Month: June 2019

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Communication Strategies for Conveying the Cultural Wisdom of Krajood Wicker Product Weaving at Ban Huayleuk in Surat Thani Province

The objective of this research was to study communication strategies for conveying the cultural wisdom of Krajood (Lepironia articalata, a kind of sedge) wicker product weaving at Ban Huayleuk in Surat Thani Province, in terms of 1) patterns of communications; 2) communication strategies; and 3) approaches for developing communications. This was a qualitative research done

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Using New Media as Occupational Inspiration for the Disabled

The objective of this research was to study the use of new media to create occupational inspiration for the disabled in terms of 1) types of media; 2) content; 3) formats; and 4) approaches for developing new media. The study was based on examples of disabled people who were successful in their careers until 2016-2018

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Replacing Traditional Classroom Teaching With Blended Learning: Is It Effective in Improving Vocabulary?

As learners enrolling in Business English Diploma course in the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka find it challenging to improve English business vocabulary, we explored whether different delivery modes influenced this outcome achievement. Three tutors taught the same content to three groups of students using face-to-face, online and blended modes over 3 months in

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Batik, Space and Memory: Reading Visuality and Collective Memory in Batik Canting Merapi

After Merapi Volcano eruption in 2010, the people who live in the slope of Merapi were relocated to shelters (temporary and permanent settlement) ‘Pager Jurang’. Moving to a new living space, they, especially survivors women, had to make adjustments that are not easy. They live with memories of Merapi which disappear with the eruption. Since

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Teaching in an International Setting: Perceptions of Excellent Teachers Between HK and US Community College Students

Extensive research studies have looked at the characteristics of excellent teachers under the belief that teacher quality is a main contributor to excellent teaching. In this study, the characteristics of an excellent teacher from the viewpoint of students are investigated. Specifically, from the perspective of community college students, what constitute as the salient attributes and

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Thriving Interdependence and Independence: Teamwork and Self-directed Learning as Nurtured by Team-Based Learning (TBL)?

Team-based learning (TBL) is an instructional approach invented twenty years ago (Michaelsen, Knight & Fink, 2002) that “uses small groups extensively but sets up a particular sequence of activities that transforms groups into teams and then uses the extraordinary capabilities of teams to accomplish a high level of content and application learning” (Fink, 2003, p.

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Hall Life Education: A Reflection on Cultivating Independence in Hong Kong University Students

In a densely populated city such as Hong Kong, one of the most remarkable experiences young university students may have is staying at the student residence and becoming “independent” in terms of taking care of themselves. Resident places in the university are highly competitive, not only because of its location on campus but also because

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Developing Teachers’ Computational Skills through a Systematic Professional Development Course in Malaysia

In this paper, we describe a 3-day workshop as part of a school teacher professional development course in introducing teachers to computational thinking (CT) concepts in Malaysia. The workshop emphasizes problem solving that utilizes teachers’ prior knowledge in their subject area, together with CT skills to help them understand the nature and scope of problem.

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Innovation in Technical Education Instruction with Electrical Loads Monitoring and Control System Intervention

Integration of technology in the instructional process directs both the teachers and students to become successful with their goals of achieving desirable learning competencies. Through innovation in technical education instruction, educational institutions embraced the challenge of delivering a more engaging and meaningful instructional delivery with both the teacher and students showcasing deeper interest in knowledge

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From Teaching to Learning – Becoming Coach for Learning by Doing to Build Educational Capacity in Nepal

Transformation from a teacher to a learning facilitator is a challenging task; the essence of learning is complex, because at the center of it are sets of actions and thoughts interrelated to each other in different ways. There are various ways for the learning facilitator to support the learner depending on the educational design and

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Dirty Battery, an Alternative Source of Electricity (DBASE) for the Community

Extension service is one of the functions of Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines. It is a service thrust of the University where community development projects and programs are served among the various sectors of community. With the University of Rizal System’s commitment to empower community through relevant and sustainable technical instruction, research and extension

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Understanding, Designing and Developing Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia in a Singapore Classroom

When developing assistive technology (AT) for individuals with learning or developmental difficulties, considering input from alternative stakeholders in the planning process increases the likelihood of sustainable AT programme implementation (Stoner, Parette, Watts, Wojcik & Fogal, 2008; Wong & Cohen, 2015). The study seeks to understand AT use in dyslexia intervention so as to effectively design

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Evaluating the Anti-bullying Act of 2013 and Its Implementation in Philippine Public Schools

School, as a simulation of society, is a place of development for young learners. However, it may also create an environment unhealthy to students caused by bullying — making it a crucial concern for schools due to victims exhibiting psychological or social repercussions. Thus, the ‘Anti-Bullying Act’ (RA 10627) was passed into Philippine law in

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Participation Factors of Education Service Officer’s in Lifelong Learning

The study was conducted to identify factors that encourage and hinder the participation of education service officer’s in lifelong learning. A total of 400 teachers was involved as respondents in this study. The study was a quantitative research that uses the survey method. Data were collected through feedback from the respondents using questionnaire. Quantitative data

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Using Analytics to Uncover Early Determinants of Academic Performance for Adult Learners

By and large, the arrival of the digital age have accelerated the development of analytics to guide data-informed efforts in teaching and learning. This has also transformed the way how higher education institutions look to optimize student success. In this study, through the use of data mining techniques, the UNIVERSITY* gained a better understanding of

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Trends & Futures of International Higher Education Partnerships & Collaboration: Comparative Potential Pathways for African & Asian Centres of Excellence

In a world characterized by the potential and promise of dynamic change and increasing complexity, it is paradoxical that amidst notable and significant levels of economic development, creation and growth of wealth, and lowering of global poverty, there yet remains the scourge of wide-spread inequality, exclusion and escalating levels of violence. These changes impact many

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A Critical Appraisal of a Teacher Development Course on the Teaching of Reading Skills at a Macau Middle School

This paper outlines focuses on a teacher development program delivered at a Middle School in Macau. The participants on a teacher development course on the teaching of reading skills were asked to complete a questionnaire about the course. Teachers who indicated their willingness then took part in semi structured interviews. The aim of the study

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Employing English Picture Books in Classroom Teaching: Taking a Suburban Area in Mainland China as the Study Context

Nowadays, the application of English picturebook in childhood English education has generated more and more attention among Chinese researchers, educators, and parents. A growing number of them have started to employ English picturebook as a tool in childhood English education. However, research on the classroom use of English picturebooks for young Chinese children’s English learning

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Exploring Saudi Arabian Teachers’ Changing Understandings of STEM Education

In 2016, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) developed a bold ‘Vision 2030’ plan that seeks to establish a strong foundation for future economic prosperity based on a transformational shift from the current natural resource-based economy to a knowledge economy (Wiseman, Abdelfattah and Almassaad, 2016). In addressing these reforms, the KSA Ministry of Education has

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The Development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in the Philippines: Roles and Views of Secondary School Principals

It is widely recognised that principals play an indispensable role in the professional development of teachers in schools. In the Philippines, principals encourage teachers to participate in the traditional and most common approach to professional development such as conferences, seminars, workshops, and training. Despite documented benefits of these traditional approaches to teacher professional development, recent

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Conservation Practices and Their Impact on Hawaiian Well-being Among Youth

Research with Kupu alumni included the examination of the relationship between land, culture, health and Native Hawaiian well-being. In this process, using qualitative measures (NVIVO) to analyze youth speeches and journals, we sought to measure the level of impact that Kupu had on youth in terms of health and wellness, however at the conclusion of

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Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An E-module for Teacher Training in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The global prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased markedly in recent decades. However, many mainstream teachers are lacking knowledge and skills to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in inclusive settings, particularly in the least-developed countries. To address the issue, we designed an e-module called ‘The Story of Khamdy’, which is uploaded

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Insight on the Finnish Field of Learning Analytics – Applications and Ethics in Adaptive Education Models

Learning Analytics provide better means of interaction and guidance between educators and students. Through data, we can elaborate on our understanding of the way a student learns and progresses in the education environment or learning management system. Adaptive and blended learning as modern education models can further emphasize the role of learning analytics: since the

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Research on Chinese Art Film Screening

In China, commercial cinema is the mainstream screening channel. Unlike the United States, Europe, and Japan, China lacks independent art film distribution and screening channels. Art movies are not as popular as commercial productions, so the listing time and space of screening are often limited. At present, the viewing of Chinese art films presents a

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The Development of Terminology Learning System for Thai Classical Dance Through Learning Management System

Effective use of web application for self-paced learning can provide a valuable opportunity for students to make progress at a pace that is commensurate with their prior knowledge. To facilitate self-paced learning, the aim of this study was to develop the terminology learning system for Thai classical dance through Learning Management System. Based on the

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Oral or Poster only: On the Lack of Acceptance of Virtual Presentations at Language Education Conferences

There are many reasons that travel, particularly air travel, to conferences may be unwanted or impossible. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, physical disability, lack of financing, political restrictions, and concerns over climate change and ecological sustainability. Nonetheless, presenting at conferences is often key to academic and research networking, disseminating one’s research or

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Development of Learning Modules for Enhancing Classroom Action Research Skills of Student Teachers

A crucially important quality student teachers preferably possess in order to facilitate their own learning and career relates to classroom action research skills. This study aimed to design learning modules for enhancing classroom action research skills among student teachers. This design-based research was divided into three phases. The first phase was the development of the

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Use of QR Code System in Enhancing Teaching and Learning

QR Code System or Quick Response System is a two dimensional bar code system initially designed for automotive industry in Japan is now one of the most popular Universal Product Coding system used because of many applications such as product tracking, item identification, managing documents and marketing features efficiency. Today’s educational system is challenged to

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Planning the Informal, or In-Formal Planning

Town Planners are very apt at planning the informal; we design and implement things like sidewalk parks, weekend markets, back alley concerts, etc., all at an attempt to make the city seem a little less stifled. Some call it “tactical urbanism”, others simply call it “informal urbanism”. While we plan the informal, seldom do we

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Exploration in the Mist of the History: Review of Blind Spots in Research on History of Taiwanese Cinema

Past discussion on the history of Taiwanese cinema rarely focused on the Japanese colonial period. By literature review and new findings of historical data, this study explores past arguments on the history of Taiwanese cinema from three dimensions in order to probe into the mist and perspective of the research on the history of Taiwanese

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Regionalism, and Latin American Cinema as a Source of Hope, Renewal and Inspiration

We have entered a 21st century where people, rather than uniting across borders and daring to feel an affinity with the other ̶ bridging ethnic and national differences ̶ are now increasingly vulnerable, exposed to fragmenting movements often set in motion by leaders driven by egocentric values and self-interests pursued at the expense of the

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Policy Communication Strategies of Palang Pracharat Party for the Songkhla Region 1 Member of Parliament Election Campaign

The objectives of this research were to study the policy communication strategies of the Palang Pracharat Party in Songkhla Province Region 1 in the 24 March, 2019 parliamentary election, including the political situation before the election, the process of communication management and the tactics used. This was a qualitative research based on participatory observation and

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Breaking the Shackles: Toward a Taxonomy of Interactive Cinema

Drawing on Eric Zimmerman’s four types of interactivity, this paper proposes a taxonomy of interactive cinema by defining four modes of interactive movies: the cognitive mode; physical mode; collective mode; and selective mode. The above cinematic modes are not distinct or mutually exclusive, and their emergence follows a generally chronological order. More importantly, the rise

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The Effect of Negative Emotions on Food Intake and Maladaptive Eating Behaviour: A Literature Review

Taking into account the existing literature, it seems that negative emotions and maladaptive eating behaviour are interrelated and causally linked. Some research suggests that negative emotion decrease after maladaptive eating behaviour (Smyth et al., 2001) while others suggest that it does not decrease (Evers et al., 2018) or continues to increase (Haedt-Matt and Keel, 2011).

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Food-related Behaviours and Nutritional Status: A Parent-Child Dyad Approach

Aim: The purposes of the present study were to: (1) explore child’s and parent’s perspectives on food-related behaviours and nutritional status (body mass index – BMI) among children, (2) verify if there were differences in the intensity of food-related behaviours among girls and boys in two age groups (young children: 8-11 years old vs. adolescents:

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The Impact of Maladaptive Eating Behaviours on BMI, Body Dissatisfaction and Quality of Life in Children: A Structural Equation Modeling

Aim: Despite many implementation research, the prevalence of excessive body weight among children is constantly increasing. Therefore, new determinants of body mass index (BMI) are sought. One of the models that provides knowledge in this context is Homeostatic Theory of Obesity (Marks, 2015). This theory has not been verified empirically among children. Thus the purpose

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Reflection of ‘2019 Indian Lok Sabha Elections’ Through Political Cartoons

Political cartoons are a powerful medium of expressing thoughts (social issues/events) without using verbal language, which expresses the hidden meanings. The focus of the research is to understand the power and importance of political cartoons. This research will examine how media organisations setting the agenda with the help of political cartoons. How culture and ideology

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The Effect of Problem-Based Learning Instruction Activities in Linear Equations on Problem Solving Ability Analytical Thinking and Reasoning

The purposes of this research were to compare the before and after Problem Solving Ability Analytical Thinking and Reasoning Ability of Mathayomsuksa 1 students by using method of Problem-Based Learning Instruction with a statistic criterion. The subjects of this study were 30 Mathayomsuksa 1 students in the second semester of 2018 academic year from Srinakharinwirot

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Self-Assessment on Media and Information Literacy Competencies among Communication Professionals in Philippine Information Agency and Philippine News Agency

This research paper entitled ‘Self-Assessment on Media and Information Literacy Competencies among Communication Professionals in Philippine Information Agency and Philippine News Agency’ aims to determine if communication professionals employed in Philippine Information Agency and Philippine News Agency are media and information literate. The study employed the descriptive method through quantitative research. The researcher used a

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A Longitudinal Study of Japanese Students’ L2 Oral Grammar

It is assumed that teachers’ educational lectures and materials are having some impact on students’ knowledge and skills. This longitudinal study examines the reality of how Japanese L2 university students’ accuracy in English changes over an academic year. In April / May 2018, 15 Japanese university students provided a self-introduction monologue followed by a three-question

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How Higher Education Institutions Prepare Students for Job Market: Lingnan University as a Case Study

The study on higher education is conducted under qualitative research method through interviews. That the post-secondary level of education is on expanding these years. At the same time, the world economy is developing. The deeper level of collaboration among different institutions is needed. In that way, higher education also provides an assistance to industry through

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OP Observer – A Class Observation Tool for Measuring the Effectiveness of Teaching Practice

The aim of this paper is to present an evaluation of the effectiveness of a class observation tool in measuring learner-centred practice at a New Zealand tertiary institution. This research arose from an awareness that many lecturers are still mainly providing teacher-centred classes, which have been proven to be less effective and engaging for the

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The Role of Lectures and Factors Affecting Individual Working Competency of Students at Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam Through Mathematical Modeling Process

For university training, all teaching processes aim at developing and perfecting occupational competencies for learners. In the study of teaching mathematics at Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam, we consider mathematical modeling as a way to help students solve problems mathematically. Accordingly, the main role of teachers in these situations mostly include: to build learning environment, conduct

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A Priming Experiment on the Effects of Letter Grades and Autonomy-support on Motivation

Here we used a survey-based priming experiment to explore the psychological effects of letter grades (ie. A, B, C to F) and autonomy-supportive teaching practices (eg. giving opportunities for choices, building trust between student and teacher). Much research in educational psychology has suggested that extrinsic motivators such as grades can “crowd-out” or thwart autonomous academic

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Is Cohabitation an Alternative to Marriage?

Cohabitation is an important phenomenon which is on the rise in the hectic and fast-paced modern life but it exists on the sidelines of Indian society. In order to gain deeper understanding of the contentious issues, three focus group discussions were conducted with each group comprising of 6-10 participants. The total sample comprised of 24

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Privacy in Islamic Eschatology and the Journey to the Divine

Privacy in Islam has been studied by researchers on urban as well as dwelling levels and a clear hierarchy has been identified from public to private spaces. The purpose of seeking privacy is understood either as to separate genders or to hide sin or good, or bad, fortune from others. However, concepts in Islam have