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Scirj Volume I, Issue V, December 2013 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Effects of the role of Educational Services, School principals’ performance, teachers’ performance, and society participation on the quality of schools services in South Tangerang, Banten District
Evi Satispi , Yossy Adiwisastra , Musa Hubeis, Carunia Firdaus

Abstract: The important concern toward educational development is because education in Indonesia has been considered quiet badly in terms of the quality (Soetjipto, 2004). This problem has been happening since many years especially at the elementary, Junior and Senior level. As a consequence, many efforts have been done to overcome this problem such as by holding any trainings and workshops to improve teachers’ competencies, providing books and learning tools, and or renovating education facilities, but the results are still poor. The aims of this research were to analyze the effects of: (1) the role of Educational Services (2) school principals’ performance (3) teachers’ performance, (4) society participation on quality of schools services in South Tangerang both partially as well as collectively. This quantitative research applied explanatory and analytical studies. A total of 350 samples was selected through proportionate stratified random sampling. These data then were analyzed by using multiple regression. The findings of thi study showed that there were positive and significant influences of the role of Educational Services, school principals’ performance, teachers’ performance and society participation on quality of schools services. These findings indicate that these four variables are important to improve the quality of schools services.
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An Empirical Study of Agile Software Development Methodologies: A Sri Lankan Perspective
M. M. M. Safwan, Thavarajah G., Vijayarajah N., K. Senduran, C.D. Manawadu

Abstract: The challenges with developing software systems led to a switch from traditional software methodologies like Waterfall towards the Agile software methodologies. Agile methodologies are an established process for developing software nowadays and are relatively considered to be quick. These Agile software methodologies have become more and more popular in recent times, and Scrum in particular has been adopted by many companies. The current literature suggests that these Agile methodologies are indeed more effective in project management, particularly in dealing with the complexity of modern software systems and the rapidly changing business environment. There is, however, less evidence on their usage among software practitioners in Sri Lanka. This paper empirically investigates the perceptions of Agile methodologies usage from software practitioners in Sri Lanka. We present the practices in Agile they perceived to deliver the most benefits. We aim to provide awareness and knowledge about Agile methodologies tithe practitioners in the country. This paper can serve as a reference to the early adopters who intend to use Agile methods in the future.
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Effective Factors in the Implementation 0f ELT Curriculum Innovations
Dr: Senussi Mohamed Saad Orafi

Abstract: This paper highlights the complex process of the implementation of ELT curriculum innovations. It also confirms that teachers are not simply implementers of policies that are handed down to them, but they interpret, modify, alter, and implement these policies according to their beliefs and the context where these policies are being implemented. In addition, this paper, illustrates a number of factors which influence how teachers implement and make sense of ELT curriculum innovations. This paper provides significant implications and useful messages for curriculum developers, teachers’ education programs, and educational policy makers.
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Stability analysis of Lotka-Volterra model with Holling type II functional response
Abadi, Dian Savitri, Choirotul Ummah

Abstract: There are several studies on Lotka-Volterra Model has been done. Nevertheless, a few of them consider to supply with the information not only about analytical result but also information about local and global bifurcation of the solution of the system so that we have a complete information about the behaviour of the solution in terms of its stability. This study will analyze a Lotka-Volterra model with Holling type II functional response. The analysis starts with determining the equilibrium points of the system. Then by using center manifold and normal form analysis the information about stability of the other solutions, including the appearance of stable limit cycles, are obtained by continuing parameter. These results are confirmed by numerical simulations using MatCont. Biological interpretation of our results are also presented.
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The Relevance of Libyan Secondary School Materials to the Learners and their Needs
Mr. Salah O. I. Omar

Abstract: This research was designed to investigate how Libyan EFL secondary school teachers make the Libyan EFL published materials relevant to their learners. In order to address this issue, the researcher described and outlined the Libyan EFL context: teachers, learners, materials and the environment in and outside the classroom. Then different approaches and methods were described and their advantages and disadvantages in terms of the Libyan setting were discussed. At the end of this discussion, the researcher proposed a new approach to the Libyan setting, Lexico-grammatical Approach. Ten Libyan EFL secondary school teachers studying in the UK took part in questionnaire questions in order to find out about the research questions from their own view point and experience. Then The Libyan materials were described; their development and design was outlined and finally a framework from the literature on evaluation of the EFL material was developed and applied on the Libyan materials. Evaluating the Libyan materials and the teachers’ response to the questionnaire questions showed that there is a gap between what Libyan EFL learners’ need and what they are exposed to in their coursebook. The teachers showed that they have problems with lack of facilities, insufficient time available at school for English, large classes and lack of exposure to English outside the classroom. Libyan teachers also confirmed that Libyan learners are not motivated or interested in learning the language that they used extra sources and activities in order to involve and make learners interested in the learning process. In terms of making material relevant to their learners, the teachers emphasised the importance and the use of technology as well as using topics related the learners’ areas of interest and speciality.
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Abstract: This paper examines communication as a means through which skills acquisition can be transmitted effectively to students of tertiary institutions so they can be equipped for self-reliance. Over the years, students at the tertiary level of education seem to be faced with problems of communication. Such problems affect their enthusiasm or motivation for purposeful achievement in the area of skills acquisition. Effective communication, therefore, is one tool, which this paper prescribes in the process of equipping students with the requisite knowledge for entrepreneurial training. Their ability to identify opportunities for self-sufficiency heavily depends on the extent to which the skills they have acquired are clearly manifested in their lives after schooling. Furthermore, communication will help the students to learn how to utilize the resources or knowledge they have acquired with a high level of innovativeness. This will ensure a better standard of living since jobs can be created and sustained by scores of graduates from the nation's tertiary institutions.
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Myelopathy in Tuberculous Spine Disease
Ridha Dharmajaya

Abstract: The diagnosis of tuberculous spine disease is quite difficult to be established based on clinical data only, moreover if there is no clinical sign of pulmonary TB or gibbus on the spine. Patients with this disease often show skinny appearance and complaining of cold sweat and chronic cough. Therefore, patients with tuberculous spine disease usually come with radiculopathy and/or myelopathy with an advanced disease features shown in diagnostic neurological appearance (MRI), such as destruction of vertebral body and myelum involvement. Until recently, the decompresion and corpectomy with fusion of the spine have become the routine procedures in the management of tuberculous spine disease in the neurosurgery field, besides antituberculous chemotherapy.
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Certain Simultaneous Quadruple Series Equations
Kuldeep Narain

Abstract: Integral and Series equations are very useful in the theory of elasticity, elastostatics, diffraction theory and acoustics. Particularly these equations are very much useful in finding the solution of crack problems of fracture mechanics. In this paper , a closed form solution of certain simultaneous quadruple series equations involving Konhauser Orthogonal Polynomials has been obtained.
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Systems Study of the Impacts of ICTs on Rising Extreme Poverty in Nigeria
Emmanuel Ukpe, Mathias Fonkam , Ferdinand Che

Abstract: The rising tide of globalization over the last couple of decades has seen a corresponding increase in income gaps between the rich and poor of the world – with the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer. This has been the global pattern according to World Bank statistics [1]. However, this anomaly is even more visible within the countries of Sub-Sahara Africa where World Bank figures [2] show an alarming overall drop in house-hold incomes over the last 10 years – in fact, since the transition from colonial rule to independence, for most of these countries. World Bank statistics also reveal the emergence of a handful of extremely wealthy individuals in some of the poorest countries of this region. Many of these individuals command wealth on a global-scale; usually starched in the foreign banks of more developed countries. Nigeria presents an interesting case study of this problem. The sizeable number of its super-rich is well known to command more wealth together than the national Government, yet in numbers, this population is dwarfed, manifold, by the large pool of those living in extreme poverty. The rate at which that pool has been rising is alarming. This paper seeks to shed a perceptive light on this dynamics of the widening divide between the rich and poor in Nigeria. In particular, we will examine the critical role that ICTs can play in helping reverse that trend.
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