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Dissertations from 2011

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Exploration in Metallic Nitride Fullerenes and Oxometallic Fullerenes: A New Class of Metallofullerenes, Mary Alice Mackey

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The Effects of Changing from a Traditional Mathematics Curriculum to an Integrated Mathematics Curriculum on Student Mathematics Learning in Georgia, Catherine Lynn Mallanda

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Moon Landing, Jennifer Ann Marquardt

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Fostering Positive Classroom Environments: The Relationship Between Teacher Qualifications, Facility Management, and Perceptions of Leadership on Student Outcomes, Bryan Allan Marshall

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The Effect of Six Weeks of Oral Echinacea Supplementation on Erythropoiesis, Nitric Oxide Production, and Exercise Performance, Tyler David Martin

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The Relationship Between Response to Intervention Implementation and Student Achievement, Carla Moran McCaleb

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Principals' Perceptions of the Importance of Classroom Walkthroughs, Shannon Anne McGill

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An Investigation of the Relationships Between Educational Technology and Mathematics Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities, Kenneth George McLeod

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A Comparison of the Effects of Two PBIS Token Reinforcement Systems on Appropriately-Engaged Behavior, Kathryn Marie Menousek

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How to Remain Childlike, Billy Ray Middleton

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Alcohol Abuse at a Mid-Sized Institution in the Southeastern United States, Michael Anthony Mitchell

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Factors That Contribute to Persistence and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Sidney Kirk Mitchell

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Further Validation of the Larson Driver Stress Profile, Michael Paul Moore

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Strange Places, Alex James Morris

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Teacher and Principal Beliefs About Principal Leadership Behavior, Mary Beth Morris

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Is There a Relationship Between Electronic White Boards in the Classroom and Student Success?, John Joseph Mundy

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Modification and Evaluation of Fuel Cell Membranes, Amol Prataprao Nalawade

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The Instructional Practice Implications of a School Reform Model Versus No School Reform Model on Reading Achievement, Adebimpe Adebisi Solaru Odunjo

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Sensitive Detection of High Explosives Using Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence, Suman Parajuli

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Student-Centered Versus Teacher-Centered Teaching Styles in High Poverty and Low Poverty Schools and Their Impact on Language Arts and Math MCT2 Scores, Hollie Moore Parker

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Does Psychopathy Predict Desirability in Speed Dating Situations? A Social Relations Analysis, Kathleen Tucker Payne

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A Comparative Study of Teachers' Attitudes and Practices Regarding Homework in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Grades, Courtney Pisarich Peltier

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A Comparison of Social Stories With and Without a Reinforcement Component, Erin Cuneo Perry

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Full Court Press: How Mississippi Newspapers Helped Keep State College Basketball Segregated, 1955-1973, Jason Ashley Peterson

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Retention of Music Teachers Working with High Concentrations of At-Risk Students in Metro Atlanta Schools: A Qualitative Case Study, Theron Roy Petway III

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Establishing Construct Validity of the Biology I Subject Area Testing Program in Mississippi, Christy Michelle Hollis Philippoff

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The Relationship Between Readability Level of Mississippi's Middle Schools' Websites and Seventh Grade Language Arts MCT2 Scores, Anna Marlene Graves Pickard

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"Are You Talking to Me?": Evaluating Possible Cognitive Mediators on the Relation Between Narcissism and Aggressive Traits in Adolescents, Jessica Diane Pickard

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A Moderational Model Investigating Child Temperament, Executive Functioning, and Contextual Predictors of Externalizing Behaviors in Preschoolers, Ferne Arlene Pinard

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Classwide Functional Analysis and Comparison of Function-Based Interventions with Preschoolers, Veena Yamasani Poole

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An Electrophysiological Examination of ADHD-Associated Symptoms and Selective Attention in Adults, Erica Diane Prentkowski

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Bitter-Sweet Home: The Pastoral Ideal in African-American Literature, from Douglass to Wright, Robyn Merideth Preston-McGee

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Moral Performances: Melodrama and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Jeffrey Taylor Pusch

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Behavioral Cues Associated with Lies of Omission and of Commission: An Experimental Investigation, Brianna Ratliff

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Intergroup Forgiveness in the Middle East: Cognitive and Affective Antecedents to Intergroup Forgiveness and the Relationship Between Intergroup Forgiveness and Psychological Well-Being Among Israeli Jews, Alon Rice

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Does Online Course Design Encourage Attrition? Assessing Usability Factors in Learning Management Systems, Lisa Theresa Richardson

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The Merit of Intensive Leadership Development Programs on Building-Level Administrators' Sustainability, Sonja Jean Robertson

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The Black Plumb Line: Re-evaluating Race and Africanist Images in Non-Black Authored American Texts, LaShondra Vanessa Robinson

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Determining Content Validity for the Transition Awareness and Possibilities Scale (TAPS), Melynda Burck Ross

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Circadian Rhythm and Vigorous Activity: Do They Make a Difference in Executive Function?, Janie Sue Ryland

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Latent Growth Modeling of a Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention, Alicia Dea Sample

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The Effect of Teacher Retention on Student Achievement in Third Grade Reading/Language Arts, Kathy Bang Sellers

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Content Area Literacy in the Primary Grades: Teachers' Sense of Efficacy in Teaching Narrative and Informational Text, Christine Cherry Selman

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Dissolved and Colloidal Element Transport Through the Coastal Transition Zone, Moo Joon Shim

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An Analysis of the Perseverance of Seminary Master's Degree Graduates in Professional Ministry, Steven Thomas Smith

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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