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Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur

Vygotsky and the Promise of Public Education recontextualizes the scholarship of educator and psychologist Lev Vygotsky, highlighting its relevance to contemporary issues in public education. Emphasizing the historical, social, and cultural formation of conscious awareness, Vadeboncoeur advances Vygotsky’s project with current research in psychology, enabling the redefinition of central concepts such as learning, teaching, and developing. This attention to how we conceptualize learning and teaching is vital to the project of crafting schools to fulfill the promise of public education. Written for teacher candidates, educators, researchers, and policy-makers, this book both recognizes the complications of teaching and learning in public schools and contributes to the scholarship on the critical possibilities of schools as social institutions. The significance of public education for each and every child and teacher, and the future that is created in each student-teacher relationship, is re-centered as, perhaps, the most worthwhile project of our time.

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Manuel Jiménez Raya, Javier Martos Ramos and Maria Giovanna Tassinari

This volume seeks to foster the development of teacher and learner autonomy in language learning in higher education. It pools the insights and experiences of a group of international researchers who present their reflections and research on different aspects of autonomy and related issues. Although autonomy is acknowledged as one of the main goals of education, in higher education the need for accountability and standardisation of learning outcomes may constitute external limitations to its development. In order to overcome teaching traditions and mainstream academic culture, teachers may need to reorient themselves and face the challenge of a substantial change involving their own and their learners’ beliefs, their practice and their role in the institution.

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Outliving Your Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty


Antonina Lukenchuk

This guide focuses on the dissertation work as a step-by-step process and details the structure and the content of dissertation chapters. Unique to this edition is its conception of the dissertation in optimistic, realistic, and symbolic terms, which altogether provide theoretical basis and practical advice to students who are beginning their dissertation process. The guide features the personal accounts of doctoral students who have gone through the experience, which makes this edition stand out among other similar books on the market.
Dissertation is the work of a laborer, a craftsman, and an artist. Long hours of hard labor with our hands and head go into developing ideas, planning, and implementing research projects such as dissertations. But what ultimately drives our academic pursuits and, therefore makes them successful and enjoyable is inspiration that sets our hearts on fire and makes it impossible not to venture on the journey. The uncharted territories of the dissertation process—life events and happenings—make the path toward the highest academic degree attainment both exciting and challenging. Just like life itself with its unplanned and unpredictable twists and turns, the dissertation journey requires strength of character and an unwavering faith in one’s self and in the ultimate value of the pursuit of knowledge. So, why merely survive? Let’s enjoy the dissertation journey!
The guide is intended primarily for doctoral students pursuing dissertations in social sciences, as well as for faculty who teach doctoral-level research courses and seminars and supervise doctoral dissertations.   
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Konzeption eines Modells der beruflichen Handlungskompetenz für die betriebliche Weiterbildung

Eine Kompetenzerhebung von drei Berufsgruppen aus dem pädagogischen und ökonomischen Tätigkeitsbereich

Nadine von Blücher

Das Buch behandelt die Förderung der beruflichen Handlungskompetenz durch eine betriebliche Weiterbildung. Die Autorin betrachtet zunächst den Kompetenzerwerb theoretisch und analysiert hierbei den aktuellen Kompetenzdiskurs. Anschließend folgt eine empirische Studie, die eine quantitative Untersuchung der beruflichen Handlungskompetenz von drei Berufsgruppen umfasst. An die Studie anknüpfend entwickelt die Autorin ein Kompetenzmodell, das sich auf eine duale Kompetenzförderung ausrichtet.

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Institutionalisiertes Controlling als Risiko-Träger

Theoriegeleitete Verortung und Bewältigungsoptionen im Rahmen eines dialogischen Führungsverständnisses

Jens-R. Olesch

Im Rahmen der risikoorientierten Unternehmensführung hat das institutionalisierte Controlling zunehmend Bedeutung erhalten. Jedoch erfährt die Frage nach dem Controlling als Risiko-Träger kaum Beachtung. Diesen blinden Fleck der Literatur beziehungsweise betrieblichen Praxis greift dieses Buch auf, um das Controlling als Risiko-Träger im Führungsgeschehen zu identifizieren und Bewältigungsoptionen im Rahmen dialogischer Führung aufzuzeigen. Im Ergebnis macht der Autor nicht nur systemische Risiken des Controllings im Führungskontext sichtbar. Vielmehr erlaubt der Bezug auf dialogische Führung eine Perspektiverweiterung auf ein «föderalistisches», auf Teilhabe getragenes und vertrauendes Führungsverständnis und ermöglicht den am Führungsgeschehen beteiligten Akteuren eine kritisch-konstruktiv reflexive Auseinandersetzung mit sich und ihrem Verständnis von betrieblicher Führung.

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Journeys of Social Justice

Women of Color Presidents in the Academy


Menah Pratt-Clarke and Johanna Maes

This edited volume documents the unique experiences of women of color in higher education administration. From full professors, senior administrators, deans, presidents, and chancellors, women of color share their social justice journeys to leadership roles in the academy.  With a focus on women of color presidents, a rich landscape is painted through their own voices of their experiences as they ascend and lead higher education institutions, navigating complex dynamics influenced by their race, culture, class, and gender status.  The narratives of African American, Native American, Asian American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican women leaders reflect the importance of their cultural heritage; the role of family values; the necessity of professional mentorship and support; the presence of personal resiliency; and the need to lift others while climbing and thriving.  This book affirms the social justice imperative of diversifying the academy to include the scholarship, voices, perspectives, viewpoints, and leadership of women of color.  Through this work, we clearly see that women of color can climb to the highest rung; can penetrate the abode ceiling, the bamboo ceiling, and the plantation roofs; can sit in the president’s chair; and can thrive as leaders in the academy. This volume can be used in higher education, gender and women’s studies,  leadership, and sociology courses on education and identity.
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Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education

Perspectives on Professional Practice

Jennifer Valcke and Robert Wilkinson

This book offers a collection of original papers showing how Higher education institutions have coped with changing the language of instruction. It points out that Higher education institutions have undergone radical change in the past decades; of which the shift to English-medium instruction, as well as bi- or plurilingual programmes, is one notable example. The papers comprise new research on teaching and learning through an additional language, and its impact on professional development for university teachers, programme and course development, as well as quality assurance. The articles span different international contexts, and provide education developers, university teachers, educational administrators, language experts, and others, with global perspectives on the professional practices of university teachers.

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White Out

Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age

Christopher S. Collins and Alexander Jun

Colleges across the country, and the nation as a whole continue to be divided along racial lines. White Out: Understanding White Privilege and Dominance in the Modern Age is about the role of Whiteness and a defense of White dominance in an increasingly diverse society. Whiteness is socially constructed, just as race is undoubtedly a social construct, documented through various periods in history. This book proposes that White Out is a learned habit that serves to defend White dominance in a multicultural age. White Out is a strategy that covers systems, dispositions, and actions that cannot cover the full indentation or impact. However, the action of blotting, either intentional or unintentional, serves to obscure experiences of people of color in lieu of a competing definition of reality. The authors introduce the White Architecture of the Mind as a metaphor highlighting the mind as a collection of walls, doors, windows, and pathways that influence individuals to react based on a systemic logic that was socially constructed reason. White Out, a byproduct of a White architecture of the mind, is a set of individual actions, choices, behaviors, and attitudes that are guided by a system that predisposes these attitudes and perpetuates privilege for core members of a dominant majority. The often-unconscious purpose in denying privilege and articulating colorblind ideology is to support a larger system and view of reality. The concepts covered in this volume include: White Pain, Whitefluenza (privilege as a virus), White 22 (White if you do, White if you don’t), Whitrogressions, Angry White Men, White Pilgrims, and Good White Friends.

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Coaching – eine Frage der Theorie?

Die Bedeutung der Coachingansätze für die Coachingpraxis


Stefanie Godemann

Die Autorin evaluiert eine Coachingtheorie, die den Ansprüchen von Praxis und Wissenschaft Rechnung trägt. Eine solche muss aus systematischen Entscheidungsmöglichkeiten bestehen, die das praktische Kommunikationsverhalten von Coaches faktisch leiten. Diese sind zwar durch wissenschaftliche Theorie beeinflusst, nicht aber durch sie in dem Sinne geprägt, dass sich in ihnen relativ ungebrochen bestimmte wissenschaftliche Theorien spiegeln. Das führt zu der Annahme, dass die Entscheidungsmöglichkeiten so individuell sind wie die Coaches selbst. Um diese These zu überprüfen, analysierte die Autorin eine Coachingsitzung mit einer Methode, die an die Prinzipien der Objektiven Hermeneutik anschließt und das von Geißler für die Analyse von Coachingprozessen entwickelte Kategoriensystem nutzt.

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Keratso Georgiadou

This book explores the Muslim minority women’s perceptions of how computer education can lead them to social participation. Moreover, it discusses the contribution of (administrative) members of the community to this effort. The analysis of quantitative findings shows that Muslim women in Greek Thrace exhibit a more western-oriented behavioural intention to use computers. By evaluating multiple interviews, the author presents how women use the potential of computer education for social participation and empowerment. In doing so, she emphasises the role of information and communications technology as a window to the outside world.