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Liu, Dongfang; Ku, Heng-Yu; Morgan, Thomas Lee – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2019
The condition of poverty is pervasive worldwide and is multifaceted in its ability to have a deleterious generational impact. Although China has greatly reduced the proportion of people living in abject poverty over the past three decades, there are still millions of families living in extreme poverty. This study investigated the influences of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Environment, Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement
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Entrich, Steve R. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2019
According to sociological rational choice theory, students' class-specific educational decisions at key transition points significantly contribute to educational and social inequalities. Yet, while theory missed to clearly accentuate all relevant actors' influences on students' decisions, research generally failed to adequately empirically account…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Decision Making, Social Differences, Family Characteristics
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Haidar, Sham; Fang, Fan – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2019
Previous studies focusing on the role of English in developing countries have reached different conclusions. Some studies consider the English language to be beneficial for students' academic and professional development, while others claim that it affects students' progress and conceptual clarity and thus acts as a source of students' failure.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Private Schools, Public Schools
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Qazi, M. Habib; Shah, Saeeda – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2019
This paper problematizes the interplay between curriculum textbooks and national identity constructions. Drawing on data from Bangladesh's school-textbooks, and students' and teachers' perspectives, the study identifies factors shaping Bangladesh's national identity in the textbook discourses and discusses students' experiences of these in an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, National Curriculum
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Zhan, Ying; So, Winnie Wing Mui; Cheng, Irene Nga Yee – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2017
This study explored senior secondary students' beliefs and experiences of learning an interdisciplinary curriculum, Liberal Studies, in Hong Kong. Through the analysis of focus-group interviews with 168 students, most of the students were found to enjoy or at least not resist interdisciplinary learning, and preferred to study real-world…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Merga, Margaret Kristin – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
The link between recreational book reading and improved literacy performance is consistently supported by educational research. Increasing engagement in recreational book reading remains imperative for English teachers, though how to best facilitate this in a secondary context is an object of contention, with limited research in this field. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Habits, Recreational Reading, Reading Skills
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Widdowson, Deborah A.; Dixon, Robyn S.; Peterson, Elizabeth R.; Rubie-Davies, Christine M.; Irving, S. Earl – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2015
This qualitative study explored the beliefs of students, parents and teachers on the purposes of schooling in order to provide a context for understanding beliefs and attitudes to school learning and achievement. Focus groups were conducted with Year 9 and 10 students (aged 13-15 years) and parents and teachers in three secondary schools in…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Clinton, Janet; Hattie, John – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2013
This study investigated the relation between multidimensional aspects of high school students' perceptions of their parental involvement and their achievement. It explored differences in socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, and higher and lower achieving students, and a structural model was developed to further investigate these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Questionnaires, High School Students
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Nguyen-Phuong-Mai, Mai; Terlouw, Cees; Pilot, Albert – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2012
Under pressure of the continuing need to modernize, Vietnam is rapidly reforming its education system. Cooperative Learning (CL) with a Western-based model is being enthusiastically applied. This paper suggests that an authentic form of CL has long existed in the foundations of Vietnamese education. The reasons why Western-based CL is encouraged…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education
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Ng, Chi-Hung – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2004
Most of the research on motivation in education often uses measures taken outside the context of students' actual learning activities. This paper, however, maintains that students' motivation and learning are situated. Using a diary technique, this study explored how a class of high-achieving students in an Australian state high school (N = 34)…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables, Student Motivation
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Malik, Ranbir Singh – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2004
In a doctoral study undertaken at Edith Cowan University the author set out to investigate the influence of home and school environments on the academic performance and educational/occupational aspirations of high school students from eight Chinese-Australian and Anglo-Australian families residing in a middle class suburb of Perth metropolitan…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Participant Observation, Life Style, Occupational Aspiration