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Sparking Transformation in Education
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In the Critical Storytelling series, this latest book elevates the voices of a myriad of authors, using empathetic storytelling to spark transformation in education. Stories connect us through the meaning we make, intricately woven in a diverse tapestry of shared experiences held together with the delicate thread of our humanity. Uncovering implicit biases and choices inherent in the two themes of belonging and identity, and caring and relationships, the editors offer concrete strategies for classroom teachers, professors, educational leaders, and policy makers to use storytelling to complement awareness and discourse with calls to action.

Contributors are: Noor Ali, Eisa Al-Shamma, Carol Battle, Anne René Elsbree, Ana M. Hernández, Mark Hevert, Edward D. Kim, Viviane King-Adas, Amanda Moody Maestranzi, Lily Mittnight, Jaclyn Murawska, Sean Nank, Jackie Palmquist, Michael Palmquist, MJ Palmquist, Rania Saeb, Karen Toralba, Suzanne M. Van Steenbergen and Sarah Catherine Vaughan.
This book takes the reader on a journey through different national contexts. Discover the unique challenges and strategies for inclusive education in countries such as Romania, Poland, Guadeloupe and Canada. Explore the need for independent living skills for institutionalised children in Romania, the paradoxes of educational inclusion for Ukrainian refugees in Poland, and the impact of teacher communication styles on student motivation in Guadeloupe. The negotiation of teacher education policy and standards in Canada is also on the agenda. For anyone with a passion for inclusive education, this book is a treasure trove of information.

Contributors are: Laura Agrati, Daniela Roxana Andron, Stephanie Arnott, Dorota Bazuń, Maria Chatzi, Cheryl J. Craig, Stella Danou, Marie-Christine Deyrich, Amen Dhahri, Panagiota Diamanti, Heidi Flavian, Joanna Frątczak-Müller, Becca Friesen, Robert Grant, Josh Gray, Elisabeth Issaieva, Axelle James, Stavroula Kaldi, Adam Kaszuba, Ștefania Kifor, Magdalena Kohout-Diaz, Mariusz Kwiatkowski, Pascal Legrain, Mimi Masson, Anna Mielczarek-Żejmo, Patricia-Gabriela Mociar, Fernando Naiditch, Carrie Nepstad, Frances Rust, Sophie Sanchez-Larréa, Fiona Smythe, Martin Strouhal, Vassiliki Tzika, Aikaterini Vassiou, Efstathios Xafakos and Diane Yendol-Hoppey.
In service to their unique demographic of learners, developmental reading and writing instructors must steadfastly teach basic literacy skills to a diverse student population with varying degrees of literacy proficiency. Even more dauntingly, educators are tasked with procuring andragogically-and-pedagogically appropriate teaching tools – those that meet the needs of the individual student while being accessible and relatable to this adult learner demographic. Of Emoji and Semioliteracy: Reading, Writing, and Texting in the Literacy Instruction Classroom proposes emoji as one such viable literacy and postsecondary writing teaching tool. Drawing from a mixed-methods study, this work chronicles a Texas community college integrated reading and writing project in which students attempt to demonstrate mastery of State-mandated literacy content areas using both traditional writing and emoji. By postulating emoji as a semioliteracy-based instructional tool, this work also explores emoji’s wider implications on teaching reading and writing within the developmental, First-Year Writing, postsecondary, and literacy instruction classes across all levels and disciplines.
Championing Diversity in Scholarship on Growing Older with Chronic Illness
Statistical data suggest that many people with chronic health conditions pass away at much younger ages than their peers. Yet large quantitative datasets that address aging with chronic illness often do not capture the diversity of people with chronic diseases and their experiences of growing older. The assumptions built into many core data resources on aging often erase the journeys of people occupying marginalized social locations. Likewise, these same assumptions can result in omission of people who survive for long amounts of time while managing conditions with relatively short median life expectancies.

These barriers to understanding diverse experiences of aging with chronic illness are endemic but not unique to quantitative research. Qualitative data collection can indeed offer richer insight into both of these intersecting sets of aging experiences. However, even more in-depth approaches to inquiry with smaller groups of people require asking questions that explicitly explore and affirm the diversity of identities and health statuses held by older adults. A more constructive and impactful approach to capturing meaningful data on diverse experiences of aging with chronic disease is thus to focus on affirming study architecture, rather than viewing one particular set of methods as a panacea for exclusion.

With this new edited volume, the editors support the broader goal of expanding knowledge on diverse trajectories of aging with chronic health conditions. Contributed chapters range from critical reviews to methods primers to empirical investigations. The authors focus synergistically on amplifying the attributes and experiences of diverse social populations and on highlighting journeys of longevity with chronic disease.

Contributors are: Nicholas B. DiCarlo, Angela Hunt, Ian M. Johnson, Nat Jones, Kristen D. Krause, Nik M. Lampe, Ginny Natale, Audria LB, Kirsten Ostergren Clark, Manacy Pai, Michele Wise Wright and Terry Gene Wright.
Educational Insights from Australia, New Zealand and Germany
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The meaning of being Muslim has undergone enormous changes in the aftermath of the bombings in New York in 2001. The initial reaction of media outlets was to portray them as a global threat. In social-cultural and political context, they were thought to be unable to fit into Western societies. For example, in a major survey, over half of Australians preferred that their relatives not to marry into a Muslim family.

This book examines the extent to which falsehoods relate attitudes and perceptions of young Muslim and Western students in German, Australian and New Zealand educational institutions to each other. It also addresses the views, pressures, unconscious biases, presumptions and expectations, social cultural and religious influences that drive the relationship between the two communities.
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Unexpected lists that propel your teaching into refreshingly new directions!

From lesson planning and assessment strategies to ideas for changing the world, there is something for everybody at every level and age of mathematics – entertaining humor, deeply serious provocations to push you out of the box, and good, clean wholesome tips for creative experiments in classroom organization.
To solve the global challenges of the present society, contemporary scholarship requires that all diverse social groups are included in knowledge production through education. Professionalisation is one way in which diverse social groups can engage in knowledge production in higher education. While all kinds of professionalisation produce citizens who can contribute to the social, political and economic development, the teaching profession is foundational as most people have come through the hands of teachers from basic to higher education.

Teaching has been referred to as the noblest of professions because it does not only require acquisition of knowledge and skills, but high levels of professionalism, dignity, honour and the ability to lead by example. While inclusion of all diverse social groups is topical after attainment of independence in African countries largely and in South Africa particularly, professionalisation of students with disabilities into the teaching profession and in settings for integrated learning, has received little attention from scholars in the disability field.

Professionalisation of Students with Disabilities into the Teaching Profession in South African Higher Education critically reflects on what affordances and challenges face students with disabilities in professionalisation into the teaching professions and on how students are socialised to identify with the profession. It does so from the lived experiences of students with disabilities, the academics who teach them, the support staff and the author’s nuanced understanding of the professionalisation, the teaching profession, and transformation to include all in the South African context of higher education.
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Critical Leaders and the Foundation of Disability Studies in Education aims to formalize the significance of early histories of understanding disability drawn from the scholarship of those who turned away from conventional status quo and pathologized constructs commonly accepted worldwide to explain disability in schools and society. The series begins with recognition of North American scholars including: Ellen Brantlinger, Lous Heshusius, Steve Taylor, Doug Biklen, and Thomas M. Skrtic. We will expand the series to include scholars from several international countries who likewise formed analyses that shaped the terrain for the emergence of critical perspectives that have endured and slowly given rise to the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies in Education.

Critical Leaders and the Foundation of Disability Studies in Education is a sub-series to the book series Studies in Inclusive Education. The series and subseries have independent editorial teams that work closely together. For the volumes published in the main book series, please visit its webpage.
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Known as the breadbasket of Europe, Ukraine, presently being in the center of international concerns and hopes, shows new dimensions of dignity and determination for which it may be called the school of the world. This collection of texts on inclusion of persons with special educational needs and disabilities from international and Ukrainian scholars was mostly written before the biggest war in Europe since WWII. This volume is the first book for the English reading public on Ukraine’s view on inclusive education. It is always useful to start from the backgrounds and witness the future development.

Contributors are: Natalia Andriichuk, Tetyana Blyznyuk, Olena Budnyk, Inna Chervinska, Olga Derkachova, Iryna Dubkovetska, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Kateryna Fomin, Clayton E. Keller, Karolina Kołodziejczak, Mykhaylo Kotyk, Donald F. Lavin, Jr., Zoriana Leniv, Nataliia Matveieva, Kelly Ann Merchant, Mykhailo Palahniuk, Katarzyna Smoter, Armineh Soorenian, Lidia Sydoriv, Sergiy Sydoriv, Olha Telna, Oksana Tytun, Hryhorii Vasianovych and Anna Ziętek.