Education roundup

November 4, 2010

Multiliteracies in Motion: Current Theory and Practice

Authors: David R. Cole and Darren Lee Pullen

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis

Pages: 6

Price: £100.00, £34.99 and £26.99 (e-book)

ISBN 9780415801560, 1577 and 203864036

The authors argue that changing technological and social conditions require a fresh approach to literacy teaching. Drawing on the 1996 statement of aims of the multiliteracies movement, this text brings together key research and offers contributions by many of the originators of this approach. The authors see multiliteracies as a complementary sociocultural approach to the new literacies and an approach that includes pedagogy and learning.

Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning

Editors: Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Jonathan Reams and Olen Gunnlaugson

Edition: First

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Pages: 398

Price: £60.75 and £19.25

ISBN 9781438433493 and 3486

The authors, who are based in the US, Norway and Canada, consider education from an integral perspective. In what is intended to be the most comprehensive synopsis of this approach, they present an overview of the field's emerging landscape from theoretical and applied perspectives. The field's key characteristics include exploring multiple perspectives, employing different pedagogical techniques, combining conceptual rigour with embodied experience, and drawing on developmental psychology.

Teaching Adult Literacy: Principles and Practice

Authors: Nora Hughes and Irene Schwab

Edition: First

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Pages: 392

Price: £60.00 and £22.99

ISBN 9780335237357 and 7364

Hughes and Schwab offer friendly guidance on working with adult learners to develop literacy skills, along the way challenging the negative view of those learners as social "problems" who are too often described in terms of their deficits. They promote an alternative view of people who have rich resources and skills in many areas of their lives that they can bring to the learning process, and present a wide range of current theory and research on adult literacy. It is intended for trainees as well as experienced practitioners.

In at the Deep End: A Survival Guide for Teachers in Post-Compulsory Education

Author: Jim Crawley

Edition: Second revised

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis

Pages: 224

Price: £18.99

ISBN 9780415499897

Working with diverse and often challenging student groups, teachers in post-compulsory education have an acute set of pressures, including a curriculum that changes regularly and rapidly, and intense demands with regard to inspection, quality assurance regimes and government policies. This guide aims to help practitioners manage the demands of their role via a range of strategies, activities and spaces to reflect. It also offers advice on: meeting initial challenges, working positively with students and handling challenging behaviour; accessing support, supporting skills for life, key skills and essential skills; and managing inspections, developing as a leader and becoming a reflective practitioner.

Religious Education: A Conceptual and Interdisciplinary Approach for Secondary Level

Author: Clive Erricker

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis

Pages: 234

Price: £22.99

ISBN 9780415478748

Erricker considers current debates surrounding religious education and offers a new, non-faith-based approach that is focused on conceptual enquiry and the development of a clear pedagogy. The book is based on the Living Difference learning model developed in Hampshire and adopted elsewhere in the UK. Topics include: religious education and the curriculum; the significance of pedagogy and learners' development; and theoretical grounding and the future of RE.

Reading Developments and Difficulties

Author: Kate Cain

Edition: First

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pages: 2

Price: £24.99

ISBN 9781405151559

Intended for undergraduates studying literacy acquisition and for professionals with no previous background in reading development or difficulties, Cain provides a balanced, comprehensive, accessible introduction to the development of the two core aspects of reading - good word-reading skills and the ability to extract the overall meaning of a text.

Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments: Strategies for Evaluating Teaching and Learning

Editors: Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson

Edition: First

Publisher: Facet

Pages: 264

Price: £52.95

ISBN 9781856047067

Partnerships between academic librarians and faculty play an important part in effectively assessing and improving information literacy efforts. Collaboration is essential to improving the value of library services, personnel and instruction. Mackey and Jacobson consider innovative collaborative assessment strategies designed for information literacy programmes and courses. Contributions are co-written by faculty-librarian teams drawn from a wide range of disciplines.

McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers

Authors: Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki

Edition: Thirteenth

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 416

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9780495812340

McKeachie's perennial favourite presents strategies for dealing with the everyday challenges of university teaching and those that arise in efforts to maximise learning for every student. The approaches are supported by research and can be adapted to specific classroom situations. He aims to offer lecturers the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning. Guest-authored chapters present advice from esteemed educators; technology coverage considers plagiarism and effective web research; and key supplementary coverage focuses on experiential learning, diversity and gender issues.

Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education

Editors: Paula Jones, David Selby and Stephen Sterling

Edition: First

Publisher: Earthscan

Pages: 336

Price: £95.00 and £29.99

ISBN 9781844078776 and 8783

Greening the campus, as well as transforming curricula, is not only desirable but necessary. Drawing on the experience of the Higher Education Funding Council for England-funded Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Plymouth and the Higher Education Academy's Education for Sustainable Development project, this edited volume distils the curriculum contributions of a wide range of disciplinary areas to sustainability. It is organised by traditional disciplines ranging from geography to dance and engineering to business, but looking beyond boundaries, with contributors emphasising interdisciplinarity, international perspectives and pedagogy.

Effective Teaching and Learning in Practice

Author: Don Skinner

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 192

Price: £65.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9781441129239 and 0826499370

Written for all students in initial teacher education, this book aims to assist them with understanding and deploying skilfully a range of teaching strategies to promote learning. Skinner offers examples of teaching in a range of educational settings and examples of issues that teachers face in modern teaching roles, along with practical advice for serving teachers and those undertaking further development.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Author: Pat Broadhead, Caroline Tobbell, Jane Johnston and Richard Woolley

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 160

Price: £50.00 and £16.99

ISBN 9781441133717 and 847065674

Addressing trainee and qualified early years professionals, Broadhead and colleagues offer a guide to supporting personal, social and emotional development in the Early Years Foundation Stage, promoting a holistic approach and sharing good practice. Readers are invited to reflect on current practice and develop skills; evaluate the implications of research for early years practice; meet the needs of children at different developmental stages; and support children as they move within and beyond the EYFS.

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