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This research has been seeking an answer to the question about what kind of image of the Islam is conveyed by the most popular and densely used textbooks to students. In the course of analysis, primary and secondary schools textbooks were examined via quantitative and qualitative methods. The objective demonstration of the research results aims to show a remarkable insight into this peculiar segment of Geography education in Hungary.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Textbooks, Islam, Textbook Content,...
Pupils' perception of any science subject significantly influences their achievement. Identification of perception of some subject is essential part of educational research. This study is focused on finding out differences in the four dimensions of geography perception (1. Geography as a school subject; 2. Geography and environment; 3 Importance of geography; 4. Relevance of geography lessons to pupils life) between gender and grade level of lower secondary school pupils. The research tool was...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational...
Fieldwork is an essential component in Geography education. Learning through research in Geography involves generating substantial data and data manipulation. In order to make geographical inquiry a worthwhile learning experience, researchers require a seamless system that allows data collection and analysis without being distracted by the multiple methods and equipment used. NIEmGeo is a mobile application that is developed with an aim to support integrative geographic learning, both during...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Geography Instruction, Field Studies, Computer...
The "ecologisation" of Australian primary schools brings new opportunities for curriculum expansion and renewal for sustainability education. My contribution to the broader discussion of place, geography, sustainability and literacy stems from an interest in how children are brought into contact with sustainability discourses via sensory and embodied learning in local school ground landscapes. In this paper I am interested in identifying the emergent pedagogies and new literacies that...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Sustainability, Literacy, Environmental Education, Elementary...
This study investigates Effective School-Community Relations as a key Performance Indicator (KPI) of Secondary Schools Administrator in Aba South District, Nigeria. Descriptive survey method was adopted. All the 248 teachers made up the population and sample in a purposive sampling technique representing 100% of the entire population as sample. A two-part, 10-item, 4-point scale instrument known as "School-Community Relations Performance Questionnaire" (SCRPQ) was used to generate...
Topics: ERIC Archive, School Community Relationship, Performance, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries,...
In this paper, after a brief discussion of historical background of the bilingual teaching in college mathematics, we analyze the difficulties in bilingual teaching of college mathematics firstly. Various approaches and methods that have been put into our bilingual teaching practice to overcome those difficulties are explored in detail. Finally, grades of students indicate that our reform attempts are effective.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Bilingual Education, Language of...
Sexually transmitted diseases as well as the major hepatides, hepatitis A, B and C are on the rise in South Australia, specifically among the adolescents and young adults' age group. Adolescents rely much on school programs for their health-related information. Accordingly, the present review provides critical insights into the existing "Health and Physical Education" Learning Area under the "SACSA Framework" and "new SACE" in South Australia. It highlights the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Health Education, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases,...
This paper examines teacher job satisfaction for secondary school effectiveness. It was a descriptive survey. A sample of 512 teachers emerged from a population of 1280 representing 40% of the entire population. A 2-part, 15-item, 4-point scale instrument was used to generate data for answering 3 research questions. The instrument was validated by a team of experts in the Department of Educational Management, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; and a reliability value of 0.83 established. The...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers,...
This qualitative study explored students' experience of collaborating to undertake a neuromusculoskeletal group research project which was conducted in partial fulfilment of their MSc course. A phenomenological approach was adopted to gain insight into participants' experience of learning and working in a group. Six participants who were all alumni took part in individual telephone interviews conducted by an independent researcher. The interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Qualitative Research, Student Projects, Student Research, Cooperative Learning,...
The purpose of this qualitative study is to inform and advance the body of knowledge of the contribution that "Peer Assisted Study Sessions" (PASS) provides for student leaders in terms of its impact on their self-efficacy--the personal belief in competence to succeed within certain situations (Bandura, 1986). To date, there has been little research providing a practical insight into whether acting as the leader of university PASS has a perceived impact on self-efficacy. The results...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Leadership, Self Efficacy, Peer Teaching, College Students, Qualitative...
This paper reports on an online version of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), also known as Supplemental Instruction (SI), which was trialled in two subjects in the University of Melbourne in 2011. The program, named the Online Peer Assisted Learning (OPAL) scheme, was implemented with the aims of extending the benefits of a successful peer learning program to students other than those who attend face-to-face sessions and contributing to scholarship on the viability of online peer learning...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teaching Methods, Peer Teaching, College Students, Program Effectiveness, Educational...
Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic mentoring program, where high achieving senior students assist small groups of first years in study sessions throughout semester. One of the challenges PASS Leaders face at Monash in conducting their classes is the limited time they have with their students. The current paper explores, through action research, the use of Tablet PCs and an interactive, online whiteboard software suite called "MeTL" to increase the efficiency of time...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Computer Uses in Education, Laptop Computers, Handheld Devices, Peer Groups, Mentors,...
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) were introduced as an optional learning experience in a Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of PASS from the student perspective. Eight third year physiotherapy students who had participated in PASS during their second year of training attended a focus group, at which they provided their perspectives of these PASS sessions. A transciption of the focus group outcomes was analysed qualitatively using the general...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Experience, Peer Groups, Physiology, Therapy, Student Attitudes, Focus...
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that aims at increasing student success in "difficult" courses (Hurley, Jacobs, & Gilbert, 2006). SI was developed at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in the early seventies and has since spread to over 1500 universities and university colleges in nearly 30 countries (Martin 2008). SI also exists under other names such as PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and PAL (Peer Assisted Learning). The main component of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Case Studies, Supplementary Education, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries,...
This article describes the design of informal learning spaces at an Australian university that support students in the generation of knowledge. Recent learning space design projects at La Trobe have been informed by a number of pre-existing projects, including a small research project on student use of technologies, a national project on learning space design, and a significant curriculum renewal process at the university. It demonstrates the ways in which evidence based on student perspectives...
Topics: ERIC Archive, School Space, Educational Facilities Design, Case Studies, Technology Uses in...
Using data from a survey on cognitive proficiency levels of first graders in Switzerland (N = 1.830), this study analyzes (1) who has access to institutional childcare, (2) whether institutional childcare affects cognitive skills of children who differ in terms of socioeconomic status, home literacy, native country, and home language, and (3) how duration and intensity of childcare affect children's skills. The findings indicate sociocultural disparities in access to childcare. Multiple...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Vocabulary, Mathematics Skills, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Education,...
The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of parents and early childhood teachers in Norway regarding the benefits of child care to young children. Both positive and negative benefits were explored. In the autumn of 2009, 41 parents and 35 early childhood teachers of children aged 1.5 years or less, living in the city of Trondheim and nearby communities, were assessed by means of a semi-structured qualitative interview. There was agreement among parents and early childhood teachers...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Preschool Teachers, Preschool...
Huang Zongxi was an influential seventeenth century Chinese political and social theorist who is considered by many to be the inspiration and founding father of democracy and human rights in China. This article examines the many similarities in thought and social influence between Huang and his contemporary, the English philosopher John Locke. Each is considered the Father of Enlightenment in his own country and played a major role in similar movements toward modernity and democracy. Among...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Change Agents, Intellectual History, Social Change, Democratic...
Despite its importance as the event establishing that the 20th century would be known as "the age of genocide," the destruction of the Armenians that occurred between the mid-1890s and 1923 is given marginal coverage in contemporary U. S. high school history textbooks. This article critiques that coverage and identifies the overall flow of the information that is presented while noting several instances in which information is presented in an underdeveloped, confusing, or...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Homicide, Death, World History, High Schools, Social...
Our research shows that social science university trained Ghanaian student/teachers do have the knowledge, confidence, and willingness to address HIV/AIDS issues in their teaching, yet they do not. The reason, we argue, is that teachers have little incentive to address contentious issues in the classroom. Questionnaires were administered to 382 University of Education, Winneba students, 61 of whom were just returning from year-long placements. We conclude with the argument that the rethinking...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Teacher Competencies,...
This study presented practices based on Service Learning that gave pre-service teachers ideas about the significance of Service Learning and the challenges that exist. They made lesson plans for "Houshi" (=Service) and conducted them in a high school in Tokyo's public school system. Service Learning is one of the effective methods in which students improve their academic learning and develop social and civic skills through structured service activities that meet the needs of the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Service Learning, Preservice...
This article reports the findings of a study that engaged preservice social studies teachers at two institutions of higher education in Ohio and West Virginia in a service learning to benefit the Mwanje school in Malawi. The findings suggest that despite some initial levels of apprehension the project enhanced the student teachers' global awareness and kindled their predisposition to engage their future students in service learning beyond their own region to include a global perspective as well.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Service Learning, Preservice Teachers, Social...
Social Studies can be understood, or theorized, in a number of different ways as a consequence of its history (Evans, 2004). This paper presents the findings of a research study of high school students' and teachers' conceptions of Social Studies in relation to four philosophical orientations, labeled the Classicist/Traditionalist, Essentialist, Progressivist and Reconstructionist frames. These four frames are developed from literature in the field. After describing these frames, the research...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Social Studies, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Empowerment, High School...
The term democracy has an overwhelmingly positive connotation for most people (Diamond & Plattner, 2008), yet it is a contested, fluid, and evolving concept that represents many different things to different people. This article presents our analysis of conceptions of democracy among groups of adolescents (n = 2,848, ages 13-19) in the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, and the United States. This study focused on students' responses to one open-ended item on a written...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Adolescents, Democracy, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Student Reaction, Civics,...
Researchers have raised questions regarding the connection between learner familiarity with computers and performance on computerized tests virtually since interest arose in studying the applicability of computers for assessment purposes. However, despite this longstanding attention, at present, there has been a surprising lack of research that explores the connection between computer familiarity and performance on computerized tests that fall outside of the traditional multiple-choice...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Cloze Procedure, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second...
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The importance of visual input in the contemporary ELT classroom is such that it is commonplace to use audiovisual elements provided by pictures, films, clips and the like. The power of images is unquestionable, and as the old saying goes, an image is worth a thousand words. Following this line of reasoning, the objective of this article is to discuss the potential of one particular type of audiovisual material--live action shorts--in the ELT context. In the first section, reference to previous...
Topics: ERIC Archive, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Visual Stimuli, Audiovisual...
This study examines the cultivation of intentionality and integration in a foundation level General Education class: Communities and Societies. Three research tasks were set within the context of a grounded theoretical approach: codification of indicators for both intentionality and integration, and an examination of student learning logs. Intentionality was helpfully scaffolded by targeted questions for reflection while integration appeared more spontaneously, apparently as a result of the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Intention, Teaching Methods, Group Discussion, Small Group Instruction, Journal...
Several authors have suggested that educational institutions have a responsibility to foster creativity in their students. Yet, research has shown that creativity is a variable concept that can mean different things in different fields and contexts (Kaufman & Baer, 2005). As a result, generic pedagogical techniques for developing creativity may not be equally appropriate across domains. In light of these factors, this pilot study explored (via an electronic survey of instructors) the ways...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teaching Methods, Creativity, Creative Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Pilot...
Taiwan has proven and continues to prove its economic prowess as a fast and well developed nation. One theory to account for this accomplishment is its continued success in developing its best natural resource--its people--through education. A continuum of this practice is the implementation of Higher Education and then International Higher Education. Since early 1990s, foreign students have been studying in Taiwan obtaining degrees in various academic disciplines at both undergraduate and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Academic Achievement, Student...
This study investigates whether Facebook would be an "effective and easy" teaching tool in ESL classes in South Korean universities. Using a teacher's diary, action research was conducted. The study indicated that Facebook is not different from other new teaching tools; the teacher must familiarize him/herself with the tool to use it confidently. Second, a student's "lazy factor" is quite problematic in the learning process. Lastly, action research and a teacher's journal...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Diaries,...
Collocations are one of the most important elements in language proficiency but the effect of error correction feedback of collocations has not been thoroughly examined. Some researchers report the usefulness and importance of error correction (Hyland, 1990; Bartram & Walton, 1991; Ferris, 1999; Chandler, 2003), while others showed that error correction was of little or no use (Leki, 1990; Truscott, 1996). However, teachers use error correction feedback of collocations most of the time in...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Error Correction, Feedback (Response), Phrase Structure, Language Proficiency,...
This was a pilot study that used the Tomatis Method to see the effects it had on L2 reading fluency in a group of Taiwanese learners. Eight volunteers participated in this study undertaking 40-hours of before-and-after-experimental treatments. The results from the analysis showed that the participants had significant improvements in the areas of fluency, tone, stress, and intelligibility. However, there was not a significant improvement in pronunciation. This study concludes that the Tomatis...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Reading Fluency, Pilot Projects, Second Language Instruction, Second Language...
This paper identified attitudes toward CALL of students studying English as a foreign language (EFL) at industrial colleges in Saudi Arabia. Seventy students who were enrolled in the orientation year of an English program were chosen to participate in this study by expressing their attitudes toward CALL. Standardized and local instruments were used along with interviews and observation techniques to collect data. The results of the study revealed that students had positive attitudes toward...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Attitudes, Industrial Education, College Students, Computer Assisted...
Evidence from research into the "net generation" has shown it is not certain that there is a homogenous group of young people whose abilities to use technology are different from any other age group. With tools like blogs and online research becoming more popular in educational contexts research needs to provide a picture of what kinds of abilities and preferences students have so that appropriate teaching can be provided. This study examines the Japanese context in three areas: 1)...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Internet, Student Behavior, Adolescents, Young Adults, Ownership,...
This study aimed to find out whether watching subtitled cartoons influences incidental vocabulary learning. The study was conducted with 42 first grade English Language Teaching (ELT) department students at the University of Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Burdur. To collect data from the subjects, a 5-point vocabulary knowledge scale was used and 18 target words were integrated into the scale. The pre-test and post-test group design was selected for the administration. After subjects had been randomly...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Cartoons, Animation, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second...
This paper introduces the use of technology in the classroom and highlights the growing challenges and opportunities teachers face in its application. One specific technique, the use of teacher-made and annotated "YouTube" videos to preteach class-specific course content for English language learners is presented. These videos were created to (1) be under five minutes, (2) annotated with text to reinforce the key concepts, (3) specific to the teacher's classes and not necessarily for...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Video Technology, Social Media, English (Second Language), Second...
Over the past decade aspects pertinent to the area of feedback have been extensively explored by researchers. While some of the studies show positive effects of peer review, others discuss its problematic areas. In spite of the controversies the new ways of integrating peer feedback in ESL classrooms are being explored. Researchers show an interest in looking into the possibilities of integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in providing feedback to students. This paper...
Topics: ERIC Archive, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Feedback (Response), Diaries,...
Global and digital connectivity transform Australian classrooms by creating rich environments for inquiry learning. Developing inquiry learning in this Information Communication Technology (ICT) context is an Australian educational goal. Recently the Australian Curriculum reform and the Digital Education Revolution has become a catalyst for teachers to overcome the ubiquitous disconnect between traditional and digital pedagogies and reconceptualise practice and curricula. The National vision...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Instructional Design, National Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary...
Through an in-depth and detailed analysis of one specific case, this study demonstrated that digital technologies, for example, blogging, wikis and social networking, have a role to play in the development of literacy skills in the primary classroom. The findings from this study suggest, that in this instance blogging was successfully integrated into teaching and learning sequences to achieve numerous English syllabus writing outcomes. This study also demonstrated that, in addition to the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Literacy, Web 2.0 Technologies, Electronic Publishing, Writing Instruction, Teaching...
In this paper, the five interlocking de Bono LAMS sequences are introduced as a new form of generic template designs. This transdisciplinary knowledge-mobilising strategy is based on Edward de Bono's attention-directing ideas and thinking skills, commonly known as the CoRT tools. The development of the de Bono LAMS sequence series is an important milestone, signifying the current paradigmatic shift in higher education from a student-consumer paradigm to a student-producer paradigm. Surpassing...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Sequential Approach, Sequential...
This paper describes an emerging learning design for a popular genre of learner-generated video projects: "Ideas Videos" or "iVideos." These advocacy-style videos are short, two-minute, digital videos designed "to evoke powerful experiences about educative ideas" (Wong, Mishra, Koehler & Siebenthal, 2007, p1). We draw on a recent study in teacher education to present a structured description of a pedagogical approach to "iVideo" filmmaking. A visual...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology, Multimedia Materials, Film Production,...
One of the ongoing challenges in the field of Learning Design is how to most effectively support educators in the development of innovative e-learning through the adoption and adaptation of learning design templates. This paper reflects on experiences from two recent higher education projects in teacher training and medical education, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of templates as compared to learning designs with embedded discipline content.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Medical Education, Adoption (Ideas), Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice...
Due to its complex and microscopic nature, genetics is a difficult subject for many learners to conceptually grasp. Graphics, animation and video material can be extremely helpful to their understanding. A wealth of educational online content about genetics has been created over the past decade in the wake of the human genome being sequenced. However, these digital resources are distributed across disparate sites and it requires a high level of content and pedagogical knowledge to orchestrate...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Genetics, Ethics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Database Management Systems,...
The academic programs at the graduate level are increasingly interested about the enrollment management challenges in terms of international student mobility. Understanding fundamental enrollment concepts to attract international students provides the essential key to consider the competitive environment concerning university resources, academic program potential, complex cultural dynamics, and workplaces among others. Based on a six-year quantitative and descriptive statistical study, this...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Students, Student Mobility, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Students, Statistical...
University education remains a major player in the socio-economic revamping of Africa even though most African national governments have not leveraged the high output of the private sector for educational development. For the most part to date, private universities are running as parallels to their public counterparts. With fewer infrastructures, the private schools seem to be thriving much more than their industrial-action infested publicly-funded schools. It is on record that private schools...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Partnerships...
The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between a participative budgeting system, the attitudes toward the budget, and levels of organizational trust held by administrators in post-secondary institutions. A 50-item questionnaire was distributed to college and university administrators across Canada. A series of regression analyses were carried out to determine the relationships between the variables of interest. Perceived levels of participation in developing the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Budgeting, Budgets, Trust (Psychology), Postsecondary Education,...
The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between budget processes and levels of organizational trust in universities. A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior administrative personnel in universities across Canada. A relationship was found to exist between university administrators' level of organizational trust and their views regarding the approach and value of the budgeting process at their institution. The trust levels are influenced by the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Universities, Budgeting, Trust (Psychology), Semi Structured...
The commentary and overview explored how curriculum and assessment reforms are being used by a small university and small country to improve the quality of education and gain international recognition. Although the reforms are potentially beneficial to the students, university, and country, there are dilemmatic factors that may either enhance or harm the quality of the assessments. Eight problems discussed in this review report are: standards in educational testing and rights of test takers;...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Universities, College Outcomes Assessment, Qualitative Research,...
We live in a global society with demands to respond to global needs. Many higher educational institutions are attempting to integrate international components in their curricula. However, in this endeavor, some institutions are more successful than others. This paper presentation will explain how global mindsets can be cultivated through innovative international preparation programs that benefit both domestic and international students, as well as other stakeholders in the international...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Leadership Training, Cultural Awareness, International Programs, Educational...
This paper presents a descriptive case study of the TAMAM project as a new school reform initiative in the Arab world. The case addresses goals, strategies and assumptions of the project, its distinctive and promising design features, and the cultural and contextual factors critical to its successful implementation. The work adopted grounded theory procedures for collecting and analyzing data. The study provides researchers interested in cross cultural transfer of conceptual knowledge insights...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Educational Change, Arabs, Case Studies, Strategic Planning, Educational Objectives,...
This study examines international clinical experiences in England with graduate education students from The University of Connecticut (UConn) and The University of Virginia (UVA) in the United States of America. Limited research available about international clinical experiences in the field of Education focuses primarily to only describe programs and provide authors' anecdotal evidence about the benefits and challenges of these experiences. This study is significant because it provides data...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Graduate Students, Study Abroad, Focus Groups, Interviews, Educational Benefits,...
Purpose: It is argued that the approaches to learning of students undergoing teacher training are likely to be related to their teaching and learning environment, especially as they move from a more regimented, structured learning environment in school to a tertiary learning environment that encourages more independent thinking and perhaps questions ideas. Therefore, this investigation has an overall goal to use the unique approaches to learning (surface and deep approaches) of students in a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teaching Styles, Academic Achievement, Teaching Skills, Self Efficacy, Learning...
Purpose: In western countries, a model to explain student engagement in college or university has long been established. However, there is a lack of research to develop and validate a model which may help to better understand student engagement in the local university context. There is currently no established instrument to measure student engagement specifically in the Malaysian (or Asian) university context. This study was conducted to fill the gap. A measurement model on student engagement...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Test Construction, Program Validation,...
Purpose: In recent times, quality of graduates and their performance has been questioned. Students' performance is an indicator of the kind of approach (deep or surface) that is taken. This study investigates the kind of undergraduates take in their learning processes. Methodology: This quantitative survey used Revised Two-Factor Study Process Questionnaire (R-SPQ-2F). Sixty-three students participated in the study. Findings: Results showed no significant difference between the types of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Computer Science Education, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Learning...
The School of Management and Information Systems at Victoria University Australia resides within the Business Faculty and has a range of Management and Information Systems degrees. In 2008 all degree programs in the Business Faculty introduced a compulsory generic graduate skills unit that focussed on problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the challenges faced when delivering the generic graduate skills business unit into a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Business Administration Education, Basic Skills, Units of Study,...
The aim of this study was to establish the level of job satisfaction amongst teachers at special schools. Teachers in special schools need to cope with curriculum changes, the administrative duties that come with these changes, and the learners with their diverse needs. Learners with special needs require a specific educational programme and also schools that cater for the needs of learners with emotional, social, neurological or physical problems. The research group consisted of 101 teachers...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Attitudes, Special Schools, Special Needs Students,...
This paper reports on a new experience carried out at school associated with the Technical University of Catalonia, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in September 2010. The aim is to describe the organization, funding and results of a preparatory course in Physics for a bachelor's degree in Engineering. We assess the students' opinions about the experience and whether it should be repeated. We also analyze the profile of the students who access this School, estimating their initial...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Learning Experience, Bachelors Degrees, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries,...
Florida Universitaria is a higher education centre specialising in technical and business training among other specialist areas. Postgraduate programmes, graduate programmes, vocational training, secondary education, further education, occupational training and languages are taught at Florida. An educational model in accordance with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area has been designed, focussing on teaching for professional competencies. We have chosen to use a methodology...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Learning Experience, Integrated Activities, Competency Based Education, Program...
Information and Communication Technology is playing an important role in assisting teachers in their activities. They became a) more efficient, b) more precise and c) more comprehensive. The "Audio" ad is a clear illustration for this trend. Students' acceptance of the "Audio" tool has been analysed and compared with the "traditional" correction and the "track change". 57 students have answered a structured questionnaire using a web 2.0 application for...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Higher Education, Case Studies, Questionnaires, Error Correction, Feedback...
The effective integration of competencies in university programmes follows a holistic and diversified assessment model and the educational potential development of students' assessment results. This work questions: how are students informed about the results of their learning? Specifically, it aims to understand students' and professors' perspectives about the use of learning results and the strategies that are promoted in the practice of improved use of their educational potential. The results...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Feedback (Response), Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Student...
The higher education regulation process in Europe, known as the Bologna Process, has involved many changes, mainly in relation to methodology and assessment. The paper given below relates to implementing the new EU study plans into the Teacher Training College of Vitoria-Gasteiz; it is the first interdisciplinary paper written involving teaching staff and related to the Teaching Profession module, the first contained in the structure of the new plans. The coordination of teaching staff is one...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Preservice Teacher Education,...
Now more than ever, the social demands on the University require huge amounts of creativity to respond to the socio-economic context of today's society. Creativity is an ability that requires teamwork as a framework for discussion of the particular ideas of its members, and a scenario for the development of necessary attitudes of tolerance. The experience described was developed with the help received by the University of Seville, within the Call for Teaching Innovation and Improvement Projects...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Creativity, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students,...
In order to attain a reliable laboratory work assessment, we argue taking the Learning Environment as a core concept and a research paradigm that considers the factors affecting the laboratory as a particularly complex educational context. With regard to Laboratory Learning Environments (LLEs), a well known approach is the SLEI (Science Laboratory Environment Inventory). The aim of this research is to design and apply an alternative and qualitative assessment tool to characterize Laboratory...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Questioning Techniques, Science Laboratories, Educational Environment, Organic...
This article deals with the integrated use of online quizzes as a teaching and assessment tool in the general program of the subject Proyectos in the third course of Ingeniero Técnico en Informática de Gestión over five consecutive years. The research undertaken aimed to test quizzes effectiveness on student performance when used, not only as an isolated assessment tool, but also when integrated into a combined strategy, which support the overall programming of the subject. The results...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, College Students, Computer Assisted Testing, Academic Achievement,...
We examined the perceptions of teachers on the importance and competence of principals as leaders before and after an intervention programme on holistic leadership. The research was quantitative and contextualized in the Secunda region of Mpumalanga province in South Africa. The methodology followed a literature study and an empirical investigation in the form of a pre- and post-test experimental-type design. A structured questionnaire was administered to 400 teachers in 40 randomly selected...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Minimum Competencies, Principals,...
This article reports on a qualitative, interpretivist study that focused on the use of visualisation and analytic strategies by Grade 12 learners when working with problems based on transformation geometry. The research was conducted with 40 learners from a Grade 12 class at one high school in the north Durban area of Kwazulu-Natal. Participants completed a written task and a smaller sample of the participants engaged in investigative semi-structured interviews with the researchers. The...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Learner Engagement, Geometry, Grade 12, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction,...
I report on a phenomenological investigation into teacher experiences of generating and interpreting drawings during their participation in the Resilient Educators (REds) intervention. All 18 teacher participants came from rural communities challenged by HIV&AIDS. I reflect critically on the ambivalence in teacher experiences of drawings to highlight the complexity of employing drawings as visual method. Then, I interpret the teachers' methodological experiences through the lens of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Phenomenology, Participatory Research, Resilience (Psychology), Teaching Experience,...
This article is about an investigation of eight-year-old children's life experiences as child citizens in democratic South Africa, their right to be listened to and to participate in the democracy. Research indicates that understanding children's life experiences can influence adults' understanding of what needs to be done to support their participation in democratic processes. I employed photovoice methodology as primary mode for data generation. The young children took photos of their home...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Photography, Democracy, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Urban Areas, Crime,...
This study investigated the integrating possibilities within each creative arts subject. The objective was to optimize the limited teaching time, generally allocated to each art subject in schools, by developing a pedagogical strategy for its successful implementation. While the study was limited to South African schools, the results have global relevance and significance in the ongoing global trendsetting and discourse on arts education. In South Africa the previous National Curriculum...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Creative Activities, Art Education, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach,...
This study investigates the interplay between individual and contextual variables during teaching practice and its impact on the personal and socio-professional development of prospective teachers. The purpose of the study was to survey how prospective teachers experienced the process of becoming aware of their emerging identities as teachers, and to demonstrate how the unique, individual student teachers' teaching and socio-professional identities are cultivated in the learning-to-teach...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Preservice Teachers, Social Development, Individual Development, Student Teaching,...
South African schools have been found to be homophobic. Teachers can play an important role in offering a critique of homophobia grounded in South Africa's legal claim to equality on the basis of sexual orientation. Currently there is a dearth of educational research about how teachers understand and address homophobia. By drawing upon focus-group interviews with teachers based at five schools, this paper shows dominant teaching views which contribute to homophobia, although this is not the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Homosexuality, Teacher Attitudes, Sexual Orientation, Equal Education, Religious...
Within the media and the literature the need is often expressed for the establishment of a culture of learning within South African schools. The contrasting view tends to be one of dysfunctional schools that have come into being, giving rise to significant learner behaviour problems and poor pass rates being encountered in practice. This paper is directed at gaining conceptual clarity as to what is meant by a "culture of learning" and exploring two fundamentally different views as to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, School Culture, Organizational Culture,...
This article reports on research undertaken about the influence of school culture and school climate on violence at schools in the Eastern Cape. An adapted California School Climate and Survey-Short Form (CSCSS-SF), which was used as the data-collection instrument, was completed by 900 Grade 10 to 12 learners. With the assistance of Pearson's product moment correlation coefficient, it was found that the better the school culture and school climate are at a school, the lower the levels of school...
Topics: ERIC Archive, School Culture, Educational Environment, Violence, Influences, Grade 10, Grade 11,...
This paper reports on part of a study with the aim of exploring how Muslim learners' knowledge and attitudes of HIV/AIDS were influenced by family and school culture. Findings from data collected during individual semi-structured interviews with the principals, Life Orientation educators, and school guidance counsellors are discussed. Reviewed literature supported the assumption that there were collaborative relationships within school culture that permitted children to learn about sexuality...
Topics: ERIC Archive, School Culture, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Development, Teacher Role, Acquired...
The South African Schools Act of 1996 provides that school governing bodies (SGBs) should adopt and assist in the enforcement of a learner code of conduct to maintain discipline effectively. This study focuses on the perceptions and experiences of SGBs in managing discipline in rural secondary schools through the design and enforcement of learner codes of conduct. A generic qualitative research paradigm was used to gain insight into the effectiveness of and factors impeding the enforcement of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Governance, Secondary Schools, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Ethics, Qualitative...