- Year of publication: 2020
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- Pages: 3-8
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The research dealt with opinions of homeschooling parents on preferred homeschooling methods and forms. Using the questionnaire method, it mapped opinions of 78 parents from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. It examined the influence of selected variables, i.e. age of parents and number of homeschooled children, on the preference for methods and forms of education. On the basis of research findings it could be stated that younger respondents preferred unschooling more than older respondents. The older respondents, on the other hand, preferred classical teaching methods and forms more. It was also found that the number of homeschooled children had no influence on parents’ choice of homeschooling methods and forms.
In future, changes in science and society will increasingly demand interdisciplinarily prepared professionals and researchers. Inter/transdisciplinarity has been worked on theoretically and scientifically examined. This review study shows how both approaches are explained, how they are put into practice in doctoral studies, the results of the interdisciplinary approaches applied, but also their limitations and barriers.
The aim of the study was a comparative analysis of reading preferences of elementary school younger learners in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. A questionnaire of own design was used, based on an initial exploration by means of focus interviews. Respondents were divided by their reading levels. The research sample consisted of 693 Slovak, 254 Czech and 248 Polish learners. Findings indicated similarities, but also considerable differences offering a possibility to draw knowledge on international research of learners’ reading preferences. The most important finding was the difference of the Polish sample correlating with the best results of Polish learners in international measurements.
Environmental education in primary schools has not built sufficient awareness in formal-informal learning experience. The development of seamless learning is an alternative innovation in building students’ learning experiences. However, there is limited research on its implementation in the learning process in elementary schools with limited mobile technology. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to develop instructional design and learning planning matrices for seamless learning on teachers’ and students’ activities to facilitate formal and informal learning with limited use of mobile technology in elementary schools. Based on the instructional design and learning planning matrices developed, the context reconstruction in a seamless learning design was successfully used in guiding the teachers’ and students’ activities. The limitations of mobile technology in the schools could be replaced with the use of learning laboratories, as well as parents’ support at home. Furthermore, the instructional design and learning matrix developed were feasible, valid, and practical in application in elementary schools. Therefore, the community has a vital role to play in improving students’ learning experiences aside from schools.
This research aims to study the psychometric properties and theoretical structure of the Serbian version of the Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument (MTEBI) which was developed by Enochs, Smith and Huinker (2000). The sample consisted of 252 preservice primary and preschool teachers from teacher education faculties in Serbia. The original MTEBI indicated acceptable reliability (α=0.779). The results of confirmatory factor analysis indicate that the fit of the original MTEBI model to the data is not acceptable, but the re-specified model (MTEBI12) shows good fit and acceptable reliability (α=0.742). These findings indicate that a short 12 item version of MTEBI possesses adequate psychometric properties and is applicable to the sample of respondents in the Republic of Serbia.
Academic achievement varies according to the perception of learning environments (LE). The current study aimed to investigate how the perception of LE differs according to level of academic achievement. 1,106 Thai undergraduate students replied to a survey. Analyzing the data with One-way analysis of variance differences were found in perception of the LE in terms of task orientation and instructor feedback. Average-achieving students perceived task orientation higher than high and low-achieving students. High-achieving students perceived instructor feedback the most. This study provides insights into each type of LE applied in the classroom and suggests how individual academic achievers can be suitably enhanced.
The aim of this paper is to explore the effectiveness of tandem classrooms in promoting intercultural communicative competence by comparing the competence of students before and after participation in tandem classes. This research is based on the descriptive statistics from a survey administered at a university in South Korea. The survey was conducted in 2016 during the second semester, and it used students who participated in tandem classrooms by employing a questionnaire to measure the effectiveness of the tandem classrooms in relation to intercultural communicative competence and the students’ perception of their own competence after completing the tandem classes. The result of the research shows that unlike the initial expectations, there is no meaningful sign that the surveyed students have developed intercultural communicative competence, which means that tandem classrooms did not actively help students improve this competence. In this study, an in-depth interview with students was also conducted in 2019 to find out why such a result occurred. Although tandem classrooms would be highly valuable as a language learning method, the approach may require redesigning and reimplementation in great detail to become a method for developing intercultural communicative competence. Therefore, this study highlights the underlying need for a revised curriculum for students attending tandem classrooms.
The paper describes the results of a study whose aim was to explore correlations among the components of the construct Culture of problem solving (mathematical intelligence, reading comprehension, creativity and ability to use existing knowledge) and six dimensions of Scientific reasoning, which was tested by the Lawson’s Classroom Test. The total of 180 pupils from the Czech Republic aged 14-15 took part in this study. The results show that the dimensions proportional reasoning, control of variables and probability reasoning strongly correlate with the components mathematical intelligence, reading comprehension and ability to use existing knowledge.
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