Senior Honors Students Present Research

Senior Honors Students Present Research

group poster sessions 2011
Eight School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 3 at Annenberg Hall. All are students of Penelope Peterson, SESP dean, and teaching assistant Michelle Wilkerson, a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences program. Assistant Dean Susan Olson coordinated the event. Following is a description of each student's research.

Michael Alperin
Michael Alperin
Social Policy
21st Century Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Predicting Engagement in a Suburban Setting
Interviews with parents and teachers of preschoolers revealed different definitions of parental involvement. Similar demographic, personal and programmatic factors in urban and suburban contexts predict parental involvement.
Adviser: P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, PhD
Readers: Teresa Eckrich Sommer, PhD, and Sara Broaders, PhD

Stephanie Arias
Stephanie Arias
Human Development and Psychological Services
Undocumented Latino/a Students' Perceptions of Legal Status
Qualitative interview data of 25 Latino/a high school seniors indicates that undocumented youths face challenges that include approaching school professionals for help in the college-application process, gathering financial aid resources for undocumented students, and sharing their status with others for fear of marginalization.
Adviser: Carol Lee, PhD
Reader: Jack Doppelt, PhD

Zhen Cheng
Zhen Cheng
Human Development and Psychological Services
The Benefits of Neurobiology over Genetic and Social Essentialism in Lowering Mental Illness Stigma
This study examined how people's beliefs about the cause of mental illness impact stigma. Results indicated that, compared to both genetic and social explanations, a neurobiological explanation led to lower stigma in terms of people's willingness to associate with, help, and hire those with a mental illness.
Adviser: Galen Bodenhausen, PhD
Readers: David Uttal, PhD, and Joan Chiao, PhD

Rebecca Crook
Rebecca Crook
Human Development and Psychological Services
Relationship Power and Religion Among Couples in Accra, Ghana
This study describes how married couples in West Africa initiate and make final decisions regarding finances, childcare, and family planning, as well as how husbands' and wives' religious beliefs influence their decision-making approaches. Interviews indicated that although men consult their wives when making decisions, they hold the final decision-making power, particularly in the domain of finances.
Adviser: Rebecca Seligman, PhD
Readers: Eva Lam, PhD, and Regina Logan, PhD

Robert Gustafson
Robert Gustafson
Social Policy
Policy, Beliefs, and Practices: Teacher Hiring and Programming in Response to Growing Bilingual Populations
This study investigates whether staff and practices change when schools and districts are suddenly confronted with a new student population. Leaders in all three schools studied found ways to change staff and increase the number of bilingual/ESL certified teachers, and evidence suggests that policy, resources, and beliefs of school/district leadership affect the practices adopted.
Adviser: Edd Taylor, PhD
Reader: Jeannette Colyvas, PhD

Julie Kornfeld
Julie Kornfeld
Social Policy
The Effects of Overseas Cultural Orientation Programs on Refugees' Perceptions of their Resettlement in American Society
This study examined the role cultural orientation (CO) played in shaping refugee perceptions about resettlement by addressing three main concepts: content and sources of refugee preconceptions; content and structure of CO; and resettling in American society. Findings indicate that CO is ineffective at conveying crucial resettlement topics to refugees because the class is too general and short.
Adviser: Gayla Ruffer, PhD
Readers: Jack Doppelt, PhD, and Eva Lam, PhD

Emmaline Pohnl
Emmaline Pohnl
Social Policy
Leadership in Community Gardens: Cultivating Organizational Security and An Engaged, Educated Community
This research explores challenges to the development of community gardens and investigates how garden leadership address them through the analysis of interviews conducted in four community gardens. Key obstacles discussed by garden leaders and members include unstable land tenure, difficulties in acquiring federal charitable status, interpersonal conflict, and barriers to gardener involvement.
Adviser: Howard Rosing, PhD
Reader: Edd Taylor, PhD

Priya Suresh
Priya Suresh
Learning and Organizational Change
Facebook and Negotiations
The research explored nonstrategic negotiation preparation by examining whether two independent variables shown on Facebook, attire and negotiation expertise, impacted negotiators' perceptions of the other party and their negotiation strategy. Significant differences were found for each of the independent variables in the level of perceived firmness, aggression, cooperation, competitiveness, and trustworthiness of the other party, as well as expectation of concessions, likelihood of making the first offer, reservation price and counteroffer price.
Adviser: Gail Berger
Reader: Jeannette Colyvas

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/9/11