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Faculty of Education, University of City Island, Gazimagusa 99450, Cyprus
Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri (STAIN) Sorong, Papua Barat 98414, Indonesia
Dr. Oytun Sozudogru
English Language Teaching, University of City Island, Famagusta 99450, Cyprus
Department of Public Administration, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidenreng Rappang, South Sulawesi 91651, Indonesia

Education and Learning in the Context of the New Normal: Sustainable Development and the Path to Sustainability

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Dear Colleagues,

The emergence and outbreak of COVID-19 has caused huge changes for everything in the world. With the conditions it created, people were forced to change their way of life from the old to the new and, over time, this new way was normalized, and called the new normal.

Like everything else, the teaching and learning process was greatly affected. Schools needed to take a break for some time, and eventually shifted their teaching style from physical classes to online classes. Under the new norm, online learning has been normalized and accepted as on par with physical classroom learning. On the one hand, it increases the ease of accessibility, the cost of management, and wider educational opportunities. On the other hand, it has been argued that the conditions of access to this form of education may impede those who do not have access to technology and the Internet. Moreover, there are widespread questions about whether the quality of this type of education is better or worse than the previous model.

Therefore, this topic provides a space for scholars, researchers, and educators around the world to come together and share their empirical research results in their countries and/or regions. The area of interest for this topic covers all aspects of educational management, from relevant policies, curriculum development, teaching and learning management, measurement and evaluation, and developments towards sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Kittisak Jermsittiparsert
Dr. Ismail Suardi Wekke
Dr. Oytun Sozudogru
Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmad
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Keywords

  • educational administration
  • educational policy
  • curriculum development
  • teaching and learning management
  • measurement and evaluation
  • sustainable development
  • COVID-19

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Behavioral Sciences
behavsci
2.5 2.6 2011 21.5 Days CHF 2200 Submit
Education Sciences
education
2.5 4.8 2011 24.9 Days CHF 1800 Submit
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
ejihpe
3.0 4.4 2011 20.1 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Social Sciences
socsci
1.7 2.6 2012 27.7 Days CHF 1800 Submit
Sustainability
sustainability
3.3 6.8 2009 18.8 Days CHF 2400 Submit

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Liaoning University ChopMelon Net Project: Innovative Research on Sustainable Education Based on Real Social Issues
by Xianghui Tian, Jia Liu and Yanlin Tang
Sustainability 2024, 16(9), 3781; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16093781 - 30 Apr 2024
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the ChopMelon Net online learning platform can contribute to the effectiveness of sustainable education by incorporating real social issues. The core innovation of ChopMelon Net is that it provides a learning environment that connects [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the ChopMelon Net online learning platform can contribute to the effectiveness of sustainable education by incorporating real social issues. The core innovation of ChopMelon Net is that it provides a learning environment that connects learners directly to real-world challenges and aims to enhance learners’ understanding of sustainable development theory. The study employed the technology acceptance model (TAM), theory of planned behavior (TPB), and knowledge–Behavior gap theory (KBGT) to design the questionnaires and semi-structured interviews in order to comprehensively assess the impact of ChopMelon Net on learners’ skill enhancement. The results showed that learners not only showed significant improvement in critical thinking and problem-solving skills after using ChopMelon Net, but also expressed a high level of satisfaction with the educational content and interactive experience provided by the platform. In addition, the study found that ChopMelon Net effectively promoted learners’ awareness of the importance of sustainable education and behavioral change through its innovative educational model, which provides important empirical support for future sustainable education practices and the design of online education platforms. This study highlights the importance and effectiveness of incorporating real social issues into the teaching and learning process, with far-reaching implications for sustainable innovation in education. Full article
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Solutions for Independent Goal Setting and Implementation of Primary School Students Fostering the Competence of Learning to Learn
by Jovita Ponomariovienė and Daiva Jakavonytė-Staškuvienė
Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(4), 368; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14040368 - 1 Apr 2024
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The paper analyzes what personal goals primary school pupils are able to set on their own and how they achieve them in their decision-making process, thereby developing competence in learning to learn. In this work, the reader will be able to get acquainted [...] Read more.
The paper analyzes what personal goals primary school pupils are able to set on their own and how they achieve them in their decision-making process, thereby developing competence in learning to learn. In this work, the reader will be able to get acquainted with the theoretically grounded concept of the development of competence in learning and the possibilities of developing this competence in primary schools. In addition, it provides practical tools for the quality development of students’ learning competence, where students not only set personal goals and plan the steps to achieve them but also reflect on their experiences. An action research study analyzed the content of students’ (N = 50) personal learning diaries, discussing the students’ learning goals and the choices they make to achieve them and reflecting on the efforts made, and results were obtained in the development of the competence to learn. Based on the study findings, it is evident that fourth-grade students exhibit distinct patterns in individual goal setting, action-planning, and reflection processes. The analysis presented in this paper analyzes the general highlights and overarching themes and provides specific instances of goals, activity tasks, and reflections, offering insight into the cognitive processes of fourth-graders and their perceptions regarding the benefits and challenges of learning. Full article
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Organizational Learning within the Context of the Functioning of Educational Teams: The Progressive Emergence of a Professional Metamorphosis
by Generosa Pinheiro and José Matias Alves
Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(3), 247; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14030247 - 27 Feb 2024
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Responding to contemporary global challenges will require quality education, which presupposes changes in schools’ organizational structures, new roles and mentalities for the players involved and a culture of learning at the different levels of organizations. In this regard, we strive to understand how [...] Read more.
Responding to contemporary global challenges will require quality education, which presupposes changes in schools’ organizational structures, new roles and mentalities for the players involved and a culture of learning at the different levels of organizations. In this regard, we strive to understand how changing certain organizational structures, more specifically the organization of teaching by educational teams operating as professional learning communities, can have an impact on individual, collective and organizational learning at schools. To this end, we have adopted a qualitative research paradigm, put into operation through a case study, based on a qualitative-quantitative approach. We combined a descriptive statistical approach consisting of two questionnaires, which have been decoded and interpreted both structurally and semantically, with a content analysis of interviews, focused discussion groups and field diary notes, to examine a number of unique contexts and the perspectives of individual players. We concluded that a change in organizational structures is an essential but insufficient condition. What is needed is a change in the players’ beliefs and collaboration that provides deep learning. As such, a substantial change in education at the level of educational organization requires joint action at the levels of structure, middle leadership, beliefs and professional cultures. Full article
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International Partnerships in University-Level Music Education: Principles, Pivots, and Possibilities
by Patrick K. Freer
Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(2), 179; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci14020179 - 9 Feb 2024
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This article reports an analytical review of research and policy concerning the qualities that create, sustain, and enliven academic partnerships between universities in different countries. This review provides context for a discussion of the development of the institutional partnership between the Universität Mozarteum [...] Read more.
This article reports an analytical review of research and policy concerning the qualities that create, sustain, and enliven academic partnerships between universities in different countries. This review provides context for a discussion of the development of the institutional partnership between the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) and Georgia State University (United States of America). A scoping review of the literature suggests that such partnerships are viewed differently by those responsible for the legal agreement establishing the partnership, the faculty and students who are tasked with implementing the partnership, and outsiders who view the results of the partnership via publications, presentations, and performances. This review situates the analysis of the partnership with the identification of themes consistent with the broader literature, including a reflection on cultural awareness, access and equity, institutional and human capacity building, and ethical dilemmas. Implications include a reflection on the collaboration’s COVID-19 era development, with the suggestion that the shift to virtual communication enhanced the partnership even as it disrupted the planned implementation. Full article
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Research on the Evaluation and Influencing Factors of China’s Provincial Employment Quality Based on Principal Tensor Analysis
by Yingxue Pan, Xuedong Gao, Qixin Bo and Xiaonan Gao
Sustainability 2024, 16(4), 1458; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16041458 - 8 Feb 2024
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The research on the quality of employment in China holds immense significance for attaining high-quality employment development. Firstly, enhancing the quality of employment facilitates the optimization of labor resource allocation and enhances economic efficiency. Secondly, high-quality employment serves as a fundamental pillar for [...] Read more.
The research on the quality of employment in China holds immense significance for attaining high-quality employment development. Firstly, enhancing the quality of employment facilitates the optimization of labor resource allocation and enhances economic efficiency. Secondly, high-quality employment serves as a fundamental pillar for social equity and stability. Lastly, continual enhancement of employment quality caters to the requirements of social development and plays a crucial role in promoting economic transformation and achieving sustainable development. However, what is the current situation of employment quality in China? How can we scientifically measure employment quality? What are the key factors for the development of employment quality? This study aimed to use spatiotemporal tensor data to measure the level of employment quality in China’s provinces and analyzed the magnitude and direction of its influencing factors in the spatiotemporal dimension. Taking thirty provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the central government in China from 2011 to 2020 as the research objects, the employment quality evaluation system was constructed from six dimensions: employment environment, employment status, employability, labor remuneration, social security, and labor relations. The employment quality index data were expressed in the form of three-order, high-dimensional tensor spatiotemporal data, and the employment quality of China’s provinces was measured from the spatiotemporal perspective by using principal tensor analysis. Then, the visual analysis of the development and change process of employment quality was carried out. The spatial autocorrelation analysis of employment quality was carried out, and the time–space dual-fixed-effect model of the spatial Durbin model was selected to analyze the direction and magnitude of the influence factors of employment quality on the selected and neighboring provinces. The research showed that: (1) The overall level of employment quality in China was not high, the employment quality varied greatly among provinces, and the employment quality development gap among provinces showed a trend of widening. (2) The development of employment quality in western China was relatively fast, while the development of employment quality in central China showed insufficient stamina. (3) Sichuan Province had a strong radiation effect on the development of employment quality in neighboring provinces, and Beijing and Tianjin had a strong siphon effect on the development of employment quality in neighboring provinces. (4) The level of industrialization and informatization promoted the development of employment quality in China’s provinces, while the industrial structure had a significant negative effect on the development of employment quality. According to the research findings, the following policy recommendations are proposed: (1) strengthen inter-provincial cooperation and exchange, (2) emphasize support for the central and western regions, (3) fully leverage the radiation effect of Sichuan while optimizing the siphon effect of Beijing and Tianjin, and (4) enhance industrialization and information technology levels, as well as adjust the industrial structure. Full article
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E-Learning Platform Usage and Acceptance of Technology after the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Transilvania University
by Cristina Dimulescu
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 16120; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152216120 - 20 Nov 2023
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This research aims to examine the evolution of student attitudes toward the Transilvania University e-learning platform over a three-year period, encompassing the time before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The study collected both quantitative and qualitative data through a structured online survey. Quantitative [...] Read more.
This research aims to examine the evolution of student attitudes toward the Transilvania University e-learning platform over a three-year period, encompassing the time before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The study collected both quantitative and qualitative data through a structured online survey. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (frequency distribution) to measure changes in perceived ease of use, experiences, or degree of satisfaction, while qualitative responses were thematically analyzed to capture students’ comments about the platform within the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) framework. The findings indicate an increased usage of the e-learning platform and satisfaction with the user interface post-pandemic, along with a reduction in reported technical issues. Moreover, a predominantly positive sentiment emerged from the thematic analysis of student feedback. These results provide universities with evidence that higher education facilitated by an e-learning platform is sustainable and capable of offering enriched learning experiences, extending beyond the pandemic context. Full article
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A Learning Ecology Perspective of Energy Literacy among Youth: A Case Study from Alabama High Schools
by Hyunjung Ji, Alexandria B. Coronado, Mark A. Mueller, Laurel J. Esposito, Daniel Tait and Hyun Jin Kim
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 16055; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152216055 - 17 Nov 2023
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Developing energy literacy and pathways for youth to clean energy careers are vital for sustainable development, aligning with various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from climate action to quality education. Despite the increasing focus on nurturing energy-literate youth, there is a lack of comprehensive [...] Read more.
Developing energy literacy and pathways for youth to clean energy careers are vital for sustainable development, aligning with various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from climate action to quality education. Despite the increasing focus on nurturing energy-literate youth, there is a lack of comprehensive insights into how students develop their energy literacy within diverse learning environments. This study addresses the research question of what factors across various learning environments play a significant role in the development of energy literacy among youth. To address the research question, we develop a conceptual framework for understanding the development of energy literacy among high school students based on a learning ecology perspective. Focusing on students’ energy literacy, encompassing information search, attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge of energy, we examined the influence of school-based clean energy program participation, virtual information sources, and interactions with peers and family. Furthermore, we conducted an empirical analysis to identify factors associated with energy literacy among high school students from Alabama high schools. The student sample was intentionally recruited from case study high schools in Alabama that implemented a clean energy education pilot project. This sample includes both program participants and non-participants who completed pre- and post-program surveys, resulting in a total of 189 survey responses. Findings indicate a positive association between the school-based clean energy program and a significantly higher increase in energy-related information searches among program participants compared with non-participants. The virtual learning setting, especially video platforms, was also significantly associated with students’ energy-related information searches and positive attitudes toward energy. Findings also indicate that family relationships and pre-existing STEM interests significantly determine youth energy literacy. These findings provide valuable insights for the development and expansion of future energy education programs. If the energy education program incorporates these crucial learning factors and establishes an interconnected learning environment, the convergence of multiple learning aspects within the program can foster a synergistic learning ecosystem for youth energy literacy. Full article
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Does Equine Interaction Facilitate Emotional Safety and Learning for College Students within an Agricultural-Based Classroom?
by Katie Holtcamp, Molly C. Nicodemus, Tommy Phillips, David Christiansen, Brian J. Rude, Peter L. Ryan and Karen Galarneau
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(11), 2460-2477; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13110172 - 2 Nov 2023
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Effective teaching requires an educational environment that promotes learning, and yet, developing such an environment can be challenging within today’s agricultural-based classroom for educators due to the trend to a more virtual teaching format and less hands-on learning. Animal interaction, particularly equine activities, [...] Read more.
Effective teaching requires an educational environment that promotes learning, and yet, developing such an environment can be challenging within today’s agricultural-based classroom for educators due to the trend to a more virtual teaching format and less hands-on learning. Animal interaction, particularly equine activities, has been shown to assist educators in the development of an emotionally safe environment for promoting learning. However, research is lacking as to whether the interaction with the animal needs to be direct or indirect within the collegiate educational environment to observe benefits. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the impact of equine interaction, both direct and indirect, within an educational environment on the emotional safety and learning for the college student within the agricultural-based classroom. Three course types were observed within the agricultural-based educational environment that included courses with no equine interaction (Group A) and courses with equine interaction, both direct (Group B) and indirect (Group C) interaction with the horse. Indirect interaction included items such as observation of equine handling via a video or gaining knowledge from reading online materials, but not engaging in direct, hands-on activities with the horse. Development of emotional safety within the students enrolled within these courses was measured using a self-reporting emotional safety evaluation. Due to the structure of the scale, a decrease in emotional safety indicated a positive change. Learning, both development of semantic and procedural memory, was measured using a student-completed knowledge examination and an instructor-completed skill evaluation, respectively. While significant improvement in emotional safety was not observed within any of the course types, a weak negative correlation was found between emotional safety and semantic memory for students enrolled in equine courses, both direct (R = −0.55, R2 = 0.28) and indirect (R = −0.25, R2 = 0.06) interaction, finding as emotional safety scores lowered to the ideal range that knowledge improved. In addition, students within equine courses showed semantic memory development in specific areas of equine sciences (Group B: Grooming/Tacking, p = 0.03; Group C: Equine Behavior, p = 0.04) and direct equine interaction resulted in development of equine-based procedural memory in all four skill areas measured within the study (p = 0.00). As such, learning is promoted through equine interaction, whether direct or indirect interaction, within the agricultural-based classroom, suggesting that both forms of equine interaction can be a valuable educational tool for the instructor within the collegiate setting. Full article
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Fostering Sustainable Fashion Innovation: Insights from Ideation Tool Development and Co-Creation Workshops
by Eunsuk Hur and Katie Beverley
Sustainability 2023, 15(21), 15499; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152115499 - 31 Oct 2023
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Idea generation is often considered the biggest influence on both the value creation and sustainability of a product–service system. Although several researchers have put forward sustainable innovation tools, there has been limited research into potential tools that can support the ideation stage for [...] Read more.
Idea generation is often considered the biggest influence on both the value creation and sustainability of a product–service system. Although several researchers have put forward sustainable innovation tools, there has been limited research into potential tools that can support the ideation stage for future sustainable fashion professionals. In this study, we aim to address this gap by (1) critically examining the management control systems that support the ideation phase and how different types of tools assist sustainability innovation, (2) investigating the potential value of co-creation in the ideation phase, and (3) evaluating a sustainable fashion toolkit designed for use in co-creation workshops. The proposed application of the toolkit was tested with designers, marketers, and entrepreneurs in several co-creation workshops (n = 147) that examined the users’ experiences and the toolkit’s usefulness using task analysis. In-depth interviews with industry professionals and educators were also conducted to identify the key criteria for optimal tool development and use in both industrial and educational contexts. This study contributes at a theoretical level by proposing a sustainable fashion innovation tool that considers management control systems and practical guidelines for tool development and by delineating implications for the future of sustainable fashion education and skills. Full article
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Transdisciplinarity and Reflective and Creative Thinking through Art in Teacher Training
by María Dolores Soto-González, Ramona Rodríguez-López and Sonia Renovell-Rico
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(10), 1003; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13101003 - 2 Oct 2023
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This article presents research on a creative and reflective thinking proposal conducted in the Early Childhood Education teaching degree program of the University of Valencia. The proposal was planned from a transdisciplinary perspective and combines art, technology and the Sustainable Development Goals from [...] Read more.
This article presents research on a creative and reflective thinking proposal conducted in the Early Childhood Education teaching degree program of the University of Valencia. The proposal was planned from a transdisciplinary perspective and combines art, technology and the Sustainable Development Goals from the 2030 Agenda. The study is linked to the Textile Cartographies international participatory project by the APECV (Association of Teachers of Expression and Visual Communication), in which 13 countries are involved. The research methodology is quantitative, using a validated questionnaire that helps evaluate the effectiveness of active transdisciplinary methodologies and art to promote reflective thinking. The total sample was composed of 117 students. The results of the questionnaire, which is structured into eight scales and a total of 48 items, reveal how activating reflective thinking leads to curiosity and surprise. This activation is driven by a transdisciplinary educational proposal which uses new technologies as a tool to create narratives and cartographies. In addition, importance is placed on cooperative group work, the contribution of ideas, and fostering creativity, giving value to experience for one’s own professional future. Full article
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Student Perceptions of Pedagogical Approaches to Integrating the SDG 8 into Business School Education
by Moataz Elmassri, María Luisa Pajuelo, Abdulhadi Ali Alahbabi, Ahmed Mohamed Alali, Moufak Alzitawi, Hamdan Hussain, Khaled Alnabhani and Tariq Elrazaz
Sustainability 2023, 15(19), 14084; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151914084 - 22 Sep 2023
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This paper aims to assess students’ perceptions regarding the extent of integration of the eighth principal Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 8) “promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all” into an undergraduate business school (BS) course. We analyzed students’ [...] Read more.
This paper aims to assess students’ perceptions regarding the extent of integration of the eighth principal Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 8) “promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all” into an undergraduate business school (BS) course. We analyzed students’ perceptions with respect to three pedagogical themes: content/curriculum; knowledge and skills; and awareness and attitudes. Based on legitimacy theory, we conducted a survey of 124 students at a globally accredited business school that has been a pioneer in terms of integrating SDGs into business school education in the Middle East and particularly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which we refer to as Alpha Business School (ABS). A Q-methodology approach was adopted by designing a concourse of 37 statements. Our research findings highlight that in response to institutional governmental pressure to implement the SDGs at all levels in the country, ABS has begun to integrate the SDGs into its practice, including undergraduate courses. However, after a more in-depth analysis, the findings suggest that traditional learning methods and a “business as usual” mentality continue to prevail as a management paradigm among students and that, therefore, ABS has only embedded SDG 8 symbolically without undergoing a full substantive change. In conclusion, further work is needed to incorporate the SDGs into all dimensions of the business school’s activities and to promote new methodologies, skills, and competencies. This paper is helpful for accounting educators and curriculum setters in the process of revamping accounting curricula to reflect the importance of sustainability education. The results of this study have professional, academic, and policy-making implications. Full article
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The Relationship between Technology Addiction and Attitude toward Reading: An Investigation on Pre-Service Teachers
by Fatma Gerez Taşgın and Adnan Taşgın
Behav. Sci. 2023, 13(9), 775; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13090775 - 16 Sep 2023
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In this study, we aimed to examine pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward reading books and their technology addictions. We used a correlational survey model. The sample of this study consisted of a Turkish pre-service teachers group studying at the Department of Turkish Education in [...] Read more.
In this study, we aimed to examine pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward reading books and their technology addictions. We used a correlational survey model. The sample of this study consisted of a Turkish pre-service teachers group studying at the Department of Turkish Education in the education faculty of a state university in Turkey. Our research used the “Attitude Scale Towards Reading” and “Technology Addiction Scale” as data collection tools. As a result of the study, we determined that the attitudes towards reading of pre-service teachers were positive. Furthermore, there was a significant difference in favor of female pre-service teachers in the sub-dimensions of book-reading love, reluctance to read, and stress. The significant difference in the online game-playing sub-dimension of technology addiction favored male pre-service teachers. On the other hand, we found a negative meaningful relationship between pre-service teachers’ technology addiction and their attitudes toward reading. Full article
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Exploring the Potential of a Popular EFL Textbook to Foster Both Sustainability Awareness and Competencies among ESD Learners: A Content Analysis Approach
by Olusiji Adebola Lasekan, Claudia Myrna Méndez-Alarcón, Blessy Sarah Mathew and Evelyn Solange Campos
Sustainability 2023, 15(16), 12640; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151612640 - 21 Aug 2023
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To demonstrate the potential of the fifth edition of the Headway EFL textbook as a means to cultivate sustainability awareness and competence in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), this study aims to identify themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the [...] Read more.
To demonstrate the potential of the fifth edition of the Headway EFL textbook as a means to cultivate sustainability awareness and competence in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), this study aims to identify themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the textbook. The secondary objective is to identify grammatical concept exercises that can function as a means of augmenting sustainability competencies. Drawing on constructivism research philosophy, this study utilized a content analysis approach to identify themes and patterns of SDGs in the textbook. This involved connecting language skill development (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) within every topic unit of the textbook with each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, we focused on identifying and correlating different grammatical tasks that have the potential of enhancing students’ anticipatory, system-thinking, normative, strategic, and interpersonal sustainability competencies. The findings indicated that, with the exception of SDGs 6 and 1, all of the remaining 15 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are depicted throughout the six levels of the textbook. In addition, it was revealed that exercises pertaining to grammatical concepts, including passive voice, pronouns, conjunctions, adjectives, and emphatic language, simple future tense, serve as significant predictors and enhancers of the five core competencies of sustainability. The present study sheds more light on the current understanding of sustainability awareness and competencies that are crucial for advancing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) initiatives across various levels of the educational system. Full article
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Study on the National Identity Education Intentions of Pre-Service Teachers: Evidence from PLS-SEM and fsQCA
by Shuai Zhang, Jiannan Du, Huiji Yue, Gui’an Li and Dian Zhang
Sustainability 2023, 15(16), 12633; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151612633 - 21 Aug 2023
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National identity education is a form of education that fosters a stable sense of national identity among citizens and plays a crucial role in the sustainable development of the country. However, with the deepening of economic globalisation and cultural pluralism, pre-service teachers, in [...] Read more.
National identity education is a form of education that fosters a stable sense of national identity among citizens and plays a crucial role in the sustainable development of the country. However, with the deepening of economic globalisation and cultural pluralism, pre-service teachers, in their dual roles as school students and prospective teachers, have encountered challenges in practicing their intention to implement national identity education. This study constructed a model of influencing pre-service teachers’ intention to implement national identity education based on the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and the cognitive evaluation theory (CET) with the aim of explaining and analysing the development path of pre-service teachers’ educational intentions. The model was validated using PLS-SEM and fsQCA on data from 280 pre-service teachers in teacher training colleges in northern China. The PLS-SEM results indicated that subjective norms, relatedness need, and study resources directly and positively influenced pre-service teachers’ educational intentions, and study resources could also indirectly influence educational intentions through subjective norms and a need for relatedness. The fsQCA results indicated that a single variable was unable to predict and explain educational intentions. A total of five ways of influencing educational intentions emerged from the group analysis. Based on the pre-service teachers’ propensity to demand learning resources and their competence, pre-service teachers were categorised into four types—basic development pathway, internally driven pathway, competence-driven pathway and resource-supported pathway—and recommendations were made according to the degree of reliance on resources of different types of pre-service teachers as a way of providing theoretical and data support for the sustainable development of the country. Full article
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EU−Africa: Digital and Social Questions in a Multicultural Agroecological Transition for the Cocoa Production in Africa
by Stefano Pinardi, Matteo Salis, Gabriele Sartor and Rosa Meo
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(7), 398; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12070398 - 7 Jul 2023
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The challenge of this century is without a doubt to counter global warming. Land management, agriculture, and forests are responsible for 23% of total greenhouse gases (GHGs). In developing countries, such as those in African territories, where economic capacities are sometimes small and [...] Read more.
The challenge of this century is without a doubt to counter global warming. Land management, agriculture, and forests are responsible for 23% of total greenhouse gases (GHGs). In developing countries, such as those in African territories, where economic capacities are sometimes small and socio-cultural and linguistic perceptions are different, this requires a transition that is just and respectful of local culture and language, while at the same time helping to create labor conditions that respect gender and minors. This article describes a socio-technical ecological transition in the cocoa chain production in Côte d’Ivoire, which is not only the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans (45%) but also one of the African countries most prone to deforestation. Linguistic and multicultural aspects come together in Côte d’Ivoire, where more than 70 local languages are spoken. Intelligent digital approaches, agroecological issues, new methods, and sociocultural questions are embedded in a context of collaboration and co-creation, a living lab approach, to ensures sharing and co-creation among NGOs, farmers, companies, and researchers. A framework of socio-technical transition is presented, and this research aims to not only achieve the goals of a just ecological transition and reduce carbon footprint and deforestations but also to create diverse labour conditions, gender respect and inclusion. Full article
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Uncovering the Mechanism of Online-Learning Stress of College Students
by Enuo Wang and Xueyao Zhang
Sustainability 2023, 15(12), 9541; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15129541 - 14 Jun 2023
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Online-learning stress poses a significant challenge to the sustainability of higher education. The present study employs mixed methods to propose a conceptual process model that depicts the mechanism of online-learning stress of college students. The result of the qualitative study indicates 11 influential [...] Read more.
Online-learning stress poses a significant challenge to the sustainability of higher education. The present study employs mixed methods to propose a conceptual process model that depicts the mechanism of online-learning stress of college students. The result of the qualitative study indicates 11 influential factors of online-learning stress, 10 manifestations of online-learning stress (OS), and three learning performance outcomes of OS (LP) through in-depth interviews with 15 college students. The result of a quantitative study on 159 online surveys implies that the influential factors of online-learning stress could be further categorized into learner competence and commitment (LC), course design reasonability (CD), and social support (SS). In addition, the results of the structural equation model (SEM) confirm the negative impact of LC and CD on OS, as well as OS on LP. However, the negative effect of SS on OS is unsupported. The study contributes to both OS theory development and online-learning and teaching in higher education. Full article
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Influence of Psychological Variables in Adolescence: The Mediating Role of Self-Esteem in the Relationship between Self-Efficacy and Satisfaction with Life in Senior High School Students
by Pablo Usán Supervía, Carlos Salavera Bordás, Joel Juarros Basterretxea and Cecilia Latorre Cosculluela
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(6), 329; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12060329 - 2 Jun 2023
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Background: During the school years, many contextual and academic scenarios ensue that demand students mobilise their intrapersonal and social abilities. The way these situations are faced will determine the future personality of teenage students. This study aims to analyse the relationship between self-esteem [...] Read more.
Background: During the school years, many contextual and academic scenarios ensue that demand students mobilise their intrapersonal and social abilities. The way these situations are faced will determine the future personality of teenage students. This study aims to analyse the relationship between self-esteem and self-efficacy and the possible mediating role of satisfaction with life in secondary school students. Methods: The study comprises 816 participants, both male (N = 426; 52.20%) and female (N = 390; 47.89%) from 11 private and public secondary schools. The instruments used are the Academic Self-Efficacy Scale (ASES), the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale (RSES) and the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS). Results: The results reveal a gender difference in terms of self-esteem and significant correlations between the three constructs under consideration. Self-esteem is found to play a mediating role between self-efficacy and life satisfaction. Conclusion: The study reveals that self-esteem has significant influence in self-efficacy and life satisfaction in adolescents and in the mediating role that self-esteem plays in the relationship between the other two constructs. This emphasises the importance of building self-esteem towards the personal and psychological development of students. Full article
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Adaptive Learning Framework (Alef) in UAE Public Schools from the Parents’ Perspective
by Nazera Emara, Nagla Ali and Othman Abu Khurma
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(5), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12050297 - 10 May 2023
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This study aimed to evaluate the Adaptive Learning Framework (Alef) platform and determine how parents perceive the implementation of such a program to support their children’s learning. Alef is a smart learning program that is mandated in United Arab Emirates (UAE) public schools [...] Read more.
This study aimed to evaluate the Adaptive Learning Framework (Alef) platform and determine how parents perceive the implementation of such a program to support their children’s learning. Alef is a smart learning program that is mandated in United Arab Emirates (UAE) public schools to promote student-centered, interactive, and differentiated learning and personalized experiences. The participants were parents of students enrolled in grades 9–12 in UAE public high schools. The study used semi-structured interviews to gather qualitative data to delve deeply into parents’ perceptions of how Alef supports their children’s learning. The results showed that Alef offers stimulating and engaging educational experiences and encourages independent learning. It was found that students’ learning was bolstered when using Alef. In addition, the results indicated the existence of some challenges stemming from the usage of Alef that could have an impact on students’ learning and motivation and, ultimately, the sustainability of such a program. Recommendations are provided to overcome these challenges. Full article
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Improved Understanding of Learning Characteristics among International Students in Post-Baccalaureate Medical Education for Sustainable Development
by Hsiang-Chin Hsu and Tzu-Ching Sung
Sustainability 2023, 15(9), 7631; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15097631 - 6 May 2023
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Ensuring the success of medical students in post-baccalaureate training is crucial for providing sustainable, high-quality healthcare worldwide. However, international medical students encounter unique sustainability challenges that may affect their ability to learn and excel in medical schools. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate [...] Read more.
Ensuring the success of medical students in post-baccalaureate training is crucial for providing sustainable, high-quality healthcare worldwide. However, international medical students encounter unique sustainability challenges that may affect their ability to learn and excel in medical schools. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate and assess the key attributes of learning styles and attitudes among first- and second-year medical students from a university in Southern Taiwan using the Attitudes Toward Thinking and Learning Survey (ATTLS). In November 2022, a cross-sectional survey and purposive sampling were used to recruit all 43 international medical students. Factor analysis was employed to identify and simplify complex personality traits associated with learning styles and attitudes. The resulting four-factor solution, which accounted for 70.364% of the total variance, was labeled as follows: Factor 1 “Understanding, Interaction Insights, and Empathy”, Factor 2 “Respect, Trust, and an Objective and Rational Vision of Multicultural Diversity”, Factor 3 “Comment, Debate, and Declare One’s Position”, and Factor 4 “Critical Thinking, Logical and Rational Problem Solving, and Rigorous Inference”. This study highlights the significance of connected knowers, who possess both Factor 1 and Factor 2, in providing holistic empathy and multicultural insight for future pedagogy. The four factors identified in this research can serve as a guide for developing teaching strategies that consider students’ diverse learning preferences and needs. By cultivating connected knowers, this research contributes to the sustainable improvement of pedagogical quality and the reduction of non-intellectual challenges in the classroom. Full article
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Assessing the Reactionary Response of High School Engineering Teachers Offering a Novel Pre-College Engineering Curriculum: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
by Tina Griesinger, David Olawale, Najmus Saqib and Kenneth Reid
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(5), 427; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13050427 - 22 Apr 2023
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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced a rapid transition of K-16 education to remote and online learning in the final quarter of the 2019–2020 school year. The disruption was extreme for all teachers in K-12 but particularly for teachers involved in pilot programs, such [...] Read more.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced a rapid transition of K-16 education to remote and online learning in the final quarter of the 2019–2020 school year. The disruption was extreme for all teachers in K-12 but particularly for teachers involved in pilot programs, such as the NSF-funded Engineering for Us All (e4usa) project. This paper reports the key findings obtained through systematic data collection from a pilot cohort of high school teachers who adapted a brand-new engineering curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic, students who experienced the adapted curriculum, and a new cohort of teachers who were tasked with teaching the updated curriculum. Full article
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Validation of Self-Regulated Writing Strategies for Advanced EFL Learners in China: A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis
by Xuan Wang, Jianting Ma, Ximeng Li and Xinyi Shen
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(4), 776-795; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13040059 - 21 Apr 2023
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This study aims to validate self-regulated writing strategies for advanced EFL learners through a structural equation modeling analysis. Two sets of advanced, university-level EFL learners in China were recruited on the basis of results from a nationwide standardized English test. Sample 1 consisted [...] Read more.
This study aims to validate self-regulated writing strategies for advanced EFL learners through a structural equation modeling analysis. Two sets of advanced, university-level EFL learners in China were recruited on the basis of results from a nationwide standardized English test. Sample 1 consisted of 214 advanced learners and served mainly as a data source for exploratory factor analysis. Sample 2 consisted of 303 advanced learners; data from this group were used to conduct confirmatory factor analyses. The results confirmed the goodness of fit of the hierarchical, multidimensional structure of self-regulated writing strategies. This hierarchic model has the higher order of self-regulation and the second order of nine self-regulated writing strategies that belong to four dimensions. In terms of model comparisons, the indices of Model 1 (nine-factor correlated model of EFL writing strategies for SRL) and Model 2 (four-factor second-order model of EFL writing strategies for SRL) mark significant improvements in terms of fit over the indices of Model 3 (one-factor second-order model of EFL writing strategies for SRL). This means the four-factor model (cognition, metacognition, social behavior, and motivational regulation) offered a better explanation for advanced EFL learners than the model treating self-regulated writing strategies as a single convergent factor. These findings, in some ways, differ from the results of earlier research on EFL learners’ self-regulated writing strategies, and the findings of this study have certain implications for L2 writing teaching and learning. Full article
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Italian Validation of the Online Student Engagement Scale (OSE) in Higher Education
by Francesco Sulla, Rachel Harrad, Alice Tontodimamma, Pierpaolo Limone and Antonio Aquino
Behav. Sci. 2023, 13(4), 324; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13040324 - 10 Apr 2023
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, entire university courses were moved online. This represented a challenge for universities, who were required to move toward an entirely online learning environment without adequate time to manage the change from traditional courses to online courses. However, beyond the [...] Read more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, entire university courses were moved online. This represented a challenge for universities, who were required to move toward an entirely online learning environment without adequate time to manage the change from traditional courses to online courses. However, beyond the emergency of the pandemic, higher education does increasingly incorporate an online learning element, and such a provision does appear to reflect both the desires of modern-day students and university offerings. For this reason, assessing students’ online engagement is fundamental, not least because it has been seen to be related both to students’ satisfaction and their academic achievement. A validated measure of student online engagement does not exist in Italy. Therefore, this study aims to assess both the factor structure and the validity of the Online Student Engagement (OSE) Scale in the Italian context. A convenience sample of 299 undergraduate university students completed a series of online questionnaires. The Italian OSE scale presents good psychometric properties and represents a valuable instrument for both practitioners and researchers examining students’ engagement in online learning. Full article
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Curricular Innovation for Food Security
by Irma Cecilia Castillo Escalante and Adán Guillermo Ramírez García
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(4), 374; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13040374 - 5 Apr 2023
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The curriculum is a dynamic and continuous process that must be adapted to the requirements and needs of specific contexts to respond to current problems. Currently, it is estimated that more than 828 million people in the world suffer from hunger, so food [...] Read more.
The curriculum is a dynamic and continuous process that must be adapted to the requirements and needs of specific contexts to respond to current problems. Currently, it is estimated that more than 828 million people in the world suffer from hunger, so food security must be based on the production and availability of food and physical and economic access to food, as well as its safety. For the above, this research aims to propose a curricular innovation to the professional competences of the study program of the Agricultural Technician (TAP) that is offered in the Agricultural Technological Baccalaureate Centers to train technicians who contribute to food security in the region. A methodology with a mixed perspective with a qualitative approach and descriptive exploratory character was used. Based on the primary information and data collection, it was possible to specify and substantiate a curricular proposal according to the training needs of specialized technicians, who develop professional skills to promote food security, the establishment of agricultural production system, management of livestock production systems, operation of agro-industrial production system, and the design and execution of projects to promote the cultivation of food from small-scale families. Full article
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How Should We Teach Nature Protection? Self-Determination and Environmental Attitudes
by Tessa-Marie Baierl and Franz X. Bogner
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(4), 353; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13040353 - 28 Mar 2023
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Environmental attitudes are supportive for learning about the environment and for pro-environmental engagement. The question, then, is how to strengthen and establish environmental attitudes. Based on a sample of 429 middle and high school students, we investigated the effect of self-determination-based motivation on [...] Read more.
Environmental attitudes are supportive for learning about the environment and for pro-environmental engagement. The question, then, is how to strengthen and establish environmental attitudes. Based on a sample of 429 middle and high school students, we investigated the effect of self-determination-based motivation on environmental attitude. While high levels of self-determination (i.e., intrinsic motivation) positively affected pro-environmental attitude (β = 0.40), low levels of self-determination (i.e., external regulation) negatively affected attitude (β = –0.31). Our data further pointed to a distinct trajectory of self-determination and inclusion of nature throughout adolescence (high scores for 12-year-olds that decline to a minimum around 15–16-years old); a trend that has already been shown for environmental attitude. Such a dip might help derive teaching recommendations in environmental education, e.g., by supporting high scores in time to attenuate a decline. Further teaching recommendations include strengthening students’ self-determination through their basic needs (autonomy, competence, and relatedness). Full article
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Comparative Factors Influencing Entrepreneurial Skills Acquisition amongst Students in Rural Universities of Sub-Sahara Africa’s Developing Nations
by Omotosho Ademola Olumuyiwa, Kimanzi Matthew Kimweli and Motalenyane Alfred Modise
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(3), 229; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13030229 - 22 Feb 2023
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The current wave of technological development globally necessitates certain entrepreneurial abilities for most professionals to succeed in the job market. This paper explores the factors influencing entrepreneurial skills acquisition amongst rural university students in Nigeria and South Africa. The strategic goal of setting [...] Read more.
The current wave of technological development globally necessitates certain entrepreneurial abilities for most professionals to succeed in the job market. This paper explores the factors influencing entrepreneurial skills acquisition amongst rural university students in Nigeria and South Africa. The strategic goal of setting up rural universities is to enhance the human capital of the host communities. As a result, an attempt is made to pinpoint challenges that stand in the way of achieving this objective. Data was gathered using a quantitative research methodology. A self-designed questionnaire was used to obtain primary data from 1088 randomly selected third-year students. The study’s outcome indicates that the acquisition of entrepreneurial competencies amongst undergraduates in the two higher education institutions was impacted by a number of similar factors, such as the university support system, campus entrepreneurial network, family background, availability of mentors, and entrepreneurship education curriculum. The study focuses on the necessity for universities to address skill shortages among undergraduates. Thus, the results could serve as a guide for policymakers on how to motivate rural university students to obtain globally relevant skills. Full article
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Lifestyle Habits in Elementary and High School Education Students: A Systematic Review
by Eduardo Melguizo-Ibáñez, Gabriel González-Valero, Félix Zurita-Ortega, José Luis Ubago-Jiménez, Pilar Puertas-Molero and José Manuel Alonso-Vargas
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(3), 113; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12030113 - 22 Feb 2023
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Currently, there is concern about following an active and healthy lifestyle in the adolescent population. This is why the present research aims to conduct a systematic review covering the period 2017–2022 in order to analyse the levels of physical activity and adherence to [...] Read more.
Currently, there is concern about following an active and healthy lifestyle in the adolescent population. This is why the present research aims to conduct a systematic review covering the period 2017–2022 in order to analyse the levels of physical activity and adherence to the Mediterranean diet in the adolescent population. A search of the scientific literature was carried out in the Web of Sciences and Scopus databases during the month of December 2022. The search was carried out in the main collection of the database, limiting the time range to the last five years (2017–2022). The following structure was used to carry out the research search: “Physical Activit*” and “Mediterranean Diet” and “Adolescents”. In conclusion, it has been noted that the practice of any sport shows numerous benefits in anthropometric, respiratory, and physical factors. In addition, increased physical activity time is positively associated with increased adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, which has numerous academic, physical, and psychological health benefits. Full article
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Personality Trait Patterns Moderate the Simple Model of Environmental Citizenship
by Mykolas Simas Poškus
Behav. Sci. 2023, 13(2), 159; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs13020159 - 12 Feb 2023
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The current study investigates the Simple Model of Environmental Citizenship (SMEC) in a representative sample of Lithuanian emerging adults. The SMEC is a practical model of assessing environmental citizenship and is intended to be simple to use in interventions and longitudinal research. A [...] Read more.
The current study investigates the Simple Model of Environmental Citizenship (SMEC) in a representative sample of Lithuanian emerging adults. The SMEC is a practical model of assessing environmental citizenship and is intended to be simple to use in interventions and longitudinal research. A total of 700 individuals (50% female) with a mean age of 30.6 years participated in the survey. The participants filled in a questionnaire comprising measures assessing all the components of the SMEC as well as a personality trait measure. Participants were clustered by their personality traits and the resulting profiles were used as a moderator for the SMEC. The results revealed that the SMEC functions differently for individuals possessing different personality trait patterns and that in order to promote environmental citizenship or to engage in education for environmental citizenship, different strategies might be more effective for different individuals. Full article
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Research and Development of Environmental Awareness about Water in Primary Education Students through Their Drawings
by Mª Paz Pozo-Muñoz, Carolina Martín-Gámez, Leticia Concepción Velasco-Martínez and Juan Carlos Tójar-Hurtado
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(2), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13020119 - 23 Jan 2023
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Drinking water is a scarce resource and the problems associated with its poor management and conservation are generating significant imbalances in the well-being of society, human health, and the environment. This research paper aims to determine the level of environmental awareness of primary [...] Read more.
Drinking water is a scarce resource and the problems associated with its poor management and conservation are generating significant imbalances in the well-being of society, human health, and the environment. This research paper aims to determine the level of environmental awareness of primary school students in Spain (n = 95) of the management, use, and sustainable care of water, before and after applying a training program that allows working on the contents of water, from the different dimensions and shortcomings of environmental awareness identified in the paper. The study was undertaken from a mixed Research and Development approach (R&D), with an exploratory sequential design [QUAL(quan) → QUAL(quan)], in which, initially, a qualitative content analysis of the students’ drawings was carried out, to subsequently apply a number of complementary quantitative analyses. The qualitative phase involved the elaboration of a mixed category (deductive-inductive) system that allowed for the organization and interpretation of the information obtained. The results of this work reveal low levels of knowledge about the integral water cycle. Primary school students also show a low degree of responsibility towards water issues. The conclusions of this study point to the need to address content related to water care and conservation in the educational curriculum from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach, in order to understand the origin and impact of water problems. Full article
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The Teaching Quality Evaluation of Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools from the Perspective of Education for Sustainable Development
by Lirong Huang, Wenli Zhang, Hongbo Jiang and Jin-Long Wang
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 1975; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15031975 - 20 Jan 2023
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As one of the important ways to cultivate internationalized and highly competitive talents, Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools (CFCRS) is very significant to education for sustainable development (ESD). From the perspective of ESD, we developed a teaching quality evaluation model using 18 indicators [...] Read more.
As one of the important ways to cultivate internationalized and highly competitive talents, Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools (CFCRS) is very significant to education for sustainable development (ESD). From the perspective of ESD, we developed a teaching quality evaluation model using 18 indicators in 4 dimensions: resource input, faculty environment, teaching process, and teaching outcome. The DANP (Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory-Based Analytic Network Process) method is used to explore the mutual influence relationship of teaching quality in CFCRS, and the TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to an Ideal Solution) method is used in this empirical study. The results show that the evaluation dimensions listed by impact level from big to small are as follows: teaching outcome, teaching process, faculty environment, and resource input. Among them, resource input and faculty environment are the cause dimensions, while teaching process and teaching outcome are the result dimensions. Academic support is the most influential indicator, followed by teaching resource and teaching management, and the teacher’s nationality is the least influential indicator. The CFCRS A of a comprehensive university in the developed region of China has the highest comprehensive score, followed by the CFCRS C of an applied science and technology university and CFCRS B of a comprehensive university in the underdeveloped region. The teaching quality of CFCRS can be improved by increasing the frequency of academic activities, strengthening teacher training, reinforcing curriculum and discipline management, and encouraging students to participate in competitions and paper publications. Full article
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Design and Transition of an Emergency E-Learning Pathology Course for Medical Students—Evaluation of a Novel Course Concept
by Christopher Holzmann-Littig, Nana Jedlicska, Marjo Wijnen-Meijer, Friederike Liesche-Starnecker, Karen Schmidt-Bäse, Lutz Renders, Katja Weimann, Björn Konukiewitz and Jürgen Schlegel
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(1), 112-129; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13010008 - 9 Jan 2023
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Background: Around the world, the emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forced medical schools to create numerous e-learning supplements to provide instruction during this crisis. The question now is to determine a way in which to capitalize on this momentum of digitization [...] Read more.
Background: Around the world, the emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forced medical schools to create numerous e-learning supplements to provide instruction during this crisis. The question now is to determine a way in which to capitalize on this momentum of digitization and harness the medical e-learning content created for the future. We have analyzed the transition of a pathology course to an emergency remote education online course and, in the second step, applied a flipped classroom approach including research skills training. Methods: In the summer semester of 2020, the pathology course at the Technical University of Munich was completely converted to an asynchronous online course. Its content was adapted in winter 2021 and incorporated into a flipped classroom concept in which research skills were taught at the same time. Results: Screencasts and lecture recordings were the most popular asynchronous teaching formats. Students reported developing a higher interest in pathology and research through group work. The amount of content was very challenging for some students. Conclusion: Flipped classroom formats are a viable option when using pre-existing content. We recommend checking such content for technical and didactic quality and optimizing it if necessary. Content on research skills can be combined very well with clinical teaching content. Full article
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