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NEW MODEL OF QUALITY ASSESSMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - UPGRADING THE COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK (CAF) Print E-mail

Mirna Macur, Bojan Radej

Abstract

In our study, we developed new model of quality assessment in public administration. The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is frequently used in continental Europe for this purpose. Its use has many benefits, however we believe its assessment logic is not adequate for public administration. Upgraded version of CAF is conceptually different: instead of analytical and linear CAF we get the instrument that measures organisation as a network of complex processes. Original and upgraded assessment approaches are presented in the paper and compared in the case of self-assessment of selected public administration organisation. The two approaches produced different, sometimes contradictory results. The upgraded model proved to be logically more consistent and it produced higher interpretation capacity.

 

Keywords: self-assessment; CAF; Common Assessment framework; evaluation; EFQM.

Associate professor Mirna Macur, PhD works at National Institute of Public Health, Health Data Center. Contact address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bojan Radej, MA, independent researcher, publicist and founder of Slovenian Evaluation Society (http://www.sdeval.si) Contact address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cite this article:
Mirna Macur, Bojan Radej. NEW MODEL OF QUALITY ASSESSMENT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - UPGRADING THE COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK (CAF). Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:127-148, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art7

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USE OF FACEBOOK FOR ENHANCING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN A HIGHER EDUCATION BLENDED ENGINEERING COURSE Print E-mail

Ravi Foogooa, Debra Ferdinand-James

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In spite of the fact that many universities include blended learning in offering their programmes, student engagement in courses remains a challenge. This research started off as an investigation into the use of the Learning Management System (LMS) by students of an engineering course and into ways to improve student engagement. The heavy usage of social media by the students prompted us to find how Facebook could be used in a course in conjunction with an LMS. A closed Facebook group was created by the lecturer and used to interact with the class. Data collection was done through an online survey of the students at the end of the class. A social media analytics software was also used to analyse the interactions on the Facebook group. A journal was also kept for the lecturer’s thoughts throughout the class. To avoid bias, the second author, an educational technologist whose conference paper on Social Media inspired this one, was involved in the analysis and interpretation of the data.The results were very encouraging. A majority of students were actively engaged by the Facebook group. However, this research put into perspective a series of potential issues with the use of Facebook or any other social media in higher education which would warrant further research.

Keywords: social media, higher education, learning management systems, student engagement

Ravi Foogooa, MBA is a lecturer at the School of Innovative Technologies & Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius. His research interests are sustainable software engineering, green ict and blended education. Contact information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Debra Ferdinand-James, PhD is an educational technologist at the School of Education at the University of West Indies, Trinidad. Her research interests are faculty engagement in blended learning, technology-enhanced learning, mixed methods research, academic writing, and curriculum inclusiveness. Contact information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Cite this article:
Foogooa Ravi , Ferdinand-James Debra. USE OF FACEBOOK FOR ENHANCING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN A HIGHER EDUCATION BLENDED ENGINEERING COURSE. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:8-31, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art1

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SHOULD I TEXT OR SHOULD I TALK? TRANSFORMATIONS OF COMMUNICATIVE PRACTICES BY MOBILE PHONES Print E-mail

 

Tadej Praprotnik

Abstract

This article presents contemporary transformations of communicative practices among individuals. Communication is a primary vehicle for establishing and maintaining relationships, so it is of vital importance to understand why we communicate in certain ways. The article firstly presents the global climate of modern relationships, which are conducted by social media platforms. The technological convergence of various devices provides additional support for reinforcing communication and networking. Features offered by new media devices (collaboration, networking) are presented, along with current practices, which reflect certain problems at the level of usage. The relationship between society and technology is explored, and the fact that our usage of technologies is a reflection of society’s and individuals’ key understandings and orientations is stressed. In line with these remarks the article interprets modern conceptions of relationships that are becoming mere “connections”. Namely, our communication practices of text messaging and e-mailing are to a certain extent a reflection of contemporary orientations. Individuals may like a company, but nevertheless they like distance too. Our modern “connections” are therefore quite intentional. One of the article’s conclusions is that by using “poor” mobile devices (smartphones enable us to send messages of up to 160 characters) we mask/disguise our own unpreparedness to engage in complex and “exhaustive” communication (i.e. face-to-face or phone call conversations). This way our own intentions can be ascribed to “poor” technology. We are not confronted with our own intention to be connected, but still at a distance. Additionally, the article also stresses other contextual factors for communication practices, from technological constraints to communicative norms. Nevertheless the usage of technologies is at our command and it reflects the type of relationships we are looking for.

Keywords: new media, mobile phones, e-mail, text messaging, interpersonal relationships

Tadej Praprotnik, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska (The Faculty of Humanities). Contact address: pratadej (at) gmail.com

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Praprotnik Tadej. SHOULD I TEXT OR SHOULD I TALK? TRANSFORMATIONS OF COMMUNICATIVE PRACTICES BY MOBILE PHONES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:32-53, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art2

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ELECTRONIC MONITORING IN THE WORKPLACE Print E-mail

Mateja Gorenc

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Supervision in the workplace is essential as in this way we discover errors, theft and observe workers. However, supervision makes employees feel they do not have enough privacy. With the development of information technology, employers are getting new possibilities with which to control employees in the workplace. Slovenian legislation lays down conditions for the use of modern technology as well as the limits of permissible use. Abuse occurs mainly in the case of unauthorized use of technology in the areas of video, mobile, Internet and e-mail surveillance as well as the use of biometrics. The survey results show that 63% of Slovenian companies do not use information technology for surveillance in the workplace, and that 90% of executives / managers take into account moral and ethical principles when carrying out the controls.

Keywords: electronic surveillance, electronic communication, supervision of employees, workplace privacy

Mateja Gorenc, Doctor of Business Sciences, employed in the sector of information technologies ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Cite this article:
Gorenc Mateja. ELECTRONIC MONITORING IN THE WORKPLACE. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:54-86, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art3

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CULTURAL CAPITAL AND SCHOOL SUCCESS: A STUDY ON STUDENTS OF CLASS-XI IN SYLHET CITY CORPORATION, BANGLADESH Print E-mail

Al Amin Rabby, Mohammed Anwar Hossain, Md.Abdul Ghani

Abstract

This research aims to investigate how the aspects of cultural capital cause educational success of college students coming from different socioeconomic backgrounds in Sylhet City, Bangladesh. It employs sample survey of 210 Higher Secondary level students from three educational institutions of Sylhet City to collect data. Findings report that cultural capital has no significant relation with students’ educational success. Family economic condition and parental education put greater influence on students’ educational improvement. It is therefore essential to note that family income is more important than cultural capital to achieve a good result. The findings of this research contrast with Bourdieu’s study in France as cultural capital marginally influences educational success of the students. A number of students receive proper caring from schools and families that advance them at achieving more rewards which tend to perpetuate social inequality in Bangladesh. Higher family income and parental education of higher class further contribute to creating uneven success among the students.

Keywords: Cultural capital, Bangladesh, education, Bourdieu, school-success

Al Amin Rabby, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh
 

Mohammed Anwar Hossain, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh

Md.Abdul Ghani, Professor, Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh

Cite this article:
Rabby Al Amin, Anwar Hossain Mohammed, Ghani Md.Abdul . CULTURAL CAPITAL AND SCHOOL SUCCESS: A STUDY ON STUDENTS OF CLASS-XI IN SYLHET CITY CORPORATION, BANGLADESH. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:87-104, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art4

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