Content Analysis of the Provincial Pakistan Studies Textbook for Secondary Class

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The paper presents the results of the content analysis of the Pakistan Studies textbooks, of grade IX and X, published by the Sindh Textbook Board (STBB). The content was evaluated against the objectives set by the Federal Ministry of Education. The analysis includes the connections between the selected content and the set framework with additional focus on the quality of the textbook with respect to its printing and publishing styles. An adapted content analysis check-list by March (2009) was used for the study. Results show quite a few similarities between the national objectives and the selected content, however, some differences [...]

Motivation in English Language Learning: A Study of English Language Centers in Hyderabad

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This study analyzes and determines the socio-psychological aspect of EL learners studying English language overtly in addition to their college/ university education in various language centers in Hyderabad. The study focuses on motivation a contributing factor in second language acquisition, particularly on Gardener's concept of instrumental and integrative motivations of students. In order to determine the students' tendency towards the L2 acquisition 60 subjects of population of 2 renowned English Language Centers were selected randomly and were given them a questionnaire based on Gardner's (1974) Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB). The results revealed existing phenomena of learners' motivation in L2 learning. [...]

Perspectives of Primary School Teachers Regarding Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning: A Descriptive Study

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This paper attempts to analyze the perceptions and practices of primary school teachers regarding the effectiveness of cooperative learning (CL) method and to identify the challenges that are encountered while implementing CL in schools. Sample was constituted by 65 teachers from a private sector school system with the help of stratified sampling technique. Questionnaire was used to collect data. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. Data analysis reveals that lecture method is highly used teaching method at primary level whereas teachers use other teaching methods as well, such as lecture demonstration (LD), CL, project based learning (PBL) and [...]