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Academic Leadership In Higher Education: A “Participative” Perspective From One Institution, M.P. Koen, E.M. Bitzer 2010 Fort Hays State University

Academic Leadership In Higher Education: A “Participative” Perspective From One Institution, M.P. Koen, E.M. Bitzer

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The purpose of this paper is not to highlight the diverse characteristics of leaders in higher education, but to focus on those united strengths that acknowledge followership. We therefore attempt a higher education leadership profile (see Table 2) encompassing the vital attributes (identified by participants in our empirical study). We regard this set of attributes as being at the heart of dealing with challenges in this millennium. Not only do leaders have to understand themselves and the higher education environment in which they operate, but the followers need to be equally aware of the superman/woman expectations demanded of leaders.


Comparing Professional Development Experiences: Viewing The Constructivist Design Conference Through The Lens Of A Professional Learning Community, Jennifer Jones, Karrie Jones, Frank Pickus, Julie Ludwig 2010 Fort Hays State University

Comparing Professional Development Experiences: Viewing The Constructivist Design Conference Through The Lens Of A Professional Learning Community, Jennifer Jones, Karrie Jones, Frank Pickus, Julie Ludwig

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The first step in this comparison process is to gain a clear understanding of the term “professional learning community.” Ubiquitously used in current educational literature, there is an inherent need to define a professional learning community’s essential components (DuFour 2004). For the purposes of this piece, the concept of ‘professional learning community’ has four defining characteristics. These essential attributes are: (1) Supportive and collaborative conditions (2) Commitment to continuous improvement (3) Results orientation (4) Shared mission, vision, values and goals While definitions that are more elaborate exist, narrowing the essential characteristics that this piece will examine in light of ...


Conflict In The Community College Classroom., Will Carpenter 2010 Fort Hays State University

Conflict In The Community College Classroom., Will Carpenter

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Violence and aggression in the community college classroom is something overlooked by many. “In a given month, 11 percent of all students reported having something stolen, 1.3 percent of all students reported being physically assaulted, and 12 percent of all teachers reported having something stolen, 5 percent of these thefts occurring by way of force, weapons, or threats” (Barton, 1998). At this level of education, it is typically assumed that students will act professionally and know how to control anger and situations of conflict. On the contrary, at this level, students may be under more stress than elementary and ...


Dangerous Liaisons: Non-Western Religious Minority Groups And American Public Education, Steve Charbonneau 2010 Fort Hays State University

Dangerous Liaisons: Non-Western Religious Minority Groups And American Public Education, Steve Charbonneau

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Public education and so many institutions charged with serving the public are struggling to serve cultural minority groups who see the world and interact with it in ways quite foreign to mainstream America. A lack of knowledge, on the part of public institutions, has led to the further alienation of certain minority subgroups and has made the public institutions that serve them ineffective. Increasing institutional knowledge of cultural minority groups is one of the critical steps American pubic educators must take towards cultural competency (Hoffman, 2004).


Engineering Leadership, Davood Salmani, Omid Bagheri 2010 Fort Hays State University

Engineering Leadership, Davood Salmani, Omid Bagheri

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Around the 1960 and on to today, the environment of today’s is on customer satisfaction. Achieving this new paradigm, Engineering is to be more flexible and adaptable to the demands and expectations of stakeholders.


From Undecided To Decided: Validating The Career Decision Making Process, Jeffrey McClellan, Clint Moser 2010 Fort Hays State University

From Undecided To Decided: Validating The Career Decision Making Process, Jeffrey Mcclellan, Clint Moser

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

“What do I need to do to choose a career?” This question echoes frequently in the ears of all those who work with students as career advisors and counselors. Many of these professionals have developed elaborate processes based on research and experience for assisting students to move towards increased decisiveness. As a result, there is a large body of literature, both academic and professional, that discusses and describes the process of career decision making and the variables that contribute to decidedness. The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent the various behaviors, characteristics, and the development of ...


Gender, Academic Qualification And Subject Discipline Differentials Of Nigerian Teachers’ Ict Literacy, Alaba Agbatogun 2010 Fort Hays State University

Gender, Academic Qualification And Subject Discipline Differentials Of Nigerian Teachers’ Ict Literacy, Alaba Agbatogun

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The world is seemingly experiencing a third wave of social and technological transformation as the society is becoming more oriented to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). ICT is one of the various factors that are drastically influencing occupational success especially in the educational sector. Adamu (2004) sees ICT as a set of technological tools and resources used to communicate and create, disseminate, to store and manage information. The information dissemination is easily possible through computer technologies. Markauskaite (2006) opines that the introduction of computer technology into teaching and learning is a giant stride towards improving the quality of education ...


Implementing An Assessment Program: A Faculty Member’S Perspective, Robert Becker 2010 Fort Hays State University

Implementing An Assessment Program: A Faculty Member’S Perspective, Robert Becker

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

In 1999, after several exploratory meetings, the college administration established an ad-hoc interdisciplinary assessment committee to begin a conversation about what students were taught and how faculty knew what was learned and what was not. At the first meeting of this committee, composed of representatives of the college’s seventeen teaching departments, the library, student affairs, institutional planning, research, and assessment, and academic affairs, several impediments to a formalized college-wide assessment initiative immediately became apparent. While a culture of informal assessment already existed as instructors daily grappled with effectively teaching their students, the notion of a widespread institutionalized plan was ...


Importance Of Proper Dressing In Modern Living In Nigeria, D.O. Arubayi 2010 Fort Hays State University

Importance Of Proper Dressing In Modern Living In Nigeria, D.O. Arubayi

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Dressing is an act of putting on clothes and usually a means of expressing our individuality. Thompson (2005) citing Kaiser (1997) opined that dressing is the total arrangement of all outward detectable modification of the body and all material objects added to it. The implication of this is that dressing which is an aspect of clothing is the external covering put on the body for different purposes. The way an individual dresses is a tangible expression of an individual’s unique value system. Arubayi (2004), enumerated the followings as reasons why people wear clothes: to protect, to cover their nakedness ...


Making The Most Of Post-Tenure Review, Don Smith 2010 Fort Hays State University

Making The Most Of Post-Tenure Review, Don Smith

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Governing boards have the unenviable duty of trying to oversee in a responsible and responsive way a complex and long-enduring social institution whose arcane workings few board members, administrators, or faculty ever fully comprehend. Enduring social institutions of any kind are, of course, like great leviathans borne by currents and instincts in ways and directions they need not understand in their continuing pursuit of sustenance and self-preservation. However, if one is to effect any meaningful change in the values and conduct of the leviathan, one must take into account the environmental dynamics and motivational stimuli that determine the thing’s ...


Leadership Dispositions: What Are They And Are They Essential To Good Leadership, Carroll Helm 2010 Fort Hays State University

Leadership Dispositions: What Are They And Are They Essential To Good Leadership, Carroll Helm

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

George Orwell once wrote an intriguing and acclaimed short-story called The Shooting of an Elephant. The story takes place in the mid 1930’s in Moulmein, lower Burma. Orwell was a young police officer in the province that was still under British colonial rule. He describes in lurid detail how is pressured into killing a tame elephant that had escaped his trainer’s chains and was enjoying a day of freedom. Unfortunately, the elephant ravages a local market and a man is killed by the elephant. Over 2,000 Burmese were watching and waiting to see what he would do ...


Perceived Efficacy Of Marriage Counseling In Tertiary Institutions: A Case Study Of Tai Solarin University Of Education, Ijebu Ode, J.T.B. Oluwatimilehin 2010 Fort Hays State University

Perceived Efficacy Of Marriage Counseling In Tertiary Institutions: A Case Study Of Tai Solarin University Of Education, Ijebu Ode, J.T.B. Oluwatimilehin

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

It has long been recognized that the major causes of difficulties of students are anxieties and psychological stresses (Adeyemo, 2000; Owuamanam, 2000; and Akinleye, 2003). According to Adeyemo (2000), concern over studies, unusual physical complaint and difficulties with interpersonal relationship have often led to successful or attempted suicide among students. Students in Nigeria tertiary institutions have a great need for guidance and counseling. This assertion is largely informed by the cultural conflict between the Western and African values whereby students are engaged in developing both occupational and social identities. This seems to support the view of Owuamanam (2000)who reported ...


Remedial Solution Proposed Via Brain Research, Michael Miles 2010 Fort Hays State University

Remedial Solution Proposed Via Brain Research, Michael Miles

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Students enter higher education requiring remediation before they can be expected to be successful as they progress through their courses. The students enter from many different high schools with a variety of personal backgrounds. It is the job of leadership in institutions of higher education to suggest attributes of general education programs that are likely to be successful in increasing student learning and enhancing the likelihood of transferring knowledge from developmental classes to later programs of study.


Academic Achievement And Demographic Traits Of Homeschool Students: A Nationwide Study, Brian Ray 2010 Fort Hays State University

Academic Achievement And Demographic Traits Of Homeschool Students: A Nationwide Study, Brian Ray

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The body of research on home-based education has expanded dramatically since the first studies and academic articles of the late 1970s that dealt with the modern homeschool movement. Numerous researchers have examined the academic achievement of home-educated children and youth, their social, emotional, and psychological development, and their success into adulthood, and various aspects of homeschool families in general. Researchers have also explored myriad other aspects and issues related to home education in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, and law. Only a handful of studies, however, have looked closely at a large nationwide sample of home educators and their children ...


Exploring Unique Dimensions Of Caring, Len Austin 2010 Fort Hays State University

Exploring Unique Dimensions Of Caring, Len Austin

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

This paper seeks to increase the growing body of knowledge relative to the “accompanying characteristics” or attendant attributes of caring (submissiveness, sacrifice, the ability to individualize, and being able to anticipate the needs of others). It also offers are four unique philosophical underpinnings of the attribute of caring. These dimensions include the reciprocal nature of caring, the hierarchical nature of caring, the requirement to be pro-active in caring, and being knowledgeable about the changing timetable of caring in people’s lives. In addition, an example of one university’s efforts to integrate caring across the curriculum is examined.


Online Graduate Study In Education: An Examination Of Tuition Costs And Faculty Salaries For Public, Private, And Proprietary Institutions Of Higher Learning In Texas, Scarlet Anderson, Amy Davis, Brandy Fair, Leah Wickersham 2010 Fort Hays State University

Online Graduate Study In Education: An Examination Of Tuition Costs And Faculty Salaries For Public, Private, And Proprietary Institutions Of Higher Learning In Texas, Scarlet Anderson, Amy Davis, Brandy Fair, Leah Wickersham

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Technology plays a major role in the delivery of educational services in today’s colleges and universities. Gumport and Chun (2005) stated that enrollment in for-credit distance education courses had more than doubled between 1997 and 2000. Distance education is undergoing rapid growth and expansion as colleges and universities rush to offer online courses and degrees in a variety of subject areas. Schrodt and Turman (2005) found students often expect college instructors to incorporate some form of technology into the class design even in traditional non-distance education courses. Although many educators feel that advances in technology will positively change the ...


Perceptions Of Teachers & School Leaders On Competencies Of Teachers & Training Needs, Sailesh Sharma 2010 Fort Hays State University

Perceptions Of Teachers & School Leaders On Competencies Of Teachers & Training Needs, Sailesh Sharma

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Government of Thailand recognizes the need of Human Resources Development of teaching professionals as a key to maintain standards of education at an internationally competitive level. Considering the large number of teachers currently in service whose expertise in new teaching and learning approaches will be critical in implementing the educational reform, it is surprising that very little work has been done in planning, developing and delivering training in new teaching and learning methods. The biggest impact of the teaching and learning reform rests with the teachers currently in the classrooms and yet little attention has been given to (a) developing ...


Sustainable Teacher Development Programmes For Effective Teaching In Public And Private Secondary Schools In Abia State, Nigeria, Madumere-Obike 2010 Fort Hays State University

Sustainable Teacher Development Programmes For Effective Teaching In Public And Private Secondary Schools In Abia State, Nigeria, Madumere-Obike

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Effective implementation of any programme, especially that of improving the performance of the teacher, no doubt depends largely on continuous development and update of relevant educational materials. While many nations around the world have embraced, the need for education to achieve sustainability, only limited progress has been made at the level of secondary education, especially in Abia State. This limited progress emanate from many sources. In some cases, lack of vision or awareness has impeded progress, in others; it is lack of policy or funding. It then requires the government at all levels addressing issues that are specific to the ...


Socio-Economic Background And The Relative Efficacy Of Self Drills On Factual Recall And Students’ Achievement In English Language In Senior Secondary Schools In Nigeria, Jimoh Owoyele, O.P. Olagunju 2010 Fort Hays State University

Socio-Economic Background And The Relative Efficacy Of Self Drills On Factual Recall And Students’ Achievement In English Language In Senior Secondary Schools In Nigeria, Jimoh Owoyele, O.P. Olagunju

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Factual recall is an aspect of memory which deals with the lower order cognitive functioning comprising of knowledge and comprehension. It is the aspect of memory which serves as the foundation for the higher order cognitive functioning which includes application, synthesis and evaluation of knowledge. Definitely, good factual recall ability is needed to enable man acquire knowledge and comprehension which form the basis for ability to apply, evaluate and synthesize knowledge at the higher levels of learning. Interestingly, factual recall skill is not present equally in all human beings. Some people have the capacity to keep things for long in ...


Teachers, Never Stop Learning Journal Article For Academic Leadership, Luanne Schnase 2010 Fort Hays State University

Teachers, Never Stop Learning Journal Article For Academic Leadership, Luanne Schnase

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Teachers, facilitators, and instructors must understand their students in order to affect learning. Understanding who learners are and how they develop cognitively, emotionally, and intellectually will help instructors create learning opportunities which will enhance student knowledge. The same is true when it is the teacher who becomes the student. Whether the readers of this article are teachers, administrators, or professional development providers, adults must understand how adults learn, and teachers should allow themselves the opportunity to remember what it is like to be a learner (Brookfield, 1995).


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