Volume 4 - Issue 1

January 2015

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Wastage Factor in Universal Basic Education Programme Implementation in Nigeria: The Way out

Ige Akindele Matthew
Pages: 1-12

The need to increase the access of the citizens to basic education and achieve reform in the education sector, prompted Federal Government of Nigeria to inaugurate Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme in 1999. There was however the expectation that every individual that seeks the basic education will complete the required training and thus enjoy the literacy, numeracy, and communicative skills dividends; further their education or become self-sustained in the society. Amid the implementation of this programme, with the commitment of stupendous financial, human, and material resources to it, it is obvious that not all the children that seek the basic education are completing their training while many among those that complete it do so at additional cost. This paper examines the issue of wastage amid Universal Basic Education programme implementation in Nigeria. Evidences that buttressed the prevalence of the issue of wastage amid the implementation of the programme were gathered from literature just as measures to combat it and ensure that the investment on the programme yield the expected dividends such as: adequate funding of the UBE Programme, recruitment, training and motivation of teachers, combating poverty, provision of adequate infrastructure and facilities; tackling of corruption; proper mobilization of parents against the withdrawal of children from schools; creation of scholarships and bursary opportunities for students at federal, state and local levels, supported by private sector contributions; provision of jobs for graduates of educational institutions; effective monitoring of schools and teachers, among others, were raised.

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The Family Dynamic in Children’s Mental Health: Considerations for Counseling and Psychotherapy within Schools

Tony D. Crespi Mackenzie L. McNamara
Pages: 13-24

Children and adolescents are coping with an extraordinary range of mental health needs. While the widespread nature of psychopathology in children is becoming better understood, the interaction with family factors is less known. In fact, from shared custody arrangements where children move between households to children raised by single sex couples contemporary families often do not resemble past images. In this climate schools are faced with an increased need to offer assistance. Unfortunately many school psychologists lack specialty training involving family dynamics and family psychotherapy. This paper explores stresses on the family and considers contributions school psychologists and consulting psychotherapists can offer with appropriate education and training in family therapy.

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Development of Chemistry Laboratory Anxiety Scale for University Students

N. İzzet Kurbanoğlu Eren Yücel
Pages: 25-33

The aim of this study is to develop a measuring tool for measuring the anxiety levels of university students for Chemistry Laboratory course. Sample of the study has been consisted of 685 science teacher candidate including 235 male and 450 female that studying in three different Faculty of Education, enrolling chemistry and chemistry laboratory courses. Chemistry Laboratory Anxiety Scale includes 12 items that supporting anxiety. Content validity was done by taking decisions of different experts. Explanatory Factor Analyses (EFA) was executed for structural validity of the scale. The results of the EFA showed that scale consisted of one factor. The total variance explained was 45% and factor loadings ranged from .52 to .77. It is found that for all the items in the scale Cronbach alpha is .88 and split half test correlation is .84.

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The Prediction of Elementary School Counselors’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs by Social Comparison and Self-Consciousness

Hatice İrem ÖZTEKE Ömer ÜRE Sahin KESİCİ
Pages: 34-45

This study examined the association between counselor self-efficacy, social comparison and self-consciousness in elementary school counselors. The predictive power of the social comparison and self-consciousness levels of elementary school counselors regarding counselor self-efficacy belief was investigated. The participants of the study are 204 elementary school counselors who work in elementary schools in Konya-Turkey. For data collection, “Personal Information Form,” “Social Comparison Scale,” “Elementary School Counselor Self-Efficacy Scale” and “Self-consciousness Scale” were used. “Survey Monkey” was used for data collection, that is, the scales were loaded onto an internet page and the school counselors filled out these instruments. According to findings of study, while self-consciousness is a predictor of elementary school counselors’ self-efficacy beliefs, social comparison does not predict counselor self-efficacy beliefs. The results were discussed and suggestions were given.

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Student Perceptions Relating to Family Abuse: A Phenomenological Study in Turkey

Erkan YAMAN Merve Şanlı
Pages: 46-58

In this study it is aimed to investigate the perceptions of primary school students’ exposed to family abuse. This study was conducted with thirteen students studying in the province of Sakarya in Turkey. The research is formed in qualitative patterns. In this study, “snowball sampling”, one of the sampling methods, is used. According to the research results, the students have been exposed to physical, emotional and economic abuse. There are some important findings such as emotional irritation, physical strikes, running away from home, tending to respond to violence with violence, feeling humiliation and contempt, having difficulty to focus on the courses and their schools, working at home or outside. The children participating in the interview stated that they were exposed to family abuse emotionally, physically or economically as a result it is clearly seen that their moods, behaviors and their school marks are highly and badly affected from this abuse and neglect. Most of the children did not want to reveal this fact by the fear of their families; however, it is easily understood that, in fact, they really want to get help to get rid of this situation. There are also some suggestions such as increasing the social measures to decrease the risk of family abuse, application of the scales to the students in the schools for determining the family abuse and collaboration of the school administration, provincial social services director, guide service, classroom teacher to improve the awareness towards the increasing family abuse.

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The January 2015 Issue of The Online Journal of Counseling and Education (TOJCE) is available online! In our January issue, there are five articles, four of them are original empirical research studies, one of them is a review article and the latter is a psychometric study. TOJCE, continues to provide a platform for sharing and acquiring knowledge in the form of high quality empirical and theoretical research papers from all over the world.


Editorial Team of TOJCE Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet AKIN

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