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Obtaining a Picture of Undergraduate Education Quality: A Voice from inside the University  

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This study aims to construct ranking indicators from the perspective inside of the university and shift the ranking target from overall university quality to undergraduate education quality. In dealing with the complexity of the concept of undergraduate education quality, two-stage questionnaire survey was conducted to gain comprehensive opinions…

Tang, Chia-Wei; Wu, Cheng-Ta



Evaluating the service quality of undergraduate nursing education in Taiwan--using quality function deployment.  


This study applies quality function deployment (QFD) techniques to evaluate the quality of service of undergraduate nursing education in Taiwan from the perspective of nursing students. Survey data from 560 undergraduate nursing students at four Taiwanese universities were subjected to QFD analysis in order to identify the quality characteristics most highly valued by students, the elements of educational service they consider most important and least important, and relationships/discrepancies between student quality requirements and institutional service elements. Results show that students value traditional elements of nursing education - clinical practice and lectures - more highly than recent additions such as computer-aided instruction and multimedia teaching. Results also show that students are looking for quality primarily in the area of faculty characteristics. The implication is that institutions which provide nursing education should not neglect the importance of investing in faculty when they are seeking to upgrade the quality of their programs. Further QFD studies are recommended to evaluate the quality of nursing education from the perspective of preceptors and nurses who help to train students in clinical settings. PMID:15110441

Chou, Shieu-Ming



Quality Assessment of Undergraduate Education in China: Impact on Different Universities  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This research analyzes the scheme proposed to assess the quality of higher education institutions in China, namely, the Quality Assessment of Undergraduate Education (QAUE) scheme. This article aims to determine the impact of the QAUE on universities and explore the reasons that intended effects have or have not been generated in the evaluated…

Liu, Shuiyun




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Schladow, S. Geoffrey


Undergraduate science education probed  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Do today's colleges and universities place too much emphasis on research performed by their faculty and not enough on the quality of undergraduate teaching? That was the question addressed at a March 31 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Science. Former University of Arkansas president Rep. Ray Thornton (D-Ark.), who chaired the hearing, remarked that “there is a nationwide perception that the balance is skewed toward research.” Many students and their parents, he said, have voiced dissatisfaction over undergraduate education.

Leath, Audrey T.


Undergraduate Education EXP Experiential Education  

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Undergraduate Education EXP Experiential Education KEY: # = new course * = course changed = course dropped University of Kentucky 2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 1 EXP 396 EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION. (1. Prereq: Completion of Experiential Education Learning Contract and submission of contract to Career

MacAdam, Keith


Undergraduate 48 Undergraduate Education  

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Southern California, University of


Determining the quality of educational climate across multiple undergraduate teaching sites using the DREEM inventory  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: Our obstetrics and gynaecology undergraduate teaching module allocates 40–50 final year medical students to eight teaching hospital sites in the West Midlands region. Based on student feedback and concerns relating to the impact of new curriculum changes, we wished to objectively assess whether the educational environment perceived by students varied at different teaching hospital centres, and whether the environment

Rajesh Varma; Ekta Tiyagi; Janesh K Gupta



Upgrading Undergraduate Biology Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

On many campuses throughout the country, undergraduate biology education is in serious need of an upgrade. During the past few decades, the body of biological knowledge has grown exponentially, and as a research endeavor, the practice of biology has evolved. Education research has also made great strides, revealing many new insights into how…

Musante, Susan



A distance education in undergraduate dietetic education.  


Distance education is an exploding phenomenon that allows people to pursue higher education on their own time, at a pace that meets their needs, in locations where there are no colleges and universities, or where there is not a desired program of study. This study examined the use of distance education in undergraduate dietetic education programs and the opportunities for obtaining an undergraduate degree in dietetics solely via distance education. A survey was sent to all directors (n = 279) of undergraduate programs accredited/approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education to determine the current status and projected future use of distance education in their institutions' on-campus programs. The survey had a 54% response rate. Approximately 32% (n = 150) of undergraduate dietetics programs offer distance education courses in some format. Institutions that offer nondietetics distance education courses were more likely to offer dietetics distance education courses. The most common distance education format utilized in dietetics was 100% Internet courses (48%). The most common distance education dietetics course offered was a basic or introductory nutrition course (31%). From the data of courses offered, or permitted to be transferred, it would not be possible for a student to complete an undergraduate degree in dietetics solely via distance education methodologies at the time this study was conducted. PMID:15839604

Benton-King, Carrie; Webb, Derek F; Holmes, ZoeAnn



Undergraduate medical education.  


Pressures from students and teachers, from professional bodies, and from changes in the way health care is delivered are all forcing a rethink of how medical students should be taught. These pressures may be more intense in London but are not confined to it. The recommendation the Tomlinson report advocates that has been generally welcomed is for more investment in primary care in London. General practitioners have much to teach medical schools about effective ways of learning, but incentives for teaching students in general practice are currently low, organising such teaching is difficult and needs resources, and resistance within traditional medical school hierarchies needs to be overcome. Likewise, students value learning within local communities, but the effort demanded of public health departments and community organisations is great at a time when they are under greater pressure than ever before. The arguments over research that favour concentration in four multifaculty schools are less clear cut for undergraduate education, where personal support for students is important. An immediate concern is that the effort demanded for reorganising along the lines suggested by Tomlinson will not leave medical schools much energy for innovating. PMID:8499026

Rees, L; Wass, J



Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This sharp looking website is for the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) which "publishes peer-reviewed reports of innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education...[and] serves as a mechanism for faculty to exchange information...such as laboratory exercises, new media, curricular considerations, and teaching methods." Visitors will find the "Supplementary Materials" tab near the top of any page to contain movies, lab instructions, papers, and images. Some of the movies include an adult and juvenile "Crayfish Brain Movie," "Larval Dissection Movie" of a drosophila mutant, and "Leg Prep and Spine Stimulation" of a cockroach. The "Previous Issues" tab gives visitors the opportunity to read issues published since 2002. Recent pieces featured in JUNE include "Integrating Community Outreach into the Undergraduate Neuroscience Classroom", "Design Plans for an Inexpensive Tail Flick Analgesia Meter", and "Unquenchable Neuroscience."



The Mathematical Sciences: Undergraduate Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The text contains a collection of essays to provide a background of factual information concerning the mathematical sciences in undergraduate education. It is intended for the nonmathematical scientist and the scientifically oriented layman. Contents include: (1) recommendations with regard to increasing the available faculty, strengthening the…

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.


The $7,376 "Ivies": Value-Designed Models of Undergraduate Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Is it possible to get an "Ivy" education for $7,376 a year? Can a college provide high-quality undergraduate education at a reasonable cost? In this paper, the author explores if cost can be reduced and quality improved through the use of new "value-designed" models of undergraduate education. A value-designed model allows one to appeal to…

Fried, Vance H.



Undergraduate Science Education: A Review of Research.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents a bibliographical review of research on undergraduate science education that involves a broad evaluation of the literature that defines the field. Discusses definitions of science education. Contains 306 references. (DDR)

Laws, Peter M.



The Quality of Undergraduate Science Education. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Science of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The hearing, opened by Rep. Ray Thorton of Arkansas, addressed the perceived imbalance between teaching and research among university professors and the concern that the quality of undergraduate science education within the United States has deteriorated. Witnesses were called to examine factors that contribute to establishing an appropriate…

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.


Service Quality in Postgraduate Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: Measuring service quality in higher education is increasingly important for attracting and retaining tuition-based revenues. Nonetheless, whilst undergraduates have received substantial academic exposure, postgraduate-based research has been scant. Consequently, the objectives of this paper are threefold: first, to identify the service…

Angell, Robert J.; Heffernan, Troy W.; Megicks, Phil



Undergraduate medical education in Germany  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this article is to give international readers an overview of the organisation, structure and curriculum, together with important advances and problems, of undergraduate medical education in Germany. Interest in medical education in Germany has been relatively low but has gained momentum with the new "Regulation of the Licensing of Doctors" which came into effect in 2003. Medical education had required substantial reform, particularly with respect to improving the links between theoretical and clinical teaching and the extension of interdisciplinary and topic-related instruction. It takes six years and three months to complete the curriculum and training is divided into three sections: basic science (2 years), clinical science (3 years) and final clinical year. While the reorganisation of graduate medical education required by the new "Regulation of the Licensing of Doctors" has stimulated multiple excellent teaching projects, there is evidence that some of the stipulated changes have not been implemented. Indeed, whether the medical schools have complied with this regulation and its overall success remains to be assessed systematically. Mandatory external accreditation and periodic reaccreditation of medical faculties need to be established in Germany. PMID:19675742

Chenot, Jean-François



Investigating Quality of Undergraduate Mathematics Lectures  

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The notion of quality in undergraduate mathematics lectures is examined by using theoretical notions and research results from the literature and empirical data from a case study on lecturing on limits of functions. A systemic triangular model is found to catch critical quality aspects of a mathematics lecture, consisting of mathematical…

Bergsten, Christer



From Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience: Encouraging Innovation in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education by Supporting Student Research and Faculty Development  

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This article features the organization Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. FUN was established by a group of neuroscientists dedicated to innovation and excellence in undergraduate neuroscience education and research. In the years since its inception, FUN has grown into a dynamic organization making a significant impact on the quality of…

Hardwick, Jean C.; Kerchner, Michael; Lom, Barbara; Ramirez, Julio J.; Wiertelak, Eric P.



BYU 20072008 Undergraduate Catalog 73 Colleges, Schools, Religious Education, and Undergraduate Education  

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of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The mission of the College of NursingBYU 2007­2008 Undergraduate Catalog 73 Colleges, Schools, Religious Education, and Undergraduate Education Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature Jesse S. Crisler, Professor of English

Hart, Gus


Climate Change Education for Engineering Undergraduate Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The outreach and educational component of my NSF-CAREER grant focused on the development of a new undergraduate course on climate change for engineering undergraduate students and development of project-based course modules for middle and high-school students. Engineering students have minimal formal education on climate issues, but are increasingly finding themselves in positions where they have to participate and address climate change and mitigation issues. Towards this end, we developed a new three-credit course, entitled Global Climate Change: Science, Engineering, and Policy. With a focus on engineering students, this course was structured as a highly quantitative course, taught through an inquiry-based pedagogical approach. The students used a combination of historical climate data from ground-stations and satellites and model results of future climate conditions for different scenarios to ascertain for themselves the current extent of climate change and likely future impacts. Students also combined mitigation efforts, concentrated on geoengineering and alternate energy choices, with climate modeling to determine the immediacy of such efforts. The impacts of the course on the students were assessed with a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches that used pre-post climate literacy and engineering self-efficacy surveys as well as qualitative focus group discussions at the end of the course. I will discuss our undergraduate course development effort and the primary outcomes of the course. I will also briefly describe our k-12 outreach effort on the development of course modules for project-based learning related to air quality and atmospheric science topics.

Dhaniyala, S.; Powers, S.



Fifty Years of Innovations in Undergraduate Education: Change and Stasis in the Pursuit of Quality. New Agenda Series[TM], Volume 1, Number 4.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This monograph reports on innovative models and practices in American undergraduate education from the late 1940s through the late 1990s, focusing particularly on four areas: curriculum; teaching and learning; calendar and clock (time); and faculty development. The study encompassed an extensive review of the literature as well as a survey of…

Quehl, Gary H.; Bergquist, William H.; Subbiondo, Joseph L.


Learning Styles, Subject Matter, and Effectiveness in Undergraduate Distance Education.  

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??Are potential relationships among students' learning styles and effectiveness in online education moderated by subject matter for undergraduate students at a private higher education institution?… (more)

Wu, Darren



Undergraduate environmental engineering education in China  

SciTech Connect

In this paper, the development process, present situations, causes of improvement, and trends of higher education of environmental engineering in China are discussed. Several education modes in environmental engineering in China are also presented. The development process can be divided into three stages: the beginning stage, the expansion stage, and the modification stage. The 1970's and early 1980's wake of environmental consciousness and serious pollution situation in China resulted in about 20 universities setting up an environmental engineering specialty. The late 1980's and middle 1990's job opportunities for undergraduates in China resulted in many universities' creation of the environmental engineering specialty from specialties such as geography, geology, hydrology, mining engineering, and mineral separation engineering where job opportunities were stagnant. At present, adjustment and improvement of environmental engineering education are urgently required because of the excessive increase of undergraduate number, change of job opportunities and implementation of five-work-day system in China. Other problems include how to determine the ratio of social science courses to engineering science courses, how to determine the relationship of fundamental and applied courses, and how to determine the specialized direction. Hunan University, as a typical university conferring an accredited Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering in four academic years in China, has been improving the instruction schedule for undergraduate education in environmental engineering. The curricula of the three phases for undergraduates of environmental engineering specialty at Hunan University are presented as a case study.

Yang, C.; Bero, B.N.



Exploring Signature Pedagogies in Undergraduate Leadership Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This research explores the instructional strategies most frequently used by leadership educators who teach academic credit-bearing undergraduate leadership studies courses through a national survey and identifies signature pedagogies within the leadership discipline. Findings from this study suggest that class discussion--whether in the form of…

Jenkins, Daniel M.




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Patel, Aniruddh D.


Humanizing the Undergraduate Physical Education Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A review of the undergraduate physical education curricula in Canadian universities revealed sparse offerings in the humanities when compared to the biophysical and social sciences. Recommendations are made to reorder the curriculum to provide better balance between the two areas. (Author/CB)

Ross, Saul



System design projects for undergraduate design education  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Design education has received considerable in the recent past. This paper is intended to address one aspect of undergraduate design education and that is the selection and development of the design project for a capstone design course. Specific goals for a capstone design course are presented and their influence on the project selection are discussed. The evolution of a series of projects based upon the design of remotely piloted aircraft is presented along with students' perspective on the capstone experience.

Batill, S. M.; Pinkelman, J.



BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This document provides the full text (26 pages in pdf) of a 2003 report from the National Research Council outlining some of the contributions of bioinformatics research and suggests ways to promote collaboration among the diverse disciplines within graduate and undergraduate programs. Recommendations from the report include courses, laboratory experience, and quantitative skills students in this field should have. Other issues addressed include instructional materials and approaches, project-based laboratories, and implementation of the Council's findings.



Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This report of the Boyer Commission outlines the successes and concerns about undergraduate education in the nation's research universities. Its recommendations include more undergraduate research, inquiry-based learning, and interdisciplinary studies.

Kinney, Shirly S.



The Quality Education Challenge.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Attempts to implement W. Edwards Deming's Total Quality Management (TQM) principles in education and transform school systems into world-class, quality learning environments have proved somewhat disappointing. This book asserts that educators need a way to translate the ideas about corporate quality for adaptation and use in schools. The "missing…

Downey, Carolyn J.; And Others


Research on improvement strategies of elite culture, mass culture and the comprehensive quality of undergraduates  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This article, placed the comprehensive quality improvement of undergraduates under the background of elite culture and mass culture, analyzed the influences and challenges brought by elite culture and mass culture on the undergraduate education from multiple perspectives of philosophy, ethics, economics, education, sociology and etc. and combing some foreign developed countries' experiences proposed the principles should be insisted by high schools in the context of elite culture and mass culture. With the development of times, undergraduate education should also constantly develop into new historical starting points and thoroughly reform the undergraduate education from content to essence, perception to format with a globalized horizon, so as to be able to reflect the time characteristics and better promote the overall development of undergraduates. Exactly based on such a view, this article, on the premise of full recognition that the flourishing and development of elite culture and mass culture has promoted China into a multicultural situation, proposed the principles for university moral education, such as education should promote the integration of undergraduate multi-values, sticking to the integration of unary guidance with diverse development, insisting on seeking common points while reserving differences and harmony but with differences, and etc.

Wang, Hongling



An Overview of Undergraduate Physiology Education in Turkish Medical Faculties  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Physiology education, which occupies an important place in undergraduate medical education, exhibits diversities across the world. Since there was no specific source of information about physiology education in Turkish medical faculties, the authors aimed to evaluate the general status of undergraduate physiology teaching of medical students in…

Balkanci, Z. Dicle; Pehlivanoglu, Bilge



On Quality in Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss some key aspects of quality in education in the light of over 30 years practical experience of doing quality assurance (QA). Design/methodology/approach: Reflection on three concepts, which are still the subject of debate, namely: "quality"; "total quality management (TQM)"; and "autonomy".…

Doherty, Geoffrey D.



Educating Young Educators: A Pedagogical Internship for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although undergraduates have long held a role as teaching assistants for introductory science courses at liberal arts colleges and universities, educational institutions often do not provide these students with opportunities to explore science teaching and pedagogy. At Brandeis University, we designed an internship course to help increase the…

Romm, Iyah; Gordon-Messer, Susannah; Kosinski-Collins, Melissa



The changing context of undergraduate medical education.  

PubMed Central

It has long been recognised that intensive efforts are needed to reform medical education in order to meet the future needs of populations worldwide. Pressure for changes to the organisation, content and delivery of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education has greatly increased in the last two decades. The experience of innovative medical schools, the emergence of learner-centred teaching methods and the implications of health-care reforms in North America and Britain are major factors influencing calls for change. The pace of change has accelerated to such an extent in recent years that progress towards widespread reform appears to be more attainable than ever before. This article provides an overview of the changing context of health-care, some patterns of existing medical education and some strategies for change. PMID:7567730

Parsell, G. J.; Bligh, J.



Quality in Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This volume contains 21 new and classic papers and readings on quality philosophies and concepts, first, as they have been applied in business and industry but primarily as they relate to and can be applied in higher education. The introduction is titled "The Quality Approach in Higher Education: Context and Concepts for Change" by Brent D. Ruben.…

Ruben, Brent D., Ed.


Effect of a Problem Based Simulation on the Conceptual Understanding of Undergraduate Science Education Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A study of the effect of science teaching with a multimedia simulation on water quality, the "River of Life," on the science conceptual understanding of students (N = 83) in an undergraduate science education (K-9) course is reported. Teaching reality-based meaningful science is strongly recommended by the National Science Education Standards…

Kumar, David Devraj; Sherwood, Robert D.



Current Status and Future Plans for Undergraduate Public/Community Health Education Program Accreditation  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Background: Quality assurance in health education professional preparation has long been a goal of the profession. A comprehensive coordinated accreditation process for graduate and undergraduate health education has been recommended. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the current status of, and future plans for,…

Miller, M. Elizabeth; Birch, David A.; Cottrell, Randall R.




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Quality Benchmarks in Undergraduate Psychology Programs  

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Performance benchmarks are proposed to assist undergraduate psychology programs in defining their missions and goals as well as documenting their effectiveness. Experienced academic program reviewers compared their experiences to formulate a developmental framework of attributes of undergraduate programs focusing on activity in 8 domains:…

Dunn, Dana S.; McCarthy, Maureen A.; Baker, Suzanne; Halonen, Jane S.; Hill, G. William, IV



Substance misuse teaching in undergraduate medical education  

PubMed Central

Background Over 12,000 hospital admissions in the UK result from substance misuse, therefore issues surrounding this need to be addressed early on in a doctor’s training to facilitate their interaction with this client group. Currently, undergraduate medical education includes teaching substance misuse issues, yet how this is formally integrated into the curriculum remains unclear. Methods Semi-structured interviews with 17 key members of staff responsible for the whole or part of the undergraduate medical curriculum were conducted to identify the methods used to teach substance misuse. Using a previously devised toolkit, 19 curriculum co-ordinators then mapped the actual teaching sessions that addressed substance misuse learning objectives. Results Substance misuse teaching was delivered primarily in psychiatry modules but learning objectives were also found in other areas such as primary care placements and problem-based learning. On average, 53 teaching sessions per medical school focused on bio-psycho-social models of addiction whereas only 23 sessions per medical school focused on professionalism, fitness to practice and students’ own health in relation to substance misuse. Many sessions addressed specific learning objectives relating to the clinical features of substance dependence whereas few focused on iatrogenic addiction. Conclusions Substance misuse teaching is now inter-disciplinary and the frequent focus on clinical, psychological and social effects of substance misuse emphasises the bio-psycho-social approach underlying clinical practice. Some areas however are not frequently taught in the formal curriculum and these need to be addressed in future changes to medical education. PMID:24533849



Prenatal showers: educational opportunities for undergraduate students.  


J. Cranmer and C. Lajkowicz (1989) faced the challenge of securing student clinical experiences with healthy prenatal clients. They identified that lack of access to pregnant women, limited number of faculty, and large numbers of students contributed to problems in meeting select course objectives. Little has changed since then. This article describes a clinical experience, known as "Prenatal Showers," where undergraduate nursing students, implementing the teacher role, provide community-based prenatal education in the context of a baby shower. Student groups address educational topics identified by community partners. After student presentations, feedback from prenatal clients is analyzed. Lessons learned include selecting appropriate community partners, clearly articulating academic and community needs, and obtaining seed money to initiate the program. Prenatal Showers are most successful when community partners possess open lines of communication, an accessible population, an appreciation for the contributions made by students, and a willingness to share responsibility for their supervision. Prenatal Showers offer different advantages from traditional maternal-child clinical experiences because students gain experiences with prenatal clients from diverse backgrounds and engage in community-based nursing. The community benefits because educational needs of prenatal clients are met. Strong community partnerships benefit faculty by making clinical placements more accessible and reducing faculty workload. PMID:19616194

Zentz, Suzanne E; Brown, Janet M; Schmidt, Nola A; Alverson, Elise M



Health Sciences undergraduate education at UCT: a story of transformation.  


Undergraduate education and training in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town has become socially responsive. A story of transformation that is consonant with wider societal developments since the 1994 democratic elections, outlining the changes in undergraduate curricula across the faculty, is presented. PMID:22668942

Hartman, Nadia; Kathard, Harsha; Perez, Gonda; Reid, Steve; Irlam, James; Gunston, Geney; Janse van Rensburg, Vicki; Burch, Vanessa; Duncan, Madeleine; Hellenberg, Derek; Van Rooyen, Ian; Smouse, Mantoa; Sikakane, Cynthia; Badenhorst, Elmi; Ige, Busayo



Making the Grade: Predicting Retention in Undergraduate Teacher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Researchers describe results from a longitudinal study of variables predicting retention in undergraduate teacher education. Selected teacher candidates' background characteristics were correlated with undergraduate grade point ratio (GPR) as a measure of academic success. The sample consisted of 657 candidates in an initial course in teacher…

Vare, Jonatha W.; Dewalt, Mark W.; Dockery, E. Ray



Liberal Learning as Freedom: A Capabilities Approach to Undergraduate Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper, I employ the pioneering works of Nussbaum, Sen, Saito, and Walker, in conjunction with the U.S. tradition of academic freedom, to outline a capability-centered vision of undergraduate education. Pace Nussbaum and Walker, I propose a short list of learning capabilities to which every undergraduate student should be entitled. This…

Garnett, Robert F., Jr.



Contributions to Educational Structures that Promote Undergraduate Research  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The opportunities for community college and traditionally underrepresented minority students to participate in research experiences are typically rare. Further, what research experiences that are available often underutilizes the students' potential and do not have follow-up programs. The Physics Outreach Program (POP) working in conjunction with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designed to reach out to this segment of the student population and encourage them to consider careers in physics and astronomy. The program is special in that it creates a "vertical" consortium or pipeline of schools whereby students graduating from one participating institution will then transfer to another. This helps to insure that participating students will experience continuity and, with the assistance of JPL equipment and staff, a quality of instruction that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Key words. educational outreach, undergraduate research, community college research, underrepresented minority student research

Sepikas, John; Mijic, Milan; Young, Don; Gillam, Steve



BYU 20032004 Undergraduate Catalog 59 Undergraduate Education Office  

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university education different from specialized vocational training, and it should be pursued and savored than specialized training, has given them versatility. But the value of general education lies beyond sensibility, and moral judgment. These, together with the training that general education provides in verbal

Hart, Gus


Quality & Education: Critical Linkages.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book contains a collection of essays about schools that have successfully implemented Total Quality Management (TQM) through partnerships with the business community, parents, higher education, school board members, and others. Following the preface, foreword, and introduction, the book is divided into five sections: school leaders in Total…

McCormick, Betty L., Ed.


Undergraduate endodontic education: what are the challenges?  


To deliver the knowledge and skills required to equip undergraduate students for practice is a significant responsibility; graduates must be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pulpal and periradicular diseases and the preservation and restoration of pulpally compromised teeth. A greater understanding of the microbiological processes involved in endodontics and developments in instruments and materials have transformed our approaches to root canal treatment. Information technology has revolutionised certain aspects of education and has had an effect on endodontic teaching. Dental graduates will be expected to treat an increasingly elderly population and will enter a climate in which remuneration for root canal treatment could have a significant effect on the number of cases treated and the pattern of referral. Teachers of endodontics at the majority of dental schools are taxed by competing demands for time in packed curricula, a lack of availability of natural teeth for classroom exercise and a lack of suitable patients. The debate as to whether endodontics should be a specialist subject in its own right has rumbled on for three decades. Compared with the situation in the 1970s, there are now well defined curricula guidelines to which those involved in teaching can refer and map teaching in their schools against agreed norms. These create the potential for students to graduate with the knowledge and skills at a sound level of competence to carry out endodontic procedures and with a deeply engrained understanding of the need for continuing professional development. PMID:24651348

Qualtrough, A J E



Communities for Quality Education  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Over the past several years, a number of organizations and policy centers have grown increasingly concerned about the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)and its implications for students and other members of the education community across the United States. One such group is the Communities for Quality Education, a national education advocacy group which seeks "to build a partnership between people inside and outside the education community who share the common goal of building better public schools for every child." Visitors will definitely want to peruse their research reports, which include data on the number of schools that did not make adequate yearly progress according to the NCLB. The site also features news coverage based on the insightful work of the organization, along with several nice interactive maps that document the actions of individual states concerned with various aspects of the NCLB.



Transfer Guide for Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs  

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in Education 1 Critical Subject Areas for Teaching 2 Courses Common to All Education Programs 2 Teacher Education Program General Education Requirements 3 Early Childhood Education Programs 3 Elementary Education Programs 4 Middle Level Education Programs 4 Special Education Programs 5 Secondary Education ­ English

Almor, Amit


Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University has recently released this report outlining ten major recommendations for changing undergraduate education. These recommendations are based on the Commission's conclusion that undergraduate education at America's research universities is in crisis, and that the record of research universities in this area is one of "inadequacy, even failure. Baccalaureate students are the second-class citizens who are allowed to pay taxes but are barred from voting, the guests at the banquet who pay their share of the tab but are given leftovers." The recommendations include research-based learning, inquiry-based instruction in the Freshman year, educating graduate students as apprentice teachers, and changing the faculty rewards system. Brief case studies accompany the recommendations.


Undergraduate Education of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in China  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This presentation gives an overview of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) undergraduate education and mechanical and manufacturing engineering programs, presents key issues facing the programs, and provides alternate solutions. Presented at the 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Education Conference, Beijing, China, March 31-April 4, 2007.

Peigen, Li



Adult Undergraduates in the Adult Education Literature: Mainstream or Marginal?  

Microsoft Academic Search

We conducted a content analysis of articles published from 1990-2005 in the Adult Education Quarterly, Adult Learning, and The Journal of Continuing Higher Education to determine the frequency with which adult undergraduate students were the focus of the articles. Topics of these articles, as well as their type and scope, were also identified. Results of the present study were compared

Joe F. Donaldson; Allison L. Rentfro


Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Three Years After the Boyer Report  

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Originating from the Reinvention Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, this 41-page report is a follow-up report to the original Boyer Commission Report on undergraduate education first released in 1998. Following up on the 1998 report, this document examines the progress made by various universities in 10 different aspects of undergraduate educational areas identified by the first report. Beginning with an introduction of the study's survey methods, the report discusses research findings in these 10 areas, including The Freshman Experience, Research-based Learning, Communication Skills, Educating Graduate Students as Apprentice Teachers, and Changing Faculty Reward Systems. In conclusion, the researchers note that, while "every research university is approaching the issues of undergraduate education seriously," many institutions have "not yet fulfilled their ambitions for undergraduate programs, although many offer special opportunities such as research and freshman seminars to the best students." Well-written and honest in its language and about its findings, this paper will be of great interest to anyone interested in the future of undergraduate education.



The Unsettled Meaning of Undergraduate Education in a Competitive Higher Education Environment  

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Access to undergraduate education has expanded rapidly in recent years. This is one manifestation of a rise in the relative importance of market-based resource allocation in higher education and a weakening of allocation based upon traditional views of merit. This change in priority has influenced the content of the undergraduate curriculum and…

Marks, Denton



How Undergraduate Physics Departments View Career Education  

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Nearly half the students graduating with a bachelors degree in physics go directly into today's rapidly changing work place. Physics departments with strong undergraduate programs recognize the importance of providing students with the skills they need to get good jobs when they graduate. As part of the Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP) project funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation, the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics has visited a number of departments with thriving undergraduate programs. We have found that many of these departments have innovative and successful strategies for providing students with career-building skills and information about employment opportunities for bachelors graduates in physics. This training is frequently built into departmental curriculum. This talk reports on some preliminary findings of SPIN-UP.

Howes, Ruth



Is More Nutrition Education Needed in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum?  

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Objectives: The rise in lifestyle diseases has resulted in primary physicians advising more patients on the benefits of nutritional modifications. However, nutrition education has remained more or less unchanged in the undergraduate medical curriculum. This study aimed to assess the perceptions of medical graduates regarding nutrition education in their undergraduate curriculum. Methods: A total of 125 medical graduates from the Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, were invited to participate in an anonymous online survey from May to October 2012. The validated pilot-tested questionnaire was designed to assess perceptions regarding nutrition education in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Results: A total of 65 medical graduates responded to the survey, of which 55% were female. Of the respondents, 32% were general physicians and 68% were specialists in various disciplines. Nutrition education was perceived to be very important by 80% of the respondents; however, 78.5% felt that they had not received adequate instruction in this field during their undergraduate medical curriculum. The major areas of deficit identified were in the categories of clinical nutrition, nutrition in primary care and evidence-based nutrition. Conclusion: In this study, Gulf Medical University graduates perceived a need for more nutrition-related instruction in their undergraduate medical curriculum. The areas of deficit identified in this study could help in future curricular improvements.

Gomathi, Kadayam G.; Shehnaz, Syed I.; Khan, Nelofer



Exploring perceptions of the educational environment among undergraduate physiotherapy students  

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Objectives The aim of this study was to explore areas of strength and weakness in the educational environment as perceived by undergraduate physiotherapy students and to investigate these areas in relation to the respondents’ demographic characteristics. Methods This study utilized a cross-sectional study design and employed the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure, a 50-item, self-administered inventory relating to a variety of topics directly pertinent to educational environments. Convenience sampling was used, and the scores were compared across demographic variables. All undergraduate physiotherapy students in their first five terms of the programme in a major Swedish university were invited to participate in the study. Results A total of 222 students (80%) completed the inventory. With an overall score of 150/200 (75%), the students rated the educational environment in this institution as “more positive than negative”. Two items consistently received deprived scores - authoritarian teachers and teaching with an overemphasis on factual learning. Students in term 4 differed significantly from others, and students with earlier university education experience perceived the atmosphere more negatively than their counterparts. There were no significant differences with regards to other demographic variables. Conclusions This study provides valuable insight into how undergraduate physiotherapy students perceive their educational environment. In general, students perceived that their educational programme fostered a sound educational environment. However, some areas require remedial measures in order to enhance the educational experience. PMID:25341223

Lindquist, Ingrid; Sundberg, Tobias; Nilsson, Gunnar H.; Laksov, Klara B.




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APOS: A Constructivist Theory of Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Research  

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1 APOS: A Constructivist Theory of Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Research Ed, we describe one such perspective, APOS Theory, in the context of undergraduate mathematics education for building a community of researchers in undergraduate mathematics education, and indicate the use of APOS

Dubinsky, Ed


Correlates of Quality Educational Programs.  

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Presents preliminary evaluation findings from Florida's Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program that explore the relationships between educational program quality and program characteristics. Several program characteristics are found to be related to measurements of educational program quality, including proportion of teachers who are…

Chester, Deborah R.; Tracy, Jessamyn A.; Earp, Emily; Chauhan, Reetu




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188 Department of Education Undergraduate Catalogue 201314  

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of Arts degree. The post-BA Diploma Program leads to a Teaching Diploma, Diploma in Special EducationLeadership.ThegraduateprogramleadstoaMasterofArtsdegreeineducation. The Department of Education offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Education/Elementary. BA Education/Elementary Mission Statement The Bachelor of Arts in Education/Elementary Program aims



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The commitment of social workers to serving economically disadvantaged clients has been questioned in an era of growing political conservatism. This empirical study examines perceptions of the causes of poverty of three groups of undergraduate social work students. Results confirm that students appear to develop beliefs about poverty that are consistent with desired professional values. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced BSW

Sanford Schwartz; Margaret M. Robinson



Bioinformatics in Undergraduate Education: Practical Examples  

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Bioinformatics has emerged as an important research tool in recent years. The ability to mine large databases for relevant information has become increasingly central to many different aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology. It is important that undergraduates be introduced to the available information and methodologies. We present a…

Boyle, John A.



UndergraduateEducation2010 MICHIGAN TECH  

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Education Improves Plagiarism Detection by Biology Undergraduates  

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Regrettably, the sciences are not untouched by the plagiarism affliction that threatens the integrity of budding professionals in classrooms around the world. My research, however, suggests that plagiarism training can improve students' recognition of plagiarism. I found that 148 undergraduate ecology students successfully identified plagiarized…

Holt, Emily A.



Trends Affecting Undergraduate Education in the University of California.  

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The excellent academic reputation enjoyed by the undergraduate division of the University of California (UC) is threatened by the decline in the number of community college transfer students and by their relatively poor academic performance. Contributing to this problem are five educational trends expected to continue into the 1980's: (1) the…

Kissler, Gerald R.


High Graduate Unemployment Rate and Taiwanese Undergraduate Education  

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An expansion in higher education in combination with the recent global economic recession has resulted in a high college graduate unemployment rate in Taiwan. This study investigates how the high unemployment rate and financial constraints caused by economic cutbacks have shaped undergraduates' class choices, job needs, and future income…

Wu, Chih-Chun



Work In Progress Integrating Undergraduate Research and Education  

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and an understanding of and appreciation for the scientific method by integrating a research project in mobile independently design and execute two projects using the TeamTrak equipment: one a quantitative measurementWork In Progress ­ Integrating Undergraduate Research and Education with the TeamTrak Mobile

Thain, Douglas


Learning Posts: A Pedagogical Experiment with Undergraduate Music Education Majors  

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This article describes the effects of a year-long reflective writing assignment--weekly Learning Posts--designed for students in an undergraduate music education course. I created this assignment to cause students to regularly interrogate the teaching and learning they experience in their own daily lives. This study's research question emerged…

Countryman, June



Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry: Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures.  

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This publication provides guidelines and evaluation procedures for undergraduate professional education in chemistry. Contents include: (1) "Scope and Organization of the Chemistry Program"; (2) "Financial Support"; (3) "Curriculum Requirements"; (4) "Commentary on Curriculum Requirements"; (5) "Faculty, Staff, and Facilities Requirements"; (6)…

American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.


Gerontological Education in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: An Australian Perspective  

Microsoft Academic Search

Literature reveals difficulties in preparing nurses to care for older people. This article reports a study that aimed to facilitate positive changes in gerontological education in an undergraduate nursing program by identifying barriers and effective actions. A critical research approach was applied to the study. Data were mainly collected through focus groups. A total of five barriers were identified in

Lily Dongxia Xiao; Jan Paterson; Julie Henderson; Moira Kelton



Integrated Undergraduate Management Education: An Informal Benefit/Cost Analysis  

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This paper seeks to contribute to the literature of management education by evaluating assessment data on Babson College's integrated undergraduate management core program (IMC). Transitions from functionally isolated curricula to more integrated alternatives involve both benefits and costs, accruing to faculty, students and sponsoring…

Casey, William L., Jr.



BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists  

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The report discusses incorporating more math, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science into classes and laboratory work and emphasizing independent research will help undergraduate education reflect real-world science. Schools, professional societies and funding agencies should develop new teaching materials and facilitate faculty…

National Academies Press, 2003



Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose  

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This article describes the Program on the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), a unique experiment in undergraduate education. This project challenged a group of 88 colleges and universities affiliated with a variety of Christian denominations, from Orthodox and Roman Catholic to Evangelical Protestant and Quaker, to think anew about what…

Sullivan, William M.



Trust Matters: Distinction and Diversity in Undergraduate Science Education  

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Background: How do we account for the persistent difficulty the U.S. community of science has in educating larger numbers of talented and diverse undergraduates? We posit that the problem lies in the community's unremitting focus on scientific subject matter knowledge and students' ability to learn, to the neglect of interpersonal social…

Ream, Robert K.; Lewis, James L.; Echeverria, Begoña; Page, Reba N.



Auditing the ICT Experiences of Teacher Education Undergraduates  

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The importance of teacher education graduates having appropriate information and communication technology (ICT) for learning competencies and experiences is well documented. However, without well developed processes for auditing the ICT experiences of undergraduates it should not be assumed that teachers will enter their profession with the…

Watson, Glenice; Proctor, Romina M. J.; Finger, Glenn; Lang, Wayne



Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for Distribution Credit  

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Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for Distribution Credit 1 For an explanation of the Distribution requirements, see the Tufts Bulletin. For courses not appearing in the list of approved courses in the student's final semester at Tufts. Submit this petition to the chair of the Distribution Subcommittee, Joe

Dennett, Daniel


Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Student Petition for World Civilizations Credit  

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Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Student Petition for World Civilizations Credit 1 For an explanation of the World Civilizations requirements, see the Tufts Bulletin. If you want to count a course. The committee strongly urges not to wait until the last semester of the senior year at Tufts for the submission

Dennett, Daniel


Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for World Civilizations Credit  

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Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for World Civilizations Credit 1 For an explanation of the World Civilizations requirement, see the Tufts Bulletin. If you want to count a course must be submitted before the student's final semester at Tufts. Submit to the Chair of the World

Dennett, Daniel


Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for Distribution Credit  

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Undergraduate Education, Tufts University Petition for Distribution Credit 1 For an explanation of the Distribution requirements, see the Tufts Bulletin. For courses not appearing in the list of approved courses of the senior year at Tufts for the submission of petitions. Submit to the Chair of the Distribution

Dennett, Daniel


Academic Program: Undergraduate Studies General Education Program  

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University's mission to provide a liberal arts-based education, the purpose of general education in general education are centered in the Liberal Arts (Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural and Social Sciences the arts and sciences. The liberal arts component of a "general education" program is designed to prepare

Hardy, Christopher R.


The Contributions of the WIYN Observatory to Undergraduate Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over its nearly 20 year history the WIYN Observatory has provided crucial data for numerous undergraduate research projects at the partner institutions (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, and Yale University) plus others who access the telescope via national time from NOAO. WIYN and its instruments have served both undergraduates who are local to each institution, as well as those who have a temporary tenure as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) students. The topics of this work range widely, and only a few examples are listed here. Numerous studies of stars have been undertaken by undergraduates, from rotation velocities of pre-main sequence stars (Rhode et al.) to dynamical heating mechanisms in open clusters (Friel et al.). Extragalactic investigations range from a study of cold ISM in galaxies near the centers of rich clusters (Gallagher & Hooper, et al.) to the stellar populations of post-starburst galaxies hosting low-level AGN (Wolf & Hooper, et al.). Students have made wide use of WIYN's long established suite of facility instruments, which currently includes the Hydra multi-object fiber spectrograph, the SparsePak integral field unit fiber spectrograph, and the WHIRC near-infrared imager. A current undergraduate is a key player in final laboratory testing of two new integral field units that will come to WIYN soon. Finally, the new large format imager pODI currently is in science operation, soon to be followed by an upgrade to nearly four times the current imaging area, a powerful tool that will join the others in contributing to undergraduate research and education. This presentation is a continuation of the overview of WIYN contributions to education that began with a discussion of graduate education at the Indianapolis AAS (Hooper, AAS Meeting #222, #214.23).

Hooper, Eric; Consortium, WIYN



Status of Undergraduate Education in Range Science in the USA  

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This article describes the results of a questionnaire sent to 28 universities and colleges with range science programs in the western 17 states. Information requested pertained to job placement, undergraduate student numbers, course requirements, program goals, and obstacles to undergraduate education in range science. Most range science programs have low student numbers with fewer than 10 graduates per year. The data suggested that low numbers are caused by poor student awareness of rangelands, a misconception that range science is simply another agriculture production major, and competing curricula in natural resource sciences and other areas.

Schacht, Walter


Integrating Research Experiences into the Undergraduate Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During the last seven years Michigan State University has been able to increase the number of physics and astrophysics majors by more than a factor of two. Part of this increase can be attributed to introducing special first-year courses on computational physics and on laboratory techniques, designed exclusively for physics majors. Investing into strengthening the Society of Physics Students and Science Theatre and into increased outreach activities also plays a role. But the largest effect is due to integrating a wide variety of research experiences into the Michigan State undergraduate physics and astrophysics experience. An overview of these activities will be given, and ways to upscale these efforts will be discussed.

Bauer, Wolfgang



Quality and Equality in Education.  

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College Board programs and publications aimed at increasing access to higher education while helping maintain and enhance educational quality are discussed, including the Educational Equality Project on college preparation, Advanced Placement, College-Level Exaination Program, and Options for Excellence. (MSE)

Hanford, George H.



The Implications of the Norms of Undergraduate College Students for Faculty Enactment of Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.  

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Examined the student normative support for Chickering and Gamson's (1987) seven principles of good undergraduate education. Findings from surveys of undergraduate college students indicated that there was empirical evidence of student support for three of the seven principles: faculty-student contact, cooperation among students, and high…

Caboni, Timothy C.; Mundy, Meaghan E.; Duesterhaus, Molly Black




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The Relationship of Mental Models to Learning and Partnerships between Academic and Student Affairs Deans in Puerto Rican Undergraduate Education  

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National reports and scholarly papers in the fields of student services and academic affairs have called for partnerships in colleges and universities to improve the educational quality that students receive. The primary aim of this study was the empirical examination of the theory of mental models among undergraduate deans of academic affairs and…

Santiago-Vargas, Mayra E.



Quality in virtual education environments  

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The emergence of the Internet has changed the way we teach and learn. This paper provides a general overview of the state of the quality of virtual education environments. First of all, some problems with the quality criteria applied in this field and the need to develop quality seals are presented. Likewise, the dimensions and subdimensions of an…

Barbera, Elena



NCLT Contributions to Nanoscience Education at the Undergraduate Level  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT) has a mission to build national capacity in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE) by reaching to millions of learners. This mission calls for the development of a globally competitive national nano workforce and national cadre of leaders in NSEE. Part of the NCLT's integrated program focuses on higher education initiatives and the development of undergraduate resources in NSE. The Center has developed an online educational resource repository for the NSEE community, the NanoEd Resource Portal at This talk involves a description of the applications and context for integrating NSE into undergraduate courses. It will provide research and development examples on new degree programs and concentrations in NSE. The following are a few highlights of NCLT's contributions in undergraduate education: *Example of several short introductory units on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Nanopatterning Techniques *Simulations that can be incorporated into undergrad courses on Information Storage Technology (i.e. Nanomagnetism simulations and accompanying introductory material) *Archive of seminars on various topics on NSE concepts *Working prototype of Nanoconcentration in Physics *Database of Degree Programs highlighted on the NCLT NanoEd Resource Portal *Rubric for course development criteria *Potential venue for professors to post their courses, degree programs, etc. for national and global dissemination

Chang, Robert



Ocean Instruments Web Site for Undergraduate, Secondary and Informal Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An Ocean Instruments web site has been developed that makes available information about ocean sampling and measurement instruments and platforms. The site features text, pictures, diagrams and background information written or edited by experts in ocean science and engineering and contains links to glossaries and multimedia technologies including video streaming, audio packages, and searchable databases. The site was developed after advisory meetings with selected professors teaching undergraduate classes who responded to the question, what could Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution supply to enhance undergraduate education in ocean sciences, life sciences, and geosciences? Prototypes were developed and tested with students, potential users, and potential contributors. The site is hosted by WHOI. The initial five instruments featured were provided by four WHOI scientists and engineers and by one Sea Education Association faculty member. The site is now open to contributions from scientists and engineers worldwide. The site will not advertise or promote the use of individual ocean instruments.

Farrington, J. W.; Nevala, A.; Dolby, L. A.



The NRC Study of Undergraduate Physics Education: The role, status and outlook for physics education research  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies formed the ``Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education, Research and Implementation'' in 2011 and charged it with producing a report that ``identifies the goals and challenges facing undergraduate physics education and identifies how best practices for undergraduate physics education can be implemented on a widespread and sustained basis.'' (Further information on the committee and its charge can be found at: The report is expected to be released in early 2013. This talk will address the committee's process, some of the findings, and their implications for physics education. The role of physics education research in driving innovation will be emphasized.

Heron, Paula



Teaching for Multiple Intelligences in Undergraduate Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Multiple intelligences theory has only recently entered the teaching and learning dialogue in education and research. It is argued that despite the rhetoric of a student centred approach, nurse education remains wedded to conventional teaching approaches, which fail to engage with the individual and unwittingly silence the student's voice. This study examines the concept of Multiple Intelligences (MI) and outlines Gardner's contention that the brain functions using eight intelligences, which can be employed to improve learning at an individual level.

Denny, Margaret


Quality in Postgraduate Education.  

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This collection of papers discusses issues of quality, institutional research culture, and processes which encourage, achieve, sustain, and assure high quality teaching and research in universities, primarily from a British and Australian perspective. Part 1 is titled "Issues of Quality and Institutional Research Culture" and contains the…

Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun, Ed.; Ryan, Yoni, Ed.


Educating and Training Undergraduate Applied Statisticians.  

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A course on Applied Statistics, offered since 1978 at the Instituto de Matematica e Estatistica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brasil, is designed to educate statisticians at the bachelor's level for jobs in government statistical offices, industry, and business. (Author/LMO)

Peres, Clovis A.; And Others



Undergraduate Physical Education Programs: Issues and Approaches.  

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Papers presented at the National Professional Preparation Conference in Physical Education were revised and expanded for publication in this monograph. In part I, two papers, "Professional Preparation Conferences: One More Time" (W. G. Anderson) and "Current Context and Future Curriculum" (M. J. Ellis), set the stage for a presentation of…

Lawson, Hal A., Ed.


Declining Undergraduate Student Performance in Higher Education.  

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Factors contributing to declining academic performance of college students are considered, including: increased government intervention in education, declining faculty expectations and lowered standards, administrative policies, and changing student attitudes and expectations. One view is that government is largely responsible for the…

Spinelli, Teri


Facilitating Change in Undergraduate STEM Education  

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Despite having significant knowledge of effective practices, along with curricular and pedagogical resources, efforts to transform introductory sequences have met with only modest success. While educators may know what to do, they do not know how to enact and sustain these reforms at scale. What they need is a framework for understanding STEM…

Beach, Andrea L.; Henderson, Charles; Finkelstein, Noah



Radiation Oncology in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Literature Review  

SciTech Connect

Purpose: To review the published literature pertaining to radiation oncology in undergraduate medical education. Methods and Materials: Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE Daily Update and EMBASE databases were searched for the 11-year period of January 1, 1998, through the last week of March 2009. A medical librarian used an extensive list of indexed subject headings and text words. Results: The search returned 640 article references, but only seven contained significant information pertaining to teaching radiation oncology to medical undergraduates. One article described a comprehensive oncology curriculum including recommended radiation oncology teaching objectives and sample student evaluations, two described integrating radiation oncology teaching into a radiology rotation, two described multidisciplinary anatomy-based courses intended to reinforce principles of tumor biology and radiotherapy planning, one described an exercise designed to test clinical reasoning skills within radiation oncology cases, and one described a Web-based curriculum involving oncologic physics. Conclusions: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first review of the literature pertaining to teaching radiation oncology to medical undergraduates, and it demonstrates the paucity of published work in this area of medical education. Teaching radiation oncology should begin early in the undergraduate process, should be mandatory for all students, and should impart knowledge relevant to future general practitioners rather than detailed information relevant only to oncologists. Educators should make use of available model curricula and should integrate radiation oncology teaching into existing curricula or construct stand-alone oncology rotations where the principles of radiation oncology can be conveyed. Assessments of student knowledge and curriculum effectiveness are critical.

Dennis, Kristopher E.B., E-mail: kdennis@bccancer.bc.c [Radiation Oncology Program, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Duncan, Graeme [Radiation Oncology Program, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)



A review of undergraduate interprofessional simulation-based education (IPSE).  


Interprofessional simulation-based education (IPSE) is becoming an increasingly popular educational strategy worldwide within undergraduate healthcare curricular. The purpose of the literature review was to examine qualitative, quantitative and mixed/multi-method research studies featuring undergraduate IPSE. A literature review was conducted using CINAHL, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO databases from January 1999 to September 2011 and pre-set criteria. The criteria used to screen all 120 abstracts included: (a) the article pertained to both simulation and undergraduate IPE and (b) the article reported a research study. Eighteen articles which met the pre-set criteria were included in the literature review. All studies featured outcome measures; many were purposely designed and lacked psychometric development and evaluation. Key IPSE drivers included capacity planning, preparedness for disaster management and improving patient care through the evaluation of teambuilding, teamwork skills or communicating within inter-disciplinary teams. Studies evaluated/explored either student or teacher perspectives of learning within the context of IPSE or both. The IPSE learning processes varied considerably in relation to duration, fidelity and professions involved. The scenarios ranged from managing adults admitted to hospital settings, mass casualty/mock disaster patient management to the use of training wards. The majority of the articles identified common IPSE outcomes relating to increased confidence, knowledge, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Based on the findings of this review, the authors suggest that further multi-site, longitudinal research studies are required to provide evidence of the transferability of skills developed during IPSE and their overall impact on both undergraduate education and healthcare. PMID:23101350

Gough, Suzanne; Hellaby, Mark; Jones, Neal; MacKinnon, Ralph



Application of Advanced Technology to Undergraduate Medical Education. Memorandum.  

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Advanced technology will have a great effect on medical education because it can speed up medical education and boost the quality of instruction without straining the capacity of medical schools to expand or driving costs to unreasonable levels. Six examples of an application of advanced technology to medical education are described in this…

Farquhar, J. A.; And Others


Cooperative Learning in Higher Education using Weblogs: a study with undergraduate students of Education in Portugal  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents an experience of internet integration in an Education Program of the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. The project was developed in the first semester of 2006\\/2007 and integrated 23 undergraduate students who attended Educational and Communication Technology (ECT) class. Students, in small groups, were encouraged to set up and maintain a w eblog as a portfolio of



An investigation of undergraduate music education curriculum content in primary teacher education programmes in Australia  

Microsoft Academic Search

Primary school music experiences have been shown to impact not only on future adult attitudes to, but also interest and participation in music. Unfortunately, the current policy and practice of music in primary schools is still perceived to be unsatisfactory. According to teachers this can be attributed in the main to their undergraduate university training in music education. Music educators

Nita Temmerman



Evaluating Quality in Educational Facilities  

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In 2005, the OECD Programme on Educational Building (PEB) organised two international experts' group meetings to discuss how countries define and evaluate quality in educational facilities. The research and experiences of six experts are presented in this article, in addition to the lessons learned from the experts' group meetings. The director of…

Abend, Allen; Ornstein, Sheila Walbe; Baltas, Emmanuel; de la Garza, Jaime; Watson, Chris; Lange, Kurt; von Ahlefeld, Hannah



Quality Education for All Americans.  

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This book was written for concerned individuals who are interested in making the last quarter- century a time of sustained drives toward true quality education for every black child, youth and adult. The book examines the sources of schooling such as networks of metropolitan colleges and cradle schools. The reciprocal relationship of education and…

Brazziel, William F.


Citizen Guide to Quality Education.  

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A collection of five articles focuses on some of the factors that promote quality education in public elementary and secondary education. Each article is accompanied by a list of sources, resources, and exemplary schools or programs. The first, on student discipline, discusses how to organize schools in ways that encourage disciplined behavior…

Tompkins, Rachel, Ed.; Kaeser, Susan, Ed.


Research Experience for Undergraduate Students and Its Impact on STEM Education  

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Research experience has been proven to be effective in enhancing the overall educational experience for undergraduate students. In this article, two engineering research projects with undergraduate students involvement are discussed. The projects provided the undergraduate student researchers with motivation for independent research work and…

Zhan, Wei



An Undergraduate Teacher Education Program For Engineering Students  

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This workshop presentation provides information about the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP) for the Division of Engineering and Department of Education at Brown University. This teaching preparation program is meant for students concentrating in the engineering ScB or AB programs. Graduates will be granted Rhode Island certification for teaching physics at the secondary (7-12) level. The program builds on the strong commitment of the engineering faculty students to the ongoing outreach programs in K-12 education. In this presentation the structure of the program, and its strengths and weaknesses are described. The mechanics of getting approval for the program from all constituents ranging from the engineering department to the university administration to the Rhode Island Department of Education are also explained.

Blume, Janet



Role modeling in undergraduate nursing education: an integrative literature review.  


The transition of nursing education from the hospital setting to the university sector over recent decades has opened dialog about who is guiding the development of nursing students' professional identity. In addition, there is ongoing debate over real or perceived gaps between nursing student learning in the university and the clinical area, how this translates into professional behaviors and how well students make the transition between the two settings. This paper presents the findings of an integrative literature review into the topic of role modeling in undergraduate nursing education. This review was conducted to identify and appraise research findings about role modeling of professional behaviors for undergraduate nursing students. Literature reviewed from 2000 onwards assesses what is currently known about role modeling of undergraduate nursing students. A systematic search of the databases of CINAHL, Scopus and PubMed from 2000 onwards resulted in the selection of 33 articles for deeper analysis. Two clear themes emerged from the literature, the first relating to nurse clinicians as role models for students during clinical placements and the second relating to nurse academics as role models in the academic setting. Findings from this integrative literature review show an imbalance in the recognition of the role modeling of professional behaviors in the clinical versus the academic setting. Nurses in academic settings have more contact with the students over their period of study and as such, the significance of nurse academics as student role models requires further investigation. PMID:24411579

Baldwin, Adele; Mills, Jane; Birks, Melanie; Budden, Lea



"The Physics of Life," an undergraduate general education biophysics course  

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Improving the scientific literacy of non-scientists is an important goal, both because of the ever-increasing impact of science and technology on our lives, and because understanding science enriches our experience of the natural world. One route to improving scientific literacy is via general education undergraduate courses -- i.e. courses intended for students not majoring in the sciences or engineering -- which in many cases provide these students' last formal exposure to science. I describe here a course on biophysics for non-science-major undergraduates recently developed at the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, USA). Biophysics, I claim, is a particularly useful vehicle for addressing scientific literacy. It involves important and general scientific concepts, demonstrates connections between basic science and tangible, familiar phenomena related to health and disease, and illustrates that scientific insights develop by applying tools and perspectives from disparate fields in creative ways. In addition, ...

Parthasarathy, Raghuveer



Assessment Methods in Undergraduate Medical Education  

PubMed Central

Various assessment methods are available to assess clinical competence according to the model proposed by Miller. The choice of assessment method will depend on the purpose of its use: whether it is for summative purposes (promotion and certification), formative purposes (diagnosis, feedback and improvement) or both. Different characteristics of assessment tools are identified: validity, reliability, educational impact, feasibility and cost. Whatever the purpose, one assessment method will not assess all domains of competency, as each has its advantages and disadvantages; therefore a variety of assessment methods is required so that the shortcomings of one can be overcome by the advantages of another. PMID:21509230

Al-Wardy, Nadia M



76 BYU 20072008 Undergraduate Catalog Colleges, Schools, Religious Education, and Undergraduate Education  

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licensure. Students majoring in elementary education, early childhood education, special education strategies courses; and materials that tell how to prepare résumés, do well in an interview, and make. Early childhood education and special education majors must complete their "Exploratory Experience

Hart, Gus


UK Quality Code for Higher Education  

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Wirosoetisno, Djoko


Electives in undergraduate medical education: AMEE Guide No. 88.  


This Guide outlines the scope and potential roles an elective can contribute to undergraduate medical training and identifies ways to maximize learning opportunities, including within global health. The types of educational activity available for electives range from meeting individual educational need through to exploration of potential career pathways, with many factors influencing choice. Key areas of organization underpinning a successful elective before, during and after the placement include developing clarity of the intended educational outcomes as well as addressing practicalities such as travel and accommodation. Risk management including the implications for the participating schools as well as the student and their elective supervisors is crucial. This Guide would not be complete without some discussion around ethics and professional conduct during an elective, with consideration of the impact of elective placements, particularly in low-middle income countries. PMID:24787526

Lumb, Andrew; Murdoch-Eaton, Deborah



The Value of Peer Learning in Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Systematic Review  

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The study examined various methods of peer learning and their effectiveness in undergraduate nursing education. Using a specifically developed search strategy, healthcare databases were systematically searched for peer-reviewed articles, with studies involving peer learning and students in undergraduate general nursing courses (in both clinical and theoretical settings) being included. The studies were published in English between 2001 and 2010. Both study selection and quality analysis were undertaken independently by two researchers using published guidelines and data was thematically analyzed to answer the research questions. Eighteen studies comprising various research methods were included. The variety of terms used for peer learning and variations between study designs and assessment measures affected the reliability of the study. The outcome measures showing improvement in either an objective effect or subjective assessment were considered a positive result with sixteen studies demonstrating positive aspects to peer learning including increased confidence, competence, and a decrease in anxiety. We conclude that peer learning is a rapidly developing aspect of nursing education which has been shown to develop students' skills in communication, critical thinking, and self-confidence. Peer learning was shown to be as effective as the conventional classroom lecture method in teaching undergraduate nursing students. PMID:23691355

Cant, Robyn



Project Kaleidoscope: Advancing What Works in Undergraduate STEM Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In 1989, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) published its first report, What Works: Building Natural Science Communities, on reforming undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Since then, PKAL has grown into a national organization comprised of a diverse group of over 6500 STEM educators who are committed to advancing "what works." The PKAL mission is to be a national leader in catalyzing the efforts of people, institutions, organizations and networks to move from analysis to action in significantly improving undergraduate student learning and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Specifically, PKAL's strategic goals are to: 1) Promote the development and wider use of evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment approaches, 2) Build individual and organizational capacity to lead change in STEM education, and 3) Engage the broader community of external stakeholders - professional and disciplinary societies, business and industry groups, accreditation organizations, educational associations, governmental agencies, philanthropic organizations - in achieving our mission. PKAL achieves these goals by serving as the nexus of an interconnected and multidisciplinary web of people, ideas, strategies, evidence and resources focused on systemic change in undergraduate STEM education. PKAL also provides resources on critical issues, such as teaching using pedagogies of engagement, and engages interested faculty, campuses and professional societies in national projects and programs focused on cutting edge issues in STEM education. One of these projects - Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies for a Sustainable Future - is engaging eleven disciplinary societies, including the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, in defining specific resources, faculty development programs and goals focused on promoting undergraduate STEM courses that: 1) provide more knowledge about real-world issues; 2) connect these real-world issues to the concepts of sustainability; 3) offer students opportunities to analyze and implement choices that can help solve societal problems so they are better able to act on their choices both immediately and as future citizens and professionals. PKAL has also been offering leadership institutes for STEM faculty members to develop their knowledge and skills as change agents who have the capacity to lead educational reform at their institutions. Since 1996, over 200 faculty members from across the STEM disciplines have attended the institutes. An analysis of leadership alumni indicates that nearly 40% have moved on to administrative leadership positions. Alumni of these institutes are now leading regional STEM reform networks in five locations around the U.S. Since 2007, PKAL networks have engaged nearly 650 STEM faculty and campus leaders from over 100 diverse institutions in professional development workshops focused on STEM reform teaching and learning to effect a wider reach of STEM education transformation on campuses where it matters most. Network expertise and resources are disseminated on PKAL's website and national meetings. These programs illustrate PKAL's efforts to build community and disseminate resources that have a national impact on advancing undergraduate STEM teaching, learning and success for all students.

Elrod, S.



Problem-Based Learning in Canadian Undergraduate and Continuing Medical Education  

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This article provides an overview of problem-based learning (PBL) in Canadian undergraduate medical education and continuing medical education (CME) programs. The CME field in Canada is described, and the major professional associations that require physicians to take annual courses and programs are noted. A brief history of PBL in undergraduate

Jubien, Peggy



Quality Assurance in Chinese Higher Education  

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Quality assurance has been integrated into the fabric of higher education in China, with the issue of quality in higher education--how to evaluate it and how to enhance it--now taking centre stage in Chinese higher education. In the past decade, the development of quality assurance in Chinese higher education has covered a broad spectrum of…

Li, Yuan



UK Quality Code for Higher Education  

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UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B11: Research degrees Part B: Assuring and enhancing of sound practice 7 Higher education provider arrangements 7 The research environment 9 Selection Development Framework 35 #12;The UK Quality Code for Higher Education 1 About the Quality Code The UK Quality

Krauss, Thomas


Guidelines for Undergraduate Exercise Physiology in a Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Guidance Document  

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A course in Exercise Physiology is a common requirement among undergraduate students preparing for a career in physical education, adult fitness, or athletic training. Often, such courses are taught to an assortment of students from a variety of disciplines (Van Donselaar & Leslie, 1990) with an emphasis on physiological principles applied to…

National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2006



Facilitating Classroom Innovation in the Geosciences Through the NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) Program  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. Activities supported by the TUES program include the creation, adaptation, and dissemination of learning materials and teaching strategies, development of faculty expertise, implementation of educational innovations, and research on STEM teaching and learning. The TUES program especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education and active dissemination and building a community of users are critical components of TUES projects. To raise awareness about the TUES program and increase both the quality and quantity of proposals submitted by geoscientists to the program, information sessions and proposal writing retreats are being conducted. Digital resources developed especially for the geosciences community are available at to share information about the TUES program and the many ways this NSF program supports innovation in geoscience education. This presentation also addresses identified impediments to submitting a TUES proposal and strategies for overcoming reasons discouraging geoscientists from preparing a proposal and/or resubmitting a declined proposal.

Singer, J.; Ryan, J. G.



Reforming STEM Undergraduate Education: What's a Faculty Member to Do?  

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Efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education lie at the forefront of many national educational policies. The recent National Academies of Science study of discipline-based educational research (DBER)is typical of such efforts. Most of the initiatives to improve student learning in STEM focus on the the student or the instructor in the classroom (Austin, 2011). This focus is consistent with the work by Seymour & Hewitt (1997), which found that poor teaching in STEM adversely affects learning and retention in the major. Professional development efforts focus on helping the individual STEM faculty member to figure out what to do to improve student learning. Substantial research (Austin, 2011) shows that the origin of many learning problems lies beyond the control of the instructor or the individual classroom. In these circumstances what is a STEM faculty member to do? This paper explores answers to this question. The first step is to define the nature of the problem. Is it related to classroom teaching and learning such as knowledge, skills, and interest in the major? If so then what environmental factors affect strategic alternatives, including type of course, instructor characteristics, and prior teaching experience (Fairweather & Rhoads, 1995)? Does good disciplinary-based research on the learning problem exist? If so then how can the research results be translated into practice? If not then does good research from other disciplines exist? If relevant evidenced-based research does not exist at all then how can STEM instructors learn to evaluate key learning outcomes and find ways to ameliorate problems? Despite appearances not all STEM teaching and learning problems are classroom-based. Some problems derive from curricula, others from faculty work-related issues such as rewards and work load. Any classroom reform effort must reflect accurately the system in which the teaching and learning take place. Understanding these systemic interactions improves the ability of likelihood that STEM faculty members' efforts to improve instruction in the classroom will be effective and enduring (Fisher, Fairweather, & Amey, 2003). In the presentation I discuss a program to incorporate computational competencies in the classroom and curricula. I use this example to help individual STEM instructors understand how to think about improving what goes on in their classroom while at the same time doing so in a way that increases the likelihood that the reform will work and endure. I discuss the importance of building networks among like-minded colleagues within and across institutions as a critical element in successful reform. References Austin, A. (2011). Promoting evidence based change in undergraduate science education. Washington, DC: National Academies of Science. Fairweather, J., and Rhoads, R. (1995). Teaching and the faculty role: Enhancing the commitment to instruction in American Colleges and Universities. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 17: 179-194. Fisher, D., Fairweather, J., & Amey. M. (2003). Systemic reform in undergraduate engineering education: The role of collective responsibility. International Journal of Engineering Education 19: 768-776. Seymour, E. & Hewitt, N. M. (1997). Talking about leaving: Why undergraduates leave the sciences. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Fairweather, J.



Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Education: Are We Educating for Future Practice?  

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A survey of interdisciplinary educational activities received replies from 11 occupational therapy and 9 physiotherapy programs in Canada. Results indicate that interdisciplinary activities are encouraged and may expand. A model to guide the experiences would be useful. (JOW)

Tryssenaar, Joyce; And Others



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into scripture, doctrine, LDS and Christian church history, and world religions. We strive to create a learning a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued" (BYU Mission and women of all faiths. Degrees Offered Religious Education offers the master of religious education degree

Hart, Gus


Providing the Pathway to Success for Graduate Education: Undergraduate Research  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) lies along the U.S.-Mexico border and has one of the largest Hispanic student populations in the country. Since 2002, the faculty of Geological Sciences have provided research opportunities for undergraduate students with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program. The program, called Pathways Research Experience Program (PREP), funds stipends, which allows undergraduate students to work closely with a faculty mentor and participate in workshops on applying to graduate schools, obtaining financial aid, and establishing effective study habits. Our overall goal is to mentor students through an undergraduate degree in geosciences and prepare them for graduate education. Student research has covered a wide range of geoscience topics: paleontology, structural geology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, seismology, and geomicrobiology, with students presenting results at national meetings including the Annual Meetings of the Geological Society of America and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences, as well as research expos at UTEP. Students are selected for the program based on GPA, letters of recommendation, and a research proposal, and they must maintain good academic standing during their tenure as a PREP fellow. Since its inception (Spring 2002), 21 students have participated in the program, which has included 13(62 percent) women and 12(57 percent) Hispanics. Of these 21 students, 13 have graduated. Of the 13, 5 have continued onto graduate programs at other institutions and 2 have remained at UTEP, thus highlighting that to build a pipeline of students willing to obtain an advanced degree, a structured research experience must be a key component.

Miller, K. C.; Velasco, A. A.; Andronicos, C. L.; Langford, R. P.; Carrick, T. L.



Transforming the State Role in Undergraduate Education: Time for a Different View. The Report of the Working Party on Effective State Action to Improve Undergraduate Education. Report No. PS-86-3.  

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Ways that states can promote change in undergraduate education in state institutions are discussed. The total undergraduate experience, not simply the curriculum, is of concern. Attention is directed to eight challenges in undergraduate education: (1) to prepare students for opportunities offered by a changing work force and society; (2) to…

Boyer, Carol M.; And Others


UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 354 Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 Art Education -Minor  

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Minors UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 354 Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 Art Education - Minor Education majors. This minor is well-suited for students enrolled in the School of Visual Arts and Design College of Education and Human Performance School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership http://education

Foroosh, Hassan


The Ministerial Viewpoint on "Quality Education"  

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Quality education has always been a priority for UNESCO and its Member States--a priority that was reaffirmed at the Dakar World Education Forum in 2000. In this regard, the Director-General invited Ministers of Education to participate in a Ministerial Round-Table Meeting on Quality Education on 3 and 4 October 2003, during the thirty-second…

Pigozzi, Mary Joy



Undergraduate radiology education in the era of dynamism in medical curriculum: an educational perspective.  


Radiology undergraduate curriculum has undergone a tremendous transformation in the decades reflecting a change in the structure, content and delivery of instruction. These changes are not unique to the discipline, but rather a response in the cycle of the re-engineering process in the medical curriculum in order to ensure its proper role into the ever-changing context. Radiology education is now more integrated across the curriculum than ever. The diversity of how radiology is being taught within the medical undergraduate curriculum is extensive and promising with the expanding role of the radiologist in the spectrum within the medical curriculum. A strong interface between the medical student and the clinicians must always be integrated in the learning process in order to convey the essential and practical use of the different aspects of radiology essential to the student's career as a future clinician. With the recent advancement in educational and technological innovations, radiology education is mobilized in the most pioneering ways, stimulating a rekindled interest in the field of medical imaging. This paper describes the increasing interest in current role of undergraduate radiology education in the context of constant medical curriculum innovations and in the digital age. PMID:20864284

Pascual, Thomas N B; Chhem, Rethy; Wang, Shih-Chang; Vujnovic, Sasa



Agriculture and the Undergraduate. Proceedings of a Conference--Investing in the Future: Professional Education for the Undergraduate (Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 1991).  

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This document reports the proceedings of a national conference to chart the comprehensive changes needed to meet the challenges of undergraduate professional education in agriculture. Part I of the proceedings contains the following 14 conference papers: (1) "Rethinking Undergraduate Professional Education for the Twenty-First Century: The…

National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Agriculture.



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Engages undergraduates in service learning, volunteer and internship opportunities, and community eventsTransform your learning UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION 2004-05 ANNUAL-achieving students by engaging them in all the benefits of a large, world-class research university through

Kaminsky, Werner


Undergraduate Students' Preference for Distance Education by Field of Study  

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This research investigates the relationship between students' field of study and their preference for distance education. For this research, data were used from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: Undergraduate, which uses a complex survey design to collect data from a nationally representative sample of undergraduate postsecondary…

Pontes, Manuel C. F.; Pontes, Nancy M. H.



Student Financing of Undergraduate Education: 2007-08. Web Tables. NCES 2010-162  

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In 2007-08, approximately 21 million students were enrolled in undergraduate postsecondary education in the United States. These Web Tables provide a comprehensive source of information on financial aid that was awarded to undergraduate students during the 2007-08 academic year. Included are estimates of tuition, price of attendance, and financial…

Wei, Christina Chang



Preparing doctors for tomorrow: information management as a theme in undergraduate medical education.  


The evolving nature of medical knowledge and technology requires that the practitioners of tomorrow be able to develop practice management and computer skills in order to enhance quality patient care, ongoing education, and research. The paper describes how the discipline of medical informatics can be integrated into an undergraduate medical curriculum, not as a course or series of courses but as a repeated theme throughout the 3-year system-based curriculum. Recommendations specific to integrating medical informatics into an undergraduate curriculum are outlined with respect to: (1) content; (2) content organization; (3) management; and (4) evaluation. Six areas of information and computer management applications are discussed. These are computer-assisted learning, retrieving and organizing information from computerised databases, the application of medical informatics tools to the critical appraisal of literature and associated statistical software packages, hospital- and office-based information systems, and electronic communications. Medical education has a history of resistance to change. Reference to guidelines and experiences of others who have negotiated information management and medical informatics changes into medical school environments can therefore be helpful. It is in this context that this paper is presented. PMID:2023555

Jennett, P A; Edworthy, S M; Rosenal, T W; Maes, W R; Yee, N; Jardine, P G



Maintaining the quality of dental undergraduates for general dental practice: a performance management study.  


An investigation and survey explored the effect of the display of dental undergraduates clinical performance by a process termed silent monitoring. The study measured the effect of silent monitoring on the quality of patients' treatment and the frequency of non-attendance at appointments for patients arranged by undergraduates. A cross-sectional study also estimated the impact of silent monitoring on undergraduates' clinic time use. Both enquiries revealed that silent monitoring motivated students. It significantly increased the number of patients treated and reduced the non-attendance of appointments. However, there was an increase in the incidence of patients informing undergraduates that they could not attend appointments. This phenomenon allowed the rescheduling of appointments and better use of clinic time. Silent monitoring increased the time undergraduates spent preparing for the patients' treatment. it also improved the patients punctuality. Evaluation of the procedure by questionnaires showed approval of the method, although some undergraduates felt that aspects of their assessment were unfair. A survey revealed that other United Kingdom dental schools do not use silent monitoring. If they adopted such a method, it could have similar positive influences on their undergraduates' management of clinical practice and improve the quality for dental practice. PMID:7577189

Robinson, P B



Students and Learning at the University of Arizona: Annual Report to the Associate Vice President of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education.  

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The University of Arizona's (UA) Assessment Plan was established in the spring of 1987 when a Task Force of 20 presented a report on assessment of undergraduate education. The Task Force's underlying assessment principles include faculty leadership, multidimensional view of quality, multiple methods of assessment, multiple sources of information,…

Dinham, Sarah M.


B. Our Education Mission 7. Undergraduate Student Experience: Service Learning Opportunities  

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B. Our Education Mission 7. Undergraduate Student Experience: Service Learning Opportunities  

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Toronto, University of


Managing the Learning Environment in Undergraduate Medical Education: The Sheffield Approach.  

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Describes one possible model for e-learning in undergraduate medical education with an emphasis on supporting and managing curriculum development. The Sheffield Networked Learning Environment (NLE) was developed in collaboration with other medical schools. (Author/SOE)

Roberts, Chris; Lawson, Mary; Newble, David; Self, Ashley



Tensiometry as a Measure of Improvement in Knot Quality in Undergraduate Medical Students  

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Introduction: This study examined the validity of tensiometry as an objective method of assessing the improvements in the quality of knots and technical performance due to practice on suturing and knot-tying skills. Methods: We evaluated the quality of 1,830 knots produced by undergraduate medical students before training (pre-test), after…

Leming, J. Kyle; Dorman, Katie; Brydges, Ryan; Carnahan, Heather; Dubrowski, Adam



The strength of rural nursing: implications for undergraduate nursing education.  


Nursing in rural communities offers opportunities for independent nursing practice and community participation. However, recruitment of nurses to rural settings can be difficult. In response to this challenge and the rising demand within nursing education for community clinical placements, intensive, short-term, rural community clinical placements are being developed by urban universities. As yet, little research has examined the use of these placements for undergraduate nursing education. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the experiences of students, registered nurse mentors, and clinical instructors in rural health clinical placements, as part of a larger study examining alternative clinical placements. Through use of the interpretive descriptive method, the perspectives of participants were elicited from focus groups and interviews. The paradox of nursing student placements in rural health is that limitations of the rural site became the impetus for nursing student learning and partnership. An implication is that service learning partnerships be pursued for mutual benefit of students, communities, and rural nurses. PMID:16646922

Van Hofwegen, Lynn; Kirkham, Sheryl; Harwood, Catherine



Total Quality Management in Education. Second Edition.  

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Quality is at the top of most agendas, and improving quality is probably the most important task facing any institution. In addition, quality is difficult to define or measure. This book, the second edition of "Total Quality Management in Education," introduces the key concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM) and demonstrates how they can be put…

Sallis, Edward


A Council on Undergraduate Research Workshop Initiative to Establish, Enhance, and Institutionalize Undergraduate Research  

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The value of undergraduate research workshop to significantly enhance the quality of undergraduate science education was cited as one of the goals by the National Science Foundations (NSF) Strategic Plan. To address this strategic national need, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has granted an NSF course, curriculum, and laboratory…

Karukstis, Kerry K.



Undergraduate Neuroscience Education in the U.S.: An Analysis using Data from the National Center for Education Statistics.  


Despite an apparent increase in undergraduate neuroscience programs offered by colleges and universities, there has been little effort to document this growth. In the present report we describe our analysis of the expansion of undergraduate neuroscience programs of study over more than 20 years and detail a number of institutional characteristics of colleges and universities that offer undergraduate neuroscience programs. These data reveal more than 100 institutions with undergraduate neuroscience programs as well as over 2000 college graduates that majored in neuroscience in 2008-2009. Understanding the current number as well as growth trends of undergraduate neuroscience programs found in U.S. colleges and universities has implications for neuroscience educators as well as for the funding of neuroscience research and educational activities. PMID:23493915

Ramos, Raddy L; Fokas, Georgia J; Bhambri, Ankur; Smith, Phoebe T; Hallas, Brian H; Brumberg, Joshua C



Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility.  

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This book provides concrete advice on how campuses can meet the challenges of educating thoughtful, committed, and socially responsible college graduates. The chapters are: (1) "Educating Citizens in a Pluralistic Society"; (2) "The Broader Undergraduate Context"; (3) "When Educating Citizens Is a Priority"; (4) "The Multiple Dimensions of Moral…

Colby, Anne; Ehrlich, Thomas; Beaumont, Elizabeth; Stephens, Jason


Strategic planning of the graduate and undergraduate education in a research university in Japan  

Microsoft Academic Search

As a consequence of the toning down of the University Standards in 1991, many universities in Japan changed their institutional arrangements for undergraduate education. Generally speaking, new curricula put emphasis on specialty programs in each department resulting in relatively weaker general education programs. However, Hokkaido University decided to keep and strengthen the general education programs, which were continuously articulated to

Masaaki Ogasawara



Undergraduate Music Education Major Identity Formation in the University Music Department  

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The purpose of this study was to determine relationships among social identity, value of music education, musician-teacher orientation, selected demographic factors, and self-concept as a music educator. Participants (N = 968) were volunteer undergraduate music education majors enrolled at four-year institutions granting a bachelor of music…

McClellan, Edward



Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality  

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The Institute of Medicine study Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) recommended that an interdisciplinary summit be held to further reform of health professions education in order to enhance quality and patient safety. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality is the follow up to that summit, held in June 2002, where 150 participants across…

Greiner, Ann C., Ed.; Knebel, Elisa, Ed.



Achieving Quality Learning in Higher Education.  

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This volume on quality learning in higher education discusses issues of good practice particularly action learning and Total Quality Management (TQM)-type strategies and illustrates them with seven case studies in Australia and the United Kingdom. Chapter 1 discusses issues and problems in defining quality in higher education. Chapter 2 looks at…

Nightingale, Peggy; O'Neil, Mike


Undergraduate Quality Management Project: Motorcycle Manufacturer Vendor Rating System  

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A major motorcycle vendor, based in the U.S. Midwest, is the world's largest custom V-Twin motorcycle manufacturer and domestically the second largest motorcycle manufacturer behind Harley-Davidson. This project describes the process used used by a K-State undergraduate distance learning student to design and develop the initial version of a…

Baker, James; McHaney, Roger



The Impact of Marketing Actions on Relationship Quality in the Higher Education Sector in Jordan  

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This field/analytical study examined the marketing actions (antecedents) and performance (consequences) of relationship quality in a higher education setting. To analyze data collected from a random sample of 271 undergraduate students at AL-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan, the linear structural relationship (LISREL) model was used to…

Al-Alak, Basheer A. M.




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Undergraduate research and capstone major design experience (MDE) project courses have been used with increasing frequency by the Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS ERC) for almost all of its seven-year existence. Four approaches for undergraduate projects and research are presented. Two project-oriented undergraduate courses are described: one is an Integrated Microsystems Enterprise with multi-term MDE projects that

Leo McAfee; Kensall Wise; Paul L. Bergstrom


UCI offers a variety of excellent programs for students interested in preparing for a career in education, including an undergraduate minor in educational  

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in the appropriate disciplines. Master of Arts in Teaching The Department of Education offers a 15-month Master for a career in education, including an undergraduate minor in educational studies, selected undergraduate majors with concentrations in secondary education, a subject-matter preparation program in mathematics

Barrett, Jeffrey A.


Undergraduate Catalog 2004 -2005  

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-- Developmentally Accredited) Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Engineering) Florida Board of Nursing (Undergraduate) Florida Department of Education (Undergraduate (Undergraduate and Graduate) National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (Undergraduate and Graduate

Asaithambi, Asai


Faculty Perceptions of Teaching in Undergraduate Computer Science Education  

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The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the attitudes of computer science faculty members towards undergraduate teaching. The questions addressed in this study are: (1) How important is effective teaching to computer science faculty members at the undergraduate level and how important do they perceive effective teaching to be to their…

Abdelzaher, Ann M.



Educational Quality Correlates of Online Graduate Management Education  

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The purpose of our paper is to describe and compare educational models based on four major concepts that can be used to assess educational quality. We focus on graduate management programs since they are increasingly supporting their education offerings with state-of-the-art technology. We examine why some distance educational models are more…

Millson, Murray R.; Wilemon, David



Therapeutic letters in undergraduate nursing education: Ideas for clinical nurse educators.  


Therapeutic letter writing (TLW) is a well-known intervention in family nursing practice but it has been overlooked as a strategy in nursing education to promote relationship-building. This article reviews what is known about TLW and presents what was learned by adding a TLW assignment to undergraduate clinical nursing courses. This paper adds to the evidence supporting TLW as an effective clinical teaching strategy to promote students relational skills and to recognize patients' strengths. TLW has benefits for students, patients and faculty. PMID:19932532

Freed, Patricia E; McLaughlin, Dorcas E; SmithBattle, Lee; Leander, Sheila; Westhus, Nina



Assessment of the Undergraduate Medical Education Environment in a Large UK Medical School  

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Objective: To assess the undergraduate educational environment in a large UK medical school. Method: Prospective study using the already validated Dundee Ready Education Environment (DREEM) questionnaire ("Appendix 1"). Setting: A large UK medical school. Participants: All medical students enrolled in the academic year 2002/2003. Main outcome…

Dunne, Fidelma; McAleer, Sean; Roff, Susan



Design and Development of a Low-Cost Test-Bed for Undergraduate Education in UAVs  

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Design and Development of a Low-Cost Test-Bed for Undergraduate Education in UAVs D. Jung, E. J for the development of a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) test-bed for educational purposes. The objective) and graduate students (secondarily) in UAV research. The complete design and development of all hardware

Tsiotras, Panagiotis


Implicit, Stand-Alone or Integrated Skills Education for Undergraduates: A Longitudinal Analysis of Programme Outcomes  

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This paper reports the findings of a longitudinal investigation into the effectiveness of skills education programmes within business and management undergraduate degree courses. During the period between 2005 and 2011, a large business school in the south-west of England was developed and implemented two distinct approaches to skills education.…

MacVaugh, Jason; Jones, Anna; Auty, Stephanie



New Directions of Research on Undergraduate Physics Education Edward F. Redish  

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than nuclear physics and it is harder than rocket science. Physics education researchers around1 New Directions of Research on Undergraduate Physics Education Edward F. Redish Dept. of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4111 USA Welcome to the international conference, "Physics


Prevention for the 21st Century: Setting the Context through Undergraduate Medical Education.  

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Discusses the importance of teaching preventive medicine and presents a set of core competencies in preventive medicine for undergraduate medical education recommended by a 1997 task force of medical educators. Also reviews the Medical School Objectives Project, which describes in broad terms the knowledge, attitudes and skills students must…

Pomrehn, Paul R.; Davis, Mary V.; Chen, D. W.; Barker, William



Guidelines for Curriculum Development for Undergraduate Medical Education in the Prevention of Pulmonary Diseases.  

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These guidelines for developing an undergraduate medical education curriculum in pulmonary disease prevention emphasize not only the most current scientific practice but also the active application of cognitive and behavioral skills related to patient education. Chapter 1 introduces the guidelines and the issues and trends in preventative…

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst. (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Lung Diseases.


Selling Sales: Factors Influencing Undergraduate Business Students' Decision to Pursue Sales Education  

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With a better understanding of the typical sales student, sales educators can design and deliver curriculum with a more customer-oriented approach. In order to better understand the decision to pursue sales education, more than 500 undergraduate business students at a large Midwestern university participated in a survey that examined the factors…

Allen, Concha; Kumar, Poonam; Tarasi, Crina; Wilson, Holt



Culture and Quality in Higher Education.  

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Presents a typology of quality-assurance systems for higher education and evaluates the alternatives. Argues that total quality management strategies are best suited to higher education's purpose because the model is internal to the delivery of the service, continuous, and process-oriented, but notes, however, that there are deep, often…

Newby, Peter



Toward Quality in Education: The Leader's Odyssey.  

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This book is intended as a resource for educators engaged in the pursuit of quality and excellence. Specifically, Total Quality Management (TQM)--defined as a way of thinking and working to achieve continuous improvement through employee involvement and a focus on customers--is applied to education. Following the introduction, the first two…

Monk, Betty Jo


Leisure Education and the Quality of Life.  

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The primary purpose of the conference was to develop a general awareness of leisure education as a process for the enrichment of the quality of life. Conference objectives were: (1) to develop an awareness of the relationship of education for leisure and the quality of life; (2) to examine the needs of people at various stages of the life cycle…

Mundy, Jean, Ed.; Cannon, Frances C., Ed.


Who Really Answers the Questions? Using Glasser's Quality School Model in an Undergraduate Classroom  

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The authors discuss the effectiveness of the Quality School model and active learning in an undergraduate classroom setting. They compare performance levels of students in two course sections of Principles of Macroeconomics and two sections of Managerial Communications. Students are given an opportunity to help shape the structure of the…

Logan, Jennifer; Plumlee, Gerald L.



American Association for Health Education Directory of Institutions Offering Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs in Health Education. 1997 Edition.  

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This directory provides listings of institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in health education. Programs are listed by state and use the following frame: name of institution, city, ZIP code, program code (type of program), head of health education program, title, address, telephone and fax number, e-mail number, and…

Journal of Health Education, 1997



Research of High-quality innovative and pioneering undergraduate training model of Software Engineering  

Microsoft Academic Search

With the development of the innovative and pioneering education in China, it is necessary to update the concept and content of university education, foster people-oriented, diversity of quality education, establish innovative educational concept. We apply Inquiry-based learning for innovative theory and Co-operative education for engineering ability to the teaching and practice of software engineering, establish the High-quality innovative and pioneering

Pan Tiejun I; Fang Yuefeng; Zheng Leina; Yang Xiaoyan; Liu Yunpeng



Lessons Online: Educational Technology for the Undergraduate Geology Classroom.  

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Describes the development and implementation of an undergraduate earth science course using WebCT, a multipurpose software package. The course included class e-mail, science hyperlinks, an online calendar, an online discussion board, and online handouts. (DDR)

Witham, Shelly Anne; Krockover, Gerald H.; Ridgway, Kenneth D.; Zinsmeister, William J.



Undergraduate Education in Psychology: Will the Mermaids Sing?  

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Traces the history of undergraduate psychology curricula in the United States, highlighting relevant conferences and reports. Special attention is paid to the St. Mary's Conference (Maryland) in 1991 and dramatic changes in the teaching of psychology in secondary schools. (SLD)

Brewer, Charles L.



Physics Illinois Undergraduate Programs  

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Physics Illinois Undergraduate Programs Department of Physics College of Engineering University to undergraduate education. Over the last 15 years, in collaboration with our nationally recognized Physics Education Research Group, our faculty has reinvented the way undergraduate physics courses are taught

Gilbert, Matthew


LaURGE: Louisiana Undergraduate Recruitment and Geoscience Education  

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NSF and the Shell Foundation sponsor a program called Louisiana Undergraduate Recruitment and Geoscience Education (LaURGE). Goals of LaURGE are: 1) Interweave geoscience education into the existing curriculum; 2) Provide teachers with lesson plans that promote interest in geoscience, critical thinking by students, and are consistent with current knowledge in geoscience; and 3) Provide teachers with supplies that make these lessons the highlights of the course. Biology workshops were held at LSU in Baton Rouge and Centenary College in Shreveport in July 2009. 25 teachers including 5 African-Americans attended the workshops. Teachers were from public and private schools in seven different parishes. Teacher experience ranged from 3 years to 40 years. Courses impacted are Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, and Environmental Science. The workshops began with a field trip to Mississippi to collect fossil shark teeth and create a virtual field trip. After the field trip, teachers do a series of activities on fossil shark teeth to illustrate evolution and introduce basic concepts such as geologic time, superposition, and faunal succession. Teachers were also given a $200 budget from which to select fossils for use in their classrooms. One of our exercises explores the evolution of the megatoothed shark lineage leading to Carcharocles megalodon, the largest predatory shark in history with teeth up to 17 cm long. Megatoothed shark teeth have an excellent fossil record and show continuous transitions in morphology from the Eocene to Pliocene. We take advantage of the curiosity of sharks shared by most people, and allow teachers to explore the variations among different shark teeth and to explain the causes of those variations. Objectives are to have teachers (and their students): 1) sort fossil shark teeth into biologically reasonable species; 2) form hypotheses about evolutionary relationships; and 3) describe and interpret evolutionary trends in the fossil Megatoothed lineage. The exercise concludes with discussion of the environmental and biotic events occurring between the Eocene and Miocene epochs that may have caused evolutionary changes in the megatooth shark’s teeth. Other topics covered include radiometric age dating, biogeochemical cycles, and human impact on the carbon and sulfur cycles. Pretests and posttests were administered to assess effectiveness of the program as well as identify teacher misconceptions. This information will be used in future workshops. NSF funding will allow the biology workshops to be repeated in 2010. In addition, a new workshop for physics teachers will be introduced in 2010.

Nunn, J. A.; Agnew, J.



Quality Assurance for Higher Education Franchising.  

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The practice of "franchising" higher education programs, or provision of educational programs through vendors, is examined as it occurs in the United Kingdom as a result of recent educational policy changes. A set of principles for assuring the quality of such programs is proposed. (MSE)

Yorke, Mantz



Fifteen Years of Quality in Higher Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The review explores 15 years of contributions to Quality in Higher Education. In this first part the review focuses on external processes and factors, both national and international. The developments in a wide range of countries are reported and evaluated. The concept of quality should not be detached from purpose and context and quality has political undertones. A key issue

Lee Harvey; James Williams



Rethinking quality and improvement in higher education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically review dominant conceptions of and approaches to quality in higher education. It suggests an alternative approach with potential to shift the focus of quality activities from accountability and control to improvement. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The applicability and limits of quality concepts and models are critically reviewed against key systems concepts of

Don Houston



Quality: Transforming Postsecondary Education. ERIC Digest.  

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This brief report summarizes a longer document with the same title. Many colleges and universities, in responding to public demand for higher education and the external challenges it creates, are employing Total Quality Management (TQM) techniques to improve quality, increase productivity, and decrease cost. The quality improvement process itself…

Chaffee, Ellen Earle; Sherr, Lawrence A.


Popularization of remote sensing education and general course construction in undergraduate education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The construction of a course focused on remote sensing is important because it cultivates college students' geographic abilities and popularizes remote sensing technology. Using internet datasets, this article compares data from general undergraduate courses at almost 100 universities located in the United States and China with 3 years of experimental teaching data from the general undergraduate "Remote sensing Region" course at Beijing Normal University. The comparison focuses on curricular concepts, course content, website construction and the popularity of the remote sensing topic. Our research shows that the "remote sensing region" course can promote the geographic abilities of college students by popularizing remote sensing observation technology. The course can improve the overall quality of college students by breaking major barriers, and it can promote global and national consciousness by presenting material with global and regional relevancy. Remote sensing imaging has become known as the third most intuitive geographic language after text and maps. The general remote sensing course have the three following developmental qualities: interdisciplinarity, popularization and internationalization.

Wang, Jing'ai; Sheng, Zhongyao; Yu, Han



Enhancing Research in the Chemical Sciences at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Recommendations of a Recent Undergraduate Research Summit  

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The challenges faced by the predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI) due to the changing landscape of higher education and research are described. An Undergraduate Research Summit recommends methods for the enhancement of the amount, quality, productivity and visibility of chemistry research at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI).

Karukstis, Kerry K.; Wenzel, Thomas J.



Good Practices in Undergraduate Education from the Students' and Faculty's View: Consensus or Disagreement. AIR 1996 Annual Forum Paper.  

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This study examined teaching practices in undergraduate education by surveying 180 undergraduate students and 29 faculty, most in the school of education, at the Rio Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Factors investigated include: (1) degree of agreement between faculty and students on good teaching practices; (2) relationship…

Negron-Morales, Patricia; And Others


A Comparison of Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education Students' Perceptions of Their Instructors' Use of "Microsoft PowerPoint"  

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This study explored the perceptions of 304 teacher education students regarding how effectively and meaningfully their instructors use the "Microsoft PowerPoint" presentation software program in their teaching and compared graduate and undergraduate students' perceptions to determine the extent to which graduate and undergraduate teacher educators

Yilmazel-Sahin, Yesim



Total Quality in Higher Education. Total Quality Series.  

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This volume offers a detailed argument for and description of Total Quality Management (TQM) for institutions of higher education. Chapter 1 elaborates on why TQM is good for higher education and includes some warning as to why implementation at colleges and universities may not be easy. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the history of the TQM…

Lewis, Ralph G.; Smith, Douglas H.


Quality & Consumerism in Higher Education  

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Education is often seen as a contrast (or even contest) between being a process of liberal education (with the aim of fostering life-long independent, innovative and creative thinking useful throughout life) and delivering vocational education (immediately applicable skills and competencies, ready for the world of work--"employability").…

Palfreyman, David



Lighting Quantity and Quality in Educational Facilities.  

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Discusses educational facility lighting management, and examines how light quantity, distribution, and quality-enhancement strategies can improve the indoor environment while reducing lighting costs. Informational tables provide lighting pattern, color, and illuminance data. (GR)

Elwazanim, Salim A.



Addressing Patient Sexual Orientation in the Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum  

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Objective: This study aims to estimate the number of hours dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender content in one medical school's undergraduate curriculum, compare it to the national average, and identify barriers to addressing this content. Methods: Course and clerkship directors were asked to estimate how many hours they spent on…

Tamas, Rebecca L.; Miller, Karen Hughes; Martin, Leslee J.; Greenberg, Ruth B.



Students' Understanding of Theory in Undergraduate Education  

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This paper investigates undergraduate students' application of theory in their analysis of problems presented in authentic leadership cases. Taking a phenomenographic research approach, the paper identifies two levels at which students understand "theory": Level 1-Theory as knowledge acquired from books; Level 2-Theory as support…

Liff, Roy; Rovio-Johansson, Airi



Civic Engagement in the Community: Undergraduate Clinical Legal Education  

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The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) of California State University, Chico, provides a unique civic engagement program designed to serve the legal service needs of Northern California. Founded in 1969, CLIC is now a 12-program, on-campus law clinic staffed by up to 125 undergraduate students each semester and is the most extensive…

Allen, Mahalley D.; Parker, Sally A.; DeLorenzo, Teodora C.



Christian Education and Openness: An Empirical Investigation among Undergraduates  

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A sample of 334 undergraduates completed the Francis Scale of Attitude Toward Christianity and the Astley-Francis Open Worldview Scale, together with the short form Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. The data provide no support for the view that a positive attitude toward Christianity inhibits openness to other worldviews, although both…

Astley, Jeff; Francis, Leslie J.



Use of Lecture Capture in Undergraduate Biological Science Education  

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This study examined the use of lecture capture in students in a large 3rd year undergraduate biological science course at the University of Guelph. Data regarding viewing behaviour, academic performance, and attendance were analyzed in relation to student learning approach (as assessed by the R-SPQ-2F), gender, and year of post-secondary…

Wiese, Candace; Newton, Genevieve



Discipline-Based Efforts to Enhance Undergraduate STEM Education  

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Efforts to reform and improve teaching and learning in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines have grown increasingly stronger and more focused over the past two decades. Since the early 1990s, some notable unifying developments have given coherence to such initiatives, as well as other developments…

Ferrini-Mundy, Joan; Gucler, Beste



General Education An undergraduate student whose enrollment in a  

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101, 102 II. Academic and Professional Development Participation in the Pilot Digital Portfolio, the pursuit of truth, the intellectual and ethical development of students, and the general well. Students also need to be prepared to complete undergraduate work and a major course of study. The mission

Stuart, Steven J.


Stephen F. Austin State University Undergraduate Special Education  

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and to contribute to the common good. CORE VALUES In the Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State Standards 8 CEC Standards for Beginning Special Educators 9 State Board for Educator Certification Standards

Long, Nicholas


A Three-Tiered Approach to Enhance Undergraduate Education in Bioethics  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The systematic integration of ethics into undergraduate programs is a key component to improving the understanding of ethical issues in science for a broad audience. We propose a three-tiered approach to integrating ethics and social issues that can be readily adapted to particular curricular needs. A concerted incorporation of ethics strategically targeted to each level of undergraduate education will improve the preparation of prospective research scientists, enhance K12 teacher training, increase the scientific and ethical literacy of the general public, and improve the awareness of health professionals regarding ethics in medicine. After examining textbooks, programs, and faculty perspectives, we suggest areas in which changes can be made to incorporate ethics into undergraduate education.

Lori A. Zaikowski (Dowling College;); Jinnie M. Garrett (Hamilton College;)



High Quality Art Education: For Inclusion and Resilience.  

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??Increasingly, general education teachers must incorporate special education learners into the mainstream learning classroom. This thesis summarizes the way in which integrating a high-quality education… (more)

Stewart, Rachel Dawn



Project-based Learning in Undergraduate Educational Technology  

Microsoft Academic Search

Educators encounter complex and ill-defined problems within unpredictable contexts. Teacher education increasingly relies on problem-based and project-based learning. Technology-using educators face added complexities and possibilities of educational technology. The approach to project-based learning (PBL) in educational technology described in this paper is project-centered performance in the educational technology course required of preservice teachers. Students in the course learned through stages

Cathy Cavanaugh


Beyond the Folklore: A Strategy for Identifying Quality Undergraduate Colleges  

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College and university quality--what it is and how to identify it--is a preoccupation of many prospective college students and their parents, high school counselors, and college admission personnel. Regardless of class, race, and gender, it is no longer enough for a growing number of individuals simply to attend college: matriculating at an…

Conrad, Clinton F.



Education Quality in the Middle East  

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Some of the most dramatic growth in the provision of primary and secondary education over the last decade has occurred across countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Yet student achievement across MENA is lagging compared to many other parts of the world. Low quality of education is a primary concern and one of the greatest…

Chapman, David W.; Miric, Suzanne L.



Total Quality Management: Implications for Higher Education.  

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This book contains 19 papers describing the implementation of Total Quality Management in a variety of higher education settings. Following a Foreword by Peter Likins and a Preface by Daniel J. Julius, the chapter titles and authors are: (1) "TQM: Implications for Higher Education--A Look Back to the Future" (Allan M. Hoffman and Randall Summers);…

Hoffman, Allan M., Ed.; Julius, Daniel J., Ed.


Incorporating Space Science Content Into the Undergraduate Curriculum by the NASA Education Forums' Higher Education Working Group  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As part of the NASA Education Forums, the Higher Education Working Group (HEWG) strives to support undergraduate science education through a variety of activities. These activities include: providing resource that incorporate space science topics into the existing undergraduate curriculum, understanding the role that community colleges play in STEM education and preparing STEM teachers, and identifying issues in diversity related to STEM education. To assess the best way of including space science into the undergraduate curriculum, the HEWG held a series of workshops and conducted surveys of undergraduate faculty who are conducting research in space science. During this engagement, the faculty expressed a need for a centralized repository of materials that can be used as part of already existing undergraduate courses in astronomy, physics, and earth science. Such a repository has since been developed, the 'EarthSpace Higher Education Clearing House ( and it is still growing. Additional community tools, such as a newsletter, are provided through this website. To better understand the role and needs of community colleges, the HEWG undertook and extensive survey of community college STEM faculty. 187 faculty responded to the survey and the results show the extensive teaching load these faculty have, as well as the diverse demographics and the extent to which STEM teachers begin their preparation at 2 year institutions. Finally, the HEWG has begun to work on understanding the issues faced in increasing the diversity of the STEM work force. Progress and results of all this work will be summarized in this presentation.

Gross, N. A.; Buxner, S.; Cobabe-Ammann, E. A.; Fraknoi, A.; Moldwin, M.; Peticolas, L. M.; Low, R.; Schultz, G. R.



MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION Undergraduate Preparatory Procedures for Secondary English, grades 9-12  

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as follows: 10 clock hours - Elementary (1-6) 10 clock hours - Junior High/Middle School (6-8) 10 clock hoursMASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION Undergraduate Preparatory Procedures for Secondary English, grades 9 Experiences in Teaching, which includes a field experience component of 45- 60 clock hours, students must

Gering, Jon C.


Post-Secondary Education and Rural Women Enrolled in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Degrees  

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The significance of post-secondary education is investigated for rural Newfoundland women enrolled in undergraduate liberal arts degree programs. Data collection for this research involved comprehensive, detailed semi-structured biographical interviews with rural women studying liberal arts disciplines during the 2006-2007 academic year at…

Bourgeois, Monique; Kirby, Dale



Undergraduate Pharmacy Education in the United States and New Zealand: Towards a Core Curriculum?  

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Describes and evaluates the undergraduate pharmacy programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and New Zealand's University of Otago. The programs broadly represent "American" and "British" models of pharmacy education. Discusses their similarities and differences, including extensive in-course experiential work at UNC-CH;…

Shaw, John P.



Goals, Purposes, and Future of Undergraduate Education in the Psychology of Aging  

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An introductory course in gerontology should be tied to the liberal arts core of higher education and not merely provide assembly lines of facts. Undergraduates should be helped to appreciate difficulties in designing and interpreting gerontological studies and to realize that they are not yet ready to undertake independent empirical…

Schonfield, David; Chatfield, Sally



Vision and Change in Biology Undergraduate Education: Vision and Change from the Funding Front  

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The purpose of this short article is to (a) briefly summarize the findings of two important recent resources concerning the future of biology in the 21st century; one, Vision and Change, A Call to Action [AAAS, 2009. AAAS, Washington, DC], concerned with undergraduate education in biology, the other, A New Biology for the 21st Century [National…

Holm, Bethany; Carter, Virginia Celeste; Woodin, Terry



Teaching French to a Non-Sighted Undergraduate: Adjusting Practices to Deliver Inclusive Education  

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This article sets out to illustrate the needs of a registered blind undergraduate student embarking upon a post-A-level French course at the University of Northampton. It also reflects upon (1) some of the challenges faced by the higher education (HE) tutors concerned and (2) the key adjustments put into place with a view to adopting…

Enjelvin, Geraldine Daniele



Undergraduate Mathematics Students' Attitudes towards Online Mathematics Education and Achievement in a Hybrid Calculus Course  

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This study explored undergraduate mathematics students' attitudes towards online mathematics education as well as differences in achievement of students who participated in a hybrid course when compared with those in a traditional course. Finally, attitudes of students who participated in the hybrid course were examined. The first part of this…

Caputo, Matthew George



Exploring a Virtual Conference Web Site for Undergraduate Health Education Students  

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Undergraduate health education students have been encouraged to attend professional conferences at the regional, state, and national levels. However, despite the benefits of attending these conferences, students may be reluctant to attend due to time and financial constraints among others. One solution for overcoming these barriers is the creation…

Johnson, Maureen; Tremethick, Mary Jane



NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), NSF 01-58  

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- By students to add personal notes, cross-reference links, additional explanations and graphics to any web page Summary An undergraduate education is a critical link between high school and a society increasingly a deep understanding of concepts they discover on their own. Assignment of computer programming problems

Reed, Dale F.


Integration of Centrifuge Testing in Undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering Education at Remote Campuses  

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We report the results of a pilot study aimed at developing, implementing, and assessing an educational module that integrates remote major research instrumentation into undergraduate classes. Specifically, this study employs Internet Web-based technologies to allow for real-time video monitoring and execution of cutting-edge experiments. The…

El Shamy, Usama; Abdoun, Tarek; McMartin, Flora; Pando, Miguel A.



[Survey of Department of Defense full-time fully funded graduate and undergraduate education programs].  

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Contained in this letter is a survey of Department of Defense full-time, fully funded graduate and undergraduate education programs for which over $170 million was spent in fiscal year 1973. Each military service has a program in which officers are selected to attend accredited civilian institutions or military-operated postgraduate schools as…

Browne, Forrest R.


Two examples of education in Acoustics for undergraduate and young postgraduate students  

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Two examples of education in Acoustics for undergraduate and young postgraduate students B Olivier Messiaen 72085 Le Mans Cedex 9 Proceedings of the Acoustics 2012 to young students in acoustics. First project is dedicated to under- graduate students and deals

Paris-Sud XI, Université de


Negotiating Identity: A Look at the Educational Experiences of Black Undergraduates in Stem Disciplines  

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate the mathematics educational experiences of Black undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at the University of Virginia. Using Murrell's (2009) situated-mediated identity theory as the theoretical framework, this study examines…

McClain, Oren L.



Joining Teacher Education and the Liberal Arts in the Undergraduate Curriculum.  

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Presents the case for preserving and nourishing the teacher preparation option as an integrated part of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Describes the Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education's new reform efforts, stressing the principles of development and integration. Includes three references. (MLH)

Travers, Eva Foldes; Sacks, Susan Riemer



Going from lectures to expeditions: Creating a virtual voyage in undergraduate ocean science education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The WWW provides for new collaborations in distributed learning in higher education. The lead author has developed a highly successful online course at the undergraduate level with an enrollment of more than 300 non-science majors each year, We are currently initiating a new focus for the course by emphasizing sea-going research, primarily in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, through the development

D. Reed; N. Garfield; J. Locke; J. Anglin; H. Karl; B. Edwards



A Competency Based Special Education Undergraduate Internship at Western Carolina Center for the Mentally Retarded.  

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Reported is a competency based internship program at Western Carolina Center for the Mentally Retarded for undergraduate students in special education at Appalachian State University. Explained are the consumer based approach embodied in applied training programs, the goal of providing practical and reality-based applications of knowledge…

Caldwell, Erin Kent; Brooks, Benjamin L.


Transforming Undergraduate Science Teaching: Social Constructivist Perspectives. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education.  

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This book comes at a time when epistemological reform is sweeping through the global community of science education. Since the 1970s, the theories of knowing embodied in the teaching activities of school science teachers have been undergoing a major transformation toward more learner-sensitive standpoints. Undergraduate science teaching however,…

Taylor, Peter C., Ed.; Gilmer, Penny J., Ed.; Tobin, Kenneth, Ed.


Access and Retention of Marginalized Populations within Undergraduate Music Education Degree Programs  

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The purpose of this collective instrumental case study was to examine the experiences of six undergraduate students from traditionally marginalized populations with regard to their preparation for, admission to, and retention within a music education degree program. Analyzed and reported through the lens of critical theory, data sources included…

Fitzpatrick, Kate R.; Henninger, Jacqueline C.; Taylor, Don M.



Promising Practices in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Summary of Two Workshops  

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Numerous teaching, learning, assessment, and institutional innovations in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education have emerged in the past decade. Because virtually all of these innovations have been developed independently of one another, their goals and purposes vary widely. Some focus on making science…

Nielsen, Natalie



Coming to Know within "Healthy Uncertainty": An Autoethnography of Engagement and Transformation in Undergraduate Education  

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This article is an autoenthnographic account of the yearlong journey of two undergraduates and their instructor when the traditional classroom structures associated with the banking concept of education were altered in an upper division class and follow-on research experiences. These changes focused on foregrounding students' experiences of the…

Forrest, Kelly A.; Judd, Kathy R.; Davison, Jodi R.



An Experience Report on Undergraduate Cyber-Security Education and Outreach  

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An Experience Report on Undergraduate Cyber-Security Education and Outreach Michael E. Locasto Terms Security Keywords cyber security training, SISMAT 1. INTRODUCTION Organizations face a critical training in cyber security tools. At the same time, information secu- rity problems (e.g., recovering from


An Application of Knowles' Theories of Adult Education to an Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program  

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Malcolm Knowles' theory of andragogy is best known in the world of adult education as a conceptualization of how and why adults learn. The following practice-based article that has applied Knowles' theories and precepts to an undergraduate program reflects on how those concepts work with people whom Knowles might well have not considered "adults."…

Harper, Lin; Ross, Jerry



A Stratified View of Programming Language Parallelism for Undergraduate CS Education  

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A Stratified View of Programming Language Parallelism for Undergraduate CS Education Richard Brown College Jens Mache Lewis and Clark College Elizabeth Shoop Macalester to learn more about parallelism. CS graduates who enter the computing workforce without substantial

Bunde, David


Learning about Environmental Issues: Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students' Interpretations of Environmental Contents in Education  

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Purpose: To present results from a research project on postgraduate and undergraduate students' learning about environmental issues in education. Design/methodology/approach: Three cases were carried out with civil engineering students, biology students and postgraduate students. Discussions in classroom were tape-recorded, as well as discussions…

Lundholm, Cecilia



Indoor Air Quality: A Guide for Educators.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Indoor air quality is a major concern for educators involved in the development of new school facilities, or the remodeling and maintenance of existing ones. This guide addresses the issue of air quality, the health concerns involved, and procedures for minimizing the impact of pollutants in the school environment. It defines common indoor air…

California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.


Quality Education. What Is It?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Major structural changes in society, involving a shift from physical production of material goods to productivity based on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, will necessitate fundamental changes in all of society's institutions, including the educational system. Among the new requirements of the educational system will be the need to plan and…

Groff, Warren H.


The influence of learning styles preference of undergraduate nursing students on educational outcomes in substance use education.  


This paper reports a study identifying the learning styles preference of undergraduate nursing students and examining its influence on educational outcomes. There are limited recent studies in the UK on the learning styles preference of undergraduate and its influence on educational outcomes. A purposive sample of 110 undergraduate nursing students completed a demographic questionnaire and the Honey and Mumford's learning styles inventory. A pre-post-test design was used to evaluate the educational outcomes. Reflector learning styles preference was the dominant learning styles among the majority of undergraduate nursing students. An interesting phenomenon about the distribution of the learning styles preference is the additional "dual" learning style category. The hypothesis that learning styles preference will determine knowledge acquisition, changes in attitude and intervention confidence skills was rejected. However, as this is a multi-layered hypothesis the findings showed that only the dual learning styles preference group was found to have a significant influence in intervention confidence skills. Further research is warranted to replicate this study using the same methodology but with several different population samples specialising in different branch of nursing. As there are limited literature on the dual learning styles preferences, this dual preference phenomenon needs further investigation to establish its acceptability in nursing education. PMID:18373952

Rassool, G Hussein; Rawaf, Salman



The use of dc glow discharges as undergraduate educational tools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Plasmas have a beguiling way of getting students interested in physics. We argue that plasmas can and should be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum as both demonstrations and advanced investigations of electromagnetism and quantum effects. We describe a device, based on a direct-current (dc) glow discharge tube, which allows for a number of experiments into topics such as electrical breakdown, spectroscopy, magnetism, and electron temperature.

Wissel, Stephanie A.; Zwicker, Andrew; Ross, Jerry; Gershman, Sophia



The Use of DC Glow Discharges as Undergraduate Educational Tools  

SciTech Connect

Plasmas have a beguiling way of getting students excited and interested in physics. We argue that plasmas can and should be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum as both demonstrations and advanced investigations of electromagnetism and quantum effects. Our device, based on a direct current (DC) glow discharge tube, allows for a number of experiments into topics such as electrical breakdown, spectroscopy, magnetism, and electron temperature.

Stephanie A. Wissel and Andrew Zwicker, Jerry Ross, and Sophia Gershman



Advances in undergraduate control education: the analytical design approach  

Microsoft Academic Search

Introductory undergraduate control courses in the USA are generally limited to trial-and-error design techniques, based largely on the Nyquist stability criterion and root-locus analysis. The corresponding theory is well over fifty years old. Very little is presented on analytic design, where one has an existence theorem, and a computable algorithm to find a solution when one exists. One reason for

P. Dorato; C. T. Abdallah



Integrating the Graduate, Undergraduate and Education Curricula: Training Qualified Staff for the Basic Course.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

To explore the quality of the basic course in speech communication it is useful to examine the role of graduate teaching assistants (GTA) and undergraduate teaching assistants (UTA). The first goal was to search the literature for information concerning the use (or lack thereof) of GTAs and UTAs and to explore the potential benefits and drawbacks…

Gray, Pamela L.; And Others


The longitudinal curriculum "social and communicative competencies" within Bologna-reformed undergraduate medical education in Basel  

PubMed Central

Background: Within the Bologna reform, a longitudinal curriculum of “social and communicative competencies” (SOKO) was implemented into the new Bachelor-Master structure of undergraduate medical education in Basel (Switzerland). Project description: The aim of the SOKO curriculum is to enable students to use techniques of patient-centred communication to elicit and provide information to patients in order to involve them as informed partners in decision making processes. The SOKO curriculum consists of 57 lessons for the individual student from the first bachelor year to the first master year. Teaching encompasses lectures and small group learning. Didactic methods include role play, video feedback, and consultations with simulated and real patients. Summative assessment takes place in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). Conclusion: In Basel, a longitudinal SOKO curriculum based on students’ cumulative learning was successfully implemented. Goals and contents were coordinated with the remaining curriculum and are regularly assessed in OSCEs. At present, most of the workload rests on the shoulders of the department of psychosomatic medicine at the university hospital. For the curriculum to be successful in the long-term, sustainable structures need to be instituted at the medical faculty and the university hospital to guarantee high quality teaching and assessment. PMID:24062811

Kiessling, Claudia; Langewitz, Wolf



The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Process in Public Higher Education Institutions and Effects on Organizational Performance: A Historical Perspective  

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Public undergraduate higher education institutions face a number of seemingly intractable problems. Among those problems are cost, accountability and access. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award process is designed to help organization of any type address problems of organizational performance. This process has been used by manufacturing,…

Bailey, Bill D.



Who Wants to Be a Physical Education Teacher? A Case Study of a Non-Traditional Undergraduate Student in a Physical Education Teacher Education Program  

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Forty percent of undergraduate students are non-traditional students. The purpose of this study was to identify what attracted the participant to physical education, identify what situational/social factors facilitated the career choice, and the beliefs of the participant about what it meant to be a physical educator. The study consisted of one…

Ronspies, Scott



Sex Education Knowledge Differences between Freshmen and Senior College Undergraduates  

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Abstinence sexuality education (sex ed) is the only federally funded sex ed in the United States. The strict curriculum of this education does not educate American adolescents about safer sex practices and leaves a knowledge gap in these adolescents that follows them into college. The Problem: This project aimed to identify sex knowledge…

Franklin, Ruth M.; Dotger, Sharon



Undergraduate IT Distance Education Using Videoconferencing and Internet Technologies  

Microsoft Academic Search

Higher educational institutions have successfully utilised videoconferencing for distance education. South African higher educational institutions are experiencing staff shortages and certain institutions do not have the lecturing staff available to teach the students enrolled for Information Communication Technology (ICT) courses. In South Africa certain universities have been classified as being \\

A. P. Calitz; C. B. Cilliers; J. H. Greyling



The Landscape of Quality Assurance in Distance Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Distance education permeates the field of professional and continuing education to such an extent that quality assurance (QA) is a topic no distance educator or administrator should avoid. Quality assurance is an issue not just for continuing education but also for higher education generally. Given the disruptive impact of distance education and…

Scull, W. Reed; Kendrick, David; Shearer, Rick; Offerman, Dana



Educational quality and the crisis of educational research  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper was designed not as a research product but as a speech to comparative education colleagues. It argues that there is a crisis of educational quality in many parts of the world, and that there is a parallel crisis in the quality of educational research and statistics. Compared to other major public responsibilities in health, agriculture, population and family planning, educational statistics are poor and often getting worse. Our international and national statistical institutions are impoverished, and we as a profession have been part of the problem. We have been so busy arguing over differing research paradigms that we have not paid sufficient attention to our common professional responsibilities and common professional goals. The paper suggests that we, as professionals interested in comparative education issues, begin to act together more on these common and important issues.

Heyneman, Stephen



Studying Synthetic Polymers in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum. A Review of the Educational Literature  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This review and its comprehensive list of 339 references is published on the Web at the JCE Online site. It is offered as an up-to-date resource for chemical educators for their use in developing innovative ways of teaching the topic of synthetic polymers within the context of the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. An account is given of (i) the scope of polymer chemistry in education, (ii) the educational literature available in this field, (iii) course modules that may be used for instruction about polymer chemistry, and (iv) polymer-based experiments for the teaching laboratory. To encourage the wider inclusion of polymers in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, a selection of simple experiments that relate to common polymers is recommended.

Hodgson, Steven C.; Bigger, Stephen W.; Billingham, Norman C.



Analyzing the Attitude of Undergraduate Students Toward Poverty and Impoverished Persons: Does Social Work Education Make a Difference?  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study evaluated the impact that undergraduate social work education had on students' attitude toward poverty as pretest and posttest data were collected from 166 university students enrolled in an undergraduate social work course that included a focus on poverty. At both stages of the study participants responded to a 37-item validated instrument designed to measure attitudes toward poverty and

Robert D. Weaver; Sung Hyun Yun



Analyzing the Attitude of Undergraduate Students toward Poverty and Impoverished Persons: Does Social Work Education Make a Difference?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study evaluated the impact that undergraduate social work education had on students' attitude toward poverty as pretest and posttest data were collected from 166 university students enrolled in an undergraduate social work course that included a focus on poverty. At both stages of the study participants responded to a 37-item validated…

Weaver, Robert D.; Yun, Sung Hyun



Journal of Materials Education Vol. 24 (4-6): 231-236 (2002) AN UNDERGRADUATE CAPSTONE SUBJECT IN DESIGN AND  

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and engineering concepts. The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the scientific fundamentals underlying the fieldJournal of Materials Education Vol. 24 (4-6): 231-236 (2002) AN UNDERGRADUATE CAPSTONE SUBJECT and Engineering (MSE) is extremely broad, as the field encompasses a very large range of both scientific

Roylance, David


Use and Users of Digital Resources: A Focus on Undergraduate Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences  

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The purpose of our research was (1) to map the universe of digital resources available to a subset of undergraduate educators in the humanities and social sciences, and (2) to investigate how and if available digital resources are actually being used in undergraduate teaching environments. We employed multiple methods, including surveys and focus…

Harley, Diane; Henke, Johnathan; Lawrence, Shannon; Miller, Ian; Perciali, Irene; Nasatir, David



A distribution engineering workstation for undergraduate and graduate education  

SciTech Connect

The Distribution Analysis and Economic Evaluation Workstation (DANE) provides students with an open architecture, computer aided engineering workstation environment for distribution system application program development and engineering studies. DANE is conceptually divided into four parts which are a relational database, graphical user interface, an application programmer interface, and applications used for analysis, design, and operational studies. Existing code has been developed with the help of several MS and PhD students. The code consists of C language with Embedded Structure Query Language statements. DANE is used in undergraduate design projects and graduate research.

Broadwater, R.P.; Rahman, S.; Shaalan, H.E. (Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States). Bradley Dept. of Electrical Engineering); Lee, R.E. (Pennsylvania Power and Light, Allentown, PA (United States))



Scaling-up Undergraduate Medical Education: Enabling Virtual Mobility by Online Elective Courses  

PubMed Central

Aim To evaluate online elective courses at Croatian medical schools with respect to the virtual mobility of national teachers and students and virtual team collaboration. Methods A student-centered virtual learning environment developed within the framework of the European Union Tempus Programme allowed national educational services to design and deliver online undergraduate elective courses. Three online elective courses were created for second-year medical students of four Croatian medical schools by using Moodle, an open-source learning management system. The courses supported problem-, project-, and decision-based learning and required students to work in small collaborative teams using problem-solving and decision-making activities. The purpose was to foster teamwork and produce better outcomes than those potentially achieved through individual work. We evaluated the results of these online courses on the basis of the course test results and students’ evaluation questionnaires. Results Of 68 students enrolled in all e-courses, 97% (n?=?66) successfully passed the final exam. An anonymous online questionnaire was filled out by 83% (n?=?50) of the students. The majority expressed their satisfaction with the online electives, mostly because they had more contact with tutors and peers (n?=?47), better possibilities of self-assessment (n?=?38), more flexible learning (n?=?33), better access to learning materials (n?=?32), faster and easier information retrieval (n?=?31), and better quality of communication with tutors and peers (n?=?28). Although 38 of 50 students claimed that participating in e-courses was more demanding than participating in traditional electives, more than half (n?=?27) would enroll in an e-course again. Conclusion Elective e-courses may be a successful model of how faculty and students at higher education institutions can collaborate and integrate e-learning into their current curricula. PMID:18581612

Kukolja Taradi, Suncana; ?ogas, Zoran; Dabic, Marina; Drenjancevic Peric, Ines



Earthquake Education Environment (E3)  

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The Earthquake Education Environment (E3) supports high-quality K-12 and undergraduate education by providing up-to-date earthquake information, authoritative technical sources and educational resources for the classroom.



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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT FUNDING As an undergraduate student organization, there are several USG funding sources you qualify for. See below, Undergraduate student organizations also quality for additional funding. WHAT ARE THE GENERAL ACTIVITY FEE GUIDELINES? All student organizations recognized

Stuart, Steven J.


WASC Accreditation Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Education  

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Accreditation Process · Re-accreditation scheduled each decade · Old process ... ... tested compliance educational objectives identified in the Institutional Proposal Timeline · Reflective Essays ­ Defining

California at Santa Cruz, University of


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Educators  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This page provides access to a variety of environmental quality materials for educators, students, and the general public, developed by Michigan agencies as well as by other sources which may not be specific to Michigan. The material ranges from general environmental fact sheets and data bases to teacher packets and other materials developed for K-12 education. Topics include: air pollution, land pollution, waste disposal, and water pollution.


A Simple Laboratory Scale Model of Iceberg Dynamics and its Role in Undergraduate Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Lab-scale models of geophysical phenomena have a long history in research and education. For example, at the University of Chicago, Dave Fultz developed laboratory-scale models of atmospheric flows. The results from his laboratory were so stimulating that similar laboratories were subsequently established at a number of other institutions. Today, the Dave Fultz Memorial Laboratory for Hydrodynamics ( teaches general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans to hundreds of students each year. Following this tradition, we have constructed a lab model of iceberg-capsize dynamics for use in the Fultz Laboratory, which focuses on the interface between glaciology and physical oceanography. The experiment consists of a 2.5 meter long wave tank containing water and plastic "icebergs". The motion of the icebergs is tracked using digital video. Movies can be found at: We have had 3 successful undergraduate interns with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, and geosciences perform experiments, analyze data, and interpret results. In addition to iceberg dynamics, the wave-tank has served as a teaching tool in undergraduate classes studying dam-breaking and tsunami run-up. Motivated by the relatively inexpensive cost of our apparatus (~1K-2K dollars) and positive experiences of undergraduate students, we hope to serve as a model for undergraduate research and education that other universities may follow.

Burton, J. C.; MacAyeal, D. R.; Nakamura, N.



Shaping the Future: Strategies for Revitalizing Undergraduate Education; A Conference (Washington, D.C. July 11-13, 1996)  

NSF Publications Database

... 61 Appendix A: ?Shaping the Future? and ?From Analysis to Action? EHR Advisory Committee Reviews the ... and the companion study of the NRC: From Analysis to Action: Undergraduate Education in Science ...


The Future of Public Undergraduate Education in California.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report investigates whether the state of California can return to the levels of access to higher education envisioned in its Master Plan adopted in 1960. Chapter 1 is an introduction which discusses the state's commitment to access, the structure of the educational sector under the Master plan, the effects of the recession of the early 1990s…

Shires, Michael A.


Infusion of International Perspectives into Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Addressing the need for greater global awareness, public school educators have begun the infusion of global education concepts, such as interdependence, culture, community, and change into the curriculum. Global issues and problems, unique and universal human values, the world economy, and international organizations are stressed in the content of…

Cole, Donna J.; McCormick, Theresa



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& Education 2.1 7-12 History History 1.9 6-12 Math (level 4) 4.2 6-12 Math (level 3) 3.7 6-9 Physics Physics 3.8 9-12 Spanish Spanish 2.6 7-12 Theatre (Drama) 2.6 7-12 Physical Education (through Exercise & Sports

Simons, Jack


The senior year experience at Texas A&M University: graduating seniors make meaning of their undergraduate education  

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THE SENIOR YEAR EXPERIENCE AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY: GRADUATING SENIORS MAKE MEANING OF THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION A Dissertation by VANESSA DIAZ DE RODRIGUEZ Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University... OF THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION A Dissertation by VANESSA DIAZ DE RODRIGUEZ Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Approved by: Chair...

de Rodriguez, Vanessa Diaz




Microsoft Academic Search

McInnis (2001) has identified three key challenges for universities in maximising student engagement with the undergraduate experience: curriculum, learning community, and infrastructure and support. This paper demonstrates how the curriculum challenge is being addressed in the Language and Learning course in the STEPS pre-undergraduate preparatory program at Central Queensland University. The paper pays particular attention to the language education curriculum

Julie Willans; R. E. Harreveld; P. A. Danaher


Student evaluation of simulation in undergraduate nursing programs in Australia using quality indicators.  


Student evaluation of the implementation of evidence-based quality indicators for simulation experiences in undergraduate nursing programs in 2012 was explored in this study. The evaluation instrument used five specific measures derived from quality indicators. Students evaluated 10 simulation learning experiences in the first and second years of undergraduate nursing programs at two universities in Australia. Overall, students (n?=?85) reported that simulation contributed to their achievement of objectives, but they did not always feel supported in these sessions. Student preparation and orientation was scored lower than other components of the simulation experience. Students reported very good scores for perceived realism and fidelity of simulation sessions, particularly the silicone mask and high-fidelity sessions, which implies that learning from simulation is transferable into the clinical practice setting. However, patient charts and other clinical documents were not always considered to be realistic. Debriefing was scored very highly overall and for both approaches used for debriefing. The student-evaluation instrument was an effective means of measuring student-related quality indicators across a range of simulation sessions. It identified areas for the improved delivery of simulation sessions. PMID:23240779

Kable, Ashley K; Arthur, Carol; Levett-Jones, Tracy; Reid-Searl, Kerry



Visual Art Education Undergraduate Program, Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas Student Last Name: First Name: Advisor  

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Visual Art Education Undergraduate Program, Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas Student Introduction to the profession of art ed. 03 *DFND 104 Design II 03 C&T 325 Multicultural education 03 ABDS & curriculum II (fall only) 03 PNTG 263 Painting I 03 VAE 420 Artistic media & processes in art educ. (fall


Sowing the seeds of change: social justice as praxis in undergraduate nursing education.  


In undergraduate nursing curricula, the rhetoric of social justice has held more prominence than its operationalization. Although undergraduate education is a prime vehicle for fostering social change, articles that describe social justice as praxis in baccalaureate nursing curricula are relatively uncommon. Addressing this gap, we explain how four RN-to-BSN courses use social justice as a framework for instruction. The first two courses generate emancipatory knowledge and advocacy ideas among students by underscoring how privilege and oppression operate in society, as well as in the production of health inequities. The final two courses demonstrate how partnerships with communities can enhance student knowledge regarding structural barriers to health and health care and lead to actions that target those issues. Despite challenges that exist when implementing curricula on amending health inequities, nurse educators are urged to press onward in planting the seeds of social justice in their classrooms; suggestions are made for accomplishing this goal. PMID:25081331

Mohammed, Selina A; Cooke, Cheryl L; Ezeonwu, Mabel; Stevens, Christine A



Developing standards for undergraduate university construction education internship programs  

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qualified professionals for the construction industry. There is agreement within ASC that a practical component along with classroom curriculum is needed for construction students?? education (Senior, 1997). Although construction programs have different ways...

Hager, Cassandrea Jane



Implications of Total Quality Management in Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Total Quality Management in Education is a systems model that involves internal and external stakeholders in developing practices, establishing partnership teams, enhancing individual growth, and increasing communication. Walk the Talk in Texas is an example of successful application of the model. (SK)

Wiedmer, Terry L.; Harris, Vicki L.



Building a Vision for Quality Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Customer satisfaction and continuous improvement of products and services are concepts underlying quality philosophy that swept across U.S. industry during 1980s. These organizational principles are now being applied to educational practice, including administration, curricula, and teaching. This article explains how to build a strong, compelling…

Rinehart, Gray



Spartans Online Increasing access to quality education  

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:// Calendar Review the Spartans Online calendar for all of the important dates below (please noteSpartans Online Increasing access to quality education Spartans Online · College of International.924.2742 · F 408.924.2666 · 1 | P a g e Student Information Welcome to the Spartans

Su, Xiao


Positive Psychology and Quality Physical Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this article is to discuss concepts of positive psychology related to quality physical education. Positive psychology and the scientific study of happiness refer to three paths or pursuits: the pleasant life (positive emotion), the engaged life (engagement), and the meaningful life (meaning). When individuals are aware of, pursue,…

Cherubini, Jeffrey



Sustaining Educational Quality in Financially Challenging Times  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Schools face the most challenging economic environment in decades. To sustain the quality of teaching, learning, and educational support services, they must find ways to expand their resources while at the same time using their resources more efficiently. School leaders must be knowledgeable about the funding "streams" that provide an opportunity…

Anderson, David



Quality Development: Challenges to Physics Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Physics education is in a critical state. As international studies reveal, in many countries the level of scientific literacy is mediocre or even less and students are considered poorly prepared to meet the challenges of the future. The need for quality development has been recognized on the political level. The article focuses on the role of experiments and practical experiences

Manfred Euler


Undergraduate marine science education: Incorporating real-world data  

Microsoft Academic Search

The American Meteorological Society views introductory college-level courses to be important avenues for promoting scientific literacy among the public. Additionally, it is from these courses that future teachers often receive their only college-level training in the geosciences. As such, the AMS Education Program considers the development of high-caliber, scientifically-authentic educational materials to be one of its top priorities. In striving

James A. Brey; Ira W. Geer; Joseph M. Moran; Robert S. Weinbeck; Elizabeth W. Mills; Bernard A. Blair; Edward J. Hopkins; Thomas P. Kiley; E. E. Ruwe



An alternative undergraduate teacher preparation program in early childhood education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The realities of a multi?racial, multi?ethnic, and multi?ability student population demand a unique and nontraditional approach characterized by an individualization sensitive to group identity. The primary goal of this alternative Early Childhood Studies\\/Education Program with a degree of Bachelor of Science is to provide a comprehensive contemporary program of teacher preparation and education for inclusive early childhood settings. The goal

Yaoying Xu; Jeffrey Gelfer; John Filler



Mini skirts and headscarves: undergraduate student perceptions of secularism in Turkish higher education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article is based on a qualitative study that examines the perceptions of advanced undergraduate students in five Turkish\\u000a state universities regarding their understanding of the concept of secularism and its manifestation within the higher education\\u000a sector. The study further illuminates these students’ perspectives of how the university may change in relation to their understanding\\u000a of secularism. This inquiry was

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela; Fatma Nevra Seggie



Demonstrating Successful Undergraduate Research Experiences across the Disciplines: The Physical Education Teacher Education Perspective  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes the faculty-sponsored approach to undergraduate research (UGR) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. In this approach, individual or small groups of faculty organize or sponsor the research and recruit undergraduate students to get involved. This approach to UGR is opportunistic in that university faculty…

Culp, Brian; Urtel, Mark



Is Quality Assurance in Higher Education Contextually Relative?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article examines notions of quality and quality assurance in higher education. It does this by raising questions such as whether quality in higher education is the same as, for example, quality of clothing or the quality of meat in local butcheries. The article questions the assumption that if certain things, such as criteria or…

Ntshoe, I.; Higgs, P.; Wolhuter, C. C.; Higgs, L. G.



Medical education today: globalising with quality.  


With globalization education has become a tradable service governed by the rules and regulations of GATS and worth trillions of dollars. International standards are rapidly being developed to facilitate cross border supply of services. In medical education, the WFME has produced International Guidelines on Quality in Medical Education which has a regional equivalent in the WHO Western Pacific Region, and the IIME has defined the minimum essential requirements of standards in medical education in seven core competences. Malaysia, having an explicit policy of making education a sector for revenue generation, has put in place regulatory frameworks and incentives to make the country a centre of educational excellence. Within the ambit of this national aspiration, medical education has grown phenomenally in the last decade. Standards and procedures for accreditation of medical schools in line with the world standards have been developed and implemented and policies are enforced to facilitate compliance to the standards. The ultimate goal is for medical schools to be self-accredited. In striving towards self-accreditation medical schools should be innovative in making changes in the three requirements of medical education. These are the intellectual and social imperatives and strategies for effective implementation. PMID:16315616

Shahabudin, S H



Quotas and Quality: The Effect of H-1B Visa Restrictions on the Pool of Prospective Undergraduate Students from Abroad  

Microsoft Academic Search

In deliberating whether to pursue an undergraduate education in the US, a foreign student takes into consideration the expected probability of securing US employment after graduation. The H-1B visa provides a primary means of legal employment for college-educated foreign-nationals. In October 2003, the government drastically reduced the number of available H-1B visas, hence lowering the probability of a college-educated foreign-national

Takao Kato; Chad Sparber



Quotas and Quality: The Effect of H-1B Visa Restrictions on the Pool of Prospective Undergraduate Students from Abroad  

Microsoft Academic Search

In deciding upon whether to pursue an undergraduate education in the United States, a foreign student considers the expected probability of securing US employment after graduation. The H-1B visa provides a primary means of legal employment for college-educated foreign-nationals. In October 2003, the government drastically reduced the number of available H-1B visas, hence lowering a college-educated foreign-born worker’s probability of

Takao Kato; Chad Sparber



Professional attitudes and behaviors acquired during undergraduate education in the College of Dentistry, King Saud University  

PubMed Central

Objectives The purpose of the study was to investigate and evaluate the professional attitudes and behaviors acquired by students and recently graduated dentists during undergraduate education at King Saud University. Methods This cross-sectional survey used a 27-item questionnaire covering four cumulative theoretical dimensions of professionalism. Questionnaires were distributed to fifth-year students, interns, and demonstrators in the College of Dentistry during the academic year 2010–2011, and 203 completed questionnaires were used in analyses. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize responses. Crosstab and chi-squared tests were used, with statistical significance set at P < 0.05. Results The response rate was 79.3% (43.6% of males, 94% of females). Eighty-seven questionnaires were collected from fifth-year students, 92 from interns, and 24 from demonstrators. Many (59%) participants demonstrated high levels of professional attitudes and behaviors, whereas 40% did not comply with the elements of professionalism. Analyses revealed highly significant differences in certain responses with regard to gender, academic level, and grade point average. Conclusions Although some participants did not possess all professional qualities, all participants possessed at least some elements of professionalism measured in this study. We thus recommend a strategic effort to develop targeted plans emphasizing professionalism at all levels of the dental school curriculum. High-profile role modeling, lectures, seminars, and academic ceremonies are ways of achieving professional development among dental students in parallel with their acquisition of basic scientific knowledge and clinical skills. This approach will formally and informally communicate that professionalism is a core value. PMID:23960558

Al-Sudani, Dina; Al-Abbas, Fatima; Al-Bannawi, Zainab; Al-Ramadhan, Anwaar



Highlights and Challenges in Education, Outreach, and Undergraduate Mentoring from an NSF Hydrologic Sciences CAREER Award  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A recent CAREER award (2009) has been used to facilitate environmentally-based outreach and education in local urban Los Angeles schools, primarily through an established NSF GK-12 program. Mini-weather stations, purchased through this CAREER award, were installed at two partner GK-12 schools, University High School (LAUSD) and Culver City Middle School (CCUSD). Each system contains an automated data logging system that record continuous observations of a range of variables (including precipitation, UV, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, dewpoint temperature and pressure). Observations are being downloaded and used by GK-12 Fellows and Teachers in curriculum development. In addition, the PI has worked with the GK-12 fellows in developing water-related inquiry lessons for both middle and high school science curriculum. Specific lessons facilitated during the initial stages of this CAREER award include urban ecosystems and satellite imagery, water quality, stream biota and ecosystem health, water treatment, urban climate and heat index, and soil chemistry testing. All lessons that have been implemented in the middle or high school classrooms are uploaded to the SEE-LA GK-12 website ( Examples of lesson development and integration in the classroom setting will be highlighted as well as tools required for sustainability of the projects. In addition to the K-12 outreach activities, the PI has engaged several undergraduates in independent research projects, working on various aspects of the primary research project. Highlights and lessons learned from outreach and mentoring activities will be presented.

Hogue, T. S.



A Working Model for Evaluating Academic Excellence in Geoscience Education, Undergraduate, and K-12  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article discusses a model for academic excellence in the geosciences which can be used for K-12 and undergraduate education. The model combines criteria for excellence derived from studies of the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, and other national professional organizations. It consists of two major components: opportunity for students to learn, and attainment at the highest structural and multidimensional levels. The author concludes that this model will be most useful as a working model for evaluation, as a reference for comparison, and as a guide for reaching excellence in geoscience education efforts.

Brunkhorst, Bonnie



Undergraduate Geoscience Education in the United States: Helping Faculty to Meet Changing Expectations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the past two decades, undergraduate geoscience education in the United States has undergone substantial changes in its goals, methods, and content, reflecting changes in our societal needs, major improvements in our understanding of how students learn, and the advent of a systems approach to understanding the Earth. Looking in an integrated fashion at US undergraduate education across the spectrum of institutional settings shows that in aggregate, our goals have broadened from a focus primarily on training future scientists to include major efforts to improve preparation for future teachers and to strengthen the understanding of science and geoscience in the broader student population. Supporting a more diverse population of students and increasing the diversity of the geoscience workforce are also priorities. Recommendations for strengthening undergraduate geoscience education to meet these changing circumstances were put forward in Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education: An Earth System Approach published by the AGU in 1997 (Ireton, Manduca, and Mogk). The report recommended two major changes: 1) development of an Earth System approach as the backbone of geoscience education to tie instruction in the various disciplines into a cohesive study of the Earth and 2) implementation of effective teaching strategies based on research on learning. Since 1997 major strides have been made in supporting geoscience faculty in making these changes. Building on the work of individuals, three important community-wide efforts have been established. 1) Professional societies have increased their support for educational programs, expanded education sessions and fostered a variety of workshops in conjunction with national and regional meetings. 2) The Digital Library for Earth System Education is being developed to enable sharing of resources and to provide a virtual community center. 3) The On the Cutting Edge faculty professional development program (sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers) provides a cohesive set of workshops and on-line materials facilitating continuous improvement in teaching. This suite of programs and opportunities creates an environment where new ideas can be discussed, tested, and rapidly disseminated, and supports a thriving community of geoscience faculty. As a result, faculty have introduced new content and methods that more effectively expose students to modern geoscience research. As we look to the future, a major challenge will be to develop evaluation and research programs that document the impact of these programs and enable the strongest aspects to be sustained.

Manduca, C.; Mogk, D.



The Personal Software Process in Undergraduate Software Engineering Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Personal Software Process, PSP, was developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute as a personal version of the Capability Maturity Model. The intention of the PSP is to educate individual software engineers in the processes they follow in completing a programming task with a view to improving the quali ty of future work. At each level of the

A. L. Brown; M. J. Oudshoorn; K. J. Maciunas



"Caenorhabditis Elegans" as an Undergraduate Educational Tool for Teaching RNAi  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discovery of RNA-mediated interference (RNAi) is widely recognized as one of the most significant molecular biology breakthroughs in the past 10 years. There is a need for science educators to develop teaching tools and laboratory activities that demonstrate the power of this new technology and help students to better understand the RNAi process.…

Andersen, Janet; Krichevsky, Alexander; Leheste, Joerg R.; Moloney, Daniel J.



Common Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematical Proving by Education Undergraduates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Ninety-seven education students majoring or minoring in mathematics had their math homework examined in a Number Theory or Abstract Algebra course. Each student's homework was observed for the purpose of identifying common errors and misconceptions when writing mathematical proofs. The results showed that students collectively made four…

Stavrou, Stavros Georgios



Student Perspectives of Imaging Anatomy in Undergraduate Medical Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Radiological imaging is gaining relevance in the acquisition of competencies in clinical anatomy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the perceptions of medical students on teaching/learning of imaging anatomy as an integrated part of anatomical education. A questionnaire was designed to evaluate the perceptions of second-year students…

Machado, Jorge Americo Dinis; Barbosa, Joselina Maria Pinto; Ferreira, Maria Amelia Duarte



Marginality and Mattering: Urban Latino Male Undergraduates in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This qualitative study of first-generation, low-income urban Latino male college students considers their transition experience and success in various higher education institutions. Schlossberg's theory of mattering and marginality is used as a lens to explore how these students navigate the college environment and build relationships with…

Huerta, Adrian H.; Fishman, Seth M.



An Alternative Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program in Early Childhood Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The realities of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-ability student population demand a unique and nontraditional approach characterized by an individualization sensitive to group identity. The primary goal of this alternative Early Childhood Studies/Education Program with a degree of Bachelor of Science is to provide a comprehensive…

Xu, Yaoying; Gelfer, Jeffrey; Filler, John



Two Perspectives on Method in Undergraduate Music Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Suzuki, Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon--if one is a music education student, he should be familiar with all these names. But just how familiar? Faced with curricular requirements and limitations, students may struggle to gain a deeper knowledge of these methods. What should they be expected to know about any single one, and how should they go…

Coppola, Cathy



Enhancing Learning Approaches in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program.  

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This study implemented contextual modifications in a preservice teacher education program to improve teaching and learning. The modifications were designed to increase students' use of deep approaches to learning and reduce their reliance on surface approaches. Because of how the teaching and learning environment was conceptualized, in accordance…

Gordon, Christopher; Debus, Ray


Production of CAL-programs in medicine, odontology and veterinary medicine in Sweden 1 Supported by The Swedish Council for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education: MEDCAL. 1  

Microsoft Academic Search

At the recommendation of the Swedish Government, the Council for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education was established in 1990. In 1993 the Council was declared a permanent National Agency by Swedish Parliament and became part of the newly established National Agency for Higher Education in 1995. The purpose of the Council for Renewal of Undergraduate Education is to promote and

Martin Rydmark; Hans Jalling; Göran Petersson; Fiona Philip



Undergraduate Physics Education at Radcliffe and Harvard 1895-1953  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The effort to get more women to continue in physics is ongoing and many hypotheses exist as to why the gender ratio lags more in physics than in other fields. A historical investigation can offer insights to the origin of this persistent problem. Radcliffe College offered to female students an education supposedly equivalent to that offered to male students at Harvard. I track physics classes at Radcliffe and Harvard from Radcliffe's charter year to the year the physics classes fully merged. Data on instructors, enrollment, and later employment offers insights to trends in physics education over time and how the genders were affected differently even when multiple variables are isolated across the two single-gender groups.

Behrman, Joanna



Service quality in higher education – a review and research agenda  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the critical research issues in terms of service quality in higher education. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The paper critically examines a number of leading studies in satisfaction, service quality, and higher education. Findings – The paper finds five critical research agenda in the field of service quality in higher education sector. Research

Parves Sultan; Ho Yin Wong



Quality Assurance in Postgraduate Education. ENQA Workshop Report 12  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The present report follows an ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) Workshop on Quality Assurance and Postgraduate Education, hosted by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) in Brasov, Romania on 12-13 March 2009. The workshop was an excellent opportunity for ENQA members to exchange…

Bitusikova, Alexandra; Bohrer, Janet; Borosic, Ivana; Costes, Nathalie; Edinsel, Kerim; Hollander, Karoline; Jacobsson, Gunilla; Jakopovic, Ivan Filip; Kearney, Mary-Louise; Mulder, Fred; Negyesi, Judith; Pietzonka, Manuel



Service Quality in Higher Education Using an Enhanced SERVQUAL Approach  

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Customer service and quality are driving forces in the business community. As higher educational institutions tussle for competitive advantage and high service quality, the evaluation of educational service quality is essential to provide motivation for and to give feedback on the effectiveness of educational plans and implementation. This…

Tan, Kay C.; Kek, Sei W.



Issues in undergraduate education in computational science and high performance computing  

SciTech Connect

The ever increasing need for mathematical and computational literacy within their society and among members of the work force has generated enormous pressure to revise and improve the teaching of related subjects throughout the curriculum, particularly at the undergraduate level. The Calculus Reform movement is perhaps the best known example of an organized initiative in this regard. The UCES (Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Science) project, an effort funded by the Department of Energy and administered through the Ames Laboratory, is sponsoring an informal and open discussion of the salient issues confronting efforts to improve and expand the teaching of computational science as a problem oriented, interdisciplinary approach to scientific investigation. Although the format is open, the authors hope to consider pertinent questions such as: (1) How can faculty and research scientists obtain the recognition necessary to further excellence in teaching the mathematical and computational sciences? (2) What sort of educational resources--both hardware and software--are needed to teach computational science at the undergraduate level? Are traditional procedural languages sufficient? Are PCs enough? Are massively parallel platforms needed? (3) How can electronic educational materials be distributed in an efficient way? Can they be made interactive in nature? How should such materials be tied to the World Wide Web and the growing ``Information Superhighway``?

Marchioro, T.L. II; Martin, D. [Ames Lab., IA (United States)



Recently Certified Athletic Trainers' Undergraduate Educational Preparation in Psychosocial Intervention and Referral  

PubMed Central

Context: “Psychosocial Intervention and Referral” is one of the 12 content areas established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Education Council and is required to be taught in athletic training education programs (ATEPs). The perceived preparation of athletic trainers (ATs) in this content area has not been evaluated. Objective: To explore the preparation level of recently certified ATs within the content area of “Psychosocial Intervention and Referral.” Design: Qualitative design involving semistructured, in-depth, focus group interviews. Setting: Interviews were conducted at 2 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I institutions in 2 regions of the United States. Patients or Other Participants: A total of 11 recently certified ATs who met predetermined criteria were recruited. The ATs represented a range of undergraduate ATEPs and current employment settings. Data Collection and Analysis: Focus group interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed deductively. Peer debriefing and member checks were used to ensure trustworthiness. Results: The ATEPs are doing an adequate job of preparing ATs for many common communication and interpersonal issues, but ATs report being underprepared to deal with athlete-related issues in the areas of motivation and adherence, counseling and social support, mental skills training, and psychosocial referral. Conclusions: Limitations of undergraduate ATEPs regarding preparation of athletic training students within the “Psychosocial Intervention and Referral” content area were identified, with the goal of improving athletic training education. The more we know about the issues that entry-level ATs face, the more effectively we can structure athletic training education. PMID:19180221

Stiller-Ostrowski, Jennifer Lynn; Ostrowski, John A



The Idea of Quality in Higher Education: A Conceptual Approach  

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The paper suggests that the idea of quality in higher education is ideologically constructed and conducted. In a spiral of mutual reinforcements, quality regimes naturalise experience, while the theories of that practice legitimise the naturalness of "quality". I shall suggest that quality regimes provide too narrow readings of higher education.…

Filippakou, Ourania



Best College for UndergradUate edUCation The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition" will  

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and Rating System, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainabil- ity in Higher Education institutions. SERVICE LEARNING In service-learning programs, required (or for credit) volunteer workBest College for UndergradUate edUCation The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012

Bertini, Robert L.


"Tristan Chords and Random Scores": Exploring Undergraduate Students' Experiences of Music in Higher Education through the Lens of Bourdieu  

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Within a theoretical framework drawn from Bourdieu, this article explores the relationship between undergraduate students' experiences of music in higher education and their musical backgrounds and prior music education experiences. More critically, this study aims to discover whether ideologies surrounding musical value impact on the student…

Moore, Gwen



Enrollment in Distance Education Classes Is Associated with Fewer Enrollment Gaps among Nontraditional Undergraduate Students in the US  

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The purpose of this research is to determine whether nontraditional undergraduate students in the US who enroll in distance education classes are less likely to have an enrollment gap (enrollment gap=part year enrollment). Previous research has shown that preference for distance education classes is significantly greater among nontraditional than…

Pontes, Manuel C. F.; Pontes, Nancy M. H.



Assessing the Quality of the Business and Management Education in Higher Education  

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As the third-party planner and implementer of higher education institutional and program evaluations, the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) completed program evaluations for all 145 undergraduate business and management (B&M) programs in 43 universities/colleges from 2006 to 2010. In the 145 programs…

Lee, Lung-Sheng; Ko, Hui-Min; Wang, Mei-Tyng; Pan, Ying-Ju



Improving Quality and Efficiency of Postpartum Hospital Education  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this study was to investigate the implementation of an evidence-based, streamlined, education process (comprehensive education booklet, individualized education plan, and integration of education into the clinical pathway) and nurse education to improve the quality and efficiency of postpartum education during hospitalization. A one-group pretest–posttest design was used to measure the quality of discharge teaching for new mothers and efficiency of the education process for registered nurses before and after implementation of an intervention. Results indicated that a comprehensive educational booklet and enhanced documentation can improve efficiency in the patient education process for nurses. PMID:23997552

Buchko, Barbara L.; Gutshall, Connie H.; Jordan, Elizabeth T.



Investigating the Relationship between the Quality of Education and Level of Educational Attainment in Turkish Provinces  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Research in comparative and international education indicates that the quality of education, as measured by standardized tests, and the level of educational attainment have a significant impact on individual earning and national economic growth. However, the relationship between the quality of education and the level of educational attainment has…

Gumus, Sedat



A Transformative Model for Undergraduate Quantitative Biology Education  

PubMed Central

The BIO2010 report recommended that students in the life sciences receive a more rigorous education in mathematics and physical sciences. The University of Delaware approached this problem by (1) developing a bio-calculus section of a standard calculus course, (2) embedding quantitative activities into existing biology courses, and (3) creating a new interdisciplinary major, quantitative biology, designed for students interested in solving complex biological problems using advanced mathematical approaches. To develop the bio-calculus sections, the Department of Mathematical Sciences revised its three-semester calculus sequence to include differential equations in the first semester and, rather than using examples traditionally drawn from application domains that are most relevant to engineers, drew models and examples heavily from the life sciences. The curriculum of the B.S. degree in Quantitative Biology was designed to provide students with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, with an emphasis on preparation for research careers in life sciences. Students in the program take core courses from biology, chemistry, and physics, though mathematics, as the cornerstone of all quantitative sciences, is given particular prominence. Seminars and a capstone course stress how the interplay of mathematics and biology can be used to explain complex biological systems. To initiate these academic changes required the identification of barriers and the implementation of solutions. PMID:20810949

Driscoll, Tobin A.; Dhurjati, Prasad; Pelesko, John A.; Rossi, Louis F.; Schleiniger, Gilberto; Pusecker, Kathleen; White, Harold B.



Reevaluation of and Prospects for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Evaluation  

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Begun in 2003, the National Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Evaluation, conducted in regular universities every five years, has surveyed the significance of evaluation and index scheme improvement at 171 higher education institutions. The launch in January 2007 of the national project of Undergraduate Teaching Quality and Teaching Reform in…

Yanbao, Li; Xiaomei, Li; Qiongfei, Qu



A Transatlantic View of Assessment and Quality in Higher Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Drawing on practice in the US and in the UK, the authors argue that the ways in which student learning is assessed constitute a sensitive set of indicators of the quality of the undergraduate experience. Indifferent assessment arrangements can poison otherwise well?conceived curricula. Distinguishing between the formative and the summative functions of assessment, they identify characteristics of assessment arrangements that

T. Dary Erwin; Peter Knight



Individual Moral Philosophies and Ethical Decision Making of Undergraduate Athletic Training Students and Educators  

PubMed Central

Context: Ethics research in athletic training is lacking. Teaching students technical skills is important, but teaching them how to reason and to behave in a manner that befits responsible health care professionals is equally important. Objective: To expand ethics research in athletic training by (1) describing undergraduate athletic training students' and educators' individual moral philosophies and ethical decision-making abilities and (2) investigating the effects of sex and level of education on mean composite individual moral philosophies and ethical decision-making scores. Design: Stratified, multistage, cluster-sample correlational study. Setting: Mailed survey instruments were distributed in classroom settings at 30 institutions having Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)–accredited athletic training programs. Patients or Other Participants: Undergraduate students and educators (n = 598: 373 women, 225 men; mean age = 23.5 ± 6.3 years) from 25 CAAHEP-accredited athletic training programs. Main Outcome Measure(s): We used the Ethics Position Questionnaire and the Dilemmas in Athletic Training Questionnaire to compute participants' mean composite individual moral philosophies (idealism and relativism) and ethical decision-making scores, respectively. Three separate 2 (sex: male, female) × 3 (education level: underclass, upper class, educator) between-subjects factorial analyses of variance using idealism, relativism, and ethical decision-making scores as dependent measures were performed. Results: Respondents reported higher idealism scores (37.57 ± 4.91) than relativism scores (31.70 ± 4.80) (response rate = 83%). The mean ethical decision-making score for all respondents was 80.76 ± 7.88. No significant interactions were revealed. The main effect for sex illustrated that men reported significantly higher relativism scores ( P = .0014, ? 2 = .015) than did women. The main effect for education level revealed significant differences between students' and educators' idealism ( P = .0190, ? 2 = .013), relativism ( P < .001, ? 2 = .050), and ethical decision-making scores ( P < .001, ? 2 = .027). Tukey honestly significant difference post hoc analysis indicated that educators possessed lower idealism scores (36.90 ± 5.70) and relativism scores (29.92 ± 4.86) and higher ethical decision-making scores (82.98 ± 7.62) than did students. Conclusions: Our findings do not support changes in athletic training ethics education practices to address sex-specific needs. However, when opportunities occur for students to reason using different ethical perspectives, educators should be aware of their students' and their own moral philosophies in order to optimally facilitate professional growth. PMID:18345347

Caswell, Shane V; Gould, Trenton E



Academic Developers as Change Agents Improving Quality in a Large Interprofessional Undergraduate Subject  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Much has been written about academic developers as change agents but not in an interprofessional education (IPE) context. IPE involves teaching students in different health professions how to work effectively in teams across professional boundaries to improve the quality of patient care. Extensive evidence reveals that implementing sustainable IPE…

Cordiner, Moira



Undergraduate 48 Undergraduate Education  

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and women as students regard less of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, sexual on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, sexual orientation or status programs to academi cally qualified applicants with documented disabilities. Applicants will be expected

Southern California, University of


Evaluating the Quality of Education at Dentistry School of Tehran University of Medical Sciences  

PubMed Central

Background: Educational evaluation is a process which deals with data collection and assessment of academic activities’ progress. In this research, educational evaluation of Dentistry School of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, which trains students in undergraduate and residency courses, was studied. Methods: This descriptive study was done with a model of educational evaluation in ten steps and 13 fields including purposes and mission objectives, management and organization, academic board members, students, human resources and support, educational, research, health and treatment spaces, educational, diagnostic, research and laboratory tools, educational, research, health and treatment programs and courses, process of teaching and learning, evaluation and assessment, alumni, and patients satisfaction. Data were collected using observation, interviews, questionnaires, and checklists. Results: Results of the study were mainly qualitative and in some cases quantitative, based on defined optimal situation. The total mean of qualitative results of educational evaluation of dentistry school in all 13 fields was 55.98% which is relatively desirable. In the case of quantitative ones, results of some fields such as treatment quality of patients and education and learning of the students were relatively desirable (61.32% and 60.16% respectively). Conclusion: According to the results, educational goals and missions, educational and research facilities and spaces which were identified as the weakest areas need to be considered and paid more serious attention. PMID:22013466

Farzianpour, Fereshteh; Monzavi, Abbas; Yassini, Esmaeil



Quality Management Systems for the National Qualifications Framework. Quality Assurance in Education and Training.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This booklet explores the idea of quality and its management as it applies to providers of education in particular, but also as it applies to national standards bodies and workplaces offering on-the-job training. It explores the focus on quality in industry and education and defines quality in terms of the features of quality and their…

New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.


Computer Security in Undergraduate Computing Curricula: The Challenge of Educating the Next Generation of Information Security Specialists  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Computer science educators must prepare and train many more undergraduates in thefield of computer security. In particular, students need extensivehands-on training and education on what I call "the art and science of attack and defense." That means providingcoursework covering the concepts of computer security; but even more importantly, it means providing practical hands on laboratory experiences in which students learn to use varioussecurity tools, defend and (yes) probe systems, investigate and patch flaws, and learn through experience how to defend by a combination of system hardening and intrusion detection. This is a chapter in the Preparing Undergraduates for Research and the Workforce section of the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) April 2004 conference proceedings published under the title Invention and Impact: Building Excellence in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

Andrew T. Phillips (University of WisconsinÃÂEau Claire;)



The School of Education Undergraduate Proposition The School of Education has a long-standing reputation for excellence in research and  

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1 The School of Education Undergraduate Proposition The School of Education has a long and between students and staff. The School occupies an excellent location, across the road from the Students Union and central campus and within easy walking distance of the city centre. The School's mission

Stevenson, Mark


A Data-enhanced On-line Learning Environment for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Earth system science (ESS) research often requires integrating, analyzing, and modeling with large amount of multi-disciplinary, multi-source geospatial data. Satellite remote sensing is one of the major sources of such data. Currently, NASA EOSDIS has archived more than three petabytes of Earth remote sensing data. Those data are essential for conducting ESS research. Therefore, training students on how to effectively use large amount of remote sensing data in ESS research is the essential part of their ESS education. However, currently most of undergraduate students have never been trained to handle the huge volume of available data because of lack of resources and suitable teaching technology at ESS colleges. In order to reduce this problem, we are developing a web-based geospatial information system, called GeoBrain, for providing a data-enhanced on-line learning and research environment for ESS education and research. The system makes petabytes of NASA EOS data and information easily accessible to higher-education users. The system allows users to dynamically and collaboratively develop interoperable, web-executable geospatial process and analysis modules and models, and run them on-line against any part of the peta-byte archives for getting back the customized information products rather than raw data. The system makes a data-enhanced ESS learning and research environment, backed by petabytes of NASA EOS data and unavailable to students and professors before, available to them at their desktops. In order to integrate this new learning environment into the undergraduate ESS teaching and research, a NASA EOS Higher Education Alliance (NEHEA), consisting of the GeoBrain development team led by GMU and a group of Earth science educators selected from an open RFP process, has been formed. NEHEA members are incorporating the data enhanced learning environment into their teaching and on-going research and will develop new courses for taking advantages of the environment. This paper presents the data-enhanced learning environment and discusses some initial experiences gained from NEHEA members on integrating the environment into undergraduate ESS education.

di, L.; Deng, M.



A Response to "BIO 2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists," from the Perspective of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major Program at Kenyon College  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The National Research Council completed a major study of undergraduate biology education, "BIO 2010-Transforming Undergraduate Education For Future Research Biologists (BIO 2010)," funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health. The "BIO 2010" report recommends that biology pedagogy should use an…

Slonczewski, Joan L.; Marusak, Rosemary



Factors influencing the participation of undergraduate students from sub-Saharan Africa in higher education in the United States of America  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reports on factors influencing the participation of undergraduate students from sub-Saharan Africa in higher education in the United States of America (US). A literature study investigated aspects of undergraduate study in the US as applied to international students. The policy of the US government and of individual institutions of higher education toward the enrolment of international students, its

Roberta J. Paola; Eleanor M. Lemmer; Noleen van Wyk



Development and implementation of an herbal and natural product elective in undergraduate medical education  

PubMed Central

Background Medical students have consistently expressed interest in learning about alternative healing modalities, especially herbal and natural products. To fill this void in medical education at our institution, a novel elective was developed and implemented for fourth year medical students. This herbal/natural product course uses guest lecturers, classroom presentations, and active learning mechanisms that include experiential rotations, case-based learning, and team-based learning to increase student knowledge of herbal/natural product safety and efficacy. Methods Knowledge outcomes were evaluated via administration of a pre- and post-course test (paired student t-test). End-of-course evaluations (Likert-type questions and narrative responses) were used to assess student opinion of knowledge and skills imparted by the elective and overall course content (mean, standard deviation). Results Over three academic years, 23 students have enrolled in this elective. More than 60% of participants have been female and nearly half of the students (43%) have pursued residencies in primary care. Completion of the course significantly increased student knowledge of common herbal/natural product mechanisms, uses, adverse effects, and drug-interactions as determined by a pre- and post-course knowledge assessment (45%?±?10% versus 78%?±?6%; p?quality, 4.6 of 5.0?±?0.48) who appreciated the variety of activities to which they were exposed and the open classroom discussions that resulted. While students tended to view some alternative medical systems with skepticism, they still believed it was valuable to learn what these modalities encompass. Conclusions Development and implementation of a herbal/natural product elective that engages undergraduate medical students through active learning mechanisms and critical analysis of the literature has proven effective in increasing knowledge outcomes and is deemed to be a valuable curricular addition by student participants. In the future, it will be of interest to explore mechanisms for expanding the course to reach a larger number of students within the time, financial, and logistical constraints that currently exist. PMID:22540850



Improving undergraduate medical education about pain assessment and management: A qualitative descriptive study of stakeholders' perceptions  

PubMed Central

BACKGROUND Pain is one of the most common reasons for individuals to seek medical advice, yet it remains poorly managed. One of the main reasons that poor pain management persists is the lack of adequate knowledge and skills of practicing clinicians, which stems from a perceived lack of pain education during the training of undergraduate medical students. OBJECTIVE: To identify gaps in knowledge with respect to pain management as perceived by students, patients and educators. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive study was conducted. Data were generated through six focus groups with second- and fourth-year medical students, four focus groups with patients and individual semistructured interviews with nine educators. All interviews were audiotaped and an inductive thematic analysis was performed. RESULTS: A total of 70 individuals participated in the present study. Five main themes were identified: assessment of physical and psychosocial aspects of pain; clinical management of pain with pharmacology and alternative therapies; communication and the development of a good therapeutic relationship; ethical considerations surrounding pain; and institutional context of medical education about pain. CONCLUSION: Participating patients, students and pain experts recognized a need for additional medical education about pain assessment and management. Educational approaches need to teach students to gather appropriate information about pain, to acquire knowledge of a broad spectrum of therapeutic options, to develop a mutual, trusting relationship with patients and to become aware of their own biases and prejudice toward patients with pain. The results of the present study should be used to develop and enhance existing pain curricula content. PMID:23985579

Tellier, Pierre-Paul; Belanger, Emmanuelle; Rodriguez, Charo; Ware, Mark A; Posel, Nancy



Healthy Water Healthy People Water Quality Educators Guide  

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This 200-page activity guide for educators of students in grades six through university level raises the awareness and understanding of water quality issues and their relationship to personal, public and environmental health. "Healthy Water Healthy People Water Quality Educators Guide" will help educators address science standards through 25…

Project WET Foundation, 2003



Consumer Education in a Quality of Life Society.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper stresses the need for consumer education programs which reflect social changes and which will be relevant in the future. Specifically, it explores ways in which educators can develop and implement consumer education programs which stress quality of life, simplified lifestyles, and changing American consumption habits. Quality of life is…

Bannister, Rosella


Quality Improvement in Higher Education: implications for student retention  

Microsoft Academic Search

The complementarity between two critical issues in higher education are explored: adoption of a quality improvement philosophy and student retention. Key elements of quality improvement as practised in higher education are described briefly, and a conceptual framework is presented, which clarifies the hypothesised link between quality improvement and student retention. Student persistence is examined within the context of a theoretical

Shari L. Peterson; Sherry A. Schwartz



Quality Assurance in Transnational Higher Education. ENQA Workshop Report 11  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The present report is the product of an ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) Bologna Seminar "Quality Assurance in Transnational Education: from words to action" hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA, UK) in London in December, 2008. The seminar discussed the current trends in Transnational landscapes, the…

Bennett, Paul; Bergan, Sjur; Cassar, Daniela; Hamilton, Marlene; Soinila, Michele; Sursock, Andree; Uvalic-Trumbic, Stamenka; Williams, Peter



Institutional Quality Assessment of Higher Education: Dimensions, Criteria and Indicators  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The article discusses dimensions and criteria, which are used to assess the quality of higher education in different countries. The paper presents dimensions and criteria that could be appropriate for assessment of the quality of higher education at Lithuanian universities. Quality dimensions, assessment criteria and indicators are defined and…

Savickiene, Izabela; Pukelis, Kestutis



Increase in medical knowledge during the final year of undergraduate medical education in Germany  

PubMed Central

Aims: In Germany, the final year of undergraduate medical education (‘practice year’) consists of three 16-week clinical attachments, two of which are internal medicine and surgery. Students can choose a specific specialty for their third 16-week attachment. Practice year students do not receive specific teaching to prepare them for the National Licensing Examination. It is unknown whether knowledge levels increase during this year. This study aimed at assessing knowledge at the beginning and the end of the final year of medical school. Methods: Three hundred pre-selected United States Medical Licensing Examination type items from ten medical disciplines were reviewed by ten recent medical graduates from the Netherlands and Germany. The resulting test included 150 items and was taken by 77 and 79 final year medical students from Göttingen and Hamburg at the beginning and the end of their practice year, respectively. Results: Cronbach’s ? of the pre- and post-test was 0.75 and 0.68, respectively. Mean percent scores in the pre- and post-test were 63.9±6.9 and 69.4±5.7, respectively (p<0.001; effect size calculated as Cohen’s d: 0.87). In individual students, post-test scores were particularly high for items related to their specific chosen specialty. Conclusion: The knowledge test used in this study provides a suitable external tool to assess progress of undergraduate medical students in their knowledge during the practice year. The pre-test may be used to guide individual learning behaviour during this final year of undergraduate education. PMID:24062813

Raupach, Tobias; Vogel, Daniela; Schiekirka, Sarah; Keijsers, Carolina; Ten Cate, Olle; Harendza, Sigrid



Perception of Educational Environment Among Undergraduate Students in a Chiropractic Training Institution  

PubMed Central

Purpose: The impact of the educational environment in student learning is well documented. However, there is a scarcity in the literature exploring the educational environment in chiropractic training institutions. This study aimed to identify the perceived educational environment in a chiropractic training institution and the possible perceptual differences among different demographic groups. Methods: The perceived educational environment was surveyed using Dundee Ready Education Environment (DREEM), which is a validated, self-administered, and Likert-type inventory. DREEM items focus on subdomains related to learning, teachers, self-confidence, academic atmosphere, and social environment. The results were analyzed and interpreted in relation to standard norms of DREEM and demographic variables. Results: The survey was completed by 124 chiropractic undergraduate students (response rate 83%). Statistically, the inventory items showed high correlation and the subdomains showed a close relationship. Overall the DREEM score was very high: 156.1/200 (78%). The subdomain scores were also at very high levels. However, the scoring of four items by students was consistently poor: lack of a support system for stressed students, 1.8 (SD 1.1); authoritarian teachers, 1.8 (SD 1.2); inadequate school time-tabling, 2.0 (SD 1.1); and overemphasis on factual learning, 2.0 (SD 1.0). There were no statistically significant differences in DREEM scores between gender, age, minority, and ethnicity groups. Conclusions: In general, students perceived that a sound educational environment is fostered by the institution and its educational program for all students despite their demographic variations. However, certain specific elements of the educational process may need to be addressed to improve the educational experience. PMID:22069340

Palmgren, Per J.; Chandratilake, Madawa



Cancer education in Ukraine  

PubMed Central

The main features of the system of ‘higher medical education’ in Ukraine are presented. The principles of undergraduate, specialist training, and postgraduate education on oncology are described in detail and discussed in terms of European standards of cancer education. It is underlined that the cancer education in the system of higher and postgraduate education should be continuous, multidisciplinary, and of high quality. PMID:24194788

Chekhun, Vasyl F; Shepelenko, Iryna V



Challenges of Communicating Climate Change in North Dakota: Undergraduate Internship and Collaboration with Middle School Educators  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In summer 2010, the University of North Dakota (UND) hosted an internship for undergraduates to learn about climate change in both the classroom and group research projects. As a final project, the undergraduates were tasked to present their findings about different aspects of climate change in webcasts that would be later used in middle school classrooms in the region. Interns indicated that participation significantly improved their own confidence in future scholarly pursuits. Also, communicating about climate change, both during the project and afterwards, helped the interns feel more confident in their own learning. Use of webcasts widened the impact of student projects (e.g. YouTube dissemination), and multiple methods of student communication should continue to be an important piece of climate change education initiatives. Other key aspects of the internship were student journaling and group building. Challenges faced included media accessibility and diverse recruiting. Best practices from the UND internship will be discussed as a model for implementation at other universities. Lesson plans that complement the student-produced webcasts and adhere to regional and national standards were created during 2011. Communication between scientists and K-12 education researchers was found to be a challenge, but improved over the course of the project. These lesson plans have been reviewed both during a teacher workshop in January 2012 and by several Master teachers. Although select middle school educators have expressed enthusiasm for testing of these modules, very little hands-on testing with students has occurred. Wide-ranging roadblocks to implementation exist, including the need for adherence to state standards and texts, inadequate access to technology, and generally negative attitudes toward climate change in the region. Feedback from regional educators will be presented, and possible solutions will be discussed. Although some challenges are specific to the Northern Great Plains region, understanding these challenges are important for agencies and universities with goals of national dissemination.

Mullendore, G. L.; Munski, L.; Kirilenko, A.; Remer, F.; Baker, M.



Assessment of higher order cognitive skills in undergraduate education: modified essay or multiple choice questions? Research paper  

PubMed Central

Background Reliable and valid written tests of higher cognitive function are difficult to produce, particularly for the assessment of clinical problem solving. Modified Essay Questions (MEQs) are often used to assess these higher order abilities in preference to other forms of assessment, including multiple-choice questions (MCQs). MEQs often form a vital component of end-of-course assessments in higher education. It is not clear how effectively these questions assess higher order cognitive skills. This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of the MEQ to measure higher-order cognitive skills in an undergraduate institution. Methods An analysis of multiple-choice questions and modified essay questions (MEQs) used for summative assessment in a clinical undergraduate curriculum was undertaken. A total of 50 MCQs and 139 stages of MEQs were examined, which came from three exams run over two years. The effectiveness of the questions was determined by two assessors and was defined by the questions ability to measure higher cognitive skills, as determined by a modification of Bloom's taxonomy, and its quality as determined by the presence of item writing flaws. Results Over 50% of all of the MEQs tested factual recall. This was similar to the percentage of MCQs testing factual recall. The modified essay question failed in its role of consistently assessing higher cognitive skills whereas the MCQ frequently tested more than mere recall of knowledge. Conclusion Construction of MEQs, which will assess higher order cognitive skills cannot be assumed to be a simple task. Well-constructed MCQs should be considered a satisfactory replacement for MEQs if the MEQs cannot be designed to adequately test higher order skills. Such MCQs are capable of withstanding the intellectual and statistical scrutiny imposed by a high stakes exit examination. PMID:18045500

Palmer, Edward J; Devitt, Peter G



Lessons for Continuing Medical Education From Simulation Research in Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education: Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Educational Guidelines  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Simulation technology is widely used in undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as for personnel training and evaluation in other healthcare professions. Simulation provides safe and effective opportunities for learners at all levels to practice and acquire clinical skills needed for patient care. A growing body of research evidence documents the utility of simulation technology for educating healthcare

William C. McGaghie; Viva J. Siddall; Paul E. Mazmanian; Janet Myers



Quality Systems and ISO 9000 in Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Examines quality assurance systems in higher education in general and of ISO 9000, a set of international quality standards, in particular. Reports on a survey of 23 institutions worldwide concerning implementation of quality systems and application of the ISO 9000 standards. Concludes that while institutions have found the quality assurance…

Lundquist, Robert



Assuring Quality in Pharmaceutical Education in the United States.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discussion of quality assurance in U.S. pharmaceutical education looks at the Total Quality Management approach to measuring quality, recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy concerning general and pharmacy-specific professional competencies, and other systems to ensure quality, including accreditation, the federal role,…

Trinca, Carl E.



Nutrition Quality of Life among Female-Majority Malay Undergraduate Students of Health Sciences  

PubMed Central

Background: University students generally tend to engage in problematic eating behaviours, including unhealthy dieting, skipping meals, and high intake of fast food, although they are aware of the negative consequences. Eating behaviours have been shown to be interestingly related to quality of life (QoL). Our study aimed to 1) assess general nutrition quality of life (NQoL) status and 2) compare NQoL status based on gender, financial resources, study courses, year of study, and body mass index (BMI) profiles. Methods: This study was conducted among undergraduates of health sciences in a local public university in Terengganu. Students completed the Malay version of NQoL (6 domains; 50 items; Likert-type responses 1–5). Data analysis was carried out by using SPSS 16.0, utilising descriptive and parametric statistics. Results: A total of 241 students were enrolled [age = 19.7 (0.1) years; female (83.0%); Malay (96.7%)]. Social/Interpersonal Factors [3.84 (0.43)] emerged as the best component, while Food Impact [3.10 (0.40)] was the worst. Across all variables, only gender and study courses showed significantly different NQoL. Females scored better than males in Self-Efficacy (confidence in food selection ability) (P < 0.05). Nursing students also experienced significantly greater NQoL (mean = 3.58, 95% CI = 3.47, 3.68) than radiography students in Self-Efficacy (p < 0.05). Medical laboratory technology students had a significantly more favourable NQoL rating (mean = 3.62, 95% CI = 3.47, 3.76) than nursing students in Self-Image (p < 0.05). Study courses significantly influenced the NQoL status of students with Good NQoL, while those with Poor NQoL were mostly influenced by gender and financial resources (p < 0.05). Conclusion: These outcomes indicate that specific demographic characteristics seemed to make a difference in the NQoL of undergraduate students. PMID:23785251

Pei Lin, Lua; Wan Putri Elena, Wan Dali; Mohd Razif, Shahril



Undergraduate medical education in emergency medical care: A nationwide survey at German medical schools  

PubMed Central

Background Since June 2002, revised regulations in Germany have required "Emergency Medical Care" as an interdisciplinary subject, and state that emergency treatment should be of increasing importance within the curriculum. A survey of the current status of undergraduate medical education in emergency medical care establishes the basis for further committee work. Methods Using a standardized questionnaire, all medical faculties in Germany were asked to answer questions concerning the structure of their curriculum, representation of disciplines, instructors' qualifications, teaching and assessment methods, as well as evaluation procedures. Results Data from 35 of the 38 medical schools in Germany were analysed. In 32 of 35 medical faculties, the local Department of Anaesthesiology is responsible for the teaching of emergency medical care; in two faculties, emergency medicine is taught mainly by the Department of Surgery and in another by Internal Medicine. Lectures, seminars and practical training units are scheduled in varying composition at 97% of the locations. Simulation technology is integrated at 60% (n = 21); problem-based learning at 29% (n = 10), e-learning at 3% (n = 1), and internship in ambulance service is mandatory at 11% (n = 4). In terms of assessment methods, multiple-choice exams (15 to 70 questions) are favoured (89%, n = 31), partially supplemented by open questions (31%, n = 11). Some faculties also perform single practical tests (43%, n = 15), objective structured clinical examination (OSCE; 29%, n = 10) or oral examinations (17%, n = 6). Conclusion Emergency Medical Care in undergraduate medical education in Germany has a practical orientation, but is very inconsistently structured. The innovative options of simulation technology or state-of-the-art assessment methods are not consistently utilized. Therefore, an exchange of experiences and concepts between faculties and disciplines should be promoted to guarantee a standard level of education in emergency medical care. PMID:19435518

Beckers, Stefan K; Timmermann, Arnd; Muller, Michael P; Angstwurm, Matthias; Walcher, Felix



The Educational Function of an Astronomy Research Experience for Undergraduates Program as Described by Female Participants  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The long-running REU-program is tacitly intended to increase retention and provide "an important educational experience" for undergraduates, particularly women, minorities and underrepresented groups. This longitudinal, two-stage study was designed to explore the ways in which the REU acted as an educational experience for 51 women in the field of astronomy. Stage-1 consisted of an ex post facto analysis of data collected over 8 years, including multiple interviews with each participant during their REU, annual open-ended alumni surveys, faculty interviews, and extensive field notes. Four themes emerged, related to developing understandings of the nature of professional scientific work, the scientific process, the culture of academia, and an understanding of the "self." Analysis provided an initial theory that was used to design the Stage-2 interview protocol. In Stage-2, over 10 hours of interviews were conducted with 8 participants selected for their potential to disconfirm the initial theory. Results indicate that the REU provided a limited impact in terms of participants’ knowledge of professional astronomy as a largely computer-based endeavor. The REU did not provide a substantive educational experience related to the nature of scientific work, the scientific process, the culture of academia, participants' conceptions about themselves as situated in science, or other aspects of the "self,” were limited. Instead, the data suggests that these women began the REU with pre-existing and remarkably strong conceptions in these areas, and that the REU did not functional to alter those states. These conceptions were frequently associated with other mentors/scientist interactions, from middle school into the undergraduate years. Instructors and family members also served as crucial forces in shaping highly developed, stable science identities. Sustained relationships with mentors were particularly transformational. These findings motivate an ongoing research agenda of long-term mentoring relationships for women in the sciences, at a variety of stages and across multiple disciplines.

Slater, Stephanie



Reducing the stigma of mental illness in undergraduate medical education: a randomized controlled trial  

PubMed Central

Background The stigma of mental illness among medical students is a prevalent concern that has far reaching negative consequences. Attempts to combat this stigma through educational initiatives have had mixed results. This study examined the impact of a one-time contact-based educational intervention on the stigma of mental illness among medical students and compared this with a multimodal undergraduate psychiatry course at the University of Calgary, Canada that integrates contact-based educational strategies. Attitudes towards mental illness were compared with those towards type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Method A cluster-randomized trial design was used to evaluate the impact of contact-based educational interventions delivered at two points in time. The impact was assessed by collecting data at 4 time points using the Opening Minds Scale for Health Care Providers (OMS-HC) to assess changes in stigma. Results Baseline surveys were completed by 62% (n=111) of students before the start of the course and post-intervention ratings were available from 90 of these. Stigma scores for both groups were significantly reduced upon course completion (p < 0.0001), but were not significantly changed following the one-time contact based educational intervention in the primary analysis. Student confidence in working with people with a mental illness and interest in a psychiatric career was increased at the end of the course. Stigma towards mental illness remained greater than for T2DM at all time points. Conclusions Psychiatric education can decrease the stigma of mental illness and increase student confidence. However, one-time, contact-based educational interventions require further evaluation in this context. The key components are postulated to be contact, knowledge and attention to process, where attending to the student’s internal experience of working with people with mental illness is an integral factor in modulating perceptions of mental illness and a psychiatric career. PMID:24156397



Is It the Intervention or the Students? Using Linear Regression to Control for Student Characteristics in Undergraduate STEM Education Research  

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Although researchers in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education are currently using several methods to analyze learning gains from pre- and posttest data, the most commonly used approaches have significant shortcomings. Chief among these is the inability to distinguish whether differences in learning gains are due…

Theobald, Roddy; Freeman, Scott



Research and Teaching: Understanding How Undergraduate Research Experiences Influence Student Aspirations for Research Careers and Graduate Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Extant and emerging literature on undergraduate research experiences (UREs) focuses on the identification of their benefits to student participants. However, a notable limitation in these studies results from little or no examination of the processes through which UREs influence student career decisions and education aspirations. This study offers…

Adedokun, Omolola A.; Zhang, Dake; Parker, Loran Carleton; Bessenbacher, Ann; Childress, Amy; Burgess, Wilella Daniels



The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions  

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Genomics is not only essential for students to understand biology but also provides unprecedented opportunities for undergraduate research. The goal of the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP), a collaboration between a growing number of colleges and universities around the country and the Department of Biology and Genome Center of Washington…

Shaffer, Christopher D.; Alvarez, Consuelo; Bailey, Cheryl; Barnard, Daron; Bhalla, Satish; Chandrasekaran, Chitra; Chandrasekaran, Vidya; Chung, Hui-Min; Dorer, Douglas R.; Du, Chunguang; Eckdahl, Todd T.; Poet, Jeff L.; Frohlich, Donald; Goodman, Anya L.; Gosser, Yuying; Hauser, Charles; Hoopes, Laura L. M.; Johnson, Diana; Jones, Christopher J.; Kaehler, Marian; Kokan, Nighat; Kopp, Olga R.; Kuleck, Gary A.; McNeil, Gerard; Moss, Robert; Myka, Jennifer L.; Nagengast, Alexis; Morris, Robert; Overvoorde, Paul J.; Shoop, Elizabeth; Parrish, Susan; Reed, Kelynne; Regisford, E. Gloria; Revie, Dennis; Rosenwald, Anne G.; Saville, Ken; Schroeder, Stephanie; Shaw, Mary; Skuse, Gary; Smith, Christopher; Smith, Mary; Spana, Eric P.; Spratt, Mary; Stamm, Joyce; Thompson, Jeff S.; Wawersik, Matthew; Wilson, Barbara A.; Youngblom, Jim; Leung, Wilson; Buhler, Jeremy; Mardis, Elaine R.; Lopatto, David; Elgin, Sarah C. R.



Case Studies' Effect on Undergraduates' Achievement, Attitudes, and Team Shared Mental Models in Educational Psychology  

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of case studies on learning outcomes, attitudes toward instructions, and team shared mental models (SMM) in a team-based learning environment in an undergraduate educational psychology course. Approximately 105 students who participated in this study were randomly assigned to either a case-study…

Razzouk, Rim; Johnson, Tristan E.



The Effect of Required Cooperative Education (Co-Op) on the Pursuit of an Undergraduate Engineering Degree for Female Students  

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Female enrollment in engineering has been historically low. Researchers claim chilly classroom environments and societal expectations of gender and work as reasons why so few women pursue engineering. This qualitative study explores the effects of required cooperative education on a female student's choice of and persistence in an undergraduate

Kuntz, Vickie L.



Faculty's Job Stress and Performance in the Undergraduate Education Assessment in China: A Mixed-Methods Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Undergraduate Education Assessment (assessment) was launched to upgrade faculty's performance, but it also tends to intensify their job stress. Considering the little empirical research on the influence of stress on performance in the assessment and the confounded findings in literature, the study collected data with a survey and interviews to…

Jing, Lizhen



Modelling the Perceived Value of Compulsory English Language Education in Undergraduate Non-Language Majors of Japanese Nationality  

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Adopting mixed methods of data collection and analysis, the current study models the "perceived value of compulsory English language education" in a sample of 138 undergraduate non-language majors of Japanese nationality at a national university in Japan. During the orientation period of a compulsory 15-week English language programme, the 138…

Rivers, Damian J.



Web 2.0 technologies for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education: an online survey  

PubMed Central

Objectives To identify the current familiarity and use of Web 2.0 technologies by medical students and qualified medical practitioners, and to identify the barriers to its use for medical education. Methods A semi?structured online questionnaire survey of 3000 medical students and 3000 qualified medical practitioners (consultants, general practitioners and doctors in training) on the British Medical Association's membership database. Results All groups had high familiarity, but low use, of podcasts. Ownership of digital media players was higher among medical students. There was high familiarity, but low use, of other Web 2.0 technologies except for high use of instant messaging and social networking by medical students. All groups stated that they were interested in using Web 2.0 technologies for education but there was lack of knowledge and skills in how to use these new technologies. Conclusions There is an overall high awareness of a range of new Web 2.0 technologies by both medical students and qualified medical practitioners and high interest in its use for medical education. However, the potential of Web 2.0 technologies for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education will only be achieved if there is increased training in how to use this new approach. PMID:18057175

Sandars, J; Schroter, S



Undergraduate Rural Medical Education Program Development: Focus Group Consultation with the NRHA Rural Medical Educators Group  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Context: Over a decade ago, leaders in rural medical education established the Rural Medical Educators (RME) Group, an interest group within the National Rural Health Association, to support faculty in rural medical education programs. This group has convened an annual RME conclave since 2006. In 2008, this conclave convened 15 national leaders in…

Downey, Laura H.; Wheat, John R.; Leeper, James D.; Florence, Joseph A.; Boulger, James G.; Hunsaker, Matt L.



Stylistic Learning Differences Between Undergraduate Athletic Training Students and Educators: Gregorc Mind Styles  

PubMed Central

Context: Learning theory and pedagogic research are unfamiliar to many educators trained in the sciences. Athletic training educators must learn to appreciate the theoretic and practical value of pedagogic research, including learning styles. Objective: To extend the learning styles research in athletic training by introducing the Mind Styles model and Gregorc Style Delineator instrument to investigate students' and program directors' baseline style preferences and to study the effects of sex, education level, and academic role on mean composite Gregorc Style Delineator scores. Design: Correlational research design. Setting: Instruments were mailed to program directors and administered in classroom settings. Patients or Other Participants: Ten of 10 athletic training programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs formed sample 1, with 200 undergraduate athletic training students (68 men, 132 women, age = 20.12 ± 2.02 years). A total of 43 program directors (22 men, 21 women, age = 40.05 ± 9.30 years) created sample 2. Main Outcome Measure(s): We used the Gregorc Style Delineator to measure participants' perceptual and ordering abilities, combining them in a quaternary design to create mean composite scores for the Concrete Sequential (CS), Abstract Sequential (AS), Abstract Random (AR), and Concrete Random (CR) Mind Styles subscales. We also noted each subject's sex, education level, and academic role. Results: We obtained a response rate of 100% of undergraduates and 43% of program directors. The CS style was preferred by 44.5% (n = 89) of students and 58.1% (n = 25) of program directors. Program directors preferred the CS style more (P < .001) and the AS and AR styles less (P < .001) than predicted by ?2 testing. Students preferred the CS style more (P < .001) and the AS style less (P < .001) than expected also. Men students preferred the AS style more (P < .01) and the AR style less (P < .01) than women students. Students by ?2 testing were also less likely to prefer the CS style (P < .01) and more likely to prefer the AR style (P < .001) than program directors. No significant main effect was noted for education level (P = .310) or the interaction (P = .108). Conclusions: Our findings add 2 unique elements to the athletic training literature by extending the investigation of styles to an original model (Mind Styles) and the effect of academic role on style. Program directors should strongly consider sex and academic role style differences when designing and implementing pedagogic methods. PMID:16619103

Gould, Trenton E; Caswell, Shane V



UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION Undergraduate Education 89  

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530-752-6068 UC Davis offers the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, the University Honors Program, the Davis Honors Challenge, the UC Washington Center, Entry Level Writing, Summer is the impact of production and management processes on animal health and wel- fare, human diet and health

California at Davis, University of


Strategies for Embedding Scholarship in the Educational Experiences of Engineering Technology Undergraduate Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The hallmark of Engineering Technology (ET) programs is its student-centered curriculum and hands-on approach to teaching. Many institutions with ET programs now require scholarship of their ET faculty in addition to their teaching duties. In many institutions that have always emphasized scholarship and research, undergraduate student education has often times taken a back seat to research. The question that arises for ET programs as we begin to engage in scholarly activities is: how do we insure that ET scholarship is student-centered similar to ET teaching and curriculum? The benefits of scholarship to ET students include enhancement of their critical thinking, innovative, lifelong learning skills, skills that many ET employers today are looking for in our students. In this paper, the author examines issues relating to the importance of scholarship to ET undergraduate students, barriers to ET student scholarship, mechanisms for embedding scholarship in the ET curriculum, resources required to facilitate ET student scholarship, and feedback from ET student scholars who recently worked on a scholarly project with the author. The author concludes that embedding scholarship in the ET curriculum is very desirable and suggests some ways and means to facilitate and nurture student scholarship in ET.

Aghayere, Abi



Undergraduate Nursing Students' Attitudes towards Mental Illness: Implications for Specific Academic Education  

PubMed Central

Background: Health care professions are not immune to social prejudices and surprisingly share the general public's attitude attributed to people with mental illness. Nursing students are future health manpower research related to nursing students attitudes toward mental illness is limited. Aim: The aim of this following study is to examine the undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes toward people with mental illness. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive design was adopted for the present study. A total of 148 undergraduate nursing students were purposively selected to complete self-reported questionnaires. Results: The nursing students have significant positive attitudes towards mental illness in three of the six attitudes factors: Restrictiveness (8.59), benevolence (29.8) and stigmatization (9.18). However, these students have negative attitudes in separatism (27.1), stereotype (11.5) and pessimistic predictions (11.7) domains as they rated high. Conclusion: Academic education in this area must be planned so as to favor the change of the attitudes that include greater use of teaching strategies that challenge beliefs and assumptions and promote a commitment to provide holistic care to people with mental illness.

Poreddi, Vijayalakshmi; Thimmaiah, Rohini; Pashupu, Dharma Reddy; Ramachandra; Badamath, Suresh



Princeton Science and Engineering Education Initiative: Revising Undergraduate Environmental Science Courses  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Science and Engineering Education Initiative at Princeton University aims to inspire and prepare all undergraduates, irrespective of their majors, to become scientifically and technologically literate citizens and decision-makers. Launched by the faculty on the Council on Science and Technology in September 2011, the initiative involves revising and creating science and engineering courses that emphasize the role of science in society. The course "Fundamentals of Environmental Studies" will serve as a model course for the initiative starting with revisions to the course in Fall 2012. Given the general interest undergraduates have for sustainability topics and the obvious connections between sustainability and society, this course should generate ample interest from students across the campus. We have begun the Initiative by defining student-centered learning goals and surveying students' attitudes towards science and engineering. Course by course, we are also gradually applying research-based teaching methods to better align course activities with learning goals, assessing learning gains, and creating a repository of successful methods and courses. Among the changes to "Fundamentals of Environmental Studies" will be a greater emphasis on science communication, such as incorporating an assignment in which students track the evolution of communicating a research project, from journal article to newspaper coverage to editorials.

Riihimaki, C. A.; Sealfon, C. D.; Paine, E. N.; O'Donnell, F. C.; Caylor, K. K.; Wilcove, D. S.



Factors affecting the cognitive moral development of undergraduate accounting students: Ethics education, internships, volunteerism, and Beta Alpha Psi  

Microsoft Academic Search

The self-regulatory bodies, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other accounting professionals are concerned that decline of skilled individuals entering accounting will exacerbate the recent proliferation of large-scale accounting blunders and unethical practices. Accounting quality is critical to a secure investment environment. Undergraduate colleges need to be cognizant of

Barbara Marie Porco



Utilization of the seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education in general chemistry by community college instructors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years, higher education has undergone many changes. The advent of assessment, accountability, and a newfound focus on teaching have required faculty to examine how they are teaching. Administrators and faculty are beginning to recognize that learning is not a "one size fits all" enterprise. To this end, Chickering and Gamson developed an inventory that examined faculty utilization of the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. The seven principles included by the authors included faculty-student interaction, cooperative learning, active learning, giving prompt feedback, emphasizing time on task, communicating high expectations, and respecting diverse talents and ways of learning. It was determined by Chickering and Gamson, as well as many other researchers, that these seven principles were hallmarks of successful undergraduate education. Community colleges are important institutions to study, as many students begin their higher education at two-year colleges. Most students are also required to take one or more science classes for their general education requirements; therefore, many students must take at least one general chemistry course. Both community colleges and chemistry are rarely studied in literature, which makes this study important. Community college general chemistry instructors were surveyed using an online version of Chickering and Gamson's Faculty Inventory for the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. Responses were analyzed, and it was discovered that not only did instructors utilize the principles to a different extent, but there were also differences between genders as well as between the specific actions related to each principle.

Panther Bishoff, Jennifer


Science and Technology Education for Civic and Professional Life: The Undergraduate Years. A Report of the Wingspread Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, June 1-3, 1982).  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The failure of colleges and universities to ensure that all undergraduates become scientifically and technologically educated was addressed at the 1982 Wingspread Conference. Representatives of education, business, government, and other professions considered the place of science and technology education within liberal education and formulated a…

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.


Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund: Annual Report Fiscal Year 2004.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund (LEQTF) was established in 1986 by Louisiana voters to improve the quality of education in the state. The LEQTF receives funds through the Federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and deposits them in what is known as the Permanent Fund. From this Permanent Fund, a separate Support Fund (also known as…

Kennedy, John



Changes in the Returns to Education and College Quality  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper estimates changes in the effects of educational attainment and college quality on three cohorts of students observed during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Consistent with most of the prior literature, I find that educational attainment and college quality raise earnings, and the magnitudes of these effects have increased over time. The…

Long, Mark C.



Quality Control in Electronic Delivery of Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Argues that consumers of electronic higher education services need to be better informed in to become the quality-control agents in the massive shifts in the way higher education services are being provided. Notes that changes in institutional structures will affect traditional scheduling, recordkeeping, and quality-control systems. Discusses…

Johnstone, Sally M.



Quality Assurance Toolkit for Distance Higher Education Institutions and Programmes  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Commonwealth of Learning is proud to partner with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education and UNESCO to produce this "Quality Assurance Toolkit for Distance Higher Education Institutions and Programmes". The Toolkit has been prepared with three features. First, it is a generic document on quality assurance, complete with a glossary of…

Rama, Kondapalli, Ed.; Hope, Andrea, Ed.



Opportunity or Exploitation? Women and Quality Assurance in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Based on interviews with 18 UK women academics and managers on quality and power in higher education, this article interrogates the impact of quality assurance discourses and practices on women in higher education. Micro-level analysis of the effects of audit and the evaluative state seem to suggest that hegemonic masculinities and gendered power…

Morley, Louise



Comparing Alternative Instruments to Measure Service Quality in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the performance of five alternative measures of service quality in the high education sector--service quality (SERVQUAL), importance-weighted SERVQUAL, service performance (SERVPERF), importance-weighted SERVPERF, and higher education performance (HEdPERF). Design/methodology/approach: Data were…

Brochado, Ana



Conceptualising Gender Equality in Research on Education Quality  

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This article sets out to re-conceptualise gender equality in education quality. Four approaches to conceptualising gender equitable education quality are identified in the literature: human capital theory with a focus on parity and sameness for all; a human rights and power perspective, within which gender equality is viewed as transforming unjust…

Aikman, Sheila; Halai, Anjum; Rubagiza, Jolly



Teachers and Teaching: Conceptualizing Quality Education in Rural Nicaragua  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Policy discourses reflected in the World Declaration on Education for All (EFA) (Inter-Agency Commission, 1990) and the subsequent Dakar Framework for Action and EFA: The Quality Imperative (UNESCO, 2001, 2004), have called for the improvement of the quality of basic education. These discourses emphasize student-centered pedagogical approaches in…

Sanyal, Anita



A Paradigm Shift for Educational Administrators: The Total Quality Movement.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reviews the major ideas of the seminal total quality management theorists, such as Deming, Crosby, Juran, Ishikawa, and Imai, to illustrate how total quality management is applicable to education. It is argued that there is a need for a paradigm shift in educational administration. The first part reviews current Australian societal…

Hough, M. J.


Quality Criteria and Exemplary Papers in Chemistry Education Research.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Addresses the questions, What are the quality criteria of research in chemistry education, and In what ways do exemplary papers meet quality criteria? Selects exemplary papers to illustrate the criteria from 81 research papers published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) and the International Journal of Science Education (IJSE)…

Eybe, Holger; Schmidt, Hans-Jurgen



Moving from Control to Culture in Higher Education Quality  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this article, it is argued that quality development in higher education needs to go beyond the implementation of rules and processes for quality management purposes to improve the educational quality. Quality development has to rather focus on promoting a quality culture, which enables individual actors to continuously improve their profession. While this understanding of quality as part of the organizational culture gains more importance, there is still a lack of fundamental research and conceptual understanding of the phenomenon in itself. This article aims to lay the foundations for a comprehensive understanding of quality culture in organizations focusing on higher education. For this purpose, the state of the art in research on organizational culture is discussed and a model of quality culture is presented.

Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel


Preparing our future physicians: integrating medical informatics into the undergraduate medical education curriculum.  


This paper describes how two medical schools have integrated "medical informatics" into their undergraduate medical education programs with the aim of preparing their students for future practice. It describes the components or elements of the informatics programs, how learning opportunities have been integrated into the curricula, how the informatics programs have evolved, and future directions. The medical schools approached the task of introducing informatics in a parallel way. Following needs identification, similar topic areas, goals, and specific informatics learning objectives were developed. These were used as a basis for implementation and evaluation. In general, the topic areas selected are: computer literacy, communications, information retrieval and management, computer-aided learning, patient management, office practice management, and hospital information systems. Learning opportunities in informatics were integrated for the above goals, in accordance with how the curriculum was organized in each school. These opportunities, and the support activities provided will be described. PMID:10168948

Kaufman, D M; Jennett, P A



Adapting the Learning-Cycle to Enrich Undergraduate Neuroscience Education for All Students  

PubMed Central

A learning-cycle approach to science instruction is not new to science educators (Karplus, 1977; Kolb, 1984; Bergquist, 1991; Zollman, 1990; Allard and Barman, 1994). Somewhat less known, however, is the usefulness of this approach for creating lab activities for a broad audience of undergraduates. The following paper presents a brief overview of a laboratory activity that can be adapted for use by instructors of introductory neuroscience courses. The three-hour activity is geared towards tapping key elements of the learning-cycle approach, with a particular emphasis on the exploration phase of the model. Students work as members of small teams to explore a contemporary issue involving memory and gain hands-on experience from the outset, to which conceptual information is then added during lecture the following week. The approach is in marked contrast to the more traditional practice in the sciences where laboratory activities generally serve to punctuate already presented lecture material. PMID:23493626

Stewart, Mark; Stavrianeas, Stasinos



Using Simulated RoboCup to Teach AI in Undergraduate Education  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this paper we argue that RoboCup is a useful tool for the teaching of AI in undergraduate education. We provide case studies, from two Swedish universities, of how RoboCup based AI courses can be implemented using a problem based approach. Although the courses were successful there are significant areas for improvement. Firstly, to help students cope with the complexity of the domain we developed RoboSoc, a general software framework for developing simulated RoboCup agents. Secondly, we propose creating close co-operation between the teachers and researchers at Scandinavian Universities with the aim of increasing the motivation of both students and teachers by providing accessible information and competence. Target Audience: High School Faculty/Administrators, 2-4 Year College Faculty/Administrators

Heintz, Fredrik; Kummeneje, Johan; Scerri, Paul, 1974-



Autopsy in undergraduate medical education-what do students really learn?  


Forensic medicine can provide access to autopsies for students in undergraduate medical education. Previous qualitative studies reported that attending autopsies promotes learning and is helpful in organising information in the context of self-directed learning, covering cognitive, emotional and societal issues. In the present study, learning outcome regarding specific pathophysiological learning objectives of students who attended an autopsy elective (intervention group, n?=?32) was estimated in comparison to peer students who signed up for the course but were not selected (control group A, n?=?47) and students who had not signed up (control group B, n?=?186). Learning outcome (expressed as a percent knowledge gain) was measured by means of comparative self-assessments (CSA). Furthermore, group interviews were conducted to evaluate the attending students' perceptions and experiences of the course. In the intervention group, the percent knowledge gain for learning objectives reflecting pathophysiological mechanisms was about twice as high than that in the control groups, while all three groups showed comparable knowledge gain for learning objectives covered by mandatory courses that were held during the study period. Results of mandatory post-course assessments showed no statistically significant differences between the intervention and control groups. Therefore, the knowledge gain regarding learning objectives not covered by mandatory courses that was observed in the intervention group reflected the additional benefit of attending the autopsy course. Group interviews with the participants revealed gain of integrated knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological relations as important issues, while negative effects were reported infrequently. Our findings suggest that attendance of a series of autopsies fosters learning and understanding of important issues in medical education and should therefore be part of undergraduate medical curricula wherever possible. PMID:24487723

Anders, Sven; Mueller, Martina; Sperhake, Jan-Peter; Petersen-Ewert, Corinna; Schiekirka, Sarah; Raupach, Tobias



Why peer assessment helps to improve clinical performance in undergraduate physical therapy education: a mixed methods design  

PubMed Central

Background Peer Assessment (PA) in health professions education encourages students to develop a critical attitude towards their own and their peers’ performance. We designed a PA task to assess students’ clinical skills (including reasoning, communication, physical examination and treatment skills) in a role-play that simulated physical therapy (PT) practice. Students alternately performed in the role of PT, assessor, and patient. Oral face-to-face feedback was provided as well as written feedback and scores. This study aims to explore the impact of PA on the improvement of clinical performance of undergraduate PT students. Methods The PA task was analyzed and decomposed into task elements. A qualitative approach was used to explore students’ perceptions of the task and the task elements. Semi-structured interviews with second year students were conducted to explore the perceived impact of these task elements on performance improvement. Students were asked to select the elements perceived valuable, to rank them from highest to lowest learning value, and to motivate their choices. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed, using a phenomenographical approach and following template analysis guidelines. A quantitative approach was used to describe the ranking results. Results Quantitative analyses showed that the perceived impact on learning varied widely. Performing the clinical task in the PT role, was assigned to the first place (1), followed by receiving expert feedback (2), and observing peer performance (3). Receiving peer feedback was not perceived the most powerful task element. Qualitative analyses resulted in three emerging themes: pre-performance, true-performance, and post-performance triggers for improvement. Each theme contained three categories: learning activities, outcomes, and conditions for learning. Intended learning activities were reported, such as transferring prior learning to a new application context and unintended learning activities, such as modelling a peer’s performance. Outcomes related to increased self-confidence, insight in performance standards and awareness of improvement areas. Conditions for learning referred to the quality of peer feedback. Conclusions PA may be a powerful tool to improve clinical performance, although peer feedback is not perceived the most powerful element. Peer assessors in undergraduate PT education use idiosyncratic strategies to assess their peers’ performance. PMID:24928420



Brownfield Action: An education through an environmental science simulation experience for undergraduates  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Brownfield Action is a computer simulation experience used by undergraduates in an Introduction to Environmental Science course for non-science majors at Barnard College. Students play the role of environmental consultants given the semester-long task of investigating a potentially contaminated landsite in a simulated town. The simulation serves as the integration mechanism for the entire course. The project is a collaboration between Professor Bower and the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). This study chronicles the discovery, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of this project over its four-year history from prototype to full-fledged semester-long integrated lecture and lab experience. The complete project history serves as a model for the development of best practices in contributing to the field of educational technology in higher education through the study of fully designed and implemented projects in real classrooms. Recommendations from the project focus on linking the laboratory and lecture portions of a course, the use of simulations (especially for novice students), instructor adaptation to the use of technology, general educational technology project development, and design research, among others. Findings from the study also emphasize the uniqueness of individual student's growth through the experience, and the depth of understanding that can be gained from embracing the complexity of studying sophisticated learning environments in real classrooms.

Kelsey, Ryan Daniel


Exploring Educators' Perspectives: How Does Learning through "Happiness" Promote Quality Early Childhood Education?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The quality of early childhood education has dominated current debates in the ways educators develop and implement learning programs for children yet conceptions of quality vary contextually and culturally. This qualitative case study explored the insider perspectives of six early childhood educators in Sapporo, Japan regarding their conceptions…

Ikegami, Kiiko; Agbenyega, Joseph Seyram



The Need for Context-Sensitive Measures of Educational Quality in Transnational Higher Education  

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This paper argues that the current approach to educational quality formation in transnational higher education promotes educational imperialism, and that guidelines and practices should be altered to embrace context-sensitive measures of quality. The claims are sustained by findings from a study that investigated how academics understood and…

Pyvis, David



An innovative approach to undergraduate climate change education: Sustainability in the workplace  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Climate change and climate science are a core component of environment-related degree programmes, but there are many programmes, for example business studies, that have clear linkages to climate change and sustainability issues which often have no or limited coverage of the subject. Although an in-depth coverage of climate science is not directly applicable to all programmes of study, the subject of climate change is of great relevance to all of society. Graduates from the higher education system are often viewed as society's ‘future leaders', hence it can be argued that it is important that all graduates are conversant in the issues of climate change and strategies for moving towards a sustainable future. Rather than an in depth understanding of climate science it may be more important that a wider range of students are educated in strategies for positive action. One aspect of climate change education that may be missing, including in programmes where climate change is a core topic, is practical strategies, skills and knowledge for reducing our impact on the climate system. This presentation outlines an innovative approach to undergraduate climate change education which focuses on the strategies for moving towards sustainability, but which is supported by climate science understanding taught within this context. Students gain knowledge and understanding of the motivations and strategies for businesses to improve their environmental performance, and develop skills in identifying areas of environmental improvement and recommending actions for change. These skills will allow students to drive positive change in their future careers. Such courses are relevant to students of all disciplines and can give the opportunity to students for whom climate change education is not a core part of their programme, to gain greater understanding of the issues and an awareness of practical changes that can be made at all levels to move towards a more sustainable society.

Robinson, Z. P.



COMPRES Mineral Physics Educational Modules for Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) is a community-based consortium whose goal is to advance and facilitate experimental high pressure research in the Earth Sciences. An important aspect of this goal is sharing our knowledge with the next generation of researchers. To facilitate this, we have created a group of web-based educational modules on mineral physics topics. The modules reside in the On Cutting Edge, Teaching Mineralogy collection on the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) website. Although the modules are designed to function as part of a full semester course, each module can also stand alone. Potential users of the modules include mineral physics faculty teaching "bricks and mortar" classes at their own institutions, or in distance education setting, mineralogy teachers interested in including supplementary material in their mineralogy class, undergraduates doing independent study projects and graduate students and colleagues in other sub-disciplines who wish to brush up on a mineral physics topic. We used the modules to teach an on-line course entitled "Introduction to Mineral Physics" during the spring 2012 semester. More than 20 students and postdocs as well as 15 faculty and senior scientists participated in the course which met twice weekly as a webinar. Recordings of faculty lectures and student-led discussions of journal articles are now available upon request and edited versions of the lectures will be incorporated into the educational modules. Our experience in creating the modules and the course indicates that the use of 1) community-generated internet-based resources and 2) webinars to enable shared teaching between faculty at different universities, has the potential to both enrich graduate education and create efficiencies for university faculty.;

Burnley, P. C.; Thomas, S.



An Education Millennium Development Goal for Quality: Complexity and Democracy  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A good quality education is inclusive, relevant and democratic. Of these three characteristics, the author contends that democratic is the most fundamental and underpins the other two. Education can only truly be inclusive and relevant if its goals are continuously the subject of open democratic debate, since education is a value-based,…

Barrett, Angeline M.



The Demographic Challenge and the Search for Curricular Consensus: Undergraduate Education at the Major Research University.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Identifies institutional pressures and demographic contingencies to be addressed if general education is to be a high-priority and high-quality endeavor at major research universities. Describes the University of Pennsylvania's strategic planning process and its curriculum emphasizing breadth of knowledge, understanding of intellectual inquiry,…

Zingg, Paul J.



Quality Assurance and Teacher Education: International Challenges and Expectations. Rethinking Education. Volume 6  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Ensuring quality in and through teaching and learning has become a fundamental global concern. Emanating from a colloquium on "Quality Assurance and Teacher Education" hosted by University College Dublin in 2010 and funded by the European Educational Research Association, this book interrogates how quality cultures can be fostered in the field of…

Harford, Judith, Ed.; Hudson, Brian, Ed.; Niemi, Hannele, Ed.



Precursors of Professionalism in Senior-Level Undergraduate Business Students and the Implications of These Precursors for Business Education and the Profession  

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Understanding the professional identity of senior-level undergraduate business students may shed light on the rampant unethical acts of business managers in industry. Business education is the largest segment of undergraduate majors, constituting more than 20% of students in four-year institutions, year after year. To explain the professional…

Nino, Lana Sami



One more thing: Faculty response to increased emphasis on project teams in undergraduate engineering education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members at institutions of higher education, especially those at Research I institutions, are being asked to do more than ever before. With rapidly changing technology, significant decreases in public funding, the shift toward privately funded research, and the ever increasing expectations of students for an education that adequately prepares them for professional careers, engineering faculty are particularly challenged by the escalating demands on their time. In 1996, the primary accreditation organization for engineering programs (ABET) adopted new criteria that required, among other things, engineering programs to teach students to function on multidisciplinary teams and to communicate effectively. In response, most engineering programs utilize project teams as a strategy for teaching these skills. The purpose of this qualitative study of tenured and tenure track engineering faculty at a Research I institution in the southwestern United States was to explore the variety of ways in which the engineering faculty responded to the demands placed upon them as a result of the increased emphasis on project teams in undergraduate engineering education. Social role theory and organizational climate theory guided the study. Some faculty viewed project teams as an opportunity for students to learn important professional skills and to benefit from collaborative learning but many questioned the importance and feasibility of teaching teamwork skills and had concerns about taking time away from other essential fundamental material such as mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences. Although the administration of the College of Engineering articulated strong support for the use of project teams in undergraduate education, the prevailing climate did little to promote significant efforts related to effective utilization of project teams. Too often, faculty were unwilling to commit sufficient time or effort to make project teamwork a truly valuable learning opportunity because those efforts were not perceived to be valuable and were rarely rewarded. Few formal professional development opportunities were available and few incentives were in place to encourage other informal efforts to develop the necessary skills. Those who committed significant effort to project teams were challenged by concerns about team composition, student accountability and assigning individual grades for group teamwork.

Hunter, Jane


Part-Time Undergraduates in Postsecondary Education: 2003-04. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Report. NCES 2007-165  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

After dramatic growth between 1970 and 1990, part-time students have formed a large and stable segment of the undergraduate population in U.S. postsecondary institutions (Hussar 2005). In fall 2004, approximately 5.5 million undergraduates were enrolled part time, making up 37 percent of the undergraduate enrollment in all degree-granting…

Chen, Xianglei



Quality Assurance in Higher Education as a Political Process  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The procedures commonly employed for quality assurance in higher education are designed as if the endeavour were a technical process, whereas it may be more useful to view it as a political process. For example, quality assurance requires making choices among competing conceptions of quality, and in so doing privileges some interests over others.…

Skolnik, Michael L.



Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Slovak Republic  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a topic of increased policy interest in the Slovak Republic where improving quality in the ECEC sector is a subject of growing importance. The OECD has identified five effective policy levers to encourage quality in the sector: 1) quality goals and regulations; 2) curriculum and guidelines; 3)…

Taguma, Miho; Litjens, Ineke; Makowiecki, Kelly



The Quality Movements in Higher Education in the United States.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discussion of various quality control strategies in American higher education looks at and compares Total Quality Management (TQM), outcomes assessment, Deming's 14 points, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the ISO 9000 series, restructuring, reengineering, and performance indicators. It is suggested that colleges and universities will…

Miller, Richard I.



Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: Contested Territories?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper analyses the unfolding of the quality agenda in England from 1992 to the present. By using two disciplinary approaches, "political science" and "social philosophy", the article traces the recent transition from quality assurance to quality enhancement. How is this development to be explained and how significant is it? Are the concepts…

Filippakou, Ourania; Tapper, Ted



Need for Equipping Teachers for Quality Higher Education: Exploring How Teachers in Kerala Perceive Quality Practices in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Over the past few years, India's higher education sector has witnessed remarkable progress. Though the country has the largest and the second largest higher education system in the world in terms of the number of institutions and enrolment respectively, it still faces challenges on several fronts. Quality of higher education (HE) is a…

Gafoor, Kunnthodi Abdul; Shilna, V.



Coaching to Quality: Increasing Quality in Early Care and Education Programmes through Community-University Partnership  

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This paper describes efforts to increase the quality in early care and education through targeted coaching. A collaborative including several community agencies and a university developed a framework of support for early care and education providers, using coaching as its foundational basis, called Coaching to Quality (CTQ). This paper provides a…

Gilbert, Jaesook Lee; Harte, Helene Arbouet



Education reform and the quality of kindergartens in Jordan.  


The present study evaluates a major education reform in Jordan-the implementation of public kindergartens-and provides an example of how evaluation can be incorporated into education reform. In the context of education reform in Jordan, 532 public kindergartens have been created over the last five years. A stratified random sample of kindergartens was selected to represent these new public kindergartens (n = 84) and previously existing private kindergartens (n = 23). Independent observers rated the quality of kindergarten environments in seven domains. Overall, 13% of public kindergarten environments were observed to be inadequate, 43% were of minimal quality, 43% were good, and 1% were excellent. In four of the seven domains, the quality of public kindergartens was significantly higher than the quality of private kindergartens; there were no significant differences in the other domains. Findings suggest the importance of continuing to implement high quality kindergartens in Jordan and of incorporating evaluations into education reform. PMID:21170163

Al-Hassan, Suha M; Obeidat, Osama M; Lansford, Jennifer E



Education reform and the quality of kindergartens in Jordan  

PubMed Central

The present study evaluates a major education reform in Jordan—the implementation of public kindergartens—and provides an example of how evaluation can be incorporated into education reform. In the context of education reform in Jordan, 532 public kindergartens have been created over the last five years. A stratified random sample of kindergartens was selected to represent these new public kindergartens (n = 84) and previously existing private kindergartens (n = 23). Independent observers rated the quality of kindergarten environments in seven domains. Overall, 13% of public kindergarten environments were observed to be inadequate, 43% were of minimal quality, 43% were good, and 1% were excellent. In four of the seven domains, the quality of public kindergartens was significantly higher than the quality of private kindergartens; there were no significant differences in the other domains. Findings suggest the importance of continuing to implement high quality kindergartens in Jordan and of incorporating evaluations into education reform. PMID:21170163

Al-Hassan, Suha M.; Obeidat, Osama M.; Lansford, Jennifer E.



Suggested Guidelines for Teaching Undergraduate History of Physical Education and Sport in a Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Guidance Document  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Studying the historical antecedents of physical education and sport typically forms part of the curriculum of physical education teacher education (PETE) programs in U.S. colleges and universities. These courses commonly use a survey model, briefly examining the development of organized physical education and sport practices and programs from…

Lawrence, Don; Lumpkin, Angela; Park, Roberta; Thomas, Robert; Morgenegg, Bruce



Sea & See Experiences for Undergraduates: Educational Outreach in Papua New Guinea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As scientists involved in the NSF-MARGINS Source-to-Sink (S2S) initiative, we included education of undergraduates from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in our research mission. During a two-month cruise, many students participated in all aspects of scientific data collection, including acquiring sediment cores and geophysical data along the mid-shelf clinoform in the Gulf of Papua. Additionally, an educational website was created for web users around the globe to provide a daily journal and scientific background information relevant to the formation and evolution of the study area. As a follow-up two years later, researchers and graduate students funded by the grant hosted a three-day intensive course, as well as provided necessary hardware and software, allowing UPNG students to learn processing routines and examine pertinent data from their region. This experience not only offered instructive and enlightening opportunities to students from an underprivileged University to partake in a U.S. federally funded project, but we also donated state-of-the-art equipment for the Geology department at UPNG that will be utilized for years to come. Many of the students graduating from this program go on to work with the mining companies that are omnipresent in Papua New Guinea due to the abundant mineral resources in this region. Our goal was to provide an academic experience outside of the classroom demonstrating how non-commercial science fosters increased understanding and awareness through discovery of Earth's local geologic history.

Johnstone, E. A.; Driscoll, N. W.; Hill, J. C.; Hogarth, L.



Providing Research Experiences to Minority Undergraduates: The Pathway to Success in Graduate Education?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

UTEP is an Hispanic Serving Institution located along the U.S.-Mexico border with tremendous access to a diverse student population. The Pathways Research Experience Program (PREP) at UTEP is designed to provide students from underrepresented groups access to research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are selected for the program based on GPA, letters of recommendation, and a research proposal. Since 2002, 16 students have worked on a variety of research projects under the auspices of PREP. This group has included 12 women and 10 Hispanics. Of these students 6 have graduated and 4 have continued onto graduate programs at other institutions. A key part of this project is the research stipend which enables students to focus on their undergraduate studies without having to seek outside employment. Student research topics have been diverse and have included projects in paleontology, structural geology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geomicrobiology. Student research projects have been presented at national meetings including the Geological Society of America and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences, as well as research expos at UTEP. In addition to providing access to research projects the students participate in workshops on applying to graduate schools, obtaining financial aid, and good study habits. Our overall goals for this project have been to mentor students through an undergraduate degree in geology and prepare them for graduate education in the Earth Sciences. Although our project is just beginning, our preliminary results suggest that this type of research experience increases the likelihood that minority students will continue onto graduate school.

Andronicos, C. L.; Miller, K. C.; Langford, R. P.; Carrick, T. L.



Quality of education and the demand for education — Evidence from developing countries  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The relationship between quality and demand is analysed using data from various countries, with special emphasis on Burkina Faso, Mali, and Tanzania. Four types of educational quality are postulated: value, output, process and input quality. The relative importance of quality compared to external efficiency and costs is assessed. The paper is a reanalysis of existing studies. Qualitative data are complemented by simple analysis of educational statistics. The studies had different though over-lapping foci: one study explored reasons for non-enrolment, drop-out and exclusion from school under the umbrella theme of the quality of education. Another one emphasised social demand in rural areas, with quality one of a number of topics. A third study looked at attitudes towards education and educational strategies, restricting itself to parents. A primary level, the quality of education influences the demand for education. The relative importance of quality varies from one context to another. Quality influences the decision to enrol less than the decision to carry on. However, it affects enrolment to such an extent that moderate correlations have been observed between pass rates and repeater rates on the one hand, and enrolment rates on the other. Value quality is mainly related to enrolment. Output quality is the criterion for selecting a school or a school system. Output, process and input quality affect dropping out and irregular attendance. Repetition, justified on unsatisfactory output quality, is related to input quality. The decision to participate in education combines considerations of educational quality with an evaluation of costs, both direct costs and opportunity costs.

Bergmann, Herbert



[The educational process of the "competent physician": quality exigencies].  


The spread of Quality concepts and process control in industries and services has meant that the educational field has become increasingly affected by the concepts of activities optimization and quality assurance. Teaching is comparable to any other service supplied in terms of program quality, quality control, quality assurance, and quality management. Teaching is a service that can be supplied through a number of phases: planning, execution and evaluation or control. This paper aims to describe an application of the Quality concept according to ISO 9000 rules in order to assure quality of teaching and training of the occupational physician. The occupational physician is requested to act according to particular competencies. This implies the need to meet specific requirements (competence-based educational goals). To assure the achievement of these goals, the implementation of a teaching Quality system must include: targeting the learning objectives (knowledge, skills and attitudes the specialist should have); planning the evaluation system (ability of the course to assure the objectives are achieved); evaluating the curriculum (relating the acquired competencies to the needs). From the integration between Quality concepts and education, new rules are arising to comply with the quality needs in teaching, where the quality of the teaching program is considered as the suitability of the program to satisfy the occupational physician competency needs. PMID:9608193

Franco, G; Bisio, S



Quality Circles in Higher Education: Quality, Satisfaction, and Climate.  

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The effect of quality circles at Iowa State University on absenteeism, performance evaluation, perceptions of the organization climate, job satisfaction, and perceived opportunities for professional and personal growth was measured in this study. The process of quality circles is designed to promote job fulfillment and organizational productivity…

Kay, Carol; Healy, Margaret


Trading Quality across Borders: Colonial Discourse and International Quality Assurance Policies in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Accountability and quality assurance have become central discourses in higher education policy throughout the world. However, accountability and quality assurance involve power and control. Practices and ideas about quality developed in the Global North are spreading rapidly across the Global South, leading to increased uniformity in the…

Blanco Ramírez, Gerardo



The Peer-Reviewed Literature on Undergraduate Education for Public Health in the United States, 2004–2014  

PubMed Central

The education of undergraduate college students in the field of public health has burgeoned over the past decade. Professional literature in peer-reviewed journals is one indicator of the status of a field of study and its related body of knowledge. It is also a mechanism for sharing information among professionals about challenges, issues, experiences, and best practices. The purpose of the literature review conducted here was to describe the status of the peer-reviewed literature over the past decade pertaining to the education of undergraduates about the field of public health in the United States (U.S.). A literature search was conducted of three databases: PubMed, Scopus, and ERIC. Inclusion criteria were publication date from January 1, 2004 through July 31, 2014; written in the English language; pertaining to undergraduate education in the U.S.; and a focus on public health as the primary discipline. Public health was searched as an overarching discipline; articles focused on sub-disciplines or other health professions disciplines were excluded. The search resulted in 158 articles. Each of the authors reviewed the abstracts for all articles and read full articles when necessary. The result was 23 articles that were then considered in depth. The articles were categorized according to their primary theme: curriculum, courses, learning objectives (N?=?14); evaluation of teaching method (N?=?3); case study (N?=?3); career path and advising (N?=?2); accreditation (N?=?1). Year of publication and journal were also examined. The results of the literature search lead to several observations about how the peer-reviewed literature has been used to date and how it could be used to advance the emerging field of undergraduate education for public health.

Evashwick, Connie J.; Tao, Donghua; Arnold, Lauren D.



Cooperative education as a means to enhance self-efficacy among sophomores (with particular attention to women) in undergraduate engineering  

Microsoft Academic Search

Northeastern University and the University of Wyoming are investigating whether the participation of sophomores (with particular attention to women) in formal undergraduate engineering programs that provide work experiences while enrolled (e.g., cooperative education and internships) is related to enhanced self-efficacy. While self-esteem is a global concept and self-efficacy refers to confidence about a particular content area or set of tasks,

Joe Raelin; Rachelle Reisberg; David Whitman; Jerry Hamann



A Call for a Community of Practice to Assess the Impact of Emerging Technologies on Undergraduate Biology Education  

PubMed Central

Recent recommendations for educational research encourage empirically tested, theory-based, completely transparent, and broadly applicable studies. In light of these recommendations, we call for a research standard and community of practice in the evaluation of technology use in the undergraduate life science classroom. We outline appropriate research methodology, review and critique the past research on technology usage and, lastly, suggest a new and improved focus for research on emerging technologies. PMID:23653777

Jensen, Jamie L.; Dario-Becker, Juville; Hughes, Lee E.; Amburn, D. Sue Katz; Shaw, Joyce A.



Provost Hamilton recently announced the six new learning outcomes or competencies that are being implemented in the General Education Component of undergraduate education at LSU. I am writing to  

E-print Network

and motivation to participate effectively in the civic life of communities. While the role of General Education implemented in the General Education Component of undergraduate education at LSU. I am writing to present) implementation this semester of a five-year cycle for FSCGE review of General Education courses, and (IV) revised

Harms, Kyle E.


Quality of Education, Economic Performance and Institutional Environment  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper addresses two questions. First, how does the quality, rather than the quantity, of education impact economic performance?\\u000a Second, does the quality of education have a larger impact on economic performance in countries with better institutions (i.e.,\\u000a social and political variables which affect economic outcomes)? Using data from more than fifty countries, we observe that\\u000a there is a positive

Hasan A. Faruq; Ashley C. Taylor



International Perspectives on Quality in Higher Education. EPI Monograph Series on Higher Education.  

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This monograph contains the invited papers of the major speakers at the Educational Policy Institutes Second Annual International Conference in Quality in Higher Education held at Exeter College, University of Oxford, England in the summer of 2001. The purpose of the conference was to discuss how quality is being defined, measured, and ensured in…

Janosik, Steven M., Ed.; Creamer, Don G., Ed.; Alexander, M. David, Ed.


Developing an Industry-Education Community: The United Auto Workers/General Motors Quality Educator Program.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reviews the evolution of the Quality Educator Program (QEP), sponsored by the United Auto Workers at General Motors (GM), which employs teachers, school administrators, and college faculty each summer at GM assembly plants. Participation in QEP allows educators and those in industry to interact and demonstrates quality networks in practice. (SLD)

Jacobson, Stephen L.; Walline, James



The Phases and Paradoxes of Educational Quality Assurance: The Case of the Singapore Education System  

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight three important insights into educational quality assurance, using Singapore as a case study. It is useful to policy makers and practitioners to understand the phases and paradoxes in their educational quality assurance journey so that they may recognise and manage better the complex dynamics of…

Ng, Pak Tee



Project PIPE and Special Education Quality Indicators. Project PIPE Resource Manual: A Parent Educator Partnership Project.  

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The manual is intended for inservice training of parents and professional teams in reviewing and rating, from a parent perspective, the existing quality of special education programs for handicapped students. Each team consists of three parents and one educator who receive training in the application of quality indicators previously developed by…

Siciliano, Ellen; And Others


Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces: OECD/CELE Pilot Project  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

CELE's International Pilot Project on Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces aims to assist education authorities, schools and others to maximise the use of and investment in learning environments. This article provides an update on the pilot project, which is currently being implemented in Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and the United…

von Ahlefeld, Hannah



TQM and Quality Education: Fast Food or Fitness Center?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although the Total Quality Management approach in higher education institutions may focus greater attention on student needs, it also brings the risk of providing students with what they ask for rather than what they need to be well educated and prepared to enter a globally interdependent, complex workforce. (MSE)

Chickering, Arthur W.; Potter, David



Quality Assessment Parameters for Student Support at Higher Education Institutions  

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The research presented in this article aims to validate quality assessment parameters for student support at higher education institutions. Student support is discussed as the system of services provided by a higher education institution which helps to develop student-centred curriculum and fulfils students' emotional, academic, social needs, and…

Sajiene, Laima; Tamuliene, Rasa



Quality in Education for Information: Recent Research into Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A number of recent criticisms relating to education for library and information work are discussed. These criticisms are interpreted as centring on the level of "meaningfulness" of such education, in terms of deep critical understanding; relevance of content to working practice; and development of personal qualities additional to narrower…

Ford, N. J.



Breaking Higher Education's Iron Triangle: Access, Cost, and Quality  

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The requirements for a model that could allow higher education to expand rapidly in the developing world are that it be readily scalable (wide access), academically credible (high quality) and affordable (low cost). This could be achieved by building higher education networks around credible examination systems run by national or independent…

Daniel, John; Kanwar, Asha; Uvalic-Trumbic, Stamenka



Equality, Quality and Quantity: The Elusive Triangle in Indian Education.  

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Since independence in 1947, India's educational goals have included expansion, improved quality, and equal opportunity. The author analyzes India's successes and failures in reaching these goals in the context of its limited economic resources, the traditional educational values of its people, and its traditionally stratified social system. (SJL)

Naik, J. P.



An Anthropologist's Reflections on Defining Quality in Education Research  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In the USA there is a contemporary discourse of crisis about the state of education and a parallel discourse that lays a large portion of the blame onto the poor quality of educational research. The solution offered is "scientific research." This article presents critiques of the core assumptions of the scientific research as secure argument.…

Tobin, Joseph




Microsoft Academic Search

Certain development works in the field of education as well as in the field of public health have started which go on with the backing of the Ministry within the scopes defined last year. The experts commissioned by the Ministry of Education have worked out a program called COMENIUS 2000 which favours the forming of quality systems on three different

Dénes KLUJBER; András HÁRY


Formulating Independent School K-12 Quality Physical Education Program Guidelines  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to formulate Tennessee independent school K-12 quality physical education program guidelines. A panel of 18 physical education representatives from Tennessee independent schools K-12 participated in a three-phase Delphi study and completed three opinionnaires via e-mail. In Phase One, Opinionnaire One solicited panel…

Currie, Stuart M.; Phillips, Michael B.; Jubenville, Colby B.



Federal Involvement in Education: In Pursuit of Equity and Quality.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although federal involvement in education has been reduced in the 1980's under the Reagan Administration's "New Federalism," it is far from clear that state and local governments are willing and able to adequately compensate for this decreasing involvement to ensure educational equity and quality. In the current debate over federalism, three types…

IFG Policy Notes, 1983



Global Pressures on Education Research: Quality, Utility, and Infrastructure  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article provides an overview of issues likely to drive educational research globally over the next decade, and it examines the "Asia Pacific Education Review" ("APER")'s role in responding to these issues, shaping research agendas, and delivering high-quality research. We also look at the implications of these…

Herrington, Carolyn D.; Summers, Katherine P.



Live lecture versus video podcast in undergraduate medical education: A randomised controlled trial  

PubMed Central

Background Information technology is finding an increasing role in the training of medical students. We compared information recall and student experience and preference after live lectures and video podcasts in undergraduate medical education. Methods We performed a crossover randomised controlled trial. 100 students were randomised to live lecture or video podcast for one clinical topic. Live lectures were given by the same instructor as the narrator of the video podcasts. The video podcasts comprised Powerpoint™ slides narrated using the same script as the lecture. They were then switched to the other group for a second clinical topic. Knowledge was assessed using multiple choice questions and qualitative information was collected using a questionnaire. Results No significant difference was found on multiple choice questioning immediately after the session. The subjects enjoyed the convenience of the video podcast and the ability to stop, review and repeat it, but found it less engaging as a teaching method. They expressed a clear preference for the live lecture format. Conclusions We suggest that video podcasts are not ready to replace traditional teaching methods, but may have an important role in reinforcing learning and aiding revision. PMID:20932302



strategies for research and education 2009 2012 change for quality  

E-print Network

collaboration and renewed leadership self-contained environments for high quality research and educationPective..................................................... 28 academic leadershiP and Quality management ...... 30 reinforced academic leadership Performance situation, it is increasingly important to maintain the special character of universities. the main task

Johannesson, Henrik


Placements: An Underused Vehicle for Quality Enhancement in Higher Education?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Placements have the potential to contribute more effectively to the quality of higher education. The aim of this article is to discuss how placements can be made more worthwhile for individual students, while also contributing to the overall quality of teaching and learning at HEIs as well as to the development of workplace cultures that are…

Kettis, Asa; Ring, Lena; Gustavsson, Maria; Wallman, Andy



Investigating Relationships among Quality Dimensions in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: This study aims to assess the relationships among quality dimensions in higher education (HE) and to determine the effect of each quality dimension on students' satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire was developed and distributed to 270 final year students of an engineering faculty in an Indonesian state university.…

Ardi, Romadhani; Hidayatno, Akhmad; Zagloel, Teuku Yuri M.



The Economics of Quality in Distance Education: An Indian Perspective.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Analyzes empirically some of the economic measures of quality in distance education (cost-effectiveness, cost-efficiency, productivity, effectiveness of media, and quality costs) with special reference to Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. Includes seven tables and one figure. (Author/AEF)

Naidu, C. G.



Investigation of Malaysian Higher Education Quality Culture and Workforce Performance  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the quality culture and workforce performance in the Malaysian higher education sector. The study also aims to test and validate the psychometric properties of the quality culture and workforce performance instruments used in the study. Design/methodology/approach: A total…

Ali, Hairuddin Mohd; Musah, Mohammed Borhandden



Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2013  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can bring a wide range of benefits--for children, parents and society at large. However, these benefits are conditional on "quality". Expanding access to services without attention to quality will not deliver good outcomes for children or long-term productivity benefits for society. This series of country…

Taguma, Miho; Litjens, Ineke; Makowiecki, Kelly



Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Japan 2012  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can bring a wide range of benefits--for children, parents and society at large. However, these benefits are conditional on "quality". Expanding access to services without attention to quality will not deliver good outcomes for children or long-term productivity benefits for society. This series of country…

Taguma, Miho; Litjens, Ineke; Makowiecki, Kelly



Quality in Higher Education: Systems and Lifeworlds in Collision  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Questions abound about the quality and purpose of American higher education in the early 21st century. Solutions have tended to be framed in terms of economic production and manufacturing quality control models, and these terms increasingly characterize state and federal systems of authority over colleges and universities. As Habermas theorized,…

Aper, Jeff



A Critical Analysis of Assessment Quality in Genomics and Bioinformatics Education Research  

PubMed Central

The growing importance of genomics and bioinformatics methods and paradigms in biology has been accompanied by an explosion of new curricula and pedagogies. An important question to ask about these educational innovations is whether they are having a meaningful impact on students’ knowledge, attitudes, or skills. Although assessments are necessary tools for answering this question, their outputs are dependent on their quality. Our study 1) reviews the central importance of reliability and construct validity evidence in the development and evaluation of science assessments and 2) examines the extent to which published assessments in genomics and bioinformatics education (GBE) have been developed using such evidence. We identified 95 GBE articles (out of 226) that contained claims of knowledge increases, affective changes, or skill acquisition. We found that 1) the purpose of most of these studies was to assess summative learning gains associated with curricular change at the undergraduate level, and 2) a minority (<10%) of studies provided any reliability or validity evidence, and only one study out of the 95 sampled mentioned both validity and reliability. Our findings raise concerns about the quality of evidence derived from these instruments. We end with recommendations for improving assessment quality in GBE. PMID:24006400

Campbell, Chad E.; Nehm, Ross H.



Teaching Affective Qualities in Physical Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Physical educators at all levels have observed learners in a school-based physical education setting as well as physical activity or sport settings outside of organized school curricula demonstrating behaviors deemed inappropriate or inconsistent with professional standards. Because sport is such a public, social, and international phenomenon,…

Heidorn, Brent; Welch, Mindy M.



Certifying High-Quality CTE Educators  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences (ASTS) serves as the professional organization for Trade and Industrial Education (T&I) teachers. As part of its mission, ASTS is committed to providing leadership, voice and support for its membership. Nearly one year ago, driven by its concern that federal or state education agencies should not…

Gaal, John; Wermes, Andrew



Developing Quality Physical Education through Student Assessments  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is committed to providing teachers with the support and guiding principles for implementing valid assessments. Its goal is for physical educators to utilize PE Metrics to measure student learning based on the national standards. The first PE Metrics text provides teachers with…

Fisette, Jennifer L.; Placek, Judith H.; Avery, Marybell; Dyson, Ben; Fox, Connie; Franck, Marian; Graber, Kim; Rink, Judith; Zhu, Weimo



Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Peer Assessment: A Case for Student and Staff Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reports an action research project to evaluate an intervention designed to increase students' confidence in an undergraduate peer assessment of posters in Psychology. Evidence from qualitative evaluation questionnaires suggested that students' initial resistance to the peer assessment was transformed by their participation in these processes. (AEF)

Smith, Holly; Cooper, Ali; Lancaster, Les



Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Peer Assessment: A Case for Student and Staff Development  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports an action research project to evaluate an intervention designed to increase students' confidence in an undergraduate peer assessment of posters in Psychology. The intervention set out to maximize the benefits of peer assessment to student learning by explicitly developing and working with marking criteria, and improving the fairness and consistency of students' marking through a trial marking

Holly Smith; Ali Cooper; Les Lancaster



Academic Research and Teaching Quality: The Views of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Undergraduate and graduate students in the United Kingdom participated in structured discussions of the effects of lecturer research activity on student learning. Both groups offered a preponderance of positive comments over negative ones. Articulated benefits of lecturer research included enhanced knowledge currency, credibility, competence in…

Lindsay, Roger; Breen, Rosanna; Jenkins, Alan



Total Quality Management and the Higher Education Environment: Impact on Educational Leadership Theory and Practice.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper explores Total Quality Management (TQM) as an organizational theory applied to educational administration of higher education. The first part of the paper describes the principles of TQM, and the second part considers TQM in higher education. The third section is a general conclusion that takes into consideration the leadership…

Munoz, Marco A.


Leadership in Distance Education: Qualities and Qualifications Sought by Higher Education Institutions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article presents the results of an investigation into the qualities and qualifications sought in distance education leaders by institutions of higher education in the United States. The researchers examined 191 distance education leadership position announcements posted by online sources between 1997 and 2010. Content analysis of these…

Nworie, John; Haughton, Noela; Oprandi, Stephanie



Interdisciplinary Collaborative Learning: Using Decision Analysts to Enhance Undergraduate International Management Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes an experiential learning activity designed to promote the development of decision-making skills in international management students at the undergraduate level. Students from an undergraduate management science course in decision analysis served as consultants on a case assigned to teams in an international management class.…

Palocsay, Susan W.; White, Marion M.; Zimmerman, D. Kent



Retention of Women in Geoscience Undergraduate and Graduate Education at Caltech  

Microsoft Academic Search

Institutional barriers encountered by women in undergraduate and graduate schools may take many forms, but can also be as simple as a lack of community support. In the 1990's the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) made a commitment to the retention of women in their graduate and undergraduate schools. Their program included mentoring, focussed tutoring, self-esteem support groups, and other

C. J. Alexander



Relationships between undergraduates' argumentation skills, conceptual quality of problem solutions, and problem solving strategies in introductory physics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study explored the effects of alternative forms of argumentation on undergraduates' physics solutions in introductory calculus-based physics. A two-phase concurrent mixed methods design was employed to investigate relationships between undergraduates' written argumentation abilities, conceptual quality of problem solutions, as well as approaches and strategies for solving argumentative physics problems across multiple physics topics. Participants were assigned via stratified sampling to one of three conditions (control, guided construct, or guided evaluate) based on gender and pre-test scores on a conceptual instrument. The guided construct and guided evaluate groups received tasks and prompts drawn from literature to facilitate argument construction or evaluation. Using a multiple case study design, with each condition serving as a case, interviews were conducted consisting of a think-aloud problem solving session paired with a semi-structured interview. The analysis of problem solving strategies was guided by the theoretical framework on epistemic games adapted by Tuminaro and Redish (2007). This study provides empirical evidence that integration of written argumentation into physics problems can potentially improve the conceptual quality of solutions, expand their repertoire of problem solving strategies and show promise for addressing the gender gap in physics. The study suggests further avenues for research in this area and implications for designing and implementing argumentation tasks in introductory college physics.

Rebello, Carina M.


External Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Making Choices. Fundamentals of Educational Planning 85  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This booklet aims to provide policy advice and support to decision-makers and managers in the area of quality assurance in higher education. In order to do so, the authors describe and discuss major issues that decision-makers in charge of quality assurance need to consider for the creation or development of an external quality assurance (EQA)…

Martin, Michaela; Stella, Antony



Quality: Transforming Postsecondary Education. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 3, 1992.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Many colleges and universities, in responding to public demand for higher education and the external challenges it creates, are employing Total Quality Management (TQM) techniques to improve quality, increase productivity, and decrease costs. The quality improvement process itself (the tools for problem identification and developing solutions),…

Chaffee, Ellen Earle; Sherr, Lawrence A.


Analysis on the cultivation of the humanistic qualities of college students by social history education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The cultivation of humanistic qualities has become the focus of the whole society and it is the basic requirement of higher education to promote the quality education in the history education. History is rich in the resources of humanistic education in itself. Its essence is the education of humanistic qualities. As an important component of history, social history plays a

Yang Jing; Shaoyu Gao; Zhiheng Dong



Continuing Education of Health Professionals: Proposal for a Definition of Quality.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

From a study of educational theory, adult learning, management, and of past experience, a model was developed to describe quality continuing education. A list of elements of quality in the continuing education of health professionals is provided. (MLW)

Suter, Emanuel; And Others



Association between Facebook Dependence and Poor Sleep Quality: A Study in a Sample of Undergraduate Students in Peru  

PubMed Central

Objectives Internet can accelerate information exchange. Social networks are the most accessed especially Facebook. This kind of networks might create dependency with several negative consequences in people’s life. The aim of this study was to assess potential association between Facebook dependence and poor sleep quality. Methodology/Principal Findings A cross sectional study was performed enrolling undergraduate students of the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima, Peru. The Internet Addiction Questionnaire, adapted to the Facebook case, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, were used. A global score of 6 or greater was defined as the cutoff to determine poor sleep quality. Generalized linear model were used to determine prevalence ratios (PR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI). A total of 418 students were analyzed; of them, 322 (77.0%) were women, with a mean age of 20.1 (SD: 2.5) years. Facebook dependence was found in 8.6% (95% CI: 5.9%–11.3%), whereas poor sleep quality was present in 55.0% (95% CI: 50.2%–59.8%). A significant association between Facebook dependence and poor sleep quality mainly explained by daytime dysfunction was found (PR?=?1.31; IC95%: 1.04–1.67) after adjusting for age, sex and years in the faculty. Conclusions There is a relationship between Facebook dependence and poor quality of sleep. More than half of students reported poor sleep quality. Strategies to moderate the use of this social network and to improve sleep quality in this population are needed. PMID:23554978

Wolniczak, Isabella; Caceres-DelAguila, Jose Alonso; Palma-Ardiles, Gabriela; Arroyo, Karen J.; Solis-Visscher, Rodrigo; Paredes-Yauri, Stephania; Mego-Aquije, Karina; Bernabe-Ortiz, Antonio



Perceptions of Undergraduate Learning Objectives: Increasing Awareness to Promote Collaboration between Faculty and Student Affairs  

Microsoft Academic Search

Faculty and student affairs professionals represent the primary educators in higher education and are most accountable for the quality of student learning. This study examined the perceptions of faculty and student affairs staff at a large, public research institution in the southeast United States to determine whether they shared a common understanding of learning objectives for undergraduate education and on

Adam Goldstein


Ethics education in undergraduate pre-health programs. The contribution of undergraduate colleges and universities to the ethical and moral development of future doctors in the medical and dental professions.  


There are many barriers to ethics education of students attending medical and dental schools. The question is asked, "Should more attention be given to addressing students' ethics education during their undergraduate years of preparation for professional healthcare programs?" This qualitative study utilizes digitally recorded personal interviews with two undergraduate pre-healthcare students, one medical student, one recently matriculated dental student, one undergraduate pre-healthcare faculty member, three dental school faculty members, and three medical school faculty members. Interview participants discuss areas of personal knowledge and experience concerning: the admissions process and screening of potential medical/dental students for ethical traits and behaviors, influences on student ethical development, undergraduate pre-healthcare ethics training, and preferred college major for pre-healthcare students. The study concludes that undergraduate pre-healthcare programs should take the initiative to be proactive and deliberate in strengthening the positive influences on students. Strategies include: 1) humanities curricula to broaden perspectives and increase non-prejudice; 2) mentoring and modeling by older students, faculty, and community and professional volunteers; 3) ethical case study discussions in class or extracurricular activities; and 4) volunteer/service learning activities. Additionally, curriculum learning is enhanced by the use of reflection and writing, discussions, and media. PMID:21957781

Erratt, Tamie D



Resource Factors in Education and Quality Measures.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper analyzes prevalent methods of comparing schools' performance and recommends alternative measures more helpful toward understanding how schools might be improved. The influence of two factors--resource availability and financial need--on the level of school programming is explained in light of Michigan's system of educational finance.…

Muth, C. Robert


Six of 10 Full-Time Undergraduates Get Need-Based, Tuition-Free Education  

E-print Network

. Many hoped that one day their grade point average would permit transfer to the more prestigious Statistics' online inflation calculator. That year, in fact, undergraduate tuition and other student fees

Qiu, Weigang


76 FR 63341 - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant Proposals; Global Undergraduate...  

Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

...Cultural Affairs Request for Grant Proposals; Global Undergraduate Exchange...Amendment to original Request for Grant Proposals. SUMMARY: The United States...revisions to the original Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) announced in the...



Expanding Course Goals Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries: Physiology Education in an Undergraduate Course on Psychoactive Drugs  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The topic of psychoactive drugs is one of inherent interest to college students. We used this insight to design and implement a multidisciplinary undergraduate course with psychoactive drugs as the central theme.

Joseph A. Near (Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Sciences); PhD Bruce J. Martin (Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Sciences Program)



Urgent need for contraceptive education and services in Chinese unmarried undergraduates: A multi-campus survey  

Microsoft Academic Search

Summary  In order to ascertain prevalence rate of premarital sexual intercourse, unintended pregnancy and abortion, and evaluate associated\\u000a factors of unintended pregnancy among undergraduates from all over China, the representative sample of unmarried undergraduates\\u000a was obtained by using a multi-stage, stratified, probability cluster design, and data were collected by using a survey questionnaire.\\u000a 62 326 available responders were gained. 11.6% of

Yuanzhong Zhou; Jinwen Xiong; Jie Li; Shiyun Huang; Xuejun Shang; Guohui Liu; Meimei Zhang; Pin Yin; Sheng Wei; Chengliang Xiong



Competency-based strategies for injury control and prevention curriculums in undergraduate medical education  

PubMed Central

Injury, including unintentional injury and intentional injury, is the leading cause of death in people aged ?44?years. Doctors often treat acute injuries, assist in the rehabilitation process and provide injury prevention guidance to patients. Current undergraduate medical school curriculums lack content and consistency in providing training in this area. A matrix to show the integration of injury control and prevention principles into existing undergraduate medical school curriculums is proposed. PMID:17296681

Phelan, Mary Beth; Falimirski, Mark E; Simpson, Deborah E; Czinner, Mary L; Hargarten, Stephen W



Quality assurance and women in higher education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper examines a range of positive and negative consequences for women of Quality Assurance (QA) initiatives in one Australian university. Drawing on Foucault‘s concepts of ’governmentality‘ and ’power\\/knowledge‘, it is argued that the popular ’repressive hypothesis‘ of power via governmentality hides a positive and potentially productive dimension of power. Following recent work by feminist political theorists, my claim here

Carmen Luke



Quantity versus Quality in Turkish Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper asserts that there have not been adequate studies about the comparative quality of Turkish universities to provide information and data for prospective students, advisors, university administrators, and policymakers. Turkey has more than 70 state and private universities. Most of these are relatively new, although Turkish higher…

Arslan, Hasan


Quality, service, success - meeting the challenge for distance education  

SciTech Connect

The purpose of this work is to demonstrate how rigorous high-quality education can be provided to the nuclear industry when, where, and however, it is needed. The University of Maryland`s Nuclear Engineering and Science Program (NSEP) is not only a national model for successful distance education, it is also the largest baccalaureate nuclear degree program of any kind in the United States.

Janke, T.A. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)



The quality of student dialogue in citizenship education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study investigates the relationship between the quality of student dialogue and students’ ability to justify their viewpoints\\u000a on a moral issue. A curriculum unit for dialogic citizenship education was developed and implemented in the 8th grade of secondary\\u000a education. In the final lesson, students discussed a moral issue and then wrote an essay on it. The results show that

Jaap Schuitema; Carla van Boxtel; Wiel Veugelers; Geert ten Dam



International Perspectives on Quality in Higher Education (Oxford, England, July 30-August 5, 2000). EPI Monograph Series on Higher Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This monograph contains the invited papers of the major speakers at the Educational Policy Institute's Invitational Conference on Quality in Higher Education held at Oxford University, summer 2000. The purpose of the conference was to discuss how quality is being defined and measured in the context of higher education. The papers are: (1) "Quality

Janosik, Steven M., Ed.; Creamer, Don G., Ed.; Alexander, M. David, Ed.


From Empiricism to Total Quality Management in Greek Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nowadays the education system in Greece moves towards democratization and decentralization. School unit is the cell and the base of the education system. Principal's role is highly demanding, multi-dimensional, and a critical determinant of school performance and effectiveness. The paper proposes an effective organizational plan of school units in Primary Education based on basic administration processes and Total Quality Management. Using theory of emotional intelligence and Blake-Mouton's grid it emphasizes the impact of Principal's leadership on democratizing the school unit, on creating a safe and secure environment and positive school climate and motivating teachers committee to participate in the decision making process.

Karavasilis, Ioannis; Samoladas, Ioannis; Nedos, Apostolos


The History of Education and the Contemporary Challenge of Quality Education for All  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In working within the complex, dynamic, contradictory set of national and international networks and bodies responsible for managing education, the author observed certain issues in the twists and turns of these networks. She mentions three of them. The first is the short-term or specific view of the present challenge of quality education for all.…

Braslavsky, Cecilia



The Paradox of Educational Quality and Education Policy in Hong Kong and Macau: A Postcolonial Perspective  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article seeks to explain a paradox concerning education qualities and reform in Hong Kong and Macau: Hong Kong is ranked higher than Macau on Program for International Student Assessment and various world university leagues. Even so, the education reform in Hong Kong is more profound and vigorous than that in Macau. From the postcolonial…

Chou, Bill K. P.



Developing an Industry-Education Community: The United Auto Workers/General Motors Quality Educator Program  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper we review the evolution of the Quality Educator Program (QEP), a program sponsored by the United Auto Workers (UAW)/General Motors (GM) that employs school teachers, administrators, and college and university faculty each summer in GM assembly plants. The QEP provides educators and those in industry the unique opportunity to interact…

Jacobson, Stephen; Walline, James



Students' Learning Environment and Education Quality in Faculty of Education of University of Tehran  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The main aim of this article is to review between students' learning environment and education quality. A non-experimental, quantitative, SPSS 17.0 research design was used to explore the relationship between background demographic characteristics, transformational, and transactional leadership styles, learning environment, and education

Keshavarz, Mohsen; Vaziri, Seyed Ali; Jafari, Ahmad; Alizadeh, Hadi



Educational Access Is Educational Quality: Indigenous Parents' Perceptions of Schooling in Rural Guatemala  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper presents the findings and implications of a qualitative study conducted in Guatemala, which focused on rural, indigenous parents' perceptions of their children's schooling and educational quality. For these parents, the simple fact that their children had improved access to school signifies a satisfactory educational

Ishihara-Brito, Reiko



Gender Equality and Girls' Education: Investigating Frameworks, Disjunctures and Meanings of Quality Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The article draws on qualitative educational research across a diversity of low-income countries to examine the gendered inequalities in education as complex, multi-faceted and situated rather than a series of barriers to be overcome through linear input-output processes focused on isolated dimensions of quality. It argues that frameworks for…

Aikman, Sheila; Rao, Nitya



Science as a general education: Conceptual science should constitute the compulsory core of multi-disciplinary undergraduate degrees.  


It is plausible to assume that in the future science will form the compulsory core element both of school curricula and multi-disciplinary undergraduate degrees. But for this to happen entails a shift in the emphasis and methods of science teaching, away from the traditional concern with educating specialists and professionals. Traditional science teaching was essentially vocational, designed to provide precise and comprehensive scientific knowledge for practical application. By contrast, future science teaching will be a general education, hence primarily conceptual. Its aim should be to provide an education in flexible rationality. Vocational science teaching was focused on a single-discipline undergraduate degree, but a general education in abstract systematic thinking is best inculcated by studying several scientific disciplines. In this sense, 'science' is understood as mathematics and the natural sciences, but also the abstract and systematic aspects of disciplines such as economics, linguistics, music theory, history, sociology, political science and management science. Such a wide variety of science options in a multi-disciplinary degree will increase the possibility of student motivation and aptitude. Specialist vocational science education will progressively be shifted to post-graduate level, in Masters and Doctoral programs. A multi-disciplinary and conceptually-based science core curriculum should provide an appropriate preparation for dealing with the demands of modern societies; their complex and rapidly changing social systems; and the need for individual social and professional mobility. Training in rational conceptual thinking also has potential benefits to human health and happiness, since it allows people to over-ride inappropriate instincts, integrate conflicting desires and pursue long-term goals. PMID:16368198

Charlton, Bruce G



Quality in Education and Training. Aspects of Educational and Training Technology. Volume XXVI.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The 38 conference papers in this volume were chosen to exemplify different definitions of, and approaches to, quality, as they are applied in a wide range of educational and training contexts. The papers are: "Designing Organisations That Learn" (D. J. Dicks); "Quality Assurance in a European Context" (D. Alexander, J. Morgan); "'What's in It for…

Shaw, Malcolm, Ed.; Roper, Eric, Ed.


Research quality in physical education and sport pedagogy1  

Microsoft Academic Search

This manuscript attempts to unpack a number of issues around the phrase ‘quality research in physical education and sport pedagogy’. The following questions serve as the frame for discussion: What is the purpose of research? What is good research and who says it is good? What do we hope to accomplish with research? Who do we serve with our research?

Mary OSullivan



A Framework for Analysing Quality in Education Settings  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper, an attempt has been made to propose a measuring instrument known as EduQUAL for evaluation of quality in Technical Education System (TES). Factor analysis has been carried out on responses obtained through cross-sectional questionnaire survey on various items to validate dimensionality of the instrument and it is found that 28 items…

Mahapatra, S. S.; Khan, M. S.



Reconciling Organisational Culture and External Quality Assurance in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Organisational culture and external quality assurance have both been presented as significant drivers of effectiveness, efficiency and excellence in higher education institutions. However, these assumptions have not been critically examined given the philosophical, conceptual and methodological contestations surrounding both constructs. A…

Naidoo, Dhaya



Why America Needs High-Quality Early Care and Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Business Roundtable (BRT) and Corporate Voices for Working Families (CVWF) believe federal and state efforts to develop early care and education systems for children birth through age five must be based on a set of guiding Principles that define the components of a successful system and high-quality programs. These Principles draw on current early…

Business Roundtable, 2009



Performance Indicators and the Management of Quality in Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Issues that affect the use of performance indicators in managing educational quality are discussed in this paper. Recent changes in public-sector organizational management include the development of strategies for the management of change itself and the changing role of the public sector. A trend within the public sector is an increase in the…

Cuttance, Peter


Physical Education and Sport and the Quality of Life.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Physical education and sports programs have the potential to enhance the quality of life. Cheating and violence in sports have become international problems that tarnish the credibility of athletic programs. Professionals need to emphasize good sportsmanship and fair play in sports programs. (DF)

Pooley, John C.



Constructing Quality. European University Adult and Continuing Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Experiences from six European projects suggest that adult and continuing education (ACE) differs from mainstream university provision in several ways: (1) definition of university ACE; (2) different organization; (3) needs of internal and external clients; and (4) emphasis on project over course work. Quality considerations include motivation for…

Seppala, Kari; Davies, Pat



Three Soil Quality Demonstrations for Educating Extension Clientele  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There is a renewed interest in educating youth, Master Gardeners, and agricultural producers about soil quality. Three soil demonstrations show how soil organic matter increases water holding capacity, improves soil structure, and increases nutrient retention. Exercise one uses clay bricks and sponges to represent mineral soils and soil organic…

Hoorman, James J.



Educational Quality, Communities, and Public School Choice: a Theoretical Analysis.  

E-print Network

, and priority will be given to highly performing students. The objective behind the abolishment of school students with high abilities will be able to choose their public school. It shall be said that in FranceEducational Quality, Communities, and Public School Choice: a Theoretical Analysis. Tarek MOSTAFAa

Boyer, Edmond


Assuring Quality Control of Clinical Education in Multiple Clinical Affiliates.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A plan was developed to assure equivalency of clinical education among the medical laboratory technician (MLT) programs affiliated with Sandhills Community College. The plan was designed by faculty to monitor the quality of clinical courses offered by the clinical affiliates. The major strategies were to develop competencies, slide/tape modules, a…

Davis, Judith A.


The Congruence of Quality Values in Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Purpose: To investigate, in the context of university education, the relationship between the congruence of the quality values held by the students, the teaching staff and the university senior management and the level of student satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach: The research was carried out within a large Business School in a major UK…

Telford, Ronnie; Masson, Ron



Higher Education Quality Assurance Organisations in Central and Eastern Europe  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper considers the development of intermediary, or buffer, bodies dealing with quality assurance in higher education in Central and Eastern Europe over the past 10 years. It relates these developments to the context of communist-era centralisation and control, and to more recent interventions by international aid agencies. The lessons that…

Temple, Paul; Billing, David



The Renewal of Quality Assurance in UK Higher Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

It might not have been quite what he had in mind when he said it, but Aristotle was right: good quality assurance must be a habit embedded at every level within higher education, not an isolated occurrence. But even good habits can become mere routine, in danger of being emptied of their original purpose and meaning. Periodically, review and…

McClaran, Anthony



Quality in education and training in photonics in the Netherlands  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The object of this study was to find the connection of photonic training in the Netherlands between the participating schools and the trade and industry. The Dutch Society of Optics did an enquiry into the quality of photonic education at the MBO/HBO level during the period of November 1996 to July 1997. The research was about the connection of the schools which educate photonics and the trade and industry. The main target of the research is to have a better understanding of the quality of the connection. Both from a students and/or graduate point of view as well as from a trainee mentors one. This research was strongly supported by the schools in the Netherlands who teach this kind of education. The way of research was by poll, which is held under a population of students and graduated people which at least had been in contact with the trade and industry in the area of photonics and their mentors.

Stroobach, P.; Boerefijn, Ivar J.



Profile of Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Education Institutions: 1995-96. With an Essay on Undergraduates Who Work. Statistical Analysis Report.  

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This report uses data from the 1995-96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to profile undergraduates who were enrolled in U.S. postsecondary institutions in the academic year 1995-96. The report begins with an essay that explores the extent to which undergraduates work while they are in school. This essay found that 79 percent of…

Horn, Laura J.; Berktold, Jennifer


Team decision making: design, implementation and evaluation of an interprofessional education activity for undergraduate health science students.  


An undergraduate health science student curriculum activity in interprofessional education (IPE) focused on team decision making was piloted. The IPE activity included a lecture, small group learning activity and an onsite observation of an interprofessional health care team (IPHCT) meeting. Measures included the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning scale, Interdisciplinary Education Perception scale and the Role Perception Questionnaires. The students completed a workbook to assess decision making capacity in IPHCTs. The results indicated that students (n?=?61) were willing to share their knowledge and skills as a way of understanding clinical problems in the workplace and had professionally oriented perceptions and related affective domains. They also showed a positive role perception of their own role and that of other professions. Analysis of the workbooks revealed that students were able to identify positive and negative impacts on effective team decision making and its effects on a patient centred approach to health care. PMID:23683060

Neville, Christine C; Petro, Rachel; Mitchell, Geoffrey K; Brady, Susannah



The renewal of quality assurance in Australian higher education: the challenge of balancing academic rigour,equity and quality outcomes  

Microsoft Academic Search

The renewal of quality in Australian higher education comes at a time of significant change in the external policy framework. Such changes are timely due to the growth of higher education and the emergence of the quality and equity agenda in the context of ongoing decline in public funding. The article provides an overview of current quality assurance arrangements and

Mahsood Shah; Ione Lewis; Robert Fitzgerald



The Renewal of Quality Assurance in Australian Higher Education: The Challenge of Balancing Academic Rigour, Equity and Quality Outcomes  

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The renewal of quality in Australian higher education comes at a time of significant change in the external policy framework. Such changes are timely due to the growth of higher education and the emergence of the quality and equity agenda in the context of ongoing decline in public funding. The article provides an overview of current quality

Shah, Mahsood; Lewis, Ione; Fitzgerald, Robert



Institutional Inventory: Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, Fall 1990.  

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In 1990, a survey of full-time faculty and staff was conducted at Catonsville Community College (CCC) in Maryland to assess perceptions of the college's climate, academic practices, curriculum, faculty, academic and student support services, and facilities. The "Seven Principles for Good Practices in Undergraduate Teaching" instrument was…

Linksz, Donna


Undergraduate students’ experiences of networked learning in UK higher education: A survey-based study  

Microsoft Academic Search

This chapter reports findings from a study of networked learning at the undergraduate level. It focuses on students’ expectations about, and experiences of, networked learning. The data come from questionnaires administered at the start and end of four different courses, and their interpretation is informed by a set of interviews with students and teachers involved in these and other networked

Peter Goodyear; Christopher Jones; Mireia Asensio; Vivien Hodgson; Christine Steeples


The Moderator Effect of Undergraduate Grade Point Average on the Prediction of Success in Graduate Education  

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Correlation coefficients between graduate grade point average and each of three predictor variables, consisting of Graduate Record Examinations-Verbal score, Graduate Record Examination-Quantitative score, and undergraduate grade point average, were calculated for each of the six subgroups. Results showed differential predictability across the…

Covert, Robert W.; Chansky, Norman M.



Education for Action: Undergraduate and Graduate Programs That Focus on Social Change. Fourth Edition.  

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This book provides graduates and undergraduates with detailed information about progressive programs for current and future activities in a variety of fields. Each entry contains a description of the program with faculty and program contact information. Listings include programs in agriculture, anthropology, area studies, development studies,…

Powell, Joan, Ed.


Facebook and Issues of Professionalism in Undergraduate Nursing Education: Risky Business or Risk Worth Taking?  

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The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to share the strengths, challenges, and tensions of using Facebook in an undergraduate nursing program. The observations presented have emerged from information shared by study participants and the professional insights of the three researcher-authors who represent perspectives from nursing,…

Killam, Laura Anne; Carter, Lorraine; Graham, Rob



Leadership Education Reconsidered: Examining Self-Perceived Leadership Styles and Motivation Sources among Undergraduate Leaders  

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This study examined the relationships between undergraduate leaders' self-perceptions of their transformational and transactional leadership behaviors and their sources of work motivation. The sample was comprised of 145 elected and appointed leaders at a mid-west university. The survey included both the Motivation Sources Inventory and the…

Wagner, David N.



Research and Teaching: Blooming, SOLO Taxonomy, and Phenomenography as Assessment Strategies in Undergraduate Science Education  

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Three alternative approaches to assessment of exam responses were applied in an undergraduate biochemistry course. First, phenomenography was used to categorize written exam responses into an inclusive hierarchy. Second, responses to the same question were similarly categorized according to the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO)…

Newton, Genevieve; Martin, Elizabeth



The educational preparation of undergraduate nursing students in pharmacology: perceptions and experiences of lecturers and students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of lecturers and undergraduate nursing students relating to teaching and learning issues in pharmacology. A total of 14 focus group interviews were conducted at 10 university settings, which involved seven academic staff and seven student interviews. The focus group interviewing method was used because it enabled all participants to have ‘a say’, facilitated

Elizabeth Manias; Shane Bullock



Use of IBM's Advanced Control System in Undergraduate Process Control Education.  

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This article: (1) traces some of the history behind the International Business Machines (IBM) and academic arrangement; (2) describes the Advanced Control System and how it is used in undergraduate process control courses; (3) discusses benefits to students and teachers; and (4) summarizes future plans. (JN)

Koppel, Lowell B.; Sullivan, Gerald R.



Family and Consumer Sciences in Higher Education: Common Elements in Undergraduate Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study of undergraduate programs was undertaken to create a current portrait of Family and Consumer Sciences programs and to determine whether common ground exists among the various academic units particularly in the area of curriculum content. The thirty four schools having accreditation with SACS and AAFCS were chosen as the population to be studied. Two lists of curricular element

Susan Burroughs Lovett




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Participation in Research Program: A Novel Course in Undergraduate Education of Life Science  

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A novel course, "Participation in Research Program (PRP)" in life sciences is open for 1st to 3rd year undergraduates. PRP introduces the principles of a variety of biological methods and techniques and also offers an opportunity to explore some specific knowledge in more detail prior to thesis research. In addition, the PRP introduces some…

Zhou, Xuanwei; Lin, Juan; Yin, Yizhou; Sun, Xiaofen; Tang, Kexuan



Towards a Conceptual Framework for Preceptorship in the Clinical Education of Undergraduate Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

A recent study undertaken by the authors (2007) highlighted that undergraduate nursing students were subjected to varying experiences in clinical practice, which were mediated by a number of factors. Mediating factors included continuity of preceptors, student attitudes, the clinical setting environment, student and preceptor expectations of the clinical practice experience and interactions between the student and preceptor. Of note, interactions

Melanie Zilembo; Leanne Monterosso



The biologist's apprentices: A role for undergraduate research in premedical science education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This manuscript represents a project in two parts. Part one describes the perceptions of physicians, scientists and undergraduate researchers concerning if/why participation in undergraduate research is preparative for aspiring physicians. These communities in large part perceive that scientific habits appropriated through participation in professional research laboratories orient premedical students to medical classroom and clinical practices. Reasons for these perceptions are described. Topics of discussion include how these perceptions support descriptions of the nature of identities in communities of practice by situated cognition theorists. Part two describes the University-based undergraduate research experiences of four premedical students as they appropriate these selfsame habits. Themes in habit appropriation through these experiences are described in each case and across case studies. Patterns in habit appropriation which support the cognitive apprenticeship model of learning are also discussed. Situations comprising these experiences are described and discussed in terms of the convergence of these students' concurrent and desired future identities with their lived experiences as legitimate peripheral participants in the scientific community of practice. Formal and informal structures in the scientific community at the disciplinary, institutional and local levels were found to regulate the means and outcomes of scientific habit formation. Interplay between nascent scientific identities, established identities and desired physician identities were found to be of particular import to scientific enculturation through undergraduate research.

Kudish, Philip


Making a Difference in Science Education: The Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs  

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To increase the numbers of underrepresented racial minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), federal and private agencies have allocated significant funding to undergraduate research programs, which have been shown to increase students' intentions of enrolling in graduate or professional school. Analyzing…

Eagan, M. Kevin, Jr.; Hurtado, Sylvia; Chang, Mitchell J.; Garcia, Gina A.; Herrera, Felisha A.; Garibay, Juan C.



THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION NEWSLETTER | WINTER 2014 SE formally launched an undergraduate  

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to form a committee of undergraduate students to further develop the program. This group of hard- working developed and disseminated electronic surveys to students in the minor as well as to those who might of assessment and its presumed outcome -- accountability. Concerns about testing teachers are understandable

Suzuki, Masatsugu


Rethinking Undergraduate Mathematics Education: The Importance of Classroom Climate and Self-Efficacy on Mathematics Achievement  

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Given the growing societal demand for a more mathematically proficient work force, mathematics proficiency is viewed as a necessary component for success in today's world. To ensure proficiency, undergraduate institutions may need to "rethink" their instructional approaches to teaching mathematics. Understanding the influence of classroom climate…

Peters, Michelle Lynn; Kortecamp, Karen



What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics  

Microsoft Academic Search

In a study to assess how effectively undergraduate physics studies have prepared students for the workplace, we attempted to locate and interview traditional 3-year or 4-year physics students who had graduated in the past five years (2000 to 2004), and the employers of these graduates. The study was limited to recent graduates who have majored in physics and not obtained

Manjula Sharma; Judith Pollard; Alberto Mendez; David Mills; John O'Byrne; Dale Scott; Sue Hagon; Joan Gribble; Les Kirkup; Michelle Livett; David Low; Alex Merchant; Anton Rayner; Geoffrey Swan; Marjan Zadnik; Willam Zealey