Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer

A Constructivist Pathway to Teacher Leadership
Abstract Creating lasting top down educational reform to date can be summarized as, at best, problematic. In this article we report progress on an alternative path to sustainable reform. Specifically, we share results of a longitudinal study of...
Action Research in School Leadership Programs
Abstract Educational leadership programs are being challenged for not adequately preparing school leaders. Programs are too theoretical and totally unrelated to the daily demands on contemporary principals. The coursework is poorly sequenced and...
AgriProp: Ecological Propaganda
Abstract AgriProp is a collaborative project merging students from architecture and graphic design to bring environmental statements and a call-to-action into a public forum. Students worked in teams of four to build a mobile installation that combines...
A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Leadership
Abstract This paper argues the case for a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach to the learning and teaching of Leadership. The problems confronting two very different leaders, Mordechai Rumkowski and Josephine Baker, are suggested and discussed...
A Search for Reciprocity: Service and Learning
Abstract As professors teaching science, math, and social studies methods we found ourselves at the end of each semester reflecting on our preservice teachers' practicum experiences. As we reviewed the methodology of each course we determined the...
Assessing Beliefs: The Epistemological Scenario
Abstract Epistemological beliefs are difficult to measure because they are covert, unconscious, and because effect of context or domain on beliefs is unclear. Current research on epistemological beliefs has primarily used three methods of data collection:...
Authentic Leadership in the College Classroom
Abstract As leadership continues to grow as an academic area of study at universities across the nation, leadership educators continue to create and modify curriculum that represents the current discipline of leadership. This article explores the...
Beyond Facts: Service-Learning and Asian History
Abstract Study of East Asian history in a community college survey course can be effectively enhanced and deepened by including appropriate service-learning assignments. Three model sites--the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, the Oregon Nikkei...
Challenges Facing Pre-Service Secondary Teachers
Abstract The development of a sense of community is important in secondary classrooms if students are going to be able to explore and develop sophisticated mathematical reasoning. This longitudinal study was conducted over eight years and examined...
Challenging Student Teachers' Images of Teaching
Abstract An increased knowledge of student teachers' prior beliefs about teaching allows teacher education programs to guide them in reflecting on, confronting, and challenging prior beliefs and values, if necessary. Autobiographies written by a...
Children's Perceptions of the Heroic Ideal
Abstract A fifteen-year longitudinal study about student perceptions of heroes reveals a significant difference based on gender, grade level, and academic placement of the participants. Of the 1524 students surveyed, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)...
Civic and Political Leadership Education
Abstract Unique in its demands as a system of governance, democracy requires active citizen leadership to be successful. Citizen leadership, in turn, requires engagement based on knowledge and action. Therefore, civic and political education is...
Coming Home: Writing about Connections
Abstract The alternative library exercise described here is an interactive, librarian-directed activity that introduces first semester freshmen to the university library and its electronic databases. This exercise, which facilitates the integration...
Communication Service-Learning Work Themes
Abstract This study examines the words students used to describe their affective experiences in an organizational communication course service-learning project as they link to work-related themes. The study found that students were able to connect...
Community Projects in a Senior Capstone Course
Abstract Working in groups, students in a senior-level capstone class completed service learning projects addressing specific needs of community agencies. Students were generally positive about the extent to which course objectives were met and...
Computer Mediated Communication in Textiles
Abstract This study explored some aspects of computer mediated communication (CMC) in a web-based textile science class offered at the university level. Results suggest the CMC elements of popular press, online readings with a posted discussion...
Democracy in the Classroom?
Abstract Democracy is a highly desirable but contested concept in education. However, little is known about how current and future educators perceive, experience and relate to democracy, which could have a significant impact on how students learn...
Early Reading Development in Adult ELLs
Abstract ESL programs that work with older English language learners (ELLs) are experiencing an influx of students who lack basic literacy skills in either their native language or English. One area of research that has not been fully explored is...
Educational Beliefs and the Learning Environment
Abstract This paper explores the formative context within which students' beliefs develop, the nature of student beliefs, and the relationship of these beliefs to the learning environment. These 'beliefs' and 'learning environment' concepts will...
Ethical Leadership: A Case Study Framework
Abstract The case study method is proposed as a pedagogical approach to encourage and support dialogue and reflection on the role of values and ethics in educational leadership. In this paper, a case study is introduced and analyzed using four domains...
Evaluating New Technology for Staff Development
Abstract This study evaluated professional development workshops delivered to eight partner school districts by interactive video conferencing (IVC), a technology new to these districts. This study focused on attendees' (a) beliefs about their IVC...
Experience Design Methodology: The Four Questions
Abstract An approach to developing a research method course for user experience design is discussed. The interplay between objective scientific study and interpretive humanistic inquiry is readily seen in this emergent field. A framework based on...
Follower Perceptions of Leader Classroom Behavior
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of leader/follower gender and how gender similarities/differences impact ratings of leader behavior. In a sample of 318 undergraduates, males saw their professors as exhibiting more transactional...
Future Outlook among African American Students
Abstract The study examined attitudes toward the future as a potential contributor to discrepancies in school achievement among 16 low-income, urban African American adolescents. Higher achieving students expressed more positive attitudes toward...
Integral Multidisciplinary Leadership Learning
Abstract In this article we map intersections of theory and practice that arose through collaborations among three professors of leadership and one student. Our descriptions of this collaboration cut across distinctive professional orientations,...
Internship Reflections on Critical Incidents
Abstract Emerging research on instructional leadership must address the thinking that underlies the exercise of leadership, not simply describe discrete behaviors of effective leaders. This article describes the use of critical incident technique...
Involving Latino Families in Literacy
Abstract This qualitative study reports on the family literacy component of a reading improvement program conducted as a partnership between an elementary school and university along the Texas-Mexico border. Family participants were 100 percent...
Lessons in Ekphrasis: Writing and Analysis
Abstract The literary representation of visual art, ekphrasis, is proposed as a vantage point from which to teach literature and creative writing. Brief historical and theoretical overviews are provided as well as practical exercises and activities,...
More Discipline(s) with Qualitative Methods
Abstract This paper shows how I use scholarship from many disciplines to teach qualitative methods in sociology. Incorporating work from other disciplines into the course helps students become better researchers and better sociology students. On...
Motivational Profiles of Korean Language Learners
Abstract The present study is an initial attempt to empirically investigate the demographic data of Korean language learners. The study administered questionnaires to a larger group of students to ascertain Korean language learners' prior exposure...
Parallel Scheduling, Transforming Performance
Abstract Parallel block scheduling is a method employed in elementary schools to help reduce the student-to-teacher ratio in core academic areas such as reading and mathematics. Students are constantly moving in and out of the classroom while missing...
Perceptions of Web-Mediated Peer Assessment
Abstract Previous studies have revealed that peer pressure is a factor in negative student perceptions of peer assessment. In this study, a web-mediated system was utilized to facilitate peer assessment and provide anonymity minimizing the impact...
Practicing to Teach: Oral History in Education
Abstract Since 2000, two teacher educators have collaborated to develop and implement an interdisciplinary service-learning project in which senior-level teacher candidates have participated. Oral history provides the vehicle for service-learning....
Putting an Ethical Frame on Problem Solving
Abstract Developing morally competent school leaders requires more than the inclusion of ethics into a set of standards. What are needed are practical and useful models that are clearly applicable to the future work of educational leadership candidates....
Reading Partnerships for Teacher Candidates
Abstract An effective field experience is an important component in the development of teachers for elementary schools. Research shows that partnerships between university and elementary schools are one way to provide meaningful experiences for...
Reducing Social Work Students' Statistics Anxiety
Abstract This paper focused on how various teaching methods reduced anxiety in social work students (N=13) taking a statistics course. The methods included SPSS assignments, student presentations, in-class demonstrations, and readings. In general,...
Self Assessment in the Methods Class
Abstract This paper discusses a self assessment activity in a methods course for preservice English teachers. Students are asked to strategize responses to writing assignments of their own design and critically assess the quality of their assignments....
Service-Learning: Developing Servant Leaders
Abstract This study evaluated the effects of student service-learning experiences on the development of Servant Leadership competencies. Students assessed their leadership competency based on the characteristics associated with Servant Leadership:...
Service Learning's Impact on Civic Engagement
Abstract A historic mission of higher education has been to produce citizens, yet traditional measures show that citizenship is declining. Educators are seeking pedagogical methods to increase civic engagement in students. One method that has received...
Strategy Use, Self-Regulation and Achievement
Abstract This paper reports on the students' awareness of their learning strengths and weaknesses and their awareness and use of learning strategies in a final-year high school biology class in New Zealand. Most students were aware of strategies...
Student Attitudes about Classroom Internet Use
Abstract This article presents portraits of student attitudes and understanding of Internet use at home and school. Discursive data reveal a disconnect between social uses of the Internet outside of school and linear individual uses of the Internet...
Student Perceptions, Beliefs, or Attitudes
Educating a student to think and behave in a positive way is not an easy task. It is not easy, because the inner workings of a student consist of a complex array. To deal with the complexity of this array one can analyze the mind's contents into more...
Student Perceptions of Learning Environments
Abstract To meet the needs of today's emerging tech-savvy, time-crunched students, professors face the challenge of creating psychosocial learning environments that incorporate distance instruction, as well as maintaining their traditional instruction....
Students' Social Goals and Outcomes
Abstract Social goals are cognitive representations of desired social outcomes that have an impact in academics. Social goals have been linked to motivation and performance in young students. However, the role of social goals in college student...
Teaching Leadership and Teaching Leaders
A Chinese philosopher, whom I paraphrase, stated that a leader is one who knows the self, knows the other, knows the task and knows the situation. In this second AEQ issue of Teaching Leadership and Teaching Leaders, we share with the reader essays...
Teaching Leadership as Creative Problem-Solving
Abstract Teaching leadership, particularly to individuals not yet identifying as leaders, requires a conceptual framework that provides opportunities for explicit lessons, implicitly emulates the processes of leadership, and facilitates students'...
Teaching Organizational Leadership through Film
Abstract Future leaders must learn to assess their organizations to determine areas of stability, areas of need, or, perhaps, where to make change. Educators must find creative ways to help students understand organizational theories and applications...
Technology in Education: "What?" or "How?"
Abstract Technology is being used to transform organizations and society but the change can be more profound when most individuals are technologically competent. Like the workplace, students in a classroom will possess varying levels of technological...
The Appalachian Trail: An Environmental Classroom
Abstract Given recent observations about the detrimental effects of alienating children from nature, there should be a similar concern for addressing such effects in college students. "The Literature and Cultures of the Appalachian Trail" is a course...
The Benefits of On-Site Studies
Abstract This study examines the benefits of studying the justice system of a country both in class and in its geographical, cultural, and social setting. In-class discussions of a justice system while useful and informative provide an incomplete...
The Curriculum: Confronting Neglect and Abuse
Abstract Schools are in a position to serve as a central organizing agent for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In delivering the curriculum, schools have access to children, their parents and their communities over extended periods of...
Washback Effects on Curriculum Innovation
Abstract The way in which tests influence teaching and learning is described as washback effects. This study examined the relationship between washback effects and curriculum innovation in language teaching and learning. The results found washback...
Who Influences Educational Decisions?
Abstract As part of a larger exploration of four school districts, this single case analyzes teachers' perceptions about the hierarchical or collaborative nature of decision making in their district and how this perception is related to their beliefs...
Women's Career Experiences in Ag-Education
Abstract This study described women's career experiences in agricultural education using Social Cognitive Career Theory. The SCCT adequately explained the women's decision to become agricultural education teachers but lacked refinement for explaining...

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