Editorial.This issue marks the beginning of Academic Exchange Quarterly's sixth year of publication. From a small publication of only seventy-five pages in September of 1997 to recent issues of approximately two hundred pages, this quarterly has become a significant contribution to academic periodicals. It is one of the fastest-growing journals in the U.S.
Why has it grown so quickly? Major reasons are that its practical classroom applications are sought by college instructors and that the innovative staff of AEQ AEQ Academic Exchange Quarterly
AEQ Aequalis (Latin: Equal)
AEQ Aplicaciones Electronicas Quasar (Spanish: Quasar Electronic Applications)
AEQ Auto Enter Queue
AEQ Advanced Equalizer has combined the speed of the Internet with print publication. Submissions from colleagues are solicited through a variety of means, mainly by calls for papers through listservs and other electronic venues. Also, as the years have passed, we have received more and more submissions from regular Academic Exchange Quarterly readers.
Most submissions are sent as MS Word attachments and a few by postal mail to the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of office and then distributed to our worldwide reviewers for peer assessment. Authors may watch the progress of their submissions as the reviewers make their evaluations by going to our journal's unique "Track Your Submission" website: (rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/redak1.htm).
Some academic journals have a lower acceptance rate than Academic Exchange Quarterly. However, this figure can be misleading, especially if one considers the number of pages allocated to a specific issue or even the journal's affiliation. Given the increasing number of articles submitted and recommended for publication through AEQ's double-blind peer review process (as well as our desire to enhance our colleagues' knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching well), we intend to expand the length of the journal and publish all meritorious mer·i·to·ri·ous
Deserving reward or praise; having merit.
[Middle English, from Latin merit articles. We are fully self-supporting, so we have no requirement to pre-allocate any of our journal's space to subscribers, sponsors, or corporate owners.
Most members of the journal's editorial board have never met in person. We have created a virtual community of scholars Noun 1. community of scholars - the body of individuals holding advanced academic degrees
profession - the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists" (rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/aarigvo.htm). Our editorial board consists of teacher-scholars from many geographical locations including Finland, Australia, and Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. . Physical distance is no longer a factor in our editorial decisions. Pedagogical ped·a·gog·ic also ped·a·gog·i·cal
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of pedagogy.
2. Characterized by pedantic formality: a haughty, pedagogic manner. concerns are truly shared internationally within Academic Exchange Quarterly's pages. This would explain why many of our readers and articles are from countries outside the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. : (rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/indekg.htm).
Additionally, AEQ offers a "mentor" program by which authors whose submissions need revision may seek advice from experienced editors. This is a free service to our colleagues, especially first-time authors: (rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/mentor3.htm). Our mission is to foster education, career growth, and the personal development of faculty on all levels: (rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/vision.htm).
To further that end, we have published issues focusing on such topics as "Service Learning," "Online Instruction and Its Assessment," "Educating Students with Disabilities," "Language Teaching and Learning," "Student Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes," "The Many Faces of the Community College," "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning The SoTL movement
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL; pronounced so'.tl or S O T and L) is a growing movement in post-secondary education. ," "Assessment of Academics, Services, and Administration," "Distance Education and Critical Thinking," and other topics of interest.
Forthcoming issues will discuss such topics as "Information Literacy Several conceptions and definitions of information literacy have become prevalent. For example, one conception defines information literacy in terms of a set of competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to possess to participate intelligently and ," "The Teaching of Culture and Literature," "Learning and Teaching on the Web," "Language Teaching and Learning," "Teaching the Novel and Short Fiction," "Crisis in the Writing Classroom," "Information Competence," "Collaboration and Consultation in Education," "Teaching Environmental Literature," and "Writing Center Theory and Application."
All of these issues and articles may be read online through Gale's Expanded Academic ASAP (chat) asap - As soon as possible. , Gale's Expanded Academic ASAP--International, and Gale's Infotrac OneFile (see your library's online subscriptions).
The topics listed above have been so popular with our readers that we have decided to expand the editorial board to include permanent editors with ongoing themes. Each editor will oversee a specific topic and encourage colleagues to submit articles on it. So far, we have editors for "Assessment," "Distributive Education distributive education
An educational program in which students receive both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. ," "Culture and Literature," "Part-Time Instruction," "Adult and Community Education," "Special Education ," and "Service-Learning." There will be other editors with topics of a perennial interest to those of us in the academic profession. If you have a topic of special interest, please do send a message and topic description to AEQ@rapidintellect.com.
We also have created a student-run online journal which publishes articles from students and faculty: http://asccsa.unco.edu/Students/AE-Extra. This journal gives students and faculty the opportunity to publish in a paperless medium, perhaps for the first time. Teachers are encouraged to send their students' essays and narratives to Academic Exchange Extra.
Because we are concerned about meeting the professional needs of our readers, we have created an online survey to find out what sorts of topics you would like to see in future issues. To complete this short survey (it won't take more than ten minutes of your time), please go to our web page and click on the "Survey" icon: http://www.rapidintellect.com/AEQweb. Of those who do complete the survey and submit it to us, one will be chosen from a drawing to receive a free annual subscription to AEQ.
The next five years promise to be years of continued growth and quality for Academic Exchange Quarterly. Please share this journal with your colleagues, ask your library to subscribe, and tell other teacher-scholars that our journal provides a rich source of information for the teaching profession. The editorial board welcomes your participation with us in what Matthew Arnold, the great English poet and critic, once called an "endeavor to learn and propagate prop·a·gate
1. To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
2. To breed offspring.
3. To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
4. the best that is known and thought in the world."
Ben Varner Chief Editor
For those involved in teaching in the healthcare field--the focus of the Special Section in this issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ)--there are two frontiers in which we simultaneously pioneer. One frontier is the subject matter that we teach as new discoveries are made in the basic health sciences, in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. , and as the health and medical care delivery systems evolve. Research flowing from mapping of the human genome The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is composed of 24 distinct pairs of chromosomes (22 autosomal + X + Y) with a total of approximately 3 billion DNA base pairs containing an estimated 20,000–25,000 genes. , integration of alternative and complementary health practices into western scientific medicine, newly emerging diseases such as West Nile virus West Nile virus, microorganism and the infection resulting from it, which typically produces no symptoms or a flulike condition. The virus is a flavivirus and is related to a number of viruses that cause encephalitis. , an aging population, exposure to anthrax anthrax (ăn`thrăks), acute infectious disease of animals that can be secondarily transmitted to humans. It is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis are examples of events that are shaping the current frontier. As teachers we continuously face the challenge of keeping up to date in the subject matter of our field to ensure that what we practice and teach is accurate.
The other frontier, in which we are constantly operating, is the rapidly changing technology with which we do our work as teachers and as health professionals. We use technology both to teach subject matter to students and colleagues, and to deliver health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract . The expansion of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW WWW or W3: see World Wide Web.
(World Wide Web) The common host name for a Web server. The "www-dot" prefix on Web addresses is widely used to provide a recognizable way of identifying a Web site. ) is an example of the changes in the ways to exchange health information. Population databases can be built and shared around the world for disease monitoring and for rapidly communicating health alerts. The technology used in telemedicine allows for transmission of medical images, diagnosis and consultation in emergencies at remote sites, home care, shared access to patient records, psychological counseling, and for teaching. Health science students work in virtual laboratories without experimenting on live or deceased organisms. Online courses offered via the WWW for health professions' training and for continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). are proliferating. Increasingly the technology is becoming the subject matter. As teachers we have to not only teach our students using a variety of rapidly changing technologies, but we have to teach our students how to use technology in their professions.
Both frontiers present research challenges to those who teach. We must continue basic and applied research on the biomedical bi·o·med·i·cal
1. Of or relating to biomedicine.
2. Of, relating to, or involving biological, medical, and physical sciences. , psychosocial, economic and ethical aspects of discoveries, including technological developments and their application to the health professions. We must also be bold
Be bold may refer to:
The articles in the Health Section of this issue of AEQ illustrate how some health scientists are taking on the challenges on the frontiers On the Frontier: A Melodrama in Two Acts, by W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, was the third and last play in the Auden-Isherwood collaboration, first published in 1938. of health care. The articles describe the application of technology in the delivery of health services, and the efforts to evaluate technologies used in teaching in the health professions. We hope that readers are stimulated to further the work illustrated in these articles by adopting and testing the developments in online education and telemedicine to further advance teaching in the health professions.
Dr. William H. Wiist Director of PhD Program in Health Services Walden University, MN