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Journal - Information, Communication & Society (iCS)

Information about this journal from the publisher:

Drawing together the most current work upon the social, economic, and cultural impact of the emerging properties of the new information and communications technologies, this journal positions itself at the centre of contemporary debates about the information age.

Information, Communication & Society (iCS) transcends cultural and geographical boundaries as it explores a diverse range of issues relating to the development and application of information and communications technologies (ICTs), asking such questions as:

- What are the new and evolving forms of social software? What direction will these forms take?
- ICTs facilitating globalization and how might this affect conceptions of local identity, ethnic differences, and regional sub-cultures?
- Are ICTs leading to an age of electronic surveillance and social control? What are the implications for policing criminal activity, citizen privacy and public expression?
- How are ICTs affecting daily life and social structures such as the family, work and organization, commerce and business, education, health care, and leisure activities?
- To what extent do the virtual worlds constructed using ICTs impact on the construction of objects, spaces, and entities in the material world?

iCS analyses such questions from a global, interdisciplinary perspective in contributions of the very highest quality from scholars and practitioners in the social sciences, gender and cultural studies, communication and media studies, as well as in the information and computer sciences.

Peer Review Policy:

Published articles in iCS have all been subjected to rigorous peer review comprising initial editorial screening and double blind refereeing by at least two referees.

Abstract from the publisher:

A progressive, research-based approach for making learning visible.

VISIBLE LEARNERS.jpg Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, Visible Learners highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.

  • Show how to make learning happen in relation to others, spark emotional connections, give students power over their learning, and express ideas in multiple ways
  • Illustrate Reggio-inspired principles and approaches via quotes, photos, student and teacher reflections, and examples of student work
  • Offer a new way to enhance learning using progressive, research-based practices for increasing collaboration and critical thinking in and outside the classroom

Visible Learners asks that teachers look beyond surface-level to understand who students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.

Hours of Opening and Long Weekend Closures

The Fall Hours of Opening for the Education Library begin on September 6, 2016:


Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 12:00 pm/NOON to 5:00 pm

Sunday CLOSED

PLEASE NOTE: The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday September 3, Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Labour Day long weekend.

We will also be CLOSED on the Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend: October 8, 9 and 10, 2016


Impact Factor? Peer-Reviewed?

There are several ways of finding out the Impact Factor of a journal or finding out whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed. Many publishers now provide this information on their websites. If you cannot easily find the information you need on the websites we suggest you search the Ulrich's Periodical Directory (found under the U in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website).

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CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

In May 2016 ProQuest announced:

"Based on extensive customer feedback and research, we're making database names clearer and more descriptive of their contents, making it easier for everyone to understand what's in your collection. No changes are required from libraries, and there will be no changes to the research experience."

This means our ProQuest Education Journals database has been renamed simply:

Education Database (now listed under E in the alphabetical Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website)


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ASK: Chat with a Librarian closed for holidays

ask chat with a librarian LOGO.gif The Western Libraries' ASK: Chat with a Librarian service will be CLOSED from August 13 to September 5, 2016. It will re-open on September 6 with evening and weekend hours. Of course, you can always CONTACT US at the Education Library during the time this service is closed! We are here to help!

RESEARCH GUIDES LOGO COMPUTER IN BLUE CLOUD.png The Education Library has created a RESEARCH GUIDE with database suggestions, ebook recommendations and other useful information. It also contains live links to all of the Education Library's social media platforms plus a link to our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service. There is even a one click link to our email service if you wish to reach the Academic Librarians at the Education Library. It is a great starting point to familiarize yourself with all of our wonderful resources, collections and services.

Canadian Labour Day Long Weekend

HAPY LABOUR DAY.jpg The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday September 3, Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Labour Day long weekend.

We recommend three days fun-filled with rest & relaxation (R&R) but the Western Libraries' electronic resources never close (in case you need to do some work on your long weekend)!

Fall 2016 Hours of Opening

The Fall Hours of Opening for the Education Library begin on September 6, 2016


Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Saturday 12:00 pm/NOON to 5:00 pm

Sunday CLOSED



PLEASE NOTE: THE EDUCATION LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON THE CANADIAN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND OCTOBER 8, 9 AND 10, 2016.


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Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful for lit reviews!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Education Database (new name for our ProQuest Education Journals database)
5. Professional Development Collection
6. PsycINFO



Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Name change to "ProQuest Education Journals" database

Faculty, scholars, researchers and students:

ProQuest Education Journals (listed under P in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website) is undergoing a slight name change.

It will now be known more simply as EDUCATION DATABASE and it will now be listed under E in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website.

Scholarship@Western - Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Welcome to Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Electronic Theses & Dissertations site. These pages are dedicated to help you find all the information you might require in order to format and successfully submit your graduate thesis for examination and publication electronically.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are prepared as text-based PDF files. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as sound, video, and hypertext links. ETDs are available through Scholarship@Western, Western's digital library repository, and also released to the world-wide web with priority in many search engines, enabling scholars worldwide to locate, search, and download Western's ETDs.

The most significant benefit is the dramatic increase (50-250%) in citation impact that results from electronic publishing. This leads to increased rewards from universities, in the form of promotion and increased salary, and from granting agencies.


Other benefits include:


  • publicity for research - authors of electronic theses become more widely known and their reputations are enhanced

  • easy worldwide access to your theses for colleagues and collaborators

  • easy worldwide access to theses for job and grant applications

  • a raised profile for research institutions

  • reduced costs at the point of graduation since there is no need to have multiple copies printed.

From the Ontario Ministry of Education's website:

As the proverb says: "It takes a village to raise a child".

Parents, educators, and community partners collectively understand how true this statement is. Together, we understand that children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are best positioned to reach their full potential. And it is through expressions of happy and healthy childhood development and a positive sense of well-being that our learners are supported to become more resilient and better able to overcome challenges now and in the future.

Well-being is that positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. As our Indigenous partners have long affirmed, healthy development of the mind, body and spirit is contingent on balance and interconnectedness.

It is our job to work collectively to make sure that our children feel this way, all the time. When the well-being of children and students is supported - whether they are at home, in the community or at school - we are meeting the conditions needed to help them learn, grow, and develop a positive sense of self.

Kindergarten Program 2016 from Ministry of Education.jpg Policies set out in the final Kindergarten program document - The Kindergarten Program, 2016 - will be implemented in Ontario schools in September 2016. The Kindergarten Program, 2016 will supersede The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program, Draft Version, 2010-11.

In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry is releasing the policy document Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children's learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

We are here to help! Contact us!

Whether you are on-site or ONLINE, the staff of the Education Library are here to help you locate and use our collections, services. books/eBooks and electronic resources. It is easy to CONTACT US!

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Faculty and Instructors - New Service at Western - Course Readings

ICYMI - Accessible Content ePortal grows to over 10,000 titles

The Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service passed a major milestone.

With the support of digitization partner, Internet Archive Canada, as well as our 18 participating universities and 22 colleges, we have grown our collection of accessible books for Ontario academic library users with print disabilities to over 10,000 titles.

ACE supports the research needs of verified students and faculty with print disabilities. The service began as an OCUL pilot project in 2013, and became a core Scholars Portal service the following year. ACE service was extended to the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) in 2015. This initiative has enabled participating institutions to meet their Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) obligations by facilitating and coordinating user requests for accessible formats of library holdings. Offering access to a centralized and standardized production centre via Internet Archive Canada, participating schools are able to access quality digitized materials in five accessible formats.

Eliminating the duplication of labour and offering participants a way to retain digitized material, this repository has empowered its users with the immediacy of access to thousands of accessible texts, fostering the process of serendipitous discovery and learning. By building a shared repository, OCUL has enabled each participant to also access materials which were not requested by their institution, but which are found in the local library holdings. The opportunity to continue making library collections accessible by anticipating requests for these materials demonstrates future-forward interest in sustainability and progress towards removing barriers to access for Ontario students and researchers.


SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education

Abstract from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education (available online through the library catalogue) integrates, summarizes, and explains, in highly accessible form, foundational knowledge and information about the field of curriculum with brief, simply written overviews for people outside of or new to the field of education.

This Guide supports study, research, and instruction, with content that permits quick access to basic information, accompanied by references to more in-depth presentations in other published sources.

This Guide lies between the sophistication of a handbook and the brevity of an encyclopedia. It addresses the ties between and controversies over public debate, policy making, university scholarship, and school practice.

While tracing complex traditions, trajectories, and evolutions of curriculum scholarship, the Guide illuminates how curriculum ideas, issues, perspectives, and possibilities can be translated into public debate, school practice, policy making, and life of the general public focusing on the aims of education for a better human condition.

55 topical chapters are organized into four parts: Subject Matter as Curriculum, Teachers as Curriculum, Students as Curriculum, and Milieu as Curriculum based upon the conceptualization of curriculum commonplaces by Joseph J. Schwab: subject matter, teachers, learners, and milieu.

SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education.png The Guide highlights and explicates how the four commonplaces are interdependent and interconnected in the decision-making processes that involve local and state school boards and government agencies, educational institutions, and curriculum stakeholders at all levels that address the central curriculum questions: What is worthwhile? What is worth knowing, needing, experiencing, doing, being, becoming, overcoming, sharing, contributing, wondering, and imagining?

The Guide benefits undergraduate and graduate students, curriculum professors, teachers, teacher educators, parents, educational leaders, policy makers, media writers, public intellectuals, and other educational workers.

Key Features:

Each chapter inspires readers to understand why the particular topic is a cutting edge curriculum topic; what are the pressing issues and contemporary concerns about the topic; what historical, social, political, economic, geographical, cultural, linguistic, ecological, etc. contexts surrounding the topic area; how the topic, relevant practical and policy ramifications, and contextual embodiment can be understood by theoretical perspectives; and how forms of inquiry and modes of representation or expression in the topic area are crucial to develop understanding for and make impact on practice, policy, context, and theory.

Further readings and resources are provided for readers to explore topics in more details.

SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Abstract from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available online through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance.

SAGE guide to educational leadership and management.jpg This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

Features & Benefits: 30 brief, signed chapters are organized in 10 thematic parts in one volume available in a choice of electronic or print formats designed to enable quick access to basic information. Selective boxes enrich and support the narrative chapters with case examples of effective leadership in action.

Chapters conclude with bibliographic endnotes and references to further readings to guide students to more in-depth presentations in other published sources. Back matter includes an annotated listing of organizations, associations, and journals focused on educational leadership and administration and a detailed index.

This reference guide will serve as a vital source of knowledge to any students pursuing an education degree as well as for individuals interested in the subject matter that do not have a strong foundation of the topic.

SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Abstract from the publisher:

SAGE handbook of survey methodology.jpg Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined.

The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research.

The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle:



  • Surveys and Societies

  • Planning a Survey

  • Measurement

  • Sampling

  • Data Collection

  • Preparing Data for Use

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality

The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology (available online through the library catalogue) is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within the social sciences.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

Abstract from the publisher:

Qualitative research is designed to explore the human elements of a given topic, while specific qualitative methods examine how individuals see and experience the world. Qualitative approaches are typically used to explore new phenomena and to capture individuals' thoughts, feelings, or interpretations of meaning and process. Such methods are central to research conducted in education, nursing, sociology, anthropology, information studies, and other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences. Qualitative research projects are informed by a wide range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods.jpg The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (available through the online catalogue) presents current and complete information as well as ready-to-use techniques, facts, and examples from the field of qualitative research in a very accessible style. In taking an interdisciplinary approach, these two volumes target a broad audience and fill a gap in the existing reference literature for a general guide to the core concepts that inform qualitative research practices. The entries cover every major facet of qualitative methods, including access to research participants, data coding, research ethics, the role of theory in qualitative research, and much more--all without overwhelming the informed reader.

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please join us online!

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European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


The European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) is the publication of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research in Early Childhood Education throughout Europe and beyond. CREC is the UK base for the European Early Childhood Research Association.

EECERA welcomes and encourages membership and contributions from across the world to share and participate in its European perspective. EECERJ aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research in early childhood education in Europe.

With this as its principal focus, it should be emphasised that its definition of education embraces care and that its approach is multidisciplinary, embracing all related fields including psychology, sociology, child health and social work.

Contributions from outside the European context are encouraged where there is a relevance to the EECERA's stated aims. 'Early Childhood' is defined as being from birth to eight years of age.

Journal of Childhood Studies

Journal of Childhood Studies is a peer reviewed, open access digital journal that aims to provide researchers and practitioners with a transdisciplinary space to cultivate experimental, creative, and alternative approaches to, and conceptualizations of, childhood.

Journal of Professional Capital and Community (JPCC)

The Journal of Professional Capital and Community is an international, professionally refereed, scholarly journal, reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of the nature and impact of interactions and relationships in the education profession, especially in the school sector.

For the first time, in one single place of scholarly research and inquiry, this journal brings together the most influential leading thinkers and emerging scholars on professional cultures, communities and collegiality and how they all contribute to or impede the development of the professional capital in schools and school systems that enhances students' learning, wellbeing, achievement and engagement. Learn more!

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ON ORDER - Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education

Information about this new book from the publisher:


ENCOUNTERS WITH MATERIALS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.jpg Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education rearticulates understandings of materials--blocks of clay, sheets of paper, brushes and paints--to formulate what happens when we think with materials and apply them to early childhood development and classrooms. The book develops ways of thinking about materials that are more sustainable and insightful than what most children in the Western world experience today through capitalist narratives.

Through a series of ethnographic events and engagement with existing ideas of relationality in the visual arts, feminist ethics, science studies, philosophy, and anthropology, Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education highlights how materials can be conceptualized as active participants in early childhood education and generators of human insight. A variety of examples show how educators, young children, and researchers have engaged in thinking with materials in early years classrooms and explore what materials are capable of in their encounters with other materials and with children.

Please visit the companion website at www.encounterswithmaterials.com for additional features, including interviews with the authors and the teachers featured in the book, videos and photographs of the classroom narratives described in these pages, and an ongoing blog of the authors' ethnographic notes.

NEW - Course Readings Service

Information from the publisher:

Using mixed methods research synthesis for literature reviews.jpg Using Mixed Methods Research Synthesis for Literature Reviews is a practical guide that provides step-by-step instruction for conducting a mixed methods research synthesis (MMRS) that integrates both qualitative and quantitative evidence. The book progresses through a systematic, comprehensive approach to conducting an MMRS literature review to analyze and summarize the empirical evidence regarding a particular review question. Readers will benefit from discussion of the potential advantages of MMRS and guidance on how to avoid its potential pitfalls. Please note: Using Mixed Methods Research Synthesis for Literature Reviews is Volume 4 in the SAGE Mixed Methods Research Series

This journal article appears in the August 2016 issue of Journal of Computing in Higher Education (Volume 28, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

Video methods utilize tenets of high quality teacher education and support education students' learning and application of learning to teaching practices. However, how frequently video is used in teacher education, and in what ways is unknown. Therefore, this study used survey data to identify the extent to which 94 teacher-educators used video in their teacher education courses along with the specific uses of video. Further, multilevel multivariate analyses identified what factors impacted these uses. Findings included that many teacher-educators underused video in their teacher education courses, and typically used only one type of video in each course. Any type of video use was significantly related to teacher-educator, course, and discipline-area factors, and interactions amongst these. Specific types of video use were significantly related to institutional-demographic, teacher-educator, support, course, discipline-area factors, and interactions amongst these. Implications for increasing video use and breadth of types of video uses in teacher education are discussed.

This journal article appears in the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Volume 37, Issue 4, 2016).

Abstract:

This paper critically examines two studies that investigated pre- service teacher learning in contrasting contexts: an international study visit and a local service-learning experience. We argue that it is useful to conceive of these experiences as intercultural, and propose that how 'intercultural' is theorised in the western academy is object-based with roots in colonialism. We contrast this with a relational logic described by Burbules [1997. A grammar of difference: some ways of rethinking difference and diversity as educational topics. The Australian educational researcher, 24 (1), 97-116] and Osberg [2008. The logic of emergence: an alternative conceptual space for theorising critical education. Journal of the Canadian association for curriculum studies, 6 (1), 133-161]. Using alternative framings we interrogate teacher-learner relationships, highlighting how they were adversely affected by hegemonic practices. Findings indicate that when an object-based, colonising logic is the dominant frame, pre-service teachers were more likely to use 'Othering' discourses. When relational, decolonising pedagogies were used, pre-service teachers were more able to begin to teach otherwise. We conclude by making a case for intercultural education to take on a critical relational stance that counters the hegemonic violences that continue to be caused by a colonial abyssal line.

Journal - International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ)

Information about this journal:

An editorial and advisory board made up of 31 experts in Indigenous issues leads this peer-reviewed journal. Regionally, they represent North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

IIPJ is a peer-reviewed, policy-relevant research journal addressing issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples throughout the world.

IIPJ has a very specific set of goals:


  1. To promote evidence based policymaking.

  2. To encourage quality research based on partnerships with Indigenous peoples.

  3. To develop networks of policy researchers and policy makers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and their communities.

  4. To improve scholarship related to Indigenous issues.

  5. To spark debate on important policy issues facing countries and peoples around the world.

Journal - The Canadian Journal of Higher Education

Information about this journal:

The Canadian Journal of Higher Education is a publication of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. The Journal intends to publish manuscripts on topics that address and are relevant to the Canadian higher education system and its structures, processes, and community; and to promote research with international and comparative dimensions in relation to Canadian higher education.

In accordance with our procedures for double-blind peer review, submitted manuscripts will be distributed to 2-3 reviewers upon approval by the editorial team. Subject to finding suitable reviewers and their timely completion of reviews, the review process is estimated to take 4-6 months. For all articles that are subjected to a full review, the opinions of the reviewers will be transmitted to the author(s). Find out MORE!

People We Know - Katina Pollock


KatinaPollock8766 copy.jpg Katina introduces her research: "My career in education began as a public school teacher. As a practitioner, I taught Mathematics and Science in Nova Scotia, CA; Newfoundland and Labrador, CA; and Essex, England. My research explores the intersection of power, access, and engagement in relation to work and learning in the field of education. My motivation for this line of inquiry stems from my work experiences in education and belief that systemic inequities and differences can prevent individuals and groups from accessing and engaging in both work and learning opportunities."


Online help for online students

We have prepared an Online Student Research Guide to introduce you to our library collections (databases, books, journals, ebooks, handbooks etc) and services (ASK: Chat with a Librarian. book delivery and email assistance with the Faculty of Education's Academic Librarian etc)


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Why ONLINE students should search the Western Libraries' catalogue!

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Abstract:

One of the most critical factors in changing teachers' attitudes toward inclusive education practices is the way in which the school leader, that is a principal or vice-principal, actively and consistently demonstrates a positive attitude towards an inclusive school culture (Leithwood, Begley, & Cousins, 1992). Specific types of behaviors by leaders may be more important than others in assisting teachers to develop their own attitudes concerning inclusive education. This convergent parallel mixed-methods study was designed to permit a comparison of rural Ontario elementary school leaders and teachers in a) their attitudes toward teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities and b) their perceptions of the value of school leader behaviors that support inclusive practices. Attitudes were assessed using the Attitudes Toward Teaching All Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities instrument (Gregory & Noto, 2012). School leaders' behaviors were rated using items from the Louisiana Validated Practices Initiative (Louisiana Department of Education, 2005). A positive association was observed between participants' attitudes and their ratings of the importance of specific behaviors of school leaders.

Responses to an open-ended question soliciting reasons why leader behaviors are important were assessed using keyword in context analysis to observe patterns and themes. School leaders' comments were related to the social justice foundations of inclusive education, while teachers' comments related more to behaviors that support the practical implementation of inclusive education practices. The results of this study may assist school leaders to become aware of those behaviors that are most valued by teachers and other school leaders.

Abstract:

Elementary school students have diverse learning needs and their academic learning in particular varies between students especially so for students those from culturally non-dominant backgrounds. The focus of my research is on understanding the perceptions and practices of eleven teachers teaching in two schools within the London, Ontario school system, along with the perceptions of two principals and two vice principals in relation to the organizational learning opportunities provided for encouraging multicultural education. This study's purpose was to explore what teaching strategies were used to support diverse students' learning within the classroom setting. My data gathering sought to respond to that purpose and also identify teachers', principals' and vice principals' current perceptions about multicultural education in the Ontario curriculum, and to what extent they have been satisfied with current Program Policy Memorandum No. 119, which was created to support this matter. The data gathered consisted of semi-structured interviews with principals, vice principals, and teachers, document analysis, and observations of teachers. The following themes were identified: Teaching as a service-oriented career; teacher assumptions about race and class; social categorization ("an us versus them" culture); multicultural education at Sunflowers Elementary School; and multicultural education at Carnations Elementary School. An exploratory qualitative case study research was adopted supported by a modified version of constant comparative method of data analysis. The findings from this study have the potential to illuminate teaching approaches that are ultimately intended to create inclusive classrooms for students and more broadly, further contribute to the development of culturally sensitive teaching and curriculum in elementary schools.

Abstract:

This objective of this study was to investigate teacher mental health, attitudes toward psychological help-seeking, and perceptions of psychological safety within schools. Findings from this study of 600 Canadian educational professionals revealed a higher frequency and severity of distress than in the general population, warranting intervention. Attitudes toward psychological help-seeking were generally positive, though less favorable than comparable published studies. Overall, participants rated their workplaces as "somewhat" psychologically safe. However, there were low ratings of work-life balance and respectful treatment of mental illness by leadership. Implications and recommendations of these findings were discussed.

The 21st Century is redefining curriculum in terms of how it connects people, text(s), knowledges, time and places. This one-day symposium invites us to collectively engage in dialogue and demonstrations of our collective responses to curriculum changes across disciplines.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016

Faculty of Education, Western University

1137 Western Road, London, ON

8:00 am to 3:45 pm

Journal - Teaching and Teacher Education

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Teaching and Teacher Education is an international journal concerned primarily with teachers, teaching, or teacher education situated in an international perspective or in an international context.

Teaching and Teacher Education is a multidisciplinary journal, committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. It is concerned with teaching and teacher education in general and devoted to all concerned with teaching.

Teaching and Teacher Education recognizes that many disciplines have important contributions to make to teaching and teacher education and the Editors invite contributions from them. In the absence of any dominant paradigm, the journal welcomes varied approaches to empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, and reviews (both qualitative and quantitative syntheses) of high quality.

Teaching and Teacher Education aims to enhance theory, research, and practice in teaching and teacher education through the publication of primary research and review papers. The Journal does not publish unsolicited Book Reviews.

Lots of ONLINE APA Style Help Available to You

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision.

APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. Accurately using APA Style is a mandatory part of graduate work here at the Faculty of Education in both our online and onsite environments.

On the APA Style® website, you will find tutorials, FAQs, Blog, a free "Ask An APA Expert" service and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.

Faculty of Education Awards recognize student excellence

"My research has incredible personal significance to me, and winning this award fueled my passion for it even further," she said. "When I wrote my application (for the award) I wrote it from the heart. I explained why I believe in what I'm doing and the excitement I had to see where it could go next, so I'm very, very honoured." ~ Melanie-Anne Atkins

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Online Students - Need Books from the Education Library?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. NOTE NAME CHANGE FOR ProQuest Education Journals (start here!) NOW CALLED EDUCATION DATABASE

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Today (Tuesday August 2, 2016) is the day!

Today Western Libraries launched a new COURSE READINGS service for instructors and for students! Find out MORE!

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Long Weekend - Closed on Monday August 1, 2016

Holiday Long Weekend.jpg The Education Library is CLOSED on Saturday July 30, Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Civic Holiday.

Of course, our online resources never close (but, we really encourage you to enjoy Rest&Recreation aka R&R this long weekend!!!)

eBook - Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

Information from the publisher:

This comprehensive book provides all the information that practitioners need to know about assessment in relation to their pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. The why, how and what of assessment is addressed, whilst the link between assessment and intervention is also a key focus.

Assessing children with specific learning difficulties.jpg Looking at the full range of Specific Learning Difficulties, this book provides practical guidance on implementing strategies that are tried and tested for use in any classroom, whilst also acknowledging that assessment is a process involving other professionals and parents. Addressing issues and topics common in inclusive classrooms around the world, key topics covered include:

- Specific Learning Difficulties in context

- Teacher Assessment in literacy, numeracy and movement

- Motor development and co-ordination

- Attention factors in learning

- The key issues on learning differences

- Self-esteem and emotional literacy

- How to enhance skills and the self-sufficiency of teachers

Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties (available through the library catalogue) will be an invaluable guide for classroom teachers, learning support departments, psychologists and other professionals.

eBooks Galore in the Education Library Collection!

International Journal of Research & Method in Education

Information about this journal from the publisher:

International journal of research & method in education.jpg The International Journal of Research & Method in Education is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that draws contributions from a wide community of international researchers. Contributions are expected to develop and further international discourse in educational research with a particular focus on method and methodological issues. The journal welcomes papers engaging with methods from within a qualitative or quantitative framework, or from frameworks which cut across and or challenge this duality. Papers should not solely focus on the practice of education; there must be a contribution to methodology.

International Journal of Research & Method in Education is committed to publishing scholarly research that discusses conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues, provides evidence, support for or informed critique of unusual or new methodologies within educational research and provides innovative, new perspectives and examinations of key research findings. The journal's enthusiasm to foster debate is also recognised in a keenness to include engaged, thought-provoking response papers to previously published articles. The journal is also interested in papers that discuss issues in the teaching of research methods for educational researchers.

eBooks available through our library catalogue

Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples

Summary:

This user-friendly guide helps students get started on--and complete--a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. Pedagogical Features: *"Let's Start Writing" exercises leading up to a complete proposal draft. *"Do You Understand?" checklists of key terms plus an end-of-book glossary. *End-of-chapter quizzes with answers. *Case study examples from education, psychology, health sciences, business, and information systems. *Sample proposal with three variants of the methods chapter: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.


US Public Schools and the Politics of Queer Erasure

Summary:

Since the 1920s, US public schools have focused on erasing queer identity. From teacher purges to vicious bullying of queer youth, these actions have been the norm for nearly one hundred years - thanks to the interplay of law, policy, and politics. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Lugg uses this history to illuminate a possible way forward to make public schools places of tolerance and even liberation for both queer youth and queer adults.


The Age of STEM: Educational Policy and Practice Across the World in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Summary:

Across the world STEM (learning and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has taken central importance in education and the economy in a way that few other disciplines have. STEM competence has become seen as key to higher productivity, technological adaptation and research-based innovation. No area of educational provision has a greater current importance than the STEM disciplines yet there is a surprising dearth of comprehensive and world-wide information about STEM policy, participation, programs and practice. The Age of STEM is a state of the art survey of the global trends and major country initiatives in STEM. It gives an international overview of issues such as:STEM strategy and coordination curricula, teaching and assessment women in STEM indigenous students research training STEM in the graduate labour markets STEM breadth and STEM depth. The individual chapters give comparative international analysis as well as a global overview, particularly focusing on the growing number of policies and practices in mobilising and developing talent in the STEM fields. The book will be of particular interest to anyone involved in educational policy, those in education management and leaders in both schooling and tertiary education. It will have a wider resonance among practitioners in the STEM disciplines, particularly at university level, and for those interested in contemporary public policy.

More eBooks available through our library catalogue

International Handbook of Curriculum Research (Second Edition)

Summary:

Continuing its calling to define the field and where it is going, the Second Edition of this landmark handbook brings up to date its comprehensive reportage of scholarly developments and school curriculum initiatives worldwide, providing a panoramic view of the state of curriculum studies globally. Its international scope and currency and range of research and theory reflect and contribute significantly to the ongoing internationalization of curriculum studies and its growth as a field worldwide. Changes in the Second Edition: Five new or updated introductory chapters pose transnational challenges to key questions curriculum research addresses locally. Countries absent in the First Edition are represented: Chile, Colombia, Cypress, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. 39 new or updated chapters on curriculum research in 34 countries highlight curriculum research that is not widely known in North America. This handbook is an indispensable resource for prospective and practicing teachers, for curriculum studies scholars, and for education students around the world.

Language as Discourse: Perspectives for Language Teaching

Summary:

In this book Michael McCarthy and Ronald Carter describe the discoursal properties of language and demonstrate what insights this approach can offer to the student and teacher of language. The authors examine the relationship between complete texts, both spoken and written, and the social and cultural contexts in which they function. They argue that the functions of language are often best understood in a discoursal environment and that exploring language in context compels us to revise commonly-held understandings about the forms and meanings of language. In so doing, the authors argue the need for language teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum organisers to give greater attention to language as discourse.


Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Summary:

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies offers a comprehensive view of the field of language and literacy studies. With forty-three chapters reflecting new research from leading scholars in the field, the handbook pushes at the boundaries of existing fields and combines with related fields and disciplines to develop a lens on contemporary scholarship and emergent fields of inquiry.


The Handbook is divided into eight sections: 1) The foundations of literacy studies
2) Space-focused approaches 3) Time-focused approaches 4) Multimodal approaches
5) Digital approaches 6) Hermeneutic approaches 7) Making meaning from the everyday
8) Co-constructing literacies with communities.

This is the first handbook of literacy studies to recognise new trends and evolving trajectories together with a focus on radical epistemologies of literacy. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies is an essential reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those researching and working in the areas of applied linguistics and language and literacy.

ASK: Chat with a Librarian

Chat, a free online service for all Western students but online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly assistance without having to be on campus. This FREE service is available during the following times (weekend hours start in September):

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Closed on Monday August 1st, 2016 (Civic Holiday)


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Get to know us! The Education Library is on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional, scholarly and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please join us online!

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eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

Good News! We have added more eBooks to our collection!

CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

eBook - Educating Educators with Social Media

Publisher's Summary:

Education Educators with social media.jpg Social media are increasingly popular platforms for collaboration and quick information sharing. This volume is a collection of reports on how these technologies are being used to educate educators with social media in creative and effective ways. Social networking technologies enable the integration of students and alumni in co-curricular activities in exciting and still evolving ways. The use of wikis, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, Yahoo Pipes, Diigo, Second Life, Moodle, and other Web 2.0 technologies are shown in vivid examples and insightful critiques. The processes, design, delivery and evaluation of instruction using social media are examined in detail and include such topics as: the use of social media in developing countries for new approaches to teaching as support for individual and peer-based learning; new teaching orientations premised on social media such as focused distraction; enhancing in-class participation; how instructors are increasing the technical expertise that is needed by educators to develop their own 21st century curricula projects; and creating an ecosystem for life-long learning through social media.

eBook - The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Electronic access to this book is available through the library catalogue.

Description from the publisher:

Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research.jpg The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.

eBook - The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Summary from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance. This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

Online Help for Online Students

We have prepared an Online Student Research Guide to introduce you to our library collections (databases, books, journals, ebooks, handbooks etc) and services (ASK: Chat with a Librarian. book delivery and email assistance with the Faculty of Education's Academic Librarian etc)


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Online Help for Online Students

The Education Library staff provide plenty of online help for online students!

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This book is available both in print and online through the library catalogue. Here is a summary of the second edition of this book from the publisher:

Qualitative research from start to finish EBOOK.jpg This book will help readers understand the practice of qualitative research--whether they want to do it, teach it, or just learn about it. All the major research phases are encompassed (startup, design, data collection, analysis, and composing), including newly emerging trends. Numerous easy-to-read vignettes show how other scholars have successfully implemented specific procedures. Equally distinctive, the book presents qualitative research as an adaptive craft. The array of choices among different procedures and methods enables readers to customize their own studies and to accommodate different worldviews and genres.

New to This Edition:

- Stronger discussion of different worldviews (e.g., constructivism, postpositivism, and pragmatism) and how they relate to different methodological choices.

- Clearer emphasis on doing a generalized qualitative study, while acknowledging 12 specialized genres (e.g., action-based research, arts-based research, autoethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, and others).

- Expanded discussions of different kinds of qualitative study samples and of mixed methods.

- New ideas on how to avoid getting stalled when analyzing qualitative data.

- Consideration of an additional way of concluding a qualitative study: by taking action.

Pedagogical Features:

- Chapters start with an abstract and end with a suggested exercise.

- Key terms and concepts appear in boldface throughout the text and are listed in end-of-chapter recaps as well as in the book's glossary.

- Sections within each chapter start with a preview box: "What you should learn from this section."

- An appendix presents a semester- or yearlong field-based project.

Western Data Science Solutions

LOOKING FOR HELP WITH STATISTICS?


Western Data Science Solutions (formerly the Data Analytics Help Service) offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are brought to you by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries and with generous support from Western University through targeted funding to the Faculty of Science. LEARN MORE!


See also the HELP AND LEARNING RESOURCES webpage for GIS | Data and Statistics | Citation | Software Licenses

Long Weekend


Holiday Long Weekend.jpg The Education Library is CLOSED on Saturday July 30, Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Civic Holiday.

Of course, our online resources never close (but, we really encourage you to enjoy Rest&Recreation aka R&R this long weekend!!!)

Have you seen our SHELFIES?

We do not take selfies but we sure do love sharing SHELFIES over on the Education Library's Twitter page. Take a look!


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Our electronic resources are always OPEN

The Education Library is operating on our Summer hours of opening

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - CLOSED

We will resume weekend and evening hours in September!

Free Service - ASK: Chat with a Librarian

Chat, a free online service for all Western students but online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly assistance without having to be on campus. This FREE service is available during the following times (weekend hours start in September):

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Closed on Monday August 1st, 2016 (Civic Holiday)


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Attention Faculty and Instructors

On August 2, 2016 Western Libraries launches a new Course Readings service. Developed in partnership with Affiliate University College Libraries, The Book Store at Western, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre in Information Technology Services and the Registrar's Office, Course Readings is designed to make requesting and accessing supplementary course material, regardless of format, easy both for instructors and for students. Read more about this awesome new service!

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Use our databases to find full text journal articles

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Welcome to Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal

Welcome to Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal



We are very excited to welcome you to the launch of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, a new forum dedicated to exploring and advancing art within the research process across disciplines and internationally.

We aim to advance arts-based research, arts-based educational research, a/r/tography, arts-informed inquiry and other approaches to research that use the creative arts during the inquiry or representation of research findings. We publish pieces that address methodological or theoretical issues, empirical work, and reviews.


Art/Research International is an online, peer reviewed, open-access journal. We are currently seeking submissions for all sections of the journal.

Sections of the Journal
Editorial (written by the Editors-in-Chief )
Art/Research Theoretical Musings
Art/Research in Action (with abstract or artist statement to accompany artwork)
Art/Research Reviews: books, art exhibitions, performances, films

Mobile Friendly Website

The Western Libraries public website is now fully mobile friendly - which means all of our pages will resize according to the device you are using. If you are using a desktop or larger tablet, you will see the site as you normally would. For smaller tablets and smartphones, our site will resize to fit the content on the screen more clearly. Enjoy Western Libraries on the go!

Summer Hours of Opening

The Education Library is operating on our Summer hours of opening

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - CLOSED

We will resume weekend and evening hours in September!

Creative Commons

Creative commons logo.png Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world -- unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth and productivity. Learn MORE!

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OPEN Educational Resources.png Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Research Metrics Guide

Western Libraries has developed a new website called Research Metrics. It provides an introduction to the various metrics and tools used to evaluate and assess research productivity.

This guide provides an introduction to the metrics used in the evaluation and assessment of research productivity and the tools used to collect these data. Please note that not all metrics work for all disciplines.

The website is found under Faculty Support / Scholarly Publishing on Western Libraries' website.

We've included author-level metrics, article-level metrics, journal-level metrics and altmetrics. We've embedded a number of tutorials (e.g. videos, screenshots, etc.) to enhance our users' self-learning. We only included tools that we subscribe to or have some freely-available services; since Western Libraries do not subscribe to any tools that offer institutional-level metrics, we have not included them.

Data or statistics?

Statistics are derived from data. When deciding whether you need data or statistics ask yourself:

Do I need a fact or a number? (you likely need statistics)

Do I need to do analysis for my work? (you likely need data)

Data can be manipulated and analyzed while statistics are static and fixed.

Statistical Sources and Resources

Everything (well, almost everything) you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Statistical Sources and Resources is available on this amazingly helpful Western Library Research Guide. It even contains a "citing statistics" example!

Data Analytics Help Service

data analytics.jpg The Data Analytics Help Service offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are provided by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries, through the generous financial support of the Faculty of Science.

Need theses or dissertations?

Western Libraries provides you with many ways to access dissertations and theses:

1. Scholarship@Western

2. Dissertations and Theses (database from ProQuest)

3. Dissertations and Theses from Western (database from ProQuest)

4. Western Theses and Dissertations (online and in print) through library catalogue

a) List of Education Dissertations and Theses (in print and online) from Library Catalogue

b) List of Education Dissertations and Theses (in print and online) from Library Catalogue

Need journal articles?

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Need books?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Time to show your pride Western!

Once again this year, Western will have a unified presence in the 2016 London Pride Parade, taking place 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 in downtown London.

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Western faculty, staff, students and alumni will again join together to form a 'Purple Wave' and walk in the parade as members of an over-arching Western contingent. The Pride group will include members marching under the banners of the Western Queer Caucus, Pride Western, UWOFA, UWOSA, USC, SOGS, PMA and other Western organizations.

Women's Studies and Feminist Research professors Wendy Pearson and Samantha Brennan are co-organizers of the Western group. The Western pride banner will be followed by the Western Marching Band who have once again volunteered for the parade along with other campus community members.

All members of the Western community are invited to join in this family-friendly event and celebrate our community's commitment to diversity and equity. We will be assembling in the parking lot of Western Fairgrounds beginning at 11:30 a.m. At the end of the parade, we urge everyone to assemble for a post-Parade photograph in the north-eastern corner of Victoria Park.

Visit the Western Pride website uwo.ca/faculty_staff/pride/index.html to register and for more information.

Summer Sessions Begin

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We warmly welcome all new and returning students (on-site and online) as the Faculty of Education begins our Summer sessions.

The staff of the Education Library have created a getting started RESEARCH GUIDE to help you find and use our collections, services and online electronic resources like ebooks and journal articles (which you can then share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool).

If you have any questions about our collections, services or electronic resources, you will find a handy and direct email link within our Research Guide. We look forward to working together with you!

This thesis was written by Caely I. Dunlop (click on DOWNLOAD option in the link to read the full text):


Abstract:

Bullying represents a substantial issue facing Canadian youth, and is associated with negative outcomes across domains of function throughout the lifespan. Despite significant literature examining bullying involvement among adolescents in Canada, a paucity of research explores the bullying experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) youth. This is particularly concerning, as these youth may be at higher risk for bullying and its related consequences due to the cultural marginalization and systemic inequalities experienced by Indigenous peoples nationwide. The present study aims to address this gap in the literature, examining the bullying experiences of FNMI youth, the effects of these experiences on mental health and well-being, and the potential moderating effect of three protective factors (cultural, school and peer connectedness), using longitudinal data collected from a cohort of FNMI adolescents in a large school district in southwestern Ontario. Findings indicated that FNMI youth in this sample experienced increased bullying victimization and perpetration as compared to national averages, and that greater cumulative bullying victimization was associated with more negative mental health. Further, despite no apparent moderating effect, all three of the identified protective factors predicted mental wellbeing independent of bullying victimization. Results support a tiered approach to intervention, confirming the merit of culturally relevant, school-based programming that incorporates these factors, as well as suggesting the need for targeted bullying interventions to promote resilience and well-being, and mitigate risk among FNMI youth experiencing bullying.

Summer time.jpg The Education Library has prepared an Education RESEARCH GUIDE to help you make decisions about which of the many databases, ebooks and other resources will be useful to you. We also offer personalized consultation onsite or online (via email or phone) to answer any of your "getting started" questions about our amazing library resources. Contact your Academic Librarian Denise Horoky!

eCampus Ontario Portal

eCampusOntario.ca is the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. Funding for OOLC and the eCampusOntario initiative comes from the Government of Ontario. Watch this video for a quick look at what eCampusOntario is all about.

A Focus on Learners:

eCampusOntario.ca was created as a portal for learners to find online and mostly online courses--through browsing, searching by keyword, or filtering by institution and delivery format. Course details include links to information about scheduling, tuition and fees, instructors, and information about how to get registered and to seek credit transfer. Previously identified course equivalencies are also listed where available. In addition, students can search based on a specific course they need credit for to find available online options at other institutions.

eCampus Ontario will continue to grow: colleges and universities are adding new online and mostly online courses and programs, and the Government of Ontario has provided special funding to support further development in order to improve opportunities for learners.

Students who may be new to online learning, or perhaps new to post-secondary education, may be interested in browsing the eCampus Ontario suite of Student Supports. These supports have been selected by a committee of representatives from colleges and universities to aid learners in basic study skills, writing, and math. Users will also find a selection of administrative resources, including links to information about financial support and studying in Canada as an international student. Learn more!

The Education Library supports the instructors and students at Western's Faculty of Education. Here is a list of some useful library services:

ASK: Chat with a Librarian - free online chat real-time chat help

Contact Information for your education Academic Librarian, Denise Horoky, and the Education Library team

Education Library RESEARCH GUIDE - starting point for assignments, papers, bibliographies, annotated bibliographies, additional readings and capstone projects.

Databases by Title - Western Libraries subscribes to over 700 databases and here is an alphabetical list of those databases

These are the databases we suggest you use to find the full text of journal articles:

CBCA Education (Canadian education information)
ERIC (access to the Grey Literature in education)
Education Research Complete
ProQuest Education Journals - START HERE!
Professional Development Collection (Education)

Digital Delivery of journal articles that are not available in any of our databases

Education Library's professional Facebook and Twitter pages provide additional information about our staff, services and collections.

The Education Library has three short introductory videos about using the databases to find full text journal articles

Citation Management Software (Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote etc) - quick overview to help you make a decision about which one is best for your needs

Western Libraries Videos and How-To's - short video introduction to a variety of library topics

All questions about COPYRIGHT can be directed to Copyright@Western

Online Students - you can have books couriered to you. Search the catalogue and send your request via email to Denise Horoky.

I will be showcasing our ebook collection in upcoming Blog posts. Stay tuned!


We are here to help you online or in-person! Contact us!

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Kindergarten Program 2016 from Ministry of Education.jpg Policies set out in the final Kindergarten program document - The Kindergarten Program, 2016 - will be implemented in Ontario schools in September 2016. The Kindergarten Program, 2016 will supersede The Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program, Draft Version, 2010-11.

In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry is releasing the policy document Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children's learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

Information about this new book from the publisher:

Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources explores how languages and literacies are implicated in the complex relationship between place and mobility. It is a book that represents the next wave in literacy studies in which theories of mobility, networking and globalisation have emerged to account for the dynamic landscape of globally circulating communication resources. Authors in this volume take up a more complex way of thinking about resources, applying it to consider languages and literacies as assemblages or as parts of assemblages that are involved in learning, teaching and meaning-making. The book addresses forms of text and mobility that arise in contexts outside of formal education including marketing, charity, journalism, community organisation and parenting. It also addresses school contexts and higher education settings.

Key topics explored include:

- Consequences of workplace confinement
- Literacies as placed resources in the context of rural communities
- Literacy, sustainability and landscapes for learning
- Documenting networked knowledge on tablets
- Mobilising literacy policy through resources
- Global Englishes as placed resources
- Languages as contextualised resources
- Shaping a digital academic writing resource in a transcultural space

With an international range of carefully chosen contributors, this book is a must read text for all academics interested in semiotics and literacy studies.

Scholarship@Western is a multi-functional portal that collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community (hereinafter called Western). It aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western's academic excellence by providing open access to Western's intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western's scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies' open access policies.

Copyright@Western

Western faculty, staff and students are creators of material that is subject to the protections of the Canadian Copyright Act. Every day, we also use the copyright-protected material of others in the course of our research, teaching and learning. The law and its application by Canadian courts serve to strike an equitable balance between these creator and user rights. Accordingly, each of us has both privileges and obligations that arise from Canadian copyright law itself and as it has been interpreted and applied by the courts.

This Copyright webportal provides access to resources and services to assist in clarifying these privileges and obligations for the Western community. It is designed to offer general copyright information and education not legal advice. All inquiries about copyright at Western should be sent to the email address provide on the webportal site.

Finding Grey Literature using the ERIC database

The ERIC database is one of the best sources for finding grey literature (GL) in the field of education. Although it provides primarily American information it will also capture some Canadian, British and Austrian education information.

The ERIC database is a source of information of longstanding having started in 1966 and continuing to the present day. The older documents were made available on microfiche and the Education Library has the complete set of ERIC microfiche.

However, the very good news is that the new documents are now almost all digitized and are often provided online with direct links.

The ERIC database will lead you to journal articles (coded with an EJ number) and documents (many of which will be considered grey literature and are coded with an ED number).

The ERIC documents coded with the prefix "ED" items are primarily grey literature. To find these documents, in the limiter box "Journal or Documents", limit to "Documents"

Here is an example of how to limit to documents only:


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The Education Library has ED microfiche from 1966 (when the database first started) to approximately 2004 (when full funding by the US Department of Education for the database ended). Grey literature continues to be added to the ERIC database. Most, but not all documents have been digitized and are available online.

Most important for online students: The newer ED documents will be found by searching the ERIC database and most (but not all) grey literature documents will be available online through a direct link in the database.

ERIC currently indexes grey literature content published by 1,057 selected centers, agencies, programs, associations, non-profit organizations, and initiatives.

To see a current list of these non-journal sources, click here (http://eric.ed.gov/?nonjournals) to access the list at the ERIC website.

The Education Academic Librarian, Denise Horoky, has been working with the ERIC database for almost 30 years and has a great deal of expertise in finding grey literature. Denise can provide further information and can assist in locating ERIC documents.


Meet your new best (scholarly) friends: Research Databases

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Setting up email alerts in Scholar Portal Journals

Western University Students, Staff and Faculty will find Scholars Portal Journals on the Western Libraries DATABASES BY TITLE listed under S

Instructions for Setting Up Email Alerts: Scholars Portal Journals loaded its 44 millionth full-text article in February. With hundreds of thousands of new articles being added every month, email alerts provide a convenient way for users to stay up-to-date on the latest research in their fields.

Once a user has performed a search in Scholars Portal Journals (at Western University you will find it listed on Western Libraries' DATABASES BY TITLE list under S) they will be able to enter their email address to create an alert. The user will then receive an email once a week with newly loaded articles meeting the search criteria, as well as options to pause or delete the alert altogether. Users can set up as many email alerts as they need.

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Ask: Chat with A Librarian

Chat, a free online service for all Western students but online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly assistance without having to be on campus. This FREE service is available during the following times (weekend hours start in September):

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Closed on Monday August 1st, 2016 (Civic Holiday)


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Lots of APA Style Help Online

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision.

APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. Accurately using APA Style is a mandatory part of graduate work here at the Faculty of Education in both our online and onsite environments.

On the APA Style® website, you will find tutorials, FAQs, Blog, a free "Ask An APA Expert" service and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.

Western Libraries Videos & How-To's

Short videos and guides that answer frequently asked questions about library research, collections, services and more!

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Student2Scholar.jpg The Student2Scholar (S2S) modules will help graduate students in the social sciences develop their core academic literacies and research skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. Modules fall within four categories in the S2S learning journey: Inquiry and Exploration; Investigation and Organization; Analysis and Evaluation; and Creation and Communication. Each module includes a wide range of interactive, self-paced learning activities and assessments.

Academic Libraries have changed!

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Traditional academic libraries have changed. Our services, resources, collections and research support are online and available to you at your convenience. Change your mindset about academic libraries! Visit and experience our library here!

CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

Getting started with your summer session course work?

Help red key on computer.jpg Searching the research databases will give you access to current journal articles and most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize or share with your class mates with OWL's Dropbox tool at your convenience. We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Why should I use the library catalogue if I am an ONLINE student?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please join us online!

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Welcome Summer School 2016 Students


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We warmly welcome all new and returning students (on-site and online) as the Faculty of Education begins our Summer sessions.

The staff of the Education Library have created a getting started RESEARCH GUIDE to help you find and use our collections, services and online electronic resources like journal articles (which you can then share with your class mates with OWL's Dropbox tool).

If you have any questions about our collections, services or electronic resources, you will find a handy and direct email link within our Research Guide. We look forward to working together with you!

We are here to help!

Whether you are on-site or ONLINE, the staff of the Education Library are here to help you locate and use our collections, services and electronic resources. It is easy to CONTACT US!

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Education Library is CLOSED on Friday July 1st

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Friday July 1st.

We are looking forward to enjoying our Canada Day long weekend with family and friends.

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We have online access to this book through the library catalogue.

Summary from the publisher:

Do video games cause violent, aggressive behavior? Can online games help us learn?

When it comes to video games, these are often the types of questions raised by popular media, policy makers, scholars, and the general public. In this collection, international experts review the latest research findings in the field of digital game studies and weigh in on the actual physical, social, and psychological effects of video games. Taking a broad view of the industry from the moral panic of its early days up to recent controversies surrounding games like Grand Theft Auto, contributors explore the effects of games through a range of topics including health hazards/benefits, education, violence and aggression, addiction, cognitive performance, and gaming communities. Interdisciplinary and accessibly written, The Video Game Debate reveals that the arguments surrounding the game industry are far from black and white, and opens the door to richer conversation and debate amongst students, policy makers, and scholars alike

We have online access to this book through the library catalogue.

Summary from the publisher:

The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed. The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress. The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings. This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

The What's in it for Schools series has been written by experts in the field for an audience of busy practitioners. The books present research and thinking about topical education issues and present it in an accessible and relevant way.

What makes a good leader? Does good leadership matter in helping schools be more successful? Sergiovanni's concise and accessible book Leadership: What's In It For Schools? examines leadership in a practical way by helping principals, heads, teachers and parents establish their roles and responsibilities and get to grips with the unique leadership requirements of schools.

The author explores issues such as leadership, what it is and how it works, character and culture as keys to improvement, how to build commitment, motivation and improved performance, and using local standards and assessments to improve schools and leadership as a form of social capital.

Summary from the publisher:

Ebook teaching Online.jpg It is difficult to imagine a college class today that does not include some online component―whether a simple posting of a syllabus to course management software, the use of social media for communication, or a full-blown course offering through a MOOC platform. In Teaching Online, Claire Howell Major describes for college faculty the changes that accompany use of such technologies and offers real-world strategies for surmounting digital teaching challenges.

Teaching with these evolving media requires instructors to alter the ways in which they conceive of and do their work, according to Major. They must frequently update their knowledge of learning, teaching, and media, and they need to develop new forms of instruction, revise and reconceptualize classroom materials, and refresh their communication patterns. Faculty teaching online must also reconsider the student experience and determine what changes for students ultimately mean for their own work and for their institutions.

Teaching Online presents instructors with a thoughtful synthesis of educational theory, research, and practice as well as a review of strategies for managing the instructional changes involved in teaching online. In addition, this book presents examples of best practices from successful online instructors as well as cutting-edge ideas from leading scholars and educational technologists. Faculty members, researchers, instructional designers, students, administrators, and policy makers who engage with online learning will find this book an invaluable resource.

This journal article appeared in the August 2015 issue of Transcultural Psychiatry (Volume 52, Issue Number 4).

Abstract provided by the publisher:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychological intervention that has wide clinical applications with emerging empirical support. It is based on Functional Contextualism and is derived as a clinical application of the Relational Frame Theory, a behavioral account of the development of human thought and cognition. The six core ACT therapeutic processes include: Acceptance, Defusion, Present Moment, Self-as-Context, Values, and Committed Action. In addition to its explicit use of the concept of mindfulness, the therapeutic techniques of ACT implicitly incorporate other aspects of Buddhism. This article describes the basic principles and processes of ACT, explores the similarities and differences between ACT processes and some of the common tenets in Buddhism such as the Four Noble Truths and No-Self, and reports on the experience of running a pilot intervention ACT group for the Cambodian community in Toronto in partnership with the community's Buddhist Holy Monk. Based on this preliminary exploration in theory and the reflections of the group experience, ACT appears to be consistent with some of the core tenets of Buddhism in the approach towards alleviating suffering, with notable differences in scope reflecting their different aims and objectives. Further development of integrative therapies that can incorporate psychological and spiritual as well as diverse cultural perspectives may help the continued advancement and evolution of more effective psychotherapies that can benefit diverse populations.

This journal article appears in the July 2014 issue of Behavioral Development Bulletin (Volume 19, Issue Number 2).

Abstract provided by the publisher:

The understanding of self-control from a behavior analytic perspective has developed over the past several decades. Researchers have refined the concept of self-control and developed empirical interventions to support I the utilization of self-control training in translational and applied settings. This paper describes self-control training, how interventions have been implemented, and suggestions for future research. Future directions include implementing self-control training procedures from a Relational Frame Theory perspective

This journal article appears in the March 2016 issue of The Psychological Record (Volume 66, Issue Number 1).

Abstract from the publisher:

Relational frame theory contains a foundational assumption that coherence (i.e., making sense) is reinforcing for verbally competent humans. That is, it is assumed that humans relate ambiguous stimuli together because they have an extensive learning history where doing so resulted in both effective environmental action and socially mediated reinforcement (e.g., praise, positive attention).

Interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Western students, staff and faculty have access to the Dissertations and Theses databases.

Here is how you find these (and more!) titles:

You will find this, and all our other databases, listed under the RESEARCH TOOLS option along the top of the library website.

Under RESEARCH TOOLS choose DATABASES.

All of our databases will appear in an alphabetical list.

Click on D

Choose the Dissertations and Theses database from the alphabetical list.

Use keywords, author's names, geographic area or institutional names to find dissertations and theses.

Questions about searching databases or selecting appropriate keywords - just ask Denise Horoky at the Education Library!


This is a list of selected current dissertations and theses using the keywords:

"educational leadership" and Canada


Leadership Experience for Academic Direction (LEAD): Perspectives from the Student Success Teachers (2016)

Leading Change from the Middle: An Exploration of Leadership Competencies to Assist Ontario College Associate Deans and/or Chairs be Successful in Their Roles (2016)

Bridging the educational binary divide: A case study in the sustainability of inter-institutional relationships (2016)

Enhancing capacity for innovation within the York Region District School Board (2016)

How District System Leaders Support Principal Capacity Building in Ontario: A Study of the Leading Student Achievement Initiative (2016)

The Effectiveness of Large Scale Transformational Change Across a School District (2016)

Building Peaceful Secondary School Climates: A Comparison of Anti-Violence, Equity, Engagement and Community-Building Practices (2016)

Ontario colleges and the introduction of degrees: Mission drift or sustaining the mission? (2016)

Building sustainable leadershp for inclusive school communities: A case of Muslim parents (2016)

Restorative Peacemaking Circles and other Conflict Management Efforts in Three Ontario High Schools (2016)

Student engagement: A qualitative study of extracurricular activities (2016)

Secondary Educators Perceptions of Teacher to Parent Communication and the Relationship to Student Achievement (2015)

How is international experience considered during local teacher hiring? (2015)

The Micropolitical Acumen of Secondary School Principals in Ontario (2015)

Focused teacher professional development to improve the literacy performance of middle school students in Alberta, Canada (2015)

Principal technology leadership and student achievement (2015)

Teacher perspectives on safety policies and procedures in Ontario public schools (2015)

Teacher Perceptions about Retention and Classroom Climate in Remote Schools in Western Canada (2015)

The Ontario Leadership Framework for Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals: Purpose Versus Practice (2014)

Understanding the human side of school leadership: Improving teacher morale, efficacy, motivation, and commitment (2014)

Defining "success" in Indigenous education: Exploring the perspectives of Indigenous educators in a Canadian city (2014)

What Catches On? The Role of Evidence in the Promotion and Evaluation of Educational Innovations (2014)

Exploring the Relationship Between Principal Behaviour and Student Achievement (2014)

High School Principal and Student Power Relationships When Students Choose Distance Education Courses (2014)

The Influence of Self-Efficacy on Principals' Capacity to Lead in Low Socioeconomic Status Schools (2014)

How Principals Cultivate Technology Integration and Use Professional Learning Networks (2014)

Roots and Pathways to Secure and Transformational Leadership (2013)

Active Followership: An Essential Component of the Teacher-Principal Relationship (2013)

Confucian Junzi Leadership: A Model of Authentic Moral Transformation for Educational Leaders (2013)

Exploring School Principal Preparation and Development in Northern Canada: The Case of Nunavut's Educational Leadership Program (ELP) (2013)

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

2016 Robert Macmillan Graduate Award in Educational Leadership

Robert-MacMillan_small-cropped.png A panel of faculty members working in Educational Leadership has awarded PhD student Heather Crowe the 2016 Robert Macmillan Graduate Award in Educational Leadership. This Award was established by Dr. Kathryn Noel, as well as friends and family, in memory of Dr. Robert B. Macmillan and recognizes a student who has overcome adversity and contributed to the larger community through demonstrated compassion and service. Please join us in congratulating Heather on this accomplishment!

eBook - Learning in Virtual Worlds: Research and Applications



Summary from the publisher:

Learning in Virtual Worlds.jpg Three-dimensional (3D) immersive virtual worlds have been touted as being capable of facilitating highly interactive, engaging, multimodal learning experiences.

Much of the evidence gathered to support such claims has been anecdotal but the potential that these learning environments hold to solve traditional problems in online and technology-mediated education-primarily learner isolation and student
disengagement-has resulted in considerable investments in virtual world platforms like Second Life, OpenSimulator, and Open Wonderland by both professors and institutions.

To justify this ongoing and sustained investment, institutions and proponents of simulated learning environments must assemble a robust body of evidence that illustrates the most effective use of this powerful learning tool.

In this authoritative collection, a team of international experts outline the emerging trends and developments in the use of 3D virtual worlds for teaching and learning. They explore aspects of learner interaction with virtual worlds, such as user wayfinding in Second Life, communication modes and perceived presence, and accessibility issues for elderly or disabled learners.

They also examine advanced technologies that hold potential for the enhancement of learner immersion and discuss best practices in the design and implementation of virtual world-based learning interventions and tasks.

By evaluating and documenting different methods, approaches, and strategies, the contributors to Learning in Virtual Worlds offer important information and insight to both scholars and practitioners in the field.

Data Analytics Help Service

The Data Analytics Help Service offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are provided by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries, through the generous financial support of the Faculty of Science.


Statistical Sources and Resources

Everything (well, almost everything) you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Statistical Sources and Resources is available on this amazingly helpful Western Library Research Guide. It even contains a "citing statistics" example!

Data or Statistics?

Statistics are derived from data. When deciding whether you need data or statistics ask yourself:

Do I need a fact or a number? (you likely need statistics)

Do I need to do analysis for my work? (you likely need data
)

Data can be manipulated and analyzed while statistics are static and fixed.

2016 Spring Winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education

The Faculty of Education is very pleased to announce that Armush Salahadin has been selected as the 2016 Spring winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

The W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education is in honour of the Late Bishop Townshend of London, Ontario, and is awarded at each convocation to an MA student who has achieved the highest academic standing in his/her program of study.

A few words from Armush regarding her area of research:

My Master's thesis examined the supports that are needed by individuals who are impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their caregivers. Participants expressed the importance of their children to receive assistance through constant supervision, day-to-day living arrangements, implementation of services for the adult population, financial stability, as well as legal and emotional support. Results also emphasized that caregivers require services to be consistent and lasting, as this is a life-long impairment. I strongly believe that as we approach future public health concerns, FASD must be at the forefront of our concerns. Implications of the current research extend the significance of developing action-plans in the areas of diagnosis, training for professionals, community support, and the accessibility and availability of services especially for adults who are FASD affected.

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward.

Leading Learning addresses the impact on education of new technologies. The explosion of digital information calls for new working spaces, new networks, and new approaches to supporting learning.

Leading Learning is focused on the concept of the new school library learning commons which responds to the needs of 21st century learners. School libraries are measured by the transformative changes in knowledge and learning they encourage and support.

In the document, learning commons are positioned as centres of teaching expertise which is achieved through a combination of resources, technologies, collaborative strategies, and physical and virtual learning spaces that support all learners as they evolve.

The Librarian is reading...

Summary of the book from the publisher:

Narrative Networks.jpg Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us. The stories we tell, and are being told, shape our identities, relationships and world-views. In a rapidly changing digital society where blogging and social networking have become fundamental communication channels, the platforms for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives have greatly expanded.

This book responds to the dynamic production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the underlying philosophical and methodological issues of narrative and personal narrative research as well as applying these to the current digital landscape. The book provides practical guidance on data management and use of software for the narrative researcher.

Illustrated with examples from a range of fields and disciplines as well as the author's own work on hacking cultures and cultural activism, this title is a must for anyone wanting to learn about narrative approaches in social research and how to conduct successful narrative research in a digital age.

Summary from the publisher:

This highly detailed study (available through the library catalogue) maps four decades of evolution of the concept of what constitutes effective school leadership. It analyses the theoretical background to these developments and advocates the utility of thinking of a 'lean' form of school leadership that is comparable to the concept of 'meta-control'.

A wide-ranging survey of the empirical research literature on leadership effects includes the presentation of results from earlier meta-analyses as well as a new meta-analysis on some 25 studies carried out between 2005 and 2010. This survey demonstrates that older reviews and meta-analyses were predominantly based on so-called 'direct effect' studies, while more recent studies have tried to quantify the indirect effects of leadership, mediated by other school variables.

While acknowledging the relatively small total effect of leadership on student outcomes, the study does identify promising intermediary factors which, stimulated by specific leadership behaviours, impact on student performance. The book ends by drawing out wider implications for educational practice and policy, presented under headings such as 'schools need leadership', 'the toolkit of the school leader as a meta-controller', 'the special case of turning around failing schools' and 'efficiency of school leadership'. In passing, the authors make several suggestions about potentially fruitful next steps in researching the effects of school leadership.

eBook - Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Summary from the publisher:

Leadership is second only to classroom instruction as an influence on student achievement. Strong leadership can potentially unleash latent capacities that already exist in an organization. The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership. This thoroughly researched book (available through the library catalogue) examines all types of leaders: from the school principal to the teacher leader. The authors also look closely at each organizational level in the school system--school, classroom, community, district, and state.

Summary from the publisher:

In the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of education today, leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all students. Transformative Leadership in Education (available through the library catalogue) presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and equitable change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, noted scholar Carolyn M. Shields explores the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create learning environments that are just and inclusive. Drawing on examples from transformative school leaders, Shields demonstrates that this leadership can promote academic achievement, family and community empowerment, democratic engagement, and global citizenship.

Special features include:

- End-of-chapter guiding questions to help readers reflect on their own practice and to apply the concepts in their own contexts

- Vignettes and stories from students, teachers, and community members illustrate how transformative leadership can promote academic achievement and democratic engagement

- A robust companion website with extra resources, video and audio clips, and an author blog to further understanding and lead to sustained action toward the goals of transformative leadership.

This exciting text will appeal to all aspiring and practicing leaders who want to prepare students to be successful, caring, and engaged citizens of the global community.

eBook - The Tools of Leadership

Summary from the publisher:

Our schools now face a demand for productivity and accountability that is greater than ever before. Many school leaders are ill prepared to implement a system that will use real time data to monitor, manage and make the teaching/learning activity in the school more effective. This book (available through the library catalogue) introduces school leaders to such a system and provides the concepts and "hand on tools" that will guide them in their efforts to draw people together in pursuit of a common goal and to bring out the best performance from the people with whom they work.

Summary from the publisher:

"Who is an effective leader?" has been a question posed by scholars, educators and practitioners of leadership for centuries. Historically, leadership positions, as well as research on leadership and effective leadership, was primarily reserved for men or masculine characteristics With most societies traditionally following a patriarchal hierarchy, few people questioned inequalities in leadership attainment, largely because of supernatural and/or natural explanations of men's natural ability and desire to lead.

This book (available through the library catalogue) runs counter to that culture and examines the experiences and leadership enactments of ten historically famous women leaders in hopes of gaining insight into their uniquely female leadership styles. The ten leaders include Catherine the Great, Jane Addams, Queen Victoria, Marie Montessori, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, Pat Summit, and Hillary Clinton. The idea, of course, is to reflect upon these great women's leadership styles in order to inform one's own leadership behavior.

eBook - Educational Leadership and Michel Foucault

Summary from the publisher:

Drawing from the ideas of Michel Foucault, this book (available through the library catalogue) offers a critical examination of today's dominant discourse of educational leadership. Foucault's understanding of critique is as a 'permanent' ethos in which humans explore the nature of their existence but at the same time query the limits imposed upon them, and probe opportunities for increasing freedom. This book outlines the key concepts in the work of Foucault, and demonstrates how his concepts of discourse, power/knowledge, and governmentality offer an understanding of how ideas of educational leadership and management have emerged, how they serve to establish a discipline, and how they construct individuals - pupils, teachers, and head teachers - in particular ideological ways.

The discourse of educational leadership and management not only represents a specific means of 'governing' education but also calls for the development of approved management and leadership skills and behaviours. The related focus on cultivating, valuing, and rewarding effective leaders is eminently suited to Foucauldian critique, which not only questions the basis for its assumptions and norms, but also examines the way in which the subjects of ELMA - today's educational professionals - are both constructed by the discourse and are called upon to shape themselves accordingly.

Included in the book:

- educational leadership as discourse

- educational leadership as discipline

- power and educational leadership

- governmentality and educational leadership.

By both applying theory and examining empirical exemplars, this volume offers a challenge to dominant leadership discourse and suggests alternative understandings of the field and approaches to practice. The book will be of value to researchers and postgraduate students with an interest in educational leadership, management and administration, as well as to practitioners in the school system.

Summary from the publisher:

Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard constitute two of the most notable figures of poststructuralist thought and philosophy of the postmodern period. Both worked to reveal instabilities and uncertainty, and to destabilise assumptions and self-evident traditions for the purposes of reflection, creativity and innovative thinking. This significant volume explores the key concepts central to the work of Derrida and Lyotard in relation to educational leadership, and reveals how these ideas challenge existing structures, hierarchies and models of thought.

Derrida's notions of difference and deconstruction, and Lyotard's concepts of language games, performativity and the differend, are specifically used to inform provocative and insightful critiques of the positivist assumptions and knowledge construction in the field of educational leadership. The book (available through the library catalogue) provides concrete examples of the application of theories to policy, literature and empirical data, and identifies ideas which continue to impact contemporary practices of educational leadership and management.

Summary from the publisher:

Inside the Team: Questions and Answers Facing Teacher Leaders (available through the library catalogue) is a book for K-12 teachers and leaders who face dilemmas leading teams of peers. With little formal training, few venues for professional conversation, and more responsibilities to lead groups of peers, teacher leaders are seeking answers and direction that will help them build strong professional teams to support student learning. Inside the Team acknowledges a number of changes that are having a profound impact on schools today. Technology, copious information accessible via the Internet, a focus on standards and test scores, fewer teachers with more students, and the never ending cycle of change all impact teaching and learning. Teacher leaders and teams have been asked to step up and shoulder more of the responsibilities to make schools work. However, good intentions aren't enough. Using Q/A scenarios and building context for leadership in practice, the authors provide answers, useful, practical tools, resources, models and conversation starters that move teams forward.

Summary from the publisher:

The Gestalt of Leadership (available through the library catalogue) is both conceptual and practical. It is a resource for those aspiring to and preparing for administration, or for personal professional growth by incumbent administrators. This book will be helpful to anyone interested in education and in providing leadership to it. The overall intent is to support those educators who work to realize the mission: to educate all children so that they all may become thoughtful, independent, successful and happy adults, ones who make positive contributions to the well-being of their community, their country, and their world. This book contains several concepts, theories, and components of effective and exemplary leadership. It includes the characteristics required for that leadership: leaned and innate. It then provides real-life examples to illustrate each of those qualities.

Summary from the publisher:

In an era of high stakes accountability, testing, and standardization in education, Dr. Robert Dillon attempts to bring the student back into the center of the learning. This book (available through the library catalogue) is ideal for school leaders and teacher leaders that are searching for a new way to inject fresh energy and ideas into their learning spaces. By placing student engagement and the joy of learning into the center of the conversation, Dr. Dillon is able to showcase how providing students with choice, voice, and authentic audience can allow deeper learning to occur. Throughout the book, readers have the opportunity to journey with a principal as he regains his footing as a leader and begins to moving away from the inertia to just manage his school. In parallel, readers will be presented with ten proven strategies for bringing the quality of learning to their learning spaces that students, teachers, parents, and a community can truly celebrate. Dr. Dillon weaves this story into a vision of what is possible for schools when courage, leadership, and desire to maximize the potential of all students is paramount.

eBook - The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

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The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance. This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

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Educational Leadership: Perspectives on Preparation and Practice (available through the library catalogue) identifies core knowledge and skills that educational leaders should be exposed to during pre-service preparation and throughout in-service professional development. The contributors discuss established pedagogical and experiential learning models as well as provocative new paradigms of their own to help prepare leaders and reinforce leadership effectiveness. Implicit throughout the book are five key leadership themes: sensitivity to student development and learning; continual professional development; responsiveness to developmental, socio-cultural, and learning contexts; accepting accountability; and advancing the field. The contributors draw upon many collective years of experience as educators and supervisors of educational leaders to offer perspectives on the application and integration of core leadership principles in leadership preparation and practice.

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This volume (available through the library catalogue) provides diverse perspectives and paradigms in educational administration and leadership. Focusing on particular philosophical and theoretical schools of thought, it traces the contemporary history of debates in the field while also exploring emerging, non-traditional schools for insight and potential contributions to educational administration in multi-cultural contexts. It critically examines trends and issues in society and their impact on educational theory, and gives an overview of the scholarly study of organizations, administration, and leadership to develop introductory understandings of significant concepts and theories.

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Building Academic Leadership Capacity (available through the library catalogue) gives institutions the knowledge they need to invest in the next generation of academic leaders. With a clear, generalizable, systematic approach, this book provides insight into the elements of successful academic leadership and the training that makes it effective. Readers will explore original research that facilitates systematic, continuous program development, augmented by the authors' own insight drawn from experience establishing such programs. Numerous examples of current campus programs illustrate the concepts in action, and reflection questions lead readers to assess how they can apply these concepts to their own programs.

The academic leader is the least studied and most misunderstood management position in America. Demands for accountability and the complexities of higher education leadership are increasing, and institutions need ways to shape leaders at the department chair, dean, and executive levels of all functions and responsibilities. This book provides a road map to an effective development program, whether the goal is to revamp an existing program or build one from the ground up. Readers will learn to:

- Develop campus leadership programs in a more systematic manner
- Examine approaches that have been proven effective at other institutions
- Consider how these approaches could be applied to your institution
- Give leaders the skills they need to overcome any challenge

The field of higher education offers limited opportunity to develop leaders, so institutions must invest in and grow campus leaders themselves. All development programs are not created equal, so it's important to have the most effective methods in place from day one. For the institution seeking a better way to invest in the next generation of campus leaders, Building Academic Leadership Capacity is a valuable resource.

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Learn how to become a leader who truly empowers and inspires others. This practical book (available through the library catalogue) shows you how to move from being a manager or administrator who simply gets things done to a leader who motivates others to succeed, creating a more positive work environment. The book covers 15 keys to success that can be used by those in any type of leadership position, from superintendent to principal to department chair or teacher-leader. You'll discover how to: determine your own leadership style ; develop your strengths ; ldevelop those you lead ; be a leader, not just a manager ; find your voice ; influence school culture ; be accountable to those you lead ; communicate effectively ; lead with EQ vs IQ ; be flexible, adaptable, and creative ; respond effectively to crisis ; and much more! Each chapter provides a variety of strategies for building a particular skill. It also features interviews with well-known leaders from different fields. These experts offer advice that will teach and inspire you as you learn to maximize your own leadership potential.

eBook - Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders

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In today's world, we're often overwhelmed by our digital devices, stacks of paper, and constant interruptions. Get Organized! (available through the library catalogue) outlines a complete organizational system for the busy school leader. Providing you with simple tools and techniques to bring order and control to your personal and professional life, this book will increase your productivity and decrease your stress. With Get Organized! you can spend your time on what matters most--your school and your students.

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This book (available through the library catalogue) is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland.

It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships.

Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal's office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues.

Several of the 'leadership lessons' that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to 'technologies of control,' is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.

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In this book (available through the library catalogue) we introduce several sensitivity measures in educational contexts that can be used in research, education and self-evaluations. In Chapter 1 we discuss the framework of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences theory and introduce our Multiple Intelligences Profiling Questionnaire. We present the psychometrical qualities of the instrument with empirical data sets of children, youth and adults. In Chapter 2 the Spiritual Sensitivity Scale is introduced with the theoretical framework it is connected to. The existence of spiritual intelligence has been a widely debated issue and not everybody is ready to call advanced thinking in religious or spiritual domains as intelligence. This has guided us to use the term sensitivity, which is easier to justify than intelligence in these areas of human behavior.

In Chapter 3 we introduce the Environmental Sensitivity Scale, which is quite close to the possible intelligence of naturalist suggested by Gardner. In Chapter 4, Ethical Sensitivity Scale is introduced followed by Emotional Leadership Questionnaire in Chapter 5. All these scales have a solid theoretical framework and earlier empirical work to support the instrument building. Chapter 6 introduces Intercultural and Interreligious Sensitivity Scales with their theoretical frameworks and earlier empirical work. Following each chapter, we have included a ready-to-use version of the questionnaire and SPSS syntax to compute factors.

A commentary by Dr. Seana Moran compliments the book and challenges the readers to further reflect the meaning of education in supporting holistic development of learners in their life-long journey. We have authored this book to contribute to this goal and hope it will be used in the hands of researchers, teachers and students in their mutual effort to grow and to learn new things in life.

eBook - Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

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The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership (available through the library catalogue)
brings together an array of key authors to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of ethical educational leadership. This important volume describes contemporary educational issues that necessitate the practice of ethical leadership, reviews current theory and research-informed practices, and also explores a coherent framework for how ethical educational leadership can be achieved. With chapters from leading authors and researchers from around the world, each author contributes to a discussion of current thinking and an analysis of the field of ethical educational leadership. Coverage includes professionalism, educational purpose, social justice, multiculturalism, sustainability, empathy and caring, organizational culture, moral development, motivation, integrity, values, and decision-making. Providing practical, philosophical, and experiential insights into the field, The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership is an essential resource for the study of ethical leadership.

eBook - Educating the Young: The Ethics of Care

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This collection of essays (available through the library catalogue)
initiates a conversation about the educational interests of the young and considers the potential for pedagogical transformation. Organized into three parts, dealing with the pedagogy of care, child honouring and telling children the truth, respectively, the volume engages with some of the key ethical challenges involved in educating young people. Through the diverse perspectives and approaches of sixteen authors, the book examines conflicting educational ideologies through a critical pedagogical lens. These authors consider poetic, aesthetic, inspiring, historical, political and ethical ways of both educating and being educated by the young. The volume aims to provoke further thought and debate among those who wish to consider the complex nature of educating the young with honesty, honour and care. Read more about the author/editor!

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Two of our greatest educational theorists, John Dewey and Nel Noddings, have been reluctant to admit that some students are simply more talented than others. This was no doubt due to their feeling that such an admission was inconsistent with democratic concern for everyone.

But there really is such a thing as superior talent; and the present book (available through the library catalogue) explains how that admission is compatible with our ideals of caring (and democracy). Traditionalists confident that some disciplines are more important than others haven't worried that that way of putting things threatens to make those who are excluded feel quite bad about themselves. But an ethics of care can show us how to make these differences much less hurtful and more morally acceptable than anything that has been proposed by traditionalists.

So the present book offers a middle way between the denial of the reality of superior talents and an insensitive insistence on that reality. It argues that care ethics gives us a way to do this, and it bases that claim largely on the promise of such an ethics for moral education in schools and in homes. It is argued on psychological grounds that caring can only take place on the basis of empathy for others, and the book shows in great detail how empathy can be encouraged or develop in school and home contexts.

Other approaches to moral education―like Kantian cognitive-developmentalism and Aristotelian character education―can't account for (increasing) moral motivation in the way that an emphasis on the development of empathy allows. And in the end, it is only students educated via care ethics who will be sensitive to one another in a way that largely undercuts the negative psychological impact of educational institutions and practices that acknowledge the greater talents or creativity that some students have.

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This book (available through the library catalogue) challenges educators to envisage an education system which sees as its goal a more socially just world. It explores the question of how education, both formal and informal, can positively impact on all pupils' life chances and life experiences.

The contributors to the book take the view that access to an equitable education for all is a necessary condition for the advancement of social justice; indeed the book argues that social justice cannot be achieved except through education.

The authors suggest that it is the responsibility of educators to support the advancement of the millennium development goals including the achievement of universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The authors in this collection explore a range of case studies and offer evidence for the ways in which education has proved detrimental to the advancement of social justice. More importantly they point to ways in which our global education system can be developed to meet the requirements of a socially just society.

Electronic access to this book is available through the library catalogue.


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cyberbullying in social media.jpg Cyberbullying in social media is one of the most important concerns in educational institutions at the K-12 and higher education levels today. Cyberbullying is complicated because it involves children, parents, and other family members as well as society at-large. It hurts the victim, the cyberbully, their families, their friends, others at and beyond the school, and our American society in countless direct and indirect ways -- educationally, emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and in some cases it takes the victim's life away. Sometimes the results of cyberbullying are intentional, other times the results are unintended.

This book presents the information from the collaborative efforts and perspectives of a current school district superintendent who has researched and worked day-to-day with the issues, and an attorney currently dealing with the legal issues relevant to cyberbullying. This book is helpful to students, parents, educators, mental and medical health professionals, and attorneys who work with the misery, fears, terror and other consequences of cyberbullying in social media.

eBook - The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Electronic access to this book is available through the library catalogue.

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Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research.jpg The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.

Journal - Teaching and Teacher Education

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Teaching and Teacher Education is an international journal concerned primarily with teachers, teaching, or teacher education situated in an international perspective or in an international context.

Teaching and Teacher Education is a multidisciplinary journal, committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. It is concerned with teaching and teacher education in general and devoted to all concerned with teaching.

Teaching and Teacher Education recognizes that many disciplines have important contributions to make to teaching and teacher education and the Editors invite contributions from them. In the absence of any dominant paradigm, the journal welcomes varied approaches to empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, and reviews (both qualitative and quantitative syntheses) of high quality.

Teaching and Teacher Education aims to enhance theory, research, and practice in teaching and teacher education through the publication of primary research and review papers. The Journal does not publish unsolicited Book Reviews.

Journal - Computers & Education

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Computers & Education aims to increase knowledge and understanding of ways in which digital technology can enhance education, through the publication of high quality research, which extends theory and practice.

The Editors welcome research papers on the pedagogical uses of digital technology, where the focus is broad enough to be of interest to a wider education community.

We do not publish small-scale evaluations of specific software/systems in specialist domains or particular courses in individual institutions (unless the findings have broader relevance that is explicitly drawn out in the paper). Papers that include discussions of the implementation of software and/or hardware should focus on the context of use, the user/system interface, usability issues and evaluations of the user experience and impacts on and implications for learning and teaching. Detailed information on implementation architecture should NOT be included in the paper, but may be provided via hot-links. We welcome review papers that include clear aims (research questions), a framework of analysis, and conclusions that reflect the aims of the paper. Learn MORE!

Journal - Interactive Learning Environments

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Interactive Learning Environments publishes articles on all aspects of the design and use of interactive learning environments in the broadest sense, encompassing environments that support individual learners through to environments that support collaboration amongst groups of learners or co-workers.

Relevant domains of application include education and training at all levels, life-long learning and knowledge sharing. Relevant topics for articles include: adaptive systems, learning theory, pedagogy and learning design, the electronically-enhanced classroom, computer mediated communications of all kinds, computer aided assessment, the design and use of virtual learning environments and learning management systems, facilitating organisational change, applying standards for courseware reuse, tracking, record keeping and system interoperability, the use of learning content management systems, including workflow design and publication to a range of media, and issues associated with scaling up delivery to large cohorts of students and trainees within the corporate, educational and other public sectors.

Review and survey articles that show scholarly depth, breadth and richness are particularly welcome. Learn MORE!

Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL)

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal devoted to disseminating rigorous research on all aspects of the use of technology to enhance learning.

The journal seeks to be a catalyst for multidisciplinary dialogue amongst researchers and practitioners worldwide in the fields of learning and cognition, education, and technology, with a view to improving practice and achieving real-world impact in technology enhanced learning.

The journal encourages research from theoretical perspectives, research reports of evidence-based practice as well as praxis research work that focuses on the interface between theory and practice and how each can support the other. In addition, the journal strongly encourages reports of research carried out within or involving countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The journal embraces all forms of technology that may be used to enhance learning opportunities; it is not restricted to information and communications technologies. All aspects of the technology, from design to construction to implementation and evaluation, are of interest.

Research contexts addressed include learning that takes place in schools, universities or colleges, in business or government organizations, as well as in informal learning settings. Learning may take place at the individual, group, organizational or societal level. Analyses of learning may apply at multiple levels.

A key focus of the journal is to seek improvement in our understanding of designing for learning in such a way that the learning designs translate successfully into practice. Hence, empirically grounded evaluations of learning are especially important. A complementary focus of the journal relates to the environmental, social, and cultural contexts within which learning design interacts with and translates into practice.

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


The European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) is the publication of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research in Early Childhood Education throughout Europe and beyond. CREC is the UK base for the European Early Childhood Research Association.

EECERA welcomes and encourages membership and contributions from across the world to share and participate in its European perspective. EECERJ aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research in early childhood education in Europe.

With this as its principal focus, it should be emphasised that its definition of education embraces care and that its approach is multidisciplinary, embracing all related fields including psychology, sociology, child health and social work.

Contributions from outside the European context are encouraged where there is a relevance to the EECERA's stated aims. 'Early Childhood' is defined as being from birth to eight years of age.

The Editorial Board intends to publish papers which have a clear application to early childhood education and care policy and practice and this must be made explicit in the paper. It also seeks to provide a common forum for shared issues in early childhood education research, and, on occasion, to provide a forum for controversy in the discussion of such issues.

Papers may take the form of reports of research in progress, discussion of conceptual and methodological issues and review articles. All papers are peer reviewed. The Journal is published four times per year.

Good News! We have added MORE eBooks to our library collection!

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Making assessment matter.jpg All too often, literacy assessments are given only for accountability purposes and fail to be seen as valuable resources for planning and differentiating instruction. This clear, concise book shows K-5 educators how to implement a comprehensive, balanced assessment battery that integrates accountability concerns with data-driven instruction. Teachers learn to use different types of test scores to understand and address students' specific learning needs. The book features an in-depth case example of a diverse elementary school that serves many struggling readers and English language learners.

Be That Teacher!: Breaking the Cycle for Struggling Readers

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Tens of thousands of students begin each new school year with the hope that they will finally find the teacher who will help them succeed as readers, writers, and learners.

Be that teacher  breaking the cycle for struggling readers.jpg This book shows how teachers can provide the type of differentiated instruction that struggling readers need by drawing on students' individual and cultural backgrounds, as well as the results of classroom-based diagnostic and progress-monitoring assessment measures. The authors include authentic examples and case studies from diverse primary and intermediate/middle school classrooms to show how instruction can be implemented and adjusted to accommodate students' individual differences--differences that are influenced by their schools and instructional backgrounds, their cultural and linguistic histories, their interests and activities, their reading and writing habits in and out of school, and their understandings and misunderstandings about texts, print, and digital media. Classroom teachers, reading specialists, reading coaches, and prospective teachers are invited to analyze and reflect about each case presented to help them provide the type of instruction that will change the trajectory for students who continue to fail in reading.

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School success for kids with dyslexia & other reading difficulties.jpg School Success for Kids With Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties provides parents and teachers with goals that will meet the needs of students who are struggling with reading, leading them to work through their difficulties and enjoy reading. It includes information, assessments, and techniques that parents, teachers, and school administrators can use immediately to foster reading success. Through an understanding of how English words are constructed, how the brain processes language, and the differences that exist between learning styles, parents and teachers will gain keen insight into the processes of reading, reading acquisition, and reading instruction. The book also covers topics such as how language skills can affect reading difficulties and how technology can be used to help students, and it provides a structured approach for parents to implement at home to help their struggling students find success.

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From fluency to comprehension.jpg Helping teachers move beyond fluency as measured by speed alone, this book focuses on building the skills that students need to read accurately, meaningfully, and expressively--the essential components of reading comprehension. Each concise chapter presents a tried-and-true instructional or assessment strategy and shows how K-12 teachers can apply it in their own classrooms, using a wide variety of engaging texts. Special features include classroom examples, "Your Turn" activities, and 24 reproducible forms, in a large-size format for easy photocopying.

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This practitioner resource and course text
has given thousands of K-12 teachers evidence-based tools for helping students--particularly those at risk for reading difficulties--understand and acquire new knowledge from text. The authors present a range of scientifically validated instructional techniques and activities, complete with helpful classroom examples and sample lessons. The book describes ways to assess comprehension, build the skills that good readers rely on, and teach students to use multiple comprehension strategies flexibly and effectively. Each chapter features thought-provoking discussion questions. Reproducible lesson plans and graphic organizers can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

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Power of RTI and reading profiles.jpg This one-of-a-kind text explains why RTI is today's best approach for preventing reading difficulties--and how research on reading profiles can enhance the power of RTI.

For practitioners, the book provides a complete, evidence-based blueprint for using RTI and reading profiles in tandem to plan effective core literacy instruction and help struggling readers in Grades K-6, whether they have disabilities or issues related to experience (e.g., ELLs, children from poverty backgrounds).

For researchers and policymakers, the book describes ways to help ensure higher reading achievement for every student, including improvements in core reading instruction, use of RTI practices and the Common Core State Standards, and teacher preparation.

READERS WILL:

- understand why RTI is the best approach for preventing reading difficulties--and why RTI should be used in identification of learning disabilities

- learn how diverse reading problems can be understood in relation to poor reader profiles

- discover how to make sound, research-based decisions about core reading curricula, interventions, and RTI practices such as universal screening

- explore the most effective interventions for key components of reading and language

- learn to identify and address word recognition difficulties, comprehension difficulties, and "mixed" reading problems involving both decoding and comprehension

- clarify which skills and knowledge every teacher of reading should have

- examine ways to better prepare educators to teach at-risk readers

PRACTICAL MATERIALS:

The case studies and practical examples cover a broad range of reading problems and help make the latest research findings applicable to everyday practice.

Summary from the publisher:

Brain-friendly strategies to help all students become lifelong readers


Learning to read is more than just an educational issue; it's a social justice issue. Did you know that struggling readers are twice as likely as their peers to drop out of high school?

10 essential instructional elements for students with reading difficulties.png Through time-tested, research-based neurocognitive teaching strategies, 10 Essential Instructional Elements for Students with Reading Difficulties will enable you to hone readers' skills and help students from all grade levels develop their ability to create meaning from print.


Drawing from five key areas of neurocognitive research, Andrew Johnson provides a ten-point teaching strategy that encompasses vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing and more.

A key resource for creating intervention plans for struggling readers, features include:

- Information on the often-overlooked importance of emotions in the process of overcoming reading struggles

- Strategies to promote voluntary reading, even for the most reluctant students

- Useful resources such as graphic organizers, additional reading and writing activities, and QR codes that link to videos

- Use these strategies today and you can count on more students leaving your classrooms as fluent, lifelong readers.

This journal article appeared in the February 2016 issue of Learning Disability Quarterly (Volume 39, Issue Number 1).

Abstract:

The authors report findings from a systematic observational study of middle school educators (Grades 6-8) in two states who provided reading interventions within Tier 2 and Tier 3 of a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Intervention sessions were coded and analyzed to understand (a) the frequency and type of evidence-based strategies implemented for students with learning disabilities and reading difficulties, and (b) whether observed practices within secondary and tertiary intervention settings align with researcher recommendations regarding middle school reading instruction based on extant research. The findings indicated that more than 12% of time was devoted to logistical and non-academic activities, and evidence-based interventions including explicit instruction, cognitive strategy instruction, content enhancements, and independent practice opportunities were reported infrequently, although instructional differences across sites were demonstrated. Encouraging findings include evidence of peer-mediated reading and explicit performance feedback. Implications for teacher preparation, professional development, and future research for RTI are discussed.

Keywords:

middle school
reading
response to intervention
RTI

This journal article appeared in the March 2016 issue of Contemporary School Psychology (Volume 20, Issue Number 1).

Abstract:

This article provides a brief overview of special education policy within the context of changing student demographics, with a focus on disproportionate identification for special education and inappropriate educational placement for diverse students. Additionally, it provides an overview of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model and how RTI might overcome some of the limitations of traditional methods for determining special education eligibility and, consequently, address disproportionality and social justice for diverse students. In that vein, we discuss some of the more salient promises and pitfalls of RTI and consider ways to maximize its potential through culturally responsive practices. Finally, we consider some of the intended and unintended consequences of RTI with diverse students, along with recommendations for overcoming the unintended consequences.

Keywords:

RTI
Diversity
Culturally and linguistically diverse
Disproportionality
School psychology

This journal article appeared in the April 2016 issue of Preventing School Failure (Volume 60, Issue Number 2).

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This study examined the relationship between response to intervention (RTI) implementation integrity in reading and student reading outcomes. Data were collected from 64 principals and school psychologists at 43 elementary schools. Hierarchical linear regression was used to examine the degree to which implementation of RTI tiers and key components predicted student reading assessment results, when controlling for a block of school demographic variables. Findings revealed that data-based decision making and Tier 3 implementation integrity significantly predicted student reading outcomes when controlling for significant demographic predictors. Interpretation of results and implications for research and practice are provided.

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data-based decision making
implementation
reading
response to intervention
RTI

Response to Intervention

This journal article appears in the May/June 2016 issue of The Reading Teacher (Volume 69, Issue Number 6)

Abstract:

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multiple tiered system of instructional interventions that may also serve to identify children with Specific Learning Disabilities (particularly in reading and spelling). This article summarizes the findings of Evaluation of Response to Intervention Practices for Elementary School Reading (Balu, Zhu, Doolittle, Schiller, Jenkins, & Gersten, 2015). It concludes with a list of implications and suggestions for how schools might update and refine their RTI framework based on the federal study's findings.

This journal article appeared in a 2016 issue of the Teachers College Record (Volume 118, Issue Number 5)

Background: The Response to Intervention (RTI) approach involves the use of a dynamic model built around the systematic documentation of students' response to research-based instructional interventions. Although there has been widespread implementation of RTI models for early intervention and in some cases, as a means to identify students with learning disabilities (LD), little has been published on teacher implementation of RTI in naturalistic school settings.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the RTI implementation process in two culturally diverse, urban schools. The authors describe the process of large-scale RTI implementation through the lens of Systems Change Theory.

Research Design: This study of RTI in a naturalistic setting used grounded theory research methods to provide an in-depth description and qualitative analysis of challenges and successes experienced by RTI teams and teachers in schools required by state mandate to implement RTI. Data collection included semi-structured interviews and observations with 30 participants in two urban schools. Transcripts of interviews and field notes of direct observations were analyzed inductively through a four-tiered interpretive coding process that moved from the most concrete to more abstract levels of interpretation.

Conclusions: The present study highlights challenges related to changes in procedures for monitoring student responsiveness in an RTI system used for special education identification. The emergence of themes from observation and interview data revealed how professional development gaps, school personnel's assumptions about culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and families, and external pressures from district and state accountability systems affected RTI implementation across two schools. Our observations revealed confusion over the components for practice in RTI as well as a lack of understanding related to the purpose of RTI to potentially improve outcomes and reduce referrals to special education for CLD youth. The issues that emerged as barriers to implementation serve to identify the systemic change factors needed to support large-scale RTI implementation.

Summary from the publisher:

Multiple paths to literacy.jpg This book presents an analytical approach, consistent with Response to Intervention (RTI), coupled with practical strategies for recognizing students' literacy strengths and needs, identifying students with special needs, and planning for differentiated instruction. It takes into account each learner's talents and multiple intelligences with the goal of tailoring instruction to meet those needs.

Making literacy accessible for all students is what this highly regarded book is all about. Supporting a view of literacy development that includes multiple forms of literacy, from text-based forms to technology-related literacy to visual literacy and the performing arts, it describes the analytic process as a means to achieving effective differentiation. A focus on data-driven decision-making and Response to Intervention (RTI) consistent with applying the analytic process is integrated throughout.

The author describes strategies and techniques appropriate to, or easily modified for, any grade level, from primary through secondary school.

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Teaching reading to English Language Learners differentiated literacies.jpg This practical, research-based text is organized around the principles that reading and writing instruction for English learners begins with the student biography and focuses on meaning as its core. The authors consider the languages and cultures of English learners as resources to be used in teaching, not problems to be solved, and throughout the book they guide readers to modify literacy instruction to address both the assets and needs of their students.

In this book, grade-level classroom teachers are provided with a research-based framework designed to differentiate literacy instruction for ELL students within the classroom. Theory blends with practice to give readers the tools they need support English language literacy development with their students in addition to the program the school has in place. It addresses the need for current information on how to most effectively approach the literacy needs of English learners.

Included are strategies for converting research into practical application; illustrative student samples from multiple grade levels and language backgrounds; teacher insights; a look at the sociocultural, academic, cognitive, and linguistic dimensions of the ELL student biography; and a number of helpful pedagogical aids.

Ensure personalized student learning with this breakthrough approach to the Flipped Classroom!


differentiated flipped classroom.png In the flipped classroom, students need to do more than simply re-watch a video to learn effectively. This groundbreaking guide helps you identify and address diverse student needs within the flipped classroom environment. You will find practical, standards-aligned solutions to help you design and implement carefully planned at-home and at-school learning experiences, all while checking for individual student understanding.

Learn to differentiate learning for all students with structured, research-based best practices to help you:

- Integrate Flipped Learning and Differentiated Instruction
- Use technology as a meaningful learning tool
- Implement flexible planning and grouping
- Proactively use ongoing formative assessments
- Adjust instruction to support, challenge, and motivate diverse learners
- Manage the Differentiated Flipped classroom

Includes practical examples and a resource-rich appendix. Make your flipped classroom a true place of learning with this go-to guide!

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STEM Education for High-Ability Learners.jpg STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming focuses on the rigorous articulation of quality STEM education programming to develop STEM talent among high-ability and gifted learners. The intent of this book is to provide a comprehensive resource for educators designing and implementing each of the supports within STEM education by providing a discussion of each critical component for inclusion in a planned, coherent, and high-quality sequenced system. This edited volume provides a cutting-edge discussion of best practices for delivering STEM education by experts in the field. The contributing authors provide a differentiated discussion and recommendations for the learning experiences of gifted students in STEM education programs.

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assertive practictioner.jpg How a staff team works together and how effective and cohesive they are impacts significantly on the children that they care for as well as having implications for the general early years practice and the success of the business of the setting. Drawing together theory and practice, this book provides comprehensive guidance on assertive communication and offers a range of clear, practical strategies that are easy to implement in the early years setting.

The Assertive Practitioner aims to distinguish between assertive, passive, aggressive and passive aggressive communication so that early years practitioners can gain confidence, become more self-aware, reflect on their own practice and develop their effective communication skills.


Divided into three parts: 'what is assertiveness', 'using it' and 'developing it', the authors consider the skills of good communication and assertiveness in the early years setting, offering practical guidance on:

- Recruitment, induction, ongoing staff training and supervision;

- Disciplinary processes including handling difficult conversations and refocusing a team after a critical incident;

- Staff relationships with parents and other professionals;

- Involving the team in problem solving and implementing change;

- Engaging with the community;

- How to get support for yourself as a manager.

Packed full of practical strategies and case studies, this timely new book will be invaluable support for all those wanting to enhance and improve professional practice and relationships in the early years setting.

We have print and electronic access to this book!


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The Classic Leadership Resources Now In Its 5th Edition!


Reframing Organizations.jpg First published in 1984, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal's bestselling text has become a classic in the field. Its four-frame model provides four different perspectives through which organizations can be understood.

The Structural Frame focuses on organization structure and provides insight into how managers and leaders within organizations can better organize and structure organizations, groups, and teams to get results.

The Human Resource Frame focuses on the people in organizations and provides insight into how to tailor organizations to satisfy human needs, improve human resource management, and build positive interpersonal and group dynamics.

The Political Frame focuses on the political dynamics in organizations and examines how managers and leaders in organizations can understand power and conflict, build coalitions, hone political skills, and deal with internal and external politics.

The Symbolic Frame focuses on meaning and culture in organizations, and provides insight into how leaders and managers can shape culture, stage organizational drama for internal and external audiences, and build spirit through ritual, ceremony, and story.

Bolman and Deal update their classic with coverage of pressing issues such as globalization, changing workforces, offshoring, and leadership across cultures.

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Literacy Theories for the Digital Age insightfully brings together six essential approaches to literacy research and educational practice. The book provides powerful and accessible theories for readers, including Socio-cultural, Critical, Multimodal, Socio-spatial, Socio-material and Sensory Literacies. The brand new Sensory Literacies approach is an original and visionary contribution to the field, coupled with a provocative foreword from leading sensory anthropologist David Howes. This dynamic collection explores a legacy of literacy research while showing the relationships between each paradigm, highlighting their complementarity and distinctions. This highly relevant compendium will inspire researchers and teachers to explore new frontiers of thought and practice in times of diversity and technological change.

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Core concepts and novel applications of visual and media literacy take center stage in this comprehensive volume. Dedicated equally to contexts for framing visual knowledge, models for integrating media into class work, and proven strategies for promoting visual and media literacy from kindergarten through college, it offers a complete teaching framework suited to an increasingly digital world. Coverage clearly details the range of visual materials adaptable to the classroom and the relationships between media literacy and student engagement, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Here are opportunities for learners not only to enhance their current use of media, but also to acquire skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Among the topics covered: Reinforcing multiliteracies through design activities. Visual communication and culture: design education for a globalized world. Cameras in the classroom: photography's pedagogical potential. Multi-modal composition in teacher education: from consumers to producers. Teaching visual and media literacy skills through media production technology. Teaching visual literacy: pedagogy, design and implementation, tools and techniques.

Essentials of Teaching and Integrating Visual and Media Literacy paints the future of education in vivid perspective for practitioners and professionals across disciplines.

Summary of this thesis:

In light of contemporary trends and practices, namely the impact of globalization and the integration of new technologies being promoted in the field of applied linguistics (Byrd Clark, 2012; Kern, 2006; Malinowski & Kramsch, 2014), this exploratory qualitative case study explores professors in education and their perceptions of the impact and adaptation new technologies have on their pedagogy; namely the use of blogging as an educational activity. This research is based on a multiliteracies theoretical framework and analyzes the traditional or innovative pedagogical practice of today's graduate professors. This study seeks to make an important contribution to both the field of research and to practice with its emphasis on the integration of new technologies in graduate language and literacy education. Many graduate programs highlight the importance of originality, creativity and thoroughness (in other words, alternatives to traditional approaches) however there appear to be few multiliteracy options available in graduate courses. Through the implementation of a survey (N=5) and semi-structured interviews (N=2), perceptions of graduate professors of blogging as an educational activity were investigated. Participants revealed the innovative pedagogical practice of today's graduate professors. However, there are still various issues in practicality that need to be addressed.

Overview of the study:

This article examines regional differences in the math and reading skills of immigrant children aged 15 based on data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). It also examines regional differences in high-school and university completion rates among young immigrants who came to Canada before the age of 15 using National Household Survey (NHS) data.

Throughout the article, comparisons are made with the children of the Canadian-born (third- or higher-generation Canadians).

- In Canada, the average PISA math score of immigrant students aged 15 was similar to the score of third- or higher-generation students. The average PISA reading score of immigrant children was slightly lower than the score of third- or higher-generation children.

- In almost all regions, immigrant students had lower PISA reading scores than third- or higher-generation students. With respect to PISA math scores, immigrant students performed better than third- or higher-generation students in the Atlantic provinces and British Colombia, but performed less well in Quebec and in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

- Young immigrants aged 20 to 24 were more likely to have a high school diploma than their third- or higher-generation counterparts (93% versus 87%). Young immigrants aged 25 to 29 were also more likely to have a university degree (40%, compared with 26% of third- or higher-generation individuals in this age group).

- Manitoba and Saskatchewan (29%) and Quebec (32%) had the lowest proportions of immigrants aged 25 to 29 with a university degree. In contrast, British Columbia (44%) and Ontario (41%) had the highest proportions.

- Regional differences in the source countries of immigrants explained, in part, why some regions had higher university completion rates than others.

eBook - Educating Educators with Social Media

Publisher's Summary:

Education Educators with social media.jpg Social media are increasingly popular platforms for collaboration and quick information sharing. This volume is a collection of reports on how these technologies are being used to educate educators with social media in creative and effective ways. Social networking technologies enable the integration of students and alumni in co-curricular activities in exciting and still evolving ways. The use of wikis, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, Yahoo Pipes, Diigo, Second Life, Moodle, and other Web 2.0 technologies are shown in vivid examples and insightful critiques. The processes, design, delivery and evaluation of instruction using social media are examined in detail and include such topics as: the use of social media in developing countries for new approaches to teaching as support for individual and peer-based learning; new teaching orientations premised on social media such as focused distraction; enhancing in-class participation; how instructors are increasing the technical expertise that is needed by educators to develop their own 21st century curricula projects; and creating an ecosystem for life-long learning through social media.

Competing in the 21st Century Skills Race

This paper compares Canadian and Chinese achievements in three broad areas: general literacy and numeracy; the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs; and the development of skills that are considered particularly important for innovation, such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and adaptability. It concludes by raising questions for discussion and some modest proposals to spur discussion toward a vision and plan for talent development that would help to secure Canada's place in the global knowledge economy.

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Info Behavior of a New Generation.jpg Has the information behavior of children and youth changed significantly over the last two decades? The Information Behavior of a New Generation: Children and Teens in the 21st Century attempts to answer this question from a variety of viewpoints. Thirteen researchers from educational psychology, computer science, education, and information studies have contributed to eleven chapters on models of information behavior, the cognitive development of youth, information literacy, everyday information behavior, cyber-bullying, gaming in virtual environments, learning labs, social networks, intellectual disabilities, and current and future systems.

Whether they are referred to as digital natives, the Google-generation, or generation M, today's youth are active consumers and avid producers of digital information. Smart phones are the new generation's communication tools, social networks are their interaction venues, and virtual environments are their new playgrounds. This new digital communication era has prompted researchers from a variety of disciplines to contribute to this book on the information behavior of children and teens.

One of the many conclusions that may be drawn from the chapters in the book is that information behavior is a multifaceted phenomenon, evolving alongside the rapid developments in information and communication technologies. The new generation tends to multitask, managing many activities simultaneously, such as scanning for and skimming information, texting brief messages, and posting audio and visual information on social media. While children and teens are tech savvy, they lack certain information and media literacy skills essential in today's digital environment.

For researchers, the authors pose questions for further investigation in the hope that innovative services will be offered and novel systems will be developed to help the new generation. For teachers and information professionals, the authors provide a broad background to assist them with a more in-depth and thorough understanding and appreciation of children's and teens' information behavior.

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Going Beyond Google Again.jpg The invisible web is growing - but users' knowledge and awareness of it isn't. This highly practical guide focuses on strategies and teaching tools for getting more out of the 'deep' or 'invisible' web, enabling students and users to tap into the wealth of material that isn't to be found on Google or other mainstream search engines.

This book builds upon the authors' previous well respected book, Going Beyond Google, which placed teaching the invisible web into information literacy programmes. Going Beyond Google Again expands on the teaching foundation laid in the first book and continues to document the invisible web's existence and evolution, and suggests ways of teaching students to use it.

Focusing on up-to-date materials and tools on the web and recent research into search habits, this book covers key topics including:

- the invisible web today
- studies of information seeking-behaviour
- teaching the invisible web: theory and practice
- how to make students better researchers
- teaching resources
- tools for mining the invisible web
- the future of the invisible web.

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Teaching and learning online.jpg Teaching and Learning Online, Volume 2, provides practical advice from academics, researchers, practitioners and designers who are currently engaged in defining, creating and delivering the increasingly important world of online learning. This powerful guide avoids trends in technology, instead focusing on the articulation and development of the learning theories that underpin the use of technology.

Topics covered include:

• Theory that informs practice - emerging models and understanding from academia;

• Research - new understandings of learning, collaborative sense-making, and learning preferences;

• The Practitioner view - real examples from around the world of ground-breaking developments in online learning that are transforming education, adult learning and corporate training;

• Guidance for designers and producers - pedagogical advice and skills for a range of people who may have had little exposure to the body of knowledge surrounding learning design;

• Looking to the future - what to expect in the next 5 to 10 years and how to prepare to take full advantage of the opportunities that an increasingly connected society will provide for learner-managed learning.

The second volume of this bestselling guide addresses key gaps in the available literature including the inequality of access to technologically enabled learning and cutting-edge design issues and pedagogies that will take us into the next decade of eLearning and future Web 3.0+ approaches.

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What are the key channels to change in blended instructional practice as they relate to the use of a learning management system (LMS)? What role LMS users' profiles play in facilitating change in practice? Can we model users' quality of interaction (QoI) with LMS? How inclusiveness and affectiveness could lead to a personalized intelligent LMS (iLMS)? If these questions sound intrinsic to you and to your own experience and circumstance, then this book fits absolutely to you.

Towards an Intelligent Learning Management System Under Blended Learning.jpg Here, the term Blended - viewed as a fuzzy concept - is understood as a stepping-stone on the way to the future, to explain the multiple ways human beings think/act/feel of society in the 21st century and to embrace the opportunity of humans to re/co-construct new knowledge through the intermediation role of the technology. Initially, based on an online learning environment' theoretical framework, some current issues of the educational processes in the digital age of Web 2.0 are analyzed. Then, after exploring the main methodological procedures, characteristic examples of research case studies follow, including LMS users' trends and profiles and modeling of their QoI using fuzzy logic.

This book offers useful information that evokes initiatives towards rethinking of the value, efficiency, inclusiveness, affectiveness and personalization of the iLMS-based b-learning environment, both by the educators, the LMS designers and educational policy decision makers.

eBook - Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation

Summary from the publisher:

Reinventing Learning for the Always On Generation.jpg Cultivate effective 21st century classrooms. Teachers and administrators must respond to the digital bombardment students face to ensure their success in the 21st century world. Explore the differences in students' neurological processing from previous generations, investigate the nine critical attributes of digital learners, and discover practical strategies for making learning relevant, engaging, and fun through digital activities. Watch the author's video!

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Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills.jpg Rapid--and seemingly accelerating--changes in the economies of developed nations are having a proportional effect on the skill sets required of workers in many new jobs. Work environments are often technology-heavy, while problems are frequently ill-defined and tackled by multidisciplinary teams. This book contains insights based on research conducted as part of a major international project supported by Cisco, Intel and Microsoft. It faces these new working environments head-on, delineating new ways of thinking about '21st-century' skills and including operational definitions of those skills. The authors focus too on fresh approaches to educational assessment, and present methodological and technological solutions to the barriers that hinder ICT-based assessments of these skills, whether in large-scale surveys or classrooms. Equally committed to defining its terms and providing practical solutions, and including international perspectives and comparative evaluations of assessment methodology and policy, this volume tackles an issue at the top of most educationalists' agendas.

Media Rich Instruction.jpg E-learning has brought an enormous change to instruction, in terms of both rules and tools. Contemporary education requires diverse and creative uses of media technology to keep students engaged and to keep up with rapid developments in the ways they learn and teachers teach.

Media Rich Instruction addresses these requirements with up-to-date learning theory and practices that incorporate innovative platforms for information delivery into traditional areas such as learning skills and learner characteristics. Experts in media rich classroom experiences and online instruction delve into the latest findings on student cognitive processes and motivation to learn while offering multimedia classroom strategies geared to specific curriculum areas.

Advances such as personal learning environments, gamification, and the Massive Open Online Course are analyzed in the context of their potential for collaborative and transformative learning. And each chapter features key questions and application activities to make coverage especially practical across grade levels and learner populations. Among the topics included:

Building successful learning experiences online.
Language and literacy, reading and writing.
Mathematics teaching and learning with and through education technology.
Learning science through experiment and practice.
Social studies teaching for learner engagement.
The arts and Technology.
Connecting school to community.

At a time when many are pondering the future of academic standards and student capacity to learn, Media Rich Instruction is a unique source of concrete knowledge and useful ideas for current and future researchers and practitioners in media rich instructional strategies and practices.

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Hybrid Language Teaching in Practice.jpg This book allows readers to explore the inner workings of a hybrid class from the perspectives of two instructors with different pedagogical orientations, from the students' perspectives, including learning outcomes and immediately practical teaching tools. The authors meet the challenge of how to preserve pedagogy and content while making good use of digital tools and online opportunities. Language teachers at the secondary and postsecondary level will enjoy the authors' first person narrative of the creation of a pedagogically-sound hybrid course, practical examples from their courses, as well as student learning outcomes and feedback on the various technological activities. During a year-long study of the authors' hybrid courses they used a mixed methods design to answers these questions: How does a hybrid course change our teaching? How does the hybrid course affect student learning experiences? What technology-based activities are most effective in our hybrid course?.

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Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples

Summary:

This user-friendly guide helps students get started on--and complete--a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. Pedagogical Features: *"Let's Start Writing" exercises leading up to a complete proposal draft. *"Do You Understand?" checklists of key terms plus an end-of-book glossary. *End-of-chapter quizzes with answers. *Case study examples from education, psychology, health sciences, business, and information systems. *Sample proposal with three variants of the methods chapter: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.


US Public Schools and the Politics of Queer Erasure

Summary:

Since the 1920s, US public schools have focused on erasing queer identity. From teacher purges to vicious bullying of queer youth, these actions have been the norm for nearly one hundred years - thanks to the interplay of law, policy, and politics. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Lugg uses this history to illuminate a possible way forward to make public schools places of tolerance and even liberation for both queer youth and queer adults.


The Age of STEM: Educational Policy and Practice Across the World in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Summary:

Across the world STEM (learning and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has taken central importance in education and the economy in a way that few other disciplines have. STEM competence has become seen as key to higher productivity, technological adaptation and research-based innovation. No area of educational provision has a greater current importance than the STEM disciplines yet there is a surprising dearth of comprehensive and world-wide information about STEM policy, participation, programs and practice. The Age of STEM is a state of the art survey of the global trends and major country initiatives in STEM. It gives an international overview of issues such as:STEM strategy and coordination curricula, teaching and assessment women in STEM indigenous students research training STEM in the graduate labour markets STEM breadth and STEM depth. The individual chapters give comparative international analysis as well as a global overview, particularly focusing on the growing number of policies and practices in mobilising and developing talent in the STEM fields. The book will be of particular interest to anyone involved in educational policy, those in education management and leaders in both schooling and tertiary education. It will have a wider resonance among practitioners in the STEM disciplines, particularly at university level, and for those interested in contemporary public policy.

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International Handbook of Curriculum Research (Second Edition)

Summary:

Continuing its calling to define the field and where it is going, the Second Edition of this landmark handbook brings up to date its comprehensive reportage of scholarly developments and school curriculum initiatives worldwide, providing a panoramic view of the state of curriculum studies globally. Its international scope and currency and range of research and theory reflect and contribute significantly to the ongoing internationalization of curriculum studies and its growth as a field worldwide. Changes in the Second Edition: Five new or updated introductory chapters pose transnational challenges to key questions curriculum research addresses locally. Countries absent in the First Edition are represented: Chile, Colombia, Cypress, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. 39 new or updated chapters on curriculum research in 34 countries highlight curriculum research that is not widely known in North America. This handbook is an indispensable resource for prospective and practicing teachers, for curriculum studies scholars, and for education students around the world.

Language as Discourse: Perspectives for Language Teaching

Summary:

In this book Michael McCarthy and Ronald Carter describe the discoursal properties of language and demonstrate what insights this approach can offer to the student and teacher of language. The authors examine the relationship between complete texts, both spoken and written, and the social and cultural contexts in which they function. They argue that the functions of language are often best understood in a discoursal environment and that exploring language in context compels us to revise commonly-held understandings about the forms and meanings of language. In so doing, the authors argue the need for language teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum organisers to give greater attention to language as discourse.


Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Summary:

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies offers a comprehensive view of the field of language and literacy studies. With forty-three chapters reflecting new research from leading scholars in the field, the handbook pushes at the boundaries of existing fields and combines with related fields and disciplines to develop a lens on contemporary scholarship and emergent fields of inquiry.


The Handbook is divided into eight sections: 1) The foundations of literacy studies
2) Space-focused approaches 3) Time-focused approaches 4) Multimodal approaches
5) Digital approaches 6) Hermeneutic approaches 7) Making meaning from the everyday
8) Co-constructing literacies with communities.

This is the first handbook of literacy studies to recognise new trends and evolving trajectories together with a focus on radical epistemologies of literacy. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies is an essential reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those researching and working in the areas of applied linguistics and language and literacy.

eBook - Literacy Theories for the Digital Age

Summary from the publisher:

Literacy theories for the digital age.jpg Literacy Theories for the Digital Age insightfully brings together six essential approaches to literacy research and educational practice. The book provides powerful and accessible theories for readers, including Socio-cultural, Critical, Multimodal, Socio-spatial, Socio-material and Sensory Literacies. The brand new Sensory Literacies approach is an original and visionary contribution to the field, coupled with a provocative foreword from leading sensory anthropologist David Howes. This dynamic collection explores a legacy of literacy research while showing the relationships between each paradigm, highlighting their complementarity and distinctions. This highly relevant compendium will inspire researchers and teachers to explore new frontiers of thought and practice in times of diversity and technological change.

This book is available both in print and online through the library catalogue. Here is a summary of the second edition of this book from the publisher:

Qualitative research from start to finish EBOOK.jpg This book will help readers understand the practice of qualitative research--whether they want to do it, teach it, or just learn about it. All the major research phases are encompassed (startup, design, data collection, analysis, and composing), including newly emerging trends. Numerous easy-to-read vignettes show how other scholars have successfully implemented specific procedures. Equally distinctive, the book presents qualitative research as an adaptive craft. The array of choices among different procedures and methods enables readers to customize their own studies and to accommodate different worldviews and genres.

New to This Edition:

- Stronger discussion of different worldviews (e.g., constructivism, postpositivism, and pragmatism) and how they relate to different methodological choices.

- Clearer emphasis on doing a generalized qualitative study, while acknowledging 12 specialized genres (e.g., action-based research, arts-based research, autoethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, and others).

- Expanded discussions of different kinds of qualitative study samples and of mixed methods.

- New ideas on how to avoid getting stalled when analyzing qualitative data.

- Consideration of an additional way of concluding a qualitative study: by taking action.

Pedagogical Features:

- Chapters start with an abstract and end with a suggested exercise.

- Key terms and concepts appear in boldface throughout the text and are listed in end-of-chapter recaps as well as in the book's glossary.

- Sections within each chapter start with a preview box: "What you should learn from this section."

- An appendix presents a semester- or yearlong field-based project.

strong>Summary of this book from the publisher:

These in-depth case studies provide novel insights in to the fast-changing language situation in multilingual China, and how it changes the meanings of language identity and language learning. This linguistic ethnographic study of language attitudes and identities in contemporary China in the era of multilingualism provides a comprehensive and critical review of the state of the art in the field of language-attitude research, and situates attitudes towards Chinese regional dialects in their social, historical as well as local contexts. The role of language policies and the links between the interactional phenomena and other contextual factors are investigated through the multi-level analysis of linguistic ethnographic data. This study captures the long-term language socialisation process and the moment-to-moment construction of language attitudes at a level of detail that is rarely seen. The narrative is presented in a highly readable style, without compromising the theoretical sophistication and sociolinguistic complexities.

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Trauma Sensitive Schools.jpg Growing evidence supports the important relationship between trauma and academic failure. Along with the failure of "zero tolerance" policies to resolve issues of school safety and a new understanding of children's disruptive behavior, educators are changing the way they view children's academic and social problems. In response, the trauma-sensitive schools movement presents a new vision for promoting children's success. This book introduces this promising approach and provides K-5 education professionals with clear explanations of current research and dozens of practical, creative ideas to help them.

Integrating research on children's neurodevelopment and educational best practices, this important book will build the capacity of teachers and school administrators to successfully manage the behavior of children with symptoms of complex developmental trauma.

Embracing Social Media for Educational Linguistic Activities

This journal article appeared in a 2016 issue of the Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy (Volume 11, Issue Number 1).

Abstract from the publisher:

This case study explores the implications of utilising social media as part of specific linguistic activities of language learning that comprise the practice of mundane communication. As part of an international collaboration project, closed Facebook groups were formed in secondary school classes in Colombia, Finland, Sweden and Taiwan. The results imply that the interactions were framed as social connections before an audience. The students' authorship was characterised by both educational language customs and digital vernacular derived from online communication conventions.

Keywords:

Social Media
Linguistic Activities
Framing
Facebook


Electronic access to this book has been ordered. Here is information about it from the publisher:

Language, Society and Power is the essential introductory text to studying language in a variety of social contexts.

Language society and power.jpg This book examines the ways language functions, how it influences thought and how it varies according to age, ethnicity, class and gender. It considers whether representations of people and their language matter, explores how identity is constructed and performed, and considers the creative potential of language in the media, politics and everyday talk.

This fourth edition has been completely revised to include recent developments in theory and research and offers the following features:

- A range of new and engaging international examples drawn from everyday life - including material from social media and newspapers, cartoons, YouTube and television.

- Two new chapters which cover Linguistic Landscapes, including signs, graffiti and the internet; and Global Englishes, exploring variation in and attitudes to English around the world

- Updated and expanded student research projects and further reading sections for each chapter

- Brand new companion website that includes video and audio clips, links to articles and further reading for students and professors.


Language, Society and Power is a must-read for students of English language and linguistics, media, communication, cultural studies, sociology and psychology.

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