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 2022

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Benefits and Barriers of Block Scheduling, Courtney Huebner

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Christian School Relationships with Homeschool Families, Karla R. Schwitters

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Effective Board Governance in Covenantal Christian Schools, Justin Raap

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Exploring the Mental Health and Burnout Among Educators, Kelsey Van't Zelfde

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Impact of Career and Technical Education on Student Engagement in Small Suburban Christian Schools, Brad A. Homan

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Math Fact Fluency Assessments and their Impact on Math Anxiety, Kathryn De Vries

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Teachers' Perceptions of Instructional Coaches, Melanie Sharp

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The Effectiveness of Writing Portfolios to Develop Metacognition, Beth Bleeker

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The Successful Adoption of Teaching for Transformation: Utilizing Kotter's 8-Stage Process for Leading Change, Marcus Todd

Theses from 2021

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Crew as a Tool to Foster Belonging at School, Leendert de Visser

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Examining the Relationship Between Teacher Efficacy, Stress, and Email Use, Jonathan Van Santen

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Factors Influencing Advanced STEM Course Enrollment for Females, Marissa Erickson

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Implications of Mental Health and Educators, Krista Bosman

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Journey of Reform: A Phenomenological Study of the Perceived Impacts of Standards-Based Grading on Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction, Melanie K. Cleveringa

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Measuring Student Engagement and Student Satisfaction in Online and In-Person High School Classes, Joseph Jasper

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School Schedules and Their Impact on Teacher Job Satisfaction, Heidi VanWeelden

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Stress Management for Student-Athletes: Stress Levels and Mitigation Strategies for Athletes and Coaches at a Faith-Based University, Caleb Herman

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Student Perceptions in Temporary and Cohort Groups, David Miedema

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Writing for an Authentic Audience in the Middle Grades, Emily Huffman

Theses from 2020

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Academic Stress and Honors Students: A Phenomenological Study of Christian High School Students’ Perceptions and Experiences, James Uitermarkt

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Brain Breaks and Engagement, Joe'l Vander Waal

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Disordered Eating Behaviors Amongst Student Athletes, Sarah Wensink

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Peer Coaching at an Independent School, Lindsay Anderson

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Self-Efficacy and Its Effect on Student Achievement in Reading and Math, Morgan Van Hulzen

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Technology Use in the Classroom, Danny Mooers

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The Classroom Environment: Effects on Learning, Motivation, and Behavior, Angela Pierotti

Theses from 2019

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A Case Study for Improving Reading Comprehension in Third Grade Using Literature Circles, Joy Hinds

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Amateur Sport Participation and the Development of Athletes, Mycah Hulst

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Effect of Formational Learning Experiences on Student Attitudes, Pamela Zuidhof

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Growing Motivation and Learning for the Middle School Student through Reassessment Practices, Payton Ponstein

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Place-Based Education and Reconciliation, Jonathan Boone

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Self-Assessment and the Growth Mindset of Middle School Students, Julie Gross

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Smartphones and Schoolwork: Determining the Relationship Between Students’ Beliefs and Habits Regarding Phones, Luke Breems

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Technology: Engagement and Motivation in the Elementary Classroom, David Nieuwsma

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The Impact of Faith-Based Programs on Christian High School Students in a Rural Christian Independent School, Mike Cumiskey

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Understanding Teacher Shortages in Christian Schools, Ralph Medema

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Writing Self-Efficacy and Student Ownership: Exploring Middle School Writing Perceptions through Increased Ownership in the Classroom, Ruth Clark

Theses from 2018

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Authentic Learning Experiences: Investigating How Teachers Can Lead Their Students to Intrinsic Motivation in Meaningful Work, Rhonda Van Donge

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Do Kindergarten Readiness Screenings Predict Academic and Social Success?, Lori Schaap

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Feedback and Growth Mindset: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Feedback with Middle School Students, Lori Carpenter

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Flipped Classrooms and the Video Creator’s Impact on Achievement, Kailee Davelaar

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Formative Feedback and Student Attitudes: Investigating the Impact of Teacher Feedback on Student Attitudes in the Classroom, Aaron Vedder

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Is a Flipped Classroom in a High School Geometry Class Effective?, Charles Dirks

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MAP to Khan Academy Connection: Analyzing the Potential Role of Using Khan Mappers to Boost MAP Scores, Glenda Elgersma

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Student Ownership, Engagement, and the Love of Learning: Investigating the Correlation of Student Ownership to Student Engagement, Kevin Koeman

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