A growing collection containing theses, capstones, and research papers presented in the fulfillment of Graduate degrees at Cardinal Stritch University. Items are submitted by the author and are either open access or on-campus access only; some files may have embargoes placed on them. The authors of these documents retain the copyright to the intellectual property these works represent in their current form.

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Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2012

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The effect of television on views of mental illness, Alicia Ehlen

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Student use of sequential writing to improve scores on constructed response items in math, Rachael Fellers

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Incarcerated males with disabilities; how many are there?, Glen M. Fink

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Direct instruction and its impact on middle school reading fluency scores, Peter J. Fortmann

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Motivation and syllabification intervention, Melissa M. Frey

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Student achievement in mathematics can be increased by specifying student outcomes through a rubric, Lisa M. Frye

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Effects of bilingual intervention on alphabet knowledge and emergent literacy skills, Itzel M. Galindo

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Social anxiety's mediating effects on cellular phone communication patterns, Laura Gaworski

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Effects of writing language objectives on the language proficiency of English Language Learners, Katherine G. Hayes

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Effects of multisensory phonics on students with cognitive disabilities, Brandi R. Hussli

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Substance abuse problems in criminal offenders: the role of psychopathy and anxiety, Casey Jackl

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Connection between fluency and comprehension through the use of readers' theater, Laura L. Johnson

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Using questioning as a strategy intervention to increase reading comprehension in adequate decoders but poor comprehenders: a case study, Theresa Kappes

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Trauma sensitive classrooms, Sarah L. Keel

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Eliminating the boredom: adolescents' involvement in extracurricular activities and flow experiences, Stephanie A. King

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Curriculum Design in Special Education: Factors and Influences, Justine R. Kinnaird

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Beyond Sound Boxes: the case for sublexical fluency and auditory discrimination tasks in the phonological awareness intervention of an English language learner with language impairment, Angela Kolanko

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Attitudes and perceptions toward telehealth: racial differences, Amber E. Krause

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Effects of explicit language and scaffolded-­‐models of a reading strategy on students while reading expository texts: an action research on the question-­‐answer relationship, Elyse Krautkramer

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Effect of repeated readings on the fluency and comprehension scores of an eighth grade student with a learning disability, Michael W. Landers

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Evidence-Based interventions to improve adolescent immunosuppression adherence post-solid organ transplant: a literature review, Molly Catherine Lappe

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Individual learning versus cooperative learning in a competitive classroom, Ryan Meier

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Effectiveness of positive behavior intervention system in addressing negative student behaviors at the elementary school, Amy Julia Metaxa

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Impact of teaching summarizing to improve comprehension and retention of a religion textbook, Allison Quandt Meuler

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Improving reading comprehension: using before, during, and after questioning with second grade students, Kayla Joy Meyer

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Effects of an inference intervention for a third grader with a math disability, Megan C. Miller

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Increasing motivation to read in a grade three classroom through the use of tangible and intangible incentives, Carrie Moritz

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Factors that affect juror decisions in civil commitment trials, Carrie A. Muffler

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Effects of oral and written dialect-shifting instruction on the oral and written word accuracy of African American English-Speaking, Julie Norman

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Reading flexibility and its effect on comprehension in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sara Olsen

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Effects of explicit phonics instruction on the decoding, spelling and comprehension skills of bilingual students making the transition to English reading, Katie E. Palacios

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How effective is the use of graphic organizers in improving grades of special education students?, Charlotte L. Patterson

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Impact of Vocabulary Intervention on the Receptive Vocabulary Comprehension of 8th Graders with Identified Disabilities, Crystal Placek

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Organizing around main ideas: a writing intervention using graphic organizers, sentence sorting tasks and self-regulation strategies, Lila S. Planavsky

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Who is more prepared to mainstream children with Asperger's disorder: general education teachers or special education teachers?, Jessica Popilek

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How oral content vocabulary language transfers to student writing, Julie A. Post

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Stress in seeking therapy: comparing residential and outpatients receiving treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, Katherine Roth

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Increasing oral reading fluency through a targeted intervention, Marie Sanguinetti

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Treatment of eating disorders: frequency of treatment use and perceived treatment efficacy of treatment modalities as reported by clinicians, Ashley Schani

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Effects of explicit reading comprehension strategy instruction on students’ reading comprehension and written summaries, Sarah A. Schindler

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The effects of statutory rape and information processing mode on juror decision-making in sexually violent persons' civil commitment trials, Jenna Schwartz

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Effects of comprehension, writing, fluency, & vocabulary interventions on the literacy of an eighth grade student with a learning disability, Ranjit Singh

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Increasing reading fluency through repeated, teacher modeled oral readings, Rachel C. Skinner

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Narrative interventions as a strategy for reducing relational aggression among preschoolers, Dana Smith

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Influence of colors applied in a study area on college students' academic performance, Brooke Stern

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Use of concept map correction, conversation, and summarization to improve the comprehension of seventh grade ELLs using their social studies text, Brad Stibbe

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Case study of a student with an emotional behavioral disorder: an increase in reading fluency and its effect on reading comprehension and behavior in the general education classroom., Betsy A. Strobl

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Using Words Their Way to increase spelling accuracy, Jennifer Twardzik

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Effects of vocabulary interventions on the comprehension in the science content area, Elizabeth A. Wellinghoff

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Effect of explicitly teaching expository text structure to learning disabled and at-risk readers, Matthew J. Weyers

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The effect of first sexual experience on later sexuality, Rebecca Whiting

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Impact of oral drill and practice of a small set of target facts with corrective feedback by a partner on first grade students’ fluency in addition facts, Heidi E. Williams

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Effects of a developmental, word-stage approach to spelling instruction in first grade, Liza Armstrong Witt

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Improving comprehension and vocabulary through small group instruction with second grade students, Renee Wojtkiewicz

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When time matters: factors predicting the time to an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, Talley Yake

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Goal-setting theory in relationship to mastery of basic multiplication and division facts, Robert B. Zaharias

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects from 2011

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Effects of dialogue and journaling on reading comprehension, Sarah Lynn Barbian

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Nancy Drew: The Case of the Changing Definitions and Ideals of Twentieth Century American Girlhood, Nancy Barbiaux

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Influence of Explicit Vocabulary Instruction on Early Readers' Reading Abilities, Lisa Barnes

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Association between emotional intelligence and family dynamics in adolescents, Rachel N. Benson

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Word Study and Comprehension Techniques on Expository Text, Elizabeth M. Beveridge

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Effects of Repeated Intervention Strategies in Phonological Awareness and Reading Comprehension, Makisha Biles

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Stability balls as an intervention: effect of frequency and duration of out-of-seat behavior, Brenna Biron

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Using Text Sets to Promote Early Literacy Skills in Head Start Children, Kristin B. Boutelle

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Improving reading proficiency through the use of repeated readings and explicit instruction in high-frequency words, Emery L. Boyle-Scott

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Influence of Vocabulary Pre-Teaching on Classroom Read Alouds With English Language Learner Kindergarten Students, Kelly Brady

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Impact of Web 2.0 applications on student test scores, Abigail Marie Bumgarner

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Emotional intelligence and academic performance as measured by GPA in college students, Despoina Chatzistergioglou

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Using Voice To Print Technology to Improve Student Writing, Monica Jo Church

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Role Home Visits Play in Creating Positive Attitudes and Increased Literacy Skills in Young Readers, Lindi Connor

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Effects of repeated reading and explicit vocabulary instruction on fluency and comprehension, Kristie Cushman

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Relationship between the Unique Learning System and reading skills of students with special needs, Kristin DuPont

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Relationship between a positive behavior management technique and increased district benchmark scores for academically at-risk students, Jaclyn Durham

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Effect of Word Boxes, Word Walls, and Repeated Readings on Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehension, April N. Eckdahl

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Increasing Literacy and Language Development, Cassie Elliott

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Effect of explicit instruction in the use of graphic organizers and text features on a struggling fifth grade reader, Jennifer Elliott

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Experiences of transgender individuals in various stages of transition, Julie M. Fliss

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Comparison of mothers' and fathers' perceptions of involvement in the autistic child's in-home therapy, Robyn Furger

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Effects of marital satisfaction and attachment style on death anxiety, David Grimm

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Comparison of the use of textbooks and computer-based curriculum: behavior analysis, Gary Hanson

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College students and the use of academic services, Jennifer M. Hill

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Effects of print referencing on pre-kindergarten students during storybook reading, Barbara A. Jones-Johnson

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Effects of a Content-Area Writing Lesson Cycle on English Language Learners' Writing Abilities and Content Knowledge, Katie Kasper

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Evolution of amusement in Southeastern Wisconsin, Jeffery Kawleski

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Effects of Explicit and Systematic Instruction in Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehension on the Reading Performance of a Fifth Grade Student with a Learning Disability, Sun C. Kim

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Spirit of outdoor activity: exploring the link between creativity, spirituality, and the natural environment, Angela Klemm

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Differentiating Instruction by way of Ability Grouping and Integrating Appropriate Reading Skills and Strategies with Struggling 2nd Grade Readers to Improve Comprehension and Fluency, Jean Kroll

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Effects of science vocabulary instruction beyond the curriculum text, Julie M. Kubanek

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How will students respond to the differentiated FASTT Math computer based program?, Robert A. Kuhnen

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Effects of Explicit Comprehension Strategy Instruction on a Struggling First Grade Reader, Naomi Lara

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Comparative Analysis of Pictorial-based and Translation-based Vocabulary Introduction on Student Recall and Retention of Concrete French Nouns, Melody Leung

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Student Centered Outcomes Achieved Through Service Learning An Integrative Literature Review, Ann Luba

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Nurses’ Learning Needs: Advance Directives Integrative Literature Review, Susan K. Machones

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Interprofessional Education as a Component of Nursing Education: an Integrative Literature Review, Jean Majeski

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Decoding Intervention as a Strategy for Improving Literacy Development, E.B. Maynard

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Comparison of a formal reading curriculum and individualized reading materials for a student with significant disabilities, Marissa McCallum

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Pre-cash visual cues and the occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder in truck and bus drivers, Dan Medlock

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Sentence construction infused with vocabulary intervention: the impact of self-regulation strategies on one student's sentence-construction skills, Emily Moe-Lobeda

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Influence of social support and perceived service value on the reintegration of male and female veterans, Tamara L. Morris

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Using Schema-Based Instruction to Improve Mathematical Word Problem Solving Skills, Elizabeth A. Nye