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

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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

Call for Articles: Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy

Contributions are invited for an edited manuscript – Words: Description, Acquisition, and Pedagogy – to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Vocabulary, or the lexicon, is a strong predictor of academic success and language proficiency. Therefore, it is important for researchers and practitioners to better understand how vocabulary is acquired, represented in the mind, as well as learned in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual environments. The manuscript will bring together recent research on the topic; the lexicon will be considered from multiple perspectives by theorizing the description of lexicon, lexical acquisition, and pedagogy.

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Book Announcement: Helen Kemp Frye’s Writings on Art

Helen Kemp Frye’s Writings on Art now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp115, £45.99 / $78.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Helen Kemp Frye’s Writings on Art, edited by Robert D. Denham.

Helen Kemp Frye (1910–1986) was an accomplished artist and musician, and she was also the wife of the distinguished Canadian literary critic, Northrop Frye. During the 1940s and 1950s, she played an important role in art education, particularly with the programs at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and even more particularly with art education for children. Her writings on art, collected in this volume, give voice to a very creative individual whose contributions to the cultural life of Ontario are in danger of being forgotten. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report

Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp350, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Smartphone-based Learning in the Japanese ESL Classroom: A Case Study Report by Nicolas Gromik.

Mobile Assisted Learning emerged from Computer Assisted Learning, with researchers extending computer-based activities to mobile platforms, but differs from the latter in many ways. First, it is obviously mobile, but, second, smartphones have converged many features and software that were previously accessible through a range of digital tools. Thirdly, Mobile Assisted Learning allows interaction with social media.

Educators are well-advised to consider smartphone video-based learning and to understand the many possibilities it affords. This book provides an account of the integration of smartphone video recording in the language classroom. It outlines and reports on the implementation process and the practical issues related to this learning method. Using simple digital storytelling, and mini-documentary filmmaking, students are able to learn to speak in a foreign language, while at the same time exploring and experimenting with video production. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

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Book Announcement: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education

Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education, edited by Benjamin F. Baab, John Bansavich, Nicos Souleles and Fernando Loizides.

With the widespread implementation of tablet computers in Higher Education (HE), this book will be of interest to academics from a variety of disciplines, and to learning technologists who are considering the use of iPads for teaching and learning or have an interest in mobile learning in general.

The proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education (ihe2016) cover articles in the following areas: health, education, environmental management, fieldwork, medical education, law, teacher training and education, design, academic technologies, online assessments, and professional development. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for Development, Mobility and Cooperation

Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for Development, Mobility and Cooperation now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443816793
Hardback, pp350, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for Development, Mobility and Cooperation, edited by Anne Goujon, Max Haller and Bernadette Müller Kmet.

The idea that developing all sectors of the educational palette is influential for socio-economic development was adopted later in Sub-Saharan Africa than in other world regions. Most efforts went primarily into developing the first stages of education, and rightly so, for many children could not access education at all. Today, all African governments recognize the importance of higher education and increasingly invest in it. They are facing two major, interlinked challenges: rapid population growth and decline in the quality of education. Indeed, despite fertility decline, the region has been confronted with substantial population growth, which will continue for many decades; as such, there is a necessity to increase investment in education. This, in a situation of limited resources, has been at the expense of the quality and the burgeoning of private institutions of higher education. The contributions here discuss the development, quality, and outcomes of higher education in Africa, with a specific focus on relations between Africa and Europe. Issues related to the mobility of African students and scholars are discussed in several national and international case studies.. Continue reading