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‣ Muscle injury: current perspectives and trends in Brazil,

Astur,Diego Costa; Novaretti,João Vitor; Uehbe,Renato Kalil; Arliani,Gustavo Gonçalves; Moraes,Eduardo Ramalho; Pochini,Alberto de Castro; Ejnisman,Benno; Cohen,Moises
Fonte: Sociedade Brasileira de Ortopedia e Traumatologia Publicador: Sociedade Brasileira de Ortopedia e Traumatologia
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Publicado em 01/12/2014 Português
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Objective: To evaluate the management, procedures and perspectives of sports physicians and orthopedists in Brazil with regard to diagnosing and treating muscle injuries. Methods: A questionnaire containing 20 questions relating to the topic of muscle injury was applied to sports physicians and orthopedists during the Second Brazilian Congress of Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, in 2013. Results: Completely answered questionnaires were received from 168 sports physicians and orthopedists. Doctors from all regions of Brazil with a mean of 11 years of experience of treating muscle injuries were interviewed. Lower limbs were affected in 97% of the cases, particularly the quadriceps, adductor and sural triceps. The injury occurred during the eccentric phase in 62% of the interviews; 39% underwent ultrasound examination and 37% magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the injury to be diagnosed. Medication, rest and cryotherapy during the acute phase (87.5%) and medication, rest and physiotherapy during treatment of the injury (56%) were the prevalent options. The criteria for returning to sports were very subjective and disparate among the options presented, and most of the interviewees had already used some therapy that was adjuvant to traditional methods. Conclusion: The number of muscle injuries treated per year was greater than 30...

‣ Telecardiology and Remote Monitoring of Implanted Electrical Devices: The Potential for Fresh Clinical Care Perspectives

Boriani, Giuseppe; Diemberger, Igor; Martignani, Cristian; Biffi, Mauro; Valzania, Cinzia; Bertini, Matteo; Domenichini, Giulia; Saporito, Davide; Ziacchi, Matteo; Branzi, Angelo
Fonte: Springer-Verlag Publicador: Springer-Verlag
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Telecardiology may help confront the growing burden of monitoring the reliability of implantable defibrillators/pacemakers. Herein, we suggest that the evolving capabilities of implanted devices to monitor patients’ status (heart rhythm, fluid overload, right ventricular pressure, oximetry, etc.) may imply a shift from strictly device-centered follow-up to perspectives centered on the patient (and patient-device interactions). Such approaches could provide improvements in health care delivery and clinical outcomes, especially in the field of heart failure. Major professional, policy, and ethical issues will have to be overcome to enable real-world implementation. This challenge may be relevant for the evolution of our health care systems.

‣ Spectroscopic ellipsometry and polarimetry for materials and systems analysis at the nanometer scale: state-of-the-art, potential, and perspectives

Losurdo, Maria; Bergmair, Michael; Bruno, Giovanni; Cattelan, Denis; Cobet, Christoph; de Martino, Antonello; Fleischer, Karsten; Dohcevic-Mitrovic, Zorana; Esser, Norbert; Galliet, Melanie; Gajic, Rados; Hemzal, Dušan; Hingerl, Kurt; Humlicek, Josef; Os
Fonte: Springer Netherlands Publicador: Springer Netherlands
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This paper discusses the fundamentals, applications, potential, limitations, and future perspectives of polarized light reflection techniques for the characterization of materials and related systems and devices at the nanoscale. These techniques include spectroscopic ellipsometry, polarimetry, and reflectance anisotropy. We give an overview of the various ellipsometry strategies for the measurement and analysis of nanometric films, metal nanoparticles and nanowires, semiconductor nanocrystals, and submicron periodic structures. We show that ellipsometry is capable of more than the determination of thickness and optical properties, and it can be exploited to gain information about process control, geometry factors, anisotropy, defects, and quantum confinement effects of nanostructures.

‣ Volunteering in Nha Trang, Vietnam: Senior Medical Students’ Perspectives of a Surgical Mission Trip

Hoang, Don; Nguyen, Kim T.
Fonte: YJBM Publicador: YJBM
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Vietnam has had a long history of international mission teams that volunteer needed surgical care to underserved populations for various medical problems. As senior medical students, we joined a non-profit organization’s surgical mission trip led by a community practice surgeon and staffed by 32 health care professionals to provide cleft lip and palate reconstructions for 75 patients at a local hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam. As a surgical mission team in a resource-poor country, we intended to fill gaps and unmet areas of need by offering care that patients would otherwise not receive. But in doing so, we encountered other gaps in health care for which we did not have adequate preparation or solutions: insufficient primary care, lack of understanding of others’ cultural contexts, absence of knowledge of patients’ socioeconomic contexts, and problems in other countries’ health care systems. Although the purpose of our mission was to provide a specific service, we felt it is important to examine the service in the context of these broader issues. We considered these concerns from two different perspectives: what a medical mission gives and what it does not. In this article, we present several issues that our medical mission confronted and how they were both addressed and overlooked.

‣ Age-old wisdom concerning cell-based therapies with added knowledge in the stem cell era: our perspectives

Preethy, Senthilkumar; John, Sudhakar; Ganesh, Jegatheesan Saravana; Srinivasan, Thangavelu; Terunuma, Hiroshi; Iwasaki, Masaru; Abraham, Samuel J
Fonte: Dove Medical Press Publicador: Dove Medical Press
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Among the various strategies providing a cure for illness, cell-based therapies have caught the attention of the world with the advent of the “stem cell” era. Our inherent understanding indicates that stem cells have been in existence since the birth of multicellular organisms. However, the formal discovery of stem cells in the last century, followed by their intricate and extensive analysis, has led to clinical and translational efforts with the aim of using them in the treatment of conditions which don’t have a definitive therapeutic strategy, has fueled our interest and expectations. Technological advances in our ability to study their cellular components in depth, along with surface markers and other finer constituents, that were unknown until last century, have improved our understanding, leading to several novel applications. This has created a need to establish guidelines, and in that process, there are expressed understandings and views which describe cell therapy along lines similar to that of biologic products, drugs, and devices. However, the age-old wisdom of using cells as tools for curing illness should not be misled by recent knowledge, to make cell therapy using highly complex stem cells equal to factory-synthesized and reproducible chemical compounds...

‣ Principles to guide sustainable implementation of extended-scope-of-practice physiotherapy workforce redesign initiatives in Australia: stakeholder perspectives, barriers, supports, and incentives

Morris, Joanne; Grimmer, Karen; Gilmore, Lisa; Perera, Chandima; Waddington, Gordon; Kyle, Greg; Ashman, Bryan; Murphy, Karen
Fonte: Dove Medical Press Publicador: Dove Medical Press
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Sustainable implementation of new workforce redesign initiatives requires strategies that minimize barriers and optimize supports. Such strategies could be provided by a set of guiding principles. A broad understanding of the concerns of all the key stakeholder groups is required before effective strategies and initiatives are developed. Many new workforce redesign initiatives are not underpinned by prior planning, and this threatens their uptake and sustainability. This study reports on a cross-sectional qualitative study that sought the perspectives of representatives of key stakeholders in a new workforce redesign initiative (extended-scope-of-practice physiotherapy) in one Australian tertiary hospital. The key stakeholder groups were those that had been involved in some way in the development, management, training, funding, and/or delivery of the initiative. Data were collected using semistructured questions, answered individually by interview or in writing. Responses were themed collaboratively, using descriptive analysis. Key identified themes comprised: the importance of service marketing; proactively addressing barriers; using readily understood nomenclature; demonstrating service quality and safety, monitoring adverse events...

‣ Perspectives on quality mental health care from Brazilian and Cape Verdean outpatients: Implications for effective patient-centered policies and models of care

De Jesus, Maria; Earl, Tara R.
Fonte: Co-Action Publishing Publicador: Co-Action Publishing
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Mental health providers are increasingly coming into contact with large and growing multi-racial/ethnic and immigrant patient populations in the United States. Knowledge of patient perspectives on what constitutes quality mental health care is necessary for these providers. The aim of this study was to identify indicators of quality of mental health care that matter most to two underrepresented immigrant patient groups of Portuguese background: Brazilians and Cape Verdeans. A qualitative design was adopted using focus group discussions. Six focus groups of patients (n=24 Brazilians; n=24 Cape Verdeans) who received outpatient mental health treatment through public safety net clinics in the northeast region of the United States were conducted. The Consensual Qualitative Research analytic method allowed us to identify three quality of care domains: provider performance, aspects of mental health care environment, and effectiveness of mental health care treatment. Provider performance was associated with five categories: relational, communication, linguistic, cultural, and technical competencies. Aspects of mental health care environment were linked to two categories: psychosocial and physical environment. Effectiveness of mental health care treatment was related to two categories: therapeutic relationship and treatment outcomes. Study findings provide useful data for the development of more culturally appropriate and effective patient-centered models and policies in mental health care.

‣ Youth Perspectives on Community, Trust, and Conflict

Dale, Pamela; Himelein, Kristen; Nikitin, Denis; Bexley, Angie
Fonte: World Bank, Washington, DC Publicador: World Bank, Washington, DC
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This briefing note examines intergenerational aspects of community involvement, trust, and authority, and dispute participation/resolution in Timor-Leste, using findings from the justice module included in an extension of the 2007 Timor-Leste Survey of Living Standards (TLSLS2) and a review of relevant social-science literature. It is hoped that this report will be a valuable resource for civil servants, civil society organizations, and donor agencies working with youth in Timor-Leste. The extension survey (TLSLSx) revisited a nationally representative subsample of the TLSLS2 between April and October 2008. The respondent for the justice module was randomly selected to be the household head or his/her spouse, and topics included: (1) access to information and decision making; (2) opinions and knowledge of the law; (3) trust and local institutions; and (4) dispute resolution. Findings from this survey have been summarized in three short briefing papers focusing on youth perspectives, land and conflict, and community trust and decision making.

‣ News and social media: Windows into community perspectives on disinvestment

Street, J.; Hennessy, S.; Watt, A.; Hiller, J.; Elshaug, A.
Fonte: Cambridge Univ Press Publicador: Cambridge Univ Press
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Objectives: The aim of this study, in the context of disinvestment related health technology assessment, is to examine whether analysis of Web 2.0—commercial media output, blogs, and discussion forums—can provide an understanding of media framing, community perspectives, and the sociopolitical aspects of an entrenched technology. Methods: Thematic analysis of relevant data from fifty-nine media articles, thirty-nine discussion forums, thirteen blogs, and three Facebook pages relating to our case study: public funding for assisted reproductive technology services. Mainstream media and community-based social media responses were compared. Results: Media responses were narrow, primarily describing emotive individual narratives or the political nexus of interests. Community (including patient) responses were broader including discussion of opportunity cost and vested interests but mostly reflected the polar ends of the debate, diverging strongly for or against disinvestment from public funding. Conclusion: Web2.0 and media analysis offers an inexpensive method to capture media portrayal, divergent community responses both to that portrayal and independent of it, and insight into the sociopolitical aspects of an entrenched technology undergoing disinvestment debate.; Jackie M. Street...

‣ Perspectives of primary school children of Filipino immigrants on their home and school experiences in South Australia.

Yu, Marizon Guillermo
Fonte: Universidade de Adelaide Publicador: Universidade de Adelaide
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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This thesis contributes to the understanding of socialisation of children by examining the perspectives of primary school children of Filipino immigrants in South Australia on their experiences at home, in school, with peers, and with media. Philippineborn children, aged 8-12, were interviewed on how they learnt the skills, attitudes, and values that enabled them to cope with their new environment. Research on the socialisation experiences of primary school children of immigrants is scarce. What there is focuses on economic status and academic success. Little is known about children’s perspectives and adaptive strategies following immigration. This thesis fills a research gap in the complexity of children’s experiences by investigating the perspectives of thirty primary school children of Filipino immigrants living in South Australia. A qualitative methodological approach grounded the children’s perspectives in symbolic interactionism (SI). Recognising the development of children’s selves through socialisation, SI sees children as active participants in human group life. Through interaction, children define their situations, take perspectives, and adjust their behaviour in line with that of others. The study concludes by generating substantive propositions regarding the socialisation experiences of children of Filipino immigrants. These support formal theoretical implications on selves...

‣ Administrators' Perspectives of Culture at a Multicampus Community College

Prentiss, Richard D
Fonte: FIU Digital Commons Publicador: FIU Digital Commons
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The purpose of this study was to explore how administrators’ perceived the campus and administrative cultures found on a single campus of a multicampus community college system. A review of the literature revealed that the culture found in higher education institutions contains a high degree of human interactions, has a myriad of cultures, and that individuals play a significant role in the maintenance or the evolution of the cultures present. The study site was Neighborhood Campus which is one campus of a large urban community college system containing a total of eight campuses, Urban College. Kuh’s conventional organizational models served to identify the model on Neighborhood Campus, Levin’s cultural definitions described the campus culture, and cultural definitions from Bergquist and Pawlak formed the framework for the administrative culture. The study was guided by the following research questions: What are the administrators’ perspectives of the campus culture on a community college campus and what are the administrators’ perspectives of the administrative culture on a community college campus? A qualitative case study method was used, data collection included interviews, document and videograph reviews, and observations of administrative meetings. The participants for the interview portion of the study included 10 individuals defined as administrators. The study revealed that administrators’ perspectives of these cultures demonstrated five themes (student-centered...

‣ A commentary on the disparate perspectives of clinical microbiologists and surgeons: ad hoc antimicrobial use.

O'Connell, Nuala H; O'Connor, Ciara; O'Mahony, Jim; Lobo, Ronstan; Hayes, Maria; Masterson, Eric; Larvin, Michael; Coffey, Calvin J; Dunne, Colum
Fonte: Landes Bioscience Publicador: Landes Bioscience
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peer-reviewed; Prosthetic joints and other orthopaedic implants have improved quality of life for patients world-wide and the use of such devices is increasing. However, while infection rates subsequent to associated surgery are relatively low (<3%), the consequences of incidence are considerable, encompassing morbidity (including amputation) and mortality in addition to significant social and economic costs. Emphasis, therefore, has been placed on mitigating microbial risk, with clinical microbiologists and surgeons utilizing rapidly evolving molecular laboratory techniques in detection and diagnosis of infection, which still occurs despite sophisticated patient management. Multidisciplinary approaches are regularly adopted to achieve this. In this commentary, we describe an unusual case of Actinomyces infection in total hip arthroplasty and, in that context, describe the perspectives of the clinical microbiology and surgical teams and how they contrasted. More specifically, this case demonstrates an ad hoc approach to structured eradication of biofilms and intracellular bacteria related to biomaterials, as reflected in early usage of linezolid. This is a complex topic as, and as described in this case, such accelerated treatment can be effective. This commentary focuses on the merits of such inadvisable use of potent antimicrobials amid the risk of diminishing valuable antimicrobial efficacy...

‣ ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVES OF GRADE 7 STUDENTS IN CANADA

SPENCER, MARY ELIZABETH
Fonte: Quens University Publicador: Quens University
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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Many high school students are unable to consider engineering as an undergraduate program of study because they have not taken the prerequisite courses required for university entrance. In order to provide the opportunity for capable students to pursue an engineering degree and subsequently enter the engineering profession, they should be more aware of the profession of engineering prior to entering high school to enable them to select appropriate courses from the very start of their post elementary education. The focus of this study is to understand how students in grade 7 perceive the profession of engineering in two example regions across Canada. Recent literature suggests that action is underway in some areas of the United States in order to create awareness and encourage students to pursue an engineering program. These initiatives range from integrating engineering concepts into the K-12 curriculum to providing outreach and design challenge opportunities outside of school. In Canada, such initiatives are only present in isolated cases, with limited reach and impact. To better understand the perspectives on engineering of pre-high school students in Canada, grade 7 students were provided with surveys incorporating a variety of questions pertaining to the engineering profession. All questions were open ended in order to promote individualized answers from the students. Survey questions were analyzed with NVIVO software to determine common themes in the understanding and perception of engineering from the perspective of the students. After the completion of the survey...

‣ Ontario’s Home First Approach, Care Transitions, and the Provision of Care: The Perspectives of Home First Clients and Their Family Caregivers

English, Christine
Fonte: Quens University Publicador: Quens University
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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Home First is an Ontario transition management approach that attempts to reduce the pressure on hospital and Long Term Care (LTC) beds through early discharge planning, the provision of timely and appropriate home care, and the delay of LTC placement. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to obtain descriptions from South Eastern Ontario Home First clients and their family caregivers of their experiences with and thoughts about care transitions, the provision of care, and the Home First approach. The goal was to enable insight into the Home First approach, care transitions, and the provision of care through access to the perspectives of study participants. Nine semi structured interviews (and one or more follow-up calls for each interview) with Home First clients discharged from hospitals in South East Ontario and their family caregivers were conducted and their content analyzed. All participating Home First clients were pleased to be home from hospital and did not consider LTC placement a positive option. All had family involved with their care and used a mix of formal and informal services to meet their care needs. Four general themes were identified: (a) maintaining independence while responding (or not) to risks...

‣ Phenomenological and neurocognitive perspectives on delusions: A critical overview

Sass, Louis; Byrom, Greg
Fonte: BlackWell Publishing Ltd Publicador: BlackWell Publishing Ltd
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There is considerable overlap between phenomenological and neurocognitive perspectives on delusions. In this paper, we first review major phenomenological accounts of delusions, beginning with Jaspers’ ideas regarding incomprehensibility, delusional mood, and disturbed “cogito” (basic, minimal, or core self-experience) in what he termed “delusion proper” in schizophrenia. Then we discuss later studies of decontextualization and delusional mood by Matussek, changes in self and world in delusion formation according to Conrad's notions of “apophany” and “anastrophe”, and the implications of ontological transformations in the felt sense of reality in some delusions. Next we consider consistencies between: a) phenomenological models stressing minimal-self (ipseity) disturbance and hyperreflexivity in schizophrenia, and b) recent neurocognitive models of delusions emphasizing salience dysregulation and prediction error. We voice reservations about homogenizing tendencies in neurocognitive explanations of delusions (the “paranoia paradigm”), given experiential variations in states of delusion. In particular we consider shortcomings of assuming that delusions necessarily or always involve “mistaken beliefs” concerning objective facts about the world. Finally...

‣ Saúde mental e trabalho: limites, desafios, obstáculos e perspectivas; Mental health and work: limits, challenges, obstacles, and perspectives

Lima, Maria Elizabeth Antunes
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Instituto de Psicologia Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Instituto de Psicologia
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Este ensaio foi escrito a partir de uma palestra proferida no I Colóquio Internacional de Clínica da Atividade e trata dos limites, desafios, obstáculos e perspectivas que estão postos para o campo da saúde mental e trabalho (SM&T), no Brasil. Esses aspectos foram desenvolvidos considerando-se suas dimensões teóricas e práticas, concluindo-se pela necessidade de ampliação do debate entre escolas e de uma melhor interlocução com outras disciplinas, em especial, a clínica da atividade.; This essay is based on a lecture that was pronounced on the First International Conference of Clinic of Activity. It deals with the limits, challenges, obstacles and perspectives that are brought forward to the area of Mental Health and Work in Brazil. These aspects were developed considering their theoretical and practical dimensions, and we concluded for the necessity of expanding the debate among academic institutes and improving the dialogues with other disciplines, specially the clinic of activity.

‣ Além da alfabetização: perspectivas históricas da experiência moçambicana de alfabetização de jovens e adultos; Beyond alphabetization: historical perspectives of the Mozambiquean experience of young and adult alphabetization; Au delà de l'alphabétisation: perspectives historiques de l'expérience du Mozambique d'alphabétisation de jeunes et d'adultes

Quintella, Siumara Silveira Melo
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Educação Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Educação
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; ; ; ; ; Formato: application/pdf
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O presente artigo tem como objetivo levantar algumas reflexões sobre estudos de Alfabetização de jovens e adultos que compõem o manual elaborado por uma equipe de docentes¹ do Departamento de Educação da Universidade Eduardo Mondlane de Moçambique. A elaboração desse manual com a perspectiva de identificar o contexto histórico e educativo em que ocorre o processo de Alfabetização de Adultos em Moçambique apresenta um conjunto de estudos investigativos sobre a alfabetização de adultos no país, desde a época das primeiras campanhas até os dias atuais. Dessa forma, o foco das discussões deste texto é pautado apenas em duas, dentre as cinco categorias² propostas no manual, referentes à alfabetização de jovens e adultos no contexto educativo moçambicano. Essas discussões reflexivas estão ancoradas a partir de dados apresentados nesses estudos de alfabetização, demarcando histórias de lutas e conflitos e, ao mesmo tempo, apontando novos horizontes voltados para o acesso das classes populares à educação.; This article has the objective to raise some reflections about studies of young and adult Alphabetization that compose the manual organized by a teachers group of the Education Departament in Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique University. The organization of the manual has the perspective of identifying the studies about Young and Adult Alphabetization in Mozambique and shows a complex whole of investigative studies about the adult alphabetization in the country...

‣ Inclusive Leadership: Perspectives from AdvanceRIT (Presentation give to AS on October 15, 2015)

Bailey, Dr. Margaret; Manning, Dr. Linda (from Ottawa Canada)
Fonte: Rochester Instituto de Tecnologia Publicador: Rochester Instituto de Tecnologia
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Inclusive Leadership: Perspectives from AdvanceRIT (Presentation given to AS on Oct. 15, 2015)

‣ FORMACIÓN DE ESTRATEGIA COMO UN PROCESO COLECTIVO Y MÚLTIPLES PERSPECTIVAS CULTURALES: UN ESTUDIO CUALITATIVO EN UNA TIENDA DE MUEBLES EXCLUSIVA; STRATEGY FORMATION AS A COLLECTIVE PROCESS AND MULTIPLE CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES: A QUALITATIVE STUDY IN AN EXCLUSIVE FURNITURE STORE; FORMAÇÃO DE ESTRATÉGIA COMO UM PROCESSO COLETIVO E MÚLTIPLAS PERSPECTIVAS CULTURAIS: UM ESTUDO QUALITATIVO EM UMA LOJA EXCLUSIVA DE MÓVEIS

Larentis, Fabiano; Milan, Gabriel Sperandio; De Toni, Deonir
Fonte: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade Publicador: Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; ; ; ; ; ; Formato: application/pdf
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Comprender una organización y sus procesos de formación de estrategia implica ir más allá de sus elementos tangibles, como estructura física y productos ofrecidos. La complejidad organizacional exige una comprensión más profunda de sus características, que implica necesariamente el entendimiento de algunos elementos intangibles, como la cultura organizacional. La cultura organizacional, como un sistema de símbolos y significados (ALVESSON, 2003), define fuertemente la forma por la cual una empresa conduce sus negocios. Además, según Mintzberg, Ahlstrand y Lampel (2000), la formación de estrategia puede ser encarada como un proceso de interacción  social, basado en las interpretaciones comunes a los miembros de una organización y presentando características culturales. Por otro lado, según Martin y Frost (2001), la cultura organizacional asume tres diferentes perspectivas: de integración, de diferenciación y de fragmentación. Por medio de un estudio cualitativo y  exploratorio en una tienda exclusiva de muebles proyectados, se buscó identificar y evaluar  las perspectivas culturales propuestas por Martin y Frost, considerando la formación de estrategia como un proceso colectivo (cultural). Los resultados apuntan que...

‣ Evaluating students' perspectives about virtual classrooms with regard to Seven Principles of Good Practice

Çakiroğlu,Ünal
Fonte: South African Journal of Education Publicador: South African Journal of Education
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
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This study assesses the quality of distance learning (DL) in higher education assessed by considering the Seven Principles of Good Practice (SPGP). The participants were 77 second-year students from the Computer and Instructional Technologies Program (CEIT) of a Faculty of Education in Turkey. A questionnaire was developed in line with the SPGP and administered to collect data after 14 weeks of teaching. The author's observations were added to a discussion of the connections between student perspectives and the SPGP. The lessons were delivered in a virtual classroom. It is a synchronous online learning environment with online meetings, chat, forums, whiteboards, desktop sharing, document sharing and other online features. The analysis of the results of the questionnaire indicate that this questionnaire as it has been developed in this study can be effective in understanding and evaluating the perspectives of learners on the quality of distance learning in virtual classrooms. This study also presents some new evidence on the potential of virtual classrooms for teaching, learning and learner interaction. Finally, some suggestions regarding the expectations of distance learners were also provided for instructors who wish to utilize virtual classrooms in their teaching.