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Vygotsky And The Virtual Classroom: Sociocultural Theory Comes To The Communications Classroom, Michael Freeman Dec 2010

Vygotsky And The Virtual Classroom: Sociocultural Theory Comes To The Communications Classroom, Michael Freeman

Christian Perspectives in Education

No abstract provided.


Learning In A Reggio-Inspired Reuse Center, Lauren Lantz-Helm, Will Parnell Dec 2010

Learning In A Reggio-Inspired Reuse Center, Lauren Lantz-Helm, Will Parnell

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

What would children’s learning look like in the Child Development Center’s Re-Use Center if teachers, parents, and children could collaborate around the learning? This action research collaboration between a professor and a graduate student/teacher, examines the process the graduate student/teacher goes through as she documents the re-use center narratives of a small group of young children. A re-use center is likened to Reggio Emilia, Italy’s Remida Center as a repository for found, rescued and repurposed materials. This center finds new meanings for discarded items destined for landfills and incinerators. The findings reveal stories of language ...


Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly Dec 2010

Editorial Introduction, Catherine F. Compton-Lilly

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Networks has always been a place for sharing interesting and cutting edge work. This issue of Networks is no exception. Each of the articles presented in this issue presents a unique and intriguing look at the worlds of teaching, the questions educators are asking, and the ways teachers are making sense of their worlds. In this issue, both the voices of teachers and teacher educators tell powerful tales about their work and the lessons they have learned through teacher research.


Connect - December 2009 Dec 2010

Connect - December 2009

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Connect - October 2009 Dec 2010

Connect - October 2009

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A Self-Study On Building Community In The Online Classroom, Derek Lee Anderson, N. Suzanne Standerford, Sandy Imdieke Dec 2010

A Self-Study On Building Community In The Online Classroom, Derek Lee Anderson, N. Suzanne Standerford, Sandy Imdieke

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This paper portrays a year-long self-study of three teacher educators who examined their individual and collective practices in relation to teaching online. Because of its emphasis on reflection on practice, we chose a self-study method with the goal of improving our own practices (Hamilton, 1998). During the past year, we shared our course syllabi, assignments, and student work; we wrote and shared journal entries, met semi-monthly as critical friends, and revised and reanalyzed the ways we taught online. Our department’s lack of guidelines or expectations for online courses, challenges from resistant colleagues about the integrity of online courses, and ...


Book Review: Pink, D.H. (2009). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Kathleen Fite Dec 2010

Book Review: Pink, D.H. (2009). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Kathleen Fite

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

This three-part, six-chapter book has taught me, an educator, more about motivation than any other resource I have used in the past. Part One encourages us to think beyond our rewardand-punishment system to a new way of thinking about motivation. Part Two presents what he refers to as Type I, “intrinsic behavior where we have an innate need to direct our lives and how we learn; and, how this type of behavior enhances performance and satisfaction.” Part Three, referred to as the Type I Toolkit, provides a variety of resources designed to support Type I behavior. Pink makes connections to ...


A Comprehensive Step: A Book Review Of Teachers Taking Action, Suzanne Porath Dec 2010

A Comprehensive Step: A Book Review Of Teachers Taking Action, Suzanne Porath

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Action research, as a term, has been around for over half a century, but it has only become accepted as legitimate research within the last two decades. In education, action research both challenges and is informed by traditional scholarly research and promises to empower teachers to become active participants, and not just consumers of university-based research. Cynthia Lassonde, an assistant professor at the State University of New York College, and Susan Israel, a literacy consultant, have provided an overview of the action research process in their book Teachers Taking Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Teacher Research, a 2008 monograph of ...


Two Teachers Learn From Their Students: Examining Teaching, Learning, And The Use Of Learning Centers, Barbara Dian O'Donnell, Rebecca Hitpas Dec 2010

Two Teachers Learn From Their Students: Examining Teaching, Learning, And The Use Of Learning Centers, Barbara Dian O'Donnell, Rebecca Hitpas

Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research

Two teachers, a kindergarten teacher and university professor, used action research to study the use of learning centers in their respective classrooms. Becky, a kindergarten teacher, collected and analyzed qualitative data in the form of interviews, work samples, anecdotal records, checklists, videotapes, and culminating performance task documents. She found that at-risk students made progress in achievement, accountability, and motivation. Inspired by Becky’s study, her university advisor/teacher redesigned a learning center assignment that proved to be more powerful in getting teacher candidates to understand, design, and use centers.


Cosmopolitanism, Globalization And The Field Of Adolescent Literacy, Helen Harper, Thomas W. Bean, Judith Dunkerly Dec 2010

Cosmopolitanism, Globalization And The Field Of Adolescent Literacy, Helen Harper, Thomas W. Bean, Judith Dunkerly

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

In this article we discuss the current nature and circumstances of cosmopolitanism and what it means to the field of adolescent literacy. Drawing on contemporary scholarship, cosmopolitanism is understood as: 1) the local experience or condition of globalization, what has been called ‘internal globalization,’ and, 2) as a disposition or sensibility that ensures productive and peaceful relations in light of globalization or any circumstance that creates dynamic and culturally diverse contexts. From a critical review of the key documents in the field, we argue that for many adolescents their lives and literacies now, and especially in the future, will be ...


Technology Capacity Development Through Oss Implementation: The Case Of Public Higher Education Institutions In Ethiopia, Nigussie Tadesse Mengesha Dec 2010

Technology Capacity Development Through Oss Implementation: The Case Of Public Higher Education Institutions In Ethiopia, Nigussie Tadesse Mengesha

The African Journal of Information Systems

The Open Source Software (OSS) literature gives little attention to the study and practice of domain specific end-user OSS implementation in general and in the public sector of developing countries (DCs) in particular. This paper, however, investigates the trajectories of two OSS-based information systems (IS) implementation projects in a developing country (DC) context with the aim to uncover the practice-based learning and resource sharing evident among locally situated and globally dispersed developers and users. The result of the interpretative case study research shows that the OSS philosophy and practice of software development, implementation and ownership, facilitates for the emergence of ...


Learning In A Credit Crisis, Or A Crisis Of Credit? Microcredit Lending, The Grameen Bank, And Informal Learning, Robert Mcgray Dec 2010

Learning In A Credit Crisis, Or A Crisis Of Credit? Microcredit Lending, The Grameen Bank, And Informal Learning, Robert Mcgray

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

Popular economic discourses have developed a lexicon which will often refer to economic downturns as a credit crisis. Kojin Karatani’s recent reworking of Marx’s analysis of the credit system however forces us to consider that credit itself may be the problem – a problem referred to here as the crisis of credit. This essay is a critical theoretical analysis of the way in which microcredit lending programs constrain informal learning so that people learn in a crisis of credit. After tracing the roots of microcredit to neoliberal gender reforms, I identify and critique three underlying justifications of the crisis ...


What’S Language Got To Do With It? An Exploration Into The Learning Environment Of Quebec’S Classes D’Accueil, Gabrielle L. Breton-Carbonneau, Ailie Cleghorn Dec 2010

What’S Language Got To Do With It? An Exploration Into The Learning Environment Of Quebec’S Classes D’Accueil, Gabrielle L. Breton-Carbonneau, Ailie Cleghorn

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

This article stems from an on-going qualitative study of the ‘environment’ of Montreal’s elementary level welcome classes for new immigrant students (classes d’accueil), including teachers’ language attitudes and actual language practices in the classroom. Since the official language of instruction in Quebec is French, the classe d’accueil provides a unique setting for exploring many issues: how teachers look upon the linguistic and cultural diversity of their learners; how teachers negotiate their way between potentially opposing tensions-- to integrate newly arrived children into Quebec, and, to reinforce Quebec’s distinct cultural and linguistic status. By drawing on socio-cultural ...


Teaching Note - Then And Now: Canadian And American Students Discover Each Other, Andrew C. Holman Dec 2010

Teaching Note - Then And Now: Canadian And American Students Discover Each Other, Andrew C. Holman

Bridgewater Review

No abstract provided.


Multiple Cultures, Multiple Literacies, And Collective Agencies: Chinese And Pakistani Immigrants’ Perceptions Of Family Literacy Support, Zheng Zhang, Nazia Bano Dec 2010

Multiple Cultures, Multiple Literacies, And Collective Agencies: Chinese And Pakistani Immigrants’ Perceptions Of Family Literacy Support, Zheng Zhang, Nazia Bano

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

Challenging the deficit view of immigrant families’ roles in family literacy support, this study is situated in the multiliteracies theoretical framework, which celebrates marginalized, yet diverse, literacy practices in immigrant families. This study used semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions to map diverse family literacy practices in Chinese and Pakistani families. It explores whether and how available educational institutions have been inclusive of immigrant families’ multiple cultures and multiple literacies. Adopting a bottom-up advocacy approach, this study also invites Chinese and Pakistani families to envision family literacy programs by themselves. It brings to light immigrant families’ potential collective agencies in ...


Editor's Notes And Front Matter, Suzanne Majhanovich Dec 2010

Editor's Notes And Front Matter, Suzanne Majhanovich

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

No abstract provided.


General Agreement On Trade In Services And Higher Education In China, Xiaobin Li, Linbin Zhao Dec 2010

General Agreement On Trade In Services And Higher Education In China, Xiaobin Li, Linbin Zhao

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

The Chinese higher education system is the largest in the world. Having an understanding of the Chinese system helps to provide a better understanding of international education. This article discusses the commitments China has made under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), these commitments’ implications for Chinese higher education, and Chinese attitudes towards foreign education. It also discusses the recent development of international cooperation in Chinese higher education. Chinese are interested in learning from developed countries, the demand for higher education continues to grow in China, and most Chinese scholars believe internationalization is beneficial. Indications are Chinese higher ...


Understanding Chinese International Students At A Canadian University: Perspectives, Expectations, And Experiences, Zuochen Zhang, George Zhou Dec 2010

Understanding Chinese International Students At A Canadian University: Perspectives, Expectations, And Experiences, Zuochen Zhang, George Zhou

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

The objective of this study was to understand perspectives, expectations, and experiences of Chinese international students studying in the graduate and undergraduate programs at a Canadian university, paying special attention to the challenges these students faced in the process of acculturation. Multiple data gathering techniques were used for the quantitative and qualitative data, including a survey questionnaire, individual interviews and focus group discussions. Findings related to the participants’ adjustment to the new environment include English language proficiency, previous education background, communication with other students, and understanding of the local culture. The study found that participants experienced various challenges in their ...


Faculty Perceptions Of Chinese Graduate Students’ Communication Challenges In The Science And Engineering Disciplines, Jim Hu Dec 2010

Faculty Perceptions Of Chinese Graduate Students’ Communication Challenges In The Science And Engineering Disciplines, Jim Hu

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

This paper reports the findings of in-depth interviews with six science and engineering faculty members at a major Canadian university regarding their experiences with and perceptions of Mainland Chinese ESL graduate students’ challenges in using English in the disciplines. Results suggest great cultural and linguistic challenges of the students; however, helpful guidance and interactive feedback-based conferencing could lead to student progress. Nevertheless, the faculty longed for English and technical writing courses for ESL graduate students. The faculty did not perceive plagiarism to be a major issue among Chinese ESL graduate students and adopted an educational approach toward sporadic inappropriate textual ...


Cie Journal/Revue Eci 2010 Referees/Evaluateurs Dec 2010

Cie Journal/Revue Eci 2010 Referees/Evaluateurs

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

No abstract provided.


School Principal Profiles: Comparing China And The United States, Tak C. Chan, Ruiqing Du Nov 2010

School Principal Profiles: Comparing China And The United States, Tak C. Chan, Ruiqing Du

Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective

By comparing principal profiles in China and the United States) this study would contribute to a better understanding of school leadership in the two countries. Participating principals included 144 from two states in the United States and 77 from seven provinces of China. A researcher designed Likert-scale questionnaire covered the principals) profiles in seven leadership areas: character) professional knowledge) professional skill) administrative style) administrative duties) personnel management) and student affairs management. This was supplemented by a survey of three open-ended questions on principal's responsibilities) challenges) and fulfillment. The findings of quantitative data were compared with those of qualitative data ...


Approaching Educational Empowerment: Guidelines From A Collaborative Study With The Innu Of Labrador, David Philpott, W. C. Nesbit Oct 2010

Approaching Educational Empowerment: Guidelines From A Collaborative Study With The Innu Of Labrador, David Philpott, W. C. Nesbit

The International Indigenous Policy Journal

This paper discusses the journey toward self-managed education for the Innu people of coastal Labrador who, after an arduous struggle, have finally attained autonomy from the Canadian government. While the paper briefly explores the broader context within which Innu education has evolved, particular attention will be given to the role served by a recent research project in both documenting the specific educational needs of the people and presenting a process to guide change. What emerged from that study was a wealth of data including community attitudes to education, as well as indicators of attendance, ability and achievement of the entire ...


Collaborative Learning And Convergence: Library Strategies And Solutions With An Eye On The Usg Information Technology Strategic Plan, Robert W. Fernekes, Lori Jean Ostapowicz Critz Oct 2010

Collaborative Learning And Convergence: Library Strategies And Solutions With An Eye On The Usg Information Technology Strategic Plan, Robert W. Fernekes, Lori Jean Ostapowicz Critz

Georgia Library Quarterly

The article discusses collaborative learning as a library strategy of the University System of Georgia (USG) Information Technology Strategic Plan 2010 and the role of convergence in fostering it. It is stated that collaborative learning enables people to achieve quality learning by way of efficient technologies and its integration with content and environments that will benefit people and institutions. Convergence reportedly refers to the integration of distinct library services that will support the shared purpose of learning.


Gpls, Gla Introduce Continuing Education Webinar Series Oct 2010

Gpls, Gla Introduce Continuing Education Webinar Series

Georgia Library Quarterly

The article reports on the partnership between Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) and Georgia Library Association's (GLA) Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group in offering the free bimonthly online Wednesday Webinar Series. The seminars will reportedly focus on Georgia library trends, innovation and best practices. It is stated that library staff from all types of Georgia libraries have been presenters and that participants from other states as well as other countries have joined the webinars.


Abstract Deictic Gestures-In-Interaction: A Barometer Of Intersubjective Knowledge Development In Small-Group Discussion, Tara Mcgowan Oct 2010

Abstract Deictic Gestures-In-Interaction: A Barometer Of Intersubjective Knowledge Development In Small-Group Discussion, Tara Mcgowan

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

No abstract provided.


Table Of Contents - Fall 2010, Fort Hays State University College Of Education Oct 2010

Table Of Contents - Fall 2010, Fort Hays State University College Of Education

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Academic Leadership Journal Fall 2010 table of contents


Flipping The Script: (Re)Constructing Personhood Through Hip Hop Languaging In A U.S. High School, Krystal A. Smalls Oct 2010

Flipping The Script: (Re)Constructing Personhood Through Hip Hop Languaging In A U.S. High School, Krystal A. Smalls

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

No abstract provided.


Educating Language Learners For A World Of Change And Opportunity: Policy Concerns - Research Responses - Practical Applications, Teresa Pica Oct 2010

Educating Language Learners For A World Of Change And Opportunity: Policy Concerns - Research Responses - Practical Applications, Teresa Pica

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

No abstract provided.


Heritage Language Teaching And Learning Through A Macro-Approach, Ming-Hsuan Wu, Tzu-Min (Peter) Chang Oct 2010

Heritage Language Teaching And Learning Through A Macro-Approach, Ming-Hsuan Wu, Tzu-Min (Peter) Chang

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

No abstract provided.


Learning Beyond Borders, Rachel D. Hall Oct 2010

Learning Beyond Borders, Rachel D. Hall

B Sides

Dwelling in a "Borderland" between academic and narrative writing, and drawing from the work of Gloria Anzaldu'a, bell hooks, and Michel Foucault, this essay critically confronts and transgresses the disciplinary structure of information production, both inside the Academy and out. Scholars of Hip-Hop will be especially interested in the author's analysis of Hip-Hop as a scholarly discourse, and her argument that different genres of scholarly discourse, such as Hip-Hop and MLA-style English, can and indeed should be blended within the Academy to stimulate new ways of thinking.