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Collecting, Organizing, And Managing Resources For Teaching Educational Games The Wiki Way, David Wiley, Shelley Henson, Brett Shelton Dec 2007

Collecting, Organizing, And Managing Resources For Teaching Educational Games The Wiki Way, David Wiley, Shelley Henson, Brett Shelton

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As a reaction to the growing number of teachers using games in their curricula and the corresponding increase in university courses aimed at teaching the design of effective instructional games, we introduced a panel at the recent Games, Learning and Society presentation in Madison, Wisconsin, in June 2006. This panel brought together a community of interested parties involved with teaching educational game design. We collaborated with attendees before the panel convened so that we could introduce resources such as syllabi, collections of readings, and discussions of theory in a wiki environment to which participants could contribute during the session. After ...


Learner-Centered Assignments In Computer Literacy, Martha E. Myers, Meg C. Murray, Mario Guimaraes, Debra B. Geist Dec 2007

Learner-Centered Assignments In Computer Literacy, Martha E. Myers, Meg C. Murray, Mario Guimaraes, Debra B. Geist

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Literacy is a concept that is understood to be the identifier of an educated populace. In today's world, literacy includes computer literacy, as well as language and quantitative literacy. This paper describes exercises developed to improve first year students' computer literacy through more learner-centered engagement. Exercises are designed to support learner-centered goals of independent and responsible learners, appropriate breadth and depth of content, teacher as facilitator, and assessment woven into learning. Exercise topics include purchase of a personal computer, basic logic via spreadsheets, an annotated bibliography built with electronic resources, and an integrated assignment customized by and for each ...


Social Class And Belonging: Implications For College Adjustment, Joan Ostrove Nov 2007

Social Class And Belonging: Implications For College Adjustment, Joan Ostrove

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This study addressed the extent to which social class position structures a sense of belonging at college, and the ways in which belonging informs adjustment to college. Among 322 liberal arts college students, social class background was significantly associated with a sense of belonging at college and was marginally related to academic performance but was not related to the quality of the experience they were having at college. Sense of belonging mediated the relationship between class background and adjustment to college.


Top 10 Stories You Probably Missed: Respect Brings Out The Best In Kids And Parents, Douglas E. Abrams Nov 2007

Top 10 Stories You Probably Missed: Respect Brings Out The Best In Kids And Parents, Douglas E. Abrams

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No abstract provided.


Faculty Perceptions Of Technology Projects, Whitney Ransom Mcgowan, Charles R. Graham, Jon Mott Nov 2007

Faculty Perceptions Of Technology Projects, Whitney Ransom Mcgowan, Charles R. Graham, Jon Mott

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Significant investments in time, money, and effort go into developing and applying technology to improve teaching and learning. As universities pursue such projects, they must determine the impact and value of technology for student learning. During the past decade, funds spent on technology for educational purposes have tripled throughout the United States. Determining a hard return on investment (ROI) for the time and money spent to improve education is difficult, however. Institutions should also measure the value on investment (VOI) that their funds and efforts yield. In the study of faculty and their technology projects at Brigham Young University (BYU ...


Problem Solving And Proving Via Generalisation, Michael De Villiers, Mary Garner Nov 2007

Problem Solving And Proving Via Generalisation, Michael De Villiers, Mary Garner

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No abstract provided.


School-Wide Screening And Programs Of Pbs: Informing Universal Interventions, Michelle Marchant, Darlene Anderson, Paul Caldarella, Ben Young, K. Richard Young, Adam Fisher Nov 2007

School-Wide Screening And Programs Of Pbs: Informing Universal Interventions, Michelle Marchant, Darlene Anderson, Paul Caldarella, Ben Young, K. Richard Young, Adam Fisher

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Overriding Purpose – to describe a data driven process that can be used to (a) identify areas of school-wide concern (b) aid in the identification and design of universal interventions.


School-Based Mentoring: An Effective Intervention With Students At Risk For Ebd, Paul Caldarella, Shauna Valentine, K. Richard Young, Michael Adams Nov 2007

School-Based Mentoring: An Effective Intervention With Students At Risk For Ebd, Paul Caldarella, Shauna Valentine, K. Richard Young, Michael Adams

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Relationships with non-parental adults are vital assets for positive youth development (Scales, 2003). Studies of resilience among youth from at risk backgrounds alerted scholars to protective functions that can be fulfilled by relationships with non parental adults (Werner, 1995).


The Effects Of Peer Praise Notes On Socially Withdrawn Adolescents: A Classroom Intervention, Julie Nelson, Natalie Webb, Paul Caldarella Nov 2007

The Effects Of Peer Praise Notes On Socially Withdrawn Adolescents: A Classroom Intervention, Julie Nelson, Natalie Webb, Paul Caldarella

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Relationships with non-parental adults are vital assets for positive youth development (Scales, 2003). Studies of resilience among youth from at risk backgrounds alerted scholars to protective functions that can be fulfilled by relationships with non parental adults (Werner, 1995)


Adapting The Ssbd For Secondary School Pbs Interventions: Student And Parent Correlates, Michael Richardson, Paul Caldarella, Ben Young, Ellie L. Young Nov 2007

Adapting The Ssbd For Secondary School Pbs Interventions: Student And Parent Correlates, Michael Richardson, Paul Caldarella, Ben Young, Ellie L. Young

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One of the most difficult challenges teachers and administrators face is behavior and emotional problems in students. However, some problems are difficult to clearly specify. Screening allows for a better match of treatment with individual needs. Screening allows for prevention and early intervention efforts, which reduce the need for more intensive services.


Int 100 Fall 2007, Rob Morrison Oct 2007

Int 100 Fall 2007, Rob Morrison

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No abstract provided.


Advocating For Languages - Lessons Learned, Anne O. Fountain Oct 2007

Advocating For Languages - Lessons Learned, Anne O. Fountain

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No abstract provided.


School-Based Mentoring: Drawing Strength From The Community To Help At-Risk Students, Shauna Valentine, Paul Caldarella, Adam Fisher, Jennifer James, Janet Young, Michael Adams Oct 2007

School-Based Mentoring: Drawing Strength From The Community To Help At-Risk Students, Shauna Valentine, Paul Caldarella, Adam Fisher, Jennifer James, Janet Young, Michael Adams

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What is a mentor? Someone with greater wisdom or experience; Someone who offers guidance or instruction intended to facilitate growth and development; A guide, teacher, friend, tutor, advocate, motivator, role model, link to another generation.


The Effects Of Peer Praise Notes On Socially Withdrawn Adolescents: A Classroom Intervention, Julie Nelson, Natalie Webb, Paul Caldarella Oct 2007

The Effects Of Peer Praise Notes On Socially Withdrawn Adolescents: A Classroom Intervention, Julie Nelson, Natalie Webb, Paul Caldarella

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Research has shown that those students who are socially withdrawn or isolated have difficulty learning appropriate social conduct which places them at risk for difficulties later in life (Oden, 1980; Patterson, Reid, & Dishion,1992). Children who were avoided, neglected, or teased were at high risk for developing behavioral and emotional disorders (Gresham, MacMillan, & Bocian, 1998).


Scrutinizing The Cybersell: Teen-Targeted Web Sites As Texts, Darren Crovitz Sep 2007

Scrutinizing The Cybersell: Teen-Targeted Web Sites As Texts, Darren Crovitz

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Darren Crovitz explains that the explosive growth of Web-based content and communication in recent years compels us to teach students how to examine the “rhetorical nature and ethical dimensions of the online world.” He demonstrates successful approaches to accomplish this goal through his analysis of the selling techniques of two Web sites targeted to a teen audience and his description of a project in which team members devise ways to teach students to consider the language and design elements of a selected site.


Developing A Customized Program Assessment Methodology For Assurance Of Learning: A Case Study, Hope Baker, Dorothy Brawley, Jane E. Campbell, Ernest Capozzoli, Linda Malgeri, Gary B. Roberts Aug 2007

Developing A Customized Program Assessment Methodology For Assurance Of Learning: A Case Study, Hope Baker, Dorothy Brawley, Jane E. Campbell, Ernest Capozzoli, Linda Malgeri, Gary B. Roberts

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For most academic institutions, selecting and/or designing a Program Assessment methodology for Assurance of Learning is a challenging task. This paper describes the steps taken to establish goals, values and criteria driving this process for a College of Business. In this case analysis, we document the options we explored in finding the right vehicle for our particular situation. Our experience with a beta test and full rollout of our Program Assessment is detailed. After considerable research and a trial and error process, we have implemented a hybrid Program Assessment approach for our undergraduate students. This approach includes a business ...


Assessing Online Discussion Forum Participation, Matthew Shaul Jul 2007

Assessing Online Discussion Forum Participation, Matthew Shaul

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As a socially constructive learning tool, discussion forums remain central to online education. They have continued to evolve in functionality, acquiring ever-increasing usability features. However, development has lagged in providing instructors the means to assess student work in forums. The author submits an overview of his software program that provides instructors with the means to evaluate forum work quickly, easily, and repeatedly. The software accomplishes this by accessing the forums' underlying database, searching for manifest and latent data, and calculating data associated with an array of metrics. This is a Web-based tool built on Open Source and standards-based languages, providing ...


Earth Science Mini-Lessons: A Service-Learning Strategy For Improving Attitudes Toward Science Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, K. Thompson, B. R. Bickmore, Charles R. Graham, S. C. Yanchar Jun 2007

Earth Science Mini-Lessons: A Service-Learning Strategy For Improving Attitudes Toward Science Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, K. Thompson, B. R. Bickmore, Charles R. Graham, S. C. Yanchar

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Science instruction in elementary school classrooms is frequently lacking in the United States. One factor that impacts the amount and quality of science instruction is teacher attitudes toward science. The Earth Science Mini-Lesson Project is a strategic program created to help improve preservice elementary school teachers' attitudes toward science in a one-semester college class. Students participating in this project create earth science mini-lessons on topics taken from the Utah Core Curriculum Standards and teach them to elementary students at a local Title I grade school. Attitude survey results from both semesters showed that this service-learning outreach program positively affected students ...


Assessment Of Multi Media & Web Based Instruction In A Science Technology & Society Course, Patricia Backer Jun 2007

Assessment Of Multi Media & Web Based Instruction In A Science Technology & Society Course, Patricia Backer

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Multimedia can be a powerful tool in exploring the nature of the world around us, including its technological systems. This paper describes the assessment of self-paced multimedia and web- based modules that are used in an advanced General Education (GE) course in the College of Engineering at San José State University. The development of these modules began in 1994 and has undergone many revisions. Currently, four of the seven units in this class are taught using either multimedia CDs or web-based material.The General Education course, Technology and Civilization (TECH 198), is designed to introduce students to the realm of ...


Technology And Gender Issues: Development And Assessment Of A Freshman General Education Course In The College Of Engineering, Patricia Backer Jun 2007

Technology And Gender Issues: Development And Assessment Of A Freshman General Education Course In The College Of Engineering, Patricia Backer

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This class, Technology VS Women, explores the interaction of gender with technology and answers questions such as: Is technology a “male” science? Is modern technology compatible to both male and female users? What does history tell us about the role of women at work relating to technology? The ideas presented in this course challenges some commonly held myths and misconceptions about technology in our society. This course focuses on the technological changes since 1900 and how they have affected both men and women. The effect of cultural biases and perspectives on the working and educational environments also are addressed. This ...


Positive Behavior Support And Perceptions Of School Quality: An Empirical Study, Hilda Sabbah, Paul Caldarella, Michael Richardson, Adrian Juchau, Lynnette Christensen, Michelle Marchant, K. Richard Young Mar 2007

Positive Behavior Support And Perceptions Of School Quality: An Empirical Study, Hilda Sabbah, Paul Caldarella, Michael Richardson, Adrian Juchau, Lynnette Christensen, Michelle Marchant, K. Richard Young

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The research aim is to explore parent and teacher perceptions of the benefits of a school-wide positive behavior support (PBS) intervention.


Exploring Staff, Student, And Parent Perceptions: Implications For Improving School Quality, Michael Richardson, Hilda Sabbah, Adrian Juchau, Paul Caldarella, Ellie L. Young Mar 2007

Exploring Staff, Student, And Parent Perceptions: Implications For Improving School Quality, Michael Richardson, Hilda Sabbah, Adrian Juchau, Paul Caldarella, Ellie L. Young

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This study examined student, parent and school staff ratings of factors that contribute to school quality in four suburban Utah secondary schools (6th through 9th grades) over a period of three years. The findings indicated that student ratings of aspects of school quality varied according to grade in school, gender, and ethnicity. Parents, students, and school staff also differed in their perceptions of school quality.


Effective Positive Behavior Interventions For Students With Internalizing Behavior Problems, Lynnette Christensen, Michelle Marchant, Paul Caldarella Mar 2007

Effective Positive Behavior Interventions For Students With Internalizing Behavior Problems, Lynnette Christensen, Michelle Marchant, Paul Caldarella

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Purpose: To compare the methods and outcomes of three second tier PBS studies designed to address internalizing behavior problems in elementary school students.


Evaluating The Impact On Users From Implementing A Course Management System, Charles R. Graham, Meghan M. Kennedy, Gregory L. Waddoups, Richard E. West Feb 2007

Evaluating The Impact On Users From Implementing A Course Management System, Charles R. Graham, Meghan M. Kennedy, Gregory L. Waddoups, Richard E. West

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Nearly all colleges and universities are using some form of e-learning system, usually an expensive course management system (CMS), to create online course offerings or to enhance regular, classroom-oriented courses. Our university has invested a large amount of resources into purchasing and supporting one of the two most popular CMS vendors, and it has become imperative to understand what the effects from using this technology have been, as well as how we can improve the integration of this and other educational technologies into different instructional contexts. This project, through a combination of surveys, call-log analysis, and interviews, was used to ...


Masculinity In The Quad, M. Kaufman, Jason A. Laker Feb 2007

Masculinity In The Quad, M. Kaufman, Jason A. Laker

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No abstract provided.


Understanding The Experiences Of Instructors As They Adopt A Course Management System, Charles R. Graham, Gregory L. Waddoups, Richard E. West Feb 2007

Understanding The Experiences Of Instructors As They Adopt A Course Management System, Charles R. Graham, Gregory L. Waddoups, Richard E. West

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In this study, we used qualitative methods to help us better understand the experiences of instructors as they are persuaded to adopt a course management system and integrate it into their teaching. We discuss several patterns explaining how instructors implemented Blackboard, a CMS, by experimenting with individual features, facing both technical and integration challenges, and attempting to adapt Blackboard features to match their goals and practices. We also give explanations for why instructors either a) embraced the tool and grew more dependent on it, b) reduced their use of the tool to only some features, or c) discontinued the tool ...


Living Among Guatemalan Mayans Is Fascinating Experience, Irene Scharf Jan 2007

Living Among Guatemalan Mayans Is Fascinating Experience, Irene Scharf

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I have just lived a dream. Five years ago I learned of a school where students of all ages could study Spanish intensively while living among the Guatemalan Mayans. Peace Accords had been signed in 1996, the government was encouraging tourism, and it was, finally, safe to visit.

Why a dream? Because, 25 years ago, when I traveled through Central and South America, I promised my family I would avoid Guatemala because of the perceived was dangers. During that trip, as I met my Europeans and other who had visited, remained safe, and found it a fascinating country, I vowed ...


Strongly And Weakly Directed Approaches To Teaching Multiple Representation Use In Physics, Patrick B. Kohl, David Rosengrant, Noah D. Finkelstein Jan 2007

Strongly And Weakly Directed Approaches To Teaching Multiple Representation Use In Physics, Patrick B. Kohl, David Rosengrant, Noah D. Finkelstein

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Good use of multiple representations is considered key to learning physics, and so there is considerable motivation both to learn how students use multiple representations when solving problems and to learn how best to teach problem solving using multiple representations. In this study of two large-lecture algebra-based physics courses at the University of Colorado (CU) and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, we address both issues. Students in each of the two courses solved five common electrostatics problems of varying difficulty, and we examine their solutions to clarify the relationship between multiple representation use and performance on problems involving ...


From Observers To Participants: Joining The Scientific Community, Catherine A. Reinke, Susan R. Singer, Carl Mcdaniel, Carolyn J. Ferguson, Julia Vandermeer, Adam Williamson Jan 2007

From Observers To Participants: Joining The Scientific Community, Catherine A. Reinke, Susan R. Singer, Carl Mcdaniel, Carolyn J. Ferguson, Julia Vandermeer, Adam Williamson

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In this essay, we have integrated the voices of our mentors and students to explore 45 years of undergraduate research experiences and their role in shaping our scientific community. In considering our collective experiences, we see undergraduate involvement in research as a rich source of community development, one that has both touched our lives and influenced our teaching.


La Discussió Deliberativa: Usar El Discurs De Classe Per Promoure El Pensament Crític, Mark Felton Jan 2007

La Discussió Deliberativa: Usar El Discurs De Classe Per Promoure El Pensament Crític, Mark Felton

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Per potenciar el pensament creatiu a classe cal comprendre les arrels d’aquest pensament en el raonament argumentatiu. El pensament crític inclou la recerca i l’avaluació de les raons que hi ha darrere d’una afirmació. Per prendre part en aquesta activitat d’investigació, cal entendre els elements sobre els quals es discuteix i com aquests es combinen per justificar una conclusió. Les investigacions es mostren cada vegada més unànimes en el fet que els estudiants experimenten una millora substancial en el desenvolupament del pensament crític (i que aquesta millora es transfereix també a nous temes) a mesura que ...