This book is dedicated to E., C. and M.
I would like to thank my family and especially my wife for their patience and support during the past years. My daughters, through their eagerness to grow and learn and thrive, have engendered my intention to write a book that preserves such curiosity and longing for improvement in advanced and adult learners.
I would like to extend my thanks to the library staff of the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria, who have been very helpful with library orders and the provision of literature.
I am also grateful for the partial funding of this publication by the Province of Styria, Department of Science and Research, and in particular for the kind assistance of Martina Rupprecht. Furthermore, I would like to thank my colleagues at the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, who have been a source of motivation in the past years, for their efforts to advance science, research and education for the benefit of our graduates.
Special thanks go to Alexandra Marciniak, Richard Breitenbach, Annette Reese, Anne-Kathrin Grimmeißen and the production team at Peter Lang, who have kindly contributed to the publication of this book with their professional assistance. Last but not least, I am grateful for students’ active participation in my courses and their written agreement to the inclusion of extracts from their work in this publication.
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