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A Teacher’s Formative Assessment Perceptions and Practices in Oral Intermediate English Courses at the Université de Montréal

Lira Gonzales, Maria Lourdes
Fonte: Université de Montréal Publicador: Université de Montréal
Tipo: Thèse ou Mémoire numérique / Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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Au cours des dernières années, les pratiques de l’évaluation comme aide à l’apprentissage (c’est-à-dire l’auto-évaluation, l’évaluation par les pairs, la rétroaction) dans la salle de classe ont été de plus en plus considérées comme des éléments essentiels (Black & Wiliam, 1998; Harlen & Winter, 2004; van de Watering & van der Rijt, 2006). Cependant, dans le domaine de l’apprentissage d’une langue seconde la recherche sur ce sujet est plutôt limitée. En nous fondant sur les études de Colby-Kelly et Turner (2007) et de Lyster et Ranta (1997), nous avons mené une recherche exploratoire visant à combler ce besoin. L’objectif général était de comprendre comment l’évaluation formative se réalise dans deux cours d’anglais intermédiaire à l’Université de Montréal, et de comparer comment ces pratiques sont perçues et vécues par la professeure et ses étudiants. Trois questions de recherche étaient posées: 1. Quelle est la nature de l’évaluation formative dans une salle de classe d’anglais langue seconde? 2. Est-ce que les pratiques de la professeure reflètent ce qu’elle pense de l’évaluation formative? 3. Quels sont les correspondances et différences entre les croyances de la professeure et les perceptions de ses étudiants quant aux bénéfices de l’évaluation formative pour l’apprentissage de l’anglais langue seconde? La collecte de données comprend des observations en classe...

Fourth year nursing students’ perceptions of their preparation in medication management: an interpretative phenomenological study.

Moloney, Mairéad
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; ul_theses_dissertations
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peer-reviewed; Patient safety and medication safety are inherently linked. Medication management by healthcare professionals is one area where patient safety can be protected and enhanced. It is imperative that the nursing profession actively addresses medication safety, considering that nurses are the largest group of the healthcare professional workforce. There are inherent links between nurses’ undergraduate educational preparation in medication management and patient safety. Therefore, this study explored fourth year nursing students’ educational preparation in medication management from an Irish perspective. This qualitative research study utilised an interpretative phenomenological approach to explore the students’ perceptions. Fourteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with students of the undergraduate BSc Nursing (General), BSc Nursing (Intellectual Disability) and BSc Nursing (Mental Health) programmes at the University of Limerick. Data was analysed utilising Burnard’s (2011) method of thematic content analysis. The voices and interpretations of the participants in this study were fundamental to understanding nursing students’ perceptions of their preparation in medication management and provided the foundation for this research. These perceptions were captured in the format of four themes: developing an understanding...

Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Study Abroad and Their Level of Achievement of Global Learning Outcomes

Grigorescu, Claudia
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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This study expanded on current research on study abroad and global learning, using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), and conducted at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL. The GPI assesses the holistic development of a global perspective in higher education within three domains and their respective FIU-determined equivalents: cognitive (global awareness), intrapersonal (global perspective), and interpersonal (global engagement). The main purpose of this study was to assess FIU’s undergraduate students’ perceptions of study abroad on their level of achievement of global awareness, global perspective, and global engagement. The secondary purpose was to determine how the students described their study abroad experience and achievement of global learning. The research design for this study consisted of parallel mixed methods. The quantitative component was an ex post facto with hypothesis design, using a pretest/posttest nonequivalent group methodology. FIU undergraduates (N=147) who studied abroad for one semester or more completed the GPI pre- and post-tests. Descriptive statistics and paired t-tests were conducted to compare the means. The interviews included 10 students, and were analyzed through Structural coding...

Questioning the teacher's comfort zone with online learning: A 4 year case study of students' perceptions of online learning

Shannon, S.
Fonte: ASCILITE; www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/perth04/prog/shannon.html Publicador: ASCILITE; www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/perth04/prog/shannon.html
Tipo: Conference paper
Publicado em //2004 EN
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Students in a first year course evaluated the contribution to their learning of online technologies over the period 2001-2004 through their Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching responses. A minimum eighty percent believe that (1) online learning has enhanced their ability to complete tasks, at least 60% believe that (2) online learning has helped their ability to learn independently, and 67% believe that (3) their knowledge of the course was enhanced through the online course experiences. But there has been a very significant decline from 2002 to 2004 in the numbers who believe (1) and (2). There has also been a 20% decrease from 2001 to 2004 in the number who believe that (4) the use of Discussion Boards (assessable and nonassessable) was useful to their learning, and this decline is very significant (p=0.0001). Students’ reasons are explored through qualitative research methods to reveal that students commencing University are seeking social learning experiences which connect them with their fellow learners. An uncomfortable gap between teacher’s valuing and student’s valuing of online learning is exposed – whilst 80% of students perceive that completing tasks was aided by online learning only 66% of teachers at their University believe that overall online learning benefits their students.; http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/perth04/; Susan J. Shannon; Copyright © 2004 Susan J. Shannon

Students’ uptake of physics: a study of South Australian and Filipino physics students.

Ben, Francisco
Fonte: Universidade de Adelaide Publicador: Universidade de Adelaide
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
Publicado em //2010
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The present study brought together and examined different factors that affect students' attitudes towards physics thus influencing their uptake of physics in the South Australian and Filipino contexts. The theoretical framework was designed to examine the possible relationships among student-level and school-level factors. Student-level factors include gender, attitudes towards physics, general self-esteem, motivation to learn physics, and attitudes towards computers. School-level factors include school level, school curriculum, and classroom climate which include teachers. The theoretical base was drawn from numerous research findings on how these factors affect students' attitudes towards, and thus uptake of, physics. From these findings, constructs were integrated into the theoretical framework in an attempt to answer the research questions advanced in this study. The study employed quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative data were collected using the Students' Uptake of Physics Study Questionnaire (SUPSQ). Several existing scales specifically designed to measure attitudes towards physics, self-esteem, motivation to learn physics, parents' aspiration for their child's education, attitudes towards computers, and classroom climate were adapted for use in the SUPSQ. Each of these scales was validated using structural equation modeling and Rasch analysis which provide inputs from a grounded psychometric perspective. In addition...

Collaborative learning: students’ perceptions and experiences.

Almajed, Abdulaziz Ali R.
Fonte: Universidade de Adelaide Publicador: Universidade de Adelaide
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
Publicado em //2015
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Learning collaboratively has been used to develop attributes and skills needed by dental graduates in the 21st century and is suggested to have a number of advantages. However, it can be challenging for students in terms of self-directed learning and group cooperation. To design effective collaborative learning (CL) activities, we need to explore students’ perceptions of the core features of effective CL as students’ learning outcomes are influenced by their perceptions of their learning context. Therefore, the aim was to identify evidence about dental students’ perceptions and experiences of CL to optimise CL approaches and outcomes for the education of dental and health professionals. This aim was addressed through two studies. Study One was a comprehensive systematic review of the best available qualitative and quantitative evidence about dental and medical students’ experiences of CL. Study Two aimed to explore students’ understandings of the core elements necessary for learning collaboratively Following methods and tools recommended by the Joanna Briggs Institute for systematic reviews, 19 papers of acceptable quality were included in the systematic review. The review identified students’ perspectives regarding positive and negative factors that influenced their learning. Positive factors included maintaining group cohesion...

Accounting students' feedback on feedback in Australian universities: They're less than impressed

Watty, K.; De Lange, P.; Carr, R.; O'Connell, B.; Howieson, B.; Jacobsen, B.
Fonte: Routledge Publicador: Routledge
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2013 EN
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Undergraduate accounting students in Australian universities are dissatisfied with the feedback that they currently receive. Recent evidence from the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ, a national survey of Australian university graduates) suggests that the accounting discipline ranks poorly on assessment feedback when compared to other disciplines. This finding aligns with the results of local university data, which also shows that students appear dissatisfied with feedback. Similar results can be found in other jurisdictions, as noted by the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Given the importance of feedback to enhancing students' learning, these results are of concern to accounting academics and other stakeholders, including professional accounting bodies and graduate employers. To date, few studies have sought to understand in a comprehensive manner the relatively poor performance in feedback scores in the discipline of accounting. This exploratory study seeks to address this gap by investigating the reasons underlying students' dissatisfaction. We report on students' perceptions obtained from a large survey of Australian undergraduate accounting students across 12 universities. Over 2600 students responded to the survey. Our findings indicate that accounting students value feedback that is individualised...

Influences on immigrant students' perceptions of the chances of making it in the United States

Albertini, Velmarie L.
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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This study examined immigrant minority students' perceptions of race relations and of the chances for social mobility in the United States (U.S.) using cohort samples of West Indian (N=173) and Haitian (N=191) students. The Students' responses collected during the 6th and 7th, 8th and 9th grades were analyzed to determine whether perceptions of racial mistrust, teacher derogation and social mobility varied depending on the student's length of stay in the U.S. or self-concept. Quantitative methodology was applied to data extrapolated from a larger epidemiological longitudinal study consisting of 7, 386 middle school students in Miami (Vega and Gil, 1998). Results show that West Indian and Haitian students' perceptions of racial mistrust, teacher derogation and social mobility were associated more with student's self-concept than length of stay. Students with more favorable self-concepts reported greater optimism toward social mobility than those with less favorable self-concepts. Results also indicate that in the context of parental education and SES that racial mistrust is the strongest predictor of these students' level of optimism towards social mobility.

Development of an Instrument to Measure High School Students’ Global Awareness and Attitudes: Looking Through the Lens of Social Sciences

Ferreira, Renita
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument to measure high school students’ perceptions of global awareness and attitudes towards global issues. The research questions that guided this study were: (a) Can acceptable validity and reliability estimates be established for an instrument developed to measure high schools students' global awareness? (b) Can acceptable validity and reliability estimates be established for an instrument developed to measure high schools students' attitudes towards global issues? (c) What is the relationship between high school students’ GPA, race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, parents’ education, reading and listening habits, the number of classes taken in the social sciences, whether they speak a second language, and have experienced living in or visiting other countries, and their perception of global awareness and attitudes toward global issues? An ex post facto research design was used and the data were collected using a 4-point Likert-type survey. It was administered in 14 schools in the Miami-Dade County area to 704 students. A factor analysis with an orthogonal varimax rotation was used to identify the underlying constructs that were being measured by the instrument – global education...

Influences on immigrant students' perceptions of the chances of making it in the United States

Albertini, Velmarie Loren
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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This study examined immigrant minority students' perceptions of race relations and of the chances for social mobility in the United States (U.S.) using cohort samples of West Indian (N = 173) and Haitian (N = 191) students. The Students' responses collected during the 6th and 7th, 8th and 9th grades were analyzed to determine whether perceptions of racial mistrust, teacher derogation and social mobility varied depending on the student's length of stay in the U.S. or self-concept. Quantitative methodology was applied to data extrapolated from a larger epidemiological longitudinal study consisting of 7,386 middle school students in Miami (Vega and Gil, 1998). ^ Results show that West Indian and Haitian students' perceptions of racial mistrust, teacher derogation and social mobility were associated more with student's self-concept than length of stay. Students with more favorable self-concepts reported greater optimism toward social mobility than those with less favorable self-concepts. Results also indicate that in the context of parental education and SES that racial mistrust is the strongest predictor of these students' level of optimism towards social mobility. ^

What Matters? : the full-time graduate students' perceptions of teacher effectiveness

Shi, Xiaojun.
Fonte: Brock University Publicador: Brock University
Tipo: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the full-time graduate students' perceptions of teacher effectiveness at the graduate school level, to identify how graduate students perceive effective and ineffective teachers, and specifically to discover the main dimensions of teacher effectiveness that graduate students perceive as most significant. This topic was investigated because, although the teacher has been deemed as a crucial component in the teaching process, there is no common agreement on the definition and measure of teacher effectiveness. Graduate students' perceptions of teacher effectiveness have not been given much attention. The research design was based on a ground theory approach. It utilized qualitative data through interviews, field notes, andjournals. The findings ofthis study revealed that teacher effectiveness is markedly influential to graduate students. There is no universally consented definition or measure of teacher effectiveness due to the multidimensionality of teaching and learning. Nevertheless, several major dimensions ofteacher effectiveness were discovered and highlighted in this study. Such dimensions include good command of subject matter, presentation skills, challenging and motivating students...

Picturing Meaning: Icelandic Students' Perceptions of their Purpose-Built School

Peterson, ANNA
Fonte: Quens University Publicador: Quens University
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: 26186335 bytes; application/pdf
EN; EN
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Current trends in education and school architecture reflect a growing awareness of the interconnectedness of people and spaces. Spaces acquire meaning through the experiences of those who use them and can contribute to the development of a sense of place. Purpose-built schools have long been valued and built in Iceland. The broad purpose of this study was to explore Icelandic students’ perceptions of their purpose-built school. Specific research questions included: (a) What spaces in purpose-built schools are important to students? (b) What happens in these spaces? (c) What meaning, if any, do these identified spaces hold for students? and (d) In ascribing meaning to some of the identified spaces, do students develop a sense of place? This phenomenological research initiative used an emergent design methodology. Seven Grade 9 and three Grade 10 students were recruited for this study. Primary data sources included students’ photographs of important school spaces, individual photo-elicitation interviews, and walking tours. Participants identified 25 important school spaces and 7 issues of concern within these spaces. Further analysis examined participants’ complex construction of importance and meaning. Participants described that school spaces were more likely to become meaningful places...

E-assessment in collaborative blended learning: evolving practices and students’ perceptions

Loureiro, Maria João; Pombo, Lúcia; Balula, Ana; Moreira, António
Fonte: Universidade de Aveiro Publicador: Universidade de Aveiro
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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This study reports on evolving practices of e-assessment in higher education collaborative blended learning contexts based on the paradigm of assessment for learning. Taking into account the results of a previous study, the paper describes the e-assessment strategies explored in two Distance Education post-graduation modules and their evolution. In the modules, students were asked to collaboratively write a literature review about a topic of their choice. The e-assessment activities included teachers as well as self and peer assessment. A qualitative approach was used to analyze the students‘ perceptions about the used online assessment strategies. The results show that the changes introduced lead to an increase in the number of students valuing the e-assessment tasks and, thus, that the success of online peer assessment seems to be dependent on the students‘ perceptions. Exploring the learners‘ voice, recommendations are put forward in order to take full advantage of online assessment for learning.

Students' Perceptions of their Rights in Portugal

Veiga, Feliciano
Fonte: SAGE Publicador: SAGE
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2001 ENG
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The present study analyses young Portuguese students’perceptions of their rights at school and at home. The sample consisted of 294 male and female students, in Year 7 to Year 9, from several regions in the country. The assessment instrument used was the ‘Children’s Rights Scale’ (Hart, 1993; Hart et al., 1996) and results were related to a number of other questions regarding the following independent variables: (1) school variables (school year, school achievement, teacher’s support, violence at school); (2) family variables (parental authority, family cohesion, parents’ education); (3) personal variables (age, gender, professional interests). Significant relations were found between the students’ perceptions of their rights and these independent variables. In general, Portuguese students declare that their rights exist and are very important. Students who have a greater degree of personal limitations, or who live in worse school or family contexts, are the ones who indicate less importance and perceive less existence of rights at school and at home. The study gives directions to efforts to strengthen projects for the promotion of students’ rights by including training programs for teachers and parents, in a close net connection among school...

College Students’ Perceptions of Depressed Mood: Exploring Accuracy and Associations

Geisner, Irene M.; Kirk, Jennifer L.; Mittmann, Angela J.; Kilmer, Jason R.; Larimer, Mary E.
Fonte: PubMed Publicador: PubMed
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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College is a time of high risk for depressed mood. Theories about depression (i.e. Cognitive Theory and Depressive Realism theory) are well researched, but suggest different venues of understanding the cognitive underpinnings of mood. In addition, much research is available about normative perceptions around substance use and how those perceptions relate to behaviors. However, there are no studies examining normative perceptions around depressed mood nor how these perceptions may relate to students’ own well-being. Undergraduates (N=1577) ages 18–24 responded to an online survey as part of a larger study on drinking and depressed mood. The survey assessed symptoms of depression and feelings of sadness, depression and suicidal ideation experienced in the past 2 weeks, as well as students’ perceptions of the prevalence of these feelings among other students. Rates of sadness and depression reported in the sample were relatively high; whereas rates of reported suicidal ideation were low. Most students under-estimated the prevalence of sadness and depression experienced by other students; a finding that was especially true for male students. Conversely, most students over-estimated the prevalence of suicidal ideation. Students who reported experiencing a given feeling in the past two weeks perceived greater rates of the feeling among other students. Depression symptoms were associated with both greater perceived prevalence of sadness...

Students' perceptions regarding dental courses : an integrative literature review

Bulgarelli, Alexandre Fávero; Souza, Kellyn Rocca; Roperto, Renato Cassio
Fonte: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Publicador: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
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Background: Currently, dental courses are concerned with an academic environment with spaces to coach students to construct an ethical and a humane profile. Dental students’ perceptions regarding their courses need to be the baseline to curricula evaluation. This study aims to comprehend the perceptions regarding dental courses and describe how these perceptions are currently studied. Materials and Methods: Quantitative and descriptive approach designed by an Integrative Literature Review. Authors constructed the sample of study by means of the descriptors Education; Perception; Dentistry and Curriculum. Authors crossed these descriptors at worldwide databases as Lilacs, PubMed/Medline/WofS, IBECS, Library Cochrane, and SciELO. Results: 76% of the evidences were developed by means of quantitative studies without application of a validate instrument (68%). The content, of the 25 articles analyzed, were categorized as: Perceptions about educational and social environment to evaluate an undergraduate curriculum (68%); Evaluating student’s abilities and their academic interests to analyze his/her academic training (24%); Problem-Based Learning in health undergraduate courses as a possibility for perspective of learning (8%). The evidence levels of sample selection were III (4%); IV (52%); V (28%) and VI (16%). Conclusion: This research considers that new evaluations are necessary in order to validate the information about the students’ perception regarding dental course.

"This english writing thing": students' perceptions of their writing experiences at an english-medium university

Petri, Bojana
Fonte: Universidad de Granada Publicador: Universidad de Granada
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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This article explores five students??? perceptions of their writing experiences at an English-medium post-graduate university in a non-English speaking country as compared to writing in their home country universities in their native languages. Three types of differences are found to be relevant: language and rhetorical differences, disciplinary differences, and differences in educational systems (such as the number of assignments required, the focus of writing instruction, and feedback practices). The analysis shows that some of these differences are unexpected for the students and require a period of adjustment during their transition to an English-medium university. The article concludes by discussing the implications of the findings for English for academic purposes.

Engineering students' perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship competences

Edwards Schachter, Mónica E.; Sánchez Ruiz, Luis Manuel; Tovar Caro, E.; Ballester Sarrias, E.
Fonte: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Publicador: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Tipo: Comunicación de congreso Formato: 66946 bytes; application/pdf
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Trabajo presentado a la 39th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'09): "Imaging and engineering future CSET education" celebrada en San Antonio (Texas, US) del 18 al 21 Octubre de 2009.; In this paper we present the results of exploring students’ ideas about innovation and entrepreneurship concepts and the way that they perceive that innovation and entrepreneurship competences are developed or improved by engineering education. Comparisons are made between two samples (N= 119 students) at the School of Design Engineering (Polytechnic University of Valencia) by using a questionnaire-based methodology. The results show that the majority of students reported not receiving enough training in innovation and entrepreneurship competences. Thus a greater attention is to be paid to embed innovation and entrepreneurship competences into the current curricular reform in engineering education in Spain having in mind that an innovative and enterprise culture are vital to promote growth and development, increase productivity, create jobs and reinforce the knowledge based economy in Europe.; Peer reviewed

Evaluation of the national program of portuguese language teaching (PNEP) in primary school: students' perceptions; Evaluación del programa nacional de enseñanza de la lengua portuguesa (PNEP) en la educación primaria: las percepciones de los estudiantes; Avaliação do Programa Nacional de Ensino do Português (PNEP) 1.º ciclo: As perceções dos alunos

Pereira, Íris; Braga, Ana Cristina; Riaño, Xosé González
Fonte: Instituto de Educação da Universidade do Minho Publicador: Instituto de Educação da Universidade do Minho
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; article Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 04/12/2015 POR
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This article presents a study of students' perceptions about the National Program of Portuguese Language Teaching (PNEP), an in-service program for primary school teachers aimed at improving the teaching and the learning of Portuguese language and implemented in the context of professional activity.The results of the quantitative analysis of data, collected through a survey questionnaire administered to students at the end of the 2009-2010 year in the regional center located at the University of Minho, reveal very positive representations about the learning process and about the contents of learning.These data point to the validity of the language pedagogy design that supported PNEP, illustrate the positive perception that teachers revealed on their own professional development and emerge as an illustrative case of the feasibility of conducting surveys with primary-school children.; En este artículo se presenta un estudio de las percepciones de los estudiantes sobre el Programa Nacional de Enseñanza de la Lengua Portuguesa (PNEP),un programa de formación continua para profesores de educación primaria creado con el fin de mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje del portugués en el contexto de la actividad profesional. Los resultados del análisis cuantitativo de los datos...

Final-year teacher training students' perceptions of THRASS

Condy,Janet; Chigona,Agnes; Chetty,Rajendra; Thornhill,Christa
Fonte: South African Journal of Education Publicador: South African Journal of Education
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2010 EN
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Our purpose was to see if THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) is a programme that should be taught to Foundation Phase (FP) and Intermediate/Senior Phases (ISP) pre-service teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The term 'literacy' is defined as an evolving, developing and complex concept, not only because it describes a set of practices, but also because it is context-driven. The THRASS programme is fundamentally for teaching phonics, and is described as being at the 'word' level teaching of literacy. We argue that word level teaching should be done in context and within texts. A mixed method research design was used in order to provide better understandings and answers to the research question: What are the BEd 4 students' perceptions of THRASS? A questionnaire and two focus group interviews were used to gather data. Qualitative data were analysed, using an inductive approach. The findings confirm that pre-service teachers going to teach in schools feel prepared to teach reading, but not spelling or creative writing.