7th September 2018 – PearlRichards Foundation and WITE organised its maiden Quantitative Analysis Workshop Series. The maiden workshop was on Descriptive Statistics and Exploratory Factor Analysis (with Pearson Correlation). The workshop taught participants techniques in how to summarise categorical and continuous data, understand the structure of a large set of variables and how to reduce them to more a manageable size, as well as to determine the strength and direction of the relationships between these variables. By the end of the workshop, participants learnt:
- When to use Descriptive statistics, EFA and Pearson correlation
- How to run Descriptive statistics, EFA and Pearson correlation in SPSS
- How to interpret and present the SPSS output
The workshop, which took place at the IT Training Lab, Univ. of Ghana Balme Library, was attended by 22 participants, including 21 women. The participants graduate and doctoral researchers and also lecturers. The next event is scheduled for 5th October 2018 will focus on Simple Linear, Multiple and Hierarchical Regression.
26 April 2018 – WITE organised its second seminar/workshop for women in tertiary education. The WITE workshop was on Academic writing. The event provided practical lessons on paraphrasing and summarising of academic literature, as well as how to write and present the output for assignments such as literature reviews, essays and critical reviews. The event was attended by 25 participants from different tertiary institutions in the country. The convener, Dr. Sheena Lovia Boateng, was aided by two other facilitators, Prof. Richard Boateng and Mr. Joseph Budu.
Tasks during the workshop were designed to help participants to improve their academic writing skills by reviewing information, as well as completing short writing tasks. Key insights from the workshop are as follows:
Academic writing is evidence-based. Being evidence-based, one has to learn how to review existing evidence (literature) in order to identify what is appropriate to support key arguments. Evidence-based writing usually provides a detailed analysis of the research topic from the perspective of existing literature, identifies gaps and, further, critiques and proposes perspectives or ways of addressing the research problem.
Academic writing is :
• Planned and focused: answers the question and demonstrates an understanding of the subject.
• Structured: is coherent, written in a logical order, and brings together related points and material.
• Evidenced: demonstrates knowledge of the subject area, supports opinions and arguments with evidence, and is referenced accurately.
• Formal in tone and style: uses appropriate language and tenses, and is clear, concise and balanced (Leeds Univ., 2018)
At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed the need for more such events and a future focus on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. According to Dr. Sheena Boateng, this feedback will be considered in the planning of future workshops of WITE.
A network dedicated to the advancement of women’s education in the country, dubbed the Women in Tertiary Education (WITE), has been launched in Accra.
The aim of the group, made up of highly educated women, is to support fellow women who are pursuing various courses in tertiary institutions at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The network was unveiled at the maiden WITE seminar which served as a platform for some selected individual researchers to present their works for constructive feedback on how they could improve their research work and submit on time.
The WITE seminar was organised under the auspices of the PearlRichards Foundation, a business and technology research service provider.
Support for females
The Founder of the network, Dr Sheena Lovia Boateng, observed that the group was set up mainly to support females at the tertiary level.
“I have spent about 10 years of my life in academia pursuing first degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree and I noticed that women face a lot of peculiar challenges which can only be appreciated by a feminist point of view,” she said.
“It is easier for a woman to get assistance from a fellow woman who understands her plight and the challenges she is facing more than a man. Therefore, the network is to bring like-minded women at various levels to network and help one another to succeed,” Dr Boateng, who is the Executive Director at PearlRichards Foundation, added.
The Board Chairman of the PearlRichards Foundation, Mr Joseph Budu, said the seminar was to help women, who were undertaking research in the university, especially at the postgraduate level, to succeed.
“We will give them feedback to shape their ideas to develop a research that will be impactful to the advancement of society when it is published,” he said.
Mr Budu, who is a lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), urged women in the country to aspire higher to enable them to play active roles in national development.
“I will encourage women to ignore all challenges and barriers and aspire to be whatever they want to be irrespective of whichever space they find themselves,” he said.
He congratulated women in the country on their support and commitment to the development of Ghana, ahead of the international women’s day celebration, which is slated for March 8 this year.
Culled from Ghana Web