Month: October 2021

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Stakeholder Perceptions of Connecting ESP Courses With Graduation Seminar Topics

English as a global language and recent attention to the merits of the integration of language learning with knowledge/content construction has led to the necessity for the inclusion courses reflecting these ideals in tertiary educational programs including liberal arts. With this in mind, in the 2020 academic year, the presenters’ university in Japan asked them

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A Model-Based Inquiry Activity Using LEGO to Promote System Thinking of Grade 11 Students on Buffer Solution Topic

System thinking in chemistry education aims to prepare future students who can relate the chemistry knowledge addressing real-world complex phenomenon and having more holistic perspectives. The system thinking skills are divided into three levels: (1) analysis of system, (2) synthesis of system, and (3) implementing knowledge to the real-world issue. In this study, a model-based

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Violence for Self-respect in the Indian Socio-political Context: The Psychological Intricacies Perpetuating Yellow Journalism in Siddhartha Deb’s Surface

This article will read Siddhartha Deb’s novel Surface (2005) to illuminate how an unsuspecting individual becomes prey to yellow journalism. And which Deb imaginatively presents through a diffident journalist’s desperate effort to bolster self-respect by achieving an admirable professional standing among his peers. In the process, to gain readers from the Western countries, Amrit Singh

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Reimagining Support for Japanese Teachers of English

This presentation explicates a nascent research project that aims to understand and support the practical needs of pre-service English teachers who intend to teach at junior high schools and senior high schools in Japan. The presenters will outline the necessity for such practical support considering the current teacher-training structure in Japan. Through intensive workshops and

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Liminality in Inclusivity: Faculty Perceptions Towards an Inclusive Educational Community

As Singapore lives with COVID-19, the notion of an inclusive educational community is imperative to enhance the engagement of persons with diverse learning abilities. Over the course of eight months from February to September 2021, concepts of human-centred design, disability through the lens of inclusion, and principles of Universal Design for Learning were examined in

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Integrating Design Thinking and Community-based Participatory Research to Achieve Environmental Justice for Engineering Education

Communities struggle with dismantling mechanisms perpetuating environmental injustice, even while work to address challenges of injustice continues to receive growing attention. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) offers a systematic process to address environmental injustices and to engage student-engineers. As the application of CBPR within engineering education is relatively new, much remains to be learned about its

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An AI-Enable Knowledge Graph and Student’s Agency in Productive Struggle During Problem-Based Learning in Cybersecurity Education

Problem-based learning (PBL) is adapted to support students’ learning in cybersecurity courses. However, students frequently lack learner agency and require step-by-step instruction. With an instructor’s minimum help, students struggle with integrating coherent target concepts, applying those concepts to solve real-world problems, and managing their learning progress. To respond to the national challenge on the workforce

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The Effect of Praising and Mutual Trust on Student’s Learning

Research has proven that praising is always considered an effective strategic way to motivate students in the classroom, raise their self-esteem and promote their positive behavior (Floress, 2017; Allday, 2012). The literature defines two types of praise: general praise (GP) which is a general statement of approval, and behavior-specific praise (BSP) which describes a specific

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No Bells and Whistles: Technologically Simplified Instruction in Scholarly Reading and Writing

The Scholarly Reading eWriting Intensive was developed by an English language program in a large public university as a rapid response to the move online in the spring of 2020. Amidst the early days of the pandemic, there was concern about students’ need for “live” Zoom-style contact with other students and instructors. However, the author

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Education and Training for Social Change: Analyzing a Social Welfare Model for Grassroots Development in Bangladesh

The shortage of skilled workers is the major barriers to economic prosperity in Bangladesh. A third of its population falls between 10-24 years old but the youth forces are not well-trained with technical education and social knowledge. The present study shows how philanthropic endeavors can contribute to improving the vulnerable conditions of the rural population

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Feedback Practices of School-Based Mentors in the Work Integrated Learning Programme in South Africa

Research has demonstrated that feedback is an essential facet of assessment in the learning environment because it enhances learning. However, little is known about the feedback given to student teachers when they are on teaching practice and students’ viewpoints about the role of feedback is not well understood as well. This study fills the gap

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From Virtual Space to “Third Space”: Mickey Mouse in Shanghai During the 1930s and 1940s

Mickey Mouse made his Chinese debut in the Shanghai illustrated magazine Liangyou in 1932. Since then, urban audiences in Shanghai began to see both authorized and unauthorized Mickey Mouse cartoons in entertainment mediums, including magazines, newspapers, and films. Through the analysis of images in various Shanghai media, this paper explores how the cultural identity of

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Teaching and Learning Resilience Through School Gardens

Resilience for children (as well as adults) is the capacity to endure adversity with equanimity, i.e. with the confidence to push forward despite trials and tribulations. The accomplishment of personal resiliency is the result of learning to develop inner resources that can be drawn upon inn difficult times to approach and develop solutions to those

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Concept Mapping Strategy to Improve Non-computer Science Students’ Learning Achievements in Logical Database Design

This study aims to investigate the effects of using concept mapping on student’s performance on logical database modeling and to examine their satisfaction towards the use of concept mapping strategy in the database design process. One hundred and two undergraduate students participated in the study. These students were assigned into three groups with three different

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Indian Classical Dance Education and its Impact on the Spiritual Intelligence of the Students – An Empirical Research

The aim of this study is to empirically investigate the impact that the period of learning of Indian Classical art form Bharatanatyam creates on the Spiritual intelligence of the students. Primary quantitative data has been collected using closed-end survey from 180 students pursuing Bharatanatyam from higher education institutions in India. The variable Spiritual Intelligence has

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Classification and Effective Utilization of Feedback

The research aims to establish a system by which students can provide and receive feedback and utilize it effectively. As defined by Hattie and Timperley (2007, p. 102), feedback relates to actions or “information provided by an agent (e.g., teacher, peer, book, parent, [internet,] experience) regarding aspects of one’s performance or understanding.” This understanding of

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Influence оf Regional Educational Policies оf Municipalities in The Republic of Bulgariа on Teacher Status-Role Models

The aim of the study is to determine the impact of regional educational policies on the statusrole models of teachers. The main research thesis is that the nature of teacher‘s status-role models is directly dependent on the level of development of educational policies of local government. It is assumed that the more developed these policies

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A Reflection on Personal Bias to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed several areas of student need. It has also revealed and magnified the societal failures that have caused inequities in our classrooms. Creating an inclusive digital space begins with self-work. This paper explores the role of color-blindness in society and how to counter its effects. Additionally, self-awareness as a means to

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Motivation in MOOCs: A Qualitative Study on the Design and Evaluation of an Online IELTS Course

Due to the pandemic, 2020 was an unprecedented year, including for online course providers as one-third of the learners that ever registered on a massive open online course (MOOC) platform did so in 2020. This paper focuses on a MOOC course on IELTS, which is the most popular test-prep language course on Udemy.com. However, despite

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Whitewashed Tombs: Emergency Online Learning Through the Experiences of Students with Disabilities at a Rural South African University

The COVID-19 pandemic has induced an enormous effect on educational institutions globally. Rural institutions are at a greater disadvantage when compared to their urban counterparts which are better resourced with systems that enable the shift to emergency online learning. Challenges were particularly compounded for students with disabilities who appear to have been alienated from these

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Exploring Physical Stores in Omnichannel Retail Strategy: How Interaction Design Is Changing In-store Behaviour

The research investigates the use of interaction design in retail environments in the current omnichannel scenario, where many different coordinated retail channels operate simultaneously.The growth of online shopping forced retailers to look for a new meaning of brick-and-mortar stores in which customer experience is more relevant than making a purchase. Where the transaction happens is

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“Three Little Maids” in Occupied Japan: Domestic Things, The Mikado, and Navy Wife

This study explores the embedded subplot in a forgotten Hollywood film titled Navy Wife (1956), a comedy about three maids in Japan under American occupation. Starring Joan Bennett, Navy Wife depicts American domesticity in Occupied Japan, which the three maids undermine. By adopting Robin Bernstein’s theory of “scriptive things,” this paper examines how a comic

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ICT in the Japanese Language Learning: Is That What Students Really Want?

In the last decade, one can witness the process when Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been actively used in various fields of professional activity, including education. The COVID-19 pandemic set up new standards for educational system, where distance learning has become the reality that both teachers and students have to get used to. This

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“Touch the New Land”: Exploring Chinese International Students’ Psychological and Academic Adjustments in the COVID-19

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has exerted tremendous influences on the well-being of international students and the development of higher education. The current study adopts an exploratory case study design to investigate the psychological and academic adjustments achieved by eight Chinese international students in the UK during the ongoing COIVD-19. Findings have demonstrated that the

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The Resilience of Learning During the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Action-Research Study of Gender Differences

In the present action-research study, we illustrate an evidence-based response of educators to the widespread concerns that learning in undergraduate students accustomed to face-to-face courses might have been curtailed during the pandemic by the switch to online instruction. The study focuses on general education courses, which usually enroll freshmen and sophomores. Namely, it targets learners

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Model United Nations as an Active Learning Tool for Global Negotiation

Simulations have become a popular active learning tool used to facilitate the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills by students. This paper presents our pedagogical experiences of Model United Nations in English within the educational context of Japan. It specifically refers to the case study of Tsukuba English Models United Nations (TEMUN) organized between 2012

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Virtual Classroom Management from the Teachers’ Position in the New Education Normality

Given the current pandemic emergency (COVID-19), it is necessary to have updated information on the educational reality of Ecuador. Education, in any situation, should be a priority and should never stop, which leads to adapting the curriculum to the emergency through virtual classrooms; although they already existed before, not all schools and students used it

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Oral History Projects: Practicing a Foreign Language and Exploring Culture While Serving Local Immigrant Communities

This paper offers a pedagogical framework for a community engagement project that can be used by instructors of any language. Over the past twelve years, students in Professor Maria Grazia De Angelis’ Italian classes have interviewed Italian immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area. To develop their language skills, they conduct videotaped interviews in

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The Indian Odd: Women’s Rising Education and Declining Workforce Participation

The disproportionate representation of women in labor as compared to their education is an Indian odd which will be examined in this study. Women are attaining higher education degrees at similar rates as men but hold a much lower track of considerable labor participation. Women constitute only 21% of the workforce as compared to 49%

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Machine Learning Analysis of Problems Encountered by STEM Students from Underrepresented Groups During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, STEM students from underrepresented groups have been disproportionately affected. These include women in STEM degree programs, “first generation” students from non-academic families, students with a migration background, students with physical or psychological disabilities and students with children. A control group of university students who do not belong to any of

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School Songs: Place, Space and Embodied Architecture Within UK Independent School Communities

Since the 1850s, UK independent schools have composed songs which encapsulate their singular identity (David, 1850) and, through their regular performance (Farmer, 1860), establish a lasting bond amongst staff, students and past students (Butler, 1953). These school songs fall within eight broadly connected themes (Ewart, 1969) and are a lens through which to view the

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Experiential Learning and Case Study Immersion to Develop Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy and Opportunity Recognition: Comparing the Pedagogical Impact Longitudinally

The ‘how’ of teaching method seems to vary in its effectiveness with ‘who’ the instructors, ‘what’ content it intends to deliver and for ‘whom’ the course is targeted for. As there has been critique on the lack of rigorous experimental design, we employed a longitudinal research design to examine the effectiveness of experiential learning and

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The Empirical Strikes Back: Post-pandemic Multi-sensory Implementation of Scientific Thinking Into Language Teacher Education

Educational policy makers in Germany assume that the pursuit of a compulsory Master of Education teaching degree leads to the development of scientific thinking and reasoning skills, and these skills are usually documented in the form of a research-oriented Master’s thesis (KMK 2004). However, because research skills are only one of the relevant competence areas

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Master of Engineering Management: A Reference Curriculum Development

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of Engineering Management (EM), understanding core requirements for the curriculum design is critical for the growth of this discipline. However, Australia still lacks agreement among universities on Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program curricula with no professional quality standards. Aim: This study aims to provide an insight into MEM curriculum