Category: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity


Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone’: Pre-Service Teachers’ Reflections on International Service-Learning

Within the field of teacher education, international service-learning (ISL) provides a unique opportunity to help future graduates develop intercultural awareness and competencies. This is significant given the diverse range of cultural backgrounds found in many Australian schools, and particularly in many major urban settings. With a depth of experience in the area of ISL, the


Supporting University Athletes to Succeed in Both Academic and Sport Performance at a University in Japan

University athletes often face a dilemma of succeeding in both academic performance and sport performance. For example, Inoue et al (2011) found that university athletes often found it very difficult for making time to study because of their physical fatigue. The future of university athletes is often uncertain. Some might succeed in their sport fields


An Exploration of One Learner’s Affective Experiences and FLA Development from a DST Perspective

The mainstream studies regarding FLA affective experiences focused more on negative emotions, particularly language anxiety; whereas other emotions that one may experience over the course of language learning, such as enjoyment, relief, gratitude have been understudied. In this paper, I will present and discuss the findings of a six-month longitudinal study which aimed to investigate


Improving Nature of Science Understandings through Scientific Inquiry

The main goal of this naturalistic case study was to examine prospective secondary science teachers’ developing understanding of nature of science while engaging in guided scientific inquiry. A computer simulation of inheritance processes was used in combination with small-group discussions and collaborating learning groups to enhance participants’ understandings of nature of science. Structuring scientific inquiry


Student Empowerment Pathways to Poverty Alleviation: Nurturing Innovative Teachers and Education Leaders

The Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA), under which this study was carried out, aims at addressing chronic poverty through the expansion of educational opportunities to at least one child of every identified poor household by sending them to school to finish a college degree. Philippine Normal University, as the National Center for Teacher


Association of Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs to Academic Resilience: An Analysis of Data from PISA 2012

This article explored the association of three broad themes ‘students’ school engagement, drive and motivation, and self-beliefs, dispositions and participation in mathematics activities – to academic resilience. The analysis was based on the mathematics performance of students in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012. Academically resilient students (RES) were disadvantaged in terms of


Finding a Place for Karate-Do in Mainstream Education

This paper discusses some of the benefits of including karate-do lessons in schools. It begins by providing a brief history of karate-do which originated on the small island of Okinawa, South of mainland Japan and its intimate relationship with education and the Japanese school system. In order to determine its merit we will look at


Thinking Classroom: A Case Study of Education for Empowerment in Thailand

This research aimed to study an integrated approach to learning and teaching of students studying communication arts and empower their potential by exchanging the normal classroom for a thinking classroom. The research method employed for this study the integration of learning and teaching suitable communications for participatory development was a first phase process that included:


Learning Exponential-Logarithmic Equations through Values-Driven Interventions

Mathematics is, undeniably, a fundamental skill that a learner should acquire and master. Its purposes since the era when man learned to write his annals cannot be overemphasized. The learners should explore independently the intricacies of the subject; hence, constructivist approach. As developed by Jerome Bruner, it is where the learners construct new ideas based


Tropical Summer School Experience: Gleaning EFL Students’ Responses

Learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) might be a daunting experience especially if it were to take place on a foreign land comprising speakers of diverse cultures and background. This paper thus aims to describe the responses of participants for a Summer School Programme at a tropical university in Asia. The respondents were non-native


Chinese University Student Perceptions of Teacher Quality

This paper focuses on the qualities and characteristics of Chinese university students’ favorite and least favorite professors. The paper looks to answer the question: What qualities and personal characteristics do favorite and least favorite professors have and how does that affect Chinese university students? In surveying over 280 students from 3 different universities, 226 surveys


Personality Tendency that Contributes Self-Adjustment of the Migrant Students in Jakarta

Self-adjustment in a new living environment is a challenge for every person, and intelligence aspect is considered the contributing aspect for a person to get adjustment. However, numbers of studies have reported that highly intelligence person does not necessarily become the key aspect in self-adjustment. Numbers of highly intelligence persons may experience difficulties in adjusting


The Correlation between Moral Disengagement and Cheating Behavior in Academic Context

Cheating behavior is a form of academic dishonesty that violates integrity in the academic life. In Indonesia, cheating behavior in university has become a serious issue for the government and the educational institution. Cheating behavior is influenced by personal and environmental factors such as moral disengagement. Bandura explained that moral disengagement is a form of


From Conceptualization to Reflection: A Transnational Model for Preparing and Ensuring Robust Clinical Experiences in Teacher Preparation Programs

A major challenge for teacher candidates is meeting the demands of the clinical practice experience which assesses how they make connections between their theoretical knowledge base and the real classroom experience. The critical integration of knowledge and pedagogy in academic subjects, the use of research-based, scientifically proven strategies and assessment practices, and the understanding of


Instructional Learning Versus Action Learning: A Grounded Theory Study of Vietnamese Students’ Perspective in an International Educational Program

The theoretical stand about learning has evolved greatly over the last century from the belief that the learner is passive and only motivated to learn by rewards and punishments to the belief that the learner is a processor of information and thus the goal of education becomes to increase the amount of learner’s knowledge. Later,


A Study of Interactive Influence of Brain-Based Learning and Hemisphericity of Students of Standard VIII on their Academic Achievement in Biology, Study Habits and Stress

Brain-based learning is an interdisciplinary answer to the question of, “what is the most effective way of the brain’s learning mechanism?”( Jensen 1998). Objectives of the Study: • To develop an instructional package based on brain–based learning • To analyze the hemispheric preferences of students of experimental and control groups. • To compare experimental and


An Analysis of Creative Process Learning in Computer Game Activities through Player Experiences

This research investigates the extent to which creative processes can be fostered through computer gaming. For investigating creative processes in this domain is proposed. This research tends to focus on games that have been specifically designed for educational purposes: Digital Game Based Learning in terms of creativity. This paper describes a behavior analysis for measuring


Academic Success and Emotional Competence in the Higher Education Nursing Students

1. Aims: To analyse the influences of emotional competence in the academic performance of the higher education nursing students. Emotional intelligence has an increasingly important role not only in people´s well-being but also as a fundamental factor in personal, professional and social development and success. 2. Method: The data collection was carried out in September


The Language Practicum Learning Experience of AB English 2013

The research is a quasi-evaluation of Language Practicum (LP) 2012-2013, the on-the-job (OJT) component of the AB English Program of Bicol University. Largely, the intention is to use the findings to propose policy recommendations and guidelines for the improved conduct of the LP, now on its third year of implementation. The research looked into the


Meta-Analysis of the Relation between Study Time and Academic Achievement

Two different hypotheses regarding the relation between study time and academic achievement have been proposed. The first hypothesis posits that study time has a noticeable effect on academic achievement because student knowledge increases with time spent practicing and reviewing class material. The second hypothesis states that the positive effect of study time on academic achievement


A Critical Analysis of Student’s Self-Assessment and Teacher’s Assessment

The focus of this study was to compare scores students and their peer awarded to their work in technical drawing with score awarded by the teacher. The essence is to raise the level of confidence with which students accept their teacher’s assessment of their work. Students were given a drawing exercise in technical drawing during


International Service-Learning in Nicaragua for Japanese Medical Students.

Service-learning aims to match subject content with social need to give practical meaning to student learning. This international service-learning trip to Nicaragua paired medical English, and other medical skills students were learning, with the need for medical care by underserved people in San Ramon, Nicaragua. One purpose of the trip was to provide a venue


A Global Learning Experience Narratives of European Immersive Clinical Nursing Exchanges

Lifelong learners such as nurses require skills to flexibly respond to change, proactively develop their competencies and participate successfully in society (Redecker et al 2011). European placement exchanges can provide this and support Leuven’s 20/2020 target to increase student mobility (Sweeney 2012). Learning in placement provides 50% of the educational experience for pre-registration nursing students.


Strategies for Digital Inclusion towards a Pedagogy for Embracing and Sustaining Student Diversity and Engagement with Online Learning

This working paper reports on a PhD research study that aims to develop a conceptual framework for effective learning approaches that influence digital inclusion and exclusion of diverse students. The study will move away from the traditional definitions of diversity and explore the different characteristics of a varied learner population in a modern-day setting using