International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Volume 7 Issue 3 (October 2011)

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pp. i - vi

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Discussing Ethical Issues in the Classroom: Leveraging Pedagogical  Moments That May Otherwise Undermine Important   Discussions

Douglas J. Simpson, & William J. Hull, Jr.

pp. 6 - 26

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The authors identify, examine, and clarify three kinds of  hindrances  (dismissive/evasive tactics, logical stoppers, and ad hominem arguments) to teaching about ethical issues in P-12 schools. In discussing these three types of obstacles, they stress that the barriers themselves provide both challenges and opportunities for teachers. Indeed, they argue that properly understood and utilized the pedagogical impediments to open, educative discussions can be leveraged into superb learning experiences. The authors provide  illustrations  of how questions  may inhibit  teaching as well as examples of how teachers may turn them into opportunities for productive educational discussions. In addition, the authors emphasize the importance of teachers being prepared to discuss ethical controversies in teacher preparation programs and through professional development activities and, in turn, preparing for and guiding students to discuss controversial ethical issues. Embedded in their arguments is the claim that a democratic society is partially dependent on teachers for the critique and expansion of democratic values and processes and that educators need to support one another as well as be supported by others in their districts and communities as they pursue their educational  responsibilities.

Keywords: Associate at Jenkins, Wagnon, and Young, Lubbock, Texas USA

Being an Exchange Student in Turkey: Adaptation to a New   Culture

Mehmet Ali Icbay, & Ercan Kocayoruk

pp. 27 - 39

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Late adolescence is a critical period of development during which individuals  experience crucial changes in their social lives. Several developmental tasks appear during this transition to be accomplished by the late adolescents in order to achieve adulthood and to develop healthy psychological and social functioning. A significant task in this developmental stage is developing the ability to adapt to a  new  environment. This ability includes the processes of  how  the  late  adolescents effectively integrate themselves to a new culture, how they become efficient members  of this new culture, and how they make sense of the elements in the new  culture. In order to explore the adaptation ability, this study aimed at describing what sorts of experiences that exchange students had while they pursued some of their studies  abroad. The participants were 50 undergraduate and graduate students who were attending two higher education institutions in Turkey. They were predominantly from three different regions: (a) European Union, (b) North America, and (c) Other  (Australia and Ukraine). There were three main data sources: Focus group meetings  were held approximately twice in a month in three rounds. The first round was done with 22 students in Ankara during October-December 2008. The second one was done with 7 students in Canakkale during December 2009 and January 2010, and the third round with 21 students in Canakkale during October-December 2010. In addition to    the interviews, the participants were also asked to note down their adaptation experiences. The participants were also asked to complete a short survey after they returned to their countries. The results basically showed that the adaptation to a new culture was modifying the clashing elements between host culture and native culture   and modifying those elements according to the rules in the host   culture.

Keywords: Adolescents, Adaptation, Content Analysis, Exchange Students

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