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Business Education Forum Highlights
April 2002, Volume 56, Number 4

FORUM FEATURE
Building Bridges Between School and Community: Service Learning in Business Education - Service learning links theory and practice, fosters personal responsibility, and connects students to career pathways and career development. This article focuses on how business educators throughout the country are capitalizing on recent trends that incorporate service learning into all levels of the curriculum and the rewards these efforts are bringing.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
City at Peace, Inc.: Out of Earthquakes, Mountains - This article focuses on the work of City at Peace (CAP), Inc., a youth development organization that helps people break through boundaries that prevent cross-cultural understanding. Founded in 1994, CAP uses the performing arts to help young people find nonviolent ways to resolve conflicts, and challenges them to effect positive community change by pursuing peace.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Major Education Reform Bill Enacted With Bipartisan Support - On January 9, 2002, Congress accomplished something that seemed impossible less than two years earlier: It enacted major education reform that won overwhelming support from senators and representatives, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and President George W. Bush. This article focuses on how the legislation will affect schools and educators.

NABTE REVIEW, Spring Edition
Analysis of Motivational Orientation and Learning Strategies of High School Business Students - This article reports on a research project that was designed to help teachers better understand how cognitive learning strategies, metacognitive self-regulation, personal characteristics, and demographics explain student achievement.

Measuring Business Teachers' Educational Philosophies: An Exploratory, Cross-National Study - Although there is a trend for business educators to teach abroad, what is not clear is the impact of educational philosophies on classrooms abroad, especially in Central Europe. U.S. business educators teaching internationally and learning institutions hosting foreign teachers locally need to better understand the beliefs associated with differing educational philosophies. This article reports on a comparative study that was conducted to determine the educational philosophies of U.S. and Slovakian business educators.

Teacher Perceptions of the Impact of Block Scheduling on Business Education: Implications for Future Business Leaders of America - How class time is configured has become a major issue in contemporary school reform in secondary education including business education. This article reports on a study of the impact of block scheduling on Kentucky high school business education programs and FBLA chapters.

 

CURRICULUM FORUM

Accounting
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Accounting Teachers - Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a national best-seller throughout the 1990s. Covey emphasized the importance of developing habits that would lead to a more fulfilling and productive professional and personal life. This article is written using Covey's model of "7 habits" and provides suggestions that will help first-year accounting teachers be effective in the classroom.

Basic Business
Basic Business Research and Trends in Personal Finance Education - Incorporating Perceptual Learning Styles Into Economics Activities - One of many challenges that business, marketing, and economics teachers face is how to develop classroom activities that complement economic learning objectives. When course content is dry or students perceive it to be of limited practical use, choosing which competencies to target and which instructional methods to use is more challenging. This article examines research in economic education as the basis for selecting activity topics, and research in learning styles as the basis for selecting teaching methods. Classroom activities are included and the learning styles that they incorporate are identified.

International Business
Business Education Goes Global Using Web Technology - Two forces are motivating business educators to integrate well-planned cross-national learning activities: the impact of the Internet on business and the shift towards global markets, which have both created new business models and opportunities. Educators are beginning to create Web-based curricula that extend beyond the classroom and empower students to contemplate the impact of global activities and the Internet on their careers. This article focuses on an international joint-learning project that business educators can use as a model for developing their own projects that will prepare students for success in the global marketplace

Marketing
Best Practices in Marketing Education: Synergism in Action - Marketing teachers are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver marketing content in the classroom. This article features a product planning activity that is included in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's list of best practices. Performance criteria, a scoring guide, and links to marketing performance standards are also discussed.

Methods
Motivating Diverse Students - On the first day of school teachers walk into classrooms knowing that today's students are more diverse than last year's were. Do the students understand English? Will they participate fully in the planned group activities? Will their test performance indicate that they understand the material? This article features effective writing activities, practical tips for making the first day of class a success, as well as strategies for assessing prior knowledge, enhancing lectures, arranging classrooms, developing listing skills, and serving as role models for students.

Open Forum
The Importance of Organizational Citizenship Behavior Skills - A fundamental goal of business educators is to prepare students for careers in business. However, a set of skills that has recently been linked to career success has been largely overlooked in the academic world. These skills are known as organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) skills. This article introduces the concept of OCB, discusses its impact on students' current and future success, provides guidance for building student awareness of the value and use of OCB, and recommends ways to integrate OCB into the curriculum.