Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New citations to my articles

Dear readers,
There is new citation of JSER articles in Ph.D thesis.

[PDF] Assessing Behavioral Difficulties in Early Childhood Programs.

JW Crisp - 2015
Page 1. ABSTRACT CRISP, JEREMY WILLIAM. Assessing Behavior Difficulties in Early
Childhood Programs. Under the direction of Nichole L. Huff, Ph.D., CFLE (Chair).
Understanding behavior can be a complex and daunting task for child and youth ...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Overview of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young children

Dear readers,
This is the title: Overview of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young children where is cited one of our articles. Authors Ajay Singh, Nidhi Verma, Ajay Das, Chia Jung Yehin in the journal Health Psychology Research [eISSN 2420-8124] cited Ram Lakhan's article Inclusion of children with intellectual and multiple disabilities: A community-based rehabilitation approach, India. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation 14 (1-2), 79-97. You can find article at the following link.
JSER editor-in-chief

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New citations to articles in Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation's profile

Dear readers,
There is one more citation in prestogious  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry with impact factor: 3.765 | Ranking:Psychiatry (SSCI) 18 out of 124 | Psychiatry (SCI) 31 out of 135.
In this article is JSER citation.

Youth social withdrawal behavior (hikikomori): A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies

TMH Li, PWC Wong - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2015
Objective: Acute and/or severe social withdrawal behavior among youth was seen as a culture-bound psychiatric syndrome in Japan, but more youth social withdrawal cases in different countries have been discovered recently.
The article is no open access and I will provide you with the abstract.

Youth social withdrawal behavior (hikikomori): A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies by Tim MH Li and Paul WC Wong


Objective: Acute and/or severe social withdrawal behavior among youth was seen as a culture-bound psychiatric syndrome in Japan, but more youth social withdrawal cases in different countries have been discovered recently. However, due to the lack of a formal definition and diagnostic tool for youth social withdrawal, cross-cultural observational and intervention studies are limited. We aimed to consolidate existing knowledge in order to understand youth social withdrawal from diverse perspectives and suggest different interventions for different trajectories of youth social withdrawal.
Method: This review examined the current available scientific information on youth social withdrawal in the academic databases: ProQuest, ScienceDirect, Web of Science and PubMed. We included quantitative and qualitative studies of socially withdrawn youths published in English and academic peer-reviewed journals.
Results: We synthesized the information into the following categories: (1) definitions of youth social withdrawal, (2) developmental theories, (3) factors associated with youth social withdrawal and (4) interventions for socially withdrawn youths. Accordingly, there are diverse and controversial definitions for youth social withdrawal. Studies of youth social withdrawal are based on models that lead to quite different conclusions. Researchers with an attachment perspective view youth social withdrawal as a negative phenomenon, whereas those who adopt Erikson’s developmental theory view it more positively as a process of seeking self-knowledge. Different interventions for socially withdrawn youths have been developed, mainly in Japan, but evidence-based practice is almost non-existent.
Conclusion: We propose a theoretical framework that views youth social withdrawal as resulting from the interplay between psychological, social and behavioral factors. Future validation of the framework will help drive forward advances in theory and interventions for youth social withdrawal as an emerging issue in developed countries.
Big thanks to authors who cited JSER papers.
JSER editor-in-chief

Friday, April 10, 2015

Call for papers Vol. 16, issue 3-4, 2015

Respected readers,
We want to announce you that we are preparing the next number 3-4, vol. 16 of Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation 2015. You are kindly invited to submit a paper in our journal. The articles are bilingual (Macedonian and English). Authors abroad Macedonia can submit only in English. Please type them in Word 2003 version, or up. You should use Times New Roman font with Font size 12. The manuscript can not exceed 30.000 characters with no spaces A4 format on English including Abstract in English. The margins should be 2 cm from every side, and also paragraph should be 1.5 lines.
You can send the articles via our electronic system, or electronically (CD, DVD) on the following address:
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation,
Faculty of Philosophy
Blvd. Goce Delchev 9A
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
with subject for Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation
or you can send the paper by e-mail: jser@fzf.ukim.edu.mk
The dead line for sending the manuscripts is 30.05.2015
Please send the manuscripts on time. Manuscripts which will not come on time, or authors who will not follow the instructions for authors will not be published.

With respect
JSER Editor-in-Chief

April 7th 2015, Vol. 16, issue 1-2 is published

Dear readers,

Writing scientific papers is a way of communication in science. Scientific papers are published in scientific journals. One such scientific journal in thousands world’s journals is our journal Special Education and Rehabilitation, which tends to follow the trends. In the small scientific environments such as the Republic of Macedonia there are many factors that hinder the work and reduce the actual quality of the scientific journals. When the state invests only 0.3% of GDP in science, then you can not expect a serious scientific achievement of the Macedonian scientific journals. These small magazines always have a big problem in providing high-quality papers that would later be widely quoted and would provide a factor of influence of the scientific journal. The state requires high criteria of the teaching staff and publication of papers in journals with high impact factor, but it does not provide any access to the database Web of Science. Inevitably there is an impression that the welfare state and high science do not go together hand in hand. When you add the illogical moves of the publishers for reduction of the remuneration of the members of the publishing office and the moves for selection of the printing office that are not to the taste of the main editors, then you can conclude that in order to become a successful editor of a ultimate scientific journal in a small scientific environment as Macedonia is a mission impossible. The Ministry of Education and Science have to find additional resources and to increase the funding of scientific research projects and to invest more in international journals with domestic origin, so they could acquire a factor of influence in the near future.
Let us look briefly at this issue 1-2 2015. In the first rubric Special Education and professional problems this time is represented by domestic authors. My colleague Daniela Dimitrova-Radojichikj writes about Concepts of colors in children with congenital blindness, and the authors Rashikj-Canevska and Chichevska-Jovanova process some determinants of the quality of life in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. In the rubric medical treatment there is a paper by the author Dobrinka Georgieva coming from Bulgaria. It examines the multidimensional outcome and long-term evaluation of non-avoidance therapy in stuttering. In the rubric Psychological-Pedagogical review there are two papers by authors from the United States that cover the following topics: An evidence-based analysis of self-regulated strategy development writing interventions for students with specific learning disabilities and the second Passing standardized assessments with fading prompts. Authors from Croatia in the rubric devoted to practical work represent the guided reading program for prisoners. In the last rubric Experiences and News Indian authors introduce the topic Does father involvement influence the affect, language acquisition, social engagement and behavior in young autistic children?
In the rubric News and Information readers will find information on the eighth international conference Special Education and Rehabilitation today held in Belgrade, Serbia. Then, Ana Petkovska writes about the 3rd meeting on rare disease in South-Eastern Europe held in November 2014 in MASA Skopje. Finally, the News end with a project report: Program for full socialization of children with special needs into their communities submitted by Jasmina Troshanska. Then, there is an abstract of a master's thesis defended by the colleague Sashka Trajkovski entitled Ability of self-advocacy of people with intellectual disabilities.

With respect,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PhD Talk for AcademicTransfer: What I wish I'd known one year ago when I started as a professor

This post is part of the series PhD Talk for AcademicTransfer: posts written for the Dutch academic career network AcademicTransfer, your go-to resource for all research positions in the Netherlands.

These posts are sponsored by AcademicTransfer, and tailored to those of you interested in pursuing a research position in the Netherlands.

If these posts raise your interest in working as a researcher in the Netherlands, even better - and feel free to fire away any questions you might have on this topic!

This semester is my third semester of work as a professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Since my first semester, Spring 2014, I've been in charge of 3 courses per semester - each course of 3 hours of lecture per week. The courses include midterm exams, homeworks, projects and more fun stuff that needs to be graded.

I'm not going to lie about it - the first semester was really tough. I had a hard time preparing all the material for these 3 new courses; I set up 3 courses entirely from scratch, and it was a ton of work. On top of preparing and teaching the courses, I also had to grade, hold office hours for questions of students, and reply the massive influx of email that comes with being a professor. Oh, and set up a new lab and write my papers. And find time for having something like a life too. And get adjusted to a new country.

With a few semester of teaching in the pocket, there are a number of things I wish I knew when I started as a professor. Here are my 10 best pieces of advice for new professors (especially those who skip the post-doc and roll straight into a faculty position).

1. Slowly move your papers forward

Even with a heavy teaching load, the most important aspect of your academic life is still your publications. If you did not get to write the papers from your dissertation during your post-doc, you need to do it while getting settled into a new job, new university and maybe even a new country. Try to carve out at least 2 blocks of 2 hours every week to work on your papers. Have a planning for which papers you want to write and where you need to submit them.

2. Prioritize

What's important: writing papers, research projects, having class prepared before the actual hour of class, setting up the lab, technical committee work.
What's not important: e-mail, meetings, review requests.

Learn how to set up an urgent/important matrix, and prioritize. Learn to accept that, as long as things move forward, you are making progress. Things will start to move forward much more slowly than before (I recently booked 70 hours on a project between September and March - as a full-time researcher I'd have done this work in 2-3 weeks' time).

3. Make self-care a priority

If you have a lot on your plate, you risk getting sick if you don't take proper care of yourself. Hear your mom's voice telling you to sleep well, eat well and take some time to relax every day. Getting more work on your plate does not mean that you need to start inflating your working hours. You are not more productive if you work more hours. Cut down on the dead-end tasks and focus on what really matters - and yes, you, yourself are something that matters.

4. Tell others when you need time to arrange paperwork

If you are one of the few foreigners in a given university, your colleagues might not even be aware of how hard the people at immigrations are being on you. Tell your colleagues when you need to go and sit in a government institution for yet another entire afternoon. Explain them how complicated simple things become for foreigners. Ask them to give you a little break when your in the middle of sorting things out.

5. Hide when you need to

Set up a home office, and work from home if you can't be undisturbed in your university office. I use two early-morning blocks of time for writing my papers, or doing research-related work. When I need to concentrate, I make sure I can't be found. Yes, this attitude might sound egoistic, but you have a lot on your plate and you need to learn to be ruthless: if you want important things to be able to move forward, then take that time off from being available to colleagues and students and work from home.

6. Minimum preparation

Having class notes is enough. There's no need to develop notes and slides and a handbook and examples and everything in one single semester. I developed the basic notes in my first semester, and from then on have been focusing on a single course each semester that I am improving. These improvements might include the development of additional examples (future work for me) or making slides instead of writing everything on the whiteboard (my project for one course for this semester).

7. Take matters into your own hands

So you need a lab? Start making a proposal, and once you have permission, start bugging every single person to move things forward. You can't just send a document to somebody and expect them to get back to you (the mistake I made several times, and still tend to make). You have to continuously remind people to look at your proposal, to ask for money even though you might have received the approval, and follow up with the flow of the budget as much as you can. If possible, hire a lab assistant right when the first equipment starts to arrive - you simply won't have enough time to do everything so you need to learn to delegate.

8. Keep reading papers

Whatever happens, reading papers is very important to keep up with the recent developments in your field. I'm currently trying to schedule two blocks of an hour every week to read papers, and I plan in advance what I need to read. The time you sit in supervising exams is also a great little window of time to catch up with reading. Remember that reading sparks creativity - learn to read papers hunting for possible thesis ideas that might help your research move forward.

9. Set up a grading system

Don't fret too much over how you will grade exams. I simply subdivide every answer into different steps, each with an assigned number of points. If a student reaches to a certain step in the answer, he/she might get the points until that step of the answer (provided that he/she developed the work correctly until there, of course). Just sum the points, and move on. Grade per question, not per exam - this technique helps you to keep in mind what the previous student wrote and how much points you are taking off for standard mistakes (such as: missing units, calculation errors, and the like).

10. Have a schedule

If you need to fit in many different tasks, you can benefit a lot from having a standard schedule. I ran a series about academic schedules on PhD Talk previously, in which guest authors talked about how their days look like. My schedule is a general blueprint of different tasks I need to get done in a typical week, and I fine-tune my schedule every Friday night for the next week. Meetings might move my time around, or I might need to book a time slot to grade an exam - so I move the blocks around and see where the pieces fall.

Source: http://phdtalk.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 4, 2015

JSER Vol. 16, Issue 1-2, 2015 electronically published in OJS

Respected readers,
I want to announce that today April 4th we published electonically newest JSER Vol. 16, Issue 1-2, 2015 on OJS platform. You can find at the following link. We hope that you will read this issue and you will cite articles from it.
JSER Editor-in-chief