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    Journals of the Century in Law

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    In this essay I will humbly add my contribution to this vast literature by ranking the twentieth century\u27s best law journals. I am not treading upon virgin ground. Over the past twenty years a number of scholars have ranked law reviews and journals using a variety of methodologies

    eLearning integrators' narratives expressing professional identity and explaining patterns of practice with ICT

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    This research explored the complexities surrounding encouragement of the use of Information Technology (IT) in Educational settings by classroom practitioners. The Melbourne Declaration, made by all Australian Education ministers in 2008 states that successful learners 'are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas'(MCEECDYA, 2008, p. 8). Early adopters of the technology encouraged their peers to embrace these new technologies with the enticing promise that it would motivate their students and make their job easier. These early adopters often became teacher leaders, given the role of eLearning Coordinator or eIntegrators (eLI’s), responsible for helping staff to integrate ICT into their classroom practices. The study investigated this role and the patterns of practice that could be identified during the investigation. This study investigated four eLI’s seeking to discover the influences on their professional duties and how their teacher identities shaped their effectiveness and influenced the decisions that they made. A Narrative Inquiry approach was used to listen to and retell their stories. This was grounded in the theories of Clandinin and Connelly (1994), borrowing particularly from their work on the commonplaces of time, place and personal-social dimensions to help focus the study and provide a lens for analysis. The methodology included in-depth interviews, observations, emails, and Skype calls to collect the data which would be used to analyse the practices and beliefs of the participants over a period of 18 months. The data analysis was done through the lens of place, temporality and personal and social commonplaces to seek understandings of the similarities and differences between the participants’ storied identities as eLI’s and their effectiveness in carrying out their duties. Results from the study confirmed a number of commonalities between the eLI’s despite their working in dissimilar environments. These commonalities included an acknowledgement that ICT’s needed to be offered as a tool to allow pedagogical change to take place and not an end in themselves. The technology also provided teachers with a vehicle to deliver content and the eLI’s used this knowledge to further encourage classroom use of IT. Administrative tasks, accreditation pressures and Executive staff leadership were all important factors in shaping the successes that the eLI’s experienced. The TPACK framework also fell within the scope of the study and among the conclusions that were reached; an expanded framework is offered in the study. The study supported the conclusion that it is a combination of the narrative commonalities that shaped the participants and their practices. The eLI was a product of their storied identity while at the same time the actions, beliefs and approaches that they took to fulfil their role added to that storied identity

    Leaving the House: the challenges former MPs face after leaving Parliament

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    Every election sees a number of parliamentarians leave the House of Commons. Through outlining the experiences of members who left in 2010, Christopher Byrne and Kevin Theakston explain that the transition into a ‘political afterlife’ is not as straightforward as some might think. Many former members struggled to find a job, especially following the expenses scandal, while women were more likely to have been selected for marginal or unwinnable seats, and so their shorter tenures created additional problems

    Integrating Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Science Undergraduate Curriculum: Embedding Employability Through Research-Involved Teaching

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    The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of how engaging undergraduate students with research and research-related activities can be used to enrich their learning experience and enhance their employability prospects. There are two specific challenges in producing industry-ready science graduates: providing students with relevant subject specific and transferable skills and knowledge, and to provide them with appropriate industry engagement. The science undergraduate curriculum at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) includes research activities that are designed to move students from being recipients of knowledge to becoming collaborators in its production. This approach to “research-involved teaching” (RIT) provides students with opportunities to gain practical research experience through course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and individual undergraduate research experiences (UREs). Students on the CCCU science programmes are diverse, many coming from low-participation neighborhoods and/or with nontraditional entry qualifications who have taken up study via the Foundation Year in Science (pre Higher Education level) that can be taken as part of each of the science programmes. Such students in particular can benefit from RIT. This chapter briefly summarizes the development of undergraduate research in higher education and then presents examples of specific pedagogic interventions, CUREs and UREs used across the CCCU science programmes