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    Digging our own grave: A Marxian consideration of formal education as a destructive enterprise

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    The negative impact of human activity has been known throughout history. The epic tale of Gilgamesh, Koranic and biblical texts all make clear the potential that humans have to destroy the world in which they live. Climate breakdown, biodiversity collapse and zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 have also been predicted well in advance. The “wicked problem” (dilemma) to address is: “Why do humans still persist in ‘digging their own graves’ by damaging the environments they inhabit?” The author of this article argues that the motive to engage in education can be understood as an ancient human response to ecological change. This has led to a range of behaviours, including teaching and learning that serve only to further disrupt the relationship between the human and the “more-than-human” world. When formal education structures are viewed through a Marxian lens, it soon becomes clear that the unsustainable impact of humans on the more-than-human is the result of capitalist entrapment. Karl Marx’s proposition of a metabolic rift helps make sense of the nonsensical, while a discussion of use and exchange value shows how formal education has become ensnared in the mire of capitalist productivity, concealing from view the educationally-induced destruction of planetary systems that support human flourishing. Fortunately, a more sustainable and sustaining education is possible – this is an education for a “long-life” that is no longer influenced by the machinery of neoliberalism

    Melody based tune retrieval over the World Wide Web

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    In this paper we describe the steps taken to develop a Web-based version of an existing stand-alone, single-user digital library application for melodical searching of a collection of music. For the three key components: input, searching, and output, we assess the suitability of various Web-based strategies that deal with the now distributed software architecture and explain the decisions we made. The resulting melody indexing service, known as MELDEX, has been in operation for one year, and the feed-back we have received has been favorable

    Improved cassava processing technology: Final technical report

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    The overall purpose of the project was to develop improved cassava processing methods that have enhanced post-harvest qualities including low cyanogen levels and/or product storability

    What is Competence in Client-Centered Collaborative Practice?

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    The chapter opens with a discussion on the growing impact of chronic disease in populations and the health system pressures to meet demands for ongoing care. In response a focus has shifted to delivery of care through teamwork, advocated because of the burgeoning health human resource shortages. The focus then shifts to how a framework for client-centered collaborative practice can be created in which a partnering relationship develops between clients, their families, and health providers within interprofessional teams. Exploration of this framework begins with a discussion about client engagement and client participation with the role of clients in their self-care being presented as a shift in traditional care provision. A discussion is then presented on the partnering relationships between clients and health providers in which they work together to achieve a common goal through non-hierarchical interactions and combining of their shared resources used through mutual respect for each other’s skills and competences as well as shared decision-making leading towards set goals. A case study is provided to operationalize the above concepts. Finally, collaborative client-centered care is provided as the outcome of all parties negotiating and adapting individual inputs into options for care to arrive at a shared plan all can support

    Towards a Virtuosity of School Leadership: clinical support and supervision as professional learning

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    This paper introduces an innovative clinical support and supervision project that has its origins in the concern for how senior school leaders are increasingly being expected to manage the escalating demand to care for pupils, families and often the wider community. In response to these pressures we offer a three-stage professional learning model of supervision which encompasses collaboration, reflection and dialogue, while facilitating the development of professional skills within a non-judgmental space for personal and professional reflexivity. Alongside providing the service, the authors undertook two phases of qualitative research over a five-year period. Our findings indicate that support and supervision has been wholly beneficial identifying a positive impact across three broad themes: Professional learning, health and well-being, and wider school culture. The process facilitates headteachers making professionally situated decisions grounded in an understanding of educational purpose. We call for a virtuosity of school leadership – a practice of educational leadership where decision-making is informed by good educational judgments and not by standardisation and punitive accountability measures. Distinctively, clinical support and supervision promotes a virtuosity of school leadership while also meeting the moral obligation to care for school leaders and in doing so those in their care

    The role of zoos in attitudes towards biodiversity and the reintroduction of native wild carnivores to the UK: results from a pilot study

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    This paper presents preliminary findings from a pilot study involving focus groups and semi-structured interviews with members of the public at three locations in Kent, UK. The pilot study aims to inform a large scale baseline survey of attitudes, beliefs and values towards biodiversity, the focus species (lynx and Pine Marten) and their conservation and reintroduction in the UK