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Rethinking Place and Purpose: Provocations on the Future of FE

Rethinking Place and Purpose: Provocations on the Future of FE

The issue of time was seen as critical. Some countries give apprenticeships many more hours of practical training. The Crowther report described a system which was aspirational and never happened. The English bricklayer stands out among others in Europe for the limited breadth of skills. Mastery takes time and is deep rooted; it is a continuum that doesn’t stop on gaining a qualification. Competence is enabled by technique that is directly taught: the question was raised whether we need more expert teaching and less discovery learning. It was agreed that being safe comes first then creativity can follow. Again, World Skills was proposed as a framework to operate within. For example, 600 marks could be placed as the UK benchmark; 900 is world standard. If we want to be world class, then we need to invest in the capital funding and have the immersive experience required. The assessment framework we are operating within should be reconsidered. For example, as in World Skills, in some professions (e.g. to graduate from the Royal Veterinary College) a learner must consistently demonstrate competence to a professional. The place of professionals to be trusted as judges in this way was generally agreed to be positive.
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Engineering Discourse in the Structure of the ESP Training at Southern Federal University

Engineering Discourse in the Structure of the ESP Training at Southern Federal University

Abstract This paper discusses the essentials of engineering discourse in the structure of the ESP training at Southern Federal University (SFU) (Taganrog, Russia). The purpose of this paper is to justify critical rethinking of existing programs of technical students training in foreign languages at SFU taking into account the increasing role of engineering discourse in the professional socialization of future engineers and to enable them to integrate into the international professional community. The undertaken analysis strives to find the way to change the teaching practice of ESP. There are two levels of foreign language acquisition at SFU. At the first level students study any foreign language in a context of the general language. And at the second level they get conceptual knowledge to acquire scientific and professional terminology of any foreign language in order to become a professional language personality. To support these objectives a series of text books on ESP courses (Computer Engineering, Radio Engineering, Electronic Engineering etc.) have been developed at the foreign languages department SFU. The textbook "Computer Engineering" has been considered in details in this article. The authors have suggested directions in which the discourses of engineering education and practice need to change so that the engineering profession can achieve the goals stated in its professional codes.
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A Sense of Place and the World Within

A Sense of Place and the World Within

I am a political refugee who crossed the borders of Austria and former Yugoslavia in 1984 in pursuit of living my life free to travel, free to think for myself, and free to accomplish my dreams and life purpose. As I witness the current mass exodus of refugees coming to the shores of Europe, I finally open to my own healing and recognize how much courage, sense of self-preservation, and hopeful trust in the future I must have possessed at just 22 years old. Seeing people walking the Hungarian land, marching toward Austria, their faces filled with determination and hope for a future that has been lost in their homelands, I suddenly realize that this journey was mine 30 years ago. As I look around admiring my new home and the gentle candlelight shimmering from the glass hurricanes, I have the urgent need to cry and let go. My feelings further unfold into the abyss of thinking about the amount of desperation, courage, and strength that prompt some people to flee and seek out a better life for themselves and their families, while others stay and cope with their unbearably harsh life situations. I am curious how much the role of place and culture defines one’s willingness to leave everything behind and/or stay. What if people’s attachment to the land, culture, and home is strong, yet people are forced to leave due to famine, war, or drug violence? What kind of replicating circles of trauma do many of the geo-political conflicts create for the refugee communities?
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Place-Based Food and Farming Systems: Reconnecting People with Purpose and Place

Place-Based Food and Farming Systems: Reconnecting People with Purpose and Place

Transitional technologies tend to focus on sep- arating and insulating agriculture from the ecologi- cal and social environment in which farms and farmers must function. For example, confinement livestock and poultry operations remove animals from their natural habitat and isolate them physi- cally and visually from public exposure. Similarly, hydroponic vegetable production removes crop production from reliance on soil fertility as well as the vagaries of weather variability and changes in climate. Both of these technologies are now allowa- ble under U.S. standards for “organic” food pro- duction. Genetic engineers are working to weather- proof crops to cope with an increasingly volatile climate. GPS-guided robots and drones are being developed and tested to reduce future needs for farmworkers and the associated risks to public health. Separation of agriculture from nature and society seems to be the ultimate objective of all of these industrial technologies.
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The creation, operation and future of HE in FE partnerships

The creation, operation and future of HE in FE partnerships

The 20 year vision outlined in the Dearing Report (NCIHE, 1997) was to create a learning society in the UK. In order to realise this vision, one of its recommendations was to establish active partnerships between Further Education Colleges (FECs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the purpose of sharing expertise and resources (HEFCE, 2008). The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) stresses that HE and FE partnerships ought to focus on the needs of local or regional communities and provision is expected to be generally dynamic, flexible, ‘short-cycle’ (two years or fewer of full-time study), and delivered in a variety of modes (e.g. within the work-place) (HEFCE, 2006a). However, such links will not only help cultivate an HE environment in the former (HEFCE, 2003b 1 ) but also provide local access to HE for students with deprived as well as diverse backgrounds so that they will experience less of a culture gap in a local FEC than in a University (AimHigher Southwest, 2001). Thus HE in FE is not only viewed as particularly important locally-based provision, (DIUS & DCSF, 2008) but a crucial means for widening participation and meeting the expanding needs of a learning society through delivering higher level vocational skills. This provision also creates hubs for regional or local access to HE (HEFCE, 2006a). There is wide variety in the forms and nature of the English HE in FE partnerships that have developed in and helped shape this landscape. 2
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Rethinking the future of humanities in Africa and the question of epistemological agency

Rethinking the future of humanities in Africa and the question of epistemological agency

Even so, we also need to study the relationship between virtual lives and real lives. Information technology offers tremendous opportunities for Humanities research. A vast number of people in the world and in Malawi spend a lot of time on the mobile phone and the Internet. It is not unusual nowadays to see people seating together, but each one of them busy on the phone or the Internet, communicating with someone else — that is a new way of sharing space. We should be asking: what are the ontological issues arising out of the relationship between the virtual and real space as well as from the constant simultaneous inhabitation of the virtual and real? Here, it is the question of double- subjectivity and double-locations that is worth exploring. Postmodernist theorists such as Baudrillard (1991) have been asking profound questions about the relationship between the real and the virtual after the intervention of television and other computing technologies in day-today practice. Reality Television programmes such as Big Brother call into question the distinction between the televisual-real and lived-real, since what we watch in these programmes are real people performing themselves and even reinventing themselves for the sake of making a good television programme. There is also the even more interesting question: to what extent do we have a reality outside televisual and virtual representation? However, again, we need to be sure that in the interrogation of the relationship between the real and the virtual, we work, with what Levinas (1961: 26) calls an ontological distance from the Other and ensure that we do not aestheticise the space of the Other in the way in which Baudrillard (1991) does in the claim that “The Gulf War did not take place.”
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The Effects of Participative Goal Setting on Future Sustainability-Related Behaviors and Attitudes

The Effects of Participative Goal Setting on Future Sustainability-Related Behaviors and Attitudes

Brundtland Commission (1987) defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Building upon this definition, many businesses have come to embrace the idea of a “triple bottom line (Savitz and Weber, 2006)” which measures success as it relates to profit, people, and planet. Rather than viewing short-term profit as the sole indicator of success, such companies engage in practices that minimize their impact on the environment, strive to treat all stakeholders in an ethical fashion, while at the same time maximizing profit.
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Union-driven economic development initiatives and community solidarity in western New York

Union-driven economic development initiatives and community solidarity in western New York

Critical Management Studies (CMS) uncovers organizational alternatives effaced by management knowledge and practice and gives attention to concepts often ignored by management scholars. Solidarity is one of these concepts. This article focuses on solidarity as it relates to economic development initiatives pursued by labor union leaders residing in Buffalo and other parts of the western region of New York. The first section of the article looks at the concept of solidarity in the labor union literature and in CMS. The second section surveys the origin and activities of the union-created Economic Development Group of Western New York. The third section examines how solidarity plays a role in that organization by considering some conceptual and practical implications of the group’s initiatives. The article finds that the Economic Development Group is rethinking solidarity, something labor scholars see as essential to the future of unions; the group is also pursuing economic development projects with an eye to building communitywide solidarity, a strategy that challenges key aspects of what public- and private- sector managers have long considered the conventional wisdom.
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Comparision of Microstrucural and Morphological Studies of 40%Ni-Fe and 75%Ni-Fe Nanopowder Prepared by Mechanical Alloying

Comparision of Microstrucural and Morphological Studies of 40%Ni-Fe and 75%Ni-Fe Nanopowder Prepared by Mechanical Alloying

The XRD spectra of pure Fe and Ni are shown in Figure 1 those of 40% Ni-Fe powder and 75% Ni-Fe powder at various milling hours are shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3 respectively. Comparing Figures 1, 2 and 3 it can be seen that the X-ray diffraction peaks widen as the milling time increased. This could be explained as due to the refinement of grain size and increases of micro strain during mechanical alloying. It is observed that the value of maximum counts of the diffraction

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Rural education: Some sociological provocations for the field

Rural education: Some sociological provocations for the field

Schools have been, for a long time, in the business of the very kind of risk assessment that banopticon is founded upon today. The fundamental question according to Bigo is, in part, who has been found guilty and thus deserves to be banned, but also, who is likely to be guilty in the future. Banopticon then is a variant found in the American film The Minority Report (YEAR), a world where police are able to stop crimes before they happen through meticulous physical and psychological surveillance. Today young people are indeed banned from certain spaces and schools themselves represent exclusive, controlled and even policed spaces. The aspirations and educational attainment and measured performativity movements in education are essentially focused on supporting young people to create and recreate access to ‘options’ rather than becoming ‘stuck’ through what is alleged to be their own lack agency or inappropriate choices. Today it can seem as though the central function of schools is to produce increasingly detailed behavioural and learning profiles of individual children that can later be used in more comprehensive risk profiles. The relative underperformance of rural schools indicates that they contain more children and youth who are ‘at risk’.
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Comparison of Automotive Protocols for the Diagnostic Purpose

Comparison of Automotive Protocols for the Diagnostic Purpose

Abstract:- This document is regarding the selection of a well suited protocol for the diagnostic purpose in the automotive industry. Various protocols are compared with respect to their parameters like speed, bandwidth, weight and cost effectiveness. Time critical activities require speed for the communication purposes and also for upgrading or reprogramming the ECU. Selecting a perfect protocol for the diagnostic purposes assist in the proper functioning of the vehicle which in turns increases the safety of the occupants.

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Jostling for Position: The Future of Regional Power-Sharing and the Role of the Pacific Islands Forum

Jostling for Position: The Future of Regional Power-Sharing and the Role of the Pacific Islands Forum

As a result of the PIF Review of RAMSI in 2007 the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders agreed to establish the Enhanced Consul- tative Mechanism (ECM), with the first meetings held in February 2008. The purpose of the ECM was to “facilitate the work of RAMSI as a high level reference group, representative of RAMSI’s regional character, to discuss the broad policy directions of RAMSI and its progress” (Pacific Islands Secretariat 2014). The extended roles of the ECM were to report six-monthly to the Fo- rum Ministerial Standing Committee (FMSC), acting as a second- ary level of governance for the activities of RAMSI that could not be dealt with by the Triumvirate (SIG, RAMSI and PIF) (SIG 2008: 4). One of the key pieces of advice to emerge from the PIF Review was that SIG felt the lines of state sovereignty were being blurred as a result of a lack of communication between RAMSI and SIG, stating “the question of sovereignty was raised in situa- tions where the SIG felt that it was not in control of developments under RAMSI operations” (ECM 2008). The recommended “fix” for this issue was enhanced consultation between the two parties. It was later noted by Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. William Haomae that the purpose of the ECM was “very important for achieving the objective and goals of RAMSI… and more significantly for better realisation of these goals” (PIF 2008). The establishment of the ECM could be inter- preted as a form of more permanent mediation by the PIF be- tween SIG and RAMSI ensuring transparency in communication and activities.
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Reshaping the Neighbourhood of the Future as We Age in Place

Reshaping the Neighbourhood of the Future as We Age in Place

RESHAPING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THE FUTURE AS WE AGE IN PLACE Gerda R Wekerle and Suzanne MacKenzie Les auteures mettent l'accent sur le type de logement et de communaute OU nous desir ons vivre notre[.]

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Effects of Mechanical Alloying on Microstructure, Morphology and Magnetic Properties of 40%Ni-Fe Nanopowder

Effects of Mechanical Alloying on Microstructure, Morphology and Magnetic Properties of 40%Ni-Fe Nanopowder

in Fig.1.and those of 40% Ni-Fe powder at various milling hours are shown in Fig.2. Comparing Figs.1 and 2, it can be seen that the X-ray diffraction peaks widen as the milling time increased. This could be explained as due to the refinement of grain size during mechanical alloying. It is observed that the value of maximum counts of the diffraction peaks keep on decreasing with increasing milling hours

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The Future of Variable Annuities

The Future of Variable Annuities

“The deferred variable annuity is a good way to fund an immediate annuity or a deferred income annuity. It can allow people to lock in future income over time without putting their money in a fixed account. That’s an attractive idea. It addresses some of the concerns of the policyholder and it’s in line with the life insurers’ expertise. [As far as more issuers getting out of the VA business], I don’t think anybody would want to talk about it until it became a certainty. But it follows from de-risking. Eventually de-risking gets to the point where it makes sense to get out. It’s hard to sell a put to a policyholder. You’re becoming a derivative counterparty to your policyholder and that’s a different relationship from the one insurance companies are used to. I see the New York Life-type product [the deferred income annuity] as the way that we should go, and I hope that we do. But it’s hard to make a prediction.”
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Fuelling the Car of the Future

Fuelling the Car of the Future

Whether you worry about man-made global warming due to the burning o f fossil fuels, or not, you have to face up to the fact that the supply o f crude oil that we convert to petrol and diesel is finite, and the time when it will no longer be possible to match supply with demand is not so fa r away. Projections vary, but even the most optimistic do not predict much more than 20 years. For this reason we need to start looking very seriously at ways we can fuel our vehicles in a post-crude-oil future. Hydrogen is a popular option, but is it a realistic one? Don’t the Brazilians run their cars on alcohol? Is that a strategy we could apply world wide? And what about battery-powered vehicles? Is that just fo r golf carts? The answer, as it turns out, is not to go fo r a single option, rather we will have to employ a combination o f some o f these technologies to keep us on
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On the distribution of the error of an interpolated value, and on the construction of tables

On the distribution of the error of an interpolated value, and on the construction of tables

When we turn to examine not merely the variance but the form of the distribution of the error in the interpolate, a normally distributed tabular error is seen to have an added advantage [r]

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Provocations for critical disability studies

Provocations for critical disability studies

that is objectified or pathologised via the psy-methods of education. Disability also offers an opportunity. Disabled children have the potential to shake up pedagogy, re-think classroom organisation, re-design playgrounds and re-engage parents with school leadership. Disability appears as an affirmative phenomenon: a chance to pause, re-jig and reorient education. Similarly, ability has been reappropriated by disabled people, amongst others, in order to demonstrate capacity, potentiality and possibility. The glo- bal self-advocacy movement ’ s choice of ‘ People First ’ as a common moniker for groups and the ‘Not Dead Yet’ slogan of the North American disability movement are two attempts to reclaim normative language 1 . Also, in the Critical Disability Studies literature, we have witnessed attempts to offer more distributed, collectivist and ensembled forms of human capacity includ- ing distributed competence of parenting skills of people with learning dis- abilities and their networks (Booth and Booth 1994, 1998); interdependence as a mode of living that is far more desirable than independence (Reindall 1999); flows of connections across students in school as a means of promot- ing inclusive education (Allan and Youdell 2017); and material assemblages between humans, other humans and non-humans including machines and animals (Feely 2016; Flynn 2017). These contributions reposition ability away from the usual individualised footings (disabling pun intended). That said, reclaiming a humanist normative understanding of human capacity still holds water; witnessed by the potency of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons across the globe. The dis/ability complex acknowl- edges the work done by disabled people and their allies either side of the ‘/’ (and in the in-between) (Goodley, Lawthom, and Runswick-Cole 2014a, 2014b). Disability is a place of oppression but also possibility. Ability is a phenomenon that might be reworked to reveal its collective potential as opposed to its usual individualising and limited configurations. We would want to ask: what do you want to keep of ability; how might we frame abil- ity in non-ableist ways; how might Critical Disability Studies re-think the phe- nomenon of ability; and, in rearticulating ability, what would such work do to a-priori conceptualisations of disability?
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At the boundary of place : rethinking the provenance of early Christian architecture

At the boundary of place : rethinking the provenance of early Christian architecture

While diversity may be observed in the boundary architecture over subsequent iterations of the divine pattern, the pattern itself is stable. One criticism with Meyers’ conclusion is that architectural continuity is attributed to what she calls the “verbal images” transmitted in the biblical canon. Not only would this require a great deal from the verbal images themselves, it would presuppose a consistent hermeneutic over time—even while the buildings themselves changed. Remember how architecture can alter in relation to recurring events and how, in turn, the events can be affected by the architecture. The consistency is better explained by the enduring effects of sacred place resulting from an archetypal divine pattern reflected and expressed in the architecture emerging at the boundaries. Neither was the Temple simply an exercise of human effort attempting to reproduce a heavenly vision. For the Jews, it was obedience to the command of God to build according to a divinely given plan and it generated an architecture which circumscribed the holiest place on earth.
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‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities ?APIs? and the Future of Annuities | 1 ?APIs? and the Future of Annuities By Kerry Pechter Thu, Jul 25, 2019 Catching up with the 'application programmin[.]

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