International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies (6 papers in press)
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAM DYNAMICS: MANAGERS' RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE TEAM BUILDING
by HANEN KHANCHEL
Abstract: This paper examines current situation of Tunisian managers as to their involvement in the training of their teams, then we try to identify the roles assigned, the effects of these roles, the difficulties and finally the conditions required to carry out these roles. To meet our research objective, we used the qualitative research method. Thus, we have tried to carry out scientific research by bringing coherence between the three poles: epistemological, theoretical and methodological. This research work is part of the interpretative epistemological paradigm. As a search strategy, we see the case study. To collect the data, we resorted to methodological triangulation. Thus, we conducted comprehensive interviews during the exploration phase, semi-structured interviews during the main phase. We also analyzed institutional documents. Finally, it identified that managers are involved in training: from the facilitation of training sessions to the monitoring and transfer of knowledge despite the difficulties encountered. Similarly, we note the overflow between working and training hours: the working time has just integrated in the time of training and the time invested in training is achieved in the workplace: hence the interest in studying the roles of managers in training. Indeed, the permeability of boundaries depends on work flexibility. Four articulation models have been found: segmentation, spillover, integration and hybridization. Also, this study set the articulation patterns in a dynamic perspective. Managers change the ways of managing their professional boundaries, depending on their work situation and the organizational context. All the results are discussed from a theoretical, methodological and practical point of view.
Keywords: Training online; Teamwork; Responsibility; Managers; COVID-19.
Elements of Greek Musical Tradition: A Case Study in Yiannis Constantinides Five Songs of Anticipation
by Alexi Harkiolakis
Abstract: The music of Greek composer Yiannis Constantinides (1903-1984) has clear connections to traditional Greek folk music. Although various works explicitly demonstrate this connection, can certain works of his showing a more musically ambiguous character still yield a connection to Greek musical tradition? This question features prominently in the song cycle 5 Tragoudia Tis Prosmonis (Five Songs of Anticipation), the text of which was not written by a Greek poet but Indias Rabindranath Tagore. This paper first examines the compositional elements of Greek musical tradition and evidence of non-musical hellenicity within the text of the song cycle in question. Analysis of the five songs reveals evidence of certain elements of the Greek musical tradition and at least one example of hellenicity. Although not one of his most Greek works, the findings strongly underline Constantinides classical influences in Five Songs of Anticipation and confirm some form of connection to Greek musical tradition.
Keywords: Yiannis Constantinides; Greek music; Classical music; Compositional elements; Hellenicity; Mode mixture; Modality; Vocal Music; Song Cycle.
Analysis of Elementary School English Teachers Designs and Implementations of Comprehensible Input to Output
by Chin-Wen Chien
Abstract: This study analyzed 31 Taiwanese elementary school English teachers designs and implementations of inputs and outputs in a required course of an endorsement program for in-service English teachers. The analysis of the lesson plans, peers comments, participants reflections, and interviews reached the following findings. Firstly, participants regarded the input and output as comprehensible when they designed the dialogue on contexts relevant to their students lives and experiences. Secondly, learners could produce comprehensible output in the tasks that were diversified, interactive, authentic, and even explained using explicit instructions. Thirdly, designing the topic-based dialogues on a meaningful context as the input and speaking tasks as the output was challenging for the participants due to their lack of competence and experience. A framework on effective designs and implementations of comprehensible input and output were provided for language teachers.
Keywords: competence; comprehensible input; comprehensible output; context; endorsement program.
Community Kitchen at GRKC: A Soft HR Intervention for Employee Delight
by Shweta Jha, O.P. Khanduja
Abstract: Gobind Ram Kahan Chand (GRKC) is more than 200 years old family run business which started its operation in Lahore, then undivided India. It was known for Ayurvedic medicines, candies, biscuits etc. in Lahore. Post-independence, the owners shifted to Delhi and started its operations here. The company entered into contract manufacturing ten years back. GRKC has its plants now in different parts of India like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Hyderabad, among others. The company started Community Kitchen at its Delhi plant around ten years ago to free its employees from the hassle of preparing their meals before coming for work. However, the Community Kitchen concept increased the opportunity for socialization, camaraderie, and happiness at the workplace. Employee delight induced Community Kitchen resulted in employee retention in a big way. Long-serving employees of GRCK consistently display commitment and enthusiasm towards their work.
Keywords: community kitchen; HR interventions; employee delight; employee retention; employee commitment.
Advancing academics: A case for internally-driven change in higher education
by Nicole Cundiff, Sandra Wildfeuer, Amber Leytem, Meryem Udden
Abstract: As complex mission-driven organisations with long histories and unique organisational cultures, change within American universities does not typically come quickly or easily. Frequently, universities partner with outside consultants to assess the current state, identify problems, and recommend solutions to improve organisational policy and practise. The use of outside consultants has become a less supported and feasible strategy as university resources shrink. When faced with the need to modernise the student experience, including academic processes, a small public university applied internally-facilitated process improvement methodology to a core academic function where decision-making authority is shared between faculty governance and administrative departments. This approach produced change that was conceptualised and implemented in partnership with faculty, staff, governance leadership, and administrators, translating to greater buy-in and support for the change among faculty and staff as well as a positive culture change towards stronger collaboration, enhanced accountability, and continuous improvement.
Keywords: process improvement; governance; organisational change; curriculum development; student experience; leadership; change management; decision making; programme improvement; implementation.
Do Motivation, Self-Regulation, and Interest Predict Student Performance in Physics?: A Case Study in one of Indonesian Rural High School
by Muhammad Ikhlas, Kuswanto Kuswanto, Siti Hartina
Abstract: This study finds out the relationship between students motivation, self-regulation, and interest in learning physics with performance. The descriptive-survey method with case study approach has been used for this study. The Students Adaptive Learning Engagement in Science (SALES) Questionnaire and The Individual Interest Questionnaire (IIQ) was used to collecting the data, while statistics descriptive, independent sample t-test, Pearson correlation, and linear hierarchical regression were used for analysis the data. The novelty of this study is focusing on a school that is quite far from the district centre and included in newly established school. Results showed motivation, self-regulation, and interest were categorized as moderate, while grade has significant influence on students motivation, self-regulation, and interest. Pearson correlation revealed that motivation and self-regulation have positive relationship with performance, while linear hierarchical regression indicated that motivation becomes as good predictor for students performance. Implications of this study can be input for related parties, consisting of description of how physics learning is done in schools that are quite far from the district centre or rural area, which is seen from the point of view of motivation, self-regulation, and interest.
Keywords: Motivation in learning physics; Self-regulation in learning physics; Interest in learning physics; Indonesian students' physics performance; linear hierarchical regression.