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Sep 2, 2005

S.J.C. opens Belizean Studies Resource Centre

Story PictureThe lack of statistical and empirical data on Belizean trends and events might soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new service being offered by a local educational institution. According to Saint John’s College Junior College, through the Belizean Studies Resource Centre, researchers will be able to access a wide range of services in data collection and analysis. This week, the centre coordinator and S.J.C. lecturer Yasmine Andrews explained the overall goal of the facility.

Yasmine Andrews, Coord., Belizean Studies Resource Centre
“One of the first is to continue to educate and inform the public on national issues of interest through the publication of the Journal of Belizean Studies, so that’s the first. The second one is that the centre could be used as a reference for people doing research, either local Belizeans or anybody who wants information on Belize. And the third service is new, it’s a data processing centre and what we do is that we assist researchers out there in the creation of their instrument, what is called questionnaire, in pilot testing that instrument, for validity and reliability, and then we conduct all statistical quantitative data analysis and interpretation of results. And why we are including this new service is simply because we see that there is need for it. Some people do not like to do all the statistical parts simply because they do not have the time and because it?s costly to do. So in order to encourage more research, this is one of our new services that we are offering to Belizean community. And we invite all scholars out there, all intellectuals, students, yourself, anybody else to come and bring your data and we could even try to assist you and advise you on whatever research you are doing.”

Janelle Chanona
“What would be the charge for these services, Yasmine?”

Yasmine Andrews
“Well our centre is a non-profit, it’s a service to the community, so whatever the charges, it will be very minimal and is basically just to subsidise for operational costs of the centre.”

According to Andrews, authors interested in having their articles published in the next Belizean Studies Journal can contact the centre at the Sixth Form’s Landivar Campus. The next issue is due to be published in October.

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