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Read more about Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology

Contributor: van Gestel

Publisher: Environmental Toxicology

This open online textbook on Environmental Toxicology aims at covering the field in its full width, including aspects of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, toxicology and risk assessment. With that, it will contribute to improving the quality, continuity and transparency of the education in environmental toxicology. We also want to make sure that fundamental insights on fate and effects of chemicals gained in the past are combined with recent approaches of effect assessment and molecular analysis of mechanisms causing toxicity.

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Read more about Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication

Contributor: Ahrndt

Publisher: University of Missouri - St. Louis

Intercultural Communication examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication.

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Read more about Critical Employment, Ethical, and Legal Scenarios in Human Resource Development

Critical Employment, Ethical, and Legal Scenarios in Human Resource Development

Contributor: Hughes

Publisher: University of Arkansas

This book provides mini-cases for HRD and other disciplines to use for engaging students in incident discussions. Exploring ways to solve problems and make decisions about situations that occur at work.

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Logic

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic

Contributors: Martin and Hendricks

Publisher: Rebus Community

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic provides students with the concepts and skills necessary to identify and evaluate arguments effectively. The chapters, all written by experts in the field, provide an overview of what arguments are, the different types of arguments one can expect to encounter in both philosophy and everyday life, and how to recognise common argumentative mistakes.

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Read more about Trauma Informed Behaviour Support: A Practical Guide to Developing Resilient Learners

Trauma Informed Behaviour Support: A Practical Guide to Developing Resilient Learners

Contributors: Ayre and Krishnamoorthy

Publisher: University of Southern Queensland

If we want to impact the world of children who have experienced trauma then we must change not only ourselves and our classroom, but we must change our schools, our organisations, and our systems of care for children. We must all speak out for these children who have no voice to bring awareness of new educational and mental health approaches to children who will become tomorrow’s failed adults unless they receive our understanding and our help.

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Read more about Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1

Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1

Contributors: Callahan, Leonard, and Powell

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

This book is designed as an OER text and learning resource for undergraduate students enrolled in FN 225 Nutrition at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. The book covers basic nutrition and metabolism, information literacy, energy balance, nutrition across life stages, dietary supplements, an in-depth look at each of the macronutrients, and major functions of vitamins and minerals.

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Read more about Histology and Embryology for Dental Hygiene

Histology and Embryology for Dental Hygiene

Contributors: Sheldahl and Yapp

Publisher: Open Oregon State

This eBook makes use of animated images to focus on concepts in histology and embryology, as well as hyperlinks to promote non-linear reading and learning. It is aimed at college students in a dental hygienist program.

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Read more about Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction

Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction

Contributor: McAleer

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

This book is a lucid and accessible companion to Plato’s Republic, throwing light upon the text’s arguments and main themes, placing them in the wider context of the text’s structure. In its illumination of the philosophical ideas underpinning the work, it provides readers with an understanding and appreciation of the complexity and literary artistry of Plato’s Republic. McAleer not only unpacks the key overarching questions of the text – What is justice? And Is a just life happier than an unjust life? – but also highlights some fascinating, overlooked passages which contribute to our understanding of Plato’s philosophical thought.

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Read more about Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens

Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens

Contributor: Pearce

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

This openly licensed text, created with students, approaches contemporary families from an equity lens. It asks two questions relevant to the Difference, Power, and Discrimination outcomes at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University: “What do families need?” and “How do society and institutions support or get in the way of families getting what they need?" Original content is licensed under CC BY, except as otherwise noted. More specific information can be found under Licenses and Attributions at the bottom of each section.

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Read more about A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues - Second edition, revised and updated

A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues - Second edition, revised and updated

Contributor: Wilson

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

A Guide to Good Reasoning has been described by reviewers as “far superior to any other critical reasoning text.” It shows with both wit and philosophical care how students can become good at everyday reasoning. It starts with attitude—with alertness to judgmental heuristics and with the cultivation of intellectual virtues. From there it develops a system for skillfully clarifying and evaluating arguments, according to four standards—whether the premises fit the world, whether the conclusion fits the premises, whether the argument fits the conversation, and whether it is possible to tell.

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