Previous Dissertation Titles Samples

Below are the ASU EDL Doctoral Program Dissertation Titles. Each dissertation is available for check out at the ASU library.

Click on the links to view the title page and abstract for each dissertation.

Full dissertations can be viewed at NC Docks for dissertations published 2010 and after.

Year Author Title

A Comparative Evaluation of Instructional Levels Determined by the Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC) Assessment and an Informal Reading Inventory

Caroline Scott Armstrong Beam

Perceptions and Enactment of Instructional Coaching in North Carolina

“Dreamkeepers”: School Experiences from the Voices of Successful Adult African American Males

Dropouts Who Return for Their Ged: Personal Reflections on the Socio-Cultural Issues Related to Leaving School

Perceived Factors of a Quality Student Teaching Experience

Journey to the Presidency: Stories from Women Community College Presidents

The Start Point: a Grounded Theory Study of Aspirations and Needs of Trio Students at the Point of Entry into a Postsecondary Enrollment or Postsecondary Attainment Program

Exploration of 21st Century Skills Development Among Educators and Students Engaged in Online Collaborative Educational and Cultural Exchange Program: a Case Study of Us-Pakistan Online International Exchange Program

The Summative Impact of College Access Interventions: a Program Evaluation of Gear up North Carolina

Integrative Learning Within Tutoring in Higher Education: Contexts for Connections

An Investigation of the Experiences of Minority Males Participating in the North Carolina Community College System Minority Male Mentoring Programs

Women in the Integrated Circuit: a Study Examining the Intersection Between Technology, Subjectivity, and the Academy

Casting the Circle: an Arts-Based Inquiry into Creating Spaces for Emergent, Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Higher Education

Melanie Duckworth Honeycutt

Examining the Effect of Leadership Practices on Sustaining a Technology Innovation

First-Generation College Students and Academic Advising: Words of Wisdom from Academic Advisors

Internationalization in Community Colleges: Perceptions Regarding the Role of a State Consortium

The Freshman Academy Impact: a Comparison of Ninth Grade Structures Through Analyses of Student Perceptions and Performance Data

Understanding the Educational Experiences of Graduate Counseling Students Engaged in Therapeutic Expressive Arts-Based Activities

“Visitor to All, Native to None”: How Digital-Native Teacher Education Students Use Bricolage and Multiple Modalities to Construct Knowledge

International Library Development in Africa: Benefits, Challenges, and Sustainability

International Library Development in Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Sustainability

Predictors of Success for Community College Developmental Mathematics Students in Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Courses

George Harrison Hendricks

Predictors of Success for Community College Developmental Mathematics Student in Online, Hybrid, and Traditional Courses

The Learning and Development of Non-Traditional Women Within Social Constructivist 3d Immersive Environments

A Comparison of High School End of Course Test Results of Athletes and Non-Athletes in Three North Carolina High Schools

Finding Our Voices: the Bittersweet Journey of a Dream for First-Generation Female Doctoral Graduates

A Study of the Relationships Between Extracurricular Participation in Selected North Carolina High Schools and Student Achievement as Determined by Cumulative Grade Point Average

Examining the Impact of Student-Generated Screencasts on Middle School Science Students’ Interactive Modeling Behaviors, Inquiry Learning, and Conceptual Development

The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students with Disabilities

The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students with Disabilities

The Relationships of Selected Curriculum Program Areas on Credential Attainment of African American Males Enrolled in the North Carolina Community College System

Spirituality as a Component of Transformational Leadership Among Selected North Carolina Community College Presidents

An Examination and Analysis of Middle School Transition Plans: a Study of Local Education Agencies and Middle Schools in North Carolina

Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Efficacy: a Correlational Study

The Effect of Technology Infusion on At-Risk High School Students' Motivation to Learn

Religious Knowledge Among Pre-Service Secondary Teachers of English and History

An Evaluation of a School System's Excursion into Online Instruction for Middle School Students

Digital Storytelling: Ordinary Voices, Extraordinary Stories

Exploring the College-Going Scripts of Students Enrolled in a Rural Early College High School

A Case Study of a Professional Learning Community: an Investigation of Sustainability with a Rural Elementary School

The Impact of a Middle School Tiered Mathematics Program on Academically or Intellectually Gifted Students: One School District's Response to High Stakes Accountability

Perceptions of Displaced Manufacturing Workers About Their Transition to Successful Re-Employment Through a Community College Education Experience: Six Stories of Success

A Phenomenological Study of High School Biology Teachers' Perceptions of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards in an Era of High-Stakes Testing

The Impact of Student Mobility, Gender and Title I Status on Measures of School Accountability

Lessons Learned: a Crisis Responder's Journey Supporting Friends in Crisis

The North Carolina Community College System Critical Success Factor 1 and the Association with Leadership Styles Practiced by North Carolina Community College Presidents

Exploring Characteristics of Public School Facilities and Resources and the Relationship with Teacher Retention

A Spelling-Based Phonics Approach to Word Instruction for Children with Down Syndrome

The Effects of Dual Enrollment Credit and Huskins Program Credit on College Readiness

The Principal's Role in Defining a Student Success-Based School Culture: the Impact of Specific Behaviors on School-Level Teacher Working Conditions

Parental Perspectives and Decision-Making Processes About School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind in a Large Urban Elementary School

Exploring Common Characteristics Among Community College Students: Comparing Online and Traditional Student Success

A "Quickguide" to Inquiry-Based Physics Laboratory Reform

Experiences and Perceptions of Fatherhood Among Fathers with Sons Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

Value-Added Effects of Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Funding on Students in the Surry County Schools

Perceptions of 21st Century Community College Leaders on the Role of Relational Leadership

Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Learning Communities as Opportunities for Promoting Professional Growth

Honor Bound: Exploring the Disparity of Treatment of Women in Kurdistan, Iraq.

Still Missing in Action: the Perceptions of African American Women About the Barriers and Challenges in Ascending to the Superintendency in North Carolina Public Schools

Navigating the Labyrinth: Women School Superintendents in North Carolina

Cognitive and Non-Cognitive College Readiness in Participants in Three Concurrent Enrollment Programs at a North Carolina Community College

Realities, Risks, and Responsibilities: A Critical Narrative Inquiry and Autoethnographic Exploration of Biculturality Among Black Professional Women

An Examination of the Relationship Between Ease of Navigation and Course Completion in the Online Learning Environment

A Program Evaluation of North Carolina's Statewide Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear Up).

Associate Degree Nursing Students: a Study of Retention in Nursing Education Programs

Readiness to Lead: Perspectives of Graduates and Advanced Doctoral Students Answering the Call to Lead in Community Colleges

The Creation, Communication and Implementation of an Organizational Vision: Principals' Perspective in a Rural Education Setting

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life at Appalachian State University

An Investigation of Issues Associated with the Transition from Eighth to Ninth Grade in a Rural School District

The Perceived Role of the Media Coordinator as School Leader in the Sustainability of a Major Technology Initiative

The Impact of Academic Self-Efficacy and Socio-Demographic Factors on Academic Achievement of First-Generation Community College Students

Exploring Leadership Qualities Among K-12 Public School Principals in North Carolina Successfully Implementing State-Mandated Technology Initiatives

Reclaiming Personal and Pedagogic Identity Through Social Constructivism: an Educator's Journey and Collaboration in Family Literacy Practices

Ordered Chaos: the Implications of Childrearing in the Underrepresentation of Women in Educational Leadership Positions

North Carolina Community College System Virtual Learning Community Evaluation

The Effects of Classroom Interior Design Elements of Eighth Grade Language Arts Students' Psychological Well-Being

Early Transition from High School to College: an Ethnographic Case Study of the Obstacles and Strategies That Emerged in a Rural North Carolina Community College

Formation of Teacher Mental Models Regarding Technology Configurations, the Factors Influencing Their Formation, and Teacher Receptivity to Adopting Alternative Configurations

Teacher Recruitment, Rural Schools and Student Teachers' Perceptions of Effective Teacher Recruitment Strategies in North Carolina

An Examination of the Impact of Relative Age at School Entry on North Carolina Students - a Predictor of Future Outcomes

The Implementation of a Response to Intervention Problem-Solving Model in a Rural Elementary School: a Qualitative Case Study

Analysis of North Carolina Economic Factors That Accurately Explain Student Performance in North Carolina Public Schools

A Study of Middle School Students' and College Sophomores' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Islam and Muslims


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