Educators are constantly searching for effective ways to improve student learning and enhance student outcomes.Educators are constantly searching for effective ways to improve student learning and enhance student outcomes. Two techniques used to support students in the K-16 classroom are employing consultative and collaborative strategies and appropriate assessment methods. In this issue, these topics have been combined to demonstrate different perspectives, experiences, and procedures for successfully meeting student and faculty needs.
Assessment and consultation are brought together in Assistive technology Hardware and software that help people who are physically impaired. Often called "accessibility options" when referring to enhancements for using the computer, the entire field of assistive technology is quite vast and even includes ramp and doorway construction in buildings to support : A collaborative approach. The formation of the Partnership for Assistive Technology (PAT) will address the diverse needs for assistive technology use for college students with disabilities. Larwood illustrates a program of consultation and collaboration between "Deaf Role Models" and early intervention ear·ly intervention
n. Abbr. EI
A process of assessment and therapy provided to children, especially those younger than age 6, to facilitate normal cognitive and emotional development and to prevent developmental disability or delay. programs for deaf students. Teacher development through assessment is analyzed an·a·lyze
tr.v. an·a·lyzed, an·a·lyz·ing, an·a·lyz·es
1. To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.
2. Chemistry To make a chemical analysis of.
3. in Kayler's manuscript; exit portfolios are discussed as they relate to teachers' professional growth.
Assessment of students is addressed specifically by Labissiere and Reynolds in Knowing our students: A prior learning assessment. This case study is presented to assist faculty to better serve the diverse population of students in higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. . Similarly, recommendations for assessing English learners are presented by Lopez to assist teachers in improving student outcomes. A detailed paper, by Martin, describes the latent semantic analysis Latent semantic analysis (LSA) is a technique in natural language processing, in particular in vectorial semantics, of analyzing relationships between a set of documents and the terms they contain by producing a set of concepts related to the documents and terms. metric that can assist university programs with their outcomes and objectives.
Educators are no longer able to work in isolation--even in testing. Three professors from the College of Charleston The College of Charleston (CofC) is a public university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The College was founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, making it the oldest college or university in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in , South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. present a collaborative testing and academic achievement model which demonstrates that collaborative testing alone has a significant positive association with test performance that varies by the level of cognitive processing in the test question.
Several articles present successful collaborative teaching models. Stang and Capp present teacher reactions to a collaborative teaching technique, co-teaching, which is used to provide services to middle school students while Lessons on literacy provides a snapshot of an effective co-teaching model for elementary literacy instruction. Bekins and Merriam suggest ways to use experiential ex·pe·ri·en·tial
Relating to or derived from experience.
ex·peri·en learning to teach students to collaborate and consult especially in writing. Sloan describes three pictures of collaboration, all of which depend upon committed community volunteers. A Picture Person Art Program, a chorus supported by a church and an elementary school elementary school: see school. , and a soccer league which provides services to underserved students all were successful programs. Diverse settings for collaborative programs were evident in McNichol's Art-full collaboration: Chinese forms and motions where an elementary school and a museum are involved in two different programs to integrate Chinese language, culture, and art. Scientific researchers and classroom teachers are brought together in the Teacher in the Woods project described by Dresner and Starvel. Through this partnership classroom, teachers gain important information about current ecological endeavors. Garbett and Tynan-Yourn present reflective themes from research collaboration that can be used to benefit future research collaborators and collaborations.
It is our hope that you enjoy this engaging Academic Exchange Quarterly issue full of useful, practical, and creative ways to better integrate effective consultation, collaboration, and assessment into your and your students' educational experiences.
Kristin K. Stang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton California State University, Fullerton, commonly known as CSUF, CSU Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton, is a part of the California State University system. The University is located in the city of Fullerton, California, in northern Orange County.
Melinda R. Pierson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton