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Barry, Margot; Egan, Arlene – International Review of Education, 2018
Adult learners are attracted to learning opportunities (e.g. course offers) which seem promising in terms of allowing them to match their choices to their own perceived predispositions. To find out more about their personal learning style, some adult learners may fill in a questionnaire designed by researchers who aim (and claim) to enable both…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Cognitive Style, Adult Education, Interest Research
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Wolde, Bernabas; Lal, Pankaj; Burli, Pralhad; Iranah, Pricila; Munsell, John; Gan, Jianbang; Taylor, Eric – Journal of Extension, 2018
For various, largely unknown reasons, decision makers do not have equal interest in all Extension and outreach topics pertinent to a particular concept. This situation hampers Extension's ability to effectively deliver information and efficiently allocate limited resources. Using survey data, we identified heterogeneous preference for various…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Outreach Programs, Audience Awareness, Audience Analysis
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Savolainen, Reijo – Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 2016
Introduction: The article contributes to conceptual studies of information behaviour research by examining the conceptualisations of information seeking and related terms such as information search and browsing. Method: The study builds on Bates' integrated model of information seeking and searching, originally presented in 2002. The model was…
Descriptors: Information Seeking, Incidental Learning, Literature Reviews, Information Sources
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Ardoin, Nicole M.; Clark, Charlotte R.; Wojcik, Deborah J. – Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2016
Environmental education (EE) researchers hail from diverse disciplines and sociocultural contexts, work in a range of settings, and envision various outcomes. Desiring to better understand their backgrounds, interests, and aspirations for the field, we surveyed EE researchers to explore their theoretical and educational influences and what they…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Sociocultural Patterns
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Elliott, Marquita; Rhoades, Nicole; Jackson, Christina M.; Mandernach, B. Jean – Journal of Educators Online, 2015
The increasing prevalence of online courses mandates an examination of the similarities--and differences--in the faculty training and development needs of those teaching online. With institutions facing increasingly limited resources, there is a need to prioritize faculty development initiatives that will encourage faculty participation. An…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Needs, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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Lin, Yi-Chun; Hsieh, Ya-Hui; Hou, Huei-Tse – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2015
The development of a usability evaluation method for educational systems or applications, called the self-report-based sequential analysis, is described herein. The method aims to extend the current practice by proposing self-report-based sequential analysis as a new usability method, which integrates the advantages of self-report in survey…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Educational Technology, Sequential Approach
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Chen, Su-Yen; Fang, Sheng-Ping – Reading Improvement, 2014
This study expanded the definition of reading practices to include both print- and Internet-based reading, and examined the relationship of reading profiles to Taiwanese college students' performance on various practices. The results showed that more time was spent on Internet-than print-based extracurricular reading, and that the three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Reading Habits, Educational Practices
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Coffey, Urszula; Ashford-Rowe, Kevin – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2014
The potential of ePortfolios for both students and staff has generated considerable interest and investment by universities over the past ten years or so within Australia. Despite funded projects, ePortfolio specific conferences and a range of commercial and open software, there is not wide spread uptake of ePortfolios, although many universities…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Foreign Countries, Universities
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Demirdogen, Betul; Cakmakci, Gultekin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
This study investigates Turkish students' (age 15 or older) interest in chemistry by analysing 1027 of their self-generated chemistry-related questions, which had been submitted to a popular science magazine. These questions were classified based on the field of interest, the cognitive level of the question, and the stimulating impetus for asking…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Chemistry, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Patall, Erika A. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2013
Psychological research and theory have traditionally suggested that opportunities for choosing will lead to motivation and performance benefits. However, evidence on choice effects has not been ubiquitously positive, and recent investigations have revealed factors that diminish or reverse the effects of choosing. This investigation sought to…
Descriptors: Interest Research, Student Empowerment, Reading Comprehension, College Students
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Raty, Hannu – Educational Studies, 2013
The study explored Finnish parents' intention in making school choices and the relationship of those intentions to demographic and attitudinal factors. It was found that the great majority of parents had not seriously considered choosing a school other than the neighbouring one. Parents living in urban areas, or those supporting a selective…
Descriptors: Intention, Foreign Countries, School Choice, Parent Attitudes
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Mikkonen, Johanna; Ruohoniemi, Mirja; Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari – Studies in Higher Education, 2013
In this study, 28 university students from two different fields--the humanities and veterinary medicine--were interviewed. The aim was to explore the role of individual interest and future goals during the first two years of university study through retrospective interviews. The results showed that, while support from the learning environment was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Interviews, Humanities
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Boyland, Lori – Planning and Changing, 2013
Due to an aging population of currently practicing superintendents, research predicts a large turnover in public school superintendent positions in this decade. Questions exist regarding whether there are sufficient numbers of potential superintendent candidates in training to fill these positions. Although principals have been recognized as a…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Public Schools
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Dan, Yongjun; Wei, Tianlan; Zhao, Wenjun – Journal of International Social Studies, 2013
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a History Interest Inventory (HII) to measure Chinese K-12 students' history interest. In this study, data were drawn from two independent samples of a city in Eastern China, and exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were conducted to reduce instrument size…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Interest Research, Interest Inventories
Schehl, Jeanne M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Research about motivation indicates that a student's attention must be gained and sustained for learning to occur. As a result, motivational tactics, including adding interesting words, sounds and visuals to instructional materials, are commonly used by designers of instruction to trigger and sustain learners' interest and engagement…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Student Interests, Learner Engagement
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