Contemporary Educational Researches Journal

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Azar Akhondi, Mohammad Y. Yarmohammadian, Fariba  Haghani
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 5, pp 08-11; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v5i1.9

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The advances in information technology have brought dramatic changes to the means and methods of learning, making it possible to learn everywhere and every time. In line with educational transformations, e-Learning has gained additional significance. Educational CDs and multimediasoftware have triggered substantial changes in education (Zandi, 2009). Given the importance of language skillsin every academic level, especially the primary level, the proper instructions of these skills should be a concern to educational authorities. Writing, as it plays a crucial role to sustain language, is of significance importance and should be heeded (Birjandi, 2002). While the direct instruction of spelling on the basis of psychologicalprinciples is highly recommended in today’s educational systems, spelling is still assumed to be an assessment instrumentrather than an educational one in Iran’s curriculum. Investigating the educational texts and reliable websites, the present study aims to plan an e-learning curriculum for spelling based on cognitive approach. Key Keywords: Curriculum, E-learning, Cognitive Approach, Spelling.
Lynsey Mori
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 256-262; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.8486

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In the process of reforming education, it has become no longer possible to discuss pedagogy, curriculum, instruction, academic achievement, or the culture and climate of schools without discussing social-emotional competencies under the framework of social and emotional learning. This paper attempted to explore some of the complications within the building and implementing an educational curriculum. The study discusses educational pedagogy in the existing literature. Based on the findings, education requires more dedicated and school-specific reflection into where things go wrong. Due to the broad range of skills and unfurling neuroscience behind emotional intelligence, it can be proposed that a lack of ownership of these competencies is assisting in a dilution through local authority principles/governments/education boards and to a loosely based school-level approach through individual teachers with little guidance or support. Keywords: COVID-19, emotional competencies, emotional learning, neuroscience, pedagogy;
Parvin Safari, Mohammad Razagh Pourhashemi
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 226-245; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.8484

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The Peircean semiotic approach suggests a non-linear and dynamic view of culture to examine it through signs, sign systems and meaning-making processes. This approach emphasises that images, texts and tasks are considered semiotic resources, generating cultural meanings through semiotic processes. This study aims to reveal the concept of culture in a dynamic manner concerning the semiotic potential embedded in the Iranian EFL textbooks used in junior high schools from the perspective of a semiotic framework. Semiotic analysis showed that cultural meaning-making is directed through guided semiosis, hampering students’ exploration of cultural potential meanings, cultural reflection, understanding and awareness. The denotational and the indexical relationship between texts and images also does not foster students’ intercultural understanding of living and maintaining in a global community, and hence, teachers need to move towards the symbolic aspect of texts and images through unguided semiosis to develop students’ cultural understanding of self and others. Keywords: Cultural, English textbooks, Peircean, semiotic, unguided semiosis;
Amaria Fehaima
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 246-255; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.8485

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Integrating translation in English for specific purposes (ESP) teaching and learning is a crucial issue since the last decade of the 20th century. This paper aims to analyse the role of translation as a helpful tool for ESP classes on the use of translation in ESP teaching and learning. Therefore, a case study is employed to describe the necessity of using translation in ESP classes, especially, for third-year computer science students at the University of Tlemcen. A mixed method was used; a questionnaire was administered to ESP teachers in the Department of Science and Technology, and classroom observation on third-year students of computer science was conducted. The results revealed that computer sciences students at the University of Tlemcen faced various hindrances when dealing with professional resources which are mainly at the level of content due to the nature of ESP courses they were exposed to during their studies. Keywords: Computer science; ESP; ESP courses; students; translation.
Naima Ammour, Amine Belmekki
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 214-225; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.6884

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Nedromi speakers, especially the new generation, tend to correct some mistakes that they believe are stigmatised features in their speech and thus they try to shift to Modern Standard Arabic. This research paper aims at examining the impact of education on language use, which highlights the sociolinguistic variable, mainly that of education and age, and how it may affect the linguistic behaviour in Arabic. A Nedroma speech community is the sample population. This study emphasises phonological, morphological and lexical levels of analysis, trying to make use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Such an analysis is viewed to help us understand some of the reasons behind such a change in linguistic behaviours essentially motivated by the influence of education. The results show that the choice of certain linguistic features by the individual is determined by the speaker’s age category, his level of education and, most importantly, his attitude towards certain linguistic characteristics. Keywords: Age, Algerian context, education, language variability, linguistic features, Nedromi Arabic
Atefeh Ferdosipour
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 204-213; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.7468

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The current study tried to explore the effects of assessment types and learners’ gender on EFL learners’ performance in speech accuracy. To this end, 60 homogenous students out of 90 students from Rahe Farda Institute in Bastak in Hormozgan province were selected based on the Quick Oxford Placement Test. The instruments of the study were an Oxford Placement Test, peer and self-assessment questionnaires adopted from Patri and Weir’s Analytic Speaking Criteria. The results were calculated using SPSS version 20. It can be seen that the means were close together, but the mean score for the male students was a little higher than that of the female students. According to the outcomes, assessment types had a significant influence on performance in speech accuracy and peer-assessment was more effective than self-assessment on performance in speech accuracy.   Keywords: Peer assessment, self-assessment, speech;
Abdulhakim Inanç
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 197-203; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i4.7466

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This study includes the adaptation of the 6-item UCLA Loneliness Scale developed by Wongpakaran et al. (2020) to the Turkish language and the findings of its reliability and validity values. The study was conducted with the data obtained from the study group (n=327) including university students. As a result of the analyzes, it was determined that the scale showed a single-factor structure in accordance with its original structure. Furthermore, the criterion validity of the scale is also computed using the UCLA Loneliness Scale V3. The reliability of the scale was computed by Cronbach's alpha coefficient technique and it was found to be 84. Findings have shown that Turkish adaptation of the 6-item UCLA Loneliness Scale is a reliable and valid instrument that can be used in measuring loneliness in Turkey. Keywords: loneliness, scale adaptation, validity, reliability
Hanife Fani, Fulya Öner Armağan
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 184-196; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i3.6932

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Socio-scientific issues take their content from situations that can be encountered in daily life. Therefore, teaching these subjects is among the important aims of science education. This study aims to determine the views of science teachers on socio-scientific issues. The study was carried out with 26 science teachers (18 women and 8 men) working in schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education in the city centre of Kayseri in the 2020–2021 academic year. Open-ended document questions were used as a data collection tool in the study. Content analysis was used in the analysis of the qualitative data obtained in the study. It was concluded that some science teachers did not take any courses related to socio-scientific issues and their teaching in education faculties during their undergraduate education, while the content of existing courses only provided information on some socio-scientific issues. Keywords: Science education, science teachers, socio-scientific issues;
Mohammad Omar Al-Momani
Contemporary Educational Researches Journal, Volume 12, pp 153-166; https://doi.org/10.18844/cerj.v12i3.7260

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The study aimed to identify the elements of an effective educational process from university students’ viewpoints and their relationship to some variables. These variables included gender, type of subject, academic degree, and academic level of the student. The researcher used the descriptive approach along with a questionnaire that comprised (41) items distributed across (4) domains as the study instrument. The study sample comprised (3000) male and female students. The study results showed that the elements of the effective educational process got an average degree in the domains of the questionnaire as a whole. The results also showed that there were no statistically perspectives of university students following the study variables.
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