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College Mission Alignment: Lessons For Laboratory Schools, Sharon L. Carnahan Ph.D., Diane Terorde Doyle Ma Dec 2012

College Mission Alignment: Lessons For Laboratory Schools, Sharon L. Carnahan Ph.D., Diane Terorde Doyle Ma

NALS Journal

This paper concerns the content, role, and purpose of mission statements in higher education and the the advisability of aligning the mission and activities of a laboratory school with the overall aims of the sponsoring college. We review strategic planning for alignment and share mission-driven activities that we have developed. We end with ideas about receiving recognition for doing the important job of a laboratory school, through disseminating and displaying examples of excellence.


Effective Computer Programming Instruction For Pre-University Albanian Students, Robert Mccloud, Ardiana Sula Dec 2012

Effective Computer Programming Instruction For Pre-University Albanian Students, Robert Mccloud, Ardiana Sula

School of Computer Science & Engineering Faculty Publications

The relationship between pre-university students and technology is frequently overrated. While we receive glowing reports about how young people are knowledgeable about computers, the truth is that their knowledge is typically about computer content and the manipulation of applications. Young students too often treat the actual programming and understanding of computers as a sort of magical mystery.

In this paper we look at a new Albanian initiative to identify and nurture the most talented of our pre-university students. In particular we look at contributions to the goal of making Albanians the most talented programmers in this area of Europe.

The ...


Ideas, Hints, And Tricks: So Much More Than What's On The Surface: Assessing Reference Services At Academic Libraries, Paula M. Adams Oct 2012

Ideas, Hints, And Tricks: So Much More Than What's On The Surface: Assessing Reference Services At Academic Libraries, Paula M. Adams

Georgia Library Quarterly

Much of what's missing from the discussion of assessing reference services is the dire need to fully realize the value of qualitative assessment. The need for more academic libraries to utilize this method of gathering statistics can open up a much needed discussion concerning the nuanced impact of reference services on student learning outcomes and the broader picture of higher education.


International Update (No. 3) June 2012 Sep 2012

International Update (No. 3) June 2012

International Update archive (2010-2012)

Table of contents for this issue: (a) Comparing school learning outcomes internationally; (b) Girls outperform boys in reading in PISA 2009+; (c) Investigating computer and information literacy; (d) Discovering civic knowledge, attitudes and engagement; (e) Expertise and networks from Australia to PNG; (d) Education systems must bridge Indigenous and Western worlds; (e) AHELO fieldwork goes live; (f) Innovative international assessment communities evolve; (g) Quality assurance research and its relevance to China; (h) Professional certification can improve teaching quality.


Creating Opportunities Or Building Barriers: Framing Policy For Placement Testing As An Impactful Part Of The First-Year Experience, Megan Beach, Karin Ann Lewis Jul 2012

Creating Opportunities Or Building Barriers: Framing Policy For Placement Testing As An Impactful Part Of The First-Year Experience, Megan Beach, Karin Ann Lewis

Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice

Placement tests are an integral aspect of the first-year experience. As policymakers seek to raise high school standards and ensure that more students graduate prepared for the academic rigor of college, placement tests are being called upon to serve new purposes. Placement tests are touted for their ability to predict college success, but do these tests really measure student attainment of specific college readiness skills? How can they fit with or contribute to institutional initiatives?


Café Culture: Promoting Empowerment And Pleasure In Adolescent Literacy Learning, Brandi Gribble Mathers, Amanda J. Stern Jul 2012

Café Culture: Promoting Empowerment And Pleasure In Adolescent Literacy Learning, Brandi Gribble Mathers, Amanda J. Stern

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

The 160 third, seventh, and eleventh-graders involved in this study agreed, almost unanimously, that reading was“important.” Participants cited the empowering benefits of reading as they justified this opinion. However, with regards to the enjoyment of reading, fewer middle and high school participants reported “liking” reading than their elementary counterparts and fewer reported reading in their free time.

One solution to this dilemma involves providing adolescent students with a context devoted solely to pleasure reading. In doing so, educators can look to an institution that boasts both an historical link to literate culture and current-day pop culture appeal: the coffeehouse ...


The Professional Development Practices Of Two Reading First Coaches, Charlotte A. Mundy, Dorene D. Ross, Melinda M. Leko Jul 2012

The Professional Development Practices Of Two Reading First Coaches, Charlotte A. Mundy, Dorene D. Ross, Melinda M. Leko

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

To establish job-embedded, ongoing professional development recent policies and initiatives required that districts appoint school-based coaches. The Reading First Initiative, for example, created an immediate need for coaches without a clear definition of coaches’ responsibilities. Therefore, the purpose of this case study was to investigate how two Reading First coaches interpreted and enacted their professional development responsibilities. Cross-case analyses identified similarities and differences in coaches’ enactments. Findings revealed that while each coach engaged in similar professional development responsibilities (e.g. modeling, observing, and classroom walkthroughs) their approach to these responsibilities differed — collaborative versus expert driven. These differences in approaches indicate ...


Teacher Effectiveness And Value-Added Modeling: Building A Pathway To Educational Malpractice?, Todd A. Demitchell, Terri A. Demitchell, Douglas Gagnon Mar 2012

Teacher Effectiveness And Value-Added Modeling: Building A Pathway To Educational Malpractice?, Todd A. Demitchell, Terri A. Demitchell, Douglas Gagnon

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Legal And Policy Implication Of Value-Added Teacher Assessment Policies, Preston C. Green, Bruce D. Baker, Joseph Oluwole Mar 2012

The Legal And Policy Implication Of Value-Added Teacher Assessment Policies, Preston C. Green, Bruce D. Baker, Joseph Oluwole

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Snapshot : Current International Projects Jan 2012

Snapshot : Current International Projects

International Developments

This article gives a brief overview of ACER's current international projects including an overview of ACER's work in Spain, Norway, India, the Arab States, and Saudi Arabia.


Regional Focus : South East Asia Jan 2012

Regional Focus : South East Asia

International Developments

Foreign Ministers at the sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bali, Indonesia, in July 2011 welcomed the convening of the first EAS Education Ministers meeting. The meeting of the Education Ministers of the 18 EAS countries was agreed at the previous EAS meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in October 2010. The ministers agreed to pursue further cooperation to enhance the quality of education, and promote educational exchange and innovation in the region.


Graduate Capability, Hamish Bennett Coates Jan 2012

Graduate Capability, Hamish Bennett Coates

International Developments

Is it feasible to produce a generalisable assessment of higher education learning outcomes to demonstrate the capability of graduates? In a word, yes. Hamish Coates explains.


Regional Focus : India And Bangladesh Jan 2012

Regional Focus : India And Bangladesh

International Developments

ACER India increased the size of its workforce in 2011 and now boasts more than double the number of staff employed in 2010. The expansion increases the capacity of ACER India in terms of data analysis with a focus on international achievement studies, state monitoring programs and evaluation studies, as well as in terms of publication and marketing. The increased capacity means ACER India is well placed to independently undertake educational research and development work in India and beyond.


A Clearer Picture : National And International Testing In The Uae, Alan Egbert Jan 2012

A Clearer Picture : National And International Testing In The Uae, Alan Egbert

International Developments

The Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently introduced the UAE National Assessment Program (UAENAP), developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in partnership with the ministry, to monitor student achievement and progress, in order to inform policy and curriculum development for the nation.


Partner Focus : Good Neighbours, Leila Ismail Jan 2012

Partner Focus : Good Neighbours, Leila Ismail

International Developments

Researchers at ACER are ensuring Australia's international aid program in support of quality education is as smart as it can be, through its work with AusAID.


International Developments (No.2) 2012 Jan 2012

International Developments (No.2) 2012

International Developments

No abstract provided.


International Update (No. 2) November 2011 Jan 2012

International Update (No. 2) November 2011

International Update archive (2010-2012)

Table of contents for this issue: (a) Beginning teacher standards in Saudi Arabia; (b) National assessment reports on health of UAE school system; (c) AHELO moves ahead; (d) ACER and CBSE conduct international assessment conference; (e) ACER India expands operations; (f) Measuring adult skills in New Zealand; (g) ACER and UNESCO Beirut collaborate in Arab States; (h) Reading literacy reform in Portugal; (i) Assessing generic skills; (j) Testing basic mathematics in Norway.


Case Study: Ngo Staff Implement Educational Goals In Northside Richmond, Grace Leonard Jan 2012

Case Study: Ngo Staff Implement Educational Goals In Northside Richmond, Grace Leonard

VA Engage Journal

The Richmond non-profit organization, Kid's House, complements imperfect educational models with creative and flexible community-based programs. In Northern Richmond, children living in oppressed communities have diminished educational opportunities and outcomes. I use the term "oppressed" to describe these communities because it highlights various political, social, and economic power that has historically been exerted in the process of creating poverty. An NGO's staff is effective in reaching poor students and parents when they are attuned to local social processes. Kid's House teachers negotiate an uneasy existence as mediators between the spheres of structural bureaucracy and local poverty. This ...