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Assessing the Satisfaction of Students from E-learning System of Jazan University: Evidence from Partial Least Squares

The main objective of the present paper is to determine the predictors of Students’ satisfaction about e-learning system in Jazan University. The concept of satisfactions of learners in higher educational institutions made up the most significant indicator of the quality of education. The rising establishment of web portal and e-learning systems in all colleges posed the question of quality of learning through the usage of these systems. The issue of satisfaction of learners from e-learning has attracted the attention of several scholars and researchers to find out the factors affecting the quality of learning in higher educational institutions. The conduct of a questionnaire on 421 students from higher institutions of education belonging to the University of Jazan, allowed to highlight the importance of “Facilities and Infrastructure” and “Financial aid” as the most significant predictors of the satisfaction of students from e-learning system of Jazan. Keywords: Students’ Satisfaction, Questionnaire, Partial Least Squares, Higher Education.

The Status of Institutional Trust as the Main Element of Social Capital in Political Socialization

One of the concepts that has received significant attention in humanities, both qualitatively and quantitatively, is the concept of social capital. It refers to those stocks of social trust, norms, and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems. Social capital is an input to production like physical and human capital and recognized by the scholars in Humanities as the missing link in analyzing and managing current issues in human societies. Networks of civic engagement, such as neighborhood associations, sports clubs, and cooperatives, are an essential form of social capital; the denser these networks, the more likely it is that members of a community will cooperate for mutual benefit. Although measuring social capital may be difficult, there are excellent studies that have identified useful proxies for measuring social capital, using different types and combinations of qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research methodologies. In political science, there have been studies investigating the political functions of social capital in areas such as political development and political participation. Nevertheless, the role of social capital in political socialization, considered as one of the most important processes by governments and political systems, has neglected so far. The question addressed in this paper concerns the effect of social capital and its most important index, institutional trust, on the process of political socialization of citizens. Institutional trust refers to the dynamic relationship between an individual and an institution. It is a form of trust that distinguished by the potential magnitude of its effect. Keywords: Social Capital, Government, Socialization, Political Socialization, Institutional Trust.
Self-Presentation in Selected Poems of Maya Angelou: A Feminist Stylistics Study
This paper is an attempt in the field of feminist stylistics approach to explore the stylistic devices employed by Maya Angelou in (And Still I Rise, Phenomenal Woman and Woman Work). The purpose is to uncover how she used language to defy the problems that women face and how she presented her own identity. Angelou expressed herself in her poetry and the medium to convey that self-image is language. Thus, the analyses of the poems were conducted depending on the feminist stylistics approach proposed by Sara Mills (1995) and an eclectic approach which draws upon the previous works on stylistics and pragmatics. According to Mills (1995), the purpose of the feminist stylistic study is to display how gender is represented in a literary text, and to detect the reasons which push the author to express herself in a particular way. Scrutinizing the poems at the levels of words, sentences and discourse showed that Angelou employed linguistics devices to defend herself, to create her identity and to display who she is. Keywords: Feminist Stylistics, Self-image, Self-identity, Deixis.
BAKHTIAR SABIR HAMA 123-128 Download(357)
Absent and Escape Saudi Girls: Causes and Ways to Reduce Them A Field Study Applied in the Care Center Girls in Riyadh
This paper is an attempt in the field to find the reasons and causes of girls escape in Saudi Arabia. The research is a field study and applied in the care center of girls in Riyadh. The Study shows that how to get out of the minor girl illegal from the home of her guardian, without the permission or consent of the guardian for short or long periods, and here means that the escape of the girls as out of the house illegally, and is to conduct reprehensible socially, such as infiltration of the house at night, or in the absence of a parent without his consent, and it ranges periods. It is also a matter of hours or sleeping outside the home. The study tell about such escape reasons and causes. Keywords: Escape, Girls, Causes, Reductions Ways, Saudi Arabia.

Occultism in Yeats’s “The Second Coming”: A Critical Interpretation

One of the eminent modernist poets is W. B Yeats, who composed much of his literary writings to the cause of Irish nationalism and had a major impact in the Celtic Revival Movement. Yeats supported the literary heritage of Ireland and ancient Irish legends. Mystic and occult ideas are similarly central features of his work; such as in "The Second Coming" is viewed as a predictive poem that predicts the close of the Christian period and the vicious birth of a new era. The poem's title makes reference to the Biblical reappearance of Christ. Other symbols in the poem are drawn from mythology, the occult, and Yeats's view of history as defined in his cryptic prose volume a Vision. Keywords: Yeats, “The Second Coming”, Modernist Poetry, Christianity & Mysticism.
DLNYA A. MOHAMMED and MARIWAN N. HASAN 142-151 Download(331)

Leadership Development in the Perspective of the People’s Organization, the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Relocatees ng Bagong Silangan (Organization of Relocatees of Bagong Silangan)

This paper explores perspectives of Leadership Development (LD), an area of Organizational Development (OD), applicable to the context of People’s Organizations (PO). The literature surrounding OD primarily applies to Non-Government Organizations (Felizco, et.al, 2004). The approaches in OD do not exclusively indicate that only NGOs can use these approaches, but the framework specifically takes the NGO context as its locus of application. The research question seeks to explore where the PO is distinct, and where OD intersects with PO systems. This question is meant to bridge the gap between the perspective of the Community Development (CD) practitioner and the perspective of the PO. CD practitioners can use the OD perspective as a means for analysis of PO realities and systems. CD practitioners come to understand the perspective of the members of the community through engagement in conversation and experience. Discovering perspectives in a community setting is essential in the process of Community Development (Manalili, 2012). Keywords: Leadership Development, Participatory Research, Peoples’ Organizations, Organizational Development, Community Development.
LIBATIQUE, JACQUELYN ANNE G. 152-164 Download(319)

Smoking Habit Among Malaysian Adolescent Athletes

Previous findings had reported that cigarette smoking can affect athletes’ physical fitness and decrease their performance. However the study on this topic is scarce in Malaysia sports setting. Therefore the objectives of this study were (a) to examine the percentage of cigarette smoking among Malaysian athletes; (b) to determine the factor contributed to the habits; and (c) to assess athletes understanding and awareness on adverse effect of the habits. Prevalence of cigarette smoking in adolescent athletes was 9.33%. Most athletes (48.20%) started to smoke between 13 to 15 years. Breath carbon monoxide reading for smoker athletes was 7.52 ppm. Peers, family members and coaches were reported as the highest contributing factors to smoking habit. ‘Lung Cancer’ was reported as the most common adverse effect of smoking however, ‘Wasting Money’ was the highest concern for athletes to stop smoking. Future studies should utilise a holistic approach intervention to increase the probability of successful cessation from smoking. Keywords: Smoking, Adolescent Athlete, Breath Carbon Monoxide, Prevalence, Malaysia.

A Brave New World as a Vision of Tomorrow

The planet we live in is self-sustaining and doesn't need human help. Contrariwise, the human actions in this world seem to be degrading the planet. A brave-new world, therefore, is the ultimate solution to ensure that there are future progress and a vision of tomorrow. The economic, social, political, and technological advancements have both negative and positive effects on human life. The brave new world has a promise for a better life tomorrow only if the positivity in today’s life is made to supersede the negativity. The world of yesterday laid a foundation for the life we live today; thus, the life of today is ultimately the vision of tomorrow. Poverty, war and terror must be addressed in this gritty world so that a promising future is achieved. Technology is a real driver for humanity, and thus it will continue to be, so long as it entails a positive drive. Keywords: Human, Future, Economic, Technology and Life.
ARAM WASMAN OMAR 174-177 Download(338)

The Knowledge Economy in Mexico and the Role of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Technology Parks.

This research report has four purposes: first, to present scientific knowledge as a source of strategic opportunities for economic growth. Second, to analyze the institutionalization and governance of this paradigm in Mexico by locating the key national and international actors involved in the creation of innovations in Mexico. We will then estimate, through a comparative case study, the impact on Mexico’s regional and local development of current innovation policy. Lastly, we aim to present the impact on Mexico’s regional and local development of technology parks involving the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Keywords: Knowledge Economy; Innovation systems; Economic development; Technological upgrading; Technology parks; Regional innovation systems; Agglomeration economies; Productive specialization.

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