• Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Mind, Body, Spirit
      July 2015

      How to Get People to Scream Your Name and Beg For More:

      by Tom Morrison

      Do you ever feel like you’re waiting on life to happen to you? Waiting on enough spare time to start enjoying life? Waiting on enough business to seize opportunities in the market? Waiting on enough money to have a child? Waiting on the market to change to buy a house? Waiting on the ideal partner to make you feel loved? Waiting on retirement to start experiencing your bucket list? Waiting, waiting, waiting…Waiting for WHAT? One day you wake up and you’ve lost 20 years of your life waiting in the rut of work, kids growing up and just life happening. Your soul feels lost, your heart passionless and your energy tank is on empty. “How to Get People to Scream Your Name and Beg For More” is a masters degree in life that will teach anyone from college students to company executives how to make profound change and start living the ultimate life personally and professionally NOW. This book reveals the fundamental keys to maximizing opportunities, expanding your network of people who will make it happen, and living the ULTIMATE LIFE TODAY!

    • Organization & management of education
      January 2013

      The Multiplier Effect

      Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools

      by Lois Allen, Elise Foster, and Liz Wiseman

      Why are some leaders able to double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman, leadership coach Elise Foster, and veteran principal Lois Allen team up to offer compelling research showing the overwhelmingly positive and exponential effect on schools getting more done without increasing the number of teachers and resources. Taking a deep dive with more than 100 of education’s best leaders, the authors explore the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent, as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills that every educator can learn to use – even when steeped in lifelong Diminisher settings. By practicing these disciplines, leaders learn how to - Attract top teachers to their school • Create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking • Drive sound decisions by constructing debate and decision-making forums • Give their team a sense of ownership for responsibilities and results

    • Teaching skills & techniques
      November 2015

      Learning Teaching

      Becoming an inspirational teacher

      by Pete Boyd, Barry Hymer, Karen Lockney

      An essential and aspirational text for all beginning teachers, with a clear focus on learning in order to support you becoming an outstanding teacher who makes a difference to learners, colleagues, schools and policy.

    • Higher & further education, tertiary education
      November 2015

      Observing Children and Families

      Beyond the Surface

      by Gill Butler

      This book explains the unique insights that child observation can bring to practice with children and families and helps the reader develop their own skills in this approach.

    • Educational strategies & policy
      November 2014

      Theories of Professional Learning

      A Critical Guide for Teacher Educators

      by Carey Philpott

      An essential guide to important theories of professional learning for teacher educators, of particular value to those taking on new responsibilities in relation to initial teacher education (ITE) and those interested in developing new ways of working in partnership.

    • Teaching skills & techniques
      September 2015

      Your Primary School-based Experience

      A Guide to Outstanding Placements

      by Catriona Robinson, Branwen Bingle, Colin Howard

      An essential companion for all primary trainee teachers, whatever their training route,focusing on the school-based experience. It provides both practical strategies and opportunities for reflection, so trainees are challenged to critically evaluate their learning in order to improve attainment.

    • Philosophy & theory of education
      January 2014

      How Universities Can Help Create a Wiser World

      The Urgent Need for an Academic Revolution

      by Maxwell, Nicholas, A01

      In order to make progress towards a better world we need to learn how to do it. And for that we need institutions of learning rationally designed and devoted to helping us solve our global problems, make progress towards a better world. It is just...

    • Universities
      November 2015

      Management and gender in higher education

      by Pat O'Connor

      This book is a definitive examination of higher education: locating it in a wider neo-liberal context involving the state and the market, with a specific focus on recent higher policy and on the elite group of senior managers in universities. Written in a clear accessible style, it provides an in-depth analysis of university structures, cultures and practices at senior management level. Despite the managerialist rhetoric of accountability, we see structures where access to power is through the Presidents' 'blessing', very much as in a medieval court. We see a culture that is less than comfortable with the presence of women, and which, in its narratives, stereotypes and interactions exemplifies to a rather nineteenth-century view of women. Sites and sources of change are also identified. In a global context where diversity is crucial to innovation, it challenges us to critically reflect on management and on higher education.

    • Universities
      November 2015

      Management and gender in higher education

      by Pat O'Connor

      This book is a definitive examination of higher education: locating it in a wider neo-liberal context involving the state and the market, with a specific focus on recent higher policy and on the elite group of senior managers in universities. Written in a clear accessible style, it provides an in-depth analysis of university structures, cultures and practices at senior management level. Despite the managerialist rhetoric of accountability, we see structures where access to power is through the Presidents' 'blessing', very much as in a medieval court. We see a culture that is less than comfortable with the presence of women, and which, in its narratives, stereotypes and interactions exemplifies to a rather nineteenth-century view of women. Sites and sources of change are also identified. In a global context where diversity is crucial to innovation, it challenges us to critically reflect on management and on higher education.

    • History: specific events & topics
      July 2013

      A History of the University of Manchester, 1973–90

      by Brian Pullan, with Michele Abendstern

      Frank and entertaining account of the University of Manchester's struggle to meet the Government's demands for the rapid expansion of higher education in the 1950s and the 1960s. Looks at the University's ambitious building program: the controversial attempts to reform its constitution and improve its communications amid demands for greater democracy in the workplace, the struggle to retain its old pre-eminence in a competitive world where new 'green field' universities were rivalling older civic institutions. Tells the story, not just from the point of view of administrators and academics, but also from those of students and support staff (such as secretaries, technicians and engineers). Uses, not only official records, but also student newspapers, political pamphlets, and reminisences collected through interviews conducted by an experienced oral historian. The only book on the University of Manchester as a whole.

    • Teaching skills & techniques

      Visible Learning for Teachers

      Maximizing Impact On Learning

      by John Hattie

      In November 2008, John Hattie's ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more thanfifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.This book:links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementationchampions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow upoffers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievementincludes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institutionnow includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900comprehensively covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management.Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; 'how do we maximise achievement in our schools?'

    • Higher & further education, tertiary education
      September 2004

      Class Degrees

      Smart Work, Managed Choice, and the Transformation of Higher Education

      by Evan Watkins

    • Philosophy & theory of education

      Reinventing The University

      by Christopher Schroeder

    • Organization & management of education

      Reinventing the University

      by Kathryn Mohrman

      “Business as usual" is no longer a viable way of running a 21st Century university. The impact of globalization, the growing complexity of the university mission and the still uncertain impact of the 2008/09 global recession all point towards a future characterised by uncertainty. Against the pessimistic scenario, however, we can discern some good reasons for optimism in regards to the university re-inventing itself for the new millennium. This book demonstrates the need for the modern university to move beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries and to become more socially embedded in order to succeed in the current competitive climate. The universities are uniquely positioned to bridge the needs of the citizen and the emerging technologies in a democratic and participatory manner. Science and technology is leaping ahead at an unprecedented pace due to globalisation, but often social needs and human ethics are not to the fore. While universities cannot retreat to an ‘ivory tower’ which no longer exists, they can engage with technology and the market to help make science serve social need and advance democratic citizenship in a most turbulent global era.

    • Philosophy & theory of education
      January 2008

      Universities

      The Recovery of an Idea

      by Graham, Gordon, A01

      Research assessment exercises, teaching quality assessment, line management, staff appraisal, student course evaluation, modularization, student fees — these are all names of innovations (and problems) — in modern British universities. How far do they...

    • Abnormal psychology
      June 2013

      DYSLEXIA DISMANTLED

      A practical breakdown of the myths and realities of dyslexia

      by Laughton King

      Finally, an insightful, clear and practical breakdown of the realities of dyslexia, from the author’s own life experience. This exposition of the thinking, learning and living style that characterise the dyslexic individual is written equally for the educator, the parent and the struggling dyslexic himself. Eighteen myths dispelled, 61 personal characteristics outlined, and a raft of indicators examined, this book will help a large section of the population understand their own normality, their own intact and integrated thinking style, and allow them to take positive charge of their learning processes and their functioning in society. There is nothing wrong with their brain wiring, they are not deficient, they do not need medication. As a diesel motor differs from a petrol engine, the so-called ‘dyslexic’ differs from the non-dyslexic in a simple and rudimentary way. The Western world has a modern education system based around language as the prime learning tool – teaching, learning and assessment are typically language-based. The ‘dyslexic’ person is disadvantaged in this system, not only because is he a pictorial thinker, but because of a lesser capacity to use 'internal dialogue', he is unable to process the language-based education system at a competitive level.

    • Family & relationships
      July 2013

      REACHING THE RELUCTANT LEARNER

      A manual of strategies for teachers and parents

      by Laughton King

      This very practical and helpful manual focuses on the learning difficulties that come under the ‘umbrella’ notion of ‘Dyslexia’. The author examines why such difficulties are so common in our schools - right around the English-speaking world - and before giving parents and teachers insights as to how to work usefully with these children, demonstrates what the world is like from the inside for these children. He looks at how these children think, at how they understand the world, at the impact on their behaviour, and at what life is like for them – on the inside. He includes a biographical section based around his own personal experiences as a ‘dyslexic’ child. In clarifying the fundamental differences between linguistic and pictorial thinking styles, and the connection between learning difficulty and behaviour problems, this book opens the way for parents and teachers to reach, and therefore to effectively teach so-called reluctant learners.

    • Education
      August 2013

      Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014

      A Toolkit for the New Primary Curriculum in England (Revised Edition)

      by Jazz C Williams

      Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014 offers England's primary schools guidance on implementing the National Curriculum and responding to standards-based reform in Mathematics, Science and English. Two chapters, 'Assessing Without Levels' and 'Assessment Plans', address school-based assessment in monitoring the impact of teaching on learning and achievement. This revised edition features: Conquering Primary Maths, a programme for Year 1 to Year 6 including medium-term plans Standards-based English unit plans with emphasis on balancing spelling and word structure across a year Key Stage 1 and 2 Writing Assessment Records Standards-based medium-term plans for Science aligned to the QCA Scheme of Work Guided Reading Records The material contained in this book bridges between theory and practice making Towards a Standards-Based Curriculum 2014 an essential resource for schools.

    • Fiction

      Final Exam

      A novel

      by Peter Green

      ‘Exams tend to corrupt; final exams corrupt finally.’ This novel is about exams, literature, sex, cancer and time. Part 1:1961: Examining a mind. Pembroke College, Cambridge. Peter Green and his friends Jack (big, dangerous) and Casey (small, sinister) face final examinations in English. Keen, they discuss their literary ideas. Peter, whose main study-aid is sexual pleasure, discards lissom Arabella, one of his two girlfriends. Competitive exams apparently subvert left-wing ideals. Peter alienates a don, Haggerty. Discoverer of literary ‘covert plotting’, he overlooks real-life covert plots. Part 2: 1969: Examining a campus. Sussex University. Jack, tricked by Haggerty, lectures there. Peter quarrels with radical students. Part 3: 2011: Examining a body. Hospitals in and around London. Peter undergoes intimate examinations. Death makes incursions. Now what use is the study of literature? This ironic novel -- using real exam-papers and real medical reports -- depicts the conflict between mind and body. The book is aimed particularly at students studying English Literature, and at their teachers.

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