Student-perceived Epistemic Authority of Associate Professors in Institutions of Higher Education

Solveiga Blumberga
Daugavpils University, Latvia

Abstract

The article analyses the topical social epistemology issue of transmission and sharing of knowledge in the context of social psychology. Essential is focusing on authority as an attitude and, within this context, also focusing on an analysis of the structure of authority, situational structuring of authority.

Therefore, the aim of the study is to explore the epistemic authority of associate professors in institutions of higher education as perceived by the students of various study areas. The concept of epistemic authority has been used to pursue the aim (Raviv, Bar-Tal, Ravi & Abin, 1993; Kruglanski, 1989; Hepburn, 2006; Asmuß & Svennevig, 2009; Glenn & LeBaron, 2011). Exploring epistemic authority is related to exploring the degree of trust in epistemic authority (Kruglanski et al., 2005). Lasīt vairāk "Student-perceived Epistemic Authority of Associate Professors in Institutions of Higher Education"

Effects of Text Messaging on Academic Performance

Amanda Barks, H. Russell Searight, Susan Ratwik
Lake Superior State University, USA

Abstract

University students frequently send and receive cellular phone text messages during classroom instruction. Cognitive psychology research indicates that multi-tasking is frequently associated with performance cost. However, university students often have considerable experience with electronic multi-tasking and may believe that they can devote necessary attention to a classroom lecture while sending and receiving text messages. In the current study, university students who used text messaging were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: 1. a group that sent and received text messages during a lecture or, 2. a group that did not engage in text messaging during the lecture. Participants who engaged in text messaging demonstrated significantly poorer performance on a test covering lecture content compared with the group that did not send and receive text messages. Participants exhibiting higher levels of text messaging skill had significantly lower test scores than participants who were less proficient at text messaging. It is hypothesized that in terms of retention of lecture material, more frequent task shifting by  hose with greater text messaging proficiency contributed to poorer performance. Overall, the findings do not support the view, held by many university students, that this form of multitasking has little effect on the acquisition of lecture content. Results provide empirical support for teachers and professors who ban text messaging in the classroom. Lasīt vairāk "Effects of Text Messaging on Academic Performance"

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"

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"

Analytical methods in the process of learning music

Imants Mežaraups
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

Learning to perform any new musical work is a multi-dimensional task for any musician, young or old, experienced or novice. In most academic situations (as opposed to improvisatorial situations typical for jazz and popular music), the musician must acquire all of the needed musical information from the notated score, and translate that to actual performance. This process can be expedited and made more accurate if analytical methods are employed in studying the musical score.

The Aim of the Study

To briefly illustrate analytical methods that have been proposed by music theorists, but here not for the sake of music theory as such, but rather to enhance the learning process for any practicing musician. Analysis can be a practical tool that enables musicians to learn more quickly. Lasīt vairāk "Analytical methods in the process of learning music"

Development of Student’s Values in Pedagogical Process

Ilze Briška
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

In the sense of system-constructivistism, a competent individual orientates oneself in modern world, judges the values and is personally interested in his own profession and self-development.

Aim of the Study

To find out the possibilities to facilitate the development of a student’value system. Lasīt vairāk "Development of Student’s Values in Pedagogical Process"

Some Aspects of Ensuring Socio-cultural Competence of the Student in the Content of Latvian Language

Zenta Anspoka, Gunta Siliņa-Jasjukeviča
Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Introduction

The more changeable social circumstances are, the more important is the responsibility of the teacher to help each student understand his/her specific identity. It is vitally important to realize and fulfil the learners’social role in the particular cultural environment.

Aim of the Study

To analyze a number of content aspects of the Latvian language as a subject in order to provide the socio-cultural competence of student and to indicate pedagogical tools used to improve it. Lasīt vairāk "Some Aspects of Ensuring Socio-cultural Competence of the Student in the Content of Latvian Language"