L. Yaworski

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An Exploration of How Three Elementary Teachers Use Questions To Support Their Students' Literacy Development, Megan Zarzycki

Theses from 2011

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Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) Invade San Salvador, Bahamas: Early Population Characteristics, and Comparisons of the Coral and Fish Communities on Shallow Patch Reefs in 2001 and 2007, Amanda K. Alexander

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Thinking Small: The Volkswagen Beetle in History and Educational Pedagogy, James D. Armstrong

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The British Army in North America in the Mid to Late Eighteenth Century: Teaching the Topic In High School Classrooms, Stewart Dean Atkin

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Truth in Fiction, Timothy R. Baker

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Using Reader's Theater to Engage Struggling Readers in a Fifth Grade Urban Setting, Eric Bellinger

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Project- Based Learning and its Effect on Motivation In the Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Pamela J. Beres

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Teacher’s Perceptions and Awareness of Cyberbullying Among Middle School Students, Andrew Beringer

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"Nervous Diseases" and the Politics of Healing in America, 1869-1919, Matthew Bessette

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“Either I’m Nobody, or I’m a Nation”: Anand, Rushdie, Adiga and the National Quest for Independence, Michael Billotti

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A Special Education Teacher's Use of Progress Monitoring, Louise V. Burgio

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The Effect of Family Literacy on Kindergarten Success, Tracey Miranda Burgio

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A First Grade Teacher's Exploration of her Students' Literacy Development, Janel M. Butlin

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Blogging and Poetry: Fourth Graders Develop their Higher Order Thinking Skills, Brian J. Carberry

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The Perceived Effectiveness of Mentoring or Induction Programs of Rural/Suburban Schools in Western New York, Nicole Carpenter

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Evolving Ivans and Static Soviet Women: The Gender Dichotomy in Film Portrayals of Russian Men and Women in Western Films (1939-2010), Krysten S. Collier

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Supporting Reluctant Fourth Grade Readers, Megan Conaway

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Multimodal Texts and Student Motivation in School Writing, Jenna Cortash

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Pity Those Who Live Without Love: The Function of Love in Harry Potter, Jolene E. Creighton

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Violence and Social Unrest: Implications of the Reconstruction Amendments for African Americans in the Post Civil War South, 1863-1877, Alana Brooke Cross

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The Effect of Repeated Reading on Content Learning in a Preschool Classroom, Nicole M. DeMarco

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Universal Pre-Kindergarten and the Students Enrolled, Apryl Dragert

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What is the Relationship Between Homework and Performance on Assessments?, Cari DuBois

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The Relationship Between Physical Activity Classroom-based Lessons and Students Time-on-task, Aliza Embling

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The Concept of Citizenship in the American Education System, Christine E.M. Epping-Plaisted

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How Does The Use of Read Alouds By Two Fourth-Grade Teachers Effect Their Students' Independent Reading Choices?, Margaret M. Freeman

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Groundbreaking Training: Providing Teachers with Extensive Mentor-based Technology Integration Support, Jacquelyn Gilmore

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The Use of Student Writing in Algebra To Gain Conceptual Understanding, Emily M. Gloss

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Maternal Anxiety and Child Behavioral Problems: Mediating and Moderating Processes, Shannon L. Harper

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The Use of Graphic Organizers in Supporting Primary Aged Students in Genre Specific Writing Tasks, Lauren Hawkins

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An Examination of Classroom Technology Use by Childhood Educators in Inclusive Settings, Gregory Karras

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Inquiry-based Instruction: Not All Fun and Games, Sharon Kinsley

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How the Instruction and Use of Three Metacognitve Reading Strategies Helped Fourth Graders Find Success and Enjoyment in Reading Informational Text, Kimberly Anne Klein

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The Ambition of Cincinnatus, Kenneth Allen Lane

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Integration of an iPod Touch into the Editing Process, Paige Reilly Langswager

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The Effects of the Daily Five, Developed by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, on Classroom Literacy Instruction, Jason Matthew LaShomb

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Educational Techniques and Strategies Found to be Effective when Teaching Middle School Boys, Shiela Mahmutspahic

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Teacher Perceptions of the School Counselors Role, Jenna M. Marchetta

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A Societal Analysis of Females in Education, Mackenzie Marr

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First Graders, Superheroes, and Princesses: Bringing Literacy To Life Through Dramatic Play, Heather Martens

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Using Classroom Management Strategies in an Inquiry Classroom, Angelica Matias

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Outside of School Activities that May Foster Emergent Literacy Abilities of First Graders, Kristen K. Maxwell

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Exploring the Impact of Learning Targets and Self-Reflection with Three Fifth Graders Who Have Special Needs, Nicole Marie McCoy

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The Connection between Play and Emergent Literacy in Universal Pre-Kindergarten Students, Megan Patricia McDaniels

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Phosphorus Cycling in the Ellison Park Wetland at the Mouth of Irondequoit Creek, Rochester, NY: A Case Study Evaluating the Movement of Phosphorus as it Transits a Coastal Wetland of Lake Ontario, Elizabeth McGuire

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Interactive Whiteboards: Impact on Fifth-Grade Writing Skills, Danielle Marie Mooney

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"All My Life I've Been Using Microsoft Word!": Incorporating Kidspiration, Power Point and Word into a Second Grade Writing Workshop, Ashley Murawski

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Student Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Reading in a First Grade Classroom, Elizabeth M. Navarra

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Urban High School Climate: Students’ Perceptions of Bullying and Homophobic Remarks in School, Joseph Navarra

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A Book Club's Impact on Parent Support of Adolescent Reading, Rachel Nichols

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Factors That Influence School Counselor Burnout, Michael Nobles

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Home Literacy Environment: How Does Parent Involvement Effect Literacy Development, Stephanie Joann Oest

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Hitler: The Spread of Nazism 1919-1945, Peter C. Osadnick

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Exploring Utopia: The Utopias of Blithedale Romance and Feed, Dominic M. Palmeroni

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Incarnations of Heaven: A Study of Fantastic Imagination and the Complications Inherent to Identity Creation in the Works of William Blake, Corinne Placilla

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Regulation of Actin Dynamics by Melanin-Concentrating Hormone Potentiates Downstrean Signaling to Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase in Cultured Cells, Scott Michael Portwood

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Interactive White Board Use in a Second Grade Classroom During Content Area Lessons, Danielle Powers

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Teacher Perceptions of Guided Reading, Casie A. Reeves