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- ItemOpen AccessAn autoethnography of local music culture in northern Colorado(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Schicke, Joseph Andrew, author; Doe, Sue, advisor; Lamanna, Carrie, committee member; Banning, Jim, committee memberThe following thesis investigates common ideologies as manifested in the rhetoric of local musicians, musician employers and musician advocates. I use an autoethnographic method in which I use the interview data of local music culture participants along with my own accounts of my experience as a local musician in order to come closer to locating and describing the experience of local music culture. Through constant comparative analysis of interview data, I located six problematic themes related to the rhetorics of the music community, musician recognition, musician identity, music as a leisure activity, musicians as workers, and musicians as part of a wider industry. I put forth the argument that these areas are of great importance in an understanding of the ways that rhetoric and ideology disempower local musicians. In addition, I argue for a more complex awareness of music ideology by introducing affect theory. Finally, I suggest how community literacy may be used in order to advance the ideas brought forth in this thesis.
- ItemOpen AccessAuthenticity and female leaders: a qualitative study exploring the leadership practices of female university administrators(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Thornhill, Kathy L., author; Kuk, Linda, advisor; Albert, Lumina, committee member; Banning, Jim, committee member; Davies, Tim, committee memberUsing the construct of authentic leadership, this interpretive phenomenological study explored the leadership practices of seven female university leaders. Authentic leadership involves self-awareness, balanced processing, authentic action and relational transparency. Self-awareness is a lifelong process that involves understanding one's values and priorities. Balanced processing involves reflecting on strengths and weaknesses in an honest and accurate manner and not over or under-stating one's skills. Authentic action is behaving in a manner that is consistent with one's values. Relational transparency is being open and forthcoming with information and the process by which decisions are made. Five overarching themes emerged from the study: (1) leadership strategies, (2) leadership development, (3) meaning making, (4) developing and maintaining relationships, and (5) the larger organizational context, which included the university environment, specifically. The applicable themes were applied to the components of authentic leadership to elucidate further the phenomenon of authentic leadership. Their understanding of self was directly evident in their leadership strategies. They used values-driven leadership and were unwilling to compromise their values, whether in decision-making, strategic planning or even the institution in which they worked. They strove to be positive and to create an environment where people felt respected and appreciated. They sought to improve themselves, whether by self-reflection, reading leadership literature, or taking on new challenges. They made meaning of their lives by reflecting on their achievements and future goals, as well as the difference they made in others' lives. They were committed to their family and ensured that their family was integrated with their professional responsibilities. Relationships were important to them and they recognized the value that developing and maintaining relationships had on their personal and professional lives. They discussed the importance of mentors and they strove to empower others. They felt it was their responsibility, as leaders, to encourage and support others' development. The university setting was important to them. These leaders saw the university as a place that changes people's lives for the better and felt honored to work at a university. The mission of the university was important to them and they were aware that their decisions impacted everyone at the university, especially the students.
- ItemOpen AccessEmployee perceptions of organizational support: an organizational commitment to a balanced work environment(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Miller, Carol Tharp, author; Gilley, Jerry W., advisor; Waite, Alina M., advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Good, Glenn, committee member; Scott, Malcolm, committee member; Makela, Carole, committee memberThe purpose of this dissertation was to examine how employees perceive their organization's family-friendly policies as they relate to achieving a positive work-life balance. Work-life balance is defined as the level of satisfaction associated with how one functions at home and work with very little work-life conflict. Work and personal demands are contributing to the need for such family-friendly policies. The literature suggests that companies are making the commitment to adopt formal family-responsive policies, which must be guided by a supportive organizational culture to be successful (Galinsky & Stein, 1990; Kossek & Nichol, 1992). This study explores the impact that one company has made on its employees through the experiences of eight participants. I had to understand how employees perceived the organizational culture and I wanted to understand how work-life balance was influenced by the organizational culture. The study focused on understanding the participants' experiences. Phenomenological research allowed me to share in the experiences of eight New Belgium Brewing Company employees. Phenomenological design enables the researcher to examine the human experience through detailed descriptions of people being studied (Creswell, 1994). The findings revealed how participants experience the culture related to work-life balance. Analysis of the data resulted in five major themes, which represented how participants experienced their work environment. The first of the thematic structures was organizational culture. Culture is integral to how the participants see the organization; however, it does not stand out as a unique component of what New Belgium Brewing Company does--it was more about who they are. Culture connects the participants to New Belgium Brewing Company. The second theme was relationships. Relationships built in direct correlation to the organizational culture. Work-life balance was the third theme, revealing the participant responses were less about company policies and programs and more about participants working in a company that cared. The fourth theme related to participants' commitment; participants want to do the best job they could, not only for the company, but specifically for the company CEO. The fifth theme was sustainability, suggesting the size of the company could be a factor in maintaining a sense of community.
- ItemOpen AccessEnvironmental affects on teamwork: case study of a trauma and surgical intensive care unit(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2010) Montgomery-Colbert, Debora A., author; Gilley, Jerry, advisor; Burns, Patrick, committee member; Makela, Carole, committee member; Banning, Jim, committee memberThe research was conducted to identify how the physical environment shapes teamwork with regards to communications and role assignments in a Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TSICU). The site was selected due to my personal experience with the trauma team and the environment. Ten team members included in the study consisted of personnel from facilities, emergency room staff, surgeons, nursing staff, trauma coordinators, and administrators. The participants were purposefully selected with multiple sources of data being collected with both photo-solicitation and photo-elicitation to bring deeper meaning to the interpretation of the data. This qualitative study collected participants’ descriptions of their perspectives utilizing the photographs each individual took of their work environment. These photographs were the catalyst for interviews to answer the research questions. The photographs and interview comments were then analyzed and coded to identify similarities and differences among the participants. The photographs were first sorted to determine the number of pictures that were of the same areas and which pictures were the outliers of lone environmental factors. Each of the photos and the participant responses were coded and clustered to identify areas of focus. From these areas of focus, themes environment on team efficiencies, the connections to the literature, and expansion of the current body of knowledge of the organizational effects. The themes that emerged from this photo elicitation were rich descriptions of physical elements identifying positive environmental effects on teamwork within the trauma team. The themes that emerged from the photographs and interviews, including multi-agency teamwork, resuscitation room design, elevator and hallways, signage, patient rooms, equipment and supply rooms, communication, and roles and responsibilities, have shown that the physical environment has been deliberately built with teamwork as the main premise.
- ItemOpen AccessEstablishing group norms through wiki technologies within a health-care setting: a case study(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Evans, Shawn, author; Folkestad, Jim, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Chermack, Tom, committee member; Rademacher, Bob, committee memberWithin rapidly changing environments in today's health care organizations, new technologies are sought to bridge gaps in processes, create connections between people, and facilitate workplace efficiencies. This study, anchored in diffusion of innovation theory, examined how one new technology is being utilized and diffused in a medium sized, multi-hospital health care system. Wiki technology allows multiple users opportunities to asynchronously collaborate and communicate through a web (internet) based application. Although potential benefits of this technology are exciting, the diffusion of this technology within a complex system is still a relatively unknown process. This case study examined how actors, or users, of three wikis perceived the establishment of group norms and rules that helped govern use of the wiki and diffusion of the technology to other members. Perception was measured through the distribution of an online questionnaire, interviews with the wiki administrators, and examination of wiki content. It was determined that group norms were ultimately helpful as new members learned how to use the wiki. In addition to wiki specific norms, this study determined group norms were perceived to be established at a higher organizational level than the wikis themselves; meaning, organization norms and rules strongly influenced how wiki specific norms and rules were determined. This study highlights the importance of strong organizational culture as it relates to members trying and adopting new, web-based technologies.
- ItemOpen AccessGlobal e-learning: a phenomenological study(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Rao, Sudendra R., author; Quick, Don, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Venneberg, Don, committee member; Athey, Susan, committee memberThere is a strong sense that the educational processes must change, if for no other reason than to keep up with a rapidly emerging information-based society. As the need for learning and knowledge has outstripped what is possible using conventional learning methods, e-Learning may allow us to respond more effectively. The new generations of e-Learning technologies that allow interactive knowledge construction and provide richer learning environments have been gaining increased global acceptance. This qualitative study with an interpretative phenomenological approach indicated the evolution, current status and anticipated future advances of e-Learning among academia, corporations and the governments across developed and developing countries. The data was collected through in-depth interviews with subject matter experts. With e-Learning interventions rapidly becoming organization's response to continuous learning and change in the new economy, this study provided evidence that e-Learning is a growing global phenomenon and if the potential is turned into reality, e-Learning will be transformative. The shortening product development cycle, lack of skilled workforce, increasing global competition and a shift from the industrial to the knowledge economy and the fast-paced advances with the related technology, e-Learning is here to stay and could be the answer to tomorrow's learning needs.
- ItemOpen AccessHeterosexual ally development in counseling psychologists: experiences, training, and advocacy for the LGBT community(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Asta, Elizabeth L., author; Vacha-Haase, Tammi, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Bloom, Larry, committee member; Stallones, Lorann, committee memberWhen focusing on advocacy for minority rights, it is beneficial to explore the role allies play in advocating for and supporting their peers. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine how counseling psychologists working in university counseling settings conceptualize their ally work, as well as how their counseling psychology training impacted their ally development. This study was guided by the tradition of phenomenological qualitative study, and constant comparison analysis served as the strategy for inductive analysis. Pre-doctoral interns and senior staff psychologists, who self-identified as heterosexual, were interviewed regarding their experiences and development with ally work. Results indicated that there is wide variation regarding how psychologists view the ally experience, but that individuals find common meaning, challenges, and training experiences within their ally development. In particular, results showed a predominant need for increased training in social justice advocacy and LGBT support within counseling psychology training programs.
- ItemOpen AccessHuman environment interactions and collaborative adaptive capacity building in a resilience framework(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2012) Bruss, Peter T., author; Galvin, Kathleen, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Boone, Randall, committee member; Reid, Robin, committee member; Thompson, Jessica, committee memberBeing firmly in the Anthropocene Era--a period in humanity's evolution where human behavior and dominance is significantly impacting the earth's systems, my research objective was in response to the concern and call of the National Science Foundation and of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change that humanity needs to develop new strategies to tackle complex anthropogenic issues impacting the global environment and that there should be a focus on human behavior to effect change. Through a collaborative tri-phase dual model research initiative in the back country of Burntwater, Arizona in the Houck Chapter on the Navajo Nation, a small group of Navajo, using a photovoice and artvoice technique, began an exploration into community issues and concerns. The outcome confirmed that illegal trash dumping was a serious matter to the community in need of attention. Through multiple community gatherings the illegal trash dumping issue was discussed and explored within the workings of a Participatory Social Frame Work of Action - Collaborative Adaptive Capacity Building (PSFA-CACB) conceptual model. Using data from my field site I was able to partially inform a theoretical agent-based model Taking Care of the Land - Human Environment Interactions (TCL-HEI). Using the TCL-HEI model I was then able to theoretically illustrate within a resilience framework a social-ecological system regime basin shift from an undesirable state to a desirable state. This shift resulted from a change in the system's stability landscape variables through the introduction of a combination of consultative behavior and economic incentive model parameters. The ultimate objective of the tri-phase dual-model approach was to show how local and regional sustainable entrepreneurial and cooperative action might change illegal trash dumping behavior through a recycling and waste-to-fuels processing program. I further show how the effect of such an initiative would result in mitigating environmental degradation by lessening illegal trash dumping sites and landfill deposits while creating jobs and empowering a local population. It is my hope that the ramifications of this study might be considered at the Chapter, Agency and Nation levels on the Navajo Nation to explore possibilities of contracting-out for the development of a clean-energy waste-to-fuels processing facility and program.
- ItemOpen AccessOlder adult patient-doctor communication regarding alcohol use: a qualitative study(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Sharp, Lindsay C., author; Vacha-Haase, Tammi, advisor; Bloom, Larry, committee member; Swaim, Randy, committee member; Banning, Jim, committee memberProblematic drinking is a significant issue within the older adult (65+) population. Although proper assessment and diagnosis is crucial in addressing problem drinking in this population, research suggests that physicians are not adequately discussing alcohol use with their older adult patients. In the midst of the accumulated knowledge on older adult patient-doctor communication, a sizeable gap exists regarding communication older adults report to their primary care physician regarding alcohol use. Using qualitative methods, the purpose of the present study was to understand the communication between community-based older adults and their physicians regarding their alcohol use. Results revealed several older adult biases that prevent them from initiating alcohol communication with their physician, including perceived lack of problem with alcohol, physician disinterest in the topic, completing the information on the initial intake form, and past experience with alcohol. However, participants stated that they would feel comfortable discussing the topic if initiated by their physician, and identified several physician characteristics that would improve the patient-doctor relationship, including humor, length of time with physician, perceived adequate time, perceived knowledge, and similarly aged.
- ItemOpen AccessSeeing with our own eyes: youth reveal strengths in Mathare using photovoice(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2010) Parker, Sarah Noyes, author; Dakin, Emily, advisor; Amell, Jim, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee memberIn this study, adolescent residents of the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya documented their strengths and the strengths of their community using the Photovoice methodology, a participatory qualitative research approach. This study also sought to explore the utility of the Photovoice method for empowering youth in the Mathare slum and as a tool for social action. Research was conducted in collaboration with the Mwelu Foundation, a youth based photography program in Mathare slum. Adolescent and community strengths were a focus of this project given that the majority of prior research related to the Mathare slum has been oriented towards documenting its deplorable conditions with a lack of focus on its capabilities and resources. Template analysis was used to code the data, with resilience, resourcefulness, identity, purpose, and community resources emerging as themes related to adolescent and community strengths. Empowerment of the Mathare youth and social action related to the Mathare slum are deemed viable outcomes of the Photovoice method. Implications of the relevance of the photovoice method for social work practice are discussed.
- ItemOpen AccessTeachers working with social emotional competence: students' perspectives on the positive effects(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2012) McCuin, Deborah, author; Timpson, William, advisor; Banning, Jim, committee member; Most, David, committee member; Doe, Sue, committee memberResearch has shown that social emotional learning (SEL) skills help reduce violence, enhance cooperation and problem solving, and foster academic achievement. Teachers with social emotional competence (SEC) develop supportive relationships with students, build on student strengths and abilities, establish behavioral guidelines, coach students through conflicts, encourage cooperation, and model respect and appropriate communication. This qualitative document analysis describes the perceived experience of students positively impacted by a teacher coded as using SEC. Analysis of the traits or qualities of the persons and classrooms they described may impact teacher training and hiring of qualified individuals in the educational setting. Using abductive coding processes, education autobiographies written by 28 undergraduate students at a university in the Midwest were coded for the presence of SEL constructs and traits and attributes of teachers they admired in order to give voice to the perceived experience of students regarding the people and practices that positively impacted them. All of the core constructs of SEL were found to be in evidence and 75% of students cited three or more of the constructs in their documents. Known SEC traits were confirmed by the students' perceived experiences as being impactful as well as opportunities to grapple with issues of social awareness and diversity and teacher investment in the daily activities. Implications on teacher training and hiring of individuals that are capable in creating environments inclusive of safety and belonging, as well as those who are adept at developing relationships both with and among students emerged.
- ItemOpen Access(We)ducation: a narrative and autoethnographic analysis of the teaching and learning process postured as an intimate relationship(Colorado State University. Libraries, 2011) Modesti, Sonja, author; Jennings, Louise, advisor; Anderson, Karrin, advisor; Burgchardt, Carl, committee member; Banning, Jim, committee memberThis project argues that the roles of teacher and learner are no longer definable by traditional conceptualizations, and instead, the intimacy with which teachers and learners experience these roles is comparable to a deeply meaningful, multi-faceted relationship. Many of the dynamics present in the traditional conceptualization of an intimate relationship are the material and embodied dynamics also experienced by teachers and learners as they engage the educational journey. Therefore, this study seeks to identify learners' and teachers' relationship(s) with education as "intimate." Structured as a series of critical scholarly reflections based on a review of the personal and professional life documents of a learner and teacher who has served as a public educator, college professor, and graduate student, this project is written in the style of autoethnographic, narrative vignettes. The journey as a teacher and learner is chronicled, punctuating and analyzing the similarities between the process of teaching and learning and theoretical features of an intimate relationship. Each vignette recounts a conceptual intersection that is both literally and metaphorically linked to themes located in the discourse of interpersonal relations. Analysis of the vignettes reveals a three-part conclusion about the general, theoretical, and embodied relationship between teaching, learning, and intimacy. Thus, the narrative and the accompanying reflections and analyses raise and (re)frame current theoretical, pedagogical, and philosophical questions about education, pedagogy, individual and cultural/institutional change, and identity.