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Academic's Support Kit by Rebecca Boden, Debbie Epstein, Jane Kenway
  

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Academic's Support Kit by Rebecca Boden, Debbie Epstein, Jane Kenway

'Thanks for the brilliance, wisdom and humour of Boden, Epstein and Kenway. I will buy this KIT for all of my students, as they leave graduate school and venture into university life on their own. The Academic's Support Kit provides a virtual support group for young academics groping to find their way in the rapidly changing terrain of higher education. And there are some tips for those of us who have been around too long, as well' -Michelle Fine, The City University of New York `Comprehensive and comprehendible information, alongside sensible, practical strategies and exercises, that I will be able to employ when developing my own academic career and to facilitate my staff development and peer mentoring work' - Sandra Sinfield, London Metropolitan University `The Kit is excellent. And it is not just for academic starters either. This is a collection of books which every academic could refer to confident that she or he will benefit from the experiences shared, the perspectives offered and the advice given' - Robert Morrell, University of KwaZulu-Natal `This is an eminently practical guide to getting ahead as a university academic employee' - Clive Seale, Brunel University 'The ASK Box would be a useful addition to the bookshelves of any research group or teaching team with new and developing researchers. It would be helpful for any department wanting to support its members in the development of their careers. It would also be useful for any senior institutional manager (who may have been an academic themselves) as a reminder of what they as established academics may have forgotten - the complex. Competitive and increasingly tortuous process of becoming an academic.' - Educate The Academic's Support Kit is a unique resource that provides all the information, skills and guidance to support academic professional development. Written by a team of experienced and international authors, the Kit offers a wealth of references, techniques and practical advice in the following 6 books: - Building Your Academic Career This volume encourages you to take a proactive approach to getting what you want out of academic work whilst being a good colleague Find out more - Getting Started On Research In contrast to the many books available on techniques of data collection and analysis, this volume deals with the many other practical considerations around actually doing research Find out more - Writing for Publication This book deals with a number of generic issues around academic writing and considers writing refereed journal articles, books and book chapters in detail as well as other, less common, forms of publication for academics Find out more - Teaching and Supervision This volume is on presents explanations and possible strategies designed to make your teaching and supervision work less burdensome, more rewarding (for you and your students) and manageable. Find out more - Winning and Managing Research Funding The pressure to win funding to do research is felt by nearly all academics worldwide. This book details strategies that you might adopt to get your research projects funded, and manage your research projects once they are funded. Find out more - Building Networks Having good networks is key to achieving what you want in academia. This book describes the kinds of networks that you might build across a range of settings, talks about the pros and cons involved and gives practical guidance on networking activities. Find out more All 6 titles are also available to buy individually. Please see each title's webpage for more details. This Kit will be an indispensable guide, for those starting out on an academic career, and those needing to make the next step up the ladder. It will also be welcomed as the complete resource for managers and staff development teams.

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`The ASK comprise a very friendly, comprehensive and approachable set of texts that read like a series of conversations with an informed and knowledgeable insider. These are texts that delicately communicate with a potentially diverse audience - from the novice academic to the hoary handed Ac. Hack... I have encountered comprehensive and comprehendible information, alongside sensible, practical strategies and exercises, that I will be able to employ when developing my own academic career and to facilitate my staff development and peer mentoring work' - Sandra Sinfield, London Metropolitan University

`The Kit is excellent. And it is not just for academic starters either. This is a collection of books which every academic could refer to confident that she or he will benefit from the experiences shared, the perspectives offered and the advice given.... The Kit is laudably sensitive to issues of race, class, sexual orientation and disability and to the different contexts which academics working across the world encounter.... I read these books with pleasure and enjoyment. The writing style is very fluid and readable, a particularly fine achievement for a collaborative writing project of this scope and ambition. I was reminded of a great many things I knew about academic life and had forgotten, and had my eyes opened to new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking which I had not yet come across.

Superlatives aren't always terribly helpful, but in this case, I can do no better than urge academics to take a look at ASK. It is excellent' - Robert Morrell, University of KwaZulu-Natal

`This is an eminently practical guide to getting ahead as a university academic employee. Having been in this line of work myself for a while I recognise the (sometimes rather sad) truth of much of the advice.... These are books that are largely targeted to those at the start of their academic careers, though I expect people further on in their careers will take some pleasure and benefit from dipping into the pages of some of the books, as I have done' - Clive Seale, Brunel University


About the Author

I work at the nexus of sociology and cultural studies and my research interests comprise childhood and youth studies, particularly sexuality, gender and race in education and in popular culture, and the cultural politics of education. Overall, my focus is on the dominant and how it is held in place, though this often involves investigating the experiences of those in subordinated, marginalised and/or stigmatised groups. I am especially concerned with how children negotiate these 'differences that make a difference' and their agency in the context of institutional settings such as schools and families. Research interests Education policy particularly in relation to globalisation and socio-cultural change Socio-cultural studies of diverse youthful identities and education Education, media and consumer cultures Elite Schools around the world and the formation of transnational elites Fields of Research (FOR) Higher Education Gender, Sexuality and Education Education Policy Sociology of Education

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Publication date

18th December 2004

Author

Rebecca Boden, Debbie Epstein, Jane Kenway

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
808 pages

Categories

Higher & further education, tertiary education

ISBN

9780761942320

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