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State Participation in Funding Capital Projects and Improvements in Texas Public Schools

Description: The impact of four basic capital project funding models for state participation was determined for the school districts in Texas. A review of the historical background for funding of capital projects and improvements by states was followed by a review of the historical background of state support for funding capital projects in the State of Texas. Additionally, the current funding models and methods of determining need were reviewed for all of the states. This historical review revealed that facility funding, like aid for maintenance and operation, has evolved with all the states at different stages.
Date: December 1993
Creator: Hawkins, Jimmy R. (Jimmy Ray)

From Knowing Content to Constructing Knowledge: A Trend Analysis of Secondary Science Education, 1953-1992

Description: The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze secondary science education curriculum and instruction trends for the period 1953-1992 by using the technique of content analysis to examine a representative portion of journal articles and policy statements in secondary science education. Two major science publications, The Science Teacher and Science Education, were selected for analysis.
Date: December 1993
Creator: Kelly, Janet Arlene

A Role Modification Model: the Foreign Policy of the Palestine Liberation Organization, 1964-1981

Description: This study is a Comparative Foreign Policy (CFP) analysis of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) foreign policy behavior from 1964 through 1981. This study develops and tests a role modification model that accounts for evolutionary changes in foreign policy behavior. One of the major premises of this research is that what often appears as dramatic restructuring in foreign policy is actually the culmination of a series of modifications that transpired over an extended period of time. The model relies on a total of six independent variables as determinants of PLO foreign policy output representing multiple levels of analysis. There are a total of 12 dependent variables expressed as either foreign policy tactical roles or strategic goals. Relying on content analysis of relevant PLO documents, the role modification model demonstrates that the foreign policy output of the PLO experienced a gradual, over time change in both the means and ends of its foreign policy. The model also identifies the conditions under which any one of the independent variables is able to exclusively determine foreign policy output and which roles one can reasonably expect the PLO to exercise under a given circumstance.
Date: December 1993
Creator: DiGeorgio-Lutz, JoAnn A. (JoAnn Angela)

Young Children's Construction of Physical Knowledge on Swings in the Outdoor Play Environment

Description: This investigation examined the development of young children's behaviors on swings in the outdoor play environment and their emerging understanding of the physics principles associated with those behaviors. The children's language interactions were also examined in an effort to determine the relationship between language and cognitive development in their construction of physical knowledge. The procedures involved observing the children's behaviors and collecting samples of their spontaneous language interactions during their swinging activities. Informal interviews were also conducted with individual and groups of children. The findings indicate that young children's swinging behaviors develop in eight hierarchical stages. As these behaviors develop, children experiment with the physics principles of balance, gravity, force, resistance, and resonance. Children's swinging behaviors develop in a social context. Many early behaviors are acquired through observing and modeling other children. Language provides the medium for more-experienced peers to assist novice swingers through encouragement and direct instruction. The stage development of swinging behaviors is compared to Cratty's Theory of Perceptual-Motor Development and Harrow's Taxonomy of the Psychomotor Domain. Children's cognitive processing and language interactions are discussed in the context of Piagetian and Vygotskian theories of development. Implications for instruction and suggestions for further research are discussed.
Date: December 1993
Creator: Fox, Jill Englebright

Functional Properties and Organization of Primary Somatosensory Cortex

Description: The physiological characteristics and organization of cat primary somatosensory cortex (SI) were studied in electrophysiological and anatomical experiments. In single cell recording experiments, quantitatively controlled mechanical stimuli were used to examine the responses of SI cortical neurons to the velocity component of skin or hair displacement. The firing frequency of most rapidly adapting neurons increased as stimulus velocity was increased. Rapidly adapting neurons were classified based on their response patterns to constant-velocity ramp stimuli. Neurons in these classes differed significantly in sensitivity to stimulus velocity and amplitude, adaptation rate, and spontaneous firing rate. The results suggest that frequency coding of stimulus displacement velocity could be performed by individual SI rapidly adapting neurons, and that the classes of rapidly adapting neurons may play different roles in sensation of tactile stimuli. Tract-tracing experiments were used to investigate the ipsilateral corticocortical connections of areas 3b and 2 in SI. Different patterns of connections were found for these areas: area 2 projects to areas 3b, 1, 3a, 5a, 4 and second somatosensory cortex (SII), and area 3b projects to areas 2, 1, 3a and SII. To further compare the organization of these areas, the thalamic input to the forepaw representation within each area was studied. The forepaw region in area 3b receives thalamic input exclusively from ventroposteriopr lateral nucleus (VPL), while area 2 receives input from VPL, medial division of the posterior complex (PoM), and lateral posterior nucleus (LP). These results suggest that area 2 lies at a higher position in the hierarchy of somatosensory information flow.
Date: December 1993
Creator: Esteky, Hossein

A Study to Determine the Adequacy of the Science Programs of the Small High Schools of North Central Texas

Description: The purpose of this study is to determine how adequately the smaller high schools of North Central Texas are conforming to certain standards in the science field. The problem of this study is to determine whether science teachers' objectives and methods are in line with educational objectives and certain sound psychological practices and whether the science training has made any contributions to the general education of the high-school students in this area.
Date: 1950
Creator: Hoeldtke, Clara

An Evaluation of the School Lunch Programs of Bryan County, Oklahoma to Determine a Sound Procedure for Their Operation

Description: In this study it is proposed to survey ten selected school lunch programs in Bryan County, Oklahoma, in order to determine a sound procedure for the operation of a successful school lunch program. the increasing knowledge of nutrition as an element in the scholastic progress of children is a factor that the school administrator must consider.
Date: 1950
Creator: Howard, C.F.

Integrating Art with Other Subjects in a Fifth Grade of the Robert E. Lee School in Denton, Texas

Description: The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to develop an integrative program using art as its core which was put into effect in one of two fifth grades in the Robert E. Lee School in Denton, Texas, (2) to develop criteria for evaluating an art program used as an integrating agent, and (3) to evaluate the program in terms of the criteria and in outcomes in achievement in subject matter.
Date: 1950
Creator: Huggins, Cleo Bell

Collaborative Approach to Address Scholarly Communications and Digital Curation Challenges

Description: Presentation for the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Scholarly Communications and Digital Curation (SCDC) Affinity Group 2013 Summer Meeting. In this presentation, the authors discuss collaborative approaches to address scholarly communications and digital curation challenges.
Date: June 14, 2013
Creator: Helge, Kris; Waugh, Laura & Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw

Online Profiles and Unique Author Identifiers

Description: Presentation for the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Scholarly Communications and Digital Curation (SCDC) Affinity Group 2013 Winter Meeting. This presentation discusses online profiles and unique author identifiers, their importance, features, and strategies for successfully using them.
Date: December 13, 2013
Creator: Waugh, Laura & Najmi, Anjum

New World of Scholarly Publishing

Description: Presentation for the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Scholarly Communications and Digital Curation (SCDC) Affinity Group Summer 2014 Meeting. This presentation discusses scholarly publishing activities at the University of Michigan (UM) Libraries and library publishing service ideas at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
Date: June 20, 2014
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.

Curating the Southwest Region's Maps: UNT-UTA Collaborative Project

Description: Presentation for the 2013 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Conference discussing the Mapping the Southwest project. Mapping the Southwest was a 3-year project (2010-2013) funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) We the People grant. This presentation discusses the background of the project, the goals and activities, impacts, and lessons learned.
Date: August 16, 2013
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Phillips, Mark Edward & Hartman, Cathy Nelson

NDNP at UNT: Building Open Access To Our Heritage

Description: Presentation for the 2013 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Conference. This presentation discusses the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the University of North Texas (UNT). The author gives a background of the project, discusses the production, the data and workflow, collaboration efforts, and helpful software tools.
Date: August 16, 2013
Creator: Weidner, Andrew

Implementing the Extended Date/Time Format in Digital Collections

Description: Presentation for the 2013 Cross Timbers Library Collaborative (CTLC) Conference. This presentation discusses the implementation of the Extended Date/Time Format (EDTF) within the University of North Texas (UNT) digital collections. It includes a summary of the kinds of date formats in the EDTF with examples from the digital collections, a description of methods used to implement and utilize the machine-readability of the format, and an overview of reasons that other institutions may want to consider switching to the EDTF.
Date: August 16, 2013
Creator: Tarver, Hannah