This book is designed to give insight to Professional Development consultants to be abreast with the sort of topics or contents leaders and managers of educational institutions would appreciate their professional development training to be focused on. Educators who hold leadership positions in schools identified some specific areas they want to build skills and competences in, for them to be able to lead and manage their schools effectively and efficiently. This is a good book for all Professional Development Consultants for schools.
Drawing on empirical, interdisciplinary research, this book presents a critical review of some of the major issues that are of interest to researchers, policymakers and planners in developing as well as advanced countries, including specifically in India. It provides an in-depth review of some of the major development policy issues in education in general, and in India in particular, over the past 2-3 decades. Besides presenting an overview of the educational developments in India that reflects issues such as growth, equity, efficiency, foreign aid, decentralization, center-state relations, financing, and cost recovery, the book puts forward in-depth analyses of education poverty, interrelations between education and poverty, low level of outcomes in elementary education, effects of structural adjustment policies and approaches on education, south-south cooperation, etc. It also critically discusses changes in policies relating to financing higher education, external assistance for education, and how the growth of private higher education is affecting society at large. The dichotomy between public policy and action is also highlighted in many chapters. On the whole, while the importance of education is being increasingly recognized, the state does not seem to be as willing to foot the bill for education as the households and even the private sector. Occasionally contrasting with international evidence on, for example, financing higher education, private higher education, or the effects of neo-liberal policies, the book offers an interesting read for a wider audience.
This book explores the role of students´ involvement in teacher professional development. Building upon a research study whereby pupils instruct their teachers in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the author argues that using student voice in this way can result in transformational learning for all those involved. The author presents the processes and experiences of pupils taking on the role of educators as well as the experiences of the teachers receiving such professional development from their students. In doing so, he promotes the innovative use of a student voice initiative to support teaching and learning, with the overarching purpose of improving and transforming teacher-pupil relationships. This book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of pupil voice, teacher professional development and transformational learning.
Ecuadorian law requires a balance of conservation and sustainable development in planning for the Galapagos island communities to coexist with the celebrated World Heritage Site of Galapagos National Park. What is the current development policy? What main social issues challenges sustainable development policy? What role does education play in resolving these issues? The central hypothesis is twofold: human development is a vital co-condition to achieve a balance of conservation and sustainable development, and education plays an important, though not independent, role in achieving better leadership, equitable governance, and collective behavioral change to meet sustainable development policy goals. Research findings suggest that, while education does play a role, lessons learned in informal education processes (living in community) have a greater impact on whether citizens will adapt their lifestyles to sustainable development policy or not. This work thus recommends actions to strengthen all education processes and public administration in the islands. Collectively these efforts will not only help educate for sustainability but also promote adapted lifestyles as well.
Sesame Street has spent the last 50 years on the forefront of child development, stimulating and nurturing the minds of preschoolers not only through the iconic TV show, but also through its multimedia, including books, games, mobile apps, and community engagement initiatives. Since its inception in 1969, Sesame Workshop´s mission has always been to prepare children for school -- and to guide them to grow ´´smarter, stronger, and kinder.´´ Now this beloved brand offers a unique guidebook, written by Senior VP of Curriculum and Content of Sesame Workshop Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, covering everything a parent needs to know to get their preschooler ready for lifelong learning. Each chapter focuses on a key area -- not only with the nitty-gritty subjects of Language and Math, but also with Logic & Reasoning, Social & Emotional Development, and Creative Arts Expression. With easy-to-read charts, bullets points, and graphics, this guide clearly outlines benchmarks and goals for children ages 2-5 -- while also providing friendly tips, hints, and activities that parents can do to make ´´education´´ a bit less daunting for their child. Best of all, the activities in Sesame Street: Ready for School! can instill a lifelong curiosity in a child that will make for a bright future.
Worldwide, scholarship and policy-making develop new ideas and models for the role of higher education and research in society and economy. This development points to changing relationships and boundaries between the public and private spheres in higher education including their public and private steering and funding, public-private partnerships between universities and firms, the rise of private higher education and of business models in the management of universities. The contributions to this edited volume investigate into the dynamics of blurring boundaries between the public and the private in higher education and their consequences for the university.
To date, several books and research articles have focused on the issue of syllabus design and curriculum development. This book aims to provide a critical review on the different approaches to syllabus designing. This is intended to offer a descriptive and critical interpretation of the different syllabi in the domain of language teaching and learning. It covers the major approaches from a historical perspective and discusses their features precisely. The focus is on the Notional Approach to syllabus designing, its distinctive features, and semantico-grammatical categories, and a critique on its merits and different works on the Notional Syllabus.