Team culture in schools: characteristic of urban educationMarija Javornik Krečič
, Vlasta Hus
, Eva Konečnik Kotnik
, Milena Ivanuš-Grmek
, 2011, published scientific conference contribution abstract
Keywords: učitelji, profesionalni razvoj, Slovenija, izobraževalni sistemi, teachers, professional development, Slovenia, education systems
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 769; Downloads: 21
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Some aspects of teaching media literacy to pre-school children in Slovenia from a perception standpoint of teachers and parentsJurka Lepičnik-Vodopivec
, 2011, original scientific article
Abstract: This paper deals with media literacy as a multidimensional skill that parents and teachers possess. In this context we warn of the media-technical aspect of this skill and, within this aspect, of parents' and teachers' opinion on the presence of media in children's lives. Following that, the paper explores teachers' media-didactic competence as a component of educators' media literacy. In the empiric part we used two aspects of fostering media literacy. One is the media-technical competence of parents and educators, while the other is the media-didactic competence of educators. We found that both parents and teachers believe that media have a strong presence in everyday lives of pre-school children and that they play an important role in teaching pre-school children. Teachers are aware of the importance of early teaching with media, for media and about media with the purpose of developing children's media literacy, so they will not be afraid of media when they grow up.
Keywords: education, pre-school education, kindergarten, parents, pre-school teachers, media, media literacy
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1377; Downloads: 35
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Musical creativity in Slovenian elementary schoolsJanja Črčinovič Rozman
, 2009, original scientific article
Abstract: Background: The Slovenian music education curriculum for the first years of elementary school emphasises the following musical activities in the classroom: singing, playing instruments, listening to music, movement to music and musical creativity. In the field of musical creativity, there are two activities where students can be original and creative: making music and moving or drawing/painting activities stimulated by music. Purpose: This research investigated musical creativity in Slovenian elementary schools, its observable characteristics and some of the similarities among the statements made by students and teachers. Sample: The study involved 118 eight-and-a-half to nine-year-old students from five schools in Slovenia, and 51 elementary classroom teachers - 25 of them came from the same five elementary schools as the students and 26 of them came from another four schools located in different parts of the Republic of Slovenia. Students and teachers who took part in our study attended/or worked at the third grade level during the 2004 school year. Design and methods: For the study, two questionnaires were completed using closed and open questions. The teachers had more questions than the students. Some of the questions were the same for both. The data received from the questionnaire was analysed qualitatively and quantitatively. The chi-square test was used to check the relationship betweenthe answers given by students and the answers given by the teachers. Results: We found that creativity in music does exist in the classrooms, but there is only an emphasis being put on activities stimulated by music, and noton creating music. The opinions of the students and classroom teachers overlapped in the following areas: in the types of creative activity preferred, in assessing the successfulness of creative activities, in the feedback following the creative activity, and concerning the amount and difficulty of the tasks performed. The only important difference between the answers found was in assessing the teachers' role in leading the musical activity during the lesson. The reasons for such similar reactions were: (1) that the teacher's expectations were effectively conveyed to the students, and/or (2) the children's self-perception was being formed through an awareness and interpretation of the environment around them. Conclusions: The investigation showed that the students and teachers are satisfied with creative musical activities in the classroom, however, they are not aware of all the aspects of creative musical thinking as well as the criteria for the evaluation of musical creativity. It seems that they are not fully acquainted with the strategies for teaching musical composition and improvisation. The role of university programmes that specialise in music pedagogy should be to produce teachers who will be able to provide creative musical activities in anappropriate manner, and to organise more seminars of similar content for student-teachers during their practical training.
Keywords: musical education, musical creativity, improvisation, music teachers, expectations, beliefs, self-perception, primary education
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1458; Downloads: 74
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A case study of preschool children's musical interests at home and at schoolOlga Denac
, 2008, original scientific article
Keywords: izražanje interesov, glasbene dejavnosti, vzgojitelji, predšolski otroci, glasba, glasbeni razvoj, starši, zanimanje za glasbo, expressing interest, music activities, preschool teachers, preeschool children, music, musical development, parents, interest in music
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 2109; Downloads: 71
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Obstacles to change in teacher education : Elektronski virSlavko Cvetek
, 2007, published scientific conference contribution
Abstract: In his paper, the author points to the well-known fact that the key obstacle to quality improvement in many traditional teacher education institutions is the prevailing philosophy which gives priority to traditional academic disciplines and specialist subject knowledge at the expense of practical and professional knowledge that teachers need. He then presents some of the findings of his research, a rational end empirical evaluation of the study programme for future English language teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor in which he investigated, among other things, the beliefs of the academic staff about the role of theory and practice in the curriculum and, specifically, their beliefs about the relevance of their respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the programme as such. The findings suggest that many of the academic staff, while formally recognising the role of practical knowledge for the profession of the teacher, show little awareness of the purposes of contemporary teacher education and hold rather idealised views about the relevance oftheir respective subjects (academic disciplines) for the study programme as such. For comparison, some findings of an empirical study conducted among students are also given.
Keywords: education, teacher education, teachers, foreign language teachers, evaluation
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 959; Downloads: 29
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A hidden curriculum in kindergartens and empathy of preschool teachersJurka Lepičnik-Vodopivec
, 2007, original scientific article
Abstract: The present article illustrates the problem of a hidden curriculum in kindergartens. It is presented as an important part of the overt curriculum. The empathy of kindergarten teachers is shown within the scope of a hidden curriculum. The second part discusses the results of the research on empathy of preschool teachers as an important element of the hidden curriculum in kindergartens. Four dimensions of empathy were identified: social self-confi dence, calmness, sensitivity and non-conformism. Each of these dimensions contributes on its own and together with the others to a better understanding of empathy of kindergarten teachers, which undoubtedly influences and encourages the development of emphatic communication among preschool teachers, children and parents.
Keywords: pre-school education, curriculum, kindergartens, hidden curricula, empathy, preschool teachers
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 1525; Downloads: 60
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Pupils' cooperation in the process of grading knowledgeMilena Ivanuš-Grmek
, Marija Javornik Krečič
, 2004, published scientific conference contribution
Abstract: In the first part the paper points characteristics democratisation of the grading process. The second part presents the results of empirical research carried out in December 2003, which involved a sample of seven- and eight-grade pupils of eight-year primary school, and a sample of Slovenian language and mathematics teachers in the seven and eight grades of eight-year primary school. The results showed differences in judgements of the frequency of individual requirements of teachers between the groups of teachers and pupils
Keywords: education, teaching process, pupils, teachers, pupils' cooperation, primary education
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 887; Downloads: 12
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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning in Primary SchoolsDijana Šmon
, 2014, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: The thesis Dyslexia and Learning a Foreign Language in Primary Schools deals with the general difficulties in foreign language learning which are caused by a very specific disorder called dyslexia. The problems that come with the disorder are in most cases transferred across languages and the aim of this thesis was to find out how dyslexia influences on the learning of the foreign language (English) in the primary school, which is becoming an issue and an open question nowadays between scientists and teachers who have a direct contact with the pupils.
The main goals of the thesis are to connect the general characteristics of dyslexia and its influence on English as a foreign language and to identify the main language learning areas and skills in which dyslectics need special support and need to be taken under further investigation. The emphasis is also on providing some solutions, strategies and methods that would help teachers to support their learners with dyslexia.
In the empirical part, I discuss the results. I also provide interpretations of one questionnaire, which was filled in by teachers of foreign language and one test that Slovene learners who have been learning English as their foreign language took. To obtain more additional data, five interviews with English language teachers were transcribed and analysed about their knowledge of dyslexia and the methods that they use to help dyslectics to benefit as much as possible from the foreign language lessons.
Keywords: dyslexia, English as a foreign language, early identification, language awareness transfer, differentiation, teachers’ knowledge, developing language skills
Published: 07.03.2014; Views: 2160; Downloads: 231
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Educating teachers and multipliers for future work with the elderly and the role of motivational workshops for the elderly's future participation in ICT training coursesHelena Blažun
, Kaija Saranto
, Janez Vošner
, 2013, original scientific article
Abstract: To find potential connection between positive experiences from ICT training courses gained by teachers and multipliers and their ability to affect elderlypeopleʼs willingness to learn ICT skills and motivate them for future participation in ICT training courses through motivational workshops. The evaluation of the ICT training courses for teachers and multipliers and the motivational workshops for the elderly. The data obtained was quantitative andanalyzed using SPSS software. The authors found a significant correlation between the number of possibilities for discussion provided during the ICT training courses for teachers and multipliers and the opinion that, from an overall perspective, the course helped the participants to be more sensitized to intergenerational issues and so understand the elderly people better. Similarly, the authors found significant correlation between the number of discussion possibilities during the motivational workshops for elderly and thelevel of interest in participation in future ICT training courses. Individuals who work in a teaching/learning process with elderly people need to be properly trained to be able to transfer knowledge and motivation to the elderly. Motivational workshops for the elderly should focus on individualizedlearning methods which positively affect elderlyʼs future motivation to learn ICT skills.
Keywords: elderly people, teachers, multipliers, information and communication technology (ICT), willingness to learn, motivational workshops
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 823; Downloads: 20
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