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Shenton, Andrew K.; Nesset, Valerie; Hayter, Susan – Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2008
Although information has become increasingly prevalent in young people's lives, minimal research has addressed children's attitudes to the word itself. This paper scrutinizes questionnaire-based data to explore how 45 eight- to ten-year-old Canadians understood the term. "Information" was often considered to be material that met a need,…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Student Attitudes, Childhood Attitudes, Childhood Interests
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Murphy, Elizabeth; Manzanares, Maria A. Rodriguez – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2008
This paper uses a third-generation Activity Theory perspective to gain insight into the contradictions between the activity systems of the physical and virtual high school classroom from the perspective of teachers who had transitioned from one system to the other. Data collection relied on semi-structured interviews conducted with e-teachers as…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Foreign Countries
Terry, Marion – Educational Research Quarterly, 2008
In 2003, a study of two Canadian adult literacy programs included 37 learners who revealed a variety of reasons for having dropped out of school as teenagers and younger adults. Chief among these were the influences of parents, siblings, and peers both in and out of school. This article considers these research findings, in light of the…
Descriptors: Siblings, Adolescents, Adult Literacy, Parent Influence
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Groen, Janet – Teaching in Higher Education, 2008
Until recently, spirituality within a university setting was associated with religious studies faculties. Today, it has spilled over into other faculties, such as nursing, business, social work and education. Conferences, research and courses within these professional faculties are increasing as professors and students seek to make meaningful…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Graduate Study, Education Courses, Religious Factors
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Baines, Donna – Social Work, 2008
Since the introduction of the first neoliberal budgets in the mid-1980s, Canadian social service workers have had ample reason to resist changes in their work lives. Drawing on literature as well as on themes emerging from an intentionally diverse subset of data collected as part of a multiyear study, this article explores the resistance…
Descriptors: Children, Social Work, Caseworkers, Social Services
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Cherubini, Lorenzo – Professional Educator, 2008
In North American teacher education programs, preservice students typically complete a substantial proportion of time practice teaching in schools, experiencing the extent to which professional school communities of inquiry contribute toward improving teaching and learning. Although there is extensive research about the experiences of new…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Student Teaching
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Lewthwaite, Brian Ellis – Research in Science Education, 2008
This research inquiry investigates the factors influencing chemistry teacher candidates' development during their extended practica in the second and final year of an After-Degree Bachelor of Education at a university in central Canada. A variety of data sources are used to identify the risk and protective factors impeding and contributing to the…
Descriptors: Practicums, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education
Westheimer, Joel – Education Canada, 2008
If students from a totalitarian nation were secretly transported to a Canadian classroom to continue their lessons with new teachers and a new curriculum, would they be able to tell the difference? Both classes might engage students in volunteer activities in the community--picking up litter from a nearby park, or helping out at a busy…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Democracy, Citizenship Education, Educational Change
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Kanuka, Heather; Jugdev, Kam; Heller, Robert; West, Dan – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2008
The purpose of this exploratory study was to gain a better understanding of how to provide learning opportunities to improve teaching practices for the increasing numbers of academics who are choosing to work online from remote offices, sometimes called e-academics, remote workers, or teleworkers. The objectives of the study were twofold: (1) to…
Descriptors: Teleworking, Distance Education, Teacher Improvement, College Faculty
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Klassen, Robert M.; Chong, Wan Har; Huan, Vivien S.; Wong, Isabella; Kates, Allison; Hannok, Wanwisa – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2008
A mixed methods approach was used to explore secondary teachers' motivation beliefs in Canada and Singapore. Results from Study 1 revealed that socio-economic status (SES) was the strongest predictor of school climate in Canada, and that collective efficacy mediated the effect of SES on school climate in Singapore, but not in Canada. In Study 2,…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Behavior Problems, Socioeconomic Status, Teacher Motivation
Alberta Education, 2007
This document is intended to assist charter schools in providing accommodations for students with exceptional needs, while acknowledging the importance of the charter approved by the Minister, local autonomy, flexibility and choice. This document is organized into the following four areas: (1) Access to Accommodations (the provision of…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Student Needs
Alberta Education, 2007
Young people entering post-secondary institutions or seeking employment generally require senior high school diplomas. There are few jobs available that do not require advanced levels of many kinds of literacy and most employers will consider only those applicants who have completed senior high school, even for entry-level positions. When English…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, High Schools, Speech Communication, Second Languages
Alberta Education, 2007
This document is intended for classroom teachers, resource personnel, administrators and parents. It is one of a series of documents developed to facilitate programming for students in grades 1 to 12 who have special education needs. The six essential components listed in this document are contained in "Standards for Special Education,…
Descriptors: Special Programs, Partial Hearing, Deafness, Programming
Alberta Education, 2007
This publication is a legal document that specifies the minimum performance outcomes for student learning within a three-course sequence. These outcomes are defined in terms of the contexts for language learning, the communicative acts that students will engage in and the repertoire needed to carry out these acts. The overarching goal of this…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries
Alberta Education, 2007
Alberta parents enjoy a range of choices for their children's education, including the option of home education. Alberta's "School Act" and its funding guidelines for education recognize the central role of parents in the education of their children. No matter what your decision about educational programming, your ongoing involvement…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Private Schools, Home Schooling, Childhood Interests
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