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  • Philosophy of Music Education: Advancing the Vision

  • Philosophy of Music Education: Advancing the Vision
    This book advances the philosophy of its previous editions into new territory, recasting it in light of emerging ideas and interests in philosophy in general and in philosophy of music in particular. The foundational concept of this book-that the values of music are gained through direct experiences with its meaningful sounds-remains intact, but is explained and applied in broader, more inclusive scope, with a synergistic philosophical stance as the basis. In addition it clarifies and updates for readers the explanations of musical feeling, musical creativity, and musical meaning that are at its core. For music educators, music lovers, or anyone who wants a synergistic philosophy of music education inclusive of a variety of positions.
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  • Democracy, Education and Research: The Conditions of Social Change

  • Democracy, Education and Research: The Conditions of Social Change
    There are many books focusing upon recipe-like strategies for undertaking research, and there are many books on the politics of change and sustainable change in communities. However in this ground-breaking book four leading experts in the field of research combine their talents to offer a very different focus: how practices and processes of research and education can create fundamental, radical social change. Here the authors assess the meaning of public impact by rethinking what is meant by a public and how it is essential to the methodologies of education and research. They focus on and provide empirical illustrations of the use of research and educational processes in contemporary and emergent forms of social organisation, covering both the traditional forms to be found in the education system, health, community, business and the public institutions of government; as well as the emergent forms arising from innovations in information technologies. The book focuses on: researching the forms of learning and knowledge creation that take place across the whole range of everyday interactions that people engage in whether in places of learning, communities or workplaces the ways in which such learning and knowledge can be intentionally shaped by individuals and groups to effect social and political change The research strategies required to forge new practices, new ways of working and living for a more socially just world. Avoiding jargon and introducing ideas and practices that
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  • Addressing Tensions and Dilemmas in Inclusive Education: Living With Uncertainty

  • Addressing Tensions and Dilemmas in Inclusive Education: Living With Uncertainty
    Based on extensive research, "Addressing Tensions and Dilemmas in Inclusive Education" presents a contemporary and critical analysis of the interaction between different perspectives and positions in the field of inclusive education. Referring to existing attitudes on the education of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, Professor Norwich argues that despite the appeal of inclusion as a single powerful position, its practical realisation involves tensions and dilemmas that have to be addressed and resolved. This core analysis is illustrated by a review of relevant national and international concepts, principles, research and practices drawing on literature in areas of current interest and concern, such as: identification and classification; current national and international conceptions; pedagogic and curriculum issues; organisation of schooling; parental and student perspectives; the contribution of research to policy and practice. Engaging with the fundamental issues in the field and providing a coherent perspective that recognises and justifies the inter-connection between specialised and general school provision, this accessible and timely book will be of interest to all researchers and students of inclusive education.
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  • Cooperative Learning in Physical Education: A research-based approach

  • "Cooperative Learning is a dynamic instructional model that can teach diverse content to students at different grade levels, with students working tog
    Cooperative Learning is a dynamic instructional model that can teach diverse content to students at different grade levels, with students working together in small, structured, heterogeneous groups to master subject content. It has a strong research tradition, is used frequently as a professional development tool in general education and is now emerging in physical education. This book defines Cooperative Learning in physical education and examines how to implement Cooperative Learning in a variety of educational settings. It explores Cooperative Learning in physical education from three main perspectives. The first, context of learning, provides descriptions of Cooperative Learning in different levels of education (elementary school, secondary school, and university physical education). The second, Cooperative Learning in the curriculum, offers case studies from teachers and researchers of their experiences of implementing Cooperative Learning within their own national context. The third perspective, key aspects of Cooperative Learning, examines how the different elements of the model have been foregrounded in efforts to enhance learning in physical education. As the only text to provide international perspectives, from eight different countries, of Cooperative Learning in physical education, this book is important reading for any student, researcher or teacher with an interest in physical education, sport education, sport pedagogy, curriculum development or methods for lear
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  • Values in Education and Education in Values

  • An investigation into how schools can influence the developing values of young people is given in this book. The authors first look, from the perspective of educationalists and policy makers, at values within contemporary education; in particular, moral, spiritual, democratic and environmental values together with arts and health education. Secondly, they focus on the values of pupils and schools, examining school aims and mission statements, the formal curriculum, school ethos and assessment of children's development.; Insights are provided with guidance on how values may be most effectively incorporated into the activities of the schools. This book is intended to be of use as a practical and informative guide to all those involved in primary and secondary education and those interested in values education generally.
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  • Community Education and Crime Prevention

  • Community Education and Crime Prevention
    Scholars in various disciplines are recommending comprehensive measures to solve multiple societal as well as individual problems. The philosophy of "community education" has been overlooked but is a workable, comprehensive approach to addressing crime. As used in this book, community education is a philosophy, process, and program comprised of three overriding and interrelated elements: community empowerment, community problem-solving, and the effort to involve all community members in the pursuit of lifelong learning. The Hyde Park neighborhood in St. Louis has one of the highest rates of reported drug sales and high rates of homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, and burglary. The community lays claim to several crime-inducing variables including population loss, a high percentage of population shift resulting in a higher percentage of black population and boarded-up housing units, a high rate of unemployment, a very low per capita income and a high percentage of citizens living below the poverty line, and a high percentage of female-headed households. Nevertheless, the people of Hyde Park are participating in a crime prevention approach that is applicable to all communities. Insights to urban life and problem solving are provided by community members, covering such topics as policing and how it can be improved. These insights and others offered by the author are supported by theories and philosophies found in the literature. In the process of solving their own prob
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  • Adult Education and Learning in a Precarious Age: The Hamburg Declaration Revisited

  • Adult Education and Learning in a Precarious Age: The Hamburg Declaration Revisited
    UNESCO's 1997 CONFINTEA V conference in Hamburg has been described as the high-water mark of international adult education policy-making. It produced one of the most utopian statements about adult education and learning of the past 25 years: the Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning and Agenda for the Future. Adult education was declared key to the twenty-first century in order to build "a world in which violent conflict is replaced by dialogue, a culture of peace based on justice. and the creation of a learning society committed to social justice and general well-being." However, the Declaration also recognized that there were many practical challenges to its implementation as profound changes were occurring in social, economic, environmental, and political spheres. In this volume, North American and international scholars critically assess how far the visionary statements of the Hamburg Declaration have been advanced and implemented. They: Review the recent development of the 10 themes of the Agenda for the FutureExplore their local and global achievements through considering the results of the 2009 CONFINTEA VI conference and other related policy developmentsOutline what is still necessary to realize the Declaration's goals. This is 138th volume of this quarterly report series. Noted for its depth of coverage, it explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such
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  • Saddleback Education 9781599053691 Graphic U.S. History - Sample

  • 13 Books (1 each of 13 titles). Fast paced and easy to read, these graphic U.S. history titles teach students about key historical events in American
    13 Books (1 each of 13 titles). Fast paced and easy to read, these graphic U.S. history titles teach students about key historical events in American history from 1500 present. Dramatic and colorful graphics highlight the text with easy transitions, which avoids a choppy narrative. These history titles offer a variety of rich material to support teaching to the standards. Using the graphics, students can bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated text also teaches inference skills, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Finally, graphics in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader. 56 page softcover titles. Format: Trade Paperback/Paperback. Interest Age: All ages. Reading Age: All ages. ONIX Text: General/trade.
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  • The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls

  • The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls
    Nearly half of all physicians and biologists are females, as are the majority of new psychologists, veterinarians, and dentists, suggesting that women have achieved equality with men in the workforce. But the ranks of professionals in math-intensive careers remain lopsidedly male; up to 93% of tenure-track academic positions in some of the most mathematically-oriented fields are held by men. Three main explanations have been advanced to explain the dearth of women in math-intensive careers, and in The Mathematics of Sex, Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams describe and dissect the evidence for each. The first explanation involves innate ability-male brains are physiologically optimized to perform advanced mathematical and spatial operations; the second is that social and cultural biases inhibit females' training and success in mathematical fields; the third alleges that women are less interested in math-intensive careers than are men, preferring people-oriented pursuits. Drawing on research in endocrinology, economics, sociology, education, genetics, and psychology to arrive at their own unique, evidence-based conclusion, the authors argue that the problem is due to certain choices that women (but not men) are compelled to make in our society; that women tend not to favor math-intensive careers for certain reasons, and that sex differences in math and spatial ability cannot adequately explain the scarcity of women in these fields. The Mathematics of Sex represents the first
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  • Older Adulthood, Education and Social Change- Education and the Potential for Social Change in Later Life

  • Older Adulthood, Education and Social Change- Education and the Potential for Social Change in Later Life
    Demographics point to a rapid increase in the number of older adults in many countries. This situation has been debated primarily from the perspective of an unrealistically optimistic or unduly pessimistic view of the future, with few attempts to suggest alternatives. This study proposes a radical theory based on the premise that an opportune time in history exists for older adults to contribute to social and political change through the formation of a new social movement. The analysis addresses the question of whether education in some form could act as an agency or catalyst to initiate an organised social movement. It examines the relevant literature, the development of social movements in the past, the difficulties to be overcome in initiating an organised movement, and answers questions relating to overcoming inertia, sectional interests, generating leadership and developing innovative and imaginative educative processes. The empirical research for this study was based on interviews with leaders of organisations involved with older adults and focuses on drawing conclusions from the research in relation to the research question. The study counters the medical and economic approach to ageing on which much government policy and, to a large extent, public attitudes have been formed The book is directed to professionals in higher and further education, and those who teach in the general field of adult education. It is also addressed to politicians, political theorists, editors
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  • Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education

  • Super Dimensions in Globalisation and Education
    This volume is the first major production of the globalisation research strand of the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. This book makes a significant contribution to the theory of and research in globalisation and education, and tackles the topics of superdiversity and supercomplexity. The book s thesis is that the effects of globalisation on education can only be understood if the specific yet complex conditions of globalisation in education are investigated. The book takes an international approach to understanding globalisation and does not restrict itself to just one methodological or theoretical plane of investigation. Education is one of these frontline domains in which the effects of superdiversity cannot be dismissed, minimized or denied. The continuously increasing complexity of learning environments is raising critical issues at every level, from description over analysis to theoretical generalization, and this book is a first and fruitful attempt at charting these waters. "This pioneering book will remain a key text for many years to come."Jan Bloomaert"Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization and Director of the Babylon CenterTilburg University, the Netherlands. This provocative collection works from two premises: that today there is superdiversity in our globalised world and related is a supercomplexity of theoretical and methodological approaches. The collection proffers multifarious challenges for educational theory, research
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  • Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective

  • Anarchism and Education: A Philosophical Perspective
    Although there have been a few historical accounts of the anarchist school movement, there has been no systematic work on the philosophical underpinnings of anarchist educational ideas - until now. Anarchism and Education offers a philosophical account of the neglected tradition of anarchist thought on education. Although few anarchist thinkers wrote systematically on education, this analysis is based largely on a reconstruction of the educational thought of anarchist thinkers gleaned from their various ethical, philosophical and popular writings. Primarily drawing on the work of the nineteenth century anarchist theorists such as Bakunin, Kropotkin and Proudhon, the book also covers twentieth century anarchist thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Paul Goodman, Daniel Guerin and Colin Ward. This original work will interest philosophers of education and educationalist thinkers as well as those with a general interest in anarchism.
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  • Beyond Every Child Matters: Neoliberal Education and Social Policy in the New Era

  • Beyond Every Child Matters: Neoliberal Education and Social Policy in the New Era
    The UK's Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition government 2010-2015 were responsible for the some of the most radical changes to education policy for decades. "Beyond Every Child Matters "provides a critical overview of developments in education and social welfare policy in the years following the 2010 general election. It explores the conceptual background of a Big Society, used to frame Coalition policy and shows how the underlying spectre of neoliberalism creates both issues for policy attention and undermines ensuing policy solutions. This book charts those changes which have impacted upon education and schooling in England and Wales and is divided into two sections; Section 1 analyses Conservative philosophical thought and policy discussions that underpin the social, welfare and education policies introduced under the Conservative-led coalition government of 2010-2015 and subsequent Conservative administration since 2015. Section 2 looks at these policies in detail and concludes with a discussion of possible alternative policy approaches. Set against a backdrop of unprecedented economic crisis and austerity, "Beyond Every Child Matters" will be of interest to students of education and welfare policy, academics and researchers."
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  • The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828

  • The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828
    The 1828 presidential election, which pitted Major General Andrew Jackson against incumbent John Quincy Adams, has long been hailed as a watershed moment in American political history. It was the contest in which an unlettered, hot-tempered southwestern frontiersman, trumpeted by his supporters as a genuine man of the people, soundly defeated a New England "aristocrat" whose education and political resume were as impressive as any ever seen in American public life. It was, many historians have argued, the country's first truly democratic presidential election. It was also the election that opened a Pandora's box of campaign tactics, including coordinated media, get-out-the-vote efforts, fund-raising, organized rallies, opinion polling, campaign paraphernalia, ethnic voting blocs, "opposition research," and smear tactics. In The Birth of Modern Politics, Parsons shows that the Adams-Jackson contest also began a national debate that is eerily contemporary, pitting those whose cultural, social, and economic values were rooted in community action for the common good against those who believed the common good was best served by giving individuals as much freedom as possible to promote their own interests. The book offers fresh and illuminating portraits of both Adams and Jackson and reveals how, despite their vastly different backgrounds, they had started out with many of the same values, admired one another, and had often been allies in common causes. But by 1828, caught up in a
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  • Higher Education in East Asia: Neoliberalism and the Professoriate

  • Higher Education in East Asia: Neoliberalism and the Professoriate
    Although scholars in various academic fields have a keen interest in the social institutions that reproduce the university system, generally their gaze has been averted from a close analysis of the professors themselves. This volume aims to initiate a pro
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  • Human Rights Education and Peacebuilding: A comparative study

  • This book assesses the role of human rights education (HRE) in the peacebuilding field. Today, most governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations recognise the importance of human rights in peace- and democracy-building activities in post-conflict regions. However, compared with other components of peacebuilding, little attention and funding have been given to the cultivation of human rights knowledge and skills within these populations. Almost nothing has been committed to understanding how HRE is best accomplished in such difficult circumstances. " Human Rights Education and Peacebuilding" demonstrates the promise of HRE programs to help bring about peace within challenging post-conflict contexts. Each chapter of this book (a) identifies the short and medium term impacts of seven different HRE programs on their respective target groups, and (b) provides an analysis of the peculiar local contextual factors that influenced each program s rationale for human rights education. More specifically, each chapter addresses these critical questions: - How are communities around the world using HRE to help rebuild their lives in the aftermath of an armed conflict? - How does HRE respond local problems and needs? How similar are the human rights impacts in the different projects? - How can we understand the promise and challenges associated with HRE as a component of community peace-building? This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding,
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  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

  • Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
    He's one of America's most capable, canny, candid, and independent financial experts. Now David M. Walker sounds a call to action. Comeback America is a tough-minded, innovative, inspiring guide to help us avoid the approaching economic abyss and put the country back on track again. As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)-"the nation's top auditor"-Walker warned Congress and the administration as the federal surplus became a giant deficit under George W. Bush. As president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, he now works full-time to raise public awareness regarding mounting debt burdens being imposed on future generations. Comeback America is his crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems-before it's too late. Walker believes that by 2030, absent significant reforms to current government programs and policies, federal taxes could double from current levels, meaning less money and poorer education for kids-which will hurt families along with our nation's economic strength and position in the world. If our foreign creditors-such as China-decide to buy fewer of our Treasury bonds, interest rates will rise and cars and homes will become less affordable. But it doesn't have to be that way. Comeback America shows how we can return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship fo
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  • Saddleback Education 9781599053707 Graphic U.S. History - Complete

  • 26 Books (2 each of 13 titles). Fast paced and easy to read, these graphic U.S. history titles teach students about key historical events in American
    26 Books (2 each of 13 titles). Fast paced and easy to read, these graphic U.S. history titles teach students about key historical events in American history from 1500-present. Dramatic and colorful graphics highlight the text with easy transitions, which avoids a choppy narrative. These history titles offer a variety of rich material to support teaching to the standards. Using the graphics, students can bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated text also teaches inference skills, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Finally, graphics in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader. 56 page softcover titles. Format: Trade Paperback/Paperback. Interest Age: All ages. Reading Age: All ages. ONIX Text: General/trade.
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  • Criminal Behaviour from School to the Workplace: Untangling the Complex Relations Between Employment, Education and Crime

  • Criminal Behaviour from School to the Workplace: Untangling the Complex Relations Between Employment, Education and Crime
    This volume focuses on the complex relation between offending and the transition from school to the workplace: how employment and education are related to breaking the law and getting in contact with the criminal justice system. The contributors report results from several large scale and sophisticated studies conducted in the Netherlands that gathered rich data on employment, education and criminal behaviour. Each of the studies focuses on a particular period during the life course and particular risk categories. Taken together, they contribute to our understanding of how getting out of school, getting into a job and doing illegal things are intertwined over the life-course, and how these relations differ with age and gender. The background of this volume is our interest in the often-studied relation between offending and employment, or more generally, between offending and the transition from school to work, including dropping out, part-time work and joblessness. The available literature casts little doubt that employment and education are indeed related to less crime and offending. However, this relation is much more complex than it appears at first hand. The volume is primarily aimed at researchers and students in the fields of criminology, sociology and economics. However, it may also be of use for non-academic professionals, in particular policy makers and practitioners in the field of criminal justice, probation/rehabilitation, and youth/schools.
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