International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 2834-7919   |  e-ISSN: 1554-5210

Volume 7 Issue 1 (February 2011)

Issue Information

Issue Information

pp. i - vi



Original Articles

KEMET Academy: A University Outreach Model for Addressing the   Wholeness of Learning in a Rural Context

Dannielle Joy Davis, Denise Davis-Maye, Chippewa M. Thomas, Cheryl Seals, Dorienna M. Alfred, Lucretia Octavia Tripp, Kimberly L. King-Jupiter, & Garnetta Laverne Lovett

pp. 6 - 27


This work introduces a model of university outreach in rural communities which promotes increasing post-secondary options for rural dwelling African American youth. KEMET (Knowledge and Excellence in Mathematics, Equilibrium, and Technology) Academy is a comprehensive academic enrichment program targeting African American students enrolled in under-resourced schools and communities across Alabama’s rural Black Belt region. The group comprised 48 intermediate level students in four counties. Drawing upon professors representing two land grant institutions, KEMET faculty engaged KEMET Scholars in activities designed to enhance skills in reading comprehension and application, mathematics, science, computing, decision-making, as well as health and wellness during a two-week summer program and tri-monthly “Saturday Academies” annually, for over a five year period. Facilitators of the program found it effective in meeting its overall objectives of enhancing the academic and cultural enrichment experiences of rural youth.

Keywords: Knowledge, Excellence, Mathematics, University Outreach, Technology

Understanding Interactive CD-ROM Storybooks and their Functions in Reading Comprehension: A Critical Review

Ihsan Seyit Ertem

pp. 28 - 44


With dramatic changes and recent advances in multimedia, digital technologies through computers propose new ways for introducing kids to the literacy. Literacy educators have stated that traditional printed books are not sufficient and electronic books have the potential to change reading skills. As a valuable tool in educational settings new and varied forms of technology, specifically, interactive CD-ROM storybooks have been used in classroom literacy learning by students and teachers. Although, several studies indicate that interactive CD-ROM storybooks help children develop visual recognition and increase reading comprehension, the results of the experimental studies previously carried out in this area have been conflicting and often hard to interpret. Therefore, the main purposes of this review are to identify the potential benefits, functions and disadvantages of interactive storybooks and assess mixed results of  previous studies related to interactive CD-ROM storybooks.

Keywords: Literacy and technology, interactive CD-ROM storybooks, reading comprehension.

Development of Social Studies Curriculum in Turkey and John Dewey’s Effect on the Modernization of Turkish  Education

Bülent Tarman

pp. 45 - 61


The purpose of this study is to examine and analyze the historical development, status and purpose of the Turkish social studies  curriculum  in  addition  to  understanding John Dewey’s impact on the modernization of Turkish educational system. Document analysis as a qualitative research method is used in this study. The data were obtained from the historical documents about the development of the Turkish social studies curriculum, the Internet sources, printed literature–such as  reports  about  the  curriculum development process done by national govermental organizations like Ministry of Education and Board of Education,  and  review  and  research  articles about social studies educations and Dewey’s effect on  the  Turkish  Educational  system. This study consists of two main parts: one is The History of Social Studies Curriculum Development in Turkey, which addresses the historical development of Social Studies Curriculum in two major eras: The Era  of  Ottomans  and  the Republican  Period.         The second  part of the study examines the impact of a famous

Keywords: Social Studies Education, Curriculum Development, Turkish Educational System, John Dewey

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