Convergence Chronicles <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> Scholar Indexing Society en-US Convergence Chronicles 2228-835X <p>The submitting author warrants that the submission is original and that she/he is the author of the submission together with the named co-authors; to the extent the submission incorporates text passages, figures, data, or other material from the work of others, the submitting author has obtained any necessary permission. By submitting an article the author grants this journal the non-exclusive right to publish it. The author retains the copyright and the publishing rights for his article without any restrictions. </p> The Importance of Repentance in Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy <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> Anthony Otu Abban Copyright (c) 2024 Anthony Otu Abban 2024-04-15 2024-04-15 5 2 54 62 10.53075/Ijmsirq/6345345345 The Impact of Digital Learning Tools on Student Motivation and Engagement <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> Kyeremeh Dennis Copyright (c) 2024 Kyeremeh Dennis , Prof. Dallas Doane 2024-04-09 2024-04-09 5 2 45 53 10.53075/Ijmsirq/65345345232 Balancing Acts: Developing Effective Support Systems for Married Postgraduate Students in Higher Education <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> Stephen Kwasi Kusi Prince Kwame Affum Isaac Bright Fosu Kusi Copyright (c) 2024 Stephen Kwasi Kusi, Prince Kwame Affum, Isaac Bright Fosu Kusi 2024-03-13 2024-03-13 5 2 28 44 10.53075/Ijmsirq/655745678 Enhancing Organizational Performance: The Impact of Reward Management on Employee Behavior <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> Timothy Damilola Ayi Vida Korang Copyright (c) 2024 Timothy Damilola Ayi, Dr. Vida Korang 2024-03-13 2024-03-13 5 2 1 14 10.53075/Ijmsirq/655446457564 Enhancing Prosthetics and Orthotics Service Delivery in Ghana: A Call for Standardization, Capacity Building, and Systemic Reform <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> Moses Kofi Koho Jacob Abebrese Copyright (c) 2024 Moses Kofi Koho 2024-03-13 2024-03-13 5 2 15 27 10.53075/Ijmsirq/655464355 Strategic Investments and Innovations: The Path of African Rainbow Minerals and Quantum Property Group <p>This study examines the strategic investments and innovations of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Quantum Property Group, showcasing their pivotal roles in driving sustainable development within Africa's mining and property sectors. ARM's diversified approach to mining critical minerals for renewable energy and technological advancements positions it as a leader in sustainable mining practices. Meanwhile, Quantum Property Group's focus on innovative real estate solutions addresses urbanization challenges, emphasizing green building and sustainable urban development. Both companies exemplify the integration of economic growth with environmental stewardship and social responsibility, highlighting their contributions to sustainable development in Africa. The analysis delves into how ARM and Quantum Property Group's strategic orientations secure their financial growth and foster economic diversification, environmental sustainability, and community development across the continent. ARM's commitment to environmentally friendly mining technologies and methods sets a benchmark for the industry, encouraging adopting sustainable practices. Quantum Property Group's innovative approaches to property development reflect a commitment to creating sustainable urban environments that promote efficient resource use and improve quality of life. Furthermore, this study explores the broader implications of these companies' strategies on policy development, global perceptions of Africa as a destination for sustainable investment, and the potential for shaping a more inclusive economic growth model. The initiatives undertaken by ARM and Quantum Property Group demonstrate the significant role businesses can play in addressing global sustainability challenges, offering lessons for other companies across diverse sectors. ARM and Quantum Property Group's strategic investments and innovations exemplify best practices in corporate sustainability and contribute to a broader narrative of Africa's potential for sustainable economic development. Their approaches offer valuable insights into aligning business success with societal and environmental goals, providing a blueprint for future endeavors in the continent's economic landscape.</p> Nnuroh Emmanuel Copyright (c) 2024 Nnuroh Emmanuel 2024-04-17 2024-04-17 5 2 28 40 10.53075/Ijmsirq/6550667878 Relationship Between Leadership Qualities and Employee Retention among Staff at Selected Public and Private Universities <p>This study examines the relationship between leadership qualities and employee retention among staff at selected public and private universities. Employing a quantitative approach within the positivist paradigm, the research aims to uncover the mechanisms through which effective leadership fosters a stable and committed workforce. Data were collected from a sample of 300 respondents, selected using a random sampling method, and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 26. The results indicate significant differences in perceived leadership qualities and retention intentions between public and private university staff. Public university leaders were rated higher on attributes such as effective communication, approachability, support, feedback provision, and fairness, which correlated with higher job satisfaction and retention intentions among staff. Conversely, private university staff reported lower perceptions of leadership quality and retention intentions. The study highlights the critical role of servant leadership and socially responsible human resource management (SR-HRM) in promoting a supportive and inclusive work environment, which significantly influences employee retention. The findings suggest that public universities exhibit stronger leadership qualities that positively impact employee retention compared to private universities. The study recommends that both public and private universities invest in leadership development programs emphasizing servant leadership and SR-HRM practices to enhance employee retention. Additionally, addressing the specific needs of younger employees, such as work-life balance and technological integration, can further improve retention rates. Future research should explore the long-term impact of leadership development programs on employee retention across different institutional contexts.</p> Evelyn Asianab Dela Amouzou Copyright (c) 2024 Evelyn Asianab, Dela Amouzou 2024-04-30 2024-04-30 5 2 63 76 10.53075/Ijmsirq/655443534534