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Prodan, Angelica – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
After discussing some of the drawbacks of using Skype for long distance music lessons, Angelica Prodan describes three different types of Artificial Reality (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed or Merged Reality). She goes on to describe the beneficial applications of technology, with results otherwise impossible to achieve in areas such…
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Musical Instruments
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Levitt, Roberta – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
The enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act (2002) and the subsequent succession of legislative acts have had a profound impact on educational policy. An increased emphasis on teacher accountability and effectiveness led to the use of standardized test results to determine tangible rewards or punishments. In response, a culture of teaching to…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Common Core State Standards, Educational Policy
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Talavera, Isidoro – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
By highlighting the critical thinking that (1) analyzes and evaluates arguments for claims about vaccinations and autism, and (2) engages in a form of methodological skepticism that systematically and continuously asks Critical Questions, a philosophical approach is introduced to deal directly and systematically with students' (and publicly…
Descriptors: Immunization Programs, Autism, Misconceptions, Correlation
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Wilson, Priscilla G. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
The term microaggression is defined and demonstrated from the viewpoint of graduate-level students. Using a classroom assignment, the students describe their personal experiences of being the recipient of a microaggression. The students describe the type of microaggression, theme, psychological dilemma, and recall how they reacted to the…
Descriptors: Aggression, Graduate Students, Class Activities, Psychological Needs
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Kropp, Jerri J.; Shupp, Mikaela M. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
Research findings on the presence of a therapy dog in the classroom are summarized. The authors reviewed 30 articles, book chapters, and other sources on the topic of the various uses of dogs in classrooms, published between 2001 and 2017. Ages studied ranged from 3 years to adolescence (high school). In our analysis, three categories of…
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Teaching Methods, Reading Programs
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Marksbury, Nancy – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2017
Higher education institutions are charged with creating one million more STEM professionals over the next decade, a 34% increase in undergraduate STEM degrees annually (PCAST 2012). Examining why college STEM courses manifest high attrition rates, interdependencies emerge that begin in early childhood education. Those of us in higher education…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Rural Areas, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Stephenson, Elspeth – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This theoretical paper explores current literature relative to challenges faced by early childhood teachers in relation to the increasing accountability to improve measureable literacy and numeracy skills in young children. This sits within a context which has a developing focus on preparing children for the role they will play in future society.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Barriers, Child Development
Calabro, Karen S.; Le, Thuan A.; Marani, Salma K.; Tamí-Maury, Irene; Czerniak, Katarzyna; Khalil, Georges E.; Prokhorov, Alexander V. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is caused by burning tobacco products that emit up to 7000 chemicals and over 70 carcinogenic compounds. Thirdhand smoke (THS) is solid residue remaining on furniture and carpets, including suspended particles derived from a burned tobacco product. Exposure to these compounds occurs through inhalation, oral ingestion, or…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Intervention, Prevention, Preschool Education
Kirby, Linda Faye – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This paper is the sharing of a record, the personal history of an educator pursuing an interest in knowledge of the brain. Over the years, this fascination sparked the idea to create a course for teachers based on brain science, with a twist. Certain course assignments would require teachers to interpret knowledge of the brain in the context of…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Masters Programs
Stanwick, Peter A. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This paper discusses the evolution of capitalism in British and American literature. The impact of capitalism on the lives of individuals has been well represented in both American and British literature throughout the centuries. The paper will discuss how seminal British authors such as Thomas More, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and George…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Political Attitudes, Literature, United States Literature
Yocum, Russell G.; Densmore-James, Susan; Staal, Laura A.; Pinkie, Elyse C.; Yocum, Dana A. E. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This research replicated a previous mixed-methods exploratory study of spirituality and spiritual development (Yocum, 2014). 339 participants at two southeastern United States universities were administered a Likert-scale survey to collect data to explore the correlations between the existing components of the proposed spiritual development…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Student Needs
Lee, Valarie G.; Madden, Marjorie E. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
This paper argues that narratives, specifically literature and memoir, offer a way to build empathy and understanding by moving readers to deeper levels of text interpretation and critique. The paper examines a new literacy framework, Life Histories, that uses talk, collaboration, writing, and performance to understand the complex relationships…
Descriptors: Empathy, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research, Student Surveys
Steiner, Sherrie – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
What began as a professor's classroom illustration to encourage students to take climate change seriously sparked a student movement that transformed Eastern University into a leader in environmental stewardship and social responsibility. How did this happen at an evangelical university in a conservative coal state that, at the time, was producing…
Descriptors: Activism, Case Studies, Environmental Education, Climate
Talavera, Isidoro – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
There is a gap between the facts learned in a science course and the higher-cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation necessary for students to secure scientific knowledge and scientific habits of mind. Teaching science is not just about how we do science (i.e., focusing on just "accumulating undigested facts and scientific definitions and…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking, Philosophy, Science Education
Fernflores, Rachel – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2016
Success in social justice activism often hinges on judging when to employ the most effective strategy for action. Strategies for action include militancy, peaceful protest, and sometimes, engaging in a longer term program of "marginal gains." The militant feminism of many 19th century suffragettes, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, is a good…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Activism, Feminism, Social Action
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