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GUIDING COMMUNICATION IN COUPLES POSTINFIDELITY
(2024) Love, E.; O'Neal, C.; Lucero-Jones, R.; Lucero-Jones, R.
How does betrayal trauma from infidelity impact communication in couples and the family system? In a review of the literature on best practices for infidelity treatment, this presentation will offer marriage and family therapists and other mental health clinicians an opportunity to learn how to guide couples through communication after infidelity discovery. Participants without a clinical background will learn about the application of theory to infidelity treatment. Attachment styles shape the way individuals respond to and cope with infidelity and betrayal trauma. Participants will learn about the erosion of trust leading up to and after learning about infidelity, with considerations for the impact of culture on communication. Additionally, participants will learn about applying Emotionally Focused Therapy to infidelity treatment. After completing a case study exercise based on the information learned, participants will have an opportunity to provide comments, ask questions, and offer reflections on the material. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rebecca Lucero-Jones) Supported by TWU Center for Student Research.
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EXPLORING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY-BASED AND HANDS-ON LEARNING ACTIVITIES TO HELP MITIGATE MATHEMATICS-RELATED STRESS AND INSECURITY
(2024) Barrera, H.; Cooley, S.; Wheeler, A.
In the pursuit to boost student achievement and cultivate a favorable outlook towards mathematics, this project intends to address the core issue of math anxiety and explore strategies for educators to more effectively mitigate it. The primary objective is to perform a comprehensive analysis and comparison of two distinct sets of lesson plans–one featuring hands-on interventions and the other incorporating digitally executed activities–with the purpose of discerning their respective effects on students’ math performance and perspectives. One of the four lesson plans, which integrated mathematics with computer science and involved coding with Python P5, was executed in Dr. Wheeler’s mathematics education course in the Fall of 2023. The implemented lesson plan was carefully assessed by reviewing student work and gathering feedback. In this project presentation, both sample student work and detailed lesson content will be shared. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ann Wheeler) Supported by TWU Experiential Student Scholars Program.
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SELF-EFFICACY AND RESILIENCE AMONG TOKEN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
(2024) Lemmon, L.; Smith, G.; Lambert, J.; Smith, G.
Previous research has explored the impacts of tokenism on women entrepreneurs regarding heightened visibility, polarization, and assimilation pressures. While various studies have explored the barriers and challenges women entrepreneurs experience due to gender bias and tokenism, further research is needed to explore the phenomenon of resiliency and self-efficacy among this population. In this study we will further explore these themes and examine how self-efficacy and resilience may play a role in coping and thriving in these traditionally male dominated spaces. We will conduct qualitative interviews with women thriving in leadership roles to further illuminate instances of resiliency and self-efficacy of women in male-dominated fields. We will conduct 5 semi-structured interviews with diverse women leaders about their experiences in leadership using an interpretive phenomenological analysis. We hypothesize that there will be themes found in token women entrepreneur research that suggests a strong sense of self-efficacy and remarkable resilience in women entrepreneurs. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Gabrielle Smith) Supported by TWU Small Grant Program.
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INTERSECTIONALITY OF RACE AND GENDER FOR TOKEN BLACK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
(2024) Lemmon, L.; Smith, G.; Lambert, J.; Smith, G.
Research has indicated that women entrepreneurs face heightened visibility and scrutiny. Kanter’s lens of visibility, polarization, and assimilation highlights the barriers and challenges women entrepreneurs must overcome to exist and thrive in traditionally male dominated spaces. However, further research is needed to address the unique and persistent challenges encountered by Black women entrepreneurs due to compounding racial and gender biases. In this study, we will investigate the intersectionality of race and gender for Black women entrepreneurs and explore the impacts of token bias when taking both race and gender into consideration. We will conduct qualitative interviews with women thriving in leadership roles to illuminate the impacts of race and gender on Black women in male-dominated fields. We will conduct 5 semi-structured interviews with Black women leaders about their experiences using an interpretive phenomenological analysis. We hypothesize that Black women entrepreneurs face amplified token bias due to both gender and race. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Gabrielle Smith) Supported by TWU Small Grant Program.
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PLAYFUL PARENTING: NURTURING CONNECTION AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PLAY
(2024) Wolfe, K.; Wallace, H.; Arrendondo, A.; Bias, L.; Armijo, J.; Armijo, J.
"Playful Parenting: Nurturing Connection and Development Through Play" is a 12-month program designed for new parents or parents of children between the ages of 0-2, providing information about play and its importance to a child’s development during the first two years. The findings of a study conducted in recent years demonstrated that parents have a difficult time seeing value in free play or unstructured activities (Dhas et al. 2022). Building upon this research, our program allows parents to learn about what milestones their children are expected to reach and how play can be used as a developmental tool to assist them in reaching their milestones. The program offers interactive workshops, presentations, and speakers that will help build a foundation for understanding how to use play to reinforce development and as a medium for interacting with your child at various stages of development. (Faculty Sponsor: Mr. Juan Armijo)