Month: March 2022

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Challenges and Opportunities: Musicals in China in the Era of Covid-19 Pandemic

The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly affected every single aspect of human life, resulting in devastating socio-economic challenges across the world. After the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, China’s performing arts market has shrunk as a whole, the performance market has repeatedly stopped, and the musical industry in China has been in trouble. This paper, however,

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Culture as Data: Notes on the Ontological and Methodological Implications of the Network Turn

After the nine turns in cultural studies as famously described by Doris Bachmann-Medick, here comes another, perhaps among all the most profoundly transformative for the humanities. The network turn – proclaimed in the book of the same title (Ahnert, Coleman and Weingart 2020) – represents a timely reaction to the progressive datafication of the modern

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Exploration of the Relationship Between Housing Conditions and Cultural Capital in Hong Kong

Due to the over-population and less land supply, the housing condition in Hong Kong is undersupplied, which leads to nearly 30% were under 25 lived in subdivided flats. Till now, no research study examined the cultural capital and housing conditions among the youngsters. Therefore, this study aims to i) explore the characteristics among the subdivided

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Research of the Art Creation on the Virtual and Real Integration of Augmented Reality

In recent years, due to the rise of the metaverse, the virtual and real integration of argumental reality has gradually been applied in various industries. Among them, the art creations based on the image process technology have played an important role in virtual objects, which are integrated into the computer screen usually should be a

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Visual Culture Strategies for Right-Brain Learning in the Early Stages of Maltese as a Foreign Language

The left side of the brain has historically been thought to be the centre of language processing during language acquisition. However, current research indicates that the right brain plays an important initial role in assisting learners to identify the fundamental sounds related to a language. Therefore, by merely familiarising a student with the way a

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Just a Sham? – An Empirical Investigation of Homeowners’ Misperception of Self-sufficiency in the Context of Fossil-fueled Heating in Germany

To reduce the consumption for space heating and hot water, a transition from individual fossil-fueled heating to district heating (DH) is crucial. Although DH can present a more cost-efficient and comfortable solution, private homeowners still prefer their individual fossil-fueled heating based on gas and oil. Since previous studies on households’ choices for heating systems provide

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What Draws Young Men Overseas? Identifying the Impact of Overseas Business Experiences on Young Men in Dickens’s Life and Novels

In this article, I focus on the impact of overseas business experiences on the young men in Dickens’s life and fiction, and how their absence and return propel his novel plots. Dickens’s lifetime (1812–70) parallels the expansion of the British Empire. I mention that Dickens’s five sons obtained jobs overseas, and Dickens fully acknowledged the

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Significance of a King in the South-East Section of the Silk Road in the Period Between Ancient and Medieval Times

Along the Silk Road, there were different nations that differed not only ethnically, politically, culturally, but also religiously. Southeast Asia was a very important, both commercial and cultural artery. The route network was connected between countries in the eastern world along the coast of the Asian continental mainland and many associated archipelagos, thus connecting this

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Return Migration to Japan: Experiences of Japanese Brazilians

In the emerging literature, research on migration and acculturation has focused on investigating return migration (i.e., migration to one’s ethnic homeland). Since the 2008 economic crisis, the Japanese Brazilian population substantially dropped in Japan. This led to a decrease in the study of Japanese Brazilian return migrants (i.e., returnees). This study aims to fill this

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Recording of a Piano and Violin Duo: A Case Study to Explore Challenges and Opportunities of Recording During COVID-19 Pandemic

During crises, performing arts are usually the first discarded activities. This attitude towards performing arts has not changed much during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first instance was recorded in December 2019, COVID-19 has had a disastrous influence on the arts industry, causing cancellations and closures at thousands of arts organizations worldwide. However, the practice

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Psychological Well-Being Among Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis, Missouri

The process of migration and integration into immigrants’ host communities has been noted to be a stressful, non-normative event from a psychosocial point of view. Given the magnitude of immigration to the U.S., it is increasingly important to understand the variables that impact immigrant psychological well-being, an essential aspect of successful integration. The data for

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Conceptual Collaborative Learning Space in “Studio-based Classroom” for Future Campus

The aspirations of national higher education institutions to achieve a world-class rank based on research and creativity mean that those institution intends to apply international standards in its facilities to carry out their best practices as well as world-class universities. The vision and mission is to make their faculties excel in various fields of disciplines

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Japanese Characteristics as Seen in Iroha Karuta

Iroha Karuta is a card game that originated in the mid-Edo period in Japan. It is played especially in new year and contains a variety of didactic expressions and humor. Through this game, one can learn life lessons while having fun playing it. In this study, researcher will try to clarify the characteristics of the

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Health Impact Perceived by University Students at Three Sites in Asia: Two Years Into the Pandemic

Two years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, education in universities is still being disrupted. Prolonged exposure to the pandemic situation may result in health-related problems for university students. In January 2022, we conducted an online survey in three universities in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam for a rapid assessment of students’ perceived impacts on

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Why Do People Not Attend Arts Events? The Influence of Perceived Risks and Level of Involvement

Many governments invest in arts events such as performing arts, visual arts, and so on to support the tourism industry’s development and improve the quality of citizen’s life. The number of participants is one of the criteria to evaluate the success of the investment. Previous studies have revealed that perceived risks influence the consumer decision

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Innovative Design of Sustainable Fashion – A Case Study of Practical Fashion Design Teaching

Recycling of the environment and recycled resources has been an important item in the world’s push for environmentally friendly design, as well as a current social reconstruction and education effort. However, how to apply it in people lives, and cultivate people the habit of recycling use and save the earth resources, which is a knowledge

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Fantasized Romanticity: Rethinking the Role of Curtained Motels in Thai Contemporary Culture

Examining through the lens of social-sexual production, this paper focuses on the curtained motel, known to Thais as rong raem man rud, in Thai contemporary culture, which has long been determined by Thai sex-gender discourse or so-called “hetero-normality”. In general, these are enjoyable places for anonymous sexual activities or having sex without any strings attached.

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Historical Study of Chinese Clan Associations in Singapore

Singapore joined the ranks of developed countries in the 21st century, and is a multi-ethnic nation with attention in many ways, including its national policies and educational activities. In Singapore, people of Chinese descent account for a large part of the population, attracting attention for their cultural activities as well as for their economic activities.

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Parasitism: The Inextricable Connection of the Indispensables

When questioning people about their top three everyday life companion gadgets, the answers are often smartphones, smartwatches, and laptop computers. The interconnection could be symbolically analogized to a parasitic relation. The term parasitism characterizes an interdependent relationship between two living beings, in which one benefits from another; in some incidents, the parasites cause some harm

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Learning Science in Service to Students: Applying Artificial Intelligence and Automatic Question Generation to Scale Learn by Doing

Educational technology has undergone rapid changes in recent years as artificial intelligence has begun to shape how data and content are used in student learning resources. However, as new technology is inserted into the learning ecosystem, it is paramount to ensure it is based on learning science research and created with a student-centered learning engineering

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Teaching the M in STEM with Robotics: Exploring Understanding by Design for Curriculum Development to Teach Math Concepts Using Robotics

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education has been at the forefront of national education policies and school reform for the past several decades, and the continual advances in technology and educational research bring new methods of STEM learning. Educational robotics have been introduced to the classroom space as a tool to teach STEM concepts.

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Catching Up: An Observational Study of Underserved Primary and Secondary Student Mindsets When Introduced to Educational Robotics

Student attitudes toward STEM subjects decline as they progress through primary and secondary school, making interventions even more critical for students in these age groups. Integrating educational robotics into the classroom has been shown to increase student perceptions of STEM topics while also having many other positive learning benefits such as increased mastery of STEM

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Providing 12-17 Week Transferable and Employability Skills to 30,000 Underserved Learners Across 8 Countries – A Truly Cross Border System

Otermans Institute (OI) is a global micro-organisation upskilling unserved and underserved populations globally with the mission of making them employable. Currently working in more than eight countries, supported by UKRI grant funding, and having worked with governments of 3 nations, it is providing its pedagogy and training digitally to underserved and rural learners. OI aims

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An AI-Driven Virtual Teacher That Can Upskill Anyone on a One-to-One Basis Tested From Refugee Camps in Iraq to India

Through AI modeling work done with Otermans Institute, Dev Aditya has built several conversational AI-driven virtual teachers, some as Bots and some using humanlike form through technologies like deepfake, to provide one-to-one teaching and training to some of the most underserved learners in society. His first major humanlike prototype, OI AI, was a virtual teacher

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Teaching Electricity and Magnetism Using Low-cost Physics-lab Box and Context-based Laboratory Activities

This study describes the authors’ efforts to assess the status of a physics laboratory in a junior public high school setting and to develop and validate the effectiveness of the low-cost physics lab-box and Context-based laboratory (CbL) activities to 10th-grade level based on the lab assessment result. The efficacy of these teaching materials was also

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Using UTAUT to Explore the Acceptance of High School Students in Programming Learning With STEAM Education

Many countries incorporate programming into primary education; the application of artificial intelligence robots in programming education is what the future holds. The current study mainly compares the differences between the two teaching methods of Programming using traditional single subject teaching and STEAM cross-disciplinary teaching. Through the data of Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of

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Educators’ Perspectives of Emotional Support in South African Schools Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic disruption in South Africa resulted in the Department of Basic Education (DOE) implementing measures to salvage teaching and learning in primary and secondary schools. While these measures are critical to strengthen teaching and learning in schools, the emotional well-being of educators who are drivers of teaching and learning are given less attention

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Exploring Wellbeing Related Issues Arising From the Unregulated Use of Screen-Based Technology During Breaktimes in an International Middle School Environment

The following study uses a design-thinking and mixed methods research approach to elicit students’ views on the use of screen-based technology during break periods. An interest in this area emerged due to a noticeable reduction, in recent years, in the number of students spending time in outdoor play areas during morning and afternoon breaks. The

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Creation Research in Digital Painting

The research purpose of this paper is to conduct digital learning through digital painting in order to enhance undergraduate students’ digital painting skills, art appreciation, and creative ability. The study subjects are university students. In the digital painting courses, we will mainly focus on the images of animation characters. The research methods will make it

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The Impact of the Use of Technology on the Nature of Teacher’s Profession in TESOL Classes

During the recent pandemic, Educational programs have recognized the growing need to use computers in classes. It presents unprecedented challenges that help the students acquire an inquiring, critical and creative mind to capitalize on the growth of information and knowledge and technology opportunities. Computer knowledge began influencing students’ learning experience more than 25 years ago,