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Development of intercultural competence in contemporary foreign language classroom by incorporating information and communication technology
Mirjam Danilović, 2011, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: The idea for the diploma thesis arouse from the fact that technology and the Internet are still not widely used in the English classroom. When thinking about how to integrate technology in the classroom I was inspired by different web sites which offer a vast variety of authentic as well as ELT-specific materials that can be used in the English classroom. I decided to focus on developing intercultural competence with information and communication technology by extending the intercultural topics covered in the coursebooks for students at secondary level. In the theoretical part of my thesis I present the notion of intercultural competence as defined by different authors. A special emphasis is given to developing of intercultural competence in the English classroom, including planning lessons to develop intercultural competence. In the third chapter the information and communication technology (ICT) and the English classroom is covered. Some possibilities of using ICT in the English classroom in terms of Web 2.0 are presented, which is the basis for the empirical part. In the empirical part of my thesis the activities to extend the intercultural topics covered in coursebooks are planned and presented. Since all activities are planned to be done online, they are available also on the Internet.
Keywords: Keywords: Information and communication technology, intercultural competence, secondary students, task-based learning.
Published: 28.06.2011; Views: 2356; Downloads: 96
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On the validity of cross-cultural social studies using student samples
Sergej Flere, Miran Lavrič, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: Student samples have become a widely used resource in the study of not only particular phenomena and problems within individual environments but also of their study within a cross-cultural context. A number of such studies, most often generalizing their results to the level of cultures, are illustrated in this article. In addition, the authors carry out a number of empirical tests of the generalizability of results attained on student samples in cross-cultural research. Based on the World Values Survey data, mean values of four sociologically and psychologically relevant measures are compared between national and student samples of twenty-three countries. Results suggest that the findings attained on student samples can be viewed cautiouslyas a good indicator of national sample rankings in cross-national comparisons.
Keywords: cross-cultural studies, students, values, validity, measures
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 817; Downloads: 74
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The psychometric properties of the Slovenian translation of the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity : a study among Roman Catholic undergraduate students
Sergej Flere, Rudi Klanjšek, Leslie John Francis, Mandy Robbins, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: In order to contribute to a growing international research programme concerned with the correlations, antecedents and consequences of individual differences in attitude toward religion, the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity was translated into Slovenian. Data provided by a sample of 808 undergraduate students affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church supported the internal consistency reliability and construct validity of this instrument and commended it for further use in studies conducted in Slovenia.
Keywords: psychology, religion, measuring, attitudes, Slovenia, students
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 942; Downloads: 67
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Use of learning media and technology by preparation and realization of music lessons
Janja Črčinovič Rozman, Bojan Kovačič, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: The paper presents the usage of learning media and education technology in music lessons. The aim of the empirical research was to study the learning media usage in preparation and realization of students' presentation in music education lessons. There were 105 students participating, attending 4th year for elementary education at the Faculty of Education at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. The results have shown that during preparation for music lessons and in class students mostly use traditional learning media. When performing in the classroom they mostly use CD player and keyboards, while during preparation for the lesson they use computer, student book, workbook, CD player and keyboards. The time of usage of the media is much longer when preparing lessons as compared to the time needed when performing in the classroom. In spite of a high self-evaluation for using learning media, it wasconcluded that in no case students have used modern technology including computer music programmes and MIDI environment.
Keywords: education, learning media, edecational technology, elementary education, students of elementary education, music education
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1091; Downloads: 11
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Primary preservice teacher change intervention program for mathematics
Alenka Lipovec, 2008, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: An intervention program used in elementary teacher education in Slovenia is presented. Program is based on preserves teachers' field experience with mathematically promising students. Evaluation from three viewpoints (students' general creative abilities, students' mathematical achievements and preserves teachers' change in beliefs and conceptions concerning teaching and learning) has been conducted. Overall results speak in favour of presented approach. Additionally results support the claim that objectively scored free word associative experiment can be used to assist a classroom teacher in the identification of creative mathematically promising students.
Keywords: education, mathematics, mathematics lessons, promising students, teacher education, creativity quotient, changes
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1251; Downloads: 27
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Elements influencing study success
Eva Jereb, 2010, professional article

Abstract: Study success can be influenced by following factors: (i) social elements (social class position, parents' education, parents' profession, parents' income); (ii) student-related factors (motivation, aptitude, effort, IQ, time spend on study, opportunity to learn, pre-university education); (iii) quality of instruction (organisation, course material, communication, assignments, exams, grading, course outcomes); (iv) curriculum (number of courses, sequence of courses, test schedule, system-block or parallel); (v) government (grant, student accommodation). In the paper the influence of these factors on study success is presented. Social and academic integration are central aspects. In the research we found out that "social elements" greatly influence the decision to enrol, but have less influence on marks received and the duration of study. Grants also greatly influence study success. We were surprised when we found out that factors from the "quality of instruction" group can only explain 12.3% of the variance of exam results.
Keywords: study success, students, social elements, academic elements
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 635; Downloads: 176
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The importance of education of future elementary teachers about modern biotechnology issues
Jana Ambrožič-Dolinšek, Andrej Šorgo, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: The tremendous development of science and technology has influenced many aspects of our everyday lives, society and environment. A good example of such technology is biotechnology. However, besides its promise, this technology has also raised several controversial issues to which answers are not easily available. With increasing knowledge and applications on one side and controversy on the other the teaching of science is, anything but easy. Development of competencies for these issues, and questions like why, when, and how to integrate modern biotechnology into science education are becoming prominent in the near future. Nowadays, when we are confronted with issues of varying degrees of complexity and importance, it is necessary that teachers at all levels of education have the basic tools to cope with these issues. This is one of reason why we have attempted to establish what kind of knowledge, values and opinions about genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are characteristic for the students, future Elementary Teachers, at three Slovene Faculties of Education. We collected answers of 360 questionnaires from pre-service elementary school teachers and analysed their statements from the field of general and classical genetics, modern biotechnology, legislation and the acceptance of different kind of GMOs. Prospective teachers have some knowledge of general and classical genetics and less knowledge about the use of modern biotechnology. They have concerns and fears about different kind of GMOs, mostly negative attitudes towards different kinds of GMOs, or they hold no strong opinions about them. Microorganisms and plants are generally more acceptable than GM animal. Furthermore, more knowledge does not mean that individual GMOs are more acceptable.
Keywords: genetically modified organisms, GMO, students of elementary education, biotechnology, knowledge
Published: 21.12.2015; Views: 750; Downloads: 21
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Harmoniousness in connecting music and visual artworks in the Slovenie [!] and Finnish cultural environment
Janja Črčinovič Rozman, Bojan Kovačič, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: Glasbena in likovna dela lahko vsebujejo enake elemente in principe oblikovanja. Od njih je odvisna osebna apreciacija umetniških del. Izsledki empirične raziskave o tem, kako slovenski in finski študenti razrednega pouka doživljajo obe umetniški področji in se nanju odzivajo, kažejo na nekatere razlike v povezovanju štirih glasbenih in likovnih umetniških del glede na kulturno okolje študentov.
Keywords: harmoniousness, music and visual artworks, Slovenie and Finnish students
Published: 30.12.2015; Views: 511; Downloads: 65
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The social acceptance of secondary school students with learning disabilities (LD)
Teja Majcen, Majda Schmidt, Karin Bakračevič Vukman, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper aims to shed light on the level of social acceptance among students with learning disabilities (LD4 ) in various secondary school vocational programs in comparison with their peers without disabilities. Our findings are based on an empirical study that comprised 417 students, 5 of whom 85 were students with LD. Based on sociometric analyses of all participating classes, we determined that students with LD were less integrated into the classroom in comparison to their peers without LD. The results of the sociometric analysis show statistically significant differences in the sociometric position between students with LD and students without LD. While students with LD were most frequently perceived as rejected, students without LD were seen as popular or average. In addition, students with LD see themselves as less socially self-efficient compared to their peers. The results of our study mostly refer to boys, because the sample comprised 359 boys and 58 girls. We believe that pro-inclusion teachers with appropriately developed strategies for strengthening students' social skills, as well as positive attitudes and sufficient knowledge about the special needs of students can have a significant impact on the social acceptance of students with special needs in the classroom community.
Keywords: students with learning disabilities, social integration, social self-efficacy, social acceptance, sociometric status, secondary school vocational education
Published: 13.07.2017; Views: 619; Downloads: 61
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Grammar school students' opinions on the art curriculum
Tomaž Zupančič, Annely Köster, Teresa Torres de Eça, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: The article presents the attitude of grammar school students towards the art curriculum. It first provides an overview of the characteristics of contemporary art education, with an emphasis on the postmodern art curriculum and on linking course content with students’ interests. The study is based on the descriptive and causal non-experimental method, with a sample comprising 387 Slovenian, Estonian and Portuguese students. It was established that the students place the highest value on developing creativity, and are less interested in art history content and learning about the basics of the formal art language. They are attracted to contemporary topics, such as graffiti, multicultural art, the use of new media, and digital technologies. The results of the study provide opportunities for future comparative analyses and starting points for updating art curricula.
Keywords: arts education, fine arts, contemporary art, curriculum, grammar school, motivation, students' interest
Published: 13.07.2017; Views: 729; Downloads: 56
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