International Forum

International Forum Volume 19, Number 2

Love it or hate it, research will always be an important part of the academic world. In his editorial, Safary Wa-Mbaleka explains qualitative research’s role in this issue of International Forum, the interdisciplinary research journal of the graduate school of AIIAS (Adventist Institute of Advanced Studies). Additional articles include:

That God May Know My Integrity by Ella Smith Simmons
Curious about qualitative versus quantitative research? “This article, through a cursory review of the literature, considers historical developments in the ongoing debate between the quantitative and qualitative worlds of research as they pertain to ethics and integrity in research.”

Eyes That See and Ears That Hear: A Case for Qualitative Research by Ella Smith Simmons
Vital to qualitative research are the researcher’s physical senses and mental perception skills. Find out more in this article, which “examines the importance and challenge of seeing, hearing, and portraying the world accurately through qualitative inquiry and scholarship.”

Still a Teen, Already a Mother: Understanding the Teen Motherhood Phenomenon Through Photovoice by Arceli Rosario, Maria Carmela Domocmat and Shorena Oniashvili
In the Philippines, the rate of teen motherhood is increasing. Hear from several mothers in this study, which used participatory action research and photovoice to “give voice to teen mothers so that stories of their past and present struggles, and their hopes for the future for themselves and for their child or children could be heard.”

The Experience of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Teachers in Southern Leyte, Philippines by Constantino Medilo, Jr.
Many studies have been conducted on the use of mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) in instruction, but what do its teachers have to say? To find out, read this paper documenting “the experiences of 10 teachers in MTB-MLE in Southern Leyte, Philippines by determining the meaning of teaching in MTB-MLE as far as the teachers are concerned, including the successes and problems in the implementation.”

Cellphone Addiction and Academic Stress Among University Students in Thailand by Darrin Thomas
Cellphones abound on college campuses around the world, and so does stress! Is there a connection? Conducted in Thailand, this study’s purpose was to “assess students’ perceptions of cellphone addiction and academic stress.” Class, gender and major were considered; follow the link for the interesting results.

Shalom as Wholeness: A Biblical Basis for Meeting Global Health Needs in the 21st Century by Ikechukwu Michael Oluikpe and Sylvia Callender-Carter
Do you wonder what role mental, spiritual or social wellbeing plays in overall health?  Should these aspects be considered alongside physical concerns? Read this article proposing that “a biblical understanding of the Hebrew word shalom provides a basis for emphasizing the need for health care beyond physical wellbeing. It also highlights some practical ways that Christians can contribute to meeting global health needs from the perspective of biblical human wholeness.”

A Wholeness Approach for the Adventist Health Message by Cesar Augusto Galvez
Although the Adventist Health Message (AHM) is broad, often only certain aspects are shared. Learn to avoid this by reading Galvez’s article, which presents a “wholeness framework to the AHM promotion by pointing to the AHM foundation, purposes, ample coverture, and ultimate goal, while also identifying both inadequate and effective methods to promote it, and the need to consider the local situation and resources of people who receive the health message.”

Editorial Team

Adventist Educator Blog editorial staff include a team working from each continent to curate Adventist education news, compile digest posts of Adventist education journal articles, and edit posts from Adventist educators in each world division.

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