Open Access Short Research Article

A Window to the Curriculum: Elementary Social Studies Curriculum in the Zenith of a Global Pandemic

Tyrone Jr. O. Gil

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 32-42
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v20i130478

The educational landscape was disturbed by the sudden spread of the COVID-19. Alterations of curriculum transaction were coming up face to face interaction with students were no longer possible so as to address the need of the students’ online classes were implemented while schools are closed. The social studies curriculum as a core subject in the basic education curriculum that leads to the development of civic competence among young learners was also abridged to fit for flexible learning while sustaining its learning standards. The implementation of the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) to guide for teachers served as the emergency curriculum for the school year during the brink of the pandemic. The social studies emergency curriculum featured condensed learning competencies, flexible learning time, and personalized learning experiences. However, with learning events happening inside learners' respective homes, learned knowledge and skills in social studies are ephemeral, and the authenticity of learner’s work is open for skepticism.

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Open Access Original Research Article

Effect of Mindfulness Meditation Practices on Students’ Behavior Change in Secondary Schools in Trashigang District, Bhutan

Namgyal Tshering

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 13-20
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v20i130476

This research primarily focused on mindfulness meditation affecting students’ behaviour change in secondary schools, Trashigang district, Bhutan. The objectives of the research were to study the levels of students’ mindfulness meditation practice, to identify students’ behaviour change, and to examine mindfulness meditation practice affecting students’ behaviour change in secondary schools in Trashigang, Bhutan.

The study administered questionnaires on mindfulness meditation and behaviour change to 367 students in two higher secondary schools and interviewed two students and two teachers in May 2013. The quantitative data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, while qualitative data were analysed by content analysis.

Open Access Original Research Article

Communication Skills and Disaster Preparedness of Junior High School Students

Arturo A. Haresco, Ariel E. San Jose

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 21-31
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v20i130477

Aims: To correlate the communication skills and disaster preparedness of Grade 7 – 10 students

Study Design: Descriptive correlation

Place and Duration of Study: Maria Cleta R. Delos Cientos National High School, Padada, Davao del Sur, Philippines. The municipality of Padada was badly struck by series of earthquakes in 2019; magnitude 5.9 on July 16; 6.3 on October 16; 6.6 on October 29; 6.5 on October 31; and 6.9 on December 15. The collection of data from students was conducted almost two years after the incidents, particularly on 22nd of May to 1st of June 2021.    

Methodology: Two instruments were used to obtain the data. First was the researcher-made validated flashcards. It was used to measure the students’ communication skills particularly general comprehension of disaster situations. The second instrument was a questionnaire adapted from the study of Tuladhar et al. 24 which was used to determine the students’ knowledge, readiness, awareness, adaptation, and perception of disaster. The study included 204 students who were at grades 7-10. 

Results: Findings of the study disclosed that learners had high level of communication skills in general comprehension. The overall rating on the learners’ disaster preparedness was also high. The indicators for disaster preparedness was rated average and high in terms of knowledge, readiness, adaptation, awareness, and perception. There was no significant difference on the level of learners’ communication skills and disaster preparedness. However, a significant difference was found in indicator adaption on disaster preparedness.

Conclusion: It was noted in the results that the students’ communication skills based on general comprehension and disaster preparedness are high and evidently high respectively. However, those results also reveal no significant difference.  It only implies that an individual’s communication abilities do not determine their disaster preparedness. Conversely, it is worthy to note that adaptation is linked to communication skills. This means that continues input or supply of information to individuals, making those information form part of their schema may increase their disaster preparedness.  Thus, academic institutions need to intensify their disaster risk reduction promotion so that students can adapt to them. Disaster preparedness may become part of the curriculum and school system. Disaster preparedness should not be put in isolation.

Open Access Review Article

Humankind’s Existential Crisis Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: A Theoretical Perspective

Pema Wangchuk

Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, Page 1-9
DOI: 10.9734/ajess/2021/v20i130474

An existential crisis (EC) is a situation in which an individual provokes a storm of dread about the meaning, purpose, or value of life, and is unpleasantly disturbed by a series of thoughts in their lives. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the EC on humankind has further increased across the world. Although scholars have studied the effects of EC on humans, there are limited studies of the pandemic that induces EC in humans.  The most neglected area in past research has been the lack of integration between different disciplines to find better solutions for EC disease. This study aims to identify the main factors that influence people’s psychological stigma due to crisis and examine how the previous studies’ contributions, evaluations, and insights on EC are interrelated and biased. This is an independent article based on a literature review. It took more than two months to review entire articles. As the guiding framework of the study, death and meaninglessness, loneliness and social isolation, freedom, and authenticity are emphasized succinctly to deliberate on EC. The study shows the limitations in views and findings with the previous studies including the usage of the jargon related to CE. The experience of death, loneliness, and isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t always alluring to many humankind as indicated in the study. Strong integration of psychology and Buddhism may offer the right solutions to overcome the EC during the pandemic. However, a large number of studies, seminars and conferences may need to be initiated by the respective academics and policy makers in order to advocate an integrated approach to the solutions for EC.