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    Overcoming Social Inequality by Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices in Education

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    For students whose different sorts of special needs restrict them to communicate with their peers, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (hereafter AAC) Devices have an important impact on overcoming social inequalities by facilitating communication, interactions, and learning outcomes. By interconnecting Assistive Technology with appropriate curriculum and methodology of teaching and learning, students with special communication needs may utilize AAC Devices and overcome some of the communication barriers they face. The main purpose of this article is to research how the learning process occurs by implementing facilitated learning with the use of AAC Devices in United States schools, and its impact on student's ability to communicate efficiently and to interact with their peers, teachers, and so forth. In that context, the Article investigates how AAC Devices help students with communication disabilities to overcome communication inequalities and the way students can utilize them to be engaged in the learning process. To achieve this purpose, we have used participatory structured observation as the methodology of research. We have visited one of the New York State Schools where AAC Devices were being used, and observed students' behavior and their learning outcomes while using those devices. Besides the facilitated learning by utilizing AAC devices, students with special communication needs were able to interact with their peers and teachers more effectively and express their opinions through those devices

    Empirical Association between Education and Happiness in a Social Context

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    Education level and the number of school years completed have an important function in each persons’ life and is considered as one of the most important aspects of socialization, fulfilment, income level, and general happiness. In particular, the number of school years completed is an important indicator which we intend to utilize to estimate educations’ impact on one’s life in general. Differently put, among many other aspects of educations’ impact on humans’ life, this article focuses on the relation between the highest numbers of school year completed and the general happiness of a person.The purpose of the article is to find evidence which proves that the general happiness and the highest school year completed are not statistically independent. Finding the correlation between these two variables is the objective of the article. For that purpose, we analyzed the empirical data provided by the General Social Survey (GSS) by conducting a chi-square statistics test to prove the existence of a relationship between the variables.Put another way, the research intends to analyze data provided by GSS2008.dta and test the null and alternative hypothesis by using chi-square statistics test and by applying the quantitative methodology of research. The data collected from 2,018 respondents provided by GSS are analyzed by utilizing State Software - as one of the most reliable and contemporary tools used by scientists nowadays

    The (Il)legitimacy of EU state building: local support and contention in Kosovo

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    This article investigates legitimacy of EU state building and conflict resolution as a continuous and collective process through which local stakeholders, as the direct bearers of EU policies, ascribe meaning and support for the EU actors and actions on the ground. Contrary to the static and narrow understanding of legitimacy in the EU literature, the article offers a dynamic framework of legitimacy based on two main aspects: (i) sources of legitimacy (input and output) and (ii) objects of legitimacy (diffuse and specific support) in order to trace the complicated relationship between the EU and different local groups (the government, parliamentary opposition, local NGOs and public opinion) in Kosovo. The main argument is that the EU fails to generate local consent and faces a worsening erosion of support in Kosovo due to the limited participation of local stakeholders into the EU-promoted political decision-making structures and the contested ability of the EU to foster outcomes that have salience for local actors