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Dissertations

educational research, measurement and evaluation

2014

Julia Rollison
Methodological Decision-Making in Evaluation: An Examination of Implications of Using a Stage of Change Outcome Variable

Katherine Shields
Institutional Moderators of the Relationship between College Remediation and Degree Attainment

2013

Todd Reeves
Does Content Knowledge Matter for New Teachers?

Terrence Lee St. John                                                                
The Causal Impact of Systematic, Elementary School Student Support On Middle School Grade Retention

Yan Zhao
What Matters to Student-Athletes in College Experiences

2012

Jessica Brown
The Teacher Attitudes toward Homeless Students Scale: Development and Validation

Dana Diaconu
Modeling Science Achievement Differences between Single-sex and Coeducational Schools: Analyses from Hong Kong, SAR and New Zealand from TIMSS 1995, 1999, and 2003.

Shelagh Peoples
The Nature of Science Instrument-Elementary (NOSI-E): Using Rasch Principles to Develop a Theoretically-grounded Scale to Measure Elementary Student Understanding of the Nature of Science.

Gabrielle Stanco
Using TIMSS 2007 Data to Examine STEM School Effectiveness  in an International Context

Yang (Caroline) Wang
Measuring Value-Added in Noncognitive Learning Outcomes in Higher Education Institutions: A Civic Engagement Perspective

2011

Matthew Cannady
Modeling Teacher Attrition: Teacher Characteristics and Working Conditions

Lauren Chapman
An International Policy Analysis of School-Level Decision Making and Student Achievement

Octavio Suarez Munist
The Impact of Differential Item Functioning of MCAS Mathematics Exams on Immigrant Students and Communities

Emilie N. Mitescu Reagan
Examining the Relationships among Undergraduate Teacher Candidate Experiences, Perceptions, and Beliefs about Teaching for Social Justice

Feng Tian
A comparison of equating/linking using the Stocking-Lord method and concurrent calibration with mixed-format tests in the non-equivalent groups common-item design under IRT

2010

Rachel Kay

The Relationship Between Computer Use and Standardized Test Scores: Does Gender Play a Role?

Lisa O’Leary Shuler
Paths to Active Citizenship: The Development of and Connection between Civic Engagement Involvement and Attitudes in College Students

Corinna Preuschoff
Using TIMSS and PIRLS to Construct Global Indicators of Effective Environments for Learning


Yves Salomon-Fernandez
Novice Teachers’ Mathematics Practices: Do School Demographics and Teaching Pathway Matter?

Kara Smith
Online Teacher Professional Development: The Importance of Training to Deliver PD Online

2009

Ebru Erberber
Analyzing Turkey’s Data from TIMSS 2007 to Investigate Regional Disparities in Eighth Grade Science Achievement

Yi Shang
Measuring Student Growth with the Conditional Growth Chart Method

Kathleen L. Trong
Using PIRLS 2006 to Measure Equity in Reading Achievement Internationally

Yun Xiang
Ethnic Differences in Achievement Growth: Longitudinal Data Analysis of Math Achievement in a Hierarchical Linear Model Framework

2008

Wei Tao
Using the Score-based Method to Accommodate Local Item Dependence in Health Surveys

Kevon Tucker-Seeley
The Effects of Using Likert vs. Visual Analogue Scale Response Options on the Outcome of a Web-based Survey of 4th through 12th Grade Students: Data from a Randomized Experiment

2007

Alka Arora
Creating a TIMSS 2003 Problem-Solving Scale and Examining the Problem-Solving Achievement of United States Eighth-Grade Students in TIMSS 2003

James Cheng

Of Seeds and Soils:  The Overall, Relative, and Differential Impact of Student Involvement on Postformal Reasoning Development

Tiffany Cooper
The Effects of Supplemental Educational Services on Student Achievement

Sarah Enterline
Socio-Cultural Diversity in Elementary Classrooms: The Relationship between Structural and Curricular Diversity and Motivation

Lisa Famularo
The Effect of Response Format and Test-Taking Strategies on Item Difficulty: A Comparison of Stem-Equivalent Multiple Choice and Constructed Response Test Items

Carolyn Fidelman
Course Evaluation Surveys: In-class Paper Surveys Versus Voluntary Online Surveys

Helena Miranda
Predictors of Technology Use for Elementary School Teachers in Massachusetts: A Multilevel SEM Approach