Meditation and Critical Thinking and Individual Characteristics: A Quasi-Experimental Study

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Dr. Alicia Holland, EdD

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Dr. Alicia Holland

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5 years 2 weeks
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(323) 391-6716
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

I finished my 2016 Research Fellow Project on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Critical Thinking and presented those research results at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in July 2017. It was published in a peer-reviewed journal that was not on the blacklist. Here's the link to the work: http://www.alliedacademies.org/articles/meditation-mindfulness-and-critical-thinking-individual-characteristics-in-online-higher-education-8019.html

 

Please note that I am actively looking for peer-reviewed writing opportunities both individually and collaboratively.

Publications: 
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Building a Global Learning Organization
Becoming a Better Tutor: A Data-Driven Approach to Tutoring
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Hiring Tutors and Contractors for Your Learning Organization
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Protecting Your Learning Organization
Starting and Operating an Online Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Running an Online Learning Organization
Expanding Your Tutoring Business: The Blueprint for Evaluating Tutors and Implementing Professional Development for Your Learning Organization
ACCOMMODATING ADULT ESL LEARNERS IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues
Coaching Tutors: An Instrumental Case Study on Testing an Integrated Framework for Tutoring Sessions
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
DOC/732R
RES/714
Professional Bio: 
I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Also, my Doctor of Education is in Organizational Leadership, with a minor in Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University located in North Miami Beach, Florida. My experience in the field of education is over 12 years and ranges from early childhood to adult education in many areas including special education, English as a Second Language (ESL), technology applications, and gifted and talented (GT). Currently, I am serving as a Lead Area Chair for Research and am a Research Fellow in the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology (CEITR) Research. In July 2017, I will present my Meditation and Critical Thinking Research Fellow Project in Toronto, Canada. This has been one of the highlights of my career because this particular opportunity aligns with my life mission of serving a higher purpose and helping others believe in themselves and go far. Just recently, I had honor of speaking at Harvard University on the topic of Personal Development. Outside of Academia, as a Transformational Life Coach, I travel the world sharing the message, You are Loved, Valued, and Competent. I just spoke at a Traditional and Alternative Medicine Conference in Dubai in June 2019. My seminal work, "Becoming a Better Tutor: A Data-Driven Approach to Tutoring" is dedicated to helping tutors become their very best and learn how to get started with a home-based tutoring business. Also, I am the author of the Expanding Your Tutoring Business Book Series, which help tutor business owners expand their tutoring practice. In 2017, the 2nd Edition of the books were released. The bottom line is that I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the rest of the world and truly hope that my contributions to the field of education benefit all parties involved in the tutoring industry. I enjoy teaching online because I am able to share my knowledge with students from different parts of the globe and it is an amazing feeling. Additionally, I enjoy sharing my professional experiences because many of my responsibilities require both critical and creative thinking skills on a daily basis. In every academic assignment, I strive to contribute real world experiences to our weekly discussions and provide assistance to ensure that students are successful on their academic journey. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, Georgia and Amaiya, who are 11 and 13 years old. In addition, I love to write, cook, garden, travel, and collect elephants (not real ones).
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education, Organizational Leadership with a Minor in Curriculum Development
Nova Southeastern University
2010
Masters Degree
Early Childhood Education
Northwestern State University
2006
Bachelors Degree
Elementary Education
Northwestern State University
2004
Academic Appointments: 
Lead Faculty Area Chair for Research
University of Phoenix
Duration: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Honors and Awards: 
Stephen Shank Recognition Award from Capella University
Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Learners
2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Nominee from Nova Southeastern University
Your accomplishments demonstrate the great contributions NSU’s alumni are making in their communities and the world. The NSU Alumni Association is proud to call you a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and is confident you will continue to lead.
Professional Education: 
Holistic Wellness Practitioner (HWP-OL)
Concentration in Spiritual Studies and Specializing in Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy,Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
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Barbara Fedock, Ed.D

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Barbara Fedock

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Member for
5 years 1 month
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(828) 768-6648
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

As a research fellow, I am conducting a study on Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions:  Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student s’ Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews   This paper will be published and  presented In March 2016.  I will be presenting with some of my other research fellows at the  Association for Education and Computer Technologies (AECT) conference on November 6, 2015. My presentation will be  Technology Integration: Visionary Options for Digital Age Student Leadership Empowerment.

I am collaborating with two other colleagues to conduct a study on STEM education on The Comparison of Ninth and Tenth Grade STEM Students' Gender and Ethnic Diversity 2009 through 2014.   I am collaborating with a colleague on a study on the Beyond Best Practices:  Redefining Digital Reading Strategies for Online Adult Learners.  This study will be presented and published in March 2016.   I am writing a proposal for a quantitative study on Higher Education Leaders’ Perceptions on the Role of Tuition Increases and Student  Retention.  The study is a follow-up study of a quantitative study on Higher Education Leaders’ Perceptions on Prioritizing Critical Success Factors for Higher Education:  A Qualitative Cost.  I plan to collaborate with other researchers on the study Meditation, Critical Thinking and Critical Inquiry in Higher Education: a Phenomenological Study. 

I am currently engaged in conducting data for Adjunct Higher Education Instructors' Perceptions of Using Social Media as Teaching Tools, and I have conducted studies with other Research group members on Examining Critical Thinking Strategies, Components, and Challenges in Higher education: a Systematic Literature Review Presentation AECT Global Conference Las Vegas, Nevada October 2016 and Critical Thinking and Meditation:  A Quantitative Quasi Experimental Study Presentation AACE International Conference Alexandria, Va.  November 2016.  

 

 

Publications: 
Redefining the Role of Online Facilitation in Digital Classrooms
Transformational Leadership and Patient Satisfaction: Redefining Bedside Nurses’ Roles
A New Best Practice: Online Instructors as Researchers
Beyond Best Practices: A New Vision for Online Mathematics Teachers
Rethinking Online Writing and Communication Skills as a Process: Teaching Skills through Interactive, Learning Style Based Modeling
An International Perspective on Mobile Learning
Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews
Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Student Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews
Emulation of Human Ethics in Educational Settings: A Content Analysis
University of Phoenix Courses: 
RES/711
RES/722A
DOC/721R
DOC/732R
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
Professional Bio: 
Hello. I am Barbara Fedock. I hold an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, and I have 11 years of experience teaching higher education online students. I am a chair and serve on committees. Research Center Affiliations Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research: Research Fellow Publications Peer Reviewed Published Articles and International Conference Presentations Beyond best practices: A new vision for online mathematics teachers Redefining online teacher leadership: Visionary options for assessments Rethinking online writing and communication skills as a process: Teaching skills through interactive, learning style based modeling An international perspective on mobile learning Transformational leadership and patient satisfaction: Redefining the bedside nurses’ role A new best practice: Online instructors as researchers Peer reviewing: A tool to engage online students in the classroom managerial process Redefining the Role of Online Facilitation in Digital Classrooms Digital Badges and Micro-credentials: Digital Age Classroom Best Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues . Preferred Teaching Methods in Online Courses: Transformational Leadership and Student Empowerment Current Research Interests • Redefining Digital Reading Strategies for Online Adult Learners • STEM: A Comparison of Gender and Ethnic Diversity • Online educational global trends and issues Courses Taught • RES/711 - FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF SOUND RESEARCH • RES/722A - RESEARCH DESIGN • DOC/722 - DOCTORAL SEMINAR II • DOC/733 - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION • DOC/734 - DOCTORAL PROJECT IV • DOC/732R – YEAR THREE RESIDENCY Degrees Completed Doctoral Degree Western Carolina University Educational Leadership 2003 Masters Degree Western Carolina University Language Arts/English Teaching 1998 Academic Appointments Associate Faculty, Dissertation Chair School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations Wyvern Publishing National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Submissions And Funded Research Online Dissertation Chairs’ Perceptions: Reflective Mentoring Practices and Changing Students’ Cross Cultural and Generational Worldviews Funded: Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research Fellow
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Educational Leadership
Western Carolina University
2003
Academic Appointments: 
Content Area Chair and Lead Teacher
Masters of Teaching (MAT) Student Teacher Instructional Designer, Instructor, and Supervisor
Lenior-Rhyne University
Duration: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Honors and Awards: 
Distinguished Faculty Teacher of the Year 2012
• DHA Faculty Member of the Quarter based on the number of student nominations received in University of Phoenix Doctor of Health Administration Program June 2012
Professional Education: 
Candidate Retention Committee
Masters of Teaching Student Supervisor
Content Literacy: Grades 6-12, Teaching Students With ADHD, Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom, Differentiating K-12 Assessments, Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom, The Creative Classroom
Asheville Buncombe College
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2017
New Faculty Mentor Certificate
University of Phoenix
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2016
Lead Faculty and Content Area Chair
University of Phoenix
Year Awarded: 
2016
CITI
CITI
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2016
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Gwendolyn Dooley, EdD

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Gwendolyn Dooley

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Member for
5 years 1 month
Phone: 
(601) 613-7792
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

1.  Women in Leadership:  This research is based on a noted gap of younger women inability to be promoted to senior leadership positions.  I want to explore lived experiences and barriers that prevent upward mobility and if challenges are from men or women and if ethnicity is a factor. 

2. Instructional Technology Effective Practices in Traditional Classrooms.  Traditional institutions with limited online programs have begun to accept the paradigm shift of how learning is engaged and delivered.  However, there appears to be difficulty on how to make the transition for a few institutions in the south.  My research is based on writing a simple how-to book to guide the process. 

3. Best Practices for Facilitating Learning in Online Classroom,  There are a growing number of retired faculty seeking to teach online, but most lack strategies to transition to an online learning environment.  I was to research effective practices and write a how-to book to train faculty for the transition. 

4. Mentoring traditional faculty for a culturally diversed technological generations.  Traditional institutions with limited experience of offering classes online are experiencing challenges in the classroom of technologically savvy students who use technology on a daily basis.  The purpose of this research is to provide best practices and resources to help faculty embrace the possibilities of technology.

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Critical Thinking Strategies using Technology:  A literature Review.  With the Center for Instructional Technology.  I am currently on a writing team to publish a chapter/article for publication.

Traditional Women Leaders' Perceptions of Mentoring Women of Color.  Communicating with a publisher to write a chapter in a book.

Publications: 
The College of Lifelong Learning students participate with Virginia State University’s Curry School of Education in a national study: Perceptions and needs of lifelong learners
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
SOC/721
Professional Bio: 
I am Gwendolyn C. Dooley (Gwen). I formerly worked at Tougaloo College as Director of Continuing and Distance Education and as a director for academic programs in the College of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University. At both institutions, I provided assistances to both traditional and non-traditional students in completing undergraduate degrees. I am affiliated with Walden University where I provide mentoring support to doctoral students in the Doctor of Business Administration Degree Program. I received my doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I received my Master of Public Policy and Administration Degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Organizational Leadership, Adult Education, and Instructional Technology
Nova Southeastern University
2007
Doctoral Degree
Leadership
Walden University
2016
Masters Degree
Public Policy and Administration
Jackson State University
1996
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Co-Editor for Cognita
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Liston Bailey, MPA, PhD

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Liston Bailey

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Member for
5 years 3 weeks
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(757) 846-5106
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Instructional design and use of educational technologies. Organizational development and Public Adminstration. 

Call for Chapters: Educational Technology and the New World of Persistent Learning      https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/call-chapters-educational-technology-new-world-liston-w-bailey-phd-/ 

Publications: 
Exploring Pedagogical Foundations of Existing Virtual Reality Educational Applications: A Content Analysis Study
Meditation, mindfulness, and critical thinking: individual characteristics in online higher education.
Online Collaborative Course Design for Army E-Learning
Social Media: A discussion of considerations for modern organizations and professionals.
Virtual Reality Pedagogy Considerations in Learning Environments
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
Professional Bio: 
My Name is Liston W. Bailey, and I like many of you, have a varied background in the “liberal” arts and in the field of education. I was born in New York City and was raised in a middle class home with a police officer father and a mother who worked additional jobs in retail to help support my budding interests in music. I served on active duty in the Army for 20 years as a soldier. During my career journey in the military I worked in and visited many interesting countries in Europe and the Far East. Over the years I went on to earn graduate degrees in the fields of education and management. My current research interests are related to topics in the areas of learning science, technology, strategic thinking and organizations. I currently teach online, face to face, and blended learning formatted courses for several schools and universities, including UOP and several colleges here in Virginia where I live. I look forward to working with adult learners from different walks of life and gaining greater professional knowledge as a result. My outlook on life and research interests have allowed me to be a facilitator to other lifelong learners who are pursuing graduate and doctoral degrees. Contact Information: I’m online usually 4 – 6 hours each day. Contact me at docbailey85@gmail.com
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education
Capella University
2006
Masters Degree
Master of Public Administration
Old Dominion University
2013
Masters Degree
Organizational Development
University of the Incarnate Word
2006
Masters Degree
Education
Brooklyn College CUNY
1994
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A limited number of studies exist on the effects of age and ethnicity, as well as gender and education, on the use of mediation to strengthen critical thinking.  The purpose of this quantitative quasi experimental study will be to investigate what are the effects of age, ethnicity, gender, and education on improvement of critical thinking skills as a result of using meditation. The research questions that will be asked are the following. What will be the significant statistical difference based on the effect of age on improvement of critical thinking skills as a result of using meditation? What will be the significant statistical difference based on the effect of ethnicity on improvement of critical thinking skills as a result of using meditation? What will be the significant statistical difference based on the effect of gender on improvement of critical thinking skills as a result of using meditation? What will be the significant statistical difference based on the effect of education on improvement of critical thinking skills as a result of using meditation?  The implications for positive change will be a new framework for critical thinking that empowers students to use mediation as a tool to increase critical thinking and facilitate the learning process. 

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