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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.


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.


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 ...


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.


Global Perspectives On Peer Sex Education For College Students, Chandra R. Story, June Gorski 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Global Perspectives On Peer Sex Education For College Students, Chandra R. Story, June Gorski

International Education

According to the World Health Organization, sexually transmitted diseases and infections continue to be a public health problem across the globe, with most infected persons being between the ages of 15 and 49. A large percentage of those affected by AIDS are 15-24 year olds, an age group which includes college students. Peer sex education is being espoused by non-governmental organizations and administrators as a viable solution to this problem. Peer education strategies and approaches to evaluation differ across programs. Some programs report increased efficacy for educators and trainees while other programs report increases in knowledge and changes in attitudes ...


Instructional Coaching In Guatemala: Reflection For Reform, Donald Wise, Jeff Zwiers 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Instructional Coaching In Guatemala: Reflection For Reform, Donald Wise, Jeff Zwiers

International Education

This article describes action research performed by Guatemalan instructional coaches during intensive professional development. The focus was on building coaches’ abilities to reflect on classroom teaching and cultivating habits of pedagogical reflection in their teachers. Coaches participated in four weeks of professional development courses, which included school visits, classroom observations, and video analyses. The courses prepared the coaches for a six-week online forum of field-based learning activities and action research. Preliminary results suggest that the coaches and their teachers improved their abilities to reflect on core principles of teaching and learning, but more work was needed in the areas of ...


Building General Education With Hong Kong Characteristics, David Jaffee 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Building General Education With Hong Kong Characteristics, David Jaffee

International Education

Hong Kong is in the process of transforming their secondary and tertiary educational system. This includes the extension of the undergraduate degree from three to four years and the development of a General Education curriculum with an official launch date of Fall 2012. This paper examines some of the unique national forces prompting the educational reform, the process of building the General Education curriculum and courses at Hong Kong universities, the similarities and differences among the General Education programs, and the role of interdisciplinarity in course design and development.


Perceptions Of The Teacher-Student Relationship: A Study Of Upper Elementary Teachers And Their Students, Ping Liu 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Perceptions Of The Teacher-Student Relationship: A Study Of Upper Elementary Teachers And Their Students, Ping Liu

International Education

This study examines the perceptions of a group of fourth through sixth grade teachers and their students concerning their relationship; the participants included 39 teachers and 111 students at an elementary school in the People’s Republic of China. Both groups responded to a survey with the same number of items and content but from two different perspectives. The second part of the survey included teacher-student responses to one open-ended question. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected for analysis and discussion. Statistically significant differences were found between the means of the teacher and student groups in classroom goal structures (F ...


Nothing But Being There Matters: Expectancy-Value Motivation Between U.S. And Chinese Middle School Students, Haichun Sun, Haiyong Ding, Ang Chen 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Nothing But Being There Matters: Expectancy-Value Motivation Between U.S. And Chinese Middle School Students, Haichun Sun, Haiyong Ding, Ang Chen

International Education

Current literature theorizes that culture-induced expectancy beliefs and values in learning may engage learners of varied cultures in differentiated motivational processes. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent to which U.S. and Chinese middle school students differed in expectancy-value motivation in physical education. Middle school students from the U.S. (n = 813, 14 schools) and China (n = 806, 8 schools) provided data on expectancy-value motivation in physical education. A MANOVA with country as the independent factor and grade level as covariate revealed that the U.S. students held higher expectancy beliefs (p =.001, η2=.62), while ...


Improving Learning In China, 2014 Australian Council for Educational Research

Improving Learning In China

International Developments

Research cooperation between Australia and China is providing insights into educational practices for researchers in both countries.


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