International Forum of Teaching and Studies (IFOTS)
ISSN 1555-872X

International Forum of Teaching and Studies (IFOTS) provides an academic exchange forum for scholars, educators, and professionals to disseminate research on theory building and practice-based information on education. This peer-reviewed journal publishes biannually and particularly dedicates to the development and improvement of teaching within international contexts since 2004.

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Current Issue Vol. 13 No 2, 2017

Author

Kawtar Tani is a Lecturer with research interest in the fields of planning and decision analysis, and her area of specialisation is individual and organisational decision making. Kawtar’s doctoral thesis focused on the ethics of decision making in the aviation field, and was awarded the status of exceptional thesis in 2010. Kawtar’s current research focuses on student performance and learning strategies.

Abstract

This study investigated the accuracy of the self-assessment ability of students enrolled in tertiary education, pre-examination and post-examination. The participants included 174 undergraduate students enrolled in different programs in a tertiary education institution. Students’ self-assessment abilities were measured by asking students to assess their performance prior to and after written examinations. The relationship between students’ self-assessment and performance were analyzed to determine the accuracy of the self-assessment. There was strong statistical evidence that predictions and post dictions of exam scores were more optimistic than scores achieved in exams. Students with above- average academic abilities were much better at predicting their performance on exams, while students with lower academic abilities were more likely to overrate their abilities. The latter were also significantly optimistic; there was no evidence that students who scored above the median in the final exam exhibited optimism in their predictions made either before or after the exams.

Keywords

assessment, learning strategies, test performance, prediction, study skills

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Authors

Didik Nurhadi (Corresponding Author) is an Assistant Professor of Education at the State University of Malang in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Education. He received his Ph.D. from National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. His research interests focus on Vocational education development, educational management, collaborative learning, teacher development, and human resource management in educational settings.

Nyan-Myau Lyau (Distinguished Professor) is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School of Technological and Vocational Education, and a Director of Center for Regional Industry- Academia Collaboration in National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the USA. His research interests focus on training and vocational education development, collaborative projects between industry and academia, teacher development, and the database development in secondary high school. Specifically, her research concentration is building teaching and learning quality in secondary high school and higher education through a collaborative approach with industry, academia, teachers, and government.

Abstract

The success of the economic change of a country is determined by science and technological education in graduating students who are competitive in the global market and equipped with skills relevant to the industry. Not only does the provision of the graduates depend on systems and policies, but it is also determined by teachers’ roles as figures in charge of the transferring of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to students. Therefore, vocational teachers should be equipped with professional competencies to always be ready to spread their knowledge in accordance with the demand of technological development in the industrial world. The considered solution to continuously enhance the quality of vocational teachers’ professional competencies is setting a framework for developing twenty-first century vocational teachers’ professional competencies as a concept to prepare professional teachers for vocational education.

Keywords

professional competencies, fields of professional competencies, roles of professional teachers, requirements of professional competencies, professional competency standard, professional teachers

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Author

Yunlin Shi
Hubei University of Technology and Engineering College, China

Abstract

The purpose of the reported study is to assess the effectiveness of combining Strategy- Based Instruction (SBI) with listening teaching practice in English courses delivered to Non- English Majors in a Chinese university. On a fundamental level, SBI helps to improve the awareness of student strategies and guides them towards improved learning outcomes. The exploration of various learning strategies is a common theme in international scholarship, but, in China, listening experimental research has not been well studied on an empirical level, especially SBI. Consequently, this pioneering study is one of the few in this field. The authors’ research focused on a longitudinal listening intervention study that took place in China over a 12-week semester among 65 non-English university majors. The final results show that SBI positively improved students’ listening ability.

Keywords

strategy-based instruction, SBI, listening intervention, assessment English language acquisition, Taba’s 7-step model

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Authors

Nisarat Issaramanorose, Sutus Janbuala, Chontida Yakeaw and Phanuwat Nimnuan

Suan Dusit University, Thailand

E-mail: i_nisarat@hotmail.com

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to study the effects of learning management for young children, aged 3 to 5 years old, at child development centers in the upper Northeastern region using local wisdom. The study group is comprised of 200 children at child development centers in Udonthani, Nongbualamphu, and Nakhonphanom. The learning management for young children consists of Sri Isan soil (pottery), Kong Khoa Noi Ban How (rice box) and Northeast fabric weaving (Praewa fabric). Children’s learning was assessed based seven topics: 1) curiosity 2) knowledge acquisition 3) satisfaction in learning 4) problem solving 5) interaction 6) associative thinking, and 7) answering questions. The research found that the average score of the assessment in the young children’s learning is higher than before activities in every center.

Keywords

young children, local wisdom, learning ManActivities with indigenous crafts, child development center

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Authors

Jun-sheng Hu, Ai-li Cheng

Department of Psychology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Junshenghu@sina.com; xiaoai19840116@163.com

Abstract

With the Academic Stress Questionnaire and the Chinese Revised Career Decision- Making Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (CDMSE-SF), this study explored the relationship between academic stress and career decision-making self-efficacy of undergraduates. Responses from 736 undergraduates revealed that the subscales of CDMSE, i.e., Self-appraisal, Information gathering, Goal selection, Planning, Problem-solving were all significantly and negatively correlated with Academic stress. Especially, Goal selection and Planning significantly and negatively predicted undergraduates’ academic stress. It indicates that undergraduates’ high ability and skills in job-searching can effectively moderate their Academic stress.

Keywords

Career decision-making self-efficacy; academic stress; mental health; undergraduate

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Author

Zhu Li is currently teaching at School of Foreign Languages of Eastern Liaoning University, Dandong city, Liaoning Province, China

Abstract

Proverbs play an important role both in English and Chinese languages and cultures. Based on prototype theory, people can translate English and Chinese proverbs flexibly. With the help of prototype theory, it is easy for translators to know about the intention of the original proverb and choose the most appropriate method to translate English and Chinese proverbs to make target readers understand the true meaning of those proverbs.

Keywords

prototype, proverb, translation

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