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Implementing Middle School Youth-Adult Partnerships: A Study Of Two Programs Focused On Social Change, Catharine Biddle, Dana Mitra Sep 2015

Implementing Middle School Youth-Adult Partnerships: A Study Of Two Programs Focused On Social Change, Catharine Biddle, Dana Mitra

Middle Grades Review

Youth-adult partnerships position youth and adults in roles of equal leadership of initiatives in their schools and communities, supporting a dynamic that runs counter to traditional patterns of youth-adult interaction. This article describes the piloting of two youth-adult partnership programs aimed at supporting the development of such relationships with different core foci at the middle grades level – one on community health and the other on school pedagogical change. In comparing the challenges and opportunities of implementing these programs in the middle grades environment, we find that while youth participants perceived positive developmental outcomes as a result of their participation, adults ...


Authentic For Whom?: An Interview Study Of Desired Writing Practices For African American Adolescent Learners, Gholnecsar E. Muhammad Phd, Nadia Behizadeh Phd Sep 2015

Authentic For Whom?: An Interview Study Of Desired Writing Practices For African American Adolescent Learners, Gholnecsar E. Muhammad Phd, Nadia Behizadeh Phd

Middle Grades Review

Across theory, research, and learning standards, there is a clear call for authentic writing experiences to increase achievement and engagement. According to theories of authenticity that stress its subjective nature, a writing task is authentic when a student perceives it as relevant to the real world—as they define the real world. Moreover, there is a need for authentic writing in classrooms that connects to increased student engagement, but the reality of writing instruction across schools in the United States remains rote and teacher-centered. These narrowed views and perspectives are further exacerbated when it comes to teaching African American youth ...


Cultural Capital, Agency, And Voice: Literacy Practices Of Middle School English Language Learners, Bogum Yoon Sep 2015

Cultural Capital, Agency, And Voice: Literacy Practices Of Middle School English Language Learners, Bogum Yoon

Middle Grades Review

Grounded in cultural capital and agency theory, this study examines two middle school English language learners’ (ELLs) participatory behaviors in literacy practices in the U.S. classroom. A closer examination of the ELLs’ participatory behaviors through their authentic voices is important to understand for their literacy development. The purpose of this article is to discuss the interconnection among ELLs’ agency, identity, and classroom dynamics for their language and literacy learning. The data sources include formal and informal interviews, classroom observations, and artifacts, including reading and writing projects. Findings suggest that, despite the students’ similar background of race, native language, age ...


Student Voice As Regimes Of Truth: Troubling Authenticity, Emily Nelson Sep 2015

Student Voice As Regimes Of Truth: Troubling Authenticity, Emily Nelson

Middle Grades Review

Student voice: authentic or contrived? In this essay I argue that authenticity in student voice has been largely conflated with a notion of objective truth. I trouble this view for the ways in which it masks power dynamics in student voice in a quest for truth. Instead I proffer a view of student voice as socially constructed through discourses that act as regimes of truth to open up but also discipline and constrain possibilities for action and identity within student voice initiatives. I ‘plug in’ this ‘student voice as regimes of truth’ concept to think with data from a recent ...


Addressing The Question Of Authenticity In Middle Grades Student Voice Work: Wrestling With Politics, Power, And Purpose In Education, Alison Cook-Sather Sep 2015

Addressing The Question Of Authenticity In Middle Grades Student Voice Work: Wrestling With Politics, Power, And Purpose In Education, Alison Cook-Sather

Middle Grades Review

No abstract provided.


Editorial Remarks, Penny Bishop, James F. Nagle Sep 2015

Editorial Remarks, Penny Bishop, James F. Nagle

Middle Grades Review

No abstract provided.


Convergence, Joe Rivers Apr 2015

Convergence, Joe Rivers

Middle Grades Review

No abstract provided.


Teaching Social Justice Through Mathematics: A Self-Study Of Bridging Theory To Practice, Lisa Harrison Apr 2015

Teaching Social Justice Through Mathematics: A Self-Study Of Bridging Theory To Practice, Lisa Harrison

Middle Grades Review

In this self-study I critically reflect upon my experience guest teaching a seventh grade unit that integrated social justice and mathematics in an urban school district. As a teacher educator who was newly introduced to the scholarship of social justice mathematics, I analyze my meaning-making process of bridging my conceptual understanding of social justice mathematics to my actual teaching practice to better understand the complexity of addressing issues of social justice and merging them with the content of mathematics. I end this article by discussing the implications for my role as a middle grades teacher educator who wants her majority ...


A Content Analysis Of Four Peer-Reviewed Middle Grades Publications: Are We Really Paying Attention To Every Young Adolescent?, Kathleen Brinegar Apr 2015

A Content Analysis Of Four Peer-Reviewed Middle Grades Publications: Are We Really Paying Attention To Every Young Adolescent?, Kathleen Brinegar

Middle Grades Review

The field of middle grades education clearly articulates a vision for education focused on supporting the needs and interests of every young adolescent (National Middle School Association, 2010; Jackson & Davis, 2000). This study sought to identify the ways in which recent middle grades research intersects with this vision by utilizing qualitative content analysis (Hsieh & Shannon, 2005) to identify current topics explored in middle grades research over the past 13 years (2000-2013). In total the content of 691 articles and chapters was analyzed from the following publications: Handbook of Research in MiddleLevel Education series, Middle Grades Research Journal (MGRJ), Middle School ...


A Nascent Look At Theoretical Frameworks In Middle Level Education Research, Cynthia Reyes, Steven Netcoh Apr 2015

A Nascent Look At Theoretical Frameworks In Middle Level Education Research, Cynthia Reyes, Steven Netcoh

Middle Grades Review

This paper describes a qualitative content analysis of research articles published on middle level education in the last decade. This analysis was conducted on manuscripts appearing in two premier middle level education journals: Middle Grades Research Journal (MGRJ) and Research in Middle Level Education Online (RMLE) to explore the following questions: 1) What theoretical frameworks are being used in middle level education research?; and 2) How are the theoretical frameworks specific to the field of middle level education, and/or how are they borrowed from other disciplines? The findings depict how authors of research articles have applied theories from other ...


Reviving Theoretical Insurrection In Middle Grades Education, Mark D. Vagle Apr 2015

Reviving Theoretical Insurrection In Middle Grades Education, Mark D. Vagle

Middle Grades Review

No abstract provided.


Editorial Remarks, Penny Bishop, James Nagle Apr 2015

Editorial Remarks, Penny Bishop, James Nagle

Middle Grades Review

No abstract provided.


The Final Word: Reflections From An Unlikely Faculty Member, Kathleen Manning, Ph.D. Feb 2015

The Final Word: Reflections From An Unlikely Faculty Member, Kathleen Manning, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Kenneth P. Saurman Award: But I Thought It Would Fit!: Musing On The Clash Between Expectations And Reality, Audrey Claire Redmond Feb 2015

Kenneth P. Saurman Award: But I Thought It Would Fit!: Musing On The Clash Between Expectations And Reality, Audrey Claire Redmond

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


A Reflection On Transitions, Bridget Turner Kelly, Ph.D., Robert Kelly, Ph.D. Feb 2015

A Reflection On Transitions, Bridget Turner Kelly, Ph.D., Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Still Have Some Growing To Do, Deborah E. Hunter, Ph.D. Feb 2015

Still Have Some Growing To Do, Deborah E. Hunter, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Learning From Student Affairs Professionals: Applying Lessons Of Social Justice, Equity And Inclusion In Higher Education Administration, Jeff Bukowski, Ed.D. Feb 2015

Learning From Student Affairs Professionals: Applying Lessons Of Social Justice, Equity And Inclusion In Higher Education Administration, Jeff Bukowski, Ed.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Reclaiming All My Parts: A Poetic Journey In Discovering Vulnerability, Carrie Wicks Feb 2015

Reclaiming All My Parts: A Poetic Journey In Discovering Vulnerability, Carrie Wicks

The Vermont Connection

It is not until we walk the road of transition that we truly feel the way it shakes, unravels, and awakens our core. Drawing from Jones, McEwen, and Abes’ (2007) article, “Reconceptualizing the Model of Multiple Dimensions of Identity: The Role of Meaning-Making Capacity in the Construction of Multiple Identities” and acclaimed cultural critic, feminist, and author, bell hooks, I will explore the ways in which three of my most salient social identities helped to shape and direct my journey within student affairs. I will utilize poetry and personal narrative to explore the impacts that the change in context had ...


"Queerituality": Reforming What It Means To Be A Religious Queer, Sean R. Smallwood Feb 2015

"Queerituality": Reforming What It Means To Be A Religious Queer, Sean R. Smallwood

The Vermont Connection

College settings often place students in a petri dish where they are able to reflect on their innermost identities, values, and how they come to know the world around them. Through intentional efforts, student affairs professionals can create spaces where students are able to explore identities that society often states as being mutually exclusive. There is a body of research to help student affairs practitioners support queer-identified students developmentally (e.g. Cass’ Identity Model, Fassinger’s Model of Gay and Lesbian Identity Development, and D’Augelli’s Model of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Development). The topic of spirituality as ...


Affirmative Action And Faculty In Higher Education, Victor A. Sánchez Feb 2015

Affirmative Action And Faculty In Higher Education, Victor A. Sánchez

The Vermont Connection

Lawsuits that dispute the need of affirmative action have surfaced since the establishment of the law in the early 1960s (Park & Liu, 2014). Higher education practitioners and faculty must expand its understanding of affirmative action, racism, and oppression to better understand the need for affirmative action. The relationship between affirmative action and faculty must be studied further to understand the role of affirmative action in higher education. This literature review defines affirmative action, provides arguments that support and oppose affirmative action, explores the relationship between affirmative action and faculty, and provides implications for higher education.


Finding My Way To Me: Coming Out And Becoming Enough, Deryka C. Nairne Feb 2015

Finding My Way To Me: Coming Out And Becoming Enough, Deryka C. Nairne

The Vermont Connection

For years, I have been on a journey of self-discovery. I have a history of self-deprecation, as well as a lack of believing in being worthy of being truly loved. I have suffered, and I have triumphed on this journey. Brown’s (2010) TEDTalk surrounding shame and vulnerability spoke directly to my heart. This essay will contain those who have words that help me heal. It will focus on how I have or have not made strides to create my own meaning. The content will come from my core. It will encompass the transition and rollercoaster that is my journey ...


Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light: Liberation Through Education, Jeff P. Godowski Feb 2015

Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light: Liberation Through Education, Jeff P. Godowski

The Vermont Connection

The “Allegory of the Cave,” Book VII of Plato’s Republic, has been a staple in Western philosophical and political thought for millennia. Following a brief summary of Plato’s story told by Socrates, this article makes a case for using the allegory as a framework for discussing the systems of oppression created by colonialism and hegemonic control. The second part of this article discusses the ways in which Plato’s vision has been used in educational philosophy and psychology to symbolize the gradual processes of education as a means of liberation. This discussion takes the form of an analysis ...


Grounded In Experience: Entering Higher-Higher Education As A Pilipino American, Eric Gerona Carnaje Feb 2015

Grounded In Experience: Entering Higher-Higher Education As A Pilipino American, Eric Gerona Carnaje

The Vermont Connection

The decision to go back to school in pursuit of higher-higher education is an extremely strenuous, anxiety-stricken, self-reflective, and courageous process, especially for those that have been “out of school” for two years or more. Although there is some existing literature on nontraditional students and their journey going to college, there is even less literature on the experiences of returning students that decide to pursue a graduate degree after being academically removed from their undergraduate institution for quite some time. Thus, this paper seeks to examine some of the more specific instances experienced by graduate students, particularly those that returned ...


Small Town Kid In The Big City: Toward An Understanding Of Rurality In Student Identity Development, Roman Christiaens Feb 2015

Small Town Kid In The Big City: Toward An Understanding Of Rurality In Student Identity Development, Roman Christiaens

The Vermont Connection

As intersectional identity frameworks urge student affairs practitioners to move toward a holistic view of the students we work with, it becomes evident that there are gaps in the literature regarding the ways in which dimensions of identity are culturally and contextually bound in place and time. These frameworks tend to minimize or ignore how students’ identity development on a college campus is informed by the environment and influences of their upbringing. College students of rural upbringings are an often overlooked demographic in higher education, and thus can serve as a case study to begin addressing this gap in the ...


Finding Health And Happiness The Write Way: Blogging As Self-Care Within Student Affairs And Higher Education, Melissa Carlson Feb 2015

Finding Health And Happiness The Write Way: Blogging As Self-Care Within Student Affairs And Higher Education, Melissa Carlson

The Vermont Connection

Blogging has its roots in journal writing and has risen in popularity as a form of self-care practice. As the modern day diary, blogs are a medium through which authors can share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with peers in the form of self-disclosure. Unlike the key-locked diaries of the past, blogs provide student affairs practitioners with the unique opportunity for reader feedback in the form of commentary. The give-and-take between blog authors and their readers has been associated with many physical and psychological benefits that go far beyond the keyboard. Many higher education professionals have already begun tapping into ...


Feminist Self-Care For Higher Education Professionals, Cait Bjellquist, Barbara Perlman Feb 2015

Feminist Self-Care For Higher Education Professionals, Cait Bjellquist, Barbara Perlman

The Vermont Connection

Physical fitness is historically rooted in the construction of masculinity, making gender inclusive fitness an important part of feminist identity development (Kane & Snyder, 1989). Developed in the 1970s and formalized in early 2000s, CrossFit is a growing fitness movement based on the idea that fitness is a multifaceted way of being and works best when lived in community. Feminist consciousness-raising groups and CrossFit groups have capitalized on the value of community to build engagement, encouragement, and solidarity. Noting that self-care is crucial in the work of student affairs professionals, this article will examine the CrossFit Movement using Downing and Roush ...


Entering The Gates Of The Academy: Transitions Into The Professoriate, Vijay Kanagala, Ph.D. Feb 2015

Entering The Gates Of The Academy: Transitions Into The Professoriate, Vijay Kanagala, Ph.D.

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Editor's Note, Nakiya C. Findley Feb 2015

Editor's Note, Nakiya C. Findley

The Vermont Connection

No abstract provided.


Interprofessional Care Of Elders: Utilizing The Virtual Learning Environment, Mary Val Palumbo, Jennie De Gagne Jan 2015

Interprofessional Care Of Elders: Utilizing The Virtual Learning Environment, Mary Val Palumbo, Jennie De Gagne

College of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Publications

Background: Video conferencing and a virtual environment was used for teaching interprofessional practice (IPP) when caring for the elderly with students from eight healthcare professions. Is this pedagogy perceived as effective by the students in Interprofessional Competency Domains1?

Methods: Twenty interprofessional conferences (90 minutes in length) were conducted. Students from nursing, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, nutrition, medicine, exercise science, and pharmacy collaboratively developed a plan of care for a frail elder.

Using the Interprofessional Competency Domains1, an evaluation survey was developed which included 14 Likert-scaled, five open-ended, and demographic questions. Quantitative data was analyzed ...


One Parent's Journey To Discovering Her Self In A Blended Family: Implications For Parents, Educators And Advocates, Bethany Marie Wolfe Jan 2015

One Parent's Journey To Discovering Her Self In A Blended Family: Implications For Parents, Educators And Advocates, Bethany Marie Wolfe

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Self-discovery is an important process to the personal and social development of children and adults. Today's educators need to acknowledge and encourage the process of self-discovery in children in order for them to enjoy an enriched life of meaning and fulfillment. The implications of my story, that of a co-parent in a loving and nurturing blended family, are robust to educators and families. I challenge educators working with co-parented children to see the benefits of co-parenting and how not all blended families result in troubled, imbalanced, or resentful children and parents, as much of the current literature suggests. I ...