Research and scholarship by Masters students in the Ralph Wilson School of Education at St. John Fisher College. This chiefly consists of Masters theses.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Representation of Historical Events within Social Studies Textbooks Using Critical Literacy to Enhance the Social Studies Classroom, Mary C. Dougherty

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Early Intervention and Special Education, Erika Eaton

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Academic and Social Outcomes of Utilizing Medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Representation and Intervention, Kraig S. Farrell

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The Impact of Teachers of Different Genders Instructing Students of Different Genders, Ashley Florack

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The Reading Experience: How Struggling and Non-struggling Readers Differ, Jessica Garrett

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History Losing Its Value: Representation of Minorities within High School History Texts, Taylor Giarrizzo

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The Implementation of the iPad In Reading Instruction, Emily Greenfield

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Family Intervention Strategies: Support for Struggling Readers, Rachel Hildreth

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The Impact of Specific iPad Applications on Phonics Instruction in Kindergarten Students, Jennifer Jaffarian

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Special Education's Role In Health Education, Christina Kostadinova

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Students and Graphic Novels: How Visuals Aid in Literary Term Recall and Students' Perceptions of the Tools, Jacelyn Kit Liberto

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The Effect of Mulitcultural Picture Books on Students' Perceptions, Alaina K. Long

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How Do Wordless Picture Books Help Develop Writing For All Students?, Shannon Marble

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The Most Effective Pre-reading Strategies for Comprehension, Jessica Marinaccio

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How Can Pre-reading Strategies Benefit Students with Disabilities?, Jennifer Markham

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Effective Comprehension Strategies After Initial Reading of Fiction and Nonfiction Texts, Sarah Martin

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Using Technology as a Teacher Differentiation Tool to Increase Students' High Frequency Word Recognition, Shannon McLaughlin

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Reading Motivation: The Difference between Boys and Girls and their Reading Preferences, Megan Mead

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The Effect of Spoken Word Poetry on the Development of Voice in Writing, Kathryn Michalko

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Benefits of Read-Alouds in Early Childhood Literacy Development, Megan R. Mills

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Self Contained Classrooms in Today's Schools, Greg O'Connor

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Culturally Responsive Multicultural Education, Mayra Ortiz

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Student Learning Engagement with SMART Boards in Reader's Workshop, Crystal Parmeter

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Differentiated Small Group Word Study Instruction: A Developmental Spelling Approach, Emily E. Pettit

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Student Perceptions of Their Own Reading Achievement and the Motivational Factors Which Affect this Achievement, Chelsea Pierleoni

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Post-School Outcomes for Students with an Intellectual Disability., Mark Pincelli

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How Does the Use of Phonemic Awareness Skill-Building Software in Conjunction with an In-School Literacy Program Benefit Students' Literacy Skills?, Amanda Radell

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Effective Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Nicole Reagan

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The Effects of Early Intervention Therapy on Children with Developmental Disorders, Martha Ross

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The Impact of Student Interest and Instructor Effectiveness on Student Performance, Kate Sauer

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Boys and Writing: A Look into Attitudes and Perceptions, Alyssa Scott

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African American English and Writing Instruction, Julie Selner

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Prewriting Strategies and their Effect on Student Writing, Katrina Servati

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Parental Involvement and the Impact on Students' Literacy Development, Kalina E. Simonds

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The Importance of Background Information When Reading Informational Text in the Primary Classroom, Carly Smith

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Teacher Perceptions in Non-Diverse School Populations Surrounding Multicultural Literature, Gretchen Soule

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Using Young Adult Literature to Increase Student Success and Teach Multiculturalism, Kirsten Toscano

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Blogging as a Strategy to Support Reading Comprehension Skills, Casey VanEpps

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Home Literacy Activities in the Preschool Classroom: Increasing Participation among Male Students, Lucia Adams

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How Can Teachers Implement Multiple Modalities into the Classroom to Assist Struggling Male Readers’?, Cristin A. Barnard

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Using Digital Novels to Enhance the Reading Experience, Kimberly Benway

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Response to Intervention in the Middle School: Examining One Middle School’s Readiness to Implement an RTI Framework, Cindy Blair

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Implementation of Assistive Technology in the Classroom, Anita M. Bruinsma

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Using Skype interactive book talks to support literacy learning in young children?, Amy Chantra

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Representation of Race in Children's Picture Books And How Students Respond to Them, Emily Conley

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Assessing the Authenticity of the Document-Based Question Featured within the New York State Global History and Geography Regents, Clinton DePew

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Leisure Reading Habits: Students Attitudes Toward Their in School Reading Compared to Out of School Reading., Jeffrey Early

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The Interconnectedness between Adolescent Girls’ Home Literacy and Adolescent Girls’ School Literacy, Jody Flannery-Calder

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The Purpose of Assessment: Analyzing Alternative Assessments, Melanie Godown

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Therapeutic Riding and Its Effect on Self-Esteem, Jill C. Hardy

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Effective Co-Teaching Within the Inclusive Classroom., Lindsay Holliday

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The Affects of Manipulatives on Sight Word Recognition, Meghan Huver

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Using Web 2.0 Technology in the Classroom: Blogging for Motivation, Jennifer Jakubowicz

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Benefits of Blogging in a Fourth Grade Classroom, Laura Jones

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It is Not All Greek to Me: The Interconnectedness of a First Grader’s Greek and English Reading Strategies, Maria Katsetos

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Critical Talk: How Urban 8th Grade Students Critically Talk About the Holocaust, Jessica Klee

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Supporting comprehension among English language learners, Stacy Lee

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The Effects of Electronic Books on the Reading Experience of First Grade Students, Ashley Melinis

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Enhancing Reading Comprehension for Students with Autism, Cynthia Merrifield

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The Path to Diagnosis: A Case Study of Two Children with Autism, Maria Nagle

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How Can Prewriting Strategies Benefit Students?, Shannon O'Mealia

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Culturally Relevant Literature How to Identify and Use Culturally Relevant Literature, Alysse Ouimet

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The Impact of the Home Environment on Children’s Attitudes Towards Literacy, Kassandra Padlick-Field

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Reforming Education Legislation, Angela Elizabeth Parkison

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Reading Assessments for Students with Autism, Cassie Pruitt

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Phonics Strategies and Letter-Sound Acquisition Knowledge, Kristina Reeb

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Repeated Reading as a Fluency Intervention with a Struggling Intermediate Reader, Michelle Roberts

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The Essential Role of Positive Behavior Supports in Today’s Schools, Amanda Rodas-Richwalder

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iPads in the Classroom for Literacy Instruction, Angie Selner

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Strategies to Improve Working Memory in the Classroom, Liana Spencer

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How Secondary Mathematics Teachers Are Incorporating Literacy In Their Classrooms And To What Extent?, Robyn A. Steinhilber

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Encouraging Students to Become Critical Thinkers: Using Critical Literacy and Young Adult Novels in the Social Studies Classroom, Jessica Stenshorn

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Formative Assessment: Understanding Learning in the Middle School Classroom, Amanda Stephens

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Strategies Teachers can use to Help Support Comprehension in Struggling Readers, Katie Steubing

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Retelling Using Different Methods, Sarah Stoutz

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Elevating Student Comprehension through Repeated Read-Alouds, Lisa Ventress

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Asperger’s Syndrome in Education, Brandon Waas

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Connecting Literacy and Popular Culture, Jamie Weld

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Strategies to Assist Emergent Literacy Learners in Acquiring Alphabetic Knowledge, Print Awareness, and Phonological Awareness Skills, Jenna Wheater

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The Use of Morning Meeting to Develop Social and Emotional Skills, Amanda Margaret Williams

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Disproportionality of African American Students in Special Education, Maurice M. Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Teaching Metacognitive Skills to Adolescents to Further Reading Comprehension, Danielle E. Bartl

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Judging a Book by More Than its Cover Examining the Influences on the Independent Reading Choices of Middle School Students, Megan Bowen

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Story Mapping Used to Support Struggling Readers and Writers with Behavioral Concerns, Jessica A. Burger

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iPod Touch for Literacy, Rafael Chamberlain

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The Usefulness of Graphic Organizers in Enhancing Science Learning, Kristina Condidorio

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Assessment Strategies: Tools that support nonverbal students, with multiple disabilities, acquiring literacy skills, Jamie Creeden

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The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Children in Grades 5 and 6, Latoya Crockton

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The Need for Positive Behavior Supports in Schools, Kaitlin Daly

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High Stakes Testing and Special Education, Erik Deisinger

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Factors Impacting the Special Education Classification of Students Comparing Urban to Rural School Districts, Jessica Derwin

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How do Teachers Measure and Drive Instruction of Literacy, Chelsea T. Eaton

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Let the Sounds Be Heard Phonemic Awareness Of The Emergent Reader, Ann Marie Evans

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Classroom Weblogs and Wikis How They Affect the Learning Experience with Intermediate Students, Amy Fitzsimmons

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Balanced Literacy in the Classroom: Teacher Perception and Implementation of the Balanced Literacy Framework, Nicole Froniear

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Response to Intervention: Implications for use when Identifying Students with Special Needs, Joshua Harris

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How the Picture Exchange Communication Assists System (PECS) Children with Autism Acquire Language., Maggie Hartnett

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How are Elementary Teachers Utilizing Technology to Enhance Their Instruction of Literacy in the Classroom?, Alissa B. Hawkins

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Overrepresentation of Special Education in the Juvenile Justice System, Jacob R. Herendeen

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What word identification strategies can be used to support a middle school reader who struggles with decoding?, Sarah E. Homer