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Karvonen, Meagan

WCU

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Test of a structural model to investigate the impact of instructor knowledge, attitudes, and contextual constraints on intent to use Web 2.0 in online courses 2009 683 A growing number of demographically diverse, globally-conscious students demand instant access and flexibility when it comes to formal learning. Institutions of higher education are hard pressed to respond, and often cling to old delivery methods and...
The impact of exposure to Early College students on community college student academic and social integration 2009 814 Over the past decade, the nation has seen an increase in high school dropout rates as well as an increased need for a more skilled workforce. The Early College movement in North Carolina was a collaboration between public schools and colleges desig...
Title IX compliance at two-year colleges : an analysis of perceived barriers and strategies 2010 726 Although Title IX legislation has been in effect since 1972 and has created unprecedented positive change on intercollegiate athletics, educational institutions have still had difficulty meeting the basic requirements set forth by Title IX and ensuri...
Professional development support for alternatively certified and traditionally certified career and technical education teachers 2010 314 The first five years of teaching are important because 30% of all beginning teachers leave the profession during that time (Darling-Hammond, 2001). The purpose of this study was to examine professional development for beginning career and technical e...
Exploring the influence of high-stakes testing and accountability on teachers' professional identities through the factors of instructional practice, work environment, and teacher efficacy 2010 1923 The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of high-stakes testing and accountability on teachers' perceptions of their professional identities. Teachers' instructional practice, work environments, and personal factors are now immersed in the...
The development and perpetuation of professional learning communities in two elementary schools : the role of the principal and impact on teaching and learning 2010 783 Professional learning communities (PLCs) provide schools with a tool to meet the professional development needs of their teachers through ongoing, job-embedded staff development designed to improve instruction and student learning. While research e...
Stopping at an overlook : reading curricula, literacy coaching, and reading achievement in North Carolina's elementary schools 2011 931 Adolescent reading achievement is of grave concern in America as a persistent literacy achievement gap harms the intellectual potential of many American school children. The selection and implementation of approaches to reading curricula and professi...
An explanatory mixed-methods study of instructional coaching practices and their relationship to student achievement 2011 5668 The purposes of this study were to examine the nature of high school instructional coaching implementation, explore a possible relationship between instructional coaching and student achievement, and identify aspects of a successful instructional coa...
The entry experiences, challenges, and mediating strategies of public school superintendents 2012 646 The public school superintendent's role has changed substantially over time, and the work of superintendents is more complex, demanding, and challenging than ever before. Recent studies indicate that 70% to 80% of the nation's superintendents will le...
The High School Success Classroom : a case study of student outcomes and factors that contribute to student persistence 2012 988 The detrimental effects of dropping out of high school are well established in the literature. Programs specifically designed to address the needs of at-risk high school are a targeted intervention to lower the dropout rate. One such program is the...
Diffusion of photovoltaic occupational skills training : awareness and adoption in the North Carolina community colleges 2012 165 Educational administrators in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) play a key role in the decisions to adopt or reject educational innovations and as a result are the gatekeepers of technology innovations reaching students. In this s...
The relationship between credit acceptance and baccalaureate degree persistence for transfer students 2012 128 Articulation agreements were created to make transferring from a state-supported community college to a state-supported university a smoother process while reducing the higher education costs for the state. This ex-post facto study examined the relat...
Teacher leadership behaviors and proactive influence tactics in North Carolina public schools 2012 1044 This study examined teacher leadership behaviors and proactive influence tactics used among interactions of teachers in North Carolina schools. All teachers are now required to demonstrate leadership in the classroom, in the school, and in the teac...
Hiring, orientation, professional development, and evaluation : the administrative support of adjunct faculty 2012 484 In North Carolina (NC) there are a total of 58 community colleges, each of which provides a unique approach to handling support for adjunct faculty. The NC Community College System provided a good setting to explore how one state in particular compar...
Community college students' pro-environmental behaviors and their relationship to awareness of college sustainability strategy implementation 2013 521 The impact of humans on the environment has caused a need to evaluate why individuals act in non-sustainable ways. How to change current non-sustainable behaviors is a focus in current social research. Authors have written about the use of varied str...
Factors related to the likelihood of grade inflation at community colleges 2013 502 A number of studies have documented a trend of higher grades awarded by postsecondary institutions in both the United States and Canada over the last two decades. Grade inflation in higher education is a potentially costly problem for a variety of...