Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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The specific focus of the curriculum guide is to encourage inquiry and exploration of sustainability with middle school students. Children need to be explicitly taught how to analyze findings, how to work together, and teachers need to begin to lay the foundation of finding ideal solutions that best serve all people. The sooner that we introduce our students to these concepts in conjunction with science concepts the better prepared they will be to face the upcoming challenges and the better developed their scientific literacy.

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Sibley, Amanda Marie, Walters, Molina, Oliver, Jill, et al.
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2014-05

Current research on problem based tasks in the mathematics classroom and the effects are examined. As well educators are provided with an analysis regarding the importance of teaching students to problem solve through the use of novel problems, as well as equip them with the know-how to implement a problem-based unit in their classrooms. A sample unit plan and fifteen novel problems and their solutions appropriate for Algebra I students are also provided. Keywords: problem-solving, attitude, algebra

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Stuart, Dorothy, Stuart, Risa, Kurz, Terri, et al.
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2016-05

The present study was conducted in order to investigate the implementation of the self-regulated learning component of goal-setting in the elementary education classroom. Essential questions posed addressed the reasoning behind why classrooms may not implement goal-setting despite the proven benefits. Also studied was the application of goal-setting within the classroom and what that may look like for educators. Finally, student preferences were observed and taken into consideration during implementation in order to help the study benefit them as much as possible. Participants included 29 fourth grade students at Rover Elementary School. The study was conducted over a six-week period by ...

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Pavlovich, Kaitlyn Marie, Jordan, Michelle, Barrus, Angela, et al.
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2014-05

The Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language (BLE/ESL) program provides future educators with the foundation to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. We collected data on the preparedness, belief of language, and personal/educational experiences of selected Spring 2015 BLE/ESL graduates. We explored and analyzed the effectiveness of the teacher preparation program and possible areas of improvement. The implications of this research will support future BLE/ESL students by offering suggestions on individual actions, instructional practices, and programmatic changes.

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Franco, Monique, Sanchez-Hernandez, Nayely, Jimenez-Silva, Margarita, et al.
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2015-05

In the future a Community struggles for survival on an uninhabitable Earth. A small faction of rebels, called Villains, put the lives of the entire Community at risk as they fight for domination of their home. Heroes and their Sidekicks rise up from the population to fight the Villains and win back their world. As they complete their training and begin to enter the world of Heroes and Villains, Alyssa begins to struggle with her identity as a Sidekick, her new role in the Community, and whether she can really preserve all that matters most to her. This excerpt from ...

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Warren, Taylor Ann, Finn, Ed, Bell, Matt, et al.
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2015-12

Scientific literacy is a critical part of the education of high school students. Students can demonstrate literacy in science by being able to read and write scientific reports as well as recognize and discuss how science affects daily lives. However, many teachers are not familiar with the topic and do not have the resources necessary to implement it into their classrooms. This project attempts to create a website that compiles information from many sources to one concise location that is simple for teachers to use. The goal of the website is to provide teachers with a resource that they can ...

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Blome, Rebecca Ellen, Marshall, Pamela, Hart, Juliet, et al.
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2015-12

The following study will address the questions: “Why is it essential to teach elementary students about sustainability?” and “How do we teach elementary students about sustainability?” Teachers have an obligation to their students, as well as to the planet, to make their students concerned about sustainability. Many natural resources students need in the future in order to survive are running out. Without a future generation prepared with the skills to challenge issues and investigate complex problems, the Earth will remain in a jeopardized state. Teachers need to incorporate sustainability-themed literature into their classrooms and lessons in order to prepare this ...

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Wenninger, Jessica Shea, Ahmad, Omaya, Shelton, Catharyn, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Abstract This study examined the participation of 36 second and third grade students from six Title I schools in a summer school reading incentive program. Students attended the summer program who had not meet the reading requirements for their grade levels by the end of the previous school year. As part of the summer reading program students accessed free books on a variety of topics and earned incentives for bringing the books back and completing reading logs. This summer reading program was four sessions, thirty minutes, once a week during the one-month long summer program. Results indicate students’ opinions about ...

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Mineweaser, Lindsey Michelle, Oakes, Wendy, Harris, Pamela, et al.
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2015-05

Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly included in general education and are expected to access core content, including science. Development of science content knowledge, scientific literacy, and scientific thinking are areas emphasized in legislation as well as the National Science Education Standards (NSES) as critical for all students. However, participation in science inquiry and discourse is often challenging for students with ASD given their difficulties with communication. Moreover, evidence on teaching academic content, such as science, to students with disabilities is limited. This comprehensive literature review synthesized ten studies of science intervention strategies for students with ASD. Findings ...

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Frankel, Ashleigh Jeanne, Barnett, Juliet, Farr, Wendy, et al.
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2016-12

Critical thinking has driven pedagogical development and captured the attention of educators for years and is now an important focus in classrooms today (Fahim, 2014, p. 141). Common core and STEM education are both impressive additions to the educational process and practice and exist to encourage students to ask questions, analyze information, and create their own solutions or ideas. During my time studying education at Arizona State University, I noticed that a majority of references to critical thinking were in conjunction to STEM subjects. In this study, I explore and defend the benefit of using classical literature to promote critical ...

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Sherry, Alyssa Lyn, Smudde, Christopher, Esch, Mark, et al.
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2016-12

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.