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Publication date: 19 February 2020

Alrence Santiago Halibas, Shameena Mehtab, Alaa Al-Attili, Benjamin Alo, Ronald Cordova and Maria Elisa Linda Taeza Cruz

Graduates are expected to possess the knowledge and right skillset, commonly known as graduate attributes, which they need to become employable and work-ready. This study…

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Purpose

Graduates are expected to possess the knowledge and right skillset, commonly known as graduate attributes, which they need to become employable and work-ready. This study describes the approaches that were employed by an academic institution in developing an assessment framework for measuring the student achievement of the graduate attributes and learning outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

It used thematic analysis in analyzing the 43 audit reports of higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Oman which have undergone the regional quality audit as well as the outcomes of the institutional standards assessment.

Findings

The analysis exposed the critical issues necessary for embedding graduate attributes and learning outcomes in higher education. Likewise, the study revealed that the assessment of the graduate attributes (GAs) and learning outcomes (LOs) is the area that garnered the most number of comments from the audit panel, and 69 per cent of the HEIs are still problematic in this area. Moreover, most of the HEIs in Oman lack the mechanisms to assess student learning as evidenced in the regional accreditation outcomes. Only 43.8 per cent of the HEIs, which have undergone the institutional accreditation process, have garnered a Met Rating in the Graduate Attributes and Student Learning Outcome criterion. Hence, this study presupposes its high relevance and usefulness to the work in this area, drawing from the experience of an HEI in Oman.

Practical implications

This study will present the relevant and meaningful content, especially good practices and potential gaps that inform HEIs regarding the current trends, policies, and practices relevant to the assessment of graduate attributes and learning outcomes in higher education.

Originality/value

This study extends the limited literature on the assessment of graduate attributes and learning outcomes, especially among the HEIs in Oman.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 34 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 3 September 2019

Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas

This chapter reflects upon the main reasons for the universal, deep, and long-lasting impact of the Mexican neozapatista movement during the 25 years of its public life…

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This chapter reflects upon the main reasons for the universal, deep, and long-lasting impact of the Mexican neozapatista movement during the 25 years of its public life, recuperating not only the immediate reasons but the reasons linked with process in the middle and in the long term. We argue that the neozapatista movement changed the correlation des forces in Mexico in 1994, opening the transition of all indigenous Latin American movements to pass from a defensive and marginal position, to a new offensive and protagonic position. In the general context after 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Mexican neozapatism restores hope in social protest and social fight of all the anticapitalistic and antisystemic movements all over the world. With the above basis, it is possible to understand that this Mexican neozapatism was able to define the general agenda of the main demands and targets that were vindicated for the antisystemic movements during the last 25 years, including all the movements of 2011, such as the Spanish Indignados, or the so-called Arab Spring, or Occupy Wall Street, or even the current French movement of the Gilets Jeaunes, among many others. It explains partially the real function of a kind of “avant-garde” of the antisystemic movements all over the world, playing by the Mexican neozapatismo in the last five lusters and even today.

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Class History and Class Practices in the Periphery of Capitalism
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78973-592-5

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Publication date: 1 February 1998

S.A. Ogunrombi, I.I. Ekoja and S.E. Oji

This study uses official documents and interviews to examine the creative ways that Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Library adapts to survive austerity. To circumvent…

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This study uses official documents and interviews to examine the creative ways that Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Library adapts to survive austerity. To circumvent the shortfalls in books and journal acquisitions, the Library receives enhanced funding, uses UNESCO coupons and actively solicits for gifts, exchanges, and repository privileges. To sustain basic services and to have a steady supply of stationery, the library has commercialised its photocopying, video coverage, lamination, training programme, and other services. The setting up of the National Documentation and Information Centre has the double blessing of attracting books and donations of journals, and of raising funds for the running of the Library’s essential services.

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Library Management, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 5 October 2010

Michael Schroeter, Igor Savitsky, Maria A. Rueger, Ludwig Kuntz, Verena Pick and Gereon R. Fink

The purpose of this study is to investigate the implementation of a novel organizational structure in a specialized hospital department. The key issue was to optimize the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the implementation of a novel organizational structure in a specialized hospital department. The key issue was to optimize the efficacy of the process “hospital treatment” in a patient‐oriented approach.

Design/methodology/approach

A new organizational concept, i.e. the Cologne Consultant Concept (CCC), was developed by and implemented at the Department of Neurology, Cologne University Hospital in August 2007. The outcome of this reorganization was evaluated via a number of critical performance parameters (effects on daily routines and performance data, feedback from quality control and house officers). Furthermore, the strengths and weaknesses of this novel system were compared to the traditional ward‐based system in Germany, the Anglo‐American consultant model and care provided by sub‐specialized teams.

Findings

The reorganization of the healthcare services by the CCC provided flexible medical care for inpatients. The independent assignment of patients to a ward, and to a team of physicians offered incentives for case‐oriented and efficient medical treatment. Importantly, the time‐consuming admission process could be distributed evenly between physicians in chronological order. Furthermore, beneficial effects on the department's overall performance compared to the traditional ward‐based system were observed.

Originality/value

The CCC constitutes a valuable new organizational structure that can provide medical care in any specialized hospital department.

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Leadership in Health Services, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1879

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Publication date: 4 September 2020

Ni Made Dwi Ratnadi, Ashiva Martunis, Dodik Aryanto and Anak Agung Gde Putra Widanaputra

This study aims to determine hospital management responses in implementing transformational leadership style, organizational commitment, budget business plan, work…

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Purpose

This study aims to determine hospital management responses in implementing transformational leadership style, organizational commitment, budget business plan, work motivation, uniqueness of resources, and hospital performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The method used in this research is a quantitative research method with a deductive mindset approach. The population in this research is all organizational units under the Regional Public Hospital Dr. Zainoel Abidin with its observation unit. The obtained data will be processed by using inferential statistics, namely Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) by using Smart Partial Least Square (Smart PLS) software.

Findings

The overall results of the performance appraisal using the Balanced Scorecard approach seen from the financial, internal business, customer, and training and learning perspectives are right. Regional public Hospital Dr. Zainoel Abidin has provided excellent services, and the performance of its departments has generated the expected outcome and is realized by the hospital.

Originality/value

This research contains some innovation. First, the predictor variables used are transformational leadership, organizational commitment, budget business plans and the implementation of unique resources. Second, the response variable used is a performance in the service industry associated with hospital outpatient units (especially organizational units) and inpatient classes of public hospital hospitals. Third, the research location is at Dr. Hospital. Zainoel Abidin, Indonesia. The combination of the three originalities has never been done in previous studies. The object of research to be examined is hospital management, especially the management of outpatient and inpatient units in hospitals. So far, only employees in business units and educational institutions have been studied, and it only has been partially examined variables that affect leadership, resources, and organizational commitment.

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International Journal of Public Leadership, vol. 16 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4929

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Publication date: 2 October 2017

Marta Brunelli and Juri Meda

The purpose of this paper is to explore the evolution and use of the school desk in unified Italy as a multifunctional and highly efficient tool, which was required not…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the evolution and use of the school desk in unified Italy as a multifunctional and highly efficient tool, which was required not only to efficiently support in-class activities, to facilitate the classroom management and finally to maintain a correct body posture in order to preserve pupils’ health, but also to accomplish the additional task of working as real “gymnastic equipment”, i.e. suitable for performing various gymnastic exercises inside the classroom.

Design/methodology/approach

The assumption upon which this paper rests is that school desks have always been signifiers charged with multiple meanings related to the evolution of curriculum, pedagogic ideas and daily school practices, which have often been forgotten, abandoned or, for some reasons, underrepresented in the official history of education as well as in the collective memory of school. In order to rebuild this forgotten history, and retrace the possible theoretical-pedagogical basis underlying such practice, the authors have systematically reviewed the Italian manuals on gymnastics between desks from the 1870s to the 1970s, retraced sources documenting this practice in the daily school life (government rules, school programmes, school hygiene prescriptions, iconographic sources, teachers and school managers’ testimonies) and finally, compared with other foreign practices (such as “calisthenics”).

Findings

The convergence between many differentiated sources has demonstrated the longevity of this school practice, which was not only the fruit of educational theories of gymnastic teachers but was also determined by the backwardness and logistic inadequacies of many Italian schools. The paper reveals how this gymnastic practice, after establishing itself in the post-Unification Italian schools, continued almost uninterrupted until the Second World War and even until the 1970s, evidencing how gymnastic teachers, hygienists, educationalists and lawmakers continued, over almost a century, to scientifically legitimise (from the top downwards) an educational practice that was actually driven from the bottom upwards, i.e. determined by an endemic lack of adequate spaces and tools for physical education in Italian schools.

Originality/value

For the very first time, the special source of Italian manuals and booklets on gymnastics between desks has been located, analysed and systematically reviewed for the period 1870s-1970s, and then cross-checked against differentiated sources. This study actually represents the first step of a research which must be still further developed. Undoubtedly, the “new” source represented by the manuals of “gymnastics between school desks” offered a first original perspective from which to explore the use of this furniture in the school of the past, thereby enabling historians of education to shed the first light on a school practice that has been overlooked or forgotten, and still hidden within the “black box of schooling”.

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History of Education Review, vol. 46 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0819-8691

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Histories of Economic Thought
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ISBN: 978-0-76230-997-9

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Publication date: 1 October 2006

S.M. Solaiman

This paper aims to critically examine the applicability of disclosure‐based regulation in a pre‐emerging securities market.

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Purpose

This paper aims to critically examine the applicability of disclosure‐based regulation in a pre‐emerging securities market.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents, by using archival data, an analysis of prerequisites for the usefulness of the disclosure philosophy making reference to some Asian securities markets with special reference to the contemporary experiences of the Bangladesh securities market.

Findings

The paper concludes that the disclosure philosophy itself is not a panacea, an effective disclosure regime requires a certain level of structural and infrastructural development of the market, and that a particular securities market should follow a paternalistic merit regulation until the attainment of that progress.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the understanding of effectiveness of the disclosure philosophy for the regulation of securities markets from the perspective of investor protection.

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Journal of Financial Crime, vol. 13 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-0790

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Publication date: 10 June 2021

Mohammad H. Salaheldin, Mohammad A. Hassanain, Mohammad B. Hamida and Ahmed M. Ibrahim

This study presents findings of post-occupancy evaluation (POE), through a performance assessment, on a polyclinic, as a health-care facility, in Saudi Arabia.

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Purpose

This study presents findings of post-occupancy evaluation (POE), through a performance assessment, on a polyclinic, as a health-care facility, in Saudi Arabia.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of the literature is conducted to identify the recent publications, on conducting POE, and performance indicators (PIs) assessing performance of health-care facilities. This research uses a triangulated approach by adopting several qualitative and quantitative methods, on a case study. The approach comprised conducting investigative walkthrough to assess the case study facility, interviews with group of occupants to assess its satisfaction levels. The findings were presented to a focus group, where a plan of recommendations was raised to improve the performance of the case study facility.

Findings

A total of 24 PIs were identified, and clustered, mainly under: “Thermal comfort”, “Natural lighting”, “Artificial lighting” and others. The case study has proven a satisfactory performance to the evaluated indicators. However, observations of performance snags were identified that formulated conclusions, related to: “Improvements to air temperature performance in summer season”, “Need of control on natural lighting due to glare”, “Accommodating an over demand for car parking spaces”, Need for development of systems dedicated for collection of occupants satisfaction” and “Enhancing circulation”.

Originality/value

There is a gap identified, through the literature review on availability of systematic conduct of POE, especially in health-care facilities. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge and professional practice, as a guiding systematic scheme, for the conduct of POE, which can be followed and expanded upon by future research.

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Journal of Facilities Management , vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1472-5967

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