Friday, November 30, 2012

Nov. 29

Dynamics of Contention
 The first of these divisions reflects the long-standing view that various forms of contention are indeed distinct and should be studied independent of others. A second traditional approach to the study of political contention denies the possibility of general theory, in deference to a thorough grounding in the temporal and spatial particulars of any given episode of contention. Finally, overlaid on these two divisions are stylized theoretical traditions--structuralist, culturalist, and rationalist--that have developed 
largely in isolation from one another. -Amazon-

Engaging Learners Through Artmaking
Introduces artistic behaviors that sustain engagement, such as problem finding, innovation, play, representation, collaboration, and more.
Provides instructional modes for differentiation, including whole group, small group, individual, and peer coaching.
Offers management strategies for choice-based learning environments, structuring time, design of studio centers, and exhibition.
Illustrates shifts in control from teacher-directed to learner-directed.
Highlights artist statements by children identifying personal relevancy, discovery learning, and reflection. 

FRBR: A Guide For The Perplexed

FRBR Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records is an evolving conceptual model designed to help users easily navigate catalogs and find the material they want in the form they want it be that print, DVD, audio, or adaptations. Developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Cataloging Section, FRBR is now being integrated into cataloging theory and implemented into systems and practice.  -Amazon-

 Gaming the Vote shows that there is a solution to the spoiler problem that will satisfy both right and left. A system
called range voting, already widely used on the Internet, is the fairest voting method of all, according to computer studies. Despite these findings, range voting remains controversial, and Gaming the Vote assesses the obstacles confronting any attempt to change the American electoral system.  
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters
"With over a decade of experience as the science correspondent for The Times, Henderson has seen it all. Today science is enjoying unprecedented coverage in the media and recognition in popular culture. Here is the account of how and why this has happened, how science works, and how it is perceived, warts and all . . . Fascinating stuff."  —Jim Al-Khalili   review   -Amazon-

 This is a technical book that assumes a basic understanding of cataloging theory and practice, and it is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the new RDA standards. A list of abbreviations that are used throughout the work, as well as an index and list of selected resources and readings by topic, are included. --Sara Marcus   -Amazon-

 ...Teachers who structure self-directed learning activities can facilitate effective differentiation as students engage in the curriculum at their level. This book provides evidence-based, practical examples of how to transform the classroom into a creative and highly focused learning environment.  

 Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain the public’s faith? How can it help make our democracy work? In this groundbreaking book, Justice Stephen Breyer tackles these questions and more, offering an original approach to interpreting the Constitution that judges, lawyers, and scholars will look to for many years to come.    -Amazon-

Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies
"The Managerial Unconscious offers an insightful reading of composition history that cuts through tired debates about composition management and labor to give readers a productive re-imagining of the work of composition. Both a revisionist history and a call to action, Strickland demonstrates that composition denies the field's managerial identity at its own cost."-Bruce Horner   -Amazon-

Multiliteracies For a Digital Age
Multiliteracies for a Digital Age serves as a guide for composition teachers to develop effective, full-scale computer literacy programs that are also professionally responsible by emphasizing different kinds of literacies and proposing methods for helping students move among them in strategic ways.  

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