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The Digital Mind And The Future Of Liberal Arts Education, Harlan Stelmach, Martin Anderson 2011 Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Dominican University of California

The Digital Mind And The Future Of Liberal Arts Education, Harlan Stelmach, Martin Anderson

Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship

Today higher liberal arts education is challenged by the continuing emphasis on vocational, business, and science majors among administrators and the decline in the demand for humanities majors among students anxious about their economic future. More fundamental and far-reaching, however, are the historic changes in the physical form in which ideas are preserved and communicated, the time people allocate to contemplating those ideas, and the ways people process them as society shifts from the book age into the digital age.1 Those who grew up in the book age can visualize the problem by thinking of this question: What is ...


Employing Empowerment: Developing The Discourse For Women’S Empowerment In Uttarakhand, India, Harriet Napier 2011 SIT Study Abroad

Employing Empowerment: Developing The Discourse For Women’S Empowerment In Uttarakhand, India, Harriet Napier

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

The following research study was conducted between the dates of 12 April, 2011 and 6 May, 2011 in the district of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and in surrounding rural villages. The investigation focuses on the empowerment of marginalized women through NGO and government programs, particularly through their employment in the field of public health within the role of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and related Community Health Worker models developed by NGOs. The study will consider how empowerment through employment in the health sector works to decrease gender inequities by improving the status of the woman, increase the woman’s confidence, training ...


Voluntariado En La Ciudad De Los Niños De Granada - Volunteering At The “Ciudad De Los Niños” Of Granada, Lauren Begasse 2011 SIT Study Abroad

Voluntariado En La Ciudad De Los Niños De Granada - Volunteering At The “Ciudad De Los Niños” Of Granada, Lauren Begasse

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

Throughout the course of the semester, I had the opportunity to work at La Ciudad de Los Niños, a facility devoted to bettering the lives of children living in Granada, Spain. I chose to write about this topic because of the positive influence it had on my learning, both culturally and linguistically. I gathered the content of my paper solely through my experience working there, through formal and informal interviews with workers and students, and by using the facility’s website. In keeping a work journal, I was able to monitor my language growth and document different facts about the ...


“Los Esfuerzos Escolares En España Y El Papel De La Escuelita” - The Scholar Challenges In Spain And The Role Of “La Escuelita”, Adriana Barriga 2011 SIT Study Abroad

“Los Esfuerzos Escolares En España Y El Papel De La Escuelita” - The Scholar Challenges In Spain And The Role Of “La Escuelita”, Adriana Barriga

Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection

I began volunteering in La Escuelita in March, and during my time there, I helped a class of children from La Paz with their homework and also played with them at the end of the day. After a few weeks, I developed an interest in the educational system in Spain, specifically related to children in primary education. I wanted to know more about some of the problems with the education in poor neighborhoods and how La Escuelita functions to help the children who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage to equalize their opportunity for educational success. In this paper, I address ...


Training: An Opportunity For People With Disabilities In School Foodservice Operations, Paola Paez, Susan W. Arendt, Catherine H. Strohbehn 2011 University of Costa Rica

Training: An Opportunity For People With Disabilities In School Foodservice Operations, Paola Paez, Susan W. Arendt, Catherine H. Strohbehn

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Purpose/Objectives This study assessed current training methods and topics used at public school foodservice operations as well as school foodservice representatives’ attitudes toward training employees with disabilities.

Methods A mixed method approach of data collection included two phases. Phase I used a more qualitative approach; interviews were conducted with three experienced school foodservice directors. Phase II used a more quantitative approach whereby an online questionnaire was developed based on interview results. The questionnaire was sent to all school foodservice representatives in Iowa (N = 363). Interview transcripts were analyzed manually and with Atlas.ti™, a qualitative software package. Questionnaire responses ...


Economically Disadvantaged Students: A Case Study Of Resilient Qualities That Encourage Academic Success, Stephanie Kim Hawkins 2011 Liberty University

Economically Disadvantaged Students: A Case Study Of Resilient Qualities That Encourage Academic Success, Stephanie Kim Hawkins

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This case study examined academically successful economically disadvantaged (ED) students from one intact Caucasian family through parents', students', and teachers' perceptions of the reasons for resilience. The problem is that little research exists exploring qualities of academically successful ED Caucasian students. Because being a high school dropout significantly affects students, families, schools, and society, risk factors were explored; protective factors that help students overcome risk factors were also investigated. This study describes why academically successful ED students from one intact Caucasian family in Tennessee thrive despite risk factors working against them. Findings include the importance of Christian faith to the ...


Representations Of L2 Motivational Self System With Beginning Chinese Language Learners At College Level In The United States: Heritage And Nonheritage Language Learners, Yan Xie 2011 Liberty University

Representations Of L2 Motivational Self System With Beginning Chinese Language Learners At College Level In The United States: Heritage And Nonheritage Language Learners, Yan Xie

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Dornyei (2005) proposed the L2 motivational self system in response to the need to develop the socioeducational model. This study further tests the validation of the L2 motivational self system by investigating beginning Chinese language learners at the college level in the United States. A questionnaire combining two published questionnaires was administered to 197 subjects, including heritage language learners and nonheritage language learners, and compared the motivational representations of the two types of learners. This is the first study to test the L2 motivational self system by investigating learners of a language other than English. Through a correlation analysis, the ...


A Study Of Principals' Instructional Leadership Behaviors And Beliefs Of Good Pedagogical Practice Among Effective California High Schools Serving Socioeconomically Disadvantaged And English Language Learners, Jamon Frederick Peariso 2011 Liberty University

A Study Of Principals' Instructional Leadership Behaviors And Beliefs Of Good Pedagogical Practice Among Effective California High Schools Serving Socioeconomically Disadvantaged And English Language Learners, Jamon Frederick Peariso

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This mixed methods descriptive and causal-comparative study investigates what instructional leadership behaviors effective California high school principals have and what their beliefs are in regards to pedagogy, related issues, and professional issues, either constructivist or instructivist in nature, in the environment of the current NCLB accountability era. Differences found in eight specific demographic variables were analyzed in combination with data obtained from principals' responses on the Principal Instructional Management Rating Scale (PIMRS) and the Principal Beliefs Survey (PBS, a variation of the Teacher Beliefs Survey).

The population comprised of principals whose schools have met their API growth targets for two ...


Enabling Group-Based Learning In Teacher Education: A Case Study Of Student Experience, Terry A. de Jong, Marguerite Cullity, Yvonne Haig, Sue Sharp, Sue Spiers, Julia Wren 2011 Edith Cowan University

Enabling Group-Based Learning In Teacher Education: A Case Study Of Student Experience, Terry A. De Jong, Marguerite Cullity, Yvonne Haig, Sue Sharp, Sue Spiers, Julia Wren

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

“Teacher education ill prepares pre-service teachers for the classroom.” Research conducted in a teacher education program at Edith Cowan University (ECU) responded to this criticism. This longitudinal case study selected group work (i.e., group-based learning) to investigate the quality of its teacher education program. Phase one explored teacher educators' perceptions of group-based learning. Phase two explored pre-service teachers' perceptions and experience of group-based learning. This phase used student ‘voice’ (i.e., through focus groups, confirmed field notes, summary sheets) to convey their ideas and experiences when studying in a group and/or implementing group-based learning in the classroom. This ...


The Promotion Of “Character” And Its Relationship To Retention In Higher Education, Karen Noble, Robyn Henderson 2011 University of Southern Queensland

The Promotion Of “Character” And Its Relationship To Retention In Higher Education, Karen Noble, Robyn Henderson

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

With transition to university a strong focus across most higher

education institutions, undergraduate teacher education programs have been

increasingly scrutinised regarding their (in)ability to adequately prepare students

for the challenging social contexts that they will meet. As a result, there has been

a burgeoning of approaches which initiate beginning students. In the Education

Faculty of a regional Australian university, the FYI (First Year Infusion/For Your

Information) Program attempts to build capacity among pre-service students in a

supportive learning community. In an intentionally created context, the program

provides a Learning Circle approach to student support. Through consciously

infusing the ...


Reflection At The Interface Of Theory And Practice: An Analysis Of Pre-Service English Language Teachers’ Written Reflections, Amanda Yesilbursa 2011 Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey

Reflection At The Interface Of Theory And Practice: An Analysis Of Pre-Service English Language Teachers’ Written Reflections, Amanda Yesilbursa

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This study was conducted to identify the characteristics of a

group of Turkish pre-service English Language teachers’ reflective

writing. A mixed method approach was taken in the analysis of their

written reflections on a video-recorded microteaching experience at the

end of a campus-based methodology course. First, qualitative analysis of

the written reflections revealed the modes and themes of reflection.

Second, the crosstabulations of the emerging reflective and thematic

categories were calculated to investigate how each category interacted.

The analyses revealed that while most of the reflection was descriptive

and focused on the self, some of the participants engaged in reflection ...


Revisiting And Rewriting Early Career Encounters: Reconstructing One ‘Identity Defining’ Moment, Joanne Yoo 2011 University of Technology, Sydney

Revisiting And Rewriting Early Career Encounters: Reconstructing One ‘Identity Defining’ Moment, Joanne Yoo

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

There has been much research conducted into the effects of early career experiences on future practice. The research indicates that early career academics are particularly susceptible to burnout, as they are still developing their professional knowledge base, and are therefore more reliant on their theoretical knowledge or idealism to interpret practice. They may also be more self-critical and may begin identifying with their negative self-perceptions. The current article describes the importance of re-storying the negative perceptions of one’s early career practices; it asserts how hidden stories can encourage beliefs of incompetency that continue to disempower teacher practice. To illustrate ...


Perceptions Of The Benefits Of Professional Organizations: What Do Candidates Really Think?, Michelle B. Goodwin, Esther Alcindor, Annyce Maddox 2011 Liberty University

Perceptions Of The Benefits Of Professional Organizations: What Do Candidates Really Think?, Michelle B. Goodwin, Esther Alcindor, Annyce Maddox

Michelle B. Goodwin

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Putting John On Trial: Teaching Christology By Using The Classroom As A Courtroom, George Faithful 2011 Seton Hall University

Putting John On Trial: Teaching Christology By Using The Classroom As A Courtroom, George Faithful

Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship

My purpose today is to share the results of an experiment I conducted and to suggest ways it could be improved and reproduced. In a 200-level course called “Christian Beliefs” at a Saint Louis University, a Catholic institution, I staged a mock trial. All students in the class were assigned to read the Gospel of John with an eye for how its author portrayed Christ’s nature. From among the thirty students, I asked for four volunteers, two each for two competing teams, the defense and prosecution. The defense was charged with summarizing John’s Christology and with making the ...


Evaluation Of A Merged Secondary And Special Education Program, Ann Fullerton Dr., Barbara Ruben, Stephanie McBride, Susan Bert 2011 Portland State University

Evaluation Of A Merged Secondary And Special Education Program, Ann Fullerton Dr., Barbara Ruben, Stephanie Mcbride, Susan Bert

Curriculum and Instruction Faculty Publications and Presentations

If classroom teachers are among the greatest determinant of student learning, then teacher preparation programs have a role to play improving educational outcomes for struggling learners. There are currently three established teacher preparation program models: (1) "discrete"; (2) "integrated"; and (3) "merged." In the "discrete" model, which is the most widely implemented of the three, general and special education programs are separate. In the "integrated" model, separate programs are retained but faculty work together to develop some courses and/or field experiences in which special education candidates learn about the general education curriculum while general education candidates learn about inclusive ...


Development And Design Of A Merged Secondary And Special Education Teacher Preparation Program, Ann Fullerton, Barbara Ruben, Stephanie McBride, Susan Bert 2011 Portland State University

Development And Design Of A Merged Secondary And Special Education Teacher Preparation Program, Ann Fullerton, Barbara Ruben, Stephanie Mcbride, Susan Bert

Curriculum and Instruction Faculty Publications and Presentations

As middle and secondary classrooms become increasingly inclusive, some special educators may not be prepared to teach content, and some general educators may not be prepared to address diverse learning needs. This mismatch between the reality of today's schools and traditional teacher preparation has led to the development of new models for teacher education that integrate or merge special education and general education. Integrated and merged models are two approaches to combining special and general education pedagogy for teacher education. In merged programs, faculty in general and special education collaborate to develop one program in which all candidates receive ...


New School, New Job, New Life: Supporting The Transition Of Student Affairs Graduate Assistants, Karen J. Haley, Brandi Hephner, Peggy Koutas 2011 Portland State University

New School, New Job, New Life: Supporting The Transition Of Student Affairs Graduate Assistants, Karen J. Haley, Brandi Hephner, Peggy Koutas

Educational Leadership and Policy Faculty Publications and Presentations

Student affairs professionals have a responsibility for the professional development of graduate assistants (GAs) in the department as these positions are marketed as first professional positions. While prior literature has addressed the transition of graduate students into graduate school, there is little about the transition process for students with graduate assistantships in student affairs. Student transitions are important as they may set the tone for their first professional experience and ongoing professional development. Four key themes emerged from the voices of the graduate student participants in this study as they described their transition process into a GA position. First, they ...


Foster Care & Disability, Tina M. Anctil, Clayton Rees 2011 Portland State University

Foster Care & Disability, Tina M. Anctil, Clayton Rees

Counselor Education Faculty Publications and Presentations

The presentation explores the education instability of children in foster care


Reading Horizons Vol. 51 No. 1, 2011 Western Michigan University

Reading Horizons Vol. 51 No. 1

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

Complete issue of Reading Horizons vol. 51 issue 1 with cover, table of contents, editorial advisory board and back matter including submission and subscription information.


From The Editor, Allison Baer 2011 Western Michigan University

From The Editor, Allison Baer

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

Introduction to the issue from editor Allison Baer.


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