Religación 2024-06-17T23:30:50+00:00 Roberto Simbaña Open Journal Systems <p><strong>RELIGACIÓN</strong> (ISSN 2477-9083), is a multidisciplinary electronic scientific journal edited by the Centro <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CICSHAL-RELIGACION</a>, (a center associated to Latin American Council of Social Sciences <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CLACSO</a>), focused on the intersectional dialogue of social sciences and humanities.</p> <div id="gtx-trans" style="position: absolute; left: 487px; top: 12.6667px;"> <div class="gtx-trans-icon">&nbsp;</div> </div> The paradoxes of research audiences in sub-Saharan Africa 2024-06-17T23:30:50+00:00 Simon Vurayai <p>This study aimed at interrogating the puzzles that are encountered by research audiences in the consumption of knowledge in the sub-Saharan community. A systematic literature review study was employed as the methodology for this study. The study found out that despite the fact that the research audiences and the sub-Saharan community at large have the right to access and know the findings of the research to which they are the targeted recipients, they rarely access the scholarly work. Some of the challenges that were examined in this study are language, literacy, funding, and poverty, duration of research, scholarly communication, cultural imperialism, digital divide and predatory publishing. The study recommended that there is need for sub Saharan countries to mobilise and raise more funding to revamp the library operations, boost ICTs infrastructure, and market African research for better visibility and consumption by the intended recipients and community.</p> 2024-06-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Simon Vurayai Evaluation of investment projects in photovoltaic solar energy in Tiwintza, Morona Santiago- Ecuador 2024-06-13T02:07:19+00:00 Héctor Andrés Romero-Aucancela Mario Enrique Tapia-Tapia Juan Bautista Solís-Muñoz <p style="font-weight: 400;">The limited access to electrical energy services in remote rural communities in the Tiwintza canton, Morona Santiago province, due to their location in difficult-to-access, makes investment difficult in conventional electrical distribution network infrastructure, limiting access to basic services and creating a gap in their sustainable development. This is why electrification projects using photovoltaic energy emerge as a sustainable and accessible energy solution to address the lack of electrical service. This thesis focused on economically, socially, and environmentally evaluating solar photovoltaic energy investment projects in Tiwintza, Morona Santiago, Ecuador, with the aim of generating energy coverage policies. The application of the statistical research method, with a positivist and quantitative paradigm approach and a non-experimental research design, allowed to obtain results through the application of surveys and statistical analysis. The results show the existence of a positive and significant correlation between the feasibility of the project and the economic, social, and environmental evaluations, highlighting the importance of these factors in the community’s acceptance of the project. In conclusion, the results emphasize the importance of adopting an integral approach that considers not only economic aspects but also social and environmental impacts, to promote long-term sustainable solar photovoltaic energy investment projects and contribute to the design of energy coverage policies in rural communities in Ecuador.</p> 2024-06-11T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Héctor Andrés Romero-Aucancela, Mario Enrique Tapia-Tapia, Juan Bautista Solís-Muñoz Examining the Implementation of Situational Language Teaching (SLT) in the EFL classroom: A semi-systematic literature review 2024-06-03T05:07:29+00:00 Mayra Arcos Melita Vega <p>Situational Language Teaching (SLT) is well-known for its practical applications in second language teaching and learning, as it emphasizes the use of real-life situations and contexts. SLT has significantly influenced learners’ language skills since its inception. The need to analyze the implementation of SLT in the EFL classroom, arises with the need to examine the pedagogical methods and techniques used by teachers in SLT to foster English language skills, as well as students’ motivation to learn. This semi-systematic review examined four databases to provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of SLT and current studies with different methodologies, participants, and the efficacy of SLT in the development of EFL learners’ language skills, motivation and learning styles. The review provides an updated overview on SLT and its influence on the development of language skills of EFL learners.</p> 2024-05-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Mayra Arcos, Melita Vega The impact of Digital Platforms on English Learning in Ecuadorian Public Primary Schools 2024-06-03T05:07:32+00:00 Maria Eugenia Gavilanes Cuesta Shalene Silvana Naranjo Andrade <p>Learning English as a second language has always been key worldwide because it is a means of communication and connection with other cultures and nationalities, hence its importance of starting to learn it from an early age. This literature review allows us to scientifically justify the topic presented and highlights the use of digital platforms as a methodological and pedagogical mediator in the acquisition of English as a second language in children ranging from 6 to 12 years of age. Therefore, the effectiveness of technological integration in the sector of public education has the potential to offer students interactive and engaging opportunities that encourage meaningful learning of English while promoting language skills through active participation and motivation as a result. However, the socio-economic factor and the lack of technological resources in public schools and families make a difference in the education and learning of this language, which is why state support is essential, as well as the professional development and constant training of teachers in the use of virtual platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Zoom among others but also new technologies for success in the acquisition of the English language.</p> 2024-05-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Maria Eugenia Gavilanes Cuesta, Shalene Silvana Naranjo Andrade Productivity as a factor of business competitiveness: a systematic review study 2024-06-04T23:27:44+00:00 Silvia Melinda Oyaque Mora <p>The research objective is to synthesize the existing scientific evidence on productivity-competitiveness; The research is developed under the question: What are the theoretical foundations of productivity as a factor of business competitiveness?; It has a qualitative cut at an exploratory-descriptive level; A method for systematic review is used, the PRISMA model (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses); The results show that when applying the search formulas, articles are obtained in: Redalyc (4), Web of Science (15), SciELO (4) and Scopus (32), after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria 13 articles were analyzed to extract their contributions to answer the question raised, productivity and competitiveness as parallel entities have been addressed in several scientific investigations; However, through this research process the theoretical foundations of productivity as a factor of business competitiveness are evident.</p> 2024-05-26T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Silvia Melinda Oyaque Mora