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Dissertations from 2019

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Empty Seats at Circle Time: A Phenomenological Perspective of Social-Emotional Learning in Preschool, Alicia C. Burford

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Examining the Relationship Between Teacher Preparation Program Quality and Beginning Teacher Retention, Brittany Cunningham

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The Perceptions and Experiences of Elementary Georgia Science Ambassadors: What Educational Leaders and Policymakers Need to Know, Charles E. Harper Jr

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Educational Social Justice Agnostic to Zealot: One White Male Elementary Principal's Journey, Jamie C. Hitzges

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Mechanisms of Impact: An Exploration of Leadership for Sustained World Language Enrollment in U.S. Higher Education, Tim Jansa

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Writing HERstory: Examining the Intersectional Identities of Black Women in Educational Leadership, Natasha N. Johnson

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Culturally Responsive School Leadership and Gifted Identification in a Heterogeneous School: A Case Study, Kimberly Kranzlein

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The Impact of Transformational Leadership Practices on the Cultural Responsiveness of Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) Implementation, Sally Seana Lehmann

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It Takes A Village: Toward the Development of an Instrument with Valid and Reliable Scores for Measuring Family Engagement Using Q-Methodology, Amber Mason

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Seeing Beyond the Stereotype to See the Whole Human: Teachers’ Perceptions of Media Stereotypes and Black Youth, Syreeta Ali McTier

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TEACHER MOBILIZATION: A CASE STUDY ON ORGANIZATIONAL FACTORS & THE MOVEMENT OF TEACHERS WITHIN AN URBAN DISTRICT, Jason A. Patterson

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Examination of the Development, Implementation, and Monitoring of One Instructional Coaching Program in an Urban, Title I, Elementary School, Joseph Sanfilippo

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AN EXAMINATION OF DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND UTILIZATION-FOCUSED PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION, Syreeta Skelton

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A School Like Me: Culturally Responsive School Leadership and Organizational Learning in a Secondary School Serving Traditionally Marginalized Students, Joshua Sturtevant and Joshua Sturtevant

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Analyzing Dimensions of Academic Persistence: A Case Study of a Transfer Student Program at a Public University in California, Bobby Thomas Tyner II

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Declassification of Students With Disabilities, Kristin Willis

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Examining Professional Learning Communities in a Title I High School, Ronald Scott Wynn

Dissertations from 2018

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Humanization in the Digital Age: A Critique of Technophilia in Education, Morgan Anderson

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"Soul In A Can": Exploring How Black Male Students And Artists Navigate The Constraints Of Urban Classrooms And The Music Industry, Garfield R. Bright Jr

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School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: A Case Study Analyzing Principal Leadership and Discipline Direction in One Middle School, SONYA V. BROWN

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An Anchor Action Research Study on Student Achievement Utilizing the Teacher-Intern-Professor Model, David Curlette

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Examining the “Just-us” League: A Heuristic Inquiry of African American Male Teachers in a Predominantly White School District, Brian K. Harmon

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Testimonios: A Twenty-First Century Colonial Project and the Closure of Historically Black High Schools in New Orleans, Elizabeth K. Jeffers

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Rescuing the Individual from Neoliberalism: Education, Anarchism, and Subjectivity, Gabriel Keehn

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Adolescent Economic Empowerment in a Kenyan Urban Rural Context, Amanda Lane Moll

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The Practice and Challenges of Social Justice Instructional Leadership In International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Schools, Ovura Murphy

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The Principal's Influence on Teacher Efficacy to Foster Student Engagement: A Case Study of Two Elementary Schools, Emily Nelson

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Implementation of Technology in the Primary Grades: Transformational Leadership and Teacher Motivation, Kristi Ryczek

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"Because I'm Regular, Too": Educational-Life Narratives of Metro-Atlanta Students in Special Education, 1975-2005, Cristy Sellers Smith

Racial Injustice: A History of the Segregated School System in Jackson, Mississippi, Susan C. Thompson

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Teachers' and Leaders' Perceptions of an Induction Program's Influence on Teacher Retention in a Title I School with a High Population of English Language Learners, Cynthia B. Tookes

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Icing the Batter: The MYP Coordinator, Principal Leadership, and School Reform, Susan M. Waterbury and Susan M. Waterbury

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Administrator Beliefs and Their Impact On One-To-One Technology Initiatives and Instructional Practices in Elementary Schools, Kena Worthy

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Unheard Voices: Counterstories of Latinx Immigrant Parents’ Experiences Navigating Metro Atlanta Public Schools, Michelle Yrigollen-Robbins

Dissertations from 2017

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The Life of a Policy: An Afrocentric Case Study Policy Analysis of Florida Statute 1003.42(h), CHIKE AKUA

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Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Decision-Making, Michael C. Barr

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The Influence of Traditional vs. Balanced School Calendars on Middle School Mathematics Achievement, Doug Callahan

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An Exploration of One School Leader's Experience of Creating a School Culture that Fosters Inclusion for Students in Special Education, Stephanie L. Chattman

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Residual Normality Assumption and the Estimation of Multiple Membership Random Effects Models, Jieru Chen

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1:1 Computing Initiatives: How They Can Be Sustained, Bobby Virgil Cole Jr.

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ONLINE LEARNING IN A RURAL SCHOOL SETTING, Peter Coombe

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Lost Ground: Neoliberalism, Charter Schools, and the End of Desegregation in St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas J. Eastman

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(Bad) girls: Black girls' and school administrators' perceptions of re-entry after exclusionary discipline through a womanist approach to narrative inquiry, Erica B. Edwards

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Central Office Leadership: An Exploration of Principal Supervisor Professional Development, Michelle C. Farmer

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Leadership Characteristics, School Climate, and Employee Engagement in High Performing, High-Needs Schools, Erin A. Hahn

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A Nodal Ethnography of a (Be)coming Tattooed Body, Krista Hilton

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Towards Racial Reconciliation: An Oral History Inquiry Examining Race And Reconciliation In The Context Of Mercer University's Beloved Community, Joy R. Kenyon

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The Variation of a Teacher's Classroom Observation Ratings across Multiple Classrooms, Xiaoxuan Lei

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THEY, TOO, SING AMERICA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF USG POLICY 4.1.6 AND ITS PERCEIVED IMPACTS ON DACA STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, Ryan Z. Maltese

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Pedagogical Dialogue: A Study of Pedagogical Dialogue in a Multicultural Education Theory Course., Jeffrey Morrison

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How Principals Manage Time, Mindsets, and Communities to Benefit Children of Poverty, Tameka L. Osabutey-Aguedje

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Twitter and School Leaders: Examining Practices in a Twitter Chat, Lesley Y. Pendleton

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Leadership Practices that Support Parental Involvement in One High Needs Elementary School, Brett C. Savage

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Comparison of IRTPRO 3 and Mplus 7 for multidimensional item response item parameter and examinee ability estimation, Tianna Sims

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THE COMMON CORE TO COMMON FOLKS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE PERCEPTIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEACHERS OF THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS IN MATHEMATICS, Alfred J. Taylor

Dissertations from 2016

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Rhetorically Constructing Immigrants in French and U.S. History Textbooks: A Burkean Analysis, David Alexander

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Describing Healthcare Service Delivery in a Ryan White Funded HIV Clinic: A Bayesian Mixed Method Case Study, Stephanie Beane

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The Influence of Leadership Practices on Parental Involvement within Schools with English Language Learners, Tamara J. Candis

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The First Year Experience on an Urban Campus: A Case Study Exploring the Impact of First Year Programs on Student Perceptions of Belonging, Adjustment, Success, and Support, Zduy Chu

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Men of Color Evading the School to Prison Pipeline: A Phenomenological Study Championing Justice, Dionne Cowan

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How School-Delivered, Non-Instructional Services Become Formalized:One School System's History, Mary Elizabeth A. Davis

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The Impact of Math Innovations in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms in Georgia Vision Project Districts, Karen Dozier

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Bayesian Networks with Expert Elicitation as Applicable to Student Retention in Institutional Research, Jessamine Corey Dunn

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Teacher Reflective Practice As A Response To Technical Rationalism, Xylecia Fynn-Aikins

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A Road Less Traveled: Learning With And From Contemporary Black Secondary School Leaders, Demetricia L. Hodges

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Enhancing Workforce Development in Rural Communities: The Georgia Mountains Manufacturing Initiative, Jason Kaup

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One Hundred and Sixteenth: One Family's Education, Kelly Limes Taylor Henderson

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Characteristics of Exemplary Teachers as Part of Georgia's Vision for Public Education, Kimberly A. McDermon

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Unsilenced: Black Girls' Stories, LaToya Owens

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Addressing Bullying: A Case Study Investigating School Personnel's Perceptions of Policeis and Practices at Three Private Christian Middle Schools, Jennifer L. Pinkett Smith

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Leadership in High Poverty, High English Language Learner Schools, As Part of Georgia's Vision for Public Education, Kelly Scarborough

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An Examination of Student Achievement Differences Between Charter System Schools and Start-Up Charter Schools, Namik Sercan

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Teacher Retention: Behaviors of Principals Influencing Teachers in Schools as part of Georgia’s Vision for Public Education, Sharissa Y. Seymour

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School Culture, School Climate, and the Role of the Principal, Felecia V. Spicer

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Spiritual Blues: A Blues Methodological Investigation of a Black Community's Culturally Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Citizenship Praxis, Melissa Vaughn

Dissertations from 2015

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Addressing Gifted Identification Equity through Alternatives: Assessing Creativity using an Authentic Performance Task, Charles Alvarez

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Navigating And Negotiating Identity In The Black Gay Mecca: Educational And Institutional Influences That Positively Impact The Life Histories Of Black Gay Male Youth In Atlanta, Michael Bartone

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Modeling Public Satisfaction with School Quality: A Test of the American Customer Satisfaction Index Model, Anita Berryman

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Arts and Academics: How teachers perceive school climate relating to subject area (homerooom or special area) in an elementary school., Tracie Welborn Brack Ed.D.

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The Power and Peril of Global Professionalization: The Global Knowledge Economy, The World Bank, and Higher Education, Jeremy Cole

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The Self-Reported Impact of Instructional Coaching on Middle School Teachers' Practices in an Urban Georgia School District, Jeffrey D. Dillard

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Case Study Measuring Implementation Fidelity and Implementation Impact, Dustin Dykes

The Effects Of Unexcused Absences And Excused Absences On Mathematics And Reading Performance Of Eighth Grade Students, RaNae L. Fendley

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Addressing Bullying in Schools: The Perceptions, Thoughts and Beliefs of Middle-School Principals, Quentin Fretwell

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The Underrepresentation of Black Students in Advanced Placement Courses: Student Perceptions of Peers, Teachers and School, Camille Havis

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A Comprehensive Examination of the Arrowsmith Program At One Private School in Atlanta, Rhonda Hawkins

How Do Teachers Utilize iPads to Enhance the Quantity and Quality of Inquiry-Based Pedagogy within STEM Classrooms?, Aleigha Houston Henderson-Rosser

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Band on the Brain: Instrumental Music and Student Achievement, Edward Lindekugel

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The Rural School Project of the Rosenwald Fund, 1934-1946, Rebecca Ryckeley

The Impact of Teacher Perceptions and Practices on the Quality of Transitional Experiences for African-american Males Entering High School, Dan Sims

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A Multilevel Analysis of Institutional Factors Affecting Student Success at Community Colleges, Aaron Thomason

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Exploring Gifted Pedagogy: Evaluating Teacher Knowledge and Implementation of Common Core Professional Learning, Gyimah I. Whitaker

Student Affairs Educators' Efforts to Teach Undergraduates to Be Engaged Civically: Conceptualization, Practices, and Influences at Six Independent Colleges, Laura Whitaker-Lea

Dissertations from 2014

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Deciphering Franklin D. Roosevelt's Educational Policies During the Great Depression (1933-1940), Permeil Dass

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Navigating Discrimination: A Historical Examination of Womens’ Experiences of Discrimination and Triumph within the United States Military and Higher Educational Institutions, Dackri Davis

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Push Back on Push Out: Parent Organizing for School Discipline Reform, Adrienne C. Goss

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Examination of Parameter Estimation Using Recursive Bayesian Analysis in Simulated Item Response Theory Applications, Robert Hendrick

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Finding Ourselves Abroad: How African American Women Successfully Navigate The Study Abroad Process, Sonya S. Henry

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Using a Computer-adaptive Test Simulation to Investigate Test Coordinators' Perceptions of a High-stakes Computer-based Testing Program, Tiffany Hogan

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A Simulation Study Comparing Two Methods Of Evaluating Differential Test Functioning (DTF): DFIT and the Mantel-Haenszel/Liu-Agresti Variance, Charles Hunter