Communities of Practice Vol. 1

Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Author: Chris Kimble,Paul Hildreth

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1607527359

Category: Education

Page: 461

View: 4734

The aim of this set of books is to combine the best of current academic research into the use of Communities of Practice in education with "hands on" practitioner experience in order to provide teachers and academics with a convenient source of guidance and an incentive to work with and develop in their own Communities of Practice. This set of books is divided into two volumes: volume 1 deals principally with the issues found in colocated Communities of Practice, while volume 2 deal principally with distributed Communities of Practice"

Communities of Practice Vol. 2

Creating Learning Environments for Educators

Author: Chris Kimble,Paul Hildreth

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1607526107

Category: Education

Page: 445

View: 8812

The aim of this set of books is to combine the best of current academic research into the use of Communities of Practice in education with "hands on" practitioner experience in order to provide teachers and academics with a convenient source of guidance and an incentive to work with and develop in their own Communities of Practice. This set of books is divided into two volumes: volume 1 deals principally with the issues found in colocated Communities of Practice, while volume 2 deal principally with distributed Communities of Practice"

Transforming the Teaching of Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Author: Joe Winston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408184664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 8328

This book tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed and influential project to transform the teaching of Shakespeare in schools. It examines their approaches to making his plays more accessible, enjoyable and relevant to young people, describing the innovative classroom practices that the Company has pioneered and locating these within a clearly articulated theory of learning. It also provides evidence of their impact on children and young people's experience of Shakespeare, drawing upon original research as well as research commissioned by the RSC itself. Authoritative but highly readable, the book is relevant to anyone with an interest in the teaching of Shakespeare, and in how a major cultural organisation can have a real impact on the education of young people from a wide range of social backgrounds. It benefits from interviews with key policy makers and practitioners from within the RSC, including their legendary voice coach, Cicely Berry, and with internationally renowned figures such as the writer and academic, Jonathan Bate; the previous artistic director of the RSC, Michael Boyd; and the celebrated playwright, Tim Crouch.

Overcoming Knowledge Sharing Barriers through Communities of Practice

Empirical Evidence from a Big Automotive Supplier

Author: Raffaele Filieri

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443820962

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 197

View: 2609

Managing knowledge for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and for accelerating innovations is widely recognized as a major source of sustained competitive advantage. The growing importance of knowledge sharing has fostered the development of a growing body of research in different disciplinary areas and in different sectors. The analyses of the barriers that obstruct knowledge flows are paramount for improving organizational performance. The researcher has analyzed the literature on this argument and he has found that knowledge sharing barriers can be grouped into three main macro-dimensions: socio-psychological, technological and organizational. The author has analyzed the predicting power of the barriers that make knowledge sharing ineffective and the subsequent relationship with new product development performance in a big automotive R & D supplier. Raffaele Filieri adopts both qualitative and quantitative methods in an innovative way. The regression analysis and the analysis of a firms’ proprietary process were used to measure the strength of knowledge sharing barriers on knowledge sharing efficacy and new product development performance. The social network analysis was used to map the intra-firm knowledge sharing network and to identify and to solve organizational problems. Through social network analysis, the researcher has obtained a better understanding of the informal work in the organization, showing how effectively engineers and scientists work, and how they structured their knowledge sharing networks. The recognition of a hidden network of collaboration has several implications; one of these is the creation of a community of practice for solving the problems previously identified.

Principles of Linguistic Change, Cognitive and Cultural Factors

Author: William Labov

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144435146X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 736

Written by the world-renowned pioneer in the field of modern sociolinguistics, this volume examines the cognitive and cultural factors responsible for linguistic change, tracing the life history of these developments, from triggering events to driving forces and endpoints. Explores the major insights obtained by combining sociolinguistics with the results of dialect geography on a large scale Examines the cognitive and cultural influences responsible for linguistic change Demonstrates under what conditions dialects diverge from one another Establishes an essential distinction between transmission within the community and diffusion across communities Completes Labov’s seminal Principles of Linguistic Change trilogy

Organisationales Lernen als erfolgsrelevantes Konstrukt im Rahmen der Internationalisierung von Unternehmen

Author: Hannah Noriko Richta

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3834942162

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 558

View: 1003

​Bei der Suche nach Zusammenhängen zwischen der Internationalisierung von Unternehmen und ihrem Erfolg wird zunehmend der Einfluss des Organisationalen Lernens deutlich. In bisherigen Untersuchungen bleibt aber offen, wie der Lernbegriff definiert wird und wer was auf welche Weise lernt. Die verschiedenen Studien kommen deshalb unter Berufung auf die gleichen theoretischen Fundamente zu unterschiedlichen Ergebnissen. Hannah Noriko Richta entwickelt auf der Basis einer Diskussion des Forschungsstandes ein geschlossenes Modell der Erfolgswirkung des Organisationalen Lernens im Rahmen der Internationalisierung und unterzieht es einem empirischen Test.

Barriers to Bioweapons

The Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development

Author: Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471923

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 5129

In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. In Barriers to Bioweapons, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley challenges this perception by showing that bioweapons development is a difficult, protracted, and expensive endeavor, rarely achieving the expected results whatever the magnitude of investment. Her findings are based on extensive interviews she conducted with former U.S. and Soviet-era bioweapons scientists and on careful analysis of archival data and other historical documents related to various state and terrorist bioweapons programs. Bioweapons development relies on living organisms that are sensitive to their environment and handling conditions, and therefore behave unpredictably. These features place a greater premium on specialized knowledge. Ben Ouagrham-Gormley posits that lack of access to such intellectual capital constitutes the greatest barrier to the making of bioweapons. She integrates theories drawn from economics, the sociology of science, organization, and management with her empirical research. The resulting theoretical framework rests on the idea that the pace and success of a bioweapons development program can be measured by its ability to ensure the creation and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge. The specific organizational, managerial, social, political, and economic conditions necessary for success are difficult to achieve, particularly in covert programs where the need to prevent detection imposes managerial and organizational conditions that conflict with knowledge production.

Practice Research Partnerships in Social Work

Making a Difference

Author: Christa Fouché

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 144731400X

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 3016

Practice research partnerships in social work can make a significant difference to social work service delivery. Through clear multinational practice scenarios, critical questions, and examples from research, Christa Fouch� guides researchers, students, educators, practice managers, funders, and practitioners in exploring partnerships that can create, contribute, consume, commission, or critique evidence in and for social work practice. The text encourages collaborative practice by demonstrating the transformative power of knowledge networks in making a difference in social work on a practical level. This comprehensive, accessibly written book will be an essential text for both students and practitioners, helping them to engage actively with research through their front line work.

Environmental Management in Practice: Vol 1

Instruments for Environmental Management

Author: Paul Compton,Dimitri Devuyst,Luc Hens,Bhaskar Nath

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134750781

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

View: 6768

Focuses on the instruments and tools currently available to the environmental manager. A theoretical background to the instruments is given together with an overview of those instruments that are in common use today, with particular attention to the physical, economic, legislative and communication instruments.

Hearing the voices of GRT communities

Inclusive community development

Author: Ryder, Andrew,Cemlyn, Sarah

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447313593

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 9446

Over the past decade, interest in Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) has risen up the political and media agendas, but they remain relatively unknown. This topical book is the first to chart the history and contemporary developments in GRT community activism, and the community and voluntary organisations and coalitions which support it. Underpinned by radical community development and equality theories, it describes the communities' struggle for rights against a backdrop of intense intersectional discrimination across Europe, and critiques the ambivalent role of community development in fostering these campaigns. Much of it co-written by community activists, it is a vehicle for otherwise marginalised voices, and an essential resource and inspiration for practitioners, lecturers, researchers and members of GRT communities.

Communities of Discourse

Ideology and Social Structure in the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and European Socialism

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674045408

Category: Social Science

Page: 712

View: 4050


Strategic Planning for Information System, 3rd Ed, 2002

Information Systems

Author: John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Publisher: Bukupedia


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 641

View: 5498

volume of recent research, articles, reports and books. However, some of the seminal work in the IS strategy area is still very relevant today even though it may have been written 10, or even 20, years ago. We have drawn on this, together with the more recent research. On occasions, we have modernized some of the language to reflect the vocabulary of today better. One of us is old enough to remember the first appearance of ‘e’ with eDP! In developing the contents of this book, we have also drawn on the work of many others. We recognize the contributions that these researchers and writers have made to the contents at appropriate points in the book.We hope that we have been able to bring it all together in a coherent and readable volume. Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of business and IS/IT executives and managers. Their knowledge, insights and experience and their use of many of the ideas, models and frameworks Preface to the Third Edition Since the second edition of this book appeared in 1996, we have seen Information Technology (IT) become an increasingly integral component of everyone’s working life and personal environment. IT is now ubiquitous and enables a degree of connectivity that was difficult to envisage even 10 years ago. The technology has evolved rapidly, producing significant advances in its capabilities and hence the business options and opportunities now available. Without doubt, the Internet has evolved into a significant business opportunity—when the second edition was published,, the doyen of the Internet, had only just come into being. Indeed, since the second edition the socalled ‘ bubble’ has inflated and burst leaving much in its wake. Apart from the spectacular failures, many companies are now downgrading their forays into the world of cyberspace; many online ventures are even dropping their names. Despite this, there is no doubt that we have still only scratched the surface of the possibilities. Interactive digital television (iDTV) offers great promise in bringing the Internet and new broadcast services directly into the homes of consumers. Wireless technologies are poised to provide further opportunities to organizations as both employees and customers become less dependent on location in carrying out their jobs and conducting business. In the six years since the last edition, the language of information systems and technology (IS/IT) has also changed. E-commerce and ebusiness have come into common business parlance and even entered the home via TV advertising! While e is largely a relabelling of what was previously known as IS/IT, there are a number of new dimensions in the use of IT implied by e. These are considered in this edition. Perhaps, most importantly, the introduction of these new terms attracted increasing senior management interest in IS/IT and its importance to their organiza- TEAMFLY Team-Fly® tions. Unfortunately, the over-hyped promises have left many senior executives more uncertain than ever before about what can actually be achieved through IT use. One IT director summed up the dramatic changes in sentiment by saying, ‘in 2000 you could get any amount of money by putting an e in front; but in 2001 anything with an e had no chance of funding!’ The late 1990s also witnessed a push to manage corporate knowledge, as organizational success became increasingly dependent on its intellectual rather than its physical assets. Technology is seen as a key enabler of knowledge management (KM), yet many technology-driven KM initiatives have floundered. While managing information has proved difficult, we still have much to learn about how knowledge can be effectively managed before we can begin to understand how best to deploy technology and ‘systems’ in this context. Large enterprise-wide systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, are being implemented by organizations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, by adopting new business models and through greater integration of processes and information use. The scale and complexity of these systems has proved a challenge to both IS specialists, in terms of implementation, and business management, in terms of identifying and managing the business changes essential to gaining benefits from these very expensive investments. The greater use of ‘outsourcing’ for significant aspects of IS/IT supply reflects the increasing sophistication and maturity of the IT industry and provides a challenge to optimize internal and external resourcing options to meet the range of business IS/IT needs. Undoubtedly, the recession of the early 1990s, and the resulting financial pressures, focused management on cost and supply issues, and perhaps increased the rate of outsourcing. Application service providers (ASPs) are now on the horizon poised to have an impact on the provisioning of applications. No longer is it necessary to make a decision either to ‘make’ or ‘buy’, but now we must also include ‘rent’ in the options. Experience has shown that, while outsourcing is a valid part of any strategy, outsourcing the development and management of the strategy itself can lead to serious business problems. Over the same period, much more has been learned about the practicalities of managing IS/IT strategically and the issues and factors that influence the success of the process in both the short and the long term. This edition considers both the implications of the developments in IS/IT and the most useful of the recent thinking and experiences concerning IS/IT strategic management. Although some things have moved forward since the second edition, many of the issues that were relevant then remain so today. Managing Preface to the Third Edition xi IS/IT successfully is perhaps even more difficult in today’s environment of faster business change combined with greater choices in IS/IT supply. The turbulence in both business and IS/IT environments may explain why, despite the increasing criticality of IS/IT for business, surveys continue to show that most IS/IT investments still fail to deliver the expected benefits to the organization. Many organizations are still concerned that IS/IT expenditure does not produce demonstrable ‘value for money’. As stated in the preface to the second edition, the following example problems can still result from the lack of a coherent strategy for IS/IT investment: . Business opportunities are missed; the business may even be disadvantaged by the IS/IT developments of others. Systems and technology investments do not support the business objectives and may even become a constraint to business development. . Lack of integration of systems and ineffective information management produces duplication of effort, inaccurate and inadequate information for managing the business. . Priorities are not based on business needs, resource levels are not optimal, project plans are consistently changed. Business performance is not improved, costs are high, solutions are of poor quality and IS/IT productivity is low. . Technology strategy is incoherent, incompatible options are selected and large sums of money are wasted attempting to

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Ronald Wardhaugh,Janet M. Fuller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118732405

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 6546

Fully updated to reflect the most recent scholarship in the field and revised to include many more pedagogical features, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition builds on its foundation as the most preeminent textbook in sociolinguistics, updated for today’s students. • Significantly revised discussions throughout each of the book’s four key parts reflect the state of the field today • Includes new chapters on Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, and Sociolinguistics and Education • Incorporates innovative new perspectives drawn from linguistic anthropology • Provides an accessible history of the development of sociolinguistic thought and how this fast-moving field is integral to our lives • Includes numerous opportunities for students to engage with ideas presented in the text through a new glossary, new Explorations and end-of-chapter exercises, links, and key concepts • New companion website includes links and resources for students

Writing as a Learning Tool

Integrating Theory and Practice

Author: Paivi Tynjala,Lucia Mason,K. Lonka

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401007403

Category: Education

Page: 219

View: 4385

This book is an outstanding account of the current state of using writing in service of learning. It presents psychological and educational foundations of writing across the curriculum movement and describes writing-to-learn practices implemented at different levels of education. It provides concrete applications and ideas about how to enhance student learning by means of writing. It is useful for educators, curriculum developers, psychologists, cognitive scientists, writing researchers, and teachers.


Author: David Lincoln

Publisher: BYLS Press

ISBN: 0934402299

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 9510


Passionate Principalship

Learning from the Life Histories of School Leaders

Author: Ciaran Sugrue

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113436606X

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 501

This book puts 'real life' back into the literature on school principalship. Through a life history approach, it portrays daily life in schools as a much more messy, contested and precarious existence, where principals struggle with passionate commitment to find continuity amongst frequently changing and often conflicting policy initiatives. The book draws on comprehensively in-depth interview data with new, experienced and veteran principals. Their life stories illustrate the struggles involved in the ongoing negotiation of identities through unprecedented change. The authors lucidly argue that: * The realities of principals' lives are much more demanding that rational linear approaches to reform suggest; * A revolving door approach to the appointment of principals is inadequate * Passion is central to the lives and work of principals, but this passion needs to be rejuvenated and rekindled through opportunities for learning * There is a need for further research on the relationship between the lifecycles of principals, the leadership legacies of school communities and the cycles of mandated reforms as a means of lending coherence to leadership learning and sustained and renewed leaders. This is essential reading for principals and their professional bodies, academics and researchers, school leaders on leadership courses internationally.

The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning

Author: Vivien Hodgson,Maarten de Laat,David McConnell,Thomas Ryberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3319019406

Category: Education

Page: 281

View: 4767

The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning Edited by: Vivien Hodgson, Maarten de Laat, David McConnell and Thomas Ryberg This book brings together a wealth of new research that opens up the meaning of connectivity as embodied and promised in the term ‘networked learning’. Chapters explore how contexts, groups and environments can be connected rather than just learners; how messy, unexpected and emergent connections can be made rather than structured and predefined ones; and how technology connects us to learning and each other, but also shapes our identity. These exciting new perspectives ask us to look again at what we are connecting and to revel in new and emergent possibilities arising from the interplay of social actors, contexts, technologies, and learning. Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of British Columbia Despite creating fundamentally new educational economics and greatly increasing access - teaching and learning in networks is a tricky business. These chapters illuminate the complex interactions amongst tools, pedagogy, educational institutions and personal net presences – helping us design and redesign our own networks. In the process, they take (or extract) network theory from the practice of real teaching and learning contexts, making this collection an important contribution to Networked Learning. Terry Anderson, Athabasca University What kinds of learning can social networking platforms really enable? Digging well beneath the hype, this book provides a timely, incisive analysis of why and how learning emerges (or fails to) in networked spaces. The editors do a fine job in guiding the reader through the rich array of theories and methods for tackling this question, and the diverse contexts in which networked learning is now being studied. This is a book for reflective practitioners as well as academics: the book's close attention to the political, pedagogical and organisational complexity of effective practice, and the lived experience of educators and learners, helps explain why networked learning has such disruptive potential — but equally, why it draws resistance from the establishment. Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University The networked learning conference, a biannual institution since 1998, celebrates its 14th year in this volume. Here a range of studies, reflecting networked learning experiments across Europe and other global contexts , show important shifts away from a conservative tradition of Œe-learning1 research and unpeel dilemmas of promoting learning as an elusive practice in virtual environments. The authors point towards important futures in online learning research, where notions of knowledge, connectivity and Œcommunity1 become increasingly elastic, and engagements slide across material and virtual domains in new practices whose emergence is increasingly difficult to apprehend. “p>Tara Fenwick – University of Stirling. The chapters in this volume explore new and innovative ways of thinking about the nature of networked learning and its pedagogical values and beliefs. They pose a challenge to us to reflect on what we thought networked learning was 15 year ago, where it is today and where it is likely to be headed. Each chapter brings a particular perspective to the themes of design, experience and practice of networked learning, the chosen focus of the book. The chapters in the book embrace a wide field of educational areas including those of higher education, informal learning, work-based learning, continuing professional development, academic staff development, and management learning. The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning will prove indispensable reading for researchers, teachers, consultants, and instructional designers in higher and continuing education; for those involved in staff and educational development, and for those studying post graduate qualifications in learning and teaching. This, the second volume in the Springer Book Series on Researching Networked Learning, is based on a selection of papers presented at the 2012 Networked Learning Conference held in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Gerontological Social Work in Small Towns and Rural Communities

Author: Lenard W Kaye,Sandra Butler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136403159

Category: Medical

Page: 392

View: 7879

Learn the skills you need to work with geriatric populations in rural areas! Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities provides a range of intervention and community skills aimed precisely at the needs of rural elders. This book fills a gap in the literature by focusing on the specific practice concerns for social workers assisting older adults in rural areas, including the aging experience, social worker skills, professional functions, working with special populations, and health and long-term care concerns. This valuable resource will benefit social workers, gerontologists, allied health professionals in rural areas, health and human services administrators and managers. Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities explores the challenges social workers need to overcome when working with the elder community in rural areas. This book’s significance to social workers will only increase as more adults choose to live and grow old away from the cities. Experts in the field suggest strategies to overcome barriers in planning and providing services such as: a longer distance for the elderly to travel to use social service centers a narrower range of available services in the local area increased poverty levels for the elderly a stronger dependency by elderly on family rather than public assistance This book is divided into five sections: Rurality and Aging—introduces the concept of rurality and examines the demographics of aging from a rural perspective Practice Dimensions of Social Work with Rural Elders—includes clinical practice models, intervention and advocacy techniques, program planning, and marketing approaches Special Populations—gives attention to four special population groups: indigenous elders, African-American older adults, elderly Latinos, and disabled elders Special Issues Pertaining to Rural Elders—covers five essential issues for rural gerontological social workers: health promotion, older workers and retirement preparation, aging in place, specialized housing, and ethical practice Training and Policy Recommendations—future training and education recommendations for social workers are explored, as well as service capacity building, the aging network, and the future of long-term care While a variety of theoretical perspectives are explored in Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities, the book’s empowerment orientation and strengths-based approach will enhance your abilities to improve quality of life for elderly individuals in rural communities. Each chapter contains a comprehensive review of the literature on the subject it addresses, and several chapters include tables and graphs to further establish their revealing empirical findings. An appendix provides additional sources to turn to for more information.