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Volume 9, Issue 1 (16)

Volume 9, Issue 1 (16), Winter 2018

The strengthening of motivation toward Spanish learning as a heritage language through an intervention program based on the CCSS

Sonia Botero

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This research aimed to strengthen the learners�" motivation toward Spanish learning through the implementation of a curricular pedagogical proposal based on the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts �CCSS. In order to reach this aim, a study with a mixed approach using cuasiexperimental and action-research designs was conducted. By means of a non-probabilistic sampling, the control group was composed of 38 students and the experimental group was composed of 38 sixth grade-students from Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences. The independent variable was a curricular pedagogical proposal founded on CCSS and the dependent variable was the learners�" motivation toward Spanish learning, measured via a Likert scale questionnaire based on the Gardner�"s (2004) Attitude/Motivation Test Battery. This data gathering instrument was applied before and after intervention. In addition to that, a focal group was executed with the view to explore the target problem. Quantitative data was analyzed through the Student�"s t distribution and the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, while the qualitative data was contrasted with the theory. The findings brought to light that learners�" motivation significantly increased after the intervention in the experimental group. Thus, it was concluded that a curricular pedagogical proposal based on CCSS promoted the learners�" motivation toward Spanish learning as a heritage language.

The impact of continuous distance training on teachers of physics in computer simulation software

Khalid Mahdi

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This work aims to study the weaknesses of the learning process in physics and the possibility of benefiting from the advantages of new ICTs by integrating computer simulators. To do this, and based on the initial results of a questionnaire, we began by setting up a distance training course on the design and pedagogical use of simulators for more than two hundred Moroccan teachers who used information and communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom just in the preparation of courses and tests. The teachers concerned were from different academies of the Kingdom. The training lasted for six weeks during which interactive courses, synchronous and asynchronous meetings, tests and projects of conducting a computer simulator were programmed. The analysis of a questionnaire launched online with those teachers, before and after this training, aims to show the impact of this type of continuous distance training on the use of ICT in the classroom on the substitution of failed practical work (Luck of teaching material or of its danger) on the learning of virtual phenomena, on the performance of Moroccan pupils and consequently on the improvement of the quality of the teaching of physics by using computer simulators

Adolescents and social networks: the general uses, the time spent and the possible risks

Nazaret Martínez Heredia; Erika González García

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In this research paper, we present the analysis and the results of the questionnaire about the general and specific uses, the time spent and the possible risks, considering the possible addiction to social networks. We have considered a sample of 182 teenagers, 85 girls and 97 boys, of ages included between 15 and 18 years old of the province of Granada. The most outstanding results indicate a positive correlation between the time of use and the addiction to the social networking sites. They show that a high worry around the dependency exists, revealing the need to develop educational-preventive patterns for a safe use, trying not to fall down in the dependency produced by an excessive use

Using specific tests to access for initial teacher training

Laura Pérez-Granados

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Over recent years Finland has led the way in international research and studies into teacher recruitment and training. The number of people wishing to do a degree in teaching far exceeds the number of places available, meaning that universities set very high standards when selecting students. Having an understanding of the entry procedure for the most exemplary teacher education courses in the world could help us to identify the keys to success when choosing the most suitable prospective teachers and also to find new ways of carrying out the university admissions process in Spain and in other countries in Europe. In this regard, we focus on the following aspects: What would happen if we applied Finnish standards to students just starting their teaching degrees? What type of knowledge and/or personal dispositions should be taken into account when selecting prospective teachers?This article aims to show the results attained after recreating the Finnish selection procedure for teaching degree students, in this case involving a sample of students from the Faculty of Education Sciences of the University of X. The results show that none of the students in the sample responded positively to the different tests they undertook.

Language education policy and teachers in Puerto Rico: implications for identity, sovereignty, and community in a context of displacements

Kristine Harrison

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In the post-hurricane María Caribbean, Puerto Rico presents a unique case for teacher educators and policymakers. The article offers a critical reflection about the experience of the colonial non-autonomous U.S.-imposed school system, and contributes to teacher education and language education policymaking (LEP) by exploring the effect of displacements, schooling on identity, and the role teachers can play. The article is based on an analysis that broadened the notion of language and education policy to include standards, textbooks, and teaching practices. The research question is about indigenous identity in a context of not only colonial schooling but conflicting visions of history, and loss of oral tradition in lieu of standardized school-sanctioned knowledge. The article suggests that community and indigenous models and educational autonomy would be more sustainable, practical, and just than standardized notions of school.

A web 2.0 for science teaching and learning in upper high school by means of gamification: Jedirojo Science

Pablo Fernández-Rubio; Alicia Fernández-Oliveras

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Traditional teaching methods of sciences, where students assume a passive role as mere recipients of knowledge, are still  strongly established in many countries, as Spain. This perception of teaching became obsolete with the appearance of educational currents supporting gamification and the use of digital technologies as web 2.0. Consequently, teaching experiences supported by verified research can favor these technologies to be permanently adopted by formal education. It is likewise required to perform new studies to assess whether the interest of students for the web contents is increased when displayed in an attractive and playful context. In this paper we present an educative proposal to teach biology in upper secondary school from a ludic point of view by means of a web 2.0 development. Taking elements from cinema and videogame fields, this based on gamification proposal attempts to make use of challenge and engagement of students to improve their motivation for scientific disciplines. With the goal of encouraging the implementation of these methodologies a pilot scheme has been carried out using some of the activities displayed at the website, whose qualitative outcomes are shown in this article.  

Teachers´ perceptions of professional development experiences: an ongoing concern

Jafeth E. Sanchez; Susan L. Williams; Margaret M. Ferrara

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Teachers�" perceptions of professional development experiences related to process, content, and context were explored to better address leadership preparation needs. Teachers responded to the Professional Development Questionnaire, three demographic variables (teaching experience, Title 1 status, and current grade level) pertaining to the individual, and one open-ended comment field. A total of 327 teachers from a large western school district in the United States responded. The findings indicated that there were no significant differences for the three demographic grouping variables. Overall, results revealed low mean values, indicating that teachers disagreed or strongly disagreed with statements related to their professional development experiences. Teachers also indicated that their own building administrators did not value professional development. Finally, teachers�" perceptions of professional development also suggested that professional development topics were irrelevant, and that they were not provided with enough time to integrate topics into their current practice

Implementing critical pedagogy in EFL contexts: closing the gap between theory and practice

Samad Mirza Suzani

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As a result of post-modernism in the present world, a dramatic recent shift has been the emergence of offshoots such as initiation of critical pedagogy in academic settings. Besides, there is a shift toward a critical era that defines a new relationship between teachers and theorizers, which is pushing teachers towards the world of skills, knowledge, and autonomy. Considering the increasing importance of the critical pedagogy, this paper firstly provides basic concepts and objectives of critical pedagogy and how it has emerged, then it draws on the basic tenets of this theory and offers how it can be adopted to the field of language education in EFL contexts. Finally, it gives some practical applications for implementing this theory in EFL classrooms, supporting Crooks�" (2010) argument that more practical examples of critical pedagogical EFL literature need to be reported

Young peoples educational and employment profile in vocational initial programmes

Patricia Olmos Rueda

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The transition to adulthood is a complex process especially for unskilled young people who do not have the personal resources to function effectively in the educational contexts or in the workplace. Vocational initial programmes become a second chance for them, who are looking for new opportunities to access education in order to obtain a decent job in the future. This paper shows a qualitative study focuses on describing the educational and employment profile of young people in Catalan Vocational Initial programmes from the perspective of 16 tutors, nine entrepreneurs and 228 youths enrolled in 17 vocational initial programmes in seven municipalities of Barcelona, in order to learn more about their profile and their educational and job expectations, and thus try to contribute to their understanding. The results of data analysis from interviews carried out with the participants describe a young people�"s initial under qualified educational and employment profile that influences their entry into these programmes and show how those also influence on these group of young people. Within the framework of these programmes, young people start it changing and find a support for returning to formal education and re-considering their choice of education and employment as well as their prospects.

The L2 Motivational Self System and its influence on Spanish pre-service teachers motivated behaviour

Marian Amengual Pizarro

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This study aims at examining the influence of Dörnyei�"s (2005, 2009) L2 Motivation Self System three main components, as well as integrativeness, instrumentality prevention, and intended effort, on prospective teachers�" motivated behaviour. A total of 75 first-year pre-service school teachers at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) completed a questionnaire based on Taguchi, Magid & Papi (2009). The results confirm that student teachers show a positive disposition towards the learning of English as a foreign language. The L2 learning experience seems to play a major part in arousing students�" motivation. The data also indicate that future teachers place more emphasis on integrative reasons (i.e. Ideal L2 Self and integrativeness) than on pragmatic or utilitarian motives (i.e. Instrumentality prevention and Ought to L2 Self) for learning the target language. In fact, integrativeness shows the strongest correlation with intended effort. T-test results also reveal that female participants seem to be more committed and dedicate more time and effort to learn the L2 than their male counterparts. Finally, the data show that university English majors appear to be more intrinsically motivated than non-English majors

Who are they and where are they? Biographicalnarrative research in the Colombian context

Benjamín Barón Velandia

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This paper presents the results of a research study on the current state of biographical-narrative research in teacher training in universities in Colombia, making an analysis of the places in which the main work scenarios are located, their maximum exponents and the events in which it has congregated. It allows the finding of results and the generation of initial elements that contribute to the development of future studies, inter-institutional research work, creation of work networks, creation of new scenarios to show the results, training processes that guarantee that a continuity appropriates biographical-narrative research in the Colombian context. The text ends with conclusions that allow grouping some key points in the configuration of biographical-narrative research in Colombia, projecting it and benefiting other roles of work are benefited by the research advances

Analysis of student´s challenges and performances in solving integral´s problems

Mohammad Darvishzadeh; Ahmad Shahvarani; Hassan Alamolhodaei; Mohammad Hassan Behzadi

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Integral is the base of pure and applied mathematics for all students of science, especially engineering, which some of their lessons are dependent to it directly or indirectly. In fact, Integral is an indisputable concept for solve practical and executive problems of students, so it is important to pay attention to it. On the other hand, experiences of teaching Integral have indicated that most students have weakness in solve Integral problems. Through case study, an exam has been conducted in the form of six problems on six good experienced students in order to study the students' behaviors in coping with the integral problems and also to reach a proposed method for teaching the integral concept, in which each question has in turn two parts. The analysis of their responses and discussion with them have led some light on more details about the integral, how to teach it and also the problems as a result of the teaching method and the problems to which they would encounter, so that by their citation, an appropriate teaching method could be presented in order to maximally conceptualize the integral in students. On the other hand, these studies reveal that in order to solve the integral-related problems, most students first refer to the initial function approach and try to solve the problem by the direct method rather than spending their time learning conceptually and meaningfully. But those students who have used Riemann concept and infinite collection in solve Integral problems were successful in compare to others

Translation studies - An analysis from stakeholders perspectives in Vietnam Universities

Diep Thi Ngoc Le

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Building up a training/ education program recognizably and responsibly with expectations of the stakeholders should be extremely done in tertiary education and the stakeholder feedback is one of the precious sources of information to obtain that purpose. �STranslation studies⬝ is not only a compulsory course but also a very important subject in the B.A program of the universities in Vietnam. To gain a holistic perception and understand the deeper standpoints of the stakeholder of the translation discipline, this study is done for that objective. The method used in this study is based on the two sources of data: primary and secondary information. The results will be a useful reference with recommendations formulated to help universities/colleges find out and enhance their own effective teaching methods in translation studies

Using MyEnglishLab platform to develop grammatical accuracy in speaking skills

Adrian Abreus González

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Speaking skills development in English has being a focus of attention in the teaching of foreign languages for years. Despite its importance, many teachers still do not find the appropriate ways to introduce, provide practice, and assess the communicative functions in the teaching-learning process of English Language Teaching (ELT). The main purpose of this paper is to reflect upon the development of grammatical accuracy in speaking skills through the use of MyEnglishLab platform, taking as context the teaching learning process of English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) at the Metropolitan Language School in Quito, Ecuador. It presents the main stages and criteria determined for the elaboration and assessment of a Didactic Framework for grammatical accuracy development in speaking skills. The main results of the research conducted state that there is a factual progress in the development of grammatical accuracy in students, regardless the fact that EFL teachers still have to correct the students´ works in relation to the development of speaking skills

School principal self-efficacy: a study on self-efficacy levels of the Turkish primary school principals

Nazım Cogaltay; Ahmet Su

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The aim of this study was to determine self-efficacy levels of Turkish primary school principals. The study, designed with survey method, was conducted with 198 (33 principals & 165 vice principals) participants selected through stratified sampling. School Administrator Efficacy Scale (SAES, McCollum, Kajs & Minter, 2006a) was employed as an instrument in this study. Independent samples t-test, Kruskal Wallis-H test and correlation analysis were carried out during data analysis process. The findings of the study indicated that the highest level of school principal self-efficacy was in ��Resource and Facility Management�" dimesion and the lowest level was in ��Use of Community Resources�" dimension