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Volume 6, Issue 1

Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2015


The impact of an Adult Education Training Course (basic level) and the Language and Communication skills in adults professional lives

Ana Cristina Freitas de Jesus Raimundo; Francisco Javier Hinojo Lucena

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The presented article based on a research work seeks to reflect on the impact that Adults Education Training Courses (basic level) had on the changes that have occurred in adults�" professional lives. The Education and Adults Training Courses that emerged in Portugal in 2000 fit in the guide lines of learning through life followed by Europe. In this context, the main objectives are to increase competitiveness, promote employability, reinforce social cohesion and increase education and qualification levels. Taking this premise into account, Adults Education should give citizens the required skills to face the demands of these days, namely should give skills that allow them to adapt to society and to the needs of each day , promoting autonomy, adaptability, flexibility, creativity and critical participation in social and professional life. The Education Training Courses are part of The New Opportunities Initiative2. This initiative is currently being restructured so it is important to analyse the contribution of this training offer to the Portuguese�"s qualification and to their inclusion in the labour market, measuring if adults that attended these courses obtained skills that allow them to face the challenges of this new society and work market, such it has been advocated by European policies concerning adults education.

Teachers learn: Indicators to improve the tutorial function of university professor

Elena Hernández de la Torre; Raulina Medina Herasme

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The tutorial role of teachers in higher education should provide a response in relation to the new challenges raised by the European Higher Education. In this sense, it has changed the profile of this teacher, indicating a different character based on the facilitation and management of student learning and motivation, which leads us to a new understanding of their paper, tutor new profile and new strategies for the development of knowledge. The purpose of your role is clear, their action in tutorials practices has consequences on the quality of teaching. The results of the assessment of students regarding the roles, responsibilities and functions of teacher mentoring of university teachers are presented in this article. For data collection a questionnaire has been used in quantitative and qualitative closed and open items where students point to a teacher training in new personality profiles and professionalism. The results reveal several interesting facts: the need for training in new teaching and organizational strategies for improving their teaching management, empathetic relationships with students, based on collaboration personality and treatment and the development of a tutorial -based feature in strategic planning. The importance of this study lies in the provision and demand that the students giving her own voice for the development of teaching and mentoring in higher education and improving their teaching management.

Factors affecting spanish and catalan women participation in training

Carla Quesada-Pallarès; Pilar Pineda-Herrero; Alexandra Stoian; María del Mar Duran-Bellonch

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Women are still not being offered equal opportunities in the workplace, be-cause apart from being workers, they are also caregivers, i.e. they do double shifts. One way to enhance women�"s job opportunities is through their professional development. Training is one of the best strategies for professional development. Nonetheless, in Spain, there is a series of factors which hinder female workers�" access to training. In fact, scientific literature do not usually compares these factors from a gender perspective; therefore, the aim of this paper is to describe differences between male and female participation levels in training over the last five years, and analyse the factors that affect women�"s participation. The methodology consisted of a mixed non-simultaneous approach: the analysis of three Spanish and Catalan sources of official data (n = 10,879), and interviews with 5 experts in gender policies and 6 trainer managers from 6 companies. The integrated results yield different types of difficulties to access training based on gender and a necessity to relate training policies to gender policies. Because of these differences, it is possible to establish a list of features related to women who participate in training, which allow both academics and practitioners to intervene to promote women�"s training participation and therefore, their professional development.

Use patterns video game and its relationship with a school sedentary behavior population and university

Manuel Castro Sánchez; Asunción Martínez Martínez; Félix Zurita Ortega; Ramón Chacón Cuberos; Tamara Espejo Garcés; Ángel Cabrera Fernández

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Physical inactivity is one of the main problems that today's society, which in the past two decades has led to a new dimension known as "technological sedentary" to replace the free time spent on physical activity by using faces TV, computer and game consoles. Therefore the aim of knowing sedentary habits and patterns of use and consumption of video games on school and university population, checking whether there are significant differences according to the sex and educational level arises. The sample consisted of 155 individuals with an age range between 10 and 27 years,  belonging to the educational stages ofPrimary, Secondary and University. Data were collected with a sociodemographic questionnaire, sedentary behaviors and digital entertainment. The main results of the study show that half of the study population does not use video games and those who play do mostly one or two days a week. Almost all subjects studied have console, and more than half have three or more devices. They prefer shooting games, sports, puzzle and action type.

Saragossa Sites. Education from the city through heritage routes

Ricardo Huerta

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This paper reviews the efforts of the municipality of Zaragoza to promote an innovative heritage education project. This project adds value to the archaeological ruins discovered a few years ago (Teatro Romano, Public Baths) and other urban spaces musealized (Forum Museum, Museo del Puerto Fluvial). Heritage education is based on a city tour that culminates in the splendid Museo Pablo Gargallo. In this proposal we are interested in the part relating to education in museums. But we also found important to have integrated different parts of the city in a real urban route. This route connects different places imbued with tradition, art, history and memory. To understand and analyze this reality we have relied on key methodological case studies, using interviews and surveys of the main groups involved: teachers, technical and cultural mediators. We have also observed numerous live group visits. Thanks to this formula (which includes several urban areas) is achieved increasing the participation of many groups, especially school visits and families.

Institutional evaluation and the pursuit of academic efficiency. The case of the Faculty CCAA (Brazil)

Santiago Castillo Arredondo; Daniel Hoorn

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Through the analysis of the different concepts and applications of the word "evaluation", this paper aims to demonstrate how the implementation of the institutional evaluation procedures established by MEC in Brazil � in accordance with international standards. These Institutes are aware of the fact that it is an irreversible, definitive and continuous process, and that the correct reading, interpretation and accomplishment of the results obtained in the evaluations will unquestionably result in tangible benefits on the permanent search for academic efficiency. The purpose of the propuestas-modelo, as a result of the investigation, is the assurance of quality and academic efficiency improvement. It is consolidating a "quality culture" within each of the sectors and agents who participate daily in institutional activities. These proposals allow to set up a model that it promote and stimulate continuous improvement the Faculdade CCAA is to become a centre of higher education with the corresponding social recognition for academic excellence

Analysis of training needs in heads of the Yucatan State secondary schools (Mexico)

Rubén Darío Pérez Padilla; Mª Pilar Cáceres Reche; Mª Angustias Hinojo Lucena

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The present paper tries to analyze the training needs for the principals and vice-principals of the Yucatan State secondary schools (Mexico). For this, it has been made a descriptive and qualitative research through the semi-structured interviews implemented to the owner principals. Some of the most important results, show the problem according to access this type of positions, without knowledge and experience to do it successfully, so there is no a specific training for developing a management function as the use of communicative skills or the conflicts resolution.

Curriculum design: A gestalt approach to the pedagogy of entrepreneurship education with postgraduate student teachers in an irish university

Gerard Slattery; Morgan Danaher

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Significant evidence exists attributing the importance of entrepreneurship education (EE) to national competitive advantage (Henry and Treanor, 2012; Porter, 2011; Porter and Kramer, 2011; Carree and Thurik, 2010). Student numbers in formal EE programs in Irish second level schools are limited to those opting for special programs. This paper sets out to identify a more appropriate pedagogical approach to forming student teachers as teachers of EE in Irish second level schools. An action research methodology was adopted to review and improve the EE module on the teacher education postgraduate diploma in business in an Irish university. By adopting a gestalt approach, the researchers aimed to foster heightened awareness in teachers, to embed innovative pedagogical practice in EE paralleling best practice elsewhere. Rigor was added to the researchers�x analysis of their own phenomenological interpretations of the module by incorporating feedback from focus groups of students involved, and individual students. The findings suggest that time constraints constricted development of an andragogical holistic approach, organic to fostering creativity and self-agency, the very gestalt characteristics aimed at being cultivated. Students expressed satisfaction with the collaborative course components � experiential and action centered. Grounded in the gestalt philosophy of awareness, self-regulation and creativity, it challenged static, traditional, didactic understandings of EE. For some students, this proved a significant challenge. The key finding from this study is that a holistic, two-layered approach, comprising of a foundational layer (encompassing practical steps in business start ups) and a transformational layer (focusing on more dynamic concepts that are philosophical and attitudinal in nature), is the optimal pedagogical strategy for the cultivation of an effective EE programme.

Teacher knowledge in medical education

Silvia Miracy Pastro Fiad

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In this article we present the discoveries found in the search of investigations about the teacher knowledge of the teachers who gives a curse in the Medicne�"s degree. In an introductory way we can mention while it was established the professional formation in the universities it was considered for give lessons it was enough with the knowledge of a specific discipline. So, we leave of the assumption of the university teachers without an educational formation, even their does not have any specific preparation to the teaching, they have a practice, a speech, knowledge and an own educational conception constructed from different places: reflection of teaching experiences, readings, recuperation of practice they had as students, and others. Our interest is in search about the teacher knowledge: How did teachers construct it? What way did they follow? How and why did they reach to the teaching?

Perceptions of students about their contact with artistic expressions at school

Rafael Tormenta; Manuela Terrasêca

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The positive outlook of the scientific community and educational policy regarding the importance of artistic expression to young students�" comprehensive training, and at the same time schools�" and society in general�"s insistence on failing to recognize it as a full-fledged training field, stress the interest on developing studies in this area based on the students�" own experiences. This article presents a study which aims to know students�" perception regarding their own experience attending artistic expression subjects in regular school. The data results from a questionnaire and from students�" self-evaluation records. It concludes that students view those subjects as positive to their personal training, giving them competences that impact their future life trajectory; however, it also concludes that the emphasis placed by schools and politics on so-called academic learning tends to drastically diminish the participation of said students in these subjects.

Study on the way and purpose of the Internet use by children attending the 2nd cycle of basic education in the Sintra county (Portugal) and type of monitoring conducted by guardians

María Teresa G. Carolino Martins; Juan Manuel Trujillo Torres

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Nowadays it is known that children, increasingly earlier, have their first contact with information technologies and with the Internet, reaching the second stage of basic education, at the age of 10, with a highly advanced technological mastery. Therefore, it was established as objective to know the impact of the internet use in children between 10 and 12 years old, attending second stage of basic education schools in Sintra, bearing in mind the level of efficiency and digital literacy, and the control wielded by guardians in the use of this technology, and its applicability in pedagogical context. The sample consists of 192 students attending 5th and 6th grades, 129 guardians and a group of 6 teachers. Each group answered a questionnaire survey and it was carried out a discussion group of students and an interview with teachers. In this research it was used a mixed methodology, using an extensive collection of information on the problem, documents�" analysis, using quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (interviews) instruments, looking forward to cross and deepen information. This study contributes to a more specific knowledge about the main activities carried out by these children, on the Internet, as well as how their guardians monitor and control these activities and give us to know their main concerns and how their teachers deal with the computer and the Internet.

Creativity in early childhood education of public and private schools city Bucaramanga (Colombia)

Matilde Parra; Daniel Garrote Rojas; José María Sola Reche

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The aim of the present study consists on assessing the creativity of a grupo of students from seven to ten years old who attend to three public school and one hundred fifty eight private schools of Bucaramanga. This analitic study evaluated the results of the pupils in the intelligence creativity test (CREA) considering the age, the sex and the grade of the children. Moreover, it was carried out an opinion poll to the teachers to know the creativity in the classroom, their concept of creativity and the institucional policy to promote creativity. Furthermore, it was elaborated a list of pedagogical criterias which guarantee the development of the creativity intelligence of the pupils. It was found a significant difference in the level of creativity intelligence of pupils between the public and the private schools of Bucaramanga. Age and sex did not determined the level of creativity of the children.

Transformational leadership. Management teams in education center high school performance

Claudia Pilar Flores Ramos; Mohammed El Homrani

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The purpose of this study is to examine the organizational behavior in the management of primary and secondary schools who have obtained good results in the learning of their students. Measuring psychometric with the multifactor leadership questionnaire (MLQ-5x) was determined through a review of the literature. The research included a quantitative descriptive methodology, relations were tested on a sample of 562 teachers of thirty schools in the VI, and VII Counties in Chile, with ownership shared and agreed. The results indicate that there is a significant relationship between transformational leadership, as a predictor of school improvement.

Evaluation of programs aimed at strengthening research: the "waves program"

Diego Enrique Báez Zarabanda; Juan A. López Núñez

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 In Colombia, the "Waves program" is the "fundamental strategy of Colciencias to promote a civic and democratic culture in science and technology in the Colombian children and youth through research and teaching strategy - IEP". This research was conducted in the city of Bucaramanga and conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of this program in ten public institutions, addressing a qualitative methodology descriptive through semi-structured interviews with teachers previously trained at the University in strategy to know their views on the program, its possibilities and opportunities for improvement. The results showed the favourability of the program to the general improvement of pedagogical practices of participating teachers and relevance of the strategy in forming research from an early age. It was concluded in the voice of participating teachers need to implement this training program to the entire educational community and succeed in becoming part of the curriculum; for students currently participate in the strategy, demonstrate better academic and social development of the different activities programs Waves results. 

Inclusive education and ICTs: future teachers attitudes analysis

Mª del Carmen Pegalajar Palomino

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This paper aims to describe the perceptions of prospective Childhood and Primary Education teachers to the use of ICT for the development of inclusive practices. In the study, it has involved 231 students from grade school and Primary Education of the Catholic University of Murcia, carrying out data collection through an "ad hoc" questionnaire through the survey technique. The results show favorable perceptions of future teachers to the educational possibilities of this type of educational resources in the teaching-learning process of students with special educational needs, their contribution to the process of professional development, including of students through such means and analysis based on the use of ICT for responding to diversity teaching function. In addition, it checks the existence of relationship between the various factors of the scale and between those items that are considered more significant, as can be the contribution of ICT to the family-school, improving coordination active participation of students in the educational process, flexible teaching-learning process and contribute to the professional development of teachers.

The educational services of the archives

Jesús Cuadros Callava

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The educational services of the archives were created with a lot of voluntary by the archivists and only a little institutional help to bind the archives and educational institutions together and to develop educational activities especifillay orient for user in school age, in which we must keep in mind the curricular programme, the age and the type of the document. For that, is should be convenient a cooperation between the archive-educational centre based in the distinction between the archivist, who would develop the typical services of the archive, and the teacher, who would take advantage of contribution of an specialist who has a deep knowledge of the archive`s documentary hearts, to know history and the investigation´s work in the classroom. The educational service´s develop need as main premise the pupils´ contact with the archive, where they visualize, manipulate and work with the original documents. That symbiosis between the archives and the school could continue being maintained with links more and narrow between a municipal archive and an educational centre, enriching the teaching process- learning through the documental sources. For that, we must keep in mind the didactic ways, the educational proposal, the action´s fields, the material´s presentation to the student body and its external effect. The most significant appearances of the archives` educational services were given in the activities period ruined to that type of user. In this way we consider this service as a precision of the educational aspect and therefore the services only have future with the teacher � archivist and school � archives cooperation.