Wmu International News Fall 2013, 2013 Western Michigan University
Wmu International News Fall 2013, Haenicke Institute
WMU International News
In this issue:
- Empowering global engagement across the arts and sciences
- Employees abroad: Spanish immersion program expands understanding of international education
- Excelling in public relations key goal for Chinese twinning student
- WMU cultural anthropologist examines migration and lupus in Ecuador
- Ambiguity of borders continues to intrigue alumna from Berlin
- Visits to 35 countries complements global studies major
- Veteran administrator tapped to lead University’s international initiatives
- Future Iraqi engineer discovers the world at WMU
- WMU alumna coach points Japanese tennis player to Kalamazoo
Factors And Influences Contributing To The College Selection Decision Of High Achieving High School Seniors, 2013 Western Kentucky University
Factors And Influences Contributing To The College Selection Decision Of High Achieving High School Seniors, Dana D. Clayton
The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of how high achieving high school seniors navigate the college search process and ultimately make a decision to attend a particular institution. Specifically, it considered how institutional reputation contributes within the search process and how students consider the influence of others such as parents, friends, etc. Students enrolled in AP or Honors courses at three private and one charter school in southwestern Indiana were administered the College Exploration Questionnaire (CEQ) in the final weeks of their senior year. The CEQ measured the level of importance students placed on various ...
Saudi Male Perceptions Of Study In The United States: An Analysis Of King Abdullah Scholarship Program Participants, 2013 Western Kentucky University
Saudi Male Perceptions Of Study In The United States: An Analysis Of King Abdullah Scholarship Program Participants, Terry Ryan Hall
The Saudi Arabian Government’s establishment of the multi-billion dollar King Abdullah Scholarship Program (KASP), which sends students abroad for language training and university study, is responsible for tens of thousands of Saudi men studying in the United States. With the extension of the program through 2020, it is critical that education leaders in higher education and stakeholders at all levels understand the challenges and opportunities presented by this group increasingly populating American classrooms. Several studies have been conducted on international students in the U.S. over the years with just a few focusing on Saudi students specifically. There is ...
Pisa 2012 : How Australia Measures Up : The Pisa 2012 Assessment Of Students’ Mathematical, Scientific And Reading Literacy, 2013 Australian Council for Educational Research
Pisa 2012 : How Australia Measures Up : The Pisa 2012 Assessment Of Students’ Mathematical, Scientific And Reading Literacy, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli, Sarah Buckley
OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA Australia)
PISA seeks to measure how well young adults at age 15 (and, therefore, near the end of compulsory schooling in most participating education systems) are prepared to use their knowledge and skills in particular areas to meet real-life challenges. PISA’s orientation reflects a change in the goals and objectives of curricula, which increasingly address how well students are able to apply what they learn at school. This report presents the results of the PISA 2012 assessment for Australia. It presents the results for Australia as a whole, for the Australian jurisdictions and (where relevant) for the other participants in ...
Health And Nutrition Education In Czech Republic (Poster), 2013 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Health And Nutrition Education In Czech Republic (Poster), Jana Koptíková
The Nebraska Educator: A Student-Led Journal
The average one-year health expenditure per capita in the European member states has doubled in the last 15 years. Prevention is less expensive than treatment, and changes in diet and lifestyle remain the most effective way to reduce the financial health care costs. However, European health systems are primarily treatment systems, not preventive systems. Improper diet and lack of physical activity are the most critical factors contributing to the overweight and obesity pandemic. Along with heavy alcohol consumption and smoking, these four factors contribute the most to the development of chronic non-communicable diseases. These diseases kill more than 36 ...
Enhancing The Academic And Social Learning Of Irish Undergraduates Through Emotional And Social Skills Development., 2013 Dublin Institute of Technology
Enhancing The Academic And Social Learning Of Irish Undergraduates Through Emotional And Social Skills Development., Aiden Carthy, Celesta Mccann, Sinead Mcgilloway, Colm Mcguinness
This paper considers the potential merits of emotional competency coaching for undergraduate students. We outline the findings from our previous work which showed, for example, that a sample of First Year undergraduate students failed to engage with coaching primarily because it was not a mandatory aspect of the curricula. An analysis of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) - which details the specific learning outcomes that must be achieved by all Irish academic syllabi found that this framework makes scant reference to the development of social and emotional skills. Therefore, a revised working model of the NFQ is proposed, which incorporates ...
Unalienated Recognition At The Core Of Meaningful Exchange Between School And Community. A Response To "Unalienated Recognition As A Feature Of Democratic Schooling", 2013 Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Unalienated Recognition At The Core Of Meaningful Exchange Between School And Community. A Response To "Unalienated Recognition As A Feature Of Democratic Schooling", Robin R. Sears
Democracy and Education
I apply the concept of unalienated recognition as a form of democratic exchange, introduced by Rheingold (2012), to a different educational setting. Through a case study of the School for Field Studies international environmental programs, that are, like Rheingold’s study school, field based and community centered, I explore the hypothesis that today’s undergraduate students’ desire to serve and to solve can be usefully harnessed in formal coursework and research to address real problems at their foundation. I link the cases by building on Rheingold’s use of the concept of boundary objects as an organizing principle behind the ...
The Great Regression’S Impact On Construction Training Programs: Multi-Level Analyses Of Recruiting & Retention Concepts, 2013 Southern Illinois University Carbondale
The Great Regression’S Impact On Construction Training Programs: Multi-Level Analyses Of Recruiting & Retention Concepts, John S. Gaal Edd
Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development
The intent of this practitioner-based research study is to determine if there is a difference in the attitudes of construction industry professionals—at local and international levels—towards various training-related recruiting and retention concepts. In light of the global economic malaise, training programs are being held to higher standards and, thusly, different metrics than in the past. In today’s environment, outcomes-based designs (versus outputs-based) have gained attention from both private and public funders of such training programs. Thusly, programs must adapt to the needs of the industry rather than rely on outdated materials and methods. To this end, a ...
Perspective Transformation Amongst Student Interns, 2013 Western University
Perspective Transformation Amongst Student Interns, Robert V. Gough
University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository
This case study is an attempt to understand the impact of an International Service-Learning (ISL) experience on changing the world view or perspectives of 25 student participants in a three month internship to East Africa through a large Canadian research intensive university in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Using Kiely’s (2004) model of emerging global consciousness and a post-colonial lens, findings indicate that participants’ ‘common sense’ assumptions are disrupted and that they experience complex, ambiguous and varied shifts in their world view. The study identifies some of the experiences and contexts that contribute to perspective transformation and highlights ...
Opening Faculty And Staff Convocation Speech 2013, 2013 Western Kentucky University
Opening Faculty And Staff Convocation Speech 2013, President Gary Ransdell
No abstract provided.
Jefferson And Japan: Working Together To Advance Best Practices In Healthcare Education And Research, 2013 Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson And Japan: Working Together To Advance Best Practices In Healthcare Education And Research, Yumiko Radi
Population Health Matters (Formerly Health Policy Newsletter)
No abstract provided.
A Comparative Analysis Of The Implementation Of Education For All (Efa) Policies In Two Countries: Barbados And The Republic Of Ghana, Carolyne Verret
University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository
This study’s goals are to analyze Education for All (EFA) policies in these two Global South countries, Barbados and Ghana, and compare their adaptation, their implementation processes and the outcomes, in conjunction with UNESCO’s EFA goals. The research design used to carry out this project is a comparative case-study as it provides an understanding between the context and the processes, the structures and the actions pertaining to EFA in these two countries. This comparative case-study is based on a document analysis as a method for data collection and analysis with a critical democratic perspective. The findings have shown ...
Contributors, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
List of Contributors; Guidelines for Contributors; Index.
Editorial Comments, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Editorial Comments, Xiaodan Huang
Editorial Comments from guest editor Xiaodan Huang of Shawnee State University.
Teacher's Discoursal Strategies In Providing Positive Feedback To Student Responses: A Study Of Four English Immersion Teachers In People's Republic Of China, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Teacher's Discoursal Strategies In Providing Positive Feedback To Student Responses: A Study Of Four English Immersion Teachers In People's Republic Of China, Miao Pei
This paper investigates the discoursal strategies of four teachers in providing feedback to student responses in English classrooms in Xi’an, People’s Republic of China. The findings indicate that the teachers provide positive feedback for students English learning in various ways, including using the most common strategies such as accepting, encouraging, and repeating, as well as the strategies of extending and prompting. This study indicates that these strategies are beneficial to the students’ linguistic and cognitive development because they provide comprehensible input and require English-speaking on the part of students. Although some of the strategies appear to be common ...
The Development Of Academic Language Proficiency: Challenges For Middle School Immersion In Hong Kong And Xi'an, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Development Of Academic Language Proficiency: Challenges For Middle School Immersion In Hong Kong And Xi'an, Stella Kong, Philip Hoare
This paper investigates the development of academic language proficiency through immersion in middle school programmes in Hong Kong and Xi’an. The study reveals that in both contexts students have exposure to complex academic language through teacher talk and textbooks; however, there is not sufficient support for students’ academic language use in writing. The paper discusses the possible causes and suggests how students can be helped to develop better academic language proficiency in these immersion contexts.
The Roles Of Motivation, Affective Attitudes, And Willingness To Communicate Among Chinese Students In Early English Immersion Programs, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Roles Of Motivation, Affective Attitudes, And Willingness To Communicate Among Chinese Students In Early English Immersion Programs, Ellen Knell, Yanping Chi
Early English immersion in China has been studied from many angles, but no research to date has investigated affective variables, which may have a profound relevance to successful English acquisition. The present study examines the roles of motivation, attitudes towards learning English, willingness to communicate, perceived competence, language anxiety, and parental support among upper primary immersion and nonimmersion students. Results indicate that immersion students used in this study had significantly higher levels of willingness to communicate and perceived competence and exhibited less language anxiety than their nonimmersion peers. In addition, willingness to communicate and perceived competence were the strongest predictors ...
Phonological Awareness And Listening Comprehension Among Chinese English-Immersion Students, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phonological Awareness And Listening Comprehension Among Chinese English-Immersion Students, Miao Li, Liying Cheng, John R. Kirby
This study investigates the relationship between English listening comprehension and English and Chinese phonological awareness (PA), and the cross-linguistic transfer of PA in 48 Grade 2 and 47 Grade 4 Chinese English-immersion students. The results of the study indicate a correlation between English PA and English listening comprehension. English listening comprehension had a significant effect on English PA in both grades; this effect is evident after considering Chinese PA, but only in Grade 4. A similar pattern is found for the effect of English PA on English listening comprehension. Only weak evidence exists pertaining to a connection between cross-linguistic transfer ...
Impact Of Immersion Teaching On English Sociopragmatic Awareness Of Chinese Kindergarten Children: A Polite Study, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Impact Of Immersion Teaching On English Sociopragmatic Awareness Of Chinese Kindergarten Children: A Polite Study, Lei Zhang, Rong Yan
The purpose of this paper is to examine the impacts of an early partial immersion program as compared to a non-immersion program on English sociopragmatic awareness among Chinese kindergarten children six years of age. Of the 128 children who participated in the experiment involving the use of politeness perception tasks, half received three years of English immersion instruction and the other half were non-immersion children. The results indicate that compared with non-immersion teaching, the immersion instruction was found to be more effective in developing children’s English sociopragmatic awareness in terms of tasks that involve request strategies as opposed to ...
Content-Language Integrated Second Langauge Instruction: Curriculum And The Ccuei Context, 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Content-Language Integrated Second Langauge Instruction: Curriculum And The Ccuei Context, Mary Barbara Trube
This paper examines the content-language integrated (CLI) second language (L2) education offered by the CCUEI Research Collaborative in China. It explores how CCUEI-developed curriculum refl ects the theoretical foundations of an immersion experiment and how the research-based theoretical foundations of CLI L2 have been applied in practice. It presents best practices for L2 instruction that have emerged supporting the notions that content-area classes provide natural environments for L2 education and content-based language teaching motivates English language learners.