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Transformative Learning Support Models in Higher Education (Facet Publications (All Titles as Published)) Hardcover – 17 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Facet Publishing (17 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856046443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856046442
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,864,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The challenging of some of our own thoughts and perceptions is, indeed, one of the strengths of the book and the editor, Weaver, is to be congratulated on gathering together these thought-provoking chapters…and the book as a whole will inspire its readers to move from 'artful doing' to 'artful knowing'." - Library and Information Research

"The book's strength is the real life examples it draws on and assesses, allowing the reader to see what has worked well in practice in various higher education institutions…anyone interested in the changing higher education landscape and how it affects professionals in all areas of learning support should find something to interest them within its pages." - CILIP Health Libraries Group Newsletter

"It is very interesting to read how some institutions are developing their services to encompass new ideals of learner support and focus on the learner rather than the service. It’s also apparent that there isn’t a single solution – depending on the needs of your student body, your institution, and your staff, you may want to borrow ideas from some or all of these authors. You could dip in and read one or two chapters, but will gain more by reading several chapters or the whole book." - Ariadne


The student learning experience in modern higher education settings is changing rapidly. Students no longer have a linear approach to education and increasingly their expectations are that there will be flexibility and support embedded in their courses. Consequently institutions need to have a holistic approach to supporting student learning. The significance of the total learning environment - academic, physical, virtual, support - to the student experience is emerging; however, there has been little study of the impact of the new learning environments on student learning behaviors, in particular on support for learners.Nonetheless, in practice, academic services - libraries, keys skills teams, student support, IT - are working innovatively across service boundaries to bring about transformations in their students' lives. This edited collection plots these developments and uses carefully selected case studies to highlight the best practice in UK universities and colleges.The key areas covered are: the future of learning, supporting transformative learning; learner support in technology-rich learning spaces; development of learner support services; e-learning support perspectives; 14-19 education and skills; learning partnerships; and, international perspectives on learner support.

This timely book will act as a strategic planning tool by uncovering models that will allow information practitioners to reflect on their own organizational contexts. It will also help to raise the profile of learning support within institutions by keeping library managers and organizational leaders up to date with policy and developments; and, by interfacing with the UK skills agenda, will be of interest to a wide range of support professionals and stakeholders. With its bite size chunks of information showing the diversity of the LIS sector and its opportunities for career development, it will also be a helpful text for students.

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