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Editorial for REVIEW OF RESEARCH July 2013:
Review of Research, Volume II, Issue X / July 2013 continues the tradition of the journal as an active platform in promoting high quality research by reuniting contributions that address critical contemporary or historical problems.
The new issue invites its readers, either specialists or generally interested audience, to face a number of research topics that will certainly enrich and clarify personal and professional concerns, inviting them to further research and documentation.
The article written by PunamKesharwrani, “Child Labour (a Curse to our Society)”, addresses the stage of childhood not in its positive light – that of a responsible and tension free period of time – but as it is the case in many parts of the world, nowadays and also in the past, as the time when children are forced to earn both their living as well as satisfy the existence necessities of other family members. The article could be a warning to a never ending phenomenon of some societies.
PrashantThote and L. Mathew’s “An Analysis of Students View towards Open Text based Assessment (OTBA) in Central India” is an illustrative research work concerning the response of secondary students to being assessed on an open text basis. A generally positive feedback has been concluded by the authors, yet the answers in the survey participants being dependent upon factors like gender and school location.
Also related to education, Suresh Kumar, Sunil Kumar, andPrem Kumar’s contribution, “Economic Status & Utilization of Affirmative Action among Backward Classes in Rural Haryana- An Analysis” brings forth the issue of education behavior and opportunities in the case of backward classes people. Following higher education is the only chance this category of people has in order to compete with higher castes in obtaining satisfactory jobs.
In the field of psychology, V. Arumugam’s article, “A Study on Physical and Psychological Health Issues of Omnibus Drivers” brings forth the dramatic situation of bus drivers in India, a situation caused by an overloaded schedule and improper, stressful work conditions that finally lead to their disrupted personal and social lives, imbalanced behavior and, most dramatically, to affecting the road safety. The article draws attention on a critical aspect of Indian contemporary daily life.
Another concerning issue is discussed by LataDigambarDhende, in “A Study of the Factors Influencing Educational Status of Scheduled Caste Students in India”. The author draws attention to the educational problems faced by the Scheduled Caste students in India and the causes that lead to them: the socio-economic condition of the family, the bad quality of schooling, discrimination in education, inadequate provisions and implementations of reservation policy, language problems, gender disparity and weak representation of SCs in curriculum. The article makes an important contribution to education studies.
The role of social network sites in the teaching – learning process is discussed by MarziehGhobadi Pour in “Social Network Sites in Education”, the author of the article underlining the benefits of active learning, an innovative teaching approach, dynamic collaboration and easily accessible information. As an immediate positive consequence, at a psychological level, students’ levels of educational motivation and involvement are definitely improved.
Volume II, Issue X / July 2013 of Review of Research raises some critical questions and aspects of the contemporary society, inviting readers or authorities to come up with solutions to the present concerns.
Therefore, we invite researchers, scholars and the general public to browse the new issue and initiate further research.
Ecaterina Patrascu
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