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SOCIAL ECONOMY IN SLOVENIA – EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Print E-mail

Aleksandra Tabaj 

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People with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups in the labour market. Comparing to people without disabilities, their unemployment rates are higher, possibilities for employment lower. One of the important factors is also discrimination, visible and non-visible at labour market. Therefore, countries promote employment possibilities of persons with disabilities with specific regulations and programmes. In Slovenia, after 2006 new form of employment possibilities in social economy arised – employment centers. In ten years, more than 40 employment centers were established with over 440 employed people with severe disabilities. The article presents main charachteristics of the employed persons with disabilities in employed centers and SWOT analysis for further developing this important subject.

Key words: employment, persons with disabilities, social economy

Ph.d. Aleksandra Tabaj is the head of the Development Centre of Employment Rehabilitation at University Rehabilitation Institute Republic of Slovenia (aleksandra.tabaj (at) ir-rs.s)

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Aleksandra Tabaj. SOCIAL ECONOMY IN SLOVENIA – EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:7-19, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art1

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THE SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF A LATE-MODERN INDIVIDUAL'S IDENTITY Print E-mail

Andrej Kovačič, Nevanka Podgornik

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The passage into a late modern society means the exclusion of a person from his traditional relations, religious systems and social relationships. To an individual the exposure to risks, which were unknown to the traditional pre-modern society, represent vulnerability, especially regarding interpersonal relationships and the possibility of one’s self- modernization. We start from the assumption that phenomena as riskiness, uncertainty, anxiety, unhappiness and disconnectedness are immanent to risk society and that the modern structure of society creates individuals with an unclear and unstable identity. This manifests itself in a form of numerous emotional distresses and thus consequently can make personal distresses a sociological, aggregate phenomenon as well as individual mental health problem.

Key words: late-modern, identity, individualization, ontological safety, mental health

Andrej Kovačič, Ph.D. is a researcher at the Faculty of Media (Ljubljana, Slovenia). He is an active coach and chief executive manager of VEGA (scientific publishing company) and several business companies.

 

Nevenka Podgornik, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the School for advanced social studies where she carries out pedagogical and research work. According to the professional educational profile she is a psychotherapist with a degree in reality psychotherapy and hold a European degree in psychotherapy. She researches issues regarding relationships, problems related to various addictions and other mental health problems, and educational approaches.

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Andrej Kovačič, Nevenka Podgornik. THE SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF A LATE-MODERN INDIVIDUAL'S IDENTITY . Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:20-41, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art2

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PSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH TO MIGRANTS – CURRENT STATE, ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENT POSSIBILITIES Print E-mail

Jana Krivec, Tea Golob 

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Through history, people have always been migrating. Nowadays however, the number of migrants in Europe has reached its peak and the cultural diversity between migrants and the hosting society has never been so great. This is a new and challenging situation which demands a proper psychosocial approach in order to cope with all the issues necessary to successfully integrate migrants into the hosting society. First in line are the field experts, who have to be properly educated and trained. In the article, we address the view of the experts on their work, discover what are the typical issues they have to deal with, their attitude towards the migrants and emphasize the important aspects that have to be included in psychosocial treatment of migrants from different cultural backgrounds. The issues and improvement possibilities for the inclusion of migrants into the hosting society are also discussed. Nevertheless, the time has come when no one can close his eyes that much that migrants will disappear. Therefore, it is time to accept the difference with respect, try to help migrants and include them into the local community.

Key words: migrants, psychosocial treatment, current state, issues, improvement

Jana Krivec, assistant professor, Department of Psychotherapy, School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica
 

Tea Golob, assistant professor, Institute for Social Transformations, School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica

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Jana Krivec, Tea Golob. PSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH TO MIGRANTS – CURRENT STATE, ISSUES AND IMPROVEMENT POSSIBILITIES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:42-61, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art3

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THE VIEWS OF TEACHERS AND PARENTS ON THE TASKS OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SLOVENIAN PRESCHOOLS Print E-mail

Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec

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In the present article we present the views of teachers and parents on the task of environmental education in preschool in socio-emotional area. We have found that both with teachers and with parents of children included in preschool it is for the most part possible to empirically identify the theoretical structure of the tasks of environmental education in preschool in socio-emotional area (cooperation, conflict resolution, self-determination, independence, and positive self-image).

On the sample of 164 teachers and 245 parents we applied the procedure of factor analysis to examine the dimensions of socio-emotional area of environmental education. We found parents prefer the following tasks: cooperation, positive self-image, subordination to adults, and orientation to success. In teachers’ opinion in this area the following tasks are important:  cooperation, positive self-image, encouraging independence, and self-determination.

Key words: Preschool teachers, parents, views, environmental education, tasks.

Ph.D. Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec,  full professor of pedagogy, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Primorska, Faculty of Education, Koper, Slovenia (jurka.lepicnik(at)pef.upr.si)

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Jurka Lepičnik Vodopivec. THE VIEWS OF TEACHERS AND PARENTS ON THE TASKS OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE SLOVENIAN PRESCHOOLS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:62-79, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art4

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MULTIPLE-CLASS EXISTENCE, CORRUPTION AND TRUST IN SOUTH AFRICA Print E-mail

Evangelos Mantzaris, Theodore Tsekeris, Charalambos Tsekeris

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Corruption in South Africa has been a major issue in the traditional and new media during the last few years. However, only a small number of researchers in various fields, from public administration and social policy to law and urban studies, have attempted to change the existing empirical understanding on this issue. In this sense, empirical socio-economic realities, associated in most cases to the realm of organizational behavior, financial system dynamics and power relations, intertwine in the effort to analyze and interpret corruption. The present article aims at examining beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of a multi-class sample of Black African South Africans living in the Western Cape within the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, which is the only province in the country governed by the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). The sample consists of two groups: one of people who live in an established middle class area and the other in an informal settlement. The analysis of data obtained from a semi-structured questionnaire showed that, although the existing social differences amongst the groups, they both show a high degree of mistrust towards the institutions and have largely negative attitudes towards the corruptive behavior of politicians and governing agents with a small number of exceptions.

Key words: corruption, perceptions, government, class differences, South Africa

Evangelos Mantzaris - Anti-Corruption Center for Education and Research (ACCERUS), Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. Email: Evangelos.Mantzaris(at)spl.sun.ac.za

Theodore Tsekeris - Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), Athens, Greece; ACCERUS, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. E-mail: tsek(at)kepe.gr

Charalambos Tsekeris - Research Centre for Greek Society, Academy of Athens, Greece; ACCERUS, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. Email: tsekeris(at)gmail.com (corresponding author)

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Evangelos Mantzaris, Theodore Tsekeris, Charalambos Tsekeris. MULTIPLE-CLASS EXISTENCE, CORRUPTION AND TRUST IN SOUTH AFRICA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.2:80-97, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no2-art5

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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 )

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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

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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

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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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GLOBALIZATION AND INDICATORS OF UNCERTAINTY Print E-mail

Matjaž Škabar

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The aim of this research is to explore the influence of culture, which understood in a broader sense, as focused towards the uncertainties in modern societies. Using theory and empirical data, we will determine the logic and dynamics of changes and the attitude towards changes and uncertainties in modern societies. This article, based on a theoretical thesis, empirically tests the correlation between the index of globalization and different indicators of individualism, as well as the attitude towards uncertainty and reflectiveness. We managed to prove the correlation between the globalization index and indicators of individualism. However, when we look at the links between the indicators of uncertainty and reflexivity, the correlations prove to be complex and inconsistent.

Keywords: globalisation, uncertainty, indicators

Matjaž Škabar, Ph.D., Buiness School Erudio, Litostrojska cesta 40, 1000 Ljubljana, matjaz.s (at) erudio.si.

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Škabar Matjaž. GLOBALIZATION AND INDICATORS OF UNCERTAINTY. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:105-116, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art5

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ASPECTS OF MOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY Print E-mail

Erna Žgur

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Child’s motor development is not an isolated process but it rather involves  numerous other developmental aspects, such as cognitive and conative. The research is focused on defining the developmental principles of motor abilities and skills in children with prominent motor deficits who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). The research compares the motor maturity between two groups of children with CP; the younger group (up to 10 years of age) and the older group (10 – 16 years of age). The research included 78 primary school children with different forms of CP (diplegia, hemiplegia, mixed forms), aged between 6 and 16. The discriminant analysis used in the research showed that there is a statistically significant relationship between age and motor maturity in children with CP. The structural matrix confirmed the different hierarchical representation of the motor components (strength, coordination, precision and graphomotor skills) for the selected motor model, in relation to children’s age. The function of explosive strength showed significant differences between younger and older children as regards their motor maturity. We can conclude that there is a significant developmental difference between the groups of younger and older children with CP, in relation to their motor maturity (different hierarchical representation), with the most obvious difference in motor ability of explosive strength.

Keywords: children with cerebral palsy, motor abilities and skills.

Erna Žgur, PhD, Assistant Professor of Special and Rehabilitation Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Department of Special and Rehabilitation Pedagogy. Contact address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Žgur Ema. ASPECTS OF MOTOR DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.10, no.1:117-126, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2017-no1-art6

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