Category: Oral Presentation

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From Junk Bonds to Green Bonds do Sustainability Ratings Matter?

The market for green bonds have been growing rapidly in recent years globally, thereby making them one of the most promising financial instruments to support environmental sustainability. For traditional corporate or sovereign bonds, rating agencies have been key actors to reduce information asymmetry to facilitate the development of debt markets. Sustainability ratings, audits and second

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Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector of the European Union: Identification of Promising Policy Instruments and Private Initiatives

The article is based on updated findings of the Horizon 2020 EUFORIE Project (European Futures for Energy Efficiency). This study draws on five case studies from selected European countries ā€” Finland, Italy, Hungary, Spain, UK ā€” and evaluate the policies and the role of the private sector to stimulate investments in energy efficiency in the

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What Makes Boards Effective? Moving Beyond Non-Executive Directors’ Independence

This paper address the question of what makes boards effective by exploring governance attributes that go beyond board independence. Academic literature has predominantly focused on the independence of non-executive directors in board effectiveness and performance. However, there has been insufficient literature on the capability of non-executive directors in performing their roles and improving board effectiveness.

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The Needs of Sustainability Solid Waste Management in Perhentian Island, Terengganu

Perhentian Island, located in the South China Sea at the northeastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia, has been one of the favorites whose tourism activities have increased considerably. The large amount of wastes produced by tourist is a difficult problem for small islands particularly since it is typically generated over a short period, thereby often overloading

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Effects of CSR Performance and Disclosure on Institutional Ownership

Study investigates correlations and lead-lag relationships between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the institutional ownership base of North American and European utility companies. Authors use two samples of 105 and 87 mid- to large-cap utility companies and a multivariate panel data regression, to examine each of the CSR dimensions (environmental, social and governance) for the

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Mass Media and Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Role of the Bosnian Mass Media after Dayton Accords, 1995

The paper examines the role that mass media played in Bosnia-Herzegovina after Dayton Accords 1995. It provides a theoretical framework and explores how Bosnian media outlets contributed to the peace process and national reconciliation. To envisage the difficulty of retooling the Bosnian mass media to promote peace, the paper reflects to the destructive role that

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Tourism Routes and Learning Activities in the King’s Projects of Thailand

The Kingā€™s projects of Thailand are one of the most important strategies for developing the country. The projects have launched in all areas throughout Thailand. Benefits from the projects not only helped people live sufficiently but also led them how to learn and apply the knowledge to their lives. The majority of the projects have

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Investigating the Energy Performance of Buildings with a 3D City Model and Thermal Simulation: Results from the Urban Transition Lab

Reduction in consumption of non-renewable energy resources at the local level (e.g. district or neighborhood) is one of the effective manners to support sustainable development. To achieve this goal, engagement of citizens and other actors in the early stage of research is important. In this regard, the “Urban Transition Lab 131” (R131), which acts as

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Effects of Social Studies Instruction Using Case Study Method on Democracy Concepts and Critical Thinking Abilities of Secondary School Students

Thailand has been replacing with parliamentary democracy for 80 years but the political conflicts were led to the several of coup d’état. This reflects that the democracy in Thailand has failed so that is essential importance for all teachers to establish democratic culture. The teachers need to educate Thai students to understand the democracy concepts

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Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn

Adult-child interaction during play as an approach to teaching and learning with children from 3 to 6 years of age in a formalised school environment is described in an Action Research study. The study was carried out in an independent school in the Northwest of England where focus groups were used to encourage self-reflection and

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The Dynamics for Differential Performance of Secondary School Students in Mathematics

The study reconnoitered the dynamics for differential performance of secondary school students in mathematics. Two hundred and fifty (250) secondary school students are randomly selected from twenty five (25) senior secondary schools transversely nine local government areas in the three senatorial districts of Ekiti State which comprises of fifteen (15) public schools and ten (10)

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The Impact of Social Media on University Students’ Learning

Social media are now seen as important tools for education as they can assist students in self-study and in clarifying their misapprehension. Nowadays, social media is increasingly utilised for educational purposes, especially by university students. According to this reality, this paper analyses the impact of social media on university students and its effects on students’

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Student Anxiety and Learning Difficulties in Academic English Courses

Anxiety and learning difficulties are an increasingly common feature in language learning courses in all educational levels. By the time students with these issues enter university they may have had a variety of positive or negative experiences with foreign language learning, and may have developed a number of coping mechanisms to manage their conditions. The purpose

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Impact of Semiotic Analysis of Images on Students: A Case Study of Images Published in Time Magazine, Asia

The purpose of this research is to explore impact of semiotic analysis of images on students during their learning and teaching phase for which images published in TIME magazine, Asia during the period from 2014-2016 were taken as sample. Semiotics is an in-depth study of images by minutely examining their elements. The composition and construction

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ASEAN Economic Community: An Analysis of Trends and Challenges for Thai Higher Education Institutions

This article seeks to identify key trends and challenges of the AEC for the Thai higher education system by reviewing current research in the AEC and official reports from the Thai Government and relevant international organisations. Demographic change, energy demands and the environment, future employment, decentralization of the country and development of local administrative bodies

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Cultivating Global Citizenship Identity and Engagement in Higher Education

This presentation reports recent findings from doctoral studies research on the cultivation of global citizenship identity and engagement in a case study of Soka education’s university setting in Japan. Building upon prior research conducted in the U.S.A. that theorizes antecedents and outcomes of global citizenship identification, this study explores how Soka University addresses global citizenship

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English Language Development and Academic Integrity – Making the Connection

Cultural differences and language barriers have been attributed to plagiarism incidents among ESL students at university. It is a known fact that misinterpretation can occur among university students for whom English is a second language, particularly when it comes to understanding the norms of referencing and academic writing requirements. Language differences have been identified as

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Negotiating Participation in Second Language (L2) Academic Community: Asian Female Students’ (Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese) Identities and Investments

This study reports on a qualitative multiple case study that explored academic discourse socialisation of female Asian L2 learners in a British university. Grounded in the stereotype of “the shy Asian girls” (Bremer et al., 1996; Day, 2002; Lippi Green, 1997; Miller, 2003; Norton, 2000, 2001; Pon et al., 2003) that the Asian female students

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Authentic Situation Video Clip Enhances Learners’ English Writing

Authentic situation video clips can motivate students’ enthusiasm and enhances students’ language skills. This study investigated the effect of authentic situation video clip as a teaching tool on students’ English writing. 149 participants from two groups who enrolled the English Writing for Careers course in Burapha University in 2016 were assigned to watch five authentic

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Gaming and Peer to Peer Language Learning

With the encroaching use of online teaching material teachers have an abundance of materials available to make their lessons more effective . This paper examines the effects of digital media, in particular gaming, in how it can assist students in second-language acquisition As is shown students are spending more time gaming than in the language-learning

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Confronting Science Anxiety Through ‘in Dialogue with Nature’ – A Science Core-Text General Education Course

Science anxiety is a common phenomenon among students taking traditional science courses, including some science-related general education courses. It has been observed that science anxiety hinders students from effective scientific literacy and confident application of science skills to solve problems. ‘In Dialogue with Nature’ (UGFN1000) is a compulsory general education course for undergraduates of The Chinese

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“Hear! Hear!”: Effective Business Language Practices to Stimulate Lively Classroom Discussions

Many English language teachers believe that formal meeting is an important skill when acquiring business English. However, many instructors find it challenging to prepare student to truly engage in meaningful and focused discussions. Helping students implement formal meeting skill such as taking turns to speak and understand the correct use of discussion phrases such as

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How to Support Collaborative Reflection in a Learning Community

Learning Communities are widely used in different educational contexts. This case presents some viewpoints of using Learning Communities with adult students of Social Services in Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland. Adult students coming to study have very different educational backgrounds. Some of them have already completed their Master studies in some different subject and

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Pedagogical Credo Based on Feminist Pedagogy as a Way to Voice Personal Identities

The underlying assumption in teacher training programs is that formulating a pedagogical identity is an integral part of the process via which an education student becomes an education professional, who can support and defend her approach and actions, and therefore become a better educator. The literature shows that developing a pedagogical credo can support a process

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Interactive Learning, Teaching and Assessment Using Socrative

One of the fundamental challenges faced within the UK higher education sector is the focus of developing and promoting an inclusive curriculum. It is essential for all higher education institutions to identify and engage in promoting the success of all students. It is necessary for higher education institutions to instil quality enhancement processes and in

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Development of an Online Platform for Understanding Students’ Weaknesses

It is reported that many Hong Kong students do not have sufficient background to handle engineering problems in tertiary education. This came to light because a number of such students were admitted to engineering programmes. Although a number of teaching platforms have been developed to support the teaching of subject lecturers and the learning of

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An Overview: Narrative Research with Underprivileged Youth in an Out-Of-School Visual Arts Programme in Singapore

This paper will present some of the findings of a qualitative research study consisting of three descriptive case studies that delve into the experiences of three at-risk and/or underprivileged young people, age fifteen to seventeen, who attend an out-of-school visual arts programme in Singapore. The research asks, What factors in this particular programme have contributed

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Friendship As a Determinant of Supporting an Inclusive Approach in Kindergarten

The aim of the paper is to introduce the concept of “friendship” that promotes socialization and personalization of a child in the kindergarten environment. We attach great importance to the area due to the amended Educational Act currently in the Czech Republic (1. 9. 2016) focusing on the implementation of inclusion into a real school

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Changing Perspectives: Contemporary Art Practices in Primary and Secondary Art Classrooms

This presentation will be a literature review of research on Contemporary art practices in primary and secondary schools. The ability to understand and translate visual data is vital to one’s ability to navigate through a complex world (Thulson, 2013), therefore, acquainting students with Contemporary art practices is essential for a broader literacy. The ability to

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Achieving Sustainability Learning through a Cloud-Based Online Learning Platform

It is undeniable that the utmost goal of education is to enlighten one’s critical thinking and allow one to appropriately utilize knowledge while being able to pass knowledge to the next generation effectively. However, learning atmosphere is always discouraged with piles of learning materials and lack of hands-on experiences. With only the completion of verbal

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Blended Language Learning: Using Facebook as a Pedagogical Tool to Enhance Thai EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension Through Internet-Based Reading Materials

This paper aimed to examine Thai EFL learners’ reading comprehension ability through a blended language learning environment: the integration of regular face-to-face teaching method and the implementation of online reading activities. In this experimental research study, the participants were Thai EFL undergraduates randomly selected and assigned into two groups, namely a control group and an

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Analysis of Experimental Evaluation of Theoretical Results of Irony Perception

This cross-sectional research represents the study of irony decoding in light of inter-disciplinary sciences in modern Georgian linguistic space which is a valuable step forwards in our rapidly changing world and echoes the necessity of modern Georgian linguistic paradigm. Irony plays the role of a medium in humans� intercommunication revealing emotional attitude which depends on

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Effects of social context on foreign language anxiety among university English learners in Hong Kong

This study explored the effects of social context on foreign language anxiety among university English learners in Hong Kong. Given that English competence is widely considered as the key to career opportunities, while speaking English with a Hong Kong accent can invite social stigma, it was assumed that such factors might be potential sources of

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Integrating Environmental Education (EE) for Sustainability into Primary School Curriculum in Tanzania: Exploring Stakeholders’ Views and Perceptions

This study explores the views and perceptions of teachers and curriculum specialists on the integration of environmental education into primary education in Tanzania, East Africa. Empirical studies by Kimaryo (2011) and Mtaita (2007 ) discovered that although EE is included in Tanzanian primary schools since 1960’s and even stressed in the policy of education; yet,

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Innovative Pupils! Documentary Research on Teaching and Learning Arrangements for Innovativeness

The aims of the German educational system are crossed by claims for participation (cf. KMK 2007; Schulentwicklung NRW 2008). In the interdisciplinary subject ‘Sachunterricht’ (Primary Social and Science Education), pupils shall be enabled to assess, question and change their environment (GDSU 2013; MSW 2008; Weis 2016). This claim marks a starting point within innovation processes

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Promoting Collaborative Writing Through Google Docs in Paragraph Writing Class

Technology has been useful in helping students to improve in their writing skills, for example, using word processing and e-mail to exchange feedback on writing (Slaouti, Pennells and Weatherhead, 2000; Mansor, 2011). In practice, however, a major concern of email exchanges in my context is that it could not help students improve their paragraph writing

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Does the Economic Crisis Affect Greek Adolescents’ Academic Performance? An EST Approach

The enduring economic crisis across several countries has sparked a growing amount of research interest regarding its potential impact on various aspects of life, including adolescent academic achievement. However, there is not enough empirical evidence regarding the impact of a national-level economic crisis as a potentially traumatic experience on student populations (Bronfenbrenner, 2005; Elder, 1996).

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Learning Needs of Adults in the Modern Edutainment System (On the Base of Partworks)

The close proximity between mass media and education has increased during the last few decades, and entertainment education (or ‘edutainment’) has been one of the results. We have a long-standing instance of informal educational patterns within mass media with regards to the modern terms of peripheral commercial mass media that appeared in the second half

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The Packaging Design Factors to Reduce Alcohol Campaign for Youth People: A Case Study of Packaging Design’s Classroom

Packaging design is a one of the media tools used in communication between the products and the consumers. This research endeavors to find a factors of packaging design to reduce campaign for youth people. Firstly, it attempts to study the influence of packaging on alcohol purchasing behavior. Secondly, it endeavors to study the characteristics of

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Re-Thinking the Student Teaching Curriculum: Using Field-Based Instruction to Help Candidates Notice, Acknowledge, and Address Bias in the Classroom

We aim to determine the impact on teacher candidates’ beliefs and skills as a result of curricular revisions to the student teaching practicum. As full-time field instructors (student teaching supervisors), we have noticed a growing need to address student teachers’ lack of awareness and understanding around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in a schooling

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Te Wananga O Raukawa: Transforming the Colonial State of New Zealand Through Education

Within the settler state of New Zealand, education has been a force for social transformation, both positive and negative. Throughout the first 150 years of contact between the indigenous Maori and the British colonists, education was one of the strategies employed to assimilate Maori; they were transformed from members of sovereign nations (iwi) into British

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The Influence of Educational Psychology Variables on Student Grades in an Introductory Economics Course

Abstract. In the two principles of microeconomics classes that I taught during the 2013 academic year, one hundred seventy students participated in the completion of five questionnaires. The first questionnaire covered determinants of student performance recognized in economic education and they include GPA, student classification, employment status, gender, age, race, and attendance. The other questionnaires

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Thai Secondary School Teachers’ Perception of English Oral Presentation Techniques and Abilities

This research was carried out in order to investigate Thai secondary school teachers’ perception of English oral presentation techniques and abilities. The participants of this study were 70 Thai secondary school teachers from various schools in Thailand. The subjects were purposely selected because all of them had experience in teaching English and giving oral

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Measuring classroom pedagogical transformations when “Educating for change”? A lesson from Singapore

By standards of international benchmarking tests, Singapore’s education system has been successful in making shifts needed to meet the emerging demands of the 21st century. Despite this recognition, locally, stubborn narratives of Singaporeans’ educational experiences as being primarily didactic and exam-focused persist, with official and public constructions of the “inadequate-Singaporean” being a prototypical fall-out of

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An Experimental Learning Model for RFID

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was widely applied in various industries in recent years. The logistics and supply chain is the most common industry applying RFID. While the RFID market is now growing rapidly, RFID professionals demand is increasing sharply. However, there are few RFID courses or trainings provided before logistics and supply chain students’ graduation,

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Principal Leadership in the Implementation of School-Based Management in Smk Negeri 26 Jakarta

This research aims to know the principal leadership in moving the citizen schools citizen schools motivation, give, give an example to the citizens of the school, and the effects or impacts of the leadership in the framework of the implementation of School-based management (SBM) in SMK Negeri 26 Jakarta. The method used is descriptive research

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Evaluation of the Program Curriculum-Based Islamic Montessori

The aim of this evaluative research to know the implementation Montessori approach based on Gita Islamic Montessori School (GIMS). The research method is research evaluation by using CIPP model. This study uses multiple techniques and instruments to collect data and for data analysis it uses descriptive statistics and qualitative techniques. The results of the study

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Young EFL Learners’ Attributions of Perceived Success and Failure in English Language Learning

The purpose of this study is to investigate young Turkish EFL learners’ attributions of success and failure in English language learning as well as comparing their instructors’ perceptions about the same issue. In addition, the match between TEOG scores and the perceived success of the students was investigated. Two instruments were used for the purposes

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Automatic Assessment of Programming Assignments to Enable New Educational Paradigms

Automating the assessment of programming assignments in higher education institutions is important to provide prompt feedback to the students, reduce teachers’ workload on repetitive tasks, avoid human errors, and enable the exploration of new educational paradigms such as gamification and course adaptation based on learning analytics. However, the automatic assessment of programming assignments is challenging because

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Towards a Poetics of Empathy: Literary Fiction As a Transformative Experience

Shortly after the U.S. election in November 2016, sales of George Orwell’s classic “1984” peaked, leading to a crystallizing moment that author Chinua Achebe identified as literature’s purpose: “People are expecting from literature serious comment on their lives [and want] a second handle on reality so that when it becomes necessary to do so, we

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A Comparison of the Use of Social Media for Blended Learning in China and UK Higher Education

Purpose–The purpose of this paper is to compare the use of Wechat in China vs. Facebook/ Twitter/ Blog/ Instagram/ Google+ in the UK in higher education practice, based on a case study in art and design subjects between a Chinese and a British university(Ningbo University and University of Huddersfield). Methodology –A combination of literature reviews, action

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Computerization and Standardization of Arabic Scientific Terminology

Due to the rapid growth of scientific terminology added to the international lexicon every day, the need is felt to computerize and standardize of Arabic scientific terminology. The fact that we have many academies in the Arab World working in this field, yet the lack of coordination among them has led to a long list

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A Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Project: Opportunities and Challenges in the Context of Heritage Language Education

The Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach is gaining momentum in the field of language education. Though the benefits of the approach have been widely acknowledged, its implementation is not a straightforward task. Further, to our knowledge, such an approach has not been as of yet applied in the context of a community-based or

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The Impact of Weekly Correction and Feedback in a French Composition Class

This study aims to explore the quantitative and qualitative learning performance of a class of composition in L2 French (junior students) in Taiwan by applying statistic methods such as SPSS and Excel. The students of a French department following a course of writing during the academic year 2015–2016 are chosen as the research object. The

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Integration of English Language and Music Literacy As Innovative Pedagogy for 21st Century Learning

Teachers are facilitators of learning. As a catalyst of learning, innovative pedagogy is needed to add flavor, light and life in the classroom. As individuals develop, there are different opportunities and constraints for learning. Learning is most effective when differential development within and across physical, intellectual, emotional, and social domains is taken into account. Hence,

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Music Pedagogy for the 21st Century Globalized Curriculum

Teaching in the 21-century is an altogether different phenomenon. Teaching strategies would always vary based from the learning styles of the 21st century learners and other factors affecting the learning environment. In order to produce 21st century teachers, the teacher education curriculum and instruction must also focus on how to teach 21st century learners. There

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Exploring University Student’s Insights Towards the Field Trip Under the PBL Method

A field trip is sometimes used in a university class. Kwan and So (2008) found that the field trip used under the PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning) method provided university students authentic and deep knowledge of the subject and reduced the learning gaps. However, Kent, Gilbertson and Hunt (1997) explain the field trip depends on the

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Refugees Crisis in the Human Security Agenda of South-East Asian Countries

Despite Southeast Asian countries, with the exception of Cambodia and Philippines, aren’t a part of the 1951 Convention related to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. The refugee crisis remains one among the most influenced issues that the Southeast Asian region faced until now. This research paper seeks to analyze and discuss the

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School Climate as it Relates to Organizational Commitment of Teachers

Teaching is one of the most important professions from the standpoint of human welfare. It is considered as one of the most exalted forms of social service. Teaching is also one of the most technical, difficult, and challenging professions (Acero, Javier, & Castro, 2000). Likewise, teaching is also considered a great opportunity. In the words

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Performing (Non-) Compliance Body, Subjectivity and Medication in Psychiatry

Medication and its compliance is regarded as the cornerstone for therapeutic relationship and efficacy by the contemporary psychiatry. From the perspectives of the patients, however, the question of being compliant or not with psychiatric medications is a serious and complicated issue beyond what psychiatry can figure out. As the recipient subject of psychiatric medication, patients

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Uncompleted Body and Representation of Etiology: The Cultural Context of Women with Breast Cancer in Taiwan

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between of uncompleted bodies and self-explanations of the etiologies in cultural context through narrative stories of women with breast cancer. In Taiwan, above 90% breast cancer women have suffered from surgeries combining with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and their decision makings are very different from most

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Monks in 26th Buddhist Era: Characters of Monks in Thai Films Against the Code of Monastic Discipline

According to Thailand’s constitution, it is declared that a person has the right to freely express opinions but the movies, showing monks inappropriately conducting the monastic discipline, must be banned or censored even though the film art is trying to tell the truth in the society which Thai Authority feel uncomfortable to accept. Therefore, this

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Imaging Taipei and Its Significance: Contemporary Discourses by the Local Novelists and Architects

Along with democratization in Taiwan, the emergent local public sphere in the cyberspace has begun to discuss about the path toward ‘global city’ or its alternatives that should be taken by Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. To contribute to this discussion, with the belief that (Charles Montgomery’s) Happy City emerges as a result of the notions

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The Sociology of Literature: An Analysis of Belis Imamat Novel, a Work by Inyo Soro

Belis Imamat, a novel by Inyo Soro in this study is a literary expression of the social condition on the bride pricing tradition ‘belis’ in the marital custom of the East Nusa Tenggara society. The discussed issues pertain to the structure builder of a story figure “Aku, an Indonesian term for ‘I or I am’

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Patriotic Rhetoric in Chinese Public Space

As a primary means of communication language, spoken or written is an indispensable tool for philosophers, religious preachers and political propagandists. What message reaches their audience to a great extent dependents on the skills of the speakers/writers and the rhetorical technics applied by them. In consequence, what is known about the message is often more

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The Hall of Mirrors: Reflections on Cultural Belonging

Culture is not only a defining element of a society but also a natural attribute of a human being. While it manifests itself in a kaleidoscopic array of various elements, what makes it universal and therefore accessible is that common humanity, which bonds the seemingly unconnected elements. I argue that cultural belonging is navigated by

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Transcending the Catastrophes and Horrors of History: Atomic Bomb Threat and Activism in Tanaka Chikao’s ‘The Head of Mary’

The moments of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing, along with the Holocaust, is imprinted in our memory to be the most terrible disaster mankind has suffered. The moment was promising to end the most destructive war in human history. It also, paradoxically enough, resulted in another disastrous massacre or what anthropologist Mircea Eliade

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A Study of User Behavioral Intention to Use Line’s Ugly E-Stickers Based on Technology Acceptance Model

As development of technology and popularity of mobile device in recent years the way of communication between people has been a great change, in which the demand for mobile communication applications have gradually increased.Among the many social communication applications in Taiwan, LINE is the most frequently used communication application. In addition to its convenience and

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Misogyny in Hell-Joseon: An Intersectional Approach to the Misogyny of South Korean Society

This study aims to explain the recent misogynistic atmosphere of South Korean society through intersectionality theory. While misogynistic hate speech and resulting feminist movement increase, the generalized binary framework, which regards men as offenders and women as victims, maintains the fight between men and women. Black feminism, which emphasizes identity politics, provides an alternative framework

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A Book Review Analysis on Haruki Murakami in Four Countries

Haruki Murakami novels are popular around the world. We analyse how his novels are read in foreign countries and identify the cultural differences, using the amazon book reviews on his novels in Japan, US, UK, and Canada. We set the target novels “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” and “Norwegian Wood” because types

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Perceptions of the Pre-Service Teachers on Multi-Cultural Education

Multicultural education was created to provide educators with a platform for working with such diverse school populations and achieving justice within societies marked by inequalities based on language, gender, socioeconomic status, or religion (Banks, 2004; Alanay & Aydin, 2016); democracy (Ozen, 2016); respect and togetherness (Salgur, 2015); and equality (King, 2004). This concept is relevant

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A Neoclassical Realist Account of Abe’s attempt at Constitutional Reinterpretation

Why did Japan recently begin a serious attempt to revise/reinterpret the constitution to allow the right to collective self-defense in the early 2010s? This is a serious research puzzle for the researchers of Japan’s International Relations. The primary aim of this paper is to put forward an alternative, yet theoretically rigorous explanation for it. The

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Maritime Diplomacy: The Significance of ASEAN’s Single Political Action Towards the South China Sea Dispute Settlement Through A Maritime Security Approach

South China Sea conflict has become a significant discourse among international community; not just because China’s claim has breached the sovereignty of several states and shifting the world’s balance of power, but also because it challenges the stability on one of the world’s most important sea-routes. South East Asia is the region with the most

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The Entanglement of Signs—Examining the Political Turn of Internet Memes in China

Memes in China have gained momentum in recent years thanks to the high penetration of the Internet and usage of mobile phones. Previous studies on Chinese Internet memes mainly go into two directions, one is from a political perspective that addresses how memes reflect the tension between the Chinese party-state and civil society. The other

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Strategic Outlook for the Indian Ocean in 2030: The Role of IORA in Ocean Governance and in Maintaining Regional Maritime Security

By 2030 the Indian Ocean will become the busiest and most important global sea lane of communications which connects the world. Seeing the strategic location of this ocean, many actors force their interests to the region which might lead to clash of interests and increase the number of non-traditional maritime threats in the Indian Ocean.

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Transborder Mobility and (Re)construction of Boundaries in the Sino-North Korea Borderland

Most of the existing research on the migration in the Sino-North Korea borderland ignores the pre-existing fluidity of legal and illegal mobility between the northern part of North Korea and the northern provinces of China. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the land around the border between North Korea and China was the ethnic

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Comparison between Japanese Tipping Customs, Kokorodzuke, and Western Tipping Customs: Japanese Cultural Uniqueness Making Foreign Tourists Confused

Our research topic is a discovery of Japanese cultures uniqueness making foreign travelers get confused from tipping customs’ differences between Japan and western countries. Most people think that there is no tipping custom in Japan, and this is correct in most situations. Therefore, many foreign tourists can enjoy Japan without worrying about tipping. However, there

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Cultural Knowledge Pedagogy for Higher Education

Pedagogy in higher education curriculum is very important in dealing with students who have different cultures. Since, every individual is unique, so teachers must vary their methods of teaching, content of the lessons and type of evaluation that will fit to the type of learners. Thus, this theoretical and empirical study aimed to analyze the

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The Myth of Creative Work as Liberation

The rise of the creative industry as the new economic sector for post-industrial societies has afforded great interest in the global economy, with its promise of autonomous and self-realizing creative work that not only satisfies the labor force, but also generates substantial revenue in the process. However, there is a blatant disregard for the exploitative

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Queer Taiwan: A Critical Overview of Discourses on Queer in Taiwan From 2006 To 2016

Queer studies in Taiwan has its own developing trajectory for over two decades. Scholars from different disciplines have been engaging themselves with queer theories, politics, activism, and performing arts, all of which have, in turn, redefined the relationship between gender and identity. However, through a critical reading of Taiwanese queer discourses from 2006 to 2016,

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The 1970s Global Food Crisis and Japan’s Food Security Strategy

During the Allied Occupation, Japan imported notable amount of agricultural products from the United States through the food aid program, and even once it regained its independence, it continued to be a major market for the U.S. However, the global food crisis in the early 1970s highlighted the fragility of Japan’s food supply system and

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Anthropomorphic Imagery and Characterization in Haruki Murakami’s Novel Kafka on the Shore

The research paper traces the effect of employing anthropomorphic elements in Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore. The delicate art of characterization when combined with anthropomorphism highlights the very nature and function of Murakami’s animals. The article traces the function and effect of imagery, as a literary technique, in highlighting the characteristics of the

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The Trope of Ibayong Dagat in the Narratives of Filipino Diasporic

The study involves the reading and interpretation of narratives of Filipino diasporic who may be Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or contract workers, returnee OFWs, migrant Filipino workers who converted to permanent residency and/or on to citizenship of the receiving countries. The narratives come mostly from the Philippine radio program “Serbisyong OFW” which is aired every

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Global Identity and Culture Transmission

In the 80s, the Hong Kong entertainment and cultural scene were more liberal compared to present times as they were able to absorb foreign culture despite the gap between eastern and western countries. Hong Kong established a local culture by using foreign culture as reference, which was called a culture moment. Hong Kong tried to

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Residential Aged Care Services – The Australian Experience

Since 1997, the provision of ageing and aged care services to older Australians has undergone significant change and growth. The sector has moved from what was considered a ‘cottage industry’ to a highly competitive market with a wide range of participants including for profit entities. This heavily government subsidised sector, which is based upon distinct

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The Research of Instructional Objectives of Science Education in Taiwan: An Experience of Biology Teaching in Junior High School

The rapid changes bring with the tide of globalization. To promote national development in upcoming knowledge economy and information technology, cultivation of talent becomes an important issue. School education must also be amended and adjusted. In daily life, the relationship of public and technology products is closer and thus the cultivation of scientific literacy is

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School Lunch Supply Process from the Perspective of Service Design: A Case Study of Elementary School Program in Taiwan

The school lunch program in Taiwan was developed in 1954. In recent years, related studies and reports demonstrate that the trend of Taiwanese student wasting their school lunch is climbing. Every year, the number of wasted lunch is as high as several thousand tons and the wasting up to 1.9 Billion NT in cost. Those

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The Research of Taiwan Virtual Idol Design Factor Analysis

In December 2014, Kaohsiung MRT works with creator to launch ‘K.R.T. GIRLS’ in order to attract young people’s attention, it received a great response. In addition, Taiwan professional baseball team Uni Lions also established girl idol group ‘Unigirls Junior’ at June 2016, the group also has three virtual idol to serve as its corporate image

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A Study of Comfort Elements Combine with Local Mascot: The Case of Yunlin Townships

Yunlin County, which located in south-west of Taiwan, west of the Taiwan Strait and consists of twenty townships. Due to its plain ground and fertile soil environment advantages which suits for agriculture, it has been being the main supplier of rice and vegetables, which had made a great contribution to Taiwan. Although there is an

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Case Study on the Organizational Structure Design Based on Technological Innovation Platform of Core Enterprises within the Distributed Innovation Networks

Research from a variety of perspectives has argued that technological innovation no longer takes place within a single organization, but rather is across multiple institutions or firms within a distributed network. This paper only discusses one kind of the distributed innovation networks that the ones have a core enterprise as the innovation platform provider. This

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An Analysis of the Effect of Building Street Light Management Systems on Street Light Management and Repairs: A Case Study

The Kinmen County has a total of approximately 15,000 street lights. Because of the countless types of street light equipment information, that such information is updated periodically, and that information pertaining to the building and maintenance of street lights in different times is difficult to preserve, control, and access, related departments often spend considerable time

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The Study of Marketing Strategy from Traditional Industries: The Case of Handmade Plain Misua Industry in Kinmen

Plain misua evolved from traditional Chinese pasta. Since the ancestors’ era, it has been one of the most important food ingredients used for ceremonies of long-life and birthday greetings, temple’s worship, as well as the local street foods. The plain misua is one of the most local products of Kinmen county. Early inhabitants have ground

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Risk Management and Profit-Loss Analysis of Foreign Currency Risks During Low-Interest-Rate Periods: A Case Study of NTD/NZD

In recent years, central banks in many countries have adopted quantitative easing monetary policy which induces lower-interest-rates; take Taiwan as an example, currently the interest rates for short-term (one year or shorter) time-deposits range from .1%~1%. Yet, foreign banks offer short-term deposits with interest rates between 1%~5% which greatly welcome by investors. The drawback for

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Development of a Dual Axis Sun Tracking System with Astronomical Equation Program on Arduino Via GPS Module

The overall objective of this study is to design and develop a program for controlling A Dual axis sun tracking system with astronomical equation program on Arduino via GPS module. This paper discusses about mechanical structure, concept of program and algorithm base on the astronomical equation in Thailand. The concept of this tracking system is

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From the Battlefield to the Tourist Attraction – Investigating the Changes of Paternalistic Style of Leadership in Kinmen

On an offshore island of Kinmen, where intensive artillery fire from across the Strait had rained and there remains a sharp look of place of battle, was stationed by troops of nearly a hundred thousand men at a beginning stage. Owing to the commodity and monetary control by the Government, more commodities were needed than

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Resilient Living Environments: Identifying a Design Approach to Creating Housing Suited to Culture and Context

This paper’s focus is on identifying a system for devising and implementing a culture and context specific planning and design approach to creating the right low cost housing solutions for sites prone to flooding and ground instability. Two sites are explored, one in Sri Lanka and the other in Nanjing, China. The paper first presents the

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Building Community: Stepping Beyond Typical Large Scale Housing Development Models to Create Better Rural Communities

Community is a vital aspect of living, yet most large scale housing developments tend to focus on achieving maximum occupation rather than creating environments within which communities can grow and thrive. This paper explores the key characteristics of large scale (and post disaster) housing developments in Sri Lanka, and their impact on the culture of

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Perspectives of Users and Experts on Designs for Converting Existing New Zealand Houses to Make Them Suitable for Ageing in Place

The limited available choices for older people as well as personal factors have led to a demand for ageing in place. Given the slow rate of adding new houses to the existing stock in New Zealand (Statistics New Zealand, 2013), it is essential to find effective design solutions for redeveloping the latter to achieve a

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A Research on the Relationships among Role Pressure, Personality Traits, and Job Satisfaction-Personnel Employees at National Universities in Taiwan

The national universities in Taiwan are rather distinctive from the aspects of characteristics, for example, the staff including academic and administrative categories which fit with various compliance systems. Furthermore, Taiwan Governments have been attempting to reform the administrative policies on military and public servants, and to revise the labor-related policies. All the changes have casted

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A Framework for E-Health Promotion Plan: Health Behaviors of University Students and Their Interest in Campus Health Promotion Experiential Activities

The purpose of this study aimed to provide an assessment of the needs of health promotion in university students, based on body composition analysis reports, lifestyle variables and the interest in health promoting activates. The researcher design and development a new approach to guide health promotion practice which is an e-Health promoting plan to facilitate