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Valdonė Indrašienė, Violeta Jegelevičienė, Odeta Merfeldaitė, Daiva Penkauskienė, Jolanta Pivorienė, Asta Railienė, Justinas Sadauskas and Natalija Valavičienė

This book presents the comprehensive investigation of critical thinking in higher education from the perspectives of the study and labor market. It looks for an answer to the vibrant question of what and to whom critical thinking is.  The study brings together findings from systematic literature review, analysis of descriptions of higher education study programs and study subjects, phenomenographical research and survey and supplements the existing perceptions of critical thinking with novel data-driven insights. The book reveals how critical thinking manifests itself in the contexts of higher education and the labor market and advocates for the significance of the critical thinking at personal, interpersonal, and social levels.
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Exploring perezhivanie

A new tool for teacher development in the digital transformation in education

Lada Smirnova

This book uses the notion of perezhivanie, a psychological response to an issue that an individual cannot solve using their habitual actions, to describe why and how teachers make decisions and act the way they do, and develop professionally in the push to digital transformation, which is shaping teaching and learning. Unlike earlier work in teacher development, where cognition predominantly served the thinking and decision making processes, here the focus is on the emotion, cognition, and context, united in the notion of perezhivanie. To demonstrate the work of perezhivanie as a unit, the author applies a conceptual framework to the data from qualitative interviews with ten university language teachers about their experience of using technology in their teaching. While teachers responded to issues of technology integration in various ways, a broad pattern emerged, when teachers could not do what they had planned for the lesson due to struggles with technology. Additionally, since perezhivanie exists in several forms, here the author defi nes them as perezhivanie-experiencing, perezhivanie apprehension, and perezhivanie-reflection. The author exemplifies how these forms can provide a theoretically powerful frame for understanding and researching teacher development and, more broadly, human consciousness.

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Edited by Jenice L. View and Andrea Guiden Pittman

This volume provides pre-service teachers, in- service teachers, social studies methods teachers, and college level social studies content faculty a variety of resources for teaching and learning about the New Deal Era. Written with teachers in mind, each chapter introduces content that both addresses and disrupts master narratives concerning the historical significance of the New Deal era, while offering a creative pedagogical approach to reconciling instructional challenges. The book offers teachers a variety of ways to engage middle and high school students in economic and political arguments about American capitalism and the role of the federal government in defining and sustaining capitalism, as sparked by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. Among the significant actors in the chapters are women, Indigenous/Native, African-descended, Latinx, Asian Pacific Island and LGBTQ+ people. The New Deal generation included farmers, sharecroppers, industrial workers, and homemakers who were more willing than ever to question the capitalists and politicians in official leadership, and also willing to demand an economy and government that served the working and middle classes, as well as the wealthy. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal offered such a promise. For some, he was considered a class traitor who went too far. To others, he was considered a coward who did not go far enough. The legacies of the New Deal inform much of the public debate of the early 21st century and are, therefore, relevant for classroom examination.
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Pädagogisch handeln in der Sterbephase des Menschen


Franziska Eckensberger

Die Untersuchung über Aufgaben pädagogischer Fachkräfte in Hospizen sowie die Interaktion zwischen Pädagogen und Sterbenden, leistet einen wichtigen Beitrag, um die Bedeutung pädagogischen Handelns auch am Lebensende
zu veranschaulichen. Auf Basis mehrerer Interviews wird gezeigt, dass die Pädagogen wertvolle Arbeit leisten können, insbesondere dann, wenn sie den Menschen bei der fürsorglichen, gestalterischen und geselligen Begleitung
im Sterbeprozess immer auch als selbstbestimmtes, lernfähiges und freies Individuum anerkennen.

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Supporting Education with Afterschool Learning Environments

Out-of-School Learning at After School Hours-Turkey Case

Esin Acar

The book examines the approaches in Turkey and in international contexts and also offers cultural insights through analysis of the extensive fieldwork research. The author analyses how after-school education should be carried out from the viewpoints of parents, school managers, teachers and students as well on the basis of the research. Additionally, the book features some contributions mentioning the practical reflections of some practitioners and supervisors about after-school education in Chicago.

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Working with and against Shared Curricula

Perspectives from College Writing Teachers and Administrators


Edited by Connie Kendall Theado and Samantha NeCamp

Working with and against Shared Curricula: Perspectives from College Writing Teachers and Administrators explores the complexities surrounding the expanding use of shared curricula—syllabi and assignments intended to work universally, for all teachers and all students within a given writing program. Chapters in this collection offer the experiential accounts and research-based arguments needed to prepare teachers and administrators to respond to calls to scale up writing programs for delivery by contingent instructors, in online courses, or at distant sites. Speaking from a variety of perspectives and institutional locations, these authors grapple with questions increasingly common in writing programs: In what ways do shared curricula forward noble goals, such as reducing workload for teachers or ensuring an equitable educational experience for all?; In what ways do shared curricula undermine teacher efficacy and student learning?; When syllabi and assignments are exported from one location to another, what contexts are gained, lost, or changed in the process? In the end, what emerges from this collection is not a clear or simplified argument either for or against shared curricula and pre-designed courses. Instead, readers gain a nuanced picture of both the affordances and limitations of these instructional models for writing programs, and their potential impacts for teachers and students. By exploring the lived experiences, material conditions, political economies, and ideological conflicts of shared curricula environments for multiple stakeholders, this collection serves as a thoughtful interrogation of scalability in writing instruction.

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Edited by Crystal E. Garcia and Antonio Duran

From their founding, Greek letter organizations have maintained legacies of exclusion that have particularly targeted minoritized people including Black, Indigenous, People of Color as well as queer and transgender individuals. In response to larger societal oppression and, more specifically, historical discriminatory practices within historically white sororities and fraternities, culturally-based sororities and fraternities emerged to serve and lift up minoritized communities. Culturally-based sororities and fraternities (CBSFs) include Asian American, Black, Latinx/a/o, LGBTQ, Multicultural, and Historically Native American sororities and fraternities. Unfortunately, conversations on sorority and fraternity life (SFL) have prioritized historically white organizations, perpetuating the same legacies of oppression that led to the formation of culturally-based groups to begin with. This book is a form of resistance to these power dynamics and brings to light the histories, legacies, and strengths of CBSFs as well as ways to re-envision equitable support for these organizations. This book will be instrumental to SFL practitioners, (inter)national sorority and fraternity leadership, and for all SFL members in their efforts to increase their awareness of CBSFs. Additionally, campuses are increasingly embracing opportunities to understand minoritized students’ experiences on campus and to center equitable practice. This book could be used during professional development workshops for deans, faculty, and student affairs professionals to consider how well they are supporting minoritized students and, more specifically, those who are in culturally-based sororities and fraternities. This text can also serve as an important resource for college courses focused on college students, student affairs, and social justice in higher education.
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Differenzierungspraktiken in der Erwachsenenbildung

Eine Situationsanalyse zu Diversity im Programmplanungshandeln


Clara Kuhlen

Programmplanende agieren in einem komplexen Gefüge, das bei der Zielgruppenorientierung und Angebotsentwicklung durch Selbst- und Fremdzuschreibungen von Differenzen geprägt ist. Durch die Untersuchung von Diversity im Programmplanungshandeln verdeutlicht die Studie die dahinterliegenden Differenzierungspraktiken in der Erwachsenenbildung. In einer Situationsanalyse rekonstruiert die Autorin Begründungsmuster für die Zuschreibung von Differenzkategorien und daraus resultierende Antizipationen zielgruppenspezifischer Bedarfe zur Partizipation im Bildungs- und Arbeitsmarkt. Die intendierte Förderung von gesellschaftlicher Teilhabe als Ziel von Programmplanungshandeln und die Forderung zur eigenverantwortlichen Partizipation der Teilnehmenden werden im Diskurs um Gouvernementalität verortet.

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Education for Liberation, Education for Dignity

The Story of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women

Wesley A. Stroud

This work focuses on creating a narrative concerning the development of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women in Gulu, Uganda, which was started by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and is an adult primary education program for women. This study utilized a narrative inquiry design to describe the experiences and significant relationships of individuals who contributed to the development of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women. The story offers insight into the challenges and successes of developing educational opportunities for women in the post-conflict setting of northern Uganda. The narrative contributes to the knowledge base concerning leadership strategies in education positioned within a multi-cultural collaborative effort. Sister Rosemary’s motivations, purpose, and vision provide an inspirational example of how pioneering educational opportunities for others can be accomplished.
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The Expanding Universe of Writing Studies

Higher Education Writing Research


Cynthia Monroe, Tiane Donahue and Kelly Blewett

This edited collection arrives at a crucial moment in the evolution of Writing Studies research. It brings together well-known and emerging scholars in the field of Writing Studies, broadly defined, to explore the range of research methods and methodologies, the types of research questions asked, and the types of data in play in research about higher education writing in the 21st century. Its contribution is unique in the current landscape—a collection of carefully detailed descriptions of the research methods that constitute the field today, after fifty years of development—as marked by the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar. The chapters focus on writing and writers in higher education, foregrounding research questions, methods, and data, while defining the areas of research that constitute this interdisciplinary field and offering examples of studies that employ the methods in these areas. Initial chapters address broad questions: the state of the field today, with a special focus on the field’s methods and their (inter)disciplinary history. Contributions then cover domains such as sociological ethnography, cultural-historical activity theory, linguistics, decolonial translation, cognitive science, corpus linguistics in the study of writing in university first year and upper-level contexts, recurring features in writing across academic contexts, work from psychologists studying college writers’ neuroplasticity, and many other domains of writing research. The final chapter argues for the value of lifespan writing research as an emerging domain, while the conclusion presents a synthesis of the major themes of the collection from leading scholars in the field.