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Science centres which have a considerable importance and functions in developed countries are intended to be popularized in Turkey. At this point considering the fact that the first contact between science centres and visitors is usually provided with websites, it is quite important that the content of these websites should be designed and developed to meet the needs of the visitors. From this point of view, the aim of this study is to examine the websites of the science centres in Turkey and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Science Teaching Centers, Web Sites, User Needs (Information),...
The research is an experimental study which has experimental and control groups, and based on pre-test, post-test, monitoring test model. Research group consists of second and third grade students of Primary School Education and Psychological Counseling undergraduate programmes in Giresun University Faculty of Educational Sciences. The research group was formed among the students whose academic procrastination tendency is middle or high, by using academic procrastination scale. 60 students,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Psychotherapy, Time Management, Prevention, Intervention, Program...
This occasional paper provides an overview of the development of Australia's national training system and is a key knowledge document of a wider research project "Consistency with flexibility in the Australian national training system." This research project investigates the various approaches undertaken by each of the jurisdictions to establish a student entitlement funding model and also examines one of the often overlooked fundamentals of the national training system--the dynamic...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Training, Vocational Education, Program Development, Program...
This occasional paper provides the views of 17 "thought leaders" in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector. Their insight and opinions were sought to inform a larger research project focused on the student entitlement reforms that were introduced into the national VET system from 2012. These individuals offered a variety of senior-level vantage points on the topics of: (1) Australia's national training system: why it has been developed, what its key elements...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education, Attitude Measures,...
The past two decades have seen some evolution towards a more nationally consistent vocational education and training (VET) system. One of the challenges is to find the right balance between national consistency and appropriate flexibility, to accommodate the regional and local industry requirements and learner preferences that best serve the needs of states and territories. This report maps the implementation by jurisdictions of the most recent training market reforms, agreed to in the 2012-16...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Vocational Education, Training, Foreign Countries, National Standards, Geographic...
This research overview summarizes the work undertaken by Kaye Bowman and Suzy McKenna in exploring jurisdictional approaches to the implementation of student entitlements to vocational skills training, a key reform initiative in the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform (NPASR) of 2012-16. The overview is a condensed summary of three related papers, the first being a description of the recent evolution of a national training system, the second a detailed description and analysis on...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Financial...
The process of globalization, more progressive development of the scientific findings, new technology and the way of communicating with the new forms of literacy in which the most secure spot has been taken by the development of natural sciences in the spirit of "sustainable development" have been the reasons that make science and sustainable development an educational imperative. The development of "natural sciences" in the educational processes in Republic of Macedonia has...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Sustainable Development, Foreign Countries,...
The present paper is a case study based on a first year BA Hons Education Studies module that explores a number of important questions about the relationship between technology, knowledge and society and begins to think about how our ideas about each of these contribute to an understanding of what education means. Following a Foucauldian perspective on discourse, truth and power, we look with our students at science--and science education--to explore the production of knowledge in a context...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Bachelors...
The present study has two aims. Firstly, it aims to determine eighth grade students' conceptual understanding of floating and sinking through formative assessment probes. Secondly, it aims to determine whether or not there is a significant difference between students' performance in formative assessment probes and their achievement in the Standardized Science and Technology Exam (TEOG 1) exam. The sample of this research is 61 eighth grade students from a central middle school in Eskisehir....
Topics: ERIC Archive, Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Science Tests,...
This study aims to discuss the issues of integrating e-books into science teaching by preservice elementary school teachers. The study adopts both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In total, 24 preservice elementary school teachers participated in this study. The main sources of research data included e-books produced by preservice elementary school teachers, a feedback questionnaire on e-book production, and elementary school students' feedback on the use of e-books. The main...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Electronic Publishing, Technology Integration, Science Instruction, Preservice...
This study investigates the effect of social evaluation on Public Speaking Anxiety of English foreign language learners at Omar Al-Mukhtar University in Libya. A random sample of 111 students was used in the study. To analyse the collected data, means, standard deviations, a three-way ANOVA analysis, and the correlation coefficients were used with social evaluation as the dependent variable and Public Speaking Anxiety as the independent variable. The findings show that social evaluation is a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Anxiety, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning,...
The aim of this study is to analyse the effects of scientific argumentation based learning process on the eighth grade students' achievement in the unit of "cell division and inheritance". It also deals with the effects of this process on their comprehension about the nature of scientific knowledge, their willingness to take part in discussions and their attitude towards the course of science and technology. The study employed the design of pretest-post test matched control group...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Science Instruction, Grade 8, Persuasive Discourse, Science Achievement, Genetics,...
This study aims to examine the twelve core values of Thai people found in Thai university students. The twelve values consist of the following attributes: 1.Upholding the nation, the religions and the Monarchy 2. Being honest, sacrificial and patient with positive attitude for the common good of the public 3. Being grateful to the parents, guardians and teachers 4. Seeking knowledge and education directly and indirectly 5. Treasuring the precious Thai tradition 6. Maintaining moral, integrity,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Social Values, Social Attitudes, Nationalism, Student Attitudes,...
The present study evaluated the latest English Language Teacher Training Programme in Turkey from the viewpoint of students who were enrolled on the programme for a period of four years. Participants were 90 last year students who were enrolled in the English Language Teaching department at Uludag University, Turkey. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire which contained the inventory of programme courses, each of which was rated by the students regarding three criteria: the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, English (Second...
The present study evaluated the latest English Language Teacher Training Programme in Turkey from the viewpoint of students who were enrolled on the programme for a period of four years. Participants were 90 last year students who were enrolled in the English Language Teaching department at Uludag University, Turkey. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire which contained the inventory of programme courses, each of which was rated by the students regarding three criteria: the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Course...
The current article presents some key theories most relevant to the development of oral communication skills in an Indonesian senior high school. Critical analysis on the learners' background is employed to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. The brief overview of the learning context and learners' characteristic are used to identify which particular theories and issues of L2 teaching would best suit the need of developing their oral communication skills. A bibliography is included.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Speech Communication, Educational Theories, Special Needs Students, Communication...
The purpose of this study was to inform the deliberations of a policymakers' working group by investigating what key actors in the materials' marketplace are doing to align digital and print-based materials with the Australian Curriculum and what steps need to be taken to deliver aligned materials to schools. Content analysis method was used to review research literature about the materials' marketplace, the publishing industry, and the procurement, selection and use of materials. Survey method...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Alignment (Education), Educational...
The general secondary stage in Egypt is a vital educational phase since it plays an essential role in developing students' thinking and learning styles to prepare them for life in general and higher education in particular. Accordingly, it has become urgent and persistent to develop secondary-stage students' critical thinking styles while acquainting them with self-learning skills that would facilitate lifelong learning to guarantee meaningful learning and active participation in public life....
Topics: ERIC Archive, Critical Thinking, Lifelong Learning, Models, Learning Strategies, Cognitive Style,...
This publication presents estimates of apprentice and trainee activity in Australia for the September quarter 2015. The figures in this publication are derived from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection no.86 (December 2015 estimates). The most recent figures in this publication are estimated (that is, for training activity from the March quarter 2014 to the September quarter 2015). Estimates take into account reporting lags that occur at the time of data collection. Consequently, the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Apprenticeships, Trainees, Educational...
The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham hosted the fifth annual conference in the "Innovative Language Teaching at University" series. Under the heading "Enhancing participation and collaboration" the conference, organised by Cecilia Goria, Oranna Speicher and Sascha Stollhans, took place on 19 June 2015, and was attended by over 120 linguists, language teachers and language acquisition researchers from all over the world. This...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Instructional Innovation, Classroom Communication, Second Language Learning, Second...
The inclusion of pupils into schools of the main educational stream is emphasized at the international level. Recently, this trend is more strongly applied in post-communist countries, where the now-criticized approaches (based on the exclusion of pupils with mild intellectual disability and behaviour disorders--e.g. ADHD--and their inclusion into special schools) persisted for a long time. Currently, the discussion on appropriate educational approaches which should be applied is now under...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Mild Intellectual Disability, Behavior Disorders,...
Interactive projects among students of a Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) A1+/A2 level seem difficult to set up due to the limited language repertoire of the students. Thus, our aim was to take up the challenge and start a project with the objective of applying their language skills. We chose a collaborative approach to this project in order to offer students a shared learning experience. [For the complete volume, "Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Second Language Instruction, Second...
This paper focuses on the outcomes of a project funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Office at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). Students were recruited to design a new navigational architecture for the Moodle pages of the Language Centre. They received some training on the key principles of distributive learning and worked with a small team of Language Centre Blended Learning coordinators in a series of rapid prototyping design workshops. The core focus of the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Change Agents, Virtual Classrooms, Navigation (Information Systems), Computer System...
This paper looks at the teaching of subject discipline content through the medium of a second language. It begins by looking at the globalisation of discipline content teaching through second languages, whereby increasing numbers of academics and students are either teaching or learning in universities across the globe in a language other than their mother tongue. It then looks at the ways in which questions about the language of subject content delivery are being addressed by departments of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction,...
Motivation is one of the most important factors which influences second language learning (Dörnyei, 1998; Gardner & Lambert, 1972). A support mechanism which reinforces student motivation through encouragement, social interaction, feedback, sound learning environments and good teaching is crucial for ensuring successful learning. This is particularly relevant in distance or online language learning settings, as learners work more autonomously and independently than in conventional...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Participation, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Program Effectiveness,...
This paper gives account of a project involving Year Abroad students of French at Warwick University challenged to select "realia" from their host countries in order to stimulate enthusiasm for language learning in local schools. It considers the cognitive and affective processes informing the "culture gathering" that took place: how did the responsibility to act as the interface between a foreign culture and their own inform these students' own intercultural and linguistic...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Global Education, Citizen Participation, Foreign Culture, Study Abroad, Foreign...
After Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, those in the Chinese migrant community in the UK who anticipated returning to China saw the significant benefits of learning Mandarin. The challenges are not only related to the social and cultural differences between the Cantonese and Mandarin migrant groups, but also the intrinsic linguistic differences between the two languages. This case study investigated students' motivation, needs and barriers in relation to Chinese Mandarin learning. Previous...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Sino Tibetan Languages, Case Studies, Student...
The Four Skills News Project is an example of communicative language learning, developed for final year German students at the University of Liverpool. It focuses on how students use and practise their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills via the creative use of news reports and digital technology. Each student creates an avatar using an interactive platform, practicing speaking and correct pronunciation with the help of autocue and thereby enhances his or her language learning...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Language Skills, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, News...
This paper looks back at an academic-led language field trip project, now in its third year, involving ab-initio students of Italian at the University of Southampton. It considers the role of academic-led field trips in Modern Languages (ML) and it explores the underlying pedagogical approaches that were adopted to enhance students' engagement, participation and collaboration during the trips and beyond. It also investigates the opportunities that Web 2.0 brought to teachers and learners and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Italian, Learner...
This study compares the impact of "open" and "anonymous" peer feedback as an adjunct to teacher-mediated feedback in a digital online environment utilising data gathered on an academic writing course at a Turkish university. Students were divided into two groups with similar writing proficiencies. Students peer reviewed papers either anonymously or openly, then resubmitted them. The lecturer provided feedback and students again resubmitted their assignments. Finally,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Online Courses, Academic Discourse, Writing...
The complex relationship between language and culture has been widely problematised in applied linguistics and education (see Byram, 1997; Byrnes, 2002; Kramsch, 1993; Risager, 2006). While this issue has been extensively explored from a theoretical perspective, few studies have examined the complexity of this relationship from the curricular/structural approach towards Modern Language degrees. The American Modern Language Association (MLA, 2007) report, as well as reports issued in the UK such...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Communication,...
This paper describes an innovative project-based learning framework theoretically based on the ideas of Transmedia Storytelling, Participatory Cultures and Multiple intelligences that can be integrated into the f?lipped classroom method, and practically addressed using Content- Based Instruction (CBI) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) approaches. It shows how this framework has been developed and integrated into the Academic Reading curriculum at Akita International University (AIU) in Japan by...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Curriculum Development, Student Projects, Active Learning, Integrated Curriculum,...
In this paper I will report on a personal experimentation with Facebook and wikis as collaborative learning tools. The aims of implementing these strategies were to develop students' writing skills and to change their attitudes towards learning in the digital age. I delved into this research because I do believe that learning in the new millennium has grown beyond the boundaries of the four walls of the classroom. I have a strong conviction that informal learning through networks is a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Social Media, Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Writing, Web Sites, Web 2.0...
In today's digital age, Languages graduates need more specific skills than fluency in the foreign language and intercultural competence. Employers expect from all applicants a high level of computer literacy and a set of soft skills such as creativity or the ability to solve problems and work on team projects. Modern Foreign Language (MFL) departments should therefore promote teaching techniques that would enable their graduates to become employable, at the same time ensuring that the students...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Role, Video...
TANGO (Álvarez-Mayo, 2013) uses the cultural aspects of foreign languages to promote oral interaction, enabling students to become self-regulated learners. Through TANGO, foreign language students learn about the cultural intricacies of the Target Language (TL) and use the TL to practise and further develop their oral skills with a partner who is a native speaker. Students openly discuss their views and reflect on their learning progress and any issues they may encounter while practising all...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Second Language Instruction, Cultural Influences, Second Language Learning, Language...
The 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, colloquially known as "No Frills", was held in July 2015.The conference highlighted research across three major themes:(1) youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential; (2) pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce; and (3) skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training. The presentations provided delegates with...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Diversity (Institutional), Student Needs,...
The present study aimed at developing English language planning strategy of second year distinguished governmental language preparatory school pupils using the a WebQuest model. Fifty participants from second year at Hassan Abu-Bakr Distinguished Governmental Language School at Al-Qanater Al-Khairia (Qalubia Governorate) were randomly assigned into two groups: experimental group (N = 25) and control group (N = 25). Two main instruments were used: writing strategies questionnaire and think-aloud...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Web Sites,...
The present study aimed at developing the memoir writing skills as a creative non-fiction genre of second year distinguished governmental language preparatory school pupils using the a WebQuest model. Fifty participants from second year at Hassan Abu-Bakr Distinguished Governmental Language School at Al-Qanater Al-Khairia(Qalubia Governorate) were randomly assigned into two groups: experimental group (N = 25) and control group (N = 25). Two main instruments were used: a creative writing...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Autobiographies, Personal Narratives, Writing Skills, Nonfiction,...
The purpose of this study aims to enhance teachers' ICT competency. Three hundred and thirty seven teachers are surveyed through a questionnaire to identify training problems and training needs. Then the blended training model is implemented with teachers. The result showed that it can increase score in cognitive and attitude tests. The post-test score is higher than those pre-test score at 0.01 level of statistical significance. Also, teachers' ICT competency is in good level.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Technological Literacy, Teacher Competencies, Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in...
Mau Forest, the home of the majority of the Ogiek people is located in the Rift Valley Province and straddles Kericho, Nakuru, Narok and Bomet districts. Traditionally, the Ogiek as hunter-gatherers have distinctive histories of interaction with the natural environment. Over the years, the Ogiek have inhabited in the Mau Forest with little impact on the environment. The paper focuses on the influence of hunting apprenticeship as Indigenous Form of Education for sustainable conservation of Wild...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Indigenous Knowledge, Conservation (Environment),...
Increasing educational attainment is generally tied to better employment outcomes. The vocational education and training (VET) sector is often used as an entry point into post-compulsory education for individuals who have experienced disadvantage in their lives. But does increasing participation in VET by disadvantaged individuals necessarily lead to the same benefits as experienced by their non-disadvantaged peers? Specifically, do disadvantaged learners have similar completion rates and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Vocational Education, Educational Attainment, Postsecondary Education, Disadvantaged...
This publication provides a summary of a program of research undertaken for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research between 2011 and 2014. Comprising six projects, the body of work focuses on the impact of education and training on social inclusion and on the labour market outcomes of disadvantaged learners. In this publication, "disadvantaged" is used to encapsulate those from low socioeconomic...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Inclusion, Program Descriptions, Outcomes of...
This study examined the contribution of teachers' Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to quality of education and its challenging factors related with teachers. For this purpose, the study employed descriptive survey method. 76 or 40.86% participant teachers were selected using simple random sampling technique. Close-ended questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. Data from questionnaire were analyzed using one sample t-test. As study results pointed out, although teachers'...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development,...
This study mainly aims at evaluating "Time for English", a new English language-learning (ELL) textbook series currently taught at mainstream Egyptian primary schools. This involves: (1) identifying--from senior and expert language teachers' perspectives--to what extent the textbook series (primary one to six) conform with the national ELL standards issued by MOE in 2003; (2) exploring the advantages and weaknesses of the series as well as the real problems encountered by primary...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Textbook Evaluation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second...
Studies conducted so far have mainly focused on the effects of online concordancers on teaching vocabulary, while there is a lack of research focusing on the effects of online concordancers on teaching and learning grammar. Thus, this study aims to review the studies on the effects of online concordancers on teaching and learning grammar and how online concordancers promote learning grammar in English as a foreign language (EFL) context to make recommendations for researchers and to guide...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Grammar, Electronic Libraries, Educational Resources, English (Second Language),...
The 2014 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 50th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The Digest has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education, Dropouts,...
This publication contains 12 (A3 open-out) poster-style reports of teacher experimental research. The style of presentation parallels the type of preliminary reporting common at academic conferences and postgraduate events. At the same time, it aims to act as a form of short primer to introduce teachers to the basic options that there are when conducting this type of research. This said, the determined teacher-researcher would be advised to extend their reading further to full-scale textbooks...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teacher Researchers, Randomized Controlled Trials, Educational Research, Research...
Working with partners including the Department of Education at Oxford University, the Centre for Equity in Education at the University of Manchester, the University of Glasgow, the University of Nottingham and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, "Education Development Trust" has commissioned a series of reviews of international literature. These reviews cover a range of topics related to school improvement including assessment for learning; the inclusion of students with special...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Success, Leadership Effectiveness, School Effectiveness, Educational Improvement,...
This report considers how successful London's schools have been over the past decade and identifies potentially transferable components of the success story. There is much to be learned from the transformation undergone in London that is relevant to policymakers and educationalists worldwide, working in both high-income and low-income countries. The improvement in student academic outcomes in London since 2000 has been nothing short of outstanding. This report focuses on the applicability of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Global Approach, Educational Change,...
Differential equations is a branch of mathematics which is closely related to mathematical modeling that arises in real-world problems. Problem solving ability is an essential component to solve contextual problem of differential equations properly. The purposes of this study are to describe contextual teaching and learning (CTL) model in differential equations course, to improve lecturers' abilities in implementing CTL, and to improve students' problem solving ability in differential...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Teacher Improvement, Student...
The purpose of this research is to provide an overview of adult literacy within the framework of lifelong learning in Turkey. Triangulation technique is applied with the approach of qualitative research, and within this framework, document review, interviews and observations were made. The research was carried out in a workgroup. These working groups were composed of teachers and trainees in the course of adult literacy organized by the General Directorate Lifelong Learning within Ministry of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Adult Literacy, Educational Benefits, Mixed...
Academic Audit is an important tool to control and maintain standards in academic sector. It has been found highly relevant by the experts across the world. Academic audit helps institutions to introspect and improve their quality. The present paper intends to probe into the possible role of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in Academic Audit as a measure to expedite its quest for quality.
Topics: ERIC Archive, Audits (Verification), Institutional Evaluation, Educational Quality, Quality...
In this study, students' conceptual change processes related to the sound concept were examined. Study group was comprises of 325 fifth grade middle school students. Three multiple-choice questions were used as the data collection tool. At the data analysis process "scientific response", "scientifically unacceptable response" and "no response" categories were used. While about the concept of sound before instruction scientific answer rate was very low, after...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Concept Formation, Acoustics, Grade 5, Middle School Students, Instructional...
This study investigated depression and suicidal ideation in students with and without learning disabilities in two Colleges of Education in Nigeria. The students in this study were between 18 and 24 years old, numbering 391 in total. The number of male students was 165, while female students were 226. Five valid and reliable instruments were used to carry out the study. The study adopted a descriptive research design, and purposive sampling technique was used to select the population. Data was...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Depression (Psychology), Suicide, College Students, Higher Education, Learning...
Governments and multilateral organizations frequently employ comparative studies, which are receiving increased attention in the contemporary process of globalization. Within the assessment of educational policies, this comparison is used to define the parameters of quality and the models of efficiency, and it allows us to see the roles that policy-makers pursue to confer upon the educators. The present paper focuses on the teacher training for general secondary school teachers in Spain, United...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Secondary School Teachers, Masters Degrees,...
One of the characteristics of teachers having great bearing upon students' learning is their professional self-esteem. Various instruments are available for measuring general self-esteem and professional self-esteem of teachers. For the present study it was deemed appropriate to use a Turkish professional self-esteem scale developed by Aricak (Aricak, 1999). However, before conducting the actual study, it was decided to check the construct validity of the Aricak scale and to see how the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Self Esteem, Foreign Countries, Test Validity, Construct Validity, Likert Scales,...
Investigations in the field of psychology have traditionally paid attention to studying mental health problems and their prevention (Kaplan, Shema, & Leite, 2008; Kokko, Korkalainen, Lyyra, & Feldt, 2012). However, a lack of psychological problems is not necessarily an indicator of the psychological well-being of individuals. Therefore, this study is an attempt to investigate the extent to which the components of cognitive emotion regulation, social support, and physical activity...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Predictor Variables, Mental Health, Psychological...
This volume offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, empirical and methodological view over the new scenarios and environments for language teaching and learning recently emerged (e.g. blended learning, e-learning, ubiquitous learning, social learning, autonomous learning or lifelong learning), and also over some of the new approaches to language teaching and/or research that can support them (usually by applying ICT), such as Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Mobile-Assisted Language...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology,...
This paper deals with the new pedagogical approaches that the European Space of Higher Education (ESHE) demands in the university system. More specifically, it describes the experience of teaching the use of WebQuest to future educators in the module of foreign languages belonging to the "Máster de enseñanza de profesorado de educación secundaria obligatoria y bachillerato, formación profesional y enseñanza de idiomas". In the module of English, a unit is dedicated to new ways of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Technology Uses in Education, Second Language Learning, Preservice Teacher Education,...
Online testing is becoming a popular way to deliver language tests, partly because of its reduced cost, partly because of the high quality of test data collection. In language tests, interface validation has received a limited attention in professional literature (García, Magal, da Rocha, & Fernández, 2010). This paper will show the validation process of the OPENPAU application, which aims at language testing exam delivery through an attitudinal study. The real importance of this project...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer...
After the Bologna Process, European Higher Education was reformulated as a response to a change of roles in higher education in a globalised society. The implementation of a new system of credits, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), implied an enormous increase of autonomous learning hours. The high percentage of student workload reflected the new active role of students in the learning process and it was bound to the philosophy of learner-centeredness. In addition, the rise of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Technology Uses in Education, Second Language Instruction, Educational Technology,...
Currently, there is an international change in education that includes the development of new learning programmes and policies, such as (a) bilingual education programmes, (b) the Bologna process, with an emphasis on a more autonomous way of learning, or (c) the systematic evaluation and assessment of students and educational results. These changes in the educational situation require changing the way we learn, think and behave. Thus have emerged several new scenarios and environments for...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Information Technology, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning,...
This article studies which and how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are used by nursery and primary education in-service teachers as reported by their pre-service teacher trainees after observations in their practicum in two provinces in Spain, Alcalá de Henares-Guadalajara and Navarre. Results indicate that in-service teachers tend to use traditional technological tools (audio files, video files, multimedia, games, Microsoft Word, interactive whiteboards) more than social...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Computer Uses in Education, Nursery Schools, Preschool Education, Elementary...
Research has shown that collaborative learning is a very powerful methodology as it ensures interaction among students, humanises the learning process and has positive effects on academic achievement. An activity based on this approach can also benefit from the use of technology, making this task more appealing to our students today. The aim of this paper is to present a project which combines both ingredients so as to develop a successful creative learning environment. The project we are...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Educational Environment, Technology Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning,...
This paper presents the initial results of the use of dialogic interaction enhanced by the use of technology in teaching English in different settings and subjects of teacher education. Technology is used in three different ways: as a support (video) for analysis through teacher-instructor interaction, as a means of social interaction and use of language for education between teacher and students (use of the computer for instruction), and as the creation of own designed materials for language...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Information Technology, Learning Theories, Video Technology, English (Second...
This study analyses some published interactive materials for the learning of Spanish as a f?irst language and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) commonly used in primary and secondary education in Spain. The present investigation looks into the relationships between text and image on the interface of Interactive Digital Material (IDM) to develop learners' language skills. Screen design is evaluated with regards to the following formal units of analysis: graphic elements (shape, colour, size,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Spanish,...
This paper explores how the incorporation of a social network such as Facebook can enhance the acquisition of specialised vocabulary in the context of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Such initiative took place in the second edition of the MOOC Professional English, the first ever English for Specific Purposes (ESP) MOOC to be launched in Spain as one of the courses offered by Aprendo, the UNED online platform. The main aim of the experiment was to ascertain how this social network, which...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Vocabulary, Social Media, Online Courses, English for Special Purposes, Second...
Our global society and our current communication needs have put a strain on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching, since common resources such as textbooks may fail to adapt to the needs and interests of our students. The present action research study aims at identifying EFL students' communicative needs and developing their oral skills through the use of authentic materials and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in the classroom. For that purpose, a set of innovative...
Topics: ERIC Archive, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction,...
In this paper we explore the data gathered from a group of nine in-service teachers who were trained online to become future telecollaborative teachers. Participants from different countries worked in two small groups in a wiki designed specially to facilitate discussion and collaboration. Tasks included reading and reviewing articles on telecollaboration, critically analysing examples from authentic exchanges, organising a hypothetical exchange and designing a tool for its assessment. Analyses...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Inservice Teacher Education, Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction, Teacher...
This paper identifies and describes current attitudes towards classroom digitization and digital language learning practices under the umbrella of EduCAT 1x1, the One-Laptop-Per-Child (OLPC or 1x1) initiative in place in Catalonia. We thoroughly analyze practices worked out by six language teachers and twelve Compulsory Secondary Education (CSE) students from two schools participating in a competitive research project analyzing digital literacies. Preliminary results show that at a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Access to Computers, Language Teachers,...
Mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers, etc.) have come to be used as tools for mobile learning. Several studies support the integration of such technological devices with learning, particularly with language learning. In this paper, we wish to present an Android app designed for the teaching and learning of Portuguese as a foreign language. We aim to promote new experiences in the field of mobile learning, based on the concept of Social Learning (Mondahl & Razmerita, 2014). [For...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in...
In 2009, some Spanish regions implemented the Program School 2.0 with the purpose of introducing digital methodologies at schools. The aim of this paper is to analyse which part of the variation in reading scores is due to this program. For this purpose, we use data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA 2009 and 2012) for 15-year old students attending public schools. We estimate a difference-in-difference model and observe that the net effect derived from an increase in...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Reading Achievement, Program Evaluation, International Assessment,...
For university teachers in Distance Education, e-books should be an optimum solution since they do not have the opportunity to flip through the pages of print texts together with their students in the same classroom. College students usually use criteria such as cost, efficiency and personal comfort. Working with e-textbooks can be a tough decision for them. However, we present the advantages of an e-grammar book approach to foreign language teaching, and put forward a learning-efficient way to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Grammar, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Electronic...
This paper presents "Eating out," a Moodle-based digital learning resource for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching that can be run both on computers and mobile devices. It is argued that Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) resources do not necessarily need to be specifically designed for such platforms. Rather, a carefully planned methodology and a well-grounded theoretical basis for the explanation of lexicogrammatical issues are posited as the keys to the creation of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Handheld...
The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in Spain has increased the number of degrees taught through English, although secondary schools do not ensure an appropriate set of linguistic skills for bilingual degrees. A holistic, accountable model for Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-supported learning can give students the adequate scaffolding to perform better in their module-related tasks. Using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) blended with pre- and post-lecture...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Language of Instruction, English, English...