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Exploring Teachers’ Constructivist Beliefs Using Talis 2013: Approaches to Training and Development

Description: The changing landscape of demographics, technology, and diversity in the learning environment is challenging schools around the world to rethink their approaches to the implementation of high-quality teaching practices. Classroom practices are becoming more complex because educators have to ensure that their students are well-equipped with 21st century skills (e.g., Darling-Hammond, 2010; Dede, 2010; Griffin, McGaw, & Care, 2012). Educators, curriculum developers, and school administrators need to be more than experts in pedagogy. They are now required to keep up with current ideas, innovative instructional practices, and the results of a variety of educational reform efforts. Believing that teachers’ beliefs are the most important psychological construct with regard to instructional practices (Pajares, 1992) and that teachers’ beliefs are related to their choice of classroom practices and, ultimately, the students’ performance (Bybee, Taylor, Gardner, Van Scotter, Powell, Westbrook, & Landes, 2006; Staub & Stern, 2002), the author of this study utilizes the international data set of the Teaching and Learning International Study (TALIS) 2013 to examine the associations between teachers’ constructivist beliefs, their self-efficacy beliefs, professional activities, and the school principals’ instructional leadership as related to lower secondary school teachers and principals in South Korea, Finland, and Mexico. These three countries represent the high and low performers in the global index of cognitive skills and educational attainment (Pearson, 2014). An account of their educational practices will provide some insights for stakeholders in school systems across nations. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that each country has unique teaching and learning conditions, and that conclusions reached in relation to such conditions do not apply across nations. A series of hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) studies were performed for the present work to provide evidence-based information with practical implications to school administrators and educational policymakers regarding the development and implementation of leadership programs and ...
Date: August 2015
Creator: Angnakoon, Putthachat
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Nordic Countries and U.S. Relations

Description: This report provides an overview of U.S. relations with the five Nordic countries -- Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden -- which share deep historical, linguistic, and cultural ties and many political and economic similarities. Topics include foreign and security policies, policies toward Russia, and countering terrorism.
Date: September 13, 2018
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Housing and Planning Elements of the Urban Growth Policies of Six European Countries with a Selected Annotated Bibliography

Description: This report discusses urban planning and housing polices in France, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and the United Kingdom and ways elements of their programs might be incorporated into American urban planning. An annotated bibliography of resources on the topic is also provided.
Date: January 23, 1973
Creator: Beckman, Norman & Harding, Susan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S.-Nordic Relations

Description: This report briefly discusses U.S. relations with the Nordic countries--Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Date: May 10, 2016
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Dress

Description: A) Dress in chemise style of red, fuchsia, and dark orange flat weave cotton in wide vertical stripe print. Round neckline with button closure along left shoulder; wide three-quarter length sleeves; lower mid-length. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Marimekko / Suomi - Finland / 100% Cotton / XS" Care label, instructions in pictograms. Original paper labels still attached, with price tag. B) Sash of red, fuchsia, and dark orange striped cotton; length 67" by width 2 1/2". No labels on sash.
Date: 1965/1979
Creator: Marimekko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

"Sirkus Petrooli" dress

Description: A) "Sirkus" dress of fuchsia cotton with "Petrooli" print of large orange circles outlined in dark orange and pink. Round neckline with diagonal button closure along left-front shoulder. Three-quarter length sleeves are gathered into 1 3/4" cuffs. Slight A-line silhouette; 2 double welt pockets at right waist, one above the other. Unlined. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Marimekko / Suomi - Finland / 100% Cotton / 34 6" Care label, instructions in pictograms. B) Sash of self; length 56" by width 1 1/4". No labels or tags on sash.
Date: 1963
Creator: Marimekko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

"Rakkauskirje Tarha" dress

Description: A) "Rakkauskirje" dress of red, fuschia, and black cotton "Tarha" print of thick, red swirls with relief areas of black polka dots on fuschia background; scoop neckline is gathered into a 1/4" piping; button down front with silver buttons; three-quarter length, wide, raglan sleeves gathered into 1/4" cuff; full-length, A-line with a 16 1/2" gathered skirt at hem; unlined. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Marimekko / Suomi - Finland / 100% Cotton / 36 8" Care label, instructions in pictograms. B) Sash of self; length 57" by width 1 3/8". No tags or labels on sash.
Date: 1963
Creator: Marimekko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Dress

Description: Dress of blue cotton with a tiny tan print throughout; square neckline and three-quarter length, wide sleeves; center square of bodice is pleated and front is outlined in patch strips of dark blue and tan patterned cotton; cuffs and hem have a similar print design as the bodice; empire waist with attached ties at sides; lower mid-length. Designer's label at inside back collar: "Marimekko / Suomi - Finland / 100% Cotton / 38 10" Care label, instructions in pictograms.
Date: 1960/1979
Creator: Marimekko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

World Survey of Tantalum Ore

Description: Report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Mines discussing the occurrences of tantalum in different areas of the world. The tantalum deposits are described in reference to each individual country that it is found in. This report includes maps, tables, and illustrations.
Date: March 1945
Creator: Baker, James S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 264th week of the war, 146th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: France, Eastern front, China, Pacific, Italy. Maps: Eastern Europe; France; China front; Gulf of Genoa. Back: "If each of us wastes a pound of war material..." Text and illustration show that it isn't just money, materials or manpower that are lost. But, waste can lose battles and cost lives.
Date: October 2, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Army Information Branch.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 234th week of the war, 116th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Western Europe, USSR, Finland, Italy, Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific, Burma. Maps show Current battle lines along Russian border and Rumania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland ; Central Italy. Includes photographs: Dauga Airfield after 5th Air Force B-25 medium bombers leave Japanese planes destroyed. Japanese captured by U.S. Coast Guardsmen off Kwajalein. Lt. Eugune R. Hanks of Gibbs, Idaho in his Grumman Hellcat fighter. U.S. tank officer explains the target to Gen. Eishenhower while Air Marshall Tedder watches. Gliders built in England for the Allied Forces. U.S. combat cars await dispatch on a field in the English countryside. Field Marshall Rommel inspects Nazi fortifications. British soldiers near the Garigliano River. Three "Yanks" at the Anzio beachhead. Mortar crew of the 36th division below Cassino. American paratroopers capture Nazi snipers. Pvt. Robert Steinmetz of Pittsburgh with a mule he rescued from an Italian farm. Composite aerial view of Italian coast including Anzio and Nettuno. Back: Luftwaffe (German Air Force) uniforms. Text and illustrations of Flying Suits, Miscellaneous Uniforms, Parachutist Uniforms, Continental Uniforms.
Date: March 6, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Agriculture Support Mechanisms in the European Union: A Comparison with the United States

Description: The European Union (EU), comprised of 15 member states (countries), is one of the United States’ chief agricultural trading partners and also a major competitor in world markets. Both heavily support their agricultural sectors, with a large share of such support concentrated on wheat, feed grains, cotton, oilseeds, sugar, dairy, and tobacco. However, the EU provides more extensive support to a broader range of farm and food products. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the EU and United States in 2001 together accounted for nearly two-thirds of all government support to agriculture among the major developed economies. However, EU agricultural spending generally is much higher than in the United States. Information comparing how the U.S. and EU governments support their producers is expected to be of interest to policymakers while negotiations are underway among world trading partners to further reform agricultural trade.
Date: July 31, 2002
Creator: Becker, Geoffrey S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Script: Salt]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story.
Date: December 29, 1969, 10:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections