Monday, November 28, 2016

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel
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To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming,and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

高等教育的心件

郭位 著
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高等教育的心件 / 郭位著心件 : 大学校长说教育 / 郭位著 身為香港城市大學校長及美國國家工程院資深院士,郭位教授從他多年的教、研、高教辦學經歷中,總結出中、港、台兩岸三地高等學府之所以未能跟世界其他高等學府一樣邁向國際化的原因。

究其原因,當中最重要是政府、高等學府領導層、教職員及學生在心態上均未有作出適當的調整,以致辦學“心”件(soulware)不彰。

郭校長在本書真誠地循著高教國際化、教研合一、質量評鑒,以及創意創新等四個方面,提出解決問題的真知灼見,尋探提升兩岸三地高等學府教學水平的可能性。

本書特色:
高等教育怎麼辦? : 兩岸大學心件的探討 / 郭位著
‧ 近年兩岸三地高等教育面對不能提升水平的問題,此時出版本書,對教育工作者及營辦高等教育的政策官員有啟示作用。

‧ 作者是資深教育工作者,透過其多年任教及出任大學校長的經驗,道出兩岸三地高等教育國際化的需要,以讓三地大學教育更具競爭力,觀點具有說服力。

‧ 作者對於兩岸三地的高等教育作出多方面的比較,三者當中有需要迴避的問題,也有值得
借鏡的地方,更有需要向外國學習之處。評論分析較為全面及持平。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)

《高等教育的心件》--香港版
《心件:大學校長說教育》--大陸版
《高等教育怎麼辦? : 兩岸大學心件的探討》--台灣版

Monday, November 21, 2016

Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

Scott Eblin
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Leverage mindful awareness and intention to achieve better outcomes

Overworked and Overwhelmed is a handbook for more mindful work and living that offers:
• "Must know" mindfulness basics that today's professional needs to thrive in a 24/7 world.
• Inspiring examples of mindfulness in action from dozens of leaders ranging from a U.S. Coast Guard Commandant to the CEO of Hilton Worldwide.
• A self assessment for readers to understand how they perform at their best.
Simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance.
• A personal planning framework for creating the outcomes that matter most at home, at work and in the community.

Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

如何消除緊張 (Learn to Relax)

華克 (Eugene Walker)
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本書針對各種引起焦慮的原因,利用心理學的技巧,教你如何做鬆弛運動,泰然自若的面對生活壓力。

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Trump Phenomenon and the Future of US Foreign Policy

Daniel Quinn Mills and Steven Rosefielde
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Donald Trump has called for a turnaround in the foreign policy of the United States (US). A key reason is that US foreign engagements have in recent decades proved of little benefit to the US middle and working classes.

Trump's opponents have challenged him to prove that he can offer a better alternative to the foreign policy which has been pursued by the US since the Second World War.

This volume shows that a sane US foreign policy that adjusts US postwar trajectory can be accomplished if leaders have the courage and integrity to do so. The principles and many details of an alternative policy based on democratic nationalism are described in this book. Democratic nationalism presumes that the US is a large family in which the needs of members of the family have a certain legitimate priority over those of people abroad.

While Donald Trump has raised the level of discussion of these ideas in US public life, he does not have a monopoly on them. The shifts in the US foreign policy which are envisioned in this book can be made by any president and any political party. The shifts and the considerations which motivate them are deserving of careful attention by any US chief executive. This is not a Republican agenda, nor a Democratic one. We believe that it is a US agenda.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

三角梅栽培與鑑賞

周群 編
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香港城市大學校長郭位教授11月7日在一典禮上揭曉簕杜鵑獲選為「城花」。請按此了解詳情。

簕杜鵑是葉子花屬(學名: Bougainvillea glabra)植物的統稱,又名九重葛、三角梅、三角花、葉子花、葉子梅、毛寶巾、紙花、南美紫茉莉、賀春花等 。本書是編者近10年來致力於三角梅(簕杜鵑) 的引種、栽培和園林應用推廣的研究成果的總結。全書闡述了三角梅
(簕杜鵑)的來源、品種分類、形態特徵、生態習性、繁殖方法、花期調控、新品種培育、病蟲害防治、園林應用及欣賞等,對觀賞性強的50餘個品種做了特徵描述,配以各類彩照200餘幅。

(摘錄自三民網路書店)