Convergence Chronicles 2024-04-15T23:12:40+00:00 Professor. Zakir Aliyev Open Journal Systems <ul> <li><strong>Editor in Chief:</strong> Beverly Kracher, Ph.D.</li> <li><strong>Associate Chief Editor:</strong> Prof. Samantha Dieckmann</li> <li><strong>E-ISSN: <a title="ISSN" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2955-7844</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Issues per year:</strong> 6 Issues (<strong>Bi-Monthly</strong>) </li> <li><strong>Impact Factor: </strong><a title="Impact" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3.836</a></li> <li><strong>Review Speed:</strong> 24 Days</li> <li><strong>Publication Time:</strong> 1.2 Weeks</li> <li><strong>Open Access Type: </strong> Gold OA</li> <li><strong><a href=";authuser=9&amp;user=FQ83EDoAAAAJ">Google Scholar</a> Citation:</strong> 6514</li> <li><strong>Google Scholar i10-index:</strong> 66</li> </ul> Enhancing Organizational Performance: The Impact of Reward Management on Employee Behavior 2024-02-29T18:45:15+00:00 Timothy Damilola Ayi Vida Korang <p>The research explores the efficacy of reward management systems within the Ghana National Fire Service, focusing on their impact on employee behavior. Through a quantitative approach, utilizing a descriptive survey design, the study explores the relationship between reward management practices and their influence on employee motivation, performance, and alignment with organizational goals. It highlights the positive correlation between well-structured reward systems and improved employee motivation, job satisfaction, and overall organizational performance. Key findings underscore the significance of financial and non-financial rewards in enhancing employee productivity and the clarity of organizational objectives. Despite the overall positive impact, the study identifies variability in perceptions regarding job evaluations and resource provisions, signaling areas for potential improvement. The discussion emphasizes the strategic importance of reward management in fostering a motivated workforce, aligning employee efforts with organizational goals, and enhancing job satisfaction. Conclusively, the research advocates for the adoption of comprehensive reward strategies that not only motivate employees but also contribute to the attainment of organizational objectives, thereby suggesting a pivotal role for reward management in organizational effectiveness and employee development within the context of the Ghana National Fire Service.</p> 2024-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Timothy Damilola Ayi, Dr. Vida Korang Enhancing Prosthetics and Orthotics Service Delivery in Ghana: A Call for Standardization, Capacity Building, and Systemic Reform 2024-03-13T09:07:12+00:00 Moses Kofi Koho Jacob Abebrese <p>This qualitative study investigates the current state of Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&amp;O) service delivery within the Ghana Health Service, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for improving care in low-resource settings. Conducted in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, the research employed semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, including technicians and heads of department at a regional P&amp;O center. The study aimed to assess the existence and application of standard operating procedures (SOPs), the adequacy of infrastructure and materials, and the level of professional training and capacity building among P&amp;O service providers. The findings reveal a significant gap in standardized protocols, reliance on individual expertise for decision-making, infrastructural deficiencies, and a pressing need for professional training. The absence of SOPs and the reliance on ad hoc practices compromise the quality and consistency of P&amp;O services, highlighting a broader issue of resource constraints in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Based on the insights gained, the study recommends the development and implementation of SOPs tailored to local contexts, investment in infrastructure and equipment, enhanced training programs for healthcare professionals, and the establishment of public-private partnerships to leverage additional resources. These steps are crucial for improving the accessibility and quality of P&amp;O services, ultimately enhancing the well-being and social integration of individuals with disabilities in Ghana. This research contributes to the limited body of literature on rehabilitation services in LMICs and proposes actionable strategies for healthcare policy and practice improvements in Ghana, with potential applicability to similar contexts globally.</p> 2024-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Moses Kofi Koho Balancing Acts: Developing Effective Support Systems for Married Postgraduate Students in Higher Education 2024-03-13T11:15:47+00:00 Stephen Kwasi Kusi Prince Kwame Affum Isaac Bright Fosu Kusi <p>This study explores the landscape of academic stress and coping mechanisms among married postgraduate students within the Sunyani Municipality, spotlighting the multifaceted challenges these individuals encounter. It highlights the dual burden of academic and non-academic responsibilities, underscoring the significant role of financial constraints, time management issues, and emotional stressors. Through a qualitative research design, the study draws on in-depth interviews from a sample of married postgraduate students at the Catholic University College of Ghana now Catholic University of Ghana, revealing how these students navigate the complexities of balancing family life, academic obligations, and, in some instances, employment. The findings underscore financial stress as a paramount concern, with students grappling with the high costs associated with tuition fees, books, and transportation. Time management emerges as another critical challenge, as students strive to juggle their family responsibilities and academic duties effectively. Emotional stress, exacerbated by relationship dynamics and family member illnesses or losses, further complicates their academic journey. This study contributes to the existing body of literature by shedding light on the unique experiences of married postgraduate students in Ghana, an underexplored demographic in stress research. The study advocates for the development of targeted support mechanisms within academic institutions to address the distinctive challenges faced by this demographic. By understanding and mitigating the sources of stress for married postgraduate students, higher education institutions can enhance student well-being and academic success, fostering an environment that supports all students' diverse needs.</p> 2024-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Stephen Kwasi Kusi, Prince Kwame Affum, Isaac Bright Fosu Kusi The Impact of Digital Learning Tools on Student Motivation and Engagement 2024-04-10T01:28:07+00:00 Kyeremeh Dennis <p>Arising from the widespread use of and access to the internet, digital tools have rapidly increased over the past two decades. In a plural and contentious field, digital tools are anything that can aid a student in their learning process or beyond. This ranges from an internet-based referencing tool, desktop publishing software, online tutorials, simulations, computer-based writing programs, and a comprehensive suite of tools. Despite this, effect sizes for learning using digital tools do not favor schools' high adoption of such tools, swayed by important cognitive psychology data: students learn best when the material is tailored to their cognitive level, interactive, and when feedback is maximized. Digital tools can allow this learning to occur, but only if applied in a way consistent with the cited factors. Currently, schools' high use of digital tools could be associated with the 'just do it' approach to implementation, where benefits are expected to be immediate and intuitive without teacher training or severe consideration of tool design. This has resulted in teachers and students sometimes overvaluing tools with no sound cognitive foundation or evidence base. This criticism validates that learning should be based on 'what works' and not political/ideological preference. Despite this, many educational researchers from an education technology background agree that digital tools have transformative power to learning if used to reflect sound pedagogical design. This disparity between tool advocates and the broader educational community has fueled the current debate of whether digital tools are good/wrong for student learning and their uptake by schools. This review focuses on the impact of modern digital tools on students, with the scope being all associated aspects of schooling and student learning.</p> 2024-04-09T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Kyeremeh Dennis , Prof. Dallas Doane The Importance of Repentance in Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy 2024-04-15T23:12:40+00:00 Anthony Otu Abban <p>The growing acceptance that spiritual and religious variables can be pertinent to the understanding and treatment of mental health problems has given rise to an accommodation between psychologists and religious professionals. A considerable consensus exists in the recent literature that more in-depth explorations of spiritual and religious matters in the context of mental health need to occur. This paper begins with a critical review of various pieces of literature on sin and the use of repentance in reducing psychological distress. It progresses into a qualitative investigation that operates in a hermeneutic-phenomenological epistemological framework exploring the experiences of Christians who have undergone psychotherapy and then into a proposition for a research methodology for potential investigations into the effects of sin and repentance on mental health and well-being. The findings of this investigation suggest that the integration of repentance into psychological counseling and psychotherapy can significantly contribute to the overall well-being of individuals seeking mental health assistance. Drawing upon the assertions of the theologian clients is an intrinsically harmonious yet sometimes subtly subversive process concerning the psychotherapist, as many in modern Western societies subscribe to the presuppositions of mental health problems being clinically defined and therefore unrelated to spiritual matters. Added to this were the personal opinions of several participants during the investigation that psychologists and cognitive-behavioral-based practitioners will hold stigmatized attitudes toward sin and repentance as indicators of mental health problems owing to the modern psychological movement to remove moral presumptions from conceptualizations of mental illness.</p> 2024-04-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Anthony Otu Abban