The graduate program in education at Dordt College prepares teachers for service in diverse settings, equipping them with God-centered reflective and transformative skills, knowledge, and dispositions for teaching, learning, and leading.

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Theses from 2017

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Blended Learning and Math Growth: Investigating the Role of IXL Math in the Growth of 5th Grade Students’ Math Fluency Scores, Dan Van Ruler

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Childhood Fitness and Academic Achievement: An Exploration into the Effect of Physical Fitness Scores on Academic Assessment Tests, Kevin Vanderwal

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Effect of Extra-Curricular Activities on Students' Spiritual Growth, Alexa Groen

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Exploration of Mathematics: Investigating the Continuum of Mathematics from the Middle Years Program to the Diploma Program at International Baccalaureate Schools, Stela Irene Tampubolon

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Math Anxiety and Assessment Strategies, Ronald Vis

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Meaningful Instruction of Basic Multiplication Facts: Applying Constructivist Concepts to Basic Fact Acquisition, Donna Stille

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Parent Support Groups and Well-Being: Investigating the Benefits of Parent Support Groups for Families of Children with Special Needs, Rachel Zeutenhorst

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Relationship Between Parenting Styles and Mathematics Achievement, Laura Kramer

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Revolutionizing Reading: Discovering the Power of a Reading Workshop Model in the High School English Classroom, Kaitlyn De Wild

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Social Emotional Learning: The Impacts of an Implemented Plan at a Private Christian School in the Urban Setting, Lindsey Cooper

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Teaching Kindergarten Reading Comprehension Using Transactional Strategy Instruction, Heather Schultz

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The Effects of Reading Fluency Interventions on Different Populations of Students Repeated Readings vs. Lexia Core 5, Matt Den Hartog

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Visual Formative Assessment and Learning Styles, Julie Pickard

Theses from 2016

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Cooperative Groups and Student Engagement: Exploring Cooperative Learning Groups in Mathematics, Trisha Reszel

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Importance of Play: Play-Based Instruction Within a Preschool Learning Environment, Sarah Sjoerdsma

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Institutional Culture in Christian Schools, Jill Friend

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Motivation, Mindset, and Grading Systems, Russell J. Vander Molen

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Parent Involvement in the Middle School, Stephanie Walhof

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Perceptions of International High School Students Regarding Flipped Classroom Strategies in the Humanities Classroom, Nathanael Gibson

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Reading as a Necessity: Best Practices for Incorporating Reading into One English Course, Kristin M. Janssen

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Teacher Retention at a Tribal School, Cara Mulder

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Teaching for Transformation: A Tool for Christian Teachers, Rachel Vanden Hull

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Teaching History: Effective Teaching for Learning History - Chronological vs. Thematic Approaches to Student Historical Comprehension, Shane Williams

Theses from 2015

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Case for Improved Reading Achievement Using a Co-Teaching Model, Jill Van Soelen

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Comparison of Online Student vs. Public Student Performance on the ACT, Sarah Schultz

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Gender Bias in Teacher Interactions with Students, Kaily Stevens

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Holistic Versus Dualistic Christian Worldview: A Study of Comparative Impact in a Latin American Community, Jinhi K. Roskamp

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Improving Number Sense Using Number Talks, Kelsie Ruter

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Physical Activity and Time-on-Task, Lisa Mouw

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Recurrent Phenomenon of Divine Intervention in the Recruitment of Teachers at the American Christian Academy: A Narrative Inquiry, Karen Ann Nwulu

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Self-Management Program to Handle Social/Emotional Baggage in the Classroom, Lisa N. Hines

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Stability Balls and Handwriting Proficiency in a Kindergarten Classroom, Megan Haan

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Survey of Students’ Perceptions of Assertive Discipline and Restorative Discipline in American Christian Academy, Ibadan, Nigeria., Adedayo Oladeji Okunade

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Teachers as World-Makers in the Digital Age, Abby De Groot

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Technology, Mathematics and the Flourishing of the Elementary Student, Judy de Waal

Theses from 2014

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Best Practices in the Foreign Language Classroom, Allison Kleinsasser

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Case for Foreign Language in the Elementary School, Mary Beth Pollema

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Character Education in Christian Schools, Curtis Van Dam

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Cooperative Learning in Today's Bilingual Classrooms, Heath Swanson

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Correlation Between Interactive eBooks and Printed Text in Reading Achievement and Student Interest, Kimberly D. Beimers

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Effective Transitional Strategies for the First Grade Classroom, Ashley Rose Perrin

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Interpersonal Intelligence and Problem-Based Learning, Denise M. deNevers

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Kindergarten Phonics Instruction, Erika Hall

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Motivating English Language Learners: An Indonesian Case Study, Rebekah Nichols

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Response to Intervention at the Secondary Level: The Effectiveness of a Tier One Model, Kimberly A. Berliner

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Self-Assessment in the Middle School Science Classroom, Stephanie Tanis

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Study of Fifth Grade Service Learning, Phyllis Van Gelder

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Teaching Seventh Grade Statistics and Probability: An Inference Based Approach, Tammy Veenstra

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Teaching Third-Grade Writing Using the Self-Regulated Strategy Development Model, Ellen Korver

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This is God’s World: A Study of Student Worldview in a Small Rural Christian High School, Rachel Elizabeth Bootsma

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Using RtI in First Grade Language Arts, Valerie Kroll

Theses from 2013

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Diminishing Horizons: A Critical Look at History Education in America, Lisa N. Eekhoff

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Service Learning in Christian High Schools Associated with Christian Schools International, Russell J. Smies

Theses from 2012

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Christian Approach to Secondary Classroom Management, Alysia A. Haveman

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Developing an Independent Reading Program within the Framework of a Biblical Worldview, Kristin M. Contant

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Differentiated Physical Learning Environment, Alisha Thiessen

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Effectiveness of Corrective Feedback during Repeated Readings, Lanae N. Nienhuis

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Formative Assessment in the Christian Classroom, Kevin Schenk

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Rediscovering the Garden in Kindergarten: Towards a Holistic Approach, Beth R. Bleeker

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Self-Regulated Learning and Mathematics Achievement in a Fourth Grade Classroom, Dawn Eliserio

Theses from 2011

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Correlations Between High School Athletic Participation and Academic Performance, Tim Klein

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Educators Learning Together: Promoting Meaningful and Motivating Professional Development in Christian Schools, Joshua E. Bowar

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Effect of Geometer’s Sketchpad on Student Knowledge and Attitude, David J. Dekker

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Gifted Students: What Motivates Them, Sharon Reitsma Zonnefeld

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Literacy and Lenses: Can the New Michigan Merit Curriculum Support the Mission of Covenant Christian High School‘s English Department?, Suzanne R. Looyenga

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Mathematics: Giving Classical, Christian Education Its Voice, James W. Seidel

Theses from 2010

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Literacy, Technology and Discernment: Investigating the Role of Information Technology in Literacy Education, Alisa Siebenga-Weening

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Sifting Through the Cultural Dust: A Pre-Transformational Activity, Robert Duiker

Theses from 2009

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lmproving Education Through Brain Research, Lisa J. Ihnen

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Strategies to Encourage and Support the Reluctant Middle School Male Reader, Wendy L. Poppema

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Toward a Vision for Distinctively Christian Educational Leadership, Sean-Jason Schat

Theses from 2008

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Enhancing Homework’s Effectiveness through Student Motivation and Parental Involvement, Jonathan T. Beutlich

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Integrative Approach: A Teacher Evaluation Process to Improve Practice at Fraser Valley Christian High School, N. Matthew Beimers

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Model for Teaching Musical Discernment in the Christian Secondary School, Zachary J. Vreeman

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Reaching Children Communally: School hnprovement through Teacher Collaboration, Peter H. Roukema

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Standards-Based Assessment System in a Christian Middle School Science Classroom, David J. Mulder

Theses from 2007

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Advanced Placement European History Exam Potentiality, Russell W. Herman

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Are Teens Able to Articulate a Biblical Understanding of Christianity?, Sheila L. Bruns

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Character of Christ: A Proposal for Excellence in Christian Character Education, Lorraine A. Potter

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Creating Community among Colleagues: A Call to Collaboration, Thomas J. Knapper

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Gradual Release of Responsibility Approach in Developing Synthesis in Primary-aged Children, Michelle Te Grootenhuis

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Teacher-to-Parent Communication: What Parents Want from Alternative Educators, Shelley A. Hoogers

Theses from 2006

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Encouraging Reflective Thinking in the High School Classroom: Effective Use of Questioning and Wait Time Strategies, Jolyn M. Van Es

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Evaluating Thematic Units to Build Reformed Worldview, James M. Schuller

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Home Education: Declaring His Power to the Next Generation, Sandra Anderson

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Integration of Faith and Learning in Christian School Art Education, Ron D. Van Der Pol

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Students with Disabilities: Fundamentals to Determine the Best Academic Environment, Marlys Hickox

Theses from 2005

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Implications of Differentiated Instruction on Student Attitudes, Valorie L. Zonnefeld

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Is Classical Christian Education Compatible with a Reformed Christian Perspective on Education?, Peter L. Ton

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Relationship Between Traditional Grammar Terminology and Metacognitive Application of Grammar Concepts, Annalisa M. Buerke

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Study of the Effects of a Buddy Reading Program on the Reading Achievement and Attitudes of Kindergarten and Grade Seven Students at Abbotsford Christian School, Heritage Campus, Susan M. Dykshoorn

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Using Teacher Instructional Time More Efficiently Through the Use of MadMinute Software: A Tool for Teaching Elementary Children Basic Mathematics Facts, Jeremy Tinsley

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What Do People Believe to Be the Essential Elements in a Christ-Centered Curriculum?, Adam James Sterenberg

Theses from 2004

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Assessment in Early Childhood Education, Gwen R. Marra

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Attitudes Towards Educational Innovations in Christian High Schools in Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota, Kimberly A. Hengeveld

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Conduct Disorder: Is It Treatable?, Renata Smith

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Effectiveness of Online Education in a High School Honors American Government Classroom, Lisa Yantes

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Is It Simply a New Language or Is It a Learning Problem?, Lynda M. Warner

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Providing Meaningful Alternatives to Senior Examinations, Mary Dirksen

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Secondary School Choral Curriculum Based on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project, David P. Van Brugge