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Analysis of Management and Employee Job Satisfaction
This article describes an analysis of management and employee job satisfaction. Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of job satisfaction as defined by both nonmanagement and management employees. This study suggests that little difference exists in the perceptions of job satisfaction importance between management and nonmanagement employees.
Applying Technology to Online Counseling: Suggestions for the Beginning E-Therapist
This article discusses e-therapy. Abstract: This article briefly outlines online counseling for readers who may be interested in delivering therapy via the internet. The article should very much be understood to be a beginner's primer based upon research literature and the personal recommendations of the authors. Readers will also benefit from several online resources for counselors mentioned throughout the article.
Campus Chaplains: Cult Training and Perceptions
Abstract: This article examines the perception of 43 college chaplains across the United States with regard to cult training and perceptions of college and university cult activity. Campus chaplains are in a unique and challenging position on college campuses to assist students and confront cult issues. The results of the survey indicated that most campus chaplains have had surprisingly little formal training with regard to cultic groups and often perceive faculty, staff, and students as requiring additional education regarding cult issues on college campuses.
The Challenges of Training and Retraining Mature Learners
This article discusses challenges in training mature learners. Abstract: By 2005, older workers are projected to comprise 20 percent of the workforce (Barber, Crouch, & Merker, 1992). AT&T, General Electric, McDonalds, Traveler's Insurance, and Days Inn are just a few of the many companies that have already implemented older worker training programs to better utilize this growing older workforce (Hale, 1990; McNaught, 1994). Moloney and Paul (1992) suggest that updating older workers' skills cost less than hiring new graduates. Inter-generational secondary classroom and other retraining facilities must begin to prepare for the expected workforce of the future. In addition, vocational special needs educators must be aware of the special needs of the older learner associated with the aging process. This article explores the aging process from physical, cognitive, social and psychological perspectives, accommodations for age related changes, retraining mature learners, adaptations of the classroom environment, training technology issues, and successful corporate retraining programs to better prepare vocational educators for the workforce of the new millennium.
Copyright and Fair Use: An Issue of Ethics in a Changing Learning Environment
This article discusses copyright issues. Abstract: Copyright infringement is one of the most talked about, yet most misunderstood topics in the curriculum and instructional development areas. The field of copyright protection is fraught with gray areas that undermine an individual's honest ability to discern what might be lawful uses of copyrighted materials. This article begins with a brief history of copyright law in the U.S. and provides examples, references, and discussion of "fair use." Additionally, issues related to the Internet are addressed, including: Web Linking, Framing, Plagiarism, Web-based referencing. Finally, considerations and suggestions for teaching and using ethical practices in the industrial and educational classroom are discussed. Fair use and copyright in educational institutions is largely an ethical issue. Ethics are not dependent on individual's actions. All parties involved must contribute to the ethical nature of an event and must accept both the responsibility for their actions or their non-actions.
Cross-Cultural Training and Success Versus Failure of Expatriates
This article discusses cross-cultural training (CCT) and success versus failure of expatriates. Abstract: The past few decades has seen an explosion in research on expatriates and CCT. There has been controversy and an unending debate on the goals, effectiveness, implementation, and processes of CCT. There are very few reviews that have condensed literature detailing the best practices of CCT. This review also details the success and failure of expatriates. The antecedents or moderators that play a role in the evaluation of success and failure have been outlined in this literature review. It also brings to light certain solutions that will make CCT more effective and provides directions for future research.
The Development and Assessment of an Instrument for Measuring Mental Model Styles in Korea
This article discusses a research study on the development and assessment of an instrument for measuring mental model styles in Korea. Abstract: This research study documents the development and validation of a new instrument for measuring individual mental model styles. In particular, the instrument is developed for use in organizational performance and change settings. Existing approaches to accessing and assessing mental models are reviewed, and the conclusion is drawn that none are survey-based, quantitative measures useful in organizational settings. Instrument development procedures with an expert panel are described, as well as data collection and analysis. The resulting instrument is provided along with exploratory factor analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis results. Recommendations for further research and establishing continued validity are provided.
Digital Curation and Data Management Capacity Building: Curricula and Workforce
Poster presented at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference. This poster discusses digital curation and data management capacity building, as part of the iCAMP project.
Educators', Administrators' and Students' Perceptions of Principles of Technology Programs in Pennsylvania
This article discusses educators', administrators' and students' perceptions of principles of technology programs in Pennsylvania. Abstract: This study assesses the Principles of Technology Applied Science high school courses taught in Pennsylvania. Specifically, this study determines: 1) the number of Level I and II Principle of Technology courses taught; 2) teachers', administrators' and students' perceptions toward the Principle of Technology high school curriculum; 3) Principle of Technology teachers' perceptions of student achievement on state outcomes in science and technology; and 4) how Principle of Technology courses are being infused into the existing curriculum. Findings from this study indicate that both administrators, teachers, and students react favorably to the Principle of Technology Applied Science high school courses.
Enhancing Assignment Completion in Academically Diverse Vocational Classes
Abstract: This article describes methods and procedures for (a) planning assignments in vocational settings that will meet the special learning needs of all students in the class and (b) teaching students a self-checking process to evaluate their own work for quality before turning it in to the teacher. In cooperation with Individual Education Plans, the planning component of The Quality Assignment Routine provides vocational special needs educators an additional tool to better facilitate learning in diverse vocational classrooms.
Exploring Learner to Content Interaction as a Success Factor in Online Courses
This article discusses exploring learner to content interaction as a success factor in online courses. Abstract: Interaction plays a critical role in the learning process. For online course participants, interaction with the course content (learner-content interaction) is especially important because it can contribute to successful learning outcomes and course completion. This study aims to examine the relationship between learner-content interaction and course grade to determine if this interaction type is a contributing success factor. Data related to student interaction with course content, including time spent reviewing online course materials, such as module PowerPoint presentations and course videos and time spent completing weekly quizzes, were collected for students in three sections of an online course (N = 139). The data were then correlated against grades achieved in the course to determine if there was any relationship. Findings indicate statistically significant relationships between the amount of time the learner spent with the content and weekly quiz grades (r = .-72). The study concludes that learners who spent more time interacting with course content achieve higher grades than those who spent less time with the content.
A Fixed Effects Panel Data Model: Mathematics Achievement in the U.S.
This article discusses a fixed effects panel data model. Abstract: Statistical models that combine cross section and time series data offer analysis and interpretation advantages over separate cross section or time series data analyses (Matyas & Severstre, 1996). Time series and cross section designs have not been commonplace in the research community until the last 25 years (Tieslau, 1999). In this study, a fixed effects panel data model is applied to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) data to determine if educational process variables, teacher emphasis, student self-concept, and socio-economic status can account for variance in student mathematical achievement. A model that includes seven independent variables accounted for 25% of the variance in student mathematical achievement test score. The study provides educational researchers with an applied model for panel data analysis.
iCAMP: Building Digital Information Curation Curriculum
Poster presented at the 2012 International iConference. This poster discusses building digital information curation curriculum, as part of the iCAMP project.
Investigating the Screwdriver: 25 Years of Technology Change
This article discusses changes in technology. Abstract: Technology can be defined as the utilization of theory, processes, information, and materials to improve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a society. Since 1973 there have been many technological changes in the field of vocational education. This article offers a broad look at some of the technology changes in the last 25 years, as well as strategies for implementation and planning in the new millennium.
The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education
This issue of the Journal for Vocational Special Needs focuses on the aging process and its effects on society and the workforce. Aging is the one experience that we all have in common. Individuals are expected to live longer in the future. Many will undoubtedly work beyond the traditional retirement age. This means that the composition of workers will be a blend of people, both young and old.
Leadership in Career and Technical Education: Beginning the 21st Century
Leadership in Career and Technical Education: Beginning the 21st Century is the third edited book published by the University Council of Workforce and Human Resource Education (UCWHRE), formerly the University Council of Vocational Education (UCVE). The previous books, Beyond Tradition: Preparing the Teachers of Tomorrow's Workforce (Hartley & Wentling, 1996) and Beyond Tradition: Preparing Human Resource Development Educators for Tomorrow's Workforce (Stewart & Hall, 1998) reported trends in their respective fields and also addressed issues that are perennial to workforce education. This publication is somewhat different in that it represents a collaborative effort among members of the UCWHRE, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education. This collaboration symbolizes efforts to link theory and research to practice and practice to theory and research.
Resident Assistant Training: A Southwestern Perspective
The position of resident assistant (RAs) on college campuses is one of the great responsibility. RAs are often the first person students will seek out when needing emotional support. Training issues are complex and time consuming. Yet there has been little recently published addressing the issue of RA training. This study examines the similarities and differences public and private institutions train resident assistants in the southwest United States.
Retrospective Pretest: A Practical Technique for Professional Development Evaluation
The purpose of this study was to field test an instrument incorporating a retrospective pretest to determine whether it could reliably be used as an evaluation tool for a professional development conference. Based on a prominent evaluation taxonomy, the instrument provides a practical, low-cost approach to evaluating the quality of professional development interventions across a wide variety of disciplines. The instrument includes not only the questions typically associated with measuring participants' reactions but also includes a set of questions to gauge whether and how much learning occurred. Results indicate that the data produced from the instrument were reliable.
[Review] Collaborate: The Art of We
This book review discusses 'Collaborate: The Art of We' by Dan Sanker. The phenomenon of collaboration is getting popular in organizations; however while it is not a new buzzword, it is gaining more mileage because of the changes we see around us. In his book 'Collaborate: The Art of We' (2012), author Dan Sanker makes the case for social Darwinism - the constant battle for survival - by stating that in the coming decades, the fittest will be the ones who know how to collaborate. In today's global economy, time is of essence, as is quality. The book is timely because in the light of the present economy, collaboration is not just a best practice, but an essential practice for performance.
Strategic Planning of Technology for Education: A Beginning Framework
This article discusses a beginning framework for the strategic planning of technology in education. The strategic planning of technology framework introduced in this paper is broken into five distinct parts: student technology, teacher technology, teacher training, technology planning cycle, and technology cost. This framework is designed to assist technology planners, teachers (academic and vocational), and administrators as they begin planning for future technology implementation in their school district.
Technology in Secondary Career and Technical Education: Issues for the New Millennium
This article discusses technology in secondary career and technical education. Today, school districts continually struggle with the following questions pertaining to career and technical education programs: How does career and technical education fit the secondary curriculum? What is the magic mixture of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to ensure that American students have the competitive edge in the workplace? How should school districts train teachers of career and technical education to teach in the information age? How will the efficacy of technology implementation in career and technical education be measured? What trends should drive changes in career and technical education? The authors state that as we move deeper into the information age, we must seek to resolve these issues. This article addresses each of these concerns by exploring the use of technology in the secondary career and technical education classroom.
Training Employees With Disabilities: Strategies from Corporate Training
This article focuses on the strategies used by corporate trainers to effectively teach populations with disabilities in their corporate workplace. Specifically, training strategies, both methods and training aids, for individuals with physical or mental disabilities are investigated. Both educators and trainers strive to effectively teach all learners. Corporate trainers have challenges that are similar to the challenges seen by educators. This article offers a different perspective for career and technology educators who are looking for new strategies to increase the impact of teaching methods in their classroom.
Training Older Workers: Implications for HRD/HPT Professionals
This article discusses training older workers. In corporations across America, a race is on to find new ways to maximize human capital. An emphasis on lifelong learning will be vital for the success of our future workforce. As demographic shifts occur, the "older worker" will emerge as a primary target for this human development effort. This article explores the implications of this demographic shift for the human resource development and human performance technology (HRD/HPT) professional and recommends strategies for meeting this business need. First, the authors discuss the realities of this demographic shift and compare our current workforce demographics to those of the future. Next, the authors examine the common myths about the "older worker", as well as what current research reports about this special population. Finally, the authors examine the impact of this trend on our profession. The authors discuss strategies for modifying the workplace environment, reassessing workforce motivational strategies, and altering training practices in order to serve this older worker population. In conclusion, the authors look at the implications for the future in HRD/HPT research.
The "Triple-P" Domains of Ethical Behavior for Higher Education
This paper was awarded a Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Award for 2013. In this paper, the author discusses the "Triple-P" domains of ethical behavior: (1) the understanding of privacy ethics, (2) regards to piracy and plagiarism, and (3) pilfering and profiteering.
Utilization of Technology-Enhanced Delphi Techniques
This article discusses the Delphi consensus-building technique. Also discussed are the Delphi Technique's history, the process, and some advantages and disadvantages found in the literature. Finally, this article examines a technology-enhanced version of the process. The study provides researchers interested in using the Delphi Technique in conjunction with technology with a process that is easily duplicated. Nine university professors/instructors agreed to address one question: "What information should the student be aware of when working on a team project?" The question is unimportant. However, the results of the Delphi consensus regarding this single question are provided, along with a framework for conducting future Delphi studies, using computer technology. Cost savings and time reduction are important advantages to be considered when conducting a Technology-Enhanced Delphi study using computer technology.