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I would like to acknowledge the contributions of my Committee in this project, especially my Chairman, Dr. James Vasquez, who has unfailing supported and assisted me during both my master's and doctoral programs and encouraged me never to give up.

I would also like to thank the staff of my current school for their encouragement and help. Thank you, Joan J., Joan L. and Fran, for allowing me to pull students from class. Thank you, Carol, Ann, Joan L., Don and Carolyn, for being willing to submit to the tedium of coding in the midst of end-of-year rush.

Thanks most of all to my husband Alan whose support and assistance enabled me to complete this project.

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