Month: November 2020

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The Effect of Gender and Learning Styles on L2 Learners’ Writing Performance at Higher Education

The study attempted to measure the interaction effects of gender and learning styles toward writing performance. This study applied expost facto research design using questionnaire and test as instruments. The participants were 80 learners at IAIN Palangka Raya of 2019/ 2020 academic year consisting of 38 males and 42 females; 23 visual, 33 auditory, and

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Recalibrating Service-Learning Program into Pure Online Activity

COVID19 pandemic has forced Higher Educational Institutions to recalibrate its syllabus into online learning. As De la Salle University (DLSU) prepares for online education, the Center for Social Concern and Action-Service Learning Program (COSCA-SLP) also must recalibrate its processes. To continuously remain relevant to society and its partner communities’ needs, it pursues its Lasallian Mission

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Physics Teachers’ Conception on Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

The 2018 result of the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) shows below-average Filipino students’ scientific literacy. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies (TIMSS) show the same result even after implementing the country’s revised basic education curriculum. These findings from international assessments call for an analysis by researchers and policymakers to explore the possible

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Construct Validity and Reliability Testing the Concept of Disaster Resistant Education in Inclusive Primary Schools

This study aims to test the validity and reliability of construct variables and indicators of disaster mitigation education models in inclusive primary schools, to determine the contribution of aspects and indicators in measuring variables, and to confirm the hypothesized model, namely the suitability of the model with the data using confirmatory factor analysis. This study’s

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Expanding Role of University Department Secretaries: Potential Middle Managers in the Making

In Taiwan, the plummeting birthrate has further driven the need for drastic changes within universities. Currently, university enrollments are at an all-time low, while also suffering from an increasing number of dropouts. In effect, many graduate programs are rethinking and realigning their program priorities. These strategic changes have actually opened up opportunities in harnessing the

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Readiness for Decision Making towards End-of-Life Care among Unmarried or Divorced Middle-aged and Elderly Men in Japan

BACKGROUND: Previous research has found that 70% of patients cannot express their will at the end-of-life. Hospitals in Japan often demand patient’s family member to guess the will and speak for them, but unmarried and divorced men often have no relative of friends to support them. METHODS: Internet survey is conducted on February 14-24, 2020.

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Factors Predicting Doctoral Students’ Future Career Perspectives: An Initial Look into the Role of Academic Identities

Increased competition of universities in Taiwan has promoted the adaptation of neoliberal management practices within institutions. These changes have altered the career outlook of faculty from a more single focus into a multi-role perspective. This continuing role conflicts have created the misalignment of academic identity and blurring of work ideologies. Within the aspects of doctoral

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The Effect of Internal Locus of Control on the Entrepreneurial Intention of Vocational High School Students

Internal locus of control is one of the factors that has contributed to the entrepreneurial intentions of vocational high school students. This study aims to test empirically the relationship between internal locus of control and entrepreneurial intentions of vocational high school students. The population in this study were all students of class XII Vocational High

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The Suga Doctrine: Ethical Issues in Contemporary Japanese Foreign and Defense Policy

In 2016, former Japanese Prime Minister Abe declared the strategic objective of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’. This concept has become standard diplomatic rhetoric shared among Japan’s regional allies, concerned with China’s rising hegemonic challenge. Abe’s successor Yoshihide Suga indicated Japanese foreign and defense policy will continue along this more assertive direction, termed by some

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Creative Imagination: A Moral Phenomenon

The concept of moral imagination received increased attention over the last decennia. There is a growing realization that imagination plays a significant role in moral reasoning in addition to principles, moral laws and abstract reason. Most accounts characterize moral imagination as empathy, metaphorical understanding, narrative reflection and transformative perception. In the present contribution, I shift

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Co-evolution of Human Society and Nature Through the Noosphere Concept

The report makes an analysis of the noosphere concept as a way to the sustainable development of our planet. It suggests considering the epoch of noosphere as the period when the human mind will be able to define the terms necessary for nature and society co-evolution while forming a collective will of mankind. It analyzes

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Characteristics of Support Cases for Single Elderly People in Daily Life, Medical Care, Long-term Care, and Death Situations

In Japan, the number of the elderly who cannot be supported by family members in decision making is increasing. Difficulties in making medical decisions due to dementia or deteriorated physical condition are apparent. Considering the aging process, difficulties in maintaining the quality of daily living must exist beforehand and supports are required from earlier stages.We

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Using Semiotics to Decode Tribal Flag’s Sign on Maguindanaon Culture and Traditions

Flags are part of ornamental accents in tourist spots, important events and festivities. The need to study their structures is deemed necessary to establish their significant implications to culture. The varieties of Pandala involved in this study were analyzed through the theoretical framework of semiotics. Semiotics is one way of evaluating an image’s message to

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Death Ritual Among Maguindanaon: Its Semiotic Interpretation

This paper explores the signs and symbols incorporated in the practice of dulang, a death ritual of the Maguindanaon. The dulang is believed to be a ritual of the Maguindanaon where through the use of kulintang(melodic gong music) the bpedtunong( the medium who performs pag-ipat) enters into a trance and is possessed by a spirit

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Advancing Civilian and Military Education: The Integration of ADDIE and the Joint Planning Process in Curriculum Design

The military and education sectors’ knowledge developmental goals are often similar. Literature notes it can be advantageous to integrate civilian and military design (Cai, F., Zhang, P., & Ling, Y., 2020). Civilian sector education benefits from academic and culturally-derived models for curriculum design. The military often uses its own culturally-derived models of design and implementation.

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The Palamite Paradigm of Ecstasy and Its Impact on Eastern Christianity Model

“Is human being an ecstatic being? Is it possible for a human being to live without any kind of spiritual experience?” Even from ancient times people were searching through various methods, ways to reach some high spiritual experiences regardless their religious views or methods they used such as iatromantis, yoga as Indian way, Buddhist meditation

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Preparing Teachers for Rural Schools in Indonesia: A Case Study of Teachers’ Professional Development Program

Schools in eastern rural and remote regions in Indonesia continue to face teacher shortages and poor education quality. Complex rural challenges have become the main reason why many urban teachers are reluctant to apply for rural teaching position or consider as future career. Preparing teachers for teaching position across rural regions through government’s leading program

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Sex Differences in the Regulation of Pain Empathy: Evidence from the EEG Mu Rhythm Measurements

Contrary to the long-held belief that empathyㅡsharing others’ emotionsㅡis reflexive and automatic, recent evidence has begun to emphasize the role of top-down modulation in empathic experience. That is, empathy is increasingly being regarded as a phenomenon regulated by motivation. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether there exist sex differences in empathy

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A Preliminary Investigation on Teacher’s STEAM Teaching Competency

Recently, an interdisciplinary approach integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) teaching and learning was advocated. Such approach aims to cultivate students’ abilities of cooperation, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving. National Tsing Hua University founded Tsing Hua STEAM school and proposed a four-phase STEAM teaching model, including discovering problems, define problems and solutions,

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Response and Reflection on COVID-19: The case of Japan and a University

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted higher education worldwide. In this regard, multiple issues have emerged that affect the stakeholders, including school administrators, staff, faculties, students, and their parents. Facing tremendous changes, it is imperative to ensure that the quality and equality of education remain unaffected, to create an effective and supportive educational environment. This

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From Tacit Knowledge to Explicit – Taken for Granted Pedagogical Practices Made Visible

Learning by Developing (LbD), is a pedagogical strategy of Laurea University of Applied Sciences for almost 15 years. It is based on authentic co-operation between teachers, students and working life partners. In practice, LbD means that Laurea students are studying in working life projects. Theoretical framework in the article is based on LbD, Tacit Knowledge

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Teacher Candidates’ Experiences With Distant Learning in the Initial Year of COVID-19

Teacher preparation programs across the globe grapple with the struggles of educating prospective teachers in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods of instruction include distance learning, hybrid models, or simulation activities. As teacher educators utilize novel instructional approaches to prepare teacher candidates for classroom instruction, challenges emerge, and lessons are learned, but what are

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Strengthening the Quality of Teacher Education through School – University Partnerships

Professional Development Schools promote connections between schools and teacher education programs. These partnerships are thought to benefit teacher candidates, teachers, and teacher educators through promoting positive and collaborative relationships and bridging the efforts of schools and universities. In the school year 2016-2017, seven public schools and a university teacher education institute started the first complex-wide

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The Effectiveness of Online Portfolios for Assessment in Higher Education

The use of online portfolios for both summative and formative assessment is an important part of blended learning. At Queen Mary University of London Engineering School (QMES), English Language and Professional Development Planning modules utilised portfolios as one of the ways for formative assessment. Students kept individual and group portfolios throughout the academic year to

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Multigrade Teaching Experience in Ilocos Sur: Basis for Extension Program

The main goal of this research is to describe the teaching experiences, problems, and concerns of fifty-seven multigrade teachers of schools in Ilocos Sur. It analyzed the positive and negative impacts of multigrade teaching, which was the basis for an extension program. The study made use of the descriptive survey method of research. The results

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Perceptions and Processes of Virtual Teamwork Involving Japanese Undergraduate Students

In this presentation I will examine the virtual teamwork processes by focusing on the perceptions of undergraduate students when they transition, take action and build interpersonal relationships during an intensive learning project carried out at the time of COVID-19 pandemic. The participants (n=20) were Japanese undergraduate students from three universities enrolled in a synchronous online

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Students’ Satisfaction, Efficacy, and Achievement on Learning Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Online Course

The global pandemic has brought an unforeseen change in the field of education. Different schools have to shift to online teaching to continue the students’ education to cope with the adversity. This study explores the students’ satisfaction, self-efficacy, and academic achievement using online learning materials in the Science, Technology, and Society course. This study employed

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The Challenges of COVID-19 School Closures on Teaching and Learning in Primary and Secondary Schools in India

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have sought to protect the most vulnerable of its citizens from being infected with the virus. They have rushed to put in place policies that included school closures. This presentation elucidates a timeline of events such as school closures had on the teaching and

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Sparking Creativity Through Digital Project Based Learning Activities in Rural Communities in India

Project based learning has proven to be an effective technique used by highly skilled teachers in the controlled environment of the classroom. In this study, project-based learning activities are introduced to groups of children in rural communities of India through the access of an android tablet, offline content, facilitation by community members and support by

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The Features of Japanese EFL Learners’ Peer Feedback in Writing Compositions

This study investigated how the corrective peer feedback between the peers is related to Japanese university learners’ noticing in their foreign language acquisition. In this research, 12 students written composition data was collected from the following three stages: (1) essay writing, (2) corrective feedback with peers and (3) self-revision. In the process of the peer

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Using Prosodic Notations to Help Adult ESL Learners Read Fluently

Prosody is essential for developing reading fluency (Grabe, 2010; Rasinski, 2012). The goal of this study is to examine whether pausing patterns in reading can be taught to adult ESL learners. Two sections of high-intermediate level college students from East Asia served as experimental and control groups. Pre and post-tests consisted of oral reading, listening

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How the Acoustic Correlates of English Obstruents Appear in Multivariate Analysis

It will be argued that multivariate analysis of acoustic natures of speech can provide insight into English phonology. Our recent analyses of spectral changes of speech demonstrated that one extracted factor, the “mid-low factor”, with high factor loadings around 1100 Hz, was strongly associated with vowels, and to a lesser degree with sonorant consonants. The

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Business English as a ‘Lingua Franca’ (BELF): Focusing on Cross-Cultural E-mail Communication

Business English as a ‘Lingua Franca’ – BELF – has been getting more and more international attention recently in the field of TESOL because global business has become common and normal by now. The presentation will focus on English business e-mail as it is the cornerstone of international business communication. It is often assumed that

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How People Social in VR: A Behavior Mapping Study in Virtual Environments

Social VR is emerging with commercialized VR equipment in recent years. In 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic dramatically changed people’s life. Governments recommend people stay at home, and the number of people in social VR also increased. This study focused on VRChat, one of the most popular and free to play social VR games. A

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Influence of Demographic Characteristics on Subjective Well-Being of Older Adults

Research into well-being of older adults is at advanced stage the world over. Most of the studies are conducted in the west. A few studies done in Kenya have focused on older adults’ abuse and vulnerability. Furthermore, these studies have used younger populations, thus lack self-reporting by the older adults themselves. The current study sought

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