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  • The Impact of Culture Shock on ELLs

    Altalouli, Mahmoud; Altalouli, Mahmoud; Ciccotto, Dana (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2021-07)
    This capstone project aims to support teachers, administrators, school counselors and school psychologists who work with English Language Learners (ELLs). Although the ELL population continues to grow, staff members are not always informed on how to support ELLs. ELLs experience culture shock when entering a new country and new school setting. ELLs have emotional, social, and academic reactions to culture shock and thus, staff members must be knowledgeable on culture shock and the effects it has on ELLs. Solutions to mitigate the effects of culture shock include implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL), supporting goal setting, building social-just education, building inclusion by respecting diverse cultures, and modifying tasks for ELLs, and implementing culturally responsive teaching. Recommendations include creating a safe space for ELLs, valuing ELLs’ native cultures and languages, using multicultural materials in the classroom, and encouraging ELLs to appreciate their differences. The professional development plan, Culture Shock Career Development, provides assistance and creates opportunities for teachers, administrators, school counselors and school psychologists to provide assistance and create opportunities for them to add additional suggestions to reduce the effects of culture shock.
  • Using Dynamic Graphing Software to Develop Conceptual Understanding of Transformations of Trigonometric Functions

    Mazurret-Boyle, Rosa; Loce, Matthew (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2021-08)
    Interactive mathematics software can be useful to develop student understanding of complex mathematical problem solving through manipulation and visualization of concepts. One challenging topic for high school mathematics students to understand is the relationship between right triangle trigonometry and trigonometric functions. Using Desmos, a dynamic and interactive mathematical graphing software, this project explores how to build student understanding of trigonometric functions through an exploration of right triangle trigonometry, the unit circle, and their relationship to parent trigonometric functions. This project also applies Desmos to explore unique mathematical representations that can support student understanding of relationships between right triangle trigonometry and transformations of trigonometric functions with a dynamic circle.
  • Effective Strategie for Teaching ELL Students at the Elementary Level

    Wade, Carol; Siegel, Alanna (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2021-08)
    The purpose of this capstone is to provide all teachers effective strategies that can be used with all students but specifically ELL students. The goal is to meet the needs of ELLs in mainstream classrooms through strategic strategies, modifications and accomodations. The literature review states that ELLs can improve academically, socially and emotionally when teachers are trained to develop lessons with ELLs in mindThe problem emerges when students are placed in classrooms with teachers who do not have a background or formal training on how to successfully teach and alter content. Additionally, without building in effective strategies, content will not be able to be delivered effectively and ELL students may fall behind.This capstone includes a Professional Development in order to offer practitioners a series of strategies and techniques to modify instruction and accommodate linguistic nees if ELLs in mainstream classrooms. The learning goals is (sic) for teachers to enter the classroom and deliver instruction with new skills sets of strategies, and resources they an use to advance the academic and social emotional needs of ELLs.
  • Trigging Deeper into the Identities; A Comprehensive Approach

    Wade, Carol; Williams, Sa'adia (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-05)
    These lessons on trigonometric identities were designed to maximize student understanding and minimize teacher lift in terms of planning. They were created to foster an environment of collaboration in a mathematics classroom. This thesis delves into teaching students the three Pythagorean trigonometric identities and later the trigonometric sum and difference formulas as a way of deepening students’ knowledge before they are tasked with tackling their advanced mathematics courses.
  • Creating Custom Desmos Activities Using Desmos Activity Builder to Create Effective Lessons For Online Learning During Covid-19

    Wade, Carol; DeGilio, Matthew (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-03)
    This curriculum project was designed to support mathematics teachers in remote and hybrid instruction by guiding them in how to develop Desmos lessons using Desmos Activity Builder. Teachers will find development directives for three exemplar lessons (available here) with lesson activities that can be customized for an individual classroom. This flexibility makes Desmos a great platform choice for any teacher struggling to engage students. Desmos lessons allows students to interact with their peers and teachers in way that simulates actual classroom experiences.
  • Applying Mathematics Language Routines to the New York State Grade 8 Mathematics Test Questions

    Wade, Carol; Ludek, Audrey C. (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-05)
    This curriculum project was designed to incorporate student communication and mathematical discourse into Grade 8 Mathematics curriculum. The five non-sequential lessons and learning activities were designed to encourage mathematical discourse between students and their peers. The lessons support the development of conceptual understanding, particularly regarding questions from the New York State Grade 8 Mathematics Test. Topics covered include solving mathematical problems involving volume of cones, using functions to model relationships between quantities, analyzing and solving pairs of simultaneous linear equations, and understanding congruence and similarity. All of these lessons are aligned with the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for Grade 8 Mathematics
  • Encouraging Guardian Involvement Among ELLs

    Wade, Carol; Bush, Megan (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2021-08-14)
    Guardian involvement is important in student’s academic achievements however that involvement is not consistent across populations. Therefore, this capstone aims to examine the overarching research question: How can teachers foster positive relationships with students that promote parent involvement in the ENL classroom? To answer this question, it is important that teachers and school administration know the struggles families face. Some of these struggles may include language and cultural barriers, education levels of guardians, and the family’s socioeconomic status. The professional development for middle school teachers and school staff will provide strategies and programs that will help increase guardian involvement. As a result of this professional development teachers will have strategies they can implement into their classrooms and in school to increase academic involvement with ELL families. In the future it is important that researchers continue to study the effects that programs such as community programs have on guardian involvement a how it impacts student academics.
  • Caring for the Social and Emotional Well- Being of ELLs

    Algier, Jaclyn Jenna (SUNY Brockport, 2021-07-30)
    This capstone project aims to explore the relationship between the social-emotional well-being and academic success of English Language Learners (ELLs). It also aims to support teachers, faculty, and administrative staff who work with ELLs. In many U.S. school districts, including Wheatland-Chili Central School District, the lack of progression in meeting the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of ELLs and developing healthy feelings of self-efficacy has impacted the academic success of ELLs. It has also led to isolation, student withdrawal, and poor teacher-student relationships. To increase social and emotional support for ELLs and non ELLs, multiple components of the school climate and teachers’ pedagogy have been considered to provide positive reinforcement in these areas at the middle and high school level within Wheatland-Chili Central School District. Solutions to the problem include implementations of SEL strategies and tools, emotional tracker, lesson plan template with SEL focus, and monthly in-house faculty professional development meetings. Recommendations include educating and incorporating SEL strategies into teaching pedagogies of mainstream and ELL teachers. Furthermore, newly implemented SEL strategies should be reviewed and revised to support teachers and ELLs with any necessary revisions for greater improvement.
  • The Differences of Attraction Patterns Between Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual People and Heterosexual People

    Snarr, Jeffrey; Hawes, Katherine; The College at Brockport (2016-05-01)
    Attraction patterns have been studied in the past and it is known that there are differences between the attraction patterns of straight males and the attraction patterns of straight females. However, the attraction patterns of gay/lesbian and bisexual individuals have not been thoroughly examined. The present study explores the differences of attraction patterns between gay/lesbian individuals and straight individuals. It asks the question whether a person’s attraction patterns are due to the gender that someone is or the gender to which someone is attracted. It was hypothesized that attraction patterns are more due to the gender that someone is rather than the gender to which someone is attracted.
  • The Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Tumor Growth and Chemoresistance

    Sia, Rey; Lindsay, Elizabeth L.; The College at Brockport (2016-05-08)
    The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) has been shown to play a role in cancer initiation and progression in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC), and other cancers. The AHR is activated by environmental toxins, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are commonly found in cigarette smoke. It is hypothesized that activation of the AHR by these environmental toxins can contribute to the growth and chemoresistance of OSCCs. Nude mice tongues were injected with a human OSCCs cell line, SCC2s, and treated with an AHR antagonist at 25mg/kg daily via oral gavage. Primary tumor growth was measured via calipers and IVIS imaging. RT-qPCR analysis of the harvested tongue tumors and livers was used to examine the activity of the AHR by quantifying the expression levels of Cyp1b1 and Cyp1a1. Based on the results of the in vivo experiments, continued testing was conducted to examine the role of AHR inhibition in chemoresistance. Using MTT cell viability assays coupled with dosing of commonly used chemotherapeutics, the effects of the AHR on the chemo-resistance of SCC2s was tested. Three commonly used chemotherapeutics were tested at various dose ranges: Cisplatin (0-10uM), doxorubicin (0-1uM), and 5-Fluorouracil (0-10uM). In addition, cells were co-treated with an AHR antagonist (5uM CH223191) and the chemotherapeutic to determine if decreasing AHR activity increased chemotherapeutic efficiency. ANOVAs were used to evaluate the significance of AHR activity on the effectiveness of the chemotherapeutics. It was determined that AHR antagonism with CB7993113 significantly affected OSCC primary tumor growth in vivo. Additionally, it was found that both Cyp1a1 and Cyp1b1 expression decreased after treatment with CB7993113 when compared to vehicle alone in the tongue. In the liver, it was found that both Cyp1a1 and Cyp1b1 expression also decreased after treatment with CB7993113 when compared to vehicle alone. Interestingly, we also found that decreasing AHR activity with an AHR antagonist CH223191 in addition to treatment with a chemotherapeutic lead to a significant increase in cell death when compared to treatment with the chemotherapeutic alone. This phenomenon was observed in three different frontline OSCC therapeutics. These novel findings implicate the AHR in OSCC initiation and growth, also supporting the development of AHR modulators as potential chemotherapeutics. Overall, these findings support the hypothesis that the activation of the AHR is linked to tumor growth of oral squamous cell carcinomas as well as contributing to the potential chemoresistance of these cells.
  • Performance: An Investigation of the Representation and Perception of Gender on Stage

    Kirckmire, Michael; Leary, Heather; The College at Brockport (2016-05-12)
    This honor’s thesis incorporates the author’s majors in Theatre and Women and Gender Studies to investigate how the genders are treated differently within society, how gender itself is constructed and perceived, along with the performative nature of gender. The author accomplished this through the inversion of gender roles in seven iconic plays, spanning in time from the 1600s to the 2000s, and followed each performance with a talkback session, where the audience and actors were able to offer insights both into the process and the perception of the audience. A final perspective was from the director’s point of view, through a discussion of the role of gender, both the actors and the characters’, and how they are perceived in a certain way, and the challenge to overcome those natural inclinations.
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for Children During and After Cancer Treatment

    Starkoff, Brooke; Astruc, Ellie; The College at Brockport (2016-05-13)
    The purpose of part one of this thesis was to synthesize previous research and information about cancer, children and cancer, exercise and cancer, and the long and short-term effects of cancer. After synthesizing previous research, the second part of this thesis was to integrate that research and create a set of safe and effective physical activity guidelines for children during and after cancer treatment. Lastly, a sample exercise prescription was created. This prescription was tailored for a fictional young child in a pediatric cancer rehabilitation program. The design of the pediatric cancer rehabilitation program was based on meeting the needs of a child, physically, emotionally, and socially.
  • Math in Motion: How Integrating Dance and into a Math Classroom Affects a Student’s Ability to Learn

    Van Wormer, Vanessa; Buranich, Rebecca; The College at Brockport (2016-05-13)
    This research explores how placing dance and whole body movements into the math classroom at an elementary level help children better understand and develop a greater appreciation of basic mathematical concepts. More specifically, it looks at what effect the muscle memory that is developed while moving has on retaining information in a scholastic setting. Due to decreased funding in schools, programs in the arts are disappearing. I look at the positive effects of the arts in schools and how the integration and implementation of them with a core subject can be essential to a child’s learning experience. With the help of research from Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern, specialists in the field of math and dance for over thirty years, connections are made between the studies of mathematics and dance. Lesson plans focus on dance concepts with pattern recognition, symmetry, and basic geometry at an elementary level to improve mathematical thinking in children through the methods of the Multiple Intelligences Theory and Arts Integration.
  • Sedentary Behavior in Honors College Freshmen

    Lenz, Elizabeth; Hintermeier, Laura; The College at Brockport (2016-04-29)
    Introduction: Sedentary behaviors (SB) are sitting/reclining activities requiring low energy expenditure such as watching television, reading and desk work. The average person spends eight hours sitting per weekday. Current literature suggests SB may contribute to the development of risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. The first year of college is a transition period for freshmen as it provides a new level of independence and freedom to determine how they spend their time. Therefore it is of particular interest to determine their time spent engaging in SB as their life time habits become established. Purpose: To examine the amount of time college freshmen in spend various SB. Methods: College freshmen completed The Patient-centered Assessment and Counseling for Exercise Sedentary Behaviors Questionnaire (PACE-SBQ) and a demographic questionnaire. The PACE-SBQ estimated time spent in nine SB on a typical weekday (WD) and weekend day (WED). Participant data was examined by WD and WED and gender by using paired sample t-tests, and independent sample t-test. Descriptive statistics are presented means ± standard deviations. Results: There were sixty participants in the study (17 males and 43 females; 18.1±0.3 yrs; 93.3% Caucasian). Students spent the most time engaged in deskwork (WD: 2.15±1.22 hr/d, WED: 2.25±1.50 hr/d), watching TV (WD: 1.14±1.22 hr/d, WED: 2.11±1.50hr/d), and listening to music (WD: 1.29±1.30 hr/d, WED: 1.44 ± 1.40 hr/d). There was a significant difference in time spent in total SB on a WD (6.42±2.95 hr/d) compared to a WED [(7.98±3.62 hr/d), t (59) =-3.774, p < .0005] for the entire group. On a WD men spent significantly more time (0.56±0.38 hr/d) compared to women [0.16±0.40 hr/d; t(30.83)= 3.58, p=.001] playing computer/video games. Similarly on a WED, men spent significantly more time (0.97±0.81 hr/d) compared to women [0.24±5.1 hr/d; t(19.66)=3.56, p=.003] playing computer/video games. There was statistically significant difference in time spent doing artwork/crafts on a WED for males (0.00±0.00 hr/d) and females [0.11±0.28; t(41.0)=-2.51, p=.016].Conclusion: College students engaged in 6-8 hrs/d of SB with the most time spent engaged in desk works, TV viewing and listening to music. College freshmen were sedentary for approximately two hrs/d more on a WED compared to a WD. It is important to address the trends in SB in order to create interventions to prevent negative life-long habits from forming.
  • A Pathological Study from Humayma

    Rawlings, Tiffany; Deeb, Emily; The College at Brockport (2016-05-09)
    This study aims to understand and reconstruct the over-all health and treatment of domestic animals at Humayma through the results of a study of animal paleopathology. The study is a general overview of a sample of remains from the 2012 dig season of Humayma, with particular attention to which bones show pathological lesions and what pathologies are present. This study illustrates how animal paleopathology enriches our understanding of past cultures.
  • Global Project Management: The Availability and Applicability of International Project Frameworks When Traversing Geography and Culture

    Wilkerson-Barker, Donna; Hyman, Arielle; The College at Brockport (2016-05-13)
    The purpose of this research is to analyze multiple variables involved in Global Project Management to determine the efficacy and suitability of international frameworks for projects involving multinational teams. Specifically, this presentation will explore how companies successfully manage multinational teams that must solve a common problem within constraints established by an organizational entity. A contrastive analysis of several project frameworks used at an international level illustrates the true suitability of these methods in contexts where different cultures, geographic locations, and languages converge.
  • Twice is Nice: An Exploration of Ambiguity in Playwriting and Performance in Theatre

    Kuhn, Frank; Kaminska, Cody; The College at Brockport (2016-05-04)
    The author shares her experiences directing and producing two short plays using two different sets of actors, and varying character development, lighting, set designs and costumes. She examines what worked well, and what did not and the effect the actors had on the individual productions.
  • Eating Disorders and their Affect on Interpersonal Difficulties

    Forzano, Lori-Ann B.; LaPorta, Katheryn; The College at Brockport (2012-05-01)
    With an estimated eight million Americans suffering from an eating disorder, understanding these disorders is of significant importance to help them. One aspect of eating disorders that needs to be more understood is how eating disorders affect a diagnosed person’s interpersonal relationships. To examine this relationship, research on eating disorders and interpersonal difficulties was gathered and analyzed. Two important models that were found and are examined are the four factor maintenance model for Anorexia Nervosa and the “vicious cycle” for Bulimia Nervosa. Based on research gathered, the more eating disorder behaviors or traits a person has the more interpersonal difficulties there are. Based on these findings it can be shown that the use of interpersonal psychotherapy in rehabilitation of eating disorders can decrease binging behavior in those diagnosed with Bulimia Nervosa and decrease relapses in those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Changing the Story: Improving the Quality of Life Experienced by Children with Cancer Best Practices, Programs & Interventions

    Demmin, Sarah; Bohling, Samantha K.; State University of New York College at Brockport (2020-09-11)
    It is no secret that children get cancer. While the battle against cancer is no light matter regardless of one’s age, the impact of such a diagnosis for a child or adolescent can be incredibly devastating. The necessity for this project lies in the research that illustrates a need for increased action to be directed toward fulfilling the psychosocial needs of children as they navigate cancer treatments. Children are still in the early stages of development; they are meant to be enriching their minds, building social relationships with peers, and playing and exploring their world. Cancer threatens all of those childhood norms, in addition to a child’s psychosocial well-being and overall quality of life. This paper examines the current research on these facets of childhood cancer, while assessing the impacts of a kit that facilitates effective coping skills and a mentorship program that provides support-based social interaction. Drawing on the presented evidence, this paper serves a means to analyze and advocate for the necessity of broad implementation of psychosocial programming that improves the quality of life experienced by children battling cancer.
  • The Role of Impartial Consequentialism in the United States Government

    Long, Joseph; Sands, Nichole; The College at Brockport (2016-05-12)
    When forming a government one must consider how the laws of the state will align with moral principles. One such possible moral principle is called ‘impartial consequentialism’. That is the thesis according to which an action is morally right if and only if it maximizes the aggregate good. This honors thesis will discuss three issues. The first issue is whether and to what extent impartial consequentialism has influenced the formation of the United States government. The second issue is the apparent conflict between the Bill of Rights and the concept of impartial consequentialism. The third issue involves a potential objection that one might raise to the role of impartial consequentialism in the United States government.

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