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Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you will:

  • have developed a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of issues in inclusive education;

  • be able to reflect critically upon and analyse your own perspective, and that of others, regarding inclusion;

  • be able to analyse and develop successful inclusive learning practices;

  • be able to identify conceptual frameworks appropriate for investigating inclusion issues, examining the inc
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2.1 Babies' abilities

You may be studying this unit for one or more reasons. You may want to learn more about children out of general interest; you may plan to work towards a formal qualification in the future; or you may have been encouraged to look at the unit by friends, family or an employer. You may know quite a lot about babies and children through caring for your own or other people's. In this unit you will be finding out about very young babies' abilities, and the ways in which they interact with the world
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Figures

Figure 7: The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh

Figure 8: The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh

Figure 20: taken from www.acmi.net.au/AIC/BLATTNER_STILLE.html

Figure 13 and 25: Ampex GB Limited

We also thank Nigel Bewley (British Library Sound Archive), Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (King's College, London) and Robert Philip
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5.1 The behaviour of polymers

The manufacture of polymer products is controlled by two often conflicting demands: the quality of the finished article in terms of its response to its environment and the ease or difficulty of processing it to shape. Both factors are controlled by what is termed viscoelasticity, namely, the behaviour of the polymer in response to applied stress or strain, and temperature. It is important to appreciate the duality in terms of the elastic and viscous responses of polymer solids and poly
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Anatomy of an Orientation
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Saving Mothers and Babies was developed in response to the high maternal and perinatal mortality rates found in most developing countries. Learning material used in this book is based on the results of the annual confidential enquiries into ma
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4.3 Computer-based activities

Activity 1

This introduces you to search engines. It shows you how to invoke a search engine from your browser and make simple searches for topics of interest.

Click on the 'activity 1' link below to read activit
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2.2.1 Reading diagrams: questioning what they say

With each of these diagrams, and with others you are trying to read, there are several questions you can ask.

  • What is the purpose of the diagram, that is, what is it aiming to tell us?

  • How is the information imparted?

  • What assumptions does it make about our ability to understand it?

  • What are we expected to remember?

  • How successful is it in doing all
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5.4 Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. There are no internationally agreed threshold blood glucose levels used to diagnose gestational diabetes. However, there is a trend towards using the IGT (impaired glucose tolerance) test criteria (see Section 4). Studies are ongoing to decide what threshold level is important i
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This video describes the steps you need to follow to write a business letter in English.  There is no sound in this video, but the descriptions and pictures of each and every step are explicit and clear.
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1 Springs

We have seen that where precipitation reaches the ground, some runs off the surface into streams and rivers and some of it infiltrates, passing through the soil. Water that reaches the water table to become groundwater may eventually re-emerge at the surface as springs where the water table intersects the surface. Almost all streams and rivers have springs or seepages as their ultimate source, or are fed by them at various points along their courses.

Artesian springs that are associated
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6.5 Training at high altitude

Many of the world's best endurance athletes train at high altitudes – a long way above sea level – to improve their performance. At high altitudes there is less oxygen in the air and it's believed that the body has to work harder to extract what little oxygen remains. When the athlete returns to lower altitudes, their body retains the ability to use oxygen more efficiently and their performance will have improved.

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1 1The growth of poymers

Polymers, or materials composed of long molecular chains, are now well-accepted for a wide variety of applications, both structural and non-structural, and for mass-manufactured as well as one-off speciality products. The growth in their use has continued in the last two decades or more, despite the effects of several recessions in industrial activity (Author(s): The Open University

4.4 Discussion

In this second case study, I have described two different trends in energy use by cold appliances over the last few decades. On the one hand the efficiency with which appliances use electrical energy has improved but, in spite of this, their consumption of electricity has increased significantly in recent decades. Since 2000 consumption has started to decline, probably as a result of the introduction of minimum energy standards. The trend will only continue if we demand and use the most energ
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1.2.2 Change and response in the ‘meadows of the sea’

Midway along the northern shore of the Blackwater estuary lie the Old Hall Marshes on a peninsula three and a half miles long and lying between tidal creeks and mudflats (see Figures 3 and 15a). It is a wild, flat, remote area of mixed habitats of reedbed, open water, saltmarsh and improved and unimproved gra
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5.5 Flotation

An alternative technique to that of sedimentation is flotation. This uses gas bubbles to increase the buoyancy of suspended solids. The gas bubbles attach to the particles and make their effective density lower than that of the water. This causes the particles to rise through the water to float to the top. Flotation may be achieved by several methods but the most effective form is dissolved air flotation. In this process (Figure 27) air is dissolved in water at elevated pressures and then rel
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4.2 Pedagogy and reasonable adjustments

It has always been part of the OUs mission to make higher education available to all potential students, regardless of background or circumstance. To quote the OU mission statement: ‘It promotes educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.’

The DDA Part 4 makes it clear that education providers are responsible for:

  • anticipating
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1.7 Ideology

The notions of a final vocabulary and that of ideology are closely related. Anthony Giddens defined ideology as ‘shared ideas or beliefs which serve to justify the interests of dominant groups’ (Giddens, 2006, p. 1020). There are all sorts of problems with this definition. One difficulty, for example, is that ideas and beliefs, if they have any kind of existence, are hidden away and have to be inferred by what people do and say. Another difficulty surrounds exactly how these things can be
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3.2.1 Group context

Probably the two most important features of a formal work group are the task or objectives assigned to it and the environment in which it has to carry that task out. It is important that a work group be given a realistic task and access to the resources required to complete it, and that the people in the group feel that the task is worth accomplishing, i.e. that it has some importance.

When a group fails to make headway, one common cause is that its brief covers several tasks, some of w
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