Eurasia Research Quarterly Newsletter: TERA (October 2019- December 2019)
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
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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 the use of technology
Working towards world peace and community development
Our worthy Keynote speakers open up the conference enlightening participants with their speech. Here is the list of keynote speakers who participated in our conference.
Eurasia Research makes continuous efforts in transforming the lives of people around the world through education, application of research & innovative ideas. In order to Promote Young Researchers, Eurasia Research International conferences, Provides Young Research Scholarship in the form of a full Registration fee waiver to participate in such events. This gives immense encouragement to the researchers who have brilliant ideas to exhibit their research work on the International platform. Eurasia Research aims for promoting research and talent of scholars by giving the scholarship to 5 selected applicants for each conference.
Name of delegate: Meghna Bera
Affiliation: Department of English, Assistant Professor, Christ University, Bengaluru, India
Paper Title: Experiential Learning in Higher Education: A Teacher-Student Collaboration
Abstract: Education for the last few decades has undergone certain major paradigm shifts. The focus on learner-centered processes has ensured that we constantly seek pedagogical interventions that make the learners an active participant in the learning process and not a passive recipient. It is in this space that the present study locates the theory of experiential learning. The paper seeks to elaborate on an experiential learning pedagogy that was used to teach a particular section of a course on English Language Education (ELE) to a group of 60 postgraduate students of English, in a private university in Bangalore, India. The aim of this paper is to present a teacher-student collaborative narrative to understand the ways in which the idea of experiential learning was incorporated into the syllabus of a postgraduate course and its impact on students’ learning. The paper will further elaborate on the theory of experiential learning as applied to the course, the theoretical framework adopted and the manner in which experiential learning was built to teach the student the skills to teach English. It adopts a case study approach as it details the pedagogical interventions from the course tutor’s and the learners’ perspective. The data will be based on written student self-analysis reports of the classes taught by the students and the feedback received. Through the teacher and the student narratives, the paper seeks to posit that experiential learning is a significant and effective pedagogical tool and can successfully be integrated as a part of the syllabus in any skill-based course. It also argues for the need for skill-based, learner-centered pedagogy in higher education with a specific focus on the Indian Higher Education context.
Keywords: Experiential Learning, Pedagogy, Collaboration, Teacher-Student, Learning by Doing.
Name of delegate: Zheng Fan
Affiliation: The College of Social Innovation of Rangsit University, Bangkok, Thailand
Paper Title: A Case Study of Chinese Students’ Perceptions toward Implementing Structured English Immersion in Fundamental English Courses: From DPU-CAIC Undergraduates’ Perspective
Abstract: Based on the immersive bilingual teaching in Quebec, Canada, this study hopes to incorporate structured English immersion teaching into the Chinese college students' fundamental English course with the characteristics of immersive teaching and explore the integration of immersion teaching into basic English courses. This study uses the China-ASEAN International College (CAIC) of Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU) in Thailand as the research target population, and the CAIC freshman to fourth-grade undergraduate students as the research sample, 618 questionnaires were collected and considered valid for data analysis through a mixed-method research approach being undertaken in the process of current research. The research results showed that over half of the participants indicated their positive attitude toward the implementation of structured English Immersion at CAIC fundamental English courses. In addition, another 45 participants were invited for semi-structured interviews to collect qualitative data, and 77.8% of participants accepted the implementation of SEI along with providing the fact that SEI brings more considerable strengths than weaknesses. At last, age, academic level and overseas life experiences of participants in the current study were correlated with SEI both positively and negatively.
Keywords: Structured English Immersion; DPU-CAIC General Education Fundamental English Courses.
Name of delegate: Ynna Marie C. Halili
Affiliation: University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Paper Title: A Proposal to Include Modeled Writing Instruction in Kindergarten Curriculum
Abstract: The K-12 Curriculum in the Philippines from the Department of Education requires every 5 year-old-child to start schooling for them to slowly adjust to formal education. In Kindergarten, students learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, beginning reading and beginning writing through interactive activities using Mother Tongue. The K-12 Curriculum has the ellipses to show interconnectedness in the holistic development of children in which are expected for kindergarteners. The Language, Literacy and Communication domain provides opportunities on early literacy for self-expression through language using the mother tongue or the child's first language. They are expected to develop communicative skills in their first language. They are also expected to develop more positive attitudes toward reading, writing and to view themselves as effective users and learners of the language. A primary goal in schooling is writing. Starting from primary grades up to high school, the students are challenged and expected to learn the “complexity of writing”. Knowing and understanding how the alphabet works, combining letters to form words, constructing sentences and paragraphs, writing and transferring complex texts to attain specific writing goals. The understanding and execution of writing are maybe one of the most challenging (Coker & Ritchey, 2015).
In each, Eurasia International Conference, Best Paper Award is given to Best Researches. In the Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA), the Best paper award is given to the participants with the best scholarly paper submitted and presented at the conference.
Name of delegate: Mervin Osic
Affiliation: Department of Teacher Education, University of Mindanao, Tagum City, Philippines
Paper Title: Teachers’ Competence, Classroom Environment, Learning Style of Students: A Structural Model on Mathematical Ability
Abstract: This study was conducted to develop the best fit model of mathematical ability. Specifically, it established the relationship among teachers’ competence, classroom environment, learning styles, and mathematical ability. Descriptive, correlational and causal-comparative designs were utilized in this study. The data were gathered from the senior high school students of the University of Mindanao Matina Campus, UM Tagum College, UM Digos College, and UM Panabo College. Moreover, sets of adopted survey questionnaires were used as instruments to obtain information from the participants. Mean was used to determine the level of teachers’ competence, classroom environment, learning styles, and mathematical ability. Pearson product-moment correlation was used to find the significance of the relationship between the independent and dependent variables. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify the variables that best predict mathematical ability and likewise, Structural Equation Modeling was used to identify the model that best fits mathematical ability. The findings revealed that the over-all teachers’ competence, classroom environment, and learning styles were high. On the other hand, the students’ mathematical ability level of proficiency is developing. Knowledge of the subject matter, the role of student/peers and reflector learner correlated with mathematical ability. The reflector and activist learner and the role of students/peers found to be significant predictors of mathematical ability. Finally, the best fit model of mathematical ability is best predicted by their learning styles and the classroom environment. The model suggests that that the more structured the learning style coupled with a conducive classroom environment the better the mathematical ability of the students.
Keywords: Mathematics Education, Teachers’ Competence, Classroom Environment, Learning Style, Mathematical Ability
Name of delegate: Ernest Lin Yen-Ting
Affiliation: Ph.D., Candidate of Graduate, School of Education, Peking University, Beijing, China
Paper Title: An Empirical Study on Parents' Choices Apply on Alternative Education: A Case Study of T School in Beijing
Abstract: Since the end of the 20th century, education reform has been carried out all over the world. On the one hand, the system of public school education cannot be recognized and satisfied by parents, and alternative education is one of the replacements. Through ethnographic research, the author participated in school activities, interview parents and micro-school APP interaction simultaneously, and use a snowball sampling method to expand the depth and breadth of interviews. The purpose of this paper is to find out the differences between the school-running visions declared by schools verses the educational choices applied to parents. Try to classify what kind of parents will choose alternative education, and to reflect on the public education reform through their practices.
Keywords: alternative education; educational choices; educational system.
Name of delegate: Enrique Puertas
Affiliation: Science, Computation and Technology, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Paper Title: Learning tool of chemical molecules for healthcare students based on Linked Information Retrieval and 3D
Abstract: Current trends in education are moving toward approaches more focused on students. A transition from traditional learning, where contents are directly transmitted by the teacher, into more active learning activities, is needed in order to help students to develop skills needed for facing issues in real-life scenarios as professionals. In health sciences degrees such as medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, and others, where students have to study chemistry (organic and inorganic), chemical compounds can be studied using text documents such as scientific articles or clinical cases as a context of the use of those compounds. It is important for students to be able to identify and recognize chemical compounds in that literature. Chemical compounds can appear referenced in many different formats: by common names (like “aspirin), by brand names, using identifiers to databases, by the chemical formula, by the International Chemical Identifier (InChI String), and many others. In addition to recognizing the compounds in text documents, it is also necessary that they can study them visually, but it is important for them to do it in a 3-dimensions (3D) space. This is because chemical links are not all in a plane. They form angles that are formed by a balance of forces. This affects how the different chemical compounds interact, so it is important for the students to be able to see them in a three-dimensional space. To help students recognize and study the chemical compounds that appear in biomedical literature, we have developed a tool that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to automatically recognize and extract chemical entities, retrieve information from different sources (in different languages) and renders a 3D model of the molecule. The application has a web interface that allows students to enter and analyze biomedical texts, and study all the different chemical compounds that appear in the text. By clicking on any of the recognized compounds, the software shows relevant information such as a description, scientific literature related to that compound, alternative names, chemical formula, a 2D representation, and an interactive 3D model. We use Natural Language Algorithms for the text processing task, trained with the corpus CHEMDNER (10.000 annotated abstracts from PubMed). After evaluating the system, we achieved 0.94 precision and 0.93 F-score.
Keywords: Project-Based Learning, Chemical compounds, healthcare studies, Natural Language Processing, Linked Open Data.
Name of delegate: Tali Ronen
Affiliation: School of Arts of Dance, Faculty of Arts, Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Paper Title: Promoting Cognitive Abilities through Coordination Exercises
Abstract: The proposed workshop engages in physical practice targeted at improving cognitive skills. The structure of the physical exercises will be explained and then performed by the participants in the purpose of experiencing the complexity and the challenges of the motor execution.
The leading principles of the workshop are based on the Sapir Method, which focuses on the improvement of learning skills, cognitive abilities, and motor abilities. The method has been applied among various populations (learning disabilities, age-related effects, etc.) within a wide range of age groups (children, adolescences, elderly). The Sapir Method is anchored in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) a numerical-graphic language that describes the human movement in space and time. EWMN is used for analyzing different movement disciplines, creating and teaching. EWMN is capable of representing complex movement events, including movements that are performed in simultaneous form. The structure of the notation exposes different movement layers which can be performed separately or simultaneously in varied combinations. This way of thinking and analyzing expresses many coordination possibilities.
The motor practice will focus on the concept of coordination, which includes cognitive processes and motor execution. Coordination is an interaction between each of the central nervous system, skeletal and muscles. Several of coordination structures will be demonstrated – from simple to complex, each of which demands a high level of attention allocation. One of the basic principles that will be emphasized is the creation of new and original movement sequences since automated movements do not lead to further development of coordination.
The workshop is designed for all populations (not only for dancers), thinking that this kind of practice can be meaningful and important to all, therefore no prior knowledge is required. The center of this workshop is the personal experience which is based on the physical practice that could be both frustrating and joyful. Coordinative practice can be used as a bridge between movement and cognition. This is its mystery and its challenge.
Name of delegate: Kadir Ozsoy
Affiliation: Department of English, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
Paper Title: Embracing Native Language in Language Classrooms
Abstract: The use of mother tongue in English Language Teaching history has oscillated back and forth many times depending on the predominant method at the time. As a reaction against Grammar-Translation and Audio-Lingual Methods, dating from the late 1960s the Communicative Approach assumed L1 use was against good teaching practice and should be abandoned completely. Today, however, the debate on the issue of L1 use in language classrooms has been reignited by some authors who support the judicious use of L1 to the benefit of teachers and learners alike. This paper will present the ways in which L1 use could employ in language teaching as another tool to enhance learning.
Keywords: L1 use, language classes, benefits, teachers, learners.
Name of delegate: Debbie Bevitt
Affiliation: School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Paper Title: Online summative exams using type-written essays and bring-your-own-device technology: evaluation of a
two-year pilot study
Abstract: Newcastle University UK has a strong track record of running online summative exams at large scale. In the 2018-19 academic year, 132 summative online exams were completed by a total of 17000 students, within the Blackboard Virtual Learning environment. A two-year pilot project (2017 to 2019) extended the online exams to include new question types, including type-written essays and allowed students to take the exams on their own lap-top computer. The aims of the project were to examine the feasibility of running these types of assessments securely and at scale, and to evaluate the experience of students who took these exams. Methods: The pilot exams were run using Wiseflow software (https://europe.wiseflow.net/). 12 pilot exams were run in Wiseflow in 2018/19, with 1500 participants. Students were given the option to install the software on their own devices, which could be “locked down” to prevent access to other online sites or any other material during the exam. Feedback from students was obtained via online questionnaires taken at the end of the test. Outcomes: In 2018/19 85% of students were satisfied, very satisfied or neutral about their online exam experience. 84% of those who used their own device found this better or no worse than their previous experience using university PCs. 79% of students who completed a type-written exam essay found the experience better or no worse than their experience of handwritten essays. Future scope: The pilot project has been extended by one year, with a view to further roll out from the 2020-21 academic year. Having evaluated the student experience, we are now seeking feedback from academic and professional service staff on the management and marking of these online exams. The ability to set type-written exams with defined access to online resources raises exciting opportunities for innovative assessment in the future.
Keywords: online, assessment, BYOD, exam
Name of delegate: Delia Jadaone
Affiliation: College of Education, San Mateo Municipal College, San Mateo Rizal, Philippines
Paper Title: Disaster Risk Reduction Management of Selected Private Secondary Schools in San Mateo Rizal: Basis for Formulation of Policy
Abstract: The aim of this study is to assess the Disaster Risk Reduction Management of selected private secondary schools in San Mateo Rizal in which the findings will serve as the basis for deducing policy guidelines to improve the disaster risk reduction management of the school respondents. The descriptive method of research was used in this study with the questionnaire as the data gathering instrument. This was validated by experts on the field of Disaster Risk Reduction Management. Total enumeration sampling was utilized in this study. Overall, the extent of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management achieved by various schools in San Mateo Rizal was on a Moderate level; the students, teachers, and administrators assessed the Goals of their schools in terms of DRRM to be in a High level, Guidelines, Integration in the Curriculum, and Implementation as Moderate. The assessments of the respondents on the promulgation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management in schools revealed that the administrators perceived the schools’ DRRM to be at a High level while the teachers and students as Moderate. Although the schools’ administrators set higher goals for the accomplishment of their Disaster Risk Reduction Management plans, the executions had a few flaws and lapses like the inconsistency of implementation of the SDRRM and substantial orientation within the school community, based on the students’ and teachers’ evaluations; the administrators had high confidence in their DRRM plans for the schools, but the teachers and students need to be given more information, insights, and orientation in terms of strategizing the School Disaster Risk Reduction Management plans. Further enhancement of the program may be looked into in terms of guidelines for the Disaster Risk Reduction Management and its integration and implementation in schools; the schools’ administration may strengthen their coordination with the Local Government Unit in order for both parties to share their knowledge and propositions for the improvement of DRRM in the schools and the community, and consistent and regular evaluation of all activities should be achieved.
Keywords: Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Secondary Private Schools, policy guidelines, San Mateo Rizal, Philippines.
Name of delegate: Patricia Fidalgo
Affiliation: Curriculum and Instruction Division, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Paper Title: Perceptions and Practices of Video Conferencing Classrooms
Abstract: The purpose of this poster is to present a research project aimed to explore the perceptions of graduate students and instructors regarding the use of a video conferencing (VC) system recently implemented within an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) in the United Arab Emirates. The study also aims to explore their experiences with video conferencing as a teaching and learning method to understand the strengths and limitations of this method. Study participants will be all instructors and all graduate students who have been involved in teaching and learning in the concurrent video-conferencing classroom since its inception in the 2018/2019 academic year. The data collection methods will be mainly qualitative (in-depth interview with all instructors and focus group interviews with students) and data analysis procedures will adopt a thematic approach to analyze the data and find key themes or categories in the data.
The proposed study is relevant for two reasons. First, research on VC has generated mixed findings regarding its use in higher education, and this requires continuing investigation Second, the deployment of VC in this IHE context is at its early stages and will benefit from a systematic investigation to inform practice and future improvements. Although other educational institutions have used VC in the UAE context, to our knowledge, the results of their experience have not been published. Therefore, the study also has the potential to inform other institutions in the region, incorporating some nuances of the cultural context.
Name of delegate: Bin Zhang
Affiliation: Department of Educational Studies, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Paper Title: Asian American Female Sexual Minorities: An Intersectional Exploration of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Abstract: With a new look on inequality, researchers such as Crenshaw (1989) started to realize that inequality should not be understood just along one dimension such as race or gender during the late 1980s and early 1990s. There is a noticeable lack of discussion on the intersectionality of inequality during this period of time. Ferree (2018) argued that a basic sociological understanding of inequality was not informed by the intersection of race, gender, and class after she and Elanie Hall reviewed the most widely used textbooks in the 1980s. However, Crenshaw (1989) was the important exception who employed intersectionality to inequality in 1989 by giving emphasis to the lived experiences of African American women, which established Black women as prototypical intersectional subjects for the following decades. Although she was not the first person who initially produced the idea of intersectionality, Crenshaw is still widely regarded as the leading scholar who employed the notion of intersectionality in inequalities. For instance, Crenshaw (1989) argued that “single-axis analysis” (i.e., focusing on gender or race only) did not work sufficiently on including multiple marginalized subjects from feminist theory and anti-racist policy discourses scholarship. Because they were critiqued for merely utilizing a single analytical category to understand African American women whereby feminist theory usually gives emphasis to white women, and anti-racist policy discourses discuss racial discrimination from the perceptive of men of color. I would like to quote from Crenshaw’s (2012) words from an interview to explain why single-axis analysis does not work sufficiently:
Intersectionality simply came from the idea that if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you are likely to get hit by both. These women are injured, but when the race ambulance and the gender ambulance arrive at the scene, they see these women of color lying in the intersection and they say, “Well, we can’t figure out if this was just race or just sex discrimination, and unless they can show us which one it was, we can’t help them.
Name of delegate: Rachael Ruegg
Affiliation: School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Paper Title: What effects do pathways into university have on the academic success of international undergraduate students
Abstract: In New Zealand, international students achieve better, on average, than their domestic counterparts. However, as universities work hard to increase the number of international students, increasing numbers of international students who are less well prepared are likely to be accepted. It is therefore important to consider support mechanisms for such students. One issue is that in order to target support to these students, we need to identify groups of students who struggle academically after admission and determine what kinds of support would serve them best.
The purpose of this student was to compare the academic success of students who had entered one New Zealand university at the undergraduate level through all the different admissions pathways. By conducting this first study, we were able to identify which pathways prepared the students better for their undergraduate studies. After identifying one group that significantly underperformed academically compared to all the others, we conducted interviews with students from that group to gain a deeper understanding of the kinds of issues they face after admission to undergraduate studies.
The presentation will begin with an introduction to the educational context in New Zealand. Following this, the presenter will introduce the background and rationale for the study. The research methods and results of the first, quantitative study will be presented, followed by an examination of the findings of the second, qualitative study. The presentation will end with conclusions, implications, and recommendations.
Keywords: International students, Admission, Academic success
Name of delegate: Saralah Devi Mariamdaran Chethiyar
Affiliation: School of Applied Psychology, Social Work and Policy, University Utara Malaysia (UUM), Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
Paper Title: The Effectiveness of Mindfulness to Reduce Aggression among Prison Inmates
Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine the positive effect of mindfulness among female prison inmates who are aggressive. Quantitative Quasi-experimental research methodology was used in this research where the empirical intervention was studied using purposive sampling. The sample consisted of 36 female inmates from one of the prisons in Malaysia state. They were tested for mindfulness techniques and the measures were taken before and after intervention for six weeks. The research was conducted using survey questionnaires. Measurements were made using the “Mindful Attention Awareness Scale” for the measurement of mindfulness. Aggression questionnaire developed by Buss & Perry was used to measure aggression of inmates in terms of Physical Aggression (PA), Verbal Aggression (VA), Anger (A) and H (Hostility). The data collected were analyzed with SPSS version 25. The findings indicate that there is a correlation between mindfulness and aggression. The study also indicates that those who had practiced mindfulness showed less aggression.
Keywords: Mindfulness, Aggression, Inmates, Correctional Malaysia)
Name of delegate: Yansen Rayadi
Affiliation: Sampoerna University, Indonesia
Paper Title: Schoology in the Eyes of Sampoerna University Students
Abstract: The utilization of technology in postsecondary education is inevitable. The 21st-century education requires college students to actively collaborate with other learners yet engage with technology to create a more attractive and effective learning environment. Schoology is one of the platforms that enable users to create, manage, and share learning materials. Thus, this paper discusses the utilization of Schoology in Sampoerna University, which focuses on identifying (1) the way Schoology supports Sampoerna University students in achieving the learning goals, (2) the features of Learning Management System that bring positive impacts to the students, and (3) the viable improvements in the Schoology's features to boost student performance and stimulate collaboration. The study employs a quantitative method, which gathers the response from the direct users, to answer the research questions.
Keywords: Schoology, technology, Learning Management System, online learning platform, Sampoerna University
Name of delegate: Monica Jan
Affiliation: Academy of English, Federation University at IIBIT Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Paper Title: English Immersion Children Perception of their Reading Competence in Chinese and English: A Comparative
Study of Bilingual And Regular Chinese Programs
Abstract: The evidence with respect to the first language (L1) reading competence of the second language (L2) immersion students in comparison to their peers in the regular L1 programs at Grade 1 to Grade 3 are inconclusive. The purpose of this research was to provide in-depth insights into the English immersion children’s perception of their Chinese (L1) and English (L2) reading competence through their self-reflection on their reading ability in both languages. Previous research (Mathewson, 1994; McKenna, 1994; Petscher, 2010; Russ, 1989) has indicated that attitudes play an important role in moderating a reader’s motivation and intention to read and consequently impact on his/her reading achievement. A total of 24 Grade 1 – 3 children (ages ranged from 6-9 years old); 12 children studied in the Regular Chinese program and the rest of them studied in the Chinese-English bilingual primary schools, participated in reading aloud in both languages. After the reading renditions, they were interviewed about their thoughts and strategies used in the reading process. The results suggest that all the children in the regular Chinese programs regarded their Chinese reading ability was superior to their English reading ability. A similar statement was also reported by 9 of the 12 bilingual children. Similar reading strategies were reported to be used in the reading process amongst the children at each grade level in both programs.
Keywords: Second language immersion, Bilingual program, first language reading ability, second language reading, reading strategy
Name of delegate: Zainnur Wijayanto
Affiliation: Mathematics Education, Universitas Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Paper Title: Mathematics Learning Profile of Junior High School in Yogyakarta
Abstract: The driving factors of the success of mathematics learning include models, media and learning resources. They need to be adjusted to the instructional objective of learning mathematics, which facilitates students to have the ability to reasoning, problem-solving, mathematical communication, mathematical connections, mathematical literacy, and mathematical representation. A number of obstacles experienced by teachers and students in learning indicate that the learning of mathematics has not been quite successful, as occurred in mathematics learning in junior high schools in Yogyakarta Special Province (DIY). This study aims to analyze the mathematics learning profile of the junior high schools in DIY, as well as solutions to the obstacles faced in learning mathematics which were then developed into good mathematics learning in accordance with the development of science and technology.
Keywords: Mathematics learning, instructional objectives, science and technology
Name of delegate: Nur Aziela Aidit
Affiliation: School of Foundation Studies, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Paper Title: Kahoot!: Does it really engage and promote active learning in the ESL classroom
Abstract: Technological advancement and its continuous progress have transformed how activities are performed on a daily basis, especially learning. This shift has helped in the emergence of ‘games generation’ who process the information differently and the current teaching system that happens in the classroom seems to be less effective in catering to their needs. To bridge the gap, one of the most noteworthy trends in this particular challenge is the concept of gamification which attempts to augment the traditional classroom experience by infusing it with game-like elements like Kahoot!. Thus, it is viable to explore the role and impacts of Kahoot! towards student engagement as well as its influence on their learning at the tertiary level. The sample involved thirty first-semester Foundation students at the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. The data were collected by using a quantitative method. Although there has been some research on the effectiveness of Kahoot! in promoting student engagement and motivation, most of it didn’t focus on low proficient students at the tertiary level in the Malaysian setting. Thus, by focusing on the impacts of Kahoot! towards student engagement and learning, it is hoped that it will provide a genuine understanding of the effectiveness of this new pedagogical practice to support successful second language acquisition among these students to ensure they will be able to achieve communicative competence before proceeding to the higher level of education. This would also be beneficial for ESL teachers inside and outside Malaysia to develop appropriate teaching material which will be supplemented by the use of Kahoot! to engage and promote active learning among the lower proficiency of ESL learners.
Keywords: Gamification, Kahoot!, second language learning, student engagement
Name of delegate: Alykhan Dhanani
Affiliation: Institute of Education London, UCL, ITREB for Tanzania, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania
Paper Title: Role of ICT in Education
Abstract: It is a well-known fact that technology and electronic devices play a huge role in the globe today. Due to these advances in technology, the world is gradually becoming frontier-less and thus becoming a small village through digital media. The Internet and the use of smart devices are now a trend in modernizing human culture and thus being part of the totality of ways of human life.
As education is part of a society and plays a great role in shaping an individual, this research study aimed at exploring the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in an education setting in Tanzania. The study explored how the inclusion of ICT played a role in facilitating the teaching and learning process in the education system. This research was taken in the form of qualitative action research, looking at a simple-everyday used application ‘a search engine’ as a tool to facilitate learning as a case. It recorded students’ and teachers’ perspectives on the effect of the use of technology in class. In its findings, the study unveiled that a tool like search engines as well as the general use of technology-supported and built on various education theories such as constructivism, critical thinking, active learning, and differentiation.
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