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What is the internet? Taiwanese high school students' perceptions

What is the internet? Taiwanese high school students' perceptions

ABSTRACT This study gathered 588 Taiwan high school students’ responses about their perceptions of the Internet. The high school students highlighted the views that the Internet was a technol- ogy and a tool. Further analyses revealed that the students in lower grades and female stu- dents tended to conceptualize that the Internet was mainly a technology. On the other hand, the students in higher grades or male students emphasized other pragmatic aspects of the In- ternet, such as using it for functional or pleasure purposes, for instance, using the Internet as a tool, a toy, or a method of guiding a tour.
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Perceptions of the prevalence of cigarette smoking by peers: A study of Taiwanese, Filipino, and Thai high school students.

Perceptions of the prevalence of cigarette smoking by peers: A study of Taiwanese, Filipino, and Thai high school students.

among girls in Southeast Asia poses many prob- lems for rising generations in addition to the health problems common to both genders. Women face additional hazards in pregnancy, female-specific cancers such as cancer of the cervix, and exposure to passive smoking. The health problems are likely to increase in response to the following conditions: the spending power of girls and women is increasing so that ciga- rettes are becoming more affordable, the social and cultural constraints that previously prevented many girls and women from smoking are weak- ening, and female-specific health education and smoking cessation programs are rare. Further- more, evidence suggests that females find it harder to quit smoking. Tobacco companies are clearly targeting females by marketing cigarettes specifically designed to appeal to women and by advertising directed toward females. This advertising associates smoking with feminism, sophistication, weight control, and Western-style independence. Thus, a major challenge and op- portunity in primary preventive health in South- east Asia is to avert the predicted rise in smok- ing among girls and young women (Mackay and Amos, 2003).
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Perceptions of the prevalence of cigarette smoking by peers: A study of Taiwanese, Filipino, and Thai high school students.

Perceptions of the prevalence of cigarette smoking by peers: A study of Taiwanese, Filipino, and Thai high school students.

This study aimed to assess the perceptions of the prevalence of peer cigarette smoking in samples of high school students from three Southeast Asian countries and to examine the associ[r]

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Developing an Internet Attitude Scale for high school students

Developing an Internet Attitude Scale for high school students

Increased positive Internet experiences may help students shape better attitudes towards the Internet, especially for those who showed high anxiety and low confidence in using the Internet. In summary, findings derived from this study mostly paralleled what had been found in prior computer-related attitude research. Male students showed more positive Internet attitudes than female students did; and, students with more Internet experiences tended to have better Internet attitudes. Since the Internet will be one of the main technologies surrounding all people’s future life and learning environment, and people’s attitudes do affect their technology utilization (AlKhaldi & AlJabri, 1998), measuring Internet attitudes with validity and reliability is an important issue in Internet-related research. This study could be viewed as one of the beginning attempts on this. The next step of this study should work on providing more strong evidence about the validity of the IAS scale or making further modification. For instance, new items may be necessary to improve the consistency of the behavior subscale. In addition, this pilot study applied exploratory factor analysis to verify the structure of a new Internet attitude scale. We encourage future study to use confirmatory factor analysis approach (Bentler & Bonett, 1980;
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Sensation seeking and internet dependence of Taiwanese high school adolescents

Sensation seeking and internet dependence of Taiwanese high school adolescents

However, Kandell (1998) identified college students as more vulnerable to pro- blematic Internet use than other groups. This phenomenon can be attributed to several reasons. Most university students move away from home to a dormitory, thus allowing them to physically cut family ties if desired. Away from parents’ gui- dance, students have more freedom in governing their use of the Internet. During this period, university students strive to develop their personal identities as well as meaningful interpersonal relationships or even intimacy. Their personal needs may lead them to explore the enormous social network connected by the Internet. Addi- tionally, the educational system encourages college students to use the Internet owing to its promotion as a super high way to the high tech world and innovative- ness. It is reasonable to expect that this similar phenomenon will occur as the Internet becomes increasingly accessible to high school students.
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Taiwanese Senior High School Students’ Perceptions of Native English-Speaking Teachers and Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers

Taiwanese Senior High School Students’ Perceptions of Native English-Speaking Teachers and Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers

1. Research Question 1: NESTS and TTs in Language Abilities The results of Table 1 demonstrate that there exists an NEST ideology in Taiwanese senior high schools, since the respondents perceive NESTs have better language abilities, because English is their mother tongue. It can be argued that NNESTs are viewed inferior to NESTs in terms of linguistic competence. Amin (1997) argues that although sociolinguists are aware the connection doesn’t exist intrinsically between race and language ability, a great number of research indicates that some language learners assume the connection exists. Does the perception of the NEST’s and NNEST’s language ability affect the participants’ view on teachers’ teaching ability? In the following, the studentsperceptions of teachers’ teaching abilities will be examined.
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Preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments among high school students in Taiwan

Preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments among high school students in Taiwan

For a complete survey, please refer to Appendix A. 2.3. Procedure of data collection After the target students were chosen, they were asked to browse a few selected local Internet-based instructional sites and systems, which had been nominated as the best instructional web sites by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. During the pro- cess, pupils were first asked to evaluate the sites, and later to respond their preferences by using the CILES. These sites, based upon the researchers’ perspectives, could be viewed as more constructivist-oriented. They included a variety of information and resources to help students’ knowledge construction and social interactions. Since sample students at least obtained such actual Internet learning experiences, involving the navigation of certain local instructional sites before completing the CILES, it could be believed that the variability about students’ interpretations of the Internet learning environments would not be very high. That is, their general perceptions toward the features as well as the possible functions of Internet-based learning en- vironments would not be highly divergent. They had some similar experiences and interpretations toward the Internet-based learning environments and thus they all had adequate experiences to show their preferences toward these environments.
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Taiwanese High School Students' Participation in Competitive English Debate

Taiwanese High School Students' Participation in Competitive English Debate

National Taiwan Normal University t22028@ntnu.edu.tw Abstract Although students’ experience of competitive forensic involvement has long been researched in the US, it is a topic yet to be explored in Taiwan. To achieve a preliminary but broad understanding of Taiwanese students’ competitive English debate participation, a study was conducted which surveyed 64 high school students for their perceptions on participating in the 2007 Taipei Cicero English Debate Tournament. Among other findings, the study showed that like their American counterparts, Taiwanese debaters deemed educational needs followed by competitive and personal needs as incentives to participate in the competitive debate. In addition to improved English skills, Taiwanese debaters also considered enhancement of communication/public speaking, critical/analytical thinking, and debating/argumentation skills as the major benefits, and time-related factors as the chief cost of debate involvement. Over all, the findings of the study spoke powerfully for the educational values of competitive English debate involvement for Taiwanese high school students.
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Parenting Style , Internet Using Behaviors , and Internet Addiction of High School Students. 黃慧鈞、黃德祥

Parenting Style , Internet Using Behaviors , and Internet Addiction of High School Students. 黃慧鈞、黃德祥

Parameters of Internet use, abuse and addiction: the first 90 days of the Internet usage survey. Psychological Reports, 80(3), 879-882. Caplan, S. E. (2002). Problematic Internet use and psychosocial well-being: Development of a theory-based cognitive-behavioral measurement instrument. Computers in Human Behavior, 18, 553–575. Chang, M. K., & Law, S. P. M. (2008, in press). Factor structure for Young’s Internet addiction test: A confirmatory study. Computers in Human Behavior. Chou, C. (2001). Internet heavy use and addiction among Taiwanese college students:
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How to Help Senior High School Students Develop English Writing Ability in an Internet-mediated Writing Class

How to Help Senior High School Students Develop English Writing Ability in an Internet-mediated Writing Class

1.3 Significance of the Study In Taiwan, students study English to pass tests, not to communicate with people. They have spent hours studying difficult grammar, but they seldom have chances to use English as a language. In the future, educators and EFL teachers should focus more on the use of English than the usage of English. Students are crammed into too much information, and what they need most is put their knowledge of English into a real-life scenario. Not like speaking, writing requires a thinking process before words are written. Their ways of expressing themselves may not be mature, but it represents a growing development. By writing more and more, they modify their writing pattern and wording or even gradually develop a unique story-telling style.
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Taiwanese science students' and teachers' perceptions of the laboratory learning environments: exploring epistemological gaps

Taiwanese science students' and teachers' perceptions of the laboratory learning environments: exploring epistemological gaps

Subjects The student subjects involved in this study initially included 1211 eighth and ninth graders in Taiwan. The population was stratified into three geographic areas, Northern, Central and Southern Taiwan. Six high schools from Northern Taiwan, four schools from Central Taiwan and four schools from Southern Taiwan were selected. The school number ratio selected roughly corresponds to the actual high school number ratio across these three areas. For each selected school, one or two classes, depending on the size of the school, were chosen. The students came from 24 classes in 14 junior high schools. Although this sample could not be viewed as a national sample, the selected Taiwanese eighth and ninth graders were spread across various academic backgrounds, geographic areas and socio-economic levels, and they may, to a certain extent, represent the population of Taiwanese junior high school students as a whole. Because some students failed to complete both of the questionnaires used in this study or they had missing data in the questionnaire(s), their results were excluded from final analyses of this study. Consequently, the final sample for this study was reduced to 1012 students, 46% of them being female.
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The relationship between internet perceptions and preferences towards internet-based learning environment

The relationship between internet perceptions and preferences towards internet-based learning environment

Method Sample This study included 322 high school students (around 17-year-olds), coming from six high schools in Taiwan. One hundred fifty-three of the students were females. All students completed two questionnaires; one explored their perceptions towards the Internet, while the other investigated their preferences towards internet-based learning environments.

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This research was carried out to explore the vocabulary learning strategy use and  perceptual learning style preferences among Taiwanese junior high school students.

This research was carried out to explore the vocabulary learning strategy use and perceptual learning style preferences among Taiwanese junior high school students.

learning strategies. According to Nyikos and Oxford (1993), EFL students are not always aware of the power of using strategies for effective learning, so teachers should help students develop an awareness of vocabulary learning strategies and enable them to use a wide range of appropriate strategies. The first thing teachers should do is to help students reflect on their practices for vocabulary study. This can be accomplished by means of having students complete a survey or keep vocabulary learning diaries. Next, teachers should explicitly teach vocabulary learning strategies. In addition to introducing what the strategy is, teachers need to explain why and when to employ it. An alternative way to teach vocabulary strategies is to systematically embed vocabulary learning strategies in teaching tasks and materials or incorporate vocabulary learning strategy training into their curricula. Most important of all, for students to employ the introduced strategies appropriately, teachers should create opportunities for students to practice using different vocabulary learning strategies.
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University students' self-efficacy and their attitudes toward the Internet: the role of students' perceptions of the Internet

University students' self-efficacy and their attitudes toward the Internet: the role of students' perceptions of the Internet

The attitudes and the self-efficacy that characterize learners relative to the Internet have been identified as important factors that affect learners’ motivation, interests and performance in Inter- net-based learning environments. Meanwhile, learners’ perceptions of the Internet may shape learners’ attitudes and online behaviours. This study investigates university students’ attitudes and self-efficacy towards the Internet, and explores the role that university studentsperceptions of the Internet may play in their Internet attitudes and self-efficacy. The results indicate that university students demonstrate positive attitudes and adequate Internet self-efficacy and that these students are more inclined to view the Internet as a functional tool—a functional technology. Gender differences exist in university students’ attitudes towards, and perceptions of, the Internet; that is, male students demonstrate Internet attitudes that are more positive than those of their female peers. Furthermore, students who perceive the Internet as a leisure tool (e.g. as a tour or a toy) show more positive attitudes and communicative self-efficacy than students who use the Internet as a functional technology. Educators and researchers need to be aware of these differences and to take them into consideration in their instruction. Lastly, this study serves as a starting-point for research that more broadly explores learners’ perceptions of the Internet.
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Taiwanese adolescents' perceptions and attitudes regarding the Internet: Exploring gender differences

Taiwanese adolescents' perceptions and attitudes regarding the Internet: Exploring gender differences

TAIWANESE ADOLESCENTS' PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES REGARDING THE INTERNET: EXPLORING GENDER DIFFERENCE Chin-Chung, Tsai;Chia-Ching, Lin.. Adolescence; Winter 2004; 39, 156; ProQuest Resear[r]

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Exploring high school students' and teachers' preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments in Taiwan

Exploring high school students' and teachers' preferences toward the constructivist Internet-based learning environments in Taiwan

aspect. The technical aspect measured the ease of use for Internet learning systems; the content aspect explored the features of the information or learning materials contained in Internet environments; the cognitive aspect investigated the cognitive activities and strategies involved in Internet-based learning environments; the metacognitive aspect assessed the possibility of promoting metacognitive thinking by Internet-based learning environments; and, finally, the epistemological aspect exam- ined the opportunities of exploring the nature of knowledge as provided by the envi- ronments. Moreover, the exterior dimension of Internet-based learning environments, described previously, covers the technical and content aspects, as these aspects mainly cope with the interaction between the user and the machine/system per se. The interior dimension of Internet-based learning environments includes the cognitive, metacognitive and epistemological aspects, because the interior dimension focuses on the interaction between the user and the involved activity as provided by the system; thus it deals with the user’s cognitive activity, metacognitive process and epistemological thinking as promoted by the environments. To summarize, a frame- work illustrating the features of Internet-based learning environments was proposed, and it contained two dimensions and five aspects, as shown in Table 1.
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Facebook Usage and the Interpersonal Relationships in the Classroom and Internet of Junior High School Students 甘子美、黃德祥

Facebook Usage and the Interpersonal Relationships in the Classroom and Internet of Junior High School Students 甘子美、黃德祥

ABSTRACT The main purposes of this study were to explore the relationships among the Facebook usage and the interpersonal relationships in the classroom and internet of junior high school students. The study was conducted through the questionnaire-survey method. Subjects were 358 junior high school students from Taichung City. The collected data underwent descriptive statistics, independent t-test, one-way analysis of variance, Pearson’s correlation, Discriminate Analysis, and Logistic regression via the SPSS 18.0. The findings of this study: 92.46% used Facebook; the main purpose is to kill time and maintain the interaction with people; the most commonly used function is playing games; the use of years mostly is year to two years; the use of time mostly is hour to two hours;
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A study on the Relationship between Internet Addiction and Psychological Traits of Senior High School Students in Taichung City, Taiwan

A study on the Relationship between Internet Addiction and Psychological Traits of Senior High School Students in Taichung City, Taiwan

Tuberculosis (abbreviated to TB) is one of important global health hazards. Since 1993, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) have been conducting an all-out global wide campaign of integrated care for TB patients called Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS). DOTS was found to be most effective by WHO after trials in many countries with high prevalence of TB, and now it is highly recommended by WHO to all countries as a profound TB control strategy. World Bank has also made an assessment of DOTS and hails it a health investment of the highest cost benefit. DOTS is to take advantage of the watchful eyes of a trustworthy bystander to closely observe the process, ascertain that the patient would take each and every dose of prescribed TB medications, and thus make sure the patient would get cured. It is hoped to be able to spot and identify 75% of all smear positive TB patients and cure 85% among them.
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The Effect of We the People...Project Citizen on the Civic Skills and Dispositions of Taiwanese Senior High School Students

The Effect of We the People...Project Citizen on the Civic Skills and Dispositions of Taiwanese Senior High School Students

inadequate abilities, external pressure from the JCEE, and limited resources available to the students may be unique to the Taiwanese context. In order to address these challenges, valuable suggestions were provided by the participating teachers. Their suggestions included: 1) simplifying the procedures and materials, 2) revising the translation of Project Citizen, 3) providing a list of suggested Project Citizen topics, 4) providing concrete sample portfolios, 5) correlating Project Citizen with current curriculum frameworks, 6) initiating the Project Citizen portfolio competition, 7) offering Project Citizen teacher training, 8) providing a suggested syllabus and schedule, 9) developing a manual for inexperienced teachers, and 10) establishing an advisory network. Because Project Citizen is a new curriculum in Taiwan, these recommendations will help to familiarize teachers and students with the features of the new program. In addition, given the stress from the JCEE and the demands upon teachers and students, some of these recommendations address the unique culture of high school life in Taiwan. These suggestions are critical to the successful adoption of Project Citizen in Taiwan.
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The progression toward constructivist epistemological views of science: a case study of the STS instruction of Taiwanese high school female students

The progression toward constructivist epistemological views of science: a case study of the STS instruction of Taiwanese high school female students

The way of implementing STS instruction in this study, proposed by Heath (1992) as the most promising approach, was that of infusing STS materials and activities into an existing course, in this case the `fundamental physical science’ course. With the recognition that STS instructional materials developed in the USA or Europe are not directly applicable in other countries, while these materials should be locally developed (Rubba 1987), the author, STS teacher and some STS researchers cooperatively developed STS instructional materials for this study (based on Taiwan’ s nation-wide curriculum). Many STS projects directed by the National Science Council, Taiwan, ROC and by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, ROC, also provided numerous practical modules for this study. For ex- ample, when instructing the concepts of nuclear energy, the STS group conducted a role playing activity and debate about whether Taiwan should build a fourth nuclear electrical power generating plant. Students were asked to collect relevant social, scientific and technological information and then to discuss this issue from various perspectives. The STS group students were also asked to regularly present some science related issues that appeared in newspaper or relevant magazines.
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