Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives and Challenges

“An important and much-needed contribution to the field, this book helps fill a ubiquitous gap: what we know and what we think we know based on empirical research about educating English learners. This book provides insight into research across an impressive array of topics, each one pertinent to today’s schools. It is a must-read for educators working with English learners. “ - Jana Echevarria, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach, USA

“You will be glad you read Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives, and Challenges the next time you find yourself having to field a question about why it takes recent generations of English learners so long to learn English. As the acquisition of English language has become increasingly conflated with criteria for academic success, current generations of English learners face unique learning demands not encountered by their predecessors. This book’s collection of chapters uses varied research methodologies and sophisticated statistical methods to shine a much-needed light on the complexities of learning a second language for academic purposes.” - María S. Carlo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavior and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, USA

“This dynamic collection of chapters and content-related studies provides a nuanced understanding of why English learners struggle to acquire second language proficiency and domain knowledge simultaneously. The insights provided around the multi-dimensional factors (e.g., the language of math, science, and social studies, as well as the complexity of the mathematics, science, and social studies registers) that contribute to English learners’ struggles are long overdue and often overlooked in pre-service teacher education programs. Hence, this text is essential reading for teacher educators who are charged with preparing the next generation of teachers for a diverse population of English learners.” - Sharolyn D. Pollard-Durodola, Professor, English Language Learning Program, Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA

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The Last Farewell Embrace: Spirituality, Near-Death Experiences, and Other Extraordinary Events among Nurses

For nurses, doctors, and other medical practitioners this book is a ‘must-read’. Those who have faced a confrontation with death and the grieving process firsthand will also find this book well worth the time. Finally, anyone with a general interest in transpersonal psychology, transformation, and the life-death process will find it worthwhile acquainting themselves with this research" READ MORE... - Dr. Alexander De Foe, Psychology, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Melbourne, Australia

This book is a very welcome addition to the literature and I hope it is read and understood by all healthcare professionals especially those involved in end of life care. READ MORE... - Dr. Penny Sartori, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Swansea University, Wales, UK

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Structure of Matter

This book is unique in the field of Quantum Mechanics and its applications. It is really different from others. It is comprehensive and written with an attractive personal style. In particular, key issues related to Quasi-Classical Quantum Mechanics are treated with rigor and mathematical elegance (consider the roots of Quantum Mechanics). Subjects as wave functions, scattering , measurement, as well as applications to Condensed Mattter Physics, Atomic Physics, and Molecular Physics are tackled very satisfactorily. In particular, the Thomas-Fermi theory, metallic cohesion, Berry phase, and a new type of inter-atomic potentials are examined exhaustively. In relation to these potentials, the theory presented by the author is the only theory of this kind. In addition, the quantum theory of radiation and problems upon tunneling are studied in a singular way. The book in question improves substantially the state of the art, it is technically correct, and is well referenced. I recommend publication. - Dr. Maria-Angeles Grado-Caffaro, Scientific Consultant, partner at Sapienza-Studies, Spain

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Creativity in Occupational Therapy: Person, Process, Product

“One of a kind, fresh perspective on creativity! Creativity in Occupational Therapy: Person, Process, Product provides a comprehensive, evidence-based exploration of creativity. As a multi-dimensional concept, creativity is examined as both a personal characteristic and one that is critical to the occupational therapy process. Dr. Oven states, "Creativity can be found in the way we approach the world, reason, occupy ourselves, develop abilities, and prepare for the future." (p. 32). Numerous definitions and theories of creativity are extensively discussed based on current literature and Dr. Oven's research. The most significant contribution is Dr. Oven's broad consideration of the use of creativity in occupational therapy practice. She discusses the traditional use of creative occupations as a therapeutic modality which is supported in the World Health Organizations' (WHO) recent report providing evidence that participation in creative arts promotes physical and mental health and prevents ill health (Fancourt & Finn, 2019). A significant contribution, however, is Dr. Oven's expanded view of the importance of creativity in the therapeutic process for both the therapist and the client. For therapists, creativity promotes open-mindedness, original ideas, and the ability to solve problems. As a part of client-centered care, Dr. Oven acknowledges the importance of incorporating the client's creativity in therapy to promote successful outcomes. She also explores how features of the work environment can foster or hinder creativity in practice. The monograph closes with a synthesis of her original mixed methods research on factors influencing creativity in occupational therapy. In sum, Creativity in Occupational Therapy: Person, Process, Product provides a unique and valuable contribution to occupational therapy and the general public's understanding and use of creativity in daily life.” - Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor Emerita, Occupational Therapy, Cleveland State University, USA

“The content of the present book is highly applicable to real life situations of occupational therapists and at the same time rather innovative, as it encroaches on one of the least researched fields in social and health sciences, on the occupational therapy process and the role of creativity in it. The key contribution of the book is the cutting-edge approach to the creativity of occupational therapists in the occupational therapy process from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The author discusses in depth the creative process of occupational therapist in occupational therapy treatment, and the factors that trigger creativity, influence its course, stimulate and / or hinder it. The book offers an overview of synthesized and pulled key concepts on creativity from a variety of sources to provide a comprehensive resource for scientists and practitioners in the field. To achieve that, the author draws on recent interdisciplinary theoretical backgrounds (philosophical, psychological, sociological, medical, occupational therapy), available in scientific and professional literature worldwide. Furthermore, the book presents research tools for a novel assessment of creativity in occupational therapy, which makes the book both, relevant and practical.” - Dr. Bojana Lobe, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

“This manuscript is a timely, fresh and exciting read that addresses several critical questions in the field of occupational therapy that are connected with the human, its vulnerability, and the need for a purpose-filled existence as well as with our shared humanity that should mark the professional relationship between the therapist and the client. This humanistic approach can only be achieved by supporting the client’s abilities, initiating new possibilities and leaning on the creative potential of a therapist who is sensitive to the needs of others. READ MORE... - Dr. Zalka Drglin, National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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A University Assisted Community Schools Approach to Understanding Social Problems and Social Justice 

“This book is written for both experienced scholar-activists and those new to the field of scholar activism. With over 40 years of experience, the author shares his most notable successes and failures, some deeply personal, others representative of larger systemic issues. In all of his successes and failures, there were lessons to be learned. The author embeds his theoretical analysis within a rich, cultural context that is littered with personal anecdotes, Bob Dylan songs, and some of his favorite fiction and non-fiction authors. For example, he describes one notable failure in a section entitled “To get [sic] stuck inside a mobile with the Memphis blues again.” In this chapter the author describes his foray into an urban, politically contested school debate that seemed to play out along racial and class lines. His team – an undergraduate student from Memphis, a graduate student, and a state representative – were all deeply committed to the community school model but soon realized they had failed to adequately consider the legacy of segregation. The lesson: context matters. A number of successes provide readers with the foundational and conceptual frameworks that demonstrate the utility of community schools. Communities and campus partners give each school a unique character that affects programming, goals, and engagement with children and their families. Two university-assisted community schools in Knoxville, Tennessee illustrate this point. The lesson: context matters. The social, political, and economic climate in which schools exist punctuate the need for community schools that reflect the people of the communities in which they are embedded. Community schools will continue to fill the gaps left by compromised systems, which deny full educational opportunities to marginalized groups. This book provides a lens by which this model can be further understood and replicated.” - Sylvia D. Turner, Ph.D., Associate Director, Haslam Scholars Program, The University of Tennessee, USA

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Racecadotril: An Effective Anti-Diarrheal Drug

“Diarrhea, whose morbidity is still a non-solved problem, still creates a great deal of anxiety among parents who look for something to stop the disease as quickly as possible. Racecadotril fulfills all the characteristics that an ideal antidiarrheal drug should have, as described by Dr. Robert Edelman in 1985, when adequate antidiarrheal drugs were not yet available. Taken by mouth, racecadotril is rapidly absorbed in the intestine and found subsequently in large quantities in the submucosal structures of the intestinal wall. It inhibits the enkephalinase activity, protects enkephalins from inactivation, reduces cytosolic cyclic AMP level, and rapidly controls hypersecretion of water and electrolytes without affecting the intestinal motility. Furthermore, it does not cross the blood-brain barrier and thus has no sedative effects. This book, edited by Dr. Marco Manfredi, is a comprehensive review of racecadotril. A group of experts in the field reviews its history, pharmacologic properties, mode of action, and results of clinical trials conducted to prove its efficacy and safety. It is particularly remarkable to have among the authors, Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Lecomte, who were the developers of this drug. Time will prove that this book is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of those who have an interest in the field of diarrheal diseases and its treatment.” - Eduardo Salazar-Lindo, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

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Food as Medicine

"The authors have done substantial literature survey and included key references that can be useful for interested students and researchers. The book also contains basic chapters dealing with antioxidant chemistry, their mechanism of action in the body and modulation of intracellular signaling circuits by food constituents that can be very helpful in understanding the mechanism of action of foods on health and disease." READ MORE... - M.T. Ravi Subbiah, Professor Emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

"Essa and Memon are well qualified editors and this text is an excellent, well-referenced collection of papers assembled to introduce and answer basic science and research questions on the topic."READ MORE... - Richard E. Palmquist, DVM, President, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation

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Bubble Nucleation and Dynamics

“This monograph concerns small bubbles in nonequilibrium situations. Describing nucleation phenomena requires that the continuum assumption be supplemented with models of molecular activity and kinetic theory. Much of this book reviews the authors original research. It is an updated version of a work originally published in Korean. The first five chapters deal with the origin and early growth of bubbles; vapor bubble formation in liquids, superheat heat limit of liquids, gaseous bubble formation in solutions, formation of bubbles in cavities, and condensation and vaporization on flat surfaces. The following four chapters concern bubble dynamics. Events are described using a set of analytical solutions for the Navier-Stokes equations with spherical symmetry. Sonoluminescence phenomena is discussed from a hydrodynamics viewpoint. One chapter is devoted to shock wave propagation in bubbly mixtures. Another chapter deals with the gravitational collapse of Newtonian stars and the core collapse of supernovas. This analysis also is relevant to a fire-ball generated by TNT explosion underwater. An engineer or scientist working with bubbles phenomena needs to be acquainted with the results in this monograph.” - Ronald L. Panton, Emeritus J. H. Herring Centennial Professor, Walker Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Author of “Incompressible Flow,” a well-known graduate test in Fluid Mechanics

“This book is a remarkable culmination of the author’s lifelong love and study of the bubble. It offers the extensive account of relevant materials in a manner so thorough but still readable that it will undoubtedly mark the fundamental reference for everyone in its field to keep.” - Wonho Jhe, Professor at Seoul National University, Associate editor of Applied Nanoscience

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Biodiversity of the Bulgarian-Romanian Section of the Lower Danube

"The Danube River flows across much of the European continent from its central part to its southeastern border. In addition to its high transport, commercial and economic importance, the River is also a key factor in biodiversity, especially in its lower course. Therefore, it is a good idea to summarize in one book the available information together with original unpublished data on the species diversity, chorology and ecology of key groups of animals and overview of significant vegetation areas in the Bulgarian section of the Danube," READ MORE...Associate Professor Dr. Alexi Popov, Former Director (retired), National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, Bulgaria

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The Elusive Search for Job Security: A Historical Inquiry into Dismissals in the US Workplace

“In this elegantly argued book, Matthias Beck has produced a masterful account of how and why successive attempts at strengthening job security for American employees at their place of work have come virtually to nothing. Synthesising brilliantly a mass of historical detail, he shows how powerful institutional and organizational forces have been mobilised to prevent American employees enjoying a level of employment protection that is taken-for-granted in most parts of Europe. As a result, at-will-employment is the Sword of Damocles that continues to hang most American workplaces. Above all, what emerges from this fine book is the perverse irony of the world’s richest country affording its citizens the least job security of any economically advanced nation.” - Professor Paul Teague, Martin Naughton Chair of Management at Queen’s University, Belfast

“In this impressively researched and scholarly book Prof Beck investigates the origins and consequences of limited legal protection offered to American workers ... and explores the particular historical reasons for this apparent American exceptionalism. Thoroughly footnoted throughout, the narrative concentrates on the legal aspects of dismissal and the role of the judiciary promoting ‘at will’ firing and plant level bargaining. A detailed array of evidence is fielded to show how attempts to restrict managerial rights were doomed to failure … The book will be of interest to business, legal and economic historians, and policy makers. Above all, it will appeal to those readers who are seeking new insights into the linkages between disorganised labour and the evident competitive advantage of American capitalism before the financial crisis of 2007.” - Professor Steven Toms, Chair in Accounting at Leeds University Business School, UK and Editor of Business History.

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