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An Assessment Of The Effects Of Desertification In Yobe State, Nigeria, Jibril Musa Phd Dec 2012

An Assessment Of The Effects Of Desertification In Yobe State, Nigeria, Jibril Musa Phd

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

Desertification is one of the most serious environmental and socio-economic problems of our time. Desertification describes circumstances of land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions resulting from the climatic variation and human activities. The fundamental goal of this thesis was to assess the effects of desertification in Yobe State, Nigeria. The present threat of desertification in the sahel has reached an alarming stage where crops cultivation and animal rearing/grazing are no more productive, soil has lost its nutrient/fertility, various infrastructure had given way because of windstorm from the neighbouring Niger Republic and sand dunes had taken ...


Using Remote Sensing Data To Improve Rice Production In Kutigi, Niger State, Nigeria, Jibril Musa Phd, M B. Yunusa Dec 2012

Using Remote Sensing Data To Improve Rice Production In Kutigi, Niger State, Nigeria, Jibril Musa Phd, M B. Yunusa

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

This research work looked in the used of Remote Sensing to improve Agricultural production in Kutigi, Niger State. The aim of the study is to use remote sensing to improve rice farming activities in Kutigi, Niger State. It is very important to identify such methods to improve Agricultural production because experts are always interested in new researches and findings to better the standard of living in any environment. In view of this, Remotely-sensed data could be used or employed to elevate most of these agricultural problems in Kutigi through the following objectives: Using Landsat imagery to assess the present landuse ...


Tensions In The Practice Of Action Research, Zuwati Hasim Dec 2012

Tensions In The Practice Of Action Research, Zuwati Hasim

zuwati hasim

No abstract provided.


Case Study: Engaging Student Residence Life Staff In Using Ebi Results For Continuous Innovative Improvement, Kate Burdick, Larry D. Long Nov 2012

Case Study: Engaging Student Residence Life Staff In Using Ebi Results For Continuous Innovative Improvement, Kate Burdick, Larry D. Long

Larry D. Long

Are you interested in engaging student residence life staff in using EBI results for continuous innovative improvements? If so, join us for some lively activities and discussion about ways that one residence life complex at Michigan State University used student staff brainpower to help address residents’ concerns identified in the EBI data. We will include specific exercises that were utilized in this process, as well as examples of initiatives that were implemented.


Institutional Research Intelligence (Iri): Go Beyond Reporting, Harry Djunaidi Nov 2012

Institutional Research Intelligence (Iri): Go Beyond Reporting, Harry Djunaidi

Harry Djunaidi

Recent dynamic changes in the economy and education industry have forced many institutions to operate with a tight if not a smaller budget. Some schools have to freeze faculty’s and staff’s salary increase in order to stay afloat. Others have to reduce students’ services and at some points also lower the quality of delivered services to the students by increasing the class size. In order to cope with the new realities, colleges have no other choice, but to increase their operational efficiency. The Institutional Research Intelligent (IRI) is a new tool which will help higher education administrators such ...


Key Ingredients For Assessment..., Michael J. Mastalski Iii, Allison L. Shumaer Oct 2012

Key Ingredients For Assessment..., Michael J. Mastalski Iii, Allison L. Shumaer

Michael J Mastalski III

This session features a presentation, engaging discussion, and self-reflective activity about assessment practices in student affairs. Assessment is regarded as an unenjoyable, time-consuming process. Attendees will have an opportunity for critical discourse about assessment; learning that it can be simple, obtainable, enhancement-oriented, easily integrated, and creative.


Variations In Climatic Parameters And Food Crop Yields: Implications On Food Security In Benue State, Nigeria., Emmanuel Adamgbe, Fanan Ujoh Oct 2012

Variations In Climatic Parameters And Food Crop Yields: Implications On Food Security In Benue State, Nigeria., Emmanuel Adamgbe, Fanan Ujoh

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

Agricultural production in Nigeria like in other developing countries is highly vulnerable to variations in climatic parameters which may have inverse or direct effect on the performance of food crops. This paper examines the patterns and trends of the variations in the climatic parameters and the implications of such variations on efficient yield rates of some food crops in Benue State using data on climatic variables (rainfall, temperature, sunshine) and the yield of some crops per hectare for 25 years (1986-2010). Data on the climatic variables were collected from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, AirForce Base, Makurdi while the data on ...


“I’Ve Got The Data, Now What?:” Making Sense Of Assessment Data, Larry D. Long Oct 2012

“I’Ve Got The Data, Now What?:” Making Sense Of Assessment Data, Larry D. Long

Larry D. Long

How to analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative assessment data


Assessment Of Student Learning In The Department Of Communications: A Successful Faculty Collaboration, Douglas J. Swanson Ed.D Apr Oct 2012

Assessment Of Student Learning In The Department Of Communications: A Successful Faculty Collaboration, Douglas J. Swanson Ed.D Apr

Douglas J. Swanson, Ed.D APR

As recently as 2010, our department was noted for its inability to operationalize a program of assessment of student learning. Although several faculty members had presented strong and noteworthy proposals, the department as a whole had not implemented any assessment plan. In January 2011, the department was represented at the university’s assessment retreat. At that time, a four-year plan was developed that identifies seven learning outcomes for all Communications majors and has procedures for measuring and evaluating student learning across the core curriculum and all five of the subject concentrations. Extensive supportive policy was developed. Documentation was made available ...


Developing Students’ Research Skills In The Undergraduate Public Relations Writing Course: A Framework For ‘Real World’ Success., Douglas J. Swanson Ed.D Apr Oct 2012

Developing Students’ Research Skills In The Undergraduate Public Relations Writing Course: A Framework For ‘Real World’ Success., Douglas J. Swanson Ed.D Apr

Douglas J. Swanson, Ed.D APR

Those of us who teach in higher education are in a time of continually diminishing resources. Our budgets have been cut, but our class sizes and teaching loads continue to increase. There’s an unceasing drumbeat from the profession to better prepare our students with social media skills demanded in the workplace (Cahill, 2009). In the education of public relations undergraduates in particular, there seems to never be enough time or resources for faculty to teach students all the new skills needed – let alone the basics. Outside of class, faculty struggle to find time for research. Our long-delayed projects sit ...


The Role Of Universities In Achieving National And International Priorities: A Closer Look At Education, Research And Innovation, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md Yunus, Zeinab Salehi Sep 2012

The Role Of Universities In Achieving National And International Priorities: A Closer Look At Education, Research And Innovation, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md Yunus, Zeinab Salehi

Hadi Salehi

Universities are regarded as fundamental factors to the achievement of many national and international priorities. Universities are the only places where the ideas and rationales are brought together, and which make them the strongest providers of the rational explanation and meaning that societies need. Investments in the universities are increasingly based upon the belief that the science labs in research-intensive universities can be the source of a continuous stream of people and ideas that will spawn innovative and fast growing companies to form a knowledge-based economy. In teaching, universities shape new people, and in research, they create new possibilities. The ...


An Empirical Analysis Of The Effects Of Mexican American Studies Participation On Student Achievement Within Tucson Unified School District, Nolan L. Cabrera, Jeffrey F. Milem, Ronald W. Marx Jun 2012

An Empirical Analysis Of The Effects Of Mexican American Studies Participation On Student Achievement Within Tucson Unified School District, Nolan L. Cabrera, Jeffrey F. Milem, Ronald W. Marx

Nolan L. Cabrera

No abstract provided.


Exploring Action Research As An Approach To Interactive (Participatory) Evaluation, Imran Anjum Chaudary, Shahida Imran Jun 2012

Exploring Action Research As An Approach To Interactive (Participatory) Evaluation, Imran Anjum Chaudary, Shahida Imran

Imran Anjum Chaudary

This investigation seeks to understand "action research" as an approach to "interactive form of evaluation". The first half of the investigation illuminates the approach with the help of the particular bodies of scholarly literature and the second half draws attention to its application in the field with the help of an authentic evaluation plan. Action research evaluation, contrary to the traditional evaluation practice, challenges and shifts the paradigms by centralizing the practitioners in the knowledge production and by equalising the powers between evaluators and practitioners, thus, strengthens voice, organization and action. Despite its limitations or challenges, this form of evaluation ...


Database Of Research On Indigenous Education (Ierd), Lance Deveson, Gina Milgate Jun 2012

Database Of Research On Indigenous Education (Ierd), Lance Deveson, Gina Milgate

Lance Deveson

The Database of Research on Indigenous Education (IERD) is produced and maintained by staff at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). This presentation provides an overview of IERD's history and features.


Experience Of Students In Transitional Housing, Larry D. Long, Kyle Kujawa Jun 2012

Experience Of Students In Transitional Housing, Larry D. Long, Kyle Kujawa

Larry D. Long

Assessment report of the experience of students in triples.


Dynamics Of Land Use/Land Cover Changes And Its Implication On Food Security In Anyigba, North Central, Nigeria, Tokula E. Arome, Sunday P. Ejaro (Phd) May 2012

Dynamics Of Land Use/Land Cover Changes And Its Implication On Food Security In Anyigba, North Central, Nigeria, Tokula E. Arome, Sunday P. Ejaro (Phd)

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

This study assessed land use/land cover changes and its effect on Agricultural land in Anyigba. The objectives were to identify and delineate different land use / land cover categories, assess the rate of change that occurred and examine the impact of land use/land cover change on food security using satellite remote sensing data collected at three different years (1987 Land sat TM, 2001 Land Sat TM and 2011 Land Sat ETM). The study utilized GIS software such as Idrisi Andes academic and ArcGIS 9.3. The study area covers approximately 31.8km2, and four major land use/cover classes ...


21st Century Schools For 21st Century Nigeria: Lessons From American And Uk Educational Systems, Chinedu Chibueze Ihenetu-Geoffrey Apr 2012

21st Century Schools For 21st Century Nigeria: Lessons From American And Uk Educational Systems, Chinedu Chibueze Ihenetu-Geoffrey

Chinedu Chibueze Ihenetu-Geoffrey

A spectre is haunting this nation, a spectre of total collapse of its educational system and standards. As the world grows increasingly interconnected, as global jobs become competitive, the need for a super educational standard in Nigeria can no longer be over-emphasized. We live in a world where the most valuable skill you can sell is knowledge. Revolutions in technology and communication have created an entire economy of high-tech, high wage jobs that can be located anywhere there is an internet connection. Today, a child in Lagos is not only competing for jobs with thousands of persons in Accra but ...


El Académico Mexicano Miembro Del Sistema Nacional De Investigadores: Una Primera Exploración Con Base En Los Resultados De La Encuesta "La Reconfiguración De La Profesión Académica En México", Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes, Ana L. De La Cruz - Santana, Rocío Rodríguez-García, Ramón A. Cedillo-Nakay, Ma. G. Villaseñor-Amézquita Mar 2012

El Académico Mexicano Miembro Del Sistema Nacional De Investigadores: Una Primera Exploración Con Base En Los Resultados De La Encuesta "La Reconfiguración De La Profesión Académica En México", Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes, Ana L. De La Cruz - Santana, Rocío Rodríguez-García, Ramón A. Cedillo-Nakay, Ma. G. Villaseñor-Amézquita

Jesús Francisco Galaz Fontes

El desarrollo reciente de la educación superior mexicana no solamente ha sido cuantitativo, sino que también se han presentado transformaciones en varios de sus aspectos centrales. Los académicos, en particular, han transitado de ser catedráticos, a docentes y, hoy en día, a ser investigadores. Sin que ninguno de estos tipos ideales haya desaparecido, sobre los hechos se ha ido conformando un nuevo académico que fundamenta su unicidad en sus actividades de investigación y en ser miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. En este resporte se lleva a cabo una primera aproximación al perfil del académico-investigaor, situándolo en el contexto de ...


Determinants Of Export Demand Of Textile And Clothing Sector Of Pakistan: An Empirical Analysis, Nawaz Ahmad Mar 2012

Determinants Of Export Demand Of Textile And Clothing Sector Of Pakistan: An Empirical Analysis, Nawaz Ahmad

Nawaz Ahmad

This paper attempts to evaluate the determinants of export demand of textile and clothing sector of Pakistan. Moreover it estimates elasticity coefficients of the variables of the study. This study uses cointegration approach to check the long run relationship between export demand and its determinants. Results show that world income is the major determinant of export demand as it shows high income elasticity of export demand of textile and clothing sector while trade openness is also second major determinant of export demand which was the part of the model as the proxy of trade restriction. Rest of the variables also ...


Looking East, Looking West: Penang As A Knowledge Hub, Solvay Gerke, Hans-Dieter Evers Feb 2012

Looking East, Looking West: Penang As A Knowledge Hub, Solvay Gerke, Hans-Dieter Evers

Hans-Dieter Evers

Penang has always been a focal point, absorbing nowledge (and popular culture) from civilizations to the East and West. In modern Penang the pattern of cultural contacts has changed over time. Research institutes and universities in Penang cooperate with foreign partners to produce research papers and reports. Based on an analysis of joint research output, the changing international position of Penang as an emerging research hub will be analysed. The paper will show that international cooperation has increased considerably between 1970 and 2010, but that there has also been a remarkable shift from European, Australian and American partners to East ...


Evaluation Of Scheme For Upgradation Of Merit Of Sc Students In Uttar Pradesh And Rajasthan, Rakesh K. Singh Feb 2012

Evaluation Of Scheme For Upgradation Of Merit Of Sc Students In Uttar Pradesh And Rajasthan, Rakesh K. Singh

Rakesh K Singh

Commissioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, the evaluation study of the Scheme for Upgradation of Merit of Scheduled Caste Students was conducted in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. To cover the educational structural deficiencies of Scheduled Caste (SC) students, the Scheme provides for 100% Central Assistance to States/ UTs for arranging remedial and special coaching for SC students studying in class IX to XII. The idea is to upgrade the merit of SC students. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the criteria of selection of schools by the States, the ...


Political Efficacy And Introductory Political Science Course: Findings From A Survey Of A Large Public University, Miguel Centellas, Cy Rosenblatt Feb 2012

Political Efficacy And Introductory Political Science Course: Findings From A Survey Of A Large Public University, Miguel Centellas, Cy Rosenblatt

Miguel Centellas

We conducted a survey of the student population enrolled in undergraduate introductory- level courses in political science at a large public university. We were interested to test whether completing undergraduate introductory-level courses in political science had any effects on political efficacy, using some standard indicators (drawn from the ANES battery), at the individual level. Our findings suggest that earning a high grade (when controlling for various other factors) does seem to positively affect internal political efficacy at the individual level, but that the most important factor affecting external political efficacy is the number of courses completed. However, we found no ...


Learning Assessment Collaboration, Hamish Bennett Coates Feb 2012

Learning Assessment Collaboration, Hamish Bennett Coates

Professor Hamish Coates

This edition of ACER’s Higher Education Update charts advice and insights generated through recent work. The briefing explores R&D conducted to plan growth at the system level, looking at student growth projections, the supply of academics and student retention. It reviews new thinking about assessment collaborations and the measurement of interpersonal understanding. Student engagement and experience counts, and we showcase key outcomes from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement. We chart contributions to system-level quality assurance and improvement, and preview a study that will track the tertiary achievement of International Baccalaureate (IB) graduates. In an increasingly borderless world ...


Socio-Economic Effects Of Demolishing Squatter Settlements And Illegal Structures In Abuja Metropolis, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, Ishaku Iy Mallo Phd, Victor G. Obasanya Jan 2012

Socio-Economic Effects Of Demolishing Squatter Settlements And Illegal Structures In Abuja Metropolis, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, Ishaku Iy Mallo Phd, Victor G. Obasanya

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and study area is located between latitudes 8o25’ and 9o25’ North of the Equator and longitudes 6o45’ and 7o45’ East of the Greenwich Meridian. The study was carried out in Abuja Phase 1, and it is aimed at highlighting various socioeconomic effects of demolition of illegal structures and informal or squatter settlements on the people within the study area. Data was collected through reconnaissance survey, personal interviews with respondents, and a well laid out questionnaire. The results indicate that the demolition exercise embarked upon by the authorities in the Federal Capital Territory was a response ...


Rainfall Variability And Crop Zones Classification For The Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, Shaibu M. Hassan Phd Jan 2012

Rainfall Variability And Crop Zones Classification For The Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, Shaibu M. Hassan Phd

Confluence Journal Environmental Studies (CJES), Kogi State University, Nigeria

This study aims at analyzing agro-climatological parameters and establishing a link between some selected agro-climatological indices and sustainability of agricultural production in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Two sets of data, climatic and crop yield data were collected and subjected to various agro-climatological analyses. Agro-climatological analyses include the derivation of Onset, Cessation and Length of Rainy Season (LRS), Seasonality Index, Drought Index and Precipitation Periodicity Index. The statistical analyses include monthly and annual means, deviation from the mean, trend line. The result of moisture index in line with crops optimum moisture requirement was used to classify the Territory into agro-climatic ...


Turbulence, Perturbance, And Educational Change, Brian Beabout Jan 2012

Turbulence, Perturbance, And Educational Change, Brian Beabout

Brian R. Beabout

While scholarship on educational change has long accepted that disruptions to the status quo are an essential part of the change process, disruption has never been more central to planned change than it is in the current political context in the USA, where legislation has mandated school closure, reconstitution, and turnaround as required remedies for schools failing to produce annual student achievement gains required by government. We are also unfortunately hampered by the imprecise language that surrounds complexity- based theories of educational change. Words such as perturbance, turbulence, and disruption all have gained currency lately, but meanings are unclear and ...


History Of Aei And A+ Education, Lance Deveson, Stuart Hughes Jan 2012

History Of Aei And A+ Education, Lance Deveson, Stuart Hughes

Lance Deveson

A power point presentation on the history, key features and content of the Australian Education Index (AEI) and the associated Informit database A+ Education.


Attracting Black Male Students To Research Careers In Education: A Report From The Grad Prep Academy Project, Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Andrew C. Porter, Ph.D. Jan 2012

Attracting Black Male Students To Research Careers In Education: A Report From The Grad Prep Academy Project, Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Andrew C. Porter, Ph.D.

Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.

This report is about the University of Pennsylvania’s Grad Prep Academy, a project that prepares Black undergraduate men for graduate study and research-related careers in the field of education. The project is also a longitudinal research study that enables us to analyze Black men’s trajectories from undergraduate study through graduate degree programs and eventually into their careers. Eighteen students participated in our first two cohorts of Academy Scholars. The project described in this report, as well as the recommendations we offer, can be instructive for other schools of education and a range of stakeholders who are concerned about ...


Automating The Reporting Of Survey Data, Larry D. Long Jan 2012

Automating The Reporting Of Survey Data, Larry D. Long

Larry D. Long

The presentation explains how to automate the reporting of assessment data using the mailmerge feature in MS Word.


Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority Members Actually Benefit In The Areas Of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, And Friendship?, Larry D. Long Jan 2012

Unchallenged, Professed Core Values: Do Undergraduate Fraternity/Sorority Members Actually Benefit In The Areas Of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, And Friendship?, Larry D. Long

Larry D. Long

Fraternities and sororities promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Little or no research, however, has demonstrated that college students who join fraternal organizations actually grow in these areas as a result of their fraternal experience. The purpose of this descriptive study was to assess the extent to which fraternity and sorority members experienced gains in the four outcome areas. The researcher analyzed the aggregate results of 15 Southeastern institutions that administered the AFA/EBI Fraternity/Sorority Assessment during the 2008/2009 academic year. The results revealed the respondents did experience gains related to the espoused values of ...