ISSN / EISSN : 2468-1946 / 2542-4874
Published by: Veritas Publications LTD (10.21601)
Total articles ≅ 43
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Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11053
COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global environment. It has affected almost all aspects of society from cultural, economic, educational, to social factors. This narrative inquiry explored science educators’ perspectives on the vital roles they would play in the post-COVID setting. Sixteen teachers from different educational institutions were purposively selected to take part in this qualitative investigation. The participants wrote their short narratives on their significant role as science teachers after the COVID-19 pandemic. Six themes emerged as roles of the science teachers in the post-COVID era; these include (1) science communicator; (2) critical thinker; (3) knowledge creator; (4) disruptive innovator; (5) advocate against misinformation; and (6) future-ready educator. A conceptual paradigm is designed to describe the vital roles of science teachers in the post-pandemic era in the context of the VUCAD2 (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, diverse, and disruptive) world. Implications of the findings to science education in the post-pandemic setting are discussed in the paper.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10965
According to the World Health Organization, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns about increased panic and increased anxiety in people who are trapped in either a real or a theoretical Coronavirus threat. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate the contribution of education level in predicting Physical Activity’s attitudes and intention of adults during a Pandemic. The sample consisted of 904 people, 417 men and 487 women, aged 18-70 years. The participants completed the Greek version of the “Theory of Planned Behavior” questionnaire. Analyzes indicated that higher education level increases people’s attitudes towards PA and during COVID-19. Overall, education level is a valued factor and it seems to accompany relatively stronger intentions even during life threatening conditions.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10964
The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors associated with the occurrence of shoulder pain, neck pain, upper back pain and lower back pain with particular focus on carrying schoolbags. A questionnaire containing a range of musculoskeletal pain related information was designed specifically for a group of schoolchildren aged 11 to 20 years and distributed to Grade 7 to Grade 13 students attending three main secondary education schools in Mauritius over the period July 2017 to February 2018. A total of 1048 questionnaires were circulated out of which 849 were useable. The study analyzed the impact of socio-economic characteristics, student perception of use of tablets, type of schoolbag, private tuition, performance, duration of bag carriage and anthropometric characteristics. Logistic regressions models were applied to inspect how those recorded factors contribute to the occurrence of musculoskeletal pain. The main findings in this paper indicate that students from single-sexed girl and mixed schools relative to boys’ schools, student perception of tablet use, backpack schoolbag relative to handbag and shoulder-bag, performance, total weight and excess weight of schoolbags have significant positive impact on musculoskeletal pain. The results point towards the importance of raising awareness among students to achieve a positive musculoskeletal health. Information obtained is deemed to affect schoolbook and equipment-carrying behaviour and future choice of schoolbag type.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10807
Amid the continuing risks posed by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, teachers are in a state of a predicament as schools have reopened. A problem that has been often raised is how to plan the lessons in the context of ‘new normal’ education. The answer lies in some extant instructional design processes which may have not only been given purposeful attention since the past up to the recent scholarly discussions. Thus, this article reintroduces these selected instructional design processes that may assist the teachers in planning their lessons in the new normal education. The researcher discusses unpacking the curriculum standards, designing the events of instruction, selecting instructional materials, and using constructive alignment. These selected instructional design processes are expected to bring about better responses, thus improve the current work of the teachers in the field amid the tough period.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10808
According to the World Health Organization, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns about increased panic and increased anxiety in people who are trapped in either a real or a theoretical coronavirus threat. This preliminary study aimed to investigate how adults cope with a pandemic lockdown concerning Physical Activity. The sample consisted of 904 people, 417 men, and 487 women. The participants completed the Greek revised version of the “Planned Behavior Theory” questionnaire. ANOVA analyses revealed that men increased their physical activity involvement but on the contrary, women decreased theirs. Overall, results identified the importance of recording adult intentions for PA in a state/period of incarceration and its important role for the future shaping of health behaviors.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/9610
Cardiovascular system is relating to the circulatory system of human body, which comprises the heart and blood vessels and carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them. It plays an important role in helping the human body to meet the demands of activity, exercise, including maintains body temperature and stress. Captivatingly, by reason of some dysfunctional in body function lead to cardiovascular disease that especially involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can make cause to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke too. And Cardiothoracic Vascular surgery is related with surgery of thorax which entails with great complications somehow. Work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those people in a community suffering from any disease that personnel factually Social worker particularly who engage in medical practice. Supplementary, Medical Social Worker can perform their appreciable role in pre-operative stage, at operative stage, post-operative stage, at managing post-operative outcomes and notwithstanding retraction in pre-position of thoracic surgery of patient who unusually effected from cardiovascular disease. In this paper attempt has been made to analyses role of Social Worker in thoracic surgery. The present paper has been portrayed in two parts, parts one related with general description and part II related with specialized approach.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/9611
In Bangladesh like the other nations around the world educational sector is highly affected by COVID-19. During this lockdown teachers may help their students to minimize the educational gap. An online survey was conducted from 30 July to 24 September 2020 to collect the information from teacher of different public and private universities. Descriptive statistics was used to find their perceptions about online education, and problems faced related to e-learning. About 88.5% of the participants take online classes during the pandemic among them majority (91.3%) of them were staying at home and continue their online educational support to the students. They may face some problem during the online classes and poor internet connection (69.31%) and lack of logistic support (19.13%) were the main problem they faced. Very few (1.4%) of them think the process are not helping the students to overcome the educational gap. This study will helpful for government and the educational authority to find the overall scenario of online education during lockdown from teachers’ point view.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/9579
Solid waste management is one of the challenges faced by many countries. Poor solid waste management will lead to various problems in health, environment and socio-economic aspects. Since, educational institution is an agent of change and through R.A. No. 9003, solid waste management concepts are being integrated in science education. In this study, descriptive – quantitative approach was utilized using the researcher made instrument - Solid Waste Management Awareness and Practices Questionnaire (SWMAPQ). A total of 332 Grade 12 students participated in the study from a State College, of which 68 are Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students, 166 are Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL) students and 98 are General Academic Strand (GAS) students. Result shows that students have enough knowledge in terms on definition of solid waste, effect of improper solid waste disposal, solid waste prohibited activities, school initiatives towards solid waste, importance of solid waste management and students’ responsibilities. However, students have low knowledge on the different laws relevant to solid waste management. Television or radio, parents and social media are the sources of these awareness. The result also shows that students have good solid waste management practices in terms on segregation, reduction, reuse, recycle and disposal.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/9580
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease in 2019 disrupted every aspect of human life, threatening the world’s public health system. Most countries accelerated their transition to digital technologies that support healthcare, social activities, learning, and shopping to minimise these disruptions. As COVID-19 propels nations towards the digital economy, epitomising the data age, the digital divide will be more pronounced even within the same country. The transition to the digital space has exposed Africa’s infrastructural deficiencies. Zimbabwe’s rural communities have limited access to information related to COVID-19 due to the unavailability of radio and television reception. In light of limited access to radio, television, and newspaper by rural communities, the study sought to develop a mobile app that can enhance access to information related to COVID-19. The Information System Development Methodology and agile software design principles guided the development of the app. The evaluation results show positive feedback regarding the usefulness and utility of the app. The findings indicate that the participants found the app very easy to remember, easy to learn, and perceived that it satisfied their information access needs. The results can be useful in improving the deployment of digital health solutions targeting rural and remote communities.
Aquademia, Volume 5; https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/9581
Disaster is an event that shapes our future. During a disaster, it affects lives, infrastructures, livestock and produce, and we can only adapt to it. The aim of this study is to analyze disaster awareness and level of compliance to disaster programs of selected individuals in a highly urbanized city in Central Luzon, Philippines. The study made use of a descriptive-correlational design. One hundred five (105) individuals took part in the survey using a convenience-sampling technique. This study used an adapted and modified instrument for the survey. For the statistical treatment, the researcher used SPSS 20 in computing the data gathered. Results show that the respondents are aware of disaster but in terms of level of compliance, they answered moderately complied. In addition, there are significant differences in disaster awareness and level of compliance with disaster programs when grouped according to location and the number of family members. Last, there is a relationship between the locations, disaster awareness and compliance level on disaster programs in the study. Based on the results of the study, the researcher recommended pertinent ideas and concepts for improved compliance with disaster programs.