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Challenging Dominant Views on Student Behaviour at School

by Bruce Johnson Anna Sullivan Bill Lucas

This is a deliberately provocative book. It critiques current student behaviour management practices, seeks to explain the flawed assumptions that justify those practices, and proposes how things could be better for children in our schools if different practices were adopted. It is one of the few books to offer alternative ways of addressing the issues associated with student behaviour at school, and exposes the field to serious and sustained critique from both a research perspective and a children's rights ideological stance. The authors address the following questions: What ideas dominate current thinking on student behaviour at school? What are the policy drivers for current practices? What is wrong with common behaviour approaches? What key ideologies justify these approaches? How can we present ethical alternatives to current approaches? How can a human rights perspective contribute to the development of alternative approaches? In exploring these questions and some ethical alternatives to the status quo, the authors suggest practical ways to 'answer back' to calls for more authoritarian responses to student behaviour within our schools. In doing so, the authors advocate for reforms on behalf of children, and in their interests.

Early Career Teachers

by Bruce Johnson Anna Sullivan Janet Hunter Barry Down Rosie Le Cornu Judy Peters Jane Pearce

This book addresses one of the most persistent issues confronting governments, educations systems and schools today: the attraction, preparation, and retention of early career teachers. It draws on the stories of sixty graduate teachers from Australia to identify the key barriers, interferences and obstacles to teacher resilience and what might be done about it. Based on these stories, five interrelated themes - policies and practices, school culture, teacher identity, teachers' work, and relationships - provide a framework for dialogue around what kinds of conditions need to be created and sustained in order to promote early career teacher resilience. The book provides a set of resources - stories, discussion, comments, reflective questions and insights from the literature - to promote conversations among stakeholders rather than providing yet another 'how to do' list for improving the daily lives of early career teachers. Teaching is a complex, fragile and uncertain profession. It operates in an environment of unprecedented educational reforms designed to control, manage and manipulate pedagogical judgements. Teacher resilience must take account of both the context and circumstances of individual schools (especially those in economically disadvantaged communities) and the diversity of backgrounds and talents of early career teachers themselves. The book acknowledges that the substantial level of change required- cultural, structural, pedagogical and relational - to improve early career teacher resilience demands a great deal of cooperation and support from governments, education systems, schools, universities and communities: teachers cannot do it alone. This book is written to generate conversations amongst early career teachers, teacher colleagues, school leaders, education administrators, academics and community leaders about the kinds of pedagogical and relational conditions required to promote early career teacher resilience and wellbeing.

Harnessing Thought

by Bruce Johnson

This book tries to give a psychological insight into the skillful and thoughtful mind of the guide dog. How does the young dog acquire the knowledge and skills to be a safe, fluent and confident guide? Is the dog capable of taking conscious decisions about alternative courses of action, predicting what is likely to happen next in a particular situation and of remembering how to respond to a wide variety of objects, people and events? These are questions that take us to the very forefront of our understanding of animal learning, consciousness and thought.

The Hedge Fund Fraud Casebook

by Bruce Johnson

An in-depth, well-researched look at 100 hedge fund fraudsCompared to mutual funds, hedge funds are the James Bonds of the marketplace. They have been relatively unfettered by government regulation, and they play bigger games, take bigger risks, use unorthodox methods, and have the power to capture the public imagination in a way that their lesser counterparts have difficulty approaching. At once fascinating and startling, The Hedge Fund Fraud Casebook provides readers with a broad knowledge of hedge fund regulation through a look at the first 100 cases of proven fraud at hedge funds.Compiling concrete data on cases of hedge fund fraud, The Hedge Fund Fraud Casebook provides you with a factual foundation for assessing this difficult area of risk.First comprehensive survey of hedge fund fraud including 100 chronological fraud casesIncludes descriptions of each case, diagram of the player interaction, and tables detailing monies recovered, fines paid, prison terms, and professional sanctionsUseful for both individual and professional investors, particularly given the last eighteen months of fraud and mismanagement among leading financial professionals and companiesThe Hedge Fund Fraud Casebook provides a hedge fund professional's look at fraud and can help you prevent or avoid similar frauds in the future. It's a vital resource for any hedge fund manager or investor.

Professional Visual Studio 2012

by Bruce Johnson

The ultimate developers' guide to Visual Studio 2012This expert Wrox guide is what you need to get up and running quickly on Visual Studio 2012. Written by a Microsoft Visual C# MVP, it guides you through the integrated development environment (IDE), showing you how to maximize all new tools and improvements.Offers programmers a fast way to IDE-centric programming success Demonstrates new IDE features, including the new Metro style app project templates and Windows 8 app store features Explains each feature, then illustrates the context in which it will help you solve problems Covers timely and essential topics related to rich client app development, web applications, application services, file configuration, debugging and testing, and more Helps advanced users customize and extend Visual Studio through the Automation Model, writing macros, working with the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), and more Provides ample detail for programmers who are new to Visual Studio 2012, as well as for experienced programmers exploring the advanced capabilities of the IDEProfessional Visual Studio 2012 uses a unique, IDE-centric approach to help you get up and running quickly on this exciting new release.

Windows Azure Data Storage

by Bruce Johnson

Make tools for storage accessible from Azure apps and any Internet connected appIn Windows Azure Data Storage, Simon Hart of Microsoft's Windows Azure Center of Excellence Team gives you all the tools you need to provide storage that is accessible both from Windows Azure applications and any application connected to the Internet. The book starts with an overview of the fundamental concepts, and then quickly dives in to configuring, scenario mapping, security, backup, recovery, and maintenance of the various data storage options.Contents include:Data Storage OptionsLocal StorageBlob StorageQueue StorageWindows Azure Service BusTable StorageWindows Azure SQL DatabaseMigrating DataSQL Data SyncWindows Azure Data Storage is ideal for professionals looking to quickly utilize one of the data storage mechanisms in Azure.

Windows Azure Developer's e-Book Bundle

by Bruce Johnson Benjamin Perkins Danny Garber Adam Fazio Jamal Malik James Chambers

A collection of five must-have Azure titles, from some of the biggest names in the fieldAvailable individually, but at a discounted rate for the collection, this bundle of five e-books covers key developer and IT topics of Windows Azure, including ASP.NET, mobile services, web sites, data storage, and the hybrid cloud. A host of Microsoft employees and MPVs come together to cover the biggest challenges that professionals face when working with Windows Azure. The e-books included are as follows: Windows Azure and ASP.NET MVC MigrationWindows Azure Mobile ServicesWindows Azure Web SitesWindows Azure Data StorageWindows Azure Hybrid CloudThis invaluable bundle of e-books will get you up and running confidently and quickly with Windows Azure.

Windows Azure Mobile Services

by Bruce Johnson

Get up and running with Windows Azure Mobile ServicesWindows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) is a turn-key backend solution for applications, mobile or otherwise, to utilize structured storage in the cloud. It includes basic data access functionality and built-in authentication with Microsoft Account, Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as push notification to the client app. This compact, to the point book gives you just what you need to get up and running with these tools. Demonstrates how to add, update, delete and retrieve data using standard .NET classes or REST-based requestsDescribes how Windows Azure Mobile Services supports authentication of the user and looks at the mechanism used to authenticate the userFeatures a number of examples that show how the WAMS scripting capability can be used to meet real-world business needsExamines the limits of Windows Azure Mobile Services, including scalability, database integration, and redundancy optionsThis book shows you exactly how to take advantage of the functionality offered by Windows Azure Mobile Services.

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