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    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
    (2011-01-27T14:19:23Z) Hanni, Dana M.; Phippen, Heather
    Parental involvement has been shown to be an important part of a student’s life. In our study and research, we found that the amount of participation that parent’s [sic] give can drastically improve a child’s social and psychomotor skills, creating a positive effect on student’s academic and social success. By connecting both the school and home, students receive the message that their parents are concerned about their education, resulting in continued motivation and self-confidence. Establishing a positive relationship between parent and teacher is important to ensure that the best interests of the students are being met. On the other hand, educators do realize that there are obstacles that prevent parents from being more involved in their children’s education, such as time and lack of education. However, there are ways to get around these issues and strategies that may be used more today than in the past. These strategies that we acquired were obtained by research and by personal experience.
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    THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN TO MUSIC EDUCATION AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
    (2011-01-27T14:06:22Z) Olsen, Kathleen A.
    The Bernstein legacy defies description, classification and categorization, not surprisingly unlike Bernstein himself. It is an evolving entity which continues to exert influence on the world despite the fact that Leonard Bernstein has been dead since 1990. It is a body of work worthy of study and careful consideration. The sheer volume of achievement in so many areas of endeavor hampered by the apparent lack of satisfaction Bernstein demonstrated with the masterpiece of his life must be noted and absorbed. Yet the ultimate paradox that he gave so much in his relentless striving for self fulfillment leaves us with a formidable force that is really, still striving.
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    SAMUEL JOHNSON AND AUGUSTANISM
    (2011-01-27T13:49:34Z) Salem, Abdel-Rahman
    One of the reasons why Samuel Johnson achieved his monumentality in literary history is that he was a comprehensive thinker whose treatment of social, political, and literary domains encompassed a wide range of concerns and was aimed at the entire reading public of his time. This paper contextualizes Johnson within Augustanism as a defining framework of the age in which he lived and a movement of which he was a leading figure. Such contextualizing complicates our understanding of Johnson when we discover that there are inconsistencies in his relation to and application of Augustan principles. Investigating Johnson’s social, political, and literary views, we see that on the one hand, there is the image of Johnson the follower and advocate of Augustanism as defined through classical aesthetics and conservatism of thought. One [sic] the other hand, there is the image of the liberal Johnson who writes employing a progressive philosophy that does not entirely belong to the Augustan Age.
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    ENVIRONMENTAL RISK COMMUNICATION: A CASE STUDY OF A STATE AGENCY‟S COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC
    (2010-09-22T17:34:22Z) West, Heather J.
    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease which affects white-tailed deer and elk in both wild and captive populations. In 2002 the Department of Environmental Conservation observed that CWD could possibly spread to New York State as the disease seemed to be moving towards the east. As a governmental regulatory agency, the DEC imposed emergency regulations on the public in the hope of stopping the spread of CWD. This thesis analyzes the DEC‟s discussion of CWD on its web site from 2002-2006. The analysis is based on two models of environmental risk communication: decide-announce-defend (DAD) and community collaboration (CC).
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    THE EFFECT OF MEDIA ON THE LEARNING BEHAVIORS OF STUDENTS
    (2010-09-22T17:23:26Z) Keese, Aubree; Kubinski, Carrie; Rowe, Deborah; Sykes, Pamela; Todd, Justin
    The media impacts many students in today’s world. A common theme across literature is that the media makes a significant impression upon children. Children make associations from the media, sometimes correct, and sometimes incorrect. All forms of media affect student learning in some way. Students bring a variety of impressions, generated by the media, with them when they come to school. This can hinder the education process by leading to behavior issues, self-confidence problems, health issues, or misinformation that needs to be overcome. Participants in this study were administrators and teachers from area North Country schools K-12. Participants ages ranged from 23-65 and were employed at the following school districts: St. Regis Falls, Indian River, Beaver River, and Lyme Central Schools. Data was gathered using an internet based survey. Literature shows the media has significant negative impact on children, it also shows teachers are incorporating instructional methods to turn the negatives into positives. However, the statistics from this study show that teachers are not proactive in teaching positive media usage, and teachers and administrators see the negative impacts of media occurring in North Country school systems.