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Section Editor: Nobert M. Seel

Professor Norbert M. Seel studied Education, Psychology, Philosophy and History and earned his doctorate at Saarland University in Germany. From 1998 he was distinguished professor of education with the focus on research on learning and instruction at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.

He has taught a large range of subjects in the field of social sciences. His research interests include model-based learning and thinking, inductive reasoning and complex problem solving, the investigation of exploratory learning within technology-enhanced environments, creativity and processes of decision making in instructional settings. Professor Seel has published more than 20 books, among them the textbooks "Psychology of Learning" (2nd ed.) and “Educational Science” as well as more than 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters in the area of cognitive psychology, learning research and instruction.

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  1. Content type: Research

    Children who frequently eat family meals are less likely to develop risk- and behavior-related outcomes, such as substance misuse, sexual risk, and obesity. Few studies have examined sociodemographic character...

    Authors: Margie R. Skeer, Konstantina E. Yantsides, Misha Eliasziw, Migdalia R. Tracy, Allison R. Carlton-Smith and Anthony Spirito

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2062

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  2. Content type: Case study

    This work provides a case study centered on the cognitive phenomenon of factualization, viz. “the SP/W’s increasing certainty about the realization of an event or situation” (cf. Tantucci 2014, 2015a, b, 2016b). ...

    Authors: Vittorio Tantucci

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1773

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    The impact of women’s education on fertility is of interest to researchers, particularly in China. However, few studies have provided well-founded assessments of how women’s education, workforce experience, an...

    Authors: Manyu Lan and Yaoqiu Kuang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1708

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    We analyzed the efficacy of the interface design of speech generating devices on three non-verbal adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in hopes of improving their on-campus communication and cogni...

    Authors: Chien-Hsu Chen, Chuan-Po Wang, I-Jui Lee and Chris Chun-Chin Su

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1682

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    Pragmatics is not about language as such, viewed in isolation, but about words as they are being used. And words are never things, pure objects; words have their history and lives: their story is the story of ...

    Authors: Jacob L. Mey

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1653

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    Climate change (CC) is an urgent and highly relevant topic that must be integrated into the school curriculum. Literature on CC integration, however, is scarce, let alone literature on integrating climate-sma...

    Authors: Jaime A. Manalo IV, Katherine P. Balmeo, Jayson C. Berto, Fredierick M. Saludez, Jennifer D. Villaflor and Argie M. Pagdanganan

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1592

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  7. Content type: Case study

    Kenny has proposed that severe music performance anxiety that is unresponsive to usual treatments such as cognitive-behaviour therapy may be one manifestation of unresolved attachment ruptures in early life. I...

    Authors: Dianna T. Kenny, Stephen Arthey and Allan Abbass

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1591

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  8. Content type: Research

    Although various studies have indicated that high residential density may affect health and psychological outcomes, to our knowledge, there have been no studies regarding the predictive nature of crowded livin...

    Authors: Zhuoli Tao, Gao Wu and Zeyuan Wang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1579

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  9. Content type: Research

    Saudi Arabia, divided into 5 planning regions, 13 administrative regions and further to 118 governorates (administrative units), has diverse demographic characteristics from one region to another and from one ...

    Authors: Rshood Khraif, Asharaf Abdul Salam, Rajaram Subramanian Potty, Ali Aldosari, Ibrahim Elsegaey and Abdullah AlMutairi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1431

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  10. Content type: Research

    We aimed to generate a valid reliable Arabic version of MOS social support survey (MOS-SSS). We did a cross sectional study in medical students of Faculty of Medicine in Khartoum, Sudan. We did a clustered ran...

    Authors: Mohamed Dafaalla, Abdulraheem Farah, Sheima Bashir, Ammar Khalil, Rabab Abdulhamid, Mousab Mokhtar, Mohamed Mahadi, Zulfa Omer, Asgad Suliman, Mohammed Elkhalifa, Hanin Abdelgadir, Abdelmoneim E. M. Kheir and Ihab Abdalrahman

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1306

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  11. Content type: Case study

    In the context of European Higher Education students face an increasing focus on independent, individual learning—at the expense of face-to-face interaction. Hence learners are, all too often, not provided wit...

    Authors: Anke Berns, José-Luis Isla-Montes, Manuel Palomo-Duarte and Juan-Manuel Dodero

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1305

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  12. Content type: Research

    Liberal multicultural theories developed in late twenty-first century aims to ensure the rights of the minorities, social justice and harmony in liberal societies. Will Kymlicka is the leading philosopher in t...

    Authors: Golam Azam

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1291

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  13. Content type: Case study

    Government audit authorities supervise the implementation of government budgets and evaluate the use of administrative resources to ensure that funding is used wisely, economically, and effectively. A quality ...

    Authors: Shue-Ching Lee, Jau-Ming Su, Sang-Bing Tsai, Tzu-Li Lu and Weiwei Dong

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1263

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  14. Content type: Case study

    Global consciousness on climate change problems and adaptation revolves around the disparity of information sharing and communication gap between theoretical scientific knowledge at academic end and practical ...

    Authors: Abhiroop Chowdhury, Subodh Kumar Maiti and Santanu Bhattacharyya

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1219

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  15. Content type: Research

    The aim of this study was to determine which disruptive behaviors occur most often in physical education (PE) classes, and to identify the existence of a pattern of behavior that leads to this disruptive behav...

    Authors: José López Jiménez, Alfonso Valero-Valenzuela, M. Teresa Anguera and Arturo Díaz Suárez

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1154

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1364

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    Within the Gricean framework only what is conversationally implicated is cancellable, whereas what is conventionally implicated and what is said cannot be cancelled without giving rise to contradiction. In th...

    Authors: Gregor Walczak

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1115

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  17. Content type: Research

    China’s rapid aging has caused widespread concern, but it seems that the situations and consequences of rapid aging are not adequately acknowledged. This study analyzed the problem of ageing in China from the...

    Authors: Quanbao Jiang, Shucai Yang and Jesús J. Sánchez-Barricarte

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1107

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    We have recently described a protocol for a study that aims to build a theory of neighbourhood context and postnatal depression. That protocol proposed a critical realist Explanatory Theory Building Method compri...

    Authors: John G. Eastwood, Lynn A. Kemp and Bin B. Jalaludin

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1081

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  19. Content type: Research

    There is a growing recognition of the need to examine religiousness and conduct research on its influence on acculturation and adjustment among ethnic minorities (Güngör et al. in Int J Behav Dev 36:367–373, 2012

    Authors: Radosveta Dimitrova and Arzu Aydinli-Karakulak

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1024

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