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    Student and Instructor Perceptions of Care in Online Graduate Education
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Marx, Gina R.; Bakken, Linda
    Nodding's (1984) theory of care evolved before online education became main stream. Therefore, this study was conducted to learn how students and instructors described care and what language or strategies they perceived as conveying care in online education. Online instructor interviews, online student survey, and course shell review were conducted. The findings of this study were viewed through Noddings' three constructs of care. Findings showed that among Nodding's three major constructs, Engrossment and Affective Engagement were found to be aligned in this virtual caring environment; however, Reciprocity was not.
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    White teacher's challenge: racial and cultural differences between White teachers and students of Color
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Burkhalter, Kimberly D. Johnson; Alagic, Mara
    Across the United States, students of color, make up approximately 69% of the urban school population. More than 85% of the classroom teachers are white, predominately female, and 40% of the urban schools do not have teachers of color in the classrooms. Educational systems often struggle in their efforts to support the needs of racially and culturally diverse students and a student's culture is often not regarded as a function of his/hers educational success. The purpose of this study was to capture and analyze stories of teachers who had experienced a transformation in understanding racial and cultural differences and shifted their teaching practices to meet the needs of their students that were racially and culturally different; to facilitate culturally relevant instruction. A qualitative methodology of the narrative inquiry allowed participants an opportunity to share their experiences through storytelling. The teacher participants shared their experience regarding racial and cultural difference. They told how their experiences shaped their instructional classroom practices.
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    Selection of community colleges presidents: exploring Board Members' understanding
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Watkins, Mark Charles Henry; Alagic, Mara
    This qualitative study explored 14 community college CC board members' understanding about (1) their institutions utilizing organizational identity theory and (2) critical elements of the match between their understanding of the CC and the desired characteristics of the selected presidential candidate. Documents including mission and vision statements and presidential position descriptions from 48 rural and urban CCs across the nation were compared with board members' interview data. CC documents emphasized presidential experience. Board members also discussed experiences; however communication skills and the ability to develop relationships were critical elements in the presidents' selection. Rural interviewees spoke about using their CCs as an institution to preserve the community and culture. Urban interviewees desired their CCs to be an institution of relevance.
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    Qualitative data analysis: Dialogue and mindsets
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2010-04-23) Lutz, Lisa L.; Rimmington, Glyn M.
    Since the late twentieth century, the ability to connect and communicate with others has been available through a variety of information and communication technologies. Access to mobile communication technology is a characteristic that makes today’s learners different and which presents challenges and opportunities in the classroom. This study embraced the use of communication technologies by music students in different parts of the world to collaborate on musical compositions. Students and teachers used web based social networks and collaboration software to, communicate collaborate and compose music. Participant communications were captured online and analyzed to determine feasibility of technologically enables collaborations with a global reach to provide an environment for gaining an awareness of intercultural perspectives.Analysis was conducted using the Emerging Mindedness Continuum.
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    A study of external stakeholders’ perspectives of a Midwestern community college
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2010-04-23) Eubank, Heather; Rathbun, Shelia E.; Jaradat, Maram; Mustafa, Mohammad B.; Stucky, Janis; Watkins, Mark Charles Henry; Goodvin, Sharon Bever; Bakken, Linda
    A Midwestern community college hired a new president in 2003. Since then, community college personnel endeavor to improve institutional effectiveness, program quality, and perceived stakeholder value. The president expressed a concern that the institution's progress remains relevant to the needs of the stakeholders. This study was designed to ascertain data from external stakeholders of the community college regarding their current perceived value of the community college, what value it could bring in the future, and suggestions about moving from the present to the future. The qualitative study participants included high school seniors to obtain the views of prospective community college students, high school counselors who advise high school seniors, and sponsoring community members who pay property taxes in support of the community college. Surveys, interviews, focus groups, and documentation were utilized to collect the data. The findings from the data are presented in this study to be used by community college officials to incorporate into their strategic plans.