Archive for July, 2014

A doctoral program includes more than just attending and passing courses. As the highest level of formal learning, it is important to develop skills in scholarly writing, literature reviews, critical analysis, and making recommendations. These skills transfer to the dissertation process and the colloquium provides a strong foundation upon which to build.

After completing the core foundations and research courses, doctoral students are asked to begin to explore the literature about a chosen topic which will eventually lead to a dissertation topic. According to our doctoral handbook,

This requires the student to write a scholarly paper and to present that paper in a formal, public seminar to the educational community. Presentations are scheduled each summer. The scholarly expectation is that the paper will not be simply descriptive, but will also include (the student’s and not someone else’s) analysis and evaluation. This will generally require the student to state and defend his/her own thesis about the topic.”

After multiple edited drafts of the paper, the students present their papers in formal and public forums which are held each summer. Students present their papers in a research presentation format. They are limited to 20 minutes which is followed by a question and answer period. This format is modeled after the format of a research conference.

Below is a list of the 2014 Colloquium papers being presented this year. There are a wide variety of educational topics which reflect the varied professional and personal interests of the students.

You’re Invited!

SPU School of Education

Doctoral Leadership Colloquium

1:00 p.m.

Library Seminar Room

July 15, 2014

Principal Self-Efficacy, by John Polm

Morphological Instruction to ESL Learners, by Xu Bian

Variables Impacting Student Choice or Assignment to an Alternative School, by Michael Sita

Sustainable Change in Public School Districts, by Angie Franklin

July 17, 2014

Discipline-Based Art Education K-8 and Student Achievement, by Patti Hayes

Superintendent Turnover: An Examination of the Research, by Zakariya Palsha

Engagement: An Emerging Construct with Potential to Impact Middle-Level Science Education, by Leanna Aker

Early Childhood Educators Impact on Preschool English Language Learners Representation in Special Education: A Review of the Research on the Differences between Second Language Acquisition and Disability, by Stacey McCrath-Smith

July 22, 2014

The Role of Parental Involvement and Parental Expectation in the Educational Attainment of Mexican American Youth, by Susan Knutsen

Self-Efficacy and Test-Anxiety, by Alex Johns

The Effectiveness of Mobile Devices in K-12 Education, by Jason Profit

July 24, 2014

Moral Orientation and Meaning: Morality and Life Satisfaction in Emerging Adults, by David Hartman

Influences on Contemporary Civic Education, by Cari Crane

Improving Test Scores: Can Social and Emotional Learning Help?, by Kelsey Creeden


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