Research Papers/Topics in Adult Education

Knowledge sharing through WhatsApp: does it promote EFL teachers ’ reflective practice?

Purpose – Reflective practice can greatly improve teachers’ professional development, and various studies have  demonstrated  that  teachers’  knowledge  sharing  has  a  positive  impact  on  their  reflection. Accordingly, the present study was conducted to examine the effect of knowledge sharing in a popular online forum –WhatsApp – on English as foreign language (EFL) teachers’ reflective practice. It was also aimed to probe the challenges the teachers faced to...

Where Indigenous Knowledge is Beyond Modernity: An Experience From the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Traditional Adult Education Practices, Ethiopia

This research paper is intended to assess Indigenous/Traditional Church Education Practices and their Implications on Modern Education. The research attempts to evaluate the unique features of indigenous/traditional Orthodox Church education in light of modern education, the teaching and learning methods in the traditional schools of the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC). Ethiopian Orthodox Church school’s curriculum and its ways of provision, assessment, code of conduct, methodology ...

Developing and validating a metacognitive writing questionnaire for EFL learners

In  an  attempt  to  develop  a  metacognitive  writing  questionnaire,  Farahian  (2015) conducted  a  study  which  was  based  on  the  results  obtained  from  a  semi-structured interview (Maftoon, Birjandi & Farahian, 2014). After running various exploratory factor analyses  (EFA)  to  validate  the questionnaire  two  general  s...

Iranian EFL University Lecturers’ and Learners’ Attitude towards Using First Language as a Scaffolding Tool in Reading Comprehension

The role of EFL lecturers’ first language (L1) in the EFL courses has been an ongoing debate. A monolingual  approach to  EFL suggests  that the use of the target  language solely in foreign  language  (FL)  classroom  improves  learning  of  the  target  language.  Accordingly,  the purpose of the present study was to investigate the attitude of Iranian lecturers and EFL learners towards  us...

A Case Study of an EFL Teacher's Types of Questions: An Investigation into Classroom Interaction

Types of teachers’ questions play an important role in teaching since they affect students’ participation in the process of negotiation of meaning. Therefore, in the present study, an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher’s questions along with the students’ responses to his questions were classified. A structured interview was also employed in the study. It was found that the number of coded/display and yes/no questions exceeded open/referential questions. Although the use o...

The impact of portfolio on EFL learners’ metacognition and writing performance

The present study seeks to investigate the role of portfolios in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writers’ metacognition as well as their writing skill. Therefore, the participants were assigned to two groups (experimental and control). The students in both groups received a writing test, a researcher-made Metacognitive Writing Questionnaire (MWQ), and a students’ attitude questionnaire for pre- and post-test. The experiment group was provided with specific gui...

Metacognitive awareness of skilled and less-skilled EFL writers

The present study sought the differences between more and less proficient EFL (English as a Foreign Language) writers regarding their metacognitive awareness of writing (MAW). We also examined the relationship between MAW and EFL writing success. We used a validated MAW questionnaire for a comprehensive evaluation of the writers ’ metacognitive awareness. The results demonstrated that skillful EFL writers benefit from higher metacognitive awareness. Furthermore, we ...

Processing Instruction Revisited: Does it Lead to Superior Performance in Interpretation and Production?

There have been plenty of research studies which have demonstrated the efficacy of focus on form (FonF) approach in language teaching. However, processing instruction as a kind of FonF approach has not been given due attention. As such, the present study is an attempt to shed more lights upon the effects of the processing instruction (PI) on EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners’ acquisition of passive voice by comparing PI to dictogloss and an output instruction. The participant...

Nursing students’ information-seeking behavior in English for specific purpose (ESP) courses: Do quality of education and reflective practice matter?

Background: Quality of education plays a key role in the development of education. Having this perspective in mind, the researchers explored the quality of English for specific purpose (ESP) courses from ESP instructors’ point of views and investigated the role of quality of education of ESP courses in information-seeking behavior of the students. They also probed the possible relationship between ESP instructors’ reflective practice and quality of ESP courses.Methods: Seventy-nine...

An investigation into EFL learners reflection in writing and the inhibitors to their reflection

 The present study explored Iranian EFL (English as Foreign Language) learners’ reflective writing and the inhibitors which are a deterrent to write reflectively. The participants consisted of both students and teachers. A researcher-made questionnaire probed the EFL learners’ reflection in writing. The essays produced by the learners were also evaluated to consolidate the findings of the survey. In the second phase of the study, we examined both students’ and t...

Plagiarism in theses: A nationwide concern from the perspective of university instructors

Since the advent of the Internet, university students have had access to countless books and articles which had been a great asset for both students and research communities around the world. However, due to various factors, plagiarism which means, according to Cambridge Dictionary, using another person’s ideas or work and pretending that it is your own has been a widespread problem in academic writing since then. In this regard, many scholars in many diff...

Assessing EFL learners writing metacognitive awareness

Research on metacognition in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing is heavily dependent on a valid measure to assess metacognitive ability. Since there is no report of a validated domain -specific measure of metacognitive awareness of foreign language (FL) writing this study made an attempt to develop and validate a metacognitive awareness writing questionnaire (MAWQ). In order to construct the questionnaire, an interview with 59 EFL learners was conducted. Based on ...

A COMPENDIUM OF SOCIAL STUDIES: INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY: A REVIEW

This paper presents a compendium of the influence of Social Studies on society. It provides a review of the impacts of Social Studies education in Nigeria. It stresses that Social Studies is the education that distinctively addresses societal issues affecting various strata of the society. The question that guides the study is: Does Social Studies education have any relevance to the Nigeria society? It seeks to determine whether Social Studies can be used to solve societal problems....

INCLUSIVE LOWER PRIMARY EDUCATION: PARENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS

The education given at lower primary classes (Primary I to III), for instance, meant to monitor and enhance the holistic development of the pupils, however, education at this level in Nigeria generally, and particularly, at Ifako-Ijaye Local Government area of Lagos State has not enjoyed the implementation of inclusive system. Several reasons have been deduced for the poor implementation, some of which are lack of resources and poor parental cooperation. Research studies have been carrie...

Educational Pathways to Remote Employment in Isolated Communities

Those who live in isolated communities often lack reliable, skilled employment opportunities, which fundamentally undermines their human security. For individuals who wish to remain in their isolated communities for family, religious, philosophical or other reasons, their attachment to their communities creates a disincentive for higher education. This promotes low educational achievement, which in turn results in low socioeconomic status, lack of social mobility, and a generational cycle of ...


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