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Reading for Pleasure as a Means of Improving Reading Comprehension Skills  [cached]
Shazila Abdullah,Puteri Rohani Megat Abdul Rahim,Roszainora Setia,Razita Mohamad
Asian Social Science , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v8n13p233
Abstract: Reading has always been an important skill for university students in order for them to gain access to knowledge in the academic books. Despite this, many students who view reading in English as important do not actually engage themselves in English reading activities outside class hours. Reading for pleasure allows learners to acquire certain language skills. Therefore, an experimental study using reading for pleasure was conducted. The experimental group was exposed to reading for pleasure for 5 weeks, while the other group was not. However, the control group showed better improvement of comprehension skills in the post test. Whereas, the pre-test scores results were nearly the same. The reasons for this are explained in the discussion that follows. From questionnaires distributed, a substantial number of subjects (79%) said that reading for pleasure would help them to understand the text better and they would pursue reading for pleasure. It is hoped that this small-scale study would highlight the effect of reading for pleasure in improving the students’ reading comprehension skills. Future researchers should cover an experimental study which is of longer duration. A period of six months is suggested.
IMPROVING THE ACTION MEANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MAIN PSYCHO-MOTOR SKILLS THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE LUGE EVENT IN THE JUNIOR ATHLETES OF THE VATRA DORNEI SCHOOL SPORTS CLUB
Balint G.,Rusoiu I.
Sport si Societate : Revista de Educatie Fizica, Sport si Stiinte Conexe , 2013,
Abstract: Being in direct contact with the national luge elite, we thought that an analysis regarding the actual conditions during the training process for developing the main psycho-motor skills that are specific to the luge event, could be beneficial, and it could lead to a revival of the sleigh training that the federation, and us, are long waiting for.The research was conducted in three stages:Stage I: October 13-20, 2011;Stage II: January 7-12, 2012;Stage III: February 21-28, 2012.Before starting the experiment, we elaborated certain training plans (annual, stage, cycle) that we consider to be actually a "Training model".These plans were destined for the experimental group, the witness group conducting their activity according to their normal schedule.From the analysis of the results recorded during the experimental activity, we observed in the final phase of the research that the results obtained by the experimental group are superior to the ones recorded by the witness group, a fact that can be seen also in the tables and figures presented in the paper.
Improving dictionary skills in Ndebele
S Hadebe
Lexikos , 2004,
Abstract: This article proposes ways of improving dictionary skills amongst the Ndebele. One way of accomplishing this is incorporating the teaching of dictionary skills into teacher trainingsyllabi. Teachers can impart their knowledge to students and a dictionary culture can develop for enhancing effective use of current dictionaries and helping in the compilation of future ones. In general lexicographers are aiming at producing dictionaries that are 'user-friendly', that is, accessible to their users. Current and future Ndebele dictionaries are likely to remain underutilised unless users develop requisite skills for dictionary use. This article outlines some aspects of dictionary studies that could be incorporated in the training syllabi for potential Ndebele language teachers. Anticipated problems of implementation and possible solutions to these problems are also discussed.
Improving Dictionary Skills in Ndebele  [cached]
Samukele Hadebe
Lexikos , 2011, DOI: 10.5788/14--684
Abstract: : This article proposes ways of improving dictionary skills amongst the Ndebele. Oneway of accomplishing this is incorporating the teaching of dictionary skills into teacher trainingsyllabi. Teachers can impart their knowledge to students and a dictionary culture can develop forenhancing effective use of current dictionaries and helping in the compilation of future ones. Ingeneral lexicographers are aiming at producing dictionaries that are 'user-friendly', that is, accessibleto their users. Current and future Ndebele dictionaries are likely to remain underutilised unlessusers develop requisite skills for dictionary use. This article outlines some aspects of dictionarystudies that could be incorporated in the training syllabi for potential Ndebele language teachers.Anticipated problems of implementation and possible solutions to these problems are also discussed. Keywords: DICTIONARY, DICTIONARY CULTURE, DICTIONARY SKILLS, REFERENCENEEDS, REFERENCE SKILLS, USERS, USER-FRIENDLY, NDEBELE, LEXICOGRAPHY, CHANGEOF ATTITUDE Opsomming: Verbetering van woordeboekvaardighede in Ndebele. Hierdieartikel stel maniere voor vir die verbetering van woordeboekvaardighede onder die Ndebeles. Eenmanier om dit te bewerkstellig is om die onderrig van woordeboekvaardighede in die opleidingsillabussevir onderwysrs in te sluit. Onderwysers kan hul kennis aan studente oordra, en 'n woordeboekkultuurkan ontwikkel om die doeltreffende gebruik van huidige woordeboeke te verbeter enby die samestelling van toekomstiges te help. In die algemeen streef leksikograwe daarna omwoordeboeke te lewer wat "gebruikersvriendelik", d.w.s., toeganklik vir hul gebruikers is. Huidigeen toekomstige Ndebelewoordeboeke sal waarskynlik onderbenut bly mits gebruikers die nodigevaardighede vir woordeboekgebruik ontwikkel. Hierdie artikel skets 'n aantal aspekte van woordeboekstudiewat in die opleidingsillabusse vir toekomstige Ndebeletaalonderwysers ingesluit kanword. Verwagte probleme by die instelling en moontlike oplossings vir hierdie probleme word ookbespreek. Sleutelwoorde: WOORDEBOEK, WOORDEBOEKKULTUUR, WOORDEBOEKVAARDIGHEDE,NASLAANBEHOEFTES, NASLAANVAARDIGHEDE, GEBRUIKERS, GEBRUIKERSVRIENDELIK,NDEBELE, LEKSIKOGRAFIE, VERANDERING VAN HOUDING
The Development and Rasch Calibration of a Scale to Measure Coordinative Motor Skills in Typically Developing Children  [PDF]
Giulia Bardaglio, Michele Settanni, Danilo Marasso, Giovanni Musella, Silvia Ciairano
Advances in Physical Education (APE) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ape.2012.23016
Abstract: The purposes of this study were to propose and calibrate an instrument based on systematic observation intended to measure coordinative motor skills in typically developing children. The instrument, called the Coordinative Motor Skills Scale (CMSS), was administered to 96 third grade children (50% females, mean age = 8.4, SD = 0.4) from primary schools in northwest Italy. Data were analyzed employing the base Rasch model for dichotomous items (Rasch, 1960/1980). The Rasch analysis showed that the measure of coordinative motor skills is unidimensional and that the instrument was correctly targeted to the level of ability of the participants. Overall, CMSS was demonstrated to be suitable for assessing coordinative motor skills in normally developing children.
Can a multidimensional hierarchy of skills generate data conforming to the Rasch model? A comparison of methods  [PDF]
Wolfgang Schoppek,Andreas Landgraf
Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling , 2011,
Abstract: The question of the dimensionality of intelligent performance has kept researchers occupied for decades. We investigate this question in the context of learning elementary arithmetic. Our assumption of a polyhierarchy of skills in arithmetic (HiSkA) predicts a multidimensional structure of test data. This seems to contradict findings that data collected to validate the HiSkA conformed to the Rasch model. To resolve this seeming contradiction, we analysed test data from two samples of third graders with a number of methods ranging from factor analysis and Rasch analysis to multidimensional item response theory (MIRT). Additionally we simulated data sets based on different unidimensional and multidimensional models and compared the results of some of the analyses that were also applied to the empirical data. Results show that a multidimensional generating structure can produce data conforming to the Rasch model under certain conditions, that a general factor explains a substantial amount of variance in the empirical data, but that the HiSkA is capable of explaining much of the residual variance.
Developing reading skills by means of “critical thinking” technology
Kushnaryova E. S.
Sociosfera , 2011,
Abstract: The article covers different approaches of developing students’ reading skills by means of technology “Critical Thinking”. Several methods are given as the examples to be used at the English language classes.
Improving the Teaching of Teamwork Skills in Engineering and Computer Science
Robert W. Lingard
Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics , 2010,
Abstract: It is important that engineering and computer science students learn teamwork skills as an integral part of their educational development. These skills are often not explicitly taught, but rather it is expected that students learn them on their own through participation in various team projects. Furthermore, the actual skills that students are expected to learn are usually not well articulated, or even understood. The approach outlined here attempts to address these problems by first establishing a process for defining what is meant by teamwork, by using this definition to assess the extent to which students are learning teamwork skills, and by using the assessment results to formulate approaches to improve student learning with respect to these skills. Specific attempts at the definition, assessment, and instruction improvement process are discussed.
Towards improving practical skills of young teacher
Chemodanova G. J.
Sociosfera , 2012,
Abstract: The study is aimed at resolving the existing conflict between the objective need of the society in a highly competent young teachers and the actual level of formation of practical skills, which led to the development programs of the club, Young Master .
Exploring communication skills training in undergraduate nurse education by means of a curriculum
Britt-Maj Wikstr?m,Gunilla Svidén
Nursing Reports , 2011, DOI: 10.4081/nursrep.2011.e7
Abstract: This study is an attempt to investigate by means of a curriculum how nurses are trained theoretically and practically throughout their specialist education to communicate competently and professionally in interaction with colleagues and patients. Research today shows that there are many different approaches to develop professionally skilled communication in nurse-patient interaction. It indicates that this aspect of nurse education is regarded as an important feature by educators. It is therefore of interest to study, by means of analysing a curriculum, how nurses’ communicative competence is developed. To this purpose a curriculum was presented related to nursing communication skills training, selected from a University College of Health Care Sciences in Sweden. Both students and teachers need clearly defined curricula to structure their studies and to evaluate communication skills. The investigated curriculum could be further developed to direct students and teachers in effective communication skills. It is of importance to have a curriculum that could be interpreted in the same way by teachers and students.
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