Journal of Thought

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer

An Unexpected Minority: White Kids in an Urban School
An Unexpected Minority: White Kids in an Urban School By Edward W. Morris New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006 Edward W. Morris' book, An Unexpected Minority: White Kids in an Urban School, is an excellent example of how various...
Communitarianism and Multiculturalism in the Academy
Like diversity and unity, communitarianism and multiculturalism are often thought to be at odds, oxymoronic concepts invoked to achieve different ends. The criticisms of multiculturalism are familiar enough--it will serve to "disunite" the nation and...
Community, Unity, Identity, Multiplicity, and Diversity: Are They Compatible?
Delivered in Philadelphia during the United States' 2008 presidential campaign, the then presidential nominee, Barack Obama's history-making Race and Unity Speech (1) encapsulated a social and spiritual paradox that is, ironically, sometimes forgotten...
Does Communicative Competence Need to Be Re-Conceptualized?
Introduction I begin this examination of communicative competence with a description of my own context and a short anecdote. My own experience with 21st century communications technology is limited. I do not own a cell phone, do not inhabit chat...
Higher Education Administration in a Dynamic System
Organizational Characteristics of Universities There are nine attributes that characterize the bureaucratic university. These are: (1) high micro-specialization, (2) a focus on creating and disseminating knowledge, (3) organizing around academic...
Rekindling the Sacred: Toward a Decolonizing Pedagogy in Higher Education
Introduction Spirituality has been a contentious topic in education, much like a flame that gets blown in different directions. Within the academy it has sometimes been repressed to an extent where the flame is nearly invisible, yet still burns...
The Conundrum of Large Scale Standardized Testing: Making Sure Every Student Counts
Introduction I remember well the day the examinations arrived from the Department of Education. I was teaching a class when our secretary piped into my room to tell me that 'my' exams had arrived. At lunch time, I wandered down to the main office...
The Education of Graduate Students: A Social Capital Perspective
Introduction University administrators and professors typically expect that their academic programs educate students to become mature scholars, which essentially means that students think that ideas are important, they attempt to understand, evaluate,...
The Power of Fiction: A Novel Approach to Presenting Research Findings
As a professional educator and a recent doctoral graduate, I am constantly trying to master the intricacies of qualitative research. This, I have come to believe, will take a lifetime. Case study, phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, interpretivism--no...
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