Approaches and strategies in next generation science learning.
A theoretical foundation and conceptual frameworks; modeling, simulation, and games; curriculum innovations; and evaluation and assessment issues are the major themes as education scholars, most specializing in science education, ponder how to pass scientific knowledge and practice to another generation. Among the topics are self-regulated learning as a method to develop scientific thinking, integrating the products and practices of science to improve science education, teachers and teaching in game-based learning theory and practice, promoting the physical sciences among middle school urban youth through informal learning experiences, and measuring and facilitating highly effective inquiry-based teaching and learning in science classrooms. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Business strategies for electrical infrastructure engineering; capital project implementation.
A specialist in the interface between electrical systems and business management, Wilson and Younis (optimization system and operations management, Wayne State U., Michigan) explore cost-effective methods for integrating renewable energy sources into existing electrical systems. Among their topics are the socioeconomic environment in wind turbine generator system integration, process evaluating and cost analysis mechanisms for equipment installation ventures, ordinal capital project ranking evaluation and the quality component, transmission line reconductoring process analysis, project management substation guidelines, and electrical contractor work comparisons. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on 3D technology application and integration in education.
Nettleton and Lennex (classroom management and assessment and education, Morehead State U.) assemble 15 case studies that consider the application of 3D technology in educational settings. Education, technology, nursing, and science and engineering researchers from the US, Canada, and Asia discuss the use of 3D in science education, stereoscopic 3D and 3D virtual reality technology in cyberethics education, 3D apps with iPads in science and social studies, CoSpace educational robotics, 3D modeling in a high school computer visualization class, Second Life to teach collaboration skills and art education, and virtual environments in science. They also detail 3D video production; how 3D can enhance classroom learning experiences through a stereoscopic 3D document camera; 3D cameras, editing, and apps; middle school students who worked on a NASA-sponsored project; developing 3D case studies for students in nursing education; and an online 3D learning environment for a museum. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on digital game-based learning; methods, models, and strategies.
For educators, researchers, and policy makers, Baek (educational technology, Boise State U.) and Whitton (Manchester Metropolitan U., UK) draw together 26 cases on use of digital games in various learning contexts, from primary grades through college. Researchers working in technology, education, game-based learning, psychology, and other fields in the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia describe the use of entertainment and educational games in teaching, including Pixie Hollow, massively multiplayer online role playing games, Nintendo Wii, the genre of interactive fiction, Civilization IV, mobile phone technology, using games to teach nutritional habits, and a mixed-reality game; designing games, including Medicina, Serious Games, and Broken Window; how game design can be a means for learning, with discussion of Game Maker, Gamestar Mechanic, and other topics; games for teacher education, including Farmville and Death in Rome; how to create effective learning experiences, such as using educational animation and manipulatives to support learning math and the use of virtual worlds; and research on games and learning. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on educational technology implementation for facilitating learning.
For students and educators in educational technology, Ritzhaupt and Kumar (teaching and learning, U. of Florida) compile 21 case studies from educators and professionals in educational technology and other fields working in the US, Canada, Ghana, and Europe, who illustrate the use of educational technology in learning. They discuss K-12, higher, religious, and healthcare education settings, and technology topics related to learning management systems, social media tools, professional development, teacher education courses, online teaching, electronic coaching, training, developing an educational tool, mobile learning, the design and development of an educational game, scenario-based simulations for at-risk college students, issues in instructional design, teaching simulation, electronic portfolios, and a school library evaluation model. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on healthcare information technology for patient care management.
For practitioners, researchers, and students in health care information management and technology, Sarnikar (information systems, Dakota State U.), Bennett, and Gaynor compile 17 cases by researchers working in technology, medicine, and informatics in the US and Australia, who discuss challenges in various stages of health information technology implementation in different types of health care organizations, from large systems to small, independent rural health care centers. They discuss the case method for teaching health informatics; the adoption of electronic health records by clinicians; their complex implementation by multi-hospital, multi-clinic organizations; improving quality of care and reducing costs as objectives in their implementation; identifying stakeholders, understanding their needs, and ensuring involvement in the implementation process; the clinical process and the use of information systems for achieving the process objectives; and effective communication. They address challenges and issues in the implementation of telehealth programs; the development of a health information exchange; shared health information technology infrastructures for community health centers; the design and operation of a disease registry for rare diseases; using data from electronic health records to improve care; accessing and updating patient data in real-time; the use of handheld and mobile phone technologies in diabetes self-care and various clinical workflows; and how clinical decision support systems can support diabetes care. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on the diffusion and adoption of sustainable development practices.
The primary theme of this collection of global case studies is the theories, concepts, and practices of diffusion adoption as they are employed for sustainable development. Those include, among others, the development of alternative energy sources to reduce emissions harmful to the environment, recycling and reusing waste materials to cut back on human consumption of natural resources, water recycling to help extend the world's shrinking supply of clean water, and better drug delivery systems for improved health. A sampling of specific topics includes earth building materials, sustainability and financial reporting, sustainable mining, diffusion of renewable technologies, sustainable watershed management, and perceptions of climate change. Editors are Muga (civil engineering, U. of Mount Union) and Thomas (biosystems engineering, Auburn U.). (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cases on Web 2.0 in developing countries; studies on implementation, application, and use.
International contributors in learning technologies, information systems, and policy studies present theories, cases, strategies, models, and drivers for adopting Web 2.0 technologies at micro and macro scales in developing countries, in sectors including education, health, government, and business. The book offers guidelines for professionals for future implementation of Web 2.0 projects and will also be of interest to scholars and students. Some specific topics include designing and implementing online collaboration tools in West Africa, the role of Web 2.0 in the Arab Spring, motivations and barriers for mobile social network use in Spain, Web 2.0 as a foundation for social media marketing in Croatia, and opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0-based e-learning for developing countries. Azab is affiliated with American University in Cairo, Egypt. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Communication in transportation systems.
Electronic and communication engineers describe current and nascent technology for optical data buses in automotive applications to allow communication within vehicles, between vehicles, and between vehicles and the land-line communication grid. Their topics include physical layer implementations of communications standards in automotive systems, modeling polymer optical fibers, radio over fiber access networks for broadband wireless communications, communication networks to connect moving vehicles to transportation systems to infrastructure, and short-range ultrasonic communications in air. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Consumption culture in Europe; insight into the beverage industry.
The Consumer Behavior Erasmus Network (COBEREN) was developed to investigate the links between consumption culture and consumer behavior in 30 European countries. In this book, international contributors report on the results of the COBEREN Project on drinking styles and consumer culture in Europe. After an overview of factors influencing the behavior of European consumers and a review of the literature on consumer culture, some topics discussed include the interaction between national culture and shopping culture, consumption patterns and cultural values in Europe, drinking motives, and research and managerial implications. The book will interest scholars, students, firms, and public organizations. Santos is affiliated with the University of León, Spain. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Cybercrime and cloud forensics; applications for investigation processes.
Edited by Ruan shortly after he completed his PhD from the University College Dublin, Ireland, this volume contains 14 essays introducing readers to the science and practice of a brand new field. The chapters examine issues and applications concerning new security models for cloud-based storage and the related concepts of forensic readiness, virtual forensics, and search and seizure. Other chapters delve into the ramifications of the legal process required for a cloud investigation and data recovery. Practices based on actual experience are offered in chapters by researchers at the U. of Bristol, the UK; Demokritus U. of Thrace, Greece; the U. of Pernambuco, Brazil; and EBSL Technologies International. The other contributors are at academic and commercial institutions in Europe, Australia, and North America. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Decision control, management, and support in adaptive and complex systems; quantitative models.
Andreev and Pavlov (both information and communication technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) describe and demonstrate a new mathematical technique to describe decision making in complex systems, which retains human speculative knowledge as decisive for the final solution. Their topics include decision support fundamentals, preferences-based performance measurement models, elements of stochastic programming, extrapolation methods in control and adaptive systems, personalized electronic-learning systems, and a preference utility-based approach to discovering qualitative knowledge. The case study is a chicken and egg farm. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Digital democracy and the impact of technology on governance and politics; new globalized practices.
Scholars of law, communication, and political science explore benefits, drawbacks, opportunities, and impediments to conducting democracy, government, and governance on the Internet. They cover digital democracy, transparency, and the role of information and communication technology; cyberspace as the locus for political dialogue and participation; the politics of information and communication technology and their influence on democracy; collective governance and the social aspects of affirmative action and non-discrimination; and the identity of the subject in the era of governance, globalization, and information and communication technology. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Digital media and technologies for virtual artistic spaces.
Eighteen academics and researchers from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, and Australia contribute 16 chapters providing artists, theorists, curators, and researchers with relevant theoretical frameworks and examples of current practice in the area of variable media and virtual spaces. The text brings together the work of panel speakers from conferences held by the international non-profit organization, ISEA (Inter Society of the Electronic Arts), in 2009 and 2011. A sampling of topics: the re-materialization of the art object, sharing the attributes and properties of digital and material culture to creatively interpret complex information, para-formalistic discourse and virtual space in film, exploring liminality from an anthropological perspective, exploring boundaries between digital and material culture, and the metaplastic cyber opencode art. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Electronic commerce and organizational leadership; perspectives and methodologies.
Exploring how teaching business leadership in academia can adapt to the rise of electronic commerce, Djoleto (Youngstown State U., Ohio) presents the results of two research projects. The first looks at the impact of electronic commerce on organizational leadership/hierarchies at higher educational institutions, focusing on historically Black colleges and universities because of their role in educating minorities. The second study considers the relationship between etiquettes and the efficacies of enterprise electronic commerce or electronic business and business decision-making both in higher education and in companies. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Enterprise development in SMEs and entrepreneurial firms; dynamic processes.
For students, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, Ndubisi (entrepreneurial marketing, Griffith Business School, Australia) and Nwankwo (entrepreneurship, U. of East London, UK) collect 23 essays from an international group of marketing, management, business, economics and other specialists, who discuss enterprise processes in small and medium enterprises and fast growth entrepreneurial firms, strategies used in successful situations, and how lessons learned can be applied to other contexts. They address economic and environmental sustainable development, green supply chain management, human resource management, diaspora entrepreneurs, women and the glass ceiling, information and communication technologies, knowledge management, marketing, risk management and financing options, small and medium enterprise development, small entrepreneurial firms, succession planning, and supply network management at firms in countries around the world. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Evolving corporate education strategies for developing countries; the role of universities.
Forty-nine academics and researchers contribute 24 chapters proposing strategies for professionalizing university education in developing countries to suit the needs and demands of the 21st century knowledge society. Forty-two of the contributors are from India, the others from Malaysia, Slovenia, Turkey, and the US. The text is intended for policy makers, practitioners, and scholars in developing countries worldwide seeking ways to rejuvenate and renovate their higher education systems. Coverage includes an overview of corporate education, knowledge economy, and higher education; bridging the academia-industry divide in human capital development; case studies exploring issues in preparing professionals for various fields such biotechnology, food processing, cancer therapy, biotechnology, management, banking, and power system operation; and developments in higher education which can help in evolving strategies for corporate education. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Examining the concepts, issues, and implications of Internet trolling.
Contributors from a range of fields that includes civil engineering and philosophy, but is rather denser around computer science and education, explore Internet trolling, defined as any form of abuse carried out online for the pleasure of the people causing the abuse or the audience to which they are trying to appeal. They cover social, legal and ethical issues; psychological and wellbeing issues; trust and participation issues in Web 2.0 systems at risk of Internet trolling; and possible solutions for dealing with Internet trolling. Among specific topics are codes of ethics in discussion forums, politeness as a social computing requirement, a survey of trust use and modeling in real online systems, a proposed framework for sustainable communities for knowledge management systems, and a multi-agents system applied on a cyberbullying model for a social network. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Graph theory for operations research and management; applications in industrial engineering.
This reference presents graph theory concepts with a specific focus on industrial engineering applications. It is intended for readers with industrial engineering backgrounds, including undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and others in related research areas. The book is divided into two sections: basic concepts and applications. Some specific topics are connectivity, planarity, Hamiltonian paths and cycles, matching theory, digraphs, networks, and adaptive network structures for data/text pattern recognition theory. Chapters begin with a brief abstract and conclude with references and a listing of key terms and definitions. Editors are Farahani (informatics and operations management, Kingston U., UK) and Miandoabchi (researcher, Logistics and Supply Chain Management research group, Iran ministry of industry, mining, and trade). (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
ICTs for health, education, and socioeconomic policies; regional cases.
Driouchi (applied economics, Al Akhawayn U., Morocco) considers the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in promoting the social and economic coordination of activities at the levels of individuals, groups, organizations, and countries, focusing on the coordination benefits that occur between education, health, and other socioeconomic areas and the context of South Mediterranean countries, especially the Middle East and North Africa and Arab economies. He discusses concepts, strategies, and applications to countries, including fragmentation, coordination, and related models for assessment, and the complexity of analysis of interdependencies of health, education, and economic outcomes and the requirements for mobilization of advanced software in these operations. He describes the use of ICTs in coordinating health, education, women empowerment, and poverty alleviation; a framework that applies to the coordination of interdependent sectors; social deficits, social cohesion, ICTs, and Millennium Development Goals; the effects of risks on interdependencies and the implied socioeconomic policies; and strengthening these policies. The book is aimed at academics and individuals in public, private, and nongovernmental agencies, as well as policymakers, international organizations, and engineering and business students and other scholars. (Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)