Editorial

Vyhmeister, Shawna

 


Learning to Teach Adults: Principles of Adult Education
in the Writings of Ellen White

Klingbeil, Chantal & Klingbeil, Gerald

Barriers to Participation in Research for College Faculty
Vyhmeister, Shawna & Vyhmeister, Ronald

The Impact of Spirituality on Academic Performance 
Fukofuka, Sunia

Language Learners and School Readiness: A Case Study of Two Korean Boys
Choo Chung Ok

A Study of the Health Status of Filipino Workers in Selected Seventh -day Adventist Institutions in the Philippines
Segovia-Siapco, Gina

Opinions on Family and Social Issues Associated with Religious Practice in Southeast Asia 
Perry, Graeme


Teaching Actively: Eight Steps and 32 Strategies to Spark Learning in Any Classroom
Silberman, M.
Reviewed by Prema Gaikwad

The Theory of Money and Banking in Modern Times
Mzumara, M.
Reviewed by Khin Maung Kyi
 

    

EDITORIAL

 International church-related organizations tend to share certain strengths.  They naturally have a strong sense of mission, which is generally agreed upon by their constituents. They tend to have a deep commitment to service, and agree on a basic set of core values. Their faith in God helps employees, students, and even organizations survive difficult situations. .Finally, the optimism that comes with the belief in a better world to come is an added benefit not shared by secular organizations.

 Not everything is straightforward for Christian organizations, however.  They struggle to achieve and maintain qualified personnel because they only choose from a small pool of the world’s resources, and the pay is rarely competitive with secular institutions. Strong belief in and commitment to the mission of the church helps to overcome the lack of resources, but it can also lead to overwork and burnout. Secular critics accuse Christians of accepting things that are handed down from above without questioning them.

 This issue of the International Forum Journal focuses on some current concerns facing international Christian organizations. There is within Christianity today a growing realization that our centuries-old message needs to find new means of expression. In order to find new approaches, however, we need to better understand who we are as a church, what we believe, and where the biggest needs for change are. Many of the articles in this issue, in an attempt to provide this sort of information, include data collected within Southeast Asia, but the discussions that flow from the data are equally valid in other parts of the world.

While this volume can only address a limited number of issues, and cannot hope to “solve” any of them, it is important to discuss these sorts of concerns, and to collect data which can help us provide real answers, not just opinions about possible solutions.  Institutions of higher education such as AIIAS provide a venue where such concerns can and should be studied and addressed.  This issue is a first step toward identifying some of the major concerns which should be addressed, and it is my sincere hope that this publication will spark further research, discussion, and soul-searching as each of us considers the mission of the church in our own corner of the globe.

Four of the articles in this issue address concerns that relate to academia specifically (adult learning needs, barriers to learning, spirituality and academic performance, school readiness), though the information could be used in other fields such as evangelism, Sabbath/Sunday School program planning, or many types of church activities. School and life are related in such a way that ideas that make for better school programs also may be useful for activities in the rest of our lives. Of the four articles, two deal with adult preferences for learning and growth, one with teenagers, and one with children.

Klingbeil and Klingbeil explore some major tenets of adult education, and consider whether these are supported within Ellen White’s vision of Christian education.  Finding support for these principles, they examine their own teaching, and test and report on applications within their fields and in the area of evangelism/outreach to adults. 

Vyhmeister and Vyhmeister consider the professorate, and the increasing focus on research production.  Finding this particularly difficult to accomplish in under-funded, church-run teaching colleges, their study focuses on the barriers to research production as perceived by the faculty of one Christian college in Southeast Asia.  Data analysis concludes with suggestions as to what schools can do to better support faculty research at their institution.

Fukofuka’s article considers students, and their attribution of cause for success. Addressing the basic question of whether increased spirituality improves academic performance, he collected data from several schools in ***.  His data suggest that at least in his part of the world, students perceive their success as related to their own spirituality.

Choo Chung Ok’s qualitative study raises consciousness about school readiness and international students.  Young children preparing for school need to be ready for school mentally, socially, physically, and linguistically.  Young students who are learning English can not simply focus on language skills, since readiness is a package. They need preparation in all of these areas.  Choo shows how student behavior changes with language ability and familiarity with the system.  She suggests that attending summer school in the place where classes will be held during the school year is one way of boosting school readiness which might be particularly effective for language learners.

Two of the articles in this collection address local Asian Adventist church member data on issues of health, and marriage/family behaviors and satisfaction.  Siapco’s article focuses on the health status of Filipino Adventist workers, and finds room for improvement, especially for males. 

Perry’s article analyzes a large data set from Adventists across Southeast Asia which examines marriage and family issues.  This is the second part of the data analysis, the first having dealt with religious behaviors such as church attendance, devotional practices, and demographic data by country.


Shawna Vyhmeister, PhD
Editor, Info Journal
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite , Philippines