FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire <p><strong>Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education (FIRE)</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>is an international academic journal that aims to provide an international academic platform for researchers involved in education and teaching practices from all around the world.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<strong>FIRE</strong> targets at discussing futuristic implementations in educational research with international significance, and it seeks to develop novel theoretical, conceptual or methodological insights into education and teaching. The <strong>FIRE&nbsp;</strong>also aims to investigate innovative policies, strategies, and programs within the global settings. It provides a medium where an overall process of education is considered including formal, informal and non-formal education.&nbsp;</p> en-US sezenarslan@gmail.com (Assist. Prof. Dr. Sezen ARSLAN) nurdan.kavakli@idu.edu.tr (Assist. Prof. Dr. Nurdan KAVAKLI (Publisher)) Fri, 15 May 2020 12:23:19 +0300 OJS 3.2.0.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Preparing teachers for a changing world: A book review http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/15 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This book directly addresses graduates of other majors who are interested in becoming EFL teachers, and discuss the current issues in English Language Teaching such as global issues, inclusive education, critical thinking, action research for language teachers. The articles also will inform prospective teachers about ‘Socially Responsible Teaching’ practices.</p> </div> </div> </div> Ferhat Karanfil Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/15 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 EDITORIAL http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/19 <p>EDITORIAL&nbsp;</p> Sezen Arslan; Nurdan Kavaklı Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/19 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 Educative experiences in picturebooks http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/10 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>This study explored the educative experiences in award-winning children’s picture books. Two questions framed a critical content analysis and critical visual discourse analysis approach: “What educative experiences do characters have in award-winning picture books?” and “To what extent are these experiences valuable and useful?” Using John Dewey’s theory of education, this article analyzed 132 picture books that received a Caldecott, Choice Book, or Jane Addams award between from 2008 to 2017. This article more closely analyzed books that in which characters had educative and mis-educative experiences. Findings indicate that educative experiences arise from significant experiences, and characters’ experiences carry positive messages but are miseducative. Identification of educative experiences supports educators’ approaches to reading award-winning children’s literature, identifying significant experiences, and understanding how these experiences become critical and democratic approaches to children’s learning.</p> </div> </div> </div> Peggy Albers, Tuba Angay-Crowder, Caleb Collier, Cindy Fujimoto, Myoung Eun Pang, Jee Hye Park Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/10 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 Forging multicultural sensitivity: How short-term study abroad experiences can help college students engage in a global society http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/8 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Transformative learning about global matters is becoming an important institutional mission for planning in the 21st century. Structured faculty-led programs may offer students a greater sense of society and global mindedness. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cultural sensitivity of students who participated in a one-week faculty-led spring break trip (Travelers) versus students who did not participate in study abroad experience (Non-travelers). We administered an adapted version of the Cultural Diversity Assessment Inventory (CDAI) to 67 students enrolled in an ethnically diverse urban university, assessing the following areas: a) creating a multicultural society, b) cultural awareness, and c) cross-cultural communication. Results show that Travelers are more aware of their role in society and seem to be more responsive to multicultural and global concerns than Non-travelers. Pedagogical aspects of faculty-led trips for experiential learning will be further discussed.</p> </div> </div> </div> Arisha Andha, Peri Yuksel, Frank Nascimento Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/8 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 Quantitative explorations of teacher self-efficacy towards students with special needs http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/16 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Teacher self-efficacy has been linked to positive student outcomes. This quantitative research study aimed to examine the mindsets and behaviors of regular education teachers concerning their ability to educate students with special needs. The modified Teacher Self Efficacy Survey was administered to general education teachers. Data revealed that general education teachers feel less efficacious for educating students with special needs in the areas of engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management. This study makes recommendations for professional development, focused on educating students with special needs, provided to general education teachers. Particularly, the findings speak to the need for a more diverse, flexible, and comprehensive approach to implement teacher professional development activities to improve the achievement of students with special needs.</p> </div> </div> </div> Denise Hart Arterbery, Olcay Yavuz Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/16 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 High school students’ attitudes towards English language in terms of different school types in Turkey http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/13 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Teaching and learning English has been an important and argued topic around the world and around Turkey from the beginning of the 1900s to present days. Since the 1900s, several different techniques and ways have been used to teach and learn English. On the other hand, many aspects of the earning process have been considered by the researchers in the field. Researchers focus on learner characteristics thanks to the changes of approaches to teach English. Attitude is one of the most featured aspects that is to be considered. Therefore, the concept of attitude has been dealt with in the study. The attitude differences of students from different types of high schools in Turkey have been examined.</p> </div> </div> </div> Burak Akyol, Bedirhan Ahmet Küçük Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/13 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300 An investigation into the students’ choosing mathematics as a teaching profession http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/9 <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The profession of mathematics is known to be difficult in society (Cakir &amp; Akkaya, 2017). In this direction, in this study, it is aimed to determine the factors that impact the choices of the students who are preparing for university exams and considering to choose mathematics teaching department. In this study, where the qualitative research method was adopted, the focus group interview was used as the data collection technique. The focus group interviews aim to gain in-depth, detailed and multidimensional qualitative information about the participants' perspectives, experiences, interests, experiences, tendencies, thoughts, perceptions, emotions, attitudes and habits on a given topic (Bowling, 2014; Gibbs, 1997; Stewart &amp; Shamdasani, 1990). The participants were selected by purposeful sampling method among the students preparing for the university exam. In the study, as a data collection tool, firstly, some of the questions included in ‘the scale of the reasons for choosing the teaching profession’ prepared by Ozsoy, Ozsoy, Ozkara and Memis (2010) were compiled and interview questions were prepared. Afterward, the semi-structured interview form was used as the data collection tool for the study. the findings show that the reasons for choosing mathematics teaching profession could be examined under seven headings: The impact of family and close environment, the impact of the teacher, the interest of this profession in web-based examinations, the impact of job security, the impact of students' ideals, the impact of whether the profession is suitable for them and the needs of the education system and the desire to meet them. Besides, it was determined that some of the students who prepared for the exam did not have any negative thoughts about mathematics courses even though they interpreted mathematics as a difficult course.</p> </div> </div> </div> Elif Ertem-Akbaş, Murat Cancan Copyright (c) 2020 FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/9 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 +0300