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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 that 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 that are held each summer. Students present their papers in a research presentation format. They are limited to 20 minutes that 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 2015 Colloquium papers being presented this year. There are a wide variety of educational topics that reflect the varied professional and personal interests of the students. Each session will be held in the library seminar room from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

July 14, 2015

Principal Perceptions of Preparation for Leadership in Special Education, Jennifer Norton

Learning to Doing: Bioethics Action in Nursing Care, Heidi Monroe

The Relationship between Cognitive Gap on Conflict and Coping Behavior of Superintendent School Board Teams, Doug Asbjornsen

The Impact of Metacognitive Practice on Academic Achievement, Nalline Baliram

July 15, 2015

Group Supervision: Theory and Practice, Stacy Mehlberg

Foundations for School Improvement, Anna Horton

Motivational Interviewing: A Potential Tool for Secondary School Counselors, Reagan North

July 16, 2015

Literacy for Students with Down Syndrome: A Curriculum in Flux, Margaret Dornay

The Role of Executive Function Skills in Kindergarten Readiness, Amy Wright

The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a School wide Positive Behavior Intervention, Omar Flores

A Review of School Psychology and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Homero Flores

July 21, 2015

Teacher Feedback and Student Self-Efficacy, Tammy Small

Understanding the Challenges Novice Programmers Face in Introductory Computer Programming Courses, Jim Mendes

The Impact of Sheltered Observation Protocol on the Learning of ELL Students, Miriam Mickelson

The Practice of Mindfulness to Reduce Stress Among Educators, Kaley Rankine

July 22, 2015

Assessing Creativity, Jeffrey Youde

Effects of Shame Resiliency Theory in Women, Christy Baumann

Principal Turnover: Identification and Utility of Contributing Factors, Kathleen Cifu

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