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    Action Research

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    Contributors: Clark, Porath, Thiele, and Jobe

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC

    Action research is a common journey for graduate students in education and other human science fields. This book attempts to meet the needs of graduate students, in-service teachers, and any other educators interested in action research and/or self-study. The chapters of this book draw on our collective experiences as educators in a variety of educational contexts, and our roles guiding educator/researchers in various settings. All of our experiences have enabled us to question and refine our own understanding of action research as a process and means for pedagogical improvement. The primary purpose of this book is to offer clear steps and practical guidance to those who intend to carry out action research for the first time. As educators begin their action research journey, we feel it is vital to pose four questions: 1) What is action research, and how is it distinct from other educational research?; 2) When is it appropriate for an educator to conduct an action research project in their context?; 3) How does an educator conduct an action research project?; 4) What does an educator do with the data once the action research project has been conducted? We have attempted to address all four questions in the chapters of this book.

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    Crop Adaptation and Improvement for Drought-Prone Environments

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    Contributors: Kane, Foncéka, and Dalton

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-SA

    This book focuses on three important elements in the development of cereal and legume crops in semi-arid West Africa. The first section illustrates the socioeconomic factors that affect the food system for these crops and contains an overview of crop production and consumption in the region. Then, important inputs that affect system productivity are presented: preferences for new seed varieties, yield response to fertilizer, counterfeit herbicides, climate information, and the way farmers develop expectations about the weather events that shape cropping outcomes. The final chapter of section one is dedicated to understanding urban consumer preferences for processed food products derived from pearl millet.

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    Read more about Designing Arguments for Academic, Public, and Professional Audiences - Fourteenth Edition

    Designing Arguments for Academic, Public, and Professional Audiences - Fourteenth Edition

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    Contributor: Marzluf

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC

    This college-level textbook guides students through five different types of arguments: evaluations, responses, persuasive rhetorical arguments, proposals, and practical professional development arguments. Students are introduced to rhetorical concepts and strategies to enable them to more effectively appeal to different types of audiences. Students will gain practice in audience-based reasoning, basing their reasons and evidence on the assumptions, beliefs, and values of their readers.

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    Interior Materiality

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    Contributor: Guler

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC

    The knowledge of materials and finishes is the bridge that links conceptual design to real-world application. It is among the core content of virtually all interior architecture/design curricula, moreover, access to up-to-date information on emerging technologies and trends is a key exigency for the contemporary designer. Accordingly, this book is authored to form a comprehensive resource for the “hows” and “whys” surrounding the functional and aesthetic contributions of a wide selection of materials and finishes used in multiple spatial design contexts. The knowledge base presented here is not only useful in shaping spatial experience, ensuring occupant well-being, and employing sustainable thinking but also beneficial in managing budget and schedule while enabling the delivery of top-quality work.

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    Microbiology for Earth Scientists

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    Contributor: Kirk

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC

    Microorganisms are the most abundant form of life on Earth and in recent decades it has become increasingly clear that their collective activities are one of the dominant forces shaping the Earth.

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    Read more about (Re)Writing Communities and Identities - Sixth Edition

    (Re)Writing Communities and Identities - Sixth Edition

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    Contributors: Marzluf, Goins, Debes, Gray, and Knoblauch

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC

    (Re)Writing Communities and Identities enables college-level students to develop their ability to compose various informative and expressive genres, including analyses, reflections, summaries, syntheses, and informative reports. While students raise their consciousness about their writing process and audience-based informative strategies, they also familiarize themselves with important social and cultural issues related to the theme of "identities and communities."

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    Read more about Workplace Writing: A Handbook for Common Workplace Genres and Professional Writing

    Workplace Writing: A Handbook for Common Workplace Genres and Professional Writing

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    Contributors: Goins, Rauh, Tarner, and Von Holten

    Publisher: New Prairie Press

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    This handbook is designed for a generalized business writing course that seeks to meet the needs of a variety of student majors and career interests. In it you will find: descriptions and discussions of common genres, both routine and formal, print and electronic, and in-class activities and sample assignments. You will also find commentary on how to adapt the writing process to the rhetorical constraints of a workplace as well as how to think about, conduct, and use research outside an academic setting. Throughout you will note a persistent emphasis on audience awareness and direct style

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    Read more about Confident Supervisors: Creating Independent Researchers

    Confident Supervisors: Creating Independent Researchers

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    Contributors: Gasson, Bruce, Stoodley, Blacker, and Winter

    Publisher: James Cook University

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Confident Supervisors is intended to be both a textbook and a professional development resource for Higher Degree Research supervisors and researcher developers involved in providing workshops and resources to support research supervisors in their practice. Throughout this book, authors introduce different theoretical frameworks and concepts to provide supervisors with tools and strategies for responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with research supervision. It contains chapters written by current supervisors and research support partners who are engaged in the scholarship of supervision and can share the practical and theoretical constructs they employ in their practice. The authors have been drawn from a broad range of higher education and research contexts and contribute understandings of local and global relevance. This openly available eBook responds to turbulent times in higher education, offering practical tips and suggestions for supervisors to pivot to changing contexts.

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    Read more about Inclusive Approach to Anthropometric Body Measurement Assessments

    Inclusive Approach to Anthropometric Body Measurement Assessments

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    Contributors: LaForest, Hughes, and Nielsen

    Publisher: Toronto Metropolitan University

    License: CC BY-NC

    “Inclusive Approach to Anthropometric Body Measurement Assessments” is an open educational resource (OER) created for undergraduate nursing students at the introductory level. The resource introduces students to body measurements, but does so in an inclusive manner. This resource is a unique contribution to nursing education as content is theoretically informed by an inclusive approach to assessment that incorporates culturallyresponsive techniques related to race/ethnicity, gender/sex/ sexual orientation, body sizes/types, and ability/disability. It is part of the first health assessment resource that is informed by clinical judgment with the goal to facilitate students’ clinical decision making and ability to prioritize care by recognizing and acting on cues and signs of clinical deterioration. Interactive clinical judgment activities and formative assessments to evaluate a student’s learning are integrated throughout the resource. The integration of clinical judgment throughout this resource will support students’ capacity to enhance patient safety and equitable health outcomes as well as their success in writing national nursing exams to become licensed to work as a Nurse.

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    Read more about Fostering Communities of Transformation in STEM Higher Education: A Multi-institutional Collection of DEI Initiatives

    Fostering Communities of Transformation in STEM Higher Education: A Multi-institutional Collection of DEI Initiatives

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    Contributors: Briganti, Sible, and Brown

    Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

    License: CC BY

    Dive into the multifaceted landscape of inclusive excellence in STEM education with Fostering Communities of Transformation in STEM Higher Education. This scholarly work examines transformative initiatives from Virginia Tech, Radford University, Trinity Washington University, and Towson University, showcasing their role as catalysts in cultivating inclusive excellence across diverse STEM disciplines. Take inspiration from their projects and guidance from their lessons learned with this collection.

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