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Developing A Personal Leadership Theory: Exploring Feminist Pedagogical Theory And Social Justice Issues, Betsy Surplus 2011 Fort Hays State University

Developing A Personal Leadership Theory: Exploring Feminist Pedagogical Theory And Social Justice Issues, Betsy Surplus

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Thirty years of my life had been devoted to teaching and administration in a suburban public school district. I retired and made plans to move on to a related career in higher education and complete my doctoral studies in educational leadership. When I began my career as a community college developmental reading instructor, I was prepared to experience change in my leadership actions and understandings as I followed the spiraling path of learning that typifies reflective practice, which was key to this study. However, I did not anticipate encountering so many forks in the road. My learning path was guided ...


Attitudes Of Teachers Toward Teaching Creative Strategies, Kirsten Limpert, Stuart Ervay 2011 Fort Hays State University

Attitudes Of Teachers Toward Teaching Creative Strategies, Kirsten Limpert, Stuart Ervay

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Given the recent national emphasis on standards and the use of high stakes tests, American teachers may not have positive attitudes toward teaching creative strategies. It is possible for them to conclude that they will be held accountable primarily for how well students perform on summative tests that are based either on state standards or the new national Core Standards being adopted by many states. With so much emphasis on standards, they may not be acquainted with the New Bloom’s Taxonomy that places creating at the top of learning hierarchy, nor are they likely to be aware of why ...


The Similarities Between Business Organizations And Psychology, Michael Marshall 2011 Fort Hays State University

The Similarities Between Business Organizations And Psychology, Michael Marshall

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In the 1980s, the system of relatively uniform centralised budget resource allocation to schools was judged by many to have impaired the achievement of equality, efficiency, liberty and choice. Thus, school-based management was suggested, with lump sum budgets allocated to schools, together with a high degree of community involvement in school decision making and the fostering of diversity within schools to ensure choice (Caldwell and Spinks, 1988). School-based management (SBM) was intended to encourage positive participation from teacher, principal and parent representatives on the school board committee (Yadollah, 2006; Cheung and Kan, 2009). This attracted groups of people with different ...


Accreditation Discrimination In The Contexts Of Business Schools And Colleges: Concerns And Challenges For Administrators And Scholars, Donovan McFarlane 2011 Fort Hays State University

Accreditation Discrimination In The Contexts Of Business Schools And Colleges: Concerns And Challenges For Administrators And Scholars, Donovan Mcfarlane

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academia is losing both its appeal and prestige as declining morale among current and future or prospective academics is being further eroded by several factors. One of these factors is accreditation, which was originally designed and developed to facilitate reputation building through the implementation and application of quality assurance principles and standards across institutions. In any society, the type of political order and social system which exist will certainly affect education as a process and institutional agent. American capitalism as such, has had both desirable and undesirable effects on educational institutions, especially at the level of the university and college ...


Degree Of Availability And Utilization Of Information Technology By Jordanian School Principals, Nawaf Shatnawi 2011 Fort Hays State University

Degree Of Availability And Utilization Of Information Technology By Jordanian School Principals, Nawaf Shatnawi

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No doubt that the most striking features of this century is the technological revolution: Computers, communications and other electronic mediums are main components for any developing program in the educational field. Therefore, the Ministry of Education in Jordan adapted an educational reform program aimed at utilizing information technology in schools. The program was called “Educational reform for Knowledge Economy” ( ERFKE). School’s administration was one of (ERFKE) domains. For the importance of Information Technology, the Ministry Of Education did its best to broaden the use of computers in all Jordanian schools ( Al Heleh, 2001) as part of reaching its goal ...


An Introduction To Cyrus* Engineering Leadership Paradigm, Davood Salmani, Ali Taatian 2011 Fort Hays State University

An Introduction To Cyrus* Engineering Leadership Paradigm, Davood Salmani, Ali Taatian

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In this time of dwindling resources, economic uncertainty, climate change, global conflict and both natural and manmade disasters causing massive impact to whole communities and cultures, there is a significant need developing for new leadership, for a new way. The increasing global competition in technology leads to a concept called Engineering Leadership including leadership skills and engineering competencies. They address the “Real Problems facing mankind” like energy security (D. Apelian, 2007, pp. 21-30). Greenhouse effect, the diminishing ozone layer, water and air pollution, the growing desserts, energy related problems along with global economy recession are the issues that seriously challenge ...


Empirical Analysis Of School Plant Planning As A Determinant Of Secondary School Students’ Academic Performance, K.O. Muraina, Kayode Ijaduola, Joshua Oni 2011 Fort Hays State University

Empirical Analysis Of School Plant Planning As A Determinant Of Secondary School Students’ Academic Performance, K.O. Muraina, Kayode Ijaduola, Joshua Oni

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The school could be viewed as an organized environment where educational curricular are interpreted. It is a formal structured organization which serves as a transitional stage in life between family and the society (Olabode, 2002; Musa, 2004; Tabir, 2004). Conversely, the school plant according to Nwokafor and others (2001), is the totality of all things that make up a school system. It involves the physical and material facilities in form of buildings, school site and the environment that embody the school.


Comparative Analysis Of Reasons For Academic Cheating Using (Ict) Devices Among Science Students In Colleges Of Education In Nigeria: Implication For Science Educations And School Counselling, A.O. Amusan, S.A. Eyiowuawi 2011 Fort Hays State University

Comparative Analysis Of Reasons For Academic Cheating Using (Ict) Devices Among Science Students In Colleges Of Education In Nigeria: Implication For Science Educations And School Counselling, A.O. Amusan, S.A. Eyiowuawi

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Education in the opinion of (Akindutire, 2010) is regarded by many as the key that unlocks the development of personal and national potentials of individuals including their rights and powers. However, (Abdulkareem, 2010) sees it as the best legacy a nation can provide for its citizenry, as it ensures a relative permanent change in the thinking perspective of the individual to commitment and development of the immediate environment. It is the light, without which the whole world would be in darkness, as it also serves as the basis of scientific and technological breakthrough and modernity, which have made all nations ...


Challenges In Designing And Implementing A Meaningful Field Experience For Future School Leaders, Mike Dishman, Traci Redish 2011 Fort Hays State University

Challenges In Designing And Implementing A Meaningful Field Experience For Future School Leaders, Mike Dishman, Traci Redish

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During the past decade, educational leadership programs have faced significant criticism for degree programs not adequately preparing students for the current demands of school administration, particularly for not providing meaningful field experiences. Leadership programs have been challenged to replicate experiences provided in “model” programs, contain discrete and multi-month formalized internships in which candidates are released from teaching responsibilities. Unfortunately, such programs are highly dependent upon both external grant funding and significant financial support from universities and school districts. This paper examines the solution reached by one large suburban institution in Georgia when required to redesign its master’s degree program ...


An Appreciative Approach To Goal-Setting For Academic Employees, Hannah George 2011 Fort Hays State University

An Appreciative Approach To Goal-Setting For Academic Employees, Hannah George

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When asked what he looks for when hiring employees, Dr. Paul Orehovec, Vice President of Enrollment Management at University of Miami responds, “Somebody who wants my job” (personal communication, September 25, 2010). He further explains that the heavy demands of higher education administrative positions require people who are self-motivated and driven. These professionals need mentoring relationships to help them establish appropriate career and professional goals. Mentors often have valuable knowledge to share with their mentees on these topics, but do not always know how to effectively share their expertise. Mentoring relationships occur in a number of settings in academia, but ...


Ethical Issues In Higher Education And Scientific Research: Erosion Of Academic Integrity, A. Singh, Bharathi Purohit 2011 Fort Hays State University

Ethical Issues In Higher Education And Scientific Research: Erosion Of Academic Integrity, A. Singh, Bharathi Purohit

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Ethics is the cornerstone of dental research or for that matter any research. Authorship in a scientific research is an important issue which requires considerable debate. The pressure to publish is well-established in the university community. Faculty member’s performance and promotion are judged by the number of published articles in academic scholarly journals. If survival means publish or perish, any and every effort to see one’s name in print becomes important. In such a situation, we should not be surprised to see the operation of the cliché, “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” (Lazar, 1995).


Breaching The “Cultural Contract:” Committing To Cultural Sensitivity And Cultural Inclusion For Native American College Students, Kristen Emery 2011 Fort Hays State University

Breaching The “Cultural Contract:” Committing To Cultural Sensitivity And Cultural Inclusion For Native American College Students, Kristen Emery

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A culturally responsive, respectful, and inclusive academic environment is a must for Native American students. Educational institutions must work to accommodate and allow Native American cultural traditions to become an integral part of the classroom, of teaching and learning procedures and processes, and of the student experience in general (Burk, 2007). At the colleges and universities of today, Native American students often face challenges beyond that of students from the dominant, typically White, non-Hispanic culture; these challenges are reflected in low retention and college dropout rates of Native American and Alaskan Native students nationwide (Campbell, 2007). Research has indicated that ...


An Exploration Of Organizational Climate In Greek High Schools, Angeliki Lazridou, Ioannis Tsolakidis 2011 Fort Hays State University

An Exploration Of Organizational Climate In Greek High Schools, Angeliki Lazridou, Ioannis Tsolakidis

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In the theoretical and research literature about school administration, organizational climate receives considerable attention. A major reason is that school climate is often represented as the heart and soul of the school and the essence of the school that causes teachers and students to love the school and to want to be a part of it (Freiberg & Stein, 1999). Another reason is that climate is often seen to be associated with school effectiveness. Furthermore, research has shown consistently that the principal of a school does not affect student achievement directly but does so indirectly by fostering a healthy climate in the school (e.g., Leithwood and Jantzi, 1990; Sergiovanni, 2001; Pellicer, 2003; Witziers, Bosker, & Kruger, 2003; Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004; Hoy, Tarter, & Hoy, 2006 ). Therefore, it is essential that school principals understand the nature of school climate and the climatic conditions that support student achievement.


Assessment Practices In English Language At The Nigerian Secondary School Level: A Psycholinguistic Issue, Oluwole Akinbode, Anthony Dairo 2011 Fort Hays State University

Assessment Practices In English Language At The Nigerian Secondary School Level: A Psycholinguistic Issue, Oluwole Akinbode, Anthony Dairo

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The major purposes to which the results of assessment could be put were diagnosis, evaluation, guidance, grading prediction, and selection. In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that the results of many examinations have been used almost exclusively for grading and promotion exercises and inevitably there has been a neglect of diagnosis, guidance and evaluation although considerable informal use of assessment for these purposes are made by teachers in the classroom.


Focusing On Performance: The Intangibles Of Winning In Schools, David Carlson, Michelle Rojas 2011 Fort Hays State University

Focusing On Performance: The Intangibles Of Winning In Schools, David Carlson, Michelle Rojas

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New York Daily News reporter Anthony McCarron, and other members of the aggressive New York sports media, got a surprising response from Derek Jeter, the shortstop for the New York Yankees, when they peppered him with a series of questions about his sluggish numbers at the beginning of the 2002 season. Jeter’s numbers were below his normal averages and, in response to questions about them, Jeter gave the following response, I don’t care about those numbers as long as I win. There are ways to win that you don’t get numbers for. If you hit a ground ...


Examining Preschool And Kindergarten Teachers’ Beliefs About Play In Ghana, Mavis Dako-Gyeke 2011 Fort Hays State University

Examining Preschool And Kindergarten Teachers’ Beliefs About Play In Ghana, Mavis Dako-Gyeke

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Children all over the world engage in play. However, there are variations in their play activities. Play is present in all cultures (Singer & Singer, 1990), involves a wide array of behaviors from decisive to indecisive, and continues to be a key area of study from diversified viewpoints, ranging from ecological to cognitive (Sutton-Smith, 1993; Wolfberg & Schuler, 1993). Though categorical, criteria, and continuum approaches have assisted in organizing and classifying play activities, no definition or approach has accurately captured the range of behaviors that could be construed as play (Howard, Jenvey & Hill, 2006; Moyles, 2001). Even though play is defined variously by different authors, The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has recognized it as a fundamental right of every child because it is a natural universal phenomenon that is essential for children’s optimal learning and development (Frost & Norquist, 2007; Ginsburg, 2007; Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1989.


Educational Leadership In Nursing: Supporting Cultural Change To Develop Research Capacity In Novice Nurse Academics, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis 2011 Fort Hays State University

Educational Leadership In Nursing: Supporting Cultural Change To Develop Research Capacity In Novice Nurse Academics, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The question of leadership in nursing education is one that has been examined extensively in the literature. In this paper, the authors will initially provide a vignette written in the first person aimed at illustrating the ethos of the university in which they work. This vignette will then be followed by an analysis of actions and strategies used in a capacity building project aimed at developing novice nurse academics’ research skills. Theories of transformational leadership, and contingency theory of leadership are discussed in relation to the processes used, thus illustrating the application of theory to the practice of nursing leadership ...


K-12 Educational Funding, One Of America’S Adaptive Challenges, Matthew Sanchez 2011 Fort Hays State University

K-12 Educational Funding, One Of America’S Adaptive Challenges, Matthew Sanchez

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The United States Constitution leaves the responsibility of providing K-12 education to the states. All of the states, within their state constitutions, include some type of provision related to education and define, in some manner, the state’s role in providing that education (McCarthy and Deignan, 1982). Although each state may address K-12 funding differently, the expectation is the same. Parents, administrators, teachers, and legislators want students to meet a rigorous set of educational standards. In order to meet these standards, appropriate funds are needed to support the learning environments that students operate in.


Linking Transformational Leadership To Student Teachers’ Efficacy: Contributions Of Mentor Teachers’ Leadership Behaviors, Tao Gong, Ron Siers 2011 Fort Hays State University

Linking Transformational Leadership To Student Teachers’ Efficacy: Contributions Of Mentor Teachers’ Leadership Behaviors, Tao Gong, Ron Siers

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A literature review of student interns’ (often referred to as student teachers or pre-service teachers) efficacy beliefs revealed that most studies have focused on the effects of teacher efficacy on teacher effectiveness and student achievement. However, the role that mentor teachers (often referred to as cooperating teachers or collaborating teachers) play in the growth of efficacy beliefs of student interns has received little attention, and the empirical evidence is insufficient. A teacher’s sense of efficacy has been defined as “the teacher’s belief in his or her capability to organize and execute courses of action required to successfully accomplish ...


Improving The Practical Aspect Of Pre-Service Teacher Education In Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues Of Conceptualization, Planning And Management, Cosmas Cobbold 2011 Fort Hays State University

Improving The Practical Aspect Of Pre-Service Teacher Education In Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues Of Conceptualization, Planning And Management, Cosmas Cobbold

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Teaching practicum, variously called teaching practice, professional practice, professional experience, practical experience, school experience, has always been part of teacher education regardless of the approach taken. The Standard Council of the Teaching Profession (1998, p.10) defines teaching practicum as: a period of time spent in schools where the prime focus for the trainee teacher is to practice teaching under the supervision of a mentor who should be trained for this job, to spend time with teachers and classes, observing, teaching small groups and whole classes, and undertaking the range of tasks that make up the teacher’s role including ...


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