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Teachers’ Perceptions Of Students Who Are Learning Disabled And Gifted, Patricia Aldridge Jul 2011

Teachers’ Perceptions Of Students Who Are Learning Disabled And Gifted, Patricia Aldridge

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

This study was viewed as being significant for teachers who are interested in teaching the LD/gifted. Children who are both gifted and learning disabled are likely to benefit from the knowledge and skill of educators who are committed to developing both the cr4eativity and academic areas of students who are gifted and learning disabled face obstacles in the typical classroom setting. Parents of these students also might benefit from this study. Parents and students should be more aware of the availability of services their schools provide in assisting them in becoming successful. Federal laws such as PL. 94-142 mandate ...


Qualitative Study Of Current And Prospective Student Perceptions Of A University Website, Sheila J. Henderson, Jennifer Coloma Jul 2011

Qualitative Study Of Current And Prospective Student Perceptions Of A University Website, Sheila J. Henderson, Jennifer Coloma

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Building a sustainable system that goes beyond myopic interests and short-term policies is an arduous task for any school leader. In the U.S., our education system has been criticized for being too shallow in curriculum and unsustainable in the long run. In fact, a 2007 report by UNICEF concerning children’s well-being in 22 countries ranked the U.K. and the U.S. at the bottom of the industrialized nations in the survey. Hargreaves (2007) laments that these two countries, in their single-minded pursuit of economic competitiveness and development at all costs, are destroying the planet, while “eating their ...


Age And Sex Differences In Information Utilization Among Legislators In Benue State Of Nigeria, Demekaa Umbur, Anthony Igbashal Apr 2011

Age And Sex Differences In Information Utilization Among Legislators In Benue State Of Nigeria, Demekaa Umbur, Anthony Igbashal

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The objective of the study is to determine the differences of legislators’ age and sex on their information utilization.


Straight Talk From Recent Grads: Grant Writing Tips For New Investigators, Joelle Powers, Danielle Swick Apr 2011

Straight Talk From Recent Grads: Grant Writing Tips For New Investigators, Joelle Powers, Danielle Swick

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There is an increasing demand and critical importance for those in academic positions to be conducting high quality research in addition to teaching well and successfully obtaining grants is often necessary to fund such scientific inquiry (Shaw, 2002). Faculty members in academic or research positions are likely to be among those spending the most time on such efforts as successful grant writing to support both research and scholarly productivity is compulsory for flourishing in these jobs (Hasche, Perron & Proctor, 2009). In fact, most job announcements in the Chronicle of Higher Education list the ability to acquire external funding as a ...


Educational Leadership In Nursing: Supporting Cultural Change To Develop Research Capacity In Novice Nurse Academics, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis Jan 2011

Educational Leadership In Nursing: Supporting Cultural Change To Develop Research Capacity In Novice Nurse Academics, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis

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The question of leadership in nursing education is one that has been examined extensively in the literature. In this paper, the authors will initially provide a vignette written in the first person aimed at illustrating the ethos of the university in which they work. This vignette will then be followed by an analysis of actions and strategies used in a capacity building project aimed at developing novice nurse academics’ research skills. Theories of transformational leadership, and contingency theory of leadership are discussed in relation to the processes used, thus illustrating the application of theory to the practice of nursing leadership ...


Spirituality And 21st Century School Leadership, Kathleen Fite, Robert Reardon, Mike Boone Jan 2011

Spirituality And 21st Century School Leadership, Kathleen Fite, Robert Reardon, Mike Boone

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The current status of educational reform issues related to general education and special education provides the opportunity for the creation of a system that encompasses the goals of both groups in a cohesive manner. Previously, these issues have been addressed separately; however, recent research identifies a progression of change in the focus of ideas in both general education and special education. The first two phases of school reform focused initially on raising standards and then on teacher empowerment and site-based management. The current phase of school reform focuses on the instructional needs of the individual student and rejects the premise ...


Distributed Leadership Influence On Professional Development Initiatives: Conversations With Eight Teachers, Jeffrey Pedersen, Stuart Yager, Robert Yager Jul 2010

Distributed Leadership Influence On Professional Development Initiatives: Conversations With Eight Teachers, Jeffrey Pedersen, Stuart Yager, Robert Yager

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Achieving the kind of balance that encourages all children to learn, work, and contribute to their fullest potential has been a continuing challenge as the world grows more complex and our communities enveloped with various challenges of socio-political and economic disintegration. With rapid changes in technology and global competition in all facets of human endeavour, it is more crucial than ever that adolescents are fully equipped to compete for knowledge and technology based jobs. When students are not well prepared for the challenges ahead most especially from the secondary school stage of education, the cost to individuals and the implication ...


Perception Of Good Leadership Among The Academics In Nigeria: Case Of Benue State University, Makurdi, Umbur Demekaa Jul 2010

Perception Of Good Leadership Among The Academics In Nigeria: Case Of Benue State University, Makurdi, Umbur Demekaa

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The objectives of the study were: i. To determine the influence of gender on the academics perception of good leadership. ii. To examine the influence of status on the academics perception of good leadership. iii. To determine the influence of religion on the academics perception of good leadership iv. To determine the influence of discipline on the academics perception of good leadership.


Reconciling Challenges And Opportunities In Academic Scientific Writing, Kamaruzaman Jusoff Jul 2010

Reconciling Challenges And Opportunities In Academic Scientific Writing, Kamaruzaman Jusoff

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To initiate the governmental strategy in Thrust 2 of the Ministry of Higher Education Strategic Plan Core Thrusts launched in 2007, and to nurture “First Class Mentality”, in the currently running Ninth Malaysia Plan (2005-2010); the need is vital for the educational sector to pick up the drive to manifest it. The second thrust emphasizes on the strategy to raise the capacity for knowledge and innovation. For that, it is apt that the academia contributes towards the effort to achieve excellence. In addition, its fourth thrust that is enhancement in teaching and learning; and the fifth thrust that is strengthening ...


Implementing Active Learning Strategies: Tales From Two New Life Science Professors At Research Universities, Nichole Barger, Stuart Grandy Apr 2010

Implementing Active Learning Strategies: Tales From Two New Life Science Professors At Research Universities, Nichole Barger, Stuart Grandy

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Past research examining the effects of lectures on student learning suggests that they limit interactions in the classroom, place the responsibility for learning solely with the instructor, and do not provide an environment that compliments a range of learning styles (Silverthorn 1998; Landis et al. 1998; Aboudan 2009). Fortunately, there are many different active learning techniques such as role playing and group activities to more directly engage students and develop their ability to synthesize information, communicate clearly, and adapt to changing knowledge (e.g. Mason 2005; Colley 2008; Cornelius- White 2007). In this paper, we share our experiences implementing active ...


Psychological Correlates Of Job Satisfaction Among Selected Secondary School Counselors In Ogun State, Nigeria., J.T.B. Oluwatimilehin Apr 2010

Psychological Correlates Of Job Satisfaction Among Selected Secondary School Counselors In Ogun State, Nigeria., J.T.B. Oluwatimilehin

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The purpose of the study is to give school counselors in Ogun State Secondary Schools an opportunity to express their opinions about their work as counselors with a view to assessing their level of job satisfaction. It has been observed that the rate of counselors’ turnover is high. The need therefore arises to find out the problems encouraging the turnover in the bid to reduce or eradicate the phenomena especially now that there is need for more school counselors to handle the guidance roles in the school curriculum.


Teacher Perceptions Of Administrative Support For Democratic Practice: Implications For Leadership And Policy, Audrey Murphy Apr 2010

Teacher Perceptions Of Administrative Support For Democratic Practice: Implications For Leadership And Policy, Audrey Murphy

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This paper reports results from a qualitative study that examined perceptions of administrative practice expressed by members of a grassroots teacher group committed to the practice of democratic education. The group (the Friday Roundtable) was comprised of K-12 public school teachers in rural Appalachian Ohio who spent considerable time together trying to answer the collective question how can we be better teachers? A key element of that dialogue involved consideration of increased state and national pressures that often included educational expectations of their building administrators that the teachers perceived as undemocratic. Using case studies of eleven individual teachers situated in ...


Perceptions Of Teachers & School Leaders On Competencies Of Teachers & Training Needs, Sailesh Sharma Jan 2010

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

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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 ...


Supervision Of Universal Basic Education Centers In Anambra State, Nigeria: Concept, Challenges And Prospects, Edho Genesis Jan 2010

Supervision Of Universal Basic Education Centers In Anambra State, Nigeria: Concept, Challenges And Prospects, Edho Genesis

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Supervision of schools in the UBE programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria is an aspect of quality control. It is bound with the efficiency of learning and improvement of the teaching/ learning services. Quality control of Basic Education centers is closely associated with a vital component of education (Monitoring & Evaluation). Today, ‘Quality Control’ is used more or less as a synonym for supervision or inspection which is within the comprehension of the wider segment of the educated publics. Instructional supervision in Nigeria began as a process of external inspection. In the 18th century, supervision was characterized by inspection for ...


A National Study Of Baccalaureate Degree Completions In The Sciences: An Overview Of Institutional Success By Public, Private, And Proprietary, Tara Tietjen-Smith, Cheri Davis, Audrey Williams, Gloria Anderson Oct 2009

A National Study Of Baccalaureate Degree Completions In The Sciences: An Overview Of Institutional Success By Public, Private, And Proprietary, Tara Tietjen-Smith, Cheri Davis, Audrey Williams, Gloria Anderson

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

The purpose of this study was to examine baccalaureate degree completions in the sciences within public, private, and proprietary higher education institutions by ethnicity to determine which educational sectors (and science categories) were producing more graduates, specifically minority graduates.


Educational Restructuring And The Policy Process: The Toronto District School Board 1997-2003, Duncan Maclellan Oct 2009

Educational Restructuring And The Policy Process: The Toronto District School Board 1997-2003, Duncan Maclellan

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This paper will examine the seminal events leading up to passage of the Fewer School Boards Act (Bill 104), and its impact on the newly created Toronto District School Board (TDSB). While the focus of this paper will be on Bill 104, it is important to note that significant structural changes needed to occur in Toronto and its neighbouring municipalities before Bill 104 could take effect. To facilitate these changes, the Ontario government introduced and passed Bill 148 An Act to Establish a New City of Toronto. Bill 148 amalgamated the City of Toronto with the surrounding cities of East ...


Potential Extensions To Transformational Leadership Models, Cra. Jackson Oct 2009

Potential Extensions To Transformational Leadership Models, Cra. Jackson

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The view adopted in this research was that transformational leadership (Bass 1985; Burns 1978) could be characterised by an ability to bring about significant change in an organization, and that transactional leadership above was inadequate for this task. Since the 1980s, research (Avolio & Bass 2002; Bass 1990; Parry 1996) supported the idea that transformational leadership was more effective than transactional leadership in generating the extra effort, commitment and satisfaction of those being led (Bass 1990). Transformational leadership was a process where leaders and followers raised one another to higher moral and motivational levels (Yukl 1971). As Bass (1990) asserted, a leader transformed ...


The Possibility Of Applying Senge’S Learning Organization Principles In Irbid Public High Schools As Perceived By Principals And Teachers, Mohammed Ashour Oct 2009

The Possibility Of Applying Senge’S Learning Organization Principles In Irbid Public High Schools As Perceived By Principals And Teachers, Mohammed Ashour

Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

Purpose of the study: 1. To be acquainted with the possibility of applying Senge’s learning organization principles in Irbid high public schools as seen by principals and teachers 2. To be acquainted with the individual differences of the participants about the possibility of applying Senge’s learning organization principles in Irbid high public schools related to the social type, experience and qualification 3. To be acquainted with the suggestions presented by principals and teachers in Irbid high public schools regarding the possibilities of applying Senge’s learning organization principles


Validation Of An Emotional Intelligence Scale: A Case Of An African Sample, Ibraheem Dooba Oct 2009

Validation Of An Emotional Intelligence Scale: A Case Of An African Sample, Ibraheem Dooba

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There has been serious effort to develop scales to measure emotional intelligence since the first measure of an aspect of emotional intelligence – the perception of affective content in ambiguous visual stimuli (Mayer, DiPaolo, & Salovey, 1990) – was reported in a scientific journal (Mayer, Caruso, & Salovey, 2000). The studies were done in relation with a number of variables such as academic achievement (Newsome, Day, and Catano, 2000); leadership (Humphrey, 2002); personality (Lopes, Salovey, and Straus, 2003; Newsome et al. 2000); sex (Charbonneau and Nicol, 2002; Saklofske, Austin, and Minski, 2003), and IQ (Saklofske et al., 2003).


What Is Rigor?: A Qualitative Analysis Of One School’S Definition, Heather Bower, Joelle Powers Oct 2009

What Is Rigor?: A Qualitative Analysis Of One School’S Definition, Heather Bower, Joelle Powers

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In an era of increasing accountability, school administrators and faculties often find themselves amid a plethora of best practices and strategies aimed at improving students’ academic achievement. In the midst of these discussions, school culture is often hailed as the key to creating effective schools because it defines how people within a particular school are to behave and what they are to value (Stolp & Smith, 1995). Furthermore, it allows administrators to draw attention to some of the culture’s most important aspects: its values, beliefs, and assumptions that create the school’s vision for excellence (Stolp & Smith, 1995). Malloy (2005 ...


Fewer Women Than Men In Educational Leadership, Mahshid Pirouznia Jul 2009

Fewer Women Than Men In Educational Leadership, Mahshid Pirouznia

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The purpose of this study is to explore the possible obstacles in women’s pathway to a principalship; and examine if these obstacles have changed over the past two decades because of women’s changing roles.


Science Homework And Parental Involvement: Factors Influencing Behaviors And Attitudes, Dana Harwell, Kate Brown Jul 2009

Science Homework And Parental Involvement: Factors Influencing Behaviors And Attitudes, Dana Harwell, Kate Brown

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The purpose of this study is to understand confounding information regarding homework and school achievement. Recent research has sought to identify specific factors impacting student success as it relates to homework including parental involvement, parental education, gender, socio-economic status, computer and internet use, extra-curricular activities, and other factors. Unfortunately, the results of these studies have lacked consensus. The review of the literature shows attempts have been made to isolate co-variates along with important factors such as gender, parental involvement, and student characteristics, but the results have been unclear. This study utilized a qualitative design with interviews, observations, and collection of ...


Determining School District Organization In North Carolina, David Dunaway, Leigh Ausband, Do-Hong Kim Jan 2009

Determining School District Organization In North Carolina, David Dunaway, Leigh Ausband, Do-Hong Kim

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The current study sought to answer the next question, “How are the organizational structures of North Carolina school districts determined?” We wanted to understand what factors influenced the organization of school district.


A Systematic Approach For Training Candidates To Use The Teacher Work Sample, Beth Walizer, Taggart Germaine, Keith Dreiling Oct 2008

A Systematic Approach For Training Candidates To Use The Teacher Work Sample, Beth Walizer, Taggart Germaine, Keith Dreiling

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the benefits of scaffolding the work sample criteria through a teacher preparation program for elementary education candidates. This article illustrates the way that Fort Hays State University’s teacher education program has successfully implemented a work sample process. A process of scaffolding the criteria was woven throughout the elementary teacher education program to instruct candidates on how to develop, implement, and assess instructional units of study. As a way to describe the teacher work sample process, the authors have contextualized the model, provided components of a teacher work sample, and presented a ...


Urban Vs. Rural Baccalaureate Colleges: A National Study Of Student Financial Aid, Lee Waller, Elizabeth Waller, Albert Reyes Jul 2008

Urban Vs. Rural Baccalaureate Colleges: A National Study Of Student Financial Aid, Lee Waller, Elizabeth Waller, Albert Reyes

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This study examines baccalaureate colleges of arts and sciences in light of institutional degree of urbanization to determine the percentage of students drawing financial aid. The study further examines aid award amounts from federal, state/local, institutional, and student loans. The indicated demographics are then analyzed for differences between and among the city, suburban, town, and rural institutions.


Preliminary Study Of The Relationship Between Undergraduate Learning Outcome Assessment And Estimated Earnings Of Graduates, C. Crawford, Lawrence Gould, Robert Scott, Dane Crawford Apr 2008

Preliminary Study Of The Relationship Between Undergraduate Learning Outcome Assessment And Estimated Earnings Of Graduates, C. Crawford, Lawrence Gould, Robert Scott, Dane Crawford

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The primary motivation for exploring the relationship between learning outcomes assessment and graduate earnings is to simply document the assumed link so that educators have some basis for claiming long-term benefits of outcomes assessment. Furthermore, the scope of the project was limited to exploring learning outcomes assessment in the state of Kansas as this was deemed a preliminary inquiry. Specifically, this article seeks to address the following three questions: 1. Have academic programs in Kansas adopted assessment plans? 2. Does student ability play a role in earnings differentiation upon graduation? 3. Is there a difference in earnings between the highest ...


Transformational Leadership Practices Of Teacher Leaders, Gary Alger Apr 2008

Transformational Leadership Practices Of Teacher Leaders, Gary Alger

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Although many schools are developing teachers as leaders, researchers have not sufficiently investigated the leadership behaviors of these individuals. Therefore, using data collected from teacher leaders and their principals, I addressed three questions in this study: 1. What are the leadership practices of teacher leaders, as perceived by the teacher leaders and their principals? 2. Are there significant differences between the perceptions of teacher leaders and principals regarding the leadership practices of teacher leaders? 3. Are selected demographic variables of teacher leaders, specifically age, years of experience, educational level, and gender related to the leadership behaviors of teacher leaders?


Fuzzy And Research Paradigms Relationship: A Mutual Contribution, Devood Salmani, Mohsen Akbari Apr 2008

Fuzzy And Research Paradigms Relationship: A Mutual Contribution, Devood Salmani, Mohsen Akbari

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Fuzzy sets were introduced by Zadeh in 1965 to represent manipulate data and information possessing non-statistical uncertainties. It was specifically designed to mathematically represent uncertainty and vagueness and to provide formalized tools for dealing with the imprecision intrinsic to many problems. However, the story of fuzzy logic started much earlier. Fuzzy system is an alternative to traditional notions of set membership and logic that has its origins in ancient Greek philosophy. Research paradigms are rooted in philosophy paradigm, determine the direction of researches; how the researches reach to the reality, how they answer the questions of the seeking mind … four ...


Exploring The Relationship Between Avid Professional Development And Teacher Leadership, Jeffrey Huerta, Karen Watt, Ersan Alkan Jan 2008

Exploring The Relationship Between Avid Professional Development And Teacher Leadership, Jeffrey Huerta, Karen Watt, Ersan Alkan

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Classroom teachers receive various forms of professional development throughout their careers with the intent of improving their teaching practices and ultimately, student performance. However, professional development can also have an impact on teacher leadership activities outside of the classroom as well. The purpose of this study is to assess whether professional development received from the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has an effect on AVID elective teachers’ level of teacher leadership within their schools. Teachers from middle schools and high schools implementing, or planning to implement, AVID were examined in order to answer the following research questions: 1) Is ...


Student Rating Of Instruction: A Survey Of Satisfaction And Uses, Rhonda Magel, Charles Mcintyre Jan 2008

Student Rating Of Instruction: A Survey Of Satisfaction And Uses, Rhonda Magel, Charles Mcintyre

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This paper describes a study conducted at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in an effort to measure the level of satisfaction and uses of the student evaluation process, from now on referred to as the Student Rating of Instruction (SROI). This study consisted of the following five (5) phases: Phase I – Input from the Students Phase II – Input from Administrators Phase III – Input from Faculty Phase IV – Data Analysis and Evaluation Phase V – Recommendations and Conclusions