Smart Thinking

How to Think Conceptually, Design Solutions and Make Decisions

Author: Bryan Greetham

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137502096

Category: Self-Help

Page: 328

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We all have the ability to think conceptually and creatively, but for many of us this potential lies untapped. Smart Thinking will teach you how to generate your own original ideas, create new concepts, assess risk, solve problems and make balanced decisions. Above all, this book will show you how to truly think for yourself.
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Thinking Skills for Professionals

Author: B. Greetham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230281559

Category: Philosophy

Page: 290

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This book gives professionals and business people the essential tools to become better thinkers and decision-makers. It sets out simple methods and techniques to avoid poor decision making by developing our conceptual, creative and critical thinking skills, along with ways of incorporating them within our daily lives.
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Smart Thinking

Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

Author: Art Markman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399537759

Category: Psychology

Page: 259

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One of the world's foremost cognitive scientists explains the difference between thinking smart and natural intelligence and describes how to improve one's ability to learn more effectively and use knowledge to get things done.
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How to Write Better Essays

Author: Bryan Greetham

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137293357

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 337

Have you ever wondered why some people can produce a well-structured, relevant essay written in a style that seems to glide across the page with the minimum of fuss? Do you think some people simply have these skills, and others don't, and that there is nothing we can do about it? This book just might change your mind. Addressing each landmark stage of the essay writing process, How to Write Better Essays teaches you how to... • analyse the question and break down difficult terms and concepts • brainstorm effectively and generate your own ideas • evaluate and criticise arguments • express your thoughts coherently and develop your own style of writing • plan and structure your essay from introduction to conclusion ... and along the way, practical techniques show how to analyse, criticise, discuss and evaluate material, improve your style, revise your final draft and avoid plagiarism. The third edition of this bestselling book includes new chapters on critical thinking, tackling reflective writing assignments, and how to create and analyse concepts. It also features a new companion website providing annotated essays to illustrate the successful outcome of the methods you learn in the book, exercises to develop critical thinking skills, and additional examples of how to analyse concepts. For every student who needs to write essays, from whatever discipline, this book is a constant source of the help and inspiration you need to tackle your essays with confidence.
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Get Sorted

How to Make the Most of Your Student Experience

Author: Jeff Gill,Will Medd

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137405945

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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This book is about you. It's about how you can shape your student experience based on what matters to you. It helps you to 'get sorted', take control and make the most of your time at MA26 or university. This unique and practical self-coaching guide bridges the gap between student life, MA26 performance and employability skills. It actively encourages students to discover ways to shape their outlooks and experiences. - There are a host of useful illustrations, diagrams, checklists, exercises and real student stories to help you get the most from the book. - It's easy to find your way around the chapters so you can pick the bits that are most relevant for you. Regardless of your subject, level of study or reasons for doing a degree, Get Sorted will prove invaluable in helping you to navigate the challenges of your student journey, and beyond.
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How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation

Author: Bryan Greetham

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137389788

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 408

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Using examples from all disciplines, this essential guide teaches students how to plan and research using qualitative and quantitative techniques and instruments, and how to construct arguments using evidence and language consistently. New features include 3 new chapters, helpful checklists, timelines and a feature looking at employability skills.
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Cracked it!

How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants

Author: Bernard Garrette,Corey Phelps,Olivier Sibony

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319893750

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

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Solving complex problems and selling their solutions is critical for personal and organizational success. For most of us, however, it doesn’t come naturally and we haven’t been taught how to do it well. Research shows a host of pitfalls trips us up when we try: We’re quick to believe we understand a situation and jump to a flawed solution. We seek to confirm our hypotheses and ignore conflicting evidence. We view challenges incompletely through the frameworks we know instead of with a fresh pair of eyes. And when we communicate our recommendations, we forget our reasoning isn’t obvious to our audience. How can we do it better? In Cracked It!, seasoned strategy professors and consultants Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps and Olivier Sibony present a rigorous and practical four-step approach to overcome these pitfalls. Building on tried-and-tested (but rarely revealed) methods of top strategy consultants, research in cognitive psychology, and the latest advances in design thinking, they provide a step-by-step process and toolkit that will help readers tackle any challenging business problem. Using compelling stories and detailed case examples, the authors guide readers through each step in the process: from how to state, structure and then solve problems to how to sell the solutions. Written in an engaging style by a trio of experts with decades of experience researching, teaching and consulting on complex business problems, this book will be an indispensable manual for anyone interested in creating value by helping their organizations crack the problems that matter most.
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The Study Skills Handbook

Author: Stella Cottrell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137289260

Category: Education

Page: 432

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THE ORIGINAL AND BEST – BY THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR If you are serious about succeeding with your studies, The Study Skills Handbook is for you! Stella Cottrell has helped hundreds of thousands of students to make learning easier, faster and more enjoyable. Recognising that we all have our own unique formula for success, her tried and trusted approach allows you to find the key to unlock your potential and develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan for the future you want. This fully revised fourth edition features: • Chapters on all the core study skills – including research, critical thinking, MA26 writing, revision, team work and more • E-learning coverage throughout • Illustrations and a strong visual design – acting as memory joggers, reinforcing learning and making the book more accessible, fun and engaging • Lots of new material including brand new chapters on student success and time management No matter whether you have just left school or MA26, whether you are a mature, part-time or international student, The Study Skills Handbook is your passport to success.
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World Report on Ageing and Health

Author: World Health Organization

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9241565047

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 246

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The WHO World report on ageing and health is not for the book shelf it is a living breathing testament to all older people who have fought for their voice to be heard at all levels of government across disciplines and sectors. - Mr Bjarne Hastrup President International Federation on Ageing and CEO DaneAge This report outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. This will require a transformation of health systems away from disease based curative models and towards the provision of older-person-centred and integrated care. It will require the development sometimes from nothing of comprehensive systems of long term care. It will require a coordinated response from many other sectors and multiple levels of government. And it will need to draw on better ways of measuring and monitoring the health and functioning of older populations. These actions are likely to be a sound investment in society's future. A future that gives older people the freedom to live lives that previous generations might never have imagined. The World report on ageing and health responds to these challenges by recommending equally profound changes in the way health policies for ageing populations are formulated and services are provided. As the foundation for its recommendations the report looks at what the latest evidence has to say about the ageing process noting that many common perceptions and assumptions about older people are based on outdated stereotypes. The report's recommendations are anchored in the evidence comprehensive and forward-looking yet eminently practical. Throughout examples of experiences from different countries are used to illustrate how specific problems can be addressed through innovation solutions. Topics explored range from strategies to deliver comprehensive and person-centred services to older populations to policies that enable older people to live in comfort and safety to ways to correct the problems and injustices inherent in current systems for long-term care.
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The Good Study Guide

Author: Andrew Northedge

Publisher: The Open University

ISBN: 0749259744

Category: Distance education

Page: 383

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Developing your learning skills is one of the best investments you can make. We all need to be lifelong learners now. Whether you are an experienced student or just starting out this book will stimulate, guide and support you. It will make you think about yourself and how your mind learns. And it will change forever the way that you study.Topics include:- motivating yourself and managing your time- taking full advantage of your computer- reading with concentration and understanding- developing flexible note-taking strategies- getting the most from seminars and workshops- making presentations- researching online- handling numbers and charts with confidence- writing clear, well argued assignments- doing yourself justice in exams.For more information, go to www.goodstudyguide.co.uk
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Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Author: Mizuko Ito,Kris Gutiérrez,Sonia Livingstone,Bill Penuel,Jean Rhodes,Katie Salen,Juliet Schor,Julian Sefton-Green,S. Craig Watkins

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0988725509

Category: Education

Page: 92

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This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition. This report investigates how we can use new media to foster the growth and sustenance of environments that support connected learning in a broad-based and equitable way. This report also offers a design and reform agenda, grounded in a rich understanding of child development and learning, to promote and test connected learning theories. The research is conducted as part of the Connected Learning Research Network, supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative. The research network is an interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, designers, and practitioners to advance an evidence-driven approach to learning, the design of learning environments, and educational reform that addresses contemporary problems of educational equity.
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Intangible Capital

Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st-century Organization

Author: Mary Adams Oleksak,Michael M. Oleksak

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780313380747

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 171

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A practical guide to leveraging hidden knowledge intangibles to fuel growth and innovation and add value to your business.
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Plugged in

How Media Attract and Affect Youth

Author: Patti M. Valkenburg,Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300218877

Category: Psychology

Page: 344

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An illuminating study of the complex relationship between children and media in the digital age Now, as never before, young people are surrounded by media--thanks to the sophistication and portability of the technology that puts it literally in the palms of their hands. Drawing on data and empirical research that cross many fields and continents, authors Valkenburg and Piotrowski examine the role of media in the lives of children from birth through adolescence, addressing the complex issues of how media affect the young and what adults can do to encourage responsible use in an age of selfies, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This important study looks at both the sunny and the dark side of media use by today's youth, including why and how their preferences change throughout childhood, whether digital gaming is harmful or helpful, the effects of placing tablets and smartphones in the hands of toddlers, the susceptibility of young people to online advertising, the legitimacy of parental concerns about media multitasking, and more.
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The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition

Author: Don Norman

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465072992

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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The ultimate guide to human-centered design Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.
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Interpreting Hashtag Politics

Policy Ideas in an Era of Social Media

Author: S. Jeffares

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137357746

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

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Why do policy actors create branded policy ideas like Big Society and does launching them on Twitter extend or curtail their life? This book reveals how policy analysis can adapt in an increasingly mediatised to offer interpretive insights into the life and death of policy ideas in an era of hashtag politics.
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Global Value Chains in a Changing World

Author: Deborah Kay Elms,Patrick Low

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789287038821

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 409

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A collection of papers by some of the world's leading specialists on global value chains (GVCs). It examines how GVCs have evolved and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. The approach is multi-disciplinary, with contributions from economists, political scientists, supply chain management specialists, practitioners and policy-makers. Co-published with the Fung Global Institute and the Temasek
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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

Author: Cathy N. Davidson,David Theo Goldberg

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262258137

Category: Education

Page: 88

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In this report, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. The Internet brings about a way of learning that is not new or revolutionary but is now the norm for today's graduating high school and college classes. It is for this reason that Davidson and Goldberg call on us to examine potential new models of digital learning and rethink our virtually enabled and enhanced learning institutions.This report is available in a free digital edition on the MIT Press website at http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262513593.John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning
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Skills for Success

Personal Development and Employability

Author: Stella Cottrell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137426535

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 400

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Each chapter encourages students to think reflectively about personal, academic and career goals and to plan a path to success. Rich in activities that develop valuable career skills, this revised and updated third edition has two new chapters on 'Taking charge of your life, learning and career' and 'What do employers really want?'.
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A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Enhancing academic practice

Author: Heather Fry,Steve Ketteridge,Stephanie Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317650220

Category: Education

Page: 452

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This entirely new edition of a very successful book focuses on developing professional academic skills for supporting and supervising student learning and effective teaching. It is built on the premise that the roles of those who teach in higher education are complex and multi-faceted. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is sensitive to the competing demands of teaching, research, scholarship, and academic management. The new edition reflects and responds to the rapidly changing context of higher education and to current understanding of how to best support student learning. Drawing together a large number of expert authors, it continues to feature extensive use of case studies that show how successful teachers have implemented these ideas. It includes key topics such as student engagement and motivation, internationalisation, employability, inclusive strategies for teaching, effective use of technology and issues relating to postgraduate students and student retention. Part 1 explores a number of aspects of the context of UK higher education that affect the education of students, looking at the drivers of institutional behaviours and how to achieve success as a university teacher. Part 2 examines learning, teaching and supervising in higher education and includes chapters on working with diversity, encouraging independent learning and learning gain. Part 3 considers approaches to teaching and learning in different disciplines, covering a full range including arts and humanities, social sciences, experimental sciences through to medicine and dentistry. Written to support the excellence in teaching and learning design required to bring about student learning of the highest quality, this will be essential reading for all new lecturers, particularly anyone taking an accredited course in teaching and learning in higher education, as well as those experienced lecturers who wish to improve their teaching practice. Those working in adult learning and educational development will also find the book to be a particularly useful resource. In addition it will appeal to staff who support learning and teaching in various other roles.
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The Student Phrase Book

Vocabulary for Writing at University

Author: Jeanne Godfrey

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137299797

Category: Education

Page: 232

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To write successfully at university you need to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively; imprecise or incorrect word use will lessen both the clarity and the credibility of your work. This book gives you an accessible 'way in' to words and phrases used in academic writing. It will help you to express your ideas, arguments and evaluations clearly and precisely, and to produce successful written work. The Student Phrase Book: • Presents over 1,000 mid- to advanced-level words and phrases common to writing across disciplines • Presents these words and phrases within the context of common writing functions and sentences so that you can see why and how they are used • Gives definitions and other important information for many of the words presented, concentrating on the words that most often cause problems • Explains the differences in meaning and use between commonly confused words • Shows you what other words surround the key word, so that you can use it with confidence • Is for anyone who is not totally familiar with writing at university, whatever their discipline or level of study
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