With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project. Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers.
The multidisciplinary nature of learning-games development is key to successful projects. In this book, leaders in the field of serious games and professionals in entertainment games share practical guidelines and lessons learned from their own experiences researching and developing learning games. This volume includes: * A summary of the key elements of design and development that require particular attention from multiple disciplines to ensure success * An overview of successful models and methods, and of the tradeoffs made throughout the process, to help guide development * Cohesive, multidisciplinary views of the issues that may arise and of the techniques applied in order to produce effective learning games grounded in specific experiences, community consensus, and analysis of successful learning games that have already been released * The stories behind the games, to illustrate how final design and development decisions were reached. Aimed at professionals and academics interested in developing and researching learning games, it offers a comprehensive picture of the state of the art.
Contrary to traditional belief, the transition from nappy to potty can be started even before your child's first birthday - and be fully completed by the second! Katie Warren advises taking advantage of the early months - when babies do most of their communicating on an emotional level - because that's when children understand things intuitively much sooner than they understand words or actions. The author stresses the importance of a friendly, positive environment - one that lovingly encourages a child's performance on the potty - because a child responds much better to a parent's smiles, laughter and enthusiastic support than to fear and coercion. If such an atmosphere prevails whenever children are on their potties - and they are made to feel happy and proud each time they are successful in their training - then they will repeat these performances just to get that same, happy response from their parents. This is the underlying principle of Katie's method. "Potty Training Your Baby" includes information on everything to do with potty training, including dealing with those inevitable little "accidents". The material is presented in a down-to-earth fashion and is enhanced by personal flashbacks from the author's own parenting experience. Perhaps most importantly, the book shows you how to turn this often dreaded and frustrating task into a time of mutual growth and learning for both you and your child.
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