Books published in 2016


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Schuelka, Matthew J, Maxwell, T.W. (Eds.)
Education in Bhutan, Culture, Schooling, and Gross National Happiness
Publisher: Springer 2016
ISBN 9789811016479

Bhutan is a country in the Himalayas with a relatively new education system and a unique governmental philosophy known as Gross National Happiness. This book explores the history, culture, challenges, and opportunities of schooling in Bhutan. It discusses topics including historical perspectives on Buddhist monastic education, the regional and international influence on educational development, traditional medical education, higher education, and the evolution of Bhutanese educational policy, to name but a few. It also investigates contemporary challenges to schooling in Bhutan such as adult education, inclusive education, early childhood education, rurality, and gender.


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Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope, Eveline Chan, Leanne Dalley-Trim
Literacies (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2016
ISBN: 9781107578692


With the rise of new technologies and media, the way we communicate is rapidly changing. Literacies provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy pedagogy within today's new media environment. It focuses not only on reading and writing, but also on other modes of communication, including oral, visual, audio, gestural and spatial. This focus is designed to supplement, not replace, the enduringly important role of alphabetical literacy. Using real-world examples and illustrations, Literacies features the experiences of both teachers and students. It maps a range of methods that teachers can use to help their students develop their capacities to read, write and communicate. It also explores the wide range of literacies and the diversity of socio-cultural settings in today's workplace, public and community settings.


Sims: ARNEC Connections no 11

Margaret Sims and Lynn Ang
The transformative power of Early Childhood Development (ECD): Seamless transitions across the continuum from prenatal to 8 years.
Publisher:  Australasian and Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood: Singapore. 2016

This is a publication for ECD professionals by ECD professionals. All articles are contributed by individuals who are ARNEC members and/or are working within the field of early childhood.


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Valeria Varea
Socio-cultural perspectives to think sport
Publisher: Ediciones CICCUS 2016
ISBN: 9789876936903

Many people claim that sport includes those physical activities that society has decided to call them 'sport'. Therefore, sports are socially defined and socially constructed. However, sports are not neutral activities. They reflect and reinforce meanings and values that differ from culture to culture. Sports are aspects of the social world that are created by people as they interact with one another under the social, political and economic conditions that exist in their society.

By adopting a socio-cultural standpoint, this book aims to ‘make the familiar strange' to be able to study it and challenge taken-for-granted truths about sports. Some of the main topics included in this book are 'race', social class, sexuality, masculinity and femininity in sports. In this way, this book re-thinks sport from a socio-cultural and worldwide perspective.