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Rahimi, Masoud; Yousoffi, Nouroddin; Moradkhani, Shahab – Cogent Education, 2018
As part of a large-scale project, the present study explores research conception, research engagement (both reading and doing research), the impact of research on professional development, the setbacks for research engagement, and the suggestions for improving the dominant research practice in English language teaching (ELT) higher education. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty
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Vikstøl Olsen, Anne Karin; Spieler, Kristin; Kovac, Velibor Bobo – Cogent Education, 2018
Student grades are traditionally used to evaluate academic achievement in higher education. A review of previous research indicates a relatively clear tendency to adopt either an individual or contextual approach in exploring this subject. The present study represents an attempt to simultaneously examine effects of individual variables and…
Descriptors: Norwegian, Academic Achievement, Individual Characteristics, Grades (Scholastic)
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Nielsen, Tine; Kreiner, Svend – Cogent Education, 2018
Motivated by experience with students' psychological barriers to learning statistics, we modified and extended the Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale (STARS) to develop a contemporary and valid (face, content, criterion and construct) Danish measure of attitudes and relationship towards statistics for use with higher education students taking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistics, Mathematics Anxiety, Test Construction
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Kwaah, Christopher Yaw; Palojoki, Paivi – Cogent Education, 2018
Entry qualification, academic achievement, and teaching practices of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) qenrolled into the teacher education programme directly from senior high school (DfSHS) were compared with NQTs enrolled through the Untrained Teacher Diploma in Basic Education (UTDBE) programme. Survey data collected from 140 NQTs (84 DfSHS and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Competencies
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Jaafar, Reem; Boumlik, Habiba; Alberts, Ian – Cogent Education, 2018
Writing, a critical pedagogical tool, cultivates student learning and fosters deeper understanding of the material. When frequent, low-stakes (informal) writing activities help students write more freely, engage with the material and thus become active learners. Looking at students who are at opposite ends of a community college spectrum, this…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, First Year Seminars, Curriculum
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Ahmadi, Reza; Hasani, Morteza – Cogent Education, 2018
Over the last decades, attempts at empowering student voice have captured, cross-culturally, the attention of educators as a means for improving educational landscapes. Hence, students have been repositioned as invaluable resources in schooling, research, and reform movements. To this aim, this study is to capture how the Iranian MA TEFL students'…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Liu, Meihua – Cogent Education, 2018
This study investigated the interactive effects of English-speaking anxiety and strategy use on oral English test performance of high- and low-proficient Chinese university EFL learners. In total, 1092 first-year undergraduates answered the English-speaking Anxiety Scale (ESAS), the Oral Communication Strategy Inventory (OCSI) and other…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Speech Communication
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Hole, Torstein Nielsen; Velle, G.; Riese, H.; Raaheim, A.; Simonelli, A. L. – Cogent Education, 2018
This paper reports an investigation of biology students' discussion of knowing in work placements, as accounted in blogs. Twenty-two blogs, containing 78 individual entries, written in conjunction with a work placement course for students in a tertiary level biology program, have been analysed in the study (The blogs are publicly available here:…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites
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Bryant, Jeanice P. – Cogent Education, 2018
Today, the inclusion of special needs children into preschool classes is fully expected; however, the logistics and best practices for ensuring the success of inclusive classrooms are not fully understood by educators. The goal of this study was to address this lack of understanding among educators. This study used a narrative, phenomenological…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Inclusion
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Ng'ang'a, Alice; Mureithi, Leopold P.; Wambugu, Anthony – Cogent Education, 2018
The Blinder-Oaxaca approach has been used to decompose the gender gap in mathematics test scores in private and public primary schools in Kenya. That is, the mathematics production functions are estimated separately for boys and girls, the difference between the boys' and girls' average scores is estimated and then decomposed into three…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Gender Differences, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Tasdemir, Muhammed Salih; Yalcin Arslan, Fadime – Cogent Education, 2018
This study investigates the preferences of EFL learners for oral corrective feedback in relation to their learning styles in order to determine whether there exists a relationship between the two. The sample consisted of 348 preparatory class students studying English as a Foreign Language at a state university in Turkey. A questionnaire was…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kafipour, Reza; Mahmoudi, Elaheh; Khojasteh, Laleh – Cogent Education, 2018
As task-based language teaching focuses on real word tasks and the learners need to complete these tasks in the process of learning a foreign or second language, it helps target language fluency and student confidence. That is why second and foreign language teachers and researchers have shown interest in TBLT. This study attempts to investigate…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Task Analysis
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de la Hera Conde-Pumpido, Teresa; Loos, Eugène; van Wilgenburg, Wiljan; Versteeg, Myrte; Aléncar, Amanda; Simons, Monique; Lamoth, Claudine; Finkenauer, Catrin – Cogent Education, 2018
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether an ice-skating exergame can stimulate intercultural social interaction between refugees and Dutch children in controlled play sessions organized at elementary schools. We conducted an exploratory qualitative study based on observations of exergame play sessions and structured interviews conducted after…
Descriptors: Athletics, Games, Elementary School Students, Refugees
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Moradkhani, Shahab; Asakereh, Ahmad – Cogent Education, 2018
The aim of the current study was twofold: examining the influence of contextual variations on EFL teachers' attitudes toward accent and culture in the English as an international language (EIL) context and exploring reasons that shape teachers' viewpoints toward them. Data were collected from 43 public-school English language teachers and 63…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Dialects
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Bostanci, Hanife Bensen; Çavusoglu, Çise – Cogent Education, 2018
This study attempted to examine the effectiveness of a writing course designed with the process genre approach and a blended learning approach (BLA) for teacher trainees, who are at the same time English as a foreign language learners. An action research was designed to implement the course content and collect data in relation to the students'…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, English (Second Language), Blended Learning, Program Effectiveness
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