This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana Department of Counselor Education, Department of Educational Leadership, and Department of Teaching and Learning. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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ASSESSING DATA ANALYTICS READINESS: COMPARATIVE ANALYTICS OF The ISEC and non-ISEC FACULTY IN ISEC MEMBER UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA, Han Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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The Effect of Graphic Organizers on Fifth Grade Creative Writing, Bailey D. Furr

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“LUMINESCENT AS AN ANGLERFISH”: CREATIVE WRITING AS A STRATEGY FOR BUILDING FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN, Dana Fitz Gale

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TEACHER TURNOVER AND RETENTION THE CHOICE TO LEAVE: LIVED EXPERIENCES OF TEACHERS IN RURAL MONTANA, Brittany Elizabeth Julie Katzer

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TO THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: LEADERSHIP JOURNEYS OF PERSIAN IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES, Shaima Khinjani

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PRINCIPALS’ PERCEPTION OF TEACHER PERFORMANCE GIVEN SELECTED BARRIERS TO ACCURATE EVALUATIONS, Thomas J. Korst

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WEATHERING THE STORM: THE JOURNEY OF HEALING FROM SEXUAL TRAUMA, Hana Shewamoltot Meshesha

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THE LONELY BATTLE: WOMEN’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE NICU, Molly Kay Murphy

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PROMOTING WELL-BEING IN SCHOOLS: THE EFFECTS OF A HAPPINESS WORKSHOP ON EDUCATORS AND OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL, Robert J. Ryan

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EXTENSION AND MISSIONARY ADULT EDUCATOR COMMITMENT CALLING, EXPERIENCES, AND ATTITUDES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CAREER COMMITMENT OF EXTENSION AGENTS AND PROTESTANT MISSIONARIES, Steven Dale Siegelin

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UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATION COMPETENCY IN ATHLETIC TRAINING: A MIXED METHODS INQUIRY, Adrienne Anne Tauses

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BUILDING BRIDGES: SUPERVISORS’ MANAGEMENT OF COMPETENCY QUESTIONING, Arianna Camille Vokos

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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HYFLEX: A LEADERSHIPS’ PERSPECTIVE OF SELF-EFFICACY POST-PANDEMIC, Sandra Marie Adams

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THE MOLLY HOOTCH SCHOOLS AFTER 40 YEARS: SUCCESSES, FAILURES, AND OPPORTUNITIES, Jody Lynne Drew

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INVESTIGATING TEACHER PERCEPTIONS OF MONTANA KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND-GRADE PLAY-BASED LEARNING PRACTICES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Erin N. Ellis

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PRE-SERVICE TO IN-SERVICE: AN INTERPRETIVE STUDY OF EMERGENT MULTILINGUAL-FOCUSED FIELD PLACEMENTS AND NEW TEACHERS’ BELIEFS AND PRACTICES, Anya Michelle Muggli

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The Influence of the First-Year Seminar Participation on Student Retention, Sahar Sanavi

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SERVICE-LEARNING IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS UNDERGRADUATES: OUTCOMES, AUTISM KNOWLEDGE, AND CAREER DECISIONS, Jennifer Katherine Schoffer Closson

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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SCHOOL LEADERSHIP UNDER APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA AS PORTRAYED IN THE APARTHEID ARCHIVE PROJECTAND INTERPRETED THROUGH FREIREAN EDUCATION, Kevin Bruce Deitle

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I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB: THE EXPERIENCE OF FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, Alissa Christine Engel

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SHARING THE “MAGIC”: EXPLORING THE PHENOMENON OF COMMUNITY AND NATURE CONNECTEDNESS IN ANCESTRAL SKILLS EDUCATION, Anne Barksdale Graham

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TEACHER’S USE OF REFLECTIVE THINKING, Kathleen M. Hill

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GoZen in the Kindergarten Co-Teach Classroom, Suzanne Johnstone

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LEADERSHIP: SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH ASD AND THE SCHOOL WIDE COMMUNITY, CHELSAE JOY LARSON

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PROMOTING WELL-BEING AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS: THE EFFECTS OF A POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY COURSE, Daniel JM Salois

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Summit Learning and Rural Montana Teacher Efficacy, a Phenomenology, C. Roch Turner

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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PREDICTORS OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMPOSITE SCORES AT CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, Sarah Nicole Agostinelli

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THE EFFECTS OF RESILIENCY TRAINING ON SELF-REPORTED COMPASSION FATIGUE AND COMPASSION SATISFACTION IN MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING, Julie Kay Ballew

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THE TREATMENT FEMALE ADMINISTRATORS RECEIVE FROM FEMALE FOLLOWERS AND THE RELATIONSHIP AND AFFECT IT HAS ON THEIR POSITIONS, Jennifer Rae Burnett

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ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AN ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM WITH APPLIED USE OF TRAIL CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHS, Lucas Martin Coccoli

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TEACHERS’ GROUP REFLECTION AND THEIR FACILITATIONS IN IMPLEMENTING COLLABORATIVE REASONING DISCUSSIONS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY, Emmanuella Swastika Datu

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EFFECTS OF A SUICIDE ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION TRAINING ON PARTICIPANT PREPAREDNESS, COMFORT, AND COMPETENCE, Kelley Margaret Donisthorpe

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DESCRIPTIVE STATISTIC CHARACTERISTICS STUDY FOR LEVEL 4 FRONTIER HIGH SCHOOLS IN MONTANA, Jacqueline May Gorshe

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Mathematical Creativity and Problem Solving, Brooke Gruntowicz

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EDUCATION IS YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON: GAINING UNDERSTANDING FROM APSÁALOOKE KNOWLEDGE, Salena Ann Beaumont Hill

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Teacher Support: A Study About Teacher Emotional Support and Engagement Among Middle School Boys, Melissa Johnson

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Be Creative Now: Seeking Creativity, Sam Kulla

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SCHOOL COUNSELOR SELF-ADVOCACY AND TRAIT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AS PREDICTORS OF PROFESSIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE IN SCHOOL COUNSELORS, Kindle Dawn Lewis

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The Effects of Training in Evidence-Based Relationships on Counselor Self-Efficacy and Client Outcomes in Practicum, Kimberly K. Parrow

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Leadership in Higher Education and the Impact on Faculty Satisfaction and Retention, Theresa A. Petersen

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Leadership in Higher Education and the Impact on Faculty Satisfaction and Retention, Theresa Petersen and Frances O'Reilly

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Evaluation of the Watershed Education Network's Fish Week Program, Rennie Ann Winkelman

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The Relationship between Public School Principals’ Authentic Leadership and Implicit Theory of Intelligence, Erica A. Zins

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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FROM DISTANCE EDUCATION TO ONLINE EDUCATION: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE, Michael Dean Agostinelli Jr.

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LONGEVITY AND A LEADER’S EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND RESILIENCE, Erica L. Allen

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EU-U.S. International Education Connections: U.S. Opportunities to Participate in Erasmus Programs and the Case for a Renewed Commitment to Transatlantic International Education Collaboration, Peter N. Baker

EU-U.S. International Education Connections: U.S. Opportunities to Participate in Erasmus Programs and the Case for a Renewed Commitment to Transatlantic International Education Collaboration, Peter N. Baker

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WESTERN FACULTY MEMBERS’ CROSS-BORDER LIVED EXPERIENCES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY, Xin Bu

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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ONLINE VS. FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION IN MANDARIN CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES IN MONTANA HIGH SCHOOLS, SUHAN CHEN

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SAVING FACE: THE EXPERIENCE AND PROCESS OF IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT IN CLINICAL SUPERVISION, Ariel Heather Goodman

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THE EXPLORATION OF CLINICIANS’ LIVED EXPERIENCES IN CULTURALLY ADAPTING EMPIRICALLY SUPPORTED TREATMENTS FOR AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE POPULATIONS, Maegan Rides At The Door

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Meaning and Hope in Health Behavior Change: An Examination of Health Coaching for Individuals with Disabilities, Krys Standley

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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INSTRUCTIONAL DATA TEAMS AND DATA LITERACY: LEADERS SUPPORTING THE WORK OF SCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL TEAMS, Vicki Sherril Begin

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THE EFFECT OF ACADEMIC ADVISOR TYPE ON UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RETENTION, Brian Patrick French

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THE EFFECT OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ON STUDENT-ATHLETE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, ACADEMIC SELF- EFFICACY, FUNCTIONAL INDEPENDENCE, AND ACHIEVEMENT OF ADULTHOOD CRITERIA, Grace Harris Gardner

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INTELLIGENT PERSONAL ASSISTANTS IN THE CLASSROOM: IMPACT ON STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, Jason Patrick Neiffer

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Mediating Cultural Border Crossings Between American Indian Tribal College Students and Natural Resources Science Learning Using Culturally Congruent Education, Shandin Hashkeh Pete

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SUPREME COURT CASES THAT IMPACTED PUBLIC EDUCATION, Rodny W. Schug

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PORNOGRAPHY USE AND CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AS PREDICTORS OF RAPE MYTH ACCEPTANCE, Kathryn Aubrey Scott

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING IN ONLINE CREDIT RECOVERY: DO COURSE FEATURES IMPACT ACHIEVEMENT?, Robert I. Squires

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EXPLORING RESEARCH-BASED YOGA INTERVENTIONS TARGETING UNDERSERVED WOMEN AND SEXUAL TRAUMA: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY, Shannon Steele

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Metabolic Energy Requirements during Load Carriage: Implications for the Wildland Firefighter Arduous Pack Test, Jeffrey T. Strang, Christopher J. Alfiero, Charles Dumke, Brent Ruby, and Matthew Bundle

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENT RISK FACTORS AND COMPLETION FOR STUDENTS WITH DEBT AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Colleen Sweeney Unterreiner

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDHOOD SEXUAL KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION AND ADULT SEXUAL SELF-ESTEEM, Guy Ray Backlund

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SUPERVISEE ROLE INDUCTION TRAINING TO ADDRESS RESISTANCE, ROLE AMBIGUITY, ROLE CONFLICT, AND THE QUALITY OF THE SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP, Michelle Orchard Backlund

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A VISION TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY: A GROUNDED THEORY APPROACH EXAMINING EDUCATIONAL PERSISTENCE AMONG AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE STUDENTS, Karla D. Bird

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Perceptions of Trustees and Faculty on the Required Leadership Competencies for a Community College President, Kevin C. Brockbank

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SCHOOL CHANGE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, Ryder Delaloye

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EXAMINING THE COACH-ATHLETE RELATIONSHIP AS A PREDICTOR OF NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE SATISFACTION, Collin M. Fehr

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BACCALAUREATE TIME-TO-DEGREE FOR MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TWO-YEAR COLLEGE TRANSFER STUDENTS, Thomas Patrick Gallagher

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THE USE OF EMAIL AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS, Reda Haddouch

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The Relationship of Reading Self-Efficacy and Reading Achievement in Second Grade Students, Jennifer L. Hager

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A QUANTITATIVE STUDY ON THE INFLUENCE OF PERSISTENCE FACTORS ON AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE STUDENTS, Aislinn Rae Heavy Runner-Rioux

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THE EXPERIENCE AND PROCESS OF THE WORKING ALLIANCE IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC TRAINING, Jessica Lealand Moore

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A COLLECTIVE CASE STUDY ON VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION IN FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOMS, Farrukh Nazir

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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN QUALITY MANAGEMENT, Hanan Omar Omar

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Student Satisfaction With a Student-Written Textbook in an Introductory College Biology Course, Greg Peters

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THE EFFECT OF NURSING EDUCATION ON EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE SCORES, Sally McHugh Rappold

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UNDERSTANDING THE CLIENT’S EXPERIENCE OF COUNSELING IN BHUTAN, Michaela Maureen Sacra

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FOSTERING INTERNATIONAL MINDEDNESS IN INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE CLASSROOMS: A CASE STUDY OF TWO TEACHERS, Madiha Syeda

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A Phenomenological inquiry of international service-learning experiences and their impacts on post-service educational experiences, C. Roch Turner

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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ISSUES OF ETHICS TRAINING IN TURKISH COUNSELOR EDUCATION AS ASSOCIATED WITH ACCREDITATION, CERTIFICATION, AND LICENSURE, Umut Arslan

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PURPOSEFULLY PLANNING FOR MATHEMATICS DISCOURSE: A STUDY OF TEACHER LEARNING AND LESSON ENACTMENT, Andria Rae Disney

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PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AMONG LEADERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A QUANTITATIVE STUDY, Melissa Elizabeth Holmes

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POST-DISCHARGE OUTCOMES FOR YOUTH SERVED IN A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER, Tara Lynne Smart

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HYPERCONNECTED SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: SHARED EXPERIENCES, Elizabeth Sue Wargo

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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THE EFFECT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PARTICIPATION ON TEAM COHESIVENESS IN NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAMS, Cara Jo Cocchiarella

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The Effects of Heart Math Training on Work Engagement in a Multi-National Company, Chance Eaton

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PREDICATIBLITY OF TEACHER RETENTION IN MONTANA'S RURAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, Jilyn Oliveira

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The Power of Critical Reflection: Exploring the Impact of Rhetorical Stories on Metacognition in First-Year Composition Courses, Amy Elizabeth Ratto Parks

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Institutional Effectiveness in an Open System: A Case Study of Graduation Rates in the Montana University System, Anneliese A. Ripley

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CLASSROOM MODIFICATIONS WITH IMPROVED ACOUSTICS MODELED FOR CEHIC, A SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, IN KELANIYA, SRI LANKA, Polwatte Krishantha Silva

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Evaluation of relationship between self-advocacy skills and college freshmen first semester grade point average for students with disabilities, Lee A. Barnett

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES, SCHOOL CULTURE/CLIMATE, AND RACIAL IDENTITY AMONG AMERICAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, Sandra Lee Boham

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Effect of an Intensive Intervention on the Early Literacy Skills of Kindergarten Students Identified as Most at Risk for Future Reading Difficulties, Craig S. Buscher

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The identity of upholding indigenous lifeways, Sean Falcon Chandler

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A Quantitative Study with Online Collaborative Learning in a Computer Literacy Course, Kevin Engellant

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Importance of leadership competencies in college and university staff athletic trainers: Perceptions of head athletic trainers, Janelle Lynn Handlos

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THE EFFECTS OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION ON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' ATTACHMENT SECURITY, Meredith Hood

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The significance of administrative support for the state-wide innovation of Montana's Indian education for all, Chris Michael Olszewski