Writing Group Seminars

Spring 2014 Sessions

The writing group meets once a month and offers faculty an opportunity to present and receive critical feedback on research, proposals, manuscripts, or ideas. Our goal is to help faculty improve their manuscript or idea so that it is ready for publication. A live stream of the writing group can be viewed online ( http://connect8.indwes.edu/researchworkshop) the day of the meeting; additionally archived videos are listed below.  Sessions are from 11 a.m. to Noon.
 

Date Presenter Location
January 30 Lori Reaves Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)
February 13 Jim Fuller Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)
April 3 Chan Shin Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)

 

Writing Group Archives

Life Calling Research
Jim Fuller
Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Formal Services That Decrease Stress in Parents Raising Children with Autism
Lori J. Goss-Reaves
Thursday, January 30, 2014

This participatory action research (PAR) project explored how formal services impacted the level of stress of parents raising a child with autism. Data were gathered from eleven parents and three social services professionals through semi-structured interviews and three focus groups. From the data, five themes emerged. Theme one suggested that formal services decreased parental stress when they impacted the entire family system. Theme two indicated that when the formal services were in the home, parental stress decreased. The third theme found that formal services decreased stress when they provided the parents with support and relief from the daily care of the child. Theme four established that parents reported decreased stress levels when the formal services had a positive impact on the child’s development. The final emergent theme indicated that formal services decreased parental stress when the provider advocated for the child’s needs. Given the results of this study, the stakeholders developed an action plan that improved local services. Three presentations were made in the community to inform service providers about the five themes that reduce parental stress. Overall, this participatory action research brought together parents and service providers to positively impact their community.

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Followership in Leadership Studies: A Case of Leader-Follower Trade Approach
Petros Malakyan
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Abstract Summary

  • The absence of followership from the leadership literature.
  • The review of the major leadership theories. The result shows
    1. Leader-focused nature of leadership studies
    2. Static understanding of leadership (noun vs. verb)
    3. A need for a new paradigm: a non-static approach to leadership and followership.
     
  • Introducing the Leader-Follower Trade (LFT) approach: an organic vs. static approach to leadership-followership.
  • Leadership and followership as exchangeable and tradable functions and roles.

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Midwest Community Study:The “Creative Class” in Rural Counties and The Importance of Being Urban
Tom Lehman
Thursday, October 31, 2013
 

This study is a cross-sectional OLS analysis of income levels in 601 rural and micropolitan counties across ten Midwestern and Great Lakes states. Much research on the market potential of nonmetropolitan areas uses population or employment growth as the primary measure of development. This study is unique in that it investigates the correlates to nonmetropolitan county income while controlling for population growth over the preceding decade. Measures of human capital, labor force attachment, population and infrastructure density, proximity to metropolitan areas, commuting patterns, and demographic diversity consistent with creative class theory correlate with county income levels in expected ways. The evidence provided here supports the view that counties on the fringe of metropolitan areas that can attract and retain “creative class enclaves” will exhibit higher income and market potential in the future. These findings may be especially relevant for the small-town communities in the Midwest and Great Lakes “rustbelt” states investigated in this study; communities that often experience structural economic changes in manufacturing, continue to feel the effects of the Great Recession, face challenges to remake themselves, and struggle to adapt to a post-industrial information economy.

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The Emperor's New Colonists: Visions of Mexican Society during the French Intervention of 1861 - 1867
David Burden
Thursday, October 17, 2013
 

A comparison of the ideals behind Emperor Maximilian’s colonization agenda and that of Benito Juárez shows a great deal of communality. In theory, Maximilan was more “liberal” than Juarez. Maximilian’s liberal tendencies were undercut by his conservative cabinet, and exigencies of responding to US pressure. After the restoration of the Republic, Juarez’s Liberal rhetoric was subordinated to his efforts to maintain power. Like Maximilian, Juárez abandoned visions of an “ideal Mexico” in favor of measures directed toward order and short-term security.

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How Much Debt is Too Much?
Harriet Rojas
Thursday, April 18, 2013
 

Obtaining additional education beyond high school has been a documented way to increase an individual's earning power over the lifetime of the worker (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013). With each additional level of education, the accumulated lifelong earnings also increase.  One of the key factors a person must take into account before matriculating to college is the method that will be used to finance the education.  Federal financial assistance has been available in some fashion since 1944 and there has been a growing dependency on federal funds to help offset the cost of education.  Indebtedness has been steadily increasing as a major component of financing options for students and families. There have been various federal, institutional, and private research completed documenting the various options of loans to pay for college. However, very little, if any, research has been conducted to determine the point at which a student has mortgaged the individual's financial future by taking out more loans than can realistically be paid based on the person's undergraduate discipline area. This study seeks to determine that tipping point and also to study the borrowing habits of Indiana Wesleyan University students who are undergraduates studying in the residential program on the Marion campus. 
 

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Addressing Culture in Therapy: A Multiple Case Study
Nenetzin Reyes
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
 

The purpose of the present qualitative study was to explore how therapists address cultural issues with interethnic couples where one spouse is a Latino/a and the other is a non-Hispanic White ("Anglo"). The sample in this study was made up of three cases, defined as a therapist who had worked with more than one interethnic couple. Information for each case was gathered from therapist's case notes, assessment packets, and videos of taped sessions. Results yielded 16 patterns (themes) of how culture is addressed in therapy. Overall, findings indicated that the manner in which culture is addressed depends on both therapist factors, including theoretical approach, and client factors, including willingness to acknowledge cultural differences. Discussion of the results include issues of cultural competence, the importance of specific findings, suggestions for marriage and family therapists working with interethnic/racial couples, and future research.
 

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Developing a SoTL-Based Lesson
Christopher Devers
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
 

Creating a SoTL-based lesson can be rewarding to both faculty and students. Faculty develop a better understanding of their own teaching, while students learn more and are often more engaged. This chapter provides an overview and framework for developing a SoTL-based lesson. First, we discuss why developing a SoTL-based lesson is important. Next, we describe a framework for developing a SoTL-based lesson. Last, we provide a detailed example of a SoTL-based lesson on schemas. Overall, SoTL-based lessons provide an avenue to improve pedagogy and increase student learning. 
 

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Using Videos and Self-Explanation to Foster Deeper Learning
Christopher Devers
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
 

Self-explanation is a beneficial technique used to deepen conceptual understanding (Chi, Bassok, Lewis, Reimann, & Glaser, 1989). This experiment combined online videos and self-explanation to create a way to deepen one's understanding of probability. The experiment had two conditions: a video condition and a video self-explanation condition. The results suggested that video learning combined with self-explanation was more effective than video learning alone. Using videos in conjunction with self-explanation is a technique that educators can use to improve learning. 
 

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The Wheel of Discussion
Christopher Devers
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
 

This quasi-experiment tests the effect of the use of a randomized name generator (wheel of discussion) on course performance in an introductory psychology course. In one section of the course, the wheel of discussion was implemented immediately, whereas, in the second section, the wheel of discussion was introduced after the second exam. Although results did not reveal an overall difference in course performance between the two sections, students from the delayed introduction section showed a larger improvement in performance with the introduction of the wheel, which suggests improved engagement over their own previous performance and that of the corresponding section. Results suggest that the use of a randomized name generator may be one way to improve engagement. 
 

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Leadership Styles in Armenia
Petros Malakyan
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
 

This paper observes leadership styles of historical and contemporary Armenian leaders from autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire leadership styles perspectives within the Armenian monarchic, church, national, communist, and democratic leadership models in the context of the historical Armenia and today's Republic of Armenia.
 

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