EDITORIAL REMARKS

Kanu Priya Mohan

Abstract


The International Journal of Behavioral Science (IJBS) compiles innovative research papers from the behavioral sciences with a focus on addressing issues of contemporary significance; bringing forth in this issue seven researches conducted in Thailand, Malaysia, China and the U.S.A. The current issue is an amalgamation of seven research papers from the disciplines of psychology, education, environmental studies, management and administration; each showcasing an innovative use of methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. The first two papers showcase indigenous test development for two different but valuable psychosocial constructs. In the first research, the author develops and tests a scale for peer forgiveness constructed from the Thai context, however which could be applied in enhancing interpersonal relationships in other situations too. On the other hand the second research deals with the development of the Hajj crowd behavior scale; thereby skillfully applying psychology to the application of crowd management during religious activities. The third research documents a rather challenging use of critical participatory action research technique to enhance the learning of “student teachers” in Thailand. Addressing an important issue of promoting success of graduate students, the fourth research empirically tests a model of research potentiality using path analysis. Proceeding with research about student behavior, the fifth paper deals with an inventive attempt to develop a scale measuring University Citizenship Behavior through mixed methods, which could be applicable in university settings across the nations of Thailand and USA. The sixth paper focuses on the practical solar energy innovations in China; using a clever mix of theoretical backgrounds in psychology, and innovative behavior, this research could have significant implications for applying in other developing countries, all facing the problem of climate change. The last research documents an organizational case study for investigating work behaviors; the mixed methods provide insights about enhancing work behavior through an understanding of the interaction of the psychosocial and environmental factors at work. As the editors of the IJBS, we express gratitude to all concerned in making this issue possible, foremost to the authors who shared their academic work with the journal, and along with them the members of our editorial team at the Behavioral Science Research Institute (BSRI), and our editorial assistants for their valuable efforts. We hope that our readers will continue to benefit from these behavioral science researches, and be inspired to take on innovative and significant research efforts to address the numerous behavioral science concerns in our world.

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