Book Reviews

History and Collective Memory from the Margins: A Global Perspective

"This interdisciplinary book is timely and historic because it sheds light on how narratives of majority and minority identities in our contemporary world are being shaped by contested, uneven, and fractured acts of historical memory and collective remembering. The various chapters masterfully articulate global stories of identity formation that are unfolding from the center and the periphery and from the dominant and marginalized perspectives in local societies such as Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Poland. This book employs an array of complex, rich, and diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in my view, the volume has all the makings of a timeless classic." - Sunil Bhatia, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development, Connecticut College, United States

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Improving Teaching and Learning through Self-Regulation

"In this digital age with the vast proliferation of information, one can be easily distracted or overwhelmed. Betty McDonald provides a timely, much needed evidence-based practical handbook to guide both teachers and students. Using extensive seminal research data she shares critical insights and expertise that promote self- regulation resulting in deep and efficient learning. The book is a fun, easy-read that can be used as a reference text providing choice and flexibility, matching one's teaching and/or learning style and preference. The clever use of shareware graphics and memorable quotations is engaging, instructive and helpful. Betty provides the busy teacher and student with a focused digest of self-regulatory strategies that will undoubtedly contribute to successful teaching and learning. A must-read for teachers, support staff and students. Compelling, accessible and ultimately practical!" - Kogi Naidoo, HERDSA Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, Director, Learning Academy, Division of Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

"Betty McDonald describes self-regulated learning in easily understandable language, not only supported by the literature but augmented with graphics that, as Dr. Betty says, “break the possible monotony of the reader… and to stimulate thought and… bring comic relief.” How refreshing!

Having studied self-directed learning in introductory and senior undergraduate courses, I know firsthand of its value to students, including increased autonomy and motivation for learning. Students tell us that this will help them and we are advised to listen and act.

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. McDonald’s stance that self-regulated learning is closely tied to life-long learning and success in the workplace. We need to support teachers to best help their students, and self-regulated learning is one way to do so. Imagine helping people determine, set and attain goals, not only in their courses, but as a strategy throughout their lives." - Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. Educational developer, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

"This book by Professor Betty McDonald gives a thorough basis for (a) the understanding of the history and rationale for self-regulated learning research, and (b) ways and means to teach, learn, and apply those mechanisms to enhance self-regulated learning. From both the literature reviews and application sections, the reader is offered numerous techniques that complement self-regulated learning. The book is an easy read with short, distinguishable sections accompanied with numerous graphics and quotes. Readers will be pleased to learn more ways to enhance their own self-regulated learning and have this vast cumulation of resources to better lead their students in their appreciation and use of self-regulated learning." - John M. Enger, Ph.D.

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Advances in Squid Biology, Ecology and Fisheries. Part I: Myopsid squids

"This volume describes research on the biology (life history, age and growth, maturation and fecundity), ecology (distribution, migrations, diet, predators and parasites) and fisheries (fishing areas, methods, landings, management and stock assessment) of economically important myopsid squids. which are typically associated with the seabed of the inshore coastal zone." READ MORE... - Sigurd v. Boletzky, Associate Editor VIE ET MILIEU – Life and Environment


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Advances in Squid Biology, Ecology and Fisheries. Part II: Oegopsid squids

"The aims of this volume are basically the same as with the previous one, Part II dealing with oegopsid squids, which – in contrast to the myopsids – belong to the pelagic, oceanic environment." READ MORE... - Sigurd v. Boletzky, Associate Editor VIE ET MILIEU – Life and Environment

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Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods: Technology, Stability and Benefits to Human Health

"The book is a unique compilation of technology of various probiotic foods and stability of probiotics in various probiotic and prebiotic foods, as well as their health benefits. The book fills in a gap in our knowledge on the production and practical application of prebiotics and probiotics in foods." READ MORE... - Niels Skovgard, Birkerød, Denmark, International Journal of Food Microbiology

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Understanding Ethnic Segregation in Contemporary Britain

"In this in-depth study of segregation, ethnicity and the northern English city Jamie Halsall examines the debate over whether we are sleepwalking into a more segregated future, or whether the reality of change on the ground is not so easily turned into sound bites. Not afraid of making strong claims this study is both interesting to read and a timely contribution." - Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, The University of Oxford

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What Are Finnish Teachers Made Of? A Glance at Teacher Education in Finland Yesterday and Today

"...Already in the 1920s, Finland understood that teachers had to be educated for the need of the whole country, and therefore, teacher educated was also started in the Teacher Training College of Tornio, in North-Finland. Today, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi educates teachers in this region." READ MORE... - Dr. Maija Rask, PhD, former Minister of Education

"Drs. Merja Paksuniemi, Satu Uusiautti, and Kaarina Määttä have answered to the call for scientific books explaining the Finnish education system by introducing the early phases of the Finnish education system. However, the book is not just historical but it extends the review to the present day." READ MORE... - Dr. Erika Sarivaara, Sámi Parliament, Norway

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Putting Privacy in Perspective: Exploring the Evolution and Implications of Privacy in U.S. Society

"In Dr. Hough’s book, a compelling case is made that the four kinds of Privacy she describes were not very much present in past societies." READ MORE... - David Brin, Scientist, Best-Selling Author and Tech-Futurist

"Putting Privacy in Perspective offers a quick, readable and provocative survey of how privacy has evolved in this country from colonial times through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age. Its somewhat surprising conclusion is that people in the post-Civil War era enjoyed much more solitude, intimacy, and anonymity than either the founding generation or our current computer-driven era." - Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University

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Introduction to Communication Sciences

"An expert on ancient and contemporary languages of India, and an outstanding pioneer in the field of acoustic phonetics of Indian languages, Dr. S. R. Savithri’s book on Introduction to Communication Sciences is a treasure cove for all seekers in the area of Speech Science. This book covers fundamental and advanced concepts of speech production, perception, regulation, and their implications in a nutshell. The five chapters in the book use many illustrations and clearly describe the process of communication and its components; biological and neurological bases of speech production; fundamental concepts related to the nature of sound; auditory mechanism and functions related to the perception of sound; and historical developments and scope of practice with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature, global issues, and technology. Dr. Savithri’s clear elucidations of complex concepts of speech science is a must read for all beginners, advanced learners, and professionals in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology." - Rangamani G. N., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Cloud State University, MN USA

"The textbook ‘Introduction to Communication Sciences’ by Prof. Dr. S. R. Savithri is a highly welcome contribution to teaching speech pathology/audiology and phonetics. It provides a fresh and exciting perspective on the field, building on the author’s wealth of research and teaching experience in a vibrant multi-lingual environment. Importantly, the book incorporates some valuable insights of ancient Sanskrit scholars – first known phoneticians, as part of a historical review of the field. The book is remarkably clearly written, with various – often quite complex – concepts and topics presented in a very accessible way and amply illustrated. As such, the textbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and young researchers in speech/audiology and phonetics." - Alexei Kochetov, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems

"Artificial intelligence is an important field of research and I congratulate the Editors, Dr. V. Rajinikanth and Dr. K. Kamalanand for bringing out this excellent book entitled “Advances in Artificial Intelligence Systems”. This book is sectioned into six chapters and each chapter provides excellent information on some of the recent algorithms in the field of computational intelligence along with their applications. Computational intelligence algorithms such as Social Group Optimization, Convolution Neural Networks, Firefly Optimization and Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithms-II are explained along with few applications in the field of biomedical diagnostics and process control. This book will be highly useful both as a research reference and as a learning medium." - Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Senior Professor and 8th Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Vice Chancellor, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences

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