Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 4, Winter

Assessing Student Perspectives on the Value of a College Education
Abstract The values students hold about college significantly impact how they approach their educational experience. This study, conducted at a small public university, presents a model for institutional leaders wishing to assess their students'...
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Bilingual Information Literacy and Academic Readiness: Reading, Writing and Retention
Abstract The common ground between academic and information literacies, which serves as a foundation for building skills needed by ESL/Spanish dominant students, is described. This article addresses innovations in the teaching-learning environment...
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Discipline-Specific Information Literacy Courses
Abstract Although not yet as prominent as general, for-credit information literacy courses, information literacy courses taught within particular disciplines are receiving increasing attention. The rationale for such courses is three-fold: (1) students...
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Effects of Learning-Style Strategies on Special Education Students
Abstract This article describes the effects of research concerned with identifying the learning styles of Special Education (SPED) students and then teaching them globally, tactually, and/or kinesthetically with instructional resources that complement...
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E-Info Labs: Fostering Information Literacy on a Shoestring
Abstract With limited resources, UNB Libraries' instructional librarians have successfully started an information literacy program, originating from a series of workshops that were developed through a collegial working group approach. **********...
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Graduate Research Recommends Effective Practices in Gifted Education
Abstract These six graduate researches studied the problems they encountered while teaching Gifted Students in public schools in the greater Houston area. Oakes (1995) studied students' learning-style preferences and creativity. Moss (1996) experienced...
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Henry V, the Gulf War, and Cultural Materialism
Abstract This paper is about the difficult relationship between visions of the future and known history in Shakespeare's Henry V; it is also about finding a way to make cultural materialism comprehensible to undergraduates. Three particular moments...
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Icon Poetry: Literature for the Non-Literate
Abstract Students enrolled in zero level ESL at Truman College are reading stories in English on laptop computers. They use Instant English [1], a story authoring software that uses icon sentences, text-to-speech, and recorded speech in a narrative...
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Implications for Planning E-Learning Strategy in Higher Education Institutions
Abstract The strategic direction of Higher Education (HE) institutions is increasingly being influenced by environmental conditions. The advent of e-Learning, together with increasing demand for flexible, off campus instruction, has forced universities...
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Incorporating Information Literacy into Teacher Education
Abstract The current focus on information literacy in undergraduate education has direct implications for teacher education. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 2000 standards specify that candidates preparing...
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Information Competence in the Freshman Seminar
Abstract This article describes a collaborative model designed to facilitate integration of information competence into the curriculum of the Freshman Seminar at Sonoma State University. The model focuses on collaboration among librarians, faculty,...
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Information Literacy and Literary Questions
Abstract Tree working partnerships between professors and librarians can make information literacy a part of disciplinary studies. By collaborating on course design and teaching, we can integrate information literacy into introductory courses, helping...
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Information Literacy: Not Just a Buzzword. (Editorial)
Information literacy: not just a buzzword. When the term "information literacy" emerged in the library field, many believed it was merely another round of changing buzzwords. For a field that was in the throes of switching terminology from "bibliographic...
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Information Literacy Toolkit: Meeting the Challenge of a Large Research University
Abstract The University of Minnesota's Information Literacy Toolkit was developed as a means to scale-up an information literacy initiative for a campus enrollment of over 46,000 students, including a large segment of distance and online learners....
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Information Literacy: Whose Job Is It?
Abstract Integrating information literacy within academic curriculums today cannot succeed without a collaborative, interactive working relationship between faculty and academic librarians. How each perceives their role in promulgating information...
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Integrating Brain-Based Strategies into Library Research Assignments
Abstract College freshman-level research assignments and Information Literacy (IL) lessons share common goals: familiarize students with library resources, help students identify and develop effective research strategies, and provide students with...
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Integrating Culture, Language and Technology
Abstract This article reports the findings from a longitudinal assessment following a three-year project of faculty training in the design and development of interactive, multimedia courseware for the study of second languages and cultures. A multidisciplinary...
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International Student Satisfaction: Role of Resources and Capabilities
Abstract This study investigates service marketing in higher education by examining the influence of resources and capabilities in international students' satisfaction with a higher education institution and the likelihood of their recommending...
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International Students: Information Literacy or Academic Literacy?
Abstract Western universities continue to attract large numbers of international students. But we have not always understood their information literacy needs, which go much deeper than lack of facility with English and into the realm of educational...
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Literature in 3D or Where Is the Culture in This Text?
Abstract "Literature in 3D or Where is the Culture in this Text?" suggests the teaching of one literary text per semester in Foreign Languages curricula, in this case Frank Wedekind's 1891 Spring Awakening, to excavate its intertextual references...
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Literature in the Modern Language Syllabus
Abstract The study of literature has always played an important role in the acquisition of a foreign language, but increasingly students are reluctant to choose literature modules, particularly those dealing with pre-twentieth century texts. In...
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Literature, Politics and Pedagogy
Abstract Political scientists tend to eschew works of fiction, preferring instead to concentrate on "hard data" when providing analysis of political behaviour. But "fact" and "fiction" are not necessarily exclusive categories. Works of fiction may...
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Online Discourse in a Second Language Teacher Preparation Course
Abstract This paper explores patterns of online discourse produced by pre- and in-service teachers in a second language methodology course and describes the participants' evaluation of their content learning in this new social context. Student diversity...
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Online Perspectives: From Participant to Practitioner
Abstract Online instructors can benefit from the experience of being students in the online environment. Without the student's perspective, they risk overlooking the nuances of the online learning experience. In this personal case study, the author...
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On-Line versus Traditional Instruction: Have You Logged on Yet?
Abstract When addressing the issue of on-line instruction and assessment, the essential underlying question to answer is whether on-line instruction is the "same as or different from" the teaching-learning experience before or without on-line instruction....
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Opening Opportunities for Student Decision Making
Abstract In our reconstructed instructional model we embrace the role of learner, continually examining pedagogical approaches. This alteration in our roles affects the roles that students assume as well. This article discusses our experiences with...
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Outcomes from Catholic Service-Learning
Abstract Service-learning attempts to reconnect communities, schools, and students in the name of democracy and the benefit of the disenfranchised. Catholic schools have added another component, framing service as the exercise of one's faith in...
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Outcomes of Service-Learning in a Family Communication Course
Abstract This report discusses what students learn from a community-service project as part of a family communication course. The service-learning linked a student's course with community involvement as they helped persons by working in family-based...
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Teaching Law Students: An Innovative Approach
Abstract This investigation analyzed the effects of the learning style instructional resource, Contract Activity Package (CAP), on the achievement and attitudes of first-year, law school students and correlated the findings with individuals' diagnosed...
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Teaching Mindfully: "Chasing after the Wind" Online and Off
"Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher; all is vanity." [1] These are the words of Qoholet, the Teacher, to whom the book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible is attributed. "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done;...
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Teaching MIS with Small Business Cases
Abstract This paper specifically addresses motivational problems encountered in the junior level MIS class. In the author's experience, small business cases based on his computer consulting experiences have had more teaching value than textbook-provided...
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Teaching Multicultural Diversity: Process, Courage, and Transformative Learning
Abstract Teaching multicultural diversity as the mere acquisition of factual awareness based on intellectual and mastery learning may be leading to a false sense of competency. The purpose of this article is to present methods used by the author...
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Teaching 'The House on Mango Street': Engaging Race, Class, and Gender in a White Classroom
Abstract What we read, and how we talk and write about it in the classroom, offers meaningful possibilities for the interrogation of class and cultural privilege. In "Teaching The House on Mango Street: Engaging Race, Class and Gender in a White...
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The Reflective Discussion Group: Focused Discussion in a High-Stakes Environment
Abstract High-stakes testing has created an atmosphere that is frustrating for teachers. Due to the current political emphasis on student achievement tests, teachers are pressured to "teach to the test" so that schools can post improved test scores....
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The Role of Learning Strategies in Web-Based Instruction
Abstract Web-based instruction, a non-linear hypermedia and/or hypertext learning technology, offers educators a method to deliver instruction that may enhance the learning process. However, educators are still inquiring why some learners may benefit...
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The Role of Literature and Culture in the Classroom. (Editorial)
The role of literature and culture in the classroom is undergoing a dramatic evolution in light of the developments of the twenty-first century. The changes brought about by the global economy and the precipitous growth of technology have transformed...
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The Teaching Roles of the College Librarian
Abstract This article describes the teaching role of college librarians. Many people in and out of academia are unaware of the teaching responsibilities of college librarians. This article presents an overview of the instruction that takes place...
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Translating Literature and Learning Culture
Abstract In teaching English as a foreign language at college and university level, translation of literature in the native language of students into English provides unique learning opportunities beyond the extraordinary engagement with the two...
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Using Literature and Film in Organizational Behavior
Abstract In management classes, examples and case studies are often used to illustrate concepts. The vast majority of these illustrations are taken from contemporary management situations. However, the theories presented, especially in the area...
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