Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1964

ERR Articles

Expectation returns and households’ decision in the schooling of their children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

April 2017

This study aims to study households’ expectations for their children’s academic performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Education has a significant role in increasing the productivity and income level of an individual in a society. Household education, income, distance from school, gender discrimination within household and cost of education can affect parents’ expectations of their children. The...

Author(s): Shahzad KHAN, Puangkaew LURHATHAIOPATH and Shusuke MATSUSHITA

Clusters and factors associated with complementary basic education in Tanzania mainland

April 2017

Complimentary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET) is a community-based programme initiated in 1999 to provide formal education system opportunity to over aged children or children above school age. The COBET program was analyzed using secondary data collected from 21 regions from 2008 to 2012. Cluster analysis was applied to classify the 21 regions in terms of enrolments by cohort, dropouts, gender, and regional per...

Author(s): Paul Edwin, Msengwa S. Amina and Naimani M. Godwin

Investigating the practices of assessment methods in Amharic language writing skill context: The case of selected higher education in Ethiopia

April 2017

This study aims to investigate Ethiopian higher education Amharic language writing skills instructors’ practices of Assessment Methods in writing skill context. It was also intended to look for their viewpoints about the practicality of implementing Assessment Methods in Amharic writing courses. In order to achieve the goals of this study, document analysis such as course outlines and assessment papers, 10...

Author(s): Hailay Tesfay

Evaluation of sport mental toughness and psychological wellbeing in undergraduate student athletes

April 2017

This study aims to evaluate the relationships between sport mental toughness (SMT) and psychological wellbeing (PWB) of undergraduate student athletes. Mental toughness represents the ability of a person to cope with the demands of training and competition, increased determination, focus, confidence, and maintain control under pressure. Mental toughness has been explained as the ability of an athlete to cope with the...

Author(s): Bulent Okan Micoogullari, Ugur Odek and Ozkan Beyaz

Challenges facing Chinese International students studying in the United States

April 2017

Chinese international students often find it challenging to adjust to attending college in the United States (US). There is limited research addressing Chinese international college students’ adjustment in the US. Drawing on what literature exists combined with research addressing Chinese immigrants’ transition and international students’ transition, this article examines strategies to help Chinese...

Author(s): Yuerong Ching, Susan L. Renes, Samantha McMurrow, Joni Simpson and Anthony T. Strange

Place of instructional supervision in enhancing public primary school teachers’ effectiveness

April 2017

The study examined the place of instructional supervision in enhancing teachers’ effectiveness in public primary schools in Ebonyi State. Four research questions were formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consists of all the 462,186 teachers including the headteachers in the 1035 primary schools in the area of study. Stratified...

Author(s): Aja Sunday Nwambam and Prisca Ijeoma Eze

The effect of learning cycle constructivist-based approach on students’ academic achievement and attitude towards chemistry in secondary schools in north-eastern part of Nigeria

April 2017

This study investigated the effect of learning cycle constructivist-based approach on secondary schools students’ academic achievement and their attitude towards chemistry. The design used was a pre-test, post-test non randomized control group quasi experimental research design. The design consisted of two instructional groups (learning cycle group and lecture group), two attitudes (positive and negative) and...

Author(s): Gladys Uzezi Jack

Development of the nonverbal communication skills of school administrators scale (NCSSAS): Validity, reliability and implementation study

April 2017

The main purpose of this study is to develop a scale intended for identifying the school administrators’ nonverbal communication skills, and establish the relationship between the nonverbal communication skills of school administrators and job performance of teachers. The study was conducted in three stages. The first stage involved the creation of a pool of items based on a literature review, and the performance...

Author(s): Tevfık Uzun

Preservice music teachers` perception of their music teachers

April 2017

This research examines preservice music teachers` perception of their music teachers during their schooling. The data for the research were obtained by asking 135 preservice music teachers to fill in the blanks in the sentence ‘my music teacher was like a…, because...’ A content analysis of the data resulted in 80 different metaphors. These metaphors were grouped into eight different categories. The...

Author(s): Nurtug Bariseri Ahmethan and Vahide Bahar Yigit

Comparison of movement notation (Laban) and traditional methodological learning success in teaching folk dances

April 2017

In this research, Movement Notation (Laban) and Traditional Method in Folk dance Teaching were compared in terms of learning success. Movement notation group (n = 14) and Traditional group (n = 14) consisting of students from the S.U. State Conservatory Turkish Folk Dance Department were formed. During the 14 week long study, the symbols of the Movement Notation (Laban) have been taught by exemplifying motifs in Turkish...

Author(s): Dilek Cantekin ElyaÄŸutu and Muhsin Hazar

Comparative review of selected educational policies of 1st and 2nd cycle institutions in Ghana and Burkina Faso, and that of United Kingdom and United States

April 2017

This article examines some selected Educational Policies of First and Second Cycle Institutions in Ghana and Burkina Faso, in comparison with that of the UK and US. The purpose of the study is to itemise the commonalities and differences in Educational Policies of both developed (UK and US) and developing countries (Ghana and Burkina Faso) in order to learn from the developed countries where necessary, and to improve...

Author(s): Asamoah Moses Kumi and Abarichie Adamu Seidu

Students’ abstraction in re-cognizing, building with and constructing a quadrilateral

April 2017

This study aims to implement empirically students’ abstraction with socio-cultural background of Indonesia. Abstraction is an activity that involves a vertical reorganization of previously constructed mathematics into a new mathematical structure. The principal components of the model are three dynamic nested epistemic actions: recognizing, building-with, and constructing. This study identified the abstraction...

Author(s): Mega Teguh Budiarto, Endah Budi Rahaju and Sugi Hartono

Analysis of computer self-efficacy of Turkish undergraduate students in the sport management departments

April 2017

In this study computer self-efficacy of Turkish undergraduate sport management students was investigated. There were a total of 295 sport management students from three universities. Data were collected by survey which was developed by Compeau and Higgins, 1995, translated to Turkish and adapted for students by Aktag, 2013. The results showed that there was a significant positive correlation among students’...

Author(s): DilÅŸad Çoknaz and Işıl AktaÄŸ

Definition of professionalism by different groups of health care students

April 2017

Professionalism is important in all service-providing professions. Professional bodies have extensive rules and regulations creating the foundations of the definition of professionalism, its meaning and these rules have to be followed. In view of this, healthcare students are given intensive training. A prospective study conducted in a District General Hospital, to establish if professionalism was clearly defined. A...

Author(s): George Zafiropoulos

A study on the views of preschool teachers and teacher candidates about the concepts of learning and participation

March 2017

This study was conducted in order to examine the views of preschool teachers and teacher candidates about the concepts of learning and participation, and to explore how they perceive the relationship between the two. The study group comprised of 10 preschool teachers working at formal preschools located in Afyonkarahisar and affiliated with the Ministry of Education, and 10 teacher candidates who were senior students at...

Author(s): Semra Erkan and TuÄŸçe Akyol

The current teacher education programs in Ethiopia: Reflection on practice

March 2017

This study threw light on the current practice of Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Program at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The study focused on the enrolment, graduation and attrition proportion of Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching candidates in the year 2011 and 2015. The 2011 and 2015 academic years have been purposively selected because the in-out-in and in-out training modalities were introduced in these...

Author(s): Geberew Tulu Mekonnen

Improving the achievement of second year natural resource management students of Madawalabu University through cooperative learning

March 2017

The purpose of this action research is to improve the achievement of students in general and, to examine the perception of students and teachers about cooperative learning, to identify major factors affecting the implementation of cooperative learning and to identify the possible strategies used to improve cooperative learning in Madawalabu University, School of Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, particularly...

Author(s): Mohammed Mussa Abdulahi Hakim Hashim and Mohammed Kawo

A comparison of burnout levels of preschool teachers in terms of having integration students in their classes or not

March 2017

The aim of the present study is to compare burnout levels of preschool teachers who have integration students in their classes and those who do not. The sample of the study consists of 185 preschool teachers working in Isparta city and town centers. The data of the study were collected using the Burnout Inventory developed by Maslach and Jackson (1981) and the personal information form designed by the researchers. The...

Author(s): Ümit ÅžAHBAZ and Nazife KOYUTÜRK KOÇER

The pedagogical challenges of English for specific purposes (ESP) teaching at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia

March 2017

The current study explores the challenges faced by English for specific purposes (ESP) program at University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Indonesia. As a part of their commitment to improvement, this university is working to better prepare students for employment so that they may function well in their workplaces.  Currently, many English Department graduates apply and are accepted as ESP teachers. However, their...

Author(s): Dwi Poedjiastutie

Prospective teachers’ lifelong learning tendencies and information literacy self-efficacy

March 2017

The purpose of this study is to determine the correlations between prospective teachers’ lifelong learning tendencies and their information literacy self-efficacy. It is also to find out if such properties differed significantly in terms of gender, grade, computer usage skills, achievement perception, and willingness to pursue an academic career and workplace belief in achievement. Participants in this study were...

Author(s): Melek Demirel and Buket Akkoyunlu

Investigation of critical thinking attitudes and reading habits of teacher candidates

March 2017

This study aims to define reading habits and critical thinking levels of pre-service teachers, who study at departments of classroom and physical education and sports teaching, and presenting the differences between these. The variables of the research were designed in accordance with descriptive research model. In 2016 to 17 academic year fall semester, the universe of the research consists of 250 students. All of...

Author(s): Ali Kizilet

An investigation of lexical progress of teaching foreign languages (TFL) learners in terms of part-of-speech

March 2017

In the related literature, it has been discussed that issues related to foreign language lexicon have been ignored; therefore, a solid theory of foreign language lexicon has not been constructed yet.  In the framework of Turkish as a foreign language, the literature lacks both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. To this end, this longitudinal study tries to find out the lexical progress of learners of Turkish...

Author(s): Arif Çerçi

Collaborative network management for enhancing quality education of primary schools

March 2017

This research aims to study the network and collaborative factors that enhance quality education of primary schools. Different methods were used in this research work: (1) Related approaches, theories, and research literatures and (2) Scholars were interviewed on 871 issues in the form of questionnaire, and the collaborative network factors were verified by 10 experts. Confirmative factor analysis was used for the data...

Author(s): Wisithsak Chaikoed, Chaiyuth Sirisuthi and Kochaporn Numnaphol

The effect of literature on personality development of individuals using some variables

March 2017

The aim of this work is to investigate whether literature has effect on the personality development of individuals or not. This works aims to provide answers to the following research questions: "Does literature have effect on individuals’ general harmony level, their social cohesion levels, personal harmony level, self-actualization level, emotional stability level, neurotic tendencies, psychotic symptoms,...

Author(s): Kasim TatlilioÄŸlu

University students’ subject disposition according to text types

March 2017

The aim of this study is to reveal the subject trends of university students according to species. This is a qualitative study based on document review. The data of the study was obtained from 67 volunteering in-service Turkish teachers’ worksheets. The worksheets were classified according to text types. Text types were determined based on the opinions of three experts in the field. Text types were classified in...

Author(s): Zekerya BATUR

Planetariums as a source of outdoor learning environment

March 2017

The aim of this study is to study the effect of using planetariums as an outdoor learning environment regarding students’ opinions. Therefore, descriptive qualitative research was used. The participants were from a school in Istanbul. Ten students, 4 male and 6 female, participated in a planetarium visit to a museum. The data of the study were obtained in 2016. A survey instrument consisting of 6 open ended...

Author(s): Aksu Seyma and Umdu Topsakal, Ünsal

Analyzing Institutional Evaluation Reports prepared from 2013-2015 by European University Association

March 2017

European University Association is an institution which guides not only European but all universities in their efforts to improve their quality within the context of Bologna Process. In this study Institutional Evaluation Reports prepared by EUA for all higher education institutions that applied to be evaluated between 2013 and 2015 were examined. These evaluations were grouped under six categories namely...

Author(s): Zeynep Bumin Süzen

Analysis of written expression revision skills of the students in faculty of education

March 2017

This study aims to analyze written expression revision skills of students in Turkish Education Department, Education Faculty. This study was done using qualitative research method. The study group of the research consisted of 3rd grade students. The research data were collected by means of document review, a qualitative research technique.  The data in the research were analyzed descriptively; content analysis was...

Author(s): Remzi Can 

Item response theory: A basic concept

March 2017

With the development in computing technology, item response theory (IRT) develops rapidly, and has become a user friendly application in psychometrics world. Limitation in classical theory is one aspect that encourages the use of IRT. In this study, the basic concept of IRT will be discussed. In addition, it will briefly review the ability parameter estimation, particularly maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) and...

Author(s): Jumailiyah Mahmud

The effects of green schooling knowledge level and intensity of parental guidance on the environmental awareness of the early age student

March 2017

This study was conducted to determine the effect of green schooling knowledge and parents guidance on the environmental awareness of the students. This study used a quantitative approach with the ex-post facto method. This study was conducted in Muhammadiyah 41 elementary school in East Jakarta at July to December on the 2nd semester of the academic year of 2014/2015. The data were collected from a sample which...

Author(s): Sihadi Darmo Wihardjo, Sofia Hartati, Yuliani Nurani and Agus Sujarwanta

The problems posed and models employed by primary school teachers in subtraction with fractions

March 2017

Students have difficulties in solving problems of fractions in almost all levels, and in problem posing. Problem posing skills influence the process of development of the behaviors observed at the level of comprehension. That is why it is very crucial for teachers to develop activities for student to have conceptual comprehension of fractions and operations involving fractions. The achievement of such conceptual...

Author(s): Tuba AydoÄŸdu Ä°skenderoÄŸlu

Social problem solving levels of pre-service social studies teachers

February 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine pre-service Social Studies teachers’ social problem solving levels based on different variables. A total of 247 preservice Social Studies teachers (103 females (41.7%) and 144 males (58.3%)) from Erzincan University, Faculty of Education, Department of Social Studies Teaching participated in the study. The descriptive model was used in the study. The Social Problem Solving...

Author(s): Mustafa Ä°çen and Özlem BektaÅŸ ÖztaÅŸkın

Investigation of the relationship between communication skills, social competence and emotion regulation skills of preschool children in Turkey

February 2017

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between communication skills, social competence and emotion regulation skills of preschool children. Children attending public primary schools who were 53 to 80 months old from the middle socio-economic class were chosen randomly from Istanbul City center districts for this study. They were 426 children. The average age of the children was 68.91 months. One of the...

Author(s): A. B. DaÄŸal

A glimpse of challenges and benefits associated with collaborative postgraduate programmes in Sub-Saharan African Universities

February 2017

The paper presents empirical findings on the potential benefits and challenges associated with collaborative postgraduate programs between African universities. It reflects the empirical benefits and challenges towards a collaborative master in the fields of Earth Observation, Geographical Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing. The research applied a combination of approaches that include desktop study,...

Author(s): Mundia Lisho C. 

The problem-based learning process: Reflections of pre-service elementary school teachers

February 2017

This study aims to identify the benefits acquired by third-year pre-service elementary school teachers participating in a problem-based learning process in social studies education, the issues they encountered in that process and those they are likely to encounter, and their feelings about the process. Semi-structured interviews were used as one of the qualitative research methods. During the 2014 to 2015 academic year,...

Author(s): Zeliha Nurdan Baysal

Quality of literature review and discussion of findings in selected papers on integration of ICT in teaching, role of mentors, and teaching science through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

February 2017

The purposes of this study were to examine the extent to which literature was used to discuss findings in selected papers from Zimbabwe Journal, and to compare the quality of reviews in this journal with other international journals. The study was largely qualitative in nature and used convenient sampling. In the study, the Zimbabwe Journal was chosen because of easy access. Three papers were conveniently selected based...

Author(s): Young Mudavanhu

Improving primary students’ mathematical literacy through problem based learning and direct instruction

February 2017

This research was done on primary school students who are able to understand mathematical concepts, but unable to apply them in solving real life problems. Therefore, this study aims to improve primary school students' mathematical literacy through problem-based learning and direct instruction. In addition, the research was conducted to determine whether there are differences in the increase in literacy mathematical...

Author(s): Fery Muhamad Firdaus, Wahyudin and Tatang Herman

Perceptions of teacher candidates about social network usage levels in Turkey

February 2017

This study was conducted to determine the perceptions of the teacher candidates in educational faculties in Turkey about social network usage levels in today’s globalizing world. The study was performed with 4 separate study groups. The first study group consisted of 657 teacher candidates, the second study group consisted of 364 teacher candidates, the third study group consisted of 121 teacher candidates, and...

Author(s): Erol KoçoÄŸlu

Evaluation of the changes in the regulation of secondary education institutions according to teachers’ viewpoints (Turkey)

February 2017

The purpose of this study is to evaluate teachers’ viewpoints about the changes made in the regulation of passing lesson at schools, which became active in 2013 to 2014 academic year. The pass grade applied depends on this regulation, common exams, shortening of the absenteeism durations, and assigning students with performance tasks according to some variables. The development and application of the measurement...

Author(s): Mucahıt Coskun and Erol Sozen

An analysis of students’ self-efficacy and motivation in piano, based on different variables and the reasons for their failure

February 2017

In this study, the self-efficacy and motivation of Zeki Muren Fine Arts High School piano students were examined based on different variables as well as the reasons for their failure. The data on their self-efficacy were obtained through self-efficacy scale of piano performance and the data on their motivation were obtained through motivation scale in piano education. ‘The Questionnaire of Reasons for Failure in...

Author(s): Hatıce Onuray Egılmez and Doruk Engur

An evaluation of the preferences of individuals with severe and multiple disabilities and the teaching of choice-making skills

February 2017

The general purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between direct and indirect preference assessments of individuals with severe and multiple disabilities (SMD) and the relationship between the direct preference assessments (single-stimulus, paired-stimulus, and multiple-stimulus) as applied to individuals with SMD, and to find whether it is effective to teach the skill of choice making among...

Author(s): Müzeyyen ELDENÄ°Z ÇETÄ°N and Pınar ÅžAFAK

Value-based leadership approach: A way for principals to revive the value of values in schools

February 2017

The qualitative research discussed in this article is based on the assumption that school principals as leaders need to establish, develop and maintain a core of shared values in their schools. Our focus is on principals’ current perceptions of values in their schools. This is important because values underpin their decisions and actions and thus influence the members of school organizations. The framework of our...

Author(s): Molly van Niekerk and Johan Botha

An application of fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) for evaluating students' project

February 2017

In recent years, artificial intelligence applications for understanding the human thinking process and transferring it to virtual environments come into prominence. The fuzzy logic which paves the way for modeling human behaviors and expressing even vague concepts mathematically, and is also regarded as an artificial intelligence technique has become one of the most preferred methods in the solution of decision...

Author(s): Ayça ÇEBÄ° and Hasan KARAL

Electronic means of foreign language learning in the system of higher education

February 2017

Integration of information communication technologies, enhancing students’ motivation and adding to personalized learning, into higher education is challenging but beneficial. It is particularly acute in the field of foreign language learning which requires language competence formation along with knowledge of grammar patterns, vocabulary specificity and reproductive skills in listening, reading, speaking and...

Author(s): Frolova Natalia

Understanding the academic procrastination attitude of language learners in Turkish universities

February 2017

The prevalence of academic procrastination has long been the subject of attention among researchers. However, there is still a paucity of studies examining language learners since most of the studies focus on similar participants such as psychology students. The present study was conducted among students trying to learn English in the first year of their university education. 144 male and 169 female students from four...

Author(s): Nilüfer BEKLEYEN

Examining music teachers' self-confidence levels in using information and communication technologies for education based on measurable variables

February 2017

Rapid developments and innovations in technology have impact on individuals. The use of technology for one’s daily life has become a necessity; therefore, the development and popularization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is use as a tool for solving educational problems. Because educational technologies play a major role both in learning and teaching, it is undoubtedly required that music...

Author(s): Deniz Beste Çevik KILIÇ

Effect of phonetic association on lexis learning in natural language context: A comparative study of English, French and Turkish words

January 2017

Mother tongue acquisition starts with words and grammar acquired spontaneously by means of communication, while at school foreign language learning takes place based on grammar. Vocabulary learning is very often neglected or rather it turns into an individual activity. The present study, which is considered to be unique on its own, is to reveal the effect of phonetic association method within the context of natural...

Author(s): Bozavli Ebubekir

Students’ preferences for syntax usage in Turkish language using distributional linguistic theory

January 2017

Communication is one of the most important aspects of social life. Social interactions have increased the necessity for communication and learning of language. Social needs which constitute the main goal of teaching activities fill the gap of learning language. Linguistic surveys have revealed an important finding on educational activities and outputs. One of them is distributional linguistic theory. The purpose of this...

Author(s): Cem Erdem

Actualization of the onion model of reflection in Turkish English Language instructors’ practices: A case study

January 2017

Teachers spend so much time and energy focused on their students’ progress that they often forget to consider their own performances. Self-reflection here is a very valuable tool that helps make the teacher aware of how he/she is teaching, which in turn makes him/her a better teacher. Teaching without reflection is teaching blind-without any knowledge of effectiveness. Therefore, this study aimed at finding the...

Author(s): EKÄ°ZER Feyza Nur and PaÅŸa Tevfik Cephe

Why are manuscripts unacceptable for publication? An analysis of Ethiopian Journal of Education (EJE) rejections

January 2017

This paper discusses reasons why manuscripts are not accepted for publication in Ethiopian Journal of Education (EJE). It intends to promote publication by domestic and/or international authors in EJE by analyzing the reasons for rejection of manuscripts. To gather the relevant data, a total of 101 rejected manuscripts submitted for publication EJE in the years 2008 to 2013 was collected and assessed. Moreover, contents...

Author(s): Berhanu Abera Kibret

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