NCU launches inaugural peer review
A peer review journal which seeks to communicate research findings, ideas and solution that informs educators, practitioners and the wider society was launched recently at the Northern Caribbean University's Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing in Mandeville.
The first-ever journal, dubbed International Humanities Review (IHR), was compiled by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The journal focuses on certain critical matters and tensions in the process of the schooling of the Jamaican child, which can have dysfunctional effects on learning.
"I am very pleased to launch this inaugural spring 2010 issue," said Dr Marilyn Anderson, dean of the College of Humanities, Behavioural and Social Sciences, and editor of the IHR.
"One of its purposes is to stimulate inquiry among scholars and educators within the humanities, behavioural and social sciences on topics of common interest. The establishment of this journal for systematic investigation and is the outcome of a useful idea whose time has come."
Articles in the journal include assessing the attitudes of regular primary school education teachers toward individuals with disabilities in Jamaica; the relationship between emotional-social intelligence (ESI) and the academic performance of adolescent mothers in Jamaica; and the role of teachers' and students' expectations in Jamaican high school students' academic achievements. There is also a commentary on the effect of music and words upon today's society.
Purpose of journal
"The purpose of this journal is to ensure that needs are met based on facts and not on assumptions," said Dr Orlean Brown-Earle, associate editor of the IHR and well-known Gleaner contributor on parenting.
"Through research, one can truly know how people feel and what is really happening so that one can get the facts to tackle the real issues of society," she added.
In his keynote address, former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, said, "Research is the central role of any university. This is not to say that it is the only role, but through research other roles become possible."
Hall said that putting thought to paper was an essential part of nation building.
"If we are to build our civilisation, we need to put it in writing. It creates a vehicle for those who wish to publish," he continued.
The journal represents NCU's continued growth in the area of research, and work is ongoing to produce the next issue in the fall of 2010.
The articles in the review were submitted to a panel of peers at universities and institutions such as Andrews University, Michigan; Northeast Regional Health Authority, Jamaica; University of the West Indies, Mona/Cave Hill; University of Technology, Jamaica; University of California; Oakwood University; Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary; and Northern Caribbean University.