Enjoy the Family Day Long Weekend!

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The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 13, Sunday February 14, and Monday February 15 in celebration of Family Day.


News from CMEC

Provincial and territorial ministers of education are pleased to acknowledge the recent release of the final report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRCC) on the history of residential schools in Canada.

Ministers note that the current CMEC Aboriginal Education Plan aligns closely with Recommendation 63 of the TRCC report by supporting the professional development of Aboriginal students interested in pursuing teaching as a career; developing teaching resources that highlight the legacy of Indian Residential Schools for use in Bachelor of Education and teacher-education programs across Canada; promoting understanding about the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in K-12 education systems across the country; and sharing promising practices in Aboriginal education.

This work is already under way or planned at the pan-Canadian level and in individual jurisdictions, in collaboration with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, according to their unique histories and specific needs.

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Help with writing an annotated bibligraphy

Some faculty will give you very specific instructions on how to write an annotated bibliography for an assignment in their course so you must always follow guidelines set out by your professors. However, if they have left the annotated bibliography framework up to you, here is a brief but helpful list of my favourite help pages for writing an annotated bibliography:

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography from Cornell University Library

Purdue Online Writing Lab - Annotated Bibliographies

University of Toronto Writing an Annotated Bibliography

Western Libraries - Annotated Bibliographies (includes a short video tutorial)

Brock Library What is an annotated bibliography? (video)

People We Know - Bill Irwin and Colleen Burgess

When Bill Irwin originally created the syllabus for his Evidence-Based Management class, he didn't anticipate needing assistance in the classroom.

"It's a resource-intensive course and it's a little different than some other MOS (Management and Organizational Studies) courses. We're focusing on ­evidence­-based management and helping students define what evidence is, along some of the other research questions," said the Huron University College professor, who is teaching this class on main campus this term.

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More eBooks available through the 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.

eBooks now available through the 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.

A good old fashion Western Libraries show down!

So, Western Libraries made the Gazette today! This all started with some good natured Twitter banter! But, then things took a turn! Who was the ultimate winner?

You can use the the library catalogue to look up journal titles, and then, in most cases, get access to the journal articles. You will need to know the year of publication, volume and/or issue number to get to the appropriate list.

Step One: Look up a journal title in the library catalogue.
Choose one of the links in the middle of the catalogue record. In some cases the links provide different date coverage so check the dates carefully. In this example, I am going to choose the first link:

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Step Two: After a link has been chosen from the catalogue record you will get this kind (or similar) of a screen. This page is showing you the TABLE OF CONTENTS of the most current issue of this journal. If you want an older volume/issue, you will need to make a selection from the list along the right hand side of the screen. Click on the PDF link to read the full text of the article online.

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ASK: Chat with a Librarian (free service and easy to use)!

Our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service is open through the week and also has weekend hours. It is a free service and it is very easy to use.


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Graduate Students ~ Lots of APA Style Help Available 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, 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.

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Citation Management Software (Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote)

Citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote) 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.

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


You can use the library catalogue to get started on literature reviews, papers and other assignments.

If you look up a relevant title, you can click on the SUBJECT HEADINGS near the bottom of the library catalogue record to find more resources.

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Finding resources can feel like a daunting task so Western Libraries has provided an easy to use single-box search default to get you started.

Simply type keywords into the default search box on our website to start finding library resources.

Pro Tip: You can use Boolean operators/connectors (and/or/not) to combine keywords.
Keep multiple keyword phrases together by enclosing them in quotation marks - see example below:

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YOU CAN LIMIT OR REFINE (LIMIT TO FULL TEXT ONLY OR TO PEER REVIEWED ONLY) YOUR SUMMON SEARCH RESULTS BY USING THE OPTIONS ON THE RESULTS PAGE.

UNDER CONTENT TYPE YOU WILL SEE A BREAKDOWN OF THE KINDS OF RESULTS.

THIS IS VERY HELPFUL IF YOU ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR A PARTICULAR KIND OF DOCUMENT: IN THIS EXAMPLE THERE ARE 103 DISSERTATIONS OR THESES:

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Starting a LITERATURE REVIEW by searching databases

Along the top of the Western Libraries' website you will find a number of very useful tabs.
If you click or hover your mouse over the RESEARCH TOOLS tab you will find our complete list of DATABASES (leading to the online, full text of journal articles, dissertations, theses, book reviews and much much more!) to search for completing papers, assignments and literature reviews. You will also find, listed under RESEARCH TOOLS, a RESEARCH GUIDE for Education Graduate Students with additional information, help and contact information for your academic librarian, Denise Horoky.

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Attention Education Graduate Students


The following research databases will be useful to you as you look for resources for papers, assignments and literature reviews:

CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
Dissertations and Theses
ERIC
ProQuest Education Journals
ProQuest Psychology Journals
ProQuest Research Library
ProQuest Sociology Collection
PsycARTICLES
PsycINFO
PsycTESTS
Sociological Abstracts

Western Libraries provides access to almost 800 research databases so the list above is only a fraction of the information available to you. Here is the complete list of research databases.


Be a SuperSearcher! ProQuest Databases Training Channel (videos)

PROQUEST LOGO SMALL'.jpg The ProQuest Training channel provides up-to-date screencasts on a wide variety of resources from ProQuest.

The ProQuest Education Journals database let's you easily limit your search to PEER REVIEWED journal articles. Here's how:

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Many ways to find dissertations and theses

From the top of the Western Libraries website choose:

Research Tools
Choose DATABASES
Click on D from the Databases by Title list
Scroll down to find the Dissertations and Theses databases
Choose a database and begin searching by entering your keywords

Questions about finding theses? Please contact Denise Horoky!

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Find Western University Theses using Scholarship@Western

You can use Scholarship@Western to find Western University theses (plus a whole lot more!):

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Find Faculty of Education Theses using the library CATALOGUE

If you know the name or the author of a thesis you can look it up on the library catalogue:

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Click on the SUBJECT HEADING in the catalogue record to get the full lists of Faculty of Education theses. Please note: Some but not all of our theses will be available full text and online.

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Citing and Writing Help Page on Western Libraries Website

The Citing and Writing help page on the Western Libraries website provides further information and help about the following:

Style Guides

Citation Management Software (Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote)

Plagiarism

Copyright @ Western

Writing Support Centre (on main campus)

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RACER is an online Interlibrary Loan system used to search for material and place requests. To access RACER you must have an account. It is easy and free to set up an account. Please keep in mind that your University ID number is used as your login and your password is created by you.

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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. You can easily pick and choose the module best suited to your information/research need:

Pre-Module: Collecting Citations and Creating Bibliographies

Module 1: Thinking like a Researcher

Module 2: Defining Your Research

Module 3: Introductory Search Techniques for Research

Module 4: Advanced Search Techniques for Research

Module 5: Discovering Grey Literature

Module 6: Understanding Design and Authority in Research

Module 7: Publishing and Research Impact

Module 8: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Scholar

Module 9: Joining the Scholarly Conversation

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ASK: Chat with a Librarian (free and easy to use)!

Our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service is open through the week and also has weekend hours. It is a free service and it is very easy to use.


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Join us at the next Faculty Seminar Series presentation

Identifying students at risk for self-injury: Informing school-based prevention efforts through research

Dr. Chloe Hamza

Thursday, January 21, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Room 1010, Faculty of Education


All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

Description:

Given that mental health issues often co-occur with academic difficulties, schools provide an important context for the early identification of student mental health needs. One serious and widespread mental health issue that has received increased attention in recent years is nonsuicidal self-injury (e.g., self-cutting without lethal intent). In particular, there has been mounting concern among parents, educators, and school practitioners that nonsuicidal self-injury may be associated with increased risk for suicidal behavior among students. In my presentation, I will explore findings on the link between these two forms of self-injurious behavior, and present research that I have done to assist schools in identifying students most at risk for suicidal behavior.

People We Know - Dr. Isha DeCoito

Congratulations to Dr. Isha DeCoito on her successful Mitacs Accelerate application for her project entitled "A Longitudinal Study: Investigating the Impact of an Outreach Program on Students' Future Course Selection and STEM Career Choices"!

The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL '99) in Washington, DC, in October 1999 defined grey literature as follows: "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."


The What Works Clearninghouse with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)< provides access to grey literature, as well as many other useful resources, in the field of education.

The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy (referred to as "interventions"), and disseminates summary information and free reports on the WWC website. With over 700 publications available and more than 10,500 reviewed studies in the online searchable database, the WWC aims to inform researchers, educators, and policymakers as they work toward improving education for students.

Finding Grey Literature (GL) 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 consider 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.


Summary from the publisher:

one teacher in ten.jpg For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators. This all-new edition brings together stories from across America--and around the world--resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences. From a teacher who feels he must remain closeted in the comparative safety of New York City public schools to teachers who are out in places as far afield as South Africa and China, the teachers and school administrators in One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium prove that LGBT educators are as diverse and complex as humanity itself. Voices largely absent from the first two editions--including transgender people, people of color, teachers working in rural districts, and educators from outside the United States--feature prominently in this new collection, providing a fuller and deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT teacher today.

Summary from the publisher:

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Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth brings together cuttingedge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative children. Organized in three sections covering theoretical and clinical, educational, and community perspectives, the chapters specifically address issues and challenges in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as recommendations that are relevant for parents, families, practitioners, and educators alike. The result is a well-researched and accessible book that will provide support and knowledge to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.

Summary of this book from the publisher:

Canada is considered a leader when it comes to LGBTQ rights, but as Queer Mobilizations shows, this has less to do with progressive politicians than with the tireless work of LGBTQ activists.


Ever since certain homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1969, queer activists have fought for - and won - a series of public policy battles in governments across Canada. As this volume argues, anti-discrimination legislation, the extension of benefits to same-sex couples, the right to marry, adoption rights, and the protection of gay-straight alliances in schools did not result from a single act, nor the work of a single organization but rather from the concerted efforts of many people, in many places, over many years. Consequently, it took twenty five years for all of Canada's human rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Queer Mobilizations investigates the relationships between LGBTQ activists and local, regional, and federal Canadian governments. Contributors explore how various governments have tried to regulate and repress LGBTQ movements, and how, in turn, LGBTQ activists have successfully shaped public policy across the political spectrum, from city halls to the House of Commons.


New Book - Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices

"I didn't hear the word transgender until I was eighteen, when a person I was dating came out as trans. My boyfriend came out as my girlfriend, and I thought, 'What ... is that?' She said, 'I just don't think I'm a man.' And I said, 'Guess what? Neither do I.' And then the skies parted, and I understood who I was."--Katie Burgess, nonprofit director and community activist/organizer.


Summary from the publisher: Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you'll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You'll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you'll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys. Transgender Lives helps you understand what it means to be transgender in America while learning more about transgender history, the broad spectrum of transgender identities, and the transition process. You'll explore the challenges transgender Americans face, including discrimination, prejudice, bullying and violence, unequal access to medical care, and limited legal protections. For transgender readers, these stories offer support and encouragement. Transgender Lives is a space for trans* voices to be heard and to express the complexities of gender while focusing on what it means to be human. This book is suitable for Intermediate/Senior students.

The CALL NUMBER for this new book is LB1715.M776 2015 and it can be found downstairs in the Education Library's lower level STACKS. Browse the library shelves in this call number area to find other related resources.

Publisher's Summary:

Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education explores the challenges and promises of building queer inclusive pedagogy and curriculum into teacher education. Weaving together theory, research findings, and practical "how-to" strategies and materials, it fills an important gap by offering a clear roadmap and resources for influencing the knowledge, beliefs, and actions of faculty working with pre-service teachers. While the book has implications for policy change, most immediately, readers will feel empowered with ideas for faculty development they can implement in their own teacher education programs. Looking at both the politics and practices of teacher education and the ways in which queer issues manifest in schools, it is hopeful in suggesting that if teachers and pre-service teachers can critically reflect on homophobia and heteronormativity, they can begin to think about and relate to queer youth in a different, more positive and inclusive way. A Companion Website [http://queerinclusion.com] with additional activities and materials for teacher educators and faculty development and a practical guide enhances the usefulness of the book

We have print and online access to this new book. The CALL NUMBER for the print copy is LC71.J66 2015 and is located downstairs in the Education Library's lower level STACKS. Browse the library shelves in this call number area for other related resources.

Summary of the book from the publisher:

Policy and gay lesbian bisexual transgender and intersex students.jpg This book addresses policy research on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It covers quantitative and qualitative research into policy impacts for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex students. It draws on a large-scale Australian study of the impacts of different kinds of policy at the national, state, sector and school level. The study covers over 80 policies, interviews with key policy informants and survey data from 3,134 GLBTIQ students. Since new guidelines were released by UNESCO, homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools has become a key area of interest around the world. There has been much pressure on educational leadership to engage with these issues since the UN released international human rights legislation on sexual orientation and gender identity that have implications for student rights. The book presents statistically significant correlations between specific types of state and school level education policies that explicitly named homophobia/ GLBTIQ student issues, and lowered incidence of homophobic bullying, lowered risk of suicide and self-harm for these students. It includes stories from policy makers on how the policies came to be (through lawsuits, ministerial inquiries and political activism), right through to the stories of students themselves and how they individually felt the impacts of policies or policy lacks. International contexts of homophobic and transphobic bullying are discussed, as well as recent transnational work in this field. The book considers the different types of collaborations that can lead to further policy development, the transferability of the research and some of the benefits and problems with transnational policy adoptions.

Creating Gender Inclusive Classrooms and Universities

Creating Gender Inclusive Classrooms and Universities

Friday, January 29, 2016

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre
Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

This workshop provides faculty, students, and staff with some ways to create trans and gender inclusive classrooms. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Cameron Greensmith and Meghan Mann. We will attempt to address the many ways trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff can be supported within the university walls. We take the position that everyone attending is learning, so please come with questions or que(e)ries on the topic.


In an effort to create a safe and gender inclusive space, we will start this workshop with a gender pronoun check in, followed by a discussion of language use in and outside of the classroom, and finally a discussion of some of the hurdles trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff experience on a day-to-day basis.

Cameron Greensmith is a queer cisgender Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Greensmith's research and writing attempts to disrupt and destabilize whiteness and settler colonialism within queer social movements.

Meghan Mann is a queer cisgender fifth year student completing a Sexuality Studies and Psychology Double Major. She is interested in queer and trans inclusivity, intersectionality politics, and feminist theory.

This event is being sponsored by the Teaching Support Centre and Women's Studies and Feminist Research.

Planning Ahead for Family Day Long Weekend

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The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 13, Sunday February 14, and Monday February 15 in celebration of Family Day.

The Librarian is Reading...

Teaching Information Literacy ONLINE.jpg Summary: As online learning becomes increasingly popular and widespread, librarians and faculty need new models for developing information literacy instruction in online environments. In this book, Thomas P. Mackey, Interim Dean at the Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College and Trudi E. Jacobson, Dudley Award Winner and Head User Education Librarian at SUNY Albany explore innovative faculty-librarian partnerships for teaching information literacy online. This edited volume includes a foreword by noted online learning scholar Terry Anderson, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University. All of the contributions to this book are co-written by faculty-librarian teams, providing a global perspective from the UK's Open University and the University of Manchester, and from a number of U.S. institutions including the University of Central Florida, and Indiana State University. Each chapter fuses pedagogical, disciplinary, and technological issues and covers practical approaches to hybrid, blended, open, and fully online courses and programs. Several disciplines are represented at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Business and Accounting, Computer and Library Science, History, English, Women's Studies, Education, and Social Work, as well as Curriculum Instruction and Media Studies. To help readers replicate the models in this book, each chapter includes an emphasis on program planning, best practices, potential challenges, and effective assessment strategies for improving student learning. Author teams describe technology innovations using reusable learning objects, Web 2.0 tools, learning management systems, open wiki environments, online portals, and the virtual world of Second Life.

People We Know - Colleen Burgess

We would like to bring to your attention today's ARCL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Spotlight, which features an article written by Colleen Burgess, an academic librarian at Western's D. B. Weldon Library.

Colleen's article: "Teaching Students, Not Standards: The New ACRL Information Literacy Framework and Threshold Crossings for Instructors", was published in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research in Volume 10, Number 1, June 2015.

Congratulations Colleen!

People We Know - Julie Byrd Clark and Shelley K. Taylor

Shaping ethnography in multilingual.jpg Summary: The essays in this book, Shaping Ethnography in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts, embrace the ethnographer's role of engaging with, analyzing, and problematizing the rapid changes in culture the world is experiencing. Their particular purpose is to explore and document the multiple intersections of multiculturalism, multilingualism, and ethnography. Special Note: This book includes contributions by the following Western Faculty of Education faculty members: Julie Byrd Clark and Shelley K. Taylor.

Youth Work: An Institutional Ethnography of Youth Homelessness

Youth Work.jpg Summary: Combining institutional ethnography and community-based research, Youth Work (we provide online and print copies of this book) is a sophisticated examination of the troubling experiences of young people living outside the care of parents or guardians, as well as of the difficulties of the frontline workers who take responsibility for assisting them. Drawing from more than a year of on-site research at an Ontario youth emergency shelter, Naomi Nichols exposes the complicated institutional practices that govern both the lives of young people living in shelters and the workers who try to help them.

A troubling account of how a managerial focus on principles like "accountability" and "risk management" has failed to successfully coordinate and deliver services to vulnerable members of society, Youth Work shows how competitive funding processes, institutional mandates, and inter-organizational conflicts complicate the lives of the young people that they are supposed to help. Nichols's book is essential reading for those involved in education, social services, mental health, and the justice system, as well as anyone with an interest in social justice.

researching interpersonal relationships.jpg Summary: This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.

Fostering social justice through qualitative inquiry.jpg Summary: Qualitative researchers increasingly flock to social justice research to move beyond academic discourse and aid marginalized communities and groups. This is the first textbook to address the methods of conducting qualitative research using a social justice paradigm. Fostering Social Justice Through Qualitative Inquiry addresses the differences that a social justice stance requires from the researcher, then discusses how major qualitative methodologies are employed to create social justice in both the process and products of qualitative research.

Appropriating the discourse of social justice in teacher education.jpg Summary: In recent years there have been strong movements of reforms in teacher education. The most common are intended to adjust teacher preparation to the standardization demands of NCLB, Race to the Top, and CAEP to make teacher education more accountable. These reforms--carried out in the name of excellence, accountability, diversity, and inclusion--constitute subliminal efforts to appropriate the possibilities for real transformation in teacher education. However, in spite of the pervasive rhetoric to identify diversity and social justice with the accountability and standardization movement, there are endeavors to create transformations in teacher preparation that are authentic. These deliberate changes seek to counteract the neoliberal vision of school reform and strive to reclaim the original goals of public education represented in a vision of rigorous content knowledge, democratic schooling, and social justice. Appropriating the Discourse of Social Justice in Teacher Education is a testimony to that kind of authentic reform. It documents the transformational efforts of a teacher education program that infused the preparation of its teachers with a vision of education as a public good. This book validates the claim that the process of reproduction of social inequalities in teacher education is not a perfect, static process, but on the contrary, the real "seeds of transformation" within teacher education departments are abundant.

After a brief holiday hiatus, our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service has re-opened.


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Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC) Presents...

The Assessment Series - Winter 2016 Workshops



Designing Assessments that Align with Your Learning Outcomes

Monday, January 25, 2016, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, Weldon Library

In our courses, we all have objectives we would like to achieve and assignments that we give to our students to meet these objectives. But is there a better way to ensure that our assessments align with our learning outcomes? In this session, you will generate learning outcomes for a course and discuss a number of assessment methods that would achieve these outcomes. Two instructors, Karen Ferguson (Nursing) and Lisa Hodgetts (Anthropology), will also discuss how they have achieved this outcomes-assessment alignment in their courses.


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Item analysis for multiple choice exams

Friday, February 26, 2016, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, Weldon Library

So your multiple choice midterm exam came back with a mean of 58%. Is this good? Do you have to raise the average? How would you decide if the exam was fair and the items were reasonable? In this workshop, we will examine item analysis results produced by Scan Exam and discuss how to interpret the results and change item scoring when necessary. Please feel free to bring along any analyses that you might have to the workshop.

People We Know ~ Rita A. Gardiner

gender authenticity and leadership by RITA GARDINER.jpg The Education Library provides both print and online access (through the library catalogue) to Rita Gardiner's new book, Gender, Authenticity and Leadership: Thinking with Arendt.

Here is information about the book from the publisher:

Gender, Authenticity and Leadership examines the conceptual underpinnings of authentic leadership to discover why little attention has been paid to gender. The author explores the failure to interrogate the complexities surrounding the concept of authenticity, especially as it relates to the diversity of lived experience. Rather than encouraging a genuine approach to leadership, this theory's normative foundation is more likely to encourage social conformity. By contrast, the author shows how Hannah Arendt provides us with a richer ethical lens from which to consider these issues.


Using a blend of phenomenology and feminist theory, the foundations of authenticity are traced back to the Enlightenment and the emergence of bourgeois selfhood. Historically, women's desire to lead was negatively affected by notions of gender propriety, and these societal restrictions serve to perpetuate gender inequities. Thus, the book demonstrates how gender prejudice is deeply embedded in organizational practices, as well as the cultural imagination.

As part of this inquiry, the author conducted interviews with senior women leaders in higher education. Their descriptive accounts illustrate ethical tensions between personal principles and institutional priorities that serve to complicate the notion of authentic leadership. Research findings also suggest that it is the relational self that is fundamental to understanding what it might mean to lead authentically.

When we broaden our definition of what constitutes authentic leadership to account for the myriad ways in which we live and lead, we discover how people without positional authority can change their communities in profound ways. Hence, leadership is not dependent upon a person's organizational position, but rather on how their actions demonstrate care for the world. This more expansive context, together with Arendt's insights, opens up new avenues of thinking about the interconnections among gender, authenticity and leadership.

Do you read University Affairs? Do you know you have online access AND the print copies are available in the Education Library's main floor journal collection? This interesting article, Tracing Our Words Down the Academic Rabbit Hole, published in April 2015 and written by Melonie Fullick, was just brought to my attention.

Do you Google yourself to see where your academic words end up?

Coherence the right drivers.png The CALL NUMBER for this new book is LA217.2.F675 2016. Here is some information about the book from the publisher:

Complex times call for streamlined solutions--and leaders to pull them together. If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it's time to lead with coherence. Using the right drivers as your foundation, you'll bring people and ideas together--and implement the kind of lasting change that maximizes results. The key to success is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map with four essential components: Focused direction to build collective purpose Cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles Deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation Securing accountability from the inside out.

People We Know ~ Paul Tarc

International education in global times.jpg Paul Tarc's International Education in Global Times: Engaging the Pedagogic

Summary from the publisher:

This book illuminates the changing landscape and expediency of international education in global times. Within this larger picture, the book focuses on the educational effects of international encounters, experiences and lessons - the complex processes of learning and subject formation in play during and after one's international/intercultural experience. These complex processes, hinged on past and present self-other relations, are illustrated by employing the parable of «The Elephant and the Blind Men.»

In contrast to more narrow, developmentalist conceptions of intercultural learning, Paul Tarc attends to each of the linguistic, existential, structural, and psychical dimensions of difficulty constituting learning across difference. Becoming aware of, and reflexive to, these dimensions of difficulty and their implications for one's own learning and resistance to learning, represents the domain of cosmopolitan literacy. The key intervention of this book is to re-conceive pedagogical processes and aims of international education as fostering such cosmopolitan literacy. Graduate courses on international education, study abroad, global citizenship education, and preservice education courses focusing on international education and teaching internationally could be primary candidates for this text.

This Education Research Guide is your one-stop shopping for getting started on the task of finding resources for your assignments, papers and literature reviews. There is also a direct link to your academic librarian, Denise Horoky's email, contact information and other online help.

Your Academic Librarian is IN!

We are here to help you! Denise Horoky is your Research Librarian with an office at the Education Library in Western's Faculty of Education. Denise Horoky is reachable in a multitude of ways (on-site and online)!

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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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nVivo access available through Western Libraries

nVivo is qualitative software used to analyze large amounts of text. In response to requests for a central campus location where the software can be used, it is now available on four computers in the Map and Data Centre for Western users. The computers are accessible any time that The D. B Weldon Library is open. If you are interested in learning more about nVivo this video is a good introduction to the software. Additionally, there is a whole suite of tutorials and other online help available to you.

Our Director, Christena McKillop, was interviewed for the Western Library staff newsletter in December. Find out all about her here!

In that same newsletter you will find a story about all of us: Education Library staff Nominated Again for Western's Award of Excellence

Reference Management Software ~ Mendeley and Zotero

A chill is in the air. Snow has (finally) arrived. Our festive holiday seasons have come and gone. Our calendar pages have suddenly flipped to January 2016! The beginning of the winter term is upon us. So, now is a perfect time to set up REFERENCE MANAGEMENT accounts. We recommend Mendeley or Zotero.

Both are FREE easy-to-set-up accounts and both have excellent HELP documentation including videos and FAQs. Choose one, set up your account and get started!

People We Know ~ First Syrian Scholarship Recipient

This email message was sent to us by our Dean, Vicki Schwean:

Colleagues and Friends,

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." (M.K. Gandhi). Let this be another year where we collectively realize our ethical and moral commitments to diversity, equality, justice, and respect. My wishes for a productive 2016, one that brings peace for all. We start this new year welcoming Basel, the first Syrian Scholarship Recipient, at Western University. The Faculty of Education will be supporting Basel as he acquires the language skills necessary to succeed in his studies at Western. Basel will be enrolling in the English Language Centre the first week of January 2016. Please join me in welcoming Basel to Western and the Faculty of Education.

Education Library's Hours of Opening ~ Winter 2016

Winter 2016 Hours of Opening for the Education Library


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

Friday ~ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday~ NOON to 5:00 pm
Sunday ~ CLOSED
Upcoming Holiday Hours will be Posted Online!

People We Know ~ Marianne Larsen, Allyson Larkin and Jennifer Kozack

Congratulations to Editor Marianne Larsen for her new book International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities. In addition to contributions by Dr. Larsen, the book also features PhD graduate Allyson Larkin and current doctoral student Jennifer Kozak.

Information about this book from the publisher:

International service learning (ISL) programs are growing more popular with students looking to advance their skills and knowledge to become global citizens. While the benefits of these programs among students are well documented, little is known about the implications they have on host communities themselves. This volume explores the impact of ISL programs on members of host communities (e.g. host families and local partner NGOs) who are increasingly influenced by the presence of international students in their lives. Drawing upon post-colonial, feminist and other critical and decolonizing theories, it examines the complicated power relations between North American ISL students and host communities in East and West Africa, the Caribbean and Central America. It stresses the importance of developing trusting relations between ISL students, faculty and individuals in the host communities to create mutually engaging learning experiences.

In case you missed this news release prior to the holidays in December 2015:

In 2014, Carleton became the first Ontario university to offer a dedicated and comprehensive certificate program that enhances educators' abilities to develop and teach blended and online courses. Now, Carleton's Teaching and Learning Services has made all of the materials and modules from that program available online as open educational resources (OERs). The materials are unbranded so that other institutions can adapt and adopt them for their own personalized blended and online teaching programs.


The Certificate in Blended and Online Teaching features 11 modules, which can be completed as a whole or as stand-alone resources. They include: Benefits and Challenges of Online Education, Online Teaching Skills, Instructional Design Models and Theories of Learning, Online Course Development, Learning Outcomes as Blueprints for Design, Assessment in Online Environments, Communication Strategies in Online Environments, Synchronous and Asynchronous Tools, Online Learning Communities, Interaction, Engagement and Motivation, and Gamification in Education.

The 11 modules contain facilitator guides, PowerPoint presentations, SCORM packages, teaching tips and videos, and are licensed under Creative Commons so that other institutions can modify and personalize them as they develop their own programs.

A handful of schools have already begun adopting elements of this program, including Fanshawe College and the University of Toronto. We invite you to browse these and other resources on cuOpen (www.carleton.ca/cuopen) - Carleton's online repository of OERs.

People We Know ~ Annette Walker

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Annette Walker who was chosen by the 2016 UCEA faculty planning committee to participate in the 36th Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in K-12 Educational Administration and Policy, to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 7-8, 2016. Nearly 90 doctoral students were nominated this year from universities in the United States and Canada, but only top-ranked proposals were accepted. The Clark Seminar brings together emerging K-12 educational leadership and policy scholars with noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth.

The vast majority of Western Libraries' acquisitions of journals, monographs and other materials are purchased from providers in American dollars. The drastic decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, along with an ongoing increase in the costs of scholarly publications (exceeding inflation), has dramatically impacted the purchasing power of the Western Libraries acquisitions budget. For example, each cent in the drop of the value of the Canadian dollar increases the annual cost of subscriptions to Western by $100,000 and the value of the dollar against US currency has dropped to 71.8 cents as of December 18, 2015. This leaves us with a significant forecasted budget deficit. Read more!

Education Library's 'GETTING STARTED..." Videos

video.jpg The Academic Librarians (Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky) at the Faculty of Education created three GETTING STARTED research videos.

These videos are short (4 minutes or less) introductory guides to the research tools. Have a look!

11 Inspiring TED Talks for Modern Educators

TED TALKS LOGO.jpg There is no reason why teachers shouldn't embrace a role as fundamental players in the creativity revolution sweeping across global economies and societies.

But being an innovative modern educator on the cutting edge of educational design can become a tedious effort without outside inspiration and support from peers.

Instead of being bombarded by the same old educator rhetoric, you can rediscover a sense of your vision and momentum by gleaning something from these selected and diverse inspiring TED talks!

Graduate Students ~ Lots of APA Style Help Available 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, 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.

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New Books! New Books! New Books!

Whats_New.jpg If you get a chance to visit the Education Library, please have a look at the bountiful new book shelves on the main floor. We add new books to our collection every day.

If you are an online student unable to visit us (sad librarian face!!) watch this blog for upcoming posts showcasing our fabulous and ever-growing ebook collection available to students via our library catalogue.

If you scroll down through older posts in November and December 2015 you will find many new ebook titles already showcased!

If you would like to suggest a book or ebook purchase, please contact Denise Horoky at the Education Library.

Be a SuperSearcher! ProQuest Databases Training Channel (videos)

PROQUEST LOGO SMALL'.jpg The ProQuest Training channel provides up-to-date screencasts on a wide variety of resources from ProQuest.

For more immediate and personalized help, online or in person, please contact Denise Horoky at the Education Library.

ASK a Librarian Online Chat service re-opens on January 11, 2016

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Ask a Librarian is currently closed for the winter holidays. This free and convenient (especially for online students!!) service will reopen at 10 AM on Monday January 11, 2016.

The following research databases will be useful to you as you look for resources for papers, assignments and literature reviews.

CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
Dissertations and Theses
ERIC
ProQuest Education Journals
ProQuest Psychology Journals
ProQuest Research Library
ProQuest Sociology Collection
PsycARTICLES
PsycINFO
PsycTESTS
Sociological Abstracts

Western Libraries provides access to almost 800 research databases so the list above is only a fraction of the information available to you. Here is the complete list of research databases.

Personalized Research Consultations for Graduate Students

Happy New Year

The Education Library is now OPEN again with our regular business hours. We welcome and welcome back our students and faculty members. I look forward to working with all of you in 2016!

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Holiday Hiatus

The Education Library's social media accounts are going on a holiday hiatus during this festive season. See you back here in 2016!

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.

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Christmas Holiday Closure

Poinsettia_thumbnail.jpg The Education Library will be CLOSED from Thursday December 24, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016. We re-open for regular business hours on Monday January 4, 2016

The 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession was hosted by Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and the Learning Partnership, a Canadian national education non-profit, and organized in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Education International.

The summit brought together official delegations of ministers of education, union leaders, outstanding teachers, and other education experts, as well as observers, from 20 countries. The theme of the summit was "Implementing Highly Effective Teacher Policy and Practice," and three interrelated topics that are critical to the success of education systems were discussed: promoting and developing effective leadership; valuing teachers and strengthening their effectiveness; and encouraging innovation to create 21st-century learning environments.

The report captures these discussions. Read the report!

Looking for education statistics?

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults' educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education. Readiness to use information and communication technology for problem solving in teaching and learning is also examined. The publication provides indicators on the impact of skills on employment and earnings, gender differences in education and employment, and teacher and school leader appraisal systems. The report covers all 34 OECD countries and a number of partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, and for the first time, Costa Rica and Lithuania).

News from CMEC

News Release from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC):

The PCAP 2013 Contextual Report is out! Using data from Canada's national student assessment, the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the report focuses on factors associated with science achievement among Canadian youth in Grade 8 (Secondary II in Quebec).


PCAP was first introduced by ministers of education in 2007 to provide robust, comparable data on how well students are doing in provincial education systems. It complements other assessments in each province and territory and ensures that student performance can be compared across the country. For PCAP 2013, approximately 32,000 Grade 8 students from over 1,500 schools across all 10 provinces were tested in spring 2013. Science was the major focus of the assessment. Math and reading were also assessed. Results were published in 2014.

The PCAP 2013 Contextual Report looks at the results from the 2013 assessment in relation to five background characteristics: gender, language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, and Aboriginal identity. In addition, it examines a variety of characteristics among students (such as attitude to science and experience with the subject in early years); teachers (such as instructional practices and teacher specialization); and schools (such as time management, assessment practices, and broad demographic and pedagogical attributes).


You can access the full report here: PCAP 2013 Contextual Report


Summary from the publisher:

Authorial stance in research articles.jpg Research on academic writing in general, and on the research article genre in particular, has investigated the generic structure of the Abstract, or of the Introduction section of the research article, with little attention being paid to other sections (Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions). Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, this work investigates the move structures of all the sections of the research article, including the Abstract. The book explores the sequencing and structure of moves, and shows how linguistic features are used to realize authorial stance in the moves. It reveals that there are some differences between the two closely related disciplines in terms of move structure and typical linguistic features of moves. However, more significant is the finding that authorial stance, as expressed in linguistic realizations of moves, varies systematically across moves in both


Summary from the publisher:

disability discourse and technology.jpg Exclusion is the main predicament faced by people with disabilities across contexts and cultures, yet it is one of the least academically studied concepts. This book brings together past and new research to offer an applied linguistics perspective on timely critical issues in disability research, filling in a number of gaps in discourse analysis and disability studies. Through analysis of various types of data collected as part of a longitudinal, ethnographic case study involving one Muslim Arab man with disability and members of his social circles, the book presents a new framework for the analysis of agency and inclusion in inter(action). The book illustrates the necessity of going beyond bounded texts when dealing with identities constructed by individuals with disabilities and the need to deconstruct taken-for-granted binary categories of what does and does not constitute disability and ability. It further documents the role that a seemingly dependent agent can play, in conjunction with caregivers, in combating the marginalization afforded to him or her by certain disability ideologies. On top of this, the book offers insight into how to conduct multimodal research that is empirically rigorous, theoretically grounded, socioculturally sensitive, and activism-oriented.

eBook ~ Disability and Discourse Analysis

Summary from the publisher:

Disability and discourse analysis.jpg Disability is an underexplored topic in discourse analysis. A stronger emphasis on disability issues would be in keeping with the academic principles and political priorities of critical discourse analysis. Simultaneously, a discourse analysis perspective is needed in disability studies. Although that field has produced a considerable amount of discourse-oriented research, it is structured around theoretical models that appear adversarial and incompatible. In practice, many of the incompatibilities dissolve into divisions between different areas of discourse production. A greater awareness of discourse analysis will aid disability studies, both in terms of theoretical development and in furthering its goals of social change.

Summary from the publisher:

Design Alchemy two.jpg The promise of online learning--flexible, learner-centered, responsive--was forward-looking and poised to revolutionize education. But too often online learning courses have little room for student engagement and their design does not reflect the potential for interactive and collaborative learning.

Design Alchemy counters this trend by synthesizing the art and science of educational design to model a whole that transcends the sum of its parts. Challenging yet accessible,

it clearly sets out steps for harnessing innovative strategies and designer creativity to provide educational platforms that reduce learner boredom and instructor burnout, and encourage deeper interaction with subject matter.


Activities, assessment methods, and sample course materials are designed toward improving quality, embracing diversity, and adapting positively to change. And the book's palette of resources enables readers to effectively apply the principles in their own practice:

- The evolution of Design Alchemy in the context of online learning.
- Alignment with core theories and practice models.
- The framework: elements of pedagogy and components of practice.
- Case studies showing Design Alchemy in real-world learning.
- Tools, templates, and a sample syllabus.
- The Design Alchemy Manifesto, summarizing key ideas.

Researchers and practitioners in technology and education will look to Design Alchemy as a transformative work to help make the most of student potential, learning opportunities, and their own professional growth.

Summary from the publisher:

Implementation and critical assessment of the FLIPPED CLASSROOM experience.jpg In the past decade, traditional classroom teaching models have been transformed in order to better promote active learning and learner engagement.

Implementation and Critical Assessment of the Flipped Classroom Experience seeks to capture the momentum of non-traditional teaching methods and provide a necessary resource for individuals who are interested in taking advantage of this pedagogical endeavor. Using narrative explanations and foundation materials provided by experienced instructors, this premier reference work presents the benefits and challenges of flipped methodology implementation in today's classroom to educators and educational administrators across all disciplines and levels.

eBook ~ Handbook of Test Development

We also have a paper copy of this book and the CALL NUMBER is LB3051.H31987x 2006


Summary from the publisher:


Handbook of TEST DEVELOPMENT.jpg Despite the fact that test development is a growth industry that cuts across all levels of education and all the professions, there has never been a comprehensive, research-oriented Handbook to which everyone (developers and consumers) can turn for guidance. That is the mission of this book. The Handbook of Test Development brings together well-known scholars and test-development practitioners to present chapters on all aspects of test development. Each chapter contributor is not only a recognized expert with an academic and research background in their designated topic, each one has also had hands-on experience in various aspects of test development.

This thirty two-chapter volume is organized into six sections: foundations, content, item development, test design, test production and administration, and post-test activities. The Handbook provides extensive treatment of such important but unrecognized topics as contracting for testing services, item banking, designing tests for small testing program, and writing technical reports. The Handbook is based on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, which serve as the foundation for sound test development practice. These chapters also suggest best test development practices and highlight methods to improve test validity evidence.

This book is appropriate for graduate courses and seminars that deal with test development and usage, professional testing services and credentialing agencies, state and local boards of education, and academic libraries serving these groups.

Summary from the publisher:

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.

The McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) at McMaster University is excited to announce that the annual Research on Teaching and Learning conference will be held at McMaster Innvation Park on December 9 & 10, 2015. This years conference theme will be Cultivating Community.

This conference is an opportunity to bring together faculty, students, staff, and administrators across disciplines and institutions to discuss how teaching and learning creates communities at local, regional, national and international levels. We encourage discussion related to how community creates identities and belonging as well as how notions of community establish boundaries and borders.

The program for the conference will consist of short paper presentations, workshops, poster presentations and a keynote address by identified Katarina Martensson from Lund University, Sweden whose work focuses on networks and communities within post-secondary institutions.

Christmas Holiday Closure

Poinsettia_thumbnail.jpg The Education Library will be CLOSED from Thursday December 24, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016. We re-open for regular business hours on Monday January 4, 2016

Personalized Research Help for Graduate Students!

Education and Research Databases from ProQuest

Attention Education Graduate Students


The following research databases will be useful to you as you look for resources for papers, assignments and literature reviews.

CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
Dissertations and Theses
ERIC
ProQuest Education Journals
ProQuest Psychology Journals
ProQuest Research Library
ProQuest Sociology Collection
PsycARTICLES
PsycINFO
PsycTESTS
Sociological Abstracts

Western Libraries provides access to almost 800 research databases so the list above is only a fraction of the information available to you. Here is the complete list of research databases.

Be a SuperSearcher! ProQuest Databases Training Channel (videos)

PROQUEST LOGO SMALL'.jpg The ProQuest Training channel provides up-to-date screencasts on a wide variety of resources from ProQuest.

CONNECT 2016 ~ Save the Dates and Submit a Proposal

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REGISTRATION IS COMING SOON!

CONNECT is Canada's largest education technology conference. Get ready for countless presentations and demonstrations together under one roof to share best practices and expand our horizons of education technology in an ever increasing global and digital economy. The conference is scheduled for April 26 - 29, 2016.

This community of passionate educators, librarians, leaders, chief information officers, directors of education, IT experts, business managers and government sector institutions are committed to gathering once a year to learn, debate and exchange ideas, network and be inspired through a smorgasbord of world class speakers, presenters, exhibits and seminars. It is the only event in Canada that brings together the complete life-cycle of learning, from kindergarten to Higher Education, libraries and workplace learning.

Our mission is to connect all sectors in order to help raise the standards of 21st century teaching, training and learning in education and the workplace.



We look forward to seeing you at CONNECT!

Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education

Information from the publisher:

The ISTE Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education (JDLTE) is a refereed journal published in partnership with the ISTE Professional Learning Network for Teacher Educators. JDLTE provides access to the growing body of research addressing the use of digital technologies in teacher education. Articles highlight contemporary trends and effective, creative and innovative uses of digital technologies that prepare preservice, inservice and teacher educators for teaching in technology-rich learning environments. JDLTE digital issues are published quarterly.

nVivo Access available through Western Libraries

nVivo is qualitative software used to analyze large amounts of text. In response to requests for a central campus location where the software can be used, it is now available on four computers in the Map and Data Centre for Western users. The computers are accessible any time that The D. B Weldon Library is open. If you are interested in learning more about nVivo this video is a good introduction to the software. Additionally, there is a whole suite of tutorials and other online help available to you.

Open Access (video)

Open access (OA) is the free availability of scholarly journal publications over the Internet. OA has the following characteristics:

- It applies to royalty-free literature, for which authors receive no direct financial compensation.

- It is free of price barriers, such as subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees.

- It is generally considered to also be free of permission barriers, such as most copyright and licensing restrictions (although OA does require that proper attribution of works be given to authors).

- It is an emerging model of scholarly communication that promises to greatly improve the accessibility of results of research.

Thank you to all for your interest and participation in the November 23, 2015 webinar "Understanding, Promoting and Supporting the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy" brought to you by the Open Access Working Group (OAWG) of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

The recording and slides are now available online on the OAWG webpage or directly through the following links:

Recording (Adobe Connect): http://bit.ly/1LzTJPD

Slides (PDF): http://www.carl-abrc.ca/uploads/SCC/OA_Webinar_Nov23_FINAL.pdf

Can I print an entire ebook from the library catalogue?


One of the most frequently asked questions in the Education Library is:

I am taking/teaching an online course. eBooks are very convenient for me because I cannot come into the Education Library to get the book. Can I print the entire eBook?

Quick Answer is NO.

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Publishers will have a statement similar to this one when it comes to printing eBooks:

"eBooks are intended to be read in electronic format. That means on your PC, laptop, mobile device or on an eBook reader. Any other use of these files is copyright infringement. We have set these files up with limits on the printing of pages to ensure that the author's copyright is respected."

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 at Western University 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All questions regarding copyright can be sent to the email address listed on the Copyright@Western page.

My Reading History option in the library catalogue

Overheard in the library: "I took out a book in December 2014. Now, I need it for my thesis. I do not remember the title or author but I think it had a blue cover."

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You will avoid frustrating conversations like this if you activate your MY READING HISTORY option in the library catalogue. Learn more about this amazingly helpful option!

Loan Periods and Renewing Your Books Online

Here is all the information you need about library loan periods, renewing your books online, borrowing limits (SPOILER ALERT: THERE IS NO LIMIT) and overdue fines.

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eBook ~ Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership

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

Summary from the publisher:

Handbook of urban educational leadership.jpg This authoritative handbook examines the community, district, and teacher leadership roles that affect urban schools. It will serve as a foundation for pedagogical and educational leadership practices that foster social justice, equity, and advocacy for those who have been traditionally and historically underserved in education. The handbook's ten sections cover topics as diverse as curriculum, instruction, and educational outcomes; gender, race, and class; higher education; and leadership preparation and support. Its twenty-nine chapters offer both American and international perspectives

eBook ~ Meanings and Motivation in Education Research

Summary from the publisher:

Meanings and Motivation in Education Research demonstrates the vibrant and vital connection between the researcher and their research. Research is often perceived as an entity which is seemingly produced in isolation; however, there are many important factors which are involved, and this book explores the complexities of investigating the specific areas of meaning and motivation for researchers working in the education sector.

With contributions from authors drawn from the field of education in various stages of their career, the perspectives shared in this book are from a diverse range of countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Key topics include:

- personal and professional identity

- narrative inquiry as method

- teacher educators as researchers

- conducting education research

- mixed methods in educational research

Meanings and motivation in education research.jpg Foregrounding the personal experiences, interests and motivations of educational researchers Meanings and Motivation in Education Research proves important insights into current discussions in educational research including researchers' identities, the ways they conduct research and most importantly the impact institutional and personal politics have on their work. This will be a valuable text for educators, education researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the globe.

Webinar ~ Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies

Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies
Thursday December 10, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am EST

Presenter: Peter Jaffe, Ph.D., Academic Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University

According to Statistics Canada, intimate partner violence accounts for 26% of all violent crimes in Canada and 20% of all homicides. Domestic homicide is a gender-based crime since women are disproportionately affected in terms of leaving in fear, physical injury and death. Death review committees across North America point to the fact that the majority of these homicides are preceded by multiple risk factors known to friends, family, co-workers and/or professionals across different service sectors. Recommendations to prevent these tragedies focus on public and professional education as well as enhanced safety planning, risk assessment, risk management and collaboration amongst courts and community services. Future research needed in the area will be discussed in regards to a new SSHRC grant lead by the presenter and Professor Myrna Dawson at the University of Guelph which hopes to better understand underlying factors contributing to domestic homicide within vulnerable and at-risk groups.

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What is Altmetric?

Over the past two years I have been involved in numerous discussions about almetrics with a variety of colleagues. So, it is of great interest to me to see this news item about a pilot of almetrics here at Western University.

The Research Office at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has launched a pilot of Altmetric.

Altmetric is a web-based platform that allows anyone within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to track, search, and measure the attention their scholarly articles are receiving online. It does this by pulling in data from three main sources:

- Social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and blogs

- Traditional media - both mainstream (The Guardian, New York Times) and science specific (New Scientist, Scientific American). Many non-english language titles are covered.

- Online reference managers like Mendeley and CiteULike

What does it provide?

After Altmetric aggregates all of the information, it can find about a scholarly article it looks at both the quantity and the quality of attention being paid to an article and visualises it.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Librarians and archivists at Western University ratify tentative collective agreement

(London, Ont.)-- Unionized librarians and archivists at Western University have ratified a tentative collective agreement reached with the university administration.


Members in the academic librarians and archivists bargaining unit of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) voted 86 per cent in favour of the deal. Voting occurred on campus on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13. Western's Board of Governors voted to ratify on November 26, 2015.

"I'm so thankful to our negotiating team for all their hard work and commitment," said UWOFA president Kristin Hoffmann. "They were able to reach a good deal with the tremendous support of our members."

A tentative deal was reached on Friday, November 6, 2015 after two days of conciliation with Greg Long, a Ministry of Labour appointed conciliator.

Priorities in this round of bargaining were job security for librarians and archivists and participation in university governance.

UWOFA represents about 1,600 faculty, librarian and archivist members at Western, 50 of whom are librarians and archivists.

At its regular Thursday November 26, 2015 meeting, Western's Board of Governors (BofG) approved a new four-year contract (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019) with the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association-Librarians and Archivists (UWOFA-LA), a union representing 49 librarians and archivists at the university. UWOFA-LA members voted 86 per cent in favour of the agreement in balloting that closed November 13, 2015

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Nine Years of Blogging

Today I have many reasons to celebrate!

But the one reason I am most proud of right now is the fact that today marks the nine year anniversary of this Education Library Blog!

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On December 1st, 2006 I wrote my first blog post. And, to no one's surprise, that first entry was about ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database!

I am starting to plan now for a special 10th anniversary celebration for December 2016! It has been a delightful learning journey and I thank you all for being part of it.

Lots of APA Style Help Available 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.

On the APA Style®website, you will find tutorials, FAQs, Blog, 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.

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Getting Started Research Guide for Education Graduate Students

This Education Research Guide is your one-stop shopping for getting started on the task of finding resources for your assignments, papers and literature reviews. There is also a direct link to email and other online help.

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Summary from the publisher:

Investigating Chinese HE EFL Classrooms.jpg This book presents a study on corpus-driven distribution as the main method of prediction, concentrating on individual semantic features to predict the senses of non-defined words by using corpora and tools, such as the Chinese Gigaword Corpus, HowNet, Chinese Wordnet, and XianDai HanYu CiDian (Xian Han). With the help of these corpora, the study determines the collocation clusters of four target words: chi1 "eat," wan2 "play," huan4 "change" and shao1 "burn" through character and concept similarities. The results of this sense prediction study demonstrate that it was able to use off-line tasks to test some participants' intuition, which supports the theory that different clusters can represent different senses when pursuing a corpus-based, computational approach.

Summary from the publisher:

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?.

eBook ~ Qualitative Research From Start to Finish (Second Edition)

We have online access to Robert K. Yin's second edition of Qualitative Research From Start to Finish. The Education Library also provides students with a paper copy and the CALL NUMBER is H62.Y57 2016 (currently on TWO HOUR RESERVE at the Education Library's main floor Service Desk).

Summary from the publisher:

qualitative research from start to finish.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.

Education Library's "GETTING STARTED..." Videos

The Academic Librarians (Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky) at the Faculty of Education created three GETTING STARTED research videos. They are short (4 minutes or less) introductory guides to the research tools. Have a look!

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STLHE 2016 ~ Call for Proposals ~ Due January 6, 2016

STLHE logo for london ontario conferrence.png Western's Teaching Support Centre, in collaboration with Fanshawe College, is hosting the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference June 21 - 24th.


This conference is the preeminent teaching and learning conference on post-secondary education in Canada and represents an exceptional university-wide professional development opportunity for all members of the Western community. To enable them to take advantage of this opportunity, and to showcase teaching innovations at Western, we will be offering a reduced registration rate to Western faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and students who present in a session at the conference.


The Call for Proposals is available here. Proposals are due by January 6, 2016.


Reference Management Software ~ Mendeley and Zotero

A chill is in the air. Tomorrow our calendar pages flip to December 1st. The beginning of the winter term is right around the corner. So, now is a perfect time to set up REFERENCE MANAGEMENT accounts. We recommend Mendeley or Zotero.

Both are FREE easy-to-set-up accounts and both have excellent HELP documentation including videos and FAQs. Choose one, set up your account and get started!

Christmas Holiday Hours

The Education Library will be CLOSED from Thursday December 24, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016. We re-open for regular business hours on Monday January 4, 2016.

Summary from the publisher:

Mixed methods research techniques, combining both quantitative and qualitative elements, have become well established throughout the social, behavioural and natural sciences. This is the first book to focus on the application of mixed methods research in the movement sciences, specifically in sport, physical education and dance. Researchers and practitioners in each of these fields are concerned with the study of habitual behaviour in naturalistic contexts, and of the concurrent and sequential nature of events and states, precisely the kind of work that multi-method research design can help illuminate.

Summary from the publisher:

selecting the right analyses.jpg What are the most effective methods to code and analyze data for a particular study? This thoughtful and engaging book reviews the selection criteria for coding and analyzing any set of data--whether qualitative, quantitative, mixed, or visual. The authors systematically explain when to use verbal, numerical, graphic, or combined codes, and when to use qualitative, quantitative, graphic, or mixed-methods modes of analysis. Chapters on each topic are organized so that researchers can read them sequentially or can easily "flip and find" answers to specific questions. Nontechnical discussions of cutting-edge approaches--illustrated with real-world examples--emphasize how to choose (rather than how to implement) the various analyses. The book shows how using the right analysis methods leads to more justifiable conclusions and more persuasive presentations of research results.

Summary from the publisher:

mixed methods research.png The added value of mixed methods research in poverty and vulnerability is now widely recognized. However, despite the expanding volume of literature on the use of mixed methods, gaps and challenges still remain. This edited volume focuses on issues of credibility, usability and complexity, considering how mixed methods approaches can better respond to these issues so as to make research more credible, usable and responsive to complexity. The contributors share experiences and lessons learned from research in developed and developing country contexts in respect of mixed methods in poverty measurement, evaluation research and the translation from research to policy.

nVivo Access available through Western Libraries

nVivo is qualitative software used to analyze large amounts of text. In response to requests for a central campus location where the software can be used, it is now available on four computers in the Map and Data Centre for Western users. The computers are accessible any time that The D. B Weldon Library is open. If you are interested in learning more about nVivo this video is a good introduction to the software. Additionally, there is a whole suite of tutorials and other online help available to you.

NEW REPORT ~ OECD's Education at a Glance 2015

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

education at a glance report 2015.jpg The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults' educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education. Readiness to use information and communication technology for problem solving in teaching and learning is also examined. The publication provides indicators on the impact of skills on employment and earnings, gender differences in education and employment, and teacher and school leader appraisal systems. The report covers all 34 OECD countries and a number of partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, and for the first time, Costa Rica and Lithuania).

Your Academic Librarian is IN!

We are here to help you! Denise Horoky is your Research Librarian with an office at the Education Library in Western's Faculty of Education. Denise Horoky is reachable in a multitude of ways (on-site and online)!

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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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eBook ~ Education and Social Justice in a Digital Age

education and social justice in a digital age.jpgSummary from the publisher: In many countries, the focus of school curriculum shifts back and forth between traditional subjects (such as mathematics and history) and the development of skills (such as problem solving). Rosamund Sutherland argues here that skills-focused curriculum--often seen as preparing students to work in our digital age--can actually exacerbate existing social inequalities. Arguing from a social justice perspective, she contends that schools should prioritize instruction in traditional subjects, which can provide disadvantaged students with formal knowledge they are not likely to learn outside school. Sutherland's theoretical and practical insights point toward changes in policy and practice that could help improve student's lives.

Holiday Hours

Poinsettia_thumbnail.jpg The Education Library will be closed Thursday December 24, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016.

We re-open for regular business hours on Monday January 4, 2016

Summary from the publisher:

deconstructing privelege.jpg Although scholarly examinations of privilege have increased in recent decades, an emphasis on privilege studies pedagogy remains lacking within institutions. This edited collection explores best practices for effective teaching and learning about various forms of systemic group privilege such as that based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class. Formatted in three easy-to-follow sections, Deconstructing Privilege charts the history of privilege studies and provides intersectional approaches to the topic.

Drawing on a wealth of research and real-life accounts, this book gives educators both the theoretical foundations they need to address issues of privilege in the classroom and practical ways to forge new paths for critical dialogues in educational settings. Combining interdisciplinary contributions from leading experts in the field-- such as Tim Wise and Abby Ferber-- with pedagogical strategies and tips for teaching about privilege, Deconstructing Privilege is an essential book for any educator who wants to address what privilege really means in the classroom.

eBook ~ Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education

Summary from the publisher:

case studies on DIVERSITY and SOCIAL JUSTICE.jpg Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education offers pre- and in-service educators an opportunity to analyze and reflect upon a variety of realistic case studies related to educational equity and social justice. Each case, written in an engaging, narrative style, presents a complex but common classroom scenario in which an inequity or injustice is in play. These cases allow educators to practice the process of considering a range of contextual factors, checking their own biases, and making immediate- and longer-term decisions about how to create and sustain equitable learning environments for all students.

The book begins with a seven-point process for examining case studies. Largely lacking from existing case study collections, this framework guides readers through the process of identifying, examining, reflecting on, and taking concrete steps to resolve challenges related to diversity and equity in schools. The cases themselves present everyday examples of the ways in which racism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, class inequities, language bias, religious-based oppression, and other equity and diversity concerns affect students, teachers, families, and other members of our school communities. They involve classroom issues that are relevant to all grade levels and all content areas, allowing significant flexibility in how and with whom they are used. Although organized topically, the intersection of these issues are stressed throughout the cases, reflecting the multi-faceted way they play out in real life. All cases conclude with a series of questions to guide discussion and a section of facilitator notes, called points for consideration. This unique feature provides valuable insight for understanding the complexities of each case.

Summary from the publisher:

FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP TWO.jpg The Future of Leadership considers how the rapid changes of today will affect the leaders of tomorrow. Renowned Leadership scholar Michael A. Genovese argues that one of the key challenges for future leaders will be to effectively and constructively manage the 'hyper-change' taking place both within organizations and in the broader social and political spheres. Taking a Futures Studies approach to envision the state of leadership in the coming decades, Genovese also provides case studies of leaders who have already demonstrated the mind- and skill-sets necessary to successfully manage rapid change.

Summary from the publisher:

artistic intervention.png Artistic intervention, where the world of the arts is brought into organizations, has increasingly become a research field in itself with strong links to both creativity and innovation. Opportunities for the arts to interact with public and private organizations occur worldwide, but during the last decade artistic interventions have received growing attention in both practice and research.

This book is the first comprehensive attempt to map the development of the field and provides an international overview of the area of artistic interventions and their impact on organizations from different perspectives, ranging from strategic management to organizational development, innovation and organizational learning. Featuring chapters from prominent and emerging scholars, including Nancy J. Adler, Barbara Czarniawska, Lotte Darsø and Alexander Styhre, it places artistic interventions within an international context. The book also offers readers the opportunity to learn from experiences in a varied range of organisations, including newspapers, manufacturing, government, schools, and covers many art-forms, such as music, contemporary dance, painting, photography, and theatre.

Using extensive empirical examples, this book is vital reading for researchers and scholars of creativity and cultural industries, as well as innovation, creative entrepreneurship, organizational studies and management.

Summary from the publisher:

Reframing Community Partnerships in Education provides both the theoretical framework as well as a practical guide to engage educators in interdisciplinary, inter-organizational, multicultural, and multi-generational work to improve the social fabric of communities. Using case examples of best practice, this book explores transformational practices for community development, community building, and civic engagement. Featuring "Community Learning Exchange" pedagogies adaptable to a wide range of contexts, this book encourages educators―through use of participatory practices and a collective leadership model―to build stronger communities and advance learning for all.

Summary from the publisher:

Case Studies on Safety and Bullying.jpg Case Studies on Safety, Bullying, and Social Media in Schools addresses the most topical issues facing school leaders today--including bullying, harassment, inappropriate use of social media, drug use, and school safety. This case book helps aspiring educational leaders prepare and respond to even the most difficult situations that occur on school campuses and in the school community. Bridging theory and practice, each chapter includes a detailed case, artifacts for analysis, explanation of relevant case and federal law, and guiding questions for discussion. Adapted from real-world examples, the case studies in this timely resource serve as essential exercises for aspiring and practicing leaders to ensure student safety and success.

eBook ~ Bullying Among University Students: Cross-National Perspectives

Summary from the publisher:


bullying among university students.jpg Bullying Amongst University Students is a pioneering collection of knowledge and evidence exploring the under-researched phenomenon of bullying in universities. Abusive behaviour amongst young people is a serious and pervasive problem that is exacerbated by the rapid advances in electronic communication, and in this book the authors highlight the problem and proceed to facilitate new practices and policies to address it.

This book brings together an international team of authors from a range of disciplines, encompassing education, psychology, criminology, law and counselling, who have carried out research in the area of university bullying. Addressing critical dialogues and debates, the authors explore peer on peer violence, intimidation and social exclusion before considering its effects on students and making recommendations for action and further research.


Holiday Hours ~ December 2015 - January 2016

Poinsettia_thumbnail.jpg The Education Library will be closed Thursday December 24, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016.


We open for regular business hours on Monday January 4, 2016

GIS Workshop ~ Mobile Mapping

Western Libraries' Map and Data Centre is offering the following Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshops during the Fall 2015 school term. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend.

All workshops take place in the Library Instruction Room, located on the Ground Floor of The D.B. Weldon Library in the Map and Data Centre.


Mobile Mapping - November 24th, 1:30 - 3:00pm
Use arcgis.com to create maps and web-based apps, share them with others, and edit features on a mobile device.
Prerequisite: Must be a registered graduate student, staff, or faculty member.
Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device (tablet or smart phone).


Workshops on Demand
Contact us and tell us what other workshops you would be interested in. Workshops can be arranged for small or large groups, classes, or added to our Winter 2016 offerings.

eBook ~ Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Summary from the publisher:

In Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube take on the new reality of metropolitan poverty and opportunity in America. For decades, suburbs added poor residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation's total poor population. Yet the antipoverty infrastructure built over the past several decades does not fit this rapidly changing geography.

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a series of workable recommendations for public, private, and nonprofit leaders seeking to modernize poverty alleviation and community development strategies and connect residents with economic opportunity in cities and suburbs alike. The authors highlight efforts in metro areas where local leaders are learning how to do more with less and adjusting their approaches to address the metropolitan scale of poverty by integrating services and service delivery, collaborating across sectors and jurisdictions, and using data-driven and flexible funding strategies.

eBook ~ Educational Binds of Poverty: The Lives of School Children

Summary from the publisher:

Educational Binds of Poverty tackles the assumptions made by many recent social and educational policy initiatives suggesting that the best way to improve educational prospects of children in poverty is through an increased emphasis upon a culture of control, discipline, regulation and accountability. In this book, Ceri Brown presents these assumptions against a review of the research literature and an original ethnographic longitudinal study into the lives of children in poverty, in order to highlight the gap between policy discourses and the lived experiences of children themselves.

Summary from the publisher:

This book shares lessons gleaned from a two-year intervention in a high-poverty school, which was highly successful in significantly narrowing the literacy achievement gap and in raising children's motivation and engagement in literacy both inside and outside school. Kennedy argues that there is much that disadvantaged schools can do to close the gap, but this is more likely to occur when a research-based approach to instruction (with a dual emphasis on cognitive skills and motivation and engagement), assessment and professional development is undertaken.

Reference Management Software ~ Mendeley and Zotero

Fall term is ending and papers are due. Now is a perfect time to set up REFERENCE MANAGEMENT accounts. We recommend Mendeley or Zotero.

Both are FREE easy-to-set-up accounts and both have excellent HELP documentation including videos and FAQs. Choose one, set up your account and get started!

Access to nVivo through Western Libraries

nVivo is qualitative software used to analyze large amounts of text. In response to requests for a central campus location where the software can be used, it is now available on four computers in the Map and Data Centre for Western users. The computers are accessible any time that The D. B Weldon Library is open. If you are interested in learning more about nVivo this video is a good introduction to the software. Additionally, there is a whole suite of tutorials and other online help available to you.

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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Hours of Opening

Fall/Winter 2015 - 2016 Hours of Opening for the Education Library


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

Friday ~ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday~ NOON to 5:00 pm


Sunday ~ CLOSED

Upcoming Holiday Hours will be Posted Online!

Summary from the publisher:

challenge for school leaders.jpg The Challenge for School Leaders identifies essential systems and their elements that enhance the school leader's knowledge and skill to continually improve the academic program through a faculty collaborative process. The critical systems addressed are system elements, communication, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and collaborative decision making to determine causes of nonproductive systems and solutions to remove and solve these issues. The text includes a pre- and post-school assessment survey process that involves the faculty and administrators in evaluating their school, and identifying critical areas that need improvement. This survey has been statistically affirmed for high reliability and validity with respect to academic system behaviors correlated with high academic student performance. The continual improvement philosophy is the foundation of this text and collaboration is the method by which this concept is achieved. The value of each person is critical, and everyone is needed to improve the academic systems to serve the needs of the students and the faculty. The communication linkage system as well as curriculum-instruction-assessment integration is addressed and is essential to the improvement process. The analysis and improvement of the instructional process is the key to enhancing student academic performance. The concepts and practical suggestions along with the knowledge and skills to build an effective academic system for students is the aim of this study.

eBooks

More eBooks

Learning About Refugee Migration

Please join us with this panel of speakers about this important topic.


Learning About Refugee Migration ~ No One Is Illegal in London

Wednesday November 25, 2015, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Room 1010 ~ Faculty of Education

Speakers:

Dr. Victoria Esses, Director, Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, will talk about her research related to the role of the media in the dehumanization of immigrants.

Dr. Isha DeCoito, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, will talk about her research about teaching mathematics and science to refugee students.


eBook ~ How Schools Do Policy: Policy Enactments in Secondary Schools

Over the last 20 years, international attempts to raise educational standards and improve opportunities for all children have accelerated and proliferated. This has generated a state of constant change and an unrelenting flood of initiatives, changes and reforms that need to be 'implemented' by schools. In response to this, a great deal of attention has been given to evaluating 'how well' policies are realised in practice - implemented! Less attention has been paid to understanding how schools actually deal with these multiple, and sometimes contradictory, policy demands; creatively working to interpret policy texts and translate these into practices, in real material conditions and varying resources - how they are enacted!

Based on a long-term qualitative study of four 'ordinary' secondary schools, and working on the interface of theory with data, this book explores how schools enact, rather than implement, policy.

It focuses on:

contexts of 'policy work' in schools;

teachers as policy subjects;

teachers as policy actors;

policy texts, artefacts and events;

standards, behaviour and learning policies.

eBook ~ Deconstructing Educational Leadership: Derrida and Lyotard

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 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.

Adding to Our Growing List of eBooks!

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Western Celebrates International Week

Join students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating diversity on campus and exploring international opportunities, programs and themes.

An action-packed schedule of more than 50 cultural events, workshops, presentations and special events is planned. See full schedule for location of events!

CMEC Celebrates International Week

Press Release from CMEC:

Today marks the beginning of International Education Week 2015 (IEW 2015), November 16-20. IEW was first established in 2000 and is now celebrated in over 100 countries around the world, including Canada.

IEW serves to increase awareness and understanding of international education among participating countries through a variety of activities and events undertaken by governments, educational institutions, stakeholder groups, and individuals.

As Kofi Annan said, "Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name." Educational exchanges promote understanding of foreign cultures and global issues among both international students and host countries. They also contribute to economic growth: Canada derives approximately $8 billion annually from international-student expenditures, including tuition and living expenses. Read more!

Faculty Seminar Series Talk

Please join us for the next Faculty Seminar Series Talk at Western's Faculty of Education!

Hashtag Conversations and Knowledge Translation: Using Social Media for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Guest Speaker ~ Dr. Jordan Fairbairn
Date ~ Thursday, November 26, 2015
Time ~ 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location
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Room 1010, Western's Faculty of Education

All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

linguia.gif Following in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier's practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal's price has steadily increased year after year, far outpacing the cost of production. The editors also cited Elsevier's refusal to transition the journal to a "fair open access" model that would charge low and transparent article processing fees for authors, while allowing authors to retain copyright to their articles.

The Learning Network's provincial Resource Group identified the need for a newsletter on intersectionality. Informed by discussions with key stakeholders, we make this important and complex framework easier to understand. We define the core components of an intersectional approach and present ideas and resources to enhance your efforts to bring intersectionality into practice, education, policy/program design, evaluation, and research.

Welcome Mr Justin Patton

Mr Justin Patton takes on a new role as our Research Officer in the Research Office of Western's Faculty of Education.

Please joins our RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) group to hear Dr. Manuel Velázquez (University of Holguin, Cuba) speaking on "English-Speaking cultures in Cuba: theoretical underpinnings, objectives, systems of knowledge, means, and methodology"

Monday, Nov. 16th at 11 a.m. in Room 1010 at Western's Faculty of Education

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Western's Librarians and Archivists Vote

UWOFA librarian and archivist members have voted 86% in favour of ratifying the new tentative librarians and archivists collective agreement. The tentative agreement must still be ratified by Western's Board of Governors.

Loan Periods and Renewing Library Books Online

Here is all the information you need about library loan periods, renewing your books online, borrowing limits (SPOILER ALERT: THERE IS NO LIMIT) and overdue fines.

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Celebratory Pause

Today we celebrate our 4444 blog post! Thank you for your continued support!

Hours of Opening

Fall/Winter 2015 - 2016 Hours of Opening for the Education Library
Monday to Thursday ~ 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Friday ~ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday~ NOON to 5:00 pm
Sunday ~ CLOSED


Holiday Hours are posted online!

The TSC eLearning Lunch and Learn series for 2015-16 has been announced on the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) website. All sessions will be held at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in University Community Centre (UCC) Room 147 A/B. Join our learning community and explore:

Creating Interactive Learning Objects (easily)
Tuesday November 24, 2015

Often hours of development time can go into the creation of interactive online learning objects that support and assess student learning. Join us at this lunch 'n learn to hear more about the variety of tools that can be used to create, or add interactivity to the online learning environment.

Google Docs & Office 365 in the Higher Education Classroom
January 20, 2016

Web-based office suites offer users access to word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software in the web browser. These tools, however, can be used for more than just writing, calculating or presenting. Join us to find out more how to use components of these suites to foster classroom collaboration and collect student feedback.

Open Educational Resources
February 24, 2016

Characterized by more open licensing, Open Educational Resources (OERs) are a variety of digital objects that can be used to support instruction. This means that content created as OER is often free of the typical barriers that copyright imposes. But low cost (or no cost) does not mean low quality. Find out more about how to access, use and even create these resources.

All sessions will be held at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in University Community Centre (UCC), Room 147 A/B

Western University and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association-Librarians and Archivists (UWOFA-LA), a union representing 49 librarians and archivists at Western, reached a tentative agreement on Friday, Nov. 6. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified by the association and Western's Board of Governors. A ratification vote by UWOFA-LA members is scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2015.

Faculty Publication ~ Paul Tarc

International education in global times.jpg Paul Tarc's International Education in Global Times: Engaging the Pedagogic

Summary from the publisher:

This book illuminates the changing landscape and expediency of international education in global times. Within this larger picture, the book focuses on the educational effects of international encounters, experiences and lessons - the complex processes of learning and subject formation in play during and after one's international/intercultural experience. These complex processes, hinged on past and present self-other relations, are illustrated by employing the parable of «The Elephant and the Blind Men.»

In contrast to more narrow, developmentalist conceptions of intercultural learning, Paul Tarc attends to each of the linguistic, existential, structural, and psychical dimensions of difficulty constituting learning across difference. Becoming aware of, and reflexive to, these dimensions of difficulty and their implications for one's own learning and resistance to learning, represents the domain of cosmopolitan literacy. The key intervention of this book is to re-conceive pedagogical processes and aims of international education as fostering such cosmopolitan literacy. Graduate courses on international education, study abroad, global citizenship education, and preservice education courses focusing on international education and teaching internationally could be primary candidates for this text.

summit on children and youth MENTAL HEALTH 2016.jpg Hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health - a multi-sector group committed to urgent and positive change for children and youth mental health services in Ontario. The Summit is scheduled for April 7 - 8 , 2016 in Toronto.

The Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health is a unique event that unites the voices of educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, children service advocates, families and students.

The focus of the 2016 Summit is Moving From Policy to Practice Through Collaboration. Acclaimed speakers will offer evidence-informed practices, programs and resources that have been shown to work and can make a real difference in the lives of children, youth and their families. A highlight for the 2016 Summit is the first release of the preliminary results of the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study.

STLHE 2016 Call for Proposals

STLHE logo for london ontario conferrence.png Western's Teaching Support Centre, in collaboration with Fanshawe College, is hosting the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference June 21 - 24th.


This conference is the preeminent teaching and learning conference on post-secondary education in Canada and represents an exceptional university-wide professional development opportunity for all members of the Western community. To enable them to take advantage of this opportunity, and to showcase teaching innovations at Western, we will be offering a reduced registration rate to Western faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and students who present in a session at the conference.


The Call for Proposals is available here. Proposals are due by January 6, 2016.



Western Active Learning Space (WALS)


For faculty and instructors interested in active learning, there are still some spaces available in Western Active Learning Space (WALS) in the Winter 2016 term. WALS is Western's newest collaborative, technology-enhanced active learning space. WALS is a General Use classroom available for booking by full- and part-time faculty in any faculty or program.

Features include:

-collaborative seating
-interactive whiteboards
-the ability for students to project content from their own devices

To view available Winter 2016 time slots, visit the WALS Booking Calendar.

Please note that bookings will be approved on a first come, first served basis.

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Western Libraries now providing access to nVivo software

nVivo is qualitative software used to analyze large amounts of text. In response to requests for a central campus location where the software can be used, it is now available on four computers in the Map and Data Centre for Western users. The computers are accessible any time that The D. B Weldon Library is open. If you are interested in learning more about nVivo this video is a good introduction to the software. Additionally, there is a whole suite of tutorials and other online help available to you.

Western Celebrates International Week


Join students, faculty, staff and community members in celebrating diversity on campus and exploring international opportunities, programs and themes.

An action-packed schedule of more than 50 cultural events, workshops, presentations and special events is planned. See full schedule for location of events!

Highlights include:

>> Nov. 12, 4-7pm - Western Goes Global: Cultural Showcase (pre-event)

>> Nov. 16, 12-3:30pm - International Week Opening Celebration

>> Nov. 17, 10am-3pm - Exchange Fair

>> Nov. 17, 4-7pm - World's Challenge Challenge

>> Nov. 18, 10am-3pm - International Opportunities Fair

>> Nov. 18, 10:30-11:30am - Not Lost in Translation: Intercultural Communication

>> Nov. 18, 4-7pm - Africa-Western Collaboration Day

>> Nov. 19, 1-2pm - Author & Critic Panel: International Education in Global Times with Paul Tarc, Faculty of Education

>> Nov. 19, 3-5pm - Global London Café

>> Nov. 19, 3:30-6pm - Journeys of Migration: Hosted by the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations

>> Nov. 20, 11:30am-1:30pm - Cultural Community Tour: Downtown London, Then and Now

>> Nov. 20, 1:30-2:30pm - Songs of Many Lands, Don Wright Faculty of Music

Visit the Western International booth in the UCC Atrium all week and enter our Passport Contest! Or grab lunch at Green Leaf Café Tuesday to Friday for an international feast (featuring Korea, Morocco, Argentina and the UK).

Tentative agreement reached with UWOFA-LA

Western University and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association-Librarians and Archivists (UWOFA-LA), a union representing 49 librarians and archivists at Western, reached a tentative agreement on Friday, Nov. 6. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified by the association and Western's Board of Governors. A ratification vote by UWOFA-LA members is scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2015.

Western Celebrates: International Week (November 16 - 20, 2015)

International Week (November 16-20, 2015) celebrates diversity at Western, engages students, faculty and staff in discussion and debate about international issues, and encourages learning about international education, cross-cultural skills, and cultural traditions and activities.

Our specific goals are to:

- Celebrate Western's international community and international collaborations

- Provide information about international opportunities for students, staff, faculty and alumni (both at home and abroad)

- Engage with the London and campus communities in global learning and intercultural sharing

An annual event at many post-secondary institutions, international weeks create a dynamic learning experience for students, staff, faculty and community members focused on an inclusive, globally aware campus. We invite you to come together as a university community to celebrate and share international experiences and information!

Employers, students, and postsecondary institutions agree that being able to think critically is an essential skill in the 21st century. But despite the consensus, the challenge of teaching and assessing critical thinking skills remains.


Join Brian Frank (Queen's University), Pat Croskerry (Dalhousie University), and Ruth Rodgers (higher ed consultant) at HEQCO's next webinar, The Challenges of Assessing Critical Thinking, on Thursday November 26, 2015 at 11:00 am (Eastern), as they explore what critical thinking is, whether we need to teach it, and the tools available to assess it.

The webinar is free but registration is required.

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Please join us!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The D. B. Weldon Library Instruction Room (Map & Data Centre, ground floor, Weldon Library)


Summary of Presentation: As an expert in your discipline, you are skilled at accessing your disciplinary research literature but, as someone interested in doing research on your teaching, you may not know how to navigate the seemingly disjointed Research on Teaching and Learning literature. Please join Kim McPhee (Western's Teaching and Learning Librarian) for this hands-on workshop on how to find the Research on Teaching and Learning literature that you are seeking. Please come with an idea for a research topic on teaching and learning in which you are interested (e.g., flipped classrooms, critical thinking skills, laptop use in the classroom).

Being Mentors: What does this mean for Faculty?

Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC) presents:


Being Mentors: What does this mean for Faculty?


Friday, November 20, 2015

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library


Abstract: As faculty we recognize the responsibilities of research, teaching, and community service. There is another aspect of our work that is rarely discussed: the fact that as faculty we are also mentors. At different points in our careers, we are often called upon to mentor students, graduate and undergraduate, and colleagues. What does this mean in terms of our careers? What are the joys, and the pitfalls, of being a mentor? What issues do we need to keep in mind as we develop different approaches to mentoring? Our panelists bring their experiences to share with us and also to listen to our concerns and ideas about what is involved in becoming a good mentor.

Presenters:

Sarah Gallagher, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Joel Faflak, Department of English; Director, School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities
David Sherry, Department of Psychology; Advanced Facility for Avian Research
Aara Suksi, Department of Classical Studies; Affiliate, Women's Studies and Feminist Research


Please join us. Everyone is welcome!

TODAY ~ TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK DAY

Today - Wednesday November 4, 2015 - is 'Take Your Kid to Work Day' for all Grade 9 students in Canada. Parents of Grade 9 students have the opportunity to bring their child into work with them. Please see the following for more information about the program that has been ongoing for more than 20 years. A few staff members in Western Libraries will be participating today so please join your colleagues in welcoming them and their children.

Take Our Kids to Work is an annual program in which Grade 9 (or equivalent) students are hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country every November. The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures. Take Our Kids to Work™ is our signature program which began in 1994 in the Greater Toronto area. Today, students across Canada, from Nunavut to Newfoundland participate in the program.

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia: "Indigenous Pedagogies: Linking Aboriginal Family and Community Knowledge Traditions to Classroom Learning."

You now have online access to this book through the library catalogue:

EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY.jpg Summary: Providing models of exemplary use and the latest research, Educational Leadership and Technology reveals the transformational power of emerging technologies to improve student learning, and explores how leaders can bring about this technology integration. This book provides an overview of roles and strategies expected of effective school leaders, as well as some of the complex issues they face. Authors Garland and Tadeja offer a critical analysis of today's emerging technology, while also addressing the need for collaborative efforts of parents, community, and students to implement technologies effectively.

Cyberbullying in Social Media Within Educational Institutions

You have online access to this new book through the library catalogue:

Cyberbullying in Social Media within Educational Institutions.jpg Summary: 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.

Question: Why is the number 4425 significant to us?

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Thank you for supporting us through the years. We are so pleased to be able to continue to promote the fine research resources, collections and services of the Education Library.

Please join us at Western's Faculty of Education for the next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities
Professor Marianne Larsen
Western's Faculty of Education
Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:00 - 2:00 pm Room 1010, Faculty of Education
All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

Adding to Our Growing List of eBooks!

On February 27, the Canadian funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) announced a new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications that requires federally funded peer-reviewed research to be freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

The objective of this policy is to improve access to the results of Agency-funded research, and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results.

This policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.


A Quick Answers Guide on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications
is available from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access (OA) by Peter Suber

Peter Suber writes:

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.


In most fields, scholarly journals do not pay authors, who can therefore consent to OA without losing revenue. In this respect scholars and scientists are very differently situated from most musicians and movie-makers, and controversies about OA to music and movies do not carry over to research literature.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

There are two primary vehicles for delivering OA to research articles: OA journals and OA archives or repositories.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports® offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. It is the recognized authority for evaluating journals. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions. To find out more, visit the Web of Science™ website

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals and today contains more than 10000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. DOAJ is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.

Aims & Scope

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

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Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works is a landmark database that contains more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions, 44,000 pages of client narratives and 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of therapy and counseling sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.

This collection has been years in the making and, to our knowledge, is the first of its kind. Never before has a collection of transcripts of actual therapy sessions, recorded by a variety of practitioners and academics illustrating a range of therapeutic techniques and practices, been brought together and made searchable. The pairing of these transcripts with associated reference works and published narratives, memoirs, and other client narratives enhances the collection's ability to provide insight into the experience of those undergoing therapy and suffering from mental illness. Learn more!

Community Information Database (CID)

The Community Information Database (CID) is a free internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data and information for all communities across Canada.

The CID was developed by the Government of Canada's Rural Secretariat in collaboration with the provinces and territories, other government departments, and community groups. Western University students, staff and faculty have access to CID through the DATABASES link on the Western Libraries' website.

The CID provides:

* Access to over 500 pieces of data about your community or region, including:
population, education, income, employment, families, and much more
* An interactive map for displaying and accessing data
* A tool for you to learn more about rural Canada

Database ~ Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups. Here is the list of component databases within Cochrane Library:

- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)

- Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

- Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)

- Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)

- Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)

- NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED)

- About The Cochrane Collaboration

Database ~ Canadian Public Policy Collection

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy, including education policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

There are over 25,000 titles in the current collection to date, and the service provides more than 3,500 additional current documents to subscribers each year. This database can be found on the Western Libraries' website listed under RESEARCH TOOLS/DATABASES.

Canadian Federal Election TODAY ~ Monday October 19, 2015

PLEASE VOTE!

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access (OA) a new norm in scholarship and research.

So You Think You're a Fraud? Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Thursday, October 29, 2015
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Campus Building (NCB) Room 101

Millions of high achieving people including CEOs, A-list celebrities, graduate students, and faculty secretly believe they're not as bright or talented or competent as everyone "thinks" they are. It's called the Impostor Syndrome and, left unaddressed, can have serious consequences for individuals and institutions.

The Western Women in Science and Engineering Research (WWiSER) group invites you to attend a seminar with Dr. Valerie Young to learn more about imposter feelings and practical steps to end needless and costly self-doubt.

Are you interested in learning more about attending academic conferences? Do you want to know which ones focus on comparative and international education research? Would you like to get some ideas about submitting proposals and presenting papers at conferences? Then please join us for our first RICE talk on Comparative and International Education Conferences: Why, Where and How (to apply)?

Do not struggle with the APA Style! Online help is available!

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.

On the APA Style®website, you will find tutorials, FAQs, Blog, 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.

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World Teachers Day ~ Monday October 5, 2015

GLOBAL TEACHER SHORTAGE THREATENS EDUCATION 2030

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The world will need to recruit 25.8 million teachers to provide every child with a primary education by 2030, according to a new paper from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. This total includes the creation of 3.2 million new posts and the replacement of 22.6 million teachers expected to leave the profession.

Is there a teacher shortage in your country? Explore the data in UNESCO's eAtlas.

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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eBooks added to our library collections

eBooks added to our library collections

eBooks added to our library collections

eBooks added to our library collections

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 questions regarding copyright can be sent to the email address listed on the Copyright@Western page.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work -- on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved."

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, 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 or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared. Registration for OER is free!

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