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Dissertations from 2011

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Student Achievement in Block and Non-Block Schedule Schools, William Shelton Smith Jr.

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The Adult Education Doctorate in North America: The Programs, Curricula, Websites, and the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Standards, Wendy Jean Sonstrom

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Women's Cognitive Appraisals of Their Birth Experience as Predictive and Maintaining Factors of Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Symptom Severity, Lauren Carr Spooner

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The Role of University-Industry Collaboration in Regional Economic Development, Ranjana Srevatsan

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Teacher Professional Development and Its Effects on Reading Instruction, Kristen Lea Suarez

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The Relationship Between Inquiry-Based Science Instruction and Student Achievement, Michael Louis Suarez

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Changes in Perceived Self-Efficacy and Attitude Toward Science and Teaching Science in Elementary School, Betsy Ann Sullivan

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From Facebook to Gradebook: An Examination of the Relationship Between Teen Use of Social Networking Sites and Academic Achievement, Melody Dickerson Swang

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"Reading" The Apprentice: Commerce, Culture, and the Manufacturing of Reality, Sharon Simpson Terrell

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Investigating Macroscopic, Submicroscopic, and Symbolic Connections in a College-Level General Chemistry Laboratory, Felicia Culver Thadison

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Assessing the Validity of The Communalism Scale Using Cultural Groups, LaShawn Thompson

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The Reported Needs of a Teacher Mentoring Program, Kimberly Myers Tillman

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Cyberbullying, School Violence, and Youth Suicide, Mark Leopold Bennett Trachtenbroit

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Running in Absentia, Jeffrey David Tucker

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Girls of Easy Virtue, Elizabeth Anne Wagner

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Monte Carlo Simulation of Electron-Induced Air Fluorescence Utilizing Mobile Agents: A New Paradigm for Collaborative Scientific Simulation, Christopher Daniel Walker

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Is There a Relationship Between the Play Attention Program and Improved Student Achievement?, Jenny Ann Webber

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Everyday Cryptids, Joshua Vernon Webster

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Two Lecture Recitals of Percussion Music: "Notation for Stroke-Type Analyses" and "Tabla and Indian Musical Concepts in Modern Drum Set Performance", David Robert Whitman

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The Readiness of Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for Self-Directed Learning, Melissa Sue Wright

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Set Up for Success: An Examination of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program's Mentoring Component, Dwuena Cene' Wyre

Dissertations from 2010

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Differentiating Classes from Dimensions Under Unfavorable Data Conditions: Monte Carlo Comparisons of Taxometric and Latent Variable Mixture Models, Anthony Olufemi Ahmed

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A History of the American Film Institute, Deborah Jae Alexander

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Older Adults and a Writing Workshop: A Phenomenological Study, Jennifer Lynn Alex

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Postsecondary Education of Students With Disabilities: Review of Faculty and of Students With Disabilities Perceptions for Training, Jerry René Alliston

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The Quality of Student Experiences in Traditionally Scheduled Courses Versus Block Scheduled Courses at Pearl River Community College, David Scott Alsobrooks

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Algal Community Structure in Water Bodies of Mississippi: The Role of Environmental Factors in Its Spatial and Temporal Dynamics, Nestor Raul Anzola

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Influence of Financial and Policy Environments on the Business Strategy of Biotechnology Companies in India, Sumesh Mohan Arora

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A Psychometric Investigation of the Young Adult Social Behavior Scale (YASB), Michelle Rene Augustin

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Molecular Design and Patterning of Biosurfaces on Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE), Nattharika Aumsuwan

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Emotional Antecedents of Preprimary Teacher Learning, Elizabeth Anne Beavers

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Perceived Reliable Sources of Reading Instruction Information Selected by Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Teacher-Practitioners, Janet Kimberly Biglane-Hodges

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The Effect of a Math Emporium Course Redesign in Developmental and Introductory Mathematics Courses on Student Achievement and Students' Attitudes Toward Mathematics at a Two-Year College, Amy Renée Bishop

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A Comparison of Course Completion, Satisfaction, Achievement, and Performance Among Non-Profit Professionals Who Complete Andragogical or Pedagogical Online Learning Modules on Grant Writing, Joe Bernard Bradley Jr.

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The Influence of Nanoporous Crystalline Structure on Low Molecular Weight Mass Transport in Syndiotactic Polystyrene, Justin Paul Brandt

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Later Life Decision-Making: Experiential Adult Learning and Successful Aging, Shauna Pearce Breland

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The Impact of Self-Efficacy and Motivation Characteristics on the Academic Achievement of Upward Bound Participants, Brenda Leigh Brown

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The Relation Between Anger Rumination, Provocation, and Aggressive Behavior, Joshua Stephen Bullock

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Change Capacity as a Determinant of Sustainable ROI Implementation in Human Resource Development Practice, Hollis Jo Ann Burkett

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Implications of Napping Into and Beyond Kindergarten on Sleep, Diet, and the Awakening Cortisol Response, Alyssa Anne Cairns

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Monticello Rising, Charles Edward Campbell

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Web 2.0 and Self-Reported Student Performance Among High School Students in Rural Schools, Joseph Carl Cash

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Long-Term Relationships Between Religiousness and Posttraumatic Stress Response Following Resource Loss from Hurricane Katrina, Amy Katherine Chamberlain

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Synthesis and Electrical Properties of Functional Block Copolymer/Inorganic Nanocomposite Materials, Hongying Chen

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High-Stakes Testing and Its Relationship to Stress Levels of Secondary Teachers, Sonya Colman Christian

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Scopophilia and Spectacle: Fashion and Femininity in the Novels of Frances Burney, Cheryl Denise Clark

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The Relationship Between Principal Effectiveness and the Use of Counseling Skills, Valerie Suzanne Hodge Cleckler

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Hope, Optimism, Stress, and Social Support in Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities, Josephine Estelle Cooke

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Disappearing Children, Beth Lynn Couture

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Grown Men, Daniel Charles Crocker

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Preservice Teachers’ Attitudes, Familiarity, Use, and Perceived Applicability of Content Area Reading Strategies, Bridgette LaDonna Davis

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Studies of Meson Mass Spectra in the Context of Quark-Antiquark Bound States, Mallika Dhar

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Do Early Maladaptive Schemas Mediate the Relation Between Significant Life Events, Callous-Unemotional Traits, and Conduct Problems in Adolescence?, Kristy Adler Domnanovich

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Systematic Revision of the Kalliapseudidae (Crustacea: Peracarida: Tanaidacea) and the Population Genetic Structure and Phylogeography of a Species Along the Southeastern and Gulf Coasts of North America, David Thomas Drumm

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Cooperative Learning: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Achievement in a Traditional, Online, and Hybrid Instructional Setting, Allison Hardin Duckworth

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Libel in Mississippi, 1798-1832, Muriel Ann Everton

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Student Persistence in Associate Degree Nursing Programs at Mississippi Community Colleges, Kathryn Lee Fleming

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Knowledge Transfer in Public School Food Service: Post-Implementation of the Process Approach to HACCP Food Safety System, Lydia Rebecca Frass

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"Their Past in my Blood": Paule Marshall, Gayl Jones, and Octavia Butler's Response to the Black Aesthetic, Williamenia Miranda Walker Freeman

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Increasing Readiness to Change Anger: A Motivational Group Intervention, Gregory Lee Futral

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Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service, Scott Christian Fynboe

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BEMDEC: An Adaptive and Robust Methodology for Digital Image Feature Extraction, Isaac Kueth Gang

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The Use of Multiple Intelligence Concepts with Middle School Students and Future Academic Achievement, Christa Fountain Glenn

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A Comprehensive Uncertainty Analysis and Method of Geometric Calibration for a Circular Scanning Airborne Lidar, Michael Oliver Gonsalves

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An Examination of the Adjustment of First Generation African American Male College Students, Adina Narcisse Green

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An Examination of Potential Moderators in the Relations Between Mothers' and Fathers' Parenting Practices and Children's Behavior, Michelle Rae Gryczkowski

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Global Agricultural Price Supports: The Political and Economic Forces that Drive Unsustainable Agricultural Protectionism Policy, John Francis Hays

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The Relationship and Effects of Mindfulness on Comfort, Work Satisfaction, and Burnout Among Nurses Who Provide Direct Patient Care, Pamela Lichtenberg Heard

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Third Grade Reading Performance and Teacher Perceptions of the Scott Foresman Reading Street Program in Title I Schools in South Mobile County, Jamie Ladnier Hicks

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Kindergarten Assessments as a Predictor for a Student’s Need for Intervention, Victoria Ellen Weinketz Hoover

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Recasting Genre in Tennessee Williams's Apprentice Plays, Christina Ilona Hunter

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Administrators' and Teachers' Perceptions of In-School Suspension, Amelia Shondra Jackson

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Teacher Depth of Knowledge as a Predictor of Student Achievement in the Middle Grades, Tracy Henshaw Jackson

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Recovery, Leadership Efforts, and the Casino Industry in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region After Hurricane Katrina, Ethan Jon Joella

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Presenting Jamaican Folk Songs on the Art Music Stage: Social History and Artistic Decisions, Byron Gordon Johnson

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The Experiences of Mississippi Weekly Newspaper Editors as They Explore and Consider Producing Internet Editions, Cassandra Denise Johnson

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Soccer Penalty Kick Pre-Impact Cues of Male Right-Footed High School Soccer Players, Jason Ryan Jones

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Structure-Property Relationships in the Formation of Polyphenylsulfone Molecular Composites and Nanocomposites, Paul Joseph Jones

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DNAgents: Genetically Engineered Intelligent Mobile Agents, Jeremy Otho Kackley

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Aqueous RAFT Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive, Amphiphilic Block Copolymers and Self-Assembly Behavior in Solution and Incorporation Into LBL Films, Matthew Grady Kellum

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Identifying Practices That Facilitate Effective Implementation and Sustainability of Research-Based Professional Development Strategies, Emily Victoria Bryan Kibodeaux

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Criterion-Referenced Assessment Literacy of Educators, James David King

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A Study of the Effectiveness of a Pilot Training Program in an Organizational Setting: An Intervention for Work Engagement, John Joseph Kmiec Jr.

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Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale (PBSS) Across Racial Groups, Sasha Joy Lambert

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The Impact of Protective Behavioral Strategies on the Relationship Between the Negative Consequences of Alcohol Use and Anxiety Sensitivity, Jeanne Louise Lambrecht

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Deuterium Labeling of Polyamides Studied by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Christopher Allen Lange

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Adaptation of Balanced Scorecard and Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Methodologies to Measure Nation-State Power, Gregg Eric Lassen

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"I Unsex'd My Dress": Lord Byron's Seduction of Gender in "The Corsair", "Lara", and "Don Juan", Alexis Spiceland Lee

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Multi Stimuli-Responsive Copolymers Obtained from Colloidal Dispersions, Fang Liu

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Polyisobutylene Chain End Transformations: Block Copolymer Synthesis and Click Chemistry Functionalizations, Andrew Jackson David Magenau

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Assessing Mississippians’ Preparedness for Disasters Using the Citizen Corps National Survey 2009, Carl Huston Mangum II

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Patterns of Diversity, Zoogeography, and Ecological Gradients in Honduran Freshwater Fishes, Wilfredo Antonio Matamoros

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Guppie: A Coordination Framework for Parallel Processing Using Shared Memory Featuring A Master-Worker Relationship, Sean Christopher McCarthy

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The Effects of Higher Education Endowment Management Practices on Endowment Performance, Robert Louie Stanton McElhaney

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Teacher Attitude Toward Differentiated Instruction in Third Grade Language Arts, Vivian Marina McLean

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Links of Connectedness: A Content Analysis and Industry Survey Comparing the Interactive Options of Community and Metro Newspaper Web Sites, Cleveland Allin Means

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Superintendent Perceptions of the Accreditation Process in the State of Mississippi, Betty Mae Merhundrew

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Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein

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Life History and Habitat Use of the Juvenile Alabama Shad (Alosa alabamae) in Northern Gulf of Mexico Rivers, Paul Fraser Mickle

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A Separation of Church and Growth? The Intersections of Seventh-Day Adventism and Economic Development in Puerto Rico, Josefer Montes