Students from the fourth cohort of the Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program are defending their dissertations during the Spring 2020 semester – learn more about each of their dissertations below!
Upcoming Dissertation Defenses
Heidi Schmidt Emberling | Tue., Mar. 31, 1pm, Zoom Video Conference
“How Does Alignment Between Policymakers and the General Public Affect Expansion and Improvement of High-Quality Childcare/Preschool in California?”
This mixed methods study examines specific factors that impede or interfere with expansion and improvement of high-quality early care and education programs and services in California, as well as identifies potential solutions, with a specific focus on alignment between policymakers and the general public.
Committee: Dr. Emily Slusser, Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Arnold Danzig
Prabhjot Singh | Tue., Apr. 7, 11am, Zoom Video Conference
“Examining the Effects of a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention on the Prosocial Behaviors of Elementary Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders”
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a peer-mediated social skills intervention on fourth and fifth grade students, aged 9, 10, and 11 with EBD in a public-school setting. The current study proposes to explicitly teach students the target social skills of sharing, compliment giving, and sportsmanship using modeling, role-play, and discussion with feedback.
Committee: Dr. Lisa Simpson, Dr. Peg Hughes, Trudy Gross
Angela Maria Rengifo | Wed., Apr. 8, 10am, Zoom Video Conference
“The impact of the language of instruction on second grade Latinx Emergent Bilinguals’ understanding of place value in two Spanish-English bilingual classrooms. An Exploratory Study”
This mixed methods study examines whether and how the language of instruction impacts second grade Latinx Emergent Bilingual students’ understanding of place value and their communication patterns around this mathematical concept in two Spanish-English transitional bilingual classrooms.
Committee: Dr. Cheryl Roddick, Dr. Allison Briceno, Dr. Delnaz Hosseini
Jennifer Gee Huei Wang | Wed., Apr. 8, 3:30pm
“Developing Teachers’ TPaCK with Design Thinking and Community of Practice”
This study examines whether and how the self-selected K-5 teachers in a suburban elementary school in California demonstrated TPaCK in the integration of instructional technologies when they engage in a community of practice structured around design thinking.
Committee: Dr. Mark K. Felton, Dr. Lara Ervin-Kassab, Dr. Joe McCreary