Month: July 2014

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The Fiction of Fernanda Dias and Senna Fernandes Revisiting the Colonial Macau Through the Lens of Ethnicity, Gender and Patriarchy

Senna Fernandes and Fernanda Dias are outstanding fictional voices from Macao, the last colonial settlement of the Portuguese empire. Being a Macanese, term locally reserved for Eurasian people of Chinese, Portuguese and other descent born in Macau, Fernandes chronicles his own community, picturing the processes of the construction of identity and otherness along multiple lines

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Namibia’s Emergent Transculturalism: Dissolving Boundaries and Contestation in the African Global Borderlands

Gloria Anzalduá’s (1999) idea of ‘borderlands’ is stated representationally as “the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country—a border culture.” This depiction extends conceptualisations expounded in ‘third space’ postcolonial studies, and has interesting implications for countries like Namibia on the western edge of the southern African continent, which are beginning to share

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Autonomy and the Demands of Love

J. David Velleman has argued that what it makes sense to care about out of love for someone is the unimpeded realization of her autonomy. Although Velleman refers to both Kantian and perfectionist notions of autonomy, a close look at his argument shows that the form of autonomy that he employs actually amounts instead to

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Mindfulness Training in Nigerian Schools: A Belated Hitherto Welcome Development

There is a growing interest in the use of contemplative science particularly mindfulness based practices in schools around the world (Albrecht, Albrecht & Coben, 2012). Preliminary research have demonstrated how mindfulness can be used to increase the ability to concentrate and sustain attention, reduce stress and anxiety among school aged youths, increase awareness of and

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Diaspora and the Politics of Difference and Sameness

Diaspora has established itself as one of the major topics in the literary and cultural studies of the twenty-first century. What is conspicuous about contemporary studies on this topic is that diaspora is regarded either as a liberatory space unmoored from the repressive national identity-formation or as a state pregnant with challenges against the authority

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Folklore As a Reflection of a Society: Black Pete and Cheoyong

Folklore is not genuinely false, in that it is originated from facts in the history, and history cannot be completely invariant in that it is often tailored to serve a certain group or nation. In such a sense folklore and history are closely related each other, which serve to engender the national identity. It is

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Evaluation of Consumers Awareness on Importance of Reading Food Labling in the Kumasi Metropolis (Ghana)

Many diseases are diet related and can be managed or prevented by eating the right food. To change eating patterns, sufficient information is needed at the point of purchase to serve as the most immediate and direct source of information which should guide the consumer. But how many people read food labels and check nutritional

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Pushing Ethnoscape Identity Through Taiwanese Movie Box Office after the Popularity of Cape No. 7

New Media offer Taiwanese as an alternative media to explore their ethnic group identity when other mainstream media fail to present their image and imagined community as the way they want to be presented. After the popularity of Cape No. 7, Taiwanese Movie Box Office shows that almost only movies with good quality which can

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Moving Toward a Better Business Model for the Millenial Generation

Moving Toward a Better Business Model for the Millenial Generation Abstract By Dr. Koushik Ghosh, Professor, Economics, Central Washington University, and Dr. Dipankar Purkayastha, a Professor, Economics, California State University, Fullerton Recent literature, which focuses on the millennial generation, finds that their attitudes towards the banking industry make it number one on a list of

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Subjects, Nationalism, And Citizenship in Spivak, Butler, And Balibar’s Dialogue

The present political situation shows the fresh wave of nationalisms, of speeches and practices headed for reaffirm closing off identities (cf. Weitekamp, E.G.M.; Kerner, H.-J. 2012). Barriers ready to be radically rethought until some years ago, nowadays they are again sought and contended instruments. This situation produced some relevant theoretical reactions. Some searchers returned to

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Divided Presentations in History Textbooks in Three Ex Yugoslav States Discussing Implications for Identity Development

Main aim of this study is to determine the differences in the presentation of significant historical events during Yugoslavia war in history textbooks used in high schools in three ex Yugoslav states: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Historical events that were analyzed are disintegration of Yugoslavia and the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. Three different

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Scaling Protected Western Fence the Fate of Nigeria Immigrants to Europe

The world is gradually shrinking that at the press of a button events happening in far-flung part of the earth could be followed live via cable network. Globalization or capitalist penetration of every economy is the new phenomenon. Industrialized nations of the West are growing richer and having access to natural resources of the third

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The War 2003 Aftermath Post Traumatic Growth Among Iraqi Students

Background: Iraqi society has suffered from several wars and violence over three decades, the worst is after 2003. Post traumatic growth has not been received attention. There is a clear gap in understanding the nature of PTG in Iraq. Aims of study: a) examine the factor structure of the PTGI in a sample of Iraqi

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Cognitive Functioning of Patients with Chd After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting with Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Recent researches have shown significant and persistent cognitive impairment in cardiac patients undergoing myocardial revascularization. At the same time, mild cognitive dysfunction, more amenable to prevention and correction, is less studied. For this reason, we aimed at analyizing the postoperative dynamics of cognitive functions, dependent on biomedical and psychosocial factors, of patients with CHD undergoing

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Parental Socialization for Emotional and Social Development of Children in Urban Slums

This study aims at understanding the parental socialization practices, behaviors and beliefs for their child’s emotional and social development, as a result of being situated in the urban slums of Mumbai. As an ethnographic study, the objectives of understanding the context and its influence on the parental socialization behavior have been carried out using ‘spot

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Boundary Line of the Life: Belonging or Not Belonging to the Culture

It is one of important matters for people in Japan whether they belong to their culture or not. There are some expressible and inexpressible cultural standards, which people need to have or achieve until some certain ages. Although such age categories (e.g. to be a full-time employee, to get married, or to have children) have

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The Hunger Games: Designing the Girl As a Spectacle

Since Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games was published, much attention has been given to the bravery of the young heroine. Overlooked, however, is the subjection of Katniss Everdeen to the image-obsessed Capitol. In the televised world of Hunger Games, Katniss is commodified by the Capitol to be stripped of her young innocence and changed into

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A Socio-Cultural Explanation for the Difference Between Development Trends of Iran and Japan

A socio-cultural explanation for the difference between development trends of Iran and Japan In this research, Iranian and Japanese societies were compared by using comparative method in order to study the issue of underdevelopment of Iran. Historical studies have shown that Iran had a higher ranking than Japan in internal development in terms of economy

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The Social Protest Ethical Challenges of the Political Leadership

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a series of transnational social movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering speed in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., and South America, Ukraine. The protest, as � form of mass opportunism against political practices and behavior, questions the status-quo and evokes the need for revision

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The Globalization War Can Ethics Bring Peace?

In a recent talk on Capitalism, Bruno Latour argues that economic globalization is at war with the Globe and that the Globe is losing. Humans can expect to suffer great loses as our life support systems erode and crumble from the relentless attacks of economic aggression. How paradoxical, that it is easier to see the

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Roald Dahl’s Problematic Gender Characterization of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda

Despite the popularity of Roald Dahl’s last major work, Matilda (1989), there seems to be comparatively few scholarly criticisms about the main antagonist figure of Miss Trunchball.Matilda is a story about the struggle against tyranny, specifically Miss Trunchball. Trunchball is “monstrous” but is also a woman of significant positive assets such as her excellence in

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Parenting Style Preferences in Malaysia

This is a cross sectional study that investigated perceived parenting styles and its effect on social skills development among 500 young adults in Malaysia. Parenting styles was investigated from two dimensions (responsiveness and demandingness) and was measured with the parenting style Index by Steinberg and Darling (1992), while social skills was measured with the life

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Political Moralism As an Illness in the Church?

In his homily on October 17, 2013, Pope Francis set a new tone for opposition to what is generally referred to in US politics as “the Religious Right”: “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. […] [W]hen a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith:

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The Impact of Learning Skills Instruction on Emotional Intelligence and Self-Esteem of Female High School Students

Objective: The purpose of this research was to investigate the impact of social emotional learning skills program on the emotional intelligence and self-esteem of female high school students. Method: 64 students of Behshar Schools were randomly chosen from female first year high school students of Behshar city, and were placed in experimental and control groups.

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The Development of Resilience Quotient (Rq) Promotional Model to Apply for the Flooded Community by Using the Community Participation Activity, Case Study District, Lampang Province

This research had the objectives to analyze the resilience quotient (RQ) promotional method, develop the RQ promotion format for flooded communities to be used to promote the RQ of flooded communities and to assess the RQ promotional operations for flooded communities in Mueang Lampang district, Lampang province. The research sample group consisted of three RQ

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Motivation Among Engineering Students: A Qualitative Analysis

In recent years, it has emerged that the UK Engineering sector continuously experienced a low turnout of engineering graduates. Elucidations on this issue vary; yet most have been ambiguous. This is particularly noticeable among students belonging to minority groups. A matter that has the potential to shed light on this issue would be to understand

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Promoting Interculturalism Through Non Formal Education. An Evaluation Procedure.

Interculturalism is an area that was officially recognised as a teaching subject in formal education in several countries all over the world just over the last decade. This research paper focuses on the results of evaluating a non-formal education process. The general objective was to promote intercultural and intergenerational dialogue through cooking within a group

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Causes and Consequences of Acid Attacks on Women: A Case Study of District Lahore, Pakistan

The current qualitative study explores the psychological, economic, social and cultural aspects of acid attacks on women in District Lahore. The study aims to investigate the causes of acid attacks as well as their consequences which have become serious threat of our society. Purposive sampling is used to approach 10 respondents (married and unmarried females).

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Narratives of Mothers Who Mother in a Foreign Environment

In the last three decades there has been a growing number of mothers’ own narratives of mothering in contemporary women’s writing throughout Europe and North America. Narratives of mothers who mother in a culturally and linguistically foreign environment are part of this trend, they are also relatively recent and can be seen as both a

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Modern Communication: Judgement of the Past

The ideology of modern communication that is represented in the current digital era includes highly active participation with online social communication platform and computerised methods. Looking at the perspective from the early 1990’s, the idea of communication perhaps is a subject to differ in comparison with the current practice. However, do these differences occur without

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The Interpretation of Literary Images of Feminized Nature From the Perspective of Ecofeminism

In this paper, I will compare the gendered landscape or the image of feminized nature in Wordsworth�fs poem �gNutting�h to Whitman�fs �gPioneers! O Pioneers�h and Cather�fs �gO Pioneers! �hfrom the perspective of ecofeminism. Ecofeminism is one of the most important concepts in ecocriticism, which shares the same characteristics as ecocriticism and concerned more with the

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George Lathrop’s Short Story “Left Out” and Its Unknown Translations

The journalism boom in the nineteenth century facilitated not only development of a new literary genre, the short story, but also its exchange among various cultures. Magazine editors in different countries were searching for new interesting short stories to translate and publish. In most cases, these translations were carried out in a very short time.

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The Nfluence of International Art Market on the Art Management Education

Art is a phenomenon that transforms itself along with the society while also reflecting it. With the development of technology, communication facilities and transportation, a new world order has come into being and this has resulted in contemporary art being influenced by other forms of art. New forms of art have come into stage along

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The Film is the Story: Story-Extension in Digital Distribution of Independent Films

Independent films have always found themselves at the margins, most even completely outside of popular film culture. Traditionally, only a small number of filmmaking centers, most notably Hollywood, controlled film production, distribution and exhibition. Digital media and the Internet are often celebrated as enabling what some have termed ‘truly’ independent filmmaking, with individual filmmakers not

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Reflection of Fate in Epic – Mythological Heroes: Beowulf and Rustam

This paper examines the effect of fate on epic-mythological heroes in the west and east societies. This research also investigates to determine the archetypal form and function of two epic works from two different literatures and societies that the texts meaning are shaped by cultural and psychological myths. The mythological basic forms of epic heroes

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Role of Religion in Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve and Farah’s Sweet and Sour Milk

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the role religion plays in the lives of the characters in the Indian Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve and the Somali Nuruddin Farah’s Sweet and Sour Milk. The paper will trace the influence of Hinduism and Islam in the lives of people in post-colonial

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Indian Woman’s Search for Identity Vis-A-Vis Mainstream Bollywood Cinema

Bollywood cinema, while entertaining India�s millions, plays an important role in reinforcing cultural stereotypes. The Indian Woman�s �drama of self-formation� (John Storey) is best understood through a deconstruction of the representation of the hero, both male and female, in Bollywood cinema. This research proposes to problematize the continuing abstract identities of Indian women who are

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“Dancing Boys to Dancing Men Danicng Their Differences” Using Critical Events, Critical Reflection and (Auto)Biography to Inform Us of the Lives of a Community of Male Dancer/Choreographers.

Boys and men do not dance – it is not perceived as a masculine characteristic or trait in a culture that is deemed masculine. For the boys who grow to men and choose a career as dancers, life can be difficult, problematic and at times traumatic. This is further heightened by their having to negotiate

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People Power PR: Recasting Activists as Practitioners in Turkey’s Gezi Park Resistance

This paper examines the use of public relations tactics (traditionally associated with corporations) by activists and protesters during the 2013 Gezi Park uprising in Turkey. The author traveled to Istanbul in August 2013 and conducted interviews with mainstream and alternative journalists covering the unrest, as well as protesters and academics involved in the Gezi Park

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Ambivalence of Monstrosity and Sense of Reality Discourse of Humanity and Pacifism in the North Korean Film Bulgasari

As in the Western world, Korea has a variety of mythical monsters. Among them is Bulgasari, a iron-eating monster and bizarre hybrid of animals, which will be the main topic of this paper. The monster��s name ��Bulgasari�� has a paradoxical meaning in Korean which is ��cannot be killed but can be killed by fire,�� which

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Respecting Human Rights with Individuality and Flexibility for Creating Better Society

Considering individuality, having disagreements each other is normal. The majority in the world treat conflict as one of common consequences by disagreements. These people seek better solutions through their conflicts. By contrast, Bruce Bonta�s essay introduces peaceful societies, where people try to avoid conflicts and solve through peaceful manners. Such people believe conflict as negative

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Citizen Journalism and News Credibility: BBC and Al Jazeera Networks. A Comparative Study

In a world facing rapid technological advancements and a continuous occurrence of events, citizen journalism has become widely used in the news business. Many news agencies are actually implementing citizen journalists and depend upon their reports on breaking news as they are faster and less expensive. There is a plenty of confusion regarding this concept.

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A Contrapuntal, Ecocritical Reading of Abysmal Return in Contemporary Middle Eastern and Native American Fiction.

The research offers a contrapuntal, eco-critical and comparative reading of contemporary Middle Eastern and Native American Fiction. Nature is emblematic of socio-political, psychological, archetypal and historical issues in David Grossman’s novella “Yani on the Mountain”, Murid Bargouti’s I Saw Ramallah, and Louis Erdrich’s Love Medicine. The reading is also informed by Edward Said’s contrapuntal approach

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Racial Tensions and Identity Conflicts in Hanif Kureishi’s Major Works

In the twentieth century British society, one-sided racist social policy that excluded diasporic people from social life started to change and British society transformed into a racially mixed one by dealing with immigrants from different parts of the world. In this multicultural society language was a means of power and shaped the identity. The Buddha

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Gynos-Synthesis En Route From Conflict to Harmony a Psycho-Spiritual Re-Reading of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf

That ‘Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains’ is true of men and women today, greatly owing to the unresolved conflicts, intra-, inter-, and trans-personal in nature. A logical derivation from this truth is that a resolution of the conflicts would regain freedom for Man, and, that the process of conflict-resolution could

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Contemporary Japanese Defence Strategy: Towards Conflict or Resolution?

Japanese defence policy under the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is accelerating its post-Cold War shift in direction. From a Cold War strategy of anti-Soviet ‘Northern’ defence, Japanese strategy is increasingly towards a ‘southwest’ approach, to potentially deter China, particularly following the increase in tensions over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

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Showing Conflict on the Screen: Film Festivals and Cinematic Events Bridging the Gap between the Individual and the Community. Cinema and Social Function in Conflict Resolution.

Out of the many roles that a film festival and other forms of cinematic events can play within the community, that of mediating site for debate and reflection on conflict resolution is perhaps one of the most remarkable ones. Film as a medium of reflection on human nature is at its best when accompanied by

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The Influence of National Classical Literature on Moulding National Identity

An intense interest in national identity is a paradoxical but an utterly human reaction to globalization. The paper considers the role of national literature in shaping and preserving national identity with Russian classical literature as a source material. The word classical is pivotal here because it implies that a work of literature has been read

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Literature As Content vs Literature As Container: The Case of Sherlock Holmes

The presenter teaches literature in English in a city where English is not the first language. In the processes of course design, material search, assignment setting, assessment strategy and the actual classroom interaction with students, the presenter has been made aware of the constant decisions and adjustments necessary as students respond to the materials and

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Using Local Content Teaching Visual Narrative in the Gulf

Visual communication is a global activity and often demands using visual language that will be understood across cultures. Lack of place specificity is often considered desirable in design. But the trend toward visual globalization can have the disadvantage of taking students in many regions away from the visual language they are familiar with, leaving them,

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Solving Problems and Pleasing Patrons: The Case Study of the Egyptian Artists Who Decorated the Xviiith Dynasty Private Theban Tombs

This study is focused on the artists involved in the decoration of the private Theban tombs of the nobles of the Egyptian XVIIIth Dynasty, who were part of the court and usually had a close relationship with the king. These private tombs, full of vivacious and original decorations, have been a focus of attention for

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A New Method of Resistance to the Political Power: Social Media

Does social media have a voice of authority over the political power? Nowadays, one of the most controversial issues in modern societies is social media. Social media sites used for sharing content such as music and videos, for finding friends, for following current events, have transformed into a tool for struggling with the political power.

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Minorities’ Stereotypes in Pakistani Films

The media provide distorted representation of women and minorities and exposure to these distorted images can have a negative effect on users’ perception (Yi Mou &Wei Peng, 2009). Albert Bandura “Bobo” doll study and further social learning theory explained that human behaviors are modeling behaviors and mainly result of observing and replicating. George Gerbner’s cultivation

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The Reproduction of the Image of Traditional Turkish Womens Role in Commercial Television ( A Study on the Expectations of the National Television Channels Imposed Upon Female Workers)

The national television channels strengthen the current perception about Turkish women. Gender discrimination can be observed when the presenters of a variety of television programs are examined on the basis of gender. When programs are examined in detail, it is notable that women are generally hired to present programs based on magazine press such as

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Semantic Gaps Are Dangerous

Semantic gaps are dangerous Language adapts to the environment where it serves as a tool to communication. Language is a social agreement, and we all have to stick to both grammaticalized and non-grammaticalized rules in order to pass information about the world around us. As such language develops and adapts constantely. Recently both media and

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Interdisciplinary Art Approach Collaboration, Equal Partnership and Common Language

Visual artists no longer dwell in the ivory towers, which isolate themselves from the existing world, thus creating artworks based on their personal interests and beliefs. Such mode of creative engagement has been overridden by an interdisciplinary approach that encourages visual artists to leave their comfort zones to collaborate with people from non arts disciplines

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A Proposal for Teaching the Literary Essay through a Rhetorical Analysis

The literary essay is a heterogeneous genre that may contain expository, narrative, descriptive and argumentative types of text. Due to its indefinite nature, it is difficult to find critical studies that develop an accurate understanding of the essay that may lead to an objective teaching of this genre. However, as an exemplar of the argumentative

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Supervision Matters Teenagers’ Perception of Parents’ Involvement in Their Internet Use

With the growing popularity of digital devices, such as smart phones, iPads, laptops and computers, Internet can now be accessed with almost any content, from anywhere, at anytime. For teenagers, Internet has become an integral part of their daily life for information, education, entertainment and socialization. As teenagers are in a complicated period of development,

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Media Construction of Apocalypse Halleys Comet and the End of Mayan Calendar through the Lens of Discourse Analysis

The research paper deals with media representation of apocalyptic predictions. It aims to describe how the apocalypse is represented / constructed in media discourse and what functions can the apocalyptic predictions perform. The theoretical background is highly interdisciplinary: the research was formed and inspired by concepts of Carl Gustav Jung´s analytical psychology and by the

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Development of a Survey Based Tool to Measure Digital Literacy in Arabic Speaking Internet Users.

Many countries have embarked on ambitious programs to make the resources of modern information technology available to their citizenry to eliminate the digital divide both within their countries and to catch up with others. However, for this strategy to succeed, it is not sufficient simply to make Internet connectivity available. US research demonstrates that Internet

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Problems Regarding the Invasion of Privacy on the Internet in Japan.

The simple law that people imitate the desires of others, which Sigmund Freud asserted was at the base of all consumption, helps us to understand how media is successfully supported by advertising revenue. Therefore, successful advertisements must imply popularity. We inhabit a world centered on fashion and social order, which originally included deviation or ambiguity,

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Parental Concerns Towards the Use of Social Networking Sites Among Adolescents and the Impact on the Family

The study aims to focus on the perception of parents towards the use of social networking sites (SNS) and its impact on the family. The research employed a descriptive survey design and the data of 150 parent and 100 adolescents from tertiary institutions in Lagos state. The instrument used was a questionnaire. Two sets of

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Native English Speaker Teachers Versus Non-Native English Speaker Teachers in King Khalid University: Myths and Realities

Native English Speaker Teachers versus Non-Native English Speaker Teachers in King Khalid University: Myths and Realities A small number of studies have addressed the debate comparing native English speaker teachers (NESTs) and non-native English speaker teachers (NNESTs). However, most of the studies focused on teacher rather than student opinions. The present study examine ESL Saudi

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Tweeting the Disasters: A Sample from Geography Course

It has been a necessity to select and use popular information technologies depending on the content of the course in order to meet the learning needs. In this study, the following of up-to-date information about disasters was ensured in “Geography of Disasters” course during a semester by using Twitter, some information, precautions and news about

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Social Media in the Classroom: Facebook vs. Wiki

Undoubtedly, social media have been revolutionizing students’ ways of communication and interaction with others. The increasing popularity and influence of social media provide opportunities for instructors to leverage the power of new technologies, applications and platforms to improve teaching and student performance. In particular, students are increasingly relying on social media to facilitate their communication

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The Effects of Wiki-Based Recursive Process Writing on Chinese Narrative Essay for Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) Students in Singapore

This paper reports on the effects of using wiki-based process writing in Singapore’s Chinese as a second language (CSL) scenarios. A group of 32 Secondary 1 (Seventh Grade) students (“Students”) had been receiving various forms of online scaffolding at different steps of writing process over two years. A whole set of teaching materials on 45

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Meaning for Meaning: Applying the Theories of Dynamic Equivalence and Contextual Correspondence in Language Translation

The effectiveness of “dynamic equivalence” and “contextual correspondence” as theories/approaches in language translation was tested in two translation contexts: (1) applying and testing the theories in translating scientific articles on food biotechnology, and (2) using the theories to analyze the cultural meanings of “storm surge” in the context of the super typhoon “Haiyan” (“Yolanda”). For

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Contrastive Analysis of French and Yoruba Language

Language as an instrument of communication tends to produce divers effects through linguistic structure. All communication is grammatically governed by certain rules that have to be internalized in the listeners and speakers subconscious. It is evident however, that the grammatical analyses of words are of importance in the study of language. This paper tends to

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Language, Culture and International Communication

We start by reviewing the relevant literature on World Englishes which proposed any form of English for international communication, considering it as the contact language with the broader level of meaning of all speakers irrespective of their English language acquisition history. Based on that input we first bring evidence of the cultural aspect of language

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Case Study: The Use of Wikis As a Teaching-Learning Tool in Science Subjects

In recent years the university studies have change, at all Spanish Universities, together with some other universities from 45 European countries. The Bologna Accord made us change our qualifications and the educational system at the same time. We moved away from a teaching-as-instruction system towards a student-centred system. That has led us to modify the

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Toward Authentic Language Assessment: A Case in Indonesian EFL Classrooms

Meaningful assessment in Indonesian newly-instituted curriculum (the 2013 curriculum) of EFL now shares a more central position as the curriculum requires that the classroom instruction and learning has to be conducted in thematic integrative approach where authentic assessment is a core; while assessment practice has long been widely traditional where quantitatively-oriented tests are dominant, mostly

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Grammaticality Judgement Test: Does it Reliably Measure English Language Proficiency?

Language assessment is an important activity in any language classroom. Out of the various tests or measurements of grammatical competence, one method known as grammaticality judgement is by far the most controversial albeit its advantages in gauging linguistic competence. Research studies on grammatical judgement tests (GJTs) are still getting contradictory research results since its introduction

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English Language Vocabulary Usage of Indigenes of Ede a Predominantly Yoruba Speech Community

The presence of an institution of higher learning in an indigenous town has impact on the social, political and economic lives of the people of such a community. More importantly, the language use of the people is very much impacted upon since one of the linguistic outcomes of the sustained contact of a target language

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Bridging the Gap in the West African Native Language Learning What Need to Be Done

This paper examines learning and usage of indigenous languages in speech communities to preserve the languages from endangerment. Threats to West African indigenous multi-lingual nature necessitates the learning and more usage of the languages among native speakers. This is because every language encapsulate its realities and models of how the world works differently. Regrettably, there

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Addressing Cultural Diversity in the International Classroom: A Challenge or an Opportunity?

Composition of classrooms in higher education is evolving as universities become more accessible to students from different social and cultural backgrounds. This change has led to an increase in campus diversity among faculty members as well as students. The diversity among students challenges instructors to examine their previously uniform, teaching practices. To address this issue,

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Mainland Chinese Students in Canadian Undergraduate Programs:An Exploratory Study on Students Experiences, Identities and Career Aspirations

This paper examines the experiences, identities and career aspirations of mainland Chinese undergraduate students in a small number of universities in Ontario, Canada. Through surveys and focus group interviews, the study illuminated students�� understandings of their international experience and aspirations. Beyond these more concrete dimensions, the study also analyzed the impact of their international experience

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Learning with the Tide : Enhancing ESL Education with CALL

This literature review will examine current trends in the use of online resources to enhance the English reading skills of elementary-aged ESL students in the United States. The ultimate goal of this review is to make a case for the introduction of ESL technology into elementary schools in Saudi Arabia, where its not currently utilized

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Asking Effective Referential Questions in an EFL Classroom

Through language interaction in the context of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, the teacher and students co-construct the activity of teacher questioning and student responding as a source for negotiation, construction, and assessment of language knowledge. Referential questions have been referred to as one of the effective language tools to help develop complexity

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How Far Does the Influence of Cultural Differences Go on the Implementation and Outcome of a Pedagogical Approach? Implications from Two ESL Classrooms

While contextual influences on teaching and learning are now widely recognized, it is interesting to see how far such influences may go. To investigate how far cultural differences may affect the implementation and impact of a pedagogical approach, a study was conducted in the naturalistic settings of two ESL writing classrooms at the same grade

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Redesigning Tertiary Level Efl Courses through Connecting, Learning and Growing

Despite attempts over the last decade to standardize EFL teaching practices in Israeli Higher Education (HE), no overarching guidelines relating to course design have been imposed, leading to ambiguity and lack of mutual recognition between institutions. For over thirty years, the generally accepted approach to English language studies has been to focus on reading skills,

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Development of Computer-Based Experiment in Physics for Free Falling Objects

The purpose of this research was to create and to develop the computer-based experimental set for physics labs. With the developed experimental set, learners will have an easier way to study the motion of free falling object without air resistance and easier way to measure the acceleration due to gravity which makes learners get their

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Belonging Blurring the Boundaries

This paper explores Whitchurch’s (2008) notion of the ‘third space’ in the context of articulating students from Further Education to Higher Education. This research appropriates the term ‘third space’ and applies it to the emergent territory occupied by college students ‘crossing the boundary’ to university. The concept of the ‘third space’ allows us to explore

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TESOL Teachers’ Reflections on their Language Learning Experience: A Case Study of Six Primary English Language Teachers in Vietnam

Given that language learning experience in the past has great impact on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers’ beliefs and practice today, this research study explores Vietnamese TESOL teachers’ learning experience of English or other foreign languages during their school time and its impact on their construction of teacher identity. Data were

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Linguistics and L1 Transfer in the Service of Pre-Service L2 Student Teachers

In my talk, I will establish the unique contribution of integrating two major perspectives into Foreign Language (FL) teacher education, particularly to Student Teachers (ST’s) who are training to teach a FL that is NOT their native language. The first is based on insights from modern linguistics; the second adopts the concept of first language

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To Educate Itself to Educate: The Non-Profit Sector Recognizes and Rethinks Itself in the Light of Third Millennium Challenges

Throughout the past decades, the non-profit sector has known a significant growth. Globalization, technological progress, economic crisis are factors that oblige individual practitioners and their organizations to face new professional challenges. To grow and expand, NGOs should be able to learn how to think in a strategic way; how to turn intuitions into out-and-out activities;

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Developing a Reflective Teaching Practice Based on Student Voice: Some Changes Experienced from the Point of View of Teachers

Overcoming certain perspectives of teaching that have interpreted teachers as technician, now we consider the teacher as an agent that makes decisions and judgements , does research on his practice, etc., where reflection is an integral part of his daily work (Marcelo, 1987) . Thus, situations that influence educational practice are complex and genuine and

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Technohumananistic-Based Character Education (A Perspective for Indonesian Educational Policies to Face the Global Challenges)

Technohumanistic-based character education is an approach in teaching character developed by Dantes (2012) which involves three dimensions namely mastery of science and technology, mastery of moral values (moral knowing, moral feeling, and moral action), and wisdom. To know whether the approach is effective for character building, a post test-only control group design of quasi-experiment has

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Heraclitean Thinking For a Philosophy of Education in the 21st Century: Towards an Ontology of a New Mode of Change

Heraclitus does not pin down Βeing, does not separate Being from Becoming. Being simultaneously changes and is identified with itself. The inherent multiplicity and variability of Being, namely the multiple facets of the self, this Being and Becoming is the idiosyncratic nature of world and man, time and energy that lasts, change and decay. Therefore,

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Emerging Into a Different Way of Becoming and Belonging. A School’s Journey in ‘Living and Sustaining’ Transformative Pedagogy. A Case Study of a New Zealand Primary School

Every school has an organisational storyline that relates to people, objects, relationships and experiences. At a deeper level, a school’s storyline might be retold in terms of the aspirational intentions and achievements towards such aspirations. Deeper still, a school’s storyline can be told ideologically in terms of the shared understandings, shifting discourses, and the construction

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The Role of Higher Education in Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development in Nigeria

Higher Education has a high public value in terms of its contribution to economic transformation and sustainable development through articulated learning and teaching programmes. The paper examined the economic insecurity challenges, its implications for economic stability and the role of Higher Education in ensuring sustainable development in Nigeria. The study adopted a descriptive survey design

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Peace Education for Iraq’s Population

Iraqi education has for long been suffering from an out-dated curriculum, poorly qualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms, lack of exposure to developments, but above all an environment that is not conducive to prepare children to be peace loving global citizen. Bearing in mind the diversity of ethnicities, religions, minorities and languages that live in Iraq, what

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Learning and Teaching Transformative Processes

Scientific studies never replace or supplant subjective theories, but, in the best case, enter a productive symbiosis; they can contribute to reflecting on and understanding one’s own assumptions and thereby making them available to change. Therefore, it is pedagogically sensible to address this tension between scientific and subjective theory, and thereby making pedagogical reflection accessible.

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Student Voice’s Experiences for the Teacher Development an Analysis of Best Practice Guidelines.

Based on the idea of inclusive education, a lot of initiatives are being carried out in order to improve the presence, participation or success of students at school, paying especial attention on those who due to gender, age, ability or ethnicity have been traditionally marginalized, silenced and have been suffered a process of “disempowerment” (Fielding,

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Learning Skills in Journalistic Skepticism while Recognizing Whistleblowers

This paper explains a didactic program of blending provocative teaching method with experiential learning – within the third year of the Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies – University of Wollongong, Australia. There are pedagogical imperatives for developing the professional ‘self’ in respect to citizenship, journalistic values and practice. The challenge

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Education After the Arab Spring: Alternative Philosophy to Develop Awareness Towards the Other

Young children of Arab countries after the Arab Spring are experiencing great political pressure, conflicting ideologies, and are becoming a laboratory for violence and warfare, lacking positive relationships and community participation. These children instead of growing in maturity and spiritual insightfulness are overwhelmed with various hedonistic pursuits. What is needed is a foundational system of

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Examining and Determining the Effect of the Research Methods Used by Teachers on their Educational Performance

This research is done to examine and determine the impact of the research methods used by teachers in their educational performance. The Statistical Society is all of the researcher teachers in the Tehran city Educational organization whose researches have been chosen by the Organization and relative departments. The tool used in this study is researcher

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Case Study: University of Experience and New Technologies Subject

The University Program of the Experience (UPE) at the University of Salamanca (Spain) includes three courses that consists of three obligatory subjects of 10 hours each one, three optional subjects of 10 hours each one and a minimum of 15 hours for complementary activities (conferences, monographic courses, cultural trips, etc.). The University for mature students

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Collaborative Becoming Engaging in ‘Guided Reflexivity’ to Develop Teaching Practices in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Sector

Based on the journeys of transformation towards becoming teaching practitioners in the Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) sector, this paper discusses ways in which interactions between trainee teachers and established teaching community members may be utilised as opportunities for collaboration and development. Beginning with a brief critical reflection on trainees’ accounts of their experiences

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Educational Practice and Professional Identity among Volunteer Correctional Educators: Becoming a Teacher Behind Bars

This case study examines the experiences of 8 volunteer educators working in a rural county jail in the northeastern United States. More specifically, it explores the challenge of developing a critical educational practice and nascent professional identity in a context otherwise alien to them and on the “borderlands” of contemporary educational practice It is well-documented

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Contests As a Way for Changing Methodologies in the Curriculum

Digital Competence involves the confident and critical use of Information Society Technology for work, leisure and communication. It is underpinned by basic skills in ICT: the use of computers to retrieve, assess, store, produce, present and exchange information, and to communicate and participate in collaborative networks via the Internet. Some arguments cited for promoting the