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School Improvement

School Improvement Book
Author : Zijian Li,Michael Williams
Publisher : Nova Publishers
Release : 2006-01-01
ISBN : 9781594549441
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Brings together recent reseach findings from around the world on key issues in school improvement, including discussion of the role of management, teachers, students, and the curriculum.

School Improvement for Real

School Improvement for Real Book
Author : David Hopkins
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2003-09-02
ISBN : 113458069X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As societies continue to set educational goals that are, on current performance, beyond the capacity of the system to deliver, strategies for enhancing student learning through school and classroom intervention have become increasingly important. Yet, as David Hopkins argues in his book, many of the educational initiatives recently developed under the umbrella of school improvement are inadequate or unhelpful. Simply blaming teachers and delegating financial responsibility, he maintains, has little positive impact on classroom practice. This is the bleak context within which school improvement has to operate today. School Improvement for Real offers a genuine alternative: a strategy for educational change that focuses on student achievement by modifying classroom practice and adapting the management arrangements within the school to support teaching and learning. It outlines an approach to school improvement that has a medium term, systemic orientation, providing both principles and suggestions for better practice. The author's experience in the field of school improvement ensures that the text is informed by a practical wisdom that is so often lacking from the more typical managerial texts on improvement and effectiveness.

Continual service improvement

Continual service improvement Book
Author : N.A
Publisher : The Stationery Office
Release : 2007-05-30
ISBN : 0113310498
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This publication focuses on continual service improvement (CSI) from both an IT service and IT service management perspective. It introduces the concept of CSI at a high level and defines its value before describing common methods and techniques. The guidance is written for managers and practitioners at all levels.

Biochemical Aspects of Crop Improvement

Biochemical Aspects of Crop Improvement Book
Author : K. R. Khanna
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 1990-12-19
ISBN : 9780849354182
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides a comprehensive review at the biochemical and molecular level of the processes and techniques that contribute to crop improvement. General topics include a historical perspective of the advancements in crop improvement; cultivar systematics and biochemical and molecular markers in crop improvement programs; the genetics of physiological and biochemical processes affecting crop yield; the genetics of photosynthesis, chloroplast, relevant enzymes, and mutations; osmoregulation/adjustment and the production of protective compounds in relation to drought tolerance; and the biochemistry of disease resistance, including elicitors, defense response genes, their role in the production of phytoalexins and other strategies against pathogens. Other topics include quality breeding (e.g., molecular gene structure, changing individual amino acids, enhancing nutritive value of proteins) and biotechnology/genetic engineering. Geneticists, biochemists, botanists, agricultural specialists and others involved in crop improvement and breeding should consider this volume essential reading.

The Practice and Theory of School Improvement

The Practice and Theory of School Improvement Book
Author : David Hopkins
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2008-05-13
ISBN : 1402044526
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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ANDY HARGREAVES Department of Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction Lynch School of Education, Boston College, MA, U.S.A. ANN LIEBERMAN Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Stanford, CA, U.S.A. MICHAEL FULLAN Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada DAVID HOPKINS Department for Education and Skills, London, U.K. This set of four volumes on Educational Change brings together evidence and insights on educational change issues from leading writers and researchers in the field from across the world. Many of these writers, whose chapters have been specially written for these books, have been investigating, helping initiate and implementing educational change, for most or all of their lengthy careers. Others are working on the cutting edge of theory and practice in educational change, taking the field in new or even more challenging directions. And some are more skeptical about the literature of educational change and the assumptions on which it rests. They help us to approach projects of understanding or initiating educational change more deeply, reflectively and realistically. Educational change and reform have rarely had so much prominence within public policy, in so many different places. Educational change is ubiquitous. It figures large in Presidential and Prime Ministerial speeches. It is at or near the top of many National policy agendas. Everywhere, educational change is not only a policy priority but also major public news. Yet action to bring about educational change usually exceeds people's understanding of how to do so effectively.

Business Process Improvement Toolbox

Business Process Improvement Toolbox Book
Author : Bjørn Andersen
Publisher : Quality Press
Release : 2007-01-01
ISBN : 9780873897198
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"The first half of the book presents an overall business process improvement model, with the ensuing chapters dealing with topics of understanding and modeling your current business processes, using performance measurement in improvement work, creating a business process improvement road map, and organizing for improvement work. The second half of the book presents the overall toolbox, followed by one chapter for each phase of the overall improvement model. For each of these phases, a selection of suitable tools is presented with background, steps for how to use them, and an example of their use. The final two chapters contain two more extensive case studies illustrating the use of the full methodology.

Genomics Assisted Crop Improvement

Genomics Assisted Crop Improvement Book
Author : Rajeev K. Varshney,Roberto Tuberosa
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2007-12-13
ISBN : 9781402062971
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This superb volume provides a critical assessment of genomics tools and approaches for crop breeding. Volume 1 presents the status and availability of genomic resources and platforms, and also devises strategies and approaches for effectively exploiting genomics research. Volume 2 goes into detail on a number of case studies of several important crop and plant species that summarize both the achievements and limitations of genomics research for crop improvement.

Performance Improvement

Performance Improvement Book
Author : Darryl D. Enos
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2007-06-12
ISBN : 9781420045864
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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While organizations differ from each other, they are also alike in many ways. Regardless of whether they are large or small, not-for-profit or profit driven, these organizations usually face similar challenges, problems, and opportunities pertaining to performance. Based on the experiences of over 300 organizations, Performance Improvement: Making it Happen, Second Edition details an effective step-by-step approach toward improving organizational performance. It combines state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques in organizational development with many actual cases and experiences. The book is organized into three parts that are targeted at gaining the most from organizational performance: Getting It Started, Taking Action, and Making It Permanent. This second edition features real-world examples dealing with issues representative of those found in a variety of industries and the concepts and methods of improvement used. The final part provides readers with a plan for integrating many of the performance improvement interventions and programs previously discussed into an overall approach for making improvements successful and continuous. This final section also features three very different organizations that have used many of the performance improvement programs discussed in the book. Their measured progress in performance is highlighted.

Quality Improvement in Teacher Education

Quality Improvement in Teacher Education Book
Author : Mahender Reddy Sarsani
Publisher : Sarup & Sons
Release : 2006
ISBN : 9788176257183
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Papers presented at the National Seminar : Quality Improvement in Teacher Education : Problems and Prospects, held at Warangal during 28-29 March 2005.

Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts Book
Author : Goktug Morcol,Lorlene Hoyt,Jack W. Meek,Ulf Zimmermann
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2008-04-21
ISBN : 9781420045789
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Initiated and governed by property or business owners under the authorization of state and local governments, business improvement districts (BIDs) have received a very mixed reception. To some, they are innovative examples of self-governance and public-private partnerships; to others, they are yet another example of the movement toward the privatization of what should be inherent government responsibilities. Among the first books to present a collection of scholarly work on the subject, Business Improvement Districts: Research, Theories, and Controversies brings together renowned leaders in the field to compile the highest-quality theoretical, legal, and empirical studies into one comprehensive volume. Investigating fundamental concerns at the core of the debate, as well as potential solutions, this groundbreaking resource: Tackles the need for improved problem solving and efficiency in service delivery Examines new and innovative policy tools for both the public and private sectors Evaluates whether BIDs do ignore the needs and voices of residential property owners Discusses the challenge created by social segregation in cities Addresses lack of accountability by BIDs to the public and elected representatives From different perspectives, leading practitioners and academics analyze the pros and cons of BIDs both in the United States and around the world. They look at their impact on urban planning and retail revitalization, consider their legal implications, and explore ways to measure BID performance. Filled with case studies of urban centers including San Diego, Atlanta, New York, Toronto, and Capetown, and state models such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, this examination bring together essential information for researchers as well as those leaders and policy makers looking to adopt a BID model or improve one already in place.

Genetic Improvement of Field Crops

Genetic Improvement of Field Crops Book
Author : Slafer
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 1993-10-07
ISBN : 9780824789800
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Outlining successful breeding techniques to augment the yields of the world's major crops, this reference analyzes the physiological and genetic basis for past and potential future increases in crop yields.;Covering crops with wide differences in morphology, photosynthetic rates, and nitrogen metabolisms, Genetic Improvement of Field Crops: investigates the changes produced by breeders in the physiological attributes affecting wheat grain yield and nitrogen content during the last century; discusses those crop characteristics of oats that have already been altered or might be manipulated through breeding to further increase yield potential; describes several genetic factors responsible for both yield potential and stress resistance in barley; offers insights into the relationship between increases in the yield potential and stress tolerance of corn; examines the evolution of sunflower crop yields and yield stability and estimates the contribution of improved cultivars; evaluates the effects of breeding on tuber characteristics related to the crop growth and yield of the potato; elucidates the possibilities for simultaneous improvement of yield and fiber strength in cotton; and identifies the features to be considered in the development of high yielding varieties of rice for different agricultural systems.;Providing nearly 1600 key literature citations allowing further in-depth study of particular topics, Genetic Improvement of Field Crops is for plant physiologists and breeders, crop and agricultural scientists, agronomists, biochemists, geneticists, biotechnologists, microbiologists, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.

International Handbook of School Effectiveness and Improvement

International Handbook of School Effectiveness and Improvement Book
Author : Tony Townsend
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2007-09-21
ISBN : 1402057474
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book reviews of the development, implementation and practice of the disciplines of school effectiveness and school improvement. Seven main topics are addressed: History of the school effectiveness movement over the last 25 years; Changes in accountability and standards; Leadership in school effectiveness; Changes in teacher education; Impact of Diverse Populations; Education Funding and its Impact; and Best Practice Case Studies. The contributors are active in school effectiveness research worldwide.

500 Tips for School Improvement

500 Tips for School Improvement Book
Author : Helen Horne,Sally Brown
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 1997
ISBN : 9780749422301
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Schools now have to prove that they are effective learning organizations. To achieve this, management competences must evolve at the same time as staff development and training. This text provides useful tips covering all aspects of school management and individual effectiveness.

Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement

Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement Book
Author : Shri Mohan Jain,D.S. Brar
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2009-11-05
ISBN : 9789048129676
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides comprehensive information on the latest tools and techniques of molecular genetics and their applications in crop improvement. It thoroughly discusses advanced techniques used in molecular markers, QTL mapping, marker-assisted breeding, and molecular cytogenetics.

Project Management Process Improvement

Project Management Process Improvement Book
Author : Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher : Artech House
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9781580537186
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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No matter how perfect a project plan may be on paper, it is worthless if nobody actually uses it. This innovative guide shows you how to ensure that your team has the process capabilities needed to successfully carry out any project plan you put to paper. By using the SEI's Capability Maturity Model, The Project Management Maturity Model, and PMBOK Knowledge areas, you can baseline your team's process level to see how it measures up to those required by a project plan.

Improvement Techniques of Soft Ground in Subsiding and Lowland Environment

Improvement Techniques of Soft Ground in Subsiding and Lowland Environment Book
Author : M.C. Alfaro,A.S. Balasubramaniam,Dennes Bergado,J.C. Chai
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 1994-01-01
ISBN : 9789054101536
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This text outlines the problems commonly encountered during infrastructure constructions on soft and subsiding ground in lowland environments, and their solutions in terms of soil/ground improvement techniques.

Genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops

Genetic Improvement of Bioenergy Crops Book
Author : Wilfred Vermerris
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2008-08-02
ISBN : 0387708057
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ethanol as an alternative fuel is receiving a lot of attention because it addresses concerns related to dwindling oil supplies, energy independence, and climate change. The majority of the ethanol in the US is produced from corn starch. With the US Department of Energy’s target that 30% of the fuel in the US is produced from renewable resources by 2030, the anticipated demand for corn starch will quickly exceed the current production of corn. This, plus the concern that less grain will become available for food and feed purposes, necessitates the use of other feedstocks for the production of ethanol. For the very same reasons, there is increasing research activity and growing interest in many other biomass crops. Genetic Improvement of Bio-Energy Crops focuses on the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, which includes corn stover, biomass from dedicated annual and perennial energy crops, and trees as well as a number of important biomass crops. The biomass is typically pretreated through thermochemical processing to make it more amenable to hydrolysis with cellulolytic enzymes. The enzymatic hydrolysis yields monomeric sugars that can be fermented to ethanol by micro-organisms. While much emphasis has been placed on the optimization of thermo-chemical pretreatment processes, production of more efficient hydrolytic enzymes, and the development of robust microbial strains, relatively little effort has been dedicated to the improvement of the biomass itself.

Improvement Engine

Improvement Engine Book
Author : Japan Human Relations Association
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 1995-05-01
ISBN : 9781563270109
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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People, not Ideas, are a Company's Greatest Asset Employee involvement has repeatedly proven itself to be the key to any successful continuous improvement program. But getting that involvement requires careful planning, management, training, guidance, and documentation. Improvement Engine: Creativity and Innovation – The Kaizen Teian Approachexplores and melds two essential aspects of successful programs: Kaizen, the goal of continuous incremental improvement, and Teian, the process of involving employees in reaching that goal. Moving beyond a traditional suggestion system The text outlines a workable approach that every company, division, unit, manager, kaizen promoter, or team leader can take to establish and utilize a kaizen teian program. Originated in Japan and based on years of evolving practices within numerous companies, this tested program provides a practical and proven framework for understanding and implementing kaizen, including— A model "kaizen sheet" tool for documenting improvements Actual examples of how to best promote, educate, and establish a kaizen teian system. With in-depth discussion that discerns between what should and should not be done, the authors highlight how this simple, disciplined philosophy quickly gets to the core of a problem.

Somaclonal Variation and Induced Mutations in Crop Improvement

Somaclonal Variation and Induced Mutations in Crop Improvement Book
Author : S.M. Jain,D.S. Brar,B.S. Ahloowalia
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 1998-05-31
ISBN : 9780792348627
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Genetic variability is an important parameter for plant breeders in any con ventional crop improvement programme. Very often the desired variation is un available in the right combination, or simply does not exist at all. However, plant breeders have successfully recombined the desired genes from cultivated crop gerrnplasm and related wild species by sexual hybridization, and have been able to develop new cultivars with desirable agronomie traits, such as high yield, disease, pest, and drought resistance. So far, conventional breeding methods have managed to feed the world's ever-growing population. Continued population growth, no further scope of expanding arable land, soil degradation, environ mental pollution and global warrning are causes of concern to plant biologists and planners. Plant breeders are under continuous pressure to improve and develop new cultivars for sustainable food production. However, it takes several years to develop a new cultivar. Therefore, they have to look for new technologies, which could be combined with conventional methods to create more genetic variability, and reduce the time in developing new cultivars, with early-maturity, and improved yield. The first report on induced mutation of a gene by HJ. Muller in 1927 was a major mi1estone in enhancing variation, and also indicated the potential applica tions of mutagenesis in plant improvement. Radiation sources, such as X-rays, gamma rays and fast neutrons, and chemical mutagens (e. g. , ethyl methane sulphonate) have been widely used to induce mutations.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Higher Education

Continuous Quality Improvement in Higher Education Book
Author : John R. Dew,Molly McGowan Nearing
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release : 2004
ISBN : 9780275983895
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Continuous improvement is so important for leaders in higher education today because they find it now being embedded in the re-accreditation process for many accrediting associations.