Practice-based Learning in Higher Education: Jostling Cultures (Professional and Practice-based Learning)

Released: Will release in March; available for eBook now

By: Monica Kennedy, Stephen Billett, Silvia Gherardi, and Laurie Grealish

Summary: This book addresses issues confronting universities’ attempts to integrate practice-based learning in higher education curriculum, yet reveals the jostling of cultures which exist within and amongst the academy, industry, government and professional bodies and other educational providers. The volume comprises two main sections: the first laying out focal issues in the integration of learning and work in higher education. This section presents the issues at multiple levels of analysis and in theoretical terms, and also provides a foundation for the second section of the book which introduces a number of research studies illustrative of the issues theorized in the first.


Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering

Released: Jan. 29th

By: Linda Kober, Board on Science Education, and more

Summary: The undergraduate years are a turning point in producing scientifically literate citizens and future scientists and engineers. Evidence from research about how students learn science and engineering shows that teaching strategies that motivate and engage students will improve their learning. So how do students best learn science and engineering? Are there ways of thinking that hinder or help their learning process? Which teaching strategies are most effective in developing their knowledge and skills? And how can practitioners apply these strategies to their own courses or suggest new approaches within their departments or institutions? Reaching Students strives to answer these questions.


Social Media for Scientific Institutions: How to Attract Young Academics by Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

Released: Feb. 3rd

By: Daniel Hurrle and Julia Postatny

Summary: Hurrle and Postatny follow the research question of how social media can empower the communication of such institutes by using the example of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Based on an analysis of the designated target group of young academics, a holistic social media concept is developed with clear guidelines for immediate application and implementation. Diagrams, illustrations, models and short summaries after each section facilitate the understanding of the process and complex decisions.


The Global Future of Higher Education and the Academic Profession: The BRICs and the United States 

Released: Feb. 6th

By: Phiip Altbach, Gregory Androushchak, Yaroslav Kuzminov, and more

Summary: The Global Future of Higher Education and the Academic Profession focuses on the all-important emerging BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations by analyzing the academic profession and particularly salaries and contracts. The authors claim that the professoriate is key to the success of any academic system, and this is the first book—now in paperback—to carefully analyze academic systems and the academic profession, say the editors. The book argues that the BRICs show a variety of approaches to academic careers—and none provide globally competitive salaries. China and Russia, in particular, pay academics poorly. Using purchasing power parity, this book is able to accurately compare the actual purchasing power of the academic profession. The book also analyzes how professors are appointed and promoted.


The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America 

Released: Jan. 13th

By: Lani Guinier

Summary: Scholar and civil rights advocate Guinier argues that the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of today’s higher-ed institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies. Having studied and taught at schools such as Harvard University, Yale Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guinier has spent years examining the experiences of ethnic minorities and of women at the nation’s top institutions of higher education, and here she lays bare the practices that impede the stated missions of these schools.


Toppling the Ivory Tower: Preparing for Faculty Jobs of the Future: Seven Strategies for Success 

Released: Feb. 1st

By: Judith Sebesta

Summary: This booklet offers graduate students and early career instructors seven practical strategies to successfully prepare to be faculty in the rapidly shifting landscape of higher education. The strategies address such “hot” topics as online education, entrepreneurship, and community engagement and provide step-by-step basic guidelines for getting an electronic portfolio up and running. The author has over 17 years of experience in higher education, including as a tenure-track and/or tenured faculty member at four universities. Most recently she has served as a policy analyst and project manager for a nonprofit foundation and state agency, both dedicated to supporting access and success for college students.

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