Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 4, Winter

Addressing Collegiate Adjunct Faculty Information Needs
Abstract This essay examines the research and professional needs of academic adjunct faculty, and posits how academic and public librarians might best address those needs. After a brief discussion of the current state of the academic teaching profession,...
A Novel Understanding of Ecology
Abstract While it enjoins readers to embrace radically new ways of thinking about the land, Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac bids teachers in particular to identify and develop means for encouraging students to better understand and appreciate...
Applying Learning Styles in an Online Course
Abstract The paper aims to apply the literature on learning styles to develop a list of assumptions and guidelines that are further used to identify a learning style model for designing and developing a web-based course. It describes the process...
Awakening Preservice Teachers' Awareness of Privilege
Abstract Teachers in the United States are overwhelmingly White, middle class women with little experience with diversity, but the student population is approximately 40% nonwhite; therefore, most minority students are taught by White teachers....
Being Lucky-Virtual Performative Speech Acts
Abstract Learner conversations within a web-based adult online learning community for trainee London (UK) cabbies were studied and here are broadly categorised into three main conversational themes: content, process, and affect. The third theme,...
Beyond the Text: Literary Field Studies
Abstract This article contends that ecocritics need to develop an interdisciplinary, field-based methodology to fully understand works of environmental literature. A variety of methods for studying and teaching environmental literature in the field...
Collaboration across Early Childhood Special Education
Abstract This paper discusses a graduate personnel preparation program in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and how it has been sustained by fostering collaborative relationships with university personnel and the community. This paper defines...
Collaborative Teaching and Ecological Literacy
Abstract After examining Walt Whitman's "This Compost" in the context of the whole of Leaves of Grass, we see how this poem is an example of nature as teacher for the American nation recovering from the carnage of the Civil War. In order to understand...
Computers and Students with Learning Disabilities
Abstract Computers are useful tools in many aspects of our everyday lives. They are also valuable tools for students with learning disabilities. Computers are engaging, motivating, and fun for students who have trouble staying on task, and can be...
Course Design for an Introductory Science Course
Abstract This paper presents a course design for an introductory science course that encourages students to take greater responsibility for constructing their own knowledge of science with their professor and fellow students. The course includes...
Crisis-Response Discourse of Prospective Teachers
Abstract Teachers need to be aware of the social dynamics that influence learning. Examination of classroom discourse informs both instructors and their students. Described here are writing by prospective teachers during international crises and...
Demystifying Inflectional Push-Pull in ESL Pedagogy
Abstract This paper traces the historical development of English verbal inflections for a period of 1500 years covering the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Modern English phases. A selected group of verbs and their conjugations are analyzed in order to...
Designing Instructional Technology for Language Learning
Abstract The purpose of this article is to promote the consideration of a variety of options in designing technology enhanced instruction for foreign language. In doing so, it proposes a number of learning issues, theories, and questions that should...
Ecocritical Approaches to Renaissance Literature
Abstract This essay both presents educators with an overview of ecocritical approaches to Renaissance literature, as well as suggests ways they may be brought into the classroom. In particular, it provides a strategy for introducing students to...
Ecological Conscience in Hopkins's "God's Grandeur"
Abstract Arguably well ahead of his time and even ahead of our own, Gerard Manley Hopkins's poems were virtually unsung until their publication by Robert Bridges in 1918. Many of Hopkins's poems point to the sentimentality and fixation often associated...
Editorial
Teaching Environmental Literature The world at the beginning of the 21st century is in the throes of working out a new relationship with nature. For over a century, some of the finest literature has been on the place of humans in the natural world....
Emerging Learning Environments: Enhancing the Online Community
Abstract Interactive activities are imperative aspects within distributed learning environments. Electronic learning communities evolve and thrive through the appropriate and successful integration of interactive activities, wherein the learner's...
Enticing Faculty to Library Instruction Workshops
Abstract It is often difficult to engage academic faculty and staff to attend workshops about changing library technologies and resources. This article discusses a successful program, "Find it Fast: Research Tips for People in a Hurry." This instruction...
Environmental Ethics in the Composition Classroom
Abstract The college composition classroom, specifically one devoted to writing across the curriculum, is a perfect place to introduce environmental ethics as a preparation for future classes in environmental literature, After developing a basic...
Environmentalism in the Creative Writing Classroom
Abstract While the study of environmental topics has broadened over the last fifteen years, the word "environment" has narrowed. Spring 2003, I changed the name and focus of an environmental literature class to "Writing About Place" in order to...
Exploring Environmental Literature Using Electronic Portfolios
Abstract Field trips naturally enhance class experiences for students of environmental literature; technology, however, is rarely incorporated in such courses. This panel discussion chronicles how using an electronic portfolio to create an "art...
Exploring the Ecology of Food Choice
Abstract The current food system is complex and dynamic. Daily food choices have local to global impacts on the environment. A "perspectives approach" was developed to assist students in analyzing the ecology of food choice. The perspectives approach...
Extending School-to-College Programs
Abstract Many foundations and philanthropic organizations have supported special programs to assist "at-risk" students' transition to college. This report provides analyses of three programs that have extended their programs beyond high school through...
Frauds, Hoaxes and Pseudoscience: A Course in Argumentation
Abstract Lowar-division science students may have a naive view of science and a limited understanding of the role of argumentation in science. To make scientific arguments more visible, Patton designed a course, Frauds, Hoaxes and Pseudoscience,...
Getting Started with ICT Blended Learning
Abstract The emergence of web-based instructional delivery is rapidly expanding the continuum of learning environments, especially the "blended" courses that include both campus-based and online components. However, many campus-based instructors...
Grammar for Teachers: Attitudes and Aptitudes
This article discusses the role of grammar in educating Secondary English Teachers and Elementary Education Teachers with an English Concentration. The term "grammar" is difficult, with varied referents in varied contexts. Students learn to associate...
Green Guilt and the University Classroom
Abstract As we bring current environmental issues into the classroom, we risk overwhelming our students with "doomsday texts" cataloguing the ills that plague our planet. However, imaginative literature that truly brings nature to life can also...
Guidelines for Communicating with Our Most Elderly
Abstract It is crucial that we pay increasing attention to the specific needs of the expanding aging population. Based on an increasing number of elderly clients requiring assisted-living residences, the expanding costs of care, and the inability...
Increasing Information Competence in Medical School Faculty
Abstract This article compares two approaches to increasing information competence in faculty at an academic medical center and looks at possible reasons for their varying success. Approach A started with formal instruction in a classroom setting...
Information Competency for Adult Reentry Students
Abstract This paper discusses an academic library's experience with teaching in a program for adult reentry students. It chronicles the collaboration between a university library and an academic department to improve student information competencies....
In Praise of a Structuralist Pedagogy
Abstract This article seeks to provide a basis for the renewal of the teaching of structuralist methods within the study of literature. Some of the reasons for the abandoning of such methods are brought forth, and it is concluded that despite those...
James Baldwin: America's Native Son
Abstract James Baldwin's work combines autobiography and social commentary in a manner that still illuminates the thorniest race issues in the United States, including black anti-Semitism, the alienation of black youth, and the attempted silencing...
Lesson Study: A New Model of Collaboration
Abstract Lesson study is a professional development activity long favored by Japanese teachers. Successful lesson study requires collaboration among the participants. In this article, I will describe the process of lesson study and illustrate how...
Making Neuroscience Simple by Promoting Metacognition
Abstract This article describes strategies used to transform an international neuroscience initiative into an integrated service-learning component of a neural-related course. The structure of the project promoted reflective practices and experiential...
Mercy's I.C.P. Program Meets the Challenge
Abstract The issues of teacher qualifications and teacher shortages become a crisis when a state raises the requirements for teaching by stopping the practice of issuing "temporary licenses," threatening the continued employment of thousands of...
Metacognitive Awareness: Investigating Theory and Practice
Abstract Metacognitive awareness, an essential element in academic literacy, involves self-regulated learning through evaluating, monitoring, and planning. This article describes a study of how educational research on metacognition translates into...
Motivating Perspective Taking through Oral Performance
Abstract Engaging students in reflecting upon and responding to current social issues, while an excellent goal, can be difficult to achieve. This paper argues that engaging students in a perspective taking exercise that is applicable to an applied...
Moving toward Collaborative Practices in Education
Abstract This article describes the Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program, a teacher-preparation program designed to promote collaborative practices in urban schools through a school university partnership. We discuss how the...
Multimedia Learning Environments for Early Readers
Abstract The study examines various practices in using computer-based multimedia in reading instruction. Forty-two second grade students, selected from a rural Midwestern elementary school, were randomly assigned to three groups: traditional, structured...
Pope and the Rhetoric of Natural Phenomena
Abstract An expanded curriculum for a study of the environment in eighteenth-century poetry includes those works in which natural phenomena appear to play a secondary rather than a primary role. Pope's "Epistles to Several Persons" or "Moral Essays"...
Problems in the Writing Center
Abstract This article discusses a problem in the writing center: for a variety of reasons, tutors are unable to help students with discipline-specific writing as much as they--and students and professors--would like. After examining the reasons...
Professional Development: Starting University District Partnerships
Abstract This study examines the results of an Institute providing professional development in inclusive education for teachers and school personnel in "high need" school districts. The Institute was presented as a preliminary step in the establishment...
Providing Scientific Information to Children with Dyslexia
Abstract Researchers are making progress understanding the genetic and neurological causes of dyslexia. But with this information comes the challenge of making it practical and useful. One way to do this is to talk to children with dyslexia about...
Ranging Widely to Find Home
Abstract This essay chronicles the variety of courses that I have taught over a fifteen-year period that either focus on nature-oriented literature or include it in other types of courses. The examples range from first-year composition to advanced...
Reading and Auditory Processing Collaborative Project
Abstract This article describes year one of an ongoing project initiated to encourage collaboration among university and public school educators to improve instruction in reading and auditory processing. The Reading and Auditory Processing Project...
Re-Certification of Temporary Certified Teachers
Abstract Effective February 2002, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires that teachers be recertified every five years with the completion of professional development plan. Teachers are required to develop a five-year plan that includes...
Science Curriculum Reform for Education Majors
Abstract From 1998-2001 Coastal Carolina University changed how two science courses were taught to Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors. Neither the biology course nor the physics course significantly changed preservice students attitudes...
Second Language Literacy and Communicative Activity
Abstract This article presents the development of critical literacy in English as a second language (ESL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) learners as contingent upon interaction in communities of practice, rather than based solely on the...
Shared Insights from University Co-Teaching
Abstract Many educators across all levels of teaching and disciplines are exploring new ways of collaborating and effectively delivering instruction to diverse groups of students. In this article, we describe our experience with university co-teaching...
Simultaneous Renewal: When Interns Serve as Substitutes
Abstract Our paper highlights ongoing research and program development related to service learning within a Professional Development School (PDS) Network. Teaching interns selected to serve as substitutes at their various school sites so their mentors...
Successful Service Learning: The Inside Track
Abstract Provides an overview of what service learning is, the vision and benefits of service learning, keys to successfully implement a service learning project into course curriculum, and describes an example course designed to prepare students...
Tapping Multiple Voices in Writing Center Assessment
Abstract In an effort to enhance the quality and quantity of writing center assessments, we turn in particular to Cindy Johanek, whose contextualist research paradigm provides us with a specific framework to guide our efforts to measure the impact...
Teaching American Environmental Literature Abroad
Abstract An effective strategy for teaching American environmental literature to an international audience uses a bioregional approach, rather than a chronological or thematic one, which enables students to understand the geographic as well as literary/cultural...
Teaching Conflict through Multiple Rhetorical Stances
Abstract After September 11, teaching freshman composition classes focused on traditional modes of argument seemed incomplete and socially irresponsible. While rhetorical persuasion is a valuable skill deeply embedded in American and academic cultures,...
Teaching Environmental Imagination
Abstract In his path-breaking book, The Environmental Imagination, Lawrence Buell argues that changes in environmental policy and action depend upon changes in the ways we imagine the world around us and our relation to it. Building on this book...
Teaching Ethnic American Literary Anthologies
Abstract By comparing and contrasting the elements of W.W. Norton and Company's two ethnic American anthologies--The Norton Anthology of African American Literature and Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology--I show that Norton prefers one...
Teaching Mindfully: Discerning Vocation and Call
In Hebrew scriptures, the great patriarchs and prophets usually struggle to recognize God's call. A student-teacher relationship is often the vital key to discerning vocation. The relationship between Eli, the temple priest at Shiloh in the eleventh...
Teaching the 9/11 Tragedy and the Arts
Abstract This paper examines a first-year composition course that began with a unit considering the 9/11 tragedy and the arts. The course then moved to consider western and multicultural perspectives on the arts. The paper argues that instructors...
The Nature of Knowledge in Web-Based Learning Environments
Abstract A number of pedagogical concerns have arisen as a result of student enabled instructive strategies. As more sources produce more information available in the online environment, the nature of knowledge becomes more relative. Students need...
The Rhetoric of Online Conferencing
Abstract Despite the ubiquitous concern for improving student online communication and learning, many writing center scholars are unsure whether or not to foray into this often confusing world of pedagogical pros and cons. Some feel that issues...
The TOP System for Environmental Management Instruction
Abstract The case study method can be very useful in environmental management instruction, as well as in other teaching contexts. This is because the method is holistic and provides an in-depth view of situations and events, which is the kind of...
Timely, Again: Tolkien's Fantastic Ecology
Abstract Given the enduring academic and pop-culture acceptance of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the question of how that work can be read and taught is timely as ever. This article therefore models a process by which instructors can demonstrate...
Wordsworth's Environmental Ethics
Abstract William Wordsworth posits a link between nature and ethics that is an important part of an environmental education. According to Wordsworth, solitary experiences in nature can engender a sense of fear and beauty that, properly remembered...
Writing Centers: The Student Retention Connection
Abstract Writing Center programs have long integrated many of the factors retention researchers have indicated as contributing to student retention in higher education. However, neither writing center nor retention scholarship has discussed this...
Writing Center Theory & Tutoring Pedagogy Disjunction
Abstract Writing center theory is assumed to influence peer tutoring pedagogy. In reality, the latter appears to be influenced more by institutional and social concerns than by theory. This paper explores the theory-pedagogy disjunction and details...
Writing like a Transcendentalist
Abstract Thoreau's Walden presents a teaching challenge: students expect to enjoy a celebrated environmental book but then are disappointed when they find it repetitive and inaccessible. This article traces the development of a writing assignment...