TWU Thesis Collection

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The significance of Karl Barth’s conception of petitionary prayer as divine–human correspondence in church dogmatics, iv/4 and the Christian life: cd, iv/4: lecture fragments
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Suzette Benjamin (author), Archibald Spencer (thesis supervisor), Ken Radant (second reader), Ross Hastings (external examiner), Trinity Western University GSTS (Degree granting institution)
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Karl Barth claims in Church Dogmatics that calling upon God as Father in prayer (invocation) is exemplary human action. Barth’s treatment of prayer in this way provides a different vantage point on the topic of prayer than is often studied in contemporary Christian scholarship, where Christian prayer is studied to establish its devotional or community value. Barth’s presentation of prayer is worth studying because it reveals prayer as the vehicle through which humans learn about themselves and about God. Moreover, prayer reveals God’s divine nature as He connects with the Christian pray-er. Barth calls this relationship between God and the Christian divine–human correspondence. My focus is to explore Barth’s theology to determine the significance of prayer in the context of divine–human correspondence and then to relate it to prayer in everyday Christian life. I conclude that prayer, as effective human action, is inherent to human correspondence with God.
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2016
Strengthening relationships through mindfulness practices
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Sandeep Bhandal (author), Robert Lees (thesis supervisor), Gurmeet Singh (second reader), Keli Anderson (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Marvin McDonald (thesis supervisor)
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From birth onward, child development is shaped by the environmental context in which children are raised and relationships with their primary caregivers. Emotion regulation is a foundational skill that impacts the parent-child relationship. Mindfulness-Based Emotion Regulation (MBER) is one course offered to caregivers focused on strengthening emotion regulation among parents, using mindfulness. Using the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique methodology, individual interviews were conducted with eight participants, who shared their application of the material to their family life. Two research questions were examined, addressing what helped, hindered, and what participants wish in mindfulness education to create healthier relationships to their children. Results showed that the helpful incidents outweighed the number of hindering and wish list incidents. Participants reported feeling motivated to incorporate mindfulness in their relationships, and more confident as a caregiver. The purpose of the current project is to increase our knowledge about using a family-centered approach with our clients.
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2015
The Subjective Experience of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: Using Online Communities to Combat Social Isolation.
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Nirvana White (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Faith Richardson (second reader), Gina Gaspard (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis explores the ways people with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) use online communities to address social isolation. Netnography and interpretive description directed the qualitative analysis of archived discussion threads (n=569) within an online forum involving 40 participants with EOAD. Online interaction fostered social connection and redefined life following diagnosis. Textual discourse focused on normalizing the experience of living with EOAD, promoting a community culture of belonging, and developing coping mechanisms intended to enhance self-care and preserve independence. Members found purpose in using the forum as a platform to empower users, or through learning about advocacy roles outside of the online environment. Technological concerns and caregiver involvement surfaced as potential factors impacting online interaction. Overarching findings were conceptualized as benefits offered through the communication medium or motivated by community members. Attention was drawn to technical and practical considerations that focused on enhancing the social experience and supporting overall well-being.
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2016
Swahili conditional constructions in embodied Frames of Reference: Modeling semantics, pragmatics, and context-sensitivity in UML mental spaces
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Roderick D. Fish (author), Steve Nicolle (thesis supervisor), Bruce Wiebe (second reader), Jamin Pelkey (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Studies of several languages, including Swahili [swa], suggest that realis (actual, realizable) and irrealis (unlikely, counterfactual) meanings vary along a scale (e.g., 0.0–1.0). T-values (True, False) and P-values (probability) account for this pattern. However, logic cannot describe or explain (a) epistemic stances toward beliefs, (b) deontic and dynamic stances toward states-of-being and actions, and (c) context-sensitivity in conditional interpretations. (a)–(b) are deictic properties (positions, distance) of ‘embodied’ Frames of Reference (FoRs)—space-time loci in which agents perceive and from which they contextually act (Rohrer 2007a, b). I argue that the embodied FoR describes and explains (a)–(c) better than T-values and P-values alone. In this cognitive-functional-descriptive study, I represent these embodied FoRs using Unified Modeling LanguageTM (UML) mental spaces in analyzing Swahili conditional constructions to show how necessary, sufficient, and contributing conditions obtain on the embodied FoR networks level.
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2020
Syntax in the Septuagint : with special reference to relative clauses in Greek numbers
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Spencer Jones (author), Dirk Büchner (thesis supervisor), Robert J. V. Hiebert (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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When compared with compositional works of Koiné Greek, the syntax of the Septuagint can appear peculiar in some ways and quite familiar in others. In order to provide an approach that accounts for this peculiarity and enables rigorous syntactical interpretation of the Septuagint, this thesis develops a hypothesis that Septuagintal syntax is reflective of Koiné syntax with a measure of Hebrew influence. It then sets forth a methodology that takes into full account both Greek syntactical strictures and Hebrew interference, and situates this methodology among other approaches to Septuagintal syntax. Subsequently, this study applies its method to a detailed analysis of a few aspects of relative clauses in the Septuagint, namely, the variation of relative pronouns and use of resumptive pronouns in relative clauses. It concludes that the method followed in this study is successful in analyzing the unusual syntax of the Septuagint and could be applied broadly.
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2015
Teacher Cognition Related to Tabletop Game Use in Language Learning Classrooms
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Daniel M. Jones (author), William R. Acton (thesis supervisor), Kay E. McAllister (second reader), Jonathan W. deHaan (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This research explores teacher cognition related to tabletop game (TTG) use in language learning classrooms. Games have been noted as having compatibility with teaching and learning principles (Sykes & Reinhardt, 2013). However, the broad principled use of TTGs is not evident (deHaan, 2019). The central concern of this study was the extent to which teacher cognition affects TTG utilization. The study explored how teacher cognition shapes materials implementation as well as ways to support teaching expertise. General teacher cognition was investigated through a quantitative questionnaire. Specialist teacher cognition was examined through qualitative interviews (six teachers). Responses were analyzed to identify emerging cognition patterns. The survey results from both groups were compared and contrasted. Patterns of teaching and cognition varied within and between both groups. Specialist teachers had significant markers of teaching ‘expertness’ related to using TTGs. Recommendations for increasing expertness (Borg, 2015) related to teaching with games are provided.
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2020
"The Relation of Ra 2110, or P. Bodmer XXIV, to Origen's Hexapla: A Study in the Textual History of the Greek Psalter"
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Brian P Baucom (author), Dirk Büchner (thesis supervisor), Robert J. V. Hiebert (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis presents the results of a detailed comparative analysis of the earliest known Greek text of Rahlfs's so-called Upper Egyptian text group (Rahlfs 2110) and the Gallican Psalter, as well as other hexaplaric witnesses as presented in Field's collection of hexaplaric fragments. This paper goes beyond the initial study conducted by Albert Pietersma in which he analyzed asterisked and obelized readings of the Gallican Psalter in comparison to Ra 2110 ("Origen's Corrections and the Text of P. Bodmer XXIV" [1993]). The results of my research reveal that Ra 2110 contains a number of hebraizing readings that agree with the Gallican Psalter. Some of the shared readings may be merely coincidence, others may be based on a shared connection to other witnesses thus eliminating the connection between Ra 2110 and Origen’s Hexapla of the Psalms; however, others seem to indicate a closer relationship between Origen's Hexapla and Ra 2110.
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2018
Theory of Mind, Affective Empathy, and Academic Achievement: A Correlative Study of Children in Grades 4 to 6
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Adam Knowlson (author), David Carter (thesis supervisor), Ken Pudlas (second reader), Lily Dyson (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Scholars have posited that educating the “whole child,” includes teaching both social emotional learning (SEL) and academics. This study analyzed the relationship between two constructs of the social awareness SEL competency, theory of mind (ToM) and affective empathy, with academic achievement. Thirty-six participants in grades 4 to 6 from a public elementary school in British Columbia completed assessments of ToM and affective empathy, and results were compared with academic achievement. Multiple regression analysis revealed that neither ToM, nor affective empathy correlated with academic achievement in the total sample. In females, academic achievement positively correlated with ToM, B = .05, p = .04, as measured by interpretation of ambiguous stories (Bosacki, 1998). In males, academic achievement positively correlated with ToM, B = .06, p = .02, as measured by an eyes test (Baron-Cohen, Wheelright, Spong, Scahill, & Larson, 2001). Lastly, both measures of ToM positively correlated with affective empathy.
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2016
Til We Have Voices: A Feminist-Relational Approach to Understanding the Process of Healing and Becoming Whole Through Lifespan Integration Therapy
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Elizabeth J Chan (author), Janelle L Kwee (thesis supervisor), Marvin McDonald (second reader), Mihaela Launeanu (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This study opened up avenues for exploring the dismembering effects of trauma and the “re-membering” process of healing. Six participants engaged in a 60- to 90-minute semi-structured interview modelled after Elliot’s Change Interview. Utilizing the Listening Guide, the research team identified voices speaking about trauma and recovery. The voices were grouped into three categories: the voices of trauma’s dismembering effects, the voices of turning towards the pain, and the voices of healing. Among the voices of trauma’s dismembering effects were disconnection, dissociation, impasse, and pain. Voices of turning towards the pain included the voices of active acceptance and of mourning. Voices of healing included the voices of personal essence, integration, astonishment, agency, and calm and peace. Examining these voices, we traced patterns of shifting from fragmentation, aloneness, and numbness to wholeness, connection, and presence. This progression highlights the fulfilled potential of personhood through the transformational process of healing in therapy.
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2017
To Extend the Sight of the Soul : An Analysis of Sacramental Ontology in the Mystagogical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia
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Hanna J. Lucas (author), Craig Allert (thesis supervisor), Hans Boersma (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Mystagogy, a bishop's instruction to the newly baptized on the meaning of the Sacraments, emerged as a form of fourth century Christian catechesis which involved the experience of the liturgy, the explanation of the mysteries through typological interpretation, and it included the tacit conveyance of an “articulated worldview.” This worldview was that of the Platonist-Christian synthesis. This patristic worldview hinged upon a foundational assumption of the sacramental participation of the created world in the eternal; it hinged upon a sacramental ontology. This thesis seeks to highlight the ways in which this sacramental ontology is expressed and imparted to the catechumens throughout Theodore of Mopsuestia’s mystagogical teachings. This investigation will explore examples from within Theodore’s general Christology and from his mystagogy which reveal the dynamic presence of this ontology, and also the unique emphases towards which Theodore, as a fourth century Antiochene thinker, is inclined.
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2015
Tracking Changes: A Proposal for a Linguistically Sensitive Schema for Categorizing Textual Variation of Hebrew Bible Texts in Light of Variant Scribal Practices Among the Judean Desert Psalms Witnesses
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David Sigrist (author), Martin Abegg Jr. (thesis supervisor), Dirk Büchner (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The Judaean Desert discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the textual development and transmission of the Hebrew Bible. Accordingly, after almost seventy years of research, four theories of textual transmission have become predominant. Nevertheless, in recent years the need to incorporate Second Temple scribal practices and historical linguistics into current philological methods and text-critical approaches has come to the forefront. This thesis proposes a linguistically sensitive schema for categorizing variation of Hebrew Bible texts, which serves to incorporate historical linguistic insights alongside existing philological models. Using such a schema this thesis presents three case studies from the Psalms to test whether or not the identification of variant scribal practices, as discernible from computational linguistics, can sufficiently explain the variation found among Judaean Desert psalms witnesses. The conclusion affirms the validity and utility of such a schema and perspective for Hebrew Bible textual studies.
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2015
Translation and interpretation in the Septuagint version of the Balaam account
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Kyle A. Biersdorff (author), Robert J. V. Hiebert (thesis supervisor), Larry J. Perkins (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Although the Septuagint translation of the Balaam account is in many ways similar to that found elsewhere in the LXX Pentateuch, two aspects of the translation are distinctive in the LXX and important indicators of the translator's interpretation of the text. First, the translator frequently represents the Hebrew יהוה with the Greek θεός, a striking departure from the normal LXX translation practice. This divergence likely reflects an anti-Balaam bias on the part of the translator. Second, the translator gives unusual renderings for portions of Balaam's oracles. These are often cited as evidence of Septuagintal messianic interpretation. This thesis surveys the LXX translation of the Balaam account and examines these two issues in the context of textual transmission, the linguistic constraints of the source and target languages, translation practice elsewhere in the Septuagint, and in other related literature of the period.
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2014

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