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The Children's Book Of World Religions, Kirsten Lea Salonga 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Children's Book Of World Religions, Kirsten Lea Salonga

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

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Empowered But Not Equal: Challenging The Traditional Gender Roles As Seen By University Students In Saudi Arabia, Fawziah Al-bakr, Elizabeth R. Bruce, Petrina M. Davidson, Edit Schlaffer, Ulrich Kropiunigg 2017 King Saud University

Empowered But Not Equal: Challenging The Traditional Gender Roles As Seen By University Students In Saudi Arabia, Fawziah Al-Bakr, Elizabeth R. Bruce, Petrina M. Davidson, Edit Schlaffer, Ulrich Kropiunigg

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

This study examines perspectives of Saudi university students regarding changing gender roles as affected by women’s rights, education, employment, and activity in the public sphere. Results from a questionnaire distributed among 4,455 male and female students indicate students are confident and optimistic about improving gender equity, however resistance from those holding traditional views still exist. Female respondents are more optimistic than male respondents,seeing changes in gender roles as advantageous to their personal and professional lives. Representing a group of allies, a majority of male students regard changing gender roles positively. Men and women reported personal courage to ...


Teacher Voice In Global Conversations Around Education Access, Equity, And Quality, Charlina Gozali, Elizabeth Claassen Thrush, Michelle Soto-Peña, Christine Whang, Thomas F. Luschei 2017 Claremont Graduate University, School of Educational Studies

Teacher Voice In Global Conversations Around Education Access, Equity, And Quality, Charlina Gozali, Elizabeth Claassen Thrush, Michelle Soto-Peña, Christine Whang, Thomas F. Luschei

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Despite public commitments internationally and nationally to include the voices of all stakeholders, the voices of teachers have continued to be marginalized in the literature and in policy-making related to global educational development. The purpose of the current study is to examine the process of invoking teacher voice using a sample of international teachers participating in a US-based teacher exchange program. Toward this end, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 16 teachers from 14 countries and four continents (all participants in the Teaching Excellence and Achievement [TEA] program). Results demonstrate that teacher voice was more personal rather than systemic, narrative rather ...


Measuring Quality Beyond Test Scores: The Impact Of Regional Context On Curriculum Implementation (In Northern Uganda), Carol Anne Spreen, Jillian J. Knapczyk 2017 New York University

Measuring Quality Beyond Test Scores: The Impact Of Regional Context On Curriculum Implementation (In Northern Uganda), Carol Anne Spreen, Jillian J. Knapczyk

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Although global initiatives have brought attention to the lack of quality in education systems worldwide; the question remains, how do we implement quality education? Teachers, a vital component of the education process, are not usually included in these global conversations; this results in government initiatives missing key obstacles faced by teachers daily. In this article, we used a rights-based approach to examine the Quality Educators Initiative, specifically its curricular component, as it tries to assist teachers in northern Uganda, an area whose schools and communities are vastly under-resourced and dealing with post-conflict effects. Using a mixed-methods approach, we highlight teachers ...


Fostering Global-Mindedness In Teacher Preparation, Gail D. Zahn, Elizabeth J. Sandell, Caryn E. Lindsey 2017 Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fostering Global-Mindedness In Teacher Preparation, Gail D. Zahn, Elizabeth J. Sandell, Caryn E. Lindsey

Elizabeth J. Sandell, Ph. D.

Teacher education programs require attention to the rapid changes in the world, in part because populations are becoming increasingly diverse. These rapidly changing classroom environments have prompted a need to train teachers who can communicate with and teach students from increasingly diverse backgrounds. In addition, they must have an understanding of cultural family values and practices which influence individual students among the various ethnic populations they teach. This paper will describe steps taken by one College of Education to create international partnerships and learning experiences in an effort to enhance their teacher training programs and develop an environment of global-mindedness.


Myth Or Reality: Catholic Inclusivity To Students From Other Religions, Nasser Razek 2017 University of Dayton

Myth Or Reality: Catholic Inclusivity To Students From Other Religions, Nasser Razek

Nasser Razek

This qualitative study explored the multifaceted issue of cultural and religious challenges for an international Muslim group at a Catholic research institution. Measures employed by the university community to assert the friendliness of campus to students from other religions and student perceptions of the effectiveness of these measures are surveyed to reveal the inclusion of students from several religious affiliations, especially Muslim students. The study was based on in-depth interviews with Muslim students.

Data analysis revealed constructs that are pivotal to the case including consistency in affirming the Catholic identity of the university; intentionally avoiding the usage of solely Christian ...


Enabling Access To Higher Education In Post-Socialist Mongolia: Empirical Results For Implementation And Implications Of Government Policies, Otgonjargal Okhidoi 2017 University of Pittsburgh

Enabling Access To Higher Education In Post-Socialist Mongolia: Empirical Results For Implementation And Implications Of Government Policies, Otgonjargal Okhidoi

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

This quantitative study examines the effectiveness of government financial assistance policies in access to higher education in post-socialist Mongolia as of 2012, using probabilistic, cross-sectional Household Social and Economic Survey data. Using a six-subscale composite socioeconomic status (SES) variable, the study examines the effect of SES on government financial assistance, relationship between the State Budget Organization employee status on the assistance and the SES levels. Cross tabulations and multinomial regression models were applied in the analyses. The study reveals that the design and implementation of the policies were not entirely targeted at the poor and marginalized, and demonstrates a rather ...


Book Review: Thompson, C. (2013). Leadership Re-Imagination: A Primer Of Principles And Practices (Kindle Dx Version). Kingston, Jamaica: The Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative., Donna H. Swapp 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Book Review: Thompson, C. (2013). Leadership Re-Imagination: A Primer Of Principles And Practices (Kindle Dx Version). Kingston, Jamaica: The Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative., Donna H. Swapp

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

BOOK REVIEW: Thompson, C. (2013). Leadership Re-imagination: A Primer of Principles and Practices (Kindle DX version). Kingston, Jamaica: The Caribbean Leadership Re-Imagination Initiative.


Schooling Attainment’S Influence On Internet Adoption: Education’S Role In The Cross-National Development Of The Mass-Media Knowledge Gap, Bryan A. Mann, William C. Smith, David Baker 2017 The Pennsylvania State University

Schooling Attainment’S Influence On Internet Adoption: Education’S Role In The Cross-National Development Of The Mass-Media Knowledge Gap, Bryan A. Mann, William C. Smith, David Baker

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Research about innovation adoption underplays the role of educational attainment in the individual consumption of technology; consequently, past research underestimates the importance education plays independent of wealth in diffusion, particularly as absolute levels of formal education rise worldwide. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), this study employs clustered logistic regression to show how educational attainment of adults independently relates to household Internet adoption, net of wealth and other social factors. The results nuance and enhance discussions about the Digital Divide and the mass media knowledge gap hypothesis, showing, through a unique, cross-national dataset, that indeed there ...


English Language Educational Policy In Saudi Arabia Post 21st Century: Enacted Curriculum, Identity, And Modernisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis Approach, Tariq Elyas, Omar Badawood 2017 King Abdul Aziz University

English Language Educational Policy In Saudi Arabia Post 21st Century: Enacted Curriculum, Identity, And Modernisation: A Critical Discourse Analysis Approach, Tariq Elyas, Omar Badawood

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

There has been limited research focusing on the place of culture and resulting teaching and learning identities in EFL and how these issues impact on EFL policy, curriculum and enacted curriculum, especially textbooks. Even less research has focussed on these issues in the Gulf context. Some international research has explored the role of culture and geopolitical factors affecting EFL policies in the world. Some other studies (several in the Gulf context) have explored global historical and political developments and how they have affected cultures and hence EFL curricula within those cultures. A few studies have explored the enacted curriculum (specifically ...


Provision Of Education To The ‘Hard To Reach’ Amidst Discontinuity In Nomadic Communities In Kenya, Laban P. Ayiro, James K. Sang 2017 Moi University

Provision Of Education To The ‘Hard To Reach’ Amidst Discontinuity In Nomadic Communities In Kenya, Laban P. Ayiro, James K. Sang

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

This study explores why nomadic children in the counties of Turkana and West Pokot are left behind in the primary education process despite free primary education (FPE), and considers the variables that contribute to high dropout rates, low enrollment, poor attendance, and unsatisfactory academic achievement with a view of bringing out possible strategies to mitigate against these factors of discontinuity. Based on a study conducted in two counties in Kenya, results suggest that formal education in Kenya has not effectively served the nomadic communities. Education indicators in these counties revealed that nomadic groups are at the bottom in national statistics ...


Perceptions Of Disadvantaged Youth On Social And Economic Asymmetry: A Case Study In Hong Kong’S New Territories, Robert W. Spires 2017 Valdosta State University

Perceptions Of Disadvantaged Youth On Social And Economic Asymmetry: A Case Study In Hong Kong’S New Territories, Robert W. Spires

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Many social issues exist for marginalized youth in the New Territories of Hong Kong, despite Hong Kong’s high standard of living. Increasingly, attention is being paid to social mobility of Hong Kong’s younger generations. Youth in the New Territories face academic, economic, social and cultural barriers, in part due to tracking into low-ranked Band 3 schools. In order to better understand these barriers, this study took a phenomenological approach to understanding selected youth’s perceptions and perspectives on these barriers. This qualitative case study, being both exploratory and descriptive, developed thematic findings across interviews, field observations and document ...


Learning From Recent British Information Literacy Models: A Report To Acrl's Information Literacy Competency Standards For Higher Education Task Force, Justine Martin 2017 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Learning From Recent British Information Literacy Models: A Report To Acrl's Information Literacy Competency Standards For Higher Education Task Force, Justine Martin

Justine Martin

Information literacy is a fluid concept, shaped by our experiences, and changes in our information rich society. Guidelines articulating information literacy need modification to reflect the current form of this evolving concept. This report highlights the work of four groups in the United Kingdom to create innovative guidelines to assist practitioners in the promotion and teaching of information literacy.


Refreshing Information Literacy: Learning From Recent British Information Literacy Models, Justine Martin 2017 Minnesota State University - Mankato

Refreshing Information Literacy: Learning From Recent British Information Literacy Models, Justine Martin

Justine Martin

Models play an important role in helping practitioners implement and promote information literacy. Over time models can lose relevance with the advances in technology, society, and learning theory. Practitioners and scholars often call for adaptations or transformations of these frameworks to articulate the learning needs in information literacy development. This study analyzes four recently published models from the United Kingdom. The initial findings were presented in a report for an ACRL taskforce reviewing the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. This article presents complementary, yet distinct findings from the same dataset that focus on reoccurring themes for information literacy ...


Teaching Moral Literacy Through Critical Pedagogical Bricolage: A Co-Constructed Auto-Ethnography Of An Educational Leadership Program, Chetanath Gautam, Charles L. Lowery 2017 Delaware State University

Teaching Moral Literacy Through Critical Pedagogical Bricolage: A Co-Constructed Auto-Ethnography Of An Educational Leadership Program, Chetanath Gautam, Charles L. Lowery

The Qualitative Report

In this collaborative auto-ethnographical inquiry, two developing scholar–practitioner educational leaders explore the notion of moral literacy through a lens of critical pedagogical bricolage. This study aims to reveal certain experiences of two doctoral candidates engaged in an educational doctorate, contemplating their identities as emergent leaders from diverse backgrounds. By approaching this inquiry from a qualitative and strictly post-positivist understanding of research, we aim to present critical components of our program and the literature presented in that program that led to our understanding of moral literacy’s role in theoretical and pragmatic provinces of educational leadership. Our analysis is presented ...


Expanding Transnational Frames Into Composition Studies: Revising The Rhetoric And Writing Minor At The American University In Cairo, James P. Austin 2017 Fort Hays State University

Expanding Transnational Frames Into Composition Studies: Revising The Rhetoric And Writing Minor At The American University In Cairo, James P. Austin

English Faculty Papers

This chapter examines U.S.-based approaches to curricular revision of the Rhetoric and Writing Minor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) through analysis of faculty interviews and relevant artifacts. Through this analysis, and consideration of AUC’s development in the context of changes in Egypt, the chapter argues that U.S.-based curricular approaches satisfied various local needs among AUC’s writing faculty and students. These findings complicate claims within international composition studies, which are concerned with non-reflective export of U.S. linguistic, pedagogical and program models into international sites. This chapter calls for expanding the perspective of ...


Identifying And Investigating The “Best” Schools: A Network-Based Analysis On Nepal’S Public Education System, Priyadarshani Joshi 2016 University of Pennsylvania

Identifying And Investigating The “Best” Schools: A Network-Based Analysis On Nepal’S Public Education System, Priyadarshani Joshi

Priyadarshani Joshi

This paper aims to provide a fresh perspective to the predominantly negative discourse on schooling quality in low-income countries by focusing on the research questions: how can one identify great schools, and what makes them special? Using a network-based perspective, I measure peer evaluations of quality in two districts in Nepal. Specifically, I ask principals to mention three schools they view as the “best” schools in their district, and then map the interconnections between schools as a result of this response. I additionally analyze the differentiating characteristics of these schools, and qualitatively investigate the most frequently cited “best” school in ...


Timss 2015 : A First Look At Australia's Results, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Elizabeth O'Grady, Sima Rodrigues 2016 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Timss 2015 : A First Look At Australia's Results, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Elizabeth O'Grady, Sima Rodrigues

Elizabeth O'Grady

The goal of TIMSS is to provide comparative information about educational achievement across countries to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. It is designed, broadly, to align with the mathematics and science curricula in the participating education systems and countries, and focuses on assessment at Year 4 and Year 8. It also provides comparative perspectives on trends in achievement in the context of different education systems, school organisational approaches and instructional practices; and to enable this, TIMSS collects a rich array of background data from students, schools and teachers, and also collects data about the education systems themselves ...


Effective Teaching In The Eye Of Teacher Educators: A Case Study In A Higher Education, MELEK ÇAKMAK, Ülker Akkutay 2016 Gazi University, Faculty of Education

Effective Teaching In The Eye Of Teacher Educators: A Case Study In A Higher Education, Melek Çakmak, Ülker Akkutay

The Qualitative Report

Attempts to explore teacher educators’ thoughts seem to be meaningful at educational sciences since the number of studies discussing effective teaching and effective teacher at teacher education in the eye of teacher educators are quite limited. Therefore, this study mainly aims to identify the viewpoints of teacher educators in order to discover how they contextualize the concept of effective teaching. For this aim, a case study design, increasingly used in education (Tellis, 1997), is utilized in the study. This method is suitable when the research addresses an explanatory question such as how or why? (Yin, 2004). A questionnaire including open-ended ...


Critical Pedagogy And Peace Education In International Service-Learning: A Curriculum Exploring Race, Positionality, Power, And Privilege, Lissette A. Lizárraga 2016 University of San Francisco

Critical Pedagogy And Peace Education In International Service-Learning: A Curriculum Exploring Race, Positionality, Power, And Privilege, Lissette A. Lizárraga

Master's Projects

My project is an international service-learning curriculum intended to address the neocolonial implications that are perpetuated when sending predominately white, affluent participants abroad. My curriculum unpacks whiteness, privilege, the white savior complex, and American immigration history. Using race, power, and privilege, I explore how these themes relate to acquiring awareness and understanding of participants' societal positioning. Through this lens, my aim is that students can become aware of how systemic oppression works to disenfranchise certain groups, while others remain in power. With this awareness, students can become more mindful, aware, conscious, and critically engaged with their host communities through an ...


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