Fleeing Homophobia

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Asylum

Author: Thomas Spijkerboer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134098359

Category: Law

Page: 264

View: 646

Each year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers apply for asylum in EU Member States.This book considers the position of LGBTI asylum seekers in European asylum law. Developing an encompassing approach to the topic, the book identifies and analyzes the main legal issues arising in relation to LGBTI people seeking asylum including: the underestimation of the relevance of criminalization of sexual orientation as well as the large scale violence against trans people in countries of origin by some European states; the requirement to seek State protection against violence even when they originate from countries where sexual orientation or gender identity is criminalized, or where the authorities are homophobic; the particular hurdles faced during credibility assessment on account of persisting stereotypes; and queer families and refugee law. The book gives a state of the art overview of law in Europe, both at the level of European legislation and at the level of Member State practice. While being largely focused on Europe, the book also takes into account asylum decisions from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States and is of relevance internationally, offering analysis of issues which are not specific to particular legal systems.
Posted in Law

Introductory Mathematics: Algebra and Analysis

Author: Geoffrey C. Smith

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1447106199

Category: Mathematics

Page: 215

View: 1970

This text provides a lively introduction to pure mathematics. It begins with sets, functions and relations, proof by induction and contradiction, complex numbers, vectors and matrices, and provides a brief introduction to group theory. It moves onto analysis, providing a gentle introduction to epsilon-delta technology and finishes with continuity and functions. The book features numerous exercises of varying difficulty throughout the text.
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Ladders of Beauty

Hierarchical Pedagogy from Plato to Dante

Author: Wayne Hugo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039111749

Category: Education

Page: 251

View: 9520

Pedagogy and hierarchy are intimately connected. This book traces historical versions of the relationship between hierarchy and education through four key figures: Plato, Augustine, Abelard and Dante. Each provided canonical contributions to how hierarchies both work and fail in education: Plato through the ladder of beauty and the cave metaphor; Augustine through his "Confessions"; Abelard through his relationship with Heloise; and Dante through the "Divine Comedy. "All four worked within the tradition of a Great Chain of Being. Its basic premise was that there were qualitatively different orders of experience that needed to be described with the intent of pedagogically revealing to the reader how to travel through the varying stages. As such this tradition exists as one of the great repositories of hierarchical pedagogic practice in the West. This book is an introduction to the history of hierarchical teaching practice by describing various journeys of learning and discussing the techniques and paths used in the process.
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Rules of Behavior and Interaction in German and Brazilian Classrooms

(Inter)cultural Uses of the Word in Schools

Author: Fernanda de Castro Modl

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9783631667347

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 9673

The author describes the linguistic and discursive behavior of students and teachers from the same educational level from different countries (Germany and Brazil). She analyzes how similarities and differences in individual behavior explain the institutional culture of school.
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Diversification to a Degree

An Exploratory Study of Students' Experience at Four Higher Education Institutions in China

Author: Kai Yu

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783034303651

Category: Education

Page: 345

View: 9701

The higher education system in China has experienced a dramatic expansion in student numbers and has seen the mushrooming of several new types of degree-granting institutions. In a very short period of time, these new institutions have developed into a primary provider of higher education in China. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, this book examines the diversity of the institutions and students' experience at different higher education institutions (HEIs) in China. This work offers a complete review of the policy context and is unique in examining the relationship between institutional diversification and students' experiences.
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Put Me Back On My Bike

In Search of Tom Simpson

Author: William Fotheringham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446435873

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 2150

Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life. Put Me Back on My Bike revisits the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist. The revised edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography, commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Simpson's death, features a new foreword and postscript further exploring the truth behind the legend.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Appraising the Nigerian Problem Through Education and Religious Dialogue

A Cognitive Approach

Author: Rowland Onyenali

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631643754

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 3963

The book tries to trace the origin of today's Nigeria. The foundation that produced it was based on faulty principles, which came about due to the fact that both the imperial Lords and the indigenous founding fathers had no clear vision of the nature the new nation should take. The fact that many tribes, tongues and beliefs were unsystematically coerced to form this unwilling alliance added much strain to the feeble chains of unity. Every effort made to address this situation has failed so far. The author shows failures in the political, economic and religious arena while arguing that the development of the mental faculties of the Nigerian youth is the only viable option towards success. This development can only come about through comprehensive education, not based on the acquisition of paper qualifications but on the development of the entire person as an entity.
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Identity, Diversity and Teaching for Social Justice

Author: Juliet Perumal

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039108725

Category: Education

Page: 392

View: 9465

In recent times, educational reformers have proposed ways of using education to reduce inequality, overcome discriminatory values and attitudes, and alleviate social problems. An increasing number of language theorists and practitioners contends that in order to reduce inequality it is essential to address the personal, cultural, and political implications of language teaching. Awareness of these factors activate the need to gain deeper insight into the personal and professional nuances of teachers' lives. The gap between sociolinguistic theory and educational practice points to the fact that linguists and educationists themselves carry the prejudices of particular social, ideological, cultural and geographical backgrounds. Who teaches what to whom, why and how affects curricular decisions which can thus become fraught with political allegiances; in this way the non-neutrality of language pedagogy is confirmed. Drawing from a suite of data sources the book explores the following questions: Do teachers' autobiographical experiences shape their professional identities? Does subscription to counter-hegemonic ideologies impact teachers' personal and professional positionality and authority? What contributions can feminist theorising make to language teaching in socially diverse classrooms? Through an exploration of these questions, the book gestures towards an imperative to re-think educative and pedagogic relationships and the politics of difference and dialogue in demographically diverse classrooms that subscribe to social redress agendas.
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Rudolf Steiner's Pedagogy of Imagination

A Case Study of Holistic Education

Author: Thomas William Nielsen

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039103423

Category: Medical

Page: 268

View: 9207

This book investigates the concept and practises of imaginative teaching. Since Rudolf Steiner (founder of the Waldorf schools) wrote extensively on the subject and is renowned for his contributions to education, his work is used to develop insights into the nature of 'imaginative teaching'. Given the societal changes since Steiner's time, however, the topic is further developed by examining imaginative teaching in three Steiner primary classrooms, using the methodological means of ethnography and phenomenology. The insights gained from this undertaking are used to re-theorise aspects of Steiner's writings about imagination and holistic education. In this study it is argued that imaginative teaching is made up of "three modes of pedagogy" and "seven teaching methods," and that these modes and methods form a most potent means for connecting children with aesthetic, intellectual and physical development.
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In Defence of the Human in Education

Author: Isolde Woolley

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631633496

Category: Education

Page: 259

View: 6527

The title incorporates the assumption that the 'human' in education is being threatened by certain processes. The guiding questions are: What are these processes and what constitutes the 'human' in education? Which activities characteristically performed by human beings are so central that they seem definitive of a life that is truly human and which changes or transitions in educational thinking are compatible with the continued existence of a being as a member of human kind and which are not? It is argued that the present debate on education is still dominated by the language of performance and global economic comparison. Educational practice must and will have to help the individual through a confluence of insights in his/her journey through life to form independent judgement.
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Improving the Software Testing Skills of Novices During Onboarding Through Social Transparency

Author: Raphael Pham

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 3832543856

Category: Computers

Page: 228

View: 1940

Inexperienced software developers - such as fresh graduates - shape the future of software engineering as a practice. Supporting these novice developers in becoming high quality engineers is a key objective of our engineering community. Yet, inexperienced developers have considerable trouble in applying the fundamentals of systematic software testing in industrial settings. Gaps in testing skills arise from inherent attributes of systematic testing itself and environmental attributes, such as the educational setting in universities. Frustrated, practitioners have long since devised cost intensive workarounds. In this thesis, this problem situation is qualitatively analyzed in great detail, leveraging insights from three Grounded Theory studies. Employing Everett M. Rogers' 'Theory of the Diffusion of Innovation', strategic improvements to the onboarding situation are presented. Lastly, tool support for the strategies developed in this thesis is presented and evaluated.
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The Rise of High-Stakes Educational Testing in Denmark (1920-1970)

Author: Christian Ydesen

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: 9783631607565

Category: Education

Page: 270

View: 574

<I>The Rise of High-Stakes Educational Testing in Denmark (1920-1970) is an attempt to determine why and how tests rose to prominence in an educational system that used to rely on qualitative tests and teacher evaluations. The study addresses the important issues of how testing interacts with and influences an educational system, and which common factors are involved in order to implement testing in an educational system. The study is based on three relatively unknown case studies - illustrious examples of high-stakes educational testing practices in the Danish public school system. The first case study discusses the sorting of children into remedial education based on standardised intelligence testing in the Frederiksberg municipality from 1930 to 1943, the second case study deals with the comprehensive testing programme conducted at the Copenhagen experimental school of Emdrupborg from 1948 to 1959. The third case study examines the testing of Greenlandic children during the preparation scheme in the Greenlandic educational system from 1961 to 1976.
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Tackling the Intractable

Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Middle East Peace

Author: Michael Chiller-Glaus

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039112982

Category: Political Science

Page: 370

View: 9059

Finding a solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees has remained the main hurdle for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement. This book represents a comprehensive political analysis of the Palestinian refugee issue. It tackles the matter on four dimensions. First, the historical context of the Palestinian exodus in both 1948 and 1967 is reviewed. Second, the question is traced whether there exists a Palestinian "right of return" according to international law. Third, an examination is presented regarding how and why the issue of refugees has remained a stumbling block during the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Fourth, the main part of the book analyses potential solutions to the refugee question, complementing the existing proposals with models developed by the author. What are their implications for both sides? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each proposal to Israelis and Palestinians, respectively? What is the relevance of each proposal as a mutually acceptable solution? Finally, a set of recommendations and guide-lines for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on refugees is presented. Overall, this study constitutes a valuable reference for anyone interested in a solution of the most intractable aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Posted in Political Science

Transplanting Liberal Education

The Foundation and Development of Liberal Arts Colleges in Western India

Author: Anne Sliwka

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631390443

Category: Education

Page: 359

View: 3434

The work examines the foundation and development of Liberal Arts Colleges in the Bombay Presidency/Western India during the 19th century. It describes the transplantation of administrative structures, conceptions of a liberal education and a syllabus from the British metropolitan area to colonial Western India. Based on the analysis of historical sources the study tries to understand the broader impact of British higher education on social and political change in Western India. The Liberal Arts Colleges within the University of Bombay are described as new arenas for social interaction producing a number of outspoken and self-confident graduates openly challenging the primacy of colonial rule in the early 20th century.
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Professional training of singers and teachers of singing

a comparative study of selected vocal performance and pedagogy programs in the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany

Author: Jeffrey Treganza

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc


Category: Music

Page: 129

View: 405

How are singers and teachers of singing professionally trained in the United States and Germany? In what context do degree programs function and how do they compare in both countries? Using methods of comparative education, data from twelve institutions were collected and analyzed. Findings show that American programs emphasize performance studies, music scholarship, and general education. Programs with pedagogy emphasis are found in only a small number of US institutions raising questions about the purpose and content of graduate degrees in voice, especially the Doctor of Musical Arts. In Germany, vocal performance and pedagogy programs are found in every college of music. However, in the wake of the EU Bologna Declaration, German institutions are struggling to adapt performance and pedagogy programs to bachelor's and master's degree structures, yet maintain traditionally high standards and international competitiveness.
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The Influence of Transnational Organizations on National Education Systems

Author: Marcelo Parreira do Amaral

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631556337

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 4307

The national state, international organizations and globalization are crucial elements in the discussions on educational policy. This work looks into the mechanics of reciprocal influence exertion in educational policy-making. The neoinstitutionalist isomorphism theory and the externalization thesis offer significant theoretical insights into the influence of international organizations on state education systems. While the majority of works in this field presuppose the challenges to education which spring from this process to be real and pre-exist the discursive process, the study steps back in the debate and takes closer look at its constellations. For this purpose the OECD has been selected as a topical example of the new quality of educational work beyond the level of the nation-state.
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Authenticity and Authentication in Language Learning

Distinctions, Orientations, Implications

Author: Stuart Amor

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631390696

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 394

View: 4826

The purpose of this study is to examine authenticity and related concepts in the field of language learning, to explore the significance of authenticity in various interrelated contexts that affect the process of foreign language learning and to look at the way texts and other materials can be authenticated in the classroom. It describes the implications for coursebook design, teachers and learners, and for language education. Authenticity and authentication are complex terms but of great significance for language learning. The integral language orientations described by Dr. Amor form an intricate web of language attributes and aspects of authentication that should be woven in the classroom.
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Constructivist Oriented Lessons

The Learning Environments and the Teaching Sequences

Author: Ari Widodo

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9783631529195

Category: Education

Page: 202

View: 8345

The study presented in this book is embedded within the -Video Study of Physics Lessons- conducted by the Institute for Science Education at the University of Kiel. The study aims at analysing whether physics lessons taught by a sample of German physics teachers meet key characteristics of constructivist learning environments and constructivist teaching sequences as identified in the literature. Classroom learning environments are assessed using a category system called the Constructivist Oriented Science Classrooms (COSC), while teaching sequences are assessed using a category system called the Constructivist Teaching Sequences (CTS). This book presents the results of the analyses as well as the correlations between the appearances of the characteristics of constructivist-oriented lessons and students' achievement and students' interest."
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Converging Worlds

Play, Literacy, and Culture in Early Childhood

Author: Maureen Kendrick

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783906769486

Category: Social Science

Page: 203

View: 6428

Although there are studies that examine play and literacy relationships, literacy and family relationships, and childhood play in cross-cultural contexts, there are currently no detailed, grounded studies that weave these together as a way of re-theorizing traditional approaches to the study of play and literacy in early childhood. Framed within the perspectives of emergent literacy, social constructivism, and social positioning theory, this qualitative case study explores the intersections of play, literacy, and culture through an in-depth examination of the home-based play activities of a five-year-old Chinese girl. The unique focus of the book offers an up-to-date viewpoint on the bi-directionality and reciprocity between play and literacy learning by exploring issues of gender, identity, family literacy, and culture. Written in narrative format, this highly accessible book paints a rich portrait of what it means to be a child language learner in and across complex linguistic worlds where dissonant cultures must sometimes be negotiated.
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