International Journal of Learning and Change (6 papers in press)
Role of training and development practices in implementing change
by Shweta Maheshwari, Veena Vohra
Abstract: Implementing change effectively is critically significant given
the changing organisational environment and high failure rate of change
implementation. Training and development practices enable employee skill
development facilitating effective change implementation. However, there is
lack of studies describing role played by these practices in implementing
change. The purpose of this study is to explore the role of training and
development practices in implementing change thereby identifying factors that
make these practices effective. Given the contextual nature of these practices,
it is deemed essential to undertake study embedded in the context of large
scale/transformational change. Multiple case study design is adopted to
compare and contrast these practices across different organizational context.
Findings suggested relationships and patterns leading to emergence of seven
propositions, four themes and ten categories that describe the role of training
and development practices in implementing change; explained under four
themes; purpose, design, process and effectiveness.
Keywords: Learning and Development; Training and Development; Organizational Change; Manufacturing Sector; Role of training and development.
Modified UTAUT2 Model for M-Learning among Students in India
by Jayendra Bharati Venkataraman, R. Srikanth
Abstract: Ubiquitous technologies have a great potential to enrich students'
academic experience. Students are more interested in using interactive learning
techniques apart from the traditional learning techniques. Several research
studies for m-learning has been done in the USA, UK concentrating on students
undergoing a graduation degree, especially subjects like engineering, arts,
maths, science, etc. Hence the need has arisen to conduct a separate research on
m-learning in the Indian context. This study proposes a modified UTAUT2
(unified theory of acceptance and use of technology) model with nine core
independent determinants predicting the tenth dependent variables construct.
Data analysis has been done using both the descriptive (frequency counts,
percentages, and means) and inferential statistics (correlation analysis, multiple
linear regression analysis and principal component analysis). This study aims to
develop a new model that encompasses the factors affecting the utilisation of
ubiquitous technology among students in institutes of higher education,
particularly in India.
Keywords: UTAUT2; mobile learning; ubiquitous technology;PCA; multiple linear regression analysis; factor analysis.
Aligning Teaching Methods for Learning Outcome: A Need for Educational Change in Management Education using Quality Function Deployment Approach
by Kanupriya Misra Bakhru
Abstract: In the present scenario managerial skills are required in every sphere
of life. With the increase in the number of management education institutes
these days, quality of knowledge imparted in these institutes has become a
subject of debate. Quality is vital for every customer and their requirements
cannot be ignored. No sector in the economy is the exception to this
phenomenon, however educational institutions are yet to recognise this market
force. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of different
teaching and learning methods used for management courses by aligning them
with the learning outcomes. The study employs quality function deployment
(QFD) approach, a proven tool in inculcating the customer needs in the end
product. A sample of 336 students from Indian Universities was chosen for the
study. The present study finds that best learning methods for management
courses as experiential learning, project-based learning, fieldwork, simulation
and games and problem-based learning.
Keywords: Quality Function Deployment; Management Education; Higher Education; Learning Methods; Teaching Methods; Learning Outcome.
Core Self-Evaluations, Worry, Life Satisfaction, and Psychological Well-Being: An Investigation in the Asian Context
by Neerpal Rathi, Kidong Lee
Abstract: The concept of core self-evaluations has been extensively
investigated in Western and European countries, nonetheless its implications in
Asian countries remains relatively unexplored. To void this gap, the current
study investigated the association of core self-evaluations with worry, life
satisfaction, and psychological well-being among South Korean youths. To test
the research hypotheses, data were collected from 228 undergraduate students
of a South Korean university. Existing, established scales were used to measure
the research constructs. The results of this study indicate that core self-evaluations
were negatively related to worry, while a positive relationship was
observed between core self-evaluations and life satisfaction and psychological
well-being. The findings of this study suggest that a higher level of core self-evaluations
may enhance individuals well-being. The findings of this study
may be helpful for educators and mental health professionals in designing the
educational curriculum and training programs that focus on enhancing ones
sense of self-worth.
Keywords: Core self-evaluations; worry; life satisfaction; psychological well-being; educational change; East Asia.
Spirituality: A tool for learning, change and adaptation of Elderly in changing Indian family
by Shikha Kumari, Alka Sharma
Abstract: Globalisation as a worldwide integrating force leads to changes
in the social structures, values and mindsets of people. Parents raise their
children expecting they would take care of them in old age but the globalised
economy has given rise to a materialistic culture in which children migrate
to other cities or countries. Parents accept this in the best interest of their
children. Loneliness, depression and other mental health issues among the
elderly population are common as a result. This paper is an attempt to explore
spirituality as an adaptive tool in such situation. Data is collected from 20
elderly respondents living alone or with their spouses in the residential colonies
in Delhi/NCR through semi-structured interviews. The data is analysed under
the premise of Structuration Theory. It has been seen that spirituality is
considered as a coping mechanism and a tool to manage their daily lives in a
happier and more peaceful way.
Keywords: Globalization; changing family structure; elderly; living alone; structuration theory; meaning of spirituality; spiritual practices; coping with loneliness; case study.
An empirical study on the predictive role of SES on high school students
by Rajni Singh, Sanjiv Kumar Choudhary
Abstract: This paper reports the findings of the study on the relationship
between socio-economic status (SES) variables and students achievement in
learning ESL (AESL) in a few selected secondary schools of India. Through
this study an attempt has been made to predict which variable of SES affect
students AESL. A questionnaire survey has been used to collect information
about SES variables (father and mother education, father and mother
occupation and family income) of the students. The students AESL in form of
grades is taken from the schools. Data analyses have been done using SPSS by
descriptive and inferential statistics. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and
multiple regression analysis findings indicated that students AESL is
dependent on five SES variables. Multiple regressions indicated that fathers
education, mothers occupation and income are significant predictors. This
reflects that there is a need to look into these factors in addition to school
learning factors affecting students learning English as a second language
Keywords: SES; ESL; secondary schools; ANOVA; regression.