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A gender revolution has transformed the institution of asylum in the United States. The introduction of gender-based persecution laws and policies in the past decade ushered in a new era of politics in asylum decisions. Facilitated by recent laws and policies, immigrant women may gain asylum and legal entry into the U.S. by claiming they are persecuted based on factors ....

By Connie G Oxford-Sociology-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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Community members across U.S. municipalities grow more vocal in their concerns about how outside retail corporations shape local community life. The way these residents respond to nation-global corporations, and the way they make arguments about what it means to live in their community, is an interesting social phenomenon. By studying community response to big box retai....

By Dana Colleen Reinke-Sociology-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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Reporting uncertainty is one of the most important tasks in any statistical paradigm. Likelihood functions from independent studies can be easily combined, and the combined likelihood function serves as a meaningful indication of the support the observed data give to the various parameter values. This fact has led us to suggest using the likelihood function as a summar....

By AHMET SEZER-Statistics-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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This dissertation explores the intercultural forces that affected the formation of wenmingxi (civilized drama), Chinas first Western-style theatre that flourished in Shanghai in the 1910s, following the 1907 production of Uncle Toms Cabin by the Chinese student group the Spring Willow Society (Chunliu She) in Tokyo. In contrast to huaju (spoken drama), the present form ....

By Siyuan Liu-Theater Arts-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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Throughout the history of the American musical, the chorus, has remained a key component in the foundation of the form. The anonymous men and women who sing and dance help create the spectacle that is an intrinsic part of the musical. While the chorus line of fifty that characterized the revues in the early part of the twentieth century has dwindled, for economic and ae....

By Kellee Rene Van Aken-Theater Arts-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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Recent theories suggest that speech disfluencies result from a disruption in the time-dependent processes of phonological and phonetic encoding (Howell & Au-Yeung, 2002; Karniol, 1995; Perkins, Kent, & Curlee, 1991; Postma & Kolk, 1993; Wingate, 1988). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between phonological complexity and disfluencies in the speec....

By Kevin Anthony Eldridge-Communication Science and Disorders-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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During the 1990s, a number of developing countries became interested in upgrading the technology of their national media industries to acquire Internet, satellite broadcast, and cellular phone capacities, because digital technologies like these offered opportunities for sustainable development. Each of these countries had a divergent understanding of what constituted na....

By Aimee-Marie Dorsten-Communication: Rhetoric and Communication-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-30
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The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive strength and decision-making utility of the Dynamic Indicators of Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). Specifically, the study examined whether DIBELS benchmarks correctly differentiated among students who were at-risk for reading failure and those who were not as measured by end-of-third-grade achievement on the Pennsy....

By Amanda M. Kloo-Instruction and Learning-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-29
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The field of Social Foundations of Education has been called upon time and time again to justify its place and curricular space in teacher education. Scholars have described the field as marginalized (Greene, 1976; Nash and Agne, 1982); in crisis (Shea, Sola and Jones, 1987); eroding (Sirotnik, 1990); in disarray (Johanningmeier, 1991); and in transit (Warren, 1998). In....

By Deanna DeNae Hill-Administrative and Policy Studies-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-29
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A single case study design was employed to describe the nature of one exemplary second grade teachers differentiated reading instruction. The teacher participant was selected from a group of exemplary teachers nominated from one rural school district in southwestern Pennsylvania. Data collection consisted of classroom observations, teacher interviews, and classroom arti....

By Julie Winneur Ankrum-Instruction and Learning-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-29
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This study investigated the extent to and ways in which attention to students mathematical thinking was evident in the written lesson plans or lesson planning process of ten pre-service secondary mathematics teachers at various points during their teacher education program: prior to and immediately after participation in a course (the Teaching Lab) that emphasized stude....

By Elizabeth Koopman Hughes-Instruction and Learning-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-29
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This study examined the academic advising experiences of students in undergraduate interdisciplinary majors at a private research university and observed whether these students engage in advising in ways that are different from those of students whose primary academic majors are not interdisciplinary. The data consisted of responses to a student survey of advising at th....

By Stephen G. Pajewski-Administrative and Policy Studies-University of Pittsburgh-doctoral-2007-01-29
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