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Learning with 'real-life' or 'lived' cases may be new to many students and somewhat confusing, likewise case tutors are rarely in full agreement as to the 'essentials of the case process' to be used. The ideal 'Calgary Case' is yet to be defined (or perhaps should not be) and this is not an attempt to do so. Rather, I have complied a collection of resources that overlay the 'Suggested Case Format' contained in the Master of Teaching Documents in order to clarify student responsibility and suggest a possible starting place for case work. Aspects of Problem Based Learning are used in faculties of Law, Medicine, Management, Architecture and others with a professional body of knowledge to impart to novices. Cases are the primary focus of the methodology and include lived, real, practical, or possible scenarios of what the newcomer to the profession can expect. Having a bit of history on the origins and intention of the use of case and a suggested starting place for engaging in it will be detailed in this text. An educator would be incorrect to claim that a group of students sitting together and each doing their own worksheet, but sharing resources, were learning by the method of 'cooperative learning.' Likewise, some practices are PBL and some are not. Each instructor will have a different opinion of what the process of PBL should be and students are encouraged to Problem Based Learning: A vehicle to teaching For Students in the Master of Teaching Program seeking to become a Teacher through Problem Based Learning (PBL). This document is a work in progress and I welcome you to explore what it has to say about the Case Inquiry process. Stephen L. Jeans Division of Teacher Preparation, Faculty of Education, The University of Calgary September 1999. Abstract: Learning with 'real-life' or 'lived' cases may be new...
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The article by Sharifi and Zhang is outlining a developed methodology for achieving agility in manufacturing organization and describing its implementation and validation in two case study companies. In developing the methodology, the authors used two empirical studies: the concept of agility (Dove, 1996; Kidd, 1995), and the conceptual model of agility (Zhang and Sharifi, 2000) as their main references. Basically there are three major stages composed in the methodology: the determination of a company's agility needs and it current agility level, the determination of agility capabilities required in order for the company to become agile, and the identification of agility providers or business practices and tools which could lead to the recognized capabilities for the company. In order to give a better picture of the methodology, the authors created a graphical form of the methodology in figure 2 of the article. In the first stage of the methodology, an assessment model is developed to study the conditions in which a company struggles for success and to provide a mindset for the company to move toward agility. This includes two practical tools, referred to as tool one and tool two. Tool one is used to determine the degree of turbulence with a range between 1 and 10. If the score is closer to 10, it means that the more turbulent is the company's business environment, the more agile the company needs to be. Based on this result the second tool is designed to determine the level of company's agility. There are two possible outcomes that can be expected from this tool: Gap analysis in which a speculative interpretation can be made to specify the level of agility needed, and direct result which indicates the company's weak points as well as how to respond to them in a proper manner. The second stage, which...
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Table of Contents 1.0 INTRODUCTION 2 2.0 SERVICES 2 3.0 SERVICESCAPE DEFINED 3 4.0 ROLE OF SERVICESCAPE 4 5.0 PERCEIVED RISK 5 6.0 BRANDING 5 7.0 ATMOSPHERICS 7 7.1 AMBIENT CONDITIONS 8 7.2 SPACE AND FUNCTION CONDITIONS 8 7.3 SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND ARTEFACTS 8 8.0 BEHAVIOUR 9 9.0 CONCLUSION 10 LIST OF REFERENCES 11 ONLINE JOURNALS 11 ONLINE SOURCES 12 TEXTS 12 LECTURE CONTENT 13 APPENDICES 14 APPENDIX 3.0: AN EXPANDED MARKETING MIX FOR SERVICES 14 APPENDIX 3.1: PERCEIVED RISK 15 APPENDIX 5.0: AN EXAMINATION OF PERCEIVED RISK, INFORMATION SEARCH AND BEHAVIOURAL INTENTIONS IN SEARCH, EXPERIENCE AND CREDENCE SERVICES. 16 APPENDIX 5.1: PERCEIVED RISK, INFORMATION SEARCH AND BEHAVIOURAL INTENTIONS IN SERVICES. 17 APPENDIX 6.0: BRANDING IS NOT OLD SCHOOL 18 APPENDIX 7.0: COMPONENTS OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT. 19 APPENDIX 8.0: FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT 20 1.0 Introduction The purpose of this review is to critically evaluate academic literature on the subject of the servicescape. It is acknowledged that each topic covered in this review is potentially more comprehensive than discussed here. For the purpose of this review, each topic will be confined to succinct points of relevance with focus on the concept, role and importance of the servicescape. A number of journal articles and texts will be reviewed, their findings discussed and compared. A definition of services and context of the servicescape will be followed by discussion of the role of the servicescape in the marketing of service organisations. Branding and its relationship to the servicescape will be addressed, followed by discussion of the influence of atmospherics within the servicescape and their effects on consumer behaviour. Finally, the importance to marketers of the concept of the servicescape and relevant theories will be outlined throughout this review. 2.0 Services Services are defined as delivery of an experience or performance (Bitner. 1992). Johns (1999) defines services as an output of activity, rather than a tangible object. He states 'service processes are frequently differentiated from manufacturing on the...
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"What is Human Resource Strategy (HRS)? In your view is it a process, an outcome or a set of activities?" This essay will rely on a review of literature and may include: A rationale for the: (i) emergence of HRS, (ii) the value of HRS, (iii) some discussion of differing approaches to HRS, (iv) some discussion of HRS strategy types (hard v soft), (v) the concept of fit and other issues which you wish to include based on your reading, (vi) including your conclusion, with your definition of HRS. Introduction. Schuler and Walker (1990) define Human Resource Strategy (HRS) as "a set of processes and activities jointly shared by human resources and line managers to solve business-related problems". I believe this definition assists on tackling the above question. However, Bamberger and Meshoulam "Conceptualise human resource strategy as an outcome: the pattern of decisions regarding the policies and practices associated with the HR system" (Bamberger & Meshoulam, 2000: p15). In my view, HRS is a set of 'processes and activities' that when implemented, result in an outcome. In aim to justify this statement by discussing the topic of human resource strategy in relation to the sub-headings listed above. By examining the reasons or 'rationale' for the emergence of human resource strategies in the modern business environment, the value, various strategy approaches, types and the concept of fit, I believe I can underline the importance of a well devised HRS to any overall business strategy or plan. (i) Emergence of Human Resource Strategies Modern businesses and the economic environments in which they operate are very different from the organizations and economies examined by Chandler in his studies of 'managerial capitalism' (late 19th Century through to the 1970s). The development of technology, and the creation of global economies have resulted in a significant increase in efficient and effective competition within...
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Critical Commentaries On Langston Hughes dana smith January 8, 2001 Mrs. Gold Both as an accomplished author in many genres of literature, and as a public figure to the Black Americans, Langston Hughes is recognized as one of Americas Cultural Heroes. In his poems he talks about folk, jazz and blues rhythm to express his feelings, of the Blacks living in Harlem during the nineteen thirties, forties, and fifties. His poems weren't only loved and read by many people, they were criticized as well. Hughes set out many points through his numerous plays, short stories, novels, and a few autobiographies. All these literary works are characterized with honesty and humor, with which he approached and felt the painful realities of urban life. Of all the poems and stories he has written, one of the most controversial and criticized was Fine Clothes To The Jew written in 1927. It was the least successful, both in terms of sales and of critical reception, mostly among Black reviewers. This idea was argued though by Arnold Rampersad. He was one of the many who criticized Hughes' work and disagreed with the viewers. He thought that this was by far Hughes' greatest collection of verse, and that his collection marked the height of his creative originality as a poet, and that it remains one of the most significant single volumes of poetry that was ever been publicized in the United States. Most of Hughes poems are divided into areas. The first area Hughes was dwelling in were isolation, despair, and suicide. This could be seen in his poem Suicide's Note. In most of his poems he protests the social conditions of Blacks specifically; some even boldly declare the beauty and dignity of his race. These ideas are shown in his poems The Negro, Dream Variations, and When Sue Wears Red....
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Through educational history, various learning theories have been developed. How these theories relate to high-stakes standardized testing has a profound effect on schools in relation to accountability. Traditional learning models are based on two underlying assumptions, namely, decomposition and decontextualization. Yin (as cited in Gipps, 1994) maintains that standardized testing is built upon this perspective. Training the mind, emphasizing subject matter, and saturating the learner with knowledge and information is viewed as a means for standardized test preparation (as cited in Ornstein, 1999). Current learning theories, however, are based upon cognitive processes which indicate a strong connection between skills and the contexts in which they are used, according to Yin. Social-constructivist view of learning, differentiated learning, motivation theory, metacognitive strategy of learning and the theory of multiple intelligences have, Yin states, all contributed to the concept of authentic assessment. The models lend insight into students' reflective practices and integrative thinking, on an ongoing basis. Yin cites Glaser's definitions of testing and assessment: Testing is aimed at selection and placement, and attempts to predict success at learning by measuring human ability before a course of instruction in order to appropriately place and diagnose individuals. On the other hand, assessment measures the results of the course of instruction. In other words, testing stresses the instrument's predictive power, and assessment emphasizes the content validity of an approach, or its ability to describe the nature of performance that results from learning (as cited in Darling-Hammond, 1999). The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Sylvan Learning Centers sponsored a national research survey conducted by Harris Interactive. One of the findings of the study relates that a majority of parents from both 'high stakes' and non 'high stakes' states believe that mandated state testing is not a true and valid measurement of their children's ability (as cited in Harris...
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The research paper titled "STDs and Partner Notification: A Review of the Literature and Proposals for Future Research", written by Laura Hood, focuses on the issues of sexually transmitted diseases and specifically partner notification. Partner notification is one of many different tools used by health officials in order to control the increase of sexually transmitted diseases. In the research paper, partner notification was defined as the process by which a sex partner or a needle-sharing partner of a person known to have a sexually transmitted disease is informed of their exposure to the sexually transmitted disease and encouraged to seek medical evaluation (Macke and Maher, 1999). Laura focused on three main partner notification issues that were prevalent among the literature that she reviewed: methods used to notify partners, patient disclosure, and public vs. private healthcare. There are many strategies that deal with the notification of a partner. Some of these include self-referral, provider referral, or contact referral. Laura's research shows that provider referral is more effective in the case that more providers are notified and medically evaluated. Another issue of partner notification deals with the role of the physician and how studies show that educational efforts are desired in order to raise physician awareness in the area of required reportable STDs. Other issues that deal directly with the patient deal more with the gender power imbalance, claiming that STDs have a greater and more substantial impact on women's health than men's health. Laura also includes different types of prevention by the different public, private, and governmental health sectors. The review of literature found that the public health sector is the sector that needs the most emphasis in the area of partner notification. From Laura's possible research section, I feel that her suggestion of a longitudinal study following the change of sexual behavior and...
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REVIEW OF LITERATURE Background Characteristics In the United States, more then 2 million children and adolescents (3.4%) younger than 18 years, have experienced death of a parent (Christ & Siegel, 2002:1296). In Conneticut alone 38,000 children under the age of 18 have experienced death of a parent (Emswiler & Emswiler, 2000:5). Raveis, Siegel, and Karus (1988) discovered that background characteristics of a child, the deceased parent, and family may affect the outcome of the child's grief (Raveis, Siegel, Karus, 1998:167). The age and gender of the child also plays a major role in the outcome of the child's grief. Younger children, under the age of five, and early adolescence, in particular, are vulnerable to poor adjustment to parental death. According to Donna Schuurman (2003) the age of the child and corresponding developmental abilities influence their understanding, memory, and their ability to cope with the death of a parent. From, birth to two years of age, known as the sensorimotor period, If the parent died at birth, or short after, there is one less "not you" to assist in building patterns and trust. The child intuitively and instinctually senses absence of another (having spent 9 months attached to her) and in changes of those around you. This causes and interruption in the ability to trust. To generate or regain trust depends on what happens next to your family and world. From, age two to five or six years of age, known as the preoperational period, primary tasks were developing independence and initiative. When parent's death occurs it is as if "you just began to walk and the rug was pulled out from under you"(Schuurman, 2003:97). The child may slip back to younger behaviors, such as: baby talk, wetting the bed, clinging to people, crying more frequently and insisting on their own way. From age...
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added: 11/14/2011
Background This study examines the information literacy or ability of junior high aged (grades 6-8) children to find information in a public library. How able are children to find and retrieve information in the library? Do they understand how to retrieve information? This study is to be conducted in an effort to learn how to better educate children on how to obtain information they need. The ability to obtain information is a skill that will be useful to these children as they continue their education and to satisfy their general curiosity if they so desire. Also, the ability to obtain information will help children in other areas of life, such as web navigation. People who are able to collect information will be of value both to the library and the world. Reflective Inquiry Problem Statement Literature supports that school children do not know how to find information in a library. This inability to obtain information presents several possible problems. For one, school children do not know how to find the material they need to complete school assignments. Also, this study takes place in a public library. If children do not understand how to retrieve the wealth of information in the library what is the likelihood of them growing into adults who understand how to obtain information? Will the next generation of future taxpayers understand the library's importance? Finally, could a study done on children's ability to retrieve information lead to a piqued interest? If school children realize they are not skilled in obtaining information at the library could their natural curiosity encourage them to participate in fun library information gathering activities? Literature Review A review of literature finds that similar concerns exist in other libraries however, "Many more studies are needed to evaluate fully how children use libraries" (Gross 4). "Few research studies have examined children...
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Table of contents Introduction ................................................................................... 3 Review of Literature ....................................................................... 3 Purpose o f Study ........................................................................... 7 Hypothesis ..................................................................................... 7 Variables ......................................................................................... 8 Procedure ....................................................................................... 8 Methods and Materials .................................................................... 9 Results ............................................................................................ 9 Graph "A" ...................................................................................... 10 Graph "B" ...................................................................................... 11 Conclusion ........................................................................................ 12 Unexpected Findings ............................................................,...... 12 For Future Study ............................................................................. 13 Bibliography ...................................................................................... 13 Acknowledgments and Credits ......................................................... 13 Appendix ........................................................................................... 14 People have been fascinated with crystals since before civilization. Crystals can be found in stream beds and in rock outcroppings. Sometimes people would even mine crystals in caves. We have been attracted to crystals because of their extraordinary beauty. Some crystals are valued for their rarity and color, and are known as gems. People believed that crystals were magic and could be used for medicinal qualities. They were used as valued items of barter. People still value crystals for different uses. It varies from jewelry to electronic components in advanced electronic instruments. We see crystals all around us in our daily lives. Many construction materials such as brick, stone and concrete contain a large amount of crystalline materials. Common medicines such as alka-seltzer are crystalline. Also common foods are crystals such as sugar, salt and baking soda. Most of the time chemicals can be transformed into crystalline forms. The focus of this study will be to grow crystals from a crystal growing kit under different colored lights. My examination will concentrate on the growth pattern of crystals when placed under a red light, a white light and in total darkness in determining the differences, if any, in the crystal growth. The Study of Crystals The study of crystals: their form, growth, structure, chemistry, bonding...
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