Open Access Original Research Article

Utilization of ICTs in Agricultural Marketing Information Delivery in Charland of Bangladesh

Muhammad Ziaul Hoque, Md. Enamul Haque, Foyez Ahmed Prodhan, Md. Shariful Islam

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 10-20
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i230350

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a significant role in delivering agricultural marketing information to the door-steps of the agrarian community for effectively managing the farming practices and getting maximum profitability. However, the agrarian community in the rural areas, particularly in the Charland areas are yet to exploit this opportunity. Hence, this study was conducted to assess the status of ICT’s utilization in receiving agricultural marketing information in a selected Charland area of Bangladesh. The study was descriptive and diagnostic type research, conducted through primary data collection from the 120 farmers by a face to face interview technique. Findings revealed that almost 60% of the sampled respondents seek information related to agricultural marketing.  Although a significant number of the farmers had access to different ICT tools such as mobile phones, radio, and television, the majority of them depends on peer-group farmers and the union digital center as the key sources of marketing-related information. Nonetheless, 26.58% of ownership farmers utilized ICTs for getting agricultural marketing information. Low access to electricity connection and their interrupted supply, lack of sales and customer delivery center for ICT-based tools in the rural areas, and insufficient training and awareness building initiatives are major challenges for effective utilization of ICTs by the rural Charland farmers.

Open Access Original Research Article

Experiences of Ghanaian Student Nurses’ and Midwives’ during Clinical Practice in the Kumasi Metropolis: An Ethnographic Study

Olivia Nyarko Mensah, Mary Ani-Amponsah, Albert Opoku, Yussif Issah Sumaila, Veronica Oduro-Kwarteng, Egya Gyanzah Eshun, Ajaratu Lampinley, Faisal Adomako Duku, Ransford Sarfo- Mensah, Bright K. Avuglah

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 21-32
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i230351

Background: The clinical practice component in nursing and midwifery education is a neglected area of research. There is far ranging evidence that clinical exposure and skills acquisition is not equitable in Ghana. Researchers have focused mostly on clinical supervision with students’ needs still not prioritized. Therefore, this research sought to explore students’ views and stories about their clinical practicum experiences and to help gain a deeper understanding into their knowledge, competency acquisition, clinical learning, and transition to practice.

Methods: We utilized focused ethnography design with Roper & Shapira’s methods on 12 students during their intra-practicum period in a tertiary hospital situated in the Kumasi Metropolis of the Ashanti-Region of Ghana. Within the period of 4 weeks intra practicum, participants were conveniently and purposively sampled and with an interview guide with a grand tour question participants’ were involved in conversation to elicit information through focus group discussions (FGD) in their natural setting. The FGDs were conducted on weekly basis during debrief sessions for 3 weeks until participants repeated what they have already said in the previous weeks indicating data saturation.

Results: Nursing and midwifery students’ face diverse realities in the clinical sites, and are least supported in their skills and competency acquisitions, leading to theory practice confusion and inconsistencies, as students face challenges with the clinical component of their training. It was found that there were lack of preceptors and limited ward nurses’ preparedness to support students during clinical sessions hence students were subjected to excessive unproductive errands during the periods of practicum. It was also found that there is lack of collaboration between tutors and practicing nurses in the students training further exacerbating the theory-practice confusion. Conclusion and Recommendations: The identified gap is calling for a collaboration between clinicians and tutors to strengthen the clinical practice component of student nurse training. This will address the challenge of “theory-practice confusion and inconsistencies” among others.

Open Access Original Research Article

Climate Resilience with Traditional Wisdom in Asia

Pallavi Tiwari, Archana Kushwaha, Yogesh Kumar Sharma

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 33-39
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i230352

The climate is changing at a fast rate and the impact of the same can now be felt across all the world. The worst hit is the Asian countries which are the most vulnerable when it comes to extreme events. To cope with same, local level actions are the most effective if originated from local community and local context. Traditional wisdom originates from deep cultural and environmental considerations along with generations transformation that transcends these traditional practices to a much-suited action with respect to resiliency. The paper establishes the role of such traditional practices in the achievement of climate resilience in communities. The authors draw insights from the existing indigenous practices from various Asian countries and try to analyze the various challenges and potential in adoption of such practices on larger scale. The paper concludes with recommendations to overcome such challenges.

Open Access Original Research Article

Smart Tourist Behavior in Wine Cultural Event

Min-Hong Wang, Jian-Lin Xiong, Tsai-Fa(TF) Yen

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 40-47
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i230353

This study aims to investigate smart tourism behavior in wine cultural event, and used valid survey data of 419 tourists in wine cultural event held at Yibin and tested proposed hypotheses undertaken ANOVA. The results showed that the impacts of smart tools on satisfaction, word-of-mouth(WOM), novelty and tourism inertia differed significantly and the impacts of smart tools on the relationships between latent variables differed significantly. This study provided theoretical and practical significance for the development of smart wine tourism.

Open Access Review Article

Lifelong Learning Policies and Provisions for Senior Citizens in India: An Overview

Ruchi Mittal, Pradeep Kumar Misra

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 1-9
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v14i230349

The population of senior citizens is on the rise in India. Keeping senior citizens engaged and active throughout their lives is a challenge that can be met by offering need-based lifelong learning opportunities to them. Senior citizens, in addition to their will and efforts, need support from the government and community to engage in lifelong learning in a productive and meaningful manner. Therefore, the right kind of policies and opportunities can help senior citizens practice lifelong learning and have maximum benefit. This paper analyses significant policies and provisions related to senior citizens' lifelong learning since India's independence in 1947. Based on this analysis, the paper suggests potential measures to realize the vision of 'Lifelong Learning for All Senior Citizens' in India.