Book Reviews

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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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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Enhancing STEM Motivation through Citizen Science Programs

“Hiller, Kitsantas, and their collaborators have amassed an important new resource on citizen science programs which encourage students and the public to engage directly with scientists in studying large-scale scientific problems all around us. Such programs provide hands-on opportunities for students to engage directly with scientists in participating and demystifying the research process, which could encourage greater awareness and critical understanding about our environment and ultimately inspire future generations of scientists.” - Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin

“This book is an excellent resource for educators, researchers, teachers, and various other stakeholders who desire to enhance students’ engagement and learning in science through citizen science programs. The chapters clearly tie to gather elements of citizen science with motivational theory, providing insights into how motivational theory can be effectively leveraged to create and effectively utilize citizen science programs to support youths’ science interest, engagement, and learning.” - Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Psychology & Educational Technology, Michigan State University

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Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective

"Fay Patel’s edited Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective is an impassioned and convincing argument for the integration of pedagogy with technology, and the partnering of educators, educational developers and instructional designers, to ensure optimal, innovative online learning for students. Drawing on existing research and their own experiences, Patel and her fellow contributors are positing that technology should not be considered a simple panacea for all that currently ails higher education." READ MORE... - Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"This book contains a rich mixture of new and innovative ideas relevant to the burgeoning field of Online Learning and Teaching. In this regard, both the novice as well as the experienced educator, particularly those interested in the value and benefits of technology enabled learning and teaching, will find the discussions and information presented both helpful and informative." READ MORE... - Karen Roland, Karen Roland, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Education and Academic Development, University of Windsor

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Pacing in Sport and Exercise: A Psychophysiological Perspective

"This excellent book is a “must read” for coaches, coach educators and exercise specialists alike. It is a practical text which uses the principles of pacing to explain how training can be structured and monitored to ensure the maximum performance gains for the athlete/exerciser." - Dr Ron Butterly, Leeds Metropolitan University

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