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The Open Movement and Libraries
"Openness" which has become a hallmark of the new Web has long been a mission in libraries. The philosophy of free and open access to information and technology has become a critical subject for information and technology leaders and practitioners. This course will explore the role and participation of library science and librarians in this movement. This course will give an overview of open-source technologies (such as content management systems and ILS programs) which are being used by librari
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Lessons from History
This four page POSTnote, from January 2009, considers how evidence from history could contribute to policy-making. It outlines key developments in the use of evidence in policy-making, but claims that historical research is under-utilised. A number of ways forward in this are suggested.
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Trends in Research on Teaching and Learning in Schools: didactics meets classroom studies
The resource, a journal article, is an overview of patterns of research in school teaching and learning from the 1920s to the present day. The review is conducted by examining three strands that the author terms the ‘who' (i.e. the teachers and learners), the ‘how' (i.e. pedagogical methodologies), and the ‘what' (i.e. the content taught). For each of the strands, the author discusses the historical patterns of Nordic and Anglo-American research, and highlights what she regards as particul
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The Literature Review
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on literature reviews from 'How to do your Research Project' by Gary Thomas. Everyone who undertakes a research project, however small and bounded by the context of one's own school or college, should take account of what has been done before. To jump straight into a study without embedding one's project in previous work is to be a kind of ‘jack in the box' in the research world. A similar analogy would be the folly of buildi
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Effective Classroom Practice: A mixed-method study of influences and outcomes
This is the full research report of a two-year mixed method study funded by the ESRC into effective classroom practice in both the primary and secondary phases of schooling. This research, which was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 by a team at the University of Nottingham, built on an existing longitudinal four-year research project involving 80 teachers, and aimed to draw out the key factors that contribute to effective teaching.
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How Young People Formulate their Views about the Future: Exploratory Research
This is a 77 page 'exploratory research' report relating to the perceptions and views of year 7 pupils during 2008–2009 about their future education, careers and aspirations, and the factors which shape their thinking. These pupils will be amongst the first cohort to be affected by the raising of the educational participation age (RPA) to 17 in 2013. They will also be amongst the first pupils to be offered the maximum choice of available diplomas.
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Without the Golden Handcuffs: Identity and belonging in challenging schools
This paper was first presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference in 2009. The paper is part of the doctoral research conducted by Jo McIntyre at the University of Nottingham. The research was based in three schools in the Midlands which are within socially deprived areas, exploring the reasons why twenty teachers within challenging areas and schools have chosen to embed their professional careers within these settings. It seeks to establish their motivations for t
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8 Paired samples T-Tests
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially statistical software packages, extremely daunting. This unit takes a step-by-step approach to statistics software through seven interactive activities. No statistics software is needed.
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Architect and Structural Engineer in interactive design
We are convinced that an interactive design process involving engineers and architects will create values to a project. Looking back there have been some obstacles, like a week?s time for exchange of drawings with traditional postal services; manual calculation methods, which could not be spoiled on loose grounds like architect?s sketches; different media ? architect?s drawings and engineer?s numbers in tables; attitudes and traditional roles, implemented already in education. Today most of thes
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IASFM 11 Conference: Plenary 4
The Voices of the Displaced in Forced Migration Research This podcast was recorded at the bi-annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM). The fourth plenary event began with poetry readings by Mehmet Yashin and Stephanos Stephanides, followed by a panel discussion 'The Voices of the Displaced in Forced Migration Research' chaired by Elzbieta Gozdziak, with Eftihia Voutira, Giorgia Donna, Arild Birkenes and Zachary Lomo as the panelists.
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Frequency domain blind multiple-input multiple-output system identification
Since commercial banks play important roles in the financial markets, it is important to evaluate whether banks operate efficiently. Moreover, given increased competition from non-bank financial institutions, commercial banks should operate more efficiently than they did previously. Commercial banks might operate more efficiently if they have superior information. If this is true, bank size should not matter to the operation of the bank. Thus, as long as the bank has superior information, it wil
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Sudan in the late 1980s: A personal view from the Oxfam Archive
This podcast is the first part of a recording made on 25 August 2005 as part of the Oxfam Archive Oral History project and is an interview with Maurice Herson, he had many interesting and challenging times with Oxfam including working in Sudan in the 80s. This podcast is the first part of a recording made on 25 August 2005 as part of the Oxfam Archive Oral History project and is an interview with Maurice Herson, Editor of Forced Migration Review and previously Deputy Humanitarian Director and He
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Learning How to Learn: using the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set to support teachers as researchers
This conference paper describes how the extension of the Dublin Core Metadata set by domain-specific vocabulary capable of describing not only learning resources but also the classroom contexts in which they may be used, the strategies underpinning them and associated research evidence has provided the basis of sophisticated knoweldge management tools to support teacher professional development.,79,83,84
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South Asian diaspora
The South Asia Diaspora website hosted by the South / Southeast Asia Library at the University of California, Berkeley, contains several useful resources for scholars researching the Indian diaspora. The site briefly describes the relevant archives held at Berkeley, and includes images from the archive illustrating aspects of the diaspora in California. An essays section summarises the history of Indian immigration to California during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and links to further
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ELVIN (Electric Vehicle with Interactive Noise)
A little green van called ELVIN is whizzing around the University of Warwick as part of a major research project aimed at tackling the safety issues linked to the lack of sound from electric vehicles.
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University of Liverpool : Sports archive and book collections
From the University of Liverpool, this section contains details of sporting manuscripts held in their Special Collections and Archives. This includes archives of the University of Liverpool Athletic Union, the records of the Physical Education Association, the Universities Athletic Association, the Leeds Athletic Institute, the English Table tennis Association, and papers of Lord Aberdare.
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21A.850J The Anthropology of Cybercultures (MIT)
This course explores a range of contemporary scholarship oriented to the study of 'cybercultures,' with a focus on research inspired by ethnographic and more broadly anthropological perspectives. Taking anthropology as a resource for cultural critique, the course will be organized through a set of readings chosen to illustrate central topics concerning the cultural and material practices that comprise digital technologies. We'll examine social histories of automata and automation; the trope of t
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21M.380 Music and Technology (Contemporary History and Aesthetics) (MIT)
Includes audio/video content: AV selected lectures, AV Special element audio. This course is an investigation into the history and aesthetics of music and technology as deployed in experimental and popular musics from the 19th century to the present. Through original research, creative hands-on projects, readings, and lectures, the following topics will be explored. The history of radio, audio recording, and the recording studio, as well as the development of musique concrète and early electron
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2.51 Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer (MIT)
Analysis, modeling, and design of heat and mass transfer processes with application to common technologies. Unsteady heat conduction in one or more dimensions, steady conduction in multidimensional configurations, numerical simulation; forced convection in laminar and turbulent flows; natural convection in internal and external configurations; phase change heat transfer; thermal radiation, black bodies, grey radiation networks, spectral and solar radiation; mass transfer at low rates, evaporatio
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21M.732 Costume Design for the Theater (MIT)
Intermediate workshop designed for students who have a basic understanding of the principles of theatrical design and who want a more intensive study of costume design and the psychology of clothing. Students develop designs that emerge through a process of character analysis, based on the script and directorial concept. Period research, design, and rendering skills are fostered through practical exercises. Instruction in basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, provide tools
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