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Factors That Influence Successful Online Teaching And Learning Programs In Technical Computer Science Subjects, Yuwanuch Gulatee, Justin Brown, Barbara Combes Jan 2008

Factors That Influence Successful Online Teaching And Learning Programs In Technical Computer Science Subjects, Yuwanuch Gulatee, Justin Brown, Barbara Combes

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Since the mid to late 1990s, the World Wide Web has been used as a distributed learning mechanism, enhancing the digital learning environment to support distance and on-campus students. Web technology has been adopted to assist learners with real-time studying at a distance. Consequently, Web delivery has grown rapidly and has been used as a vehicle for learning. Many universities have developed wholly online distance education programs. These changes in distance education have been developed in an attempt to provide easier access to educational opportunities for students who are located remotely from the university, who are working or who have ...


Measuring Service Performance, Student Satisfaction And Its Impact On Student Retention In Private, Post-Secondary Institutions, Leo Z. Archambault Jan 2008

Measuring Service Performance, Student Satisfaction And Its Impact On Student Retention In Private, Post-Secondary Institutions, Leo Z. Archambault

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With an ever growing assortment of educational options, students seek institutions that will provide for them a unique educational experience that they will remember for a life time. In addition, the present student is a customer seeking an educational program that will prepare him/her for a successful career and gainful employment. Since institutional budgets are developed based upon projected enrolments, it is becoming crucial for private institutions to retain the students they recruit. This situation has created a need for continued research in the area of student satisfaction and student retention. A reduction in student numbers, therefore, leads to ...


Exploring The Use Of Mathematics Manipulative Materials: Is It What We Think It Is?, Linda Marshall, Paul Swan Jan 2008

Exploring The Use Of Mathematics Manipulative Materials: Is It What We Think It Is?, Linda Marshall, Paul Swan

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The use of mathematics manipulative materials such as counters and Base Ten Blocks is common in many Australian classrooms. Seemingly there is an unchallenged assumption that the use of manipulative materials in the teaching of mathematics is a key to learning about mathematics concepts, and this is supported by the mathematics manipulatives industry. Teachers who are time poor and under pressure are either looking for a miracle manipulative to solve all their problems with teaching a particular topic such as fractions, or have abandoned the use of manipulatives in favour of textbooks. This paper reports on a survey and follow-up ...


Educational Innovation In An International Setting, E.A. De Jong Jan 2008

Educational Innovation In An International Setting, E.A. De Jong

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How to make innovations in education at an Institute of Higher Education with a target audience from 60 different countries and as many different educational backgrounds? This paper discusses the educational innovations at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. This UN institute, located in The Netherlands, offers Master and PhD programmes to mainly people from developing countries and countries in transition. Because of its UN-status and its special target group it is different from regular universities. To keep abreast of new technologies and educational developments, and to keep its programmes attractive for prospective students, the institute has ...


The Development Of An Adaptive Model Of Competence For The Electronics Industry In Thailand, Wisuit Sunthonkanokpong, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Weerachai Chaokumnerd Jan 2008

The Development Of An Adaptive Model Of Competence For The Electronics Industry In Thailand, Wisuit Sunthonkanokpong, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Weerachai Chaokumnerd

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The purpose of this research was to develop an adaptive model of competency development for the electronics industry in Thailand. The study involved a questionnaire, interviews and observations. Eighty nine individuals completed the questionnaire. Interviews were conducted with 10 managers with high experience in competency development from five renowned companies which practiced competency development. Observation was conducted in the five companies. Our adaptive model consists of the following elements: (1) five electronics competency levels which can be compared to Thailand Vocational Qualification, (2) competencies development, and (3) a training model. The training model was composed of a training program, training ...


Enhancing Curriculum In Philippine Schools In Response To Global Community Challenges, Luisito C. Hagos, Erlinda G. Dejarme Jan 2008

Enhancing Curriculum In Philippine Schools In Response To Global Community Challenges, Luisito C. Hagos, Erlinda G. Dejarme

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The world is changing so fast that in order for schools and universities to cope with new innovations, they should keep at pace with the tempo of societal changes and technological progress. The schools of today should participate in the educational and social revolution. Thus, the curriculum in Philippine schools today has to be geared to the rapid societal changes and the new responsibilities for the new breed of Filipinos. The three most important sectors of society that give direct input to the improvement of the curriculum are the academe (institutions), the government, and the industries (both public and private ...


The Relationship Between Critical Thinking And Language Proficiency Of Malaysian Undergraduates, Rosyati Abdul Rashid, Rosna Awang Hashim Jan 2008

The Relationship Between Critical Thinking And Language Proficiency Of Malaysian Undergraduates, Rosyati Abdul Rashid, Rosna Awang Hashim

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In the present information era, university students are expected to be able to think critically so that they will be able to keep up with the changes brought about by new technological innovations and have better chances of employability. Since language is an important tool for acquiring knowledge at the tertiary level, it is therefore important to gain insight into the nature of the critical thinking ability of undergraduates and its possible link to their language proficiency. This study examined the critical thinking ability of Malaysian undergraduates and its relationship to language proficiency. The Bahasa Malaysia version of the Cornell ...


Experiences Of Mature Age Female Students Studying Psychology: A Phenomenological Account, Ruth Ayres, Andrew Guilfoyle Jan 2008

Experiences Of Mature Age Female Students Studying Psychology: A Phenomenological Account, Ruth Ayres, Andrew Guilfoyle

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Australian Government policies have increased accessibility of under-represented groups into Universities, and one significant group in this shift is mature aged women (Department of Education, Science and Training 2004). University policy related to provision of support for nontraditional groups of students, through improved academic and support services is beneficial in improving student retention rates among non-traditional student groups (Krause et al. 2005). The present paper reports a phenomenological approach (Moustakas 1994; Smith & Osborn 2003) to understanding how expectations of higher education impacts on adjustment to study within lived experiences of 12 women aged between 40-49 years studying Psychology. Each participant ...


Factors Affecting Team-Based Learning In Industrial Education: Thai Instructors‟ Perspectives, Thanongsak Sovajassatakul, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Raveewan Shinatrakool Jan 2008

Factors Affecting Team-Based Learning In Industrial Education: Thai Instructors‟ Perspectives, Thanongsak Sovajassatakul, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Raveewan Shinatrakool

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This study was conducted to explore instructors‘ perspectives of factors affecting Team-Based Learning (TBL). We administered a likert-style questionnaire with a seven-point rating scale to 153 instructors from six Faculties of Industrial Education throughout Thailand. The questionnaire‘s content validity was examined by five experts. Its reliability calculated by Cronbach Alpha Coefficient was 0.94. We identified six factors as follows: (1) Knowledge and Comprehension (2) Objectives of Learners‘ Readiness (3) ―Don‘t Do‖ Activities (4) Teaching and Learning Activities (5) Roles of Instructor and Learners (6) Principles and Planning of TBL. In general, our results suggest that TBL requires ...


Postgraduate Students And Critical Thinking: Some Validation, Mike Johnstone Jan 2008

Postgraduate Students And Critical Thinking: Some Validation, Mike Johnstone

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Sustainability in higher education is an interesting idea because the nature of the concept changes depending on the viewpoint of the stakeholder. For an academic, a key aspect of sustainability is about facilitating life-long learning. One way to do that is to provide students with opportunities to think for themselves and to nurture that ability. This paper describes the second stage of a research programme whose focus was critical thinking (CT) and explores how information technology (IT) Masters-level students model problems. Results from a prior study suggested that IT students appear to improve their problem-solving ability by undertaking structured CT ...


Construction Of An Automotive Technology Competency Analysis Profile For Training Undergraduate Students: A Case Study Of Automotive Body Electrical Technology Systems, Weerayute Sudsomboon Jan 2008

Construction Of An Automotive Technology Competency Analysis Profile For Training Undergraduate Students: A Case Study Of Automotive Body Electrical Technology Systems, Weerayute Sudsomboon

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The purposes of this study was to construct an automotive technology competency analysis profile for training undergraduate students of Mechanical Technology Education program at King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi and to identify the tasks list of automotive body electrical technology systems. The qualitative and quantitative data was collected through observations, in-depth interviews, document analysis, and DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) job analysis process with 17 training instructors from 12 well-known car automobile companies in Thailand. The triangulation method was referred to validate an automotive technology competency analysis profile. The results of this study indicated that were 7 job duties ...


Mutual Adaptation Of International Students And Academics For The Sustainable Development Of International Education, Tran Ly Thi Jan 2008

Mutual Adaptation Of International Students And Academics For The Sustainable Development Of International Education, Tran Ly Thi

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This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study that explores how international students from China and Vietnam in different disciplines in Australian higher education interpret and adapt to disciplinary requirements and how academics respond to the diverse needs of international students. The study employed a trans-disciplinary framework for interpreting students‘ and lecturers' practices within institutional structures. This framework has been developed by infusing a modified version of Lillis‘ (2001) heuristic for exploring students‘ meaning making with positioning theory (Harré & van Langenhove, 1999). A prominent finding of the study indicates the emergence of three main forms of adaptation, committed adaptation ...


Expanding The Ecological Consciousness Of Social Work Students: Education For Sustainable Practice, Peter Jones Jan 2008

Expanding The Ecological Consciousness Of Social Work Students: Education For Sustainable Practice, Peter Jones

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Social work has a long tradition of being explicitly concerned with the ‗person-in-environment‘, recognising the need to take account of context when working to address disadvantage and maximise wellbeing. This concern with environment, and indeed with the concept of sustainability has, however, been focused primarily on the social rather than the ecological (Coates 2003; Besthorne & McMillen 2002). At a time when increasing attention is being paid to the importance of promoting education about, and for, sustainability in higher education (Sipos, Battisti & Grimm 2008; Wright 2002; Thomas 2004), the social work profession also needs to begin engaging in a more holistic and integrative manner with issues of sustainability and our relationship to the nonhuman world. This paper reports on a course offering in a social work degree program that ...


The Introduction Of A 'Learning In The Workplace' Component For An Undergraduate It Program And Its Impact On Professional Accreditation, Grace Tan, Anne Venables Jan 2008

The Introduction Of A 'Learning In The Workplace' Component For An Undergraduate It Program And Its Impact On Professional Accreditation, Grace Tan, Anne Venables

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A new learning in the workplace and community policy (LiWC) at Victoria University has been introduced to ensure that graduates are job and career ready. The policy mandates that all programs incorporate at least a 25% workplace contextual learning component by 2010. For the IT undergraduate program, compliance with this policy poses a number of significant challenges, not least of which is the meeting of professional accreditation criteria. Acquiring a recognized professional body accreditation, like that of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), is pivotal for all IT Australian programs, in that, it is a vital quality assurance measure and it ...


Research-Based Teaching At Universities: A Case Study Of Kmutt, Wipawee Iemworamate Jan 2008

Research-Based Teaching At Universities: A Case Study Of Kmutt, Wipawee Iemworamate

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Traditionally, university teaching is predominantly lecture-based. An alternative approach to teaching is research-based teaching in which teachers change their roles to mentors and students change their roles to researchers. This study compares students‘ evaluations of the two approaches. The hypothesis of the study is that students taught with a research-based approach were likely to evaluate the teaching higher than those students taught with a lecture-based one. The subject population were students enrolled at King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi, which primarily focuses on science and technology. The subject samples were undergraduate students enrolled in two social studies courses, taught ...


Bridging The Theory To Practice Gap Using Performance Based Simulation, Christopher Churchouse, Cobie Rudd Jan 2008

Bridging The Theory To Practice Gap Using Performance Based Simulation, Christopher Churchouse, Cobie Rudd

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Simulation is a technique, not a technology, to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. (Gaba, 2004). There has been a growing acceptance on the use of simulation in teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), cardiology skills, anaesthesia skills, and crisis management largely focusing on responding to physiological events. However its use in other health and education arenas is less common due to their complexity of characterisation. There are a number of reasons for this: Complex performance based scenarios can be difficult ...


A New Perspective For Quality Improvement In Teaching And Learning Processes, Boon Han Yeap Jan 2008

A New Perspective For Quality Improvement In Teaching And Learning Processes, Boon Han Yeap

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Education has always been facing the challenge in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning takes place effectively. One possible path for improving the quality of education lies in the application of a Quality Management approach as has been used in Industries, to the teaching and learning process. This paper adopts and uses the principles from one of the Quality Management methods, Total Quality Management as the pedagogical methodology and improved framework in managing, scrutinizing and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning practices in higher education. The paper focuses on the limited application areas of specific key components ...


Educating Using An Information System As A Cognitive Tool, Richard Fulford Jan 2008

Educating Using An Information System As A Cognitive Tool, Richard Fulford

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This paper discusses the effective education of internal and external students, concerning business processes and principles, using an enterprise resource planning application as a cognitive tool. The teachings explain a number of core business principles and develop students understanding of how the processes might vary between organisations in differing industries and environmental settings. The students establish the processes in an enterprise resource planning application, which reinforces the understanding of both operational activities and business management requirements. A cohort of students has been surveyed; the findings demonstrate that education using an enterprise resource planning application as an interactive learning system is ...


Community Engagement For Sustainability: An Invitation And A Challenge To All Universities, John Renner, James Cross Jan 2008

Community Engagement For Sustainability: An Invitation And A Challenge To All Universities, John Renner, James Cross

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Universities are responding impressively to the challenges associated with global warming and to the urgent need for sustainable use of the world‘s finite resources. This paper reviews a selection of sustainable development initiatives already taken by universities in North America and Europe and suggests that while many universities are committing themselves to sustainability goals, greater emphasis could be given to the several ways of sharing these goals with the local community; to ways of engaging the community in the process of sustainable development; to ways of empowering universities through various forms of community engagement. Engagement for sustainability and collaboration ...


Embedding Indigenous Content Into Qualitative Research In Psychology In Reflective Case Studies: A Case For Social Change, Andrew Guilfoyle Jan 2008

Embedding Indigenous Content Into Qualitative Research In Psychology In Reflective Case Studies: A Case For Social Change, Andrew Guilfoyle

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Australian universities recognise cultural competency as an essential attribute for graduates. Within this context, The Australian Psychology Accreditation Committee (APAC) has enforced requirements for students within psychology programmes to have access to Indigenous content. Though Indigenous participation rates are low, the inclusion of Indigenous content or what is often labeled ‗Indigenous psychology‘ acts at least as a symbolic gesture and important step forward in reconciling the massively disadvantaged position of Indigenous Australians. However there is little to date in that way of guides to help develop appropriate teaching methods to include such content more substantially in programmes. This paper reflects ...


Directions For Change In H.E. In The Mekong Region: Pasts-Thinking To Futures-Thinking, And City Universities To Village Colleges, Martin Allinson Jan 2008

Directions For Change In H.E. In The Mekong Region: Pasts-Thinking To Futures-Thinking, And City Universities To Village Colleges, Martin Allinson

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Written by a retired university and college engineering teacher, who (at 73) is now Khon Kaen University‘s oldest student, doing a PhD study of Sustainable Development‘s Curriculum Effects, the paper is directed primarily to young members of faculty who are looking forward to their careers in universities as those universities will be in the future. The paper provides a challenge to universities in response to geopolitical change. While at first glance the scenario of global resource depletion and impact on the local Mekong Basin community presents a depressing picture, the paper provides an optimistic option based on forward ...


The Development Of Ucitv (University Campus Interactive Television): Uthm Experience, Mohd Nor Ihkasan, Mohd Noor Fazelah, Hamim Sanusi, Mohamad Bin Mohd Som Jan 2008

The Development Of Ucitv (University Campus Interactive Television): Uthm Experience, Mohd Nor Ihkasan, Mohd Noor Fazelah, Hamim Sanusi, Mohamad Bin Mohd Som

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In enhancing the process of teaching and learning, many technological devices were created to facilitate these processes. As a new university in the southern of peninsular Malaysia, UTHM had introduced a new method of educational enhancement, which is the use of University Campus Interactive television (UCiTV). The changes in the development of video technology in teaching and learning process had made UCiTV a realization for this new university. The use of online video or Internet protocol television was utilized in the teaching process. Students/users are able to access and watch online video lectures in PowerPoint form. UCiTV can be ...


Fostering Students' Self Assessment Skills For Sustainable Learning, Kalayanee Singh, J Terry Jan 2008

Fostering Students' Self Assessment Skills For Sustainable Learning, Kalayanee Singh, J Terry

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Enhancing academic quality and the employability of graduates are among the most frequently mentioned driving forces behind global higher education improvement initiatives for the past two decades (Garfield 1994; Gibbs 1999; Harvey and Green 1994; Reichart and Tauch 2003; Edwards 1997). This has contributed to shifts in teaching, learning and assessment practices to enhance students‘ academic competencies and generic attributes as compatible goals of higher education and employers. Consequently the role of assessment of student learning in higher education is continually being broadened to contribute to sustainable learning.


Student Motivation And Attitude Towards Virtual Versus Traditional Learning Based On Cognitive Styles, Wacheerapan Kaewprapan, Surachai Suksakulchai Jan 2008

Student Motivation And Attitude Towards Virtual Versus Traditional Learning Based On Cognitive Styles, Wacheerapan Kaewprapan, Surachai Suksakulchai

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The purpose of this study was to identify differences in student motivation and attitude in relation to cognitive styles between two types of instruction (virtual and traditional). The study‘s participants were 40 first-year students enrolled in the Metal Technology Department at Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon Thailand. All students were doing a virtual reality module within one course and traditional lecture within another. The students completed a cognitive style test (Group Embedded Figures Test) which classified students as either field-dependent (FD) or field-independent (FI). Students also completed a questionnaire designed to measure motivation and attitude. The sample included ...


Introducing A New Technology To Enhance Community Sustainability: An Investigation Of The Possibilities Of Sun Spots, S Tantisureeporn, L J. Armstrong Jan 2008

Introducing A New Technology To Enhance Community Sustainability: An Investigation Of The Possibilities Of Sun Spots, S Tantisureeporn, L J. Armstrong

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The introduction of the Sun SPOT, Small Programmable Object Technology, developed by Sun Microsystems has been depicted as providing a revolutionary change in cyber physical interaction. Based on Sun Java Micro Edition (ME), this sensor technology has the potential to be used across a number of discipline areas to interface with systems, the environment and biological domains. This paper will outline the potential of Sun SPOTs to enhance community sustainability. An action based research project was carried out to investigate the potential uses of these technologies and develop a prototype system as a proof of concept. The research will compare ...


E-Learning Methods As A Driver For The Internationalisation Of Web Development Courses, Justin Brown Jan 2008

E-Learning Methods As A Driver For The Internationalisation Of Web Development Courses, Justin Brown

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Over the past decade, as software development has moved from a platform specific, desktop based software approach to a web focused environment, the ability to develop courses for wider delivery has increased. At the same time university courses have undergone major changes in teaching mode, with an expectation that online versions of teaching materials should be delivered as readily and to the same quality as in-class materials. This paper examines how the re-development of course materials to support online (off-campus) students as well as on campus students provides an opportunity to deliver those same materials to overseas partners. This is ...


My Media Trainer: An Innovative, Interactive Resource To Ensure Sustainability In The Training Of Media Professionals, Wendy Chalmers, Martin Hadlow, Ingrid Jackson, Shannon Johnston Jan 2008

My Media Trainer: An Innovative, Interactive Resource To Ensure Sustainability In The Training Of Media Professionals, Wendy Chalmers, Martin Hadlow, Ingrid Jackson, Shannon Johnston

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Communication and media play a crucial role in both message delivery and the empowerment of people in their own development processes. UNESCO has been actively engaged in trying to build capacity among media professionals to equip them with training in sensitivity to issues, the different formats that they can use to disseminate information, and how best to get the information to the people who are most affected by it (Khan, 2008). One of the challenges of educating large numbers of professionals, particularly in developing countries, is a lack of trained teachers. To meet this challenge, UNESCO commissioned the development of ...


Different Degrees Of Blending Benefit Students Differently: A Pilot Study, Chang Tik Chan, Yit Yan Koh Jan 2008

Different Degrees Of Blending Benefit Students Differently: A Pilot Study, Chang Tik Chan, Yit Yan Koh

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We are constantly seeking for the best method to teach our students. Lecture style which is in existence for many years is still applicable to a certain extent. The birth of personal computer and Internet has resulted in wide spectrum of instructional strategies taking advantage of these two wonders. One of them is blended learning. The model used in this experiment has online and offline modes. For the online mode we used forum discussions to replace face-to-face instructions. Lecturers are introduced to various online activities that they can choose from in the forum discussions. One of the important aspects of ...


Item Banking With Rasch Measurement: An Example For Primary Mathematics In Thailand, Chaowprapha Chuesathuchon, Russell F. Waugh Jan 2008

Item Banking With Rasch Measurement: An Example For Primary Mathematics In Thailand, Chaowprapha Chuesathuchon, Russell F. Waugh

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This study was conducted in Thailand to create a Mathematics item bank and a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) for the students to ‗interrogate‘ the bank. First, 290 multiple-choice test items on mathematical equations were created for an item bank. They consisted of nine aspects: (1) identifying an equation; (2) identifying the true equation; (3) identifying equations with an unknown; (4) finding the value of an unknown that satisfies the equation; (5) identifying a method to solve an equation; (6) finding the solutions to equations; (7) finding a solution to an equation related to a given condition; (8) selecting an equation ...


Identification Of Learning Barriers Affecting English Reading Comprehension Instruction, As Perceived By Esl Undergraduates In Thailand, Chayapon Chomchaiya, Katie Dunworth Jan 2008

Identification Of Learning Barriers Affecting English Reading Comprehension Instruction, As Perceived By Esl Undergraduates In Thailand, Chayapon Chomchaiya, Katie Dunworth

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Facility in English language reading comprehension is essential for learners of English as a second language, since English is the international language of written (as well as spoken) communication for business, science and technology. In Thailand, as acknowledged in the literature, learners of English as a second language often experience considerable difficulties with reading. There are many reasons for this, but, given the importance of reading to the development of language proficiency, it is of great importance to identify ways in which student learning can be enhanced. This paper reports on a project that sought to obtain specific information from ...