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Thinking It Through: Australian Students’ Skills In Creative Problem Solving, Lisa De Bortoli, Greg Macaskill 2014 Australian Council for Educational Research

Thinking It Through: Australian Students’ Skills In Creative Problem Solving, Lisa De Bortoli, Greg Macaskill

OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA Australia)

In every PISA survey, students from every participating country are assessed in the core domains of mathematics, science and reading literacy. In addition to assessing these literacy domains, the OECD proposes additional assessments in other domains. In PISA 2003, a paper-based assessment of cross- disciplinary problem solving was first assessed, when it was included as a core domain. In PISA 2012, problem solving was once again assessed, this time as an optional computer-based assessment.

The focus of the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving was: Are today’s 15-year-old students acquiring the problem-solving skills that will prepare them to meet ...


A Case Study On The Globalizing English Language Curriculum In One Chinese College -- How Western Pedagogies Are Adapted And Adopted In The Classroom, Xi Wu 2014 Western University

A Case Study On The Globalizing English Language Curriculum In One Chinese College -- How Western Pedagogies Are Adapted And Adopted In The Classroom, Xi Wu

University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Globalization intensifies international educational transfer; regional knowledge, values, and pedagogies flow across nations. Due to the unequal relations of power and influence between nations, Chinese educators typically favor knowledge and pedagogies from Western developed countries. Without enough careful consideration of the local context(s), undesirable learning effects appear to be generated. This study is motivated by the desire to enhance understanding on how Western knowledge and pedagogical practices could more optimally meet local college Chinese students’ complex English language learning needs. To illuminate what actually happens in the processes of adoption and adaptation of Western language, knowledge, and pedagogy, I ...


The Differences Between The Public And Private School Systems In Cuenca, Ecuador, Rachael Goodloe 2014 Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Differences Between The Public And Private School Systems In Cuenca, Ecuador, Rachael Goodloe

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador, offers both public and private education to its citizens. The value that has been placed upon each system varies from person to person. Therefore, I set out to learn more about the benefits, disadvantages, and overall differences between the two systems. I traveled to Cuenca for a site visit to public and private schools and interviewed teachers in the two systems. The observations I made and the results of the interviews changed my opinions and preconceived notions about what I thought education would be like in Cuenca. The results of this study pointed ...


Back To The Basics: Supplying Basic Necessities For Three Honduran Rural Schools, Laura Capps 2014 Purdue University

Back To The Basics: Supplying Basic Necessities For Three Honduran Rural Schools, Laura Capps

Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement

No abstract provided.


International Service-Learning: Transformational Learning Through Experience, Shannan Lee Crowder 2014 Western University

International Service-Learning: Transformational Learning Through Experience, Shannan Lee Crowder

University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This study applies the Experiential Learning Theory and the Transformational Learning Theory to International Service-Learning (ISL) in post-secondary education. International engagement in post-secondary institutions has become an important element in education. Developing global citizenship is a significant focus for many students and institutions. Higher educational institutions are increasingly being challenged to meet the demands of international connectivity and enhance the quality of learning for prospective students (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004, p. 95). ISL provides the opportunity for students to experience perspective transformation. In order for institutions to foster transformational learning, it is important for educators and researchers to have the capability to measure what is being learned, how the learning occurs, and how to support learning. This study sought to investigate how international learning experiences transformed the lives of students who participated in an ISL program, what the participants learned, and how they applied what they learned once they returned to their home country. A qualitative case study was conducted to investigate the perspective of students who participated in an ISL experience in East Africa between seven weeks to four months. Participant recommendations’ regarding ISL were also provided as a means to assist the learning potential of ISL experiences for future students. Findings for this study suggest that areas of transformational learning did occur; however, increased preparation and support throughout the experience would have enhanced their learning.


A Comparison Of Teaching Methods In Taiwan For Young Learners Of English, Marilyn E. Hodgin 2014 Cedarville University

A Comparison Of Teaching Methods In Taiwan For Young Learners Of English, Marilyn E. Hodgin

Master of Education Theses

The purpose of this research is to investigate what instructional methods are effectively being used in Taiwanese primary school classrooms to increase the abilities of students’ speaking and listening of English. The data for this qualitative study was collected from three sources. One was from a short survey of eight local teachers in the sample population. Another was from individual interviews with each of those instructors. The third was personal observations from the English classrooms while teaching in Taiwan. Most of the teachers were from the public schools, but two were private English instructors. Three themes emerged from the coding ...


Undergraduate Program In Global Studies To Launch This Fall, Lesley Denardis 2014 Sacred Heart University

Undergraduate Program In Global Studies To Launch This Fall, Lesley Denardis

Lesley DeNardis

In the ongoing effort to further internationalize its campus and its educational offerings, Sacred Heart University is launching a new undergraduate major in global studies in the Fall of 2014. Lesley DeNardis is the director of the new global studies program.


Passports, Global Citizenship, And The Black Student: A Qualitative Study Uncovering The Dispositions Of Undergraduate African American Students Regarding Global Citizenship, Jenaya LéVon Perdue 2014 Western Kentucky University

Passports, Global Citizenship, And The Black Student: A Qualitative Study Uncovering The Dispositions Of Undergraduate African American Students Regarding Global Citizenship, Jenaya Lévon Perdue

Dissertations

Global citizenship is an elusive concept that spans a multitude of disciplines and is coming to the forefront of conversations at institutions of higher learning, as colleges and universities grapple with training and shaping their student body into scholars useful and sensitive to the needs of our society and world in the 21st century. Morais and Ogden (2011) captured the essence of global citizenship in three tenets, which are social responsibility, global competence, and global civic engagement. Using the three tenets of Morais and Ogden (2009), as well as a definition developed based on research, this researcher sought to discover ...


The Demoralization Of Teachers: Crisis In A Rural School In China - Book Review, Vilma Seeberg 2014 Kent State University

The Demoralization Of Teachers: Crisis In A Rural School In China - Book Review, Vilma Seeberg

Vilma Seeberg

Author Dan Wang describes how the daily experiences of students, teachers, administrators, and parents are shaped and impacted by national education reforms that are an ill-fit with local school conditions and student's educational needs. Teachers are scrambling to get out of what they see as a trap that stifles their aspirations and robs their lives of meaning.


Book Review: Student Financing Of Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective, Shannon Franklin 2014 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Book Review: Student Financing Of Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective, Shannon Franklin

Journal of Student Financial Aid

No abstract provided.


Consent And Dissent: A Study Of The Reaction Of Chinese School Teachers In Guangzhou City Schools To Government Educational Reforms, Roger Seifert, Yingfei Li 2014 Lehigh University

Consent And Dissent: A Study Of The Reaction Of Chinese School Teachers In Guangzhou City Schools To Government Educational Reforms, Roger Seifert, Yingfei Li

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

This paper presents detailed qualitative evidence from a case study of teachers in five Chinese schools in one city. It explicitly seeks to show how developments in government policy towards education have altered the management of teacher labour inside schools as well as the teacher labour process as expressed by the teachers themselves in interviews and questionnaires. In this paper, we explore supervision, work intensification, and the erosion of professionalism. We conclude that some changes have taken place as predicted by the labour process model, but that the reaction of the teachers to more extensive controls has been variable. In ...


Investigating The Experiences Of Queer International Students, Elizabeth S. Patrick 2014 Western University

Investigating The Experiences Of Queer International Students, Elizabeth S. Patrick

University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

There is a great deal of academic literature reporting homophobic discrimination against queer students in higher education. However, queer international students, who have potentially experienced different cultural constructions and understandings of sexualities based upon their cross cultural international studies, have received little to no attention in academic literature. This is significant considering the increasing number of international students studying in Canadian universities. In light of this, this research examines the self-described experiences of seven queer international students attending one Canadian university in order to investigate their experiences as queer identifying subjects. Drawing on their voices, it also attempts to examine ...


A Case Study Investigating The Impact Of A Blended International Partnership On Perceptions Of Learning And Global Mindedness In A North Carolina High School, Jennifer Ricks 2014 Liberty University

A Case Study Investigating The Impact Of A Blended International Partnership On Perceptions Of Learning And Global Mindedness In A North Carolina High School, Jennifer Ricks

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

Despite the ever-increasing popularity of international partnerships that blend study abroad and virtual learning, very little data exists to understand their impact on student attitudes and achievement. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate the impact of a blended international school partnership on perceptions of learning and global mindedness in a North Carolina high school. Data was collected, in two phases, from stakeholder interviews, observations, an online Global Mindedness Scale survey, the NC School Report Card, and teacher lesson plans. Global mindedness was found to have increased as participants gained a multifaceted understanding of, and appreciation for ...


Utilizing Tutors In The Classroom: An Extension Of Supplemental Instruction To Increase Student Performance And Retention, Evelyn Doman 2014 Georgia Southern University

Utilizing Tutors In The Classroom: An Extension Of Supplemental Instruction To Increase Student Performance And Retention, Evelyn Doman

Georgia Educational Researcher

Supplemental Instruction (SI) has widely been used in university classrooms around the world. However, many obstacles face SI – including low student attendance, lack of faculty support, and recognition of today’s online generation. This research helps to fill the gap in SI by posing to solve the problems mentioned above by extending SI into the classroom with the assistance of tutors. In response to the growing number of students and lack of space and instructors to accommodate the exploding enrollment, an initiative called “Tutors in the Classroom (TIC)” was started at a 4-year liberal arts college near Atlanta. TIC involved ...


Establishing A Baseline Of Psychometric Estimates Of Measurement Of Intercultural Competence Of Ukrainian Faculty: Setting The Stage For Domestic And Global Intercultural Understanding, Iryna Dzhuryak 2014 SelectedWorks

Establishing A Baseline Of Psychometric Estimates Of Measurement Of Intercultural Competence Of Ukrainian Faculty: Setting The Stage For Domestic And Global Intercultural Understanding, Iryna Dzhuryak

Iryna Dzhuryak

Post-Soviet Ukraine is in a time of upheaval and transition. Internal relations between pro-Western and pro-Russian supporters have deteriorated in the light of recent political events of Euro Revolution, Russia’s occupation of the Crimean peninsula, and the militant confrontations in the southeastern regions of the country. In the light of these developments, intercultural competence is greatly needed to alleviate domestic tensions and enable effective intercultural communication with the representatives of different cultures within the country and beyond its borders. This study established a baseline of psychometric estimates of intercultural competence of Ukrainian higher education faculty. A sample of 276 ...


Governance And Coordination Of The Higher Education System In Namibia: Challenges And Prospects, Kenneth Matengu, Gilbert Likando, Bennett Kangumu 2014 Lehigh University

Governance And Coordination Of The Higher Education System In Namibia: Challenges And Prospects, Kenneth Matengu, Gilbert Likando, Bennett Kangumu

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Considering that coordination can take many forms, and may be instituted through an array of policy instruments and tools, we take the position that coordination is both a consequence of pressures on higher education some of which are brought by market forces (globalisation) but also that state coordination of higher education can be a trigger for change. Our objective is to demonstrate this through a review of literature and legislative and policy instruments in Namibia. We complete the review with an in-depth analysis of key informant interviews on coordination in Namibia. We argue that although Namibia’s approach of higher ...


There’S No Place Like Home: Or Is There? Study Abroad Reentry, Kelsey Gray 2014 Western Oregon University

There’S No Place Like Home: Or Is There? Study Abroad Reentry, Kelsey Gray

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

In 2012, The Institute of International Education (IIE) reported that U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades (IIE, 2012). During the 1990’s, U.S. students studying abroad grew from 50,000 in 1985 to 140,000 in 2000. Despite changes in foreign relations and the American economy, the popularity of study abroad has continued to grow (IIE, 2012). Study abroad has been on the rise for many years because it holds many benefits for students. A semester, year, or any segment of time in a different culture can impact a ...


A Sociological Perspective Of The American Education System, Duskin Hobbs 2014 California Polytechnic State University

A Sociological Perspective Of The American Education System, Duskin Hobbs

Social Sciences

The intension of this research project is to provide a critical analysis of the modern American school system, the policies that created and maintain it, the extensive effects of its practices, and the future of education under such a system. I will begin by tracing the evolution of the current order and discuss the impacts of government educational initiatives such as No Child Left Behind (George W. Bush) and A Race to the Top (Barack Obama) among others. To support these examples I will use secondary statistical research data, scholarly journals, government sources, and other forms of evidence. In this ...


Linguistic Capital, Information Access And Economic Opportunity Among Rural Young Adults In Western China*, Emily C. Hannum, Huayu Sebastian Cherng 2014 University of Pennsylvania

Linguistic Capital, Information Access And Economic Opportunity Among Rural Young Adults In Western China*, Emily C. Hannum, Huayu Sebastian Cherng

Asia-Pacific Education, Language Minorities and Migration (ELMM) Network Working Paper Series

No abstract provided.


Chinese Doctoral Student Socialization In The United States: A Qualitative Study, Wendan Li, Christopher S. Collins 2014 Lehigh University

Chinese Doctoral Student Socialization In The United States: A Qualitative Study, Wendan Li, Christopher S. Collins

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

Although international students annually contribute billions of dollars to the US economy, meaningful intercultural interaction between international students, peers, and faculty is often missing at US host campuses. Feelings of isolation, loneliness, and alienation are pervasive among international students at US campuses; these feelings can negatively impact students’ ability to engage in academic and social activities. This study is designed to explore how Chinese doctoral students socialize into a US doctoral program and how they perceive their socialization experiences. Using qualitative methods, we highlight student experiences and isolate areas of misalignment in the educational process.


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