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Vol.2 No.2
August 2014

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The Assets of Knowledge Society in Oman: People and ICT

Samia Al Hadi and Sulaiman Al Rawahi

DOI: 10.15604/ejss.2014.02.02.001

Abstract

The technological progress has been considered as driver of overall development in the world and a lot of countries have adopted a diversified economic growth model such as Oman. Oman is a Middle Eastern country with an economy that relies heavily on Oil. As part of its 2020 vision aiming at sustaining social and economic growth and development, Oman has been seeking to develop a Knowledge Society (KS). This paper focuses on people and ICT as important and vital assets and resources to successfully develop a KS. The main objectives of this paper are the following:

  • To investigate the role of people and ICT in developing the Knowledge Society in Oman
  • To propose a framework on how to involve people in developing KS in Oman
  • To identify how to align the development of the Knowledge Society with the human resource development in Oman

The main research method used in this paper is interview. Also, secondary sources such as books and online journals are utilized to get the maximum understanding of the topic of the research. The results of this project are expected to show how Oman KS project affects the development of human resources, their life and their work. Moreover, the finding of this project shows that for Oman to develop KS, there are certain areas that have to be considered such as ICT infrastructure and training of human resources. The development of human capacity is essential in developing the KS in Oman. The main concern is to focus on the development of education as it is the key investment in humans. This paper seeks to develop a framework for involving people in KS development and aligning KS development to go along with human resources development.

Keywords: Oman, Knowledge Society, Development, Human Resources, ICT

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‘WEB-ISM’: A New Art Movement for E-Generation Children

Martha Ioannidou

DOI: 10.15604/ejss.2014.02.02.002         

Abstract

If we as educators want to make a change, it’s high time we take the bull by the horns and realistically address and debate current issues related not only to art context but to art pedagogy. In this new information age, an innovative e-collaborative project focusing on education in and through arts, designed, continually supported and revised by the associated university departments, can work as a medium for developing cognitive skills that carry over into other areas. Among the main aims of such a project, one could name a few general ones in the abstract, which will be expanded and explained in the full paper: It will offer participants the abilities to reflect, to link information from diverse subjects and sources, to generate ideas; to honour various traditions, to recognize historical achievements and enjoy new technologies via arts, to respect different cultures and accept various points of view; to testify and connect opinions, to develop higher-order thinking skills in students, to work and communicate creatively outside the boundaries of a single class, a single school, a single country; to draw reasoned conclusions and grasp the connections that lead to creative solutions. This special @rt-platform, that we intend to ‘build’, can act as a kind of unifying force, as a ‘cultural bridge’, with arts being the key to accept and respect the ‘other’, to understand the world’s cultures and civilization’s legacies. This alone can be the main aim, the reason, in a general attempt of working together in establishing world’s peace.

Keywords: Education through Art, Multicultural Education, Online Education, Life-Long Learning, Art and Culture, Teacher Training, Collective Pedagogy

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Hospitality Ethical Growth via Dramatic English

Cherif Haberih

DOI: 10.15604/ejss.2014.02.02.003

Abstract

The objective of this research is to find scalable data and statistics for realistic rendering of Ethical and Dramatic English gradual growth based on Thai students within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. We also intend to prove that Dramatic English serves English improvements for Thai students. Furthermore we intend to better understand students’ behaviors and ethical growth processes based on cultural, social, personal and psychological background through Dramatic English for Hospitality Industry. Universities and Educational Organizations today are involved in complex tasks. With the burst of communication through Medias and an ever increasing student’s demand for higher quality education and services, having a competitive advantage is seen as a necessary tool. Education has evolved and its business approach requires a modern and inadequate solution. As of today, Thailand is in need of a new generation of tools applied to modernize the current educational system, and emphasize on new methods.

Keywords: Hospitality Industry, Ethic, Language Proficiency, English as a Second Language, Dramatic English, Language for Hotels

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Immigrants in the Working Environment             

Maria Vlachadi, Efstratia Tzima, and Katerina Datseri

DOI: 10.15604/ejss.2014.02.02.004

Abstract

Immigration constitutes an all time and multi-dimensional social phenomenon. There are quite a few people that in every time period seek a new place of residence and employment, in order to be able to survive or get a better life. The causes which lead to immigration are various and the immigration itself affects not only the immigrants but also the countries of departure and arrival. The immigration phenomenon has occupied and continues to occupy the majority of countries, among which is Greece which has been one of the new host countries for immigrants. The moving of the population presents when the social and economic environment in which an individual lives and moves, does not provide him with the capability to fulfill his pursuits and satisfy his ambitions. The most frequent reason of immigration nowadays is the economic factor and the objective of the individual that immigrates is finding work. In the present project we will study unemployment and employment in the host countries and more specifically in Greece. In Greece during the last years there appears to be an intense influx of immigrants converting it from a departure country to a host country for immigrants. What happens with the working conditions and insurance, how does immigration affect the unemployment of the permanent population, in what kind of jobs are immigrants occupied and do age and sex play a role in finding work? These are some of the questions we are called to answer through this project. The project not only will deal with how immigration affects the working market but also the economy in general (Cholezas and Tsakloglou, 2008). The research part of the project is based on the Greek and European Statistics Service. The statistical data are presented in the form of charts and diagrams. The data actually concern the legal immigrants in the area of Greece and countries of the E.U. (Vgenopoulos, 1988).

Keywords: Foreigners – Immigrants, Employment, Working Environment, Unemployment

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