21 mars 2018

Promising Chapter in E-Book Story

Promising Chapter in E-Book Story
Here's a rare article, one predicting a positive future for ebooks. Keep in mind that the source is Wired News, an agency with a demonstrable preference for the format. That said, the author digs up some encouraging statistics from eBookWeb, a web site specializing in ebooks: 500,000 page views per month and improved ebooks sales by a number of vendors, including McGraw-Hill with an increase of 55 percent over this time last year. More...

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19 mars 2018

The Tower Under Siege: Technology, Power and Education

The Tower Under Siege: Technology, Power and Education
Book review. Educators foster the idea of the university as an institution that stands set apart from society as a whole, a sanctuary where academics may conduct research and advance ideas without being beholden to the politics or economics of the day. It's unclear whether this ever in fact the case, but in any event, this conception of the university is increasingly under siege. More...

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15 mars 2018

Book review: "How to be an Academic: The Thesis Whisperer Reveals All" (AUR 60 01)

Her new book, How to be an Academic, draws heavily on the blogs and posts she has put on the site over the years; which in the hands of a less skilled narrator would be enough to suggest double-dipping and cashing-in. But Mewburn is a skilled communicator and instead of cutting and pasting what is already out there, she organises and contextualises her contentions without resorting to the usual academic sleight-of-hand of couching everything in terms of one standardised theoretical framework or other, like ‘looking through a phenomenological lens’ or ‘coming at it as postmodernist functionary’. More...

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Book review: "Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir" (AUR 60 01)

As he reveals in this memoir, Gareth Evans was one of only two cabinet members to have served for the totality of the Hawke/Keating governments (the other was Ralph Willis). This book follows his Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014), which covered the period from September 1984 to October 1986. Ultimately, various pressures left him unable to continue the diary while a ministermore’s the pity. In this more conventional format, he tells the story of a substantial public careerbefore, in and after parliament. More...

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Book review: "The Career Trajectories of English Language Teachers" (AUR 60 01)

This book contains a wealth of stories from and about English language teachers and their students. Many stories are very moving and their variety and complexity are striking.  Acquiring English language proficiency can be vital for employment and mobility for those whose first language is not English. Throughout the book, it is clear that English teachers find their work richly rewarding. The rewards include satisfaction in helping people in a vital area of their lives, meeting a diverse range of people of various cultures who are well travelled and being able to travel yourself with skills and qualifications that are valued worldwide. More...

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Book review: "What’s Happened to The University? A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation" (AUR 60 01)

Much has been written about the changing contours of universities. Now, eminent sociologist, Frank Furedi examines the last 40+ years of university changes. His nine-chapter book starts with the fact that more than 50 per cent of young people attend university. This changes the impact of universities on society as a whole. More...

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Book review: "How to be an Academic Superhero" (AUR 60 01)

Iain Hay is an old hand at academic development in higher education and his advice is worth taking heed of. I remember that when he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year in 2007, I was impressed with his prodigious output that seemed to be entirely about offering advice to anyone wanting to be a good university teacher. More...

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Book review: "The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone" (AUR 60 01)

The Knowledge Illusion is written by a professor of cognition and a professor of marketing. Its central themes are cognition, ignorance, knowledge, and the community of knowledge. The book is about cognition – not marketing which, for the most part, is largely concerned with getting us to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.  As a non-marketing book on cognition and knowledge, Sloman and Fernbach’s work contains 15 exquisite chapters outlining that we as human beings almost never know anything individually. More...

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Book review: "UNSW: Australia’s global university" (AUR 60 01)

This book deals primarily with the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) long-running programs providing higher education to students from overseas in Australia and, more recently, at campuses in their home countries. It is clear that students who have gone through these programs have had life-changing experiences that have equipped and inspired them in their working and wider lives after graduation. This is especially so for those living in the Australian community during their studies. More...

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Mediterranean Contaminations - Giuliano Mion (ed.)

Giuliano Mion (ed.) Mediterranean ContaminationsThe Medi­ter­ra­nean is a sea that has expe­ri­enced extra­or­di­nary contacts, conf­licts, enco­un­ters and exchanges through the centu­ries. This comple­xity is analysed in the present volume through the eyes of twelve scho­lars specia­lised in Middle Eastern and North African studies.
Arabic and Semitic lingu­istics and dialec­to­logy, Arab lite­ra­ture and popular music and culture are some of the broad range of subjects included in this volume which engages diffe­rent geogra­phical areas of the so-called Mare Nostrum and various histo­rical periods, from the medieval to the contem­porary era.
Mediterranean Contaminations
Middle East, North Africa, and Europe in Contact
Giuliano Mion (ed.)
Studien zum Modernen Orient 31
Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch
1. Auflage ()
Paperback, 290 Seiten
ISBN 9783879974689
1. Philippe Cassuto
La route de la grammaire hébraïque de Tibériade à Venise (9e - 16e siècles). Plus...

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