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Meanings of “Ubiquitous Learning”
Nicholas C. Burbules
In an era when people can carry the Internet in their pocket, teaching and learning must be reconsidered. The increased use of handheld and portable devices, along with pervasive wireless networking, means that structured learning opportunities are becoming an “any time, anywhere” enterprise. We talk about this shift in terms of ubiquity : the traditional divide between formal and informal...

The agency costs in university institutions: an analytical model for its evaluation
Marcelo Rabossi
In a contractual situation, adverse selection problems and moral hazard risks are commonly seen as organizational or behavioral anomalies that impede that a transaction of goods or services develops efficiently. Generated by informational asymmetries, high monitoring costs, and different preferences between the employer and employees, these agency costs impede institutions from attempting to...

Student records in the construction of student’s problems
Silvina Cimolai
The role of student records is a scarcely considered issue in those researches that seek to analyze the daily practices carried out in schools, regarding students that are presenting some kind of learning or emotional problem. These records are more likely to be used by researchers as a source of information rather than being themselves the object of study. This research considered that...

Participation in learning assessments in the developing world, 1960-2009
David H. Kamens, Aaron Benavot
This paper examines annual changes in the participation of developing countries in different kinds of learning assessments over the past three decades. It specifically highlights, and provides initial explanations for, the worldwide spread of national and regional assessments since the mid-1990s. The paper argues that national learning assessments —namely, non-standardized, context-sensitive...

An exceptional deal. Affirmative everyday action at the National University of Cuyo
Germán Fernández Vavrik
The actors engaged in the accomplishment of a scholarship program at the University of Cuyo from Argentina deal with an insolvable tension, inherent to affirmative action policies. It is the tension between principles of equality and difference. Coming from Huarpes indigenous communities and from rural villages, the scholarship holders are described by the University authorities as people...

School drop-out in urban high schools in Argentina: New indicators for planning education inclusion policies
Cora Steinberg
Argentina has assumed the commitment that adolescents and youth complete secondary level education. While the access to this level has increased significantly throughout the recent years, there are still some serious problems that prevent us from reaching that goal. Compulsory secondary school constitutes an important challenge for the educational system. In addition to appealing to...

Teacher’s Training for Educational Quality Teaching
Andrea Alliaud
In the last thirty years the issue of educational quality has crossed the political agenda. The existence of a relationship between improving education systems and teacher training was the assumption that motorized numerous interventions in the areas of vocational training, both initial and continuing. Still, we can distinguish two reform movements in the country and in the region: one, in...

Interactions between teacher unions and state in the Province of Buenos Aires during the 2000-2007 period
Annie Mulcahy
This is a study of teacher union militancy in the Province of Buenos Aires during the 2000-2007 period. After a decade of educational reform, and within a new economic and political context, it analyzes the interactions between the major teacher unions –Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Educación de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (SUTEBA) and Federación de Educadores Bonaerenses (FEB)–...

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