Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education: Volume 11 Issue 3


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Relationship between novice versus experienced EFL teacher’s Big Five personality traits and their ambiguity tolerance and risk taking

Omid Rezaei, Mehrdad Vasheghani Farahani, Fatemeh Musaei Sejzehei

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possible relationship between novice vs experienced EFLs teachers’ Big Five personality traits, ambiguity tolerance and risk…

Identifying essential competencies for medical students

Xiangyun Du, Salah Eldin Kassab, Ayad M. Al-Moslih, Marwan Farouk Abu-Hijleh, Hossam Hamdy, Farhan Sachal Cyprian

The purpose of this paper is to identify essential profession-related competencies, clinical knowledge and skills that medical students should develop in the early stages of their…

Assessment of academic stress and coping strategies among built environment undergraduate students in Nigerian higher education

Joshua Oluwasuji Dada, Solomon Olusola Babatunde, Racheal Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Stress has become an important topic in the academic environment. However, studies on academic stress among built environment students have received little attention. The purpose…


Revenue diversification in public higher learning institutions: an exploratory Malaysian study

Nik Nazli Nik Ahmad, Siti Alawiah Siraj, Suhaiza Ismail

The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent of revenue diversification of selected Malaysian public higher learning institutions (HLIs) and the perceptions of senior…

Developing numeracy and problem-solving skills by overcoming learning bottlenecks

Anita Lee-Post

The purpose of this paper is to present an educational approach to elevating problem-solving and numeracy competencies of business undergraduates to meet workplace demand. The…

The superstitious scholar: Paranormal belief within a student population and its relationship to academic ability and discipline

Robin A.F. Andrews, Philip Tyson

The development and application of critical thinking skills are an important component of success at University. Such skills permit students to evaluate the strengths and…

The internal governance model in Chinese universities: an international comparative analysis

Wei Liu, Weigang Yan

The purpose of this paper is to glean a comprehensive picture of the internal governance structure in Chinese universities based on data from 40 university administrators from 33…

Validating a scale for measuring teachers’ expectations about generic competences in higher education: The Ecuadorian case

Rocio Serrano, Washington Macias, Katia Rodriguez, María Isabel Amor

The purpose of this paper is to develop and validate a questionnaire to assess the expectations of university teachers about the importance of generic competences in Higher…

Inequality and imbalance of professional development opportunities: The case of a higher educational institution in Southeast Asia

Preechaya Mongkolhutthi

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the professional development opportunities of a group of 16 “English as a foreign language” (EFL) lecturers at a Thai higher…

Understanding governance at university: from management to leadership

Inmaculada Martínez-García, M. Teresa Padilla-Carmona, Enrique Alastor

The higher education system must move closer to society and its requirements, and therefore, the process of transformation in the university context brings new challenges. The…

Statistical assessment of peer opinions in higher education rankings: The case of US engineering graduate programs

Amir Ghiasi, Grigorios Fountas, Panagiotis Anastasopoulos, Fred Mannering

Unlike many other quantitative characteristics used to determine higher education rankings, opinion-based peer assessment scores and the factors that may influence them are not…

Adoption, adaptation, and use of mobiles by university students: a Central American example

Juan Aguirre, Sindy Chaves, Karen Burban

The purpose of this paper is to identify the actual uses of smartphones for university students while they are in the university, whether in the classroom or outside, to…

The impact of teaching specialized terminology on translation performance: A corpus-based inquiry on law texts translation from English into Persian

Mehrdad Vasheghani Farahani, Zeinab Amiri

In an effort to bridge the gap between applying translation corpora, specialized terminology teaching and translation performance of undergraduate students, the purpose of this…

Teachers’ use of digital learning tool for teaching in higher education: Exploring teaching practice and sharing culture

Xiang Ying Mei, Endre Aas, Magnhild Medgard

The purpose of this paper is to explore teachers’ use of digital learning tools for teaching in higher education. Moreover, it investigates how the use of digital tools affects…


Teaching metadiscourse features and IELTS writing performance of Iranian EFL learners: A learner corpus-based perspective

Mehrdad Vasheghani Farahani, Vahid Pahlevansadegh

In spite of the growing interest in using corpora in language teaching and learning, applying computers and software (especially corpora software) is still new in second language…

“Preparing students for what lies ahead”: Teaching dental public health leadership with simulated community partners

Dennis McCunney, C. Ervin Davis, B. Alex White, John Howard

Dental school curricula increasingly emphasize training in leadership, public health, community engagement and collaboration. Leadership may be defined as a relational process for…

The value of liberal arts education for finding professional employment: Insights from international development studies graduates in Canada

John Cameron, Rebecca Tiessen, Kate Grantham, Taryn Husband-Ceperkovic

Debates about the role of liberal arts education in finding employment highlight both its benefits and the challenges of finding work after graduation – debates that are now…

Top down, bottom up and classroom reading anxiety and their effect on reading performance of undergraduate engineering students in Pakistan

Ashfaque Hussain Soomro, Imran Khan, Muhammad Younus

The purpose of this paper is to explore EFL reading anxiety of first-year undergraduate engineering students and its effect on their reading performance in a public sector…

The effect of insufficient effort responding on the validity of student evaluation of teaching

Mahmoud AlQuraan

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of insufficient effort responding (IER) on construct validity of student evaluations of teaching (SET) in higher education.

What matters for higher education success of private educational institutions? Senior students’ perceptions in Malaysia

Jayaraman Krishnaswamy, Zarif Hossain, Mohan Kumar Kavigtha, Annamalai Nagaletchimee

Within the higher education structure, students have the desire for both virtual and face-to-face learning and demand for diverse simulations from the higher education…

An investigation of self-efficacy of students enrolled in a mathematics pathway course

Linda Zientek, Jennifer Dorsey, Nancy Stano, Forrest C. Lane

The purpose of this paper is to examine hypothesized links between the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways’ (DCMP) Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning curriculum and the four…

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