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Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Urban Areas: An Overview of Techniques and Applications
Helmi Z.M. Shafri,Ebrahim Taherzadeh,Shattri Mansor,Ravshan Ashurov
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology , 2012,
Abstract: Over the past two decades, hyperspectral remote sensing from airborne and satellite systems has been used as a data source for numerous applications. Hyperspectral imaging is quickly moving into the mainstream of remote sensing and is being applied to remote sensing research studies. Hyperspectral remote sensing has great potential for analysing complex urban scenes. However, operational applications within urban environments are still limited, despite several studies that have explored the capabilities of hyperspectral data to map urban areas. In this paper, we review the methods for urban classification using hyperspectral remote sensing data and their applications. The general trends indicate that combined spatial-spectral and sensor fusion approaches are the most optimal for hyperspectral urban analysis. It is also clear that urban hyperspectral mapping is currently limited to airborne data, despite the availability of spaceborne hyperspectral systems. Possible future research directions are also discussed.
Teacher Educators’ Perspectives on the Sociocultural Dimensions of Self-Directed Learning  [PDF]
Nurfaradilla Mohamad Nasri, Azlin Norhaini Mansor
Creative Education (CE) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ce.2016.718257
Abstract: The concept of self-directed learning (SDL) has been extensively studied; however, the majority of studies have explored learners’ perspectives on SDL, with less attention paid to investigating SDL from educators’ perspectives. Moreover, although there is a growing body of literature investigating the cultural dimension of SDL, most of these studies are limited to examining the formation of SDL among individuals influenced by Western or Confucian cultures, ignoring the existence of other cultural groups. This study, which investigates Malaysian teacher educators’ conceptualisations of SDL, begins to address these gaps. Twenty Malaysian teacher educators were interviewed to obtain their views on SDL. A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to inform the methodological framework of this study, whilst a hybrid inductive and deductive analysis approach was used to analyse the interview data. The findings of this study suggest that a more comprehensive conceptualisation of SDL is required that recognises the fundamental role of both the self and of educators in SDL, and acknowledges the impact of the sociocultural context on SDL. Informed by the existing SDL literature, and derived from fine-grained analysis of the interview data, the proposed definition of SDL foreground SDL as socially constructed learning where the learner takes control of his or her own learning processes within complex sociocultural contexts. This study concludes by recommending that future research investigates the impact of various cultures on learning, in order to develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of SDL.
Mobile Learning via SMS at Open University Malaysia: Equitable, Effective, and Sustainable
Tina Lim,Mansor Fadzil,Norziati Mansor
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning , 2011,
Abstract: This article describes Open University Malaysia’s efforts at enhancing the blended learning approach for undergraduate distance learners with the successful implementation of the Mobile Learning via SMS initiative. The pilot project was implemented in the May 2009 semester, and the January 2011 semester was its sixth consecutive semester. Aspects such as the conceptual model, the process flow of group messaging, and challenges faced, as well as effectiveness of the initiative, are discussed.
Entrepreneurial Intentions among Polytechnic Students in Malaysia
Norasmah Othman,Mazura Mansor
International Business Management , 2012, DOI: 10.3923/ibm.2012.517.526
Abstract: Research on student entrepreneurial intentions is very limited in the context of entrepreneurship education in Malaysian polytechnics. Regardless of the fact that the government strongly promotes entrepreneurship as a career choice, many polytechnic students do not take up entrepreneurship after graduation. Therefore, this study identifies the factors that influence students intention to become an entrepreneur on the basis of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). A questionnaire survey was conducted among 460 students who are enrolled in the entrepreneurship course at the selected polytechnic in Malaysia. This survey consisted of 85 items measuring attitude towards entrepreneurship, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control and entrepreneurial intention. The findings of the study show that all three factors significantly influence students intention to become entrepreneurs. Of these three factors, attitude towards entrepreneurship emerged as the strongest factor that influenced the students intention. This implies that the TPB model is capable of predicting students intentions towards entrepreneurship and further explaining the students decision to become an entrepreneur in the future. Moreover, this study found no significant differences between business and non-business students in terms of their entrepreneurial intentions. The findings demonstrate that academics need to play a significant role in encouraging more students to become entrepreneurs by providing effective entrepreneurship education and more awareness on the benefits of becoming entrepreneurs. This in turn, will contribute to the growth of economies and global competitiveness. The implications of the TPB theory and education policies are discussed further in this study.
Cultural Influences and Mandated Counseling in Malaysia
Mansor Abu Talib
Asian Culture and History , 2010, DOI: 10.5539/ach.v2n1p28
Abstract: It is unfair to conclude that Western and Eastern differences have caused conflict in the practice of counselling, especially in mandated counselling. It is reasonable to assume that without the Western approach and understanding of counselling, the East would still be unable to develop their own theory of helping. How then does one compare different approaches? Such an assessment can be argued clearly from a cultural perspective as in the case of mandated counselling. This paper discusses the influence of culture which has shaped the practice of mandated counselling and the appropriate practice of mandated counselling in a Malaysian setting. Many of the points discussed here are drawn from the data informed by seven informants in a research entitled ‘Mandated Counselling In Malaysia: A Heuristic Phenomenological Inquiry Of Involuntary Participation’. The phenomenon of counselling as originated and practised in the West, which has served as the significant model for the Malaysian style of counselling, is discussed. The concept of guidance and crisis intervention in counselling as practised in Malaysia has shaped the appropriate acceptance of mandated counselling. Respect for authority, a need to ‘save face’, directives from the authority and the values of we-ness makes mandated counselling in a Malaysian setting a relevant intervention.
A note on ABC implementation: An evaluation case.
Nur Naha Abu Mansor
Jurnal Kemanusiaan , 2004,
Abstract: Whilst featuring prominently in management accounting research for at least the last decade, activity-based costing (ABC) may have reached a plateau in term of implementation and success. This paper reports the results of a survey of activity-based costing (ABC) in a telecommunication organization. The study considers ABC information and systems being used in various parts of division of the company. It reports on success measures adapted from the Foster and Swenson (1997) survey of ABC implementation.The Survey data was collected through a questionnaire to users of ABC sent through the company's e-mail system. 243 questionnaires were sent out for the 16 different ABC systems developed, 173 usable questionnaires were returned (a response rate of 71%. The respondents were selected based on their experience in using the various ABC systems irrespective of the divisions they operated in. They were mainly senior executives and executive level employees.The study is reported in four parts. Firstly, it reports on the usage of ABC information as compared to the traditional costing systems. It was found that budgeting, improving opportunities and aiding in product management decisions were highly scored as the main usage of ABC/M implementation. It states that ABC/M helped change in company's strategic focus, pricing strategy and changes in operations. Interestingly, it was found that ABC implementation provided almost no financial improvements, as perceived by respondents. Finally, the overall evaluation of the ABC systems is perceived by the users of the various ABC systems was to be mostly unsuccessful. A comparison of the survey results is made with the Foster and Swenson (1997) survey. The work is hoped to make a contribution to studying ABC implementation success in various settings.
An Empirical Analysis of Real Activity and Stock Returns in an Emerging Market
Mansor H. Ibrahim
Economic Analysis and Policy , 2010,
Abstract: The present paper analyzes the role of stock market returns as a predictor of real output for a fast-growing emerging market, Malaysia. In the analysis, forecasting equations for 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-quarter forecasting horizons based on autoregressive distributed lags framework are adopted. From the estimation, we find evidence that stock market returns do contain predictive ability at short-forecasting horizons, especially at less than 4-quarter horizons. Estimating the forecasting models recursively, we note reduction of out-of-sample forecasting evaluation statistics, namely the mean absolute errors (MAE) and the mean squared forecast errors (MSFE), from those obtained from the simple autoregressive (AR) model. More importantly, the null hypothesis of equal predictive accuracy between the model with stock returns as a predictor and the AR model is rejected for the 1-quarter and 2-quarter forecasting horizons by the McCraken’s (2007) out-of-sample-F statistics.
ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES AMONG VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Zalinawati Abdullah,Norudin Mansor
Academic Research International , 2012,
Abstract: An entrepreneur is individual that can be self-employed and offered the employment to others. This career is not only for normal people but it also appropriate for disable people such as visually impaired (VI) people. In order to form entrepreneur among VI people there are few factors should be considered. The scope of the study was emphasized the significant relationship between environmental factors (social factors, training and marketing network) among VI peoplethat will grasp opportunities to become entrepreneurs. This study focused environmental factors (social factor, training and marketing network) as independent variables and the entrepreneurialopportunities as dependent variable. The research is focusing on VI people that were registered with PERTIS (Persatuan Orang-Orang Cacat Penglihatan Islam Malaysia, Terengganu Province). This study used the quota sampling and emphasized only 50 ordinary members due tothe time constraint and the disability of respondents. Using personally administered questionnaire with two types of Malay questionnaires which are common format and Braille format. The studyfound the environmental factors (social factors, training and marketing network) have marginal significant relationship with the opportunities to become entrepreneur. Based on the analysis, itindicated that the social factors are the main contribution to the entrepreneurial opportunities.
KEY SUCCESS ELEMENTS FOR PROMOTING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CROSS BORDER LEARNING-A CASE STUDY WHERE ‘CHILD’ BUSINESS ACQUIRE LEARNING FROM FOREIGN PARENT PARTNER
Zuraina Dato Mansor
International Journal of Business and Management , 2010, DOI: 10.5539/ijbm.v5n7p108
Abstract: Alliances is becoming essential feature in today’s intensely competitive market as a means of facilitating market entry, acquiring new technology, leveraging economies of scale, and enhancing new product development capabilities. Recently, alliances have been linked to the organisational learning literature where alliances create environments for learning and knowledge transfer. This phenomenon is the main purposes of this paper, where it will define and discuss the key facilitating learning elements in strategic alliances. The study has used an in-depth case study method. Two respondent organisations were used to gather data for the purpose of the study. One case was from the manufacturing sector and the other is from the service sector. Both entered into alliances with learning from foreign parent partner as one of the key objectives. The paper will provide the summary of the findings and finally present the suggested key elements promoting learning from foreign parent partner framework.
SUSTAINING ESL STUDENTS’ INTERACTIONS IN A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING VIA EMAIL DISCUSSION: A case study at UMT
Dr. Noraien Mansor
Journal of Sustainability Science and Management , 2008,
Abstract: The primary focus of this study centres on how participants communicate via email in a collaborative learning environment incorporating process writing approach and pair work activity. The study addresses these concerns by investigating students’ interactions through email messages. Findings are that participants’ interactions are focused predominantly on task-related activity and active correspondence occurred at the early stages of the writing process activity. The task framework, involving a procedure for process writing development through e-mail interaction, the banded marking scheme for the argumentative essay, online interview questions, and the analytical framework are intended to aid researchers to conduct related research in future. The findings will contribute to the development and testing of the efficacy and flexibility of process approaches to ESL writing instruction through e-mail. The study offers positive views for further study to be explored in order to attain a better understanding of how learners interact in a collaborative learning environment via email discussions.
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