Open Access Short Research Article

Factors Contributing to Student Success in Online and Media Site Courses: A Preliminary Study

Michael F. Shaughnessy, Aaron Johnson, Mark Viner, Geni Flores, Ajay Singh

Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Page 1-12
DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i330175

While online learning has been with us now as an educational, pedagogical device for a few years, there is scant research on the factors that contribute to success in this endeavour. This very brief exploratory investigation explores the thinking and perspectives and attributes of faculty, students (undergraduate and graduate) and instructional technologists via a brief Qualtrics survey. Preliminary results are discussed and implications offered.

Open Access Original Research Article

Effect of Brainstorming Technique on Study Habit among Secondary School Students in Anambra and Enugu States

L. I. Akunne, A. Anyamene

Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i330172

Aims: The general purpose of this study is to determine the effect of brainstorming techniques on secondary students study habit.

Study Design: The study adopted the quasi-experimental (pre-test-post-test control group) design.

Place and Duration of Study: 800 senior secondary school II students from Anambra State and Enugu State of Nigeria, between February 2019 and August 2019.

Methodology: This study on effect of brainstorming technique on secondary school students study habit adopted the quasi-experimental research design, more specifically the non-randomized pre-test – post test control group design. Quasi-experimental study is a type of experimental study that determines the effect of a treatment paradigm on a non-randomized sample. The sample for the study was 800 senior secondary schools students (350 male and 450 female). The study habit inventory questionnaire with a reliability index of .897 was used in data collection. Mean and standard deviation was used in answering the research questions while ANOVA was used in testing the null hypothesis.

Results: At 0.05 level of significance, the analysis of the data collected revealed a mean gain of 38.13 between the control and experimental groups, and a difference in mean gain of 4.61 for male and female students. This indicates that brainstorming was more effective for the experimental group and further shows that the effect differs with respect to gender. The findings revealed there was no difference in the mean post test scores of students who received treatment using brainstorming technique and those in the control group (p = 0.416, 0.05) also there was a significant difference in the mean post test scores of male and female secondary school students (p=0.026, 0.05).

Conclusion: The study concluded that brainstorming technique is effective for improving secondary school students study habit.

Open Access Original Research Article

Constraints and Suggestions Expressed by the Farmers in Availing Crop Insurance Schemes in Northern Karnataka

S. K. Jamanal, K. V. Natikar, M. P. Potdar

Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Page 1-5
DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i330173

Crop insurance is one of the methods by which farmers can stabilize farm income, investment and guard against disastrous effect of losses due to natural hazards or low market prices. Crop insurance not only stabilizes the farm income but also helps the farmers to initiate production activity after a bad agricultural year. The study was conducted in Karnataka State during 2017-18 by using “Ex-post- facto” research design. Belgavi, Dharwad, Haveri and Vijayapura districts were selected purposely based on more number of insured farmers. Further, two taluks from each district and from each taluk three villages (i.e. total 24 villages) were selected randomly. Sample size for the study was 240. Purposive sampling procedure was used. The data collected from respondents were tabulated and analyzed by using Garrett’s Ranking Technique. The findings of the study revealed that, delay in getting the claim was the prime constraint faced by the insured farmers with a highest Garret Score (GS) of 73.53 and  ranked as first (I), followed by inadequate compensation (GS-61.51 and Rank-II) and officials bias in loss assessment (GS-56.42 and Rank-III). With respect to suggestions given by the farmers were, claim should be dispersed before starting of the next season with utmost priority by farmers with a Garret Score of 75.70 and ranked first (I), followed by creation of separate insurance cell at Block / Taluk level (GS-66.40 & Rank-II) and more number of trainings need to be organized on Crop Insurance Scheme (GS-54.91 & Rank-III). The study brought out various constraints faced by the farmers related to Crop Insurance Schemes. Thus, concerned officers should approach the State Government to make sincere efforts to pay the claim before the start of next season and conduct more number of training and awareness programmes. Non-loanee farmers also should be encouraged by simplifying the online registration process and making the ‘Samrakshane Portal’ farmer friendly.

Open Access Original Research Article

Mass Media as an Environmental Awareness Strategies and Attitude of Farmers towards Deforestation in Southern Cross River State, Nigeria

Agnes O. Omari, M. Remi Omoogun, John E. Effiom

Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i330174

The main purpose of this study was to examine mass media as environmental awareness strategies and attitude of farmers towards deforestation in the rainforest zone of southern Cross River State, Nigeria. The hypothesis, which states that the use of mass media does not significantly influence the attitude of farmers towards deforestation in the rainforest zone of southern Cross River State, Nigeria, was formulated to guide the study. Ex-post facto research design was considered most suitable for the study.  The sample consists of 568 respondents randomly selected through the stratified and simple random sampling techniques.  A structured questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection.  The instrument was faced validated by three experts in Test and Measurement. The reliability estimate of 0.83 was established through the Cronbach alpha reliability method. Simple linear regression statistical tool was used for data analysis.  The result revealed that, there is a significant influence of mass media on attitude of farmers towards deforestation.  Based on this finding it was recommended among others that environmental educators and advocates should ensure that the mass media should be maximally utilized to continually create environmental awareness among the citizens in order to empower them to develop more positive attitude towards eradication of negative environmental practices and actions.

Open Access Original Research Article

Emotional Intelligence and Social Abilities are a Priority in Asperger’s Adolescents

Diana Cecilia Tapia-Pancardo

Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Page 1-11
DOI: 10.9734/jesbs/2019/v32i330176

Objective: To analyze the influence of Emotional Intelligence and Social Abilities development as interventions in an Asperger’s adolescent, to facilitate his interpersonal relationships.

Materials and Method: Qualitative and ethnographic methodology with intervention in different settings like personal, family and scholar; one Asperger’s adolescent, his mother, his teachers and school authorities informed through deep semi-structured interviews, with a 5 year follow up. Participants signed an informed consent and the qualitative analysis was according to de Souza Minayo.

Results: Two categories emerged: 1. Emotional impact in his parents due to lack of empathy in their son. 2. Language problems that impair his communication with peers and teachers.

Conclusion: Interventions favored identification and thinking of self and others’ emotions, regulate negative behaviors, increase of assertive and better interpersonal relationships.