TWU Thesis Collection

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On moral objectivity : can there be objective moral evaluation without invoking the existence of “queer” ontological properties?
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Esther J. Devries (author), Phillip Wiebe (thesis supervisor), Robert Doede (second reader), Myron Penner (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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J.L Mackie, defender of the moral-error-theory, argues that to claim the existence of objective moral facts implies moral properties with inbuilt "to-be-pursuedness" - they would have to be intrinsically motivational. Since we do not know of the existence of any such properties, he argues that moral facts are "queer" things. I examine the positions of moral realists and anti-realists pointing out that it seems that one must either assert the existence of "queer" moral properties, or reject the truth functionality of categorical imperatives. After exploring the thought of Hilary Putnam and Emmanuel Levinas, I suggest an alternative explanation of the human moral experience that is free of "queer" moral properties. In this way, I believe to offer a more adequate explanation of human morality that defeats the false dilemma created by Mackie.
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2014
Parenting Coordination: Helping and Hindering Factors in the Resolution of Conflict in the Child's Best Interest.
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Marianne C. Cottingham (author), Marvin J. McDonald (thesis supervisor), Bart Begalka (second reader), Jeff Chang (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the factors in parenting coordination that helped or hindered the successful resolution of family conflict in the child’s best interests. The role of the parenting coordinator (PC) is a hybrid role that combines psychology, conflict resolution, and arbitration to help parents who remain in high conflict following separation and divorce. Using the enhanced critical incident technique (ECIT), eight PCs from the British Columbia Parenting Coordinator Roster Society (BCPCRS) were interviewed. The results covered a wide range of aspects of parenting coordination including PCs process for resolving conflict, and the context and dynamics in which PCs conduct their work. This is the first study on parenting coordination in British Columbia; the findings contribute to a greater understanding of the role for both professionals and the public.
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2018
Patient Volunteers' Perspectives on Fostering Patient-Centred Care Through Interprofessional Education
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Tracy R. Barra-Navratil (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Landa Terblanche (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), Betty Jean Tucker (third reader)
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This qualitative study explores Patient Voices Network (PVN) volunteers’ perspectives on patient-centred care (PCC) through their involvement in Fraser Health’s Acute Care Orientation (ACO), an Interprofessional Education (IPE) setting. Four objectives were addressed including their meaning of PCC and what has shaped this meaning, what motivates the PVN volunteers to participate and share their experiences in ACO, how they view their role in IPE in ACO, and their recommendations regarding PCC and IPE. The participants’ illness experiences shaped their roles as both patient and patient volunteer and were the catalyst that propelled them to volunteer in the health care system. Factors that led to or hindered the patient voice were identified by participants and included health care provider behaviours, partnership, information sharing, communication, and system influences that promote patient-centred cultures. Characteristics of the participants contributed to both the role of the patient and the patient volunteer and their illness experiences.
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2019
Pedagogical practice in mainstream university literature courses with generation 1.5 and international ESL participants
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Nathan Kielstra (author), William Acton (thesis supervisor), Brian Teaman (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution), James Stalker (external examiner)
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The following mixed-methods study explored the pedagogical practices of mainstream instructors in literature classes with NNS participants at a university in British Columbia. The inclusion of NNS students in these courses presents challenges due to various educational differences as compared with NS peers. This often necessitates changes in the teaching practices of instructors who might have little experience or training in the instruction of NNS students. Participants included three instructors, 33 NS students and 17 NNS students. Results indicated that each instructor employed different types of instruction in their class, including practices implemented specifically for their NNS learners which appeared dependent on experience or the number of NNS participants. Learner perception of these practices varied, with international ESL, Generation 1.5, and NS students all exhibiting preferences unique to their groups. This suggests that university instructors are active in making pedagogical adjustments in classrooms inclusive of students with diverse language abilities.
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2011
Peer influence and non-suicidal self-injury in adolescence : exploring the role of co-rumination
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Sarah Lloyd (author), Joan Kimball (thesis supervisor), Derrick Klaassen (thesis supervisor), Jennifer Muehlenkamp (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The main purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between co-rumination and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in a community sample of adolescents. Analysis of the data from 92 adolescent self-injurers, 51 female and 41 male, indicated that there was a significant, positive correlation of small effect size between adolescents’ level of co-rumination and their frequency of self-injury in the past year. When genders were examined separately, this positive correlation of small effect size remained significant solely for male participants. Contrary to expectations, co-rumination failed to moderate the relationship between depression and NSSI frequency, and stressful life events failed to moderate the relationship between co-rumination and NSSI frequency. Results from further post-hoc analyses and related research on peer socialization suggest possible reasons for these results and future research avenues. The strengths, contributions, and clinical implications of this study are also discussed.
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2014
The Perspectives of Canadian Nurse Entrepreneurs and Related Policy Implications: An Interpretive Description Study
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Brenda L. Smith (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Sarah Stahlke Wall (second reader), Lynn Musto (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nursing entrepreneurship presents as a viable and innovative approach for nursing practice while contributing to health system transformation. And yet, in countries such as Canada where universal health care funding has most nurses working as employees for state-funded health service providers, few nurses are self-employed. This qualitative study acquired the perspectives of eleven practicing Canadian nurse entrepreneurs from across Canada, and six Canadian nurse leaders with respect to current nursing practice, contexts, and issues that serve to inform and guide the development of national and provincial/territorial policies that support nursing entrepreneurship. Three categorical themes were identified: Going alone versus going along; Resistance outside of convention; and, Nursing entrepreneurship: Outcomes and opportunities. The overall findings highlight a resistance-resilience dialectic for nurse entrepreneurs, the outcome of which sees them advancing nursing practice and health system reform. Meso and macro level policy recommendations that aim to support nursing enterprise within Canada are discussed.
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2017
Phonology of Mosiye
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Erika Harlow (author), Roderick Casali (thesis supervisor), Keith Snider (second reader), Andreas Joswig (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis is a description of the phonology of Mositacha, a Lowland East Cushitic language of the Afro-Asiatic family, based on original field research. Mositacha is spoken by 6,000 people who live in the North Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region in Ethiopia. Very little has been written on Mositacha. With the exception of Wondwosen‘s recent grammar (2015), which identifies the consonant and vowel phonemes, notes consonant gemination and vowel length, and briefly comments on tone, there has been no systematic study on the Mositatcha phonology. This thesis offers a more comprehensive study on the phonology of Mositacha. It examines consonant and vowel phonemes, syllable structure, phonotactics, phonological processes and tone. Of particular interest are marginal consonant phonemes which may be attributed to ongoing language shift, phonemic vowel length, consonant sequences and gemination, and a description of pitch patterns in words in isolation.
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2016
A phonology of Stau
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A. Chantel Vanderveen (author), Roderic F. Casali (thesis supervisor), Keith Snider (second reader), Jamin Pelkey (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This thesis is a description of the phonology of Stau, a Rgyalrongic language of the Tibeto-Burman family, based on original field research. Stau is spoken by approximately 23,000 people in the west of Sichuan province, China. It is an almost unstudied language. Apart from a sketch of the phonology and grammar by Huang (1991), which provides a phonetic (rather than phonemic) analysis of Stau sounds, lists attested onsets and rhymes, and discusses tone, there has been virtually no systematic study of the phonology of language. This thesis provides a more extensive study of Stau phonology, covering segmental phonology, acoustic analysis of stops and of vowels, syllable structure, phonotactics, phonological processes, and pitch phenomena. Of particular interest in this phonology are Stau’s large phonemic inventory of forty-two consonants and eight vowels, its large syllable canon, phonotactic constraints among its consonant clusters, and vowel changes in reduplication.
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2015
The post-expectant period : how expectations and embodiment shape the postpartum period for first-time Canadian fathers
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Susan L. Pater (author), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (thesis supervisor), Reina Van Lagen (second reader), Wendy Hall (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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In this qualitative study, ten first-time Canadian fathers were interviewed from six cities in two provinces about their perceptions and experiences during the postpartum period. All study participants recently had their first child born to them. The continued bearing of expectations into the period following the birth of their child affirmed the overarching theme of the postpartum period as the post-expectant period. The three categorical themes related expectations about fatherhood to the infant, gendered norms, and healthcare services. The findings highlight the potential impact of healthcare and government policies to support fathers during their transition into fatherhood. It is of the essence that nurses' understanding of paternal experiences throughout the transition to fatherhood be expanded to provide appropriate services and to better meet the needs of fathers and, in turn, their families.
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2015
Potential sectarian variants in Psalm 119 of 11Q5 : a further investigation in response to Eugene Ulrich’s “The absence of sectarian variants in the Dead Sea Scrolls”
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Jeffrey Spence (author), Martin Abegg (thesis supervisor), Peter Flint (second reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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This essay examines the portions of 11Q5 (Great Psalms Scroll) that correspond to Psalm 119 and compares them as variants from MT (as representative of Proto-MT, discussed within) with the intention to test Eugene Ulrich's absolute statement that there are no "sectarian variants" in the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. It employs a comprehensive survey of the variants in its search for theologically motivated variation, which it then tests against theological themes as found in 1QS and more general theological themes of broader Second Temple Judaism. As a secondary endeavor, it more clearly defines Ulrich's apparent understanding of what the term "sectarian variant" signifies and seeks to draw attention to the practice of assuming against sectarian variation until proven otherwise; it argues for a more balanced approach of "no designation without scholarly evidence." The essay includes extensive charts of the variants, divided into "variant types" for ease of reference.
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2013
Predicting the length of stay in older adults undergoing transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation
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Sharon Rong Wang (author), Richard Sawatzky (thesis supervisor), Sandra Lauck (thesis supervisor), Jennifer Gibson (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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The predictors of the length of hospital stay (LOS) in older adults undergoing the transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TA TAVI) remained under-explored. The objective of this study was to identify patient’s individual characteristics, TA TAVI procedural details, and relevant post-procedure factors that were predictive of LOS after TA TAVI. A retrospective review of 128 consecutive medical charts was conducted, and 62 potential predictor variables were analyzed by utilizing various statistical analyses. This study identified five individual characteristics, procedural details, and post-procedure factors that were statistically significantly associated with the LOS following TA TAVI. Its findings may alert nurses to heed the implications of these predictors in TA TAVI patients and initiate nursing interventions to reduce the risk of prolonged LOS related complications. Future studies are recommended to confirm these findings and the effects of other potential predictors.
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2015
Professional Development of Nursing Leaders: A Case Study of Canadian Nurses
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Laura J. Colley (author), Maggie Theron (thesis supervisor), Sonya Grypma (thesis supervisor), Sonia Udod (third reader), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
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Nursing leadership is important in every domain of nursing. However, nursing leadership development is not well understood or documented. This study addresses this gap by turning to an overlooked source of leadership knowledge: presidents of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). These leaders have influenced nursing practice, changed the perception of nursing, and improved healthcare. Yet, little is known about them. This study aims to inspire and inform current and future nurses by exploring leadership journeys of CNA presidents. Seven nurses who have held the title of president of the CNA were interviewed. Six themes were identified: Relentless Incrementalism; Embracing Opportunities, , A Service Mindset, Taking the Long View, Enduring Heartbreak, and Taking a Seat at the Table. The findings of this study not only provide insight into the practice wisdom of those who have gone before, they also provide a resource for the development of nursing leaders today.
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2017

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