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Eurasia Research Quarterly Newsletter: TERA (April 2018-July 2018)

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Dear TERA Members,

Greetings and sincere thanks for your patronage and support. TERA has now grown to 7572 followers and members from 47 countries.

(TERA Membership List)

We are glad to present to you our latest edition of newsletter. The newsletter showcases the associations current and upcoming endeavours.

Conferences Held:

TERA has successfully organized following International conferences in the period of  April 2018- July 2018:

(TERA Upcoming Conferences)

We thank all members, participants and supporting organisations for making these conferences successful.

TERA Collaborations:

It is our constant endeavour to associate with academicians, researchers, students, professionals and organisations. This collaboration is the crux of our growth and contribution to the society. We are proud to have following organisational collaborations:

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Venue Provider)

  • Yildiz Technical University, 34349 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey (Venue Provider)

  • Rumah University, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Venue Provider)

  • Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK (Venue Provider)

  • Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran (Collaboration)

  • Research and Markets Limited, Dublin, Ireland (Collaboration)

  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), China (Collaboration)

  • International Journal of Computer Science and Business Informatics (IJCSBI), Mauritius (Collaboration)

  • Linton University College, KTG Group, Malaysia (Collaboration)

  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)

  • Peacful Mind Foundation, India (Partner)

  • Tresorix Ltd. Mauritius (Collaboration)

  • ResearchSEA, Asia Research News, UK (Media Partner)

  • International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, Mauritius (Collaboration)

  • International Journal of Supply Chain Management (Scopus indexed), London (Collaboration)

  • GTIS, Taiwan (Green Technology Invention Society, Taiwan) (Collaboration)

  • Tecnico (Universidade de Lisboa), Campus da Alameda, Lisbon, Portugal (Venue Provider)

  • Srishti International, Bangalore, India (Collaboration)

  • Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Venue Provider)

  • Kasetsart University, KU Home, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)

We will be glad to partner with your organisation. Please write to tera@eurasiaresearch.org for assistance.

Job Openings

TERA is searching for talented and energetic conference coordinators (part-time) who are working/ studying at following locations:

Dubai/ London/ Barcelona/ Lisbon/ Rome/ Kuala Lumpur/ Bali/ Singapore/ Bangkok

Its a golden opportunity to be a part of our global team, to interact and associate with International academicians, display your leadership and organizing skills and earn handsome honorarium.

All interested and eligible candidates are requested to contact us with their CV, Photograph, Cover Letter on tera@eurasiaresearch.org

Eurasia Research International Conference began with opening remarks by Honourable Keynote speaker highlighting the main context on Teaching Issues.The main aim of this conference was:

  • Advancement of Research and Innovative ideas through conference, workshops, seminars and publications

  • Fostering a global community based on research and knowledge

  • Fostering innovation and ideas through research based activities

  • Global dissemination of ideas and research through use of technology

  • Working towards world peace and community development

Our worthy Keynote speakers open up the conference enlightening participants with their speech. Here are the List of keynote speakers who participated in our conference.

Dr. Simon Brownhill of University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Lauren Birney of School of Education, Pace University, New York, USA

Prof. Kathy O'Sullivan of United Business Institutes (Brussels), Avenue Marnix, 20, Marnixlaan, 20, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Professor Julia Milner of EDHEC Business School, France

Dr. Shahryar Sorooshian of Universiti Malaysia, Pahang, Malaysia

Sandra Rahman of Department of Marketing, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA 01701, USA

Tinni Dutta of Department of Psychology, Asutosh College,University of Calcutta, India

Dr. Lauren B. Birney of Pace University, New York

Juana M Ortega-Tudela of Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences, University of Jaen, Spain

Patricia Lorenz of Centre for Modern Languages, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Shuchi Singhal of International School of Informatics & Management, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Freimut Bodendorf of Institute of Information Systems, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany

Dr. Dae Bum Gregoy Jung of Jinju Health College, Jinju, KN, Republic of Korea

Prof. Dahlia R. Domingo of New Era University, Manila, Philippines

In order to Promote Young Researchers, Eurasia Research provide Young Research Scholarship (YRS) in the form of full Registration fee waiver to participate in such events.

Marcos Mincov Tenório of Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB) / Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil

Topic: Influence of Gamification on Khan Academy in Brazilian High School

Abstract: This article approaches current pedagogical practices in the national guidelines, related to the use of information and communication technologies. The e-learning system of Khan Academy served as technological support for gamification actions. Preliminary results showed that the role of teachers in motivating students to perform extra-classroom activities in the pursuit of knowledge remains crucial, even with the use of online tools.

In each, Eurasia International conference, Best Paper award is given to Best Researches. In Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA), Best paper award is given to the participants with the best scholarly paper submitted and presented at the conference.

Stephan Jungling of University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW, Switzerland

Topic: Checking the student’s aptitude for a Bachelor program: Experiences with a Web-based tool

Abstract: The aptitude test - built with Google Forms - currently consists of 31 predefined multiple choice questions and calculates an overall aptitude value and single aptitude values for the main categories logical and analytical thinking, understanding algorithms, mathematics and abstract thinking. The questions (taken from well-established test systems like ELIGO-System, BOMAT, CASA etc.) can be solved within 40-50 minutes and have no relationship to the content of the BIT modules mathematics and programming in order to treat prospective students as equally as possible. Each student can check his suitability for the study by comparing the overall aptitude value with a given threshold. Additionally it is possible to inspect strengths and weaknesses for the single categories with various charts. The validity of the aptitude test is checked by separating students into five performance intervals and to compare the result of the aptitude test with the actual grading in programming / mathematics. During the experiment, students are identified with a control number.

Findings, Research Outcomes, Future Scope:

First test runs conducted with the tool in autumn 2017 confirm the validity of the aptitude test. The future scope will involve more students and deal with an analysis of concrete weaknesses that can be used as input to adapt the setting of programming and mathematics modules.

Keywords: IT-based Aptitude test, Bachelor program, Business Information Technology, Google Forms

Annika Bush of Department of Science Education, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University, Germany

Topic: Topic: Influence of Gamification on Khan Academy in Brazilian High School

Abstract: Teacher collaboration is together with (self-)reflection a key factor to improve teacher professionalism. Also, it’s being said to improve the school quality and teacher’s health. Nonetheless, collaboration is not being performed sufficiently. One approach to change this is to implement cooperational behaviours early, in the university-based teacher-training. To develop eligible methods, the status quo must be defined first. Therefore, I research how, with whom and why education students and teachers-in-training collaborate. The study is based on a mixed methods design: At first qualitative interviews were held to define the structures of collaboration. Main results were, that especially students in internships don’t collaborate at all with fellow students but only with teachers. Also, collaboration happens spontaneously and we only scarcely find planned cooperation structures between teachers and trainees. All in all, the main collaboration form is exchange (of materials and information) and higher forms of collaboration are hardly realized. To gain more profound numbers, the results were transformed into a standardized questionnaire. In this second, quantitative study, 1600 education students and teachers-in-training participated. The statistic results are the base for a third study. This one will be qualitative again in form of episodic interviews. The aim is to explain the quantitative results and point out structures, where universities and schools can start to act and improve the teacher collaboration at an early point of their career to improve teacher professionalization through teacher education. At the conference, the results of the first two studies will be presented as well as the leading questions for the interviews that will take place in July and August.

Keywords: Collaboration, professionalism, teacher education, mixed methods

Nor Irniwati Haji Ismail of Department of Mathematics,Sayyidina Abu Bakar Secondary School, Jalan 77, Perumahan Lambak Kanan BC 2515, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Topic: The Quranic approach in Teaching Numeracy Skills

Abstract: After 1400 years since its first revelation, the Holy Quran has been used in diverse areas of research disciplines but not enough in the teaching of literacy and numeracy concepts. The purpose of this study is to promote the analyzation of the Holy Quran's verses for an in-depth understanding of some numeracy skills found in the Holy Book. The scope of this research involves concrete concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and ratio. The research also includes some suggestions on how these concepts should be introduced especially to young children. This information is aimed to have a positive impact in future teachings of numeracy skills amongst primary and secondary students.

Sita Yiemkuntitavorn of School Of Educational Studies, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand

Topic: The Development of English Language Teachers Competency on Learning Management by Using the Lesson Study of Elementary Schools in Nonthaburi Province

Abstract: The objectives of this study were 1) to enhance teachers' competencies on learning management using Lesson Study of English teachers in elementary schools in Nonthaburi and 2) to study the guidance for the implementation of best practices using Lesson Study in schools in Nonthaburi. The study was a qualitative research and the research participants were 6 English teachers from 3 elementary schools in Nonthaburi province, selected by purposive sampling technique. The research instruments were observation form, the qualitative field notes, situational judgement tests, lesson plan evaluation form and the interview form. Data will be collected through pre and posttest, interviews, video recordings, observations and documents through 3 processes of lesson study which were (1) planning the lesson, (2) teaching and observing the lesson and (3) reflecting the lesson on its effect. The data analyzed using content analysis. The findings from this research include a discussion of the elements contained in lesson study and the guidance for the implementation of best practice that may be beneficial to incorporate into continuing professional teacher development programs; however teachers need to adapt it to actual contexts to achieve instructional development.

Matti Koivisto of University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Topic: Experiences on the performance-based funding of the universities of applied sciences in Finland

Abstract: The Ministry of Education and Culture administers 23 universities of applied sciences (UASs) in Finland. Since 1994, the Ministry has developed performance-based funding and steering methods to achieve its aims to enhance quality and performance of the UASs. In this paper, the outcomes of the performance-based policies are discussed. The analysis are based on annually collected performance indicators for all Finnish UASs.

The findings of the study suggest that performance-based funding has significantly increased efficiency of the UASs in Finland. According to Ministry’s statistics, the share of students gaining 55 ECTS per year has gone up from 35 percent in 2005 to 62 percent in 2016. Similarly, the number of students getting a degree after four years has increased more than 10 per cent during the same period.

Although the results are encouraging, the current performance-based funding has also received some criticism. The current funding model concentrates heavily on efficiency. This has obviously raised concerns over quality of education. To address these worries the Ministry has introduced some satisfaction and quality related metrics (e.g. student satisfaction and employment) to model. Unfortunately, the data related to these metrics has been collected only for the last six or seven years and the data collection methods have also changed during that time. Although the current data has its limitations, the early findings are indicating that efficiency increase has not had negative effect on student satisfaction or employment. However, further studies and data over a longer period are still needed before any final conclusions can be made.

Keywords: University Funding, Performance Evaluation, Efficiency

Kubra Aksoy of Department of Foreign Language Education, Gaziantep- Turkey

Topic: Designing a new environment and a new technique substantiated with authentic and visual materials in teaching English vocabulary to children with Autism

Abstract: Communication and learning problems occurs very early in development and serves many functions for the young autistic child. It has been implicated in the development of social, cognitive, and language skills. A substantial number of children with autism fail to develop these important skill and therefore experimenters with both developmental and behavior analytic perspectives have researched methods to teach with the help of visuals, videos and authentic materials in learning environment. The purpose of this case study was to extend the analysis of typical development of social and communicative skills to the teaching of English with the help of visual, authentic materials and videos to the children with autism. Data from case study of four children with autism are provided.

Keywords: Autism, Learning Problem, Communication, Visual Help, Authentic Materials

Dr. Sresha Yadav of Faculty of Communication Skills, IIIT-Nr, International Institute of Information Technology, Naya Raipur, India, Naya Raipur, India

Topic: Impact of Perceived Stress on General Health: A Study on Engineering Students

Abstract: In today’s competitive world, individuals have to undergo varied stressful situations right from their adolescence to old age. Students who are pursuing their higher education cannot keep themselves away from the inevitable and inescapable wrath of anxiety and stress, resultant from the demands of the present education system. Thus, the present research aims to examine the relationships between perceived stress and general health of engineering students. The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS; Cohen et al., 1988), and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ; Goldberg, 1981) was administered on 110 engineering students from two reputed engineering institutions in India, one in Bangalore and the other in Raipur, aged 18 to 22 years.

Analyses of data were performed using Pearson correlation coefficient to identify relationships between perceived stress and general health. General health consists of two factors: sense of accomplishment (SOA) and botheration-free existence (BFE). Results showed that both SOA and BFE are negatively correlated with stress. As perceived stress increases, student’s sense of accomplishment (i.e. their zeal to make an impact) decreases, but this relationship was found to be non-significant. Again, stress was negatively correlated with BFE and this time a significant relationship was found, i.e. as stress increases it induces worry and botheration in students. Further, this means that in these institutions, students’ perceived stress induces negative health conditions in them. However, students who can adopt better coping mechanism would have better general health state.

Keywords: Perceived stress, Coping strategy, General health

Chanawan Inkaew of Faculty of Humanities, English Major, Srinakharinwirot University,Thailand

Topic: A Study of English Oral Communication Strategies Used among Thai EFL Students of Different English Proficiency Levels: A Case Study of First Year English Major Students

Abstract: Being able to communicate effectively is the highest goal of all language learners. Most of people preferred to communicate orally, however, it is not easy for ESL/ EFL students to communicate proficiently (Surbhi, 2015). Therefore, Oral Communication Strategies (OCSs) is brought up to cope with the difficulties. This mix method research aims to investigate OCSs used among Thai EFL students of different English proficiency levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced level, when speaking English in real context. The findings attempted to answer what OCSs Thai EFL students of different levels used, and are there any significant differences of OCSs used among the three levels students, and also between the students in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). The subjects were 89 first year English major students of Srinakharinwirot University which consisted of 70 B.A. students and 19 B.Ed. students. The obtained data were analyzed based on the framework of Communication Strategies proposed by Tarone (1977). The finding indicated that there were significant differences of OCSs used among the different level students. However, the students of different programs did not have differences in the use of the OCSs. It also showed the strategies that are least used by each level of students: Approximation by beginning, Language switch by intermediate and Topic avoidance by advanced. The finding in this study corresponded to the research of Chuanchaisit (2009) which reported that the advanced level students preferred risk taking strategies such as Circumlocution and Clarification request, whereas the beginning level tended to employ Topic avoidance and Body language. The results from this study will provide recommendations for English teaching and learning for communicative competence of EFL/ ESL students.

Keywords: Communication, Oral communication, Communication strategies

Elson Szeto of Education Policy and Leadership,The Education University of Hong Kong,China

Topic: What pedagogies do preservice teachers adopt in integration of social media in teaching?

Abstract: Understandings of social media and its pedagogical potentials remain controversial. Teachers tend to integrate social media in their teaching, which may bring about considerable impacts on their pedagogies in practices. In fact, this is an imperative issue which teacher educators in Hong Kong and those in other places are concerned. This paper reports a multi-case study about preservice teachers’ pedagogies when using social media in teaching. A classification of the social media landscape is called for due to confusion regarding the meanings of such terms as social media, Web 2.0 and user-created content. Two research questions were addressed: (1) What social media did the preservice teachers prefer to use in during their practicums; and (2) what pedagogies did the teachers adopted while involving social media in teaching in the placement schools? A total of 33 preservice teachers (N = 33) from a higher education institution in Hong Kong voluntarily participated in this study after open invitation. YouTube was the most popular standalone social medium and was also used in combination with other social media and non-social media websites to reflect the teachers’ practices in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Despite this, the preservice teachers mostly adopted didactic pedagogy with high frequencies of social media use during teaching practicums. This study contributes the salient understandings of pre-service teachers’ pedagogical orientations in using social media. Implications for teacher education are discussed.


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