Career And Education
If you have a job during this recession, be thankful you do. It could be tough finding another. Unemployment is hovering near 10 percent — the highest in more than 26 years. That figure doesn’t include those involuntarily working part-time (one to 34 hours a week) or those who gave up looking for jobs for one reason or another and fell off the unemployment rolls.
Because companies and organizations are making more "just-in-time" hiring decisions, the summer hiring season looks brighter for new college graduates who are still looking for a job. Instead of hiring for what they think they will need in the future, employers are hiring more for what they need right now, says Ladd Flock, Director of Career Services at Wake Forest University.
The most recent results from the annual High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) closely resemble past findings, reflecting bored students who say they are not connected to their school. "Charting the Path from Engagement to Achievement: A Report on the 2009 High School Survey of Student Engagement" presents the latest numbers from the annual survey conducted by the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP).
New research suggests that pre-school students may gain more language and literacy skills if they have teachers with higher levels of confidence in their abilities. However, in some cases students only saw gains when their teachers also had classrooms that emphasized emotional support for the children.
With new college graduates facing one of the toughest job markets in years, internships are becoming one of the keys to getting hired in today’s economy. In many cases, universities consider internships so important that they are building endowments and offering stipends to fund students’ salaries, said Patrick Sullivan, associate director of experiential education at Wake Forest University.
The May 2010 issue of Educational Researcher provides a significant scholarly review of Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. Educational Researcher is one of six journals published by the American Educational Research Association. In the special issue, NELP Panel members Timothy Shanahan and Christopher J. Lonigan provide a summary of the report followed by nine peer-reviewed commentaries written by literacy scholars who examine the report and offer suggestions for where it illuminates issues and where it is lacking or ambiguous.
“Strategic change” is the focus of a new journalism prize that aims to raise awareness of what makes successful companies tick. The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis announces the creation of the Olin Corporate Strategy Prize with $10,000 in honoraria for the best reporting on a significant shift in corporate strategy.
In response to the changes ushered in by the rise of emerging markets like India and China (such as the pervasiveness of outsourcing of manufacturing-and-services-type work to those countries) business schools have created new courses or revised existing ones, and are offering more opportunities for undergraduates and graduates alike to study abroad in emerging market nations.
Entrepreneurship educators from around the world will join real-life entrepreneurs to learn about entrepreneurship content and pedagogy at the 2010 Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) May 31-June 4, 2010 at Babson College. The intensive five-day program explores the entrepreneurial process and core topics in the discipline.38 entrepreneurship educators and 29 entrepreneurs from the following countries -- Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, USA and Puerto Rico -- will attend.
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