Editorial
Safary Wa-Mbaleka

 


Repurposing Large U.S. Malls and Retail Spaces 
David Allen

Lead Positioning of the Five Philippine Companies’ CSR Practices: An Observation 
Eric Nasution

A Conceptual Framework on Optimizing the Use of Marketing Information 
Innocent Sigauke

Rethinking Triangulation: The Axial Model 
Yaroslav Ovdiyenko

Determinants of Problem-Solving Performance in Mathematics 7: A Regression Model 
Honeyshane M. Malibiran, Zussette Candelario-Aplaon, & Myla V. Izon

Teacher Involvement in School Curriculum Design and Developmentin the Philippines: A Case Study 
Weber R. Irembere

Discipling Children in a Week of Prayer Setting: A Discourse Analysis 
Dan Namanya & Prema Gaikwad

Social Capital and Compensation Package as Predictors ofTeacher Retention in Rwanda 
Marie Claire Mukamazimpaka & Prema Gaikwad

The School of my Dreams: Perceiving the Unspoken Desires of UndergraduateStudents Through Photovoice 
Gianina-Estera Petre 


International Forum
Vol. 22, No. 01
June 2019

 

 

EDITORIAL

     Once more, we have prepared a set of articles from different fields that are ready for your learning and enjoyment. These nine articles were authored by scholars from many different countries. They come mainly from the fields of business and education. Of these articles, three are theoretical papers while six are research reports. Among the research articles, three are quantitative and the other three are qualitative studies.
     Allen’s opinion article opens the current issue by addressing the problem of the growing vacant retail spaces due to the change in the American market. He proposes ways to repurpose those spaces. Nasution’s article uses some quantitative data to investigate corporate social responsibility practices of five Philippine leading companies. Sigauke proposes a new conceptual framework that he believes can help optimize the use of market information. Ovdiyenko proposes a model that provides a new way of thinking about triangulation in qualitative research. He draws from the Biblical foundation as well as philosophical underpinnings of research to propose his model.
     The article by Malibiran, Candelario-Aplaon, and Izon investigated the determinants of problem-solving performance of grade school students in one province in the Philippines. Additionally, Irembere presents the findings of his study on the teacher’s involvement in curriculum design, revision, mapping, and implementation in one K-12 international school in the Philippines as well. Namanya and Gaikwad’s article is about what children involved in a week of prayer consider important in their own spiritual life and what makes such a week successful in the Philippine context. In the next article, Mukamazimpaka and Gaikwad investigated the issue of teacher retention in Rwanda. Their study used social capital and compensation as predictors of teacher retention. Last, Petre conducted a photovoice study to carry on an institutional evaluation of a faith-based university as a new way to explore the institutional performance. Her mixture of photovoice and action research together with appreciative inquiry made this study a unique one.
     It has been 6 years since I was given the privilege to lead the editorial work and team of this journal. Over this period, I have gained a great wealth of knowledge through the contribution of many different authors from different corners of the world. I have enjoyed looking at different business, education, and health issues issues and proposed solutions from many different perspectives. I have also experienced some significant growth as a scholar, editor, and reviewer. For this, I would like to thank the AIIAS Graduate School that entrusted me this very important task.
     The work accomplished in the last 6 years would not have been possible if I did not have a great team of scholars and support staff, from the editorial staff to the graphic designers, to the web designers, to the internal and external reviewers, and the authors themselves. Please find here my sincere gratitude for all your contribution. May God bless you abundantly for your service to the greater scholarly community around the world. Please give the same support to the new editor as you did to me.
     It is a privilege for me to introduce the new editor of this journal, as was chosen and appointed by the AIIAS Graduate School. Dr. Prema Gaikwad, the new editor, is a full professor of education here at AIIAS. She has international experience in higher education teaching, publication, peer review, and scholarly speaking. She has been part of our journal editorial team for several years. Her expertise will certainly help continue the good work that is happening in this journal.
     As we start a new chapter of this journal, may we all continue to uplift its quality through our support, contribution, and prayer. May God bless us all as we grow together as scholars. Safary Wa-Mbaleka, EdD, PhD Editor, International Forum

 

Safary Wa-Mbaleka PhD
Editor, International Forum