Volume 17 Number 2 

Quest for Quality: Research and Practice
Safary Wa-Mbaleka

 


Women Presidents in the Philippine Higher Education: Their Personal and Professional Journeys
Arceli H. Rosario
 
Perceptions of the Principal’s Role in Leadership Development of Elementary School Students
Karla A. C. Oliveira

An Evaluation of Peer Review in US Graduate
Research Courses

Carianne Bernadowski & Jason Aspinall

The Seven-Step Model (7SM): An Alternative Health Behavior Change Model for the General Public
Cesar A. Galvez

 


International Forum 
Vol. 17, No. 2
October 2014
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497
 
EDITORIAL

Quest for Quality: Research and Practice
 

     There is no question that the current generation is witnessing the fulfillment of the prophecy on the exponential increase of knowledge. In all aspects of life, more is known today than it was 10, 20, or 30 years ago. The exponential increase of knowledge is beyond imagination. Technological advancement has contributed even more significantly to this important growth. Knowledge that used to be less accessible to the public is now in reach of most people, all around the world. While this phenomenon has probably made people a little more knowledgeable today than they were before, it has brought a number of challenges. Two of them stand out. First, information overload is a challenge that most knowledge seekers are experiencing today. Today, there is too much knowledge accessible everywhere. It has become quite a daunting task to manage the information. Second, due to the fast increase of knowledge, quality has been compromised. When there is too much knowledge to manage in the production, quality is somehow affected somewhere.
     This issue of our journal is focused specifically on the quest for quality in research and practice. It calls for special attention on quality, despite the pressure that new knowledge places on knowledge seekers today. It includes four articles. The first three discuss quality issues in the field of education. The last one focuses on practical ways of improving the quality of life. We hope this issue brings you a new look at issues as you continue to try to quench your thirst of the quest for quality in research and practice.
     Rosario presents the findings of a phenomenological study on women in leadership position as presidents in higher education institutions in the Philippines. She carefully analyzes what enhances quality in women leadership. Rosario effectively analyzed and synthesized how the selected female presidents view leadership development as connected to academic training, family, career,
education, and mentors. This study is an important contribution to the
knowledge based today as this topic of the glass ceiling effect of women leaders is scarcely discussed by Adventist scholars.
     Leadership develops at an early age. Oliveira’s study was mainly focused on building a theory on how students’ leadership development was influenced by the principal at the elementary school level. This grounded theory that included the perceptions of elementary school teachers and students revealed the important role that a principal plays in young learners’ leadership development.  The theory that was generated indicated that for a principal to influence positively the leadership development of the young students, he or she must be a good role model to the learners and an effective educator. The principal must promote and enforce the moral values of the school and support students’ creativity and effort.
     In the next article, Bernadowski introduces a special emphasis on the benefits of using peer review as an ongoing learning strategy in the graduate and doctoral research courses. Her experimental study revealed that students who experienced using peer review as a learning strategy throughout the semester found it useful in their learning process. In many cases where peer review is used, it is quite common to use it as a graded activity. In this experiment though, it was used as an ungraded activity; yet, it was found highly effective by both master’s and doctoral students in their research classes. This article sheds new light on the use of peer review in teaching and learning.
     The last article introduces a new health behavior modification model, called the 7-Step Model. In this model, Galvez discusses seven practical steps, founded in existing health promotion theories and models, together with those from the field of psychology. He experimented with the model in the Philippines and Argentina. Results from the perceptions of the participants in the implementation of this model show that it was generally perceived to be practical and effective in their personal health behavior modification process.
     Last, we would like to acknowledge the significant contribution that Dr. Genevieve Boucaud has made to this journal in the past couple of years.  This is the last issue where she contributed as an internal reviewer. We wish her all the best and God’s blessings as she moves to her new professional position in the Caribbean. We hope to continue working with her as an external reviewer.


 


Safary Wa-Mbaleka, EdD, PhD
Editor, International Forum

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite, Philippines