Open Access Original Research Article

Utilization of Social Media in the Qur’anic Exegesis (Tafseer) During COVID-19 Lockdown: Online Survey

Mubarak Ismail Shitu, Ali Abdulrahman Saad

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 1-10
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i130344

COVID-19 pandemic despite seen as disaster but can also be seen as blessing. Social media prior to the period of the pandemic has been seen as negative aspect of the 21st century due to its improper utilization and number of side effects to the young generation. This study aims at determining the level of utilization of the Social media in Qur’anic Exegesis during COVID-19 lockdown in Northern Nigeria. This paper collects an empirical data on Social Media that have become available via the Internet in the light of usability and impact for Qur’anic Exegesis during COVID-19 Lockdown. Nevertheless, the analysis revealed that the response about the level and extent of utilization of social media in the Qur’anic exegesis is extremely high. People reflection on their experience about social media in listening to Qur’anic exegesis shows high level of acceptance and adoptability. Similarly, it concludes that the number of audience or listeners to Qur’anic exegesis (Tafseer) during the lockdown via social media is significantly high. Moreover, people have positive perception on the use of social media to listen to Qur’anic exegesis. Meanwhile, it is therefore recommended that Muslims should explore optimum use of social media to spread the cause of Allah. In the same vein, awareness should be done to enlighten Muslims on the permissibility of using social media. The mode of Qur’anic exegesis via social media used during COVID-19 pandemic should be adopted even after the pandemic for the onwards Islamic programs.

Open Access Original Research Article

Accounting Education towards Sustainable Labour Markets in Sri Lanka

K. A. J. O. Perera, U. L. N. L. Perera, N. H. G. Guruge, S. Subashini, W. D. N. Madhavika, R. S. Weerarathne

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 35-48
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i130347

The quality of Accounting Education determines the quality of Professionals in the field of Accounting. During last few decades with the effect of globalization, many technological advancements occurred in every industry. It directly affects the job profile of sustainable labor market of Accounting field where work becomes challenging and complex to achieve. Babike [1] proved that as Accounting Academics have become more important in the re-contextualization of the new global. The purpose of this article is to identify which qualifications are preferred by the employers out of Professional Accounting Qualification and Academic Accounting Qualification in Sri Lankan sustainable labor market. The present study adopted interpretation in philosophy and the inductive approach.  The data collection was based on primary data and was collected through online interview method. Researchers selected convenience sampling method since more than 80% of listed companies in Colombo Stock Exchange are in Western Province. Based on the convenience sampling technique researchers have selected ten listed companies and interview ten Finance Managers in respective companies. Thematic Analysis technique was used to analyze the data by using the NVivo software application. The findings of the present study suggest that many employers prefer Professional Accounting Qualifications rather than Academic Accounting Qualifications. The main reason for the choice is candidates with Professional Accounting Qualifications are more capable in handling tasks and the assigned job role due to the training offered through Professional Accounting Qualification when compared to Academic Accounting Qualifications. As an implication the respected authorities in Sri Lankan educational sector can implement Accounting trainings component for Academic Accounting Education. This may also be useful to future researchers to identify the perceptions of the employers. 

Open Access Original Research Article

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Vitamin D Insufficiency among Adults with Epilepsy at University Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: A Cross Sectional Study

Doaa K. Mohorjy, Iman Kamal Ramadan, Bahaa A. Abalkhail, Khalid M. Jaamal

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 49-58
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i130348

Background: Vitamin D is essential for bone physical condition, and vitamin D insufficiency may add to further autoimmune diseases, infections or even cancer. Enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs have been predominantly linked with osteoporosis hazard proved their impacts on vitamin D. The study aim was to determine the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency and the covariates associated with it among the adult epileptic patients attending King Fahd neurology outpatient clinics.

Subjects and Methods: 297 adult epilepsy patients joined this cross-sectional study at King Fahd Hospital in 2017. Vitamin D level was considered as deficiency (<10ng/ml), insufficiency (<30ng/ml), or normal (≥30ng/ml). Antiepileptic drugs were sorted out according to their enzyme inducing criteria.

Results: 87.88% adult epileptic patients were between 18 – 50 years of age, more than half were females, married, and with higher degree of education, less than half received monthly income of less than 5,000 SR, nearly two third were either smokers or ex-smokers. Multiple linear regression model for predictors of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency declared that; enzyme induced antiepileptic drugs, polytherapy, and smoking were significantly correlated with vitamin deficiency and insufficiency (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is widespread among adult epileptic patients. Screening of vitamin D level should be taken into consideration as part of the regular follow up of epileptic patients.

Open Access Review Article

Review of the Theories of Critical Thinking. An Approach Directed to the Professional Career of Medical Technology of the National University of Jaén in Peru

José Paredes Carranza

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 11-21
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i130345

The development of Critical Thinking is recognized as the main criterion of educational quality in international forums of Higher Education. However, there are few studies on the teaching processes, skills and methods to meet this criterion in Peruvian universities. This paper presents a review of the different approaches to critical thinking with an emphasis on students of the medical technology career at the National University of Jaén. The theoretical foundations of critical thinking are addressed, it is contextualized in the careers of health science, it is linked to scientific production and reasoning and the university environment from the various perspectives of critical thinking with an emphasis on university students. All this in order to present critical thinking in the daily dynamics of students of the medical technology career at the National University of Jaén, Peru.

Open Access Review Article

Factors Affecting Scholarly Practices in Private Higher Education Institutes in Sri Lanka: A Conceptual Framework

Wasantha Rajapakshe

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 22-34
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i130346

Over the years, entering a university has been increasingly competitive which have triggered many problems with regard to the higher education sector in Sri Lanka. To overcome this crisis on university entrance, since 1978, the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka granted permission to the private sector to award degrees as an integral part of the higher education policy.  The objective of this policy was to minimize the foreign currency outflow incurred on overseas education and support the needy students to get admission for higher education at the national level. However, it has been identified that most of these institutes consider enhancements of quantity rather than development of quality which can facilitate academicians' scholarly achievements. It is observed that research and innovation in local private Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are far behind the country's requirements. The purpose of this study is to determine the factors affecting scholarly practices in private HEIs in Sri Lanka. After reviewing the literature, a conceptual framework and twelve testable hypotheses were developed for this study. This study uses secondary data to identify determinant factors. Accordingly, environmental stimulus, perceived organizational culture stimulus and the psychological stimulus were selected as important determents which can directly as well as indirectly mediate with stress and happiness to enhance the performance of academicians, concerning the scholarly practices in private HEIs.