AQUADEMIA

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2021

Research Article
Prevalence and Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain among Secondary School Students
Aquademia, 2021, 5(2), ep21008, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10964
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors associated with the occurrence of shoulder pain, neck pain, upper back pain and lower back pain with particular focus on carrying schoolbags. A questionnaire containing a range of musculoskeletal pain related information was designed specifically for a group of schoolchildren aged 11 to 20 years and distributed to Grade 7 to Grade 13 students attending three main secondary education schools in Mauritius over the period July 2017 to February 2018. A total of 1048 questionnaires were circulated out of which 849 were useable. The study analyzed the impact of socio-economic characteristics, student perception of use of tablets, type of schoolbag, private tuition, performance, duration of bag carriage and anthropometric characteristics. Logistic regressions models were applied to inspect how those recorded factors contribute to the occurrence of musculoskeletal pain. The main findings in this paper indicate that students from single-sexed girl and mixed schools relative to boys’ schools, student perception of tablet use, backpack schoolbag relative to handbag and shoulder-bag, performance, total weight and excess weight of schoolbags have significant positive impact on musculoskeletal pain. The results point towards the importance of raising awareness among students to achieve a positive musculoskeletal health. Information obtained is deemed to affect schoolbook and equipment-carrying behaviour and future choice of schoolbag type.
Research Article
Does Education Level Differentiate Adults’ Attitudes Towards Physical Activity during COVID-19 Pandemic? A Preliminary Study
Aquademia, 2021, 5(2), ep21009, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/10965
ABSTRACT: According to the World Health Organization, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns about increased panic and increased anxiety in people who are trapped in either a real or a theoretical Coronavirus threat. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate the contribution of education level in predicting Physical Activity’s attitudes and intention of adults during a Pandemic. The sample consisted of 904 people, 417 men and 487 women, aged 18-70 years. The participants completed the Greek version of the “Theory of Planned Behavior” questionnaire. Analyzes indicated that higher education level increases people’s attitudes towards PA and during COVID-19. Overall, education level is a valued factor and it seems to accompany relatively stronger intentions even during life threatening conditions.
Research Article
Backliners: Roles of Science Educators in the Post-COVID Milieu
Aquademia, 2021, 5(2), ep21010, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11053
ABSTRACT: COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global environment. It has affected almost all aspects of society from cultural, economic, educational, to social factors. This narrative inquiry explored science educators’ perspectives on the vital roles they would play in the post-COVID setting. Sixteen teachers from different educational institutions were purposively selected to take part in this qualitative investigation. The participants wrote their short narratives on their significant role as science teachers after the COVID-19 pandemic. Six themes emerged as roles of the science teachers in the post-COVID era; these include (1) science communicator; (2) critical thinker; (3) knowledge creator; (4) disruptive innovator; (5) advocate against misinformation; and (6) future-ready educator. A conceptual paradigm is designed to describe the vital roles of science teachers in the post-pandemic era in the context of the VUCAD2 (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, diverse, and disruptive) world. Implications of the findings to science education in the post-pandemic setting are discussed in the paper.
Research Article
Determinants of Environmental Sustainability among Tertiary Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aquademia, 2021, 5(2), ep21011, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11444
ABSTRACT: This study aims to assess the determinants of environmental sustainability among students from a tertiary education institution in Central Luzon, Philippines, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study used a descriptive-correlational research design with the online survey as the primary data gathering tool. A total of 136 students participated in the online survey using the convenience sampling technique due to restriction protocols implemented by the government authority. For the instrument of the study, the researcher adopted and modified a previous instrument to fit with the study’s objectives. With the help of SPSS 23, the researcher computed and analyzed the gathered data using weighted mean, Pearson-r, and regression analysis as statistical tools. In general, the students were “very aware” of environmental sustainability. In addition, students “often” do waste and recycling activities, consume consciously, and save energy. Furthermore, statistical inferences revealed a weak – moderate positive correlation between waste and recycling activities, conscious consumption, energy-saving awareness, and environmental sustainability. For the determinants, waste and recycling activities and energy-saving awareness provided substantial evidence to influence the students’ environmental sustainability in the study. This study becomes a reference and basis for future research in the field of environmental sustainability.
Research Article
Public Perceptions About the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: A Study of Bangladesh
Aquademia, 2021, 5(2), ep21012, https://doi.org/10.21601/aquademia/11445
ABSTRACT: The main purpose of this research is to analyze the perception of climate change impacts on human health in Bangladesh through data from nationality representative surveys conducted in some district of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh there have a few research has been conducted on public perceptions about the impact of climate change on human health. A structured questionnaire method was conducted, and data collected from 615 respondents. The findings of this study reveal that out of 615 respondents, 76.0% of the respondents replied positively while remaining 24.0%, almost one-fourth of total respondents, indicated that they have not heard the term climate change before. Knowledgeable in climate change, 92.5% of respondents agreed that climate change has an impact on human health while only 7.5% respondents disagreed with this statement. 90.5% of respondents argued that they are agreed with the opinion that climate change is a serious threat to human health. This study will contribute informatively to the scant information on the impacts of climate change affecting human health in Bangladesh. Theoretically, the study will also contribute to the previous literature on the public perceptions of climate change impacts on human health. Furthermore, the results of the study will be very useful for climate change policy makers, especially Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for the making related policies and mechanisms in order to overcome with current human health impacts in Bangladesh. In addition, the awareness of existence, the impacts, and the causes of climate change will be possible to integrate climate change into policy planning, projects and daily activities as well as make the whole society to participate in the entire process to mitigate climate change.