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The Origin, Notions, Extent And Outcome Of Bilingualism: Implication For Effective Teaching And Learning Of English Language In Nigerian Junior Secondary Schools, Ruth Adebile 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Origin, Notions, Extent And Outcome Of Bilingualism: Implication For Effective Teaching And Learning Of English Language In Nigerian Junior Secondary Schools, Ruth Adebile

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The meaning and definition of bilingualism varies tremendously from one situation to the other. The Webster Dictionary (1961) defines bilingualism as having or using two languages especially as spoken with the frequency characteristics of a native speaker; a person using two languages especially habitually and with control like that of a native speaker.


The Pedagogy Of Creative Arts Through Appropriate Strategies, Banjo Abiodun 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Pedagogy Of Creative Arts Through Appropriate Strategies, Banjo Abiodun

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Art education remains an academic illusion until, the return of Onabolu in 1922 to Nigeria after his training abroad. Onabolu, a man highly respected by both his country and Europeans alike, officially introduced formal art teaching to Lagos schools.1 He equally used his portraiture to immortalize Nigerian men, who took part in the Africa struggle.2


The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence Of Principals And Student Performance In Mississippi Public Schools, Wanda Maulding, Amy Townsend, Edward Leonard, Larry Sparkman 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence Of Principals And Student Performance In Mississippi Public Schools, Wanda Maulding, Amy Townsend, Edward Leonard, Larry Sparkman

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Just as the quality of teachers affects students’ academic success, the quality of school leadership is significantly related to student achievement, (Leithwood and Jantzi, 2000). The job of the school administrator is challenging in any set of circumstances, but the leadership in low and marginally performing schools presents additional and unique challenges. In fact, some districts are faced with the socio-economic circumstances often correlated with poor performance (Heck, 1992). Breaking the cycle of poverty for these students is much more likely to occur if the type of quality educational programming afforded to prospective school administrators is dramatically and innovatively enhanced.


The Right Stuff: Inquiry Training, Teaching & Transfer For Content Mastery In The Sciences, Alice Coe, Ruthanne Thompson 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Right Stuff: Inquiry Training, Teaching & Transfer For Content Mastery In The Sciences, Alice Coe, Ruthanne Thompson

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The standardized testing movement has inadvertently placed pressure on elementary and secondary instructors to teach to the test. Primarily this is manifested through memorization and testing skills training and less on developing content mastery and problem solving. Hands-on activities (also referred to as inquiry learning) are lauded by the literature as an effective methodology in the development of content mastery (Akerson, V., Hanson, D., & Cullen, T.; NSF, 2010; Smith, T., Desimone, L., Zeidner, T., Dunn, A., Bhatt, M. & Rumyantseva, N., 2007). Nevertheless, administrators often see the inquiry method as an ineffective use of classroom and training time diverting attention away from test preparation. The research abounds, however, regarding the positive influence hands-on/ inquiry-based learning can have on testing results (Cuevas, P., Lee, O., Hart, J. & Deaktor, R., 2005; Marx, R., Blumenfeld, P. C., Krajcik, J., Fishman, B., Solomay, E., Geier, R. & Tal, R. T., 2004; Stohr- Hunt, P. M., 1996; Ruby, A., 2006; and Ashman, S ...


The Role Of The 21st Century Women In The Development Of A Child’S Creative Prowess: Challenges Of Child Art, Adebayo OlaOluwakiitan, M.G. Ikuenomore 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Role Of The 21st Century Women In The Development Of A Child’S Creative Prowess: Challenges Of Child Art, Adebayo Olaoluwakiitan, M.G. Ikuenomore

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Developing the child’s creative prowess has become an indispensable venture in the course of a nation’s educational advancement programme. The Government may embark on laudable projects for the teaching/learning activities without achieving positive results if basic fundamental principles are neglected. The basic foundation of any country’s educational system start from Early Childhood education. This stage according to NPE 2004, that is why the government deem it fit to embark on early education for every child. While Policy Makers in Nigeria have seen education as the ‘magic wand’ to solving the diversified problems of mankind, it is ...


The University Chameleon: Identity And Time Issues Faced By Faculty In Dual Positions, Eric Daffron 2010 Fort Hays State University

The University Chameleon: Identity And Time Issues Faced By Faculty In Dual Positions, Eric Daffron

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My transition into full-time administration came gradually. A young assistant professor of English, I got my first taste of administration when I accepted a position as coordinator of my university’s study abroad programs. Later I served an enriching experience as director of my university’s honors college. With both positions, I remained on faculty, teaching usually a couple of courses each semester. Over time, I felt a certain dissonance in my dual role. A double agent of sorts,1 I felt pulled-in terms of time and especially identity-between my role as faculty member and my role as administrator. In ...


The Saga Of Diagnosing The Entry Behaviors Of Ghanaian First Graders, Francis Godwyll 2010 Fort Hays State University

The Saga Of Diagnosing The Entry Behaviors Of Ghanaian First Graders, Francis Godwyll

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In Ghana, on average, a child enters the first year of the primary school at the age of six because few manage to go to first grade at the age of five. About 30% of these children would have had access to kindergarten or nursery education for at least one year (Ministry of Education, 1995). There are some children who before entering first grade, would have had early education on a continuum from one to three years. Yet, the majority of children will enter the first year in the primary school with no prior exposure to early education. Therefore, they ...


Time To Focus On Followers: Looking At The Other Side Of The Leadership ‘Coin’, John Ekundayo 2010 Fort Hays State University

Time To Focus On Followers: Looking At The Other Side Of The Leadership ‘Coin’, John Ekundayo

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The leadership literature is replete with who a leader is, what leaders do, models or styles of leadership, leadership development, leadership succession, great heroic acts of leaders, etc. with little said or written about the followers who constitute the enigmatic majority in many organizations today (Adair, 2006). However, it is the view of some scholars that leadership is a dynamic interplay of influential relationships between leaders and followers situationally involved in a process with an anticipation of mutual outcomes (Pierce & Newstrom, 2008 and Hughes, R. L., et al., 2008). It is in this light that one can say without mincing ...


Understanding Curriculum Perspectives: A Lesson In Frustration, Molly Mee 2010 Fort Hays State University

Understanding Curriculum Perspectives: A Lesson In Frustration, Molly Mee

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During a heated discussion in my master-level Curriculum Theory and Development class on whether or not a given curriculum borrows more from the experientialist or the constructivist perspective, Suzy, a 45-year old veteran math teacher interrupts the discussion and in an agitated tone asks, “Professor will you please just tell us the answer?” This is typical of the responses I receive when my students read about curriculum perspectives to interpret them in light of their own teaching. Anticipating frustrations like Suzy’s I open my first class session with a lesson on Posner’s notion of reflective eclecticism which is ...


Working Together To Ease The Pressure To Publish In Higher Education, Barbara Burns 2010 Fort Hays State University

Working Together To Ease The Pressure To Publish In Higher Education, Barbara Burns

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Academics are under a great deal of pressure to publish. Decisions on crucial issues of hiring, tenure and promotion are largely determined by publication rates (Boice & Jones, 1984) and faculty scholarly performance has traditionally been assessed by “straight counts” of publications (Braxton & Del Favero, 2002). These publication rates are used by institutions as an indicator of the institution’s performance and are important criteria in securing external funding from government and other sources (McGrail, Rickard & Jones, 2006). Failure to publish within the expected norms established by a college or university can result in a faculty member’s termination.


A Comparison Of Leadership Styles And Gender Role Internalization Among Female Managers In The United States, Jennifer Young, Barbara Beauchamp, Susan Jackson-Dowd, Karen Dunnagan 2010 Fort Hays State University

A Comparison Of Leadership Styles And Gender Role Internalization Among Female Managers In The United States, Jennifer Young, Barbara Beauchamp, Susan Jackson-Dowd, Karen Dunnagan

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The current research study examined the relationship between gender role internalization and transformational and transactional leadership style in female managers. This researcher intended to discover whether the internalization of messages that society presents about female behavior correlates with the adoption of transformational leadership by women in management positions. Specifically, the researcher wanted to find out whether there was a higher level of gender role internalization among female transformational leaders than in female transactional leaders.


A Model Of Organisational Leadership Development Informing Succession Development: Elements And Practices, Glenys Drew, Lisa Ehrich 2010 Fort Hays State University

A Model Of Organisational Leadership Development Informing Succession Development: Elements And Practices, Glenys Drew, Lisa Ehrich

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The Lantern model has been developed in response to a perceived need to offer an integrated, systematic approach to organisational and succession leadership development. The model offers an organising framework for considering succession leadership development in a strategic, integrated way. The concept is based on organisational development and leadership literature which sees leadership development not as a series of ‘tacked on’ activities but as an organic ‘whole of organisation’ approach fostering the relevant knowledge, skills and understandings which support and ‘grow’ leaders as the organisation goes about its business. This paper explores how such an ideal might happen, and it ...


A Partnership Plan To Support High-Quality Instruction In Ohio’S Urban School Districts, Ben McGee 2010 Fort Hays State University

A Partnership Plan To Support High-Quality Instruction In Ohio’S Urban School Districts, Ben Mcgee

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Establishing work practices that allow for effective communication, collaboration, and negotiations between state departments of education (DOEs) and their large urban districts is a significant undertaking in the national reform effort. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has had a unique opportunity to investigate how to establish an effective framework to build the necessary relationships between large urban districts and the supervising state educational agency (SEA) through funds provided by a Wallace Foundation grant and Harvard University’s leadership facilitation. The Wallace funding and partnership with Harvard provided four of Ohio’s largest urban school districts with the resources and ...


A Process Evaluation Of The Mentorship Programme Of The University Of Education, Winneba, Sally Essuman 2010 Fort Hays State University

A Process Evaluation Of The Mentorship Programme Of The University Of Education, Winneba, Sally Essuman

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This evaluation of the mentorship programme of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), is a part fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods course undertaken at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) is a higher education institution mandated by the Act that established it to train teachers for the country’s formal education sector. In line with this mandate, the University adopted the model that is made up of a 3-year on campus theory-based and one-year off-campus school based. The one-year school-based experience is referred ...


A Study Of Character Of Prospective Administrators In Administration Preparation Programs, K. Roberts 2010 Fort Hays State University

A Study Of Character Of Prospective Administrators In Administration Preparation Programs, K. Roberts

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In the world in which we live character is at the forefront. It’s hard to tell what is the truth as the lines have been blurred because of a word called “spin” and a person’s own mental justification for their actions. Daily accounts of superintendents and other school administrators are headlined in the media, whether mainstream media or specialized education media, about failures in character. What caused that superintendent or administrator to sacrifice their character? They relied on their reputation and became lax in their moral obligations and judgments.


Accreditation Discrimination: Impact On School Choice, Costs, And Professional Prospects In Academia, Donovan McFarlane 2010 Fort Hays State University

Accreditation Discrimination: Impact On School Choice, Costs, And Professional Prospects In Academia, Donovan Mcfarlane

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Universities and colleges in the 21st century have taken on extreme forms of business orientation and corporate success models, taking their strategies and cues from successful business corporations and business leaders. This stems from several factors including competition in the overall economy, increased demand for training and qualifications; hence an increased demand for degrees and certifications (not necessarily an increased demand for “education” in the strict classical sense of the word, since many individuals are graduating from colleges and universities nowadays with degrees and low levels of literacy or marginally educated), contraction of economies and industries, economic saturation and increased ...


Achieving Academic Success In Algebra, Jennifer Geno 2010 Fort Hays State University

Achieving Academic Success In Algebra, Jennifer Geno

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When we look at landmark legislation that significantly impacted the face of education in our country, we often think of events such as the passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, whereby students with disabilities would now be brought into our public school system and educated alongside of their non-handicapped peers. We may also think of the landmark decision in Oliver L. Brown et. al. v. The Board of Education of Topeka (Kansas) in 1954, abolishing legalized racial segregation within the United States public school system. In 2006, the ground significantly shifted again for educators-at least ...


An Evaluation Of Nomadic Education Programme In Nigeria, Israel Osokoya, Morayo Atinmo, S.A. Ajayi, A. Sarumi 2010 Fort Hays State University

An Evaluation Of Nomadic Education Programme In Nigeria, Israel Osokoya, Morayo Atinmo, S.A. Ajayi, A. Sarumi

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The global consensus is that education is a process that helps the whole human being, physically, mentally morally, socially and technologically. This enables one to function in any environment in which one may find oneself. Education also performs a major role in equipping the individual with the skills and knowledge which would help to transform any economy. Thus, it is the greatest investment that any nation can make for the quick development of its economic, political, sociological and human resources. Believing that education is the cornerstone for national development, Nigeria has adapted education as the “principal instrument par excellence” for ...


An Examination Of Tension In The Space Between Leadership Philosophy And The Cultural Reality Of Schools, Lisa Starr 2010 Fort Hays State University

An Examination Of Tension In The Space Between Leadership Philosophy And The Cultural Reality Of Schools, Lisa Starr

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Diversity is what gives our society depth and arguably beauty but it also problematizes already complex social issues like the importance and value placed on the education. In part, this challenge exists because public education is founded on the “values and belief systems of the dominant cultural and linguistic class” (Goddard & Hart, 2007, p. 16) yet schools are a complex, heterogeneous weave of cultures (Murakami-Ramalho, 2008). According to Chambers (2003), Canadian students are “probably the most ethnically, racially, linguistically, and religiously diverse of any school population in the world” (p. 223). This is no less true in the United States where one third of the school population is considered ethnically, linguistically or culturally diverse (Ladson-Billings, 2005). In European countries, the growth of the population has also shifted towards greater diversity; Switzerland, for example is now 20% foreign born (Levin, 2008). Despite this reality, schools leaders struggle to find ways to address the needs of culturally diverse students and their families (Bazron, Osher & Fleischman, 2005; Goddard & Hart, 2007); this challenge creates conflict in schools, particularly for those charged with their leadership.


Are Administrators Disconnected? A Comparison Case Study Of Important Teacher Dispositions In Elementary Science, Bethany Stewart, Charles Eick 2010 Fort Hays State University

Are Administrators Disconnected? A Comparison Case Study Of Important Teacher Dispositions In Elementary Science, Bethany Stewart, Charles Eick

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The identification of dispositions as a gauge for teacher effectiveness has become a part of many school systems and teacher education programs. Accrediting agencies, such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), have been instrumental in emphasizing teacher dispositions’ presence in higher education institutions and local schools. NCATE defines dispositions as: “Values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities and affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth” (2006, p. 53). NCATE and INTASC ...


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