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SummaryThe Benefits of Collaborative Doctoral Research
Celebrate the diffusion of innovative refractive thinking through the writings of these doctoral scholars as they dare to think differently in search of new applications and understandings of post-secondary education.
•Dr. Elena Murphy presents the case for educators to use learning styles in the classroom for adult student success.
•Dr. Judy Fisher-Blando and Dr. Denise Land offer expertise about regarding the use of passion, differentiated learning, and management behavior to encourage the engaged learner.
•Dr. Rene H. Contreras demonstrates how the teacher-mentor develops the mentoring relationship and takes full responsibility for the student learning.
•Dr. Robert D. Hobbs reveals the latest research in neuro-, socio-, and psycholinguistics that indicates new curriculum and perspectives on education are required.
•Dr. Emad Rahim and Dr. Darrell Burrell offer expertise about perspectives on social, organizational, and cultural change in community service helping organizations.
•Dr. Gillian Silver and Dr. Cheryl A. Lentz explore the role of the student as a consumer learner as the model for post-secondary education further evolves.
•Dr. Richard Wolodkowicz examines the predictive value of seven leadership attributes in supervisors of employee-students seeking post-secondary education.
•Dr. Kerry Lynn Levett explores what students learn beyond the classroom in post-secondary education.
•Dr. Tom Woodruff appraises the entries of this anthology with a refractive lens of sustainable academic leadership and lifelong learning.
Unlike most academic books that merely define research, The Refractive Thinker® offers commentary regarding the state of post-secondary education from the perspective of multiple authors—each offering a chapter based on their specific expertise.
of school before completing a degree. Student retention efforts are the responsibility of the higher education administration, faculty, and staff (Powell, 2003). Educational leaders become concerned when there is
an indication of high attrition rates, suggesting a need to examine program processes, curriculum delivery methods, or student support services within the institution. To make improvements toward increasing student retention, educational leaders need to be aware of the factors
that influence a student’s decision to complete a degree and why students depart from the college program without finishing their degree(Summers, 2003). This chapter discusses the research surrounding student retention and attrition in higher education. In addition, discussion
will focus on the use of learning style research in the classroom to retain students and enhance student success towards graduation. By understanding students preferred style for approaching tasks and learning, faculty can specifically accommodate students through modifications of instructional design.
Béland and Vergniolle de Chantal (2004) stressed that since the early 2000s, historical institutionalism had contributed to the political and sociological analysis of public policy especially in the area of welfare state politics and post secondary education. The social welfare state occurred although voters approved billions in new monies that went into the education social welfare state . In addition to federal tax dollars, voters approved tax dollars from state lotteries, state income tax increases, state sales tax increases, property tax increases, and other forms of tax increases all targeted to improve America’s faltering education throughout America.
Multilingual students in higher education outperform other students (Jessner, 2008) and third language learning enhances and reinforces previous languages learned as long as those languages are supported (Cenoz, 2009; Riemersma, 2009). The purpose of this dissertation synopsis is to highlight the current education literature and the data outcomes of the perspectives of researchers involved in sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and interdisciplinary investigations that led to tools for increasing student performance and a new model of education incorporating the possibility of multiple language learning. Recommendations for better support of the languages of minorities while increasing communicative abilities of all students could guarantee a brighter future for individuals, communities, and the global society.
Three unique perspectives from which to consider the complex requirements of learners, the institutional demands for efficiency and cost-recovery, and the practice obligations of professional educators, are offered. Care has been taken to explore the environment in which the authors find themselves as a result of both their teaching and student experiences. The intention has been to do conduct this examination with balance and fairness, rather than prejudice or from the sensibilities of only one of the three partners involved in the institution-student-educator partnership.