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Jeanine Treffers-Daller – ELT Journal, 2024
The concept of translanguaging is one of the most successful ones in the recent history of multilingualism research. But what does it really mean? It covers such a wide semantic field that users seem to be free to decide its meaning in whatever way they wish. A key uniting idea of the different approaches is that teachers should 'draw upon' the…
Descriptors: Translation, Multilingualism, Language Research, Semantics
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Moshe Poliak; Rachel Ryskin; Mika Braginsky; Edward Gibson – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2024
Under the noisy-channel framework of language comprehension, comprehenders infer the speaker's intended meaning by integrating the perceived utterance with their knowledge of the language, the world, and the kinds of errors that can occur in communication. Previous research has shown that, when sentences are improbable under the meaning prior…
Descriptors: Russian, Ambiguity (Semantics), Sentence Structure, Inferences
Diane Rak – ProQuest LLC, 2023
Ambiguity is a natural part of language and in studying the comprehension and resolution of ambiguity in a second language (L2), we must consider the influence of the native language. This dissertation examines L2 processing of the lexical semantic ambiguities, homonyms and polysemes. These are words that share the same form but have different…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Semantics, Ambiguity (Semantics), Language Processing
Sean Trott – ProQuest LLC, 2022
Words contain multitudes. This multiplicity of meanings raises two key questions, both of which this thesis attempts to address. First, are word meanings categorical or continuous? The results of Chapters 2-4 support a hybrid model, in which word meanings occupy a continuous state-space (Elman, 2009), which is further discretized along the…
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Semantics), Dictionaries, Vocabulary, Semantics
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Henderson, Michael; Chung, Jennifer; Awdry, Rebecca; Ashford, Cliff; Bryant, Mike; Mundy, Matthew; Ryan, Kris – International Journal for Educational Integrity, 2023
Discussions around assessment integrity often focus on the exam conditions and the motivations and values of those who cheated in comparison with those who did not. We argue that discourse needs to move away from a binary representation of cheating. Instead, we propose that the conversation may be more productive and more impactful by focusing on…
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Assisted Testing, Cheating, Ambiguity (Semantics)
September Hope Cowley – ProQuest LLC, 2024
All communication systems rely on sets of rules that must generally be followed for successful communication to be possible; in the case of human language, these rules are given by the grammar. However, despite these rules, there is considerable variation that has been noted across the grammar. In this dissertation, I explore one understudied…
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Oral Language, Grammar, Syntax
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Green, Larry – Journal of Transformative Education, 2023
A central concern that TL theory approaches but does not fully address is the process whereby an individual generates a more adequate meaning perspective after shedding an outmoded one. This article complements TL theory's account with a phenomenological description of the dangers and opportunities encountered on that quest. It employs the concept…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Learning Processes, Phenomenology, Familiarity
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Anna Marie Bergman; Andrew Kercher; Keith Gallagher; Rina Zazkis – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2024
Definitions are an integral aspect of mathematics. In particular, they form the backbone of deductive reasoning and facilitate precision in mathematical communication. However, when multiple non-equivalent definitions for the same term exist, their ability to serve these purposes can be called into question. While ambiguity can be productive, the…
Descriptors: Definitions, Mathematics, Ambiguity (Semantics), Abstract Reasoning
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Hanne Poelmans; Luciana Sacchetti; Sadia Vancauwenbergh; Stefano Piazza – Quality in Higher Education, 2024
World university rankings have had an impact on academic competition worldwide. The comparability of ranking results depends on how data is collected within each university. When data concepts are interpreted differently, data variety is introduced and ranking results cannot be used in a meaningful manner. In this case study, the effect of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Rating Scales, Institutional Evaluation
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Jackson, Norman V. – Learning Organization, 2021
Purpose: Asking whether we should regard the learning organization as a tautology and, thus, of questionable utility, the purpose of this paper is to assess the ur-definition of the concept furnished by Senge. It seeks to demonstrate, particularly to those unaware of a textual-analytic approach, how claims that have academic authority can have…
Descriptors: Organizational Learning, Definitions, Bias, Ethics
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Milewski, Amanda; Erickson, Ander; Herbst, Patricio – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2021
The concept of teacher noticing has been a powerful methodological tool for understanding teachers' decision-making and professional judgment. In this line of inquiry, researchers usually try to identify elements of classroom practice salient to teachers. Data about teacher noticing and decision making can be collected at scale through the use of…
Descriptors: Ambiguity (Semantics), Mathematics Teachers, Decision Making, Observation
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Jack Dempsey; Anna Tsiola; Kiel Christianson – Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2023
Many psycholinguistic studies examine how people parse sentences in isolation; however, years of work in discourse processing have shown that sentence-level interpretations are influenced at some stage by discourse-level information. Evidence over the past 20 years remains mixed as to the temporal dynamics of such top-down interactions. In…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Psycholinguistics, Sentences, Discourse Analysis
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Goble, Rob; Carr, Edward R.; Anderson, Jon – American Journal of Evaluation, 2023
Complexity and uncertainty are long-standing challenges for global development projects. Coping with both requires flexibility and adaptation, the ability to identify unexpected circumstances, seize opportunities, and respond to threats. Vigilance is critical; it resides within the domains of monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In practice,…
Descriptors: Expectation, Ambiguity (Semantics), Persistence, Planning
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Ilha Villanova, Ana Luisa; Pina e Cunha, Miguel – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2021
We systematically review the concept and main characteristics of everyday creativity. First, we highlight the fact that a comprehensive definition of everyday creativity is still missing. The evidence reveals that the lack of a single approach for assessing everyday creative outcomes has led to an ambiguous understanding of this concept.…
Descriptors: Creativity, Gifted, Definitions, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Amanda Saksida; Alan Langus – Child Development, 2024
The account that word learning starts in earnest during the second year of life, when infants have mastered the disambiguation skills, has recently been challenged by evidence that infants during the first year already know many common words. The preliminary ability to rapidly map and disambiguate linguistic labels was tested in Italian-speaking…
Descriptors: Naming, Infants, Cognitive Mapping, Vocabulary Development
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