Beginning Research

Author: Michelle Lowe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134129955
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Researchers in education are interested in the study of learners, teachers, professional support staff, parents and other participants in schools and other educational institutions. To be effective, research needs to be carried out in a systematic way and should contribute to what is known. If you are interested in education research and want to learn how to become an effective researcher, then this step-by-step guide is for you. For many students the first research project is the most daunting but this book will help ensure its success. Beginning Research is a practical toolkit of resources that will enable students to plan, conduct and follow up research effectively. It contains information on the range of methods available to researchers and introduces some of the key concepts associated with education research and the theoretical background against which it currently takes place. Designed for anyone working in an education setting, by reading through each chapter and completing the associated tasks you will be able to work through each stage of the research process. This book is essential reading for students on all education courses who are engaging in research for the first time. It is particularly suitable for foundation degree students, as it acknowledges the constraints placed upon researchers who are also working and offers practical advice for managing the demands of employment, study and carrying out research.

Study Skills for Foundation Degrees

Author: Dorothy Bedford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136757546
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Returning to study but unsure whether you’ve got the skills to cope? Study Skills for Foundation Degrees will prepare and guide you through the broad range of study-related issues you can expect to encounter in a clear and accessible manner. By helping you to develop a broad range of study skills essential for success on any FD course, you’ll soon have the confidence to rise to any challenge thrown your way! Key features include: data collection and presentation how to take good notes and read effectively developing oral presentation skills and effective writing techniques how to produce bibliographies, quotations and citations maintaining a work-life balance producing a professional development portfolio progressing to an honors degree and producing a winning CV. Study Skills for Foundation Degrees is designed for mature students and those returning to an academic environment after a long absence, but it will also be useful to a wide range of motivated foundation degree students aiming to improve their confidence and study technique.

Your Foundation in Health Social Care

Author: Graham Brotherton
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1849204896
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Written to accompany the Foundation degree in Health and Social Care, and other higher education courses in the same area, this book offers a user-friendly approach to help you make the most of your course. Matched to the Foundation Degree guidelines, Your Foundation in Health and Social Care gives you the knowledge and skills necessary for effective learning both in academia and in the workplace. The book includes: - Case studies drawn from a range of health and social care settings to illustrate 'real-life' practice; - Suggested Essay Topics, Activities and Further Research features that encourage you to develop your knowledge and understanding; - Study Skills tips and guidelines for approaching learning; Written in a lively and engaging style the comprehensive content and jargon-free approach will make this book invaluable for students. It will be a core text for those studying Foundation degrees and higher education courses in health and social care.

The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners

Author: Lyn Trodd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317680723
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners is a comprehensive and accessible course text for all students studying at levels 4 and 5, including on Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood Studies degrees. Designed and written by the Chair of the SEFDEY (Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years) Network and a team of expert contributors, this book covers the essential skills, knowledge and understanding you need to become an inspiring and effective early years practitioner. Divided into four parts: The Student-Practitioner-Professional; The Learning and Development of Children 0-5; The Child, Family and Society; and The Senior Practitioner-Professional, the book covers all aspects of working with young children and engages you with theory that is explicitly linked to your practice. Throughout there is a strong emphasis on supporting your transition to undergraduate study, developing your academic skills and encouraging you to be an active learner. In every chapter, the book seeks to help you develop your professional identity and features: Activities to help you to reflect on your own practice ‘Provocations’ to promote discussion and debate Case study examples and photographs to illustrate key points ‘From Research to Practice’ boxes outlining key research in the field and implications for practice. The book is supported by a companion website featuring, for students, links to useful websites and video material, and an interactive flashcard glossary. Online support for lecturers includes ideas for tasks and activities to use in class and the diagrams and images in the book available to download.

Doing Action Research

Author: Claire Taylor
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847878245
Format: PDF, Kindle
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'The clear intention of the authors is to motivate, persuade and give confidence to those who might otherwise think that research can only be carried out by teams of university staff' - ESCalate Most Teaching Assistants (TAs) studying for Foundation Degrees need to do Action Research projects. This book acts as an introduction to research methods, and will be especially useful if you are doing such work for the first time. It: " introduces the basic principles and practice of research methods; " provides an overview of the processes involved in Action Research; " shows you how to identify an issue, design and carry out a course of action and evaluate the impact of this action; " uses real case studies from practising TAs. The content of the book relates to both Early Years and Primary settings, and there are case studies from a variety of settings. Anyone studying for a Foundation Degree, or working towards HLTA status, will find this book meets their needs. Claire Taylor is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln. Min Wilkie is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants at the University of Leicester. Judith Baser has worked in a wide range of educational settings, including 5 years as a teaching assistant. More recently, she has run training courses for teaching assistants in ways to support children's learning and development.

Business Research Methods for Chinese Students

Author: Huiping Xian
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1526448971
Format: PDF, ePub
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Written by Chinese authors who having both successfully completed Masters degrees and PhDs and become lecturers at UK universities, are equipped to provide Chinese students with straightforward guidance to help overcome the cultural and language difficulties they are confronted with, and to support them in their undertaking of the research methods section of their dissertations. The book comprehensively covers both the theory and practice and includes a number of features to support learning including: Chinese translations of key concepts and definitions Tips about how to use different methods in the Chinese context Clear definitions of key terms Short illustrative examples A list of useful resources about Chinese research The book also features examples of Chinese research from the authors’ own work and from top journals to illustrate how the methods can be applied in the Chinese context. Suitable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students across all business and management disciplines.

Ethical Practice in Early Childhood

Author: Ioanna Palaiologou
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446264505
Format: PDF, ePub
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Ethical considerations are raising new questions about the involvement and participation of children in research. By considering the ethical issues that can arise when working with and doing research with young children from birth to five years, this book examines a wide range of topics including: - involving young children in research - informed consent - research tools with children under five - researching children with special needs - researching vulnerable groups - researching other cultures - multi-agency working - loss and bereavement - ethical practices when studying early childhood - safe-guarding young children - inspection - ethics and leadership Examples from education, health and social work are examined, and there are chapter overviews, activities, case studies, points for discussion and recommendations for further reading and useful Websites in each chapter; which help to engage the reader and facilitate critical thinking and reflective practice. This is a comprehensive guide to a developing field for the early years student and practitioner.

The Mature Student S Guide To Higher Education

Author: Pritchard, Linda
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335217737
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This guide enables adults to manage the transition to study by demystifying aspects of higher education with regard to course choice, modes of study, and what to expect. It aims to encourage mature students to acquire a range of skills, but also to develop the skills they already possess.

Quality Research Papers

Author: Nancy Jean Vyhmeister
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310514037
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This updated third edition of Quality Research Papers—fast becoming a standard reference textbook for writing research papers in the fields of religion and theology—gives improvements and added material for such things as the expanding field of online research and doing church-related research in a professional manner. Because so many new developments have taken place in the field of research, especially in terms of electronic research, this handy reference explores the ways to do research on the internet, including how to document such research. Quality Research Papers offers great opportunities to students today, especially in distant learning situations, to determine which resources can be used and which should be rejected. For this reason Nancy Vyhmeister brought in Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian at Andrews University and professor of the seminary master’s level research courses. His expertise in library, computers, and the Internet are invaluable to the book. In addition to substantial, current information on electronic resources and online research, this third edition preserves all of the features of the original editions, now presented in a newly revised, more logical order.

The International Student s Guide

Author: Ricky Lowes
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847877478
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book is intended for students from all language backgrounds other than English, attending or preparing to attend a university where the medium of instruction is English, particularly in the UK. The International Student's Guide helps you succeed at university, by sharing the experiences of many international students who have already attended a university in the UK. Every student is unique, with different abilities and needs. With this in mind, the authors provide you with practical information and help on a range of aspects of study. They focus on both spoken and written forms of communication, and deal with the approaches to thinking and learning which you will meet in higher education in the UK system. Written by experienced lecturers in language and learning, the book offers a wealth of advice and guidance on topics such as: ways of learning how to make the most of your own strengths working in seminars and groups writing in different forms, disciplines and at different levels assessment techniques such as exams and oral presentations. Whether you are embarking on a pre-degree foundation course or a postgraduate programme, this book will help you manage all the challenging aspects of studying through the medium of another language, in a new and different environment. This book is for students studying at any level in English on Foundation courses, on degree programmes, undergraduate or postgraduate, or on pre-masters programmes. It could be used in EAP classes and on summer courses and pre-entry programmes or for self study. It could also be used for staff-development purposes with lecturers teaching students from different language backgrounds. It is assumed that the reader already has a grasp of English at least equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or 5 or TOEFL 450-500 (130-170 on the computerised test). SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!