International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development

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Volume 6, Issue 2 (April, 2017)

Abstract

In Sabah, it was reported that the prevalence rate 5.5% of the primary school students in Sabah suffered from Dyscalculia using the computer-based Dyscalculia screener by measuring pupils’ response accuracy and response time to test items. (Wong et.al, 2014). This research probes into the awareness of Dyscalculia among educators in Sandakan district, Sabah. An online Dyscalculia questionnaire is employed in this study to collect the relevant data which will be analysed by using the descriptive statistics. The purpose of this paper is to report the results of awareness for Dyscalculia which involved 80 educators from different primary schools in Sandakan, Sabah. The results show that 57.5% of the respondents in Sandakan do not know Dyscalculia.

Keywords

Dyscalculia, Awareness, Primary, Pupils, Educators

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2891
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This paper is a descriptive study to examining educational facilities in public schools as strategy for school safety management in Rivers State, Nigeria. This was carried out among the 245 Public Senior Secondary Schools. There were 2 research questions and 2 hypotheses formulated with 6 item questionnaire based on four-point Likert scale drawn and administered for collection of data. Mean and standard deviation was used to analyze the research questions while z-statistics was used to test the hypotheses. The findings indicate that there is (i) no significant difference between the mean scores of male principals and female principals (ii) no significant difference between the mean scores of urban principals and rural Principals on ways hazards arising from educational facilities can be curbed as strategy for school safety management in Rivers State, Nigeria. The recommendations include the need for provision and maintenance of existing facilities, risk analysis of facilities, school inspections and audits, adequate funding, training of school administrators, managers and personnel amongst others.

Keywords

Educational Facilities, Public Schools, Strategy, School Safety Management

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2933
The Effect of Students Confidence Level toward Mathematics Performance among Southern Thailand Primary School Children
Author(s): Hareesol Khun- Inkeeree, Mohd Sofian Omar- Fauzee, Mohamad Khairi Haji Othman      Pages: [20-34]
Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between self-confidence and mathematic achievement among students on grad 6th in Southern Thailand. This study conducted by quasi-experimental research design used cooperative learning by STAD technique. A sample of 72 primary school students (36 treatment group; 36 control group) was employed for this intervention study. The attitude toward mathematic inventory (ATMI) was employed over 15 weeks. The result found that cooperative learning by STAD technique improving students' self- confidence in mathematic class. The student's studies in a small group have to interact with each other in the group and each member has their role to play in the group to improve their social interaction.

Keywords

Self-Confidence, the STAD Technique, Cooperative Learning. Southern Thailand.

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2934
Effect of Environmental Adult Education on Environmentally-Unfriendly Methods of Fishing in Rivers State
Author(s): Oyebamiji, M. A., Eheazu, C. L., Ephraim, Kpeno Amon      Pages: [35-45]
Abstract

The study examined how environmental adult education can promote environmentally-friendly methods of fishing in Rivers State. One research question and one hypothesis guided the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted. Accidental/convenience sampling technique was used to obtain a sample of 461 artisanal fisher folk among the target population in Rivers State. The questionnaire on EUFMFIQ was face and content validated by experts from the Departments of Adult and Non-Formal Education and Measurement and Evaluation. Reliability of 0.94 was obtained using Cronbach Alpha method. The research question was answered using mean statistics, while the hypothesis was tested using independent t-test analysis. The result revealed that of all the environmentally-unfriendly methods of fishing, the artisanal fisher folk choose fishing with nets with tiny holes as their most environmentally-unfriendly method of fishing. The hypothesis revealed that there is no significant influence on the knowledge gained and the stoppage of the practices of environmentally-unfriendly methods of fishing among the target population. It was recommended among other things that fisher folk should be introduced to other areas of agriculture like fish farming (fish pond) to sustain them in their period of hardship.

Keywords

Environmental Adult Education Programmes, Environmentally-Unfriendly, Fishing Methods

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2942
Delving the In-Service Teachers’ Beliefs about English, Language Learning and Teaching in EFL Context
Author(s): Abdul Karim, Abdul Rashid Mohamed, Mohammad Mosiur Rahman      Pages: [46-66]
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The article addresses the beliefs of in-service teachers about English, language learning and teaching, posing the relevant and fundamental question ‘what are the beliefs of in-service teachers about English, language learning and teaching’. Beliefs underpin the behavior, action and learning of human being. Language teachers, like people in other discipline, possess certain beliefs about learning which have either positive or negative impact on their classroom practice, and thereby on students’ language learning. This article reports on an investigation into the beliefs of 400 teachers (120 females and 280 males) in Bangladesh. Additionally, the current study intends to uncover the beliefs of 120 teachers about English and teaching. The teachers chosen in this study have received in-service training from TTCs, ELTIP and EIA. The questionnaire administered to reveal teachers’ beliefs about language learning is the one developed by Horwitz. In contrast, the questionnaires administered to sort out teachers’ beliefs about English and teaching, are the ones suggested by Richards and Lockhart. The findings show that teachers hold certain impractical beliefs and misconceptions about English which may drastically affect learners’ language learning.

Keywords

EFL, Teacher, English, Language Learning, Teaching, Beliefs

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2946
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The purpose of the study was twofold: a) to examine the causal relationship of teacher change beliefs (TCB) and teacher attitudes toward change (TATC); b) to investigate the moderating effects of Principal Change Leadership Competencies (PCLC), gender, age, year of experience, and school location on the above relationship. A total of 936 teachers from 47 High Performing Secondary School in Malaysia completed the survey. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was applied to test the models whereas multi-group comparison method in SEM was conducted to examine the moderating effects. The result demonstrated that TCB was significantly related to TATC (.89). This implied that TCB shapes TATC and provides the foundation for adoptive or resistance behaviours in school change. The findings also showed that PCLC facilitated significantly the causal relationship between TCB and TATC. Hence, school principals need to equip themselves with PCLC so to enhance positive TCB and TATC to advance change goals. However, it was found that the moderating effects of demographic factors such as gender, age, year of experience and school location were not significant moderating variables. The study offers relevant parties a lens through which they could better understand, prepare for, or enhance teacher capacity for change.

Keywords

Teacher Change Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes toward Change, Principal Change Leadership Competencies, Structural Equation Modelling, Moderating Effects

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/2947
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The school network access should offer students with exceptional chances to obtain information, engage in discussion, and liaise with individuals, organizations and groups in the so as to increase skills, knowledge and abilities. However, the globe has become a universal community through social media expertise of web-based appliance that enables people to relate, create, connect and distribute content in a digital environment via a multi-way of communication. People who engaged in the web-based application are of different ages, majority of which are the youth who comprises the school going students. The students spend a lot of time engaged on internet for non-academic activities and they do not follow their learning institutions’ social media policy. A school’s social media policy is meant: to encourage students’ to use media to support academic excellence and apply on valuable and inventive practices. The study sought to establish the extent to which students adhere to school internet usage policy and find out the influence of policy adherence on students’ academic performance in public day secondary schools. The study established that 72.6% of the students who doesn’t adhere to the school internet policy by misusing internet on social media activities experienced difficulty and inability to construction and develop correct sentences in English language. These group of students who didn’t respect school rule on internet usage policy performed below average in overall examinations.

Keywords

Day Secondary Schools, School Internet Usage Policy, Academic Performances, Social Media

Full Text :PDF DOI: 10.6007/IJARPED/v6-i2/3001