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Student Dissertations

The dissertations below were written by Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Students.

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2019

Pei Wei Lee, Ph.D.
Using Social Media to Access and Support Informal Learning in Museums of Taiwan and the U.S.
Chair: Ladislaus M. Samali
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Fall 2018

Nakita Dolet, Ph.D.
A Phenomenological Study of Adult Learners Navigating the College Application Process
Chair: Craig Campbell
Campus: University Park

Joshua Eric Long, Ph.D.
Sustained Adult Community Band Participation: Influences and Emotions of Music Making
Chair: Esther Prins
Campus: University Park

Anne Odele, Ph.D.
MEANING, USES, AND OUTCOMES OF ADULT LITERACY IN A FUNCTIONAL ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM IN UGANDA
Chair: Esther Prins
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2017

Sylvia A. Owiny, Ph.D.
Adult Education as a Strategy to Engage People-Centered Social Development in Uganda and Tanzania
Chair: Landislaus M. Semali
Campus: University Park

Jinjie Wang, Ph.D.
Exchange Teachers' Professional Development and how their Experiences in the USA and China Influence their Global Teacher Identity
Chair: Landislaus M. Semali
Campus: University Park

Summer 2017

Annette Hestres, Ph.D.
Learning Experiences of LGBQ Latina, Chicana, and Puerto Rican Faculty Members in Higher Education Institutions in the United States and Puerto Rico
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Thomas Kammerling, Ph.D.
The Intersectionality of Race, Gender, and Age in Developmental Mathematics
Chair: Adnan A. Qayyum
Campus: University Park

Allyson Krupar, Ph.D.
Women's Empowerment and Forced Migration: A Visual Ethnography of Experiences in NGO-Sponsored Adult Education Programs in DADAAB, Kenya
Chair: Esther Prins
Campus: University Park

Fall 2017

Thomas Spencer, Ph.D.
Multi-Site Empirical Study of International Student Adjustment
Chair: Esther S. Prins
Campus: University Park

Keon Liberato, Ph.D.
Organizing In The Working-Class: Contradictions, Learning & The Making of Left Organizers
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2016

Courtney Karmelita, D Ed
Exploring Adult Learners' Experiences Transitioning to Higher Education
Chair:Adnan Qayyum
Campus:University Park

Amy Thul-Sigler, D Ed
The Effects of Career Interventions on the career Uncertainty of Adults
Chair: Davin Carr-Chellman
Campus: University Park

Edith Gnanadass, Ph.D
Perpetual Outsiders?: Learning Race in the South Asian American Experience

Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Elizabeth S. Shakespeare, Ph.D
How Female Faculty Negotiate the Tensions between Personal Aspirations and Socio-culturally Based Expectations in Academia
Chair: Ladislaus M. Semali
Campus: University Park

Jonathan W. Wrigglesworth, Ph.D
Chasing Desires and Meeting Needs: Filipinas in South Korea, Mobile Phones, Social Networks, Social Support and Informal Learning
Chair: Susan Land
Campus: University Park

SUMMER 2016

Michelle L. Covert, Ph.D
Negotiating Contradictions: Rural Student-Mothers and Online Learning
Chair: Davin Carr-Chellman
Campus: University Park

Patricia Holland Webb, Ph.D
Bearing Witness: Informal Learning Among Critical Care Nurses in the Context of Traumatic Suffering
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Scott James Sheely, D. Ed
Knowledge Production and Transmission in an Agricultural Industry Cluster: The Poultry Business in South Central Pennsylvania
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

FALL 2016

Christos Anagiotos, Ph.D.
Learning Ethno-National Identity in Areas of Conflick: A Comparative Narrative Analysis of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot Young Adults
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Adelina G. Hvistova Ph.D.
Gendered of Mobile Phone Usage: The Case of a Group of Romani Women from Southwestern Bulgaria and their Informal Learning
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Hyewon Park Ph.D.
Learning Lives of Young Adult North Korean Defectors: Identity Reconstruction Within Everyday Life
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2015

Robert J. Freer, Ph.D
A Comparative Study of Health Literacy and how Rural Communities Understand Hypertension Information in Uganda and Tanzania
Chair: Ladislaus M. Semali
Campus: University Park

Jeremiah Gee, Ph.D
Here and Back Again: Community Reentry from a Rural Country Jail as a Learning Experience
Chair: Melody Thompson
Campus: University Park

Lorna R. Kearns, Ph. D
The Experience of Teaching Online: It’s Impact on Faculty Professional Development and Innovation
Chair: Melody M. Thompson
Campus: University Park

Fall 2015

Ramazan Gungor, Ph.D
Social Support among Women in Adult Literacy Classrooms: The Case of the Mother Child Education Foundation (ACEV) in Turkey
Chair: Esther S. Prins and David Post
Campus: University Park

Angela J. Mooney, Ph.D
(Un)intended Outcomes of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards: A Narrative Inquiry into the Learning Experience of English Learners’ Teachers
Chair: Esther S. Prins
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2014

Katelyn Barlet, D Ed
Latina Parent Involvement: An Action Research Study Exploring a Spanish Teaching and Learning Program
Chair: Robin Redmon Wright
Campus: Harrisburg

Nancy Gable, D Ed
We Make this Road by Walking: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Diaconal Ministers as Emancipatory Educators of Adults
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Crystal Loose, D Ed
Japanese Lesson Study Sustaining Teacher Learning in the Classroom Context
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Dana Naughton, Ph.D
Learning through Adoption: The Intercountry Adoption Experieces of Canadian and Dutch Adopters of Children from the United States
Chair: Esther S. Prins
Campus: University Park

Ernie Post, D Ed
Exploring Nascent Entrepreneurial Learning: A Mixed Method Study
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Dara Schmick, D Ed
Transformative Learning around Issues of Language and Culture among ESL Teachers
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2014

Jerome Agelu, Ph.D
"Jua Kali" Youths and How They Negotiate Work in the Informal Economic Sector in Kenya and Uganda
Chair: Ladilasus Semali
Campus: University Park

Kimeka Campbell, Ph.D
"Coming to this Caribbean Mecca": The Role of Place in Knowledge Construction among Trinbagonian Migrants in Brooklyn
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Veronica Ciavarella, D.Ed
Exploratory Qualitative Case Study of Lab-Type Activity Interactions in an Online Graduate Geoscience Course
Chair: Gary Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Fall 2014

Bruce Wehler, D ED
Until All the Pieces Fit: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology of the Informal Learning of Selected Foster Parents in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Chair: Melody Thompson
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2013

Janet De Rosa, D.Ed
Mexican American adults in higher education
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg


J Paul Rutter III, D.Ed
Obstacles to Funding Higher Education for Adults: An Analysis of Selected Pennsylvania Voters
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park


Kyoung Phi Joo, Ph.D
Resistance among Alienated Adult Students in Korea National Open University: A Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Analysis of Contradictions in Distance Higher Education
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Summer 2013

Joanna Lyons, D.Ed
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Norms of Adult Research Participants as a Basis for Outreach Education Programming
Chair: Melody Thompson
Campus: University Park

 

Fall 2013

Sinwoong Park, Ph.D
From Social Motives to Spiritual Development: A Cultural Historical, Activity Theory Analysis of Communal Spiritual Development in a Korean, American House Church
Chair: Gary W. Kuhne
Campus:  University Park

Lisa Bailey-Davis, D Ed
Learning and Engagement in the Local Food Movement
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Elana Betts, D Ed
Fostering LGBTQ Advocacy in School Psychology as Adult Education: Shaping Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceived Control
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Carrie Pucino, D Ed
Understanding the Transformation of Compassion in Nurses Who Become Patients
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Rebecca Stametz, D Ed
Bringing the Adult Learning-Experience of Successful Weight Loss Maintenance into Focus: A Narrative Analysis with Implications for Educators and Clinicians
Chair: Robin Redmond-Wright
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2012

Carolyn Callaghan, D.Ed.
Culturally Diverse Cohorts: The Exploration of Learning in Context and Community
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Brenda Firestone, D.Ed.
Engineers' Perceptions of Diversity and the Learning Environment at Work: A Mixed Methods Study
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Kirk Fleming, D.Ed.
The Agony and Ecstasy of Workplace Creativity: A Qualitative Study of How Facilitators View Affect in Helping Adults Learn Creativity
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Lorie Kramer, D.Ed.
The Role of Relationships between Adults and their Canine Companions: The Impact on Personal Growth and Well-Being
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Michael Sauer, D.Ed.
Storytelling by Adults Diagnosed with Terminal Illness: Narrative Identifying through Dialogical Research
Co-chairs: Elizabeth Tisdell and Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Melissa Snyder, D.Ed.
Reconnecting with Your Passion: An Action Research Study Exploring Humanities and Professional Nursing
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Jennifer Tobin, D.Ed.
Embodied Learning and Creative Writing: An Action Research Study
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Melissa Ventresca
Understanding the Role of Storytelling in the Transformation of Female Cocaine Addicts in Narcotics Anonymous
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Rahima Williams, D.Ed.
Media and the Construction of Arab-American Women's Identity
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Ana Zorrilla, D.Ed.
More than Meets the Eye: Adult Education for Critical Consciousness in Luis Camnitzer's Art
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2012

Brendaly Drayton, Ph.D.
Literacy and identity: Reflections of Six African American Males in an Adult Literacy Program
Chair: Esther Prins
Campus: University Park

Angela Eiffert, D.Ed.
A Globetrotting Pilgrimage: An Exploration of Spiritual Growth and the Development of Intercultural Competence
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Patricia Fickes, D.Ed.
A Community of Practice: Crafts Persons' Learning in Old Bedford Village
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Sandra Lee Karnes, D.Ed.
Surviving Job Loss: Motivation Among Second Year Trade Adjustment Assistance(taa)students
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Junghwan Kim, Ph.D.
Learning for Social Justice: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Analysis of Community Leadership Empowerment in a Korean-American Community Organization
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Fall 2012

Irma Hunt, D.Ed.
Visual Arts and Older Adult Learners in Retirement
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Keiwana Jones, D.Ed.
Black Greek-letter Organizations: A Legacy of African American Adult
Chair: Esther Prins
Campus: University Park

Alfred Siha, D.Ed.
"Imagining the Moon": Critical Pedagogy, Discourse Tensions, and the Adult Basic Writing Classroom
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

David Tanis, D.Ed.
Exploring Play/playfulness and Learning in the Adult and Higher Education Classroom
Chair: Edward Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2011

Davin J. Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.
Ethical Becoming: Adult Ethical Development in Christian Congregations
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

William C. Diehl, Ph.D.
Learning at the Back Door: Charles A. Wedemeyer and the Evolution of Open and Distance Education
Co-Chairs: Michael G. Moore; Gary W. Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Jodi L. Turner Jarecke, D.Ed.
Teacher-Learner Relationships in Medical Education: A Mixed Methods Study of the Third-Year Experience
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Andrew J. Knisely, D.Ed.
A Exploration of the Spiritual Development of Burkinabé and Christian and Missionary Alliance Pastors: A Mixed Methods Study in Adult Education
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Stacy Lynn Lutter, D.Ed.
An Exploration of Registered Nurses’ Intentions to Leave the Profession: A Qualitative Study
Chair: Elizabeth Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Carol McQuiggan, D.Ed.
Preparing to Teach Online as Transformative Faculty Development
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Kirk A. Moll, D.Ed.
Theological Education in Action: Adult Learning about Race in the Student Interracial Ministry of Union Theological Seminary, 1960-1968
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Paula M. Plageman, D.Ed.
Adult Women in Higher Education: The Perceived Influence of Families
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Janice E. Smith, D.Ed.
The Meanings of Teaching from the Perspective of Exemplary and Experienced Teachers
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2011

Dina Hayduk, D.Ed.
Using Transformative Learning as a Framework to Explore Women and Running
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Kyoung Hwa Lee, Ph.D.
Understanding Critical Reflection as Informal Learning: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Analysis of Factory Workers in Korea
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Diane S. Thompson, D.Ed.
No More a Stranger: The Development of Academic Literacy in Adult English Language Learners in Community College
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Matthew W. Turley, D.Ed.
Friends of Bill W.: The Stories of How Eight Men Found “A New Pair of Glasses” Through Transformational Learning
Co-Chairs: Patricia Cranton; Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Rebecca A. Weiler-Timmins, D.Ed.
Authenticity and Lesbian Health Educators
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Nancy Zimmerman, D.Ed.
Who is the self that teaches? Perspectives of faculty as they learn to teach Spanish as a heritage language
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2010

Kathleen A. Clemente, D.Ed.
Experiences of Adult Students in Multi-generational Classrooms
Co-Chairs: Elizabeth J. Tisdell; Patricia Thompson
Campus: Harrisburg

Amanda C. Neill, D.Ed.
Museum Docents’ Understanding of Interpretation
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

James T. Spaulding, D.Ed.
The Effects of Experiential Learning With Playfulness in the Adult Education Classroom
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Barbara E. Varner, D.Ed.
An Exploration of how Women Probation and Parole Officers Learn to Negotiate Power and Interest in the Criminal Justice System
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2010

Ho-Yuan Chen, Ph.D.
A Study of Older Adult Students’ Satisfaction With Web-Based Distance Learning at the National Open University of Taiwan
Co-Chairs: Michael G. Moore; Melody M. Thompson
Campus: University Park

Joann S. Olson, Ph.D.
Chasing a Passion: The Early-Career Lived Experience of First-Generation College Graduates
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Hyungmin Park, Ph.D.
The Migrant Experiences of Myanmarese Male Social Activists in South Korea: A Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Analysis
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Susan L. Snider, D. Ed.
The Lived Experiences of GED Students: What Do Their Experiences Tell Us?
Chair: Gary W. Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Ozlem Zabitgil, Ph.D.
The Poetry of Turkish Village Institute-Educated Poets: Social Commentary on a Developing Nation
Chair: Melody M. Thompson
Campus: University Park

Fall 2010

Hyunmin Lim, Ph.D.
Learning and Social Process of Aging Among Korean Older Married Women: The Cultural-Historical Activity Theory Analysis
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Donna Ayers Snelson, D.Ed.
Stories of Exemplary Hospital Registered Nurses: A Narrative Analysis
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Karin Millard Sprow, D.Ed.
Adult Financial Literacy Education and Latina Learners: A Qualitative Case Study
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Blaire Willson Toso, Ph.D.
Latina Mothers' Enactments of Agency: Achieving Desires through Discourses in Family Literacy
Chair: Esther S. Prins
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2009

Frances Albergato-Muterspaw, D.Ed.
The Role of Music in Healing and Grief Processes of Bereaved Adult Learners
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Betsy Bahorik Aumiller, D.Ed.
The Meaning of Health-Related E-mail Messaging at the Worksite and Its Relationship to Health Behavior Change
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

April E. Bailey, D.Ed.
Exploring Adult Business Students’ Transition to College Through a First-Year Seminar Course: An Action Research Study
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Richard N. Banz, Jr., D.Ed.
Exploring the Personal Responsibility Orientation Model: Self-Directed Learning Within Museum Education
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Karen McMillen Dielmann, D.Ed.
A Foot in Two Worlds: A Narrative Inquiry of the Experiences of Working Class Women Managers
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

David F. Eichler, D.Ed.
The Experience of Using Reflective Journals on an Outward Bound Course
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Michael A. Mont, D.Ed.
Perspectives of African American Adult Students and Faculty on the Use of Art-Based Learning in Higher Education Classrooms
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Joseph D. Ongeri, D.Ed.
Learner-Centered Teaching in Economics: An Action Research Study
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Jacqlyn S. Triscari, D.Ed.
Power Shifts During and Organizational Transformation
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Barbara Wade, D.Ed.
Statistical Literacy in Adult College Students
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2009

Haijun Kang, Ph.D.
A Comparative Study of the Distance Education History in China and the United States: A Socio-Historical perspective
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

Kristin Lalley, D. Ed.
Learning in Context in a Short-Term Education Abroad Program
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Ramo J. Lord, Ph. D.
Managing Contradictions from the Middle: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Investigation of Front-Line Supervisors Learning Lives
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Ann L. Swartz, D.Ed.
Complexity Science and Adult Education: The Role of Trauma in Nurse’s Embodied Learning
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Fall 2009

Trina R. Hess, D.Ed.
Living Between the Extremes: A Phenomenological Study of How Mid-Life Women Recreate Their Identity After a Work Transition
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

George E. Krauss, D.Ed.
Continuing Professional Education of Insurance and Risk management Practitioners: A Comparative Case Study of Customer Service Representatives, Insurance Agents and Risk Managers
Chair: Gary W. Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Hyuckhoon Kwon, D.Ed.
Older Korean-American Adults’ Attitudes Toward the Computer
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Rick L. Shearer, D.Ed.
Transactional Distance and Dialogue: An Exploratory Study to Refine the Theoretical Construct of Dialogue in Online Learning
Co-Chairs: Michael G. Moore; Gary W. Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Rita E. Mullen Wise, D.Ed.
The Socialization of Men to the Nursing Profession: A Symbolic Interactionist Approach
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2008

Daniel Jensen, D.Ed.
The Male Adult Working-Class Student in Formal Higher Education: An Identity Crisis?
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Richard Kordel, D.Ed.
Exploring the Electronic Classroom as a Learning System
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Ilhan Kucukaydin, D.Ed.
Counter-Learning Under Oppression
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Sharon M. Melincavage, D.Ed.
Anxiety in Student Nurses in the Clinical Setting: A Phenomenological Study
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

John N. Mwaura, D.Ed.
Black African International Adult Students’ Experiences in Higher Education: A Qualitative Study
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Jodi Piekarski Loughlin, D.Ed.
Fostering Parental Involvement: A Critical Action Research Study of Title I Parents’ Participation in Public Elementary Schools
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Sandra M. Reed, D.Ed.
Sentimental Journey: The Role of Music in the Meaning-Making Processes of Older Performing Musicians
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Patricia M. Thompson, D.Ed.
Professional Entry Experiences of Primary Care Physicians: A Narrative Inquiry
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Nicholas Vonada, D.Ed.
Returning to College: A Study of a Federally Funded Retraining Program
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Summer 2008

Karen L. Brady, Ph.D.
Exploring Problem Based Learning and Clinical Reasoning: An Action Research Study with Occupational Therapy Students
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Sangok Park, Ph.D.
From Housewives to Environmental Activists: A Cultural Historical Activity Theory Analysis of Learning in a Korean Community-Based Organization
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Fall 2008

Deborah E. Hocking, D.Ed.
Accounting in Action: Learning in the Field
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Bilita S. Mattes, D.Ed.
Education Action Research in Higher Education as Faculty Professional Development
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Karen L. Milheim, D.Ed.
Learning Through Reflective Practice: Professional Development of Adult Basic Education Program Managers
Chair: Patricia Cranton
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2007

Thomas V. Bettinger, D.Ed.
Gay Men at Midlife and Adult Learning: An Uneasy Truce with Heteronormativity
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Gregory Chajnacki, D.Ed.
Characteristics of Learning Organizations and Multi-Dimensional Organizational Performance Indicators: A Survey of Large Publicly-Owned Companies
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Ilseon Choi, D.Ed.
The Lived Experience of Teachers at a Lifelong Learning Institute: A Phenomenological Study
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Tammy Jo Freiler, D.Ed.
Bridging Traditional Boundaries of Knowing: Revaluing Mind/Body Connections Through Experiences of Embodiment
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Tara L. Horst, D.Ed.
Uniting Somatic Pedagogy With Management Education: A Feminist Participatory Action Research Study
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Hleziphi Naome Nyanungo, D.Ed.
Misbehaving Organizations: A Study of How Community and Faith Based Organizations Assist in Domesticating Community Residents
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Heather L. Stuckey, D.Ed.
Healing from Dry Bones: Creative Expression and Adult Learning in Diabetes Care
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2007

Aisha Salim Al-Harthi, Ph.D.
Learning Self-Regulcation in Distance Education: A Cross Cultural Study
Co-Chairs: Michael G. Moor; Gary W. Kuhne
Campus: University Park

Jean L. Hershey, D.Ed.
The Lived Experience of Becoming a Professional Nurse for Associate Degree Nursing Graduates: A Phenomenological Study
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Jae Yeol Kim, D.Ed.
From Lifetime Employment to Self-Employment: Learning and Job Instability in Korea
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

David P. Pearlman, D.Ed.
Learning and Constructing Meaning: Adults Volunteering in the Boy Scouts
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Fall 2007

Loreal Maguire, D.Ed.
Developing Distance Education Policy Within a State System of Higher Education: The Faculty Perspective
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Bruce S. Rudy, D.Ed.
Organizational Learning and Disaster Management in a County Coroner’s Office: A Case Study
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

ChangGook Youn, D.Ed.
Learning to Live and Work Together: Coalition Building Among Korean Merchants Groups, Community Residents, and Community Organizations
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2006

Sandra B. Kern, D.Ed.
Learning Preferences of a Diverse Group of Community College Students: A Qualitative Study
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Willaim Kofi Koomson, D.Ed.
Adult Learner Participation & Outcome: A Comparison Study Between the Community ABE/GED Program and Family Literacy Program in Two Countries: Do Different Strategies yield Different Results?
Chair: Eunice Askov
Campus: University Park

Jr-Shiuan Liang, D.Ed.
Motivations for Older Adults’ Participation in Distance Education: A Study at the National Open University of Taiwan
Chair: Derek C. Mulenga
Campus: University Park

Vicki Root, D.Ed.
Teaching Social Work Students Through Culturally Responsive Education: An Action Research Study Drawing on Spirituality and Culture
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Summer 2006

Christine M. Mulhollen, D.Ed.
The Relationship Between Multiple Intelligences and Attitude Toward Independent Learning in a high Transactional Distance Environment
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

Steven Shaffer, D.Ed.
Toward a System Dynamics Model of Teaching Computer Programming Via Distance Education
Chair: Melody M. Thompson
Campus: University Park

Fall 2006

Juliet A. Smith, D.Ed.
Voices, Values, Views: A Narrative Ethnography of a volunteer Literacy program Student Involvement Group
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Elinami Veraeli Swai, D.Ed.
Construction of Womanhood in Africa: The Case of Women in Rural Tanzania
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2005

Trammell L. Bristol, D.Ed.
The Experiences of African American Managers in the Learning Organization
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Maria D’Angelo Edmiston, D.Ed.
Learning to Change: Identifying Elements of Transformation in Formerly Abusive Men
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Judith A. McCormick Higgins, D.Ed.
Finding Our Way: Women’s Lived Experiences Leading to the Legislatures of Pennsylvania and Maryland
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Angela N. Hissong, D.Ed.
Learning Self Nurturance and Unlearning Patriarchy: A Feminist Poststructural Narrative Inquiry of Rural Mothers’ Constantly Shifting Identity
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Heather M. Nash, D.Ed.
Understanding the Performance: Learning Identity and Domestic Violence
Chair: Fred M. Schied
Campus: University Park

Hui-wen Tu, D.E.d
Taiwanese Immigrants' Identity Negotiations in Cross-cultural Contact: An Implication for Adult Transformative Learning
Chair: Ian Baptiste
Campus: University Park

Summer 2005

Julie A. Beck, D.Ed.
Nurses’ Voice: The Meaning of Voice to Experienced Registered Nurses Employment in a Magnet Hospital Workplace
Chair: Daniele Flannery
Campus: Harrisburg

Kay Shattuck, D.Ed.
Glimpses of the Global Coral Gardens: Insights of international Adult Learners on the Interactions of Cultures in Online Distance Education
Co-chairs: Daniele Flannery; Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

Fall 2005

Andrea Orwig Kirshman, D.Ed.
The Journey Toward Understanding Whiteness Among Student Affairs Professionals: An Action Research Study in Anti-Racist Education
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Spring 2004

Marilyn McKinley Parrish, D.Ed.
Seeking Authenticity: Women and Learning in the Catholic Worker Movement
Chair: Edward W. Taylor
Campus: Harrisburg

Joan Franklin Ports, D.Ed.
The Mothers’ Circle: The Lived Experiences of Culture, Community and Care of Lower-Income Women in a Parenting Education and Family Support program
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Lisa A. Ruth-Sahd, D.Ed.
“See Everything, Hear What is Not Being Said”: A Phenomenological Investigation of Intuition in Novice Registered Nurses Practice
Chair: Elizabeth J. Tisdell
Campus: Harrisburg

Doctoral Graduate Dissertations

Fall 2002

Modupe Irele, D.Ed.
Institutional mainstreaming of distance education: Guiding policies AAT 3076962
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Summer 2001

Janet McNally, D.Ed.
Decoding the black box of participation:  A qualitative case study of six women's decisions to pursue skilled trades training.
Chair: Fred Schied
Campus: University Park

Fall 2001

John Anthony Gallo, D.Ed.
A distance learning and training model. AAT 3036036
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

 

Namin Shin, D.Ed.
Beyond interaction: Transactional presence and distance learning AAT 3020535
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park

Doctoral Graduates Dissertations

Summer 2000

Thomas William O'Connor, Jr., D.Ed.
Public School Teachers’ Discretionary Participation in Continuing Professional Development: Perceptions, Influences, and    Action
Chair: Donna S. Queeney
Campus: Harrisburg

Fall 2000

Arthur Charles Alkins, D.Ed
Verbal interaction and immediacy in a video conference environment. AAT 3014587
Chair: Michael G. Moore
Campus: University Park