Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring

Approaches to Language
In his Maximes, La Rochefoucauld reminds us that "language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms." Through language, we communicate with our fellow human beings, expressing our emotions, thoughts, and desires. To learn another language...
A Writing/publishing Project in a French Class
Abstract The purpose of implementing a student-centered writing and publishing project in an intermediate French curriculum, was to give students an opportunity to engage in meaningful writing in the target language. In a survey, students assessed...
Capacity Building through Service Learning
Abstract This paper explores how two university-based service learning programs enhance capacity building in the community. Analyzing the service learning programs in two universities, respectively at the University of Central Florida and Eastern...
Citizenship and Service Learning
Abstract Research on service learning often fails to distinguish between service learning projects that increase students' social connections to their communities and service learning projects that deepen students' political connections to their...
Cognitive Factors in Children's L1 and L2 Reading
Abstract This study aims to identify the similarities and differences in cognitive and metacognitive skills employed by native English (NE) speakers and English (L2) learners at the elementary school level, and how these skills relate to their reading...
Commissioned Assignments in Environmental Policy
Abstract This paper outlines the communication process surrounding a commissioned assignment in an upper-level technical writing class. The commissioned assignment reflects the new interdisciplinary model of technical communication for environmental...
Community-Based Learning and Social Justice
Abstract This is a reflective essay on the ways in which community-based learning (CBL) enriches the work life of a faculty member who retains working-class roots and an interest in social justice. Using examples from courses and applied research...
Community Service Self-Efficacy: Research Review
Abstract The Community Service Self-Efficacy Scale (CSSES) measures the person's confidence in his or her own ability to make clinically significant contributions to the community through service. In the first section, research supporting self-efficacy...
Competency, Readiness, and Online Learning
Abstract This study investigates the effect of technology competencies and online readiness on preservice teachers' online learning experiences and preferences. A total of 99 preservice English teachers formed the sample of this study. The study...
Counseling Interns Learning Lessons of Life
Abstract Service Learning has long been a key component of the counseling internship at the University of Houston Clear Lake. However, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita swept the interns up into the winds of service learning on the levels of education,...
Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning
Abstract This case study considers inclusive practice in learning and teaching in the context of session design and delivery in the foreign language classroom, focusing on a dyslexic student. It suggests that in a subject whose core intended learning...
Elena's Passion: ESL Learning as TESOL Method
Abstract As colleges continue to serve linguistically diverse populations, one of their greatest needs is to identify effective methods for Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL). This teacher's narrative about how her language...
Engaging and Assessing Students in Online Courses
Abstract The current article discusses how to capitalize on the tools in online course management programs (e.g., WebCT, Blackboard, etc.) in order to engage students and assess student learning and performance. By using these tools appropriately,...
Enhancing Language & Culture Learning through P2P
Abstract A variety of digital realia available on Peer-to-Peer networks (P2P), such as Emule, KaZaa and Bittorrent, can enhance the learning process for students of foreign language and culture, and the quality of the instructor's teaching. The...
ESL College Writing in the Mainstream Classroom
Abstract Some attention has been given to non-native writers' performance in the ESL classroom, but no studies to my knowledge have examined ESL student writers' achievement in the mainstream college classroom. With a survey of college writing instructors,...
Factors for Adopting the Internet for Instruction
Abstract In this study the factors that influenced faculty in the decision to adopt the Internet for instruction at a southeastern United States university were examined. The main purpose was to determine the personal, social, and organizational...
Forgotten Alumni: Online Learners as Donors
Abstract The article encourages university development officials and leaders in the field of distance education to actively view online learners as future members of the alumni community. This paper synthesizes literature related to alumni giving,...
Fostering Service-Learning in Teacher Preparation
Abstract Service-learning is often used as an instructional strategy in social studies methods courses at the university level. Teacher candidates engage in service-learning projects through community organizations working with children and families....
Functional Grammar in EFL Literary Translation
Abstract Translation of literary texts in their first language offers students of English as a foreign language a unique opportunity to develop further their skills and style of written expression in English. The application of functional grammar...
Instructor-Student Interaction: Form/meaning Chat
Abstract This article reports on the Instructor-Student (IS) dynamic in two synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) environments, one form-and-meaning focused (FMF) and one meaning-focused (MF), in terms of instructor-marginalization...
Joyce's "The Dead"-Teaching and Critical Theory
Abstract Questions about the rightful place of critical theory in literature courses complicate teachers' decisions regarding theory in their classrooms. My experience of teaching Joyce's "The Dead" at three levels of undergraduate literary study...
Mood Selection: A Look at Northern Nevada Latinos
Abstract This study investigates the stability of Spanish among various Spanish-speaking generations of Latinos in Reno, Nevada by studying mood selection. The goal of the study is two-fold: 1) to present an empirical analysis of Spanish subjunctive...
More Grammar Gaps
Abstract As a teacher of teachers, I must address whether or how grammar belongs in instruction. The official National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) position, against formal grammar teaching, is that most honored in U.S. practice. However,...
MPBL: Equipping the African University Lecturer
Abstract Modified Problem-Based Learning (mPBL) can be useful to the African university because it enables the lecturer to transmit to the African learner critical skills needed to work with others in groups, organizations and communities to solve...
Nature and Use of Curriculum in Special Education
Abstract This study reports the results of a district-wide survey about the nature and use of special education curriculum. Findings indicate that (a) special education teachers believe that the IEP constitutes the curriculum for students with disabilities;...
Online Pedagogy: Beyond Digital "Chalk and Talk"
Abstract Courseware provides efficient data-management for higher education; however, less clear are the ways it serves pedagogical innovation and democratic practice. This article illustrates the challenges of creating an authentic online pedagogy...
Philosophy across Prison Walls
Abstract At the intersection of prison education with service-learning courses, university students discover the humanity of inmates via the latter's principled concern with ethics and morality. Service learning becomes opposition to our prison...
Possibilities or Problems Who's to Say
Abstract Critical pedagogy is teaching which aims to help students identify and disrupt the social systems which perpetuate inequity. This essay details the experiences of a teacher, school, and community surrounding a critical pedagogy writing...
Promoting Faculty Commitment to Distance Learning
Abstract Despite the rapid growth of distance learning programs, faculty are often resistant to moving their courses into a distance learning format. This manuscript synthesizes the sources of concern among resistant faculty as identified in the...
Re-Envisioning Asynchronous Communication
Abstract Facilitating a collaborative community in an online class takes a delicate balance of technology and personal communication. This article explores the use of asynchronous communication tools, including threaded discussions, announcements,...
Reflection and Validity in Qualitative Research
Abstract Examples from two ethnographic studies illustrate how reflection is essential in order to perceive the truth of others. The first example describes how cultural misunderstandings between Moroccans and Canadians living in a small Israeli...
Self-Determination in Adolescent Bilingualism
Abstract This article describes a short-term immersion experience of an American teenager learning his heritage language (HL) in Japan. The learner's pre-test and post-test results indicated little linguistic gain in vocabulary and speaking from...
Service-Learning
This special issue features a variety of scholarly articles that explore applied research on service-learning and its potential for expanding student learning, improving communities, and building bridges across cultural/social/geopolitical boundaries....
Service Learning Abroad and Global Citizenship
Abstract Service learning courses present unique challenges, including developing community partnerships, assessing and meeting community needs, and balancing academic learning requirements and personal growth experiences for students. These challenges...
Service Learning among Students with EBD
Abstract Students with emotional and behavioral disturbance require social skills instruction. One experiential learning method which encourages the development of social skills is service learning. Service learning projects can provide an opportunity...
Service-Learning and Student Attitudes
Abstract This study sought to investigate the effects of the Lighthouse Partnership After-School Service-Learning Program on middle school students' attitudes and actions related to social and academic responsibility. Results indicated that the...
Service-Learning and Teacher Empowerment
Abstract This article presents a study conducted with 10 graduate students who were enrolled in a Masters of Bilingual Education Program and were full-time K-12 teachers. The participants completed an Instructional Theory course in which service-learning...
Service-Learning & College Student Success
Abstract This study investigates the linkages between service-learning, academic and social integration and undergraduate persistence. Results reveal that first-year college students who engaged in service-learning had significantly higher levels...
Service-Learning Synergy in Teacher Education
Abstract Service-learning provided synergy at one regional, state university through redesign of teacher preparation programs supported by a Board of Regents grant. In an introductory teacher education course, the Jumpstart university-affiliate...
Sharing CAT Memories: Numbers as Words as Songs
Abstract The incidence of computers in translation ranges from the rather unsuccessful attempts to attain a Fully Automatic High Quality Machine Translation to the current widespread usage of translation memories. Gone are the years of vast government...
Speech Adaptation and Situational Optimality
Abstract Language serves as a primary means of human adaptation. This paper critically examines attempts to identify certain phonological aspects of language systems as particularly adaptive. These postulate that the CV (consonant plus vowel) syllable...
Standards in Internet-Based Newspaper Project
Abstract This paper discusses a study exploring the Internet as a tool to address Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Data were collected from student productions during an Internet-based newspaper project in an advanced, college-level Japanese...
Strategies for Gifted Second Language Learners
Abstract Gifted second language learners deserve an optimal learning environment in which to develop talent. Direct grammar instruction capitalizes on the strengths of high-ability students allowing them to form their understanding of the structure...
Students Researching Victorian Short Fiction
Abstract Though short fiction has recently begun to appear in anthologies of Victorian literature, the genre is relatively unexplored. Considering the vast number of short stories published during the Victorian age, the genre provides an ideal opportunity...
Studying le Ballon Rouge with False Beginners
Abstract False beginners--students who take beginning classes but who are not true beginners--populate both first- and second-year university foreign language classes, posing a unique challenge to their teachers. This problem is especially acute...
Subversion: Teaching a Blue Novel in a Red State
Abstract In an increasingly conservative climate, teachers may need to recognize that the potentially objectionable language and possibility of moral uncertainty in some novels contradict the clarity and conviction that some students expect from...
Teaching as Acting and Directing
Abstract It is important that English professors teach literature in novel ways which will help students acquire skills they need to interpret texts. I believe that the professor can play the role of the buffoon and the director when teaching literature...
Teaching Fiction Using Tangible Questions
Abstract Approaches to teaching fiction vary since instructors might disagree as to what and how exactly should be taught and later tested. I believe it is possible for students to discuss a literary text without prior knowledge of literary theory...
Technocomplacency: The Spellchecker and Learning
Abstract Is the electronic spellchecker a bane or a blessing? [1] This article discusses the emerging technology-engendered problem of complacency and its impact on conventional spelling and, by extension, on learning and information provision in...
The Electronic Dissemination of Research Findings
Abstract Research findings can now be published by anyone on the Web, but electronic journals are needed to provide scientific and scholarly filtration. Higher degree theses or dissertations are also being published electronically. This has created...
The Evolution of a Service-Learning Course
Abstract A natural fit in a Construction Management capstone course is the active pedagogical approach of service-learning; however, as a faculty member who is interested in issues related to diversity and cultural awareness, the combining of the...
The Study of Service-Learning as a Moral Matter
Abstract If moral development is a hoped for consequence of engagement in service-learning, any adequate construction and/or evaluation of service-learning programs requires a complete and comprehensive understanding of the moral situation. The...
Updating How We Teach (French) Literary Movements
Abstract Our students who increasingly appear daunted by literature can benefit from understanding that the definition of literary movements presents a challenge for established critics just as it does for them. This article presents pedagogical...
Weblogs Transform Service-Learning Reflection
Abstract In every service-learning project, the component of reflection is an integral aspect of the learning process. Intentional, systematic reflection of the experience must take place for students to make that critical connection between the...

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