- Year of publication: 2014
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Educational on-line games are promising for new generations of students who are grown up digital. The new generations of students are technology savvy and spend lots of time on the web and on social networks. Based on an exploratory study, this article investigates the factors that influence students’ willingness to participate in serious games for teaching/learning. This study investigates the relationship between students’ behavior on Facebook, Facebook games, and their attitude toward educational on-line games. The results of the study reveal that the early adopters of educational games are likely to be students, who are young, have only a few Facebook connections, who currently play Facebook game(s). Furthermore, the study emphasizes that there may be differences between students coming from various countries.
The paper focuses on the assessment of text difficulty in six contemporary Czech science textbooks for fourth graders. Text analysis followed the authors’ own methodology. The results obtained reveal varying text difficulty between individual textbooks. Only textbooks by the Alter and SPN publishing companies comply with the difficulty scale for fourth-year textbooks and may be recommended for teaching.
Computer science studies possess a strong multidisciplinary aptitude since most graduates do their professional work outside of a computing environment, in close collaboration with professionals from many different areas. However, the training offered in computer science studies lacks that multidisciplinary factor, focusing more on purely technical aspects. In this paper we present a novel experience where computer studies and educational psychology find a common ground and realistic working through laboratory practices. Specifically, the work enables students of computer science education the development of diagnosis support systems, with artificial intelligence techniques, which could then be used for future educational psychologists. The applications developed by computer science students are the creation of a model for the diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), sometimes also commonly called the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The complexity of this diagnosis, not only by the exclusive characteristics of every person who suffers from it, but also by the large numbers of variables involved in it, requires very strong and close interdisciplinary participation. This work demonstrates that it is possible to intervene in a curricular perspective, in the university, to promote the development of interpersonal skills. What can be shown, in this way, is a methodology for interdisciplinary practices design and a guide for monitoring and evaluation. The results are very encouraging since we obtained significant differences in academic achievement between students who attended a course using the new methodology and those who did not use it.
This study reports on the validation of the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), a self-report, Likert-scaled instrument, developed by Pintrich et al. (1991). The instrument consists of two sections, i.e., motivation in the process of self-regulated learning and the learning strategies of university students. The adaptation concerned only the first section, the learning strategies section was not part of the adaptation. The sample consisted of 284 students of the Faculty of Humanities at Tomas Bata University in Zlín (256 women and 28 men). The average age was 24, ranging from 19 to 49, with a standard deviation of 6.4 years. Within the adaptation of the MSLQ for the Czech educational environment, the exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, Cattell’s scree test and parallel Monte Carlo analysis were performed. As a result, a 3-factor model was generated. The motivation scales tap into three broad areas: (1) expectancy (represented by academic self-efficacy; 4 items), (2) value (represented by task value; 6 items), and (3) affect (represented by test anxiety; 7 items). The internal consistency (Alphas) of the subscales varies from 0.76 to 0.84. Significant correlation between Academic self-efficacy and Task value subscales was.377. The results correspond to the theoretical model.
The main research objectives were presenting experiences of virtual classroom learners in the context of being part of a community or being indifferent towards it, as well as getting to know the value of the community in view of respondents, and the attitudes of respondents to the community. The research operated within the interpretive paradigm. The respondents were twenty six students of different majors at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. All the respondents emphasized the value of being part of a community; still, the opinions were diverse with regard to individual predispositions, skills and aptitudes of the learners. The obtained results are of great significance to the educational thought and practice and in relation to the growing importance of e-learning and its popularisation.
The arrival of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has brought about intense methodological restructuring in the participating countries. These changes, along with the development of ICT, are reshaping the Higher Education system. The emergence of advanced technological tools like the Moodle platform has altered the teaching-learning process at every educational cycle. This paper springs from the work undertaken as part of the ongoing project for Educational Excellence in collaboration with three Andalusia universities: Seville, Cadiz and Huelva. The study was entitled Tele-education Platforms for Virtual Instruction. Since work at the University of Huelva has taken into consideration the students at some point, and the University of Córdoba lacks research on this area, we decided to examine the role of the student at the University of Cordoba as side-work to the original project. To this purpose, we designed an instrument to determine the students’ rate of use, level of satisfaction and level of knowledge of the Moodle platform. Thus, with this paper we would like to emphasize the relevance of students as key elements in the education system, as recipients of the teaching process.
While discussion on faculty development in China has been increasing in recent years, our understanding of the strategy for the development remains limited. This study with a survey aimed to examine whether e-learning could meet faculty members’ expectations for their professional development. Our findings suggest that e-learning is identified as a preferred means of opening new opportunities to meet the needs of faculty in China where faculty development still remains traditional training and it has bright prospects. The result also highlights individual perspectives as a critical factor shaping e-learning behavior, and provides implications for the policy of faculty development.
The paper presents the results of a study in which we analysed planning of musical objectives in the psychomotor domain prepared by 372 Slovenian general education teachers. The research results showed high share of objectives pertaining to the taxonomy category of speech behaviours, which was followed by the categories of gross bodily movements, finely coordinated movements and non-verbal communication. The above facts confirm that music objectives can be classified in the prevailing psychomotor domain and show the utilization of a chosen taxonomy model. The research results also indicate that Slovenian general education teachers are aware of the need for active approaches to music teaching although they pay less attention to music objectives planning in the category of non-verbal communication which exceeds the mere use of words and represents the basis for contemporary approach of music teaching through musical doing and making.
The paper presents the results of the research focused on the issue of textbook use. The aim of the research was to identify the styles of textbook use adopted by lower secondary school teachers. The data were gathered through classroom observations (total of 155) and interviews with teachers (58). The research resulted in identification of four different styles of textbook use. It was found out that the styles varied according to the school subject. Relation to the length of teaching experience and the qualification of the teacher for a given subject was not proven.
The aim of this research was to find out if the environmental education program prepared for preschool pupil s is effective in helping the 5 - 6-year-old age group gain environmental consciousness. For these purposes, a single group, pretestfinal test pattern was used. In the research, “Children’s Environmental Attitudes Scale” was used in the experiment group, before and after application and the data obtained were compared. An educational program of 8 weeks including drama, games and activities, Turkish, music and art activities subjects about air, water, soil, extinction of animal and plant species, climate change and waste problems was applied to the children.
The paper presents research results of the two-year pedagogical experiment comparing test scores in three subjects (Database Systems, Management, IT English) taught either in the ICT-supported way, or in the traditional face-to-face way at the Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. The main research objective was to find out whether ICT contribute to increasing learners’ knowledge and consequently to forming key competences. Didactic tests as the main tool were used within the pedagogical experiment which followed the “pre-test - instruction - post-test - post-test2” structure. The research sample included 687 respondents. Obtained results proved there were no statistically significant differences in learners’ knowledge in both approaches to instruction. The results were discussed from two important points of view: (1) teachers’ and learners’ ability to use the potential of ICT in teaching/learning and (2) the role of teaching/learning styles in the ICT-supported instruction.
This paper deals with the reality of North Korea’s education and its middle school education. North Korea still maintains its own curtain and remains isolated from the rest of the world. For that reason, it is very difficult for an individual researcher to get closer to the reality of North Korea’s education. To overcome the limitation, this article actively utilizes a means- interview with defectors who live in South Korea. To understand the current situation of North Korean education, the author interviewed 38 students. It is very useful in order to know the reality that cannot be accessed in the official way. This article firstly examines the general goals of North Korean education and the characteristics of the school curriculum. Next, this paper describes the features of North Korea’s middle school students’ life. Through examining the educational situation of North Korea, the principles of North Korean education have been revealed as fostering newly developed communists. Furthermore, it is a principle that the texts included in North Korea’s national language textbooks should stick to the communist partisanship and reflect socialist patriotism.
This article deals with two subjects which form an inevitable part of the discussion on Czech basic schools. First, there is school development from the inside, individual and group learning and organizational development in schools. Second, there is the double task of Czech basic schools to provide pupils with primary and, subsequently, lower secondary education. The aim of the analysis is to compare evidence given by teachers at the primary and lower secondary levels of basic schools about processes which create the dimensions of a professional learning community. Analysis of the data obtained from this research, which was carried out in Czech basic schools, leads to the conclusion that despite a relatively large conformity in the adult actors’ perception of systematicity in handling the subjects of learning, this perception cannot be considered homogeneous.
This article presents research on value preferences of eleven-year-old fifth grade pupils. Differences between two groups of gifted pupils were observed - between 71 contemporary pupils and 229 pupils in ELSPAC in the years 2002 - 03. The identical identification criteria were used in the selection of both groups. By selecting questions from the ELSPAC questionnaires we compared the value preferences data of both of the gifted groups. We were dealing with research questions: which values the gifted prefer in friends, which priorities of life values they have, and which one is the most important for them. No statistically significant differences were found in the comparison of the majority of the values of the two groups. In the evaluation of friends, all the respondents most preferred the item “how you get along“ and then “their reliability“. The most significant difference was found in the item “the gain from your friendship with them“ which moved from the 15t to the 5t place in 10 years. No statistically significant differences were found in the question of life values between the two groups of gifted children in our data set except for the item “personal property,“ which was more important for the gifted of 2012. The most important value for both of the groups was “family relations“ ahead of the item “health“ and “having friends“.
The main research goal was to explore the linkage between regulatory framework and university level real estate education in Poland. In order to achieve the research goal we analyzed the results of European and American to-date research into real estate education and we studied curricula from selected Polish universities for compliance with ministerial minimum requirements. Finally, we conducted a survey among students studying real estate economics from state universities with the best economics faculties in Poland. Based on the conducted research, it has been established that in their specialization choices Polish students are motivated mainly by pragmatic factors (professional prospects, possibility to obtain a broker’s or administrator’s license) and by interests. On the other hand, though, the research has revealed that in all the Polish schools surveyed curricula for the subject of real estate economics have been to a greater or lesser degree adjusted to the minimum programs connected with professional license system, and do not differ significantly from one another.
The paper aims at determining the differences in self-evaluation of the motives for playing online video games among university students. The presence of differences between the two genders was built on the assumption that in our cultural environment various gender roles, such as rebellion, non-conformity and refusal to comply with norms, are more typical of the male gender role, and also when it comes to playing online video games. The results of the survey have shown that there are differences between female and male students concerning the motives for playing online video games, which suggests the need to record these indicators, in particular the negative ones, within the university environment.
The paper discusses research referring to a primary school teachers’ professional performance diagnosis in the Czech Republic, Poland and Bulgaria. The comparison of the research findings indicates similarities and differences which emerged due to the research between different groups of teachers from the three countries with an attempt to justify the results.
The aim of this study was to obtain information on pre-service teachers’ experiences and viewpoints on science journals and journal writing. The current study utilized a qualitative research method, namely phenomenography. The data were collected by conducting face to face semi-structured interviews. The analysis of the verbatim transcripts of pre-service teachers’ interviews was performed with the use of the phenomenographic method. The findings are presented as themes, subthemes and categories. The participants in the study commented on the content of science journals, usefulness of journal writing in science courses and using science journals in primary education based on their observations during the practical activities at schools.
Inclusive education is a concept and a new vision of integrating disabled people in a school environment within the Polish education system. It is crucial to answer the question if it is possible and what values are necessary to enable the concept to take place. The most important questions to be answered are whether contemporary schools are ready to meet all the necessary conditions to educate children with special educational needs; whether schools are able to create the chance to succeed and whether Inclusive Pedagogy is a real alternative to special schools.
The study investigates the emotional costs experienced in the new workplace and general self-efficacy (GSE) as predictors of coping during the first period of reemployment. The study was conducted among 69 unemployed during professional internship. Questionnaires battery was administered in two waves (T1 and T2) within the first two weeks of this kind of reemployment and after 3 months. 35 respondents participated in T2. The results showed GSE and emotional costs as predictors of coping strategies using in the work re-entry phase. Further regression analysis showed a significant relationship between problem solving (T1) and GSE, and emotional costs (T2).
Within recent years the percentage of students in relation to the total population of young adults has been increasing in Poland. In search of the psychological consequences of this situation a study has been conducted on the relation between the level of activity of students and both the objective and subjective indicators of their effectiveness and the level of autotelism/calculation of the initiated activities. The study in question has been performed among a group of 473 students of the University of Silesia, and the results thereof indicate differences between the non-active, averagely active and above-averagely active students in the scope of grade point averages, the amount of granted scholarships, subjectively perceived attractiveness for colleagues as well as for the potential employer, the level of identity integration and the position in group hierarchy. The theoretical concept for analyses is constituted by the concept of emerging adulthood, the evolutionary approach and the concept of career capital.
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