Tag Archives: Flexibility

Effects of Experiential Learning Approach on Students’ performance in Mathematical Creativity Dimensions in Kericho East Sub County, Kenya (Published)

This study focused on the effect of experiential learning approach on students’ performance in the Mathematical Creativity Dimensions. The topic Statistics I was taught to Form Two since it is one of the topics that is poorly performed according to KNEC reports on KCSE. Solomon Four Non Equivalent Control Group Design under the quasi-experimental research was used. A random sample of four co-educational subcounty secondary schools was drawn from schools in Kericho East Sub-County, Kenya. Each school provided one Form Two class. This translated to a total of 168 students. In the experimental groups Experiential Learning Approach (ELA) was used while Conventional Teaching Methods (CTM) was used in the control groups. One experimental and one control group was pre tested. At the end of the treatment all the four groups were post tested using Mathematical Creativity Test (MCT). The results indicated that the students in the experimental groups performed significantly higher than those in the control groups. The experimental groups performed higher in the four dimensions (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality and Elaboration) than the control group. The findings showed that experiential learning approach is effective in developing mathematical creativity skills among learners. This information can be used by teachers and curriculum developers in planning for instruction and designing mathematics curriculum.

Keywords: Flexibility, Fluency, creativity dimensions, mathematical creativity, originality elaboration and experiential.

The effect of 7E’s use on developing the creative thinking skills for preparatory year students at Najran University (Published)

The study aimed to find out the effect of using the 7E’s course on developing the creative thinking skills for students of the preparatory year at the University of Najran in the second semester of the academic year 2019/2020, and the researcher has used the semi-experimental approach. The study sample formed from (80) students of the preparatory year including two classes (control and experimental), the control group included (40) students, and the experimental group included (40) students. The researcher has used the test of creative thinking skills, and the test was applied to an exploratory sample including (20) students from outside the study sample, and the consistency of the test was calculated by using the internal consistency method Alpha Cronbach equation and it was (0.85). The results of the study showed that there are statistically significant differences at the level of significance (≤ 0.05 α) between the mean scores of the experimental group that were studied using the 7E’s course in the pre and post application to test creative thinking skills and in favor of post-implementation. The results of the current study showed that learning mathematics using 7E improves each sub-skill of the creative thinking skills.

Keywords: Flexibility, Fluency, creative thinking skills., originality, seven-year learning

Supply Chain Flexibility, Agility and Firm Performance (Published)

Supply chain flexibility is widely seen as one major response to the increasing uncertainty and competition in the marketplace. That is to say a firm with a flexible supply chain is likely to survive and grow its market share. Despite several evidences suggesting that performance improvements are related to SCM, managing supply chains today and practicing flexibility has become more difficult due to the fact that business environments are highly competitive, businesses are going more global, dynamic, and customerdriven. Therefore, this study assessed the path between supply chain flexibility and firm performance using supply chain agility as a moderating variable. A total of 77 manufacturing and service firms operating in the Kumasi metropolis were selected as sample. The sample was made up of key management staff as well as non-management operatives of the firms. Questionnaires was used as instrument for data collection. The findings revealed that SC Flexibility and SC Agility positively correlated firm performance (p<0.01/0.05). Additionally, moderating SC Agility on SC Flexibility, produced a positive effect, however the effect was insignificant and this implies that SC agility does not significantly moderate the positive impact the SC Flexibility has on firm performance. SC flexibility better predicts firm performance through SC Agility as a moderator and not moderator. Therefore, it is rather necessary to appreciate the individual roles that both SC Flexibility and SC Agility play to ensure value for customers and thereby contributing to firm performance and not necessarily moderating each other.

Keywords: Agility, Firm Performance, Flexibility, Supply Chain

CHOOSING AN OPTIMAL EXCHANGE RATE REGIME: A CRITICAL LITERATURE REVIEW (Published)

This paper critically reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on the choice of exchange rate regime.Although much has been learned in each approach, this paper highlights the areas of research in which our understanding of exchange rate regime is still incomplete. Prominent issues include: (i) the discrepancy between declared and actual regime, and the different approaches of the exchange regime choice (ii) the critical review of the theoretical and empirical literature, (iii) the conclusion.

Keywords: Credibility, Exchange rate regime, Flexibility, The bipolar view., The structural approach

Choosing an Optimal Exchange Rate Regime: A Critical Literature Review (Review Completed - Accepted)

Résumé :Cet article est une revue critique des contributions aussi bien théoriques qu’empiriques du choix du régime de change.Malgré la profusion des travaux théoriques concernant chaque approche, ce papier vise à éclaircir les zones de recherche où notre compréhension est incomplète.Ce papier comporte :(i) la distinction entre les régimes de change déclarés (de jure) et effectifs(de facto), et les différentes approches du choix du régime de change,(ii) une revue critique des apports théoriques et empiriques, (iii) une conclusion

Abstract : This paper critically reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on the choice of exchange rate regime.Although much has been learned in each approach, this paper highlights the areas of research in which our understanding of exchange rate regime is still incomplete. Prominent issues include: (i) the discrepancy between declared and actual regime, and the different approaches of the exchange regime choice (ii) the critical review of the theoretical and empirical literature, (iii) the conclusion.

 

Keywords: Credibility, Exchange rate regime, Flexibility, The bipolar view., The structural approach

Service Delivery at Fuel Service Stations: An Evaluation of Consumer Satisfaction in Gaborone, Botswana (Published)

The study sought to evaluate consumer satisfaction with regard to fuelling services in Gaborone, Botswana. The importance of four of the five operations performance objectives (Quality, Speed, Dependability and Flexibility) to the motorists was determined. The performance rating of various fuel service stations (FSSs) on the four operations objectives was determined. The aim was to establish if the FSSs were excelling in those operations objectives considered important by the consumer. Results showed that the order of importance of the four operations performance objectives was: Speed (71.9%), Quality (70.2%), Flexibility (59.6%), and Dependability (56.1%). The most important objective for FSSs to excel in is speed. However, FSSs still need to perform reasonably well in the other objectives as their ratings (all over 50%) indicate that they are also important to the customers. The performance ranking for the FSSs was Quality (93.0%), Dependability (91.2%), Speed (87.7%), and Flexibility (57.9%). The FSSs performed better in the Quality and Dependability objectives yet the Speed objective was the most important to the consumers. Significance testing using the Chi Square Test indicate that the strongest relationship between importance and performance exists for the Flexibility objective (Pearsons correlation-Asymp.Sig = .025) and is weakest for the Speed objective (Pearsons correlation-Asymp.Sig = .105). This indicates that FSSs were not excelling in the objective that is most important to the consumer- Speed. FSSs in Gaborone need to improve service delivery by increasing the speed of serving customers.

Keywords: Dependability, Flexibility, Operation, Performance Objective, Product, Quality, Service, Speed