Resources for Teaching Argumentation

Thomas DeVere Wolsey has compiled a list of literacy resources for teachers and students to help with creating and critiquing effective arguments. Read about some of the resources in his post on Literacy Beat.

Kids’ Book Finder

Review by Thomas DeVere Wolsey

There are so many good books for children and young adults that it can be hard for teachers and parents to know which ones will interest the young readers with whom they work. Fortunately, three …

Supporting Sensory Development: The Efficacy of Sensory Integrative Approaches to School-Based Occupational Therapy

Promoting Ethnic Awareness and Appreciation in Preschool Children

Emerging Adults’ Friends with Benefits Relationships

Friends with benefits is a relationship where friends are sexually, but not romantically, involved (Lehmiller, VanderDrtift, & Kelly, 2011). It is a type of relationship that is growing in popularity for young adults, frequently replacing traditional dating (Bradshaw, Kahn, & Salville, 2010). The goal of friends with benefits relationships is to maintain a friendship while engaging in physical intimacy without romantic emotional attachment (Gusarova, Fraser & Alderson, 2012). Although this type of relationship aims for equality, friends with benefits relationships are controversial due to the presence of a sexual double standard in which men are permitted to have more sexual freedom than women (Conley, Ziegler, & Moors, 2012). In order to better understand modern emerging adult sexual relationships, it is important to consider young adults’ attitudes about friends with benefits relationships and their participation in this form of relationship. Because it is possible that social views differentially influence emerging adults’ attitudes and behaviors, researchers have investigated the ways that peers, parents, and media view friends with benefits relationships. Of particular importance is that there seems to be a discrepancy between the way in which male and female sexual behaviors are not evaluated equally. We began by exploring how social views on FWB relationships are related to male and female emerging adults’ attitudes and behaviors. We then reported on a case study that we conducted to understand more about college-aged students’ Friends with Benefits (FWB) relationships.

Twins in School

Effects of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding in Public

Hospice Volunteerism in Residents of a Skilled Nursing Facility

Volunteering within their community greatly benefits older adults, contributing to increased optimism, self-perceived health, and feelings of connectedness. However, most of the literature examines the volunteerism of community dwelling seniors, with few studies examining the experiences of older adult volunteers living in care facilities. The present study aims to compare the motives and experiences of community dwelling volunteers with a sample of four residents of Bayside Care Center that participated in hospice volunteer training. Two focus groups were conducted with the residents following their training, and the recorded contents were transcribed for qualitative analysis. Results indicated that this group of older adults exhibited similar motivations to community dwelling seniors in the existing literature. However, due to delays in the program’s implementation, the present study was unable to examine whether hospice volunteerism resulted in similar benefits for this population.

Child Life Specialists’ Facilitation of Family-Centered Care: The Importance of Sibling Support

Certified Child Life Specialists’ understanding of family-centered care, and their beliefs and practices involving siblings of chronically/critically ill children were examined using an online survey. Participants were Certified Child Life Specialists recruited form the Child Life Council Forum. Relationships between utilization of certain words and support programs offered to siblings, were examined. Findings revealed a relationship in one area of coded language and support program for siblings, but not the other. Findings also revealed that all CCLS believe in the inclusion of siblings during the treatment process, however they are offered less support services than parents. Diverse results regarding multiple beliefs and practices of family-centered care and sibling inclusion raise further questions for future research.

Video Games: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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