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Going Back to School: A University-Middle School Civics

Robbin SMITH

Abstract:
Many scholars, governmental agencies, and foundations have urged institutions of higher education to refocus their energies on the creation of responsible and engaged citizens. In response, some universities sought to expand their curricula and to refine their mission statements and university strategic plans to take into consideration the new emphasis on engagement. These efforts proved largely fruitful, but often relied on creating discipline specific community partnerships that did little to bridge disciplinary divisions or to reach out beyond traditional partners. Read the rest of this entry »

Postmodernism and Constructionism. Seeing Truth through Different Eyes

Antonio SANDU
Simona USURELU
Abstract
Constructionist-fractal method is essentially a semiotic- hermeneutics method. It aims the transmodern paradigm analysis under three classical aspects: syntactic, semantic and pragmatic. The model’s syntax is the law – ontognoseology axioms that will be repeated in other areas of the transmodern speech. Semantics consists of transmodern upgrading of philosophy and scientific data. In the semantic analysis we find a structural model, of cognitive reconstruction of the Read the rest of this entry »

Multi –Media Educational Communication Strategies for English. A Case Study of an Online Chat Room for EFL as Platform of Applied Language Learning

Fee-Alexandra HASSE

Abstract
This paper is part of a cross-cultural study on the difficulties of English dialogues between non-native speakers in a special context where both sides share different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The paper describes the characteristics of online dialogues by multiple-participants quantitatively comparing them with conditions of non-online dialogue criteria. Everyday communicative activities involve not only two-participant communicative situations, but also those of more than two-dialogue partners. A chat room can serve as a platform for such situations with speech communication. The first part of this paper introduces a general methodology for the development and study of conversational learning process. Our research is interested in a demonstration how online communication can be integrated into a classroom for EFL learning.

Implications of Globalization on Education

Srikant MISRA

Abstract
The term ‘globalization’ means integration of economies and societies through cross country flows of information, ideas, technologies, goods, services, capital, finance and people. Cross border integration can have several dimensions – cultural, social, political and economic. In other words “The total education system of the world under one roof” it requires the unification of teaching curriculum, methodology and up gradation of knowledge and system to remain in the context for efficiency and effectiveness by which transformation of knowledge in justified manner to attain the goals of life.
This qualitative study is an attempt to describe the concepts of an education, teacher education, in the context of globalization. Globalization has containing both opportunities and threats for national development. This paper challenges the determinants of educational policy and argues that any country will need to develop its own national approach to modernizing education in light of the global context.

The Moral Values and Dilemmas in Romanian University. The Influence of Prosperity on Ethical Behavior

Magdalena IORGA

Abstract
Upon analysis, it appears that education is the only solution to prevail over this moral crisis; the dilemma of contemporary society, faced with this moral challenge, lies at the crossroads between philosophy and pedagogy. Moral value education cannot be reduced to “civic education” or to “human rights education”, as it lies at the crossroads between the logic of the mind and the logic of the heart, which generate values together. A “new ethics” is necessary, one which must reflect our historical standpoint, because the overthrow of a set of values and the inauguration of a “new moral” cannot be achieved by one “brilliant Zarathustra”.

Implementing Bologna Process: Taking into Account what Students Think and Improving Professor’s Performance in Class

Fernando Diez ESTELLA

Abstract:
As we all know, the so-called “Bologna-process” is paying close attention to many important things regarding High School education, such as skills, competences, new research trends, ICTs, accreditation and quality assurance, etc. Those issues are taking much of the attention of scholars and whoever is devoting efforts to research about them, and indeed they deserve it.

Martial Arts Anthropology for Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education

Wojciech J. CYNARSKI
Kazimierz OBODY?SKI
Howard Z. ZENG

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to discuss the subject as well as the problem of corporeality and spirituality in the anthropology of martial arts. The authors attempt to show the vision of a new psychophysical education on the way of martial arts and the taking of personal patterns here. Analysies are made in the perspective of the holistic pedagogy and humanistic theory of martial arts.Qualitative methods, such as studying literature, direct interview and long-term participant observation were used. The authors wish to begin with the concept of corporeality as it is found in the available literature on the subject.

The first author has been active in an environment of martial arts for over 30 years. Interviews and discussions were conducted with 9 martial arts masters of the highest rank.

Results and conclusions. Psychophysical system of self-realization is an educational programme – a way which relates to spiritual development through physical and mental exercise, according to teaching by a particular master-teacher. Within the context of martial arts being used as a psycho-educational form of education, the body fulfills, above all, the role of a tool to be used on the way towards enlightenment and wisdom. It is utilized specifically in spiritual progress. Improving one’s physical abilities is therefore an ascetic journey of physical perfectionism and technical accomplishment all towards achieving spiritual mastery. In some cases, spiritual development is described in terms of energy (qi, ki) and connected with the capacity of one’s health.

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The 2008 Election Moment. Iasi, the First Uninominal Elections

Nicolae LUPASCU

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In this article we try to present and briefly analyze the local and the parliamentary elections from 2008 in Iasi County. Through this paper we intend to reveal the voters’ expectations in terms of electoral offer, and also the desirable dominant traits of the candidates proposed by the main political parties, through the choices at the polls.
The results of these elections have revealed two contradictory features in the options of the electorate: at the local level, we can clearly see a trend of preserving local structures, voters going for the incumbent candidate for the seat of the Read the rest of this entry »

Review for the volume Body Language. Communication and interpretation, by Barbu Florea, published at Lumen Publishing House, 2011

Ana CARAS

Abstract
The volume Body language. Communication and interpretation by Barbu Florea, appeared under the idea of manifest in a world governed by preconceptions concerning the adaptation of people with hearing impairment to an active social life, effective communication and personal and professional development, and captures everyday fragments of a community, in which he himself is an active character whose communication is conditioned by sign language. The volume treats desirable aspects in building a society based on non-discrimination, equality of chances and fundamental human rights, issues centered around individuals affected by hearing loss and compelled to adapt to the pace of the social and everyday normality.