Donovan A. Landers
This book, not really a novel, really isn't
not a novel. It's not really a treatise on education
either, but it's not really not a treatise. This
book, the kind traditional publishing houses
rank as deformed, is the sort that ends writing
careers rather than starts them. Ends lucrative
careers, that is.
Do you like the word "is"? Or would you call it a flat tire?
The English language apparently can't get along without is. My writing career,
rich and famous that it has made me, can't get along without Margins. I could
call Margins an antinovel. Joyce's Ulysses, Woolf's Waves, and Beckett's Molloyand Murphy: not really novels. Ionesco's Bald
Soprano: an antiplay. Matter/antimatter;
hydrogen/antihydrogen; electron/positron; proton/antiproton; neutron/antineutron.
Matter + antimatter, physicists tell us, produces energy. Trekkies tell us that
too. I could call this work an antinovel, but, really, it's part novel, part
not. I hope the part + part not unite in the reader's mind to produce thought
energy. Lots of thought energy.
At any rate, this book is the end of my career. full text >>>
Perceptions of Instructors' Identities: Effects
Jeannie Ludlow, Laurie A. Rodgers
and Mary G. Wrighten
This study resulted from the
authors' interest in how students' perceptions
of faculty identity (primarily race/ethnicity,
gender, sexuality, age, and academic rank)
influence students' learning and instructors'
classroom experiences. We focused on
courses that fulfill the "cultural diversity" general
education requirements at Bowling Green State
Our study is comprised of a
completed by instructors who teach the Cultural
Diversity courses and our interpretation of
the students' evaluations of these instructors. As
the units do not use
the same evaluation forms our analytical
focused primarily on the qualitative data in
the surveys and the evaluations, although we
do have preliminary information about quantitative
data. While reading each instructor's survey
along with her/his evaluations (that instructor's
data set), we looked for internal consistencies
and inconsistencies. We then noted similarities
and differences across the data sets and noted
consistencies when cross-referenced with instructors'
identity markers. full text >>>
Back from the Looking Glass
Tales told around the campfire
always seemed a little too far fetched to be
true. But one hot summer night Uncle Frank
made us all wonder if maybe strange things
can happen--when the conditions are just right.
Uncle Frank was born a little
after the turn of the century in a quiet part
of the Adirondacks near Jay, New York. He grew
up on a farm where the long, cold
winters brought people together out of a necessity to survive. Frank looked
forward to the few summer months--even if it
meant hard days of working in the field.
The evenings provided a welcomed break in the action and gave him time to go
over to his friend Walt's house, who lived just down the road. Many times they
would go hiking in the woods, often staying out well past dark. But most often
they would just hang out at Walt's to trade stories and tease Walt's younger
sister, Jeannie. full text >>>
The Techno Corner
Beginning in May 2005, we will
be adding a new monthly column to our website: "The
Techno Corner." Authored by Dr.
Susan L. Jones, Assistant Professor
at Southwest Missouri State University, "The
Techno Corner" promises to bring thought-provoking
issues to the forefront in technology and distance
learning. Each month "The Techno Corner" will
feature a new article by Dr. Jones discussing
technology or distance learning, including
a variety of theories, application in practice,
perspectives or possibly Dr. Jones' "pet
peeves." Keep an eye out for our new addition
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