Scholar: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2013)
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ItemA study of information and communication technology (ICT) utilization in Sunday catechism classes in the archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City(Assumption University, 2013)The current study was carried out in the context of Church efforts to promote the utilization of ICT in religious activities, especially in catechism education to children and adolescents in the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City. In this day and age, information and communication technology (ICT) has become an important integrated component in every area of people’s lives from the workplace and to the school/educational environment, from social activities to religious practices. The Church acknowledges that these ICT advances provide people with various ways of learning new knowledge, sharing ideas and faith, and expanding means of communicating with other people, creatively and conveniently. This research was conducted in May, 2012. The quantitative research approach was employed by means of a survey questionnaire. Data obtained from 351 lay catechists were statistically analyzed in order to identify the types of ICT used in catechesis classes and, at the same time, to examine gender and age differences in ICT utilization. The results of data analysis revealed the following: (a) lay catechists used different types of ICT to support their teaching practice, with Internet/Catholic websites being the most frequently used ICT tool, followed by mobile phone, and then by desktop/laptop computer; (b) there are no differences within catechists’ gender in the use of ICT tools for catechism activities in catechism classes; and (c) there are no differences among catechists’ ages in the use of ICT tools for catechism activities in catechism classes.
ItemAn application of blake and mouton's leadership styles of seminarians of Saint Joseph major seminary in Ho Chi Minh City diocese during serving at Parish(Assumption University, 2013)The purpose of this study was to use the theory of Blake and Mouton’s leadership Grid to measure seminarians’ behaviors in when they served at parishes. The objectives were (1) to determine the leadership styles the seminarians applied during serving at parish; (2) to examine relationship between seminarians’ leadership styles and their demographic profile; (3) to compare the difference in Team leadership styles among age groups, diocese groups, educational attainment groups, and work experience groups. The research method using in this study was quantitative. A Likert scale questionnaire which based on Blake and Mouton’s leadership Grid theory was used to determine leadership styles of 168 seminarians of five classes from three dioceses at Saint Joseph Major Seminary of Ho Chi Minh City diocese. The data from questionnaire was analyzed by using SPSS program. The findings of this study demonstrated that there was a dominant leadership style the seminarians applied during serving at parish; seminarians’ leadership styles were no related to age, diocese, educational attainment, and work experience; Team leadership style of seminarians were no significantly different among age groups, diocese groups, educational attainment groups, and work experience groups.
ItemDeath and dying : an investigation of factors that influence support for euthanasia among Thai people(Assumption University, 2013)
ItemA study of language learning strategies used by students learning Korean as a foreign language at Wat Makutkasat Secondary School of Thailand(Assumption University, 2013)Language learning strategies are considered as an important factor for influencing and determining the success of language learning. In order to implement differentiated instruction to meet the diverse need of the learners it is vital to identify individual differences of students learning strategies. In this study, the use of language learning strategies was investigated among Thai student studying Korean as a Foreign Language at Mattayom Wat Makutkasat Secondary School. One hundred and seventy-nine students participated in this study studying Korean as a Foreign Language program in the academic year 2012. The quantitative data was collected by means of a questionnaire. The result indicated that the participants frequently use social strategies and meta-cognitive strategies. In addition, differences in language learning strategies were reported and student preference for strategy use was reported. Specifically in terms of learning strategies, grades 7 and 12 students had higher use of learning strategies than grades 8, 9, 10, and 11 students. And female students had higher use of learning strategies of memory, cognitive, compensation meta-cognitive, and social strategies than the male students. Significant relationship was found between the use of the learning strategies and student achievement. In sum, this research will help more effective teaching and learning with considering individual differences into account.