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“Mixed Race” Identities in Asia and the Pacific: Experiences from Singapore and New Zealand

“Mixed race” is becoming an important area for research, and there is a growing body of work in the North American and British contexts. However, understandings and experiences of “mixed race” across different countries and regions are not often explored in significant depth. New Zealand and Singapore provide important contexts for investigation, as two multicultural, yet structurally divergent, societies. Within these two countries, “mixed race” describes a particularly interesting label for individuals of mixed Chinese and European parentage. This book explores the concept of “mixed race” for people of mixed Chinese and European descent, looking at how being Chinese and/or European can mean many different things in different contexts. By looking at different communities in Singapore and New Zealand, it investigates how individuals of mixed heritage fit into or are excluded from these communities. Increasingly, individuals of mixed ancestry are opting to identify outside of traditionally defined racial categories, posing a challenge to systems of racial classification, and to sociological understandings of “race”. As case studies, Singapore and New Zealand provide key examples of the complex relationship between state categorization and individual identities. The book explores the divergences between identity and classification, and the ways in which identity labels affect experiences of “mixed race” in everyday life. Personal stories reveal the creative and flexible ways in which people cross boundaries, and the everyday negotiations between classification, heritage, experience, and nation in defining identity. The study is based on qualitative research, including in-depth interviews with people of mixed heritage in both countries. Filling an important gap in the literature by using an Asia/Pacific dimension, this study of race and ethnicity will appeal to students and scholars of mixed race studies, ethnicity, Chinese diaspora and cultural anthropology.

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Zarine L. Rocha is the Managing Editor of Current Sociology and the Asian Journal of Social Science. She has worked at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Economic Forum.

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1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion

Things are what you make of them Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you’ll be surprised at just how much you can create. Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. This book is your new best friend. Let’s get started!

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10 Languages You’ll Need Most in the Classroom: A Guide to Communicating with English Language Learners and Their Families

Break through language barriers and put ELL students at ease in your classroom! More than ever before, K–12 educators in today’s classrooms teach students from diverse language backgrounds. This handy reference guide to the ten most common languages of students who do not speak English–Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Haitian Creole, Navajo, Hmong, Cantonese, and Korean–offers practical guidance for communicating with ELL students and their families. With a chapter dedicated to each language, this book provides a wealth of resources to help you make meaningful connections with ELL students, including: * Information about the traditions, religions, and celebrations of the family’s country of origin * Guides to common words and phrases in the student’s native language * Picture dictionaries that can be reproduced for use with students * Sample parent letters that include both English and native language translations * Basic reading tests in ten languages Language can be an intimidating barrier to many students and teachers alike. Don’t let it stand in the way of success. Help ensure that English Language Learners successfully transition into the school community and participate fully in the classroom learning environment!

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Garth Sundem graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University. He currently resides in Texas. Jan Krieger has worked as a multicultural educator for many years, teaching at bilingual schools. He currently resides in Bozeman, Montana. Kristi Pikiewicz is a middle school social studies and language arts teacher. She currently resides in Oakland, California.

 

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100 Days Happier: Daily Inspiration for Life-long Happiness

100 Days Happier is a collection of inspirational messages and quotes, based on the bestselling book The Happiness Code and its Ten Keys, motivating and encouraging the reader to be the best they can be. So many people are waiting to feel happy, they think they will be happy when they have this or they’ve done that, that perhaps money, a partner, or that new position is the key. But the truth is, lasting happiness is something that you create, each and everyday, through the simple choices that you make. 100 Days Happier invites the reader to make small daily changes in the way they think and act; changes that will ultimately create a fundamental shift in the way they feel about who they are and the life they are living. This book will energise and motivate you to be your best self, every day.

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Domonique Bertolucci is the founding director of the Domonique Bertolucci Company, which delivers a range of coaching development progams to both the general public and companies interested in building performance and wellbeing. She is an active professional speaker and regularly delivers keynote presentations and seminars on how to the get the life you really want to live. Born in Australia, Domonique now divides her time between London and Sydney. Her very popular website and blog is www. domoniquebertolucci.com

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101 Tips for Online Course Success: An Online Course Companion and Daily Planner 1st Edition

Arm your students with the strategies they need for success with 101 Tips for Online Course Success. Many students think they are prepared for online classes, in fact they often think they will be easier than on-ground courses, but are they actually ready for the challenges that come with learning online? You can help your students manage their time, keep organized, stay motivated, use online resources, use learning management systems, work in groups, and much more! 101 Tips for Online Course Success is everything your students need to succeed in an online or hybrid course. It is their handbook and planner that can complement any online or hybrid course, regardless of the subject matter. It can also be used in student success courses that introduce students to the college experience. Most of the strategies and tips included in this text are also relevant to the onsite courses.

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Randy Nordell is a Professor of Business Technology at American River College in Sacramento, California. He has been an educator for over 20 years and has taught at the high school, community college, and university levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus, a single subject teaching credential from Fresno State University, a master’s degree in Education from Fresno Pacific University, and a doctorate in Education from Argosy University. Randy is the author of Microsoft Office 2013: In Practice and Microsoft Outlook 2010, and he speaks regularly at conferences on the integration of technology into the curriculum. When he is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, skiing, swimming, and enjoying the California weather and terrain.

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101 Ways to Do ABA!

“101 Ways To Do ABA” is an easy to understand collection of effective Applied Behavior Analysis strategies to handle persistent, challenging behaviors. This exciting book covers everything from tantrums, to self-stimulatory behaviors, to attending to the teacher in a classroom, to dining out in restaurants… all from an Applied Behavior Analysis perspective.

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Tameika Meadows’ first book, “101 Ways To Do ABA,” is a fun and comprehensive book covering all kinds of behavioral challenges in children with special needs from spitting, to refusing to share with others. Tameika has a passionate heart for children with Autism and believes that when done correctly, Applied Behavior Analysis can bring about broad, lasting improvements in behavior. Tameika has been working to help children and adolescents with Autism learn since 2001. When she’s not updating her “I love ABA” blog, traveling for speaking engagements, or training ABA therapists, Tameika enjoys reading, cooking, and bowling.

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25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them

Avoid common teaching mistakes and acquire positive strategies and approaches! All teachers make mistakes, but when those missteps involve students, they can have negative effects for years to come. This second edition of the bestseller by Carolyn Orange offers reflective scenarios and insights to help teachers learn from examples of undesirable teaching techniques and find better ways to address challenging or stressful classroom situations. 25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them, Second Edition, includes newly updated scenarios containing real student voices and teacher vignettes, as well as the author’s prescriptions for better solutions. Drawn from many years of teaching experience, each prescription is aligned with sound educational theory and provides a dash of humor to help the solution stick. The book is organized into six sections, covering: * Discipline * Teacher-student relations * Classroom policy and practices * Classroom management and instruction * Personality and professionalism * Teaching style and behavior Excellent for staff development workshops and seminars, preservice and inservice teachers, and teacher leaders and mentors, this book’s real-life examples offer valuable professional lessons while helping teachers better understand the responses and feelings of their students.

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Carolyn Orange, PhD, has worked as an educator for around 25 years. Now, she is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently resides in San Antonio

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50 things to love about Singapore

As Singapore marks 50 years of independence, The Straits Times (ST) has put together a book about love. This intimate study of the things we know and love about Singapore is written by some of ST’s most authoritative beat reporters. It is a dossier of modern Singapore halfway through her first century, an often surprising composite portrait of the little quirks, incongruities and rhythms of life in Singapore, which we chortle, ruminate and worry over, with familial affection but sometimes also exasperation. It delves into the ironies of nanny state policies and political instincts that die hard among rulers and ruled alike, pricey cars and real estate, a land-scarce city which prizes greenery to the point of fashioning vertical gardens, Singapore’s prowess at the most oddball sports and penchant for setting all manner of world records, her own brand of guided multi-racialism, her citizens’ preference to complain rather than protest, the fast-growing global cult that is Singapore maths, and the skilful codeswitching that makes it so natural for Singaporeans to eat across many cultural and culinary cost divides. But enduring love is not blind. The writers do not flinch from looking at where Singapore is showing her age and what she has had to leave behind in the quest for her next edge. There is much to love about Singapore at 50. But this has been no easy ask-noquestions, take-her-as-she-is love.

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50 Years of Social Issues in Singapore

The social context of Singapore is changing rapidly, and understanding how people think, feel and behave in various situations has become a key driver of effectiveness in addressing social issues. 50 Years of Social Issues in Singapore provides a comprehensive review and examination of various social issues at multiple levels of analysis including the individual, group and society.This invaluable book adopts a translational approach to social issues in Singapore by explicitly bridging intellectual and practical perspectives. Contributed by a distinguished team of authors, the chapters examine the critical ideas underlying public debates of social issues and their policy and practical implications.The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines issues of population and social fundamentals in Singapore such as ageing, marriage, urban planning, healthcare and racial and religious harmony. Part II analyses Singapore’s social progress through issues of inclusivity such as social mobility, developing communities and marginal groups that deserve more attention. Part III focuses on core principles and social processes related to social justice, doing good, social media and approaches to understanding and addressing social issues in Singapore.Most importantly, the chapters in this book clearly identify many of the critical, unresolved and emerging questions on various social issues that will guide the next generation of public discussion and policy deliberations on what matter in Singapore.

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50 Years of Technical Education in Singapore: How to Build a World Class Education System from Scratch (World Scientific Series on Singapore’s 50 Years of Nation-Bu)

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The economy and the education sector both developed in parallel, with each complementing the other, utilizing strategies and making the decisions that were to bring the country quickly to advanced status. Studies show that premature investment in higher education at the expense of technical and vocational education has created many leaders but few doers, leading to high unemployment. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.

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A – Z Of Inclusion In Early Childhood

This book explores the key themes in inclusion through an A – Z approach covering key concepts, theories / theorists, and figures. The concept of inclusion is complex and messy and although many definitions abound it has never been clarified in legislation and guidance. Consequently there is confusion about what constitutes inclusive practice and how best to promote and implement it. The broad definition on which this book is based embraces all aspects of difference including race, ethnicity, gender and ability. A key theme is focus on the process of identifying, understanding and breaking down the barriers to participation and belonging (in accordance with the Early Childhood Forum definition of inclusion); suggesting how they might be addressed and signposting useful resources and reading for further information and support. Sweeping changes in the early years sector mean that the re-examination of basic inclusive principles, policy and practice is timely.

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A Breakthrough in Vocational and Technical Education: The Singapore Story

There has been much international effort to improve or transform Vocational and Technical Education (VTE). However, the outcomes often remain elusive. VTE continues to be largely shunned by society as a sector of education for low achievers and academic failures.A breakthrough in VTE is a Singapore story made possible through strategic planning, organisational excellence, innovation and ingenuity. It is a compelling story of how the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) began to transform lives and change its image over a period of fifteen years (1992-2007). This book, based on a first-hand CEO account, vividly captures the sort of leadership, policy choices, fundamental principles and capabilities in the journey of transformation. The details of the “what, when, how and why” are a valuable guide for leaders and practitioners in building quality and sustainable VTE systems which are responsive to social and economic needs.This book is written in three parts. Part I provides the historical background to the VTE sector in Singapore, a systems view of the dynamics and challenges faced by the VTE system and propounds the fundamental importance of aligning education with economic development goals.The key focus in Part II is the three waves of transformation from the former Vocational and Industrial Training Board (VITB) to ITE in Singapore that was motivated by an early interest in moving towards organisational excellence and supported by a consistent use of strategic planning. In the process, the image of vocational training was changed and resulted in a unique brand of a world-class ITE education and training model that ITE is today.In Part III is a reflection on what it takes to build a sustainable high-quality VTE system in light of Singapore’s experience, an international context and a changing policy environment. Also included are thoughts on how the Singapore ITE story may be an inspiration to others facing similar challenges in VTE.

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