Feifei Han

Feifei Han
Griffith University

Doctor of Philosophy

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The pandemic has brought teachers, young children and their parents lots of uncertainties and challenges in adapting to new teaching and learning environment. Compared with other professionals, teachers might face more challenges in transiting from using a traditional face-to-face teaching method to an online or blended teaching and learning model....
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This study uses digital traces to help identify students’ online learning strategies by making a clear distinction between the descriptive features (the proportional distribution of students’ different online learning actions) and quantitative aspects (the total number of the online learning sessions), a distinction which has not been properly addr...
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and social network analysis (SNA) to examine patterns of students’ collaborative learning based on their learning orientations amongst 193 postgraduates enrolled in a blended course. The study identified two distinct learning orientations, namely ‘understanding’ and ‘reproducing’, which differed in approaches to learning through inquiry, approaches...
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Blended course designs have been increasingly adopted in medical education. However, research on the relations between the key aspects of students' learning experience and their learning outcomes often only measure students' self-reported experience, neglecting what they actually do in learning. This study combined both self-reported and observatio...
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This study compares the mental-state talk of infant educators in Australia and China in order to determine the nuanced differences in the ways that they use this talk with the infants in their room. Participants are 44 native English-speaking Australian educators from centres in Sydney, Australia and 30 native Chinese-speaking infant educators recr...
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This study examined the distribution of language expansion in parent–child (preschool aged) mealtime conversations in 30 Chinese middle-class families. The conversations were categorised into four types: contextualised & conflicted, contextualised & non-conflicted, decontextualised & conflicted, and decontextualised & non-conflicted. The language e...
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Resumen En este estudio, se ha investigado la interrelación entre las creencias atribucionales, la autoeficacia y el rendimiento en lectura en lengua extranjera (LE) entre 153 estudiantes de lengua inglesa (ELI) de China. Se ha utilizado un simulacro de prueba universitaria de lectura en inglés (College English Test 1-Nivel 4) para medir el rendimi...
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Good teaching strategies may not only engage students in learning but may also promote teachers’ self‐concept about teaching. The present study empirically investigated the contributions of four popular teaching strategies, namely, feedback, scaffolding, active learning, and collaborating, to students’ engagement in learning and teachers’ self‐conc...
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This study examined the interrelationship between attribution beliefs, self-efficacy, reading performance in foreign language (FL) reading among 153 English language learners (ELLs) in China. A mock College English Reading Test – Band 4 was used to measure English reading performance and two questionnaires were used to evaluate attribution beliefs...
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While collaboration is an important and key attribute for medical students in order to prepare them to perform well in health care teams, how to effectively develop and assess such skills is challenging. The current widespread practice of using Likert-scale questionnaire only to measure the quantity of collaboration at course and/or program level a...
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This study explores the structure of motivation in foreign language (FL) reading amongst 186 university English language learners (ELLs) in China, and investigated the relations between motivation, strategy use, frequency, and proficiency in FL reading. The data were collected from three questionnaires and the reading section of a mock College Engl...
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This study examined infant educators’ conceptions of infant language development and approaches to supporting the development. The phenomenographic analyses of interviews with 59 educators identified five and six hierarchically related conceptions and approaches respectively. The conceptions were broadly distinguished as deep or surface conceptions...
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This chapter reviews the key research on the washback of the College English Test Band 4 Test (CET-4), a compulsory high-stakes, large-scale, and nationwide English proficiency test to measure English proficiency of non-English major university students in China. The review results show a mixture of positive and negative effects of washback on both...
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One of the major objectives of precision education is to improve prediction of educational outcome. This study combined theory-driven and data-driven approaches to address the limitations of current practice of predicting learning outcomes only using a single approach. The study identified the online learning patterns by using students' self-report...
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This study examined the effect of using a digital game-based language learning mobile application “Liulishuo” (speaking English fluently) to develop complexity, accuracy, and fluency of English monologic oral production among 30 English language learners in China. Monologic oral production was measured using the same narrative picture description t...
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This study combined the methods from student approaches to learning and learning analytics research by using both self-reported and observational measures to examine the student learning experience. It investigated the extent to which reported approaches and perceptions and observed online interactions are related to each other and how they contrib...
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This study examines the extent to which the learning orientations identified by student self‐reports and the observation of their online learning events were related to each other and to their academic performance. The participants were 322 first‐year engineering undergraduates, who were enrolled in a blended course. Using students' self‐report on...
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Evidence suggests that the quantity of linguistic input experienced by infants in early childhood centres relates to the quality of educator-infant interactions. However, little is known about the linguistic properties of mutually responsive educator-infant interactions. This study uses sequence analyses to identify patterns of educator-infant thre...
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Adopting an ecological perspective on student learning in blended course designs, this study investigates the quality of 335 undergraduates' experience in a first-year compulsory engineering course. Interrelations amongst cognitive, social, and material aspects of the student learning experience are examined. The cognitive elements include self-rep...
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This study argues for the importance of using the different evidence to assess and evaluate a key graduate skill-collaboration. To do so, it investigates the experience of 356 first-year students in a blended course design and measures their collaborative patterns. Combining research methodologies from student approaches to learning and social netw...
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Evidence suggests that the quantity of linguistic input experienced by infants in early childhood centres relates to the quality of educator-infant interactions. However, little is known about the linguistic properties of mutually responsive educator-infant interactions. This study uses sequence analyses to identify patterns of educator-infant thre...
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This paper reports a study of use of metacognitive and cognitive strategies in second language (L2) reading among 169 Chinese English learners (ELLs) at the university level. They answered a questionnaire, which asked them to retrospectively report the frequency of adopting metacognitive and cognitive strategies in completing a reading test, which...
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Research has consistently shown that students’ self-reported self-regulated learning behaviors affect their level of academic success. However, self-reported data alone may not always represent what students actually do in learning. In modern tertiary education where learning management systems are widely adopted, the advancement of learning analyt...
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A core principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN General Assembly 1989) is that children have the right to contribute to matters that concern them. The concept of agency is thus brought to the fore, affording children the right to participate in, and make meaningful contributions to, the contexts in which they live a...
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RESUMEN En la Educación Superior, pocos estudios han investigado simultáneamente las dimensiones cognitivas, sociales y materiales de una misma población. Desde una perspectiva ecológica del aprendizaje, este estudio examina la interrelación entre elementos clave a partir de estas dimensiones en las redes personalizadas de 365 estudiantes. Los dato...
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In researching student learning experience in Higher Education, a dearth of studies has investigated cognitive, social, and material dimensions simultaneously with the same population. From an ecological perspective of learning, this study examined the interrelatedness amongst key elements in these dimensions of 365 undergraduates' personalised lea...
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This paper reports the results of a study on the relations among motivation, the amount of out-of-class reading, and achievement in foreign language reading among 322 English language learners in the Chinese tertiary setting. Motivation in English reading was measured by five scales representing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation components. The am...
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This article describes how phenomenography, as a qualitative research method, can be used to tackle key challenges in science education. It begins with an overview of the development of phenomenography. It then describes the philosophical underpinnings of phenomenographic inquiry, including ontological and epistemological roots, and its unique seco...
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This study examines the frequency of reasoning talk used by 56 educators during their naturally occurring play interactions with infants in their early childhood education and care (ECEC) centers. Using Hasan’s semantic framework, reasons were coded as social (based on social rules) or logical (based on rules of nature). The communicative function...
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School self-concept is widely acknowledged as a prominent psychological construct contributing to students’ learning outcomes, both short-term, such as cognitive-oriented performance outcomes (e.g., adaptive academic behaviors and academic achievement) and long-term outcomes (e.g., future course selection and persistence) (Arens et al., 2011, Crave...
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This book chapter reviews existing research in second language (L2) writing assessment on the characteristics of written texts of L2 test-takers by adopting linguistic and discourse analytic approach. Past research has identified four major factors, which are able to affect features of written scripts at linguistic and discourse levels, including:...
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Resumen En la investigación del autoconcepto son pocos los estudios longitudinales que examinan si la estructura del autoconcepto de dos factores relacionados con competencia y afecto es estable a lo largo del tiempo. En base de los datos recopilados entre 608 (294 hombres, 313 mujeres, 1 sin información de género) informantes chinos de secundaria...
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Learning in blended environments has become a ubiquitous part of student experience in tertiary education worldwide. Although students’ perceptions of learning environments are a key element in the learning process, there is a dearth of valid instruments to assess students’ perceptions in blended contexts. This study described the initial developme...
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While gender stereotype on math learning and achievement is consistently reported among existing research, these studies predominantly focus on mainstream students with Western cultural backgrounds. There is a dearth of study, which investigates gender effect among Australian Indigenous students. To fill this gap, the present study adopted a multip...
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Adopting relational perspectives on university student learning, this research identified patterns of varying quality of learning through blended discussions. It investigated associations amongst conceptions of learning through discussions, approaches to face-to-face and online discussions, and academic achievement amongst two cohorts of postgradua...
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This study investigated the prevalence of pedagogical questions posed by 27 early childhood educators as they interacted withinfants in each of two naturally-occurring contexts: book-focused interactions and educator mediated play. The pedagogical questions expressed by educators to infants were coded as confirm (yes/no), specify (what, who, where,...
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Strategic competence is acknowledged to be able to explain variations in language test performance. Research with adult language test-takers has shown that strategic competence has dual components: strategic knowledge and strategic processing. Of the two components, strategic processing, which is state-like, unstable, and tends to fluctuate from co...
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This study investigated the quantity of audible and intelligible ('near and clear') educator talk directly experienced by under-two-year-old infants attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs and examined whether the quantity of educator talk was related to characteristics of quality in their ECEC room. Participants were 57 infant...
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Collaboration is an increasingly important and difficult skill for graduate engineers to develop. While universities provide some measures of collaboration ability of students on graduation, there is still some dissatisfaction with the level of preparedness of students for collaborative activity in the workplace. This paper presents a case study of...
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This chapter examines factors impacting L2 WTC among Chinese ELLs studying in an EAP program in Australia. Adopting both quantitative and qualitative methods, three questionnaires were used to measure L2 WTC, English learning motivation, and self-rated English proficiency; and semi-structured interviews were used to triangulate and complement quest...
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Integrating an online component into a university course is typically done to improve the student experience. However the intent of the teacher’s blended design may not always align to the students’ experience of it. Their experience may be mediated by a number of factors including student perceptions of the online environment and their approach to...
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First-year university students in an engineering course experienced activities which required them to engage in learning back and forth across physical and virtual learning space. The lecturer had designed a campus-based course with a significant online component involving activities for preparing the class, for use during class and for reflecting...
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We report a study which examines coherence of engagement of 344 first year engineering students’ blended learning experience. Using self-report and observational data sources, we demonstrate that student perceptions of the blended learning environment, academic learning outcomes, and engagement with the online learning activities are logically rela...
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This study investigated the manner in which 56 infant educators used language to direct the behaviour of infants (defined as children aged birth to two years), on the basis that the ways in which educators frame their commands represent an important component of young children’s learning experiences. Underpinned by systemic functional linguistic th...
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This study investigated metacognitive knowledge and control of writing strategy in English among 65 Chinese EFL learners in two argumentative writing tasks. Metacognitive knowledge was measured using a questionnaire written in simple present tense. Metacognitive control required writers to respond to a questionnaire written in simple past tense imm...
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This article first introduces definitions of metaphors. It illustrates the importance of metaphors in our daily life and explains the relationship between metaphors and culture. It then compares similarities and differences between English and Chinese metaphors. The possible reasons for the different expressions of metaphors in the two languages ar...
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While some first language (L1) reading models suggest that inefficient word recognition and small working memory tend to inhibit higher-level comprehension processes; the Compensatory Encoding Model maintains that slow word recognition and small working memory do not normally hinder reading comprehension, as readers are able to operate metacognitiv...
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English and Chinese reading place different requirements in terms of lower-order processing. Research has consistently found evidence that word recognition in English and Chinese reading requires different cognitive processes. However, whether English reading differs from Chinese reading with regard to higher-order processing receives little attent...
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Integrating an online component into a university course is typically done to improve the student experience. However the intent of the teacher’s blended design may not always align to the students’ experience of it. Their experience may be mediated by a number of factors including student perceptions of the online environment and their approach to...
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Self-regulated learning theories are used to understand the reasons for different levels of university student academic performance. Similarly, learning analytics research proposes the combination of detailed data traces derived from technology-mediated tasks with a variety of algorithms to predict student academic performance. The former approach...
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Self-regulated learning theories are used to understand the reasons for different levels of university student academic performance. Similarly, learning analytics research proposes the combination of detailed data traces derived from technology-mediated tasks with a variety of algorithms to predict student academic performance. The former approach...
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Evaluating the quality of student experiences of learning in a blended environment requires the careful consideration of many aspects that can contribute to learning outcomes. In this study, university students in first year engineering were required to collaborate and inquire in a blended course design over a semester-long course. This study inves...
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The areas of educational data mining and learning analytics focus on the extraction of knowledge and actionable items from data sets containing detailed information about students. However, the potential impact from these techniques is increased when properly contextualized within a learning environment. More studies are needed to explore the conne...
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Research has shown significant impacts of academic self-concept and motivation on students’ academic outcomes. However, a majority of these studies have used samples in Western society, with Eastern students being mostly neglected. With increasing attention received by Asian samples, cross-cultural research in school psychology has found some diffe...
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This article systematically reviews word recognition research in foreign language (FL) reading. Word recognition, one of the lower-level processes, is widely acknowledged as the most frequent cognitive activity involved in reading. Word recognition research in first language (L1) reading in various languages abounds. Compared with a considerable nu...
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The study investigated the impact of professional development (PD) in Indigenous teaching on teachers' psychological and behavioural aspects, and Indigenous students' learning engagement. Adopting a multiple-indicator-multiple-indicator-cause model, frequency of PD was found to have positive paths to teachers' self-concept in Indigenous teaching an...
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A crucial area in FL (Foreign Language) reading research is the transfer of reading skills from L1 (First Language) to FL. Among all the reading skills, comprehension monitoring plays an important role. This study examines relationship between comprehension monitoring outcomes in L1 and FL reading among Chinese learners of English as a foreign lang...
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The complexity of English articles poses great challenge for foreign language (FL) learners, especially for those learners from languages which do not have an article system (known as [-article] languages). As a result, it is generally acknowledged that despite early introduction to English article system, FL learners cannot use English articles pr...
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Quantitative analyses conducted on the self-reports of first year university students suggest that there is a relationship between the ways they emotionally experience their course and the approach they take to the learning of that course. Students who more strongly experience positive emotions, such as hope and pride, and more weakly experience ne...
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Comprehension monitoring plays an important metacognitive role in constructing a mental representation of a text. Although considerable research has been done in L1 reading, less has been conducted in FL reading. This study investigated comprehension monitoring of two kinds of errors (i.e., external and internal) by 126 Chinese EFL readers with dif...
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A crucial area in FL reading research is the transfer of reading skills from L1 to FL. Among all the reading skills, comprehension monitoring plays an important role. This study examines relationship between comprehension monitoring outcomes in L1 and FL reading among Chinese learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) with different FL profici...
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Four different indicators are used to assess the impact of a year‐long university teaching development programme in an Australian research‐led university. All four indicators show small positive outcomes. Teachers who complete the programme have higher rates of receipt of teaching awards and teaching development grants than their colleagues who do...
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The article first discusses theory of cross-cultural pragmatics. It then summaries research on compliment speech act in English and Chinese. The significance and pedagogical implications of incorporating cross-cultural pragmatices into language class is addressed. Finally, the article concludes with some suggestions of possible teaching activities.
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This paper presents a study of comprehension monitoring of Chinese lower intermediate EFL (English as a foreign lang- uage) learners in first language (L1) and foreign language (FL) reading. It investigates the outcome of comprehension moni- toring in L1 and FL reading, as well as the separate contrib- utions of L1 reading proficiency and FL compre...

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This project aims to: discover how designers of new spaces are able to make use of research evidence in their design processes; how to combine observational and experiential data about space and learning into actionable knowledge for the many people who (re)configure space for learning.
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Very young children’s participation in language rich experiences form a foundation for their subsequent learning and wellbeing. The Macquarie TaLK Project analyses the conditions for, and implications of language - rich interactions in long day care centres. High quality infant childcare can provide a buffer against social and educational disadvantage and, with 1 in 4 Australian infants attending long day care centres, so our findings will provide evidence-based knowledge to support best practice in infant pedagogy and curriculum. Strategies to promote the best possible infant care and education will ultimately strengthen our nation’s human capital. This project has recently been expanded to include Toddler TaLK, which will follow the growth trajectories of learning oriented talk of 30 toddlers between the ages of 2.5 and 3.5 years. Findings will help toddler and preschool educators to recognise and support the development of learning-oriented talk