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See detailPerspectives on multilingualism and language learning and literacy practices of early years practitioners in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine UL

Scientific Conference (2017, June 14)

Multilingual pedagogies hold promise in our heterogeneous and fast developing world on account of their inclusiveness and support for social justice and political participation. In order to help early ... [more ▼]

Multilingual pedagogies hold promise in our heterogeneous and fast developing world on account of their inclusiveness and support for social justice and political participation. In order to help early years practitioners develop these innovative methods, researchers at the university of Luxembourg offered an inquiry-based professional development course which aimed to develop the practitioners’ understanding of multilingualism, help them design literacy activities in a range of languages, and enable them to evaluate their practices. The participants were teachers and para-professionals who work with 3- to 5-year-olds in nursery schools, crèches and day care centers. These institutions focus on the learning of Luxembourgish, sometimes at the expense of home languages and of French and German, both official languages in Luxembourg. The focus on Luxembourgish must be seen in relation to the heterogeneous intake where approximately 60% of the children do not speak Luxembourgish. This paper presents the preliminary findings of a questionnaire on multilingualism, language learning and literacy practices answered by 50 practitioners prior to and following the above-mentioned professional development course. The data were triangulated with the practitioners’ video-recorded language activities. The findings show that the teachers and para-professionals view multilingualism positively and promote Luxembourgish through language use and frequent literacy activities. They occasionally communicated with the youngsters in their home languages - if known - and did not object to the children using them with peers and adults. While almost all practitioners stated that the children spoke in their home language, they diverged in their beliefs regarding the appropriateness of their use. Answers were more convergent in the post-test. The findings should deepen our understanding of early years practitioners’ beliefs and language practices and help find strategies for developing multilingual pedagogies. [less ▲]

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See detailL’infra-ordinaire et l’imaginaire des Stations-service
Kmec, Sonja UL

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailEngagierte linke Jugendliche und die Ambivalenz in der Gewaltfrage
Willems, Helmut UL; Kühnel, Wolfgang

in Willems, Helmut; Kühnel, Wolfgang (Eds.) Politisches Engagement im Jugendalter : Zwischen Beteiligung, Protest und Gewalt (2017)

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See detailPolitisches Engagement im Jugendalter : Zwischen Beteiligung, Protest und Gewalt
Willems, Helmut UL

Book published by Beltz Juventa (2017)

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See detailLuxembourgish English pronunciation: first forays
Deroey, Katrien UL

Scientific Conference (2017, June 10)

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See detailCross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from the Indochina region
Wolff, Christian UL

in Finance Research Letters (2017)

We study cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in ten countries in the Indochina region during the period 1993–2015. Countries with a French colonial history showed markedly lower levels of cross ... [more ▼]

We study cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in ten countries in the Indochina region during the period 1993–2015. Countries with a French colonial history showed markedly lower levels of cross-border M&As (value as well as volume) than other countries, whether previously colonized or not. This difference persists even after accounting for the known drivers of cross-border M&A activity, including legal origin, trade openness, and labor cost levels. Together, these findings suggest that the colonial past of a country plays an important role in cross-border M&A activity. [less ▲]

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See detailLe bibliothécaire du Grand-Duc, entre farce et tragédie
Scuto, Denis UL

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailCross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from Indochina
Wolff, Christian UL

E-print/Working paper (2017)

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See detailGeneralization of Czoga\l a-Drewniak Theorem for $n$-ary semigroups
Kiss, Gergely UL; Somlai, Gabor

in Aggregation Functions in Theory and in Practice (2017)

We investigate n-ary semigroups as a natural generalization of binary semigroups. We refer it as a pair (X,F_n), where X is a set and an n-associative function F_n : X^n -> X is defined on X. We show that ... [more ▼]

We investigate n-ary semigroups as a natural generalization of binary semigroups. We refer it as a pair (X,F_n), where X is a set and an n-associative function F_n : X^n -> X is defined on X. We show that if F_n is idempotent, n-associative function which is monotone in each of its variables, defined on an interval I and has a neutral element, then F_n is combination of the minimum and maximum operation. Moreover we can characterize the n-ary semigroups (I,F_n) where F_n has the previous properties. [less ▲]

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See detailArt. 50 TEU: A Well-Designed Secession Clause
Gatti, Mauro UL

in European Papers (2017), 2(1), 159-181

Art. 50 TEU has been criticised because it allegedly grants EU Member States an unfettered right to unilateral secession, which questions the EU’s quasi-federal character and fosters its disintegration ... [more ▼]

Art. 50 TEU has been criticised because it allegedly grants EU Member States an unfettered right to unilateral secession, which questions the EU’s quasi-federal character and fosters its disintegration. This On the Agenda demonstrates that this widespread pessimism is unjustified, since it is based on an exceedingly formalistic reading of the law. Secession (from States) and withdrawal (from international organisations) is always possible de facto: the relevant question is whether constitutional provisions ensure an orderly secession and discourage casual recourse thereto. Art. 50 TEU arguably constitutes a “well-designed secession clause”, since it ensures the EU’s unity in withdrawal negotiations, limits the discretion of the departing State regarding the activation and termination of the withdrawal procedure, and induces it to reach a compromise with the Union. Art. 50 thus ensures a fair balance between the concern for the EU’s integrity and the democratic and federal principles that inspire it. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of a survey instrument for detecting basic motor competencies in elementary school children
Scheuer, Claude; Bund, Andreas UL; Becker, Werner et al

in Cogent Education (2017)

Basic motor competencies (in German: Motorische Basiskompetenzen; MOBAK) are motor performance dispositions formulated as minimum standards that empower children to participate in the culture of human ... [more ▼]

Basic motor competencies (in German: Motorische Basiskompetenzen; MOBAK) are motor performance dispositions formulated as minimum standards that empower children to participate in the culture of human movement. In opposition to movement-specific and process-oriented fundamental movement skills assessing the quality of movement execution, basic motor competencies are context-specific and product-oriented and focus on the mastery of minimum motor demands. Consequently, the promotion of basic motor competencies is a central goal of physical education, as they are essential prerequisites to be able to develop a physically active lifestyle. For the diagnosis of basic motor competencies, teachers need valid survey instruments that can help them to adapt their didactic-methodical action. For this purpose, a test battery for the assessment of the basic motor competencies of third graders was developed (MOBAK-3) and subjected to empirical validation (N = 399; 50.4% female; M = 8.45 years, SD = .52). The exploratory structural equation modeling indicates a structure with three factors named “Locomotion,” “Object-control” and “Moving in water”. This structure could be confirmed in the confirmatory factor analysis (CFI = .998; RMSEA = .009) [less ▲]

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See detailOn idempotent discrete uninorms
Couceiro, Miguel; Devillet, Jimmy UL; Marichal, Jean-Luc UL

in De Baets, Bernard; Torra, Vicenç; Mesiar, Radko (Eds.) Aggregation Functions in Theory and in Practice (2017, June)

In this paper we provide two axiomatizations of the class of idempotent discrete uninorms as conservative binary operations, where an operation is conservative if it always outputs one of its input values ... [more ▼]

In this paper we provide two axiomatizations of the class of idempotent discrete uninorms as conservative binary operations, where an operation is conservative if it always outputs one of its input values. More precisely we first show that the idempotent discrete uninorms are exactly those operations that are conservative, symmetric, and nondecreasing in each variable. Then we show that, in this characterization, symmetry can be replaced with both bisymmetry and existence of a neutral element. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital health in ambulatory assessment
Vögele, Claus UL

Book published by INSIDE (2017)

In this volume all accepted contributions to the 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment are published. The number and quality of these contributions testify to the high standard ... [more ▼]

In this volume all accepted contributions to the 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment are published. The number and quality of these contributions testify to the high standard of international research in ambulatory monitoring, the rapid advances in technology and data handling supporting ambulatory assessment, and the importance of these developments for the rapidly expanding area of Digital Health. Converging technologies such as Internet applications, social networks, smartphones and wearable sensors in the area of health, are now beginning to transform our approach to health research, healthcare, and communication and access to information. [less ▲]

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See detailA systems level analysis of epileptogenesis-associated proteome alterations.
Keck, Michael; Androsova, Ganna UL; Gualtieri, Fabio et al

in Neurobiology of disease (2017)

Despite intense research efforts, the knowledge about the mechanisms of epileptogenesis and epilepsy is still considered incomplete and limited. However, an in-depth understanding of molecular ... [more ▼]

Despite intense research efforts, the knowledge about the mechanisms of epileptogenesis and epilepsy is still considered incomplete and limited. However, an in-depth understanding of molecular pathophysiological processes is crucial for the rational selection of innovative biomarkers and target candidates. Here, we subjected proteomic data from different phases of a chronic rat epileptogenesis model to a comprehensive systems level analysis. Weighted Gene Co-expression Network analysis identified several modules of interconnected protein groups reflecting distinct molecular aspects of epileptogenesis in the hippocampus and the parahippocampal cortex. Characterization of these modules did not only further validate the data but also revealed regulation of molecular processes not described previously in the context of epilepsy development. The data sets also provide valuable information about temporal patterns, which should be taken into account for development of preventive strategies in particular when it comes to multi-targeting network pharmacology approaches. In addition, principal component analysis suggests candidate biomarkers, which might inform the design of novel molecular imaging approaches aiming to predict epileptogenesis during different phases or confirm epilepsy manifestation. Further studies are necessary to distinguish between molecular alterations, which correlate with epileptogenesis versus those reflecting a mere consequence of the status epilepticus. [less ▲]

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See detailReparations and European Integration
Paravantis, Spero UL

Speeches/Talks (2017)

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