Research in Social Sciences and Technology https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat <p><em><strong>Research in Social Sciences and Technology (RESSAT)</strong></em> is an international journal that aims to publish scholarly work in the social sciences, technology, and their impact on education. The journal publishes original research articles, review articles, editorials, and book reviews.</p> <p>&nbsp;The RESSAT is an open access journal, with free access for each visitor. The journal uses an online submission system to ensure the international visibility and the rigid peer review process. The journal is published twice a year in online version.</p> <p>The overarching goal of the journal is to disseminate origianl research findings that make significant contributions to different areas of social sciences and technology with emphasis on education. The aim of the journal is to promote the work of academic researchers in social sciences, education and technology.</p> <p><strong>Focus and Scope</strong></p> <p>The topics related to this journal include but are not limited to:<img src="/public/site/images/btarman/2018_v3_issue_31.png" width="266" height="385"></p> <ul> <li class="show"><em>General Education</em></li> <li class="show"><em>History</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Geography</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Philosophy</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Law&nbsp;</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Economic</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Political Science</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Sociology. criminology. demography</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Communication and Culture</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Educational Assessment and Evaluation</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Intercultural Communication</em></li> <li class="show"><em>International and Comparative Education</em></li> <li class="show"><em>Transnationalism in Education</em></li> </ul> Research in Social Sciences and Technology en-US Research in Social Sciences and Technology 2468-6891 Editorial 2019: (4) 1 https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/402 <p>Dear Colleagues, Readers and Contributors of RESSAT!</p> <p>We are excited to be with you through the May 2019 issue (4/1) of Research in Social Sciences and Technology (RESSAT). We would like to extend our appreciations to all who contributes by submitting or reviewing manuscripts or have been readers of RESSAT.&nbsp;In our first issue of the fourth year, you will find six articles. I would like to thank everyone and express my special appreciation to the people who contributed to make this issue ready for you. I especially would like to thank all authors and reviewers for their contribution to RESSAT. I hope you will both enjoy and be challenged by the articles in this issue of RESSAT. I also look forward to seeing your contribution to the development of RESSAT in the future.</p> Bulent Tarman ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 4 1 i ii Learning with simulations: Influence of a computer simulation with hand- on activities on students' learning of the physics capacitors' concepts https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/378 <p><strong>The persistence of this study was to investigate the contribution of a computer simulation to students´ learning of physics concepts (charging and discharging of capacitors). Interactive computer simulation (Crocodile simulation) was used to spread over the aim of this study. This attempt assesses the progress in understanding the concepts by grade 11 Scientific section after four complete periods (200 minutes) in two different situations: 1- using only a computer simulation; 2-using computer simulation with “hand- on” activities. The progress&nbsp;was measured through post-test. The results of both descriptive and inferential statistics show that the learners’ understanding of capacitors’ concepts that can be enhanced and were highly achieved when learners used the computer simulation combined with “hand- on” activities. The use of Hands-on activities was identified as the cause of this differentiation.</strong></p> Fouad Mounier Yehya Aziz M. Barbar Suzanne Abou-Rjelil ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-06 2019-05-06 4 1 1 29 Fatal Encounters https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/394 <p>Research has been conducted for several decades on the framing of stories in the media.&nbsp; This article looks at the way newspaper articles report on and frame the deaths of unarmed people of color at the hands of law enforcement and security personnel from 1999-2017 to determine if local and national print media frame these stories using similar terminology and concepts.&nbsp; Tabular, graphical, and statistical analysis all demonstrate that local and national newspapers do not use similar terminology and concepts.&nbsp;</p> Deanna Jacobsen Koepke David Thomas Alexis Manning ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-06 2019-05-06 4 1 30 50 eHealth Systems' User Experiences from Healthcare Workers https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/375 <p>This article analyze how healthcare workers experience the use of eHealth systems. The empirical data is from a qualitative case study, is derived from a number of eight participating health clinics use of eHealth systems, by healthcare workers. Our analysis shows that by adopting a simple, small-scale and user-oriented approach, and by focusing on the needs and circumstances of users instead of advanced technology, it was possible to reveal domestication of eHealth systems. While these findings cannot be generalized, they provide insight into and shed light on trends concerning the negotiations of healthcare workers with eHealth technology. Themes related to the experience of user interfaces in eHealth systems have generally not been explored in detail. This research thus contributes new insight to the field.</p> Synnove Thomassen Andersen ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-06 2019-05-06 4 1 51 72 Polysemy in and of the Science Fiction Film Arrival (2016) https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/398 <p>Polysemy has always become a significant issue in interdisciplinary studies, mainly because particular words or phrases tend to have multiple meanings and the way to decide on the intended meanings involves cultural understanding that may be problematic for different groups of people. This paper divides the main research questions into two inquiries: (1) What is the meaning of the micro-unit polysemy in the science fiction film Arrival (2016)? and (2) What is the interpretation of the macro-level of polysemy in the film? The purpose of this research is to describe the interrelation between the polysemy in the film and the polysemy of the film. It is assumed that revealing the phenomena of polysemy found in the film helps to construct a better comprehension of the objective of the polysemy of the film. This has been done by implementing two stages of procedures in this research: (1) identifying the translation of the most significant polysemous words, phrases, clauses, and sentences found in the film by using meaning patterns and contextual patterns (Schmidt, 2008) and (2) discovering the three potential themes of polysemy of the film that include resistive reading, strategic ambiguity, and hermeneutic depth (Ceccarelli, 1998). The analysis shows that examining the phenomena of cognitive linguistic meanings from the 30 micro-unit polysemy to the rhetorical criticism of the polysemous text opens up multiple interpretive possibilities that may go unnoticed.</p> Fenty Kusumastuti ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 4 1 73 91 Teachers’ Perceptions on Using Smartphones in English as a Foreign Language Context https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/399 <p>This study explored the perceptions of English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers at a foundation year in a university in Saudi Arabia. 41 male (27) and female (14) teachers completed a survey using Google Forms. The results indicated that the majority of teachers (83%) supported the integration of smartphones in EFL context, as 71% believe that smartphones would enhance students’ EFL learning. 72% reported that they used smartphones for university-related work. Sending and receiving emails, accessing the internet, and using educational applications were the most reported beneficial features whereas scanning/creating QR codes, using calculator, playing games, and playing a podcast were the least reported. 79 % believed that smartphones would have instructional benefits for the learners such as access to technology, motivation, creativity English language learning opportunities, and variation in instruction whereas 58 % did not see any barriers in the use of smartphones in EFL context. That smartphones may distract students’ attention was the only reported barrier. Recommendations and impactions for further research and applications were suggested.</p> Ali Abbas Alzubi ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-24 2019-05-24 4 1 92 104 Critiquing a Qualitative Study Using Tracy’s Big-tent Criteria https://ressat.org/index.php/ressat/article/view/396 <p>This paper critiques an article, which sheds light on the internationalisation of the curriculum. When classified within the main Western paradigms: positivism, interpretivism, critical theory and postmodernism, her article can be within the interpretivism. These paradigms are highlighted in this paper to engage the reader in critical reflection and to emphasise the differences between these paradigms. Big-tent markers, which are applied to evaluate the quality of qualitative research, are then critically implemented to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of that article in line with providing relevant suggestions.</p> Saud saif Albusaidi ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-29 2019-05-29 4 1 105 122