Tag Archives: Perception

Paddy farmers’ knowledge, perception, and satisfaction on the use of farm machinery in Nepal (Published)

Agricultural mechanization refers to the use of different power sources as well as enhanced farm tools and equipment to decrease human and draught animal labor, improve cropping intensity, precision, and timeliness of crop input usage, and reduce losses at various phases of crop production. This research tried to assess paddy farmers’ knowledge, views, and contentment with the use of agricultural machinery in the districts of Jhapa, Kapilbastu, and Kailali using a multistage purposive sample technique. The survey research method was used for the investigation. Descriptive statistics and properly constructed scales were used to analyze the data. According to the findings, respondents had only a hazy understanding (0.50) of the critical roles of agricultural machinery in rice production. The total amount of machinery on hand is moderate (0.43). The most frequent piece of machinery possessed by respondents was a tractor (0.65), followed by a knapsack sprayer (0.61). Over one fourth of the respondents (0.28) had a good image of agricultural machinery and were satisfied with its use (0.4). While respondents indicated a high amount of restriction (0.7) when it came to utilizing agricultural machinery. As a result, adopting a varied range of farm machinery should be seen positively in order to increase the commercialization of paddy farming. Farmers would be more inclined to use farm machinery if farm machinery information and skills were spread, as well as supported with grants.

Keywords: Adoption, Agriculture, Knowledge, Perception, Satisfaction, farm machinery, paddy

Knowledge and Perception of Students About Premarital Genetic Counselling in University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State (Published)

The study examined the knowledge and perception of the University of Medical Sciences students about premarital genetic counselling. The study specifically assessed the knowledge of premarital genetic counseling and examined the perception of the University of Medical Sciences students about premarital genetic counseling. The research design employed in this study was descriptive survey design. The research study was carried out among students of University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.  The target population for this research study was UNIMED students between the of age 20-35years. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 175 Nursing students in the University. The data was collected through the use of questionnaires design by the researcher to elicit the responses on the knowledge and perception towards premarital genetic counselling. The questionnaire was carefully formulated and was given to experts to review in order to ascertain face and content validity. The reliability of the questionnaire was confirmed by test re-test method which yielded reliability coefficient value of 0.816. The validated questionnaire was administered on the respondents and data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that respondents have strong level of knowledge about premarital genetic counselling and is likely to influence their choice of marital partner if test reveals incompatibility. However, majority of them identified only sickle cell anaemia as the consequence of genetic factor. It was recommended among others that there is need to be consistent in creating awareness about premarital genetic counselling to the youth through the mass media and online programmes.

Citation: Cecilia Olusolape Adeyemo,  Oluwatosin Esther Ogunmuyiwa , Ajibade, Olapeju Oke (2022) Knowledge and Perception of Students About Premarital Genetic Counselling in University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, International Journal of Micro Biology, Genetics and Monocular Biology Research, Vol.6, No.1, pp.1-9

Keywords: Knowledge, Perception, Students, premarital genetic counselling

The Difficulties Encountered by Undergraduate EFL Students with Their Listening Comprehension Skills in PAAET, Kuwait (Published)

The study identifies the difficulties encountered by EFL students with their listening comprehension skills in the English department at the College of Basic Education, Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET). The study was conducted using the descriptive approach which contained a sample of 357 EFL students. The results found that students encountered moderate difficulties during the three stages of listening: perception, parsing, and utilization. The strongest difficulty was during the first stage, perception, followed by parsing and utilization. These findings can shape classroom policies by constructing an EFL curriculum that emphasizes the role of listening comprehension and integrates listening skills in classroom activities.

Keywords: Listening Comprehension, Perception, Processing, Utilization

Sustainable digital pedagogy in language teacher education: Perception of teachers in Ekiti state government colleges (Published)

This study investigated the perception of English language teachers concerning digital pedagogy in teaching oral English in Ekiti state government Colleges. The underpinning objective encompasses a survey of teachers’ perception concerning digital instructional style. This study is descriptive research of the survey type. The population of the study consisted of 78 English language teachers in Ekiti state Government Colleges. Using multistage sampling procedure, four government colleges were randomly selected comprising forty English language teachers from the four Ekiti state government colleges. Questionnaires were administered on the sample of the study. Descriptive statistics was used in analysing data. The findings of this study revealed that 65% of the teachers could distinguish between digital and conventional pedagogy while 65% experienced no significant challenges with digital pedagogy during oral English lessons. Furthermore, majority of the English language teachers admitted that students feel bored when taught oral English with charts. These findings explicate the need to sustain digital pedagogy for teaching oral English. It was recommended that English language teachers should be retrained and trained in digital skills for teaching oral English in government colleges in Ekiti state.

 

Keywords: Ekiti State, Perception, Sustainable, digital pedagogy, government colleges, language teacher

Usefulness of Voluntary Disclosures in Annual Reports of Listed Companies in Nigerian: An Examination of Users’ Perception (Published)

In spite of the increase in firms disclosing information beyond mandatory information to meet the broad range of users’ information needs, there is limited knowledge from Nigeria as a developing economy on whether voluntary disclosures are useful for the user’s judgments and decisions. That is, research validating that additional disclosures enhance users’ decision making is limited. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether users in Nigeria perceive voluntary disclosures in annual reports to be useful when making investment decisions. To measure users’ perception, survey research design was employed. Relevant data were obtained from survey of seven user groups (Investors, Accounting Practitioners, Regulators, Financial analysts, Academics, Customers and Students) in South East Zone of Nigeria to test the hypothesised usefulness.   Empirical results were obtained through one sample t-test using SPSS software. Results revealed that voluntary disclosure of forward looking information is reliable for detecting earnings management. Voluntary disclosure of sustainability, environmental and social issues provide better understanding of companies’ long term performance. Based on the findings, it was recommended among other things that companies in Nigeria should adopt voluntary disclosures to supplement the conventional reporting model, since the new forward looking reporting framework create longer term value, and also drives quality capital market decisions.

Citation: Emeka-Nwokeji, N. A.,  Ekwueme, C. M.,Okeke, P. C.(2021) Usefulness of Voluntary Disclosures in Annual Reports of Listed Companies in Nigerian: An Examination of Users’ Perception, International Journal of Business and Management Review,Vol.9, No.5, pp.22-48

Keywords: Earnings Management, Perception, Reliability, Usefulness, Voluntary Disclosure, forward looking information

The Role of Online Teaching on The Perception of the Saudi High School Teachers During COVID -19 Pandemic (Published)

The learning of English as a foreign language is a key aspect in the state of Saudi since learning a foreign language gives you an edge obtaining to create job and academic opportunities. The purpose of this research is to explore the Saudi secondary school teachers’ comprehension about the role of online teaching during COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, a semi-structured interview was applied to the Saudi high school language teachers. The findings highlight the instructors’ understanding, as well as the interactive role of the tasks in their online teaching, and the alternatives provided to different learning styles. Furthermore, the findings promote students’ learning and encourage teachers to diversify the pedagogical techniques they employ with their students. The findings demonstrate that, in addition to the impact that the latter has on students, their learning styles, and the value of the resource chosen for use, its support for learning, the teacher’s role, and its teaching approach.

Citation:Turky Al-Shaikhi  (2021) The Role of Online Teaching on The Perception of the Saudi High School Teachers During COVID -19 Pandemic, International Journal of English Language Teaching, Vol.9, No.5, pp.12-20

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, EFL Teachers, Online high school, Perception, Saudi high school instructors, online learning

Retrospective Assessment of the Successes and Challenges of Double Track system in Senior High Schools in Sekyere Central District of Ghana (Published)

In our world today, education has gained the recognition as one of the ways of enhancing standards of living and achieving developmental goals. The double tract system was an intervention strategy which was introduced by the government of Ghana to help solved the challenges involved in the Free Senior High School policy programme. This study sought to identify the successes and challenges of the double track system in senior high schools in Sekyere central district. The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey and quantitative method to collect data from randomly sampled 150 teachers, 300 students and 150 parents in senior high schools in Sekyere central district. Structured questionnaire was used for the data collection. The results of the study showed that the double track system has led to improvement in teacher-student ratio, increased contact hours, efficient use of school resources and the employment of new teachers. On the contrary, the study identified inadequate stakeholders’ consultation prior to its implementation, inadequate provision of logistics and funds by the governments, incompletion of syllabus owing to increased number of holidays, difficulties in maintaining school facilities as a result of all year usage as the major challenges confronting the implementation of double track system. Moreover, majority of teachers perceived that the intervention has not positively affected quality of education at the senior high school because of several setbacks whiles majority of parents and students were of the view that the intervention has positively affected quality of education at the senior high school level. I therefore recommend that government should ensure adequate supply of resources for effective management of this programme in the various senior high schools.

Citation: Benedict Osei-Owusu  and Akenten-Appiah Menka (2021) Retrospective Assessment of the Successes and Challenges of Double Track system in Senior High Schools in Sekyere Central District of Ghana, British Journal of Education, Vol. 9, Issue 9, pp.18-30

Keywords: Challenges, Perception, Quality of Education, Senior High School, Successes, double track system

The Perceptions of the Khwe (San) Community at Bwabwata on the Importance and Influence of Formal Education (Published)

The Khwe (san) people had settled in Bwabwata long before the late 18th century when other Bantu groups began settling in the area. The aim of this article is to examine the perception of the Khwe Community at Bwabwata on the importance and influence of formal education. This article was guided by these questions. What is the origin of the Khwe people of Bwabwata? What are the perception of the Khwe Community at Bwabwata on the importance and influence of formal education? What are your suggestions on how to overcome the challenges facing the Khwe community at Bwabwata on education attainment? Qualitative research approach was used and data was collected using face-to-face individual and group interviews. The major findings were as follows. The Khwe people first settled in Bwabwata and latter migrated to Botswana and returned again to settle in Bwabwata and other areas. Other findings are that some Khwe regards formal education as important and this group have sent their children and relatives to attain even higher education. Another group, even though regards formal education as important, cite the challenges faced by the Khwe at Bwabwata that have made it difficult for them to reap the benefits of formal education. The challenges faced by this group of Khwe include poverty, nomadic lifestyle, early marriages and teenage pregnancy. No network and electricity were also raised as additional challenges

Keywords: Perception, bwabwata, influence of formal education, khwe community

Knowledge, Behaviour and Perception of the Traders Toward’s Receiving Covid-19 Vaccine in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria (Published)

This study sought to find out the knowledge, behaviour and perception of traders towards receiving Covid-19 vaccine in Lapai local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. Accidental sampling was used to sample 200 respondents in Lapai daily markets. A self-developed questionnaire was used as research instrument to sample 200 respondents. Descriptive statistics of frequency counts, percentages and mean were used to analyse the research questions. Chi-square goodness-of-fit test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The majority of traders had adequate knowledge of Covid-19 (c2= 122.280; p <0.05), and conformed moderately to Covid-19 guideline protocol (c2= 18.320; p <0.05). Findings further revealed that there was negative perception of traders in embracing Covid-19 vaccine (c2= 45.880; p <0.05).The perceptions of traders generally were negative and not conforming with Covid-19 guideline protocols and they were not welcoming the vaccine, as they believed it may have side effect after receiving it. Traders concluded that only same vaccine received by the president of Nigeria will be accepted by them. The study recommends amongst others that traders must be enlightened to have adequate knowledge on the virus in other to change their negative behaviours to conform to COVID-19 guideline protocols. The importance of vaccination to the traders and its long time benefits must be emphasized to have Covid-19 free country.

Keywords: Behaviour, COVID-19, Knowledge, Perception, vaccine

Particular Admission Test and Perception on Assessment Method: Does it Influence the Academic Performance in Problem-Based Learning of Medical Course? (Published)

Academic performance has an essential impact in predicting the success of an educational program. This study was performed to identify the impact particular admission test and student perception on assessment method to academic performance in term of grade point average (GPA). A cross-sectional study design was conducted on 158 medical students at University of Islam Bandung to participate in taking a quantitative survey. A questionnaire was adapted from a student perception of assessment questionnaire (SPAQ). Data analysis used the Chi-square test and Mann Whitney test. The majority of students have a good perception of the assessment method (88.6%). Admission test through special interest and abilities influence academic achievement with a p-value of 0.004. The assessment system is quite effective in assessing the learning outcome. This is due to the perception of the assessment method is more related to student learning approaches than academic achievement.

Keywords: : Academic Performance, GPA, Perception, admission test

A Discourse on the Theories and Problems of Perception (Published)

Perception is arguably one of the most contentious issues in epistemology or the theory of knowledge. It is in fact considered a fulcrum of the discourse as it appears to encapsulate the different thought patterns as to the explanation of how epistemological agents encounter and extract basic bodies of knowledge from the world as it is. Different theories have however been put forward in the explanation of how perception translates to a true, justified belief of the external world, ourselves and extra sensory states. This paper is therefore a review of some of the prominent theories of perception. It also analyses some of the fundamental propositions of the theories in the process of knowing and justifying what is known. It concludes that the theories are rather, more complimentary than divergent since perception can either be sensory or introspective.

Keywords: Discourse, Perception, Problems, Theories

Examination of Landlords’ Perception of Estate Surveyors and Values as Property Managers (A Case Study of Awka, Anambra State) (Published)

The study examined landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in Awka, Anambra State. The study addressed the following objectives: to examine landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in the study area, to examine landlords’ perception of lawyers and other non-professionals as property managers in the study area and, to determine the extent to which landlord’s in the study area are informed about the professional roles of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers. The study made use of well-structured questionnaires as its primary source of data. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed out of which a total of 102 were retrieved. The data collected were duly presented in frequency and percentage tables and analyzed using the Chi-square test method to validate the hypotheses. The study revealed that landlords in Awka perceive Estate Surveyors and Valuers as trained professionals in the field of property management. However, they also perceive lawyers as property managers and prefer them to manage their properties. Estate Surveyors and Valuers are therefore enjoined to enlighten the public more on who Estate Surveyors and Valuers are and their functions using varous platforms such as social and other electronic media platforms, articles and journals; shun all forms of professional misconduct which can lead to distrust and doubts on their professional competence and also the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) should reduce the rigorous processes required for one to become a professional Estate Surveyor and Valuer, as the number of professionals in practice still leaves much to be desired.

Keywords: Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Landlord, Perception, property manager

Influence of Characteristics and Perception on Usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) By Selected Extension Agents in Northern Nigeria (Published)

This paper presents the results of investigation into the influence of the perception of Village Extension Agents (VEAs)’ on usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in three selected States Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) of Nigeria. Two hundred and four (204) VEAs were sampled as respondents for the study. With aid of Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) the data were analyzed and the descriptive statistics were used to present the results. Results of Multiple Linear Regression analysis revealed that usage of ICT was statistically and positively significant on: income (0.039*), sex (0.007**), accessibility to ICT (0.000***) and perception on custom/tradition (0.021*) and perception on availability of infrastructural facilities (0.047*). These variables, by implication, are factors that influenced the usage of ICT by the VEAs in the study areas.

Keywords: Agriculture, Perception, extension, extension agents, technologies and communication

Creating Safety Cultures among University Administrators: A Case Study of the University Of Education, Winneba, Ghana (Published)

Safety culture is shared and accepted attitudes, beliefs and practices supported by documented policies and procedures in an organization which influences employees’ perceptions and behaviors within a workplace. Analysis of safety culture is important in institutions in order to identify potential areas of improvement. The objective of this study was to evaluate safety culture amongst administrators in UEW. Fifty respondents comprising 10 senior members, 10 senior staff and 30 junior staff participated in this study. Data was collected through self administered questionnaires. The results recorded low perceptions and awareness levels, lack of adequate safety training and non existence of safety reward schemes amongst the administrative group. Based on these results the study recommends an improvement in employees’ safety perception and satisfaction leading to an enhancement of safety culture.

Keywords: Perception, Safety Culture, Safety Measures, Safety Training, Universities

Colleague’s Perceptions of Female Managers of National Vocation Trainiing Institutions (NVTIS): A Case Study in the Eastern Region of Ghana (Published)

The study investigated the perception of instructors of National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTIs) about female managers and stereotypical beliefs and perceptions that affect women participation in leadership in NVTIs in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The population of the study comprises the instructors of ST. Mary Vocational Training Institute Asamankese, Abetefi Vocational Training Institute and Anum Presbyterian Vocational Training Institute in 2016/2017 academic year.This research employed quantitative research approach in the data collection and analyses of responses. Data collected from the survey were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequencies and mean scores. The findings of the study revealed that NVTIs’ instructors held the views that female heads do not accept other people views, female heads are less corrupt and are weak in decisions making. They also lack self-confidence in leadership and are not courageous. The study also revealed that stereotypical beliefs and perception affects women participation in leadership roles in NVTIs institutions in the Eastern Region.  Recommendations were made based on the findings of the study.

 

Keywords: Gender, Leadership, Perception, female head, female manager, stereotypical

Perception and Uptake of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test among Caregivers of Under-Five in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria (Published)

The launch of RDT is hoped to enable in reducing the rate of presumptive treatment of malaria. However, simply making RDTs available has not led to high uptake of the test, in light of this, it is crucial to understand the perception of RDT and its uptake among caregivers concerning the treatment of malaria in under five children, therefore the aim of the study was to determine the perception and uptake of rapid diagnostic test in the treatment of malaria among care givers of under five children in Owerri West Local Government. Descriptive study was employed and a multi stage cluster and systematic sampling techniques was used to select 420 respondents in the LGA. The Instrument for data collection was structured pre- tested questionnaire which was administered by trained researcher after gaining informed consent from the respondents. Results of the study showed that more respondents were aged 30 -49 years 161 (38.3%), females 268 (63.8%), Married 216 (51.4%), Primary education 126 (63.8%) and civil servant was 196 (46%) respectively. Perception of malaria RDT showed that 175 (41.7%) respondents were of the opinion that mRDT was useful, 102 (24.3%) not useful, 101 (24%) dangerous while 16 (2.8%) felt it was not good. Malaria RDT uptake indicated that majority of the respondents 223 (53.1%) did not know about RDT and 215 (51.2%) did not carry out mRDT test. 300 (73.8%) indicated that malaria rapid diagnostic test is not very useful and 373 (88.8%) of caregivers were of the opinion that mRDTs w ere expensive. From the study it is evident that the perception of malaria rapid diagnostic is negative and low, therefore sensitization of the caregivers about mRDTs will be of benefit.

Keywords: Imo State, Malaria, Nigeria, Perception, Uptake, under five

Exposure to “Abrahamic Mission” Television Program and its Influence on peoples’ Attitude towards Religious Tolerance in Nigeria (Published)

Drawing from series of literature on ethno-religious crisis and use of media in managing or encouraging ethno-religious and political crises in Nigeria, this study ventured into exposing the Nigerian citizens’ reaction to media attempt into inculcating religious tolerance as the attitude for a better Nigeria. The study which was based on an inter-religious tolerance media program adopted the use of survey and interview in studying 300 respondents sampled across the three religious groups in Anambra State using voluntary and purposive sampling techniques. The study was based on the social responsibility and social exchange theories of mass communication. Among the specific objectives of the study are to ascertain the respondents frequency of exposure, their perception of the program and whether their exposure to the program encouraged them to tolerate all other religions in the country. Findings revealed that the program does not command attitudinal change among the citizens because political leaders’ mode of power and resource distribution does not suggest that Nigeria is one. It was concluded that until the mass media learn to hold the government accountable, the country will forever remain in ethno-religious and political crises because of height of inequality of different magnitudes. The study therefore, recommended that there must be a sincere paradigm shift from the capitalist order of winner takes all to a liberal order embedded in true federalism anchored on ‘exclusive’ fairness to all irrespective of region or ethnic origin.

Keywords: Abrahamic mission, Ethno-religious, Perception, capitalist order, extremism, liberal order

Female Students’ Participation in Mathematics Education at the University Level in Ghana (Published)

For more than three decades now, a great body of research studies have been conducted to address the issue of gender disparities in mathematics education across the globe as a result of the minimal participation of females in mathematics education in higher levels of education. The primary purpose of this study, however, was to investigate female students’ participation in mathematics education at the university level. It considered 99 female students’ studying mathematics education from the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba. The study used descriptive survey design to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data gathered from respondents. The study revealed among other things that the trend of enrolment of female students’ in mathematics education is on the decline. Also, the study revealed that enjoyment derived from studying mathematics education, career opportunities in mathematics education, desire to study mathematics education, interest in mathematics education, were some of the reasons why female students participate in mathematics education. The assertion that mathematics is a male domain subject was not a perception of female mathematics education students who participated in this study. Conclusions, implications and recommendations are further discussed in the work.

 

Keywords: Mathematics Education, Participation, Perception, female students, university level

Tutors’ Perception about Teacher Trainees’ Appraisal of Tutors’ Performance as Part of Quality Teaching and Learning in the Colleges of Education in Ghana (Published)

The study intended to explore the perception of the college tutors about the performance appraisal of tutors by the student teachers as part of quality teaching and learning in the Colleges of Education in Ghana as well as improving the tutors’ performance and development. . Sixty seven (67) tutors were randomly selected from three Colleges of Education to constitute the sample for the study. A questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. The study found that college tutors generally acknowledged the relevance of performance appraisal to their job goals and development. Secondly, college tutors perceived performance appraisal feedback as irregular and unconstructive and did not reflect their actual performance. Thirdly, college tutors perceived the performance appraisal processes as being unfair because they were left out in the discussion of the assessment procedures claiming that performance appraisal by the student teachers alone is not enough, Fourthly, college tutors perceived that the student teachers judgment were affected by hallo and horn effect. Last but not least, college tutors somehow did not take their performance appraisal by the student teachers alone very seriously. It was recommended that assessment procedures and items leading to appraising the performance of the college tutors should be discussed with them to enable them state their positions openly in order to satisfy their needs. Also, there should be the need for triangulation of the assessment processes leading to appraising the performance of the college tutors to ensure checks and balances as well as validity of the results. Finally, performance appraisal feedback should be made regular, constructive, fair and useful to enable college tutors receive and support the programme as genuinely helping them to improve their performance and development.

Keywords: Appraisal, Perception, Performance, Quality, Teaching and Learning

Junior High School Social Studies Teachers’ Perception of Classroom Assessment in Ghana (Published)

In contemporary times, researchers have recognized the crucial role of classroom assessment in school effectiveness and the realization of educational goals. Therefore, this study investigated Social Studies teachers’ perception of classroom assessment and the extent to which teachers’ demographic variables influence their perception of classroom assessment. The study utilized the sequential explanatory mixed method design which involved collecting and analyzing of both quantitative and qualitative data. With the purposive, and convenience sampling techniques, 65 Social Studies teachers were selected for the study. Questionnaire and semi-structured interview guide were the instruments used to collect data for the study. The quantitative data were analyzed using both descriptive (frequency, mean, standard deviation) and inferential (t-test, and ANOVA) statistics. The qualitative data were analyzed through the thematic approach. The study revealed that even though Social Studies teachers held different perceptions of classroom assessment. They perceived classroom assessment as a means of improvement of teaching and le-arning more than students’ progress, and school accou-ntability. Additionally, apart from gender and rank the study revealed that age, academic qualification, and years of teaching experience influenced Social Studies teachers’ perception of the nature of classroom assessment. Therefore, it was recommended that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service through the Kwahu South Education Directorate should design and implement programmes to conscientize teachers on the need to develop and practice effective classroom assessment to their teaching. Finally, Social Studies teachers should be equipped with relevant knowledge on assessment through in-service training on the nature of classroom assessment and assist them (teachers) to develop and sustain effective classroom assessment in their schools so as to realize educational goals.

Keywords: Demographic Variables, Perception, classroom assessment, improvement of teaching and learning, school accountability, students’ progress