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Issue 14 - June 2016

Title E-learning in higher education: the analysis of the Irish and Kazakhstan experience
Author - Dariya Abykenova 
Summary - The article describes the results of a PhD research internship at The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The data were gathered as an element of the author’s doctoral research. A series of interviews was carried out with the Institute’s academic and learning support staff. Based on the interviews the experiences of e-learning in the DIT are analyzed here. The highlights of implementing a virtual learning environment and improving the ICT competencies of academic staff, employee’ and students in the Irish higher education are examined in the article. The data analysis suggests certain differences between the Irish and Kazakhstan e-learning systems and possibilities for mutual learning. The main findings are presented and discussed. [read full article]


Title A Comparative Analysis of Inclusive Education Systems in Ireland and Kazakhstan
Author - Saule Aubakirova
Summary - This article was written based on the results of the author's PhD internship at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, in April 2016. The article provides an initial comparative analysis of inclusive education systems in Ireland and Kazakhstan related to special educational needs (SEN). Data were gathered for the Irish context through literature reviews, document analysis, site visits and interviews. Data for the Kazakhstan context were accumulated from relevant legal documentation, practice literature review and interviews. The aspects of inclusive education selected for comparative analysis in this article include: enabling legislation; types of schools; supports provided; training of teachers. [read full article]


Title Measuring students’ abilities to study academic subjects taught in English at postgraduate level in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Author - Artyom Dontsov  
Summary - This article presents the results of research conducted among first-year students enrolled in a two-year, full-time Master's degree programmes at Pavlodar State University, Republic of Kazakhstan. The aim was to evaluate their readiness to study academic subjects taught in English. Based on the analysis of the research results, it was concluded that transition to teaching and learning in English should be carried out in a gradual manner. It is proposed to use Content and Language Integrated Learning as the most appropriate methodology for the identified level. [read full article]


Title Why I don’t weld in a computer laboratory ?
Author - Mark Deegan
Summary - This is a very practical, reflective piece outlining the safety concerns and risks involved in a teaching laboratory where welding skills are taught, relative to the risks involved in a computer laboratory. The author, a computer engineer, walks the reader through a welding laboratory where apprentices are training, itemising and describing each type of industrial-strength grinder and welding apparatus as he goes. He outlines the potential risks to life and limb for the user in each case. The readership for the piece includes teaching staff, students and workplace supervisors.
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Title Examining Best Practice for a Postgraduate Module on Food Entrepreneurship
Author - Kathleen Farrell
Summary- As a lecturer in entrepreneurship education, the challenge of embedding an entrepreneurship mindset in my students is of great interest to me. The literature bears testimony to the fact that the delivery of entrepreneurship education needs to be improved. A traditional lecturing approach is inadequate and there is a call for more creative teaching and a more experiential learning approach. In the words of Plutarch: “Minds are not vessels to be filled, but fires to be ignited.” In this article the author evaluates an existing Masters module on food entrepreneurship in the light of best practice. The approach involved a review of some best practice in the literature and in both EU and national policy documents. The syllabus, teaching methods and assessments on the Masters module in food entrepreneurship were examined. A questionnaire comprising of both closed and open ended questions were administered to a class who had completed the module. [read full article]


Title Cross-cultural differences in the manifestation of emotional states and in the perception of emotional intelligence among Masters students in Kazakhstan and Spain
Author - Olga Kolyukh
Summary - In this research, I have identified similarities and cross-cultural differences of emotions, emotional states and perception of emotional intelligence among Masters students in Kazakhstan and Spain. Research tools used were a standardised psychological colour choice test designed by Luscher and modified by Sobchik, combined with the well-validated Spanish shorter version of the Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) (Femandez – Berrocal, Extremera, & Ramos, 2004). The research was implemented with a sample of Masters students (N = 100) from Pavlodar State University, Kazakhstan, and from the University of Granada, Spain. Results showed similarities with regard to friendliness, trust in others, discomfort, emotional tension and sensitivity, as well as statistically significant differences with regard to motivation, desire to dominate, self-concept, tension, anxiety, emotionality, difficulties in social adaptation, and sociability among the preferences of Masters student which here are considered indicators of emotional intelligence regarding attention, clarity, and repair. Analysis of the results showed a cross-cultural differences in the correlation between attention to one’s own and other people's emotions and emotional states, and the ability to regulate and to change one’s own emotions and emotional states correctly among Masters students in Kazakhstan. Results also show a correlation between knowledge, understanding one’s own emotions and other people's emotional states and the ability to regulate and to change one’s own emotions and emotional states correctly among Masters students in Spain. [read full article]


Title Developing Appropriate Educational Modules Aimed at Industry an example from surveying at Masters level
Author - Audrey Martin
Summary - This paper describes the process from inception to completion of developing academic modules appropriate for upgrading survey professionals engaged in the public sector. It focuses on one such module continuing professional development module in ‘Gravity and Height’ for National Mapping, developed by the Dublin Institute of Technology Spatial Information Sciences Group for the National Mapping Agency, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and staff from similar organisations. [read full article]


Title From Shannon to Dallas: The Final Twenty-one Weeks of JFK’s Presidency narrative and reflection
Author - Brian Murphy
Summary - This article traces the final weeks and days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency from his departure from Shannon Airport on 29 June 1963 to his assassination in Dallas, Texas on 22 November. It argues that this period was among the most action-packed and significant of Kennedy’s presidency as he doggedly pursued a peace strategy. Kennedy had entered office as a convinced Cold Warrior, but the Cuban Missile Crisis had altered his views and persuaded him of the need for peaceful co-existence with the Communist world. In this short twenty-one week period, Kennedy concluded a significant nuclear test ban treaty and extended peace overtures to America’s Cold War opponents. On the domestic front, civil rights and his re-election campaign were central to the President’s busy agenda. [read full article]


Title Enhancement of student skills through authentic learning in a continuously assessed module A Research-in-Progress Report
Author - Vanessa Murphy and Áine Whelan
Summary - This paper describes the initial findings from a redesigned module in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology. An authentic learning environment is provided for the module which allows students to work collaboratively in teams to ensure that critical aspects of industrial quality management systems and validation are fully explored. Module activities support the development of graduate attributes that will assist in preparing students for work as professionals in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The students’ perceptions of their own technical knowledge and skills prior to undertaking the module have been assessed using a survey instrument. The methodology used to re-develop the module and the initial survey results are discussed..[read full article]



 
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