Book Announcement: Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443850667
Hardback, pp145, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Landscapes of Participatory Making, Modding and Hacking: Maker Culture and Makerspaces, edited by Kenneth Y T Lim.

This book describes maker culture as it is manifested in particular socio-cultural contexts, and describes some of the underlying narratives behind the emergence of such cultures and hackerspaces. With reference to case studies, it invites a recasting of long-standing academic notions of industrialization, industrial location, urbanization, and regional divides.
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Book Announcement: Syntactic Complexity from a Language Acquisition Perspective

Syntactic Complexity from a Language Acquisition Perspective now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443851770
Hardback, pp262, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Syntactic Complexity from a Language Acquisition Perspective, edited by Elisa Di Domenico.

The volume examines syntactic complexity from an acquisitional perspective, which offers a peculiarly grounded starting point when dealing with linguistic complexity, under the assumption that what is simpler is acquired earlier than what must be thought of as complex. Connecting acquisitional data inseparably to formal linguistic analyses, it not only allows a comparison between structures at various levels in terms of complexity, but also a deeper insight into the factors determining complexity in different populations of acquirers. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Statistics Taught through Fiction

Statistics Taught through Fiction now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443851831
Hardback, pp213, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Statistics Taught through Fiction, edited by Małgorzata Mazurkiewicz and with contributions from Krzysztof Z. Górniak.

Statistics is present in our lives, whether we like it or not, as we are constantly surrounded by statistical data. Statistics takes several shapes, beginning with ordinary numbers and ending with different types of schemes, diagrams and tables, but its form, of course, doesn’t appeal to everyone, which is how the idea of this book arose, to bring the reader closer to the area of statistical issues. With the text’s plot and use of everyday language, it introduces heroes and a science-fiction world to present an easy-to-follow account of formulas, numbers and statistical symbols.
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Book Announcement: Synergies of English for Specific Purposes and Language Learning Technologies

Synergies of English for Specific Purposes and Language Learning Technologies now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443852982
Hardback, pp360, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Synergies of English for Specific Purposes and Language Learning Technologies, edited by Nadežda Stojković, Milorad Tošić and Valentina Nejković.

Bilingualism and multilingualism both make a major contribution in cross-cultural interaction, but, at the same time, improve various cognitive abilities, such as better attention and multitasking. Meaning in the world around us is represented by means of the language that is used for communication and knowledge exchange between intelligent individuals. The phenomena of human interaction and communication are recently experiencing unprecedented influence from digital technologies. Language learning is part of the global revolution, meaning that language learning technologies are playing an increasingly important role in learning English for Specific Purposes. This volume addresses theoretical and practical aspects of learning, technology adoption and pedagogy are in the context of English for Specific Purposes.
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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – April 2017

This April, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jon has authored more than a hundred chapters and peer reviewed articles over the last thirty years, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Education University of Hong Kong.

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Book Announcement: The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change

The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898942
Hardback, pp255, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change by Aleksander Kobylarek.

The Polish university is based on the Humboldt model, and can serve as a typical example of liberal education throughout Central and Eastern Europe. This book portrays an institution resistant to change and defying all attempts at reform. Currently, it is attempting to retain its identity with no regard to the rapidly changing world of science, culture and communication technologies that surrounds it. The absolute power of the professor, excessive administration and feudal subordination mean that such universities have lost touch with the local environment, and have become a factory for graduates with a random education. Power games and resentment have replaced the search for scientific truth, which in turn means that such institutions are practically invisible in the rankings, because of the lack of significant achievements. This situation has led to proposal here of a redefinition of the function of the university, based on a thorough analysis of needs of all its various groups of stakeholders. Continue reading