17.674 new books

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Mon Mar 01 2004 - 11:19:07 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 674.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004 16:11:06 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: new books

Mathematicians as Enquirers
Learning about Learning Mathematics


Leone Burton
School of Education, The University of Birmingham, UK


This volume reports on an empirical study with 70 research mathematicians,

35 females and 35 males. The purpose of the study was to explore how these

mathematicians came to know mathematics and to match their descriptions
against a theoretical model of coming to know mathematics derived from the

literature of the history, philosophy and sociology of science and
mathematics. The assumption underlying the research was that, when
researching, mathematicians are learning and, consequently, their
experiences are valid for less sophisticated learners in classrooms. The
study provided major surprises particularly with respect to the
mathematical thinking of the mathematicians and to the ways in which they
organised their practices. It also contradicted long-standing stereotypes.
This book applies the learning from the study to learning and teaching
mathematics. It offers a rationale, based on the practices of research
mathematicians, to support and encourage recent school-based developments
in the learning of mathematics through enquiry. The book will be of
interest to mathematicians, mathematics educators, teacher educators
(mathematics), and higher degree students of mathematics education.

Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7853-6 Date: April 2004 Pages: 264 pp.
EURO 96.00 / USD 105.00 / GBP 67.00

Paperback ISBN: 1-4020-7859-5 Date: April 2004 Pages: 264 pp.
EURO 46.00 / USD 50.00 / GBP 32.00

Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age
Sustainable for All in a Changing World

edited by

Tom J. van Weert
Hogeschool van Utrecht, The Netherlands

Mike Kendall
Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton, UK


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the issues involved in
Lifelong Learning supported by Information and Communication Technology
(ICT). In this overview, the following issues are discussed:
     * Changing environments,
     * What is Lifelong Learning?
     * Who are the learners?
     * Characteristics of learning environments,
     * Sustainability of learning environments,
     * Learning communities,
     * Role of educational institutions,
     * Role of ICT.
Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age contains reviewed papers by invited
authors, as well as a comprehensive report with resource materials produced

by a Focus Group of invited participants in the Lifelong Learning Working
Track at the e-Train conference, "E-Training Practices for Professional
Organizations". The conference was sponsored by the International
Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee 3
(Education), and was held in Pori, Finland in July 2003.
Lifelong Learning in the Digital Age will help both decision makers and
educational designers to deal with the issues connected with Lifelong
Learning. Solutions will have to be unique for each culture and each
country, but this book will certainly inform and should considerably assist
decision-making and problem resolution.

Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7842-0 Date: March 2004 Pages: 278 pp.
EURO 128.00 / USD 140.00 / GBP 89.00

What We Know About CSCL
And Implementing It In Higher Education

edited by

Jan-Willem Strijbos
Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Paul A. Kirschner
Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Rob L. Martens
Open University, Heerlen, The Netherlands


This book is the first that presents an overview of the main topics
involved in the study and implementation of Computer-Supported
Collaborative Learning (CSCL) from a learning viewpoint. It is also one of
the few - or the only one - that does this from a research and practical
instructional design perspective. Too many books begin with the medium
and/or the environments used for CSCL, as if you would write a book on
building a house by focusing almost primarily on hammers, saws and
screwdrivers. The main topics are clustered in four sections that are
derived from reverse ordering the CSCL acronym, because CSCL is all about
learning through collaboration that is supported by computers. Although
CSCL is increasingly advocated in higher education, specific CSCL
implementations - i.e. something more than proving technology without a
well developed educational rationale - are uncommon in higher education.
The topics covered in this book, each including a review and several
examples of current best practices in higher education, can stimulate
'informed' implementation of CSCL in higher education.

Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7779-3 Date: March 2004 Pages: 280 pp.
EURO 100.00 / USD 109.00 / GBP 69.00

Advances in Research on Networked Learning

edited by

Peter Goodyear
Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

Sheena Banks
University of Sheffield, UK

Vivien Hodgson
Dept. of Management Learning, University of Lancaster, UK

David McConnell
Networked Learning Research Group, University of Sheffield, UK


Networked learning is learning in which information and communications
technology (ICT) is used to promote connections: between one learner and
other learners; between learners and tutors; between a learning community
and its learning resources. Networked learning is an area which has great
practical and theoretical importance. It is a rapidly growing area of
educational practice, particularly in higher education and the corporate
This volume brings together some of the best research in the field, and
uses it to signpost some directions for future work. The papers in this
collection represent a major contribution to our collective sense of recent
progress in research on networked learning. In addition, they serve to
highlight some of the largest or most important gaps in our understanding
of students' perspectives on networked learning, patterns of interaction
and online discourse, and the role of contextual factors. The range of
topics and methods addressed in these papers attests to the vitality of
this important field of work. More significant yet is the complex
understanding of the field that they combine to create. In combination,
they help explain some of the key relationships between teachers' and
learners' intentions and experiences, the affordances of text-based
communications technologies and processes of informed and intelligent
educational change.
This volume will prove very valuable to researchers and teachers working in
(higher) education and corporate education.

Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7841-2 Date: March 2004 Pages: 225 pp.
EURO 95.00 / USD 104.00 / GBP 66.00

Networked Information Technologies
Diffusion and Adoption

edited by

Jan Damsgaard
Dept. of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Helle Zinner Henriksen
Dept. of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark


Software systems that used to be relatively autonomous entities such as
e.g. accounting systems, order-entry systems etc. are now interlinked in
large networks comprising extensive information infrastructures. What
earlier used to be stand-alone proprietary systems are now for the most
part replaced by more or less standardized interdependent systems that form
large networks of production and use. Organizations have to make decisions
about what office suite to purchase? The easiest option is to continuously
upgrade the existing office suite to the latest version, but the battle
between WordPerfect and Microsoft Word demonstrated that the choice is not
obvious. What instant messenger network to join for global communication?
Preferably the one most colleagues and friends use; AOL Instant Messenger,
Microsoft Messenger, and ICQ represent three satisfactory, but disjunctive
alternatives. Similarly organizations abandon their portfolio of homegrown
IT systems and replace them with a single Enterprise Resource Planning
(ERP) system. Several ERP alternatives exist on the market, but which is
the right one for you? The argumentation and rationale behind these
considerations are obviously related to the technological and social
networks we are embedded in, but it is not always easy to specify how.
Networked Information Technologies: Diffusion and Adoption offers
contributions from academics and practitioners who study networked
information systems from a diffusion and adoption point of view. Themes
related to the conceptualisation of diffusion and adoption of networked
information systems are discussed along with studies of the diffusion of
networked information systems in public sector institutions and private
This volume contains the edited proceedings of the IFIP Conference on The
Diffusion and Adoption of Networked Information Technologies, which was
sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

Working Group 8.6 and held in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2003.

Hardbound ISBN: 1-4020-7815-3 Date: March 2004 Pages: 232 pp.
EURO 132.00 / USD 145.00 / GBP 92.00

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