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Student Research


  • Jamie Paul, Reading Between the Lines: Shifting Views of American Childhood, 1922-2009. This thesis uses content analysis of Newberry Award-Winning books, 1922-2009, to assess the changing representation of childhood in American children's literature over the last century.
  • Mark Will, The Application of Rationalization and Neoinstitutionalism in Understanding the "Science" of Compatibility. The forces of rationalization have profoundly altered the fabric of society. Within a very brief span of time, millenniums of tradition have yielded enormous ground to scientific knowledge, practicality and calculation. Even courtship, a realm believed to be immune from rational influence, has been profoundly reshaped by the forces of rationalization. This thesis relies upoon the paradigm of neoinstitutionalism in an attempt to understand the continuity of traditional beliefs in the face of rationalization, as exemplified by "scientific" Internet dating Web sites. This paradoxical relationship exsists because rationalized organizations, like eHarmony, have found it necessary to co-opt traditional elements.
  • Charlene Shelton, Youth Business Development Project: Assessing How Entrepreneurship Training Affects At-Risk Youths' Academic Achievement. This thesis is  a mixed methods study of how the opportunity to start their own business affects the academic achievement of low-achieving high school students. The results suggest that a real-world intervention increases self-efficacy and the perceived relevance of their education; however, it does not significantly increase their grade point average.
  • Nadya Tomasi, An Evaluation of the Transitional Advocacy Program at Denver's Dolores Project Homeless Shelter for Women. This project uses self-empowerment theory, descriptive statistics and CHi-square analysis to examine factors that may relate to homeless women at the Dolores Project Homeless Shelter in Denver who are completing a transitional program of going from the status of homeless to one of self-suffciency. The project also seeks to determine if there is any difference in the amount of time it takes women to complete the transitional program among three groups of women: those originating in the Dolores Project; those referred to the program by other agencies; and those referred by the Department of Corrections.