Progress in Education. Volume 46


Roberta V. Nata (Editor)

Series: Progress in Education
BISAC: EDU037000

The ongoing Progress in Education series presents substantial results from around the globe in selected areas of educational research. Schools are institutions that sail in the tempest of educational issues, reforms, strategies, data and tools, as well as reflect changes in society. Embedded in all of these are technology, diversity, and innovation – their inevitability has been demonstrated in our schools and communities. Chapter One examines how the assessment and evaluation practices in higher education are changing and how these changes are prompted by accelerating trends related to technology adoption. Chapter Two describes the components involved in virtual storytelling (characters – avatars – setting and systems), methodological references, and their possible use in classroom or laboratories. Chapter Three reviews the teaching of academic home language proficiency skills in primary schools. Chapter Four examines challenges of mathematics teaching in South African primary schools. Chapter Five discusses the best practices and models for student retention and success for colleges and universities in retaining and graduating first generation underrepresented minority students. Chapter Six presents the importance of structured musical education from 6 months up to the age of three, with the focus on the research findings of the two Slovenian projects. Chapter Seven presents the music software ImaginationToolsTM, that uses mathematical models to generate, analyze and synthesize sound and music through a 3D graphical user interface, and has been designed according a User-Centred Strategy. Chapter Eight focuses on the authors’ reflections on incorporating Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) in undergraduate medical education at a private university in a developing country.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. New Directions in Assessment and Evaluation: Authentic Assessment in Fully Online Learning Communities
Lorayne Robertson and Wendy Barber (Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)

Chapter 2. Learning through Drama: Guidelines for Using Storytelling and Virtual Theatres in Classrooms
Assunta Tavernise and Francesca Bertacchini (Laboratory of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Department of Physics, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (Cosenza), Italy)

Chapter 3. The Teaching of Academic Home Language Proficiency Skills in Primary Schools
Masello Hellen Phajane (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 4. Challenges of Mathematics Teaching in South African Primary Schools
MM Machaba (University of South Africa, Department of Early Childhood Education, South Africa)

Chapter 5. Retaining First Generation Underrepresented Minority Students: A Struggle for Higher Education
Satasha L. Green and Constance F. Wright (Chicago State University, the Office of Academic Affairs, Chicago, IL, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. The Developmental Benefits of Early Music Education: An Evaluation Study of the Two Slovenian Projects
Katarina Zadnik and Katarina Habe (Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 7. The Design and Usability of Music Software: The Case Study of ImaginationToolsTM
Francesca Bertacchini, Assunta Tavernise and Lorella Gabriele (Laboratory of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Department of Physics, University of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (Cosenza), Italy)

Chapter 8. Technology-Enhanced Learning in Medical Education: Experiences from a Developing Country
Azra Naseem, Kulsoom Ghias and Saniya Sabzwari (Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan)


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