Open Access Original Research Article

Implications of Philately in Highlighting Geometric Features for the Primary Cycle

Mădălina Lupșe, Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Alexandru Leonard Pop

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 1-10
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v17i430425

The development of mathematical skills, especially those specific to geometry, for the primary cycle is a triple challenge in the current context of education in Romania. The first of the challenges is given by the fact that classical education, but also the online one, has become an activity, still unstructured, concerning movements, decisions, and political pressures, implicitly with the changes that occurred in the ministerial apparatus. The second challenge is given by the methodological changes and of the school curriculum, which comes as a completion of the first challenge, being felt even in the teaching-learning-evaluation specific to geometry. The third challenge is given by the weight that teachers face in making geometry a discipline that appeals to students, attractive. In this sense, the challenge for us is to show that this triple barrier can be overcome. As such, the present study proposes a mixed method of presenting the geometric contents in the classroom for the preparatory group, class I and II, through the prism of the instruments offered by the Romanian thematic philately. The results of the study are presented in the form of worksheets, of which we present only fragments to summarize the possibilities arising from the association of thematic philately with notions of geometry.

Open Access Original Research Article

Perceptions of Students from Northwestern Romania on Online Education during the Pandemic COVID-19

Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Marius Mesaroș, Monica Lauran, Mirela Coman, Alexandru Lauran

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 11-18
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v17i430426

The current spatio-temporal context, in which the didactic activities in our country (Romania) are still carried out, is, beyond its form of social experiment, a form devoid of spiritual content. In the transition from classical to modern, through multimedia technologies, the interactions based on the teaching-learning-assessment activity are severely widowed by the physical lack of those closely involved in the educational system. In such a context, considered to be still cloudy, unsettled, the level of perception of those trained is questioned. Thus, through this study, our emphasis and attention fall on how online education is received, accepted, or not among Romanian students; for the study being interviewed only the students from the third year of study, from various specializations (technical and non-technical), aged over 21-22 years. This study took place between November 2020 and February 2021, on a sample of 463 students. Only students with whom the teachers had contact, who actively participated in online courses, seminars, and laboratories (especially computer-assisted training seminars), participated and were interviewed. The whole debate focused on the students' report on the teaching activity carried out exclusively online. Their answers, under anonymity and voluntary commitment, being an overview, which we decided to present both descriptive (only fragments) and infographics (only a summary of answers).

Open Access Original Research Article

The Influence of KEMI’s Capacity Building Programme on Head Teachers’ Competencies in Financial Management in Public Primary Schools in Uasin Gishu

Josephine G. Ongori, Kisilu Kitainge

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 19-28
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v17i430427

Aims: The objective of the study was to examine the influence of KEMI’s capacity building programme on head teachers’ competencies in financial management

Study Design: The study adopted the concurrent triangulation design where both quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed to collect information and do the analysis at the same time.

Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted in Uasin Gishu County of North Rift region. The county lies within latitude: 0° 31' 0.00" N and longitude: 35° 16' 59.88" E. The study was carried out between May 2019 to October 2019

Methodology:  The study targeted six sub-county education officers and 471 head teachers in public primary schools in the county. Simple random sampling was employed in choosing 30% (141) of the public primary schools proportionately from each of the six sub-counties in the county. Every head teacher of the selected public primary schools took part in this study. Data was also gathered from all the six sub-county directors of education of Moiben, Kesses, Turbo, Kapseret, Ainabkoi and Soy. Data was collected using interviews and questionnaire.

Results: Findings indicated that there was a moderate positive correlation between KEMI capacity building programme and head teachers' competency in financial management. KEMI capacity building programme on head teachers competencies had a positive and significant influence on financial management (r (132) = .309, p< .0005). Thus the hypothesis (Ho4) was rejected and this can be explained further by stating that there exists a relationship.

Conclusion: The findings also shows that KEMI had helped head teachers in understanding the budgeting, auditing of the books of accounts, management of income generating activities and improved accountability and transparency of finance. KEMI had also helped head teachers in keeping up to date inventories. KEMI had enhanced head teachers’ adherence to the school budget and to appreciate the need for constituting of tendering committee.

Open Access Original Research Article

Entrepreneurship Education as an Impetus to Entrepreneurial Competence and Entrepreneurial Intentions among Polytechnic Students: A Quantitative Approach

S. A. Adeyemo, P. O. Ogunleye, M. A. Adeyemi, T. S. Kareem

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 29-37
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v17i430428

The study examined the extent to which entrepreneurship education influence entrepreneurial competence and entrepreneurial intentions among the students with specific reference to the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Nigeria. Purposive random sampling technique was used to select 85 final year students from all the three Departments (Business Administration and Management, Marketing and Purchasing and supply) in the Faculty of Management Studies. The questionnaire was employed to collect data and scales measuring entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial competence, and entrepreneurial intentions. Mean, chi-square, Pearson Moment correlation and ordinary least square (OLS) method of estimation were used to analyse the data. The result revealed that entrepreneurship education has a significant effect on entrepreneurial competence and entrepreneurial intentions among students. This implies that entrepreneurship education is an antidote to poverty, insecurity, unemployment and hunger that have been the order of the day in Nigeria. Consequently, all stakeholders in the education industry should endeavour to ensure that entrepreneurship education is properly funded and also Federal government should establish an entrepreneurial financial institution that will provide financial assistance and advisory services to graduates and non-graduates that pass through entrepreneurship education and have viable feasibility study and zeal of establishing entrepreneurial ventures.

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Traditional Architecture in Romanian Philately (III): Households from Drăguș, Dumbrăveni, Dumitra, Fundu Moldovei and Goicea Mică

Bogdan-Vasile Cioruța, Alexandru Leonard Pop

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 38-48
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v17i430429

Traditional architecture occupies a central place in the soul and pride of all people and has been accepted as a characteristic and attractive product of society. As a utilitarian architecture, which possesses interest and beauty, it retains the history of society. At the same time, it is unworthy of human heritage if this traditional harmony is not preserved, which is, in fact, the core of the human experience. Acting somehow on the same principle of conservation, philately can be considered as a useful means of preserving the traditional architectural memory in Romanian cities and villages. To show that thematic philately implies in essence this aspect of the preservation of the memory of places, in the present study we appeal to various forms of representation specific to philately. In this context, the study aims to emphasize the beauty of Romanian traditional architecture in terms of thematic philately. We want to expose the architectural specifics from five areas - Drăguș (Brașov), Dumbrăveni (Suceava), Dumitra (Alba), Fundu Moldovei (Suceava) and Goicea Mică (Dolj) using stamps, entire covers, illustrated postcards, and other philatelic effects. We also aim to see if the pieces in question fully illustrate the zonal architectural specificity or only a part of it; equally, we want to show that philately can be a landmark in documenting today's young people about what was and is traditional architecture. Thus, they can be reoriented towards what is durable, specific to the area, without altering the local tradition of folk craftsmen where it sanctifies the place and ensures vigor at the agrotourism level.