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Insights Into The Complexities Of Identity In Persisting Latina College Students, Irene Rodriguez Martin 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Insights Into The Complexities Of Identity In Persisting Latina College Students, Irene Rodriguez Martin

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This study explored the educational journeys of 17 academically achieving, low income and first generation college attending Latinas at three different selective institutions. While many studies have been dedicated to the reasons for the low graduation rates of Hispanics, this strength-based study focused on resiliency and on the relationships and strategies Latinas used to achieve success in the most unlikely of environments. The interviews considered: the ways in which Latina students persist and whether their pathways were consistent with Tinto’s traditional model of persistence; how students developed the scholastic capital required for persistence; and the ways in which culture and …


Engaging Students In Mathematics Conversations: Discourse Practices And The Development Of Social And Socialmathematical Norms In Three Novice Teachers' Classrooms, Mary T. Grassetti 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Engaging Students In Mathematics Conversations: Discourse Practices And The Development Of Social And Socialmathematical Norms In Three Novice Teachers' Classrooms, Mary T. Grassetti

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Research on learning to teach mathematics reveals that mathematics teaching is a complex process (Lerman, 2000) and classroom teaching and learning is a “multifaceted, extraordinarily complex phenomenon” (O’Connor, 1998, p. 43). Moreover, research reveals that the mathematics reform agenda has had an impact on what happens in the mathematics classroom, however, the impact has been superficial (Kazemi & Stipek, 2001) with teachers often retaining their pre-reform habits and attitudes in regards to mathematics teaching and learning (O’Connor, 1998). This study examined the reform discourse practices that three novice teachers, who had been enrolled in a reform based methods course during …


A Phenomenological Study Of The Experiences Of Helping Professionals With Learning Disabilities, Madeline Lorraine Peters 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

A Phenomenological Study Of The Experiences Of Helping Professionals With Learning Disabilities, Madeline Lorraine Peters

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The purpose of this study is to explore the extent, to which professionals in helping professions (PHPS) with learning disabilities are able to name the support, services, and assistance that they require to successfully engage in the full range of activities for their daily living. Additionally, the study explores how PHPS describe their experiences with support, services, and assistance available to them. The study was conducted using a qualitative, phenomenological in-depth interview methodology. The study sample consisted of 10 helping professionals with learning disabilities that work in helping professions. Data was collected using audiotaping of interviews and field notes. Audio …


Issues Of Access In Public And Private Higher Education Institutions In Islamabad Pakistan, Muhammad Majid Khan 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Issues Of Access In Public And Private Higher Education Institutions In Islamabad Pakistan, Muhammad Majid Khan

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The study examined the issues of access in public and private higher education institutions in Islamabad, Pakistan. The policies and institutions currently in place to deal with access related issues are not effective, therefore, not providing students with the support systems to help them succeed at the institutions of higher learning. The study analyzed student perspectives on access, examined access related systems in place at public and private institutions, and kind of students that have access to higher education. The study also analyzed the growth of higher education institutions and their impact on access related issues particularly in last eight …


From Tri-Cultural Conflict To Tri-Cultural Connection: How Successful Urban Science Educators Become Culturally Connected, Marlina Nicole Duncan 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

From Tri-Cultural Conflict To Tri-Cultural Connection: How Successful Urban Science Educators Become Culturally Connected, Marlina Nicole Duncan

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Urban districts suffer from a severe shortage of qualified science teachers. Therefore, many new science teachers will need to take positions in urban districts with little or no exposure to urban communities. As a result, prospective teachers find it difficult to learn how to negotiate the cultural contexts of urban teaching. Consequently, it is essential for teacher preparation programs to begin to examine the cultural contexts of urban science teaching to understand how to support the personal and professional well being of novice urban science educators. Through in-depth phenomenological interviews this research documents the experiences, perceptions, and beliefs of veteran …


Integrating Music, Drama, And The Visual Arts In The Early Childhood Curriculum: A Study Of Early Childhood Teachers In A Metropolitan Area Of Puerto Rico, Mayra Almodovar 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Integrating Music, Drama, And The Visual Arts In The Early Childhood Curriculum: A Study Of Early Childhood Teachers In A Metropolitan Area Of Puerto Rico, Mayra Almodovar

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The purpose of this study was to explore, describe and examine how early childhood teachers utilize and integrate the arts (music, drama, and visual arts) in teaching children ages 3 to 5. It also examined the formal and informal arts education background of early childhood teachers, the relationship between teacher training and educational practice and the role it plays in teachers’ use of music, drama and visual arts in their curriculum. Data was collected through the use of the Arts Integration Questionnaire (AIQ) and by observations, Arts Integration observation Protocol (AIOP). A total of 91 early childhood teachers completed the …


An Examination Of Teacher-Student Trust In Middle School Classrooms, Virginia Louise Durnford 2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst

An Examination Of Teacher-Student Trust In Middle School Classrooms, Virginia Louise Durnford

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The purpose of this study was to explore: (a)how and to what extent teachers experience and express trust in relation to individual students and groups of students (b)how and to what extent teachers value and focus on specific attributes of trust over others and (c) how and to what extent the levels of teacher trust in students and the various attributes of trust impact the teachers’ behaviors and choices in the classroom. Data were collected from teacher interviews, teacher questionnaires, classroom and school artifacts, and descriptive field notes from observations. Data were analyzed using content analysis and open, axial, and …


Mapping Qualifications Frameworks Across Apec Economies, Gerald Burke, Phillip McKenzie, Chandra Shah, Jack Keating, Alison Vickers, Rob Fearnside, Andrea Bateman 2010 Monash University

Mapping Qualifications Frameworks Across Apec Economies, Gerald Burke, Phillip Mckenzie, Chandra Shah, Jack Keating, Alison Vickers, Rob Fearnside, Andrea Bateman

Dr Phillip McKenzie

This report on qualification frameworks was undertaken for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) Education Network Subgroup (EDNET). The project aimed to facilitate increased transparency and reliability of information about qualification frameworks across the APEC region, share knowledge and skills and identify future areas of collaboration. A qualifications framework is an instrument for classifying qualifications according to a set of criteria for levels of learning outcomes. Considerable benefits are expected of national qualification frameworks (NQFs). If backed by a good system of quality assurance, they can support the development of workers’ skills, facilitate educational and …


The Role Of University Web Pages In Staff Development: Supporting Teaching And Learning Online, Meg O'Reilly, Allan Ellis, Diane Newton 2010 Southern Cross University

The Role Of University Web Pages In Staff Development: Supporting Teaching And Learning Online, Meg O'Reilly, Allan Ellis, Diane Newton

Dr Meg O'Reilly

This paper investigates the nature and quality of Web-based resources which support staff development in Australian universities. It details findings and recommendations derived from publicly accessible Web pages containing resources, information, activities and models provided by university centres concerned with the staff development for the online environment. Frameworks for this investigation were adopted from the literature on staff development, reflective practice and quality teaching in Higher Education. Two rounds of investigation were undertaken. The first round identified 32 of the 41 university Web sites visited as having an identifiable Teaching and Learning Centre (or equivalent) home page, as a starting …


Interaction Online: Above And Beyond The Requirements Of Assessment, Meg O'Reilly, Diane Newton 2010 Southern Cross University

Interaction Online: Above And Beyond The Requirements Of Assessment, Meg O'Reilly, Diane Newton

Dr Meg O'Reilly

Today’s literature is filled with new paradigms for learning, specifically in relation to the increasing adoption of computer-mediated techniques for interactive learning. In many cases, learning may now be enhanced through the experience of a shared online environment for critical discussion, knowledge building and the establishment of supportive social communities. Research data obtained from social science students at Southern Cross University over two semesters reveals students’ perceptions of the importance of online discussion whether these are assessable or not. This paper presents some findings and explores the impact of the emergence of a student-centred social learning environment.


Interaction Online: Above And Beyond Requirements Of Assessment, Meg O'Reilly, Diane Newton 2010 Southern Cross University

Interaction Online: Above And Beyond Requirements Of Assessment, Meg O'Reilly, Diane Newton

Dr Meg O'Reilly

Today's literature is filled with new paradigms for learning, specifically in relation to the increasing adoption of computer mediated techniques for interactive learning. In many cases, learning may now be enhanced through the experience of a shared online environment for critical discussion, knowledge building and the establishment of supportive social communities. Research data obtained from social science students at Southern Cross University over two semesters reveals students' perceptions of the importance of online discussion whether these are assessable or not. This paper presents some findings and explores the impact of the emergence of a student-centred social learning environment.


Literacy As Praxis: The Recursive Cycle Of 21st Century Literacy Teaching, Susan Adams 2010 Butler University

Literacy As Praxis: The Recursive Cycle Of 21st Century Literacy Teaching, Susan Adams

Susan Adams

Poster presented at the 21st Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, February 2010.


Troubling The Waters: Alterity In The Experienced Curriculum Of English Language Learners And Special Education Students, Susan Adams, Jamie Buffington-Adams 2010 Butler University

Troubling The Waters: Alterity In The Experienced Curriculum Of English Language Learners And Special Education Students, Susan Adams, Jamie Buffington-Adams

Susan Adams

Presentation at the 6th International Globalization, Diversity & Education Conference, Spokane, WA, February 2010.


Navigating Similarity And Difference: A Lens Of Whiteness In Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers For Diverse Classrooms, Susan Adams 2010 Butler University

Navigating Similarity And Difference: A Lens Of Whiteness In Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers For Diverse Classrooms, Susan Adams

Susan Adams

Presentation at the 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Leadership, Culture, and Pedagogy, Oxford, OH, February 2010.


The Effects Of College Students’ Personal Values On Changes In Learning Approaches, Petra Lietz, Bobbie Matthews 2010 Australian Council for Educational Research

The Effects Of College Students’ Personal Values On Changes In Learning Approaches, Petra Lietz, Bobbie Matthews

Dr Petra Lietz

Many studies of changes in learning approaches have used data from different age groups at one point in time only (Gow and Kember, High Educ 19:307–322, 1990; Watkins and Hattie, Br J Educ Psychol 51:384–393, 1981) or have analyzed the effects of just two or three factors using single level analytical techniques (Cano, Br J Educ Psychol 75:203–221, 2005; Duckwall et al., Res High Educ 32(1):1–13, 1991; Jay and Love, NCSSSMST J 7(2):4–8, 2002; Loo, Educ Psychol, 17(1/2), 1997; Watkins and Hattie, Hum Learn 4:127–141, 1985; Zeegers, Br J Educ Psychol 71:115–132, 2001). This study employs multilevel modeling as a …


Invisible Teachers: Improving Practice And Building Relationships, Philip Kelly, Amy Cordileone 2010 Boise State University

Invisible Teachers: Improving Practice And Building Relationships, Philip Kelly, Amy Cordileone

Philip P. Kelly

Insights gained over three years of a teacher exchange program involving Ugandan and North American teachers as well as its effect on two colleges of education are discussed.


Undergraduates As Human Subjects, Elizabeth Chin, Mary Christianakis 2010 Occidental College

Undergraduates As Human Subjects, Elizabeth Chin, Mary Christianakis

Mary Christianakis

No abstract provided.


The Collaborative Classroom: From 'Sage On The Stage' To 'Guide On The Side', D. Jill Williams 2010 Kennesaw State University

The Collaborative Classroom: From 'Sage On The Stage' To 'Guide On The Side', D. Jill Williams

D. Jill Williams

No abstract is currently available.


The Collaborative Classroom: From 'Sage On The Stage' To 'Guide On The Side', D. Jill Williams 2010 Kennesaw State University

The Collaborative Classroom: From 'Sage On The Stage' To 'Guide On The Side', D. Jill Williams

D. Jill Williams

No abstract is currently available.


The Partial Credit Model, Geoff Masters 2010 ACER

The Partial Credit Model, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

This chapter demonstrates the elegant simplicity of the underlying concept on which the partial credit model (PCM) was built. This provides a valuable basis for understanding this highly influential polytomous item response theory (IRT) model, including its relationship to other models and the reasons for its widespread use.


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