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Brown, Bettina Lankard – 2003
Increasing globalization has spotlighted a range of international approaches to career and technical education (CTE), including the German dual system, the British National Vocational Qualifications and General National Vocational Qualifications, and Australia's Vocational Education and Training and Technical and Further Education systems. Across…
Descriptors: Academic Education, Annotated Bibliographies, Apprenticeships, Comparative Education
Brown, Bettina Lankard – 2003
Career and technical education (CTE) instructors can use four strategies to present a new image of CTE as a viable strategy for education and work. Strategy 1 is to give students something to brag about. Three ways to help students see their vocational studies as unique and special opportunities for satisfying and rich experiences are to provide…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Agents, Counselor Attitudes, Course Selection (Students)
Kerka, Sandra – 2003
Certain practices in volunteer development have proved successful to help organizations make the best use of their volunteers. Development should be a comprehensive, continuous process through which individuals can extend, update, and adapt their knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their performance and potential. A model for volunteer…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Labor Turnover, Models, Needs Assessment
Patrick, John J. – 2003
The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the United States. It is part of the social studies core curriculum in U.S. schools. By the time they graduate from high school, students are expected to know the main ideas in the Declaration of Independence and their significance. This digest discusses: (1) the origins of the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Core Curriculum, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Honig, Alice Sterling – 2003
Concern about the quality of infant-toddler care programs has grown recently in response to two factors. The first is the need of employed parents for such care, and the second is research emphasizing the importance of brain development in the early years. This Spanish-language Digest introduces some of the many issues related to the quality of…
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Care, Child Care Effects, Evaluation Criteria
Schwartz, Wendy – 2003
Researchers have long investigated whether smaller classes improve student achievement. Their conclusions suggest that class size reduction (CSR) can result in greater in-depth coverage of subject matter by teachers, enhanced learning and stronger engagement by students, more personalized teacher-student relationships, and safer schools with fewer…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Class Size, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Belfield, Clive R. – 2003
Competition exists when vendors of a service are available to meet the demands of customers. In the education sector, parents and children are consumers, and schools and districts are the suppliers. Theoretically, more competition should translate into higher quality schooling and enhanced educational outcomes. This digest reviews the literature…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competition, Competitive Selection, Educational Improvement
Patrick, John J. – 2003
Judicial review is a fundamental facet of constitutional government in the United States. Invented during the founding of the United States, judicial review has spread to most constitutional democracies of the world. This digest discusses: (1) the concept of judicial review; (2) the origin of this concept; (3) the uses of this concept in U.S.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Courts, Democracy, Law Related Education
Lashway, Larry – 2003
In the current climate of accountability, the responsibilities of principals have increased. The new role of principals requires new forms of training, and standards-based reform is generating major changes in principal-preparation programs. This digest examines some of those changes. First, it looks at the effectiveness of principal-preparation…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Beginning Principals, Higher Education, Inservice Education
Beaumont, Constance E. – 2003
Noting the benefits of small neighborhood schools, this article asserts that recent renovations of historic schools in Spokane, Washington; San Antonio, Texas; and Boise, Idaho, illustrate these points and challenge the notion that well-renovated historic schools cannot meet modern standards. The article recounts the stories of these schools and…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Facility Case Studies, Neighborhood Schools, School Buildings
Lu, Mei-Yu – 2003
The purpose of this Digest is to provide information for family child care providers regarding children's early literacy development. A definition and the characteristics of family child care are discussed in the first part of this Digest. The second half focuses on research-based strategies and recommendations that help support early literacy…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Beginning Writing, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment
Lu, Mei-Yu – 2003
This Digest provides an overview of children's online magazines, also known as e-zines. It begins with a brief review of factors that contribute to the popularity of these publications, followed by a list of criteria for selecting high-quality online magazines for children. Samples of high-quality children's e-zines are also included in this…
Descriptors: Electronic Journals, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Text, Elementary Education
Singh, Manjari; Lu, Mei-Yu – 2003
The purpose of this Digest is to explore how heroes and heroines in children's literature from around the world help young learners understand and appreciate different cultures. It considers how protagonists can serve as role models for children; discusses how it is possible to obtain insights into universal and culturally specific values and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Differences, Elementary Education, Reading Material Selection
Cookman, Claude – 2003
Noting that new technologies are resulting in extensive changes in the field of photojournalism, both as it is practiced and taught, this Digest reviews this rapidly evolving field of education and professional practice. It discusses what digital photography is; the history of digital photography; how digital photography has changed…
Descriptors: Ethics, Journalism Education, Literature Reviews, Photography
Lin, Chia-Hui – 2003
The purpose of this Digest is to explore the evidence suggesting the effectiveness of literacy instruction through communicative and visual arts. It discusses the communicative and visual arts in literacy instruction; television and multiple media as instructional tools; using dramatic activities in language arts classrooms; and teaching language…
Descriptors: Comics (Publications), Drama, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts
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