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used to describe an approach to teaching which is marked by the direct communication of the teaching material from active teacher to passive learner (see banking model instructivism).

transnational education

This refers to educational provision from one country being offered in another. It can take the form of taught programmes, or blended, or online. It is sometimes abbreviated as TNE. Some are uneasy with one way in which it has evolved, whereby privileged Western universities and colleges make profits from courses run on their behalf in developing or poorer nations, rather than having these same states build indigenous educational capacity.

Aliases (separate with |): TNE

a metaphor from surveying used to describe a research approach which seeks to use several methods in an attempt to  improve the validity and reliability of its findings on a specific issue.


in the Middle Ages the lower division of the seven liberal arts: rhetoric grammar and logic (see quadrivium).


absence (typically from school) without leave. Condoned absence is a form of truancy where the parent or caregiver approves or connives at the absenteeism. As school attendance is compulsory truancy can lead to legal consequences.


fact reality accuracy. A common term but a very contested philosophical concept ( seeepistemology knowledge).

Type I and Type II errors

in educational research a Type I error is the rejection of a true hypothesis while a Type II errors is the acceptance of a false hypothesis.

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