Book Reviews

Experiencing Hospitality

"This edited book has a great line up of international contributors renowned for their work in hospitality studies. The book provides a useful cross-disciplinary resource for students, academics and practitioners interested in understanding and theorising hospitality within a commercial context." READ MORE... - Professor Alison McIntosh, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

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Cyber-Security and Information Warfare

“The book is devoted to a broad spectrum of methods and techniques of an interdisciplinary nature, where both Mathematics and Engineering play a significant role. More specifically, this volume presents up-to-date advances in cyber-security, information management technologies, along with mathematical and engineering applications. Eminent experts in the individual subjects have presented very important works which can prove very essential for future research. The book appeals to a wide readership, from graduate students to research scientists who seek the latest information. It would also serve as a very valuable reference source for libraries of universities, research institutes, as well as individual collections. I believe this publication contributes very much to the existing literature in Science and Technology and will serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for further study in the corresponding areas of research.” - Themistocles M. Rassias, Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges

Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges pioneers a scientific research-based book that demonstrates the effect of strengthening parent-teacher relationships in promoting the child's development and success in school and in life. Derived from studies in various countries (Australia, Finland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States), this book reflects strategies for parental involvement and mediation factors from various cultural perspectives and teachers' ethnic and professional identities in influencing parental involvement in their children’s growth both at school and at home. A must-read for educators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers around the world!” - Anastasia Lijadi, PhD, Research Scholar World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

“Extensive research has clearly established that parental involvement is one of the keys to student academic success. But how does one promote parent involvement? Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges explains how. This innovative book by editors Kaplan-Toren and van Schalkwyk provides an up-to-date overview of cutting edge international research on parent involvement. It contains valuable recommendations for overcoming the wide range of challenges that act as barriers to parent involvement. This book is a must-read for teachers, teacher educators, school administrators, and school-based mental health professionals.” - Brian Gerrard, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, Western Institute for Social Research Berkeley, California

“While by its wording it applies to parents, in practice parental involvement relates to both parents and teachers and particularly to the joint relationships between them. Given the universality of schooling yet manifold educational objectives and practices, parental involvement has multiple meanings translated into various culture-contingent modes employed by both parents and teachers in diversified socio-ethnic settings. Drawing on their research, in this volume, Nurit Toren-Kaplan and Gertina van Schalkwyk and their colleagues offer a broad perspective on the practices, benefits and challenges of parental involvement as carried out in five different countries, in fact representing five different continents. As borders open and countries become multi-cultural, this volume offers highly valuable knowledge to practicing teachers, teacher educators, and educational policy makers and prompts new questions for researchers across different parts of the world.” - Rachel Seginer, PhD, Emeritus professor of Development and Education, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa; Chairperson Department of Psychology and MA Educational Psychology Program, Yezreel Valley College, Israel

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Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research

“From literally cover-to-cover, this book delivers what its title promises- "Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research.” Whether read collectively or individually, the nine essay chapters here-in, thoughtfully interweave scholarly practice with professional research. The result is the affirmation of the endless value and timeless vitality of “Photovoice” as a catalytic tool for system-wide change. Whether new to this methodology of inquiry or seasoned in its use, readers will be witness to its art and science as it both captures and amplifies the images and voices of all involved. This book is a ‘must read’ for everyone who appreciates the interconnections between and among individuals, their families and communities, and the policies that are intended to serve them. "Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research" is a ‘must have’ for those of us committed to ensuring that our collaborations with communities are not just community- placed, they are genuinely community-based!” - Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Director, Social Justice Initiative and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College, USA, Co-Chair, Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, Co- author, The Alignment of Leadership Development and Participatory Action Research

“This new work edited by Drs. Moya and Chávez-Baray gives step-by-step instructions for implementing Photovoice, an asset-based approach that has the potential to empower and give voice to those who are too often unheard in society. The diverse applications captured by the experienced authors of the book’s chapters illustrate the flexibility of the method across different disciplines, contexts, and populations, and provide ideas for future work. The book is an essential toolbox for the qualitative community-based participatory researcher who is interested in both gaining insight into the lives of community members and working alongside them to effect meaningful change. However, it is also accessible to those who have never conducted research and who seek a documentary medium that has simultaneous potential for active intervention.” - John Wiebe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso

"This incredible book is a compendium of information on the Photovoice method from a global perspective. It is very readable, and clearly documents the effectiveness of Photovoice as a method of research and empowerment in communities. This methodology also has a clear theoretical base of feminist theory, critical theory, and use of photography as a method. The first chapter is a clear explanation of the Photovoice method and has excellent appendices on the methodology of using this community based qualitative research. The following chapters detail the practical use of this method worldwide, in Mexico, and in the United States. It is clear that Photovoice has impacted many communities in the world and is change agent to impact policy makers. Reading this book will benefit practitioners, students, and academicians." - Dr. Steven Granich, Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, USA

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Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Tumors

"Management of spinal cord and spinal column tumors has extended the reach of the neurosurgeon. This book reviews the main tumors of this area of the nervous system and gives an overview on the main approaches in a step-by-step fashion. The goal of this book is, therefore, to assist neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons to better understand the main neoplastic pathologies of this area, and limits and possibilities of spinal approaches. I am pretty sure that this volume will lead to improve the knowledge on spinal cord and spinal column tumors and their management for better care of patients." - Giovanni Grasso, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurosurgical Clinic, Department of Experimental Biomedicine & Clinical Neurosciences, Deputy Rector for Relationships with Medical & Scientific Associations and Charities, University of Palermo, Italy

"Dr. Landi and Dr. Defini have edited a most comprehensive text on spinal cord and spinal column tumors. By starting with the basic anatomy and biochemistry, they lay the groundwork for a better understanding of all the following chapters. This approach is laudable. The topic is one of the most important in the field of neurosurgery. Spinal cord tumors are poorly understood, and often overlooked. Not since the book from Johns Hopkins Hospital "Surgery for Skull Base Tumors (Contemporary Issues in Neurological Surgery)" edited by Donlin Long, MD, PhD, has there been such a comprehensive text on these issues. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, primary tumors arising from the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots and dura are rare compared to CNS tumors that arise in the brain. Overall prevalence is estimated at one spinal tumor for every four intracranial lesions. About 10,000 Americans develop primary (30%) or metastatic (70%) spinal cord tumors each year. This book, edited by Dr Landi and Dr. Defini brings new clarity of understanding of this rare, but potentially devastating clinical process. Any neurosurgeons will greatly benefit from this volume." - Nelson Hendler, MD, MS, Former assistant professor of neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Former associate professor of physiology University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery

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Chimpanzee Behaviour: Recent Understandings from Captivity and the Forest

“With this book, Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold offers us insight into chimpanzee behavior through the writings of a fascinating group of people, who have in common an in-depth knowledge of chimpanzees. Rarely is such diversity in topics (art to meat-eating) and settings (US language-laboratory to African field sites) available in a single volume that highlights the proclivities of our closest living relatives. Jensvold, and the other experts contributing chapters, truly enhance our understandings by sharing their views of what makes chimpanzees so special, enriching our care for them in captivity and reinforcing their conservation needs in the wild.” - Dr. Kim Bard, Professor of Comparative Developmental Psychology, University of Portsmouth UK

"Chimpanzee Behaviour is a compendium of papers describing new results of studies of chimpanzees both in captivity and the wild. This is a valuable contribution to the literature on chimpanzees, and further testimony to how much more there is to learn about our closest relatives." - Dr. Craig Stanford, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

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Mechanisms of Evolution

"Mechanisms of Evolution is a refreshing rethinking of the forces behind the evolutionary process. Particularly interesting and stimulating is the discussion of the relationship between biological and cultural evolution. You don’t have to agree with this book but you will learn from reading it." - Michael Ruse

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Emotionally, Socially, and Learning Disabled Gifted Children: Theory and Treatment

"Educators, counselors, and parents will find this volume inspiring and practical. Anyone interested in double-exceptional children will find theory combined with cases illustrating the struggles of families and children with being gifted along with having a disability. The author confronts issues like ADHD, underachievement, dropping out of school, and home schooling, asking crucial questions, and offering recommendations based on her own experience consulting gifted children and their parents over the years. The last chapter provides a summary and raises more questions like "To what extent is the severity of the disability a main factor in materializing the student’s gifts? Addressing myths. This book written by a psychologist, brings a wealth of knowledge on the important topic of double-exceptionality tied with a personal perspective." - Dr. Hava Vidergor, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Gordon Academic College, Arab Academic College, Haifa, Israel

“This unique book, aimed for students, professionals in the fields of psychology and education, as well as parents of double-exceptional children and use, offers the reader an experience uncommon among scientific materials. Emotionally, Socially, and Learning Disabled Children: Theory and Treatment is an interesting book which combines fluency with a solid scientific base for its insights and new ways of looking at well-accepted assumptions such as “dropping out of school should be prevented if only possible” or “the severity of a learning-or-other disability determines the prospects of overcoming it”. The case studies and the vignettes I the book are based on the 3-decade experience of the writer as a counselor of gifted children with and without disabilities." - Dr. Hasan Said Tortop, Professor of Special Education Department, the Gifted Education Division, the University of Istanbul Aydin, Turkey, Editor of Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists (JEGYS) and Journal of Gifted Education and Creativity

“This book on Emotional, Sociology and Learning disable children is an exceptional formulation of socio-psychological theory and treatment for the gifted students and especially to the parents of gifted children towards understanding their need, ability and intelligence about being gifted. Moreover, this book is well constructed with academic and rigorous scientific research which eventually support to educational, clinical psychology and social lives contributions.” - Mani Man Singh Rajbhandari, Ph.D., Founder and Editor-in-Chief Journal of Interdisciplinary Sciences; Professor/Researcher: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. CENTRUM Graduate Business School; Director/Senior Researcher: Organization for Research Development and Training (ORDT)

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Lean Manufacturing: Implementation, Opportunities and Challenges

"This book deals with a hot topic and it is extremely useful for understanding integrated production management processes as well as solving the new challenges of industry 4.0." - Professor Anónio Bastos Pereira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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The Dissipative Mind: The Human Being as a Triadic Dissipative Structure

“This book represents a true novelty in the field of life sciences and epistemology. The authors have reached an authoritative expertise in the complex biological fields of neuroscience (SC) and immunology (SC, AV) and, with particular reference to Dr Giovanni Vella, who began the approach in the early 1990, in this editorial effort they attempted to elucidate the role and the underneath neural-psychic mechanisms of the Navigator therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach based on the “bodily-cognitive re-structuring." READ MORE... - Professor Tatyana Belikhina, MD, PhD (Psychiatrist-Deputy of Director, Center of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Semey University, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Geir Bjørklund (President- Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (CONEM), Mo i Rana, Norway)

"This book attracted my attention, the logical texture of a psychologist, because the authors attempted a bold effort to reach the “hard problem” starting from the apparently “crude” biology. I think honestly that this book deserves to be read and expanded in those fields where science debates too much little about the human being.” READ MORE... - Nicola C. Capobianco, Ph.D., Psychologist and Phyxhotherapist, Tecno Bios S.S. Appia km 7 zona P.i.p., Apollosa (Benevento), Italy

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