Developing Tomorrow`s Drumming by Studying the Past

Tormod Kayser
Bergen University College, Norway

Summary

Introduction. The master thesis Transmissions of Paradiddles in Jazz and Rock Drumming, A Historical Study (Kayser, 2009) concluded that several paradiddles (specific combinations of single and double strokes) used in military  drumming in the 18th and 19th centuries are still in use by today’s jazz and rock drummers, though applied in new ways to the drum set.

The Aim of the Study. The purposes of this article is to uncover connections between old military drumming of European-American heritage and drum set playing, and to see if learning from centuries of drumming heritage could also be a way to move ahead and develop the art of drumset playing. Lasīt vairāk "Developing Tomorrow`s Drumming by Studying the Past"

Application Analysis of Online Learner Skills and Knowledge Evaluation Model

Margarita Teresevičienė, Genutė Gedvilienė, Airina Volungevičienė
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Summary

Introduction. Higher education institutions experience the reform of higher education, changing the conception of studies and learning scenarios and the forms of their implementation. Distance learning and teaching are efficient means to implement strategic aims of the system of education: to create learning possibilities for all members of the society, to implement lifelong learning at all education levels, to contribute to designing effective learning/teaching process and to
meet quality requirements, as well as to ensure more flexible organization of learning activities meeting lifelong learners’ needs.

The Aim of the Study. To analyse application of Online Learner Skills and Evaluation model (OLSKE) in a new distance learning and teaching curriculum. Lasīt vairāk "Application Analysis of Online Learner Skills and Knowledge Evaluation Model"

Quality of Life Assesment of Elementary School Age Children With Special Needs

Inese Švekle, Lolita Cibule, Aivars Vētra
Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Guna Eglīte
Riga Technical University, Institute of Production Quality, Latvia

Summary

Introduction. Health related quality of life is often considered to be a general informative health index. Therefore it is essential to involve children in its assessment as early as possible using measurements that are recognized world-wide. In the developed countries the indices of quality of life are used as a basis for the implementation of policies to meet children’s needs, which includes not only the needs of individuals, but are also used in the analysis of economic, social, cultural, educational and political aspects of the entire society.

The Aim of the Study. To compare self-reports of the quality of life of children with special needs aged 7–10 in Riga with the assessments of their parents and with the European normative data developed by the KIDSCREEN research group. Lasīt vairāk "Quality of Life Assesment of Elementary School Age Children With Special Needs"

Discovering the Factors Influencing Students’ Perception of the Educational Environment in the Context of Foreign Language Training in a Technical Higher School

Yulia Stukalina
University of Latvia, Latvia

Summary

Introduction. One of the most challenging tasks for educators is to encourage students of a nonlinguistic institute to study languages. Traditionally, such institutions focus more on promoting the learning of special subjects. However, in the knowledge-based economy, multidisciplinary skills are of fundamental importance. To encourage language learning education managers provide the learning process participants with motivating educational environment.

The Aim of the Study. To report the findings of the pilot study, which explores how students perceive different aspects of the educational environment in the context of language teaching and learning in a technical higher school. Lasīt vairāk "Discovering the Factors Influencing Students’ Perception of the Educational Environment in the Context of Foreign Language Training in a Technical Higher School"

Piano Playing Study Process Within the Context of Changes in Contemporary Education

Jeļena Davidova, Olga Gončarova
Daugavpils University, Latvia

Summary

Introduction. Practice shows that the conceptions of the development of contemporary piano playing pedagogy are bristling with discrepancies: on the one hand, high achievements, results in festivals, competitions, on the other – an obvious decrease of interest in piano playing. A decline in the popularity of professional education institutions testifies not only to a general social apathy of the society, but reveals a range of problems in professional music education.

The Aim of the Study. To explore the opinions of Latvian piano teachers about the changes in the piano playing study process. Lasīt vairāk "Piano Playing Study Process Within the Context of Changes in Contemporary Education"

Towards Creative Foreign Language Teaching: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Use

Renata Botwina
The Higher School of Pedagogy of the Society of Public Knowledge in Warsaw, Poland

Summary

Introduction. The article provides a conceptual setting for conscious teaching whereby classroom activities are referred to the principles of MIT. It also advocates an experimental insight into foreign language teaching where both a teacher and a student are encouraged to explore, discover and practice their multiple intelligences while teaching and mastering foreign languages. Additionally, practical implications of MIT for FLT are discussed and illustrated by a few examples of the activities designed in the framework of the theory.

The Aim of the Study. To establish a new perspective on both effective and creative foreign language teaching (FLT) in the framework of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MIT). Lasīt vairāk "Towards Creative Foreign Language Teaching: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Use"

Learning Strategies and Evalution Methods in Dance Education

Birute Banevičiūtė
Vilnius Pedagogical University, Lithuania

Summary

Introduction. The article deals with the problem of stimulation of the changes in teaching dance at schools seeking to implement contemporary approach to education based on active learning process and apropriate evaluation for learning. The object of the research is learning strategies and evaluation methods in dance education.

The Aim of the Study. To define pecularities of learning strategies and evaluation methods in dance education at school. Lasīt vairāk "Learning Strategies and Evalution Methods in Dance Education"

Diagnosing levels of dance composition skills in the study process

Rita Spalva
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

Both the rapid cultural processes in the world and in Europe and the high empirical level of the art activities in the society have developed preconditions for the analysis of dance composition in the correlation between theoretical and empirical findings (???????, 2008). It has cleared the way to the research of dance composition skills within the study process. Development of dance composition skills is one of the most significant tasks of the study process in the education of dance teachers and choreographers. It stimulates personality development and creative skills of students in the development of socially significant art objects. Diagnosing levels of dance compositions skills gives wide possibilities for the development of such skills by using the experience and abilities of each individual student. Lasīt vairāk "Diagnosing levels of dance composition skills in the study process"

Humour as indirect influence: different types of managers’ sense of humour and psychological climate in a team

Jānis Roze
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

This article examines whether different levels and types of managers’ sense of humour influence psychological climate in a work team.

The Aim of the Study

To investigate whether different levels out of four humour styles (affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating) and managers’ sense of humour influence the psychological climate in a team of employees. Lasīt vairāk "Humour as indirect influence: different types of managers’ sense of humour and psychological climate in a team"

Understanding of Latvian studying youth about mobility and migration in multi-dimensional society nowadays

Sandra Rone, Anna Līduma
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

Rapid inhabitant mobility and migration to European and other countries in the world as well as in the territory of Latvia goes on since Latvia has become the member of the European Union. There are several possible reasons for that: economic crisis in the country, low salaries in the social state sector, individual strivings and aspirations of every person to achieve self-realization. Many children become parentless as parents go to different countries. A part of Latvia’s inhabitants come back but a part of them continue to live abroad. This was the reason for choosing the topic to study. Lasīt vairāk "Understanding of Latvian studying youth about mobility and migration in multi-dimensional society nowadays"