Tag: Book Reviews

Constitutional Kids

Constitutional Kids

Lee-Anne Flack’s job as a transparency medium for the South African parliament qualifies her to write a booklet like Constitutional Kids.

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They Fought for Freedom – Helen Suzman

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments
They Fought for Freedom – Helen Suzman

In the They Fought For Freedom series, such luminaries as Biko, Ghandi, Mandela, Tutu and Plaatje are profiled in a bid to ensure that their contributions are understood and remembered. What value this series has brought to our classrooms, and how appropriate that, following her death in 2009, Helen Suzman should be added to this list of significant South African Freedom fighters. Gillian Godsell has done a great job tracing the efforts of this remarkable woman to bring about justice for the people of South Africa.

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Hello South Africa

Hello South Africa

Book Review – At a recent launch of the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development 2011-2025 in South Africa, Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, recommended that every university student in South Africa be required to learn one African language as a condition for graduating.

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Educational Psychology in Social Context: Ecosystemic Applications in Southern Africa (4th edition)

| June 2, 2011 | 1 Comment
Educational Psychology in Social Context: Ecosystemic Applications in Southern Africa (4th edition)

Book Review – Each day in the classroom presents a new challenge for teachers. As they grapple with the complex and multifaceted demands that face them, the enormity can, at times, feel overwhelming. How do newly qualified educators actually start to conceptualise the many levels in the schooling system that they have influence over, and that, in turn, influence their teaching?

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The Consumer Protection Act Made Easy

The Consumer Protection Act Made Easy

If you’re a regular newspaper reader, you’ll have noticed an increase in the number of reports related to the Consumer Protection Act, which came into effect on 1 April 2011. The sudden increase in media coverage (taking mainly the form of a flood of complaints to consumer journalists about defective products or sub-par service) is an indicator of how badly we have needed this new piece of legislation in South Africa.

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Fact Finder: A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for 8 to 12 year-olds

| June 2, 2011 | 1 Comment
Fact Finder: A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for 8 to 12 year-olds

Book Review – Books based on the National Curriculum Statements should always be seriously considered by librarians, teachers or parents, as a way to reinforce key learning concepts. Schools and families should most certainly add Fact Finder: A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for 8- to 12-yearolds to their collections. Lovingly compiled by Helen Lewis, it’s all that a compendium should be.

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Future Energy series: Solar Power; Fossil Fuels; Geothermal Energy and Bio-energy; Water Power; Nuclear Power; Wind Power

Future Energy series: Solar Power; Fossil Fuels; Geothermal Energy and Bio-energy; Water Power; Nuclear Power; Wind Power

Book Review – It’s clear that Macmillan Library’s five-book series on different forms of power, hailing from Australia, is aimed at older children in the Foundation phase and those in the Intermediate phase. But, as with most educational texts from this publisher, there’s not a child – or teacher – in the school who wouldn’t benefit from reading them.

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Outliers

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Outliers

Why are people successful? Malcolm Gladwell examines this intriguing question in Outliers, and uncovers principles that are relevant to parents, educators and career guidance counsellors. Through research and anecdotal evidence, he leads his reader on a fascinating journey towards the understanding that talent alone does not result in success: both opportunity and cultural legacy play a decisive role in determining to what extent a person develops that gift or genius.

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Motivating the Learner

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Motivating the Learner

The Expert Educator Series has been published expressly to help educators “who are looking at expanding their knowledge and enhancing their skills”. And Motivating the Learner definitely fulfils this aim. It is a comprehensive manual that covers the field clearly and succinctly. The book is divided into four themes: a definition of motivation; theories of motivation and research findings, which Zimmermann then links to education; motivation models; and finally, motivating strategies for educators.

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Event Management and School Improvement

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Event Management and School Improvement

If you are looking for a book that gives you the ‘low-down’ on exactly how to organise any school function, then Event Management and School Improvement is the book to read. The book begins with a look at the definition of events and projects, giving you examples of the differences between the two categories.

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Curriculum – Organising Knowledge for the Classroom (2nd edition)

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Curriculum – Organising Knowledge for the Classroom (2nd edition)

The book is aimed at students studying towards a teaching qualification, and teachers interested in furthering their education. In 1990, point out the authors, curriculum reform was something new to South Africans. Up until that point, curriculum – what it means as a concept, and why it needed to change – was not dealt with as part of teacher training.

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