Progress in Education. Volume 54

Roberta V. Nata (Editor)

Series: Progress in Education
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Four contributing factors are essential for student learning: metacognition, educationally sound curricular design, instructional delivery characterized by interactive lecturing and active learning, and formative and summative assessments of learning. In this collection, the authors open with the proposition that all teachers must ensure students develop their metacognitive skills, reflect deeply about thinking, and learn how to apply concepts, while continually encouraging students to question their understanding and ask questions to gain clarity.

Next, the authors attempt to advance the argument that effective pedagogy of school mathematics requires teachers’ deep knowledge of the subject matter, appreciation of historical perspectives, awareness of the current worldwide teaching standards, and integration of using concrete problems with fostering growth mindset as the psychological foundation of productive thinking.

A study is presented which was conducted in two provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal in South Africa in two male correctional centres. The authors report on some of the strategies used at the two facilities to overcome educational challenges concerning the teaching and learning of offenders. The chapter recommends that these centres should address their infrastructural challenges while incorporating computer-based learning as part of their curriculum practices.

In another study, this compilation examines how explicit instruction on text structure and the use of authentic texts as writing models helped a class of second graders learn to write sequential text. Sequential text is categorized as one text structure used by authors writing informational text. Students as young as second grade are expected to know the sequence text structure and to provide textual evidence within their sequential text.
Following this, students’ perceptions, practices and performance were examined while using a LMS (Moodle) in a blended learning environment. This is a case study based on the log files of 335 students who attended an academic course on ICT Integration in Education for over three years. Learning design was conducted during the course based on problem-solving in blended learning environments.

Another study aims to compare primary school students’ attitudes towards inclusion in relation to the direct contact or lack thereof with classmates who are physically impaired. The results suggest that coexistence with persons with functional diversity in the school environment, and especially in physical education, could improve attitudes towards inclusion.

In the quest to promote the development of the “whole person,” some schools have introduced modifications to educational processes to foster the wellbeing of their students under a new umbrella term known as “positive education”. This collection proposes that instead of targeting generic outcomes of wellbeing, measures should be based on school-specific wellbeing constructs, such as provided by the PROSPER (Positivity, Relationships, Outcomes, Strength, Purpose, Engagement, and Resilience) framework.

The study for the final chapter was conducted with a case study approach in two active learning classrooms as the investigated case units. Nine teachers and three persons from the service staff focus group were interviewed, and answers from the semi-structured interviews were analysed by use of the qualitative data analysis tool Atlas.ti.

Preface

Chapter 1. Diversity in Mathematics Teacher Preparation in the Era of Commom Core: From Egyptian Papyrus Rolls to Gestalt Psychology to Digital Computation
(Sergei Abramovich, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY, US)

Chapter 2. Strategies in Overcoming Teaching and Learning Challenges in Correctional Facilities in South Africa
(Mbanjwa Khulekani Collin and Johnson Lineo Rose, Adult Basic Education and Youth Development, School of Educational Studies, College of Education, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 3. Using Explicit Text Structure Instruction and Authentic Texts to Teach Children to Write Sequential Informational Text
(Sarah K. Clark, PhD, and Anne Clark Dallin, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, US)

Chapter 4. Learning Analytics for the Investigation of Learning Patterns and Improvement of Learning Design in a Blended Learning Environment
(Andromachi Filippidi and Vassilis Komis, Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

Chapter 5. Comparison of Attitudes toward Inclusion in Primary School Students in Relation to the Contact with Physical Disability or Not in Physical Education Sessions
(Iratxe Lopez, Javier Yanci, Josune Rodriguez-Negro, Aitor Iturricastillo, Escuela de Magisterio de Bilbao, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Leioa, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. Assessing Positive Education Using the PROSPER Framework
(Rose Pennington, Anthony Dillon, Toni Noble and Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, Australia)

Chapter 7. Furnishing Active Learning Classrooms for Blended Synchronous Learning
(Peter Mozelius, Mid Sweden University, Department of Computer and System Science, Östersund, Sweden)

Chapter 8. The State of Readiness in the Implementation of Inclusive Education in Nzhelele West Circuit Secondary Schools
(M. M. Serakalala, University of Venda, Limpopo Province, South Africa)

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