Examining the Adequacy of Past Performances and Teacher Judgments to Estimate GCSE and A-Level Grades During the Pandemic Crisis (Published)
On the 17th March, 2020, the British government announced that due to school closures during the height of the pandemic, GCSE and A–Level grades would be determined on the basis of teachers’ assessments and evidence of students’ hitherto attainments. England’s Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, emphasised that “grades awarded this summer will accurately reflect students’ abilities and will be as valid this year as any other“.To test this assertion, this quantitative research study independently examined the predictive accuracy of using past performances and teacher judgments to anticipate students’ final grade outcomes among 84 third–year university students at a private university located in the outskirts of Bangkok. After assessments were formally graded, the mean end-of-year English score for 2018-2019 was calculated at 59.94%, which was significantly different to the average standard attained previously in 2017-2018 (54.36%; sig, p <0.05). Nonetheless, in disagreement with prior literature, teacher judgments proved to be statistically reliable (57.98%, not sig, p <0.05). Further implications, research recommendations and policy considerations are also discussed in this paper.
Keywords: Accuracy, Judgment, Performance, Teacher, attainment
Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in the Provision of Safe Drinking Water in Cross River State, Nigeria (Published)
The study investigated attainment of the millennium development goals in the provision of safe drinking water in Cross River State, Nigeria. One research question was formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study, while stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used in selecting 945 subjects from a population of 1890 from 6 local government areas in the study area. A 7-item questionnaire titled: Attainment of the Safe Drinking Water Rating Scale Questionnaire (ASDWRSQ) which had two sections (A and B) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by the experts in measurement and evaluation in University of Calabar. Cronbach alpha reliability method was used for ascertaining the reliability coefficient which yielded 0.96. The provision of access to safe drinking water was inadequate. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that government and other development agencies should embark on water schemes across the state to provide potable and affordable water in the state as it has done in Calabar metropolis. This will reduce the consumption of rain water which is usually polluted with dust and carbon dioxide.
Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, attainment, safe drinking water
The impact of school activity on the psychological and social stability and academic achievement for students (Published)
The present study aimed to identify the impact of school activity on the psychological and social stability and achievement of students. To achieve this, the researcher followed the analytical descriptive method and prepared a main research tool which is a questionnaire that was applied to the study sample of male and female students. The results are: There is an effect of student activity on the psychological stability of the student and there is an impact of student activity on the social stability of the student and there is an impact of student activity on the student’s academic achievement, and recommended the study to take advantage of the results that will reach this study, S expansion and diversity of activities and the need to develop training programs for entrepreneurs activity on how to prepare and implement student activity programs in the basic stage students earn myself a social stability.
Keywords: School activity, attainment, psychological stability, social stability