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Javier E

The Default Major - Skating Through B-School - NYTimes.com - 41 views

  • Dr. Mason, who teaches economics at the University of North Florida, believes his students are just as intelligent as they’ve always been. But many of them don’t read their textbooks, or do much of anything else that their parents would have called studying. “We used to complain that K-12 schools didn’t hold students to high standards,” he says with a sigh. “And here we are doing the same thing ourselves.”
  • all evidence suggests that student disengagement is at its worst in Dr. Mason’s domain: undergraduate business education.
  • Business education has come to be defined in the minds of students as a place for developing elite social networks and getting access to corporate recruiters,”
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  • It’s an attitude that Dr. Khurana first saw in M.B.A. programs but has migrated, he says, to the undergraduate level.
  • Second, in management and marketing, no strong consensus has emerged about what students ought to learn or how they ought to learn it.
  • Gains on the C.L.A. closely parallel the amount of time students reported spending on homework. Another explanation is the heavy prevalence of group assignments in business courses: the more time students spent studying in groups, the weaker their gains in the kinds of skills the C.L.A. measures.
  • The pedagogical theory is that managers need to function in groups, so a management education without such experiences would be like medical training without a residency. While some group projects are genuinely challenging, the consensus among students and professors is that they are one of the elements of business that make it easy to skate through college.
  • “We’ve got students who don’t read, and grow up not reading,” he says. “There are too many other things competing for their time. The frequency and quantity of drinking keeps getting higher. We have issues with depression. Getting students alert and motivated — even getting them to class, to be honest with you — it’s a challenge.”
  • “A lot of classes I’ve been exposed to, you just go to class and they do the PowerPoint from the book,” he says. “It just seems kind of pointless to go when (a) you’re probably not going to be paying much attention anyway and (b) it would probably be worth more of your time just to sit with your book and read it.”
  • “It seems like now, every take-home test you get, you can just go and Google. If the question is from a test bank, you can just type the text in, and somebody out there will have it and you can just use that.”
  • This is not senioritis, he says: this is the way all four years have been. In a typical day, “I just play sports, maybe go to the gym. Eat. Probably drink a little bit. Just kind of goof around all day.” He says his grade-point average is 3.3.
  • concrete business skills tend to expire in five years or so as technology and organizations change.
  • History and philosophy, on the other hand, provide the kind of contextual knowledge and reasoning skills that are indispensable for business students.
  • when they hand in papers, they’re marked up twice: once for content by a professor with specialized expertise, and once for writing quality by a business-communication professor.
  • a national survey of 259 business professors who had been teaching for at least 10 years. On average, respondents said they had reduced the business and analytic-thinking requirements in their courses. In exchange, they had increased the number of requirements related to computer skills and group presentations.
  • what about employers? What do they want? According to national surveys, they want to hire 22-year-olds who can write coherently, think creatively and analyze quantitative data, and they’re perfectly happy to hire English or biology majors. Most Ivy League universities and elite liberal arts colleges, in fact, don’t even offer undergraduate English majors.
Stacy Olson

Integrating iPad Apps into High School Content - LiveBinder - 5 views

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    A livebinder with apps and examples for high school subjects, including science,math, math, FACS, tech-ed, P.E., math, S.Studies.
Mary Beth  Messner

GPC Center for Teaching and Learning - Online Resources - 74 views

  • Online Resources   Here
  • a collection of Online Resources by Subject Area.  This list is NOT exhaustive, but is a great start for incorporating stimulating (online) exercises into your teaching
  • English
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  • ACCOUNTING
  • ECONOMICS
  • BUSINESS LAW
  • English as a Second Language/Foreign Languag
  • HISTORY
  • Humanitie
  • Best Practices in Teaching Writing
  • Nursing/Dental Hygiene
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Sign Language & Interpreting Related Links
  • Computers and Technology
Bill Genereux

Gates' latest mission: fixing America's schools - Business - Bloomberg Businessweek - msnbc.com - 65 views

  • small schools are overrepresented among the country's highest achievers
  • were not as prescriptive about how they wanted their money spent.
  • want public education run more like a business
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  • what we do know about is management and governance
  • We don't know anything about how to teach
  • Because the smaller a school, the more likely its overall performance can be skewed by a few good or bad students
  • Was Mozart a better musician than Babe Ruth was a hitter?
  • Giving several tests a year can sort out each teacher's contribution
  • if you do raise these issues, it's seen as making excuses or pulling back from commitments
  • The only way to tell a good teacher is to go into their classroom spontaneously
  • tying pay to performance is not at all important in retaining good teachers
  • significant portion of teachers do believe in merit pay
  • states' rights advocates have blocked federal efforts for a national curriculum
  • videotaping math, math, and biology lessons
  • Music instructors questioned the district's decision to evaluate them on their students' grasp of music theory instead of instrumental proficiency
  • Gates is paying $1,500 apiece to more than 600 Hillsborough teachers whose lessons are being videotaped.
Maureen Greenbaum

How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business: Scientific American - 1 views

  • Any accurate evaluation of adaptive-learning technology would have to isolate and account for all variables: increases or decreases in a class's size; whether the classroom was “flipped” (meaning homework was done in class and lectures were delivered via video on the students' own time); whether the material was delivered via video, text or game; and so on. Arizona State says 78 percent of students taking the Knewton-ized developmental math course passed, up from 56 percent before
  • in Japan, where it is common for managers who have studied English with the adaptive-learning software iKnow to list their iKnow scores on their resumes.
  • “The reality is that it's going to be done,” says Eva Baker, director of the Center for the Study of Evaluation at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It's not going to be a little part. It's going to be a big part. And it's going to be put in place partly because it's going to be less expensive than doing professional development.”
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