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50 Years of ERIC
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Johnson, J. A.; DeSpain, B. C. – Professional Educator, 2004
The time, effort, and frustration spent in the publication arena is documented as one of most difficult challenges faced by practitioners moving into the higher education arena. Yet, consistently there is an outcry for expertise from field to enter college and university classrooms. The dilemma, then, rests on how to attract experts from the field…
Descriptors: Mentors, College Faculty, Higher Education, Writing (Composition)
DeSpain, B. C. – School Administrator, 2000
Research suggests that professors of educational-leadership who come to university classrooms with broad public school administration experience are perceived by graduate students as more effective in teaching courses in school law, finance, and leadership theory. Retiring superintendents are advised about pursuing college teaching opportunities.…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, College Faculty, Early Retirement, Educational Administration
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Johnson, Judy; DeSpain, B. C. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2001
Describes results of a survey of Deans of Colleges of Education that investigated distance education courses using interactive television or a Web-based instructional delivery model. Discusses faculty ownership of developed courses and materials; compensation; attitudes toward the distance learning instructional model; faculty training and…
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Distance Education, Educational Television, Faculty Development
DeSpain, B. C.; Johnson, Judy A. – 2001
This study examined what deans of colleges of education considered important activities and elements of teaching, also noting their beliefs about activities related to scholarship and service. Researchers reviewed data from the National Survey of Deans of Colleges of Education, created a list of 20 descriptors of teaching elements of the…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Deans, Higher Education
Stader, David L.; DeSpain, B. C. – 1999
This paper reports on a Missouri study that compared block scheduling to traditional schedules in small high schools (schools with fewer than 500 students in grades 9 to 12). The study focused on small-school administrator and teacher perceptions of the effects of block scheduling on student achievement, school climate, and teacher methodology.…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Block Scheduling, Comparative Analysis, Educational Environment
DeSpain, B. C.; Livingston, Martha – American School Board Journal, 1996
A survey asked a national random sample of 1,500 school board presidents and the executives of all 1,300 local chambers of commerce for their opinions on charter schools, privatization, and vouchers. Board presidents are likely to support the traditional education establishment. Chamber executives tend to support free-market initiatives for…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Boards of Education, Business, Charter Schools
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DeSpain, B. C. – Catalyst for Change, 1976
Discusses the potential benefits to school districts of financing college-credit inservice training for the district's teachers. Describes the experience of an Arkansas school district with such a program during the period 1973-75. (JG)
Descriptors: College Credits, College School Cooperation, Experimental Programs, Graduate Study
DeSpain, B. C. – American School and University, 1975
Some of the difficulty in school district rebuilding after a disaster can be avoided by keeping good inventory records and having adequate insurance coverage, a long-range plan, and a staff capable of making decisions. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Facility Inventory, Insurance
Livingston, Martha J.; DeSpain, B. C. – 1996
Parents have the legal right to send their children to private schools. This paper presents findings of a survey that compared the opinions of sitting school board presidents (n=1,500) with those of Chamber of Commerce executives (n=1,300) across the United States. The survey asked each group about their attitudes toward charter schools,…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Boards of Education, Charter Schools, Competition