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Latest From Acer International Offices, 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Latest From Acer International Offices

International Developments

This article reports on the current programs and activities of ACER's international offices in Indonesia, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.


Improving Girls’ Education In Malawi, Sally Robertson 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Improving Girls’ Education In Malawi, Sally Robertson

International Developments

A holistic and collaborative evidence-based approach is needed to address educational gender disparities in Malawi, as Sally Robertson explains.


What Impact? Professional Learning In Timor Leste, Adeola Capel 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

What Impact? Professional Learning In Timor Leste, Adeola Capel

International Developments

ACER’s work in Timor Leste is seeking to identify the impact of professional learning and mentoring on student learning outcomes over time, as Adeola Capel explains.


Driving Early Childhood Education Quality In Indonesia, Dan Cloney 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Driving Early Childhood Education Quality In Indonesia, Dan Cloney

International Developments

ACER has developed a ‘road map’ for quality pre-primary education and support for parental education programs throughout Indonesia. Dan Cloney reports.


From Access To Quality: Improving Learning Outcomes In South Asia, Amit Kaushik 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

From Access To Quality: Improving Learning Outcomes In South Asia, Amit Kaushik

International Developments

ACER India is working with partners across South Asia to ensure inclusive and quality education for all. Amit Kaushik reports on progress.


Improving Literacy And Numeracy In The Pacific, Elizabeth Cassity 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Improving Literacy And Numeracy In The Pacific, Elizabeth Cassity

International Developments

ACER is collaborating with member nations of the Pacific Community to address the common education challenges they face. Elizabeth Cassity reports.


Evaluating The Impact Of Teaching Assistants, Mirkka Jokelainen 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Evaluating The Impact Of Teaching Assistants, Mirkka Jokelainen

International Developments

ACER assessments support research into evidence-based teaching and learning in England, as Mirkka Jokelainen explains.


Super Synthesis: Evidence Of What Works In Education For Development, Jeaniene Spink 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Super Synthesis: Evidence Of What Works In Education For Development, Jeaniene Spink

International Developments

A synthesis of research evidence identifies the impact of interventions that offer high value in meeting education’s greatest challenges in development contexts, as Jeaniene Spink explains.


Implementing Large-Scale Education Assessments, Geoff N. Masters 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Implementing Large-Scale Education Assessments, Geoff N. Masters

International Developments

ACER is helping education researchers, policymakers and practitioners understand the issues related to the inception, design, implementation and reporting of large-scale education assessments, as Geoff Masters explains.


International Developments (No.8) 2018, 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

International Developments (No.8) 2018

International Developments

In this issue of International Developments we investigate a synthesis of research evidence that identifies the impact of interventions that offer high value in meeting education’s greatest challenges in development contexts. We explore how ACER’s school assessments are playing a part in supporting improvements in teaching and learning, and we examine the benefits of a program to collect evidence of education quality for governments, schools, communities and students in the Pacific region. This issue of International Developments also looks at ACER’s work with partners across South Asia to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, the development ...


Critical Reflections In International Contexts: Polyethnographic Accounts Of An International Doctoral Research Seminar, Lisa Fedoruk, Jon Woodend, Janet Groen, Avis Beek, Sylvie Roy, Xueqin Wu, Xiang Li 2018 University of Calgary

Critical Reflections In International Contexts: Polyethnographic Accounts Of An International Doctoral Research Seminar, Lisa Fedoruk, Jon Woodend, Janet Groen, Avis Beek, Sylvie Roy, Xueqin Wu, Xiang Li

The Qualitative Report

As the world becomes more globally interconnected, international partnerships, including those within higher education, have increased. In an exemplar of these international partnerships from an academic standpoint, selected doctoral students and faculty from Australian, Chinese, and Canadian universities participated in an International Doctoral Research Seminar held in China in December 2015. The objective of this seminar was to have academic debate regarding educational reform. A critical by-product of this seminar was the meaning made by the participants from this experience. This paper reviews the critical polyethnographic reflections of the Canadian participants for three salient and influential topics including the role ...


Pisa Australia In Focus Number 1: Sense Of Belonging At School, Lisa De Bortoli 2018 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Pisa Australia In Focus Number 1: Sense Of Belonging At School, Lisa De Bortoli

OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA Australia)

PISA has established a profile of what 15-year-old students can do and what they are like as learners. Gaining an understanding about the non-cognitive aspects, including students’ motivation, engagement and beliefs, for achieving success in school and in the future is another important goal of PISA. This report seeks to explore an aspect of students’ more general attitudes towards school, specifically their sense of belonging at school.


Exploring Parental Involvement In Public Secondary Schools In Imo State, Nigeria: The Role Of Socioeconomic Status, Longinus Nwakire Ugwuegbulem 2018 Seton Hall University

Exploring Parental Involvement In Public Secondary Schools In Imo State, Nigeria: The Role Of Socioeconomic Status, Longinus Nwakire Ugwuegbulem

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Recent academic achievement gaps of public secondary students in Imo State, in WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations posed a threat to students’ aspiration to college education. The poor academic achievement level was denting previously achieved high academic record in Imo State. This trend was disturbing to parents and educators. However, this trend could be remedied if appropriate educational policy was enacted and implemented in secondary schools. One educational policy initiative that seemed to have worked in some countries is parents’ participation in their children’s education, otherwise, called “parental involvement.” Studies have shown that parental involvement in the education of ...


Creating Artful Thinkers - Transforming Research Into Practice, Onsite To Online Learning, Julie A. Carmean, Sara M. Lesk 2018 National Gallery of Art

Creating Artful Thinkers - Transforming Research Into Practice, Onsite To Online Learning, Julie A. Carmean, Sara M. Lesk

ICOT 18 - International Conference on Thinking - Cultivating Mindsets for Global Citizens

National Gallery of Art educators Julie Carmean and Sara Lesk propose presenting about their process of transforming research into practice through creating the National Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), specifically for K-12 educators, using the pedagogy of Harvard’s Artful Thinking Routines and the National Gallery’s art collection. This free, international, online learning experience aims to democratize the opportunity for teachers to bring critical thinking through art to their students around the world. Participants will experience a combined onsite/online demonstration of one of their MOOC modules by, first, engaging with a work of art, using ...


Incentives And Teacher Effort: Evidence From Lagos, Nigeria, Simileoluwa Adebajo 2018 The University of San Francisco

Incentives And Teacher Effort: Evidence From Lagos, Nigeria, Simileoluwa Adebajo

Master's Theses

According to recent research (Hattie, 2003), teachers contribute to around 30% of the overall variation in student achievement and success – more than any other influencing factor. This study seeks to understand how different types of incentives (monetary, near monetary and non-monetary incentives) influence the “effort” of public school teachers as perceived by the students in Lagos, Nigeria using a novel measurement tool – the teaching effectiveness survey – to measure the teachers’ outcomes. Using a randomized field experiment where students evaluate the changes in their teachers’ effort with a standard teaching effectiveness survey and differences in differences estimation, we show how incentives ...


Crosslinguistic Influence Of Chinese Efl Learners On English Acquisition, Weijia Tang 2018 The University of San Francisco

Crosslinguistic Influence Of Chinese Efl Learners On English Acquisition, Weijia Tang

Master's Theses

This thesis introduces both positive and negative crosslinguistic influence of Chinese EFL learners on English Acquisition. Most Chinese EFL learners have difficulties in English acquisition due to the negative crosslinguistic influence caused by the differences between mother tongue and the target language. In order to help Chinese EFL learners to tackle this problem, comparative analysis is done between English and Mandarin Chinese in terms of phonetics and phonology, morphology, part syntax, and pragmatics.

The focus of this thesis is to investigate both the positive and negative crosslinguistic influence phenomena in the process of English acquisition conducted by Chinese EFL learners ...


Developing Students’ Thinking Through The Ib Theory Of Knowledge Course: Opportunities And Challenges, Jenny Gillett 2018 International Baccalaureate

Developing Students’ Thinking Through The Ib Theory Of Knowledge Course: Opportunities And Challenges, Jenny Gillett

ICOT 18 - International Conference on Thinking - Cultivating Mindsets for Global Citizens

As part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, students complete a 100-hour Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course. This poster session will share examples of how teachers around the world are utilising these TOK lessons to develop students’ thinking skills and dispositions, as well as to deepen understandings and connections across disciplines. It will also share insights into the challenges that teachers and students report facing when implementing these kinds of activities and how they try to overcome them, drawing on a wide range of feedback from teacher and alumni questionnaires, focus groups, and feedback from teacher professional development workshops.


Creating New Schools In The 21st Century That Inspire, Motivate And Empower A Whole New Generation Of Learners And Global Citizens, Maxine A. Driscoll Ms 2018 Australian International School Phnom Penh AISPP

Creating New Schools In The 21st Century That Inspire, Motivate And Empower A Whole New Generation Of Learners And Global Citizens, Maxine A. Driscoll Ms

ICOT 18 - International Conference on Thinking - Cultivating Mindsets for Global Citizens

This workshop will share with you the big questions, the thinking, the innovation and the lessons learned in creating a new school based on the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, entrepreneurialism and international mindedness and provide you valuable insights and strategies to consider for your context.


University Internationalization As A Method Of Human Capital Development, Kari Costello 2018 DePaul University

University Internationalization As A Method Of Human Capital Development, Kari Costello

College of Business Theses and Dissertations

University internationalization involves a complex set of initiatives that provide students and faculty with opportunities to gain global perspectives and intercultural skills which can enhance human capital. Typically, these activities are evaluated in terms of participation numbers or financial costs. But little attention is paid to understanding the intangible benefits of internationalization activities. This study aims to understand the benefits of international educational experiences and determine whether they can be considered investments from a human capital perspective. This mixed methods study involved qualitative interviews and a quantitative survey of over 400 students and faculty at a university. The results demonstrated ...


Internationalization Of Higher Education In Turmoil, Patrick Arsenault 2018 University of Vermont

Internationalization Of Higher Education In Turmoil, Patrick Arsenault

The Vermont Connection

The goal of this piece is to provide an overview of the internationalization of the University of Missouri using historical artifacts from the institution’s archives. As a result of bringing together these artifacts, the author identifies three distinct internationalization stages that demonstrate where the institution is currently situated. The University of Missouri’s internationalization process has been slow and cumulative, like its peer institutions, until recently. However, the author argues that current events, including travel bans and uncertainty around immigration policies, have disrupted this pattern and created turmoil and uncertainty.


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