Volume 1 - Issue 4

October 2012

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Entrepreneurial Ethics in Developing Countries

John Kantor
Pages: 1-7

Technological innovations, outsourcing of production to developing nations and their desire to improve business conditions often leads to compromising business and professional ethical standards in developing countries. Of course one of the problems arise from the fact that developing nations either do not have established ethical standards, or are rejecting the established ethics in favor of borrowing ethical standards from developed nations. The issue with the second approach is that those standards are ether misinterpreted or implemented in a way they were not intended originally. Companies are often at loss on which ethical guidelines they should follow and workers struggling with often strange interpretation of those guidelines. Some of the issues arise when ethical standards and laws are at odds, or the laws are discarded that create a vacuum in enforcing ethical principles. A few of those misinterpreted principles are discussed in this paper. The data was collected from newly minted entrepreneurs in a developing country. The development of universal ethical principles is suggested to overcome some of the issues faced by developing nations. Such ethical principles have to take into consideration multiple cultural norms, individual belief systems and good business practices where all stakeholders‘ interests are considered.

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An Evaluation of the 9th Grade Local and the International English Course Books in Terms of Aims and Methodology

Arif Sariçoban Nilüfer Can
Pages: 8-17

English coursebooks play a fundamental role in EFL settings such as Turkey since they shape teachers‘ decisions about in what order to teach and how as well as what to teach to learners (McGrath, 2006). This highlights the importance of coursebook selection which needs to be made after a systematic analysis and evaluation. For this reason, this study evaluates 9th grade local and international English coursebooks that are used in Anatolian and other public high schools in Turkey. The evaluation is carried out using a checklist method in order to achieve more objective and reliable evaluation of those coursebooks (McGrath, 2002; Tomlinson, 2003). Using this checklist, teachers who are the prime users of those coursebooks are asked to evaluate them in terms of (a) aims and objectives and (b) methodology and activities. The results are discussed by considering teacher and student needs. Then, a comparison is made between the local and the international course book evaluations.

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A Study of the Relationship between Resiliency, Religious Belief and Post Menstruation Symptoms among Single College Students

Esmaeil Sadri Damirchi Pourya Yazdizadeh Behnoush Sabayan
Pages: 18-26

The current research study of the relationship between resilience, religious belief and post menstrual symptoms (PMS) among single college students in Ahvaz, Iran. The average age of participants in this study was between 18-28 years. A sample of 230 college students were selected in Ahvaz. A 25 item questioner was developed using the ALPORT model for measuring religious beliefs and a 22 item PMS questioner was used for measuring post menstruation symptoms descriptive statistic and the Pearson correlation coefficient was used for analyzing the results and the analysis was carried out at a significant difference of (0.01) .The results showed significant negative correlation between resilience and PMS. The higher the students resilience, the rate of PMS decreased. The relationship between religious belief and PMS also showed a significant negative correlation.

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Evaluation of Boarding School in Turkey (Case Study)

Mustafa Cinoğlu
Pages: 27-38

This research addresses some of the questions by offering a portrait of one boarding school in a rural province of Southeastern Turkey. The research focuses on the boarding arrangements at the school. Data was collected through fieldwork, school records and interviews with stakeholders in town of Musabeyli in Turkey. Results provide information about Boarding School but also give ideas as to what happens in others. The first part of the study is a description of the school. After that, I explored concerns and issues around the boarding school counting on the voices of parents, students, teachers and school administrators. Finally, the study includes some recommendations to improve the boarding school.

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Gender Differences in Internet Addiction and Tendency to Express Emotions

Zeynep Oktuğ
Pages: 39-53

Social media applications become integral parts of daily life. People begin to live their emotions through these applications. Studies show that the main reason of using social networks is making social relations easier. But because of the excessive use of internet, the person can fall short off the real world, and that can give way to isolation and loneliness. Trying to decrease these emotions through establishing relations in virtual world, the person can be deprived of the benefits of face to face communication. The aim of this study is to analyze whether a gender-based difference exists between internet addiction and the tendency towards expressing emotions; to examine the relation between internet addiction and the ability to express emotions and to determine whether the degree for expression of emotions is a meaningful predictor of internet addiction. The results show that internet addiction among women is higher than among men, but there is no difference between the genders with respect to the degrees for expression of emotions. According to the results, eight percent of internet addiction can be explained by emotion expression skills. In future research, social and psychological factors may also be analyzed for aspects of their effect on the relation between internet addiction and the expression of emotions.

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