• Grendel

    John Gardner

    «Le Grendel de John Gardner est à la saga de Beowulf ce que l'Ulysse de James Joyce est à L'Odyssée d'Homère. Dans les deux cas, il s'agit d'une complète trahison. Cette violence faite au texte original n'est rendue possible que par une claire compréhension de l'oeuvre, et se justifie par un impératif supérieur, celui de la création littéraire. Chez John Gardner, l'acte de réécriture se double d'une dette jamais acquittée à l'égard de son frère dont il est le meurtrier.» Xavier Mauméjean.

    Grendel, qui narre l'épopée de Beowulf du point de vue du monstre, s'est imposé en moins de quarante ans comme un des grands classiques de la fantasy anglo-saxonne. Court, brutal, d'un humour ravageur, ce conte philosophique frappe le lecteur avec la force d'une comète, dans l'éblouissement.

  • This book draws on medical sociology and science and technology studies to develop a novel conceptual framework for understanding innovation processes, using the case study of deep brain stimulation in paediatric neurology. It addresses key questions, including:  How are promising and potentially disruptive new health technologies integrated into busy resource-constrained clinical contexts? What activities are involved in establishing a new clinical service?  How do social and cultural forces shape these services, and importantly, how are understandings of `health' and `illness' reconfigured in the process? The book explores how the ideals of patient-centred medicine influence innovation in the clinic, and it introduces the concept of patient-centred proto-platforms. It argues that patient-centred innovation can constitute an expansion of medical power, as the clinical gaze is directed not only towards the body but also towards the patient as a social being. This will be an innovative and insightful read for academics and advanced students, as well as health service researchers with an interest in technology adoption processes.

  • Biplots are a graphical method for simultaneously displaying two kinds of information; typically, the variables and sample units described by a multivariate data matrix or the items labelling the rows and columns of a two-way table. This book aims to popularize what is now seen to be a useful and reliable method for the visualization of multidimensional data associated with, for example, principal component analysis, canonical variate analysis, multidimensional scaling, multiplicative interaction and various types of correspondence analysis. Understanding Biplots: o Introduces theory and techniques which can be applied to problems from a variety of areas, including ecology, biostatistics, finance, demography and other social sciences. o Provides novel techniques for the visualization of multidimensional data and includes data mining techniques. o Uses applications from many fields including finance, biostatistics, ecology, demography. o Looks at dealing with large data sets as well as smaller ones. o Includes colour images, illustrating the graphical capabilities of the methods. o Is supported by a Website featuring R code and datasets. Researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students of statistics and the applied sciences will find this book a useful introduction to the possibilities of presenting data in informative ways.

  • e-Learning is now an essential component of education. Globalization, the proliferation of information available on the Internet and the importance of knowledge-based economies have added a whole new dimension to teaching and learning. As more tutors, students and trainees, and institutions adopt online learning there is a need for resources that will examine and inform this field.

    Using examples from around the world, the authors of e-Learning: Concepts and Practices provide an in-depth examination of past, present and future e-learning approaches, and explore the implications of applying e-learning in practice.

    Topics include:

    - educational evolution
    - enriching the learning experience
    - learner empowerment
    - design concepts and considerations
    - creation of e-communities
    - communal constructivism

    This book is essential reading for anyone involved in technology enhanced learning systems, whether an expert or coming new to the area. It will be of particular relevance to those involved in teaching or studying for information technology in education degrees, in training through e-learning courses and with developing e-learning resources.

    Bryn Holmes is an assistant professor in Education at Concordia University, Montreal and director of an Internet company, Inishnet, which offers research and consultancy in online education.

    John Gardner is a professor of education at Queen's University, Belfast and his main research areas include policy and practice in information and communications technology in education.

  • Developing and Sustaining Successful First -Year Programs First-year programs and interventions have become critical launching pads for student success and retention in higher education. However, these programs often flounder not because of what they are trying to do, but because of the ways in which they are implemented. Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs offers faculty, academic administrators, and student affairs professionals a comprehensive and practical resource that includes step-by-step guidance for developing new first-year programs and enhancing existing programs. The book explores the key elements that contribute to sustained student success and the programs that have the capacity to continue to meet student needs while making the most of scarce resources. The authors show how to create and sustain critical partnerships, put in place the needed organizational structures, and include strategies for developing effective assessments and evaluations. Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs is filled with illustrative examples and profiles of successful programs from a range of institutions that vary in size, type, selectivity, and culture. Examples of common programs and interventions include summer bridge programs, student orientation, first-year seminars, learning communities, residential programs, developmental education, and many more. Based in scholarly literature, theory, and practice, the book highlights the initiatives that facilitate the transition, learning, development, and success of new college students.