Research Papers/Topics in Adult Education

Knowledge Sharing and Reflective Practice Among ESP Instructors of Allied Medical Sciences

AbstractKnowledge  sharing  and  reflective  thinking  are  two  key  issues  in  any educational  system.  The  present  study  examined  the  willingness  of  instructors  of English  for  the  students  of  allied  medical  sciences  to  share  knowledge  and  think reflectively and  investigated their  relu...

Collaborative Climate and Knowledge Sharing among ESP Teachers: A Mixed Method Study

Research on teacher collaboration emphasizes the key role of collaborative culture for teachers’ functioning;  however,  there  is  little  empirical  evidence  to  investigate  its  relationship  with knowledge  sharing  among  university  ESP  teachers.  In  the  present  study,  the  relationship between EFL teachers’ collaborative climate and knowledge sharing w...

CT for Enhancing Early Grade Literacy and Numeracy in Nyarugusu Refugees Camp, Kigoma Tanzania: Teachers‟ Experience on Blended Professional Development

Abstract The paper addresses the professional learning opportunities and challenges of early grade teachers during the implementation of the site based training. The training is one of the project activities about ICT for Enhancing Early Grade Literacy and Numeracy in Nyarugusu refugee camp. The project brings out the innovations by transforming the pedagogical approaches into digital content based learning where three ICT model classrooms, an android Classroom Learning Management Syst...

Contributions Of The Acquired Literacy And Numeracy Education Support (Lanes) Professional Development Skills On Enhancing Literacy Skills To Std I And Ii Pupils In Tanzania

Abstract The study investigated the contribution of learned literacy and numeracy Education Support Programme (LANES) Teacher Professional Skills on Enhancing STD I and II Pupils' Literacy Skills in Tanzania. Andragogy Learning Theory guided the study in order to understand the impact of learned LANES teacher professional skills on enhancing STD I and II pupils' literacy skills specifically the extent to which the learned LANES professional skills enhanced children’s reading and writi...

Problems Encountered By Married Female B.Ed Part Time Students In Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto

ABSTRACTThis paper investigated the challenges or constraints of women in continuing higher education programme with particular focus on the B.Ed part-time programme of the usman danfodiyo university sokoto. A simple survey research design was employed to explore the issue. A 4 item questionnaire supplemented with oral interview sessions provided the data used for the study. The study involved 150 randomly selected women in B.Ed part-time programme of the usman danfod...

EAP instructors’ professional development and their knowledge sharing: A case of nursing courses

Background: It has been agreed upon by educators and scholars that one of the key successes in any educational setting is promoting the professional  development  of  teachers.  Having  this  in  mind,  the researchers  of  the  present  study  investigated  nursing  English  for academic purposes (EAP) and instructors’ perceptions of knowledge sharing. In addition, they sought whether EAP instructors’ perceptions of knowledge sharing would predict their professional...

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...


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