American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews

Adult Learning Theory: Reflections on the role of mentoring as a key to success in advanced degree programs

Research article of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews Adult Learning Theory: Reflections on the role of mentoring as a key to success in advanced degree programs Kent L. Willis, PhD The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Vital to completing advanced educational and training programs beyond the undergraduate degree level is realizing specific dispositions and traits. In this paper, the role of mentoring as a critical contributing factor to student success is examined through critical reflection as a form of qualitative inquiry. Traditionally utilized in professional settings to improve practice, critical reflection provided an emergent methodological approach for close examination of personal experiences with mentoring during the learning process in pursuit and subsequent completion of a professional degree (Fook, 2013). This in-depth examination of personal experience derived lessons learned from individuals that successfully navigated the rigor of advanced educational programs to expose mentoring’s role as the key to success. Keywords: Adult learning theory; Self-direct learning; Self-directed learning; Andragogy; Critical reflection methodology ...

Reasons Early Career Black Special Education Teachers Quit Their Positions

Research article of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews Reasons Early Career Black Special Education Teachers Quit Their Positions LaRon A. Scott Department of Counseling & Special Education, Virginia Commonwealth University Special education policymakers and practitioners are concerned about attrition among teachers, especially those who leave early in their careers and teachers of color. To increase knowledge about attrition, I examined demographic and interview data from 10 Black teachers who quit their positions before they completed their probationary periods (1-3 years). Guided by Cox’s (1994) cultural diversity in organization model designed to capture the complex nature of diversity in organizations, I used phenomenological research methods to better understand the teachers’ experiences surrounding the decision to quit. The qualitative analyses revealed four themes: (a) inadequate mentoring, (b) role abuse, (c) cultural insensitivity, and (d) inadequate resources. I conclude with suggestions for education policies and practices at the local and federal level that special educators can employ to address these issues. This paper highlights issues of attrition within a subgroup of educators (Black special educators) that are underrepresented in the research literature. Keywords: special education; teacher education; teacher attrition; teacher retention; Black special education teachers ...

Departmentalization in Elementary Schools: Contradictions Teachers Confront

Research article of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews Departmentalization in Elementary Schools: Contradictions Teachers Confront Richard L. Allington University of Tennessee. This paper presents analyses of observational and interview data gathered in a study of exemplary fourth-grade teachers from five states. The central issue explored is the relative merits of self-contained and departmentalized models of instruction. We found no achievement differences in the classrooms by organizational pattern, but differences in the instruction offered in these two models were identified, and mixed views of the relative advantages of either organization plan were expressed by the participants. A key tension was whether these organizational plans are intended to primarily benefit teachers or students. However, the complexities of the cost/benefit concerns are the findings that this study highlights. Keywords: Contradictions Teachers Confront; Departmentalization ...

The Influence of Teacher-students’ Interaction on Motivation to Learn Mathematics Among High School Students

Research article of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews The Influence of Teacher-students’ Interaction on Motivation to Learn Mathematics Among High School Students in Laikipia County, Kenya Mbuthia Ngunjiri (PhD) Laikipia University, Kenya. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of teacher-students’ interaction on motivation to learn mathematics among high school students. The study was guided by Keller ARCS model of motivation. Descriptive research design was employed in the study. The target population was all 8357 Form Four students from 113 public high schools in Laikipia County. Simple random sampling was used to select sample schools, sample classes and respondents. The sample consisted of 392 mathematics students who participated in this study. A self-administered questionnaire was used in data collection. Cronbach’s alpha was used in estimating the reliability coefficients of research instruments which were acceptable and above 0.7. Data was analyzed using simple regression analysis.The finding showed that teacher-students’ interaction has a significant influence on motivation to learn mathematics. The study concludes that in order to improve effectiveness of teaching and learning, teachers need to use the relevant classroom interaction practices wisely so as to guide and monitor students in the learning process for better motivation so as to enhance acquisition of knowledge. Keywords: Teacher-students’ interaction; Motivation to learn ...

Dr. Mridul Bose
Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University

Prof. Dr. Ugur DEMIRAY
Anadolu University, Yunusemre Campus 26470-Eskisehir TURKEY

Dr. Suresh Garg
Professor of Physics, School of Sciences, IGNOU

Dr. Mohd. Akhtar Siddiqui
Professor in Education, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delh

Dr. Adams Otuoze Umoru Onuka 
Institute of Education, University of Ibadan

Dr. Medine BARAN
Assistant Professor, Dicle University, Diyarbakır -Turkey

Dr. Santosh Kumar Behera
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University

Dr. Naser Jamil Alzaidiyeen
Assistant Professor, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/ Majmaah University College of Science and Humanities

Assistant Professor In Mathematics, Govt. Degree & PG College, PUTTUR, Chittoor(Dt),Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

Dr.Tahani Mohammed Alabous
Associate professor, World Islamic University

PRINCIPAL, Government Degree College, Rayalaseema University

Dr. M.W. Lumadi
Professor in Curriculum & Instructional Studies, Former Director, School of Postgraduate Studies at NWU and Member of Council

Dr. M. V. Vithanapathirana
Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo

Dr. Laima Kyburienė
Assoc.professor, Kauno kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, Kedainiai Jonusas Radvila Study Center

Dr. Isaac N. Nwankwo
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Educ. Mgt. & Policy, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Dr. G.Sankar
S/o V.Ganesan, Manora Colony, Mallippattinam (Po), Pattukkottai (Tk), Thanjavur – 614 723, TamilNadu.

Dr. Suresh Mani Tripathi
Assistant Professor (Law) Govt. Naveen Law College Bhatapara. Distt- Baloda Bazar-Bhatapara, India

Dr. S.Arivoli
Assistant Professor/EEE, VSB College of Engineering Technical Campus, Coimbatore-642109

Dr. Ionel BONDOC
Associate Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Iasi, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Iasi (ROMANIA), Department of Public Health

Dr. Priyabrat Gochhayat
Sambalpur University, Odisha

Dr. Begum Sertyesilisik
Assoc. Prof. at the Istanbul Technical University

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