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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.

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Carolin Paul

Zur Exploration der Resilienz als Grundlage für mögliche Maßnahmen der Prävention- und Gesundheitsförderung bei Fernstudierenden in Assoziation mit studienbezogenen sowie intrapersonellen Aspekten der Mehrbelastung soll diese Publikation einen Beitrag leisten. Zur Generierung der Daten wurde ein retrospektives Querschnittsdesign, unter der Verwendung der Resilienzskala (RS-13), der Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), der Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) und einem Teil des Stress- und Coping-Inventars (SCI) als standarisierte Messverfahren gewählt.

Als zentrales Ergebnis der Untersuchung ist zu berichten, dass die Teilnahme an einem Fernstudium einen direkten Zusammenhang zwischen Stress und Resilienz intendiert. Auf dieser Basis, sowie weiterer bestätigter Hypothesen, erweitert diese Publikation den Forschungsstand hinsichtlich der Beschreibung des Gesundheitszustandes im Zusammenhang mit einem stressevozierten Belastungspotenzials durch ein Fernstudium.

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Apprenticeship in dual and non-dual systems

Between tradition and innovation


Edited by María José Chisvert-Tarazona, Mónica Moso Diez and Fernando Marhuenda-Fluixá

Vocational education, apprenticeship included, is subject to reviews and updates that the recent crises are demanding. The role of education and training systems in different welfare regimes is key in shaping what it involves becoming an adult, a worker and a citizen. Nevertheless, policy-makers often indicate dual systems as the most successful, efficient and intelligent way to provide vocational education. This volume contributes with research that discusses the appropriateness of dual systems in Germany and Switzerland and shows some of its current weaknesses. It also portrays effective and non-effective ways of introducing apprenticeships in non-dual systems in Sweden and Spain. The authors want to contribute to the debate on the internationalization of VET and particularly of dual systems, to clarify differences between apprenticeship and alternance (too often taken as synonymous). Particularly relevant is the seldom-cited case of France.

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The Art of Teaching with Humor

Crafting Laughter

Teri Evans-Palmer

"Why a book on humor for teachers?" After dodgy decades of teaching in high schools infamous for gang entanglements, students behaving badly and apathetic administrators, followed by time in a middle school art room dubbed the "snake pit," Teri Evans-Palmer cheerfully accepted an adjunct position at a nearby university and enrolled in a doctoral program. Her heart goes out to teachers of all ages who sit in her humor sessions sharing stories that would make your heart pound. Inevitably, a teacher would ask, "Where can I get your book?"

The pages of this book come from times with Dr. Evans-Palmer's students when something funny made learning happen. There were plenty of days when the author felt like running into the woods screaming, but the best days were filled with tinkling moments enrobed in rollicking laughter, days she would happily relive again. Humor has both saved and served her as a teaching resource, a way to live connected to students, and a soft place to land when the burden of teaching knocks her over with the weight of it.

The Art of Teaching with Humor is for teachers everywhere who share the need to laugh in order to thrive and survive. It is filled with amusing scenarios and specific humor tools any teacher can use to boost student creativity, attention, engagement, and performance. It is also a guide for teacher educators, administrators, and professional development staff to consider, as it explains how synthesizing joyful humor with instructional content and delivery safeguards teachers’ emotional wellbeing and classroom performance.

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Pierre Demers

For an Aboriginal, to learn a foreign or second dominant language such as English, French or Spanish, can constitute a threat to his or her identity.

The book presents a theoretical framework for different second and foreign language didactics paradigms used today in second or foreign language teaching and describes practical procedures and techniques that can be used with Aboriginal learners with respect to their own language, identity, cultural values and traditions.

The emphasis is put on the radical paradigm because it is this paradigm that best answers Aboriginal learners needs.

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Engendering #BlackGirlJoy

How to Cultivate Empowered Identities and Educational Persistence in Struggling Schools


Monique Lane

We are living in historic times and negotiating multiple national crises. The confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and unrelenting state-sanctioned murders of Black people has disproportionately impacted our women and girls at the intersections of employment, citizenship, housing, healthcare, and motherhood statuses. As many individuals rally for liberation on the frontlines, how might educational institutions intervene as sources of respite and reparation?

Historically, racialized sexism in U.S. schools has manifested uniquely for Black girl-identified adolescents (including cisgender, queer, and transgender youth). These learners face heightened exposure to malicious discourses and exclusionary disciplinary policies. Engendering #BlackGirlJoy identifies the teaching practices that equip young Black women to locate, analyze, heal from, and ultimately thrive through the suffering they face inside and outside of schools.

The book is rooted in the author’s experience as a South Los Angeles high school teacher working at her alma mater, trying to cultivate the life-affirming education that she desired as a child. Centering her students’ perspectives, Monique Lane outlines a Black feminist pedagogical framework that inspired bountiful #BlackGirlJoy in one embattled public school. This text is a heartfelt offering to educators committed to taking courageous and innovative action—in solidarity with Black girl learners—toward the betterment of their lives!

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Internationalisation at home

A collection of pedagogical approaches to develop students' intercultural competences


Edited by Cécilia Brassier-Rodrigues and Pascal Brassier

The internationalisation of higher education has accelerated in recent years. Internationalisation at most higher education institutions mainly takes the form of study abroad. This immersion in an intercultural environment is believed to foster the development of academic and non-academic skills, thus improving graduates’ employability. Regardless of the geographical area, higher education institutions (HEI) have therefor put student mobility at the heart of their academic projects. However, the context has changed: the Covid-19 health crisis has led to a freezing of international mobility. Alternative solutions to traditional mobility must be found.

With this book, we intend to contribute to reflections on how to develop intercultural sensitivity and intercultural competences among students through Internationalisation at Home. For this purpose, in the eight chapters of the book, we present some pedagogical methods that facilitate the creation of a context conducive to interculturality and the acquisition of plural skills by students at home. Some authors examine how these competences can be assessed. Finally, we propose a framework explaining how a combination of activities within an institution can foster the development of students' intercultural competences.

Regardless of the approaches chosen by the teachers observed, they answered similar questions. These questions set a framework for reflections on efficient approaches to supporting the development of students' intercultural skills in an Internationalisation at Home context.

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Navigating the Toggled Term

A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders

Matthew Rhoads

Online learning, blended learning, socially distanced classrooms, educational technology, safety protocols, instructional models, organizational logistics, and educator burnout are all realities presented by the toggled term. Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders sets the stage not only for the present but also well into the future to help K-12 classroom and school leaders navigate online learning, blended learning, integrating educational technology tools with effective research-based instructional strategies, and moving between various educational settings at the instructional and organizational level. This book provides experienced and novice classroom teachers and school leaders with best practice instructional and organizational frameworks integrated with mainstream educational technology tools to navigate the challenges of teaching students of all ages in an ever-changing world. Beyond the major instructional and organizational frameworks, this book touches on differentiating instruction for all learners, communicating to students and families within digital environments, and provides strategies for educator self-care. Last, this book includes teacher and school leader voice in the form of twelve narrative case studies of practicing educators that align with each chapter’s theme to show the strategies and frameworks in motion for readers.
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Le Bureau international d’éducation, matrice de l’internationalisme éducatif

Premier 20e siècle. Pour une charte des aspirations mondiales en matière éducative

Edited by Rita Hofstetter and Érhise*

Cet ouvrage retrace la sociogenèse de l’internationalisme éducatif durant le premier 20e siècle à partir de l’une de ses matrices, le Bureau international d’éducation (BIE). Créé à Genève par l’Institut Rousseau, en 1925, pour construire la paix par la science et l’éducation, ce Bureau se conçoit d’abord comme caisse de résonance des mouvements réformistes ; dès 1929, sous la direction de Jean Piaget, le BIE devient la première institution intergouvernementale en éducation puis lie ses destinées à celles de l’Unesco en 1952, dont il constitue un organe précurseur.

L’ouvrage s’attache à montrer comment le BIE tente de rallier tous les États de la planète, pour construire une charte des aspirations mondiales de l’instruction publique. Il témoigne des causes promues et négociées, non sans résistances : droit des populations juvéniles – même les plus vulnérables – à une pédagogie adaptée et à une large culture ; justice scolaire, corolaire de la justice sociale ; éducation à la paix et à l’esprit critique ; amélioration des conditions de travail et de formation des enseignants.

Tout en élargissant l’empan de ses partenaires et de son audience, le BIE bute sur de substantielles contradictions. Comment asseoir sa légitimité sans renforcer les rivalités avec les organisations investissant elles aussi l’enfance d’une puissance rédemptrice ? Comment appliquer à l’éducation les méthodes de la coopération internationale, alors que l’école demeure la chasse gardée des nations ? Comment courtiser simultanément des gouvernements qui incarnent la démocratie et des États-nations aux régimes autoritaires, sans déroger aux principes de neutralité et pacifisme ? Quel mode opératoire instituer pour préserver les Conférences du BIE des interférences politiques qui s’exacerbent en ces décennies de tous les excès ?

Grâce aux riches archives dépouillées, cet ouvrage permet, pour la première fois, d’accéder aux coulisses des négociations menées au sein du BIE et met en lumière les défis auxquels se confrontent, aujourd’hui encore, nombre d’organisations internationales.

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Reconnaissance et éducation identitaire

Compétences identitaires et gouvernance scolaire


Nicolas Cuneen

À partir d'une étude critique des théories contemporaines de la reconnaissance, cet ouvrage pose la question suivante : que peut faire l'école pour aider les élèves à devenir responsables du rapport qu’ils entretiennent avec eux-mêmes ?

La réponse vient en deux temps. Si l’élaboration du concept de compétences identitaires offre un abord inédit de la dimension pédagogique liée au développement d’un rapport positif durable à soi, le registre des compétences ne permet pas de décrire adéquatement la composante attentionnelle du travail identitaire. Ainsi, dans un deuxième mouvement, l’enquête se redirige vers l’étude des conditions institutionnelles à même de soutenir une forme d’attention collective propice au développement continu de tous.

La thèse défendue est qu’un « tournant identitaire » de l’éducation doit commencer par se soucier du bien-être des enseignants en réinvestissant dans leur statut professionnel, rétablissant tant leur autonomie attentionnelle que leur autorité légitime, afin de protéger leur propre désir d’apprendre.