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Advances in Higher Education is a fully accessible publication that serves as the medium to publish the original educational research article that focusing on teaching, learning and educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions which despite public and private higher education sectors. It aims to serve as a debate forum for a diverse group of scholar who share the characteristic features, as well as problems and issue of each education system, and who can have significant voice in discussion around topics of higher education. The content will focus on the field of educational theory, student management, teaching method, conceptual model of educational process and cases study.

The article categories within the journal include (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Theory and Processes
  • Theory Practice Relationship
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment
  • Campus Climate
  • Academic Culture
  • Languages
  • Persistence motivation
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by Jing Wang
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With the continuous development of the times, people pay more and more attention to image reading. Therefore, this paper discusses the importance of image reading to public aesthetics. This paper first briefly introduces the concept of image recognition, then briefly expounds some important meanings and several common, representative and relatively high degree of understanding and acceptance by the public are commonly used to recognize images, and then uses the method of questionnaire to investigate students' views on image reading and public aesthetics. Finally, the survey shows that, Image reading can help students better understand the trend of public aesthetics and make use of the function of image reading to better analyze aesthetic points.



by Xue Mi
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Vocabulary teaching is the enlightenment stage of primary school English education,but bound by traditional teaching methods, primary school students have obstacles in memorizing multiple words at the same time. Using mind mapping as a teaching method to assist teachers' teaching can improve students’ learning interests and efficiency in vocabulary learning and enhance teachers' teaching efficiency as well. This paper adopts the research method of comparative experiment to explore which specific vocabularies in English texts should link together using mind mapping and which kinds of vocabularies are suitable for holistic learning method. Helped with the experimental process, this paper explores the problems of mind mapping in primary school English vocabulary teaching, analyzes the causes, and finally puts forward some feasible countermeasures.



by Siqing Zhang
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The group cooperative teaching method meets the new senior high school English curriculum standards' higher requirements for English teaching in senior high schools, and can develop students into cooperative, self-developing and comprehensive people. At the same time, the group cooperative teaching method is in line with the basic views of humanistic psychology and constructivism, and can be applied to all aspects before, during and after class, which has a positive effect on both teachers and students.



by Bing Yue
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Group awareness information in CSCL environments can help learners cooperate with group members smoothly, thus improving the efficiency of collaborative learning. The introduction of group-awareness tools can enhance the group awareness of learners in CSCL environments and solve the problems existing in the CSCL field. By summarizing a large number of current empirical studies on group-awareness tools, the paper deeply examines the negative factors in application status underlying these effects of group-awareness tools. Based on the group awareness theory, this paper studies the promotion strategies of group-awareness tools for negative factors, according to which the potential research direction in the future is put forward.



by Ran Yi 
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Our country has put forward a series of relevant policies and regulations to encourage college students to start their own businesses, which has created a good development environment for college students to start their own businesses. In this context, in order to further strengthen the entrepreneurial awareness of college students, colleges and universities should speed up the construction of an innovation and entrepreneurship education system, so as to focus on the cultivation of college students' innovation and entrepreneurship ability, and then inject new impetus into social development. Based on this, this paper will analyze the difficulties faced by the cultivation of college students' innovation and entrepreneurship ability, and propose countermeasures for the cultivation of college students' innovation and entrepreneurship ability.



by Yanrong Yan
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The Nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China proposed to provide education that the people are satisfied with, and how to handle education that is recognized by the society and the public is closely related to the quality of talent training in our colleges and universities. There are many ways to set up indicators in the talent training quality evaluation system. This paper selects one of the first-level indicators: the construction and effectiveness of the quality assurance system as an example. Based on the universities in Guangdong Province, big data is used to capture a large amount of data on various social platforms. Then, through text sentiment analysis and neural network algorithm, the data is calculated, and it is concluded that "reporting" and "postgraduate entrance examination" are the most concerned keywords in social evaluation. Then the paper analyzes this problem and gives corresponding countermeasures.



by Yanrong Yan, Weiting Zou
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At present, major private colleges and universities are carrying out educational reforms in order to improve the efficiency of running schools and the quality of teaching. Therefore, the evaluation of the quality of personnel training in private higher education has become a key link in the management of teaching quality. Using big data analysis and neural network algorithm, this paper collects and analyzes the massive talent training social evaluation data of 23 private colleges and universities, and selects 6 first-level indicators and 17 second-level indicators of the talent training quality evaluation system as the research objects. It analyzes which secondary index keywords are the most widely used vocabulary in social evaluation, and analyzes the corresponding situation, and then puts forward corresponding countermeasures.



by Xinyi Wei
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In the global situation of the new coronavirus rampant, the blended learning model has become the most suitable mode of teaching English in junior high school nowadays, which combines the advantages of online Internet learning and offline traditional classroom to inject new vitality and vigor into junior high school English teaching. This paper uses the literature research method, the relevant research and theoretical basis of the blended learning model and junior high school English teaching are sorted out. At the same time, students of a junior high school in Y city are used as research objects. The questionnaire method is used to collect data and to perform statistics and analysis of the data. The conclusions of the study show that students are generally more receptive to the use of the blended learning model in all aspects of teaching. However, in practical application, the blended learning model still faces many problems.



by Qian Sun
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Chinese excellent traditional culture has a long history, contains the ethical virtues of the Chinese nation to build an ideal human society, and is the cultural origin of the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind. Deepening the study of the important significance and practical path of the international dissemination of Chinese excellent traditional culture is of great practical significance for people all over the world to truly and comprehensively understand China, understand China, understand and support the correct development path chosen by the Chinese people, and unite the majestic power to create a better world.



by Yicong Shao
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Indirectness is a common phenomenon of human language and plays an important role in people's speech practice. English euphemism and indirect speech act both study the indirectness of language. In the process of communicating with others, there is a kind of tension and anxiety caused by not understanding or misunderstanding the other party's psychological state, language ability, etc. In this case, we can alleviate this problem in different ways. First, learn to properly use the existing knowledge and experience in your hands; second, read more books and articles to see if the content conforms to objective facts; finally, it is necessary to pay attention not to express your inner thoughts with some obscure words, and try to avoid direct words the occurrence of behavior. This paper compares and analyzes the similarities and differences of language indirection between English euphemism and indirect speech acts, which helps people to use language more accurately and appropriately, and promotes the achievement of ideal communicative effects.



by Siqi Peng
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Whether from the perspective of theory or practice, it is very necessary to carry out the work of college student aid well, which can help students with economic difficulties to successfully complete their studies, make them grow into the pillars of the motherland, and make contributions to the society and the country. But relatively speaking, the subsidized students' psychology is more sensitive and their thoughts fluctuate greatly. They need to carry out ideological and political education to improve their ideological understanding and help them establish correct values. Based on this, this paper will focus on the analysis and discussion of effective strategies for the integration of college student funding and ideological and political education.


by Xiao Zhang

The main teaching purpose of opening the art courses in the primary school stage is to improve the level of the aesthetic education of the primary school students, which is more in line with the five education content advocated in the quality education. Past old elementary school art teaching method has been difficult to meet the needs of pupils 'art learning, the emergence and development of STEAM concept, can provide better teaching guarantee for elementary school art education reform, under the STEAM concept this education idea can better develop students' imagination, aesthetic ability and innovation ability, and effectively promote the progress of primary school art education career.


by Yumei Jiang
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Doing well in college students' employment guidance is a key issue that all sectors of society pay attention to, because employment not only involves people's livelihood, but also relates to the future development of the school, and more importantly, relates to students' outlook on employment and career selection. Therefore, doing a good job of employment guidance can promote the construction of college students' learning style and future employment planning. The employment guidance for college students and the construction of the style of study in colleges and universities are both important work in the process of cultivating students. The results of the construction of the style of study directly affect the employment prospects of college students. Therefore, the author will strengthen the construction of school style of study in combination with the process of higher education.



by Ruoxi Mu
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Mo Yan had accepted Márquez's works, and through cross-cultural transmission and Mo Yan's personalized creation, this acceptance has emerged as a type of variation in Mo Yan's works, showing the characteristics of Chinese national culture and civil society. This paper intends to apply the Variation theory of comparative literary, taking One Hundred Years of Solitude and Red Sorghum as examples, to study Mo Yan's acceptance and variations of Márquez from three aspects: narrative, characterization and use of imageries, and to explore the cultural reasons and significance behind the variations.



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Standard journal article

Journal article (print) with one to three authors

Halpern SD, Ubel PA. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. The New England Journal of Medicine 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.

Journal article (print) with more than three authors

Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Research 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

Journal article (online) with one to three authors

Jackson D, Firtko A and Edenborough M. Personal resilience as a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity: A literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2007; 60(1):1–9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04412.x.

Journal article (online) with more than three authors

Hargreave M, Jensen A, Nielsen TSS, et al. Maternal use of fertility drugs and risk of cancer in children—A nationwide population-based cohort study in Denmark. International Journal of Cancer 2015; 136(8): 1931–1939. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.29235.


Book with one to three authors

Schneider Z, Whitehead D and Elliott D. Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, 3rd ed. Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier Australia; 2007.

Book with more than three authors

Davis M, Charles L, Curry M J, et al. Challenging Spatial Norms, London: Routledge; 2003.

Chapter or Article in Book

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

*Note that the editor’s name is not inverted.


Proceedings of meetings and symposiums, conference papers

Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer; 2002. p. 182-91.

Conference proceedings (from electronic database)

Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.

Online Document with author names

Este J, Warren C, Connor L, et al. Life in the clickstream: The future of journalism. Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. 2008; Retrieved from http://www.alliance.org.au/documents/ foj_report_final.pdf

Online Document without author name

Princeton Writing Program. (n.d.). Developing an argument. Retrieved from http://web.princeton.edu/ sites/ writing/Writing_Center/WCWritingResources.htm


Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.


Standards Australia Online. Glass in buildings: Selection and installation. AS 1288-2006, amended January 31, 2008. Retrieved from SAI Global database 2006.

Government Report

National Commission of Audit. Report to the Commonwealth Government, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service 1996.

Government report (online)s

Department of Health and Ageing.Ageing and aged care in Australia; 2008. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing


Rencher W F. Bioadhesive pharmaceutical car- rier. US Patent 5462749 A. 1995.

No author

Guide to agricultural meteorological practices, 2nd ed. Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva; 1981.

Note: When referencing an entry from a dictionary or an encyclopedia with no author there is no requirement to include the source in the reference list. In these cases, only cite the title and year of the source in-text. For an authored dictionary/encyclopedia, treat the source as an authored book.



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Advances in Higher Education is a fully accessible publication that serves as the medium to publish the original educational research article that focusing on teaching, learning and educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions which despite public and private higher education sectors. It aims to serve as a debate forum for a diverse group of scholar who share the characteristic features, as well as problems and issue of each education system, and who can have significant voice in discussion around topics of higher education. The content will focus on the field of educational theory, student management, teaching method, conceptual model of educational process and cases study.

The article categories within the journal include (but are not limited to) the following fields:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Theory and Processes
  • Theory Practice Relationship
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment
  • Campus Climate
  • Academic Culture
  • Languages
  • Persistence motivations


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All submitted manuscript are firstly handled by our managing editor, who will check the manuscript for plagiarism, in which rejection of the manuscript can take place at this stage by the managing editor if plagiarism occurs in the manuscript.

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Journal's announcement:

To further expand the readership and accelerate the development of this journal, the publisher’s committees decided to jointly organize a Chinese version

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DA member of parliament Bronwyn Engelbrecht led a student protest by DA Student Organisation (Daso) to the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

The students sought to convince Minister Naledi Pandor and her office to intervene and help bring about peace at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus. 

Engelbrecht said DA students have been trying to get classes to resume but the EFF Student Command and South African Student Congress have been disrupting classes. 

She said: Daso notes the tragic shooting of a student following the exposure of irregularities by officials.

Posted: 2018-09-12

News: Australia’s biggest university, Monash, is pulling out of South Africa after 18 years

After 18 years, Australia's Monash University will be pulling out of South Africa, selling out to JSE-listed education group Advtech in a R340 million deal.

Monash South Africa was registered in 2000, and markets itself as a local provider of degrees with international brand recognition. Its Johannesburg campus has a capacity of 6,500 students and features a number of student residences, popular among students from other African countries.

But the Monash name will disappear from that campus, its soon-to-be new owners say.

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Posted: 2018-09-12