Practice and Theory in Systems of Education

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Volume 1 Number 1 2009
ISSN 1788-2591 (Online)
ISSN 1788-2583 (Printed)

Sustainable Development and its Occurrence in Sustainability Pedagogy,
pages 1-9

In the first part of the present work the different interpretations of the term sustainable development is analysed. It can be stated that the meaning of the term was changed and modified through the years and by today there are interpretations of the term at different levels. The next chapter discusses the occurrence and role of the term in public education. Then educational efforts observed in the pedagogy of sustainability are presented. The last part analyses the interpretation of the term environmental consciousness and its predomination at different levels, emphasizing the level of the individual that has greatest role in education.

Szabolcs SIMON:
Environmental Education for Sustainability,
pages 10-14

Our modern way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, and this will lead to a disaster. The health of our planet is put to a risk and this will determine our future and no one's well-being can be secure if the environment is not protected.

Katinka BACSKAI:
Teachers of Reformed Schools in Hungary,
pages 15-22

Our questionnaire research on teachers of reformed grammar schools in Hungary started in spring 2007. In this research we try to compare the data of a database having 169 representative samples with the data of countrywide researches covering non-religious schools as well. We focus on the characteristics of teachers: how the characteristic of teachers of religious schools differ from or resemble the characteristic of teachers of the whole Hungarian teacher community. Most of the students of reformed grammar schools in Hungary are in low social status, come from rural areas and their parents are often unemployed. These schools are situated in the undeveloped part of Hungary, as the rate of Calvinists is high in these areas. However, the students of these schools are successful during their further education. According to quantitative researches the teachers are who help their students to succeed. It is therefore so important to know their characteristics and the norms and values they represent.

Usage of Different Drugs among Secondary School Students,
pages 23-36

In post-modern society, family relations have remarkably been modified and the youth's social status has significantly changed. The generation gap between parents and children has increased, due to which parents are not able to give appropriate behavioural patterns to their kids. Simultaneously, more and more youngsters reject the way of life and the values offered by their parents. In our changing society, youngsters less frequently have confidence in their parents; if they have problems they more often seek for support among peers. But without satisfactory solutions, teenagers may get into identity crisis and take on deviant behaviours such as smoking, drinking and drug taking.

Teaching a Healthy Lifestyle,
pages 37-41

Our society, which has its share of the elderly and the ill, recognizes the paramount role a healthy lifestyle plays in our renewal: therefore, teaching this lifestyle has become a paramount goal. It is common for medical professionals to observe that the roots of illnesses which plague many elderly patients were planted as much as ten or fifteen years ago. An unhealthy lifestyle has consequences. This paper wishes to explore the essential components of a healthy lifestyle and offer methods with which to educate the population as a whole with regards to living a healthy life.

Judit H. EKLER:
Changes in Value Judgment of Scholastic Majored Students in Terms of Physical Education,
pages 42-46

Physical education and sport have three distinctive spheres of values. These are health, personality development and body culture. Our study examined the background knowledge of scholastic students on these values. First grades consider health equal to physical education. On the other hand the acquisition during training had a great influence on what students think about the effects of physical education on personality development and on the values of body culture. Parallel to this sport and physical education were esteemed higher and higher even in their and their students' life.

Katalin LÁNG:
The Role of Storybooks in Teaching English to Young Learners,
pages 47-54

The first part of this paper gives a short background to the theoretical assumptions of early foreign language teaching focusing on the term CPH (Critical Period Hypothesis).The second part briefly looks at the theoretical underpinning of using literature as a resource for language teaching. The last section introduces the reader to two projects incorporating stories into the practice of the classroom.

Susann PIHL:
Language Acquisition and Language Teaching, Young Learners,
pages 55-60

This presentation will deal with the subject of language acquisition and some personal experiences in this area. This experience has been mostly gained over the past six years as an English teacher in a bilingual environment. The aim of the bilingual programme is for children to acquire English in much the same way as they would in a family where the parents speak different languages. The programme is currently operating in a kindergarten and 3 primary schools. The author has worked with both kindergarten children and school children.

József NEMES:
Education Experiences with a USB Interface,
pages 61-66

On the basis of experiences so far, it can be stated that both software and hardware knowledge can be presented well by using the interface. With the eight digital outputs, five digital inputs, two analog inputs, two analog outputs and the two PWM outputs, all of the basic problems of control can be presented properly that we may encounter in an industrial environment like flexible production. By connecting various sensors and effectors and with relatively little hardware knowledge, spectacular measurements and controls can be constructed. Last but not least, it is essential that students and learners can experience the advantages of programmed controlling as opposed to wire controlling, with relatively simple programming tasks.

Ágota DOBOS:
The Facilitative Adult Trainer Role,
pages 67-78

The facilitative approach in adult education is not merely a set of techniques and methods but a training philosophy based on an underlying integrated theoretical framework with core values and assumptions. They are closely connected to the learner-centred approach in which the emphasis is put on constructive adult learning, which is satisfying the real practical needs of the learner and resulting in creative and productive knowledge. The study aims at exploring and specifying the concept of facilitation and the related practice in the perspective of adult education. The facilitative adult trainer role is distinguished from other roles built on the application of the facilitative methods and techniques. Applying the mental models of unilateral control and mutual learning of Roger Schwarz to adult education, educators are revealed in their specific roles: taking control of or sharing responsibilities for learning. The study encourages the shift from the prescriptive to the collaborative approach by reflecting at learning situations that facilitate the effective learning process.

Rankings in the Hungarian Higher Education,
pages 79-87

The higher education of the world, together with the Hungarian higher education has quite changed. These changes have increased the claim of interested parties in the higher education to know the higher education institutions which the international and national higher education rankings have been trying to meet. The media have picked up on this public need. In my work I lay emphasis on the analysis of Hungarian institutions' rankings among the national higher education rankings. I assess the criteria and methodology of the comparison.

Zoltán BOKA:
New Ambitions in a New Land?
pages 88-94

Studies have shown that when students settle on a certain career and embark on an educational journey to obtain the qualifications for that career, their outlooks and motivations are generally stable. The question for this study is whether students who are enrolled in a non-career specific Intensive English Program on a University campus, thus fulfilling their academic but not career prerequisites [as the IEP coursework does not relate to their careers] find their ambitions shifting as they progress through their coursework.

Are the Wrong Answers Bad?
pages 95-100

By evaluating our students' knowledge, it is too hard to ascertain whether the pupils have really understood exactly the tasks, or whether they can only give a casual though right answer. So if their answers are good we never know exactly whether their answers show a deep understanding or the answers are only occasional ones. Only mistakes, they do show a deeper level of children's thinking. Analyzing their mistakes we trying to follow their train of thought so we can understand their thinking better. It can helps us to correct their learning mistakes.

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