Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer

A Conceptual Study of Visual Training Methods
Abstract This paper proposes a research study to investigate the effects of two visual training methods on the productivity of new workers on an assembly line at a wood products plant in Banjarmasin, Indonesia. In the Banjarmasin plant, informal...
Adopt a School
Abstract The purpose of this "Adopt a School" project is to provide organized service activities that identify and provide health and safety programs and services to the top two poverty-stricken elementary schools within the local school district....
Analysis of Literature Seminar Web Sites
Abstract This is a review of the use of the WWW for classroom-based literature seminars. Due to the complexity of those seminars, both teaching and learning are challenging tasks. Can dedicated Web sites help meet those challenges? What can they...
Analyzing Student Journals in a Service-Learning Course
Abstract Most service-learning courses utilize the amount of reflection in student journals as a means of assessing learning. This qualitative study analyzes student service-learning journals in a first year experience program. Intended outcomes...
Applying Film Theory in Teaching Fiction
Abstract To augment the traditional analysis of a literary text, teachers may consider applying concepts from film theory to a literary work. Often film theory concepts appeal to highly visual students and provide a framework to thoroughly discuss...
Appropriating Literature in Foreign Language Classrooms
Abstract This paper suggests that second language classrooms need to account for the discourse processes involved in learning a second language as well as in the fostering of an interactive reading of literature (Liaw, 2001). Implications for classroom...
At War, with Shakespeare-Student Development
Abstract First-year students' causal analysis of the September 11 attacks led to a study of English majors' thinking about war in an undergraduate Shakespeare course. The analysis of their responses to short surveys was based on categories of students'...
Beginning Teachers and Service-Learning: Lessons Learned
Abstract This article presents the results of a case study of a beginning special education teacher as she implemented service-learning methods in her classroom. As a part of the case study, teacher education faculty assisted and supported the beginning...
Bridging the Gap for Pre-Service Teachers
Abstract Service-learning has proven to be an effective pedagogical approach to improving the teaching and learning environment. While many projects have focused on the impact of this method on student learning in general, fewer studies have looked...
Coaching a High School Science Olympiad Team
Abstract Each year thousands of high school science teachers serve as Science Olympiad coaches. These teacher-coaches mentor and assist students who compete in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and technology events at this extra curricular...
Communication as Critical Inquiry in Service-Learning
Abstract Service-learning courses offer the opportunity for students to make sense of the social world by recognizing its political and ethical dimensions through practical engagement in community problems. This paper presents pedagogical resources...
Community Collaboration to Support Reentry Adult Women
Abstract The term "reentry woman" is used to describe adult women re-entering educational institutions after an absence ranging from a few years to as many as 35 years and more. While the literature describes the common barriers and challenges to...
Deadline Reporting: Terrorism on September 11
Abstract As the eyes and ears of the community, journalists must cover disasters--natural and man-made. Yet it's difficult to teach students how to cover a tragedy or how to write a story under harrowing circumstances in the classroom setting, where...
Developing Just Citizens in Australia
Abstract Community service is a core activity for Australian universities. Therefore, the effectiveness with which universities interact with the communities they seek to serve has become a critical success factor in higher education. This article...
Didactics and Entertainment on Eighteenth Century Hungarian Stage
Abstract Professional stage in Hungary was established in 1790. The four decades leading to 1790 meant fast, radical and manyfold change of school theatres. Didactics belonging closely to school theatre had to be kept but was evidently in change....
Diversity Research as Service Learning
Abstract Service learning initiatives at urban commuter institutions with Ethnic Studies perspectives may take alternative forms, while still sharing the goal of making education meaningful for students by connecting theory, practice, and lived...
Effect of Language Program on Behavior
Abstract A quasi-experimental design was used to compare the social adjustment (i.e., behavior) of 21 children who received the Language for Learning program with those of 24 children enrolled in a comparison school. Results indicated that instruction...
Emergency Room Mode-A Service-Learning Case
Abstract This study examines the outcomes of a two-part service learning project in a summer practicum for English as Second Language (ESL) teacher endorsement candidates. First, 10 mainstream K12 teachers with 2 to 30 years' experience needed practice...
Enriching Economics Education Though Service-Learning
Abstract Teacher-to-Teacher mini-grants were made available to College of Education faculty interested in implementing service-learning in their methods courses during the 2002-2003 school years. A grant proposal was written and accepted to support...
Excellent Teachers: Exploring Constructions of Teaching
Abstract This study is a qualitative project. Its findings are grounded in the professional experience of secondary teachers acknowledged and recommended by their principals as excellent teachers. A cohort of twenty teachers was identified by the...
Foreign Language Anxiety and Student Attrition
Abstract This study examined the role of anxiety in predicting student attrition in foreign language courses at the college level. Participants were 259 students enrolled in Spanish, French, German, or Japanese introductory, intermediate, and advanced...
Fostering a Sense of Justice through International Service-Learning
Abstract This article addresses the question about how international service-learning programs can contribute to fostering a sense of justice in students. The data presented derives from a series of semi-structured interviews, observations, informal...
Frankenstein Meets Maslow
Abstract "Frankenstein Meets Maslow" details the academic exchange between colleagues (an English and a Nursing professor) when an English student writes a cross-disciplinary analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, within the framework of Maslow's...
Generating Social Capital in Schools through Service-Learning
Abstract This article explores the relationship between service-learning and the development of social capital, particularly the expansion and deepening of social networks for children. Drawing on ethnographic data gathered from five rural schools...
Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Students with Disabilities
Abstract The proliferation of both special education and inclusion in schools has prompted teacher preparation programs throughout the country to provide both courses and field experience relevant to inclusive education. While many of the student...
Is Service Learning Making the Grade?
Abstract Studies that have examined the effect of service learning on academic learning have produced equivocal findings, feeding the reluctance of some teachers to change their customary instructional methods. This article presents the methods...
Learning Preferences/instruction in General Chemistry
Abstract Correlations between students' auditory, visual and tactile-kinesthetic learning preferences, traditional and non-traditional course components and levels of success in General Chemistry have been assessed. Tactile-kinesthetic learners...
Learning-Style Perceptual Preferences of Bruneian Students
Abstract This manuscript describes a comprehensive research project in which the teaching styles of 22 Bruneian primary- and 185 secondary-school teachers were compared with the learning styles of their respective primary (n = 282) and secondary...
Mentoring as Service-Learning for Undergraduates
Abstract Service-learning can play a critical role in the professional development of college students majoring in the social sciences. Moreover, it can strengthen relationships between college campuses and communities. We describe the results of...
Middlemarch: Martyrs to Circumstances
Abstract Middlemarch is a web of positive and negative reconciliations in political, social, marital and personal spheres of life. In teaching the novel, students' responses to the social, moral and psychological problems, which are encountered,...
Night Train's Dark Lesson
Abstract Upon occasion evaluated dismissively as mere pop novel, and thus unworthy of serious academic response, Martin Amis's Night Train nonetheless provides a remarkably effective tool for introducing postmodernist notions in general literature...
Novel Pedagogies
Abstract What happens in a genre cource when you leave your "generic" syllabus behind? This narrative delineates the use of unconventional methods in two novel course, calling for pedaagogy change in college classrooms. ********** The challenges...
On the Road to Education for Democracy
Abstract Democracy is the ongoing work of people to create and recreate the places where they live and the communities that anchor their lives. A democratic society is fundamentally dependent upon an educated and activated citizenry. Community service...
Opera as an Intervention for Rural Public School Children
Abstract In the present climate of reduced budgets for the arts and education, the continuing challenge is to provide increased cultural opportunities for rural public school children. By enhancing traditional opera performances with experiential...
Pathways to Intergenerational Understanding
Abstract Changing demographics are dictating a need for increased understanding between the generations. An academic environment is fertile ground for providing experiences to foster this understanding and service-learning can have an important...
Profile of Learning through Service: Assessment
Abstract Service Learning has the potential to help students grow and develop personally in several areas. However, documenting its effectiveness has been a slower process than documenting its practice. The challenge is finding effective ways to...
Reflecting on the Good Life: Intergenerational Dialogue
Abstract This manuscript describes a course designed for incoming students as an introduction to liberal arts education, which proposes a close relationship between ethics and aesthetics, between "the good" and "the beautiful." Students are exposed...
Renaming the World: Freeman's Revolt of Mother
Abstract This paper shows how a stylistic approach of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's "The Revolt o 'Mother'" best articulates Mrs. Penn's self-assertion and appropriation of male discourse. Indeed Mrs. Penn's increasing control of language and assertion...
Role-Playing a Legend in Virtual Reality
Abstract This paper reports a case study of 13 college students engaging in a role-play activity of a Maui legend in the synchronous web-based virtual reality environment. Immersed in the virtual space of Maui Island and the authentic cultural environment,...
Service-Learning: Empowering Students with Special Needs
Abstract Traditionally students with special needs have been viewed as recipients and beneficiaries of service-learning projects. This article demonstrates that service-learning pedagogy can be used to transform the traditional "deficit" model into...
Service-Learning for Understanding Human Exceptionality
Abstract This investigation examined the service-learning component of an undergraduate human exceptionality course. One section of the course utilized an unlimited choice (UC) approach in which students were instructed to design and implement a...
Service Learning: Implementation and Evaluation in a Pharmacy Curriculum
Abstract Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy (MUSSP) incorporated a structured service learning program into its curriculum. Goals and requirements for the service learning experience were established and approved by the school of pharmacy....
Service-Learning in Preservice Teacher Education
Abstract This national study was designed to gain an understanding of the status of service-learning in teacher education programs. Results indicate that service-learning is introduced to preservice teachers in the majority of teacher education...
Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN) and Deaf Culture
Abstract In this article, we give an impression of the development of Deaf culture as a subject taught to student-teachers and student-interpreters of Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN). One specific problem for students of any sign language...
Teaching between the Genres
Abstract It has become commonplace in the development of literature courses to take into account the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of works and writers chosen. While not sacrificing or de-emphasizing this important post-canonical reality,...
Teaching K. A. Porter's "That Tree"
Abstract Susan Lanser's poetics of point of view provides sound basis for the unveiling of the deeper layers of significance embedded behind the formal properties of a literary text. By applying her theory to the analysis of Porter's "That Tree",...
Teaching Mindfully: Learning and Teaching through Story-Telling
The well-known Catholic monk and writer Thomas Merton called the Bhagavad-gita (also called the Gitopanisad) "the main literary support for the great religious civilization of India, the oldest surviving culture in the world." [1] According to Srila...
Teaching Multiculturalism Post-9/11
Abstract The virtues and vices of multiculturalism have come under renewed scrutiny as Americans struggle to come to terms with 9/11, as my recent experience teaching an English course on the subject attests. In November 2001 I offered a 1-hour...
Teaching Statistics Courses: Some Important Considerations
Abstract Most college students from the behavioral and social sciences are required to enroll in at least one statistics course. Unfortunately, many of these students often attain lower levels of achievement in these courses than in their other...
Teaching the Novel and Short Fiction
As a privileged instrument of creativity involving the relationships between our experiences and our awareness of those experiences, the novel manifests itself in a variety of psychological, historical, sociological, political, autobiographical, speculative,...
Teaching the Novel in Context
One of my aims when teaching the novel is to draw students' attention to the intricate relationships between text and context, and I operate from the assumption that greater historical awareness produces illuminating readings of novels. To prepare...
Technology Professional Development: A Case Study
Abstract This study examined the outcomes of a technology professional development initiative for elementary teachers. The professional development model used cohort collaboration, multiple strategies, and job embedded experiences to help teachers...
The Government's Efforts to Improve Reading of Young Children
Abstract This paper reviews four major initiatives to improve early reading and literacy programs in the U.S.: (1) Title One Reading, (2) Reading Excellence Act, (3) Even Start Family Literacy Program, and (4) Leave No Child Behind Act. Through...
The Mind as a Novel Metaphor
Abstract When teaching novels in graduate and undergraduate courses can miss many of the complex interrelationships that occur between various elements of a story. An author's craft is to bring together divergent features to achieve an overall outcome...
The Potential for Service-Learning
In recent years there has been an unprecedented degree of public examination and criticism of the American higher education system, with its knowledge-generation status, funding supports, instructional practices, and curricular offerings coming under...
The Unteaching of Literature: We Murder to Dissect
Abstract The current approach to the teaching of imaginative literature is designed to maintain what seems to be a professional necessity: the distinction between the capacities of teacher and student to respond to literature. However, the fact...
The Wellspring: Historical Writing Project
Abstract Onekama Middle School teachers and students have embarked upon a three-part service learning project involving sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in four classes: English, Computer Applications, Social Studies, and Michigan History....
Undergraduate Research as Community Service
Abstract Service learning has not yet gained wide acceptance at research universities. Here we present a model of combining research and service learning at an urban research institution. The Community Based Research Institute is an interdisciplinary...
Using Technology to Enhance Service-Learning Reflections
Abstract The purpose is to describe a 15-hour classroom and web-based service-learning intervention offered Fall, 2002 to volunteer registered nurses studying for advanced degrees in a publicly supported university located in Manhattan, New York....
Values Gaps among Faculty and Administrators
Abstract Undergraduate faculty and administrators were surveyed regarding their perceived academic values, using an adaptation of the SERVQUAL Scale. Gap analysis results on differences in ideal versus university values are reported for both groups....
Visual Literacy after 9/11
Abstract Both the events of September 11 and the media images now associated with that day underscore the importance of focusing on visual literacy in college writing courses. Students need to be able to examine images critically and to recognize...
What Educators Should Know about HIV?
Abstract HIV in children has presented substantial challenges to those that plan for and provide educational and social services. In addition to complications associated with immunologic compromise, developmental disabilities are feared consequences...
Why Teachers Should Also Write
Abstract Teachers are not simply transmitters of disciplinary information but veterans initiating outsiders into disciplinary ideas and ways of thinking and communicating. After examining two alternative approaches to a constructivist model of instruction,...
Writing the Self through Service, a Dietetic Ethics
Abstract In this paper, the writer offers an approach to writing ethical arguments that depends on service-learning. Ethical thinking and writing are often associated with pure theory, dogmatism, and the enforcement of normative morality; however,...
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