Florida Journal of Educational Administration and Policy

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Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring

Editor's Column
This issue extends the journal's mission to publishing research that describes culture-centered leadership--whether enacted or not--and how it can influence faculty's career trajectories. The focus of this issue is to explore the experiences and perceptions...
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Mentoring Perceptions and Experiences of Culturally Diverse Tenure-Accruing Faculty
The lack of apprenticeship or transition time to discover and understand the roles of the profession remains a concern for new higher education faculty (Di Fabio & Bernaud, 2008; Rochlen et al., 1999). Novice professors typically lack clear expectations...
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Resilience Post Tenure: The Experience of an African American Woman in a PWI
Educational institutions are believed to be places that practice the ideals of democracy. However, the Academy has often fallen short of providing equal treatment regarding career advancement and retention for culturally diverse faculty (West-Olatunji,...
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Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities
Book review: Faculty of color: Teaching in predominantly White colleges and Universities Stanley, C. (Ed.). (2006). Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company, Inc. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring

Formative Assessment: Policy, Perspectives and Practice
A Global Evolution Despite being hailed as a 'quiet revolution' (Hutchinson & Hayward, 2005) it is perhaps more accurate to see the growth of the global awareness regarding formative assessment (FA) as evolutionary in nature. Before the term...
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Editor's Column
In this issue, the authors describe timely issues for a nation that is gripped by the beliefs that standards can uniformly guide instruction and accountability measures are indicators of students' progress. In the first article, Ian Clark explores...
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Beliefs and Instructional Practices among Secondary Teachers within Selected High- and Low- Performing High Schools
How teachers think about and practice teaching has a profound effect on learning among students (Applebee, Langer, Nystrand, & Gamoran, 2003; Fisher, 2001; Greenleaf, Schoenbach, Cziko, & Mueller, 2001). Researchers have noted that the practice...
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The Moral Imperative Realized
The Moral Imperative Realized Fullan, M. (2011). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press As a sequel to The Moral Imperative of School Leadership published in 2003, The Moral Imperative Realized by Michael Fullan (2011) addresses others' mischaracterization...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter

The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive
The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive Fullan, M. (2008). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass The Six Secrets of Change describes lessons that seem simple. However, often leaders find them difficult...
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Promoting Self-Efficacy in Early Career Teachers: A Principal's Guide for Differentiated Mentoring and Supervision
Shortages at some schools are not entirely a result of teachers leaving the profession, but are also related to the characteristics of those particular schools. Nationally, approximately 30% of new teachers leave within the first three years; nearly...
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Counselors as Leaders in Schools
School counseling emerged, and continues to evolve, in response to social, educational, political and economic trends (Paisley & Borders, 1995). Although each shift may be viewed as an inevitable reaction to societal demands, nonetheless, each...
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Editor's Column
Culturally responsible leadership, teaching, and pedagogy all rely on a common element--caring for our students. When instructors and professors in the academy care about their students, they demonstrate a willingness to groom their scholars-in-training...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer

Teachers and Students' Academic Performance in Nigerian Secondary Schools: Implications for Planning
Introduction In Nigeria public discussions frequently focus on educational standards.. The public's unhappiness becomes more prominent following the annual release of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination results. Student outcomes...
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African American Perspectives on Leadership in Schools: Building a Culture of Empowerment
African American perspectives on leadership in schools: Building a Culture of Empowerment Foster, L., & Tillman, L. C. (2009). Lanham, Maryland: Rowan & Littlefield Education. Introduction Tillman and Foster's (2009) African American...
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Editor's Column
Today's schools are characterized in part by cultural discontinuity and hegemony that marginalizes and disenfranchises groups and classes of people. Because of their prevalence in US schools, forthcoming issues in the Florida Journal of Educational...
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Assessment versus Achievement: Winner Takes All!
Introduction Districts and schools across the nation are struggling with the consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act of2001 (NCLB). Florida schools are no exception. One major goal of NCLB is to close the achievement gap (USDOE, 2004). Adequate...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter

Deregulation of University Education in Nigeria: Problems and Prospects
Introduction The Government states that the teaching and research functions of higher educational institutions play crucial roles in national development, particularly in high level workforce development. Thus, if education, especially at the university...
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Investment in Graduate and Professional Degree Education: Evidence of State Workforce Productivity Growth
Introduction Investment in higher education yields both private and public benefits (Cohn and Geske, 1990; Leslie and Brinkman, 1988; Paulsen, 2001b, 2001c; Pascarella and Terenzini, 1991; Pencavel, 1993; Schultz, 1963; Solmon and Fagnano, 1995)....
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Connecting Student Realities and Ideal Models: Changing the University of South Florida's Educational Leadership Program
Connecting Student Realities and Ideal Models: Changing the University of South Florida's Educational Leadership Program For nearly two decades, criticism of traditional educational leadership programs has dominated the literature in the field (see...
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At-Risk Students at Traditional and Academic Alternative School Settings: Differences in Math and English Performance Indicators
The term at-risk has become a catchall phrase to describe students who experience or who are predicted to experience failure during their schooling years. This term has been used traditionally by society as an arbitrary label for students who are likely...
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Reflections on the Uses of the Academic Journal in Socialization of the New Scholar
A Learning Oasis in a Desert of Rigor In recent years, the effectiveness and relevance of graduate programs in education have come under heavy scrutiny from education scholars and professionals alike. The tenor of this scrutiny, with regard to programs...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall

Assessment Is for Learning: Formative Assessment and Positive Learning Interactions
Wherever the challenge of promoting effective learning exists in our classrooms there also exists the opportunity for better formative assessment. The time has passed when educational policy makers should support practitioners and embrace the preponderance...
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Supporting New Scholars: A Learner-Centered Approach to New Faculty Orientation
A new generation of faculty is entering the academic workforce and they are increasingly dissatisfied with current working environments. Institutions must begin to address the changing nature of this new generation. This article reports on a New Faculty...
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Support and Resources for Site-Based Decision-Making Councils: Perceptions of Former Council Members of Two Large Kentucky School Districts
Legislation has directed schools to convene school councils that typically address issues related to curriculum, instruction, budget, and governance as one means to improve schooling. However, the expectation for improved schools through this involvement...
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Site-Based Decision-Making: Views from Secondary School Personnel
With the implementation of site-based decision-making occurring in schools, an understanding of the views of secondary school principals and of secondary school teachers would provide valuable information. In the study, six principals and six teachers,...
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Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring

Observing the Learner-Centered Class
Colleges and universities across the country are struggling with the issue of accountability, especially with regard to student learning. One attempt to revitalize undergraduate education and to respond to the calls for change is defined by a shift...
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To Test (or Not) in Arena Settings
Public schools face raised performance expectations on group-administered achievement tests. In response, educators have implemented various preparation strategies to ready students. However, the research community largely ignores the impact of setting...
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Enthusiastic Educational Leadership
A qualitative research study was conducted to explore the factors relating to enthusiastic and engaged educational leadership. The methodology included interviews of successful leaders in education at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels,...
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Challenges of the Public School Superintendency: Differences by Tenure and District Location
In this study, the researchers examined current challenges faced by 46 public school superintendents in South Texas. Challenges faced by these superintendents which were investigated in this study were: political obstacles/governance; high stakes testing;...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall

The Negative Commandments: Ten Ways Urban Community Colleges Hinder Student Success
This article highlights ten negative operative principles identified through focus group interviews conducted on 9 urban campuses with faculty, students, and administrators. Together with its sister paper "The Positive Commandments", the list of operatives...
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Partnership, Policy, and Educational Change: The Role of Mathematics and Science in K-16 Reform
Concerns about American competitiveness and innovation have led to increasing scrutiny of science, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Leaders in the higher education, business, and legislative communities have all issued calls...
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Language Preparation and the First Year Experience: What Administrators and Policy Makers Should Know
Studying in a second language is probably one of the greatest challenges for international students. In this study, the relationship between language preparation and the first year graduate study among East Asian international graduate students in...
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Can France Give Education Action Zones New Life?
Schools are essentially expected to provide all students with the same educational opportunity despite where they live, or their ability levels. Education Action Zones (EAZs) and Zones d'Education Prioritaire (ZEPs) have been implemented to help eradicate...
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