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    Hightower, Whitney Jennifer
    This applied research project investigates the use of culturally responsive teaching as a means of increasing students' knowledge and understanding in social studies, and provides a culturally responsive unit incorporating primary sources on the Japan . . .
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    Kellis, Melody T.
    In 2003 I came home to the United States after living in Europe for almost eight years. The week of my return was also the week that Colin Powell made his presentation to the United Nations regarding the American "proof' for war against Iraq. As I lef . . .
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    Hocking, Sheldon M.
    Today is difficult, there really aren't many things left that seem to be pure. I think love is pure. I think art is pure. And magic. Magic is everything we don't know ... Fritz Scholderl I have long been fascinated by the magic and power of objects an . . .
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    Bates, Rebecca Joyce
    To become part of any literary tradition is to call upon the classics while inventing new and individual ideas and concepts. In my writing I strive to find a balance between the old and the new . I have been heavily influenced by authors in the litera . . .
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    Steiger, Laura L.
    Construct accessibility has been found to play an important role in the interpretation of social information. Even when a construct is primed implicitly it has been proven to have a temporary effect on person perception. The present experiment examine . . .
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    Holtreman, Isabel
    Hostile Takeover: A Love Story is a romantic comedy about Frannie O'Riley, an overgrown tom boy who has trouble opening up her heart to love and romance. Frannie works in her father's construction company, a company that had once been successful but i . . .
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    Nomelli, Sheryl Lynn
    This study explores politics, Jim Crow, and the effect of white relationships on the survival of black politicos through the life and achievements of Louis J. Winston during the most controversial period of history experienced by the South. Born into . . .
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    Mayes, Frank
    In preparing this recital, I wanted to play a variety of clarinet music, including some that to my knowledge has never been performed outside of a teachers studio. I also included two standard works of the repertoire and two works of the twentieth cen . . .
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    Schuylar, Regan
    Recently my work has moved from a lighter view of people in their daily encounters to an examination of people foundering in the ruins of their lives in homes built on shifting sands. As politics vacillate and our foundations quake, many cannot swim o . . .
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    Courter, William Farrell
    Population growth in Southern California throughout the decade of the 1980s brought about a furtherance in the augmentation of an already dynamic urban fringe to the east of the city of Los Angeles, and a continuing diminishment of local agricultural . . .
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    Siefert, Lucy A.
    The songs presented here, whether by well-known or obscure composers, are, for the most part, less familiar. However, each is intrinsically attractive, musically valid, and of more than just historical interest. Monteverdi's Scherzi Musicali (1632) co . . .
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    Henry, Lorelei Lee
    My thesis will focus on three of O'Brien's Vietnam War novels: The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato, and In the Lake of the Woods. I will show how O'Brien develops these stories in terms of individual, social, cultural, and historical aspects . . .
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    Stark, Stacy A.
    This project examined the components of successful teacher induction programs, most specifically mentoring, support group meetings, and peer collegiality. The focus of this project was on assisting teachers with their incredibly diverse student popula . . .
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    Munsch, Alexander Paul
    Che dite, o miei pensieri by Antonio Caldara is a typical example of the chamber cantata form of the Middle Baroque period. It contains two da capo arias of contrasting character, each preceded by a recitative. The aria Meta di voi gua vadano from the . . .
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    Khadem, Zahire
    My thesis exhibition, The Body: A Grotesque Discombobulation, deals with issues of the human condition. In my mixed media drawings I depict fragmented and damaged bodies or body parts to explore physical and psychological disintegration. By abstractin . . .
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    Ruzicka, Alyssa L.
    Cognitive workload theories typically assume linear additive impacts on performance as cognitive workload increases (O'Donnell & Eggemeier, 1986; Tsang & Wilson, 1997). Meanwhile, current trends suggest inclusion of variability analysis may be of bene . . .
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    Sweo, Robert Edward
    This study was conducted to determine the effect of hand used and input task on input device selection. Forty-two right handed subjects were tested on both hands, across three input tasks: selection, position and orientation. Input device was used as . . .
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    Hirsch, Haim Daniel
    To determine how trust is affected by an interface containing the anthropomorphic representation of an intelligent agent, 593 visitors to a popular automotive Web site were surveyed on their use of an online agent-like system. The type of Personificat . . .
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    Ishimaru, Reiko
    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has long advocated the use of calculators at all levels of mathematics instruction. Research (Hembree, 1986; Dunham & Dick, 1994) has indicated that students using calculators possess a better attitude t . . .
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    David, Suzanne R.
    The effect of database linking structure on complex search task performance was examined. Database structure was either hierarchical only or hierarchical with added relational links (mixed structure). Participants were asked to provide answers to five . . .
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    Balderrama, Joe O.
    This study examined the effects of explicit warning salience on perceived risk. The design was a 4 X 6 mixed factorial. The between-subjects variable was warning label type. Its 4 levels were reactive pictogram plus text, proactive pictogram plus text . . .
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    Theriault, Jennifer Marie
    This thesis explores the moral evolution of Joseph Conrad's protagonist, Marlow, in Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. Marlow appears uniquely in literature as the omnipotence of cloistered Victorian moral ideals began to fade and just as the shattering . . .
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    Nakabara, Jim
    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has long advocated the use of calculators at all levels of mathematics instruction. Research (Hembree, 1986; Dunham & Dick, 1994) has indicated that students using calculators possess a better attitude t . . .
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    Burds, Jeanette I.
    The purpose of this study was to examine similarities and differences of Anglo students and recent Mexican immigrant students when they solved the checkerboard problem. Five pairs of Anglo students were video taped while determining the number of squa . . .
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    Turturica, Dan Cristian
    This project explores the use of video testimony as anecdotal evidence in documenting the deportation to Siberia, between 1941 and 1950, of more than 100, 000 Romanians from the ex-soviet republic of Moldova. They were among the millions of inhabitant . . .
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    Lovejoy, Barbara J.
    This graduate project is a study unit designed to teach junior high students to write using the Bank Street Writer Plus word processing program. It develops the belief that word processors can facilitate many� of the activities that produce better qua . . .
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    Neely, James
    Selecting music for Graduate recital can be as difficult as learning the music once it is chosen. My first thoughts about choice of literature were that no typical or standard procedure (e.g., works from each period, encompassing all languages) need n . . .
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    Koonce, Maureen Lillian
    Research has indicated that many exceptional children, especially those with emotional disturbances, have social skill deficits and that these deficits are translated into their academic and personal lives. This research is reviewed and concludes that . . .
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    Shoresh, Merav Oren
    The Interactive Film Explorer ("IFE") is an interactive multimedia user friendly program, which incorporates a computer and a laser videodisc. It provides relevant information through various modes of instruction, such as text, graphics, animation, so . . .
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    Blackburn, Matthew Lee
    Innocence is a meshing of the action/adventure and relationship film which follows Hannah, a socially detached career minded woman, whose notorious cold streak comes to an end with the reunification with her mentally challenged twin sister Wendy who a . . .
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    Nguyen, Paul
    Understanding group dynamics is important in order to enhance and maintain performance of work-teams. The purpose of this thesis is to examine factors related to social loafing and social facilitation and how such factors hinder and promote teamwork. . . .
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    Miller, Mitch
    A pretest-posttest control group design was used to investigate whether participation in Challenger Baseball increases self-esteem in children with physical disabilities and mental retardation. Two experimental groups that consisted of physically disa . . .
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    Kakos, Bernadette
    There is very little literature available regarding the relationship between neuropsychological functioning of a patient with cognitive impairment and his/her caregiver's leyel of stress or burden. The purpose of the present study was to examine the b . . .
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    Resnikoff, Rachel Bean
    This Graduate Project examines the negative effects caused by thin ideal images of females in the media, on the self-esteem and body image of girls ages five to eight. It suggests that by being exposed to more varied images, positive role models and m . . .
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    Kallis, Joanne H.
    The early identification of potential developmental problems in young children is a very crucial preliminary step in the prevention or minimizing of possible school failure. Traditional reliance on standardized developmental tests has sometimes result . . .
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    Siegel, Stacey Beth
    Women today are taught to believe that mothering is instinctual and that when they have children they are supposed to love taking care of them. This notion perplexes many women who give birth without immediately feeling kinship with their baby. Some, . . .
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    Steers, William Neil
    A study was conducted for the purpose of demonstrating the effects of sex of subject, sex of target person, attributes of the target person, and search stage on the order and amount of information accession during the impression formation process. Equ . . .
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    Bebak-Tjahjadi, Maria H. B.
    In October 1977, just weeks after Anastasio Somoza lifted a nearly three year state of siege, Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrillas resumed their military offensive by launching a countrywide assault against the dictator. Some 22 months later, on July 17, . . .
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    Fabian, Mitra
    My creative instinct lies in capturing moments of mortality. I transform these moments into visceral embodiments that reveal some sort of physical and spiritual distress, mingling science with sentiment. The instances of metamorphosis I create tread a . . .
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    Caruth, Elissa S.
    Two Trees explores writing from a post-modern, post-sturcturalist perspective and experiments with form. Some of the works include elements of conventional poetry and fiction. Other poems combine the two genres of writing to create a poetic-fiction th . . .
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    Arroyo, Joselyn
    This thesis project sheds light on Mexican undocumented students who have pursued higher education after attending high school in Southern California. The audio documentary that is part of this project highlights the immigration experiences of eight u . . .
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    D'Andrea, April Lynn
    A teenage girl grows up in the early nineteen eighties. Her parents are divorced, she rarely sees her father, and she doesn't get along with her stepfather. She moves to a new town and makes friends with popular kids. She meets an older boy and has a . . .
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    Sands, Beverly J.
    To interpret a playscript for directing or designing, an organized systemic method of analysis is necessary to understand the script's signification and the playwright's intent. This type of analysis also helps maintain the script's integrity while pr . . .
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    Arevshatian, Zareh
    Since gaining independence from the former Soviet Union, Armenian cinema has launched a revolution in the way Armenians see themselves and the world around them. With the onset of glasnost, the movie cameras broke through the barriers of the Brezhnev . . .
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    Karol, Lawrence A.
    Ten years ago very few people had heard of a strange new life threatening condition known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Today there are few that would need an explanation or elaboration of its acronym, AIDS. Media coverage of AIDS was sporad . . .
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    Cambridge, Megan Louise
    The economy that once supported manufacturing in the U.S. is being replaced by service oriented businesses. This change has led to companies abandoning obsolete factories, often leaving behind large vacant parcels contaminated with toxic chemicals fro . . .
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    Mazur, Alyssa Jill
    The research being presented is a case study about the peer support needs of young adults with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Research data was collected from a focus group comprised of members of an existing MS peer support group for young adults and from . . .
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    Kalin, Ruth A.
    This research merged perspectives from feminist studies, cultural studies and popular culture in order to study marital advice books written by non-academic married women for married women over the past fifty years, and to view how women were being ad . . .
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    Kolarek, Tara
    As a writer I have positioned myself within the framework of lesbian writing. The term 'lesbian writing', however, is varied and constantly in a state of definition. Yet, both in spite of, and because of this, I must construct a framework of lesbian w . . .
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    Segura, Hector
    The purpose of the study was to investigate the status of Mexican choral literature in senior high choral music education programs of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although forty-three choral music educators were invited to participate in t . . .