As promised, the abstract of the article Of Yared Demssie in the Journal of Cleaner Production on sustainability competencies in developing countries is posted here. The abstract is as follows: ‘The complex and global nature of unsustainability requires concerted efforts of sustainability change agents from developed and developing countries all over the world. Various attempts have been made to define competencies needed for change agents to effectively contribute to sustainable development. However, most of the studies on sustainability competencies are Eurocentric in focus. Therefore, it is unclear if a base of the pyramid context would require a different set of competencies. This context is characterized by low per capita income, limited infrastructure, and rural population. To fill this gap, we conducted a Delphi study in two rounds in Ethiopia, as a country at the base of the pyramid. Experts (n = 33) from academia and the industry rated and confirmed seven competencies from the literature as being generally important for sustainable development. Additionally, they identified eight sustainability y competencies specifically important for the Ethiopian context, and thus potentially for other countries with the features of base of the pyramid context. Systems thinking and transdisciplinary competence gained the highest ratings. A subsequent specific literature search revealed that previous studies in contexts other than the base of the pyramid context also identified some of the eight additional sustainability competencies. This is important for future studies regarding the universal nature of certain sustainability competencies. The study brought together three fields of research: sustainability, competence, and base of the pyramid context. Our findings contribute to the theory of professional competence by showing that certain sustainability competencies can be of generic nature, independent of socioeconomic context, whereas others are context-specific. In addition, the sustainability competencies may serve as intended learning outcomes of education and training and development programs for sustainability’.
Full reference: Demssie, Y., Wesselink, R., Biemans, H.J.A., & Mulder, M. (2019). Think outside the European box: Identifying sustainability competencies for a base of the pyramid context. Journal of Cleaner Production. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.255
As mentioned a while ago, here is more information regarding the publication of Dr Vitaliy Popov on the effects of a collaboration script in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment in which the emphasis is on intercultural cooperation. As said, effects were studied on the dimensions of integrated competence development in higher education: knowledge, skills and attitudes. The full reference to the publication is: Popov, V., Biemans, H.J.A., Fortuin, K.P.J., Van Vliet, A., Erkens, G., Mulder, M., Jaspers, J. & Li, Y. (2019). Effects of an Interculturally Enriched Collaboration Script on Student Attitudes, Behavior, and Learning Performance in a CSCL environment. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 21, 100-123. Until April 23, interested readers can download the paper for free via this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1Yg1i7sfHyfkNy
A literature review of Anahuac Valero on scaffolding first and second order scaffolding of argumentation competence development is accepted for publication by the journal Technology, Pedagogy and Education. When the article is published more information about the content of the article will be posted here.
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Honoured with the visit of Amy Harder, Grady Roberts, Robert Strong and Jimmy Lindner on February 25 to talk about future developments in the field of agricultural extension and education. Thanks for the great time, and lots of success with your plans! Doei!!!
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Research of Yared Demssie from Ethiopia on sustainaibility competence identification in developing countries is accepted for publication by the Journal of Cleaner Production. Once the manuscript is published online, the abstract will be posted here.
Full reference up to now: Demssie, Y., Wesselink, R., Biemans, H.J.A., & Mulder, M. (accepted February 25, 2019). Think outside the European box: Identifying sustainability competencies for a base of the pyramid context. Journal of Cleaner Production.
The article on Virtual Reality and Feedback of Stan van Ginkel et al which is accepted for publication by Computers & Education is now online. The question of the study reported in this article is if oral presentation competence of first-year students in Higher Education can be improved by using Virtual Reality Glasses which simulate audiences for practicing oral presentations. Continue reading Article on Virtual Reality and Feedback now online
Research of Stan van Ginkel on the application of a virtual reality system in oral presentation education has been accepted for publication in Computers & Education. The full reference of the publication is: Van Ginkel, S., Gulikers, J., Biemans, H.J.A., Bos, T., Van Tilborg, R., Van Halteren, M., Roozen, M., & Mulder, M. (Accepted). Fostering Oral Presentation Competence Through a Virtual Reality-Based Task for Delivering Feedback. Computers & Education. When the article is online, we will share the DOI.
Research of Vitaliy Popov, a PhD graduate from the Education and Competence Studies group of Wageningen University, now Associate Director of Research at the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education of the University of San Diego, USA, has been accepted for publication in Learning, Culture and Interaction. The research is interesting as it is about the effects of a collaboration script in a computer-supported collaborate learning environment in which the emphasis is on intercultural cooperation. Effects which are studied are all within the domain of integrated competence development in higher education: knowledge, skills and attitudes. The full reference to the publication is: Popov, V., Biemans, H.J.A., Fortuin, K.P.J., Van Vliet, A., Erkens, G., Mulder, M., Jaspers, J. & Li, Y. (accepted). Effects of an Interculturally Enriched Collaboration Script on Student Attitudes, Behavior, and Learning Performance in a CSCL environment. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. This journal is within Q3 of the SSCI. Once the article is published and available, it will be announced here.
Mariska van der Kaap heeft op 12 februari 2019 met succes haar scriptie voor de NCOI Masteropleiding Onderwijskunde (MEd) verdedigd. Titel van de scriptie: ‘Lokale effecten van het nieuwe landelijke opleidingsplan NOVUM: Onderscheidend en inspirerend opleiden tot Medisch Specialist in Maag-Darm-Leverziekten binnen het Flevoziekenhuis’. Hartelijk dank Dr. Joachim Wetterling voor de goede begeleiding.
Elske Barens heeft op 12 februari 2019 met succes haar scriptie voor de NCOI Masteropleiding Onderwijskunde (MEd) verdedigd. Titel van de scriptie: ‘Leerteamleren & studiesucces bij Hogeschool Utrecht Finance’. Hartelijk dank Dr. Martijn van Schaik voor de goede beoordeling en discussie.