Vol. 19, No. 2
It is a great joy for our editorial team to share with you a new set of articles that have been collected in the interest of helping us all understand better what is happening in qualitative research, education, and health. The seven feature articles and three book reviews presented in this issue are quite a combination of issues that will certainly tease our mind as we take a different perspective on different issues ranging from the quality and credibility of qualitative research to issues of health, social life, education, and mentoring.
With the rise of qualitative research at our university, we have started seeing more and more manuscripts on qualitative research. In this issue alone, four of the seven feature articles are on qualitative research. We expect even more manuscripts on qualitative research in the issues to come. This fact is evident despite the reality that we welcome manuscripts on both quantitative and qualitative research. One of the possible reasons for this new increase in qualitative research manuscripts is probably the fact that a year ago, the Graduate School of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies launched a qualitative research association, called Asian Qualitative Research Association (AQRA), which is providing several training programs in different higher education institutions, in addition to running the first ever international conference on qualitative research this year.
The first four articles of this issue are all on qualitative research. The first two, which Dr. Ella Simmons presented at the first International Conference on Qualitative Research earlier this year, present the importance of integrity in conducting qualitative research. In these two articles, she discusses the merits of qualitative research, connects qualitative research to the Biblical basis, and promotes strong ethical practices in the way we should conduct qualitative research. The beautiful weaving work done between the Bible and research in these two articles is unprecedented in this journal. These manuscripts call Christian researchers to the highest standard of the ethical practices.
The next two qualitative research articles were completed in the Philippines. Rosario, Domocmat, and Oniashvili explored the lived experiences of teen mothers in the Philippines. They carefully linked the issue to life in general but also particularly to education. Hearing the voices of the teen mothers involved in this study gives the readers a fresh look at this sad reality that teen mothers face. Medilo, Jr.’s article digs deeper into the controversial language policy called Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education that was introduced in the Philippines just a few years ago. The article explores the challenges and some success of teachers involved in its implementation.
Thomas’s article is geared towards the relationship between cellphone addiction and academic stress. This study raises the readers’ awareness of the real issue of cellphone addiction at the college level. Many people may be in denial about the phenomenon but there is quite some growing evidence that gives us reason to worry about the problem.
The last two feature articles, both theoretical papers, focus on issues of health. Oluikpe and Callender-Carter’s article utilizes the Biblical perspective to the wholeness of health. They make a strong Bible-based case for the meaning of wholeness in health. Galvez’s article closes with a wholeness approach to health from the Adventist perspective. After presenting the case from several other perspectives such as nutrition, Bible, biology, psychology, and public health, he ends with some practical principles needed in the implementation of the Adventist health message.
For the past several years, we have not published book reviews, although this is one of the accepted types of manuscripts accepted in this journal. In this issue, three book reviews are presented; all on issues related to education. Obo-Rayos wrote about informal learning in today’s media-rich environments. Yin’s book selection was on how to make learning more personal for students today. Mukamazimpaka focused on a book on mentoring in early education.
I hope you enjoy this important selection of articles written by scholars from nine different countries. I encourage you to consider continuing the discussion presented here. May I also announce here that starting 2017, we will be publishing our April’s issue in June and our October’s issue in December. This change will help balance better our publication with our university activities.