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Boondock Kollage

Stories from the Hip Hop South

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Regina Bradley

Boondock Kollage: New Stories from the Contemporary Black South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post–Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.

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Biographische Identitätsarbeit beim Übergang vom Beruf in die Hochschule

Eine explorative Studie zur Bestimmung von Motiven, Realisationen und Identitätskonstruktionen von Studierenden mit beruflicher Qualifikation

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Anne Vanessa Schreiber

Die Autorin diskutiert die Begriffe Sozialisation, Biographie und Identität und entwickelt ein Modell mit Bezug zu den Fachdisziplinen Berufspädagogik, Pädagogik, Soziologie, Psychologie. Sie untersucht dieses Modell in einer qualitativen Studie mit beruflich qualifizierten Studierenden in der Forschungspraxis, um unterschiedliche Konzepte biographischer Identitätsarbeit sowie Motivkonstellationen und Realisationen in Bezug auf das Studium beruflich Qualifizierter zu ermitteln. Das Buch behandelt die Darstellung biographischer Identitätsarbeit von Studierenden mit beruflicher Qualifikation aus subjektiver und bildungspolitischer Perspektive vor dem Hintergrund, ein Beschreibungs- beziehungsweise Erklärungswissen über diese Studierendengruppe zu erlangen.

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Sustainable and Solidary Education

Reflections and Practices

Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu

This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.

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Cristina Allemann-Ghionda, Gülbeyaz Kula and Laurent Mignon

Der Sammelband erörtert aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln die Bedeutung von Diversität in exemplarisch ausgewählten Hochschulen und Bildungssystemen in Europa sowie in der Lehrer_innenbildung in Deutschland. Damit verbunden ist die Frage, was getan werden kann, um den Herausforderungen der Diversität und der Internationalisierung konstruktiv zu begegnen. Weitere Theoriebildung und konkrete Vorschläge zeigen Wege auf, um die Bildungsbeteiligung aller Menschen, unabhängig von ihrer sozio-ökonomischen, religiösen, ethnischen, kulturellen Herkunft und Zugehörigkeit, ihres Geschlechtes, ihrer sexuellen Orientierung, ihres Alters, ihrer kognitiven und motorischen Fähigkeiten sowie ihrer Sprachen, zu begünstigen und zu erhöhen.

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Manuel Jiménez Raya, José 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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Researching New Literacies

Design, Theory, and Data in Sociocultural Investigation

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Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear

This book provides an expansive guide for designing and conducting robust qualitative research across a diverse range of purposes concerned with understanding new literacies in theory and in practice. It is based on the idea that one of the best ways of learning how to do good research is by closely following the approaches taken by excellent researchers. This volume brings together a group of internationally reputed qualitative researchers who have investigated new literacies from a sociocultural perspective. These contributors offer "under the hood" accounts of how they have adapted existing research approaches and, where appropriate, developed new ones to frame their research theoretically and conceptually, collected and analyzed their data, and discussed their analytic results in order to achieve their research purposes. Each chapter, based on a substantial and successful study undertaken by the researchers, addresses the research process from one or more of the following emphases: theory and design, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation. Core elements discussed in each chapter include research purposes and questions; theoretical and conceptual framing; data collection and analysis; research findings and implications; and limitations, glitches, and difficulties experienced in the research process.

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Ruth Whittle and Sandra Salin

This book informs and encourages aspiring lecturers and teaching staff in Modern Languages who prepare students for using their language skills in and out of the classroom. Drawing on pedagogical, psychological and language-specific concepts of learning, the book illustrates how such concepts can enhance students’ experience of transitioning from school to university to residence abroad, and beyond.

A key feature of the study is an investigation of students’ fragility as they transition from school to university and, only two years later, from their home institution to their placements abroad. Interventions intended to «teach» transition are shown to be unsuccessful, as the learning through such interventions tends to remain superficial. First-year students are shown to benefit from trust-building between students and teachers and early networking among their peers to build self-confidence. In contrast, prior to studying abroad students benefit more from intercultural awareness training, including linguistic, cultural, social, academic and/or emotional aspects.

The book serves as a useful basis for discussion in Modern Languages departments about curriculum change and university policy with regard to resourcing the Humanities.

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Outliving Your Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty

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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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Devenir chef d’établissement

Le désir de leadership à l’épreuve de la réalité

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Laetitia Progin

Devenir directeur, c’est apprendre à exercer une fonction hiérarchique à laquelle, en tant qu’enseignant, on n’est pas initialement préparé, en assumant une autorité que l’on est désormais censé incarner. Afin d’analyser cette phase particulière durant laquelle les directeurs apprennent à se positionner et à exercer du leadership, l’auteure identifie les contradictions et les tiraillements auxquels les cadres scolaires sont soumis, et qui génèrent des épreuves spécifiques à ce métier et à ses débuts.

Cet ouvrage offre des pistes quant aux ressources mobilisées par les cadres scolaires afin de surmonter les épreuves qu’ils rencontrent. Il interpelle également l’ensemble des acteurs du monde de l’éducation et de la formation en proposant, pour la première fois en Suisse romande, des données probantes sur les spécificités de l’entrée dans le métier de cadre scolaire. Enfin, il questionne les dispositifs actuels de formation des cadres scolaires en proposant des perspectives pour penser une formation adaptée aux besoins des formés.

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Patricia A. Mitchell

African American Males in Higher Education Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities presents narratives from thirteen African American males working in higher education leadership. Their narratives describe the barriers and roadblocks that continue to impede them while climbing the ivory tower ladder to leadership. This book highlights a number of topics relevant to the experiences of Black males on what it means to hold a leadership position at a historically black college and at a predominately white institution. This is an opportunity to hear the voices of African American males and to look at leadership through their lens. What have been some of the challenges and opportunities they have faced during their journey in higher education? What specific strategies helped them cope with barriers impeding their climb to a leadership position in higher education? What specific programs make a difference for emerging Black male leaders? Did they have a mentor or did they feel isolated during their journey? How are they feeling now? What tips can be passed down to our next generation of Black leaders? These narratives provide inspiration for all African American men aspiring to advance their careers in higher education. Hopefully, African American males will find these narratives useful as they prepare to enter the landscape of higher education leadership and avoid some of the pitfalls discussed in the book.