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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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An Investigation of the Diagnostic and Management Protocols Audiologists Follow for Pediatric Patients with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Donna J. Bell
Department: Communication

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Audiologists' Knowledge of Tinnitus Treatment Among United States Military Veterans, Jacob T. Bernard
Department: Communication

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Once Upon a Time: How the Oral Narrative Abilities of Children with Cochlear Implants Compare with their Hearing Peers, Autumn M. Berry
Department: Communication

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They Make Me An Angry Black Barbie: An Examination and Analysis of Black Women's Interactions And Experiences On a Predominantly White Campus, Shakera Blackmon
Department: Communication

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The Development of Metalinguistic Awareness of Grammatical and Morphological Errors Found in Children's Literature, Eve Boonin
Department: Communication

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Keeping the Dream There: A Study of Narratives on the Palestinian Right to Return, Emily K. Cherney
Department: Communication; Religious Studies

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Dueling For Their Votes: A Study on the Impact of Presidential Debate Rhetoric on Public Opinion, Daniel J. Cohen
Department: Communication; Political Science

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What Works?: An Examination of Approaches Used to Remediate Highly Unintelligible Speech From the Perspective of Speech-Language Pathologists, Tatyana M. Colbert
Department: Communication

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An Ideological Analysis of the Media and Their Use of Fear as a Rhetorical Tactic in an Attempt to Persuade the American Public on Their Stance on Gun Control, Craig A. Day
Department: Communication

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Parents’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Involvement in Adaptive Sports on the Communicative, Motor, and Social Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rachel DeLuca
Department: Communication

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Conflict and Reality Television: A Fantasy Theme Analysis Of Same-Sex Housemate Conflict on The Real World: Portland, Maggie Doss
Department: Communication

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Why Wooster? The College Selection Process of Student Athletes at The College of Wooster, Matthew Felvey
Department: Communication

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Mula, Misgogny, & Emcees: An Analysis of the Marketing Strategies Used By Female Rappers To Expand Their Brands, Shyniece N. Ferguson
Department: Communication

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Can you hear me now?: Ideological Analysis of Race and Gender in Verizon Wireless Television Commercials, Shane A. Gallagher
Department: Communication

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The Hierarchy: Understanding How Men and Women Negotiate Power and Its Usage Within Sex Homogeneous Small Groups, Raphael Gunn
Department: Communication

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"I Did My Job With A Plum": Hearing, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Young Adults' Perspectives of Their Access to Closed-Captioning, Emily M. Heard
Department: Communication

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Neuro What?: An Examination of Speech-Language Pathologists' Awareness of the Neurodiversity Movement and Their Opinions of Neurodiversity Values in Intervention Practices, Michelle R. Hill
Department: Communication

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Discovering Stories Through Setting: A Narrative Analysis of Urban Decay in Photographs of Detroit, Miranda R. Ingraham
Department: Communication

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Strengthening the Bonds Between Brothers: Implementing Clifton StrengthsFinders to the Men of Harambee, Peter B. Jeffy
Department: Communication

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"All I Want For My Birthday is a Big Booty Hoe": The Representation of Black Women's Buttocks in R&B/Hip-Hop Music Videos, Erin M. Johnson
Department: Communication

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The Effects of Teacher Nonverbal Immediacy on Students’ Motivation and Competence, Kyrsten C. Kamlowsky
Department: Communication; Education

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Wave Your Flag: A Narrative Criticism of Cultural Appeals, Unification, and National Pride in Coca-Cola's "Wavin' Flag" Campaign, Dustin W. Kemp
Department: Communication

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“Is Television Media Influencing the Knowledge and Perception of an Urban Audience about Agriculture and Farmers?": A Quantitative and Qualitative Audience Study of Agriculture Based TV Show, Soil and Men in Heart(SMH), Nileema H. Khan
Department: Communication; Environmental Studies

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You Only Get Two: The Effects of a Hybrid Hearing Conservation Program on Elementary Students' Knowledge of, Attitude About, and Intended Behavior Towards Hearing Protection, Ellen V. Kleber
Department: Communication; Education

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Exploring Fear Across the Pond: A Comparative Analysis of Media Scare Tactics and Vaccination/Autism Controversies Between the United States and the United Kingdom, Michelle J. Kolk
Department: Communication

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The Business of Social Media: A Qualitative Analysis on How and Why Businesses and Brands Use Social Media Marketing for Strategic Consumer Communication, Deanna F. Langer
Department: Communication

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Do You "Like" It?: An Autoethnography and Ethnographic Study of How the Use and Absence From Facebook Impacts Millennials, Rachel J. Lewis
Department: Communication

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Build a Future Worthy of You: An Ideological and Feminist Analysis of Latina Gender Representations in East Los High, Rebecca J. Lipps
Department: Communication

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Town, Gown, and College Sound: An Investigation into the Community Relations Strategies of The College of Wooster’s Student-Run Radio Station, Jeremy Walsh Ludemann
Department: Communication

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Harmony, Elaborateness, and Naturalness: An Aanalysis of The Influence of Graphic Design Elements and Color In Logos., Stefany Mandarino
Department: Communication

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Day Care and Preschool Teachers and Aides Knowledge Regarding Hearing, Hearing Loss, Technology, and Accommodations for Children with Hearing Loss, Kara N. Markham
Department: Communication

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The Knowledge and Use of Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings by Certified Nurse-Midwives Throughout the United States, Claire E. Miller
Department: Communication

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The Cochlear Implant Effect: An Investigation of College Students’ Perceptions of Children with Cochlear Implants, Sarah G. Nation
Department: Communication

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To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: An Examination of the First Generation African-American Student Experience on A Predominantly White Campus Using an Autoethnography and an Ethnographic Approach, Lisa Paige
Department: Communication

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Parents' Perceptions of Their Childrens' Health-Related Quality of Life: A Study of Pediatric Cochlear Implants and Listening and Spoken Language, Jordan P. Parker
Department: Communication

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Modern Rhetoric on United States Governmental Internet Regulation: A Toulminian Analysis of Arguments from Both Key Sides, David Quigley
Department: Communication

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Beware The Phantom Piper: An Analysis of Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss For Student Musicians, Virginia T. Rich
Department: Communication

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Yaking About Celiac: An Experimental Analysis of the Effectiveness of Persuasive Message Strategies Used in a Public Health Campaign about Celiac Disease, Rachel K. Rieger
Department: Communication

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Enhancing Team Communication: Investigating The Accommodations Athletes with a Hearing Loss Use While Competing on "Hearing" Collegiate Teams, Alison M. Schlothauer
Department: Communication

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Dieting Alternative or Just a Fad?: An Ideological Analysis of Mindful Eating Blogs, Camille E. Schwartz
Department: Communication

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“All of the Beautiful People”: A Qualitative Study of Audience Reaction Shots and the Effect They Have on the Viewer, Matthew H. Simpson
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Professional Perceptions of Auditory Rehabilitation Specialists Regarding Which Components of Music Training Programs Designed For Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients Are Most Effective in Improving Music Enjoyment, Maria Ballentine
Department: Communication

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A Comparison of the Frequency of Print Focused Strategies Implemented By Preschoolteachers During Story Time Reading Across Classroom Type and Book Type, Elizabeth D. Benckart
Department: Communication

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From High-Fashion Runway to Street-Style: The Uses and Gratifications of Fashion-Based Blogs by Individuals, Mary Billingsley
Department: Communication

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The Art of Gangs: How Law Enforcement Identifies and Responds to Symbols of Gang Activity, Including Non-Verbal Communication, Brittany Braun
Department: Communication

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The Grey Area: Using Film to Educate Independent Music Artists in Practices of Branding and Promotion, Darius Dixson
Department: Communication

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Ears, Hooks, Hunchbacks, and Fins: An Ideological Analysis of Physical Disability in Disney Animated Films, Dana L. Feit
Department: Communication

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From Cold Warrior to Peace Advocate: How John F. Kennedy Utilized Epideictic Progression in His June 10, 1963, Commencement Address at American University, Shawna Ferris
Department: Communication

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Use of Bibliotherapy in a First Grade Classroom and Its Efficacy in Positively Impacting Perceptions of Disabilities and Increasing the Knowledge of Students, Morgan Foster
Department: Communication

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Fashion Blogs... the New Black: the Creation of Identity and Use of Consumption Through Fashion Blogs Within the Millennial Generation, Brenna Fujimoto
Department: Communication

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Exploration of Play Behaviors of Children with Autism and Typically Developing Children as Perceived by College Students, Amanda Kay Graeser
Department: Communication

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The Manliest of Men: Understanding Heterosexual Male Same-Sex Friendships in the Context of Football, Kelsey Grassman
Department: Communication

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They're As Clear As Mud: An Investigation of the Quality of Life of Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Michelle Louraine Hamstra
Department: Communication

Heading into Overtime/Tie Between Work and Life: Exploring Factors that Could Influence the Work-Life Balance of NCAA Division III Athletic Directors, Kelley Ann Johnson
Department: Communication

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Seeds of Slavery: a Mainstream Economic Interpretation and Rhetorical Analysis of Vandana Shiva's Criticism of the Green Revolution and the Alienation of Rural Indian Women, David C. Mallinson
Department: Communication; Economics

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Work Hard, Play Hard: a Qualitative Analysis of How Fantasy Sports Affect Organizational Commitment, Ryan Miner
Department: Communication

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It's Complicated: the Identification of Learning Disabilities in Children With Hearing Loss, Taylor M. Morgan
Department: Communication

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Living the iLife: a Descriptive Analysis of the Impact of Technology on Dating Relationships, Clare Nelson-Johnson
Department: Communication

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I Just Want to Be Heard: An Analysis of the Concerns of Parents Who Have Children Using High-Tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices, Gina Marissa Pirolozzi
Department: Communication

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An Investigation of the Potential Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, Mary Ellen Scherer
Department: Communication

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Influences of Age and Education Level on Non-Literal Language Usage in Adults, Kimberly Michelle Schmitz
Department: Communication

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Understanding Division-I Ethical Sports Scandals, Their Public Relations' Approaches, and Effects, Tyler J. Sinclair
Department: Communication

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Diagnostic Assessment Procedures Audiologists Use When Determining Candidacy For Cochlear Implants in Children With Multiple Disabilities, Jennifer Springmier
Department: Communication

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Attachment Theory Applied to Middle School Students' Parent and Peer Relationships in Connection to Their Self-Reported Academic Achievement and Involvement, Deidre Lynn Thompson
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Say Yes to My Fair Bridezilla: a Q-Sorting Analysis of the Effects of Reality Tv Wedding Programming on College Women's Wedding Reception Desires, Sarah Abboud
Department: Communication

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Art of Voice Therapy: An Investigation of Estill Voice Training and Fitzmaurice Voicework As Nontraditional Techniques For Voice Therapy, Lindsey Marie Allen
Department: Communication

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Promoting and Critiquing Child Beauty Pageants: a Narrative Analysis Through a Feminist Sensibility, Isabel Rivka Baylor
Department: Communication

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Waiting on the World to Change: a Study of Professors' and Disability Support Staff Members' Knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome, Elizabeth A. Beal
Department: Communication

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A Rhetorical Analysis: Using a Generic Criticism to Find the Visual and Verbal Advertising Strategies of the Top Five Supplement Companies in Print Magazines , Matthew Breidigam
Department: Communication

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They Will Lie to You: a Solution For Interorganizational Conflict Through a Quantitative Analysis of the Communication Patterns Between Law Enforcement and Journalists in Small Town America, Julia Chunglo
Department: Communication

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Jihad Calling: a Rhetorical Fantasy Theme Analysis of Al Qaeda's Online Magazine Inspire, Gregory Crocker
Department: Communication

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No Child Will Be Left Behind in My Classroom!: NCLB's Effects and Elementary Teachers' Strategies to Beat the Test, Logan Dunn
Department: Communication

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Techno Kids: An Experimental Study Comparing iPod Applications and Traditional Approaches For Teaching Third Graders How to Pre-Write, Madeline Hart
Department: Communication

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"I Know How to Read, But I Can't Teach It": The Effectiveness of a Short-Term Training Session on College-Aged Literacy Tutors' Knowledge of Reading Concepts, Katelynn Heugel
Department: Communication

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Fissures in the Sand: a Narrartive Ethnography of the Fishing Culture in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Christopher Hudson
Department: Communication; English

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You Witch!: a Feminist Rhetorical Criticism of the Transcribed Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, Kasey Hunsicker
Department: Communication

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College Students' Perceptions of Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: the Influence of Speech Intelligibility on Perceptions of Speech Skills, Social Acceptance, Academic Achievement, and Behavioral Conduct, Rosalie B. Keane
Department: Communication

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Time to Occupy: a Study of the Folk and Hip-Hop Song Lyrics of Musicians Who Performed at Occupy Wall Street New York City, Nathan Keck
Department: Communication

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Feeding Techniques For Infants With Cleft Lip and Palate: a Survey of Midwives and Recommendations For Strengthening Knowledge, Megan Keefe
Department: Communication

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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Regular Education Elementary School Teachers in Educating Mainstreamed Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Amanda Klump
Department: Communication

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Analysis of Nonverbal Communication That Occurs Within the Organizational Culture of America's Pasttime, Colin Meinzer
Department: Communication

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That Is All the Details I Have, Scott Merrifield
Department: Communication; Political Science

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Grass Is Always Greener: a Quantitative Study of Effective Messages in Producing Pro-Environmental Behaviors, Madalyn Myers
Department: Communication

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Fire From the Stars to Spark Enlightenment and Action in a Generation: Drawing From Scholarly Research to Create a Digital Magazine For the Millennial Generation in the Realm of Travel, Culture, and Civic Engagement, Sage Nenyue
Department: Communication

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Wellness: An Unmet Need for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury, Jessica Quiery
Department: Communication

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Truthiness in News: How Stephen Colbert Embodies and Critiques Conventional News Through and Ironic Persona, Mark Russell
Department: Communication

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Internalization Measures Not Influenced By Media Image Presentation: An Examination of Female Athletes and Non-Athletes, Meredith Shaul
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Seize the Internet: Using Facebook As a Successful Marketing Tool For New Companies, Melanie Ann Sidman
Department: Communication

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Perfect Corporate Makeover: a Rhetorical Analysis of Mcdonald's "I'm Lovin' It" Rebranding Campaign, David Smith
Department: Communication

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It's So Me: a Study of Product Personality - Consumer Personality Congruence, Ashley Nicole Stockwell
Department: Communication

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Professionals' Perceptions Regarding the Knowledge, Components and Materials For Adudiologic Rehabilitation With Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients, Elizabeth Striegl
Department: Communication

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"I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself:" An Analysis of Functional Delayed Echolalia Produced By Children With Autism in Home and Non-Home Environments, Emma Sullivan
Department: Communication

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Dressed to Impress: a Quantitative Analysis of the Communicative Role of Female Fashion in the Workplace, Samantha J. Sulzer
Department: Communication

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Consumer Perception of Fashion Advertising: An Analysis of the Opinions of College Aged Students Regarding Various Print Advertising Strategies in the Fashion Industry, Zachery C. Vesco
Department: Communication

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Brick By Brick: An Analysis and Recreation of The College of Wooster's Primary Marketing Images, Jason Weingardt
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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A Daydream of Freddie Cool: An Examiniation of Record Label Promotion of Its Artist, Nana Boamah-Acheampong
Department: Communication

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Psychosocial Development: the Socio-Emotional Dimensions of Deafness and Hearing Loss in Jamaica, Nikitta Chin-See
Department: Communication

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Using Dynamic Assessment to Measure Word-Learning Ability in Low-And Middle-Socioeconomic Status Preschoolers, Kelly R. Harrold
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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To Entertain or to Inform: An Examination and Comparison of Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese Audiences' Perceptions of Entertainment Oriented Television News Programs, Fengzhi Chen
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Reliable and Valid Revision of the Word Intelligibility By Picture Identification (WIPI) Test, Megan Earle
Department: Communication