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Chinese Teachers’ Views On The Increasing Use Of Putonghua As A Medium Of Instruction In Hong Kong Schools, Xuesong (Andy) Gao, Pamela Pui-Wan Leung, John Trent 2010 Hong Kong Institute of Education Hong Kong SAR, China

Chinese Teachers’ Views On The Increasing Use Of Putonghua As A Medium Of Instruction In Hong Kong Schools, Xuesong (Andy) Gao, Pamela Pui-Wan Leung, John Trent

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

The use of a particular language as medium of instruction (MOI) is a complex issue in multilingual and post-colonial contexts such as Hong Kong, on which teachers’ voices are often neglected. To capture their voices, this paper reports on an interpretive inquiry of eight experienced Chinese teachers’ professional experiences with a focus on their perceptions concerning the increasing use of Putonghua as MOI in Chinese classes in Hong Kong. Through a collaborative interpretative process, the study revealed a wide spectrum of perceptions including reservations and enthusiasm for the switch to Putonghua as MOI. The findings suggest that the participants’ perceptions ...


The Relation Between The Level Of Job Satisfaction And Types Of Personality In High School Teachers, Sezer Ayan, Faruk Kocacik 2010 Cumhuriyet University, Turkey

The Relation Between The Level Of Job Satisfaction And Types Of Personality In High School Teachers, Sezer Ayan, Faruk Kocacik

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Teachers are loaded important responsibilities in educational process. The productivity and effectiveness of them are influenced by promotion, charging, job security, technological level, course load and working schedule which all are determined mostly by their institutions and influenced by noncognitive characteristics such as age, gender, family structure and finally influenced by personality types and characteristics, attitudes and behaviors, social values, competency and other personality characteristics of teachers. Purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between the level of job satisfaction of high school teachers and types of personality and to evaluate the differences of the levels of job ...


Facilitating The Teaching-Learning Process Through The Reflective Engagement Of Pre-Service Teachers, Gloria Jean Rodman 2010 Texas A&M University San Antonio

Facilitating The Teaching-Learning Process Through The Reflective Engagement Of Pre-Service Teachers, Gloria Jean Rodman

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

The repeated use of reflection throughout their teacher preparation experience can be useful in encouraging growth and improving pedagogical knowledge, teaching performance and professional development among pre-service teachers. This study looks at how the reflective engagement of these teachers in a structured classroom activity reinforces the application of the teaching-learning process in the classroom and enables them to construct meaning from that application. It seeks to identify ways in which the teachers engage in reflection; determine their levels of reflective engagement; examine what they discover about teaching through reflection; and establish how this reflection affects their pedagogical ability.


Self As Teacher: Preliminary Role Identification Of The Potential Teaching Candidate, Lisa A. Gross, Shanan Fitts, Tracy Goodson-Espy, Ann-Marie Clark 2010 Appalachian State University, USA

Self As Teacher: Preliminary Role Identification Of The Potential Teaching Candidate, Lisa A. Gross, Shanan Fitts, Tracy Goodson-Espy, Ann-Marie Clark

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

In this study, the researchers used qualitative surveys to explore potential teaching candidates’ preliminary perceptions of self as teacher and examine how roles are identified, defined and constructed in the context of a tutoring lab that provides support to English Language Learners. Prospective candidates’ perceptions of their tutees, children whose cultural identities and backgrounds differ from their own, are also examined. Findings indicate participants’ teaching identities and conceptualizations of their roles as teachers became more specific and elaborated over the course of the semester. Additionally, the significance of multiple practicum experiences in diverse settings for ongoing identity development and for ...


Proposed Principles For Promoting Pre-Service Teacher Transfer Of Group-Based Learning To The Classroom: A Discussion Paper, Terry De Jong, Marguerite Cullity, Sue Sharp, Sue Spiers, Julia Wren 2010 Edith Cowan University

Proposed Principles For Promoting Pre-Service Teacher Transfer Of Group-Based Learning To The Classroom: A Discussion Paper, Terry De Jong, Marguerite Cullity, Sue Sharp, Sue Spiers, Julia Wren

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

The effective ‘transfer’ of knowledge and skills from university to the workplace is of global interest, yet this area of inquiry lacks research. Teacher educators, for example, require information on how to advance pre-service teachers’ transfer of group-based learning to the primary school classroom (Scott & Baker, 2003). Group-based learning (GBL) is a valued means of developing learners’ group work, personal attributes and interpersonal skills, and in the case pre-service teachers their professional skills.. Graduate teachers do not necessarily generalise GBL pedagogy to the classroom. This discussion paper draws from a qualitative case study that examined this pedagogy in a pre-service teacher education program at a University. The case study revealed three core GBL issues: ‘consistency and coherence’; ‘equity and fairness’; ‘pragmatism and adding value’. This paper proposes four principles of effective transfer and examines how, in relation to these three issues, these principles can promote effective transfer.


Sustaining Productive Collaboration Between Faculties And Schools, Cheryl Sim 2010 Griffith University

Sustaining Productive Collaboration Between Faculties And Schools, Cheryl Sim

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Work integrated learning which is terminology now very familiar to all universities’ faculty members, has always been integral to initial teacher education programs. As a result of the complexities involved in this field, building effective partnerships with schools continues to be a major focus of education faculties. These complexities around a partnership between two very different institutional contexts require negotiating a relationship that is of value to all involved. The concept of communities of practice can provide a framework to establish the collaboration needed. The Australian Commonwealth government conducted in 2007 a national inquiry into the effectiveness of the teacher ...


Preparing Quality Teachers: Making Learning Visible, Felicity McArdle 2010 Queensland University of Technology

Preparing Quality Teachers: Making Learning Visible, Felicity Mcardle

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Teacher quality is recognised as a lynchpin for education reforms internationally, and both Federal and State governments in Australia have turned their attention to teacher education institutions: the starting point for preparing quality teachers. Changes to policy and shifts in expectations impact on Faculties of Education, despite the fact that little is known about what makes a quality teacher preparation program effective. New accountability measures, mandated Professional Standards, and proposals to test all graduates before registration, mean that teacher preparation programs need capacity for flexibility and responsiveness. The risk is that undergraduate degree programs can become ‘patchwork quilts’ with traces ...


Mystery At Mesa Verde, Gene Washington 2010 Utah State University

Mystery At Mesa Verde, Gene Washington

English Faculty Publications

Short story: This story takes us back to the time Mesa Verde was inhabited by the Anasazi. The mystery involves a final footprint (larger than a humans) in the snow. What does it mean? Who made it? Where did it come from? The main character is Qlp, a character in an earlier story of mine (Published in the literary journal WEBER).


Developing A Culturally Responsive Literacy Pedagogy: Preservice Teachers, Teaching Cases, And Postcard Narratives, AnnMarie Alberton Gunn 2010 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg

Developing A Culturally Responsive Literacy Pedagogy: Preservice Teachers, Teaching Cases, And Postcard Narratives, Annmarie Alberton Gunn

Faculty Publications

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Digital Video Presentation And Student Performance: A Task Technology Fit Perspective, Arjan Raven, Elke M. Leeds, ChongWoo Park 2010 Kennesaw State University

Digital Video Presentation And Student Performance: A Task Technology Fit Perspective, Arjan Raven, Elke M. Leeds, Chongwoo Park

Faculty Publications

The article presents findings of a study regarding the adaptation of the Task Technology Fit (TTF) model in the teaching and learning process in the U.S. It emphasizes the three dimensions of fit, which include the Ease of Learning, Task Match and Ease of Use, which were applied in the context of digital video for oral presentations in the classroom environment. It stresses the importance of the digital technology in education, wherein the results of the study showed significant improvements in the oral presentation skills with the application of digital tools.


Assessing The Level Of Curriculum And Scholarship Diversity In Higher Education, Kathryn K. Epps, Adrian L. Epps 2010 Kennesaw State University

Assessing The Level Of Curriculum And Scholarship Diversity In Higher Education, Kathryn K. Epps, Adrian L. Epps

Faculty Publications

In January of 2007, Kennesaw State University (KSU), a comprehensive state university in the southeastern United States, embarked on the trail to garner an understanding of the extent to which diversity is embedded in the curriculum, scholarship, and creative activities of the campus. This project, the KSU Diversity and Equity Assessment Initiative, consisted of four separate work teams, and each team was charged with assessing the state of diversity in a specific area of the institution. Each work team was comprised of both faculty and staff representatives from all seven colleges on the KSU campus. For the purpose of this ...


Generativity: The New Frontier For Information And Communication Technology Literacy, Jorge Pérez, Meg C. Murray 2010 Kennesaw State University

Generativity: The New Frontier For Information And Communication Technology Literacy, Jorge Pérez, Meg C. Murray

Faculty Publications

Information and communication technology literacy is increasingly referred to as the fourth literacy. However, it is neither as well understood nor as readily assessed as reading, writing, and arithmetic. This paper argues that better understanding and more effective measurement of ICT literacy are needed to gauge readiness to both pursue higher education and enter the workforce. The paper builds on existing definitions of ICT literacy by introducing a model that extends the dimensionality of the construct. The model posits that skills and knowledge, along with attitudes toward IT, coalesce in the context of reflective self-awareness and purposeful intent to allow ...


Database Security: What Students Need To Know, Meg C. Murray 2010 Kennesaw State University

Database Security: What Students Need To Know, Meg C. Murray

Faculty Publications

Database security is a growing concern evidenced by an increase in the number of reported incidents of loss of or unauthorized exposure to sensitive data. As the amount of data collected, retained and shared electronically expands, so does the need to understand database security. The Defense Information Systems Agency of the US Department of Defense (2004), in its Database Security Technical Implementation Guide, states that database security should provide controlled, protected access to the contents of a database as well as preserve the integrity, consistency, and overall quality of the data. Students in the computing disciplines must develop an understanding ...


Creating Sustainable Education Projects In Roatan, Honduras Through Continuous Process Improvement, Arjan Raven, Adriane B. Randolph, Shelli Heil 2010 Kennesaw State University

Creating Sustainable Education Projects In Roatan, Honduras Through Continuous Process Improvement, Arjan Raven, Adriane B. Randolph, Shelli Heil

Faculty Publications

The investigators worked together with permanent residents of Roatán, Honduras on sustainable initiatives to help improve the island’s troubled educational programs. Our initiatives focused on increasing the number of students eligible and likely to attend a university. Using a methodology based in continuous process improvement, we developed tutoring programs, college preparation workshops, long-term plans for a local school, and solicited involvement by an island educational coalition. Lessons learned from these initiatives may be used to expand other efforts on the island and can be generalized to other programs in Central America.


Lighting Up And Transforming Online Courses: Letting The Teacher’S Personality Shine, Maria T. Northcote 2010 Avondale College of Higher Education

Lighting Up And Transforming Online Courses: Letting The Teacher’S Personality Shine, Maria T. Northcote

Education Papers and Journal Articles

Affective aspects of learning have been shown to influence cognitive aspects of learning (Russo & Benson, 2005; Salmon, 2004) and online educators are increasingly aware of the role played by emotions in online learning. To encourage a well-rounded online learning experience for students, online course designers have long been encouraged to provide students with opportunities to express their own personality and identity (Palloff & Pratt, 1999). Such design features have been linked with improved learning outcomes and decreased attrition rates (McInnerney & Roberts, 2004). However, a comparable discussion about the value of teacher personality in online courses has yet to be comprehensively considered beyond definitions ...


Determining The Point Of Optimum Transferability Of Skill, Amanda Puchar 2010 Edith Cowan University

Determining The Point Of Optimum Transferability Of Skill, Amanda Puchar

Theses : Honours

Cognitive research assumes that practice on a task can lead to improved performance, most often resulting in the attainment of automatic performance and possibly the transfer of this learning to another task. This study examined all of these questions through the use of a computer generated counting task that required participants, consisting of 60 randomly selected university students and friends and family of the researcher, to count stars on a display screen and determine if the number of stars presented was an odd or even number. Coefficient of variation (CV) measures that calculated the variability for a given level of ...


Automaticity As A Predictor Of Skill Transfer, Jana Melis 2010 Edith Cowan University

Automaticity As A Predictor Of Skill Transfer, Jana Melis

Theses : Honours

Research into the effect of automaticity on skill transfer has resulted in conflicting conclusions about how automatic processes act on the transferability of skill. The research in this study was designed to investigate the existence and nature of the relationship between automaticity in skill acquisition and the ability to transfer that skill to a different task. Using a quantitative research design, a simple counting exercise was used to train participants in a skill, with the amount of training manipulated between groups. Accuracy rates and reaction times were recorded and analysed to determine the variance within and between the groups between ...


The Relationship Between Amount Of Training And Performance On A New Task, Jacinta Avril Tan 2010 Edith Cowan University

The Relationship Between Amount Of Training And Performance On A New Task, Jacinta Avril Tan

Theses : Honours

This paper was designed to examine the relationship between training and transfer tasks and performance on these tasks whereby training can be used to predict transfer. Previous research has assumed that performance of an established task should extrapolate the power function of learning. That is, performance of an established skill in a new domain will continue to improve at the same rate with practice as if there was no change in the domain. 60 participants were recruited from the University of Edith Cowan and were randomly assigned to one of three conditions; I 0 block condition, 20 block condition, or ...


A Study Of The Work Role In The Context Of Change Management Practices In Catholic Schools, Wayne Hellmuth 2010 Australian Catholic University

A Study Of The Work Role In The Context Of Change Management Practices In Catholic Schools, Wayne Hellmuth

Theses

The following paper provides insights into managing educational change through studying how wider educational change can affect individual roles, and reciprocally how role change can have an effect on wider organisational change. Specifically the results of this thesis describe what role characteristics lead to a positive work role identity, within the Catholic educational setting. This paper also provides insight on how multiple roles within a single work position can interact, thereby influencing one's overall negative or positive perceptions of this work position. This thesis used an ex-post facto research design, implementing a single questionnaire to 1250 teachers across 141 ...


A Study Of The Effects Of An Intervention Program Incorporating Aspects Of Social Constructivist And Essentialist Models Of Pedagogy On Educational Experiences Of Boys In Preliminary Year English Classes At A Senior College, Anna Hill 2010 Australian Catholic University

A Study Of The Effects Of An Intervention Program Incorporating Aspects Of Social Constructivist And Essentialist Models Of Pedagogy On Educational Experiences Of Boys In Preliminary Year English Classes At A Senior College, Anna Hill

Theses

The study evolved from a professional interest in the difficulties faced by boys in an academically challenging school context. Existing research evidence suggests that there is a link between performance at school and specific pedagogical styles used within the teaching environment. This study builds on this evidence-base with the implementation of an intervention program incorporating aspects of Social Constructivist and Essentialist models of pedagogy. The study was designed to monitor this implementation. Students' academic performance, behaviour, motivation and attitude were explored in the context of this pedagogical intervention using the lens of a two-part research question. The research is informed ...


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