Mesopotamian Mathematics, 2100-1600 BC

Mathematics was integral to Mesopotamian scribal culture: indeed, writing was invented towards the end of the fourth millennium BC for the express purpose of recording numerical information. By the beginning of the second millennium the earliest known body of ‘pure’ mathematics was one of the key elements of scribal training, and is thus pivotal to our understanding of the educational practices and intellectual history of ancient Mesopotamia.

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Integrity in Health Care Institutions

The twelve essays in this stimulating volume, written by health care professionals and others working with the important issue of institutional ethics, focus on the world of academic health centers and provide rich, informed commentaries on significant problems integral to the character and work of those centers. Daniel Steiner demonstrates how the viability of independent research may be threatened by university liaisons with industry. Donald Frederickson traces the history of the National Institutes of Health response to the ethical challenges in clinical investigation and fetal research. Edmund Pellegrino recommends ways in which health-related institutions may translate their concern into action. Robert Coles examines the tensions between institutional and personal values in a very provocative way. Other directions are explored by essayists Roger Bulger, Stephen Toulmin, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Kim Dunn, Mitchell Rabkin, James Haughton, Lawrence Green, and the editors themselves.

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Schools for Marginalized Youth: An International Perspective

The good news is that information is back in vogue, especially the education of students of color attending schools in metropolitan areas. The bad news is that there remains little consensus about how best to improve the education of these students marginalized by the current theory and practice of schooling.

It is evident that the current practice of schooling is failing to provide those traditionally marginalized with opportunities to succeed when compared with their more privileged peers. This suggests that we need to rethink out theorizing about the practice of education. Unless we do this intellectual work, the very foundations of democracy will be compromised.

 

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Wetland Archaeology and Beyond

  • Fully illustrated throughout, including maps of the various sites discussed.
  • Extensive bibliography and cross references.
  • Includes practical (survey, excavation, scientific analyses, preservation, and conservation) as well as theoretical approaches of research within the discipline.

 

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Debates on U.S. Immigration

This issues-based reference work (available in both print and electronic formats) shines a spotlight on immigration policy in the United States. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. Yet while the lofty words enshrined with the Statue of Liberty stand as a source of national pride, the rhetoric and politics surrounding immigration policy all-too-often have proven far less lofty. In reality, the apparently open invitation of Lady Liberty seldom has been without restriction. Throughout our history, impassioned debates about the appropriate scope and nature of such restriction have emerged and mushroomed, among politicians, among scholars of public policy, among the general public. In light of the need to keep students, researchers, and other interested readers informed and up-to-date on status of U.S. immigration policy, this volume uses introductory essays followed by point/counterpoint articles to explore prominent and perennially important debates, providing readers with views on multiple sides of this complex issue. While there are some brief works looking at debates on immigration, as well as some general A-to-Z encyclopedias, we offer more in-depth coverage of a much wider range of themes and issues, thus providing the only fully comprehensive point/counterpoint handbook tackling the issues that political science, history, and sociology majors are asked to explore and to write about as students and that they will grapple with later as policy makers and citizens.

 

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Education Without Structure: Structure Without Education

A Mission to Educate Has Been Placed In Peril

Education Without Structure: Structure Without Education is primarily based upon concerns the author has raised with respect to the educational arena. Decisions reached by school districts to lay off experienced teachers in lieu of finding other resolutions to dissolve the budget deficit, compelling teachers to teach outside of their areas of expertise, and administrators’ unwillingness to ensure that a discipline policy is in force and active throughout the school year are just a few areas of interests. As the author points out, items such as these were merely brought to light in an effort to allow individuals within and outside of the arena to gather their resources in order to reach a consensus of sorts in an effort to revolutionize the current system or, at the very least, monitor each area of concern so that particulars surrounding the issues do not escalate.

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A Curriculum of Place: Understandings Emerging Through the Southern Mist

Since the United States has gone South in a number of respects, it is crucial to our understandings of ourselves and our current milieu to peer through the mist that covers the intricacies of the culture and history of the South. A Curriculum of Place: Understandings Emerging through the Southern Mist presents new and provocative insights into the study of curriculum and place focusing on the South. The essays emphasize understanding the importance of Southern place politically, educationally, and experientially. Southern place is studied autobiographically, historically, and educationally through the lenses of race, class, gender, sexuality, and social justice. Questions are raised concerning the effects of place on the development of Southern identity, educational dispositions, popular culture, politics, and other issues. Ultimately this book affirms the importance of the study of place in contemporary discussions of culture and curriculum.

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Tax Politics in Eastern Europe

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Post-Communist tax reform, like institutional reform in other areas of the post-Communist transition, holds tremendous material consequences for different groups in society. Consequently, one would expect the allocation of resources and the distribution of the financial burden of that allocation to be highly sensitive to domestic politics. Indeed the political stakes should be especially high since post-Communist tax reform requires not merely a simple adjustment at the margin, but the fundamental reallocation of the responsibility for government revenue. In Eastern Europe, however, important areas of tax policy do not reflect traditional domestic variables (e.g., interest groups and partisanship) so much as the international imperatives associated with regional and global economic integration.

 

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Assessing Learners with Special Needs

This most recent revision of Assessing Learners with Special Needs: An Applied Approach includes thorough explanations of the IDEA 2004 Regulations including RTI (response to intervention) and Early Intervening Services. Moreover, this text includes more applied exercises within the textbook. To address the increasing importance of accurate assessment of students with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism, the most widely researched diagnostic instruments are included.

 

Students using this textbook will be able to understand progress monitoring through applied exercises in which they monitor their own progress in the course, plot a goal line, and chart their progress across the semester. Students and instructors are provided with chapter-by-chapter CEC Knowledge and Skills Standards. This allows students to see the skills they are expected to master when they complete coursework that is aligned for CEC Accreditation and provides the students with an understanding of the knowledge base expected of today’s highly qualified teachers.

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Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies

Written by the leading authority in the field, the Eighth Edition of this classic text has been rewritten and updated to reflect current and emerging theory, research, and scholarship in the fields of ethnic studies and multicultural education.

 

Divided into five parts, Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies  emphasizes that the main goal of the multicultural curriculum should be to help students develop the ability to make reflective decisions so that they can, through thoughtful action, influence their personal, social, and civic worlds and help make them more democratic and just.

 

Part I presents a rationale for incorporating ethnic content into the mainstream curriculum. Goals and key concepts for the multicultural curriculum are also discussed. Parts II through IV contain chapters on the major ethnic groups in the United States: Native and African Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian and Arab Americans.

 

The text is designed to help teachers conceptualize, design, and implement a democratic, thoughtful, and just curriculum that honors and reflects the experiences, hopes, and dreams of all Americans. It describes the knowledge, concepts, strategies, and resources that teachers need to implement a democratic curriculum by transforming the mainstream curriculum and incorporating content and concepts about diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

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