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This paper investigates how academic librarians perceive the role of social networks in enhancing the professional skills of library staff, and how they can be used to promote library services. It is based on case study design in real organizational settings, which are two academic libraries in Jordan, namely the University of Jordan library and Al-Balqaa’ Applied University library. The authors used questionnaires to collect the required data in order to investigate the perceptions of library staff in relation to social networks and how they used social networks to promote library services. The results indicate high awareness and extensive use of social networks for professional development. However, it appears that social networks were not fully exploited to promote library services. It was noted that “job title” (staff position) was the only factor that affected the results, while other factorssuch as gender, experience, frequency of use and age had no effect on the results. It is concluded that academic libraries in Jordan should make better use of social networks to promote library services.​

Library and Information Library and Information 1/1/2016Library and Information
  

This paper compares two projects that adopted social bookmarking (SB) technology in different educational contexts at the same institution, a large, research-intensive university in the north of England. The first study used social bookmarking in a multicultural postgraduate class to increase interactivity within the whole class and to produce an archive of course-related online resources to engage potentially isolated students. The second study used social bookmarking to support first year undergraduate students' independent research activities, to facilitate collaboration and to aid the tutor's preparation for seminar classes. The paper provides an outline of the two studies, including a description of the pedagogic approaches adopted in them, developments in the pedagogy over time and evaluative and usage data that were collected. The discussion focuses on five main issues: SB literacy; SB benefits; SB costs and risks; SB pedagogy; and SB alternatives.​

Library and Information Library and Information 1/1/2016Library and Information
  

The great influx of international students into UK universities has led to internationalisation becoming an important issue. Previous studies have focused on the integration of home and international students, illustrating a lack of intercultural interaction. Yet there has been a lack of research investigating international students' networks and how these networks evolve over time. The study reported in the current paper sought to fill this gap. The research findings were interpreted through the lens of community of practice (COP) and social networks (SN) theories. Findings confirmed that international students have four distinct types of network. The class did not evolve towards a single cohesive network, rather there were changing clusters of relationship. The findings showed that although co-national factors are important at the beginning of students' learning, they are not always the main influences shaping student networks. The findings are significant for both institutions and teachers.​

Library and Information Library and Information 1/1/2015Library and Information
  

International education studies​

Counseling and Special Education Counseling and Special Education 1/1/2013Counseling and Special Education
  

International Journal of Special Education​

Counseling and Special Education Counseling and Special Education 1/1/2012Counseling and Special Education
  

International education studies​

Counseling and Special Education Counseling and Special Education 1/1/2012Counseling and Special Education
  
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between maltreatment (psychological and neglect) and emotional intelligence among 163 Jordanian students in seventh grade. Two measurements were applied: The Maltreatment and Neglect Scale and The BarOn Quotient Inventory scale. The study results revealed a statistically significant inverse relationship between emotional intelligence and maltreatment. Students subjected to high levels of maltreatment scored lower means in emotional intelligence, and students subjected to low levels of maltreatment scored higher means in emotional intelligence. The emotional intelligence domains included intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, stress management and adaptability. The results showed statistically significant differences for all domains except intrapersonal skills. Furthermore, the results revealed no statistically significant differences in emotional intelligence of those maltreated attributed to students’ gender. Finally, there were statistically significant differences in emotional intelligence which were attributed to the type of maltreatment in favour of neglect.

Educational Administration and FoundationsEducational Administration and Foundations2/6/2017Educational Administration and Foundations
  

The proper assessment of math computational skills is essential for monitoring progress, predicting achievement, and identifying students with disabilities. The current study extends previous research on assessment of curriculum-based measurement in mathematics(M-CBM) . The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of the M-CBM computation assessment on improving third-grade math achievement. This paper presents a comparison study of two classrooms; one used a M-CBM computation in addition to the summative assessment and one used summative assessment only. Each class consisted of 35 students; three who had a Specific Learning Disability in math. The results of a 15-week CBM process demonstrated the effectiveness of using the M-CBM with third- grade students. Furthermore, when compared to the traditional way of assessment, the use of the MCBM produced significant gains in students’ achievement, specifically, for the students who were struggling with math.

Educational Administration and FoundationsEducational Administration and Foundations1/1/2013Educational Administration and Foundations
  

 Hermann's Brain Dominance Instrument Psychometric Characteristics and its Use to Reveal Patterns of Brain Dominance

Educational Administration and FoundationsEducational Administration and Foundations1/1/2007Educational Administration and Foundations
  
 
This study aimed at assessing teaching behavior styles of teachers
in primary schools in South Amman. A scale was developed, containing
40 items distributed into five styles of behaviour its psychometric
properties were investigated. It was applied to the sample which
consisted of 300 teachers. The results revealed that there were significant
differences in formal authority, personal model, a n d facilitator styles on
the benefit of females, no differences in teaching styles rela ted to
monthly pay, no effect of qualification and subjects on expert, formal
authority and delegator styles. An effect of experience on expert and
formal authority styles, no effect of qualification, experience and
.subjects on personal model a n d facilitator styles

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2009Educational Psychology
  

Damascus University Journal

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2012Educational Psychology
  

The purpose of this analytical study is to investigate the extent of having the basic skills of English, Arabic, and computer science by the first-year students in the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts - UNRWA, in view of some variables: specialization (English, Arabic, and Class teacher), and type of study (Envoy, and non-Envoy). The study was applied to students enrolled at the college, who are (337) students, distributed as follows: (82) students in the English department, (88) students of Arabic, and (167) students of a class teacher. The results revealed that the average performance of students in the computer test was the highest, followed by the average performance in the Arabic language, and next the performance mean in English, there were statistically significant differences between the means of students on placement tests according to student specialty, in favor of English specialty, and according to the type of study, in favor of envoy students. There was also a reasonable correlation between the scores on placement tests and the students' average in the end of the first semester.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2012Educational Psychology
  

This study aimed to investigate the impact of electronic portfolio on the development of reflective thinking and self -directed learning readiness of the students in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at UNRWA. To achieve this goal, the researchers used a reflective thinking scale, consists of (16) items, and a self directed learning readiness scale, (41) items, and applied them, after investigating their psychometric properties, on a sample of (49) students, from fourth-year faculty students, enrolled in the practice education program, the sample divided into two groups, the experimental group, using the e-portfolio assessment strategy, and the control group, with the traditional assessment strategy, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used. The results of the study showed statistically significant differences between the two groups on reflective thinking and self directed learning readiness, and on the majority of their subscales, in favor of the experimental group. The study ended with some recommendations aimed at activating the e-portfolio strategy, in evaluation, in different areas, and various levels

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2013Educational Psychology
  

This study aimed to investigate the technical characteristics of the questions contained in the books of Islamic education for grades I, II and III in Jordan, an analysis instrument has been developed, it consists of (6) domains, each has a number of subordinate levels, it was used in the analysis of Islamic education books, the number of questions that have been analyzed was 140 questions for the first grade, 204 questions for the second grade, and 161 questions for the third grade. The study found that in terms of outcomes measured by the question, the questions focus on the cognitive domain, and in terms of cognitive level of question the focus was on the level of knowledge and remembering, about the form of questions, the questions were divided on the different forms but they focus on the essay questions and MC questions, about the question language it was generally clear, and about their suitability for the grade level it was appropriate, but in terms of the prevalence of activity and familiarity, the majority of questions were traditional, with regard to the impact of difference of grade level in the technical characteristics of the questions it was noted that there is dependence of the distribution of frequencies to levels of the following aspects: outcomes measured by the question, the cognitive level, the form of the question, and the prevalence of the question and familiarity, the study recommends paying attention to the higher levels of cognitive domain, and diversify the forms of questions in a balanced manner

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2012Educational Psychology
  

The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of classroom questions used by the teachers of social and national education at UNRWA schools from their point of view, a questionnaire consisting of 50 items has been developed, it distributed into three main domains: formulation of classroom questions, purposes, and asking, it was applied to a sample of (152) teachers from social and national education teachers. The results showed high degrees of estimation of the characteristics of questions used by the teachers, the study found no statistically significant differences between the teachers in the degree of questioning skills due to sex of the teacher (male and female) , scientific qualification (diploma, bachelor, diploma after bachelor, and master or above), and the number of experience years as a teacher (less than 5 years, 5-10 years, and greater than 10 years), also, a statistically significant difference between the teachers in questions' formulation was found, due to the specialization of the teacher, in favor of the history and geography teachers. The study concluded some recommendations, including training teachers in skills related to classroom questions that measure higher-order thinking and problem-solving.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2014Educational Psychology
  
 
This study aimed to investigate the impact of the strategy of Reciprocal Teaching in developing the achievement of ninth grade female students in biology (control and regulation chapter) and their reflective thinking. The study sample consisted of (69) female students from the ninth grade at Talbeyyeh preparatory school at UNRWA, they were distributed randomly into two groups: experimental studied science using the strategy of reciprocal teaching, and the control group studied with the ordinary strategy, two scales measure achievement and reflective thinking were applied on the two groups as pretests and posttests. The results of study shows that there were statistically significant differences between the means of the control and experimental groups on the scientific achievement test and the reflective thinking scale due to the using of reciprocal teaching strategy, in favor of the experimental group.
Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommended using reciprocal teaching strategy in teaching science, and strengthening the role of student and teacher training about this strategy.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2014Educational Psychology
  

This study aimed to investigate the impact of Thinking Actively in Social Contexts (TASC Wheel) on developing self-directed learning readiness and academic self efficacy on a sample of seventh graders in Jordan. To achieve this objective, the researchers administered, after investigating their psychometric properties, a self-directed learning readiness scale consisting of (41) items, and a self efficacy scale consisting of (30) items to a sample of (73) seventh grade students. The study sample was divided into two groups, the experimental group, using TASC wheel strategy, and the control group, using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). Results of the study showed statistically significant differences between the two groups on self directed learning readiness scale only, and on the majority of its subscales, in favour of the experimental group. The study ended with some recommendations aimed at activating TASC wheel strategy, in different areas, and various levels.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2014Educational Psychology
  

This study aimed at investigating the effect of a portfolio strategy on acquiring the scientific concepts. The sample consists of 70 female students from the 3rd graders in Amman new camp school, distributed into two groups: experimental group and control group, a pretest of scientific concepts was applied on the two groups to find alternative concepts, after testing its psychometric properties using the suitable procedures, the experimental  group has been taught one chapter in science using portfolio strategy and at the end of the experiment, the post test of scientific concepts was applied on the two groups  The findings showed a significant effect of the portfolio strategy on acquiring scientific concepts. The study recommended applying portfolio strategy for the different grades, and conducting more similar researches on different grades and samples.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2013Educational Psychology
  
This study aimed to investigate the assessment practices used by Jordanian teachers of mathematics for grades (1-6) in Amman. The sample of the study consisted of (402) teachers. a questionnaire composed of (72) items was developed that included four areas, namely: Questions, homework, exams and alternative strategies. Validity and reliability evidences were established. The results showed that the mean of the scores for all domains and on all the instrument was median, but it was the highest on exams and lowest on the homework, also the ANOVA results showed that there are no statistically significance differences related to the gender and number of courses while there are statistically significance differences according to scientific qualification in favor of postgraduate studies and also to the type of school in favor of government schools in addition to the number of experience years in favor of category (5-10) years at homework domain only
Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2016Educational Psychology
  
This study aims to develop a test in the skills of the scientific research for the students in faculties of educational sciences at Jordanian universities, and  Investigating its Psychometric Properties using Classical and modern Theory, to achieve this goal, a multiple choice test of scientific research skills was developed. It consisted of (88) items in its final form, it was applied to a random sample of (997) students of the Educational faculties at Jordanian universities. The data of the test were analyzed using (SPSS), (Winstep) and (Bilog-Mg). The results revealed that the test has good psychometric features in accordance to the classic theory, validity and reliability were suitable, and the analysis results according to Rasch model indicated that the majority of items have equivalent discrimination coefficients and the guess factor is closed to zero, all items and responses of individuals are good fitness with the model. The result of the analysis shows that the mean value of ability is zero, i.e. it is at the maximum item information function.

Educational Psychology Educational Psychology 1/1/2016Educational Psychology
  

This study aimed to investigate the Attitudes of accounting students in the Bachelors programs at Jordan universities towards accounting as a future profession, and their difference according to specific educational varaibles. The study was undertaken on a stratified-randomly selected (120) students studying at Jerash University and Al-Balqa'a University. The researchers developed a questionnaire like attitude scale utilizing scaled developed by Marriott and Marriott (2003) and Cheliki and Serinkan (2011). It consists of (15) items. Results revealed positive students' attitudes towards accounting as a future profession. Also, there were no statistically significant differences in the level of the students' attitudes towards acconting as a future profession due to the variables of the gender of the students, the academic year, the type of the university, the educational stream and the average in the secondary stage. Among the study recommendations were to promote integration between theoretical information and practical application, to provide opportunities for better field practice, and to use different authentuic assessment methods for students' performance.​

Curriculum and InstructionCurriculum and Instruction1/1/2016Curriculum and Instruction
  

This study aimed to determine the degree of inclusion in textbooks of art education to higher basic stage in Jordan for Islamic arts, and to investigate the problems faced by teachers of arts education in the implementation of the curriculum. A content-analysis list and a questionnaire were developed. Textbooks of Arts Education were analysed, and the questionnaire was addressed to 120 techers of Art education in the capital of Amman. The results of the study showed that some of the contents of Islamic arts were not included in any of the textbooks, while the ninth gradetextbook has the greater percentage of the inclusion of the areas of Islamic art. The results also indicated a number of problems faced by teachers of art education in the implementation of the curriculum: the highest is the weakness of specialized training programs to develop teachers in art education, the teaching of the subject by material by non-specialised teachers, the high number of students per class, the reluctance to accept students for the education course as a curricular course, the lack of motivation of parents to encourage students to bring items of art education, and inadequate tools and competence available in the workshop, in addition to the lack of computers in proportion to the number of students in the school.​

Curriculum and InstructionCurriculum and Instruction1/1/2016Curriculum and Instruction
  

The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between lifestyles and anxiety and depression, as well as the ability of these lifestyles in predicting anxiety and depression. The sample consisted of (277) students (male and female) from the faculty of educational sciences at the  university  of Jordan.

lifestyle personality Inventory (LSPI), (Mullins, Kern and Curlette (1987)

Trait anxiety Inventory (TAI) (Spielberger, Gorsuch & Lushene (1970), and  the Beck depression Inventory (BDI) were used.                                                          

The results of the study showed no relationship between lifestyles and anxiety except the controlling theme, passive and conforming theme, Active.                         

Results also showed negative relationship between the socially interested type and anxiety. The exploiting theme, passive and the exploiting theme, Active – Getting Even types correlated positively with depression.    
Counseling and Special Education Counseling and Special Education 1/1/2012Counseling and Special Education
  

​This study aimed at identifying the effect of flipped classroom strategy on acquisition of the grammar concepts among sixth grade students in Jordan. A purposeful random sample (n=56) consisting of male and female students was selected. Participants were recruited from the University of Jordan Model School. To ensure student exposure to same instructional conditions, participants were assigned to an experimental (n=28) taught using the flipped classroom strategy and control group (n-28) taught traditionally. To achieve the study objectives, participants completed a pretest-posttest, and results revealed statistically significant differences at (α=0.05) between the mean scores of the experimental and control groups attributed to the strategy used in favor of the experimental group. The study revealed no statistically significant differences in the mean scores at (α=005) of both groups attributed to gender or interaction between strategy and gender. The study, therefore, recommends application of the flipped classroom strategy in teaching basic grammar concepts to sixth grade students.

Keywords: flipped classroom strategy, grammar concepts, sixth grade students, Jordan.​

Curriculum and InstructionCurriculum and Instruction10/14/2017Curriculum and Instruction