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Does the Behavioral Science Curriculum in a Private College Fit the Needs of the Job Market?  [PDF]
Rachel Pasternak
Creative Education (CE) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2014.52016

The perception of knowledge as consumer goods appeared with the development of private education and reflects a marketing or consumer needs approach. The consumer-needs approach sees advantages in adapting higher education to the needs of the consumer. This article examines whether the behavioral science curriculum (scope, and content) in the private college is based on the approach of knowledge as consumer goods. In addition, what is the level of satisfaction expressed by the alumni of the course, i.e. those who completed the curriculum? The study used a multi-method approach, combining textual analysis of archived documents and an online questionnaire survey of 250 alumni. The results: the scope and contents of the curriculum were only partially affected by this approach. Nonetheless, the graduates were very satisfied with the curriculums contribution to their personal and professional skills and occupations.

Characteristics of practitioners in a private managed behavioral health plan  [cached]
Reif Sharon,Torres Maria E,Horgan Constance M,Merrick Elizabeth L
BMC Health Services Research , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-283
Abstract: Background Little is known about the practitioners in managed behavioral healthcare organization (MBHO) networks who are treating mental and substance use disorders among privately insured patients in the United States. It is likely that the role of the private sector in treating behavioral health will increase due to the recent implementation of federal parity legislation and the inclusion of behavioral health as a required service in the insurance exchange plans created under healthcare reform. Further, the healthcare reform legislation has highlighted the need to ensure a qualified workforce in order to improve access to quality healthcare, and provides an additional focus on the behavioral health workforce. To expand understanding of treatment of mental and substance use disorders among privately insured patients, this study examines practitioner types, experience, specialized expertise, and demographics of in-network practitioners providing outpatient care in one large national MBHO. Methods Descriptive analyses used 2004 practitioner credentialing and other administrative data for one MBHO. The sample included 28,897 practitioners who submitted at least one outpatient claim in 2004. Chi-square and t-tests were used to compare findings across types of practitioners. Results About half of practitioners were female, 12% were bilingual, and mean age was 53, with significant variation by practitioner type. On average, practitioners report 15.3 years of experience (SD = 9.4), also with significant variation by practitioner type. Many practitioners reported specialized expertise, with about 40% reporting expertise for treating children and about 60% for treating adolescents. Conclusions Overall, these results based on self-report indicate that the practitioner network in this large MBHO is experienced and has specialized training, but echo concerns about the aging of this workforce. These data should provide us with a baseline of practitioner characteristics as we enter an era that anticipates great change in the behavioral health workforce.
Interpreting an integrated curriculum in a non-racial, private, alternative secondary school in South Africa
R Basson
South African Journal of Education , 2004,
Abstract: Research into school curricula indicates an instability of focus. Curriculum may refer to a disciplinary perspective on a programme, to what practitioners 'do' in a programme, to programme content and its arrangement, to the hidden assumptions patterning thought and action and embedded in the discourse of a curriculum, to the historical and political context of curriculum, to the official curriculum, to the curriculum as curriculum-in-use, to combining academic disciplines in Learning Areas, school with community, or incorporating disability into the mainstream. As opposed to curriculum research being seen as an aspirant body of knowledge, it has been argued that curriculum studies may more usefully be seen as a social movement which focuses, in the first instance, on the unstable but usable arts of the practitioner, rather than on the systematic application of a discipline to elucidate programme purposes and effects and to reflect back on the discipline. South African Journal of Education Vol.24(1) 2004: 31-41
The Effectiveness of the Training Curriculum by Enhancing Perceived Behavioral Control, Feedback Past Behavior and Using Motorcycle Simulator to Mitigate Unawareness Risky Riding Behavior in Thai Adolescent Motorcyclists
T. Armartpundit,C. Sota,T. Fukuda
The Social Sciences , 2013, DOI: 10.3923/sscience.2010.570.578
Abstract: Adolescent related motorcycle accident is a majority problem worldwide and the investigations indicated causes relation to unawareness of their riding behavior. The psychological mediating factors investigation suggested significant predictors as perceived behavioral control and past behavior. For modifying these factors, the video based training; demonstration behavior and feedback behavior were suggested. However, the HRT is a new apparatus to assist and helpfully for effective of riders awareness in the both training processes and assessment. Then for mitigation unawareness behavior in adolescent Thais motorcyclists, the training curriculum was developed by enhancing their perceived behavioral control, feedback their past behavior and using motorcycle simulator (HRT). Two communities were randomly assigned and 54 Thai s adolescent motorcyclists who inclusive criteria were randomly to training group and 50 were set into control group. The training group was trained by the training curriculum. The effectiveness was assessed by self report questionnaires and test riding by HRT in control group was assessed with the same methods only. The analytical statistics were analyzed by ANCOVA, dependent t-test and independent t-test and the comparative outcomes in pre-post training and intergroup were performed by justification significant level at 0.05 (α = 0.05). The study showed the effectiveness of training by the curriculum in training group was significant mitigated unawareness riding behavior by measurement of self report questionnaires and test riding with HRT >60% from baseline (p<0.05) and mitigation in the both of its significant mediating factors (p<0.05). The mitigation was changed significant means different from control group in the both of unawareness riding behaviors and its mediating factors (p<0.05). The training curriculum could mitigate unawareness riding behavior in adolescent motorcyclists and could adapt using in other widely areas and can effect to mitigate incident of motorcycle accident later.
Comparison of the behavioral disorders among children between the age of 7 – 12 living in public and private care centers in Tehran  [cached]
Goharshad Pourbaferani,Qonche Raheb,Mostafa Eqlima,Abbasali Yazdani
Pajouhan Scientific Journal , 2013,
Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare the behavioral disorders among children between the age of 7-12 who live in public or private care centers in Tehran.Material and Methods: The research method of causal-comparative and population of derelict and children 7-12 years institutionalized Tehran. Sampling was done and the way unit 128 children residing in public and private institutionalized were eligible to enter the study through behavioral assessment Rutter Scale (parents and teachers) were evaluated. A demographic list was also used. To analyze data collected, frequency table and U-Mann Whitney were conducted.Results: Results showed that abnormal behavior, social maladaptation, and the attention deficit disorder were significantly more in public than private centers. In antisocial behavior and hyperactivity-aggression no significant difference were observed. Anxiety and depression in governmental centers children is significantly higher than nongovernment centers. Children with poorly functioning families who were being held in both kind of facilities showed more behavioral disorders than orphan children.Discussion: It appears that private child care centers have been successful in working with orphaned children or those with uncaring parents. Skilled manpower and adequate distribution of resources among children (due to low numbers in each center) are considered to be part of the reason for this success.
Curriculum, Administrative Easiness, Educational Pricing for the Programme Enrollment Intention: A Case from a Private Higher Education Institution in Malaysia
Dazmin DAUD,Dominic WONG,Wai Kee HO,Jasmine LAU
Economia : Seria Management , 2012,
Abstract: Selecting a Higher Education Institution (HEI) is getting more challenging nowadays as there are many higher learning institutions in Malaysia. This paper is to discuss and find out main factors in Programme Enrollment Intention (PEI) for tertiary level students in independent variables of curriculum, administrative easiness and pricing. Regression analysis was used to study the causal relationship between PEI and independent variables. The findings indicate that curriculum and administrative easiness are two factors that have significant influence towards PEI. Discussion and limitations of the study are also discussed.
A Behavioral Economic Study of Tax Rate Selection by the Median Voter: Can the Tax Rate Be Influenced by the Name of the Publicly Provided Private Good?  [PDF]
Neil J. Buckley, David Cameron, Katherine Cuff, Jeremiah Hurley, Stuart Mestelman, Stephanie Thomas
Theoretical Economics Letters (TEL) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/tel.2018.83034
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a behavioral economics study to test if the tax rates submitted to finance the public provision of a private good are influenced by changing the name of the private good. A revealed-preference laboratory decision-making experiment is used to test if participants choose significantly different tax rates to support provision of a private good named as a health care investment compared to an identical good named as a neutral monetary investment. Although some previous studies focusing on both framing and context effects find differences associated with health versus non-health environments, these studies have not involved voting over public provision of a private good. In our experimental environment, participants with different income endowments provide their preferred proportional tax rates for financing public provision of a private good in either a neutral or a health context. The implemented tax rate is the median preferred tax rate, and once the budget is determined, each participant receives the same quantity of the publicly provided private good. In each context, the payoff functions are the same. The only difference between the contexts is the name attached to the publicly provided private good, regardless of the name attached to the publicly provided private good, consuming it imposes no externalities. This controls for the positive externality characteristics of many health care goods, but not for preferences evoked by the merit good character of health care which factor into decisions about the public provision of health care. We find that the theoretical predictions of the median voter model are generally supported by the data. However, the conjecture that
The Role of Curriculum Scholars in Current Curriculum Debates  [PDF]
Muhammad Mushtaq
International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences , 2012,
Abstract: Curriculum is a set of planned tasks, learning experiences and behaviors proposed by an authority to achieve predetermined goals in form of behavioral change, academic achievements and learning outcomes within a particular time. The scholars are the people who have command and expertise in any of the curriculum components. The article focuses on the role of curriculum scholars in Pakistan and how and what type of changes they can initiate to bring harmony and tolerance, character and quality in development of curricula. The international issues, trends evolving globalization can be enhanced and incorporated to foster individual and social development. It is a qualitative study based on historical evidences and current researches highlighting the importance and role of curriculum scholars and meeting the world class education system. The issues and trends mentioned by developed countries curriculum experts paved way to synthesis them with local rising issues and trends.The study concluded that the curriculum developers have dynamic roles in curriculum debates because they have to work for bridging gaps of developing and developed nation, addressing local curriculum issues, Using pragmatic approach rather than ideological, reorganizing of recent curricula, solving language issue, facing controversies on curriculum change, making it unified and centralized, diverting curricula to research orientation, obtaining continuous feedback and developing harmony in society at the same time. It is imperative for scholars to have effective communication skills and dynamic personality to incorporate the future trends without creating conflicts and confusion in the society. They need to know the skill to motivate and mould high ups for future changes and bring changes without development of controversies.
Making Practice of Curriculum:Curriculum Making in Teaching and Teacher Education  [cached]
Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker,Julian Kitchen
Brock Education : a Journal of Educational Research and Practice , 2010,
Abstract: This issue spotlights research and practice on curriculum making, teaching, and teacher education. Based on lived and practical experiences in education, the authors in thisinstalment show how engaged inquiry is a form of curriculum in practice. In this manner, the authors observe intently their role as educators by inquiring and practising through a self-reflective lens and/or alongside students and colleagues. Thus, whether it be a close-up of a Kindergarten classroom where the curriculum re-shaped and re-figured through the self reflective engagement of the Kindergarten teacher or a broader focus on how college instructors effectively develop their curriculum via practical and meaningful ways for professional development, we witness in this issue how educators experience and make curriculum from their own insightful personal, and professional knowledge, rather than from top-driven policy agendas.
The Ordinary University Sports Education Specialized Aerobics Curriculum Goal and Construction  [cached]
Lu Liu,Feng Li
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology , 2013,
Abstract: In general colleges and universities to implement the" National College of physical education curriculum", the ultimate goal is to foster compound talents, the training standard raised taller requirement. With the basic education curriculum reform, close with school sports new curriculum, this study uses the literature material method, questionnaire survey and mathematical statistics and so on. In the investigation of the current middle school aerobics teaching on the basis of the status quo, analysis of the physical education major in Colleges and Universities Aerobics Curriculum problems, put forward regular college course teaching to middle school sports and healthy curriculum and teaching countermeasures.
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