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, 2005). The framework centers strengthening the compatibility with existing values and practices to also ensure a high level of simplicity and observable results, two other factors crucial to creating an effective framework (ogers, 2003). All of these elements must also be unified with a simplistic model to make sure the nurses can see the value of the system and their ability to manage it as a resource, not be managed by it.
The second framework element is providing the nurses with the opportunity gain greater mastery over the system by reinforcing the trialability of the system through an extended testing and validation stage. Often technology innovations require an adoption phase where those most affected by its disruptive change have the opportunity to tailor its specific elements and options to their unique needs (ogers, 2003). This step in the framework allows for greater mastery of the system and more identification…
Cresswell K, Sheikh a. (2009) the NHS Care Record Service: recommendations from the literature on successful implementation and adoption. Inform Prim Care 2009;17:153-64. [PubMed]
Hillestad, R., Bigelow, J., Bower, a., Girosi, F., & al, e. (2005). Can electronic medical record systems transform health care? potential health benefits, savings, and costs. Health Affairs, 24(5), 1103-17.
Rogers, E.M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.
Adoption is a boon to birth parents, their children, and to adoptive parents. In many cases, all three parties involved in the process plus secondary parties like relatives and society at large, benefit by an easy adoptive process. As more and more couples turn to adoption as a solution to an inability to bear children or as an alternative to natural childbirth, raising a number of ethical questions. On the one hand, adoption is inherently amoral: an unwanted child needs a home and a willing, competent family or individual is able to provide the necessary love and care. However, beneath that rests a host of issues, including the right of the birth mother or father to contact the child; the right of the adoptive parent(s) to glean genetic or other information about the biological parents; and the right of the child to know about his or her birth parents. In…
Adoption (Family Law) by Kansas Statutes and Cases
The study of adoption is very important as it influences millions of lives in the United States, who are an element of the adoption process. For instance, the birth parents who put their children for adoption; the children who are adopted; and the parents who adopt children. It is also believed that adoption influences approximately 3% of Americans who initially think of adoption but later on decide against it. For instance, Allen P. Fisher (2003) writes, "Adoption is certainly a very common occurrence in the United States and in much of the world today. No official and complete counts of adoptions exist, but estimates are that about 4% of Americans are adopted; about half of these have been adopted by persons not related to them by birth
." Allen goes on to write, "A recent national survey of 1416 Americans found that…
Allen P. Fisher. Still "Not Quite as Good as Having Your Own"? Toward a Sociology of Adoption. Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 29, 2003
James Bell Associates (2001) "External Evaluation of the Kansas Child Welfare System: July 2000-March 2001." 3rd Quarterly Report. Arlington, Va. (9 August). Taken From: Simon Hakim. A market alternative to child adoption and foster care. The Cato Journal. 2003.
Kansas Adoption Statute. Laws and Legal Issues, 2005. Available at: http://library.adoption.com/information/Laws-Legal-Issues/217/1.html
L. Anne Babb. Ethics in American Adoption. Bergin & Garvey, 1999.
" As a result of this relative ease in adopting a child from the Philippines, specifications are also relatively easier to comply compared to other countries. equirements include a budget of up to $25,000 for process completion, both married couples and single individuals can adopt a child, at least a parent must travel in-country for up to 10 days, and adoption is completed in 28-30 months (from completion of requirements to finally adopting the child) (Adoptive Families, 2009).
Adoption requirements and processing in China is stricter than in the Philippines, although both are members of the Hague Adoption Convention. Main difference between the two is that China, most often than not, puts up female children for adoption than male children. This is because of the country's one-child policy and cultural preference for a male, instead of a female, child. This limitation in the child's gender is not encountered in the…
Freivalds, S. (2009). "2009 Adoption Guide." Adoptive Families Magazine. Available at: www.adoptivefamilies.com.
Gross, J. And W. Connors. (2007). "Surge in adoption raises concern in Ethiopia." The New York Times. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/04/us/04adopt.html?_r=1
Johnson, K. (2002). "Politics of International and Domestic Adoption in China." Law & Society Review, Vol. 36, No. 2.
"Simpler child adoption laws pushed." (August 2009). ABS-CBN News Online. Available at: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/08/18/09/simpler-child-adoption-laws-pushed
In all of us is a hunger
Marrow deep to know our heritage
Without this enriching knowledge,
There is a hollow yearning.
No matter what our attainments in life,
There is still a vacuum,
And the most disquieting loneliness"
Haley, Alex. "Adoption Poetry 4 http://library.adoption.com
Adoptive children often go through a variety of emotions while attempting to locate their birth parents. For some, the pursuit of their biological families is an all encompassing goal. This idea is evidenced in the poem above, written by an adopted child who is still trying to find her birthparents. The journey is often a long hard road that can lead to a variety of emotions, and positive and negative outcomes. The fruits of many adoptees' efforts may sometimes lead to joy, but other times may cause sorrow.
The majority of studies that have been conducted however related to adoption research have…
AFN. "Seth's Reunion Story." "Betsy's Reunion Story." Adoption Family Network.
Retrieved November 27, 2003, http://www.adoptionfamilynetwork.com/stories/story_item.asp?NewsID=4
Babb, L.A. Statistics on U.S. Adoption. The Decree, American Adoption
(10) A geat esouce would be constituted by the Tavel and Touism in Saudi Aabia Euomonito Repot fo 2009. Among othe things, this epot contains infomation on the most ecent intenet developments, o the numbe of touism elated sales made on the intenet. The souce is howeve uneasily available; it can be bought fom the Euomonito website at the high cost of 1,190 GBP (appoximately $1,800).
(11) The Global Aab Netwok (2010) pomotes an aticle emphasizing on the desies of the Saudi Aabian govenment to stimulate the touism secto. The endeavos ae pat of a boade stategy to boost the county's economy though moe evenues, as well as by ceating moe employment oppotunities. In the context of incemental acceptance of technology and online puchases, combined with sustained effots to pomote touism, the futue is expected to bing about an inceased adoption of online shopping fo tavel poducts.
III. Reseach Model…
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Adoption Of Order Fulfillment and Customer Service Satisfaction
"Productivity trends in two retail trade industries, 1987-95." Contributors: Mark . Dumas. Monthly Labor Review. Volume: 120. Issue: 7. 1997. Page Number:
Order fulfillment and customer satisfaction depends on the productivity of workers in the retail industries. The retail sector of the economy was to be an important provider of jobs, accounting for 29% of employment in the private service-producing sector of the economy in 1995, when investigated for this report. In view of that, the productivity of that sector is essential to continuing customer satisfaction. Mark . Dumas is an economist in the Division of Industry Productivity Studies. Bureau of Labor Statistics. His methodology was to compile results of 17 previous investigations of the effect of productivity on fulfillment and customer satisfaction; these ranged across major U.S. industries from telephone service providers to online retailers. This was chosen for the breadth…
Fifty-seven days following the birth of the child, the biological father contested the adoption. For three years, the courts battled the case and the child remained in the home of the adopted parents throughout (ABA, 6). When the child was three, the courts ruled the adoption was not legal, since the father had not relinquished his rights, and the child was returned to the biological father (ABA, 7). This case shows clearly the emphasis placed on the biological parent's rights, even at the expense of the adoptive parent's rights.
In addition to the right to revoke consent, the biological parents also, in many states, have a right to seal adoption records to ensure privacy. In most cases, non-identifying information is available to adoptive parents and adoptees at age 18 or 21. However, any identifying information is generally withheld. According to the court system, this confidentiality is vital to the adoption…
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Groza, Victor. And Rosenberg, Karen. Clinical and practice issues in adoption: bridging the gap between adoptees placed as infants and as older children. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1998.
Hollinger, Joan H. "The Future of Children." Adoption 3.1 (1993): 43-61.
Regardless the path chosen, the searching adolescent or young adult will find that - unlike life itself - the joy is not in the journey, but in the destination.
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enson, P.L., Sharma, a.R., & Roehlkepartain, E.C. (1994). Growing Up Adopted. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.
erry, M., arth, R.P., & Needell, . (1996). Preparation, support, and satisfaction of adoptive families in agency and independent adoptions. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 13, 157-183.
rodzinsky, D.M., & Pinderhughes, E. (2002). Parenting and child development in adoptive families. In M. ornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting (2nd ed.): Vol. I. Status and social conditions of parenting. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
ussiere, a. (1998). The development of adoption law. Adoption Quarterly, 1, 3-26.
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Brumble and Kampfe (p. 158) speculate this could have been due to the great number of American soldiers who saw, first hand, the devastation of the war and the need to help orphaned children. During the 1950s, Harry and Bertha Holt adopted eight Korean children, getting federal laws changed in order to do so. They were pioneers of international adoption and founded what has become the largest international adoption agency in the world. n the 1960s, the civil rights movement and the war in Viet Nam fostered a new tolerance and acceptance of human differences. Special needs adoption gained momentum in the 1970s, as more people became willing to adopt healthy children who were older, bi-racial, and possibly needed to be placed with siblings. There were more people willing to adopt children once considered "unadoptable," who had mental, emotional or physical problems (Brumble and Kampfe, p. 159).
The case of…
Immediately following World War II, Americans began to adopt foreign-born children, particularly children from Germany and Greece. Brumble and Kampfe (p. 158) speculate this could have been due to the great number of American soldiers who saw, first hand, the devastation of the war and the need to help orphaned children. During the 1950s, Harry and Bertha Holt adopted eight Korean children, getting federal laws changed in order to do so. They were pioneers of international adoption and founded what has become the largest international adoption agency in the world. In the 1960s, the civil rights movement and the war in Viet Nam fostered a new tolerance and acceptance of human differences. Special needs adoption gained momentum in the 1970s, as more people became willing to adopt healthy children who were older, bi-racial, and possibly needed to be placed with siblings. There were more people willing to adopt children once considered "unadoptable," who had mental, emotional or physical problems (Brumble and Kampfe, p. 159).
The case of Roe v. Wade in 1973 meant that a woman did not have to give birth if she did not want to do so. Social mores have also changed. Whereas an unwed mother was once shunned by society and sometimes even by her own family, single women give birth and raise their own children with much greater frequency that ever before. Both abortion and the trend of single mothers keeping their babies has resulted in fewer babies being available for adoption.
Higher rates of infertility means that more couples are looking for adoptable babies. Many women are waiting until their thirties and forties to have children and may not realize until they want to start a family that they will have trouble doing do. After 35, a woman's
Furthermore, the argument against adoption by same-sex couples presupposes that traditional marital relationships necessarily possess the qualities and attributes that are required to provide a stable and loving home for adopted children. In fact, the rate of marital dissolution (i.e. divorce) in the United States is more than half of all marriages, and the average length of so-called "traditional" marriage in the U.S. is only approximately seven years (Henslin, 2007). Moreover, those statistics do not represent the actual level of happiness and healthiness of the traditional marital relationship since many more couples are unhappy but choose not to divorce for various reasons. In addition, spousal abuse and other forms of domestic violence are problems that occur quite regularly within traditional marriages and they are a serious social problem in society (Henslin, 2007).
At a minimum, the argument against adoption by same-sex couples suggests that the home environment of traditional marriages…
Henslin, J. (2007). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
The main framework is however the Diffusion of Innovation (DoI) theory that was proposed by ogers (1995). Other factors are however incorporated so as to make use understand the user adoption of the ENUM technology. The users possessing high adoption application of ENUM are to be assumed to be the 'early adopters' and are to be associated with the factors employed in oger's (1995) theory in characterizing the early adopters. The user adoption of ENUM is effectively hypothesized to be affected/influenced by; (1) the characteristics of the innovation such as the perceived relative advantage, trialability, compatibility, complexity and observability. (2) the communication channels (influence of peers and industry ) (3) the social system (existence of restrictive policy) (4) individual characteristics (how techno savvy the users are ) as well as the general attitude of the users (individuals and telecommunication industry) towards the convenience, cost effectiveness and other advantages of ENUM.…
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Adoption Of Social Media by Small Business and Entrepreneurs in the Gulf Region
The internet technology has revolutionized the communication landscape among businesses in both developed and emerging economies because of the unprecedented growth of the social media. Social media is an interactive technology system that business and people use to collaborate, connect, and create personal and business profiles. A growing consensus among marketing professionals, business and academic communities shows that social media is very critical to the business communities. The social media has become a new phenomenon that has radically changed the strategy businesses communicate and operate. Through social media, businesses globally have been able to gain access to resources that would have been difficult to secure internally. An advanced in the internet technology has led to the rapid growth of social media with 1.5 billion active monthly users on Facebook, 359 million monthly active users on Google+, more…
Adoption is a social phenomenon that spans centuries, cultures, and nations. It is the focal point of many policies, laws, and public attitudes. In the United States, adoption legislation and practices change and reflect society's evolving perspectives. Interracial adoption, once generally accepted and promoted during the Civil ights Movement, now faces intense debate among social service professionals and greater society. Despite several arguments against interracial adoption, there exist even more compelling reasons for individuals and civilizations to support and encourage this practice.
Children without permanent families and homes desperately need and deserve love and stability. It seems reasonable to state that society concurs with this statement. Since the procurement of an affectionate and stable environment for children is the principal objective of adoption, it appears the racial composition of a prospective family is of lesser concern. In other words, the races of adopted children and their respective parents pale significantly…
Bashir, Samiya A. 'The Best Interest of the Child.' Colorlines Magazine: Race, Action,
Culture. (2002): 1-5.
Courtney, Mark E. 'The Politics and Realities of Transracial Adoption.' Youth Law
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Same Sex Adoption
hy is the idea of a same sex couple adopting a child an anathema to some conservatives, evangelical Christians, and others that tend to lean to the political right? Is it because they are homophobic and basically believe that gays and lesbians are not worthy of being in a union to begin with? Is it because they believe only their heterosexual union under the banner of Christianity qualifies them to adoption? Those questions will not be answered in this paper and indeed they are not the essential substance of this paper, but they are relevant as background to this issue. Meantime, with an estimated 130,000 American children waiting to be adopted, it seems fair and reasonable that same sex couples, providing they meet the basic economic and social criteria, should be able to adopt a child for their family. Thesis: The salient point of this paper posits…
Clifford, Denis, Hertz, Frederick, and Doskow, Emily. A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay
Couples. Berkeley, CA: Nolo, 2010.
Family Matters. "School Experiences of the Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents." Retrieved
March 14, 2012, from EBSCOhost / Academic Search Premier.
Until such time, however, same sex couples must be tread lightly and carefully in order to protect their relationship and parental rights.
Adam P. Romeo, et al., ensus Snapshot: United States, Williams Institute (2007), available at http://www.law.ucla.edu/WilliamsInstitute/publications/USensusSnapshot.pdf
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Utah ode Ann. §78B-6-117(3)(b); Arkansas Initiative Act 1
Arkansas Dep't of Human Servs., No. 60V-08-14284 (Ark. ircuit t., Pulaski ounty, April 16, 2010)
Miss. ode Ann. §93-17-3(2)
In re Appeal in Pima ounty Juvenile Action B-10489, 727 P. 2d 830 (Ariz. t. App. 1986)
al. Fam. ode §9000(b); onn. Gen. Stat. §46b-38nn; in re Hart, 806 a. 2d 1179 (Del. Fam. t., 2001); in re M.M.D., 662 a.2d 837 (D.. 1995); Petition of K.M., 653 N.E.2d 888 (Ill. App. t. 1995); in re Adoption of K.S.P., 804 N.E.2d 1253 (Ind. t. App. 2004); Adoption of Tammy, 619 N.E.2d 315 (Mass. 1993); Matter of Adoption of Two hildren by H.N.R.,…
Conn. Gen. Stat. §46b-21 through 46b-35; Varnum v. Obrien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009); Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. §207-1; N.H Gen. Stat. §457:2; 15 V.S.A. §8
In re Adoption of Luke, 640 N.W.2d 374 (Neb.2002); in re Adoption of Doe, 719 N.E.2d 1071 (Ohio Ct. App. 1998); Interest of Angel Lace M., 516 N.W.2d 678 (Wis. 1994); S.J.L.S. v. T.L.S. 265 S.W.3d 804 (Ct. App.Ky. 2008)
Warren Farrell, M.D., the Best Interests of the Child (2006)
ACTIVITY DESCIPTION AND SUMMAY
The activity I completed was gaining a better understanding of how curriculum is provided for the students at my school. Doing so was an involved process in which I arranged a meeting with the assistant vice principal of my school, Mrs. Panetta, who gave me a detailed overview of how exactly relevant textbooks and workbooks are selected for student use. Additionally, I spoke with some other faculty members at my school who have been there for a significant amount of time (longer than I have). They were also able to provide insight into how the curriculum selection process works. By combining their perspectives with that of my vice-principal, I now have a thorough understanding of the various facets of curriculum selection that routinely take place for the students at my school.
Additionally, my conversations with the aforementioned individuals helped me to glean the method…
American College of Education. (2013). November 2013 graduate catalog. American College of Education.
Adoption, whether national or international, is a legal process in which the rights of the biological parent are terminated. The adoptive parent is then given the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent and the adoptee is also given all the rights and responsibilities of his new family, including social and emotional rights. Individuals going abroad also have to adhere to international laws. Traditionally, individuals seeking to participate in international adoptions seemed to navigate towards a closed process where there sometimes was little or no contact between the biological and adoptive families before, during, and especially after placement or adoption of the child. Individuals seemed to prefer the secrecy/confidentiality of a closed international adoption vs. An open process. However as time went on, biological and adoptive parents began to realize that the tide was changing and that closed adoptions were less beneficial than initially presumed. Changes in the…
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Beyond the options of either government or private agency facilitated domestic adoptions, or foreign adoptions through private companies whose cost and ease can vary greatly from country to country and with the political climate, a growing choice for couples looking to adopt is the open adoption. Though the definitions of what, exactly, an open adoption consists of, the most important aspect of almost any definition is "that the adopted child has the potential of developing a one-on-one relationship with his or her birthfamily" (Insight). The method and extent of this relationship and the involvement of the two sets of parents is different for almost every adoption. For some, everyone meets each other during the pregnancy, and the families may remain in full contact for the rest of their lives. For others, birth parents might pick a family based on confidential information, but feel that knowing the adoptive family personally would…
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Education Special ED Post-Adoption
In the last fifteen to twenty years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children adopted by American families, who are from the eastern European nations. This is particularly the case of children from impoverished areas of the former Soviet Union. This work will briefly address the historical and social situation that resulted in the increases in adoptions from these areas but most importantly will look at the early research on the implications this influx has had upon education and specifically special education. A point of interest is that greater educational opportunity is one of the most commonly cited reasons for international adoption decisions by parents. It is for this reason and others that special attention really need to be paid to the ability of our schools and waiting families to help adoptive children to excel within them. The fundamental research question being:…
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Children with Special Needs and/or Children At Risk for Special Needs." Retrieved December 22, 2003 at http://www.comeunity.com/adoption/special_needs/groza-issues.html
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Most philosophers and bio-ethicists do not recognize any moral problem with abortion before the stage of fetal development where a brain and nervous system form because they are necessary for sensory perception and the fetus is incapable of feeling pain at that stage. Still, philosophers are concerned with when a clump of cells becomes a person, irrespective of sensation, or else aborting fetuses at eight months would be permissible as long as it was anesthetized first. Clearly, apart from religious beliefs and sensory perception, a nearly fully developed fetus may no longer be aborted morally; but just as clearly, a very recently fertilized zygote does not create a moral obligation to carry it to full term to be adopted instead of being aborted shortly after conception. There is no precise instant where a fetus makes an instantaneous transition to sentience; nor does it suddenly acquire all the attributes that makes…
Dershowitz, Alan, M. (2002) Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co. Abrams, Natalie, Buckner, Michael, D. (1990) a Clinical Textbook and Reference for the Health Care Professions. Cambridge: MIT Press
Mention Date Here
To whom it may concern,
I have known Ronald and Rosalie Spencer for 10 years. We met them for the first time when we were in their shelter home and we have enjoyed a great relationship with them since. Ronald is a lawyer while Rosie is a registered nurse. We reside in the same neighborhood. We have interacted lots of times and spent a great deal of time together doing various activities.
Ronald is kind and lovable and has always been there to help whenever I needed assistance. He is a man you can trust and is also very loyal to his friends. He is a man you can bank on to be available for you when you most need his help.
Rosalie is also a lovable person who has a heart of gold. She has volunteered and continues to volunteer at a local kid's…
However, in the United States, the Establishment Clause has created a wall between church and state, and the morality of church policies cannot impact the laws of the land. hile people are free to believe that being gay is immoral or unnatural, their religious beliefs cannot and should not hamper the rights and the liberties of others, including the right to the pursuit of happiness of gay couples who regard their love as natural and good.
Another objection raised to gay adoption that is frequently cited is the idea that children will experience negative psychological consequences because they will be teased at school. But these objections could also be raised against the ability of biracial couples to wed and to have children, or simply the children of any religious or minority group who suffers persecution. The problem is not the teasing of other students, but the prejudices of society. Such…
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Of this group. 50% were male, 50% were female, 38% were White, 35% were Black, and 16% were Hispanic. Adoption statistics are difficult to find because reporting is not as complete as it should be. The government spent $2.6 billion dollars to conduct the 1990 Census, but still it under-represented minorities and categorized children as "natural or by adoption" without differentiating, while special laws were implemented to "protect" and separate adoption affected families. In 1995, a "continuous" census (instead of every ten years) was proposed but has not been implemented. Even the government cannot rely on its most often cited broad official "guesstimate" of "5 to 10 million adoptees in the U.S." Private agency or independent adoptions account for more than 80% of adoptions in a state like California, but these are difficult to track, particularly when they cross state and country borders. In addition, no one knows how many…
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Gradually, there are lesser desired adoptive kids as society have come to accept single mother who parent their children compared to earlier. The disgrace of giving birth to a child outside marriage has lowered and hence, the bulk of single moms prefer to have their kids with them in place of "relinquishing them" for being adopted. Besides, thanks to advanced technology, "birth control" pills are instantly accessible to the fertile populace, and, as abortion has been legalized, a pregnancy which is unplanned could be stopped. A new dimension to the problem has emerged because of the decrease in the supply of desirable adoptable infants and the rising infertility among Americans. (Infant Adoption is Big Business in America)
It is anticipated that out of every six couples, one couple has problems in conceiving and total infertile couples may number 5.3 million. A lot of adopters who are presently desirous of adoption…
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Normally, efforts must be reasonable and diligent but not futile. The general grounds for termination of parental rights in all states are as follows. Abandonment is a prime case of abandonment can be established after six months of conscious disregard of any form of parental obligations by a parent, including support, maintenance, love and care. The conduct must be intentional and normally must involve a lack of support plus a failure to communicate. Neglect must be serious and continuing and involve serious mental, physical or moral harm to the child. Poverty or disreputable lifestyle, absent such harm, is not adequate grounds for termination. Abuse requires serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual misconduct. A likelihood of future abuse must also be established, since termination is not intended to be a punishment to the biological parent. A mental illness, deficiency, or substance abuse problem must result in an inability to parent,…
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" (asson, 1999); and systematic way of designing, carrying out, and evaluating the total process of learning and teaching in terms of specific objectives, based on research in human learning and communications, and employing a combination of human and non-human resources to bring about more effective instruction (Commission on Instructional Technology, 1970)." (asson, 1999)
asson shares the fact that a survey conducted by Nick Hammond et al. On "locks to the Effective Use of Information Technology in Higher Education" states confirmation that: "...virtually all departments use computer facilities for teaching statistics and practical classes. Few lecturers report using simulations, demonstrations, self testing materials or structuring tools (such as concept mapping) within their teaching." (1999) Other findings make the suggestion that: "...lecturers tend to call on tools they already use for their research for teaching purposes. For example, word processing packages are used to prepare course notes; data analysis packages are…
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Toulmin-Based Argument in Support of Pet Adoptions From Shelters
More people who want pets should adopt them from shelters because many unwanted animals are being destroyed each year in favor of purebred species obtained from other sources which provide their operators with a profit. The worth of the lives of these otherwise-doomed animals, though, far outweighs the individual pet-owning preferences of owners and no animal should be destroyed in favor of one that is bred for sale. Certainly, as discussed further below, this does not mean that individual pet-owners do not have a right to choose what type of animal they want for their families, but it does mean that more emphasis needs to be placed on pet adoptions from shelters to save as many animals from destruction as possible. In fact, some American communities have gone so far as to adopt a "no kill" policy in their pet shelters…
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Electronic Health ecord System
Technology holds a lot of great potential in hospital operations. Nurses have a chance to serve their patients better and carry out other special operations at the hospital by utilizing technology. Electronic Health ecord (EH) system is the latest technology that is used to record and monitor all the hospital records. For the technology to be considered appropriate, a number of factors have to be considered. The following discussion identifies and gives a rationale for the factors considered.
The five qualities of a good EH system
One quality of the useful technology is the relative advantage of the technology. Here, the adopted technology should be better off than the one already in existence. It will be wise to have a system that serves the role in a better way than the one in place. Secondly, the new system to be adopted is that there should be…
Bates, D.W. (2010). Getting In Step: Electronic Health Records And Their Role In Care Coordination. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(3), 174 -- 176
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Such decisions are made by the courts based on personal values, not empirical data. In 1999, the American Psychologist published one of the first research studies on the topic of adoptive parenting. "Deconstructing the Essential Father" (Silverstein & Auerbach, 1999) concluded that successful parenting is not gender specific and children do not need fathers or mothers. ather, any gender configuration of adults could parent equally well. The implication that fathers were not necessary was extremely controversial.
Since then, numerous studies, such as one conducted last year by yan of the University of Texas School of Social Work, and Averett and Nalavany of East Carolina University (2009), show that there is no difference in emotional problems experienced by the children who are adopted by heterosexual and gay or lesbian parents. In order to determine their findings, the study's authors used survey results from parents who adopted children through Florida's public…
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Gay Couples and Child Adoption
Adoption by couples of the same sex has recently been legalized in almost 14 countries, however it has been remained illegal in most of countries as debate spins on in several countries as to whether it should be legalized or not. The concern of the opposing side is whether gay couples are able to adequately provide parenthood.
According to a consensus which was arrived at by psychological, medical as well as social communities, children who have been raised by gay parents are also able to adjust well just like children who are raised by heterosexual parents. This conclusion has also been highly accepted within the developmental psychology field, (Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth & K. Lee Lerner, 2006). As derived from the available evidence in the field, the Florida's Third Court of Appeal in 2010 was satisfied that this issue was far beyond dispute that it will…
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Moral issues should not come to play. Individuals who are against the adoptions do not care about equality or that research does not support their fears. Nor do these individuals care that the American Academy of Pediatrics, among an entire list of other human services and medical organizations for the betterment of children and families has taken a stand that adoption by gay parents and gay parenting in general does not offer real or significant emotional dangers to children. ather, the emotional danger comes when parents -- be they heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual -- abuse their children.
It is how children are raised that is of concern, not who raises them, argues the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. "Children of gay, lesbian and bisexual and transgender parents are similar to children with heterosexual parents with respect to their emotional and personal development. it's the quality of the parent-child…
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history have their been instances of the old saying: "I am my father's son." Adoption is a wonderful way to connect parents to children that would otherwise be trapped in the "system." It also provides a chance for children to be in a loving home. However there are some problems that must be addressed when it comes to adoption. There are several components to think of.
The first is biological. Sometimes parents, when they bare children, they pass onto them a genetic condition. An adopted child should have the right to know whether or not he/she may inherit such condition. The other component is emotional. Emotionally speaking, children need to know their roots. They need to feel as though the belong. Sometimes, unfortunately, they cannot get that from their adopted family and then must seek it through their biological parents. Providing the option of at least getting background information on…
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Diffusion and Adoption Strategy
The idea of innovation is commonly discussed in corporate circles but there has been little research that explores the dynamics that influence its occurrence, or even the fact that people are often hesitant to embrace new ideas that are the hallmark of innovation. It is ironical that even though innovation is the actual transition driver that ensures continuity from one phase to another in the corporate sector and industry, there is less than adequate research available to the players concerned; to equip them with the requisite skills and attitude for a fertile ground that will enable innovation to thrive. All CEOs in the modern business era are faced with stiff competition. They have targets that sometimes turn out to be almost impossible to achieve because innovation is either dormant among the key players in their teams, or that there is little appreciation of the role of…
Hanlon, A. (2013, October 30). Using the Diffusion of Innovation (DOI) to engage with different types of buyers when new products are launched. Retrieved from http://www.smartinsights.com/marketing-planning/marketing-models/diffusion-innovation-model/
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knowledge statements on Cardiovasular Diseases among Minority Women in U.S.
Globally, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) accounts for the single largest cause of death among women, causing 8.6 million deaths annually (Keyhani et al., 2008). In the U.S., it is estimated that about 38.2 million women currently live with CVD and more women than men die each year from CVD (Mosca et al., 2007). Cardiovascular disease varies substantially not only across gender lines, but also across different ethnic groups in the U.S. For example, Hamner and Wildner (2008) noted that the prevalence of CVD is higher among African-American women (49%) when compared to Caucasian women (35%). According to Williams (2009), age-adjusted death rate to CVD in 2002 was significantly higher among African-American women (169.7 per 100,000) when compared to Caucasian women (131.2 per 100,000). Knowledge and awareness of cardiovascular risk factors is limited among African-American women as Williams (2009) citing a survey…
Hamner, J., & Wilder, B. (2008). Knowledge and risk of cardiovascular disease in rural Alabama women. J Am Acad Nurse Pract, 20(6), 333-338.
Keyhani, S., Scobie, J.V., Hebert, P.L., & McLaughlin, M.A. (2008). Gender disparities in blood pressure control and cardiovascular care in a national sample of ambulatory care visits. Hypertension, 51(4), 1149-1155.
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Williams, R.A. (2009) Cardiovascular disease in African-American Women: A health care disparities issue. Journal of National Medical Association, 101, 536-540
Cross-functional team dynamics require leaders who can be transformational in their ability to communicate compelling missions, goals and objectives for the teams, not just managing by action item lists and project plans (Santa, Ferrer, Bretherton, Hyland, 2010).
The best cross-functional teams then have a level of passionate intensity about them; they see the much greater result they are attempting to accomplish as worth the sacrifices they need to attain them (Feng, Jiang, Fan, Fu, 2010). Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the area of new product development and introduction (NPDI), especially in high tech manufacturing where product lifecycles are so rapid (Boks, Stevels, 2007). In the leading high tech companies including Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, sustainability engineering, product development engineering, packaging, repackaging and remanufacturing all have their experts on cross-functional teams to share their expertise and insight to make sustainability initiatives accomplishable through better use of internal knowledge…
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Ethical Issues Surrounding the Adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by Health Care Organizations and Meaningful Use
The objective of this work in writing is to examine why health care organizations are hesitant to adopt electronic health records (HER) in light of the potential of HER to improve quality, increase access, and reduce costs. This issue will be examined from a legal, financial, and ethical standpoint and in relation to 'meaningful use'.
The use of information technology in the health care field shows a great deal of potential toward improving quality, efficiency, and safety in medical care. (DeRoches, Campbell, and Rao, 2008, paraphrased; Frisse & Holmes, 2007, paraphrased; and Walker, et al., 2005, paraphrased) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 is reflective of the unprecedented interest of the Federal government in the area of bringing about increases in the use of IT in health care for system…
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Call centers have become a very vital component of business today and employ several million people the world over. Their increasing role and place in operations have made them a target for researchers looking to study operations management. This has been the case in several fields including capacity planning, personnel scheduling, queuing and forecasting. Further, with the advancement of information technology and telecommunications, new challenges have arisen that call centers all over the world have to face and various technologies have complicated the operations of call centers (Aksin, Armony & Mehrotra, 2007). Operation Technology (OT) helps in the creation of physical value as well as in the process of manufacturing. It consists of sensors, software and devices needed for the control and monitoring of equipment in a plant as well as the plant as a whole. On the other hand, Information technology (IT) brings together all the required pieces of…
The Curriculum Committee is in charge of the curriculum selection process; it ensures the choice of subjects and their content for any given curricular program is assessed (Briars, 2014). Identification of individuals who will form part of the curriculum committee varies in its scale. The committee aims at initiating a generic collaborative process.
The committee’s foremost duty is mapping and describing the current curricular matter utilized by schools or school districts. Evaluation of either extant district academic material or those put forward for potential adoption necessitates digging deeper and paying attention to content relevance and instructional design nature. Here, discrete learning objectives constitute the key. For ascertaining whether learning material is able to fulfill the established academic objectives, an analysis process is needed, commencing with identifying standards and the cumulative progress measures which will function as the analysis’s intellectual base (Harris et al., 2015). The task needs to be completed…
They can take care of themselves. I've also been told they're good companions. But I wonder. A lot of the cats I've seen have either been so independent that they don't care if a human is around, or they are so scared they won't even let you near them. I don't know if this is normal, but it's my experience. I knew a cat that would hide over the refrigerator every time I came into my friend's house. I knew another cat that treated me as if I didn't exist. I don't think that's the kind of pet I want. I want a pet that is interactive all the time, not just when its mood feels like it. Cats require all the same shots, collars, and food that dogs need, as well as litter boxes. They aren't cheaper than dogs, even if they are supposedly cleaner and more self sustaining.…
Kodak's Slow Adoption Of Information Technology
Corporate history reveals only a few blunders that are as confounding as Kodak's wasted digital photography opportunities; what's more, Kodak was, in fact, the inventor of digital photography technology. The company's strategic failure stemmed directly from its decades-long weakening, with digital photography destroying Kodak's film-based model of business. For several decades, management was unable to realize that digital photography constituted a disruptive new technology, at the same time company researchers extended that technology's boundaries (Mui, 2012). Kodak had a head start into digital technologies and could manufacture industry-leading digital cameras and technologies ahead of competitors. But it took a whole decade for digital cameras to dominate the market for cameras. It was only in 2002 that total digital camera sales finally exceeded analog camera sales. In hindsight, the company possessed over two valuable decades' time for responding to a threat to its existence. Considering…
Chopra, A. (2013). How Kodak and Polaroid fell victim to the dark side of innovation. Retrieved April 11, 2016, from http://betanews.com/2013/12/12/how-kodak-and-polaroid-fell-victim-to-the-dark-side-of-innovation/
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Within these findings are many insights and differences in opinion as to the benefits and caveats of XBL adoption. In the a case of HMC, privacy issues are a key factor in the reason for their partial adoption of XBL, rather than the full adoption undertaken by CH. The interviewees were from varied backgrounds and included three from HMC and four from CH. They included persons from many different facets of the project. They included interviews from accountancy, the Manager of Online Services, a Technical Architect, and a Process Advisor. These interviewees represent technical personnel who are directly involved in the project implementation. The list of interviewees also included senior management, including the Head of Development, Senior Project Manager, and Business Systems Analyst.
The interviewees represent diversity in opinions among those in various phases of the project. They represent numerous disciplines that are involved as well. Each professional was concerned…
Keeling, D. (2009). HTML - XML - XBRL - iXBRL - what's it all about-AccountancyAge. August 17, 2009. http://keelinguncorked.accountancyage.com/2009/08/html-xml-xb.html
Memo to Support the Adoption of Active Listening
Medical Practice Staff
Active listening may offer a great deal of potential to increase the effectiveness of communication which takes within the practice, creating increased clarity and reducing the potential for misunderstandings, especially with patients who may be emotional or find communication difficult. esearch by Street and Haidet (2011), looked specifically at communication between doctors and patients, and found frequent significant gap between physicians' perception of the patients' health concerns and actual beliefs and concerns, creating the potential for misunderstanding. Factors that were attributed to the problem were presumptions and communication issues between the two parties. While this research looked at doctors, other authors have extended this to different healthcare professions, applying to both patient and peer communication (Propp et al., 2010; Beam et al., 2010).
Active listening is a technique which the listener in the…
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Street, Richard L; Haidet, Paul, (2011), How Well Do Doctors Know their Patients? Factors Affecting Physician Understanding of Patients' Health Beliefs, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(1), 21 -- 27
Sigma and Motorola
Why the Pervasive Adoption of Six Sigma Is Needed
The value of Six Sigma has been readily and thoroughly proven throughout all manufacturing industries and continues to be the foundation of supply chain, sourcing, production and post-sales support performance improvements. Each of these areas of manufacturing are easily quantified and provide ample evidence of the value of Six Sigma for reducing costs, time constraints and improving profitability (Davies, 2004). Yet the areas of services and the more intricate and complex aspects of healthcare, customer services deliver online and from call centers, and the use of Six Sigma in measuring professional services and educational performance are less commonplace but even more valuable. These non-manufacturing scenarios often have more complex cost structures associated with them, greater variability in cost management and a lack of consistency in implementation, all of which make them exceptionally difficult to manage to budgets (Antony,…
Antony, J. 2006, "Six sigma for service processes," Business Process Management Journal, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 234-248.
Davies, C. 2004, "Using Six Sigma throughout the service product lifecycle," Supply Chain Europe, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 37-37.
Qianmei (May) Feng & Manuel, C.M. 2008, "Under the knife: a national survey of six sigma programs in U.S. healthcare organizations," International journal of health care quality assurance, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 535-547.
Laureani, A., Antony, J. & Douglas, A. 2010, "Lean six sigma in a call centre: a case study," International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. 59, no. 8, pp. 757-768.
technology adoption by small & medium-sized logistics providers," using a qualitative methodology. However, the use of a mixed methods approach could add another dimension to this study. Instead of engaging in a relatively small number of interviews of logistics providers, I could also submit questionnaires to be quantitatively assessed to a much wider framework of logistics competitors within the same industry. Qualitative research is always limited to some degree in scope because its focus is on depth, not breadth, and individual experiences. The introduction of a quantitative component would allow me to gain a broader perspective on the issues raised and qualify my findings from my more anecdotal, qualitative research. "Mixed methods begins with the assumption that investigators…gather evidence based on the nature of the question and theoretical orientation" rather than are shackled to a single worldview ("Best practices," 2014).
Mixed methods approaches to research offer 'the best of both…
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Adoption Of the EH Technology Systems
In a contemporary health environment, nurses have long been using the computer technology to achieve the health outcomes such as the laboratory tests, however, the EH (electronic health records) has become a revolutionary innovative technology for the enhancement of the healthcare system. It is very critical for nurses to understand their roles as an agent of changes and influence other to change the tradition way of doing things. My role as a nursing facilitator of a small hospital in New York is to prepare the implementation plan of a new EH system for the hospital. While the decision has been finalized for the implementation of the EH, nevertheless, there is still a resistance from the nurses of the hospital.
The objective of this paper is to use the five qualities of the oger (2003) model for the implementation of the new system.
Evans, S. & Stemple, C. (2008). Electronic Health Records and the Value of Health IT. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy JMCP. 14 (6):S16-S18.
Lee, T. (2004). Nurses' adoption of technology: Application of Rogers' Innovation-diffusion Model. Applied Nursing Research. 17(4): 231-238.
Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.
Acculturation of International Students in the United States
The objective of this study is the examination of Saudi Arabian international students and their adjustment to the culture of the U.S.
According to the work of Razek and Coyner (2011) the number of students from Saudi Arabia that study in the U.S. "quintupled from 3,035 students in 2005 to 15,910 students I 2010 due to a fully funded Saudi government scholarship. As students originating in a cultural background differing from the prevailing principles of their higher education institutions, Saudi students face several challenges." (Razek and Coyner, 2011) The experiences of Saudi Arabian students in the U.S. can be differentiated by their "experience, religious and political factors." (Razek and Coyner, 2011, p.44)
arriers faced by Saudi Arabian students include "linguistic barriers" and challenges related to transition to their foreign educational institution including challenges in locating accommodations and day-to-day life necessities…
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Shaw, DL (2009) Bridging Differences, Saudi Arabian Students Reflect on their Educational Experiences and Share Success Strategies. Retrieved from: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/13826/ShawDonnaS2010.pdf
Discuss this product in terms of its repositioned target market demographics using U.S. Census Data.
In regards to U.S. Census Data, the target market demographic show promise. The repositioned product will focus on high level and medium income level people. These individuals tend to be high lifestyle and business professionals. The product is full of applications and latest operating system that is helpful for professionals and other business persons to accomplish their tasks on the phones. This demographic is experiences positive change. For instance, consumer confidence for the past three months has risen in this segment. Discretionary income for individuals making $100,000 or more has risen 12% over the past decade. This positive trend allows consumers to spend more on IM's products and services. The smartphone industry overall is growing at an annual rate of 9% per year with adoption rates increasing at a corresponding amount.
Determine the types…
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Collaboration Software Evaluation and Analysis
As virtual teams become pervasive in many enterprises globally, the need for stable, secure and scalable collaboration platforms becomes more and more important to organizations achieving complex strategic goals and objectives. Virtual teams can often coordinate and collaborate using personal productivity applications, yet on more complex tasks requiring orchestration of complex workflows and sharing dozens of documents at the same time, Microsoft Outlook and e-mail break down and don't deliver the level of functionality necessary. Given the rapid rise in virtual teams in conjunction with the lack of support in many personal productivity software applications for intensive collaboration an entirely new area of enterprise software has emerged. Customer elationship Management (CM) systems with social networking functionality (Social CM), enterprise content management, knowledge management, groupware, portals and Web Services have all emerged as proven solutions to the continual challenge of communication and collaboration in virtual teams…
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International Financial eporting Standards
IFS and Canada
Canada was one of the first prominent nations involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement to consider switching their financial reporting to the International Financial eporting Standards. For years, Canada had been under the pressure of the United States to adopt a system aligned with the GAAP. Still, growing opportunities across the globe made the adoption of the IFS in Canada a better option. It was announced in early 2008 that the move was going to be made in Canada. Canada officially adopted the IFS standards in January of 2011 (PWC, 2014). Actually, the IFS standards were quite similar to the already existing Canadian GAAP standards. Thus the transition, for most businesses, was not extremely different than what they had encountered in the past.
The country made the official decision to adopt the IFS over their own GAAP system came in a…
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Moreover, it is unclear whether Jim has attempted to reestablish any meaningful contact with his children; rather, his entire focus has been on becoming a better person. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that goal in and of itself (it is, after all, a universal human quality), he appears to have pursued this goal to the total exclusion of making any substantive reparations to his family. Finally, it is interesting that Jim somehow feels compelled to tell others -- including potential employers -- about his criminal past and his current status in treatment, as if this ongoing commitment to all-out honesty somehow absolves him from a deceptive and duplicitous history, or at least helps to explain it (which it does if one is interested). According to Jim, "Entering into society again was very difficult. I had lost my business, my friends and was now divorced. After leaving jail, I…
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It is an interesting topic, as Enron has often been studied in terms of the complications it posed for the economy, investors, and accounting law, but not so much as an organizational breakdown of communications (at least not so far as I am aware). In terms of the length of your project, you have posed many questions to answer, but your hypothesis seems concentrated enough to keep you on 'track.' Also, all of your questions have a single focus, which is good. Selecting one theorist and theory to apply to a very complicated situation seems ideal, given the extensive literature that is available on Enron.
Of course, because your paper is just in the draft stages it is hard to critique your writing style, but your outline seems comprehensive, organized, and detailed. The only questions to ask are if you will be able to obtain enough information on the interior,…
Collaboration tools in business settings are becoming more and more important. About 20% of people who work via technology already say they have never met their bosses (CNET, 2011). Yet, for the most part, many business or project teams seeking collaboration methods do so without fully understanding the resources and their implications (osen, 2010). Most organizations use such services for virtual meetings or document sharing, not for the more complex capabilities opportunities.
In determining what kinds of collaboration systems issues may be appropriate, it is important to look at the size of one's business and the size of one's need. Even though fully integrated systems are now coming online, many business still likely need only piecemeal elements, though they want them to be services that will compatible in the future. In fact, companies tend to place their collaborative activities next to technologies to more or less see what…
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Rhetoric is the use of language to persuade others, and visual rhetoric therefore represents the use of images to perform the same function. e are constantly exposed to visual rhetoric when we read magazines, watch TV, or travel down a city street, in the form advertisements for products and services. These ads are created by corporations, non-profits, and the government, and their purpose is to provide information and/or persuade you, the audience, to pay attention and possibly become interested in their products or services. The non-profit called "The Shelter Pet Project" represents a collaborative effort between the U.S. Humane Society, Maddie's Fund, and the Ad Council in order to promote pet adoption from shelters as the first choice for prospective pet owners ("Campaign fact sheet"). The most visible product of this collaboration is the production of attractive and well-designed ads that present an argument for a mutually-beneficial…
Barribeau, Tim. "Better Photography Could Save the Lives of Abandoned Animals." PopPhoto.com (2011, Sep. 19). Web. 13 Jan. 2012.
Chapman, Cameron. "Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color." Smashing Magazine (2010, Jan. 28). Web. 13 Jan. 2012.
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diffusion and adoption of new personal electronic devices. Specifically, the marketing efforts, market penetration for DVDs and Palm Pilots in addition, the use of DVDs and Personal Data Assistants will be reviewed, and a brief analysis of early, middle, and late users will be undertaken. For the purpose of this paper, the terms PDA and Palm Pilot will be used interchangeably.
New technologies are anticipated to revolutionize how we spend our work and leisure time. Dr. Ellen artella, Dean of the University of Texas College of Communication notes, "In the 1970's, TV became the technology that colonized America's leisure time" (Microsoft.com). artella then goes on to predict that digital technologies and computers will quickly fill that gap in the years to come, and that young people will be at the forefront of that trend. This trend is expected to grow, and artella notes, "hile desktops, notebooks, cell phones and hand-helds…
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Jensen, Peter. New York State Office of Mental Health. 26 November 2003.
This approach to planning supply chains through collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPF) is highly dependent on collaborative applications and platforms that support analytics and advanced approaches to creating dashboards and balanced scored cards of sup[ply chain performance and value created (Huberman, Wilkinson, 2010).
The reliance on collaborative applications and platforms that are also capable of streamlining complex manufacturing processes, dropping costs per unit costs from each unit produced due to greater efficiencies being achieved with intelligence, is also an area of best practices beginning to emerge from collaborative systems in manufacturing (osenzweig, 2009). These systems have the ability to align information and knowledge to specific steps in a lean manufacturing process, further accelerating a company to its objectives of producing higher quality, lower cost products (osenzweig, 2009). This integration of lean manufacturing concepts and knowledge management is most often found in highly complex, specialized manufacturing operations. A prime example…
Cross, R., Gray, P., Cunningham, S., Showers, M., & Thomas, R.. (2010). The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work. MIT Sloan Management Review, 52(1), 83-90.
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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "bans discrimination, including sex-based discrimination, by trade unions, schools, or employers that are involved in interstate commerce or that do business with the federal government" the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in a broad array of private conduct including public accommodations, governmental services and education. One section of the Act, referred to as Title VII, prohibits employment discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin. The Act prohibits discrimination against the aforementioned protected classes in the areas of recruitment, hiring, wages, assignment, promotions, benefits, discipline, discharge, layoffs and almost every aspect of employment (Loevy 1997).
However, Title VII provides than an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs and practices unless doing so would cause undue hardship on the business. As an employee were are obligated to try to resolve any conflict if possible. We would…
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Ended Racial Segregation. State University Press of New York.
S. until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. (Samuels, 2001) According to existing sources, which are sketchy, the establishment of adoption procedures initially failed to provide elements of confidentiality however, these protections were eventually included. Adoption laws and regulations have been instituted in what may be described as a manner that is both illogical and non-uniform in nature. The historical account of the adoption process in the U.S. states that: "Early in the twentieth century, states began moving toward protecting the privacy of participants in the adoption process by closing court records to public inspection." (Samuels, 2001) During the 1930s and 1940s as well as into the earlier part of the 1950s nearly all U.S. states imposed secrecy upon the records in adoptions in order to keep the adoption parents and biological parents from knowing one another and as well to keep the adopted child from accessing information relating…
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One of the more high-profile contemporary civil rights issues is the controversy over gay marriage. Proponents of the rights of same-sex couples argue that there is absolutely no basis for discrimination against gay marriage and that it is the precise equivalent of laws prohibiting interracial marriage from the shameful history of racial segregation in the U.S. Opponents of same sex marriage consider it to be a fundamental violation of traditional moral principles that have governed the institution of marriage throughout human history. They have also suggested that one of the strongest reasons for opposing gay marriage is that it legitimizes those relationships in a way that would greatly increase the numbers of adopted children raised by gay parents.
Meanwhile, there is absolutely no empirical evidence that gay parents are any less qualified to provide good homes for children than parents within traditional heterosexual marriages. I fact, there may…
Adopting Speial Needs Children
When it omes to adoption, parenting styles for speial needs hildren is really no different. There are hundreds and thousands of hildren that are urrently living in the foster are system that are put into the group of "Speial Needs" waiting for a household to support and love them. The word speial need promptly brings to mind the idea of a hild with inability, in adoption terms the word inludes a larger sense. The word speial needs relating to adoption basially is saying that a hild that is hard to plae by the state adoption agenies or adoption unit. Most of these hildren do not have muh health or temperament issues; they are just measured "hard to position" by a lot of adoption organizations. The hoies of ages for hildren that are in this group are from babies all the way up to the age of…
cited in Gray, 2003) on the subject of parents with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome shows how parents cope with their child's disability. The mother and the father each draws from different resources to cope with how they react toward their child. Furthermore, the research has shown that coping strategies varies for women and men.