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Volume 8, Issue 1 (15)

Volume 8, Issue 1 (15), Winter 2017

The effect of birth order on learning a second or foreign language

Yasin Khoshhal

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Psychologically, birth order has the most essential influence on the way children in a family take different roles. Studies show the difference among the siblings in different viewpoints such as cognitive maturity, motivation and so on. What has not been clarified is the relationship that may exist between birth order and the procedure of learning a second or foreign language for the children. Different attitudes bring various types of perspectives toward learning a second or foreign language, we can refer to the study that Saunders (2003) mentioned in his book in which positive attitudes to language learning was observed, thus children being born in different orders may have different views toward learning a second or foreign language. This paper tries to shed as much light as possible on the concept of birth order and seeks to find a relationship that already hasn�"t been cleared up between birth order and the effect it might have on learning a second or foreign language. In order to come to this conclusion, the relationships between birth order and personality traits, intelligence, educational attainment and cognitive maturity have been scrutinized. Finally some studies which exclusively have been worked on the effect of birth order and vocabulary development are presented. As a result we found that there is a conventional relationship between birth order and learning a second or foreign language.

Outdoor Learning: the school and the world that surrounds it

Carlos Francisco de Sousa Reis

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The purpose of this reflection is to articulate a methodology of teaching and learning with a value. The value chosen was peace and the methodology, for reasons that we will try to show later, "Outdoor Learning". We start by trying to show the nature of values as a structural quality. We also essay to show that, in our perspective, values are intensively and extensively infinite. In continuity, the meaning of the value of peace is exposed as referring to a phase of a process in helix by which a certain balance in the social field is reached. In particular, we propose that peace (cooperation phase) depends on the alignment of expectations (balance of) achieved with power. Hence any fissure between the expectations and the balance of powers contracted will be a cause for conflict. This means that there can be no true peace until there is justice. Since peace can not only be related to human beings, for there is a "other" that has long been neglected and, more than that, subjected to a predatory assault by humans, we refer to Nature, we must Consider it in our approach. This is what justifies the inclusion of "Outdoor Learning" methodology, as an indispensable formative way, either because it assists the urgent (re)naturalization of childhood, or because it could provide contact with Nature, which means it could be one of the best means to make us experience the value of peace.

(Re) Founding a narrative from school memory: narratives and practices in the history of the Argentinean high school

Francisco Ramallo; Luis Porta

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Along the text we intend to reflect upon the possibilities and the meaning of (re)founding the narrative about the Argentinean High School in the first half of the 20th century. Thus, we have directed research towards the defiance of an authorized view of education by focusing on a case analysis: The National School in Mar del Plata. Through a narrative approach and on the basis of School Memory as a central category, we have harvested the practices and experiences of the diverse social actors implied, which upset the metanarratives that abound in Educational History

The treatment of equity of gender in a multicultural educative context

Ana Pino Rodríguez

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This article sets out the results from a research about gender equality in education centers under the University level located in Ceuta. The research has been carried out in order to evaluate and assess specific plans organized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte). The aim of these programs is to train teachers as future specialists in coeducation, so that they can lead its treatment in their schools. Opinions and experiences from this target group have been gathered in relation to the application of gender equality in their working places. An online questionnaire has been used to get this information. Results allow us to confirm that these gender specialists are quite concerned about equality of gender. Statistical treatment has made possible to verify the homogeneity of their answers. None of the sociodemographic variables used for groups establishment shows meaningful differences with respect to gender equality

Academic excellence indicators, the perspective of posgraduate students

Ana Bertha Luna Miranda

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Part of the results of a Bi-Nacional research about the search for indicators and attributes which define the academic excellence of teachers in eleven universities in Mexico and Spain are presented in this article. It is supported by the summons ITSP (Improvement of Teaching Staff Program) 2015 in Mexico, of support to ACADEMIC NETWORKS: NSIEQ (Network for the Study of the Integrity and Educational Quality). The study, has been taken under a mixed approach. It focuses on obtaining objective evidences that could help to identify indicators to assess the quality and excellence of the teaching staff of Mexican and Spanish universities, as well as the determining of the indicators and attributes of influence in the training of postgraduate students. The data offered at this stage of the research are the result of a 4 open exploratory questions survey. The responses got in the survey were analyzed by means of a mixed analysis. They are a representation of the academic excellence indicators and attributes that make a good teacher, from the students�" perspective; the factors which influenced their major studies, as well as the recommendations the students make to teacher, and which could help them indicators to improve their educational practice. The analysis of the results shows the importance of the attributes on the academic excellence indicators in the teaching work. The previous to be considered for the educational programs for the master and doctor degree in education at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala in Mexico

Leadership in Pedagogical Management: a vision of Secondary School Principals

Juliano Vikuana Moisés Muli; Inmaculada Aznar Díaz; Miriam Agreda Montoro

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This research is a descriptive analysis product that is limited in educational Management of secondary schools in the province of Benguela/Angola, whose specification is in the field of action that focuses on how the directors of these schools lead the pedagogical activities with a view to improving the structural and functional organization of the school, favoring thus a climate conducive to realization of the teaching learning process.Taking into account the theoretical framework focused on approach on leadership in educational management, the characterization of the regulatory and leadership models of the secondary schools in Angola by the Basic Law N° 13/2001 of the Angolan education system, this study led us to a methodological option, which emphasizes the qualitative and quantitative aspects, once considered that these two types of approach could provide acceptable conditions to perform so problematic an analysis about the vision of the directors regarding all the leadership on educational management, in anticipation of getting the collection of sufficient information to the description of the object of study

GeAWeb: Virtual Learning Object for Analytic Geometry

Carlos Segura Vidal; Ernesto Parra Inza; Ronald Tamayo Cuenca; Ricardo Abreu Blaya

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The objetive of the present research is the proposal of a Virtual Learning Object in order to reduce the shortcomings detected in the teaching - learning process of Analytical Geometry, a subject that is taught in the Bachelor 's Degree in Mathematics of the University of Holguin. The systematization of the teaching - learning process of Analytical Geometry in the Bachelor 's Degree in Mathematics is presented and a study of the historical evolution of the object investigated with emphasis on the use of virtual learning objects is presented. On the other hand, the computer technologies used are presented, the design proposal of the Virtual Learning Object to ensure an excellent integration with the Moodle platform and a detailed description of each one of its functionalities. Methodological recommendations are presented for its best exploitation and the results achieved during the present investigation are evaluated using expert criteria

Teachers practices to assess learning in the Technological High School System

Javier Loredo; Francisco Alvarado

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This paper reports the results of a research aimed to diagnose, in the case of Techonological Higher Secondary (Bachilleratos Tecnológicos), teaching practices for assessing students learning, within the framework of the Comprehensive Reform of Higher Secondary Education (RIEMS). It was a descriptive research with a mixed method design. There were designed specific instruments for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data respectively. The sample consist of 4061 teachers from all over the country; teachers answered an online questionnaire survey?, The application of the survey was supported by the Sector Coordination of Academic Development (COSDAC) of the Ministry of Education. There were also conducted in-depth interviews in a Techonological Higher Secondary. Overall, it was found that while teachers have appropriated the discourse of RIEMS, they remain without relevant modifications in teachers�" classroom assessment practices; therefore we conclude that it is necessary to intensify teachers assessment training specifically on issues related to competency assessment

Informational skills of teachers and students of Secondary Obligatory Education

Vanessa Rubio García; José Tejada Fernández

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The teaching professional must have the competence to know how to manage new knowledge because it is the raw material in its stage performance. Schools are a factory of knowledge that must be current. Moreover, there is also the need for the student to acquire this capacity, and therefore, the teacher as a transmitter of knowledge, and skills can promote this fact. The research aims to learn the skills to manage information, and socialize knowledge. For this purpose two instruments used; a quantitative (questionnaire) and a qualitative (interview). In this way, we can objectify, contrast and deeper into the reality where we stand.Through the application of quantitative and qualitative instruments and the subsequent analysis of the data, we get to know the reality of educational practice regarding the assessment of information skills of teachers and students. Complementary to current teaching and learning processes for the development of competition studied is analyzed. In order to obtain a better analysis has been carried segmentation in three dimensions; search, processing and communication of information on the line of self-conceptualization of joint information competence

Leadership in professional conservatories in Spain. An exploratory study of managers' perceptions

Cristina Querol Gutiérrez

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The present work, which is part of a larger study, presents a descriptive exploratory study on the current situation of management leadership in Music Conservatories in Spain. The sample is formed by 23 directors of Professional Conservatories. The instrument used is a semi-structured interview applied by telephone. The information collected has been categorized into four broad areas. The qualitative methodology used aims to know and evaluate the organization of Conservatories and the pedagogical leadership exercised by its directors. The results show the enormous heterogeneity of the educational offer of the conservatories analyzed, the discontent of the directors with the regulations that regulate the access to the position and the presence of traits of educational leadership in the exercise of the direction.

Historical-logical analysis of the training of primary education professionals in the ecuadorian context

Onaida Calzadilla-González; Auxiliadora del Rocio Mendoza-Cevallos; Félix Díaz-Pompa

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The university education takes as a mission to advance the training process so that students are prepared to be successfully to the changing world in which they live, because the social transformations are fast and profound implications for individual and professional performance. The investigation had as objective to analyze the process of training professionals for the primary education in the context of Ecuador. In its development were weighted methods logical documentary and historical analyses. It was found as curricular adjustments in response to social transformations and to the demands of the school. Sets the competency profiles to form in the professor of primary education, however, these are not accurate for inclusive education.

Effects of an Intervention Program to improve Self-regulation of Learning in students of an Adult Education Center at Granada (Spain)

Francisco Ramón Ballesteros Rueda; Daniel Guerrero-Ramos; Manuel G. Jiménez-Torres

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In the present work, the effects of a program of self-directed learning process are studied in a group of students registered in the teachings of the permanent education of a municipality in the province of Granada. The methodology used is the case study, by means of the application of a questionnaire before and after the carried out intervention and the analysis of the data obtained. As the most outstanding results of this research, it is necessary to highlight, in the first place, that the participant student body experiences a significant advance in all the dimensions of the autoregulated learning in the pretest and postest comparisons; and, in the second place, that the intervention program applied to the participants is revealed effective for the improvement in the process of self-regulation of learning, which leads us to conclude that training in the processes of self-regulation of learning is highly beneficial.

A growth analysis of teacher qualifications and students´global self-esteem

Rune Müller Kristensen

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There is an increased focus on students�" non-academic outcomes of schooling and its long-term impact on the adolescents�" later life. Teachers are viewed as the most significant factor in schools for improving student learning and development. Little is known on effects of teacher qualifications on students�" non-academic outcomes, as this area has had little attention in previous research. The most well-known and widely used measure of non-academic outcomes in adolescence is global self-esteem (GSE). Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) this study investigates how teacher qualifications in terms of certification, educational degree and employment status affect students�" development in GSE. Effects of teacher qualifications influence on students�" development in GSE over time is modelled using growth curve analysis. Results show that elements in teacher certification, educational degree and employment status have a minor but significant effect on students�" GSE. Some of these effects differ between boys and girls, showing that boys react positively to teachers with high levels of content knowledge, while girls react positively to teachers with a higher degree of pedagogical competences. The results indicate that students internalize teachers�" behaviour differently, as the reaction to having a part-time teacher differs across gender. Results are discussed in light of current theories of teacher quality.

Epistemic norms in the musical training for primary teacher education

Olga Belletich; Rolando Angel-Alvarado; Miguel R. Wilhelmi

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In Spain, the current education policy is forcing universities to adjust their teacher initial training, due to new school system orients to curriculum toward the competency based education. This research aims to determine whether, during the initial training on Primary Education degree, there is concordance between an Academic Programmes conducive major in Music Education and the competences established by the education policy. The method responds to didactical engineering for music education, observing the Academic Programmes enacted by universities. The results show that competency based education implemented by higher education centres it is not enough because institutions are not establishing didactical interventions internally coherent with the development of musical, pedagogical, and essential competences required for college students. In conclusion, universities still reproduce the collective imaginary that they have historically built on Music Education  

The community dimension as a factor to prevent school dropout

Edgar Iglesias Vidal; Cristina Sánchez Romero; Santiago Castillo Arredondo

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The aim of this survey has been directed towards identifying risk factors that generate youth dropouts from a community perspective. We have analysed in depth the fabric and role of the school in the community as an instrument to address and overcome these factors. The purpose of this research was to discover the conditions that favour the retention of young people at school. From an ethnographic methodology we have analysed a total of 38 interviews with young people at the stage of compulsory secondary education (17 interviews on the academic path to educational access, 14 interviews on continuity with reference to educational difficulties, and 7 interviews on graduation and future expectations) and reviewed relevant documents to assess the problem of early school leavers from a community dimension. In this regard we have identified the risk factors that place these young people outside the compulsory education system and prevent them from staying in the system. The results suggest that the existence of low educational expectations, the lack of mechanisms of support and scholastic guidance need to be tackled jointly by educational centres and community educational organisations as a strategy in order to reduce dropouts. The feedback of young people with low expectations with a community-based educational organization is an essential support to contribute to egress and training

Creative problem solving as teaching competence, the discourse of teachers

Efrain Duarte Briceño; María Teresa Díaz Mohedo

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There is an increasing awareness of the importance of fostering creative problem solving in higher education; and its benefits have also been increasingly recognized, as well as its key role in the information age. In spite of this recognition, there has been little research exploring creative problem solving as teaching competence. Twelve Mexican professors were interviewed and the data were submitted to content analysis with a qualitative approach, to address the examining professors�" view of the importance attributed to creative problem solving in higher education. The outcomes indicate that all professors consider creative problem solving very important due to its role in the production of knowledge from an innovative perspective; they agree as well in recognizing the connection between using creative strategies and students�" motivation. Different suggestions are made in order to enhance professors and students�" use of creative problem solving in higher education institutions

Teachers´ characteristics and development of students´ attitudes towards school

Dragana Pavlovic; Zorica Stanisavljevic Petrovic; Maja Injac

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This paper addresses two issues: secondary school teachers' characteristics and the impact of these characteristics on pupils' perceptions of school. Study explored the characteristics of high school teachers in Niš (Serbia) as perceived by high school students. A comparison was made between views on their teachers characteristics expressed by two groups of students: vocational schools students and students attending grammar schools. When it comes to the impact of teachers' characteristics on student's perceptions of school, personal characteristics, professional characteristics and teacher's behavior were taken into consideration. A total of 448 students completed three Likert scales that were developed for the purpose of the study (a scale for measuring student's perception of the presence of certain qualities among teachers, a scale for measuring teachers' effort to encourage prosocial behavior and a scale for measuring student's attitude toward school). The study showed significant difference between vocational school teachers' characteristics and characteristics of teachers who work in grammar schools. The positive correlation between students' perceptions of teachers' characteristics and students' attitudes toward school was also confirmed. The positive impact of teachers who possess professional and personal qualities reflects on students by encouraging student's motivation to go to school, reducing the feeling of pressure in school, improving student's perception of school atmosphere and reducing the absence from classes.

Territorialized voices and vital sense of an innovative public policy in educational training argentina

Jonathan Aguirre

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This article presents the findings and the reflections obtained from a doctoral research on public policies in the Argentine Teacher Training. Specifically, the analysis will focus on the pedagogical and educational potentialities of the project "Poles de Desarrollo (2000-2001)" based on the narratives and territorial voices of its national and regional coordinators, teachers, managers and students of formation institutes from the country. The methodology of the research is qualitative, interpretative and biographical-narrative since, in narrating, the subjects create and recreate their experiences and allow us to know facets of their lives in relation to educational policies of teacher training that would be inaccessible from other approaches of investigation. As an instrument of data collection, in-depth interviews, focus groups and analysis of official documents have been used. From the inquiries carried out, it can be affirmed that when the planning of a public policy starts from the local contexts, it takes into account the subjects, is participative and proposes the network work between institutions, it lasts in time and is returns pedagogically meaningful. To recover these experiences from the subjects' voices allows the academic debate and understanding of politics, not as a mere set of official documents and regulations, but as a complex, dynamic and dialectical process, where actors and contexts are key to their interpretation, creating and recreating policies from a subjective, contextual and experiential level

Biographical trajectory of a student who dropout Pedagogy at the University of Granada

Emilio Jesús Lizarte Simón

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The aim of this study has been to analyse those specific variables which take place in dropout and also in students�" profiles and paths corresponding to those who drop out in their first or second year. As a result of the increase in dropout research a myriad of methodologies are regularly used to materialize and reduce the effect of university dropout. This piece of research is based on an in-depth interview with a student who dropped out her Pedagogy degree studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Granada. This cross curricular study has been carried out following a bibliographical-narrative methodology. Data have been gathered through a semi-structured in-depth interview following Torrado�"s model (2012). Results allow to characterize dropout and the main reasons that take part in the process are thoroughly discussed.