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College Governance Greater Than Before: Modernization & Simplification Through Web 2.0 Technologies, Jeffrey R. Bickford Jun 2008

College Governance Greater Than Before: Modernization & Simplification Through Web 2.0 Technologies, Jeffrey R. Bickford

CCLA Capstone Projects

There were several tools available to governance members that didn’t quite match the needs. The College has a successful portal environment, but the groups featured within the portal were cumbersome to navigate. Email was heavily used and was beginning to grow into a problem due to the volume of messages. Tracking revisions of documents in email is also problematic. A college network shared drive was available but often people forgot to check for new documents which led to updates being emailed. The shared drive was also difficult to connect to from off campus. It was time for a new ...


Education And Social Equity With A Special Focus On Scheduled Castes And Scheduled Tribes In Elementary Education, Sangeeta Kamat May 2008

Education And Social Equity With A Special Focus On Scheduled Castes And Scheduled Tribes In Elementary Education, Sangeeta Kamat

Center for International Education Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Producing Literacy And Civil Society: The Case Of Senegal, Bjorn Harald Nordtveit Jan 2008

Producing Literacy And Civil Society: The Case Of Senegal, Bjorn Harald Nordtveit

Center for International Education Faculty Publications

Donor and financial institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and others, often promote market-based solutions for the delivery of public services in developing countries. This article examines the use of such market approaches by the World Bank to hire for-profit and nonprofit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to implement aWomen’s Literacy Project (WLP) in Senegal. This particular project has been touted as one of the “best” of the large literacy projects in Senegal, and it has been extended as a model by the World Bank in other West African countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea ...


Moving Beyond Cultural Barriers: Successful Strategies Of Female Technology Education Teachers, Raymond R. Mccarthy, Joseph B. Berger Jan 2008

Moving Beyond Cultural Barriers: Successful Strategies Of Female Technology Education Teachers, Raymond R. Mccarthy, Joseph B. Berger

Center for International Education Faculty Publications

Women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields of study and careers with a subset of STEM--Technology Education--possibly one of the least integrated fields for women as students and as professionals (Akmal, Oaks, & Barker, 2004; Braundy, 2004; Braundy, Petrina, Dalley & Paxton, 2000; Zuga, 1996; Zuga, 1999). What accounts for this situation and what are potential remedies? The purpose of this study was to learn about the ways in which female technology education teachers understand sources of influence on their career choices. The findings from this study are intended to provide insights into the participants; perspectives that might shed light on how to ...


Le Manuel De Formation Des Maitres Des Classes Multigrades En Gambie, Le Ministère De L’Éducation Élémentaire Et Secondaire En Collaboration Avec Le Projet Lire Jan 2008

Le Manuel De Formation Des Maitres Des Classes Multigrades En Gambie, Le Ministère De L’Éducation Élémentaire Et Secondaire En Collaboration Avec Le Projet Lire

Learning Initiatives for Rural Education

Ce manuel du formateur et, « Le guide du maître des classes multi-grades » sont des produits d’une collaboration participative et intéractive entre membres du projet LIRE au Etats Unis et en Gambie. La création des deux documents a ete supervisee par le projet LIRE ainsi que les membres du Conseil Consultatif (qui comportaient des acteurs experimentés dans le domaine de l’education) en Gambie. Des inspecteurs sur le terrain et des enseignants multi-grades qui ont participé tout au au long du projet ont beaucoup contribué à la réalisation de ce manuel.


The Gambia's Training Manual On Multi-Grade Teaching, Ministry Of Basic & Secondary Education In Collaboration With The Learning Initiatives For Rural Education Jan 2008

The Gambia's Training Manual On Multi-Grade Teaching, Ministry Of Basic & Secondary Education In Collaboration With The Learning Initiatives For Rural Education

Learning Initiatives for Rural Education

This training guide—and its companion; The Gambia’s Handbook on Multi-Grade Teaching—went through a process of development that was uniquely participatory and highly interactive. It was developed under the leadership of project LIRE and the Technical Working Group in The Gambia (TWG). This manual was further enriched with inputs and contributions from education officials and teachers involved in the LIRE multi-grade program. TWG members were drawn from key stakeholders from within and outside the Ministry of Education. Members are seasoned curriculum developers and planners with years of experience in curriculum and materials development.


The Gambia's Teachers' Handbook On Multi-Grade Teaching, Ministry Of Basic & Secondary Education In Collaboration With The Learning Initiatives For Rural Education Jan 2008

The Gambia's Teachers' Handbook On Multi-Grade Teaching, Ministry Of Basic & Secondary Education In Collaboration With The Learning Initiatives For Rural Education

Learning Initiatives for Rural Education

This handbook is designed to be used as a continual resource for the multi-grade teacher. The multi-grade teacher can refer to it at any specific point in time to learn ways and methods of applying certain skills or techniques and to gain knowledge on a particular topic. For example, a teacher planning a lesson could refer to it for specific guidance on how to do so using the samples in this guide. It gives information on how to adapt the syllabus, organize schemes of work, among others. The handbook also provides examples that the teacher can use and reflection points ...


Farmer Literacy Practices: A Comparative Study Of Farmers In Kurnool District Of Andhra Pradesh, India, Konda Reddy Chavva Jan 2008

Farmer Literacy Practices: A Comparative Study Of Farmers In Kurnool District Of Andhra Pradesh, India, Konda Reddy Chavva

Master's Capstone Projects

ABSTRACT The goal of the study was to understand farmer literacy practices, and how farmer participants perceive the usefulness of Farmer Water School (FWS) training. Studying the farmer literacy practices was to help identify farmer friendly methods, and design effective messages for dissemination on crop choices, decisions, and sustainable groundwater management. To understand the usefulness of FWS training to farmers, a comparative study of FWS participants and non-FWS pa11icipants' perceptions on crop-water management, crop choices, and agriculture practices was undertaken. The study focused on the farmers of Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The research questions driving this study included ...


Coordination By Default Or By Design Implementing Education Programs In Post-Conflict: The South Sudan Experience, Sarah Kahando Jan 2008

Coordination By Default Or By Design Implementing Education Programs In Post-Conflict: The South Sudan Experience, Sarah Kahando

Master's Capstone Projects

The process of rebuilding and reconstruction after war is a long, demanding and arduous process. Different actors are involved, drawn from the local community, neighboring countries and international arena. The actors come with various expectations, interests, resources and demands in programs implementation. Each actor has their own way and understanding of doing things based on where they have come from. To further complicate the process, coordination issues, whether planned or unplanned, become an imperative and have to be addressed or further strengthened so as to meet the objectives of the various actors involved. Implementing education in post conflict countries has ...


Palé Fransé Pa Di Lespri Pou Sa! A Postcolonial Analysis Of Language, Identity And Power In The Haitian Context, Vanessa Mériné Jan 2008

Palé Fransé Pa Di Lespri Pou Sa! A Postcolonial Analysis Of Language, Identity And Power In The Haitian Context, Vanessa Mériné

Master's Capstone Projects

In line with the Haitian proverb withing my title, I will attempt to reveal that "to speak French does not necessarily mean that you are smart!" by using a postcolonial analysis to elaborate on the role of language in shaping identity and power in Haiti. this broader objective will require that I elucidate on how language constructs and is constructed by modern society through its usage as both a constitutive and communicative practice and as a geo-political and cultural identity marker. Understanding the postcolonial condition of language in the Haitian context is a complex endeavor because it requires a broader ...


Integrated Development: Best Practices For Girls’ Education, Rebecca Paulson Jan 2008

Integrated Development: Best Practices For Girls’ Education, Rebecca Paulson

Master's Capstone Projects

Integrated development takes into consideration the multidimensional nature of every issue. This thesis focuses on the issue of girls’ education and examines the many interconnected barriers which prevent girls from attending school specifically in the context of Niger, but also on a broader level. There must exist a supportive environment which enables girls to be able to access, attend and succeed in school, and this supportive environment must be created across sectors by addressing the many issues which prevent girls’ schooling: cost, health, physical access, culture and tradition etc. Multi-level and multisectoral partnerships of local and international NGOs and the ...


Practice Report, Morton Sternheim, Yijie Zhao Jan 2008

Practice Report, Morton Sternheim, Yijie Zhao

STEM ACT Conference

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) STEM Education Institute and the UMass School of Education hosted a National Science Foundation funded conference entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM-ACT) in Arlington, Virginia on May 5-7, 2006. This “practice” white paper summarizes issues presented at the conference that are of importance for providers of alternative certification (AC) for science teachers, highlights what we know so far about effective alternative certification programs, and discusses what we still need to know through future rigorous research on AC programs for science teachers. This paper also provides guidelines for assessment of alternative ...


2008 Newsletter, Morton Sternheim Jan 2008

2008 Newsletter, Morton Sternheim

STEM Education Institute Newsletters

NANOTECHNOLOGY 2008 INSTITUTE P. 2

IPY STEM CONNECTIONS P. 4

TEACHING PHYSICS TO TEACHERS

THE ARSENIC PROJECT P.10

STEM BRIDGE FOR

NOYCE SCHOLARS UPDATE

CONFERENCE ON ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION: LESSONS LEARNED


Le Guide De Maitre De La Gambie Sur L'Enseignement Multigrade, Le Ministère De L’Éducation Élémentaire Et Secondaire En Collaboration Avec Le Projet Lire Jan 2008

Le Guide De Maitre De La Gambie Sur L'Enseignement Multigrade, Le Ministère De L’Éducation Élémentaire Et Secondaire En Collaboration Avec Le Projet Lire

Learning Initiatives for Rural Education

Ce Guide est passé par un processus d’élaboration qui a mit en valeur la participation et l’interactivité. Il est elaboré sous la direction du Projet LIRE et le Groupe téchnique de travail en Gambie (GTT). Ce guide est enrichi d’avantage par les commentaires et contributions des responsables dans l’éducation et les maîtres impliqués dans le programme multigrade du LIRE. Le GTT est composé par des parties intéressées au sein et à l’éxtérieur du Ministère de l’éducation. Les membres sont des responsables experimentés dans le développement du programme d’études et de la plannification avec ...


Executive Summary, Morton Sternheim, Joseph B. Berger, Yijie Zhao Jan 2008

Executive Summary, Morton Sternheim, Joseph B. Berger, Yijie Zhao

STEM ACT Conference

A National Science Foundation funded conference entitled, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM-ACT) was held in May, 2006 in Arlington, VA. The conference was designed to facilitate a significant exchange of information, which was then synthesized to produce white papers on the three threads of the conference, i.e., policy, practice, and research. This summary presents the highlights of the three white papers.


Policy Report, Joseph B. Berger, Yijie Zhao Jan 2008

Policy Report, Joseph B. Berger, Yijie Zhao

STEM ACT Conference

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) STEM Education Institute and the UMass School of Education hosted a National Science Foundation funded conference entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM-ACT) in Arlington, Virginia on May 5-7, 2006. This white paper summarizes issues presented at the conference that are of importance to policy makers on alternative certification (AC). It focuses on issues concerning science teachers, analyzing the nature and scope of the policy endeavor as a solution to current and projected teacher shortages, and discussing the implications of AC policies on teacher supply and demand and on teacher turnover ...


Research Report, Allan Feldman Jan 2008

Research Report, Allan Feldman

STEM ACT Conference

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) STEM Education Institute and the UMass School of Education hosted a National Science Foundation funded conference entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Alternative Certification for Teachers” (STEM ACT) in Arlington, Virginia on May 5-7, 2006. This white paper summarizes issues presented at the conference that are of importance for academic researchers of alternative certification (AC) for science teachers. It also outlines a research agenda for the initial preparation of science teachers, regardless of programs, which is intended to identify and examine how teacher learning occurs in their preparation, what is learned, and how teachers put ...


Discrepant Events In Chemisty, Peter R. Shaughnessy Jan 2008

Discrepant Events In Chemisty, Peter R. Shaughnessy

Science and Engineering Saturday Seminars

No abstract provided.