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A Study Of Affective Domain Factors Influencing The Decisions Of Leaders With Different Cultural Perspectives, Geoffrey Robert Beech Oct 2010

A Study Of Affective Domain Factors Influencing The Decisions Of Leaders With Different Cultural Perspectives, Geoffrey Robert Beech

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This thesis contrasts the influence of the culture-linked prioritisation of pairings of guilt and innocence, shame and honour, and fear and power. In this case study, this influence was explored with reference to the decision making of leaders in education and other fields in two different sub-cultures located in Bolivia, South America. The research involved a qualitative study of data from interviews with forty two leaders from a Bolivian city and from rural villages in order to discover worldview and cultural factors that influence the prioritisation of avoidance-pursuit pairs that may affect the ethical decision making of leaders in different ...


Queensland's Education And Training Reform: Perspectives From Teachers And Administrators In One Secondary School, Robyn Maree Burton-Ree Jul 2010

Queensland's Education And Training Reform: Perspectives From Teachers And Administrators In One Secondary School, Robyn Maree Burton-Ree

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This research explored the implementation of Queensland's Education and Training Reform from the perspective of teachers and administrators in one rural Secondary School. Within the context of educational reform and vocational education, the specific aims were to explore how teachers and administrators responded to a changing educational environment, and catered for a broader range of students in Senior Schooling. Four research questions were generated from a review of the literature. These were: (1) What leadership is in practice in the implementation of the ETRF? (2) What are the perspectives of the teachers and school leaders with regards to how ...


Writing On The Spirit: An Exploration Of The Role Of Senior Leadership Teams In Enhancing The Mission Integrity Of Selected Catholic Schools In The Mercy Tradition, Darren J. Egberts Jul 2010

Writing On The Spirit: An Exploration Of The Role Of Senior Leadership Teams In Enhancing The Mission Integrity Of Selected Catholic Schools In The Mercy Tradition, Darren J. Egberts

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In the twenty-first century, many schools and educational systems are embracing a new paradigm of educational leadership that utilises collaboration and/or leadership teams. Reflecting this movement, this research explored the capacity of senior leadership teams (SLTs) to enhance the mission integrity (Grace, 2002a, p. 19; 2002b) of selected Catholic schools in the Mercy tradition. The context for this study was two Victorian Mercy secondary colleges. The research examined the experience of shared leadership for members of SLTs in the selected Catholic schools, the contribution of shared leadership to the overall leadership of the schools, the principles on which this ...


Concept Mapping: A Visual Learning Strategy Benefiting Post-Secondary Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Accounting Students, Michael E. Kane Jun 2010

Concept Mapping: A Visual Learning Strategy Benefiting Post-Secondary Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Accounting Students, Michael E. Kane

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Conventional wisdom in the world of academics holds that concept maps are tools useful only for science classes. Not so! Concept maps – also known as advanced organizers, graphic organizers, concept trees, visual maps, flowcharts, diagrams and mind-mapping – can be meaningful strategies for students who learn about technical accounting aspects discussed in the business classroom. Many educators promote concept maps – a component of visual learning – as an ideal teaching and learning strategy in the classroom due to its visual nature of organizing information and indicating relationships within that information.

Action research involving concept maps was conducted in an accounting classroom on ...


Collaborative Partnerships: A Model Of Professional Learning In Primary Science For Practising And Preservice Teachers, Mellita M. Jones Jun 2010

Collaborative Partnerships: A Model Of Professional Learning In Primary Science For Practising And Preservice Teachers, Mellita M. Jones

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This study explores collaborative partnerships between practising and preservice teachers as a model of primary science teacher professional learning. Thirteen volunteer preservice teacher participants from a 3rd year core Science Education unit in a Bachelor of Education course from a regional university were partnered with eight practising teacher volunteers from primary schools in the regional centre in which the university was situated. Partners planned, implemented and reflected on a series of science lessons using the 5Es framework (Australian Academy of Science, 2009) adapted from Bybee (1997). Partners were encouraged to integrate other areas of the curriculum into their science lessons ...


A Transnational Approach To Educational Leadership Capacity Building: A Case Study Of The Masters Of Education Programme At Notre Dame Institute Of Education, Karachi, Pakistan, Sukaina Rizvi Apr 2010

A Transnational Approach To Educational Leadership Capacity Building: A Case Study Of The Masters Of Education Programme At Notre Dame Institute Of Education, Karachi, Pakistan, Sukaina Rizvi

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The expansion of educational opportunities internationally provides major prospects for developing countries to reform their education systems. The rise of new forms of transnational education, (the provision of education to learners in a country different from that of the provider) and the expansion of capacity building opportunities have helped developing nations to increase domestic access to international education and to enhance the quality of their local education systems through increasing the variety and relevance of their programmes. Pakistan, being a developing nation, faces huge educational challenges due to its highly rigid and bureaucratic system of education. It also faces a ...


Inclusion: Teachers' Attitudes And Pedagogy, Cheryl Mckenzie Apr 2010

Inclusion: Teachers' Attitudes And Pedagogy, Cheryl Mckenzie

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Education is one of the keys to future prosperity and in principle inclusion offers access to quality education for all. The practice of inclusion has been made mandatory in Victorian schools however, reviews suggest that inclusion, as practiced in Victoria, has not been fully implemented (Meyer, 2001). With over 48,000 Victorian State Government Primary School students in need of special education assistance it was considered imperative to investigate the attitudes of teachers towards inclusion and the inclusive pedagogy they practise. Based in the interpretive paradigm of social equity, this thesis aims to investigate the attitudes towards inclusion and the ...


Intrapersonal Intelligence, Executive Function And Stage Three Students, Maura Sellars Feb 2010

Intrapersonal Intelligence, Executive Function And Stage Three Students, Maura Sellars

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This study investigated the capacities of ten to twelve year old students to develop the cognitive capacity of intrapersonal intelligence as defined by Howard Gardner. A group of forty, ten to twelve year old students across three Stage Three New South Wales classrooms were introduced to an Intervention Program specifically designed to foster their self knowledge as learners and their capacities to use this knowledge to develop the knowledge, skills and understandings collectively known as 'executive function'. The Intervention Program incorporated the theoretical foundations of the Multiple Intelligences perspective of executive function as defined by Moran and Gardner. The students ...


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 Jan 2010

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

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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 ...


Implementing Mandated Curriculum Reform: Sources Of Support For Teacher-Meaning Making, Janeen Therese Lamb Jan 2010

Implementing Mandated Curriculum Reform: Sources Of Support For Teacher-Meaning Making, Janeen Therese Lamb

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The impetus for this study was a pragmatic concern for the implementation of the Mathematics Year 1-10 Syllabus (Queensland Studies Authority, 2004) at Hillside Primary School (pseudonym). The researcher's involvement with this school was as the Support Teacher: Learning Difficulties 2002-2004. During this time the researcher assisted teachers by working with students who had difficulty acquiring the necessary mathematical skills which enabled them to keep pace with their peers, and actively participate in their environment. During these collaborations it became evident that the teachers had a general unease with the teaching of mathematics, and this became heightened as draft ...


An Exploration Of The Study Abroad Experiences Of United States Students In Three Halls Of Residence At A Catholic University In Western Australia, Nicole Schiffer Jan 2010

An Exploration Of The Study Abroad Experiences Of United States Students In Three Halls Of Residence At A Catholic University In Western Australia, Nicole Schiffer

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The purpose of this research was to explore the ways United States students develop through studying abroad at a Catholic university in Western Australia. The significance of the research lies in the belief that host and home universities should be aware of the needs of these study abroad students. The needs of these students were understood through an exploration of the challenges faced, the support received, and the personal and professional development attained.

Four dimensions of the context contributed to an understanding of this study. These four dimensions were the University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle, the UNDA three halls ...


The Role Of The Imagination In The Religious Conversion Of Adolescents Attending Catholic Secondary Schools, Richard Patrick Branson Jan 2010

The Role Of The Imagination In The Religious Conversion Of Adolescents Attending Catholic Secondary Schools, Richard Patrick Branson

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The mission of the Catholic Church is evangelisation, the purpose of which is conversion. At a diocesan level, the mission is carried out through the agencies of family, parish and school. Every Catholic school is mandated to carry out its part in the Church’s mission through its curriculum that incorporates both Religious Education and planned catechetical experiences. This study was devised to find out some students’ perceptions of their faith, the influences that they perceive on changes to their faith, and to describe how the imagination assisted their faith development and religious conversion. Fifteen Catholic secondary school students from ...


School And Classroom Environment Of A Small Catholic Secondary School, Paul Kelly Jan 2010

School And Classroom Environment Of A Small Catholic Secondary School, Paul Kelly

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This thesis reports research which employed quantitative data collection methods to investigate the classroom and school environment of a small Catholic inclusive secondary school. By drawing on literature on Catholic and inclusive schools, learning environment research and stakeholders perceptions of the dimensions of classroom and school environments, two instruments were developed and validated to gather the perceptions of students, teachers and parents in this school. The What is Happening in this Classroom (WIHIC) instrument was modified to be more suitable for this school's students by having 35 items to assess perceptions of the classroom environment. Four outcome scales were ...


What Constitutes Success In Classroom Religious Education? A Study Of Secondary Religious Teachers' Understandings Of The Nature And Purposes Of Religious Education In Catholic Schools 2vols., David Gerard Kenyon Jan 2010

What Constitutes Success In Classroom Religious Education? A Study Of Secondary Religious Teachers' Understandings Of The Nature And Purposes Of Religious Education In Catholic Schools 2vols., David Gerard Kenyon

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The Australian Catholic Religious Educational landscape has seen much change in theory and practice since the 1960s as theorists, researchers, church and education authorities, and religion teachers all sought to make Religious Education more appropriate and meaningful for students. While this change has led to a greater consensus about the nature and purposes of Religious Education, there still remains a diversity of expectations and a degree of ambiguity specifically about what classroom Religious Education should achieve. In the ongoing discussion of this question, what was often lacking was the voice of teachers. Hence, this study sought to explore and report ...


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

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

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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 ...