Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

A Collaborative Community Partnership with the American Red Cross
Abstract Nursing educators have a responsibility to prepare nursing students to meet the challenges of a dynamic health care delivery system. It is a professional imperative that nursing students are taught to develop, optimize, and maintain interdisciplinary...
A Needs Analysis of Community Technology Centers
Abstract The purpose of this publication is to assess the needs of community technology centers (CTCs) as well as identify issues essential to CTC growth and sustainability. Ninety CTCs were identified to develop site profiles and to assess their...
A Portal Model for Interactive Learning: Business Education
Abstract This paper examines course development in a business education class that provides students with interactive learning opportunities based on team projects and cross-curricular learning activities implemented in an academic Web portal space....
A Study of Bilingual Chinese/English Children's Code Switching
Abstract This paper reports the findings from a study that explores young Chinese/English bilingual children's code switching behavior in a Chinese language program. In particular, it describes one bilingual child's patterns of language use. The...
A Web Based Course in Clinical Pharmacology
Abstract Because of the many new drugs available and the vast information on the appropriate usage of newly approved drugs, improved methods are needed to teach medical students clinical pharmacology. We developed a case based course in clinical...
A Writing Center Facilitates Student Writing across the Curriculum
Abstract Since Writing Consultants at the Learning Resource Center work with a wide variety of students, they have the opportunity to impact classrooms throughout the university by providing comprehensive writing instruction. A handbook for writing...
Building Inter-Rater Reliability into Performance Assessment
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine issues ranging from strategic aspects of assessment planning to the more fundamental aspects of assessment such as measuring student evaluation processes. Assessment activities in the capstone course...
Changes in Anxiety among Doctoral Students
Abstract As part of an ongoing study of statistics anxiety, 70 doctoral students in two research universities, completed a Likert-scale instrument asking them to rate the extent to which elements increased and decreased anxiety levels they experienced...
Children's Responses to Coerced Service-Learners
Abstract Concerns have been raised as to the impact of service-learning since students are required to perform work in conjunction with courses. In order to assess the impact of service-learning on clients, elementary school children's views of...
Children with HIV: An Extensive Review of the Literature
Abstract Pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) effect the entire family, and a broad range of family configurations are involved in caring for children that are impacted. Learning that a child...
Collaboration between the Library and Business Faculty
Abstract Collaboration between the library and the faculty of an undergraduate academic institution can be beneficial for business students. This article discusses the experiences of a business librarian and business faculty member who team-taught...
Course Instructor as Customer
Abstract Teaching librarians have long struggled with the limitations of the one-shot, fifty-minute class. As the influence of information literacy continues to grow in the world of librarianship, many librarians feel additionally overwhelmed with...
Developing Competencies in Community Health Development
Abstract The University of South Carolina Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health offers a Community Health Development course providing graduate students with community field experiences. Along with traditional elements of learning, students partner...
Digital Literacy and the "Middle Way". (Teaching Mindfully)
While contemporary teachers are expected to encourage students to learn how to use the internet, email, and streaming discussions (electronic bulletin boards), these forms of communication can also erode mutual respect between students and teachers....
District Self-Reporting and Teacher Retention
Abstract This article presents data problems from a longitudinal study on teacher retention in Florida. While many researchers experience delays or problems during data collection, the experiences of this research team present serious implications...
Effects of Learning-Style Teaching on Elementary Students' Behaviors, Achievement, and Attitudes
Abstract An investigation of underachieving, chronically misbehaving, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students in a suburban elementary school measured the impact of learning-style instructional strategies on classroom behaviors, attitudes toward...
Expanding the Language Teaching and Learning Knowledge Base. (Editorial)
The last edition of Academic Exchange Quarterly that focussed on language, Fall 2001, concentrated on the differences in teaching and learning across cultures. The present issue reflects research focusing on reading and writing skills at the college...
Exploring Web-Based Education in South Africa
Abstract This paper examines the merits and demerits of web-based delivery of distance learning in comparison to traditional distance education methods drawing examples from South Africa. The discussion draws largely on literature that is available...
Form versus Content: Classroom Practices and Essay Requirements
Abstract I discuss the overemphasis of "structure" in college freshman composition courses. By structure I not only mean the specific form of the writing itself, but also the specific requirements of the class. In graduate school I taught two...
Going Online in Under-Resourced ESL Classes
Abstract South African educators sometimes question the use of technology in educational institutions when many learners come from rural areas, or come from schools which are under-resourced. Despite the severe lack of resources, the use of computers...
Improving Online Interactivity and Learning: A Constructivist Approach
Abstract This article discusses how I used constructivist theory to teach the online graduate "Research Methods In Education" course. Because interactivity has been reported as a major issue in most online courses, I focused more on strategies of...
Language Technologies and the FL Teacher
Abstract This paper examines the changes that have taken place in the past decades of the role of the FL (Foreign Language) teacher in view of the developments in language technologies. There has been much time and space devoted to the role of the...
Mediated Language Classrooms: Theory and Practice
Abstract This investigation addresses the implementation of sociocultural theory in second language classrooms as a means with which to foster and facilitate second language acquisition and cognitive development (Vygotsky, 1978). Concepts central...
Motivating Parents through Class Websites
Abstract Research shows that the effectiveness of two-way family-school communications positively relates to the amount and quality of parental involvement, which in turn is associated with better student performance. Frustrated with the inconvenience...
Multicultural Pedagogy and Web-Based Technologies
Abstract This paper reviews existing literature on the use of online resources as instructional tools in developing cultural competencies among students. It also discusses certain challenges to using online multicultural resources and suggests ways...
New Era of Language Learning
Abstract The two general learning streams in psychology, namely behaviorism and cognitivism, have so far provided the agenda for the education system. With the tremendous and multi-faceted changes and demands of the new millenium, it is a propitious...
Novice EFL Teacher Development
Abstract This paper is the summary and discussion of the findings from a questionnaire and interviews designed to find out what qualities a novice EFL teacher should have, both to offer recommendations to EFL teacher training programs and to provide...
Online Information: The Spider's Sticky Web
Abstract This case study examines the online experiences of nine participants and two faculty members involved in an undergraduate level course examining information literacy in an online learning environment. Participants took part in diverse evaluative...
Partnership-Directed Education: A Focus on Technology
Abstract This paper examines the traditional assumptions of an instructional-centered education and considers the modifications introduced by learner-centered and the more radical student-centered approaches in relation to the applications of instructional...
Pre-Tertiary Distributed Education in Canadian Urban Centers
Abstract For the most part, the focus of distributed learning has steered away from pre-tertiary education; however, there is a growing demand today to consider alternative methods of delivering instruction at this level of education. While this...
Progymnasmata-An Answer for Today's Rhetorical Pedagogy?
Abstract The ancient preliminary rhetorical exercises, called the progymnasmata, are possibly not only a contribution to writing education, but also to our aim for epistemic reflections among our students. They could be received as an introduction...
Promoting Health Information Literacy
Abstract The recent development of public health informatics as an interdisciplinary field, and the dissemination of this body of knowledge, have brought forth new opportunities for collaboration between the faculty of health sciences and academic...
Proposing a Commitment to Blackboard
Abstract Shortly after assuming the role of instructional technologist at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, a few members of the faculty inquired of me ways in which they might provide web access to their courses. At the time, Curry had no...
Quality Online Education-New Research Agendas
Abstract Quality assurance and online delivery are hot topics in universities, yet until recently discussions of each have had little to do with each other. These spheres of activity in universities may not have interacted very closely in the past....
Reading for Writing
Abstract The study investigates the effects of an extensive short story reading program on the EFL writing skills development of intermediate-level university students in Ankara, Turkey. Two groups displaying similar performance on the writing proficiency...
Resource Letter: Impact of Perceptual Strengths on Achievement: A Bibliography
Abstract This manuscript describes the impact of traditional auditory and visual learning as opposed to tactual and/or kinesthetic learning on the achievement of primary-through adult-students' grades in varied subjects. Its findings suggest that...
Responding to 9/11
Abstract Writing teachers are not trained as trauma counselors or therapists. How, then, should they respond to national crises such as the recent terrorist attacks in their writing classrooms? Writing teachers function most effectively as compassionate,...
Revisiting the Language Experience Approach
Abstract The Language Experience Approach (LEA) is described and reviewed as a technique for teaching reading and writing to upper elementary students from all backgrounds. Specific activities for classroom use are included for immediate classroom...
Service Learning and Job Satisfaction Survey
Abstract This service-learning project provided students an opportunity to practice consulting skills, including a structured face-to-face interview, job satisfaction surveys, and formal presentation of final results to small businesses in a suburban...
Spiritual Growth in the Secular Schools
Abstract The development of compassion for others through awareness and service is a basic ingredient in most recipes for spiritual growth. In many religious traditions, this is measured by the movement from solipsistic individuality to a shared...
Strategies for Successful E-Teaching
Abstract E-learning has become more widespread as higher education institutions increased online course offerings and degree programs. Today, many colleges and universities in the U.S. offer Web-based courses or Web-enhanced courses, and the number...
Teacher Education Curricula and Moral Reasoning
Abstract Researchers have noted that teacher education curricula fail to offer challenging theory-based courses that develop critical thinking required for making thoughtful decisions about ethical and moral issues (Beyer, 1991, 1997; Cummings,...
Teachers Learning to Use Instructional Technology
Abstract The purpose of the Teacher Network Project was to train classroom teachers with limited computer skills to use instructional telecommunications technology. Although most recent graduates from teacher education programs have had opportunities...
Teachers-Who Needs Them?
Abstract This purpose of this paper is to invite language teachers to look at their teaching practices, and to investigate whether they are promoting or hindering the process of learning. When we consider the importance of affect in the classroom,...
Teaching and Learning on the Web. (Editorial)
The emergence of the World Wide Web has been the largest and most important development for information delivery since the invention of the Guttenberg Press. Guttenberg's machine allowed for the mass distribution of books. This radically changed the...
Teaching Medical Informatics Online
Abstract At Thomas Jefferson University, Academic Information Research and Services (AISR), has designed a required online Medical Informatics course for 230 first year medical students. The course is designed to demonstrate the need for lifelong-learning...
Teaching Teachers to Use Online Information
Abstract This article describes the integration of technology in a teacher preparation course in ways that support critical thinking and encourage collaborative learning. The course is a hybrid, half taught in the classroom and half online. As part...
The Four Basic Principles of Grammar
Abstract Grammar is better approached through principles than roles. Four basic, sequential principles answer almost all issues: a functional sense of the eight parts of speech, the integrity of the clause, ellipsis, and restriction. Through awareness...
The Genre Approach to Writing Assessed
Abstract The objective of this paper is primarily to evaluate the strengths of the genre approach to the teaching of writing in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. Theoretical and pedagogical references will be identified and exposited...
The Lurking Librarian Project
Abstract As course management software becomes a more popular medium of education, the librarian's place is uncertain in the technology. During the Spring 2002 semester, the Robert Morris Library and the Robert Morris School of Communication allowed...
Theoretical Perspectives on Second Language Learning
Abstract Contending theories are typical of disciplines that endeavor to explain multifaceted phenomena. Similarly, research on second language (L2) acquisition reflects the complexity of learning a language other than one's native tongue. Is there...
The Role of the Outline in Second Language Composition
Abstract Few language teachers would deny the recent surge in, and the benefits of, process- (as opposed to product-) oriented writing instruction. An essential ingredient in process-oriented writing instruction is the pre-writing activity. This...
This Life in WebCT
Abstract For several years, I was almost exclusively the traditional student. At the same time, I also benefited from evening and weekend college course offerings. Over the last year, however, I became acquainted with WebCT, the learning resource...
Thoughtful Creation of Online Course Content: Implications of SCORM for Educators
Abstract There has been a tremendous increase recently in the number of online classes offered by universities and other institutions. Unfortunately, professional development for teaching online courses has not increased in kind. Thus, many faculty...
Transnational Conversations: A Web Pedagogy
Abstract The authors discuss their experiences teaching an international distance learning class on cultural globalization that linked classrooms in the US, Singapore, and India. Introduction In the spring of 2002, the two authors worked with...
Usage of Content in Web-Supported Academic Courses
Abstract The use of the Internet as an instructional tool in higher education is rapidly increasing. We are witnessing the development of huge amounts of learning materials for academic web-sites. Still, there is little empirical evidence regarding...
What Chess Has Given Us
Abstract Chess is often cited as a means of promoting cognitive and affective growth in students. We review some of that literature, but we primarily focus on our personal growth journeys through chess, showing what it gave us intellectually and...
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