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Volume 4, Issue 1, May, 2018 

ISSN 2201-1323

 

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The Changing Professional Identity of Pre-service Technology Education Students

Deborah Trevallion, University of Newcastle, Australia (Pages 1 to 15)

This paper reports part of a larger study, which examines the transition of a pre-service Technology Education teacher during their pre service program. It records their journey from their initial identity as a trade worker; tracing their identity, knowledge, skill, values and attitudes development during their first encounter in a school as a pre-service secondary Technology teacher. This study demonstrates how the developing professional teacher identity is impacted within the Technology Foundation Course and identifies the factors causing the greatest change.

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Empowering Youth through Youth Engagement in Social Action in India

Mahesh P CHougule, Walchand College of Arts, India (Pages 16 to 28)

This study is based on a systematic process recording of Master Students’ participation in 45 days Summer Placement Training (SPT) focused on ‘hands-on’ social actions across different areas in India. The paper describes the process in which young people became empowered and how such empowerment reflected in their competencies, learning process, wellbeing and social intelligence. 

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Towards an Effective Model for Whole of School Blended Learning: A conceptual paper.

David Lynch, Paul Fradale, Ken Sell, David Turner and Tony Yeigh, Southern Cross University Australia. (Pages 29 to 51)

Over the course of the past decade, governments across the globe, together with their respective education systems have grappled with changes in society that are unprecedented in modern human history. In this paper, the authors detail the plans of a school that seeks to come to terms with such a circumstance by introducing a school-wide approach to teaching and learning through Blended Learning.  In effect, the school seeks to refocus its curriculum and its delivery mechanisms, the ‘look and feel’ of the school and its classrooms, the work of its teachers, and the study modus operandi of students to graduate young people who embody the traits required for such a changed world.  The paper examines in detail the underpinning conceptual Blended Learning model, its associated elements and the disruptive agenda that this whole of school initiative represents for schools and education more generally.

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Serious Leisure, Self-perceptions and Everyday Creativity

Romina Cecilia Elisondo, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto. National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (Pages 52 to 73)

The article includes two studies, the first analyses relationships between participation in leisure and creativity. Five hundred sixty-two men and women from Córdoba (Argentina) participate in the first study. The participants´ ages range from 18 to 60 years. The instruments of data collection are Creative Actions Scale, Test CREA, Test of Unconventional Uses and Leisure Activities Questionnaire. The aim of Study 2 is to investigate self-perceptions about creativity and analyses activities where people develop creative processes. In Study 2 participate two hundred five persons who has been surveyed in Study 1. The data collection instrument is a survey with open-ended questions. The results indicate positive effects of serious leisure activities on creativity. Participants who consider themselves creative obtain the highest mean scores in all measures of creativity. Qualitative analysis indicated that most participants consider themselves as creative in different activities and think that leisure activities are opportunities to develop creativity.

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Exploring the Use of Light and Colour to Detract and Enhance the Plot of 3D Rendered Scenes

Sokyna M. Al-Qatawneh, Al-Zaytoonah, University of Jordan, Jordan and Omayma M. AlQatawneh, University of Huddersfield, UK (Pages 74 to 94)

Lighting and colour play an essential role in the 3D rendered scene. Besides it roles in illuminating the objects, it helps create the mood, directs the audience eye, creates visual interest and most importantly, creates an illusion of believability in the mind of the viewers that help them engage with the scene. Whereas lighting has a depth to reveal the 3D impression, so it can be out from the background; unfortunately, it is hard to obtain a good lighting due to many concerns that influence the lighting results, such as the light source, its direction, and intensity. This work intends to illustrate how to use a lighting base as ambient displays, combine it with its initial function, to define what forms of interaction are best suited to pass on a message and create a secure emotional connection between the audience and the scene. Different variations of light and colour were applied to the rendered scene to quantify the saturation of the independent factors as well as to observe their effects to work out whether the variations can change the connected emotions and plot of the original scene. The experiments were conducted on 400 participants. As a result, it became evident that the light and colour does control the feelings of the viewers, both elements are complex and varied enough to require further investigation into how they should be monitored. Moreover, the process of lighting is influenced by the taste of the designer.

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Dvořák, Who Had the Time for Remembrance of Things Past

 Yaron Vansover, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv (Pages 95 to 111)

How can one explain to high school students a historical happening motivated by love? In 1892 the Czech composer, Antonin Dvořák, was invited to direct the National Conservatory of Music in New York and he left Prague, his home, his work and four of his children and travelled to New York. He had accepted this proposal because of love. Throughout his life, Dvořák carried with him the unrequited love of his youth, a love which projected upon his life and its progression to no small degree. In order to try to explain Dvořák’s decision to students, in order to link them to such intensity of love, we must make use of literature; history cannot help us to do that. The article proposes the story “Youthful Love” by Micha Josef Berdyczewski, which gives high school students a clue to the understanding of youthful love and how it can project upon one’s life long after one is no longer a youth. This is one example of how literature can help us understand history. 

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Personality and Success Level Prediction of Individuals Using Soft Skills Measures and its Performance Evaluation

Mr.Ramkumar.A, School of Management Studies, Department of Business Administration,  VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies and  Dr.Rajini.G. School of Management Studies, VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies. (Pages112 to 131)

In spite of significant development of research on personality with the Big Five Model in diversified areas, there is still much to be learned about the impact of personality assessment in predicting the life’s success of an individual. Personality of an individual is an integration of attitudinal, behavioural and emotional characteristics. Personality traits which are unique characteristics or qualities are found to be prospective predictors of success of Individuals. The study has been carried out using the various statistical techniques of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and by means of an automated online Decision Support System (DSS). In the study, the prediction is achieved with the help of mathematical representation, design of framework and rules laid for various models. This is to incrementally identify the behaviour and success levels of students in their life beyond usual academic prediction through an integrated AMS, CSM and EIM with NEO PI-R and to enhance it.