Journal of International Education and Practice

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EISSN : 2630-516X
Published by: Bilingual Publishing Co. (10.30564)
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Doreen Ahwireng
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 5, pp 16-28; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v5i1.4643

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Higher education institutions across the world are responding to globalization through internationalization. However, there is limited research that focuses on the benefits of both internationalization-at-home and cross-border internationalization to students’ cosmopolitan competency from the perspective of students. Therefore, this qualitative case study explored the benefits of internationalization to students from the perspectives of both domestic and international undergraduate and graduate students at two U.S universities. Purposeful and snowball sampling strategies were adopted to identify sixteen students. Data were garnered via interviews, institutions’ websites, and documents. Constant comparative method was employed to analyze the data. Findings from this study revealed that students acquired bilingual or multilingual abilities, firsthand cultural knowledge, global knowledge, cultural nuances critical to showing respect to people from different cultures and geographical backgrounds, friendship and networking, personal growth, high tendency to develop empathy through university internationalization, and opportunity to taste food from different parts of the world. The study recommends that, institutions of higher education should provide opportunities such as foreign language courses, Rosetta Stones, language laboratories, foreign language conversation hour sessions, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Intensive English Language program for students. Also, administrators and faculty are encouraged to provide a platform for study abroad returnees to share their experiences with their colleagues. Higher education institutions should continue to recruit more international students to enrich students’ experiences and global learning.
Argnue Chitiyo, Jonathan Chitiyo, Zachary Pietrantoni
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 5, pp 29-39; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v5i1.4770

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The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2015 sought to eradicate major problems facing the globe. Member states ratifying these goals were tasked to formulate and institute policies aimed at addressing the global economic, political, social, and environmental challenges. Three major goals sought to address fundamental issues on poverty, universal education, and gender equality. The MDGs were succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals which are targeted to be achieved by 2030. The intersectionality of the development goals and Education cannot be underestimated. Education has been identified as a key strategy for addressing poverty, hunger, and gender equality. Although several countries ratified the MDGs, most did not achieve the goals by 2015. A shift in policy is necessary to close the achievement gap and to help the efforts for achieving the 2030 SDGs. This paper addresses Zimbabwe’s progress towards the SDGs. Progress on key indicators of quality education, poverty, and inequality of opportunities is presented. Finally, the paper suggests a rights-based education programming framework to help accelerate achievement of the SDGs.
Deborah Bergman Deitcher, Helen Johnson
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 5, pp 1-10; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v5i1.4493

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In this conceptual article we explore parents’ shared book reading (SBR) interactions with their preschoolers across different book genres in their natural home settings. We consider the unique and shared contributions of narrative, informational, wordless, and alphabet picturebooks, and how reading across genres can increase children’s involvement in the interaction, deepen their content knowledge, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen their visual literacy. Beyond the benefits for children, we discuss the advantages for parents of reading from different genres and highlight directions for future research.
Qingli Meng
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 5, pp 11-15; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v5i1.4324

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The “Internet Plus” on-line plateforms provide many innovative approach to learning; but providing convenient college education on-line also poses many new challenges that have not been explored. Some of these educational challenges are explored in the development of an innovative foreign language teaching program in China Universities. Foreign language education networks can be designed on “Internet Plus” platforms to enhance teachers' teaching capabilities. Using "Internet Plus" plateforms is key to foreign language teaching reform in colleges and universities.
Tewodros Asmare Tefera, Wudu Melesse
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 28-39; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i3.4254

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The study investigates the perception and perceived practices of Higher Diploma program (HDP) in the Jimma University and Jimma College of teachers’ education using a cross-sectional survey design comprised of questionnaire and interviews. The data were collected from 91 instructors, and 3 higher diploma leaders (HDLs) who were selected through lottery sampling and 2 higher diploma coordinators (HDCs) who were selected using availability sampling methods. The finding revealed the importance of the HDP (M=4.3, SD=0.91) though the perception of the HEI instructors differ before coming, and after coming to the HDP. Though the study indicated as the trained instructors are applying the knowledge and skill, which they have acquired from the HDP training, the HEIs are not following the actual practices of the training. The study found out that the HE instructors’ perception had a significant correlation with the practices of HDP (r=.694, p=0.00<0.01) having a moderate effect size (δ=0.48). The findings call for the proper implementation of the HDP for the betterment of the program and to achieve the intentions of the HDP.
Tanjian Liang, Ouyang Lei, Paul Ballard, Xiaoping Fan
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 1-13; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i3.4108

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The retention of customers is fundamental to the success of sport organizations for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it is less expensive for an organization to keep a current customer than to gain a new one. Since customer repurchase intention is an important indicator to predict repurchase behavior, exploring the factors that influence this behavior has important theoretical and practical implications in the commercial martial arts school market. Although previous research provides a foundation for the factors that influence a customer’s repurchase intention, additional empirical work is warranted. This study is designed to integrate the findings of previous studies and examine how utilitarian factors (perceived value and switching cost), a hedonic factor (perceived enjoyment), and social/psychological factors (confirmation and satisfaction) directly or indirectly influenced consumers’ repurchase intentions in the context of commercial martial arts schools. The results indicated that customer satisfaction had the strongest impact on customer repurchase intention, followed by perceived enjoyment, switching costs, confirmation, and perceived value.
Longfei Zhang
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 22-27; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i3.3863

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This thesis is trying to analyze the pre-writing strategies used by Chinese college students in a timed examination. The purposes of this study is to identify the possible strategies the Chinese college students claimed they used in the pre-writing stage of the timed examination, find if differences exist between the pre-writing strategies employed by skilled writers and unskilled writers, and find which strategy best facilitate writing in a timed condition.
Yuchun Chen, Brian Myers
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 14-21; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i3.4169

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Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs prepare teacher candidates to be competent and employed in P-12 school settings. This study examined the relationship between competency and first-year job obtainment in physical education (PE). Participants included 111 teacher candidates from two schools. Participants’ competency in content knowledge in Kinesiology and sub-disciplines (CKKH), content knowledge in sport and skill proficiency (CKSP) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and first-year job obtainment in PE were collected. Descriptive statistics, independent-samples tests, and multiple logistic regressions were used to analyze the data. The overall sample showed participants were most competent in PCK, followed by CKSP and CKKH. Female participants were more competent in PCK than their male counterparts, and those at School A performed better in CKSP and PCK than their peers at School B. As a sample, more than half of the participants (55.9%) obtained PE jobs. There was a significance between the overall sample and female participants’ competency in CKKH and their first-year employment in PE. This study was limited by sample size, variances in courses between the two schools, and by the defined timeline to clarify first-year PE employment. Implications regarding the importance of CKKH and first-year employment were discussed.
Ouyang Lei, Tanjian Liang, Xiuye Xie, Sonja Rizzolo
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 24-34; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i1and2.2628

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Higher education institutions invest a significant amount of resources every year to recruit new students. However, higher education administrators have been continuously facing challenges in enrollment management due to the demographic shifts, dramatic increases in educational costs, intense competition among institutions, and the uncertain nature of human selection patterns (Baum, Kurose, &McPherson, 2013).[3] Today's post-baccalaureate applicants are more knowledgeable than in previous years, because they can access information on a specific graduate program, in a given college, at any time. As reported in numerous studies, the number of graduate students switching out of their universities continues to be an essential issue. A useful prediction model of matriculation that uses available student data is highly desirable to assist the graduate students with timely advising early in their universities. This study was designed to build a predictive model for the probability that a specific admitted graduate student will matriculate. The results indicated that ten predictive variables were statistically significant at the .05 level. Getting an assistantship made the most substantial positive contribution in predicting student matriculation, followed by FAFSA, experience with the university, campus, degree level, college, gender, age, the number of days between application and admission, and distance to the university. This study's results could be beneficial for improving marketing efforts aimed toward individuals with characteristics most likely to enroll. Administrators could calculate the predictive score (or percentage) for each prospective student based on the predictive model. Marketing efforts could then concentrate on those applicants whose predictive score is high and eliminate the low qualifying students from their recruitment plan.
Mulusew Minuyelet Zewdie, Zeleke Damtie Almaw, Mamaru Gashaw Kebede
Journal of International Education and Practice, Volume 4, pp 35-40; https://doi.org/10.30564/jiep.v4i1and2.3400

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Group work is a form of voluntary association of members benefiting from cooperative learning, which enhances the total output of the activity. Therefore, group discussion is a way for active participants to explore new ideas. Based on the previously observed practices in 4th year civil engineering students at Debre Markos University, the group member participations was not pleasing. The objective of this study was to identify the core causes of low participation of group members in their project work and to take actions for improving group member participation. The data collection method used questionnaires and interviews and was analyzed using Microsoft Excels. Action research done in civil engineering 4th year Extension courses focused on continuous advising and instruction. These practices have achieved a good understanding of how to increase active participation in their group work activities. Therefore, a main conclusion of this project is that an active learning method helps the students to share skill, knowledge and attitude to each other.
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