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Current Issue (Volume 02 - Issue 01)


Paper Title :: Research on the Usability of the LeVAnDa System (Lesson Video Analysis Database)
Author Name :: Nikolaos Sfingos || Evangelos Tsamourtzis || Panagiotis Antoniou || Marianna Tzekaki
Country :: Greece
Page Number :: 01-09
The present article aims at presenting the usability analysis of the LeVAnDa system, an internet application which supports the indexing of audio-visual information accessed on YouTube through the LeVAnDa system. LeVAnDa has been developed as a response to and a supportive tool to cater for Physical Education Teachers and Coaches‟ specific educational needs. In particular, it focuses on facilitating their activities related to their next teaching unit delivery preparation, introducing and enriching their cognitive scope with updated knowledge as well as upgrading their educational material diffusion over to their students. These objectives are enhanced through the description of key-video snippetsattracting the user‟s individual interest, as well as through organizing and archiving the available audio-visual material into snippets. In order to retrieve useful and reliable results, a usability survey was conducted on the basis of quantitative questionnaire five-Likert scale dispatched to a good number (210) of individual Physical Education Teachers and Coaches. Upon the research conclusion there has been evidenced supporting the questions related to a) the speed of familiarizing oneself with the LeVAnDa application, b) its usefulness, c) its functionality as well as d) the speed of organizing the audio-visual material, accounted for the end users‟ highest satisfaction rates and the acknowledged innovation of the system, as a result of the respondents‟ obviously declared willingness to integrate the LeVAnDa system into their daily vocational routine.
Keywords: LeVAnDa, YouTube, video indexing, video annotation, educational tool for sports
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Paper Title :: Rekindling Nigeria’s Manufacturing Sector Performance for Economic Growth and Development
Author Name :: Udo N. Ekpo, PhD
Country :: Nigeria
Page Number :: 10-24
This paper examines Nigeria‟s manufacturing sector performance, it‟s challenges and prospects with the aim of providing a clearer insight into the current state of the sector. This study employed descriptive analysis approach and gathers data largely from secondary sources. The findings show that manufacturing sector‟s performance in Nigeria is unsatisfactory. The current manufacturing sector‟s performance is low compared to the performance levels obtained in the 1970s. One of the notable features of Nigeria‟s manufacturing sector is that it is highly import-dependent. Hence, the cost of production, size of output, competitiveness of the product and the returns to investments is strongly tight to foreign exchange availability and foreign exchange rate in the country. The challenges which had impeded the performance of manufacturing sector identified in the study include inadequate foreign exchange and high exchange rate, infrastructural deficit, inadequate access to credit, high interest rate and inflation rate, multiple taxes and levies, insufficient demand and institutional inefficiency. It is recommended that the monetary policy of the country should be fine tuned to ensure relative stable foreign exchange rate, low interest rate and single digit inflation rate; agricultural resources of the country should be fully exploited and utilized to ensure high agricultural output for export and provision of raw material to agro-based industries which produce for export to generate substantial foreign exchange for use in the manufacturing sector, Iron and Steel production firms established by the government, especially Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Plants, should be revitalized to provide industrial base for the country by producing the spare parts, tools, machinery and equipment for other manufacturing firms in the country. The government should provide adequate and reliable electricity supply to reduce manufacturing sector reliance on private production of electricity and, a good road network and functional railway services to aid movement of raw materials and finished products of manufacturing firms in the country.
Keywords: Manufacturing sector, Manufacturing sector performance, economic development
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Paper Title :: UAE Elementary Students’ Conceptions of Nature of Science
Author Name :: Sufian Forawi || Lara Abdallah
Country :: UAE
Page Number :: 25-32
This study was designed to examine the concepts of nature of science (NOS) that elementary grade students bring into the science classroom. A group of 301 boys and girls from elementary schools in United Arab Emirates were sampled. This study investigated two questions related to students conceptions of nature of science: (1) What conceptions of NOS do young students hold?, and (2) What is the relationship between students‟ conceptions of the nature of science and their gender?. Student‟s conceptions of NOS were measured with the Nature of Science Questionnaire (NOSQ), a newly developed and piloted instrument. Findings showed that the majority of students in this study held uninformed conceptions about most of the NOS aspects. According to the results, there was a significant difference between female and male students‟ conceptions about scientific theory, tentativeness of scientific knowledge, and the influence of social and cultural values on scientific knowledge. These findings suggest that today‟s young students bring to the classroom understandings of the NOS that may serve as the foundation for more effective science education.
Keywords: Nature of Science, Students perceptions, STEM, Science values and cultural values
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Paper Title :: Factors Influencing SME Performance:Case Study in Northern Corridor Economic Region, Malaysia
Author Name :: Ibrahim Yunus || Mohamad Nizam Yusof || Nurhidayah Marzuki@Yahaya
Country :: Malaysia
Page Number :: 33-36
This paper provides an empirical study of the relative performance of small scale food industries in Northern Corridor in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. The objective of this study is to identify and measure the performance of small scale food industry under the supervision of Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA). This kind of management practised is intended solely to improve the income of the entrepreneurs through increasing the efficiency and thus exposed their products to export market. A total of 45 producers were investigated and as visualised, their performance showed some kinds of variations. Questionnaires were sent to 600 randomly selected respondents via postal service . There are 120 (20% response rate) of the questionnaires were returned, completed and useable. The analysis methods in this research were based on multiple regression study. The finding of this study found a significant relationship between two transformational leadership style namely inspire followers to go beyond their own self-interest and giving employee empowerment with the teamwork performance.
Keywords: SME Performance, efficiency, entrepreneurs, food industries
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Paper Title :: Factors Affecting Purchase Decisions for Booking Accommodations Online
Author Name :: Chollada Mongkhonvanit
Country :: Thailand
Page Number :: 37-41
Travelers are increasingly using the Internet to search for hotel information and to book their accommodations. With customers doing their own research and disrupting the travel-agency model, it is crucial for the hospitality industry to understand the factors influencing customer decisions and intentions when booking accommodations online. This study investigates these factors in a sample of 400 Thai travelers visiting Bangkok. The results revealed that price, payment method and simplicity of booking procedure factors were the most significant factors. The findings also revealed that age range was statistically significant (p < 0.05).
Keywords: factors, decision, booking, hotel accommodation, online.
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Paper Title :: Vaccination as a strategy to face human papillomavirus and its associations
Author Name :: Karla Cristina Faria de Souza || Maria das Dores Saraiva de Loreto || Gustavo Bastos Braga
Country :: Brazil
Page Number :: 42-49
Objective: To verify the effectiveness of vaccination coverage against human papillomavirus in girls and its association with socioeconomic indicators.
Methods: Quantitative study in the municipalities of Minas Gerais, based on the variables available through the Department of Informatics of the Brazilian Unified Health System (Data-SUS) and the Social Responsibility Index of Minas Gerais: vaccination coverage rate, mortality rate on cervical cancer, the proportion of the population assisted by the Family Health Program, municipal health expenditures, the existence of active health councils, income and the index of the general quality of education.
Results: The average rate of vaccination coverage between 2014 and 2015, as well as the general average of municipalities did not reach the coverage rate of 80% of the target public, proposed by the Ministry of Health, with discrepancies between vaccination coverage among municipalities. Only the general quality index of education showed a significant association.
Conclusion: Developing government strategies for the implementation of vaccination campaigns against human papillomavirus is necessary, to raise awareness of the population on the importance of prevention, followed by educational actions, prioritizing clear information for the target population and those responsible. Whereas the general quality of education index was significantly associated with vaccination coverage rate, this should be prioritized as a factor that influences the population's ability to access services for health promotion and prevention.
Keywords: Papillomaviridae, prevention, health promotion, vaccination.
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