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Understanding teachers' beliefs is important because beliefs influence teacher decisions. In science, teacher beliefs have an impact on how science curriculum is interpreted and implemented in the classroom. With the push for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, it is also critical to examine the beliefs of teachers who integrate science in the classroom. This study of 21 U.S. middle school science and mathematics teachers found that teachers'...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Online Courses, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in...
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...
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 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,...
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,...
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,...
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,...
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...
This report describes common and unique approaches that Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest Region states have adopted in developing and implementing their quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs). A QRIS is a method for assessing, improving, and communicating the quality of early childhood education and care providers. The study examined the ways that Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge grants have shifted the QRIS landscape and how states have been influenced by the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Grants, Quality Assurance, Educational...
This report examines common strategies used by six Montana schools that had high student passing rates in online credit recovery courses offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) in the 2013/14 school year. The study is based on analysis of interviews conducted with school-based facilitators who oversee the implementation of the online MTDA credit recovery program at their schools. The facilitators were asked to describe how their schools had implemented the MTDA program and to reflect on...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Best Practices, Interviews, Facilitators (Individuals), Program Implementation,...
The purpose of this paper is to show how important "monitoring" is as metacognitive skills in solving physics problems in the field mechanics. Based on test scores, twenty one students were divided into two groups: more successful (MS) and less successful (LS) problem solvers. Students were allowed to think-aloud while they worked on their problems. Each of the students was videotaped, and interviewed right after the task. A schema was used to grade the written answers. As a...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Physics, Problem Solving, Metacognition, Thinking Skills, Mechanics (Physics),...
This report assesses the impact of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research's (NCVER) research against two themes: the role of apprenticeships in a modern economy (focusing on work relating to completions) and the nature of the vocations and competencies required by industry. The evaluation spans work published from 2005 to 2015 and examines the impact of 32 publications, complemented by input from a number of stakeholders who were asked to report on their use of NCVER's research...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Apprenticeships, Research Utilization, Educational Policy, Educational Practices,...
Competency-based education (CBE) has garnered significant attention lately from reformers and policymakers. Put simply, CBE awards credit based on what students have learned rather than how much time they spend in class. Competency-based programs identify specific competencies, develop assessments to measure mastery of those competencies, and then award credit or other credentials to those students who meet or exceed benchmarks on those assessments. CBE programs give students flexibility to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Competency Based Education, Educational Research, Postsecondary Education, Prior...
Most U.S. school districts (88 percent) offer credit recovery courses or programs for students. In rural states such as Montana, online credit recovery options are especially popular because they allow schools to serve students in remote areas throughout the year, across a range of subjects, and with few additional resources (Carver & Lewis, 2011; Oliver, Osborne, Patel, & Kleiman, 2009). Such programs offer students greater flexibility and choice, which results in more opportunities to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Online Courses, Credits, Repetition, Required Courses, Enrollment Rate, Academic...
In this study, it was aimed to analyze the problems that the nursery school teachers, who worked in primary schools of Ministry of National Education in Agri city center in 2014-2015 academic years, experience in personnel services and general services according to the views of the teachers. In the direction of this purpose, phenomenology design, one of the qualitative researches, was used in the study. The sample of the study consisted of 24 teachers selected from 12 primary schools who had...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Problems, Qualitative Research, Phenomenology,...
This study seeks to answer the question: "What policies are in place in each of the 50 states related to state intervention with chronically low-performing schools?" To address this question, the study provides a summary of policies in place related to state interventions with chronically low-performing schools that can inform education leaders, particularly those in states where policies are changing, as they make decisions about how to support school improvement in their...
Topics: ERIC Archive, State Policy, Educational Policy, School Effectiveness, Policy Analysis,...
The purpose of this qualitative research assignment was to explore experiences with the early implementation stages of the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) in an elementary classroom setting. Data gathered from four participant interviews, three elementary teachers and one educational assistant, revealed three categories surrounding the central phenomenon of early experiences in the implementation of the NME: (a) conceptualizing the NME, (b) initiating the NME, and (c) experiencing the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Sequential Approach, Brain, Qualitative Research, Program Implementation, Educational...
Improvements in students' learning achievement have lagged behind in low-and middle-income countries despite significant progress in school enrollment numbers. Large-scale early grade reading assessments (e.g., "Annual Status of Education Report" [ASER], 2013; EdData II, n.d.) have shown low reading rates and worryingly high "zero" scores in reading assessments from across the world, including Latin-America. Numerous initiatives are underway globally to try to improve...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Reading Achievement, Latin Americans, Elementary School Students, Reading Research,...
Data from the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, a nationally representative sample survey of students ages 12 through 18, were used to analyze trends in hate-related words. The SCS study is completed every other year. Data from seven consecutive surveys are included in this report: school years 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2012-13. Analysis is restricted to the SCS respondents in each year who were enrolled in grades 6 through...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Trend Analysis, Language Usage, Adolescents, National Surveys, Secondary School...
Data from the School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, a nationally representative sample survey of students ages 12 through 18, were used to examine trends in bullying at school. The SCS study is completed every other year. Data from five consecutive surveys are included in this report: school years 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2012-13. Analysis is restricted to the SCS respondents in each year who were enrolled in grades 6 through 12, and did not...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Crime, Victims, Bullying, National Surveys, Adolescents, Student Surveys, Secondary...
The aim of this study is to reveal pre-service science teachers' cognitive structures regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and science education. The study group of the study consisted of 192 pre-service science teachers. A Free Word Association Test (WAT) consisting of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and science education concepts and semi-structured interview records were utilised to reveal their opinions regarding these concepts and inter-conceptual...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Preservice Teachers, Cognitive Structures, STEM Education, Science Teachers,...
A variety of computerized interactive learning platforms exist. Most include instructional supports in the form of problem sets. Feedback to users ranges from a single word like "Correct!" to offers of hints and partially to fully worked examples. Behind-the-scenes design of such systems varies as well --from static dictionaries of problems to "intelligent" and responsive programming that adapts assignments to users' demonstrated skills, timing, and an array of other...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Community Colleges, College Mathematics, Algebra, Web Based Instruction, Educational...
This case study focused on the addition of a therapy dog in an Art I level class at a public high school level that included students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The purpose of this study is to determine how Animal Assisted Therapy may benefit autism support students in the art classroom. The students participated in lessons that focused on representation of feelings through the use of color and combined realistic and abstract subject matters. Qualitative methods of research were used to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Case Studies, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Animals, Therapy, High...
The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of Choice-Based Art Education on supporting the needs of all learners in an inclusive classroom, while building confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Over a seven-week period, data was collected through photographs, pre- and post- surveys, interviews, pre- and post-creativity challenges, observations, student artifacts, attitudes surveys and through a Creativity Assessment Rubric. These methods were implemented to determine if...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Art Education, Inclusion, Student Needs, Photography, Pretests Posttests, Surveys,...
The purpose of this case study was to explore the effects of art-making on the racial climate of a multicultural classroom of 11th graders. Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Methodology laid the foundation for approaching the topic of racial climate in an academic setting. An emphasis was placed on analyzing the developments of the counternarratives of students engaged in a culturally-responsive curriculum. Over an eight week period, students participated in three art projects focused on...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Art Activities, Classroom Environment, Case Studies, Grade 11, Critical Theory, Race,...
This eight-week action research project examined how art can be a possible intervention to memory loss. Five octogenarians with dementia participated in a qualitative phenomenological case study exploring the connections between memory and making art. Various methods of data collection were employed, including survey, interview, artifacts, journals, note-taking, and video recordings. As the participants shared stories of favorite desserts and treats, they created Pop Art sculptural works of...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Action Research, Intervention, Memory, Dementia, Older Adults, Qualitative Research,...
This research focused on how apprenticeships, at their best, provide extensive social support for young people. It draws on, and contributes to, debates about workforce (and especially vocational) development in contemporary Australia. It also contributes to the growing literature on social support and health, especially the role that work could play in improving the mental health of young people. Specifically, it identifies the forms of social support provided to young carpentry apprentices....
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Woodworking, Mentors, Vocational Education,...
This paper focuses on the approaches used by school heads in helping their growth and their teachers in primary schools in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa. The Department of Basic Education expects school heads and teachers to bring change in their school performances. The problem is that in these primary schools heads and teachers' specialised knowledge is a problem. Interviews were conducted with school heads and some teachers completed a questionnaire. In the studied primary...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Primary...
This paper presents the subject of school-age immigrants that have become part of the public agenda in México. This can be noted in the international undocumented immigration which creates a reorganization of the family bonds between parents and children; specifically, a physical and emotional vulnerability can appear with the absences, the problems and the conflicts that affect the family dynamic. The object of this qualitative study is to explain the emotional vulnerability of the immigrants...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Psychological Patterns, Migration, Qualitative...
Little, if any, examination of using play-based tools to examine children's opinions in research exists in the current literature. Therefore, this paper is meant to address that gap within the literature and showcase the study about the use of a specific play-based methodological tool in qualitative research. This specific tool called social board was developed for the purpose of a research project, which was carried out as part of my doctoral thesis. The main aim of my doctoral thesis was to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Play, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Social Influences, Educational...
The aim of the study is to examine how multiculturalism and peace studies have been viewed in Brazilian and North American literature as gleaned both from Brazilian research studies and articles presented at Peace Education Special Interest Group (SIG) in American Education Research Association (AERA), within the scope of 2010-2014, which concludes that multiculturalism and peace studies may offer groundbreaking venues to promote education provision to every one, civilian and military students...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Cultural Pluralism, Peace, Military Personnel, Educational Change, Higher Education,...
International literacy tests, such as PIRLS show that South African primary school learners compare negatively with their peers in other parts of the world. Added to this, learners in rural schools in the country perform significantly worse than their peers who attend schools in urban areas, with the former learners also having other challenges, such as poverty and poorly resourced schools. In order to support literacy in South Africa, SAPESI and other partners initiated a project where...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Rural Areas, Libraries,...
This is a qualitative case study of the experiences and perceptions of South African and especially international, African students living in university residences in South Africa. The concept, community, is used to interpret interview data. This community was characterised by ambivalent social relations: There was discrimination by South Africans against their fellow Africans and a problematic institutional environment in which the internationals studied. Nevertheless, international students...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, African Americans, Foreign Students, Qualitative Research, Case...
Conducting research can present a range of challenges for students because of the complex skills and knowledge required to have critical engagement with the entire research process. This paper looks at what was involved in shaping the research journey that I am currently undertaking at a Higher Education Institution (HEI). The focus is on research methodologies. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: (1) to describe the study's data-collection methods and the theoretical concepts that motivated...
Topics: ERIC Archive, College Students, Student Research, Research Methodology, Student Experience, Data...
The changing societal context in South Africa (SA) has necessitated curriculum reform to deal with the challenges of education, from apartheid to democracy, with the aim of promoting active citizenship education. The aim of the paper is thus to illuminate to what extent the Grade 11 Life Orientation (LO) curriculum prepares learners for active citizenship in a democratic South Africa. The research on citizenship education adopted a qualitative interpretive approach and a case study as the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Citizenship Education,...
This paper reports the autobiographical narrative of Mr. L., as case-in-point example of the thresholding moment and the process of transitioning into Academia. The role of the lecturer-mentor and the multi-logic space that facilitates the process are clarified. I use hermeneutic phenomenology and interpretivism as methodological tools. This ex post facto qualitative study was done to elucidate the concepts and iterative processes involved in transitioning. I conclude that the novice student...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teacher Persistence, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research, Case Studies,...
As dynamic assessment (DA) continues to come to prominence as a procedure that endeavors to ameliorate learner performance and further development through mediators' assistance with the intent of discerning learning potential, a plethora of research has delved into the applicability of DA in second/foreign language education. This article employed methodical procedures for qualitative meta-synthesis of the target research domain to synthesize available quantitative and qualitative primary...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Alternative Assessment, Qualitative Research, Synthesis, Evaluation Research, Second...
This report summarizes the two-year findings of a rigorous random assignment evaluation of the WorkAdvance model, a sectoral training, and advancement initiative. Launched in 2011, WorkAdvance goes beyond the previous generation of employment programs by introducing demand-driven skills training and a focus on jobs that have career pathways. The model is heavily influenced by the positive findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study (SEIS) completed in 2010. A major component of the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Employment Programs, Job Training, Program Implementation, Costs, Participation,...
Data are a valuable national resource for a variety of stakeholders across all sectors of society. Dramatic advances in information and communication technology have opened up unprecedented opportunities for broad public access, innovative research, and citizen engagement, but this potential can be realized only if data are properly managed and exposed over time. New U.S. government requirements for exposing and managing federally funded research data add urgency to the call for curating data...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Archives, Museums, Libraries, Federal Aid, Federal Regulation, Heritage Education,...
Design of appropriate learning environment has a significant importance in creation of aims of the math teaching. In the design of learning environments, teachers play a significant role. The aim of this study is determination of opinions of the math teachers concerning the learning environment that they design. In accordance with this aim, an opinion form which is comprised of open-ended questions is applied on 30 math teachers who are in charge in Middle Anatolian Region in Turkey. The data...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Environment, Textbooks, Foreign...
Examinations play a central role in the educational system due to the fact that information generated from examinations is used for a variety of purposes. Critical decisions such as selection, placement and determining the instructional effectives of a programme of study all depend on data generated from examinations. Numerous research studies have shown that examinations have an influence on the learning and teaching process and that such influence could be either positive or negative. It is...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Criterion Referenced Tests, Test Results, Exit Examinations,...
The purpose of this study was to investigate what teachers in a Western Canadian province were doing when engaging their students with literature. Forty two teachers from Kindergarten through to Grade 12 were interviewed, which allowed us to get a broad perspective on the types of reader response activities that are being taught in the classroom through the different grade levels. We were interested in discovering whether the teachers treated literature as communication or as...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Reader Response, Literature Appreciation, Teacher Attitudes,...
Response to Intervention (RTI) has been used in the public school system to improve student achievement in areas of weakness and identify students who may need further resources. The local goal is to improve the retention rate and identify those students that may need additional support systems. The overall goal is to decrease the number of children in special education by offering interventions at each of the three tiers. There is little research on RTI in the Pre-Kindergarten environment....
Topics: ERIC Archive, Response to Intervention, Literacy, Literacy Education, At Risk Students,...
In Kenya, girls tend to lag behind boys when it comes to completing a secondary education. The purpose of this study was to establish the role of principals in the promotion of girl-child education. The objective of the study was to establish the use of education policies by principals in promoting girl-child education. The study employed descriptive survey design. The study population consisted of 38 Principals, 38 Director of Studies (DOS), 2 Sub-County Quality Assurance and Standard Officers...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Principals, Day Schools, Secondary Schools,...
The aim of the article is to investigate the effects of the foreign language section of TEOG (Transition Examination from Primary to Secondary Education) on language teacher practices in the classroom. The participants of the study include 30 English language teachers working at lower secondary schools in Turkey. The results of the study indicate that language teacher practices in the classroom are greatly affected by several factors such as the style and content of the language exam. The main...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, High Stakes Tests, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers,...
In January 2012, the West Virginia Governor's Office released an influential report, "Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia's Primary and Secondary Education System," written by Public Works (2012), a management consulting company headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Based largely on this report, the West Virginia Legislature passed education reform legislation, which was signed into law by the Governor in spring 2013. The Catalyst School Research Study examined the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Communities of Practice, Program...
This is the first in a series of reports based on a research study, Developing Effective Professional Learning Communities in Catalyst Schools, conducted between February 2015 and June 2016. "Catalyst schools" were elementary- and secondary-level schools selected to participate in a pilot project intended to explore how best to support implementation of the Learning School approach to teacher professional learning. There were two cohorts of catalyst schools, the first beginning in the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Statewide Planning, Program Implementation, Communities of Practice, Faculty...
School districts and states across the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic Region and the country as a whole have been modifying their teacher evaluation systems to identify more effective and less effective teachers and provide better feedback to improve instructional practice. The new systems typically include components related to student achievement growth and instruments for observing and rating instructional practice. Many school districts and states are considering adopting...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Predictive Validity, Test Bias, Test Content, School Districts, Teacher Evaluation,...
This white paper, "Increasing Graduate Management Education Candidate Diversity: Improving Attraction to Underrepresented Segments," presents findings from a research study that GMAC commissioned from globalsojourn, a market strategy and research firm, to gain insights into the dynamics of the perceptions and interest of U.S. underrepresented populations (URPs) in the pursuit of graduate management education (GME). The study consisted of two phases: a qualitative research sample...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Graduate Study, Administrator Education, Business Administration Education, Student...
(Purpose) This study assessed the integration of community services and research through the livelihood needs assessment of a countryside in the Philippines particularly Sitio Malanas, Lettac Sur, Santol, La Union as basis of the actions in addressing the needs. Specifically, the livelihood situation and needs were determined and proposed actions for the improvement of the livelihood situation of the community. (Methodology) Using the descriptive type of research 35 members of the community...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Community Services, Needs Assessment, Integrated Activities, Group Discussion,...
This study reports initial findings from a small-scale qualitative study aimed at gaining insights into English language teachers' assessment practices in Turkey by examining the formal exam papers. Based on the technique of content analysis, formal exam papers were analyzed in terms of assessment items, language skills tested as well as the feedback provided to the students. The findings indicate that traditional ways of assessment such as multiple-choice and gap filling are the most preferred...
Topics: ERIC Archive, English (Second Language), Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Test Items,...
Teachers play one of the most important roles in reaching learning objectives. The qualifications of teachers in an education system reflect the potential of that system and directly influence the learners' achievement. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to compare Danish and Swedish English teacher training programs with that of Turkey and to reveal the similarities and differences to shed light on English teacher training in Turkey. Danish and Swedish English teacher training programs...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Teacher Education Programs, College...
This is the fourth report from an evaluation of the Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI). This report addresses the implementation of principal evaluation and related support as of 2015, viewing implementation in the context of districts' aims, constraints, and capacity. Principal evaluation is part of the Wallace Principal Pipeline Initiative design, intended both as a means of assessing novice principals' performance against clear standards and as a roadmap for tailoring professional...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Principals, Instructional Leadership, School Districts, Standards, Administrator...
This is the fifth report from an evaluation of the Principal Pipeline Initiative (PPI), in which six large urban school districts have received support for strengthening novice principals' capabilities through specific strategies. Data for the evaluation were collected from late 2011 through spring 2015, using interviews with district administrators, surveys and focus groups of novice principals, and reviews of district documents. Details about study methods appear in the body of this report....
Topics: ERIC Archive, Principals, Instructional Leadership, School Districts, Standards, Administrator...
The work described in this report is the second phase of a project to provide easy-to-use tools for authoring and rendering secondaryschool algebra-levelmath expressions insynthesized speech that is useful for studentswithblindnessor lowvision.This report describes the development and results of the second feedback study performed for our project, Expanding Audio Access toMathematics Expressions by StudentsWith Visual Impairments viaMathML. That study focused on the use of certain prosodic and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Visual Impairments, Blindness, Assistive Technology, Feedback (Response), Mathematics...
Research has shown principal support to be a critical variable for implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices. However, there remains little understanding of the factors that may influence a principal's personal decision to support a practice. The purpose of the current study was to examine events that influenced principals' support for a widely-used approach to behavior in schools, school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). In-depth interviews were conducted...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Principals, Educational Practices, Administrator Attitudes,...
Science teacher educators in the United States are currently preparing future science teachers to effectively implement the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) and, in thirteen states, to successfully pass a content-specific high stakes teacher performance assessment, the edTPA. Science education and teacher performance assessment experts have developed a crosswalk designed to highlight specific tasks within the secondary science edTPA; in these tasks, pre-service science...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Academic Standards, Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Science...
This paper identifies approaches, challenges, and best practices related to planning and designing today's academic library learning spaces. As part of the Project Information Literacy (PIL) Practitioner Series, qualitative data is presented from 49 interviews conducted with a sample of academic librarians, architects, and library consultants. These participants were at the forefront of the same 22 recent library learning space projects on college and university campuses in the US and Canada...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Academic Libraries, Library Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational...
These proceedings contain the papers of the 13th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2016), October 28-30, 2016, which has been organized by the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS), co-organized by the University of Mannheim, Germany, and endorsed by the Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education (JSISE). The CELDA conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Technological...
In recent years, going to a foreign country has become all the more significant for Higher Education (HE) students, as concepts such as internationalisation and intercultural competencies have gained a more prominent role in HE. For students to fully benefit from this experience, it is paramount to prepare them for their stay in a foreign country through reflection and analysis (Byram & Dervin, 2008). This paper focuses on a pre-mobility preparation programme: the I-Tell project...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Student Mobility, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, English (Second...
This paper attempts to provide evidence of cross-cultural videoconferencing affordances with reference to a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) context at the tertiary level. At the core of CLIL lie student-centered paradigms of teaching methodologies that invite task and project work and authentic and meaningful communication, while also providing numerous opportunities for intercultural learning. The aim of this paper is to discuss the results of collaboration that took place in...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Videoconferencing, Affordances, Student Centered Learning, English (Second Language),...
Foreign language telecollaboration offers innovations to enhance language instruction. Previous research has cited its use to develop linguistic skills and intercultural competence (Belz, 2003; Blake, 2013; Chun, 2015; O'Dowd, 2000; Schenker, 2014). This article reports preliminary outcomes of a pedagogical project which leveraged telecollaborative practices in both English and Spanish as a foreign language in order to document the processes of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC)...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Intercultural Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language...
The telecollaborative project under study involves, on the one hand, Masters students who are studying to become teachers and who design the tasks as well as tutor them, and, on the other hand, French language students. The relationship in this type of telecollaboration has been shown to be both asymmetric and symmetric. The hypothesis this paper seeks to examine is that designing tasks and providing corrective feedback by the "native" partners tends to take precedence over less...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Asynchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Interaction Process...
This paper reports on two distinct models of telecollaboration--the Soliya Connect Program, a synchronous Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) project, and the Intercultural Franco-Irish Exchange, an asynchronous CMC project--which seek to provide students with a learning space to promote a more politically engaged and reflective pedagogy (Kramsch, 2014). Using Herring's (2007) faceted classification for computer-mediated discourse, it specifies the models' inherent features and draws...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Intermode Differences, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication,...
This paper reviews major findings from qualitative and quantitative research on language learning in student mobility in order to consider how telecollaboration might contribute to the success of student sojourns abroad. Evidence is available to demonstrate the effectiveness of student mobility in every domain of language development. As may be expected, an in-country stay is shown to be particularly beneficial for the social-interactive and pragmatic dimensions of language least amenable to...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Telecommunications, Second Language Learning, Cooperation, Study Abroad, Individual...
This paper explores the role of coaching in enhancing teachers' key competences for integrating Telecollaboration (TC) in their language course. A total of 23 secondary school teachers participated in this case study as part of the EU-funded project TILA. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered via two surveys, the first one measuring coaching satisfaction and a second one tackling teacher competences. The results show that teachers highly value coaching to integrate complex pedagogical...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Collaboration, Coaching (Performance), Secondary School...
This paper focuses on corrective feedback and examines how trainee-teachers use different semiotic resources to soften feedback sequences during synchronous online interactions. The ISMAEL corpus of webconferencing-supported L2 interactions in French provided data for this qualitative study. Using multimodal transcriptions, the analysis describes multimodal strategies used both in the error and resolution phases of the corrective sequences and in face work during these. These include combining...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Feedback (Response), Videoconferencing, Interaction, Error Correction, Semiotics,...
The majority of studies on telecollaboration for educational purposes focus on language-related aspects. Therefore, a qualitative explorative research project was set up at the RuhrUniversity Bochum, Germany, dealing with telecollaboration from the perspective of a non-language discipline; it is based on the approach of transferring telecollaboration to content subjects, more precisely to geography education in the context of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). In this paper, the...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Cooperative Learning, Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Geography, Geography...
Tangible user interfaces (TUIs) are frequently used to teach children abstract concepts, in science and mathematics. TUIs offer a natural and immediate form of interaction that promotes active and hands-on engagement and allows for exploration and reflection. Tangible objects are representational artifacts in their essence, and they increase the representational power, which is a much needed quality in fraction teaching. By exploiting research into the external representations for learning,...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Fractions, Numbers, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Interfaces, Manipulative...
The study evaluates the flight simulators course which was opened to fulfill the intermediate staff need of the sector. To collect data, Qualitative techniques were applied. Within this scope, the case study method was employed in the study. The study group consisted of students and instructors. In-depth and focus group interviews were conducted with the participants by using semi-structured interview forms. To analyze data and obtain findings, content analysis technique was used. Findings...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Foreign Countries, Course Evaluation, Flight Training, Simulation, College Students,...
In higher education settings more and more learning is facilitated through online learning environments. To support and understand students' learning processes better, learning analytics offers a promising approach. The purpose of this study was to investigate students' expectations toward features of learning analytics systems. In a first qualitative exploratory study a total of 20 university students participated. They were interviewed about their expectations of learning analytics features....
Topics: ERIC Archive, College Students, Expectation, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Statistical...
This article proposes a pedagogical architecture (PA) focused on the development of competencies for music technology in education. This PA used free Web 3.0 technologies, mainly those related to production and musical composition. The pedagogical architecture is geared for teachers and those pursing a teaching degree, working in distance education. The methodology used was a case study with a qualitative approach. XX teachers participated in the study. This article presents as a result a PA...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Music, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Virtual Classrooms, Technology Uses in...
Technology integration on college campuses has become both a reality and necessity to meet the demands for function and flow in an ever advancing world of learning. This study qualitatively reviewed how a multi-disciplinary sample of collegiate instructors viewed technology and how they incorporated it into their pedagogy. Results indicated a range of technology use largely dependent upon personal faculty self-efficacy with technological tools, and additionally their philosophical and...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Technology Integration, College Instruction, College Faculty, Qualitative Research,...
In this paper we will show our research approach and discuss potential outcomes. The research project started in January 2016. To understand eHealth literacy development in higher education in Hong Kong, the researchers will conduct a multiple case study including 20 students from an undergraduate course. Each of them will use a wearable device over a period of five months, reflect on emerging personal data, document their thinking and action in an ePortfolio-based journal, and engage in an...
Topics: ERIC Archive, Case Studies, Literacy, Health Services, Information Technology, Higher Education,...