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Baroni, Alice; Dooly, Melinda; García, Pilar Garcés; Guth, Sarah; Hauck, Mirjam; Helm, Francesca; Lewis, Tim; Mueller-Hartmann, Andreas; O'Dowd, Robert; Rienties, Bart; Rogaten, Jekaterina – Research-publishing.net, 2019
Students of initial teacher education need to be prepared for the classrooms of tomorrow. Teachers require the necessary skills and competences to teach in culturally diverse contexts, to collaborate across disciplines, and to use technologies in innovative ways; but the Digital Economy and Society Index reports that only 20-25% of students in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy
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Pedro, Ana; Piedade, João; Matos, João Filipe; Pedro, Neuza – International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, 2019
Purpose: The construction of learning scenarios is a way to plan for teaching activities, promoting the development of skills related to problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Using learning scenarios as a lesson planning strategy becomes a powerful tool in initial teacher education. On the one hand, it mobilizes…
Descriptors: Vignettes, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Problem Solving
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Ahern, Aoife; Dominguez, Caroline; McNally, Ciaran; O'Sullivan, John J.; Pedrosa, Daniela – Studies in Higher Education, 2019
Developing optimum solutions to engineering problems typically relies on structured and complex thought processes that require evaluation, interpretation and opinion. Well-developed critical thinking (CT) skills are essential for dealing with the multi-dimensional nature of these problems. CT in an engineering context is well reported in teaching…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Engineering Education, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills
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Costa, Rosalina – Journal of Visual Literacy, 2019
Mobile phones are a characteristic artefact of contemporary societies, transversally present in both public and private spheres, including the students' daily life. This paper showcases an innovative teaching activity that takes advantage of this fact by promoting and valuing the use of smart phones in the university classrooms, specifically when…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Sin, Cristina; Tavares, Orlanda; Amaral, Alberto – Studies in Higher Education, 2019
This study explores Portuguese academics' acceptance of employability as a purpose for higher education further to the Bologna reforms, focusing on their understandings of employability and their teaching practices. The data were gathered through focus groups in which participated around 70 academics from 3 disciplinary areas, belonging to…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices
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Robson, Sue; Almeida, Joana; Schartner, Alina – European Journal of Higher Education, 2018
Internationalization is a key contemporary debate within Higher Education (HE). Many universities worldwide proclaim their "international" status, citing quantitative indicators, particularly international student and staff recruitment and outbound student mobility data to illustrate this. In this paper, we focus on the non-mobile…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Approach, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Pontes, Thiago Bessa; Miranda, Guilhermina Lobato; Celani, Gabriela Caffarena – Education Sciences, 2018
Difficulties in learning computer programming for novices is a subject of abundant scientific literature. These difficulties seem to be accentuated in students whose academic choice is not computation, like architecture students. However, they need to study programming, since it is part of the new academic curricula. The results presented here are…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation
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Costa, Carolina; Alvelos, Helena; Teixeira, Leonor – International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 2018
The Educast is an educational videos' platform that captures simultaneously video and digital support materials. This paper presents a study on the acceptance of Educast, by students, using the Technology Acceptance Model--TAM. The data was collected through a questionnaire applied to 54 students which results were analyzed using descriptive…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Positive Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Torres, Manuel F.; Sousa, Armando J.; Torres, Raquel T. – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2018
Replanning is often used to optimize results of an activity in an ever changing world. To address the challenge of preparing future engineers for success, a special course was created for all engineering freshmen of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, in Portugal. Presented as a case study, this special course underwent a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Case Studies, Teaching Methods
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Valente, Bianor; Maurício, Paulo; Faria, Cláudia – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The present study conceptualized, implemented, and evaluated a specific program, the Live Science program. This program integrated 2 distinct but complementary approaches: participants' immersion in real science contexts and the participation of future teachers in seminars intended to share the immersion experience and to reflect on nature of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scientific Research, Scientific Principles, Faculty Development
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Walkington, Helen; Dyer, Sarah; Solem, Michael; Haigh, Martin; Waddington, Shelagh – Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 2018
A geographical education offers more than skills, subject knowledge and generic attributes. It also develops a set of discipline-specific capabilities that contribute to a graduate's future learning and experience, granting them special ways of thinking for lifelong development and for contributing to the welfare of themselves, their community and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Geography Instruction, Competency Based Education, Discourse Analysis
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Nobre, Ana Maria de Jesus Ferreira – Tuning Journal for Higher Education, 2018
Teaching and learning a foreign language at a distance implies many challenges, namely regarding oral skills. At Universidade Aberta (the Portuguese Open University), and taking into account its virtual pedagogical model (Pereira, 2007) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Alves, 2001), we suggest curricular paths which…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Paiva, R. C.; Ferreira, M. S.; Frade, M. M. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2017
The growth of the higher education population and different school paths to access an academic degree has increased the heterogeneity of students inside the classroom. Consequently, the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods has reduced. This paper describes the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a tutoring system (TS) to…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mastery Learning
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Bahia, Sara; Freire, Isabel P.; Estrela, Maria Teresa; Amaral, Anabela; Espírito Santo, José António – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
There has been an overall change in higher education towards the achievement of outstanding patterns of quality and excellence that assure competitiveness at a global scale. Teachers feel the pressure of official regulations for achieving quality and excellence, based on questionable concepts of quality that do not take into account the experience…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Educational Change, Higher Education, Educational Cooperation
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Oliveira, Luis Bica; Paulino, Nuno; Oliveira, João P.; Santos-Tavares, Rui; Pereira, Nuno; Goes, João – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
The two projects presented in this paper can be used either as two separate assignments in two different semesters or as a final assignment for undergraduate students of electrical engineering. They have two main objectives: first, to teach basic electronic circuit design concepts and, second, to motivate the students to learn more about analog…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Electronics, Telecommunications
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