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5.1 Introduction
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change in different contexts. When answering the question ‘What makes us who we are?’, psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of ‘who we are’
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Exercise in Register and Style
Exercise for students concerning the idea of writing in a specific register and style for a specific readership.
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The Forecast Factory
The Forest Factory classroom exercise is an introduction to the topic of weather forecasting. Students role-play the various elements in forecasting process such as equations, announcers, data analysts, and airplanes. By following the script, the students will summarize the entire process in a single class period. This lesson plan is well suited to large classes in lecture-hall settings. This Starting Point website provides a discussion and summary of this teaching method as well as extensions t
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A Look at The Reader's Workshop: Part 1
This video shows a teacher conducting a mini-lesson, a key element in the Reader's Workshop program. The video includes teachers providing background information and their reflections on the mini-lesson portion of the program.  ( 9:31)
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Meet the Author- Lars Iyer
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Researchers discover biological mechanism for growing massive animal weapons, ornaments
In the animal kingdom, huge weapons such as elk antlers or ornaments like peacock feathers are sexy. Their extreme size attracts potential mates and warns away lesser rivals. Now researchers led by scientists at the University of Montana and Washington State University have discovered a developmental mechanism they think may be responsible for the excessive growth of threatening horns or come-hither tail feathers. Published in the July 26 online edition of Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/),
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Basic Programming in a Scripting Language (Part 2) - Andrew Jackson
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Estructura de Computadores
El objetivo de la asignatura es escribir el funcionamiento básico de un computador. Para ello se describirán todos los componentes del mismo y las interrelaciones que existen entre ellos. Se prestará especial atención al modelo de programación que ofrece un computador y a la programación en ensamblador.
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Rights not set

Believing Cassandra: how to be an optimist in a pessimist's world
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EU as a global player: reality or illusion?
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The Third World's War
Although never a "hot" war between the superpowers, the Cold War was waged partly through a series of proxy wars in Third World countries from Guatemala to Korea to Vietnam. Although a great deal of attention has been devoted to a select number of U.S. Interventions in the Third World, there is an urgent need to see the "Third World's War" in perspective, showing how successful the Soviet Union was in pursuing a strategy of fomenting revolution and how consistently successive U.S. administration
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • identify your objectives;

  • assess what you have to offer;

  • balance these against a practical framework of your personal circumstances;

  • explore a range of reference sources to select what is most relevant;

  • prepare an action plan, including evaluation of achievements;

  • produce ongoing strategies to develop your voluntary work;

  • understand employers
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Introduction

Any local newspaper describes the latest achievements of volunteers in the community: hospital fund-raising, a wildlife pond created. The advantages to the community are obvious, but this unit explores how engaging in voluntary work can enhance your employment opportunities.

It will focus mainly on how voluntary work can improve job prospects, for those actively job seeking or considering a career change. Employers are impressed by volunteering, but many volunteers don’t appreciate wh
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Gaza rockets land deep inside Israel
Palestinian rockets strike deep inside Israel, and Israeli aircraft pounds targets in Gaza in a surging conflict that has raised fears of a new war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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3 Roles

Quite often in work situations we are asked to work with a group of people we have not met before and with whom we may seem to have very little in common. The group, which may be labelled a ‘team’, could be tasked to organise or produce something about which some of the members may know more than others. After a period of initial awkwardness perhaps, the group members start to find out more about each other and attend to their task. It is quite likely that each of the members will th
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Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • recognise the importance of interpersonal skills

  • describe how good communication with other can influence our working relationships

  • outline the roles we play in our work groups and teams

Introduction

Much of what is most important about management is interpersonal, how we deal with others. Awareness of our own and others’ interpersonal skills can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Understanding management (Y159) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in
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Elasticity
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"I Was More of a Citizen": A Puerto Rican Garment Worker Describes Discrimination in the 1920s
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