Public policy and higher education coverBy Nicholas W. Hillman, David A. Tandberg & Brian A. Sponsler. Wiley, 2015, 98 p.

Looks at how to make academic scholarship more relevant to policy-making audiences. Discusses theories of the policymaking process and outlines various views of policy-relevant research. Discusses sources of higher education policy, the limitations of using academic research in policymaking, and whether the use of research leads to better policymaking.

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JEPBy Imanol Ordorika & Marion Lloyd. Journal of education policy 30 (3), 2015, p. 385-405 (article).

Looks at how international university rankings have become widely-used measures of institutional performance for policy-makers in different countries. Outlines criticisms of the rankings as tools of cultural hegemony. Covers
methodological critiques and reliability, debates about the rankings’ underlying ideologies, and policy impacts.

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European journal of higher education coverBy Daniel Holmberg & Olof Hallonsten. European journal of higher education 5 (2), 2015, p. 181-196 (article).

Looks at institutional changes and reforms in the Swedish higher education system since 1977. Discusses the phenomenon of academic drift, whereby non-university tertiary institutions seek to develop into full-scale universities.

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JHEPMBy Bjorn Stensaker & Peter Maassen. Journal of higher education policy and management 37 (1), 2015, p. 30-40 (article).

Talks about external quality assurance in higher education. Presents a framework for analysing mechanisms designed to build trust in quality assurance systems.

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Further education and skills Pakistan coverBritish Council, 2015, 20 p.

Explores further education and skills development in Pakistan. Talks about skill shortages experienced by the country, government policy for training and vocational education, the quality and scale of provision, local education access, mobility and current UK enrolment, and student perceptions.

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British Journal of Educational Studies coverBy Anne West et al. British journal of educational studies 63 (1), 2015, p. 23-45 (Article).

Talks about the costs of higher education in England. Looks at how tuition fees and maintenance loans impact on families, and considers financial support given to students by parents. Discusses difficulties and constraints faced by families, parents’ perspectives of and responses to student loan debt, and students’ views of their financial independence.

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JHEPMBy Megan Kimber & Lisa C. Ehrich. Journal of higher education policy and management 37 (1), 2015, p. 83-97 (article).

Considers the impact of managerial changes in Australian universities on employees. Talks about the emergence of academic managers, the expansion of an audit culture, and the casualisation of academic work.

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Who's afraid of the big bad dragon coverBy Yong Zhao. Jossey-Bass, 2014, 254 p.

Examines China’s performance in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results. Looks at how the Chinese education system is influencing education reforms in the US. Critiques China’s methods of raising student achievement and contends that educators, parents, and political leaders oppose the system.

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CDQBy Deanna M. Haney-Loehlein. Career development quarterly 63 (1), 2015, p. 16-30 (article).

Examines the specific life experiences that shape people’s perceptions of their work as a calling.

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JCDBy Marie F. Shoffner et al. Journal of career development 42 (2), 2015, p. 102-116 (article).

Looks at the development of perceptions and opinions about career options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among 10- to 14-year-olds. Outlines the outcome expectations that youth identify when they discuss the pursuit of higher level STEM coursework and careers in STEM fields.

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BJGCBy Deirdre Hughes, Frans Meijers & Marinka Kuijpers. British journal of guidance & counselling 43 (2), 2015, p. 183-201 (article).

Examines the impact of marketisation and privatisation policies on career guidance provision in England and the Netherlands between 1991 and 2013.

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CDQBy Jill M. Bystydzienski, Margaret Eisenhart & Monica Bruning. Career development quarterly 63 (1), 2015, p. 88-95 (article).

Reports on the results of a 3-year intervention programme designed to encourage the interest of low-income US high school girls from diverse backgrounds in engineering careers.

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Leading the life you want coverBy Stewart D. Friedman. Harvard Business Review Press, 2014, 256 p.

Argues that striving for work-life balance can lead to more stress. Presents an approach which aims to integrate each area of life in order to add richness, meaning, and productivity to the other parts. Talks about the intersection and interaction of four central domains: work, home, community, and the private self. Looks at how high-profile individuals, including Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, and Bruce Springsteen, use specific skills to act with authenticity, integrity, and creativity. Includes exercises for practicing these skills.

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Communications coverBy Patricia Donovan. Dunmore, 2014, 148 p.

Describes best-practice tools and approaches for communications professionals. Covers strategic thinking, peer review, leadership, planning, protecting the reputation of an organisation, marketing principles, professional partners, team-building, managing contractors, accountability, stakeholder engagement, internal communications, media liaison, managing issues, writing and delivering speeches, hosting events, and visual identity.

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Technology globalisation coverEdited by Tony Dolphin. Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) & JPMorgan Chase, 2015, 118 p.

Looks at how the forces of globalisation and information and communication technologies are impacting on the European labour market. Predicts likely trends in employment across Europe to 2025 and looks at how policymakers, firms, and individuals might respond. Chapters include:

  • The outlook for skills demand and supply in Europe by Terence Hogarth & Rob Wilson
  • European labour markets in the coming decade by Jonathan Wadsworth
  • Projecting labour productivity by Andries de Jong & Mark ter Veer
  • What do current trends tell us about the British labour market of tomorrow? By Matthew Whittaker
  • Preparing for tomorrow’s world of work by Peter Glover & Hannah Hope
  • Beyond the headlines: analysing skills data over the long term by Michael J. Handel
  • Flexibilisation and how Germany’s reforms succeeded by Werner Eichorst
  • Unpicking the German jobs miracle: is Germany a labour market role model? By Michael Fischer & Jorg Bergstermann
  • Continuity & change in the German labour market by David Brady, Thomas Biegert & Sigurt Vitols
  • Bridging the skills gap by Thor Berger & Carl Benedikt Frey
  • In the future, what will people do? By Steve Bainbridge
  • Collective intelligence: questioning individualised approaches to skills development by Stefana Broadbent
  • Equality of opportunity: responding to polarisation in Europe’s labour market by Sara de la Rica
  • The digital revolution: how should governments respond? By Henning Meyer
  • Welcoming our robot overlords: the disruptive potential of technological progress by Diane Coyle
  • Automation & equality: the challenge to progressive politics by Alan Manning
  • Manufacturing a life of leisure by Donald Storrie
  • A survey of European employers: skills use, polarisation & workforce changes by Tony Dolphin.

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Mindfulness at work coverBy Stephen McKenzie. Exisle, 2013, 192 p.

Shows how the practice of mindfulness can help counter distractions and stress in the workplace. Looks at ways in which mindfulness can be used at work to raise productivity, improve decision making skills, enhance professional relationships, and develop leadership skills.

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Show and tell coverBy Dan Roam. Portfolio/Penguin, 2014, 260 p.

Describes how to create and deliver effective presentations to groups of people in any setting. Discusses how to understand audiences, organise content, build clear storylines, create effective visuals, and master the fear of public speaking and presenting.

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Thanks for the feedback coverBy Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen. Viking, 2014, 348 p.

Talks about how to receive feedback in a positive manner. Explains why getting feedback is crucial yet often challenging. Presents a framework and tools to help accept and act on feedback, comments, evaluations, and unsolicited advice.

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Strengths finder coverBy Tom Rath. Gallup Press, 2007, 175 p.

Updated edition of Gallup’s online StrengthsFinder assessment. Describes 34 talents, or strengths, and presents ideas for developing them. Includes a personalised Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying strengths in business over time.

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Assessment in education coverBy Louise Hayward. Article in Assessment in education: principles, policy & practice 22 (1), 2015, p. 27-43.

Looks at lessons learned during Scotland’s large-scale evaluations of its ‘Assessment is for Learning’ programme. Discusses the extent to which this evidence was used to inform future learning within the national programme.

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