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This paper highlights the effectiveness of several modern training tools that could be applied within the context of training organizations, aiming towards the introduction of theoretical and practical fields, like the assessment of critical risks, the impact of time pressure and the importance of situational awareness, into the contents of a training course. The first part deals with present training tendencies and tools like distance and technology-based learning, while it is highlighted that knowledge management has gone through a deep and wide re-orientation. Quality assurance issues regarding education are also of great significance. The second part then studies the psychology of serving in combat or irregular crisis situations. It is about the particularities that compose the military, business or civil protection reality, resulting in new approaches of training courses that pursue excellent performance, particularly in dynamic and changing with high-velocity environments. Concepts like shared-ness of information, maturity in leadership decision making and cognitive task analysis can all determine a new domain of acceptable measures for crisis management training at professional level. The scope ranges from a routine organizational context to rapid response in a larger-scale emergency under pressure, requiring respective training adjustments.
The objectives of this research were: 1) to study the media exposure, utilization, satisfaction, and need for service business information of consumers in the digital economy era, 2) to examine the relationships between the media exposure, utilization, and satisfaction with service business information of consumers in the digital economy era, and 3) to present the problems, obstacles, and suggestions regarding digital media communication of consumers in the digital economy era. A quantitative survey research method was applied. The sample consisted of 400 consumers in Bangkok, ages 37-50 years, who were exposed to digital media on tourism service businesses, such as websites, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, blogs, and Line. The research tool was a questionnaire, and the statistics used in data analysis were percentage, mean, and standard deviation. Hypothesis testing was done by using the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient. The results showed that most respondents were female, ages 37-40 years, worked in private companies, and had an average monthly income of 10,001-20,000 baht. The majority of respondents were exposed to YouTube videos and Facebook pages on restaurant service. Service business information was used to satisfy their personal interests. Regarding satisfaction with business information, YouTube was found to be the most interesting form of digital media, whereas the other forms of digital media needed the right content. The observed problem was outdated and unreliable information. The hypothesis testing showed that media exposure behavior was significantly correlated (at 0.05 level) with the media utilization and satisfaction with service business information of customers in the digital economy era. Based on the results, it is suggested that digital media be used in new media convergence and modern marketing for better control of the accuracy and reliability of data in order to ensure that the creation and development of digital media in the service sector is consistent with the digital economic policy of the national government.
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The following paper aims to analyse the notebook ‘Anna Magdalena’ as a means for the development of specific knowledge and skills concerning teaching of Baroque and more specifically Bach style, for the beginner pianist. The focus of the paper is oriented towards examining the notebook, and providing a fresh perspective for its teaching from a pedagogical standpoint. Moreover, the paper aims to show various modes of teaching applied to the most popular pieces in the notebook. The author exhaustively lists widespread performer issues relating to the baroque’s technique, specifically, Bachian stylistic perception and attempts to show the ways in which these pieces can be taught. The study will be based on practice-led research methodology.
Poverty is a complex phenomenon involving various dimensions of not only the lack of goods and services. Being poor means being sick and not being able to see a doctor; all that it means to be unemployed and do not have a secure future; the poor rate it mean to be illiterate, not being able to attend school or abandon eaten; poverty rate means lack of many services and tools for everyday life. It 'hard to give a final definition of poverty because it varies from one period to another and from one country to another. Furthermore, poverty can be measured and evaluated in different ways. The evaluation of poverty based on a multidimensional definition of poverty and deprivation in income or consumption, seen from the flows, but also the non-monetary context poverty defined on my inadequacy of a series of welfare measures that have no income, as in education, health, empowerment, access to basic services and infrastructure.
Joash Okello Aloo, Jack Odongo Ajowi and Peter Jairo O. Aloka
The study investigated the influence of Teachers Performance Appraisal (TPA) policy on timeliness in the implementation of the curriculum in Public Secondary Schools in Kenya. The study adopted an Ex post facto design. Additionally, the study population consisted of 5450 teachers, 334 Principals, the TSC-County Director and 334 Deputy Principals of public secondary schools. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select 179 Principals and 179 Deputy Principals. Questionnaires were used to collect data from the Principals and Deputy Principals. Document analysis guide was used to collect data which was not readily obtained through questionnaires. Reliability of the instruments for data collection was tested by assessing the scale’s internal consistency using Crobanch’s alpha and reliability coefficient of at least 0.7 was achieved in all the sub-scales of the questionnaire. Validity was determined by experts in Educational Administration. Quantitative data from questionnaires was analyzed by using inferential statistics, for instance, Linear Regression analysis and Pearson Correlation. The study established that TPA policy had a positive significant influence on; timeliness in curriculum implementation (r=.604, p<.05), curriculum evaluation by teachers (r =.726, p<.05). The TPA was established to be a significant predictor of the timelines in curriculum implementation [F (1, 316) = 181.90, p < .05]. The study recommends that TSC should enforce TPA policy and use it as a tool for promoting and deploying teachers into leadership positions. The study recommends that the Ministry of Education should guide every school to come up with syllabus coverage monitoring tool that can be administered alongside TPA.
The professional literature extensively discusses the needs of the student for emotional and cognitive development; this topic has been neglected in connection with pedagogical instruction. A prominent scholar who deals with this topic is A.H. Maslow (1956), who argues that we are all born with needs that direct us toward growth, development and self-realization. No systematic research studies have yet been conducted on the subject of the student’s needs in this respect, and the lack of a methodical approach to that subject is sorely felt. The identification of these needs could increase collaboration and trust between the teacher training college and the school. The sample in the present study consisted of 15 teacher mentors - 9 males and 6 females - who participated in an action research study on the topic of pedagogical instruction. The central tools chosen for this study were interviews, documentation and observation of a course in the process of its being taught. The findings point to the difficulty teacher mentors encounter in the fulfillment of their needs, including even their basic needs, and to the result that the teacher mentors′ feelings of alienation and their distrust of pedagogical instruction makes it hard for them to build a cooperative relationship. One of the recommendations is to develop an organizational structure that will invite all the participants in the pedagogical instruction encounter to work together so that they will all feel that they are vital to the success of their fellow participants.
Increase in population contributes and it is also affected by climate change, hence it deserves consideration in any climate change policy development strategies. Based on the importance of population growth on climate change, this study was embarked on to ascertain the perception of students to the influence of population growth on the consequences of climate change. The population of the study consisted of undergraduate students in a Federal University in Southern part of Nigeria. A sample size of 362 respondents were selected using systematic sampling to select every one and other halls of residence (3 halls of residence selected out of 6) and simple random sampling of balloting by replacement to select 14% each from the three halls of residence. The questionnaires administered were analyzed using SPSS version 20 and the descriptive and inferential statistical tools were employed to analyze the data gotten. The study revealed that there was a significant difference on the respondents perception based on their gender, age group and home of residence(Urban or rural). Based on these findings, it was recommended among other things that population control measures should be effectively implemented in the country. And any policy on climate change, gender, age group and location should be considered because a gender, age group and location bias policy will increase the severity of the problem.
EC is considered a «bridge» between Europe and civil society. The councilors represent directly the interest of EC’s civil society. The Committee plays either the role of the welcoming structure for some forums of the participating democracy or the role of warrantor for a pluralist model that strengthens the legitimacy of the decision-making process. Thanks to the role granted by the Treaty, its structure and competences, ESC comprises a privileged place for the representation, information and expression of the organized civil society; by this, it admits the operation of the only “field” of its kind between Europe and the citizens. In case the Committee of the Regions represents whether originally or not a fundamental step in the development of the “Europe of the Regions” it is not very clear. The example of federal states of Germany used by the Committee of the Regions as an expression tool of their opinion at European level, is successful. However, it should be mentioned that CoR has achieved to be an independent body in a short period of time, able to reflect essential influencing opinions on regional issues.