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Title: Mindshift: break through obstacles to learning and discover your hidden potential

Author: Barbara Oakley

No. of pages: 297 pages

Call No.: BF637.S4 Oak

There is an encouraging, upbeat ring to this book, and the author draws on her deep experience in teaching the massively popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) “Learning how to learn”. Basically, the aim of Mindshift is to show you how learning can change your life, and should be of special interest to adult learners and those considering a career change. And there is a bonus, must-read chapter – “Singapore: a future-ready nation”, which includes an interview with Dr Soon Joo Gog, director of SkillsFuture.

Title: 50 fantastic ideas for treasure baskets

Author: Sue Gascoyne

No. of pages: 64 pages

Call No.: LB1139.35.A37 FfiT

This delightful little book, aimed at early years practitioners and parents, shows how to use treasure baskets to provide a sensory-rich experience and infinite play possibilities for babies to 5-year-olds. The topic of magnetism is introduced through the Buried treasure activity, older children can enjoy making up creative stories based on familiar objects, and maths is probably more fun if you are the shopkeeper! As the focus is on sensory play and discovery, these activities are also suitable for young children with special needs.

Title: Scholarly communication: what everyone needs to know

Author: Rick Anderson

No. of pages: 280 pages

Call No.: Z286.S37 And

This is a very accessible introduction to the emerging area of scholarly communication. Discover the brave “new” world of dataverses, author profiles (ORCID -- Open Researcher and Contributor ID was not invented until 2012) and open access, amongst others. Written in a Q&A format, readers should be able to get quickly up to speed on whatever topics are new to them. Highly recommended, especially if you are just starting out on your academic career – the chapters on metrics, metadata and Open Access should prove quite helpful!


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