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Stability of ranked gene lists in large microarray analysis studies
Gregor Štiglic, Peter Kokol, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper presents an empirical study that aims to explain the relationship between the number of samples and stability of different gene selection techniques for microarray datasets. Unlike other similar studies where number of genes in a ranked gene list is variable, this study uses an alternative approach where stability is observed at different number of samples that are used for gene selection. Three different metrics of stability, including a novel metric in bioinformatics, were used to estimate the stability of the ranked gene lists. Results of this study demonstrate that the univariate selection methods produce significantly more stable ranked gene lists than themultivariate selection methods used in this study. More specifically, thousands of samples are needed for these multivariate selection methods to achieve the same level of stability any given univariate selection method can achieve with only hundreds.
Keywords: gene selection techniques, microarray, analysis studies
Published: 05.06.2012; Views: 954; Downloads: 204
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Ethnic minorities and political participation: a comparative study of Post-Yugoslav countries
Marina Tavčar Krajnc, Sergej Flere, Andrej Kirbiš, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: Understanding patterns of political participation of ethnic minorities is crucial for their integration within postcommunist European countries most of which are ethnically complex and with histories of conflicts. Past research on the relationship between political participation and ethnicity in the democracies has given mixed results and there seems to be a research gap in the literature regarding the patterns of political participation of minorities in postcommunist states. The present study examined differences on two measures of political participation in a representative sample of post-Yugoslav citizens. Employed data source was the South-East European Social Survey Project (SEESSP), fielded in 2003 and 2004. The SEESSP covered six former Yugoslav entities (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia). Results indicated that ethnic minorities had lower levels of electoral participation in four out of six analysed political entities, and had lower levels of party membership in three countries. In addition, a significant voter turnout gap existed among different minorities within individual countries. Finally, no major differences in motives behind political participation were found when comparing the association between authoritarian attitudes and political participation within majority and minority groups. Implications of the results are discussed.
Keywords: political participation, political culture, post-Yugoslav societies, cross-national studies, ethnic minorities, democratization
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1183; Downloads: 196
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The enforcement of constructivistically based lessons at the environmental studies subject
Vlasta Hus, 2011, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: education, environmental studies, primary school
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1110; Downloads: 31
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The creativity competence : teaching the unteachable at the Faculty of Arts, Maribor
Michelle Gadpaille, 2011, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The paper presents one model for a first-year lesson in the Department of English Studies, a lesson that encourages creativity among students in a class combining literature, language and cultural studies. Against a background of theoretical support for such student-centered pedagogy, the author argues for the importance of releasing student voices, both spoken and written, as a prerequisite for producing students competent in and confident of creative problem-solving.
Keywords: creativity, student-centered pedagogy, cultural studies, literature teaching
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 960; Downloads: 27
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Development of ICT competences in the environmental studies subject in Slovenia
Vlasta Hus, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: Digital literacy is one of eight key competences that were defined by the European Parliament and Council as those that member states should develop as a part of their strategies for lifelong learning (Official Journal of the European Union, 2006, p.11). It would contribute to a more successful life in a knowledge society. The purpose of this paper is to Npresent the results of empirical research on the use of ICT in the lessons of the environmental studies subject in the first triennium of primary schools in the Republic of Slovenia. Data were collected through a questionnaire and according to the protocol. We found that among all of the ICT tools, teachers mostly use the computer. The majority of the teachers use the computer once a week, most often in mathematics and environmental studies subject. In the observed lessons of the environmental studies subject, less than half of teachers use the computer in the lessons. This was followed by the use of computer and the LCD projector, and the interactive whiteboard. Among the obstacles that teachers indicate when they try to include ICT in the learning process are insufficient, out of date equipment, lack of time and lack of their own competence.
Keywords: education, information technology, communication technology, ICT, environmental studies, primary school
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1631; Downloads: 25
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The creativity competence : teaching the unteachable at the Faculty of Arts, Maribor
Michelle Gadpaille, 2011, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The paper presents one model for a first-year lesson in the Department of English Studies, a lesson that encourages creativity among students in a class combining literature, language and cultural studies. Against a background of theoretical support for such student-centered pedagogy, the author argues for the importance of releasing student voices, both spoken and written, as a prerequisite for producing students competent in and confident of creative problem-solving.
Keywords: creativity, student-centered pedagogy, cultural studies, literature teaching
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1237; Downloads: 27
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The role of culture in the relationship between religiosity and psychological well-being
Miran Lavrič, Sergej Flere, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: Several measures of religious practice and religious orientation (intrinsic/extrinsic/quest) and two measures of psychological well-being (positive affect and negative affect) have been employed in a cross-cultural survey of undergraduate university students from five different cultural/religious environments: Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the United States of America, and Japan. Results suggest that measures of exstrinsic, intrinsic, and quest religiosity are not entirely applicable in most of the cultures observed. Nevertheless, it was possible to discern abbreviated cross-culturally valid scales for each dimension. The strength and direction of the correlation between psychological well-being and a particular type of religious orientation proved to depend substantially upon culture. More importantly, the cultural environment plays a crucial role in shaping the relationship between general measures of religiosity and psychological well-being. According to the data, higher general levels of religiosity at the societal level are linked to more positive correlations between religiosity and psychological well-being. The overall picture leads to the conclusion that there is no culturally universal pattern in the relationship between measures of religiosity and psychological well-being and that the particular cultural and religious context should always be considered in studies dealing with this issue.
Keywords: religiosity, culture, intercultural differences, religious belief, religious orientation, social differences, anxiety, psychological well-being, cross-cultural studies
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1049; Downloads: 70
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