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Sheldon, Lisa A. – Thought & Action, 2010
Motivational interviewing, which began as a counseling technique in addiction recovery, is a client-centered tool for making changes, increasing helpful behaviors and decreasing unhelpful behaviors. It relies on an individual's intrinsic motivation and interest in change, using a non-confrontational approach to frame goals in a practical,…
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Self Efficacy, Motivation, Interviews
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Dierking, Kirsten – Thought & Action, 2010
In this article, the author shares how she designs fun and fascinating western humanities courses at a community college in Minnesota. Using the example provided by many excellent past instructors, and through numerous late-night research sessions, she began to develop techniques and exercises that would help her achieve her goals in the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Soto, Sandra K.; Joseph, Miranda – Thought & Action, 2010
On May 14, 2010, Sandra K. Soto was the faculty convocation speaker for the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. To a significant extent, she congratulated the parents and graduates and flattered the graduates by crediting them with having learned both skills and information, and urging graduates to make use of their…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, State Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Political Attitudes
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Yamada, Teri – Thought & Action, 2010
California's public higher education system has for a long time been lauded as one of the finest in the world. But for the last several decades, budget cuts and privatization have resulted in the steady erosion of this system, as well as K-12 education in the state and other public sector services. It was told that privatization and choice--in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Privatization, Workshops, School Restructuring
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Allen, Henry Lee – Thought & Action, 2010
Celebrating its 350th anniversary as a scholarly association devoted to scientific pursuits, the Royal Society (UK), in March 2010, published "The Scientific Century: Securing Our Future Prosperity." In its report, the Royal Society argues against both the notion of withdrawing public investment from its world-class universities and the…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Investment, Foreign Countries, Honor Societies
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Armstrong, Mary A. – Thought & Action, 2009
There is nothing more baffling than the art of teaching. Day in and day out, teachers move through classrooms and courses, lectures and discussion groups. What have students seen teachers do that has made a difference for them? What pedagogical behaviors, values, and attributes earn teachers praise from the population they work so hard to serve?…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Maas, Fay – Thought & Action, 2009
In this article, the author shares her reflections on teaching and learning. The author's teaching philosophy is rooted in her studies of developmental psychology and educational psychology. The theoretical approach most compatible with her view of teaching and learning advocates a contextualist and interactionist view that Tharp and Gallimore…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology
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Strogatz, Steven – Thought & Action, 2009
Many academics like to isolate a piece of the world to study: an important social issue, a central philosophical problem, a key moment in history. They know they're oversimplifying but they do it anyway--it's the only way to make progress, and what's more, their little worlds are often more beautiful than the real one. This paper shares a story of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Calculus, Teaching Styles, Mathematics Teachers
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Schweizer, Bernard – Thought & Action, 2009
The author went to graduate school during the height of the culture wars, when the debate over the place of cultural literacy in the curriculum and the legitimacy of the great books approach was still raging. The first college class that he taught was structured around the theme "education and the making of knowledge," with E.D. Hirsch and Paulo…
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Higher Education, College Students, Knowledge Level
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Tuitt, Frank; Hanna, Michele; Martinez, Lisa M.; Salazar, Maria del Carmen; Griffin, Rachel – Thought & Action, 2009
Historically, faculty of color have been woefully underrepresented in higher education. Since the 1980s, though, numbers for these academics have begun to increase. To bring attention to the some of the struggles that faculty of color face, the authors created a counternarrative by drawing on their collective experience to deconstruct and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Disproportionate Representation
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Galbraith, James K. – Thought & Action, 2009
In this paper, the author ventures into the nether wastes of economics, and attempts a brief survey of the main currents that didn't get it wrong. He looks at the failure of the nation's leading academic economists to understand the current financial crisis or the shaky underpinnings of the nation's financial system. The author's method consists…
Descriptors: Economics, Economic Research, Prediction, Economic Change
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Emery, Kim – Thought & Action, 2009
Traditionally, academic freedom has been understood as an individual right and a negative liberty. As William Tierney and Vincente Lechuga explain, "Academic freedom, although an institutional concept, was vested in the individual professor." The touchstone document on academic freedom, the American Association of University Professor's (AAUP)…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Institutional Autonomy, Government School Relationship
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Byrnes, Dolores M. – Thought & Action, 2009
Those who are in higher education dream of a world of changed values where the inchoate, contested, but urgent constellation of things that they collectively believe in, work for, and seek on college campuses has spread well beyond any specific "quad" and has instead become something of a global norm. Imagine that higher education is no longer…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Values, Role of Education, Liberal Arts
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Brown, Sarita E. – Thought & Action, 2009
American higher education institutions, states this author, cannot reach or advance underserved Americans without deliberate and intentional action. Ideas are important. Great speeches and stimulating books inspire and motivate. Yet, this is not enough. Decisive action, guided by clear goals, and sustained commitment, is required to capture the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Disadvantaged, Access to Education, Hispanic Americans
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Gee, Michele V.; Norton, Sue Margaret – Thought & Action, 2009
While women have always faced gender inequities in the general workplace, the academic world has traditionally prided itself on equality and transparency. Sadly, despite substantial gains in the number of doctorates awarded to women and in their employment in academic institutions, there is still much room for improvement in the academy. The…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Women Faculty, Gender Bias, Disproportionate Representation
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