Teaching and Learning: International Best Practice

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IAP, 2008 - Education - 425 pages
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A volume in Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning Series Editors: Dennis M. McInerney, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Shawn Van Etten, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Our highly interconnected global education environment provides unprecedented opportunities for teaching professionals and educational researchers to share best practice in teaching and learning across international borders and sociocultural frontiers. This volume presents a diverse range of innovative educational best practices from around the world particularly those practices that directly strengthen and enhance student motivation and achievement in a broad range of sociocultural contexts. These practices include: enhancing teaching and learning environments, particularly in relation to provision of high quality infrastructure for 21st Century (digital) learning; designing and managing after-school homework support; recruiting, developing and retaining high-quality teaching staff; promoting international and multicultural awareness through deliberate exposure to varied cultural experiences and perspectives; optimizing the benefit of project work for student academic and social outcomes; designing educational interventions based on self-concept research; and developing an international service learning course for tertiary students. The editors of the present volume have gathered over thirty renowned educators and researchers from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States, to share their experiences in developing best practices in teaching and learning in socioculturally and educationally diverse contexts. These practices, guided and underpinned by cutting edge educational/psychological theories and research, are believed to be adaptable to many diverse educational and sociocultural contexts. The editors invite researchers, professionals, educators, teachers, lecturers, policy-makers, and curriculum developers to think, reflect, and take action on how to utilize the underlying principles of the best practices in the present Volume to their own settings."
 

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Contents

BEST INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING From Theories to Principles to Actions
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BEST PRACTICES FOR OPTIMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT INSTRUCTION AND TEACHER TRAINING
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CONSTRUCTING HIGH QUALITY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR TWENTYFIRST CENTURY LEARNERS A Sociocultural Constructivist P...
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LEARNING THE CRAFT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING FROM WORLDS BEST PRACTICE The Case of Finland
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BEST PRACTICE IN DESIGNING AND MANAGING AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK SUPPORT A Sociocultural Interpretation of Homework and ...
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IMPROVING AMERICAN SCHOOLS Perceptions of Adults and Students
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ATTRACTING TRAINING AND RETAINING HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS The Effect of Initial Teacher Education in Enhancing Student Teacher...
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BEST PRACTICES FOR STUDENT MOTIVATION LEARNING SELFCONCEPT AND SOCIAL PROCESS
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EXPLORING STUDENT LEARNING IN AN INTERNATIONAL SERVICELEARNING COURSE Sociocultural and Transformational Experiences i...
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INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE IN EFFECTIVE EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS Why SelfConcept Matters and Examples From Bullying...
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BEST PRACTICES FOR LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
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LITERACY BEHAVIOR AND AUDITORY PROCESSING Effective Pedagogical Practice That Maximizes Students Behavioral Motivational and Ac...
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HOW DIFFERENT ARE THEY? Students Receiving Learning Assistance in the Classroom in Norwegian Secondary Schools
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IM THE EXPERT NOW Digital Storytelling and Transforming Literacies Among Displaced Children
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THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON STUDENTS CLASSROOM SOCIAL INTERACTIONS Implications for Best Teaching and Learning Practice i...
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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CURIOSITY AND PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS Making History Come Alive
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MAKING CLASSROOM SOCIAL PRACTICES EXPLICIT Developing Motivation Through Participation in Collaborative Leadership Opportunities
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EFFECTIVE PRACTICES IN GROUP PROJECT WORK Exploring the Views of Students and Teachers
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INDEX
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