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Astra Zviedre, Arnis Eņģelis, Pēteris Tretjakovs, Irisa Zīle and Aigars Pētersons
Olga Pop, Sorin Popescu and Mihai Dragomir
The study tries to prove the existence of a significant relationship between EU countries academic excellence measured by international university rankings scores and the level of attainment for the EU strategic objectives in higher education and research, as are measured by the countries’ values of the afferent indicators. The study was applied to the correlation between some headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Shanghai Ranking scores. Measuring the strength of a linear association between variables by using the Pearson Correlation, a strong correlation was found between the country Shanghai scores and the country values for indicators such as: “public expenditure in education”, “expenditure in R&D”, “patent stock”, and “lifelong learning”. A moderate correlation with students’ international mobility was also identified.
Zhou Yahong, Wang Rui and Wei Aihua
The research object of this paper is the 66 students of Groundwater science and engineering in Heibei GEO University. Their 11 courses’ exam scores in grade 3 were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA). The results show that the course system is basically reasonable, because most of the score of the curriculums in PC1 are consistent with each other. What’s more, the results show that the professional basic courses laid a good foundation for the development of other courses. At the same time, the weakness of the curriculums has been reflected during the study. The content of the professional practice may need to be adjusted because it failed to transform the theoretical knowledge to practical application.
Florentina Ligia Furtunescu and Carmen Daniela Domnariu
Based on the situational leadership theory (Hersey&Blanchard), our study aimed to analyze the leadership style in managers of different health facilities from Romania.
We included 41 persons with key positions (general manager, medical director, chief of section/department, nursing director, chief – nurse). All these persons filled the LEADself questionnaire (Leader Effectiveness and Adaptability Description Instrument, Center for Leadership Studies, Hersey and Blanchard). The tool measures three dimensions: the dominant (and secondary) leadership style, the style range (flexibility) and the style adaptability (the leader effectiveness).
We found a dominance of “Selling/Coaching” style, followed by the “Telling/directing” style. The managers were found to have a high relationship supportive behavior. Only three cases of low relationship dominance were found. Also almost all the managers were found as mostly group centered (only 5 cases were more leader centered). The flexibility of the managers was high, only one persons having the style range<2; the effectiveness score varied from 12 o 25, most of the responders having a low or moderate level of adaptability.
Teuta Iljazi and Sadri Alija
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Alina-Cristiana Cîrjă and Florina-Ancuța Duminică
This article is related about the implementation of an experience based approach when teaching science to preschoolers. The research was done with the idea in mind of "learning by doing" derived from the Child Centered Education theory of Pedagogy. The experimental group was formed of 15 children aged 4-5 years who have been taught about the concept of water circuit in nature by a group of 3rd graders who used the experimental method. The same concept was presented only by the teacher to a control group (N=15). The level of comprehension of the concept was measured to see if there were differences between the two groups. The experimental group scored higher in comprehension, memorisation and practice than the control group. The main focus of the study is to develop an environment where classes are associated by different levels (primary and preschool) so that the older children can teach younger children concepts otherwise hard to understand. Alternative educational groupings could generate a more profound comprehension of difficult subjects. The results of the study encourage the idea of breaking lines between age-groups and subjects. The current generation has found interest in technology development, regardless of age. Also, the older children can use their theory comprehension filters as foundation for teaching structures to younger children. The guided use of technology in the classroom should be the main preoccupation of teachers in order to enhance student performance and love for learning. Such pairing methods can help both teachers and students together. We believe this program can be multiplied in any school.
Lina Straigytė, Gunta Čekstere, Māris Laiviņš and Vitas Marozas
Robinia pseudoacacia is an alien tree species that has wide distribution in green areas of Rīga and Kaunas. In recent years, the spread and invasion of this species was observed. The aim of this study was to determine the relative importance of invasiveness of R. pseudoacacia in Rīga and Kaunas. The degree of species invasion was estimated by applying the Pest Plant Prioritization Process, which is based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process method. The results showed that the invasive degree of R. pseudoacacia was near medium (0.4); the present compared to potential distribution rating was medium (0.57) and the social, environmental and economic impact score was very low (0.17). The Final Pest Plant Score for R. pseudoacacia was near medium (0.426). The obtained estimates indicated that black locust was medium invasive, and that well-lit conditions favour its establishment.
Valdis Gončars, Konstantīns Kalnbērzs, Ēriks Jākobsons, Ieva Briede, Kristaps Blūms, Kristaps Ērglis, Mārtiņš Ērglis, Liene Patetko, Indriķis Muižnieks and Andrejs Ērglis
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Noël Barengo, Dana Misiņa, Lauma Zariņa, Jānis Kloviņš, Dita Ozola, Andra Dērveniece, Linda Tarāsova and Valdis Pīrāgs
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Jūlija Zepa, Inita Buliņa, Vladimirs Lavrentjevs, Ilze Vīnkalna, Liene Ņikitina-Zaķe, Daina Andersone and Aivars Lejnieks
delays spinal radiographic progression in ankylosing spondylitis: Observation Study of the Korean Spondyloarthropathy Registry. Rheumatology, 53 , 1404–1408. Maas, P., Arends, S., van der Veer, E., Wink, F., Efde, M., Bootsma, H., Brouwer, E., Spoorenberg, A. (2016). Obesity is common in axial spondyloarthritis and is associated with poor clinical outcome. J. Rheumatol., 43 (2), 383–387. Machado, P., Landewé, R., Lie, E., Kvien, T. K., Braun, J., Baker, D., van der Heijde, D. (2011). Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS): Defining cut