Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring

Accountability and the Education of the Disabled
Abstract The No Child Left Behind Act holds schools accountable for the academic proficiency of all students. Its singular goal of academic achievement raises potential ethical issues for students with learning and behavioral disorders whose needs...
Assessing Writing in a Physical Therapy Unit
Abstract A case study detailing one student's involvement with supervisors, coworkers, and patients in a hospital physical therapy unit yields significant information about factors involved in the creation of documents to solve a personnel problem....
Attitude Change through Service Learning
Abstract General education teachers are being directed to embrace and implement inclusive practices as a result of the enactment of IDEA. However, an essential element for successful inclusion lies not in legal mandates, but rather, in teacher attitude....
Audre Lorde: Contextualizing Strategies
Abstract Providing contextual background is vital when teaching reading (and writing) to normative speakers of English. Moreover, contextualizing activities themselves are a rich source of creative reading and writing assignments, and they are especially...
Benefits of Writing with Students
Abstract In this paper, we discuss our positive experiences from co-authoring with undergraduate students. Student and faculty are addressed. Introduction College and university instructors are facing increased demands to conduct and publish...
Case Study: The Color Purple on the Whiteboard
Abstract The assigned high school reading of Alice Walker's The Color Purple was intended to rectify an imbalance in gendered and raced texts in the curriculum and increase Caucasian awareness of race. But the school administration failed to adequately...
Caveats for Teaching the Novel
Abstract The author credits much of the success he has had in teaching the novel to his adjustments to the "realities" of teaching. Is it realistic to teach the novel as if one's students are going to become English teachers? Is it realistic to...
Characteristics of Effectiveness: An Empirical Study
Abstract This study examined student characteristics and perceptions of university effectiveness, defined as a value judgment based on students perceptions of congruence between the importance of several activity domains and how well the domains...
Closing the Digital Divide with Service-Learning
Abstract Digital disparity exists among those who differ in socioeconomic status, educational background, gender, race, and age. As part of a digital citizenship course, students in a private Midwestern university participated in a semester service-learning...
Co-Teaching and School Reform: A Case Study
Abstract Increasingly expected to equate the Least Restrictive Environment with the general education classroom, administrators often look for service delivery models to educate students effectively in the general education classroom. This case...
Critical Thinking, Reflective Writing: Learning?
Abstract One of the main roles of educators is to help students become prepared to be active members of a society. To achieve this goal, teachers are encouraged to help students develop the ability to reflect and think critically. Reaction papers...
Digesting the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Abstract Two primary difficulties attend the teaching of the eighteenth-century novel: the intimidating length of many representative texts and the diversity of the fictional forms that occur during the period. To help make texts both manageable...
Doing Diversity through Service Learning
Abstract As a significant part of the college course Human Relations in a Multicultural Society, pre-service teachers are engaged in service learning and reflection as two of the primary methods to develop cultural awareness and appreciation, human...
Dyslexia: The Ethics of Assessment
Abstract The current situation in Northern Ireland, with regard to the assessment and intervention of children with dyslexia, poses important ethical dilemmas for many primary school teachers. Assessment is based largely on a discrepancy model,...
English Literature and Arab Students
Abstract Teachers of English literature in non-Western environments may find it more challenging to bring their students to an appreciation of English literature, which offers social, moral, and cultural values different from their own. This paper...
Entertaining Monsters: Teaching the Gothic Novel
Abstract Some of the difficulties instructors find in teaching the Gothic novel can be resolved by helping students understand how Gothic texts use language to bring about their effects. Students who interrogate the meaning of the Gothic through...
Environmental Health and Service Learning
Abstract In developing curriculum for a Salt Lake City, Utah High School's Advance Placement--Environmental Studies class, one goal was a module on air quality/air pollution. University of Utah graduate students and faculty presented on air pollution...
Experiencing Diversity through Service Learning
Abstract Support for diversity education is growing rapidly within the criminal justice field. Changes in student demographics and pressures from criminal justice agencies have encouraged criminal justice programs to revise their curriculum. Service...
Facing and Complicating the Isms
Abstract Issues such as racism and sexism ("isms") pervade nineteenth-century literature, and yet few teachers engage with them in complicated and meaningful ways in the survey classroom, risking alienating students who have strong responses. I...
Forecasting University Enrollment
Abstract This article attempts to provide a framework for forecasting enrollments accurately and in a timely fashion. Several projection models are developed for predicting full-time, first-time enrollment. A case of a regional University in New...
For the Sake of Those Led, Teachers Must Rest
Abstract The purpose of this article is to inform teachers about rest and renewal. These attributes show up as some of the most misunderstood and least applied aspects of effective teacher leadership. I will show that rest and renewal are essential,...
From Serving Families to Community Awareness
Abstract For school professionals to work effectively with families that have children with exceptional needs, they must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to connect families with community resources. This study examines the learning outcome...
Impact of Reflection and Training on S-L Outcomes
Abstract A study was conducted to determine the impacts of Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) on undergraduate and graduate student participants (N = 289). The results indicated that the frequency with which students'...
Information Skills and the Special Needs Student
Abstract Information skills play an important role in school curriculums as students learn how to obtain information throughout their lives for leisure, academic, and vocational purposes. The special needs student presents additional challenges....
Introducing Service-Learning to Dietetic Students
Abstract Service-learning was introduced into a medical nutrition therapy class of senior level dietetics students. Students (n=11) developed and delivered lessons to diabetes education classes. Evaluation of the project showed it to be beneficial...
Keeping the "Learning" in Service-Learning
Abstract Summer camps for young learners fulfill a recurring community need and provide higher education students with the opportunity to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate their discipline as they collaborate to plan engaging activities for...
Mapping the Novel
Abstract "Mapping the Novel" draws on the Freytag pyramid that plotted the course of tragedy and the loco-descriptive poem that wedded the emotional and geographic circuit. By emphasizing the novel as composed object whose component parts can be...
Mathematics Training for Service-Learning
Abstract In our service-learning program teacher-training candidates bridge the gap between expectations and realities of teaching in the K-8 classroom. In the mathematics training segment of this program candidates become aware of the creative...
Novel Expectations to Novel Evaluations
Abstract Teaching "popular" novels--ones about which movies and television shows proliferate--offers a unique classroom opportunity: to probe the power of readers' expectations over their interpretations of novels. Using this as a guiding issue...
Organic Education and Its Place in the City
Abstract Current practices in place-based pedagogy endorse obtaining an ecological literacy (Orr, 1992). In doing so, it is assumed that students acquire and relate to a vast amount of ecological knowledge by equal means. In reality, students create...
Persuasion and Transcendence in to the Lighthouse
Abstract This article is for instructors who wish to use rhetorical theory in the literature classroom. It provides a rhetorical analysis of a dinner scene in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. The dinner scene is subjected to two forms of Kenneth...
Professionalizing Community-Based Research
Abstract Does community-based research emphasize professional-level data gathering that can positively impact community members? This article explores this question through case studies from environmental education and history, and discovers that...
Reflective Writing in Preservice Content Courses
Abstract Students enter preservice content courses for elementary school teachers with preconceived ideas about the K-8 curriculum that influence their views of the content and methods of these courses. Written reflections on journal articles chosen...
Relating Students' Social and Achievement Goals
Abstract There are many approaches to studying students' motivational belief. One approach is students' goal pursuit. Generally, two types of goals are considered, social and achievement. There has been dispute regarding the relationships between...
Relevance of Service-Learning in College Courses
Abstract This study analyzed student perceptions of the academic and social relevance of service-learning pedagogy, and how teacher adherence to best practices in service-learning may influence those perceptions. A total of 566 students in 19 classes...
Self-Advocacy for Students with Disabilities
Abstract This article will address specific self-advocacy curricula and strategies that can be effectively taught to students at the secondary level in special education. Definitions and the need for self-advocacy training for secondary students...
Service-Learning
In this issue on service-learning, authors describe teaching/learning/service processes embedded in programs of study incorporating service-learning in diverse contexts. These programs offer powerful possibilities for students to develop new attitudes...
Service-Learning and Civic Education
Abstract This report intends to assess, through both qualitative and quantitative research, the overall impact of the Service-Learning Program on the civic education of college students at a small, public liberal arts institution. The research focuses...
Service Learning and Faculty Involvement
Abstract This paper begins with an overview of service learning programs at colleges of business and specifically details faculty/student involvement in the service learning process at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. and its positioning...
Service Learning and Science: A Successful Model
Abstract In this paper, a university based program which places science students in local elementary schools to serve as science experts for teachers is described. Both informal and formal evaluation has shown the program to be highly successful...
Service, Learning, and Social Justice
Abstract This service learning research describes changes in teacher education students' attitudes and social justice concerns as they worked with children and families in government-subsidized housing. This research is unique because the participating...
Service Learning and Teacher Education
Abstract Service learning provides unique benefits to the community, the educational entity, and those performing the service. Although not new to education, service learning is emerging as a valid curricular tool that promotes authentic learning...
Service Learning and the Induction of Teachers
Abstract The first years of practicing a profession have a significant impact on the development of competence and professional identity. Teacher educators are aware of the importance of acculturation and recognition to beginning teachers. Engaging...
Service-Learning Feedback to Teacher Candidates
Abstract Teaching preparation increasingly requires teacher candidates to conduct service-learning that most often occurs in schools. Some scholars suggest this might be more effective when conducted in community-based settings. Limited literature...
Service-Learning Improves College Performance
Abstract This article summarizes a small-scale project in which academic outcomes were examined for a service-learning course. 118 college students enrolled in an introductory Developmental Psychology course participated in this study. Some students...
Service-Learning in Doctoral Training & Education
Abstract As the number of Ph.D. graduates entering non-traditional academic and non-academic careers increases, faculty and administrators must look for ways to enhance student training outside the typical realm of teaching and research. In this...
Service-Learning in Mongolia
Abstract Through a case study of an international service-learning program in Mongolia, this article argues that service-learning pedagogy can and should be incorporated into courses with international and comparative foci. It proposes an integrated...
Side of Service-Learning
Abstract Although service-learning has been successfully utilized for some time, rarely are the difficulties that can be encountered addressed. This article provides a discussion of the problems associated with this praxis and provides possible...
Spark's Symposium: A Postmodernist Critique
Abstract Muriel Spark's Symposium (1990) focuses on the problems of perception of truth about persons by creating multiple layers of meaning. Narrative voices, time and incidents are juxtaposed by Spark to create simultaneity of perception of different...
Teaching Citizenship through Service-Learning
Abstract Academic service-learning has been described as a way to respond to the continual concerns regarding the loss of a sense of community in this country. This paper will discuss this pedagogy and present the results of a qualitative research...
Teaching Lombreglia's Men under Water
Abstract Ralph Lombreglia's short story "Men Under Water" contains a context of cinema and embedded texts. Students can better appreciate the clever layers of the story after they learn to identify the intersections of the story's plot with exterior...
Teaching Multiple Approaches to a Single Novel
Abstract To help students develop a range of interpretive techniques, I introduce the assumptions and strategies of contemporary criticism; the students and I then explore possible uses of these critical approaches in writing about Ilona Karmel's...
Teaching Short Fiction: A Fairy Tale Beginning
Abstract Non-majors in the general education curriculum respond well to a course in short fiction when they are introduced to familiar works and then prompted to consider variations on those works that force them to rethink comfortable traditions....
Teaching the Naturalist Novel: Emile Zola
Abstract Using Zola's method of writing evidenced in the speech of the Sandoz character as a model, the students in a freshman honors course (Honors 156) are able to deconstruct The Masterpiece as a means to understand Zola's naturalist approach...
Teaching the Novel and Short Fiction
Teaching the Novel and Short Fiction. These essays cover a very wide range of topics, yet they can be organized meaningfully into three major groupings. The first includes essays on the complications arising when we teach literature in radically...
Theatrical Pedagogy and Interactive Service
Abstract Students in a University of Montana Drama class create dramatic programs for K-12 classrooms as part of their service learning. An interactive, performance-based lesson on the parts of speech created for fourth graders is offered as an...
The Creative Writing Learning Community Webpage
Abstract This article describes a Creative Writing Learning Community Webpage. This Learning Community comprises components addressing writing as process and writing as profession. A unifying component, the Reader Response Forum, addresses audience...
Thinking outside the Book: Comparing Life and Lit
Abstract This essay outlines a unit on the novel that requires students to read a fairly formulaic text and keep two reading journals and write one position paper. One of these journals bids the students to reflect on the reading process that accompanies...
Transformative International Service-Learning
Abstract This article discusses findings from a longitudinal case study that investigated how undergraduate students experience the long-term process of transformational learning as a result of their participation in an international service-learning...
Using Linked Courses to Scale Institutional Walls
Abstract This paper describes two models for integrating technical writing with discipline-specific courses through service-learning: a linked course model and a linked project model. Both models allowed students to practice discipline-specific...
Using the 'Hometown' Novel in Composition 101
Abstract Among the toughest challenges in using a novel as a resource in a composition course is choosing a text that appeals to the students. I use "hometown" novels; that is, novels set in or around the area where my students are from. Students...
What a Load of Garbage! A Data Analysis Exercise
Abstract Learning how to analyze qualitative data is difficult for beginning research students, not only because it is a long and complex process, but because it is so different from working with quantitative data, with which students are often...