Tag Archives: PLS

English Language Learning in Adulthood: Perceptions of female adult learners (Published)

Adult learning in an EFL context is one of the most current issues researched in education. Just as the importance of learning a language is growing by the minute, the number of adult learners is enhancing too. The current study investigates the motivation of EFL adult Learners to go back to higher education, their preferred learning styles, and difficulties faced by them. The study consisted of 132 female participants from the College of Basic Education, who answered a 45 statements questionnaire. The answers were analysed quantitatively through SPSS to find the means, frequencies, and significance in correlation with several independent variables. It has been found that female adult learners have mixed intrinsic and extrinsic motives towards learning EFL, and while learning styles varied, institutional barriers such as poor facilities, strict regulations and traditional teaching practice appear to be the greatest difficulties to learners. The study is concluded with several suggestions that aim to provide effective adult EFL learning.

Keywords: Barriers, EFL, Learning strategies, PLS, adult-learner, motivations

Non-Technical Approach as Traffic Control Strategy (Case Study Of Bogor City) (Published)

The objective of this research was to model the relationship between the traffic in Bogor City in terms of non-technical aspects (i.e. ethics and behavior) among three categories of respondent namely private vehicle drivers, public transport drivers, and pedestrians. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire. The data was then analyzed using SmartPLS software. The results indicated that ethics and behavior of private vehicle drivers, behavior of public transport drivers, and ethics and behavior of pedestrian all had a significant relationship with the traffic of Bogor City with behavior of public transport drivers becoming the most significant predictors of traffic of Bogor City. The implications from this research are further explored as recommendations for the Government of Bogor City.

Keywords: Behavior, Bogor City, Ethics, PLS, Traffic

Applying Pictologics (Pls) Method in Teaching English to Malaysian Students: A Vygotskian Perspective (Published)

This paper examines the effects of applying Pictologics (PLS) method –developed by the author- on teaching English to Malaysian primary students (N=126, p≤.05). In a mixed methods design, students in two public primary schools in Penang, Malaysia participated in this study. The samples were almost equally divided into the treatment group which received their training with PLS, and the control group that received their training via a conventional method.  The instrument was a10-item questionnaire in multiple-choice and open-ended formats. The data revealed that students under PLS had a more positive opinion towards learning style; that is, imaginative usage of pictures which is generally exercised by PLS. This paper also briefly introduces PLS in terms of its principles and potentials in a Vygotskian perspective. The author encourages teachers and students to use the ideas and techniques of this method in order to enhance teaching and learning English

Keywords: Imagination, PLS, Pictologics, Pictures, Vygotsky

Factors Influencing the Acceptance of Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) and Financial Performance of Saudi Arabia Listed Companies: Multivariate Data Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) (Published)

Purpose – The purpose of this research is to examine the link between the acceptance of enterprise resource planning systems in Saudi Arabia, and the ways in which this can lead to long term acceptance of system. This research examines the issues of ERP acceptance, and the perceived benefits and ease of use, which a user has to deal with. Design/methodology/approach the research suggests the use of quantitative data, through the data analysis using multivariate data analysis. This approach uses structural equation modeling, which can lead to long-term change in the output of the data, and the link between the major hypotheses, which have been suggested. This ensures that the data collection can be undertaken. Findings – A number of findings from this research have been derived. It appears that the acceptance and use of ERP systems is central to the success of information systems today. However, the ease of use needs to be accentuated through training and support of users, which can be facilitated through top-level support for new systems. In order to reduce resistance, organizations need to take a proactive approach in implementing systems, and facilitate user participation, which can ensure that financial performance of systems can be improved.

Keywords: ERP, ERP Acceptance, ERP Perceived Ease of Use, ERP Perceived Usefulness, Financial Performance, PLS

Factors Affecting ERP Acceptance towards Improved Financial Performance of Saudi Arabia Listed Firms (Published)

The main purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of user training and education and perceived usefulness on the ERP systems acceptance and the contribution of the ERP systems towards the improved financial performance of Saudi firms. The survey is conducted with the ERP users, which are working in the Saudi based companies. The ERP users which are selected for the survey having been using the ERP modules for various tasks including finance and accounting, material management, human resource management, quality management and sales and distribution. The research findings show that training and perceived usefulness both have a positive relation with the acceptance of the ERP systems.

Keywords: ERP, Financial Performance, PLS, Perceived Usefulness

Factors of Change Management and Perceived Ease of Use Affecting ERP Acceptance and Financial Performance of Saudi Arabia Listed Companies (Published)

This study investigates the effects of ERP change management and ERP perceived ease of use on ERP systems acceptance and its impact on the financial performance of Saudi listed companies. The survey method has used in order to collect the primary data and survey was conducted with the employees who are working in the Saudi companies and using the ERP systems in order to manage their day-to-day activities. The findings of this research shows that change management activities within the organization can be helpful in increasing ERP acceptance within the firm. The research findings reflect that effective change management activities can be helpful in increasing the acceptance of the ERP systems within the firm.

Keywords: ERP Acceptance, Financial Performance, PLS