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  • Assessment of physique.

    Slater, G.; Woolford, S. M.; Marfell-Jones, M. J. (2012)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Accident compensation in New Zealand: A review of a unique collective compensation scheme.

    Skinnon, J. (2007)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Discussion of New Zealand's ACC (accident compensation) system.

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  • Intellectual property rights.

    Barrett, J. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

    A case study which discusses intellectual property rights.

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  • The nature and status of public relations practice in Africa

    Skinner, C.; Mersham, G. M. (2009)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Getting your assignment load under control.

    Adams, P.; Openshaw, R.; Trembath, V. (2006)

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    Open Polytechnic

    This chapter takes a closer look at assignment loads and how to keep them under control by planning ahead.

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  • Children experiencing poverty: Opportunities and challenges for New Zealand early childhood educators

    Rosewarne, S.; Shuker, M. J. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Progress not perfection : the art of reflective pratice.

    Broadley, Mary-Liz; Fagan, T. J. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • The new media, cultural transformation, tourism and orientation

    Theunissen, P.; Mersham, G. M.; Rahman, K. A. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Learning styles and adaptive ICT based learning environment.

    Kovacic, Z. (2008)

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    Open Polytechnic

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  • Using the online medium for discursive research about people with disabilities.

    Bowker, N.; Tuffin, K. (2009)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Online interviews are deemed an effective and appropriate approach for accessing discourse about the online experiences of people with disabilities. Some of the central arguments in support of conducting discursive research online, a type of qualitative approach, are delineated. Various practical benefits are considered for researchers, as well as participants--especially those with disabilities. Ethical issues surrounding access to, and the analysis of, readily available data in online communities are brought to the fore. In light of ethical dilemmas surrounding naturalistic data collection online, an alternative approach is offered, which utilizes online interviews with people with disabilities about their online experiences. A description of the data-collection process is given, including participants and recruitment, materials and procedures, rapport building, and security and ethics. Reflections on the process highlight how methodological pitfalls were managed and, in some cases, resolved.

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  • Participating in the world (wide web): Social connections for people with disabilities.

    Bowker, N. (2008)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Explores how people with disabilities are experiencing social connections, events and activities online.

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  • Beyond serving a purpose: Additional ethical focuses for public policy agents.

    Scholes, V. (2011)

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    Open Polytechnic

    From the point of view of a theorist in ethics, the interest in public policy usually centres on the policy outcomes. But this point of view does not take much account of the roles and practices through which public policies are enacted. What additional ethical focuses for the policy agent might these entail? This chapter outline four features of policy making, centred on the agent's performance of their role in the process, that raise ethical issues. These features are: the nature of the policy process; the definition of the public; the treatment of policy agents; and accounting for public policy decisions. Brief examples are used to illustrate the nature of the issues and support the conclusion that these present additional ethical focuses for agents in public policy roles.

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  • The cross-Pacific chicken: Tourism, migration and chicken consumption in the Cook Islands.

    Dixon, J.; Jamieson, C. (2005)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the impact of tourism (an incoming flow) and migration (an outgoing flow), as two manifestations of globalization, on the culinary culture of a small Pacific island state, the Cook Islands.

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  • Inequality and social stratification in society

    Adams, P.; Hamer, J. (2005)

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    Open Polytechnic

    This chapter discusses the nature of society as it is today. It covers two critical and inseparable aspects of society : inequality and social stratification.

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  • The shape of the future of the church.

    Fields, A. J.; Lineham, P. (2008)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the shape of the future of the church in New Zealand.

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  • Score more : essential academic skills for tertiary education.

    Hamer, J. (2006)

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    Open Polytechnic

    This chapter explains how you can tackle an assignment topic by understanding the place of your assignment within the broad design of your course, as well as understanding how to deconstruct your assignment topic.

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  • Communicating effectively with Chinese students in EFL/ESL classrooms.

    Li, M. (2005)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Discusses the challenges faced by foreign EFL/ESL teachers teaching English to Chinese students either in China or in other countries.

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  • Peer mentoring: An effective approach to enhancing first-year student engagement and success.

    Ross, C.; Grant, R. (2011)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Tertiary student success is of strategic importance (Ministry of Education, n.d.), and success in terms of course and qualification completion is a key requirement of the Government’s funding regime. Yet many students do not complete their courses and qualifications successfully. Currently, around 25 percent of New Zealand tertiary students do not complete their qualifications (Scott, 2009) and in a distance learning environment this figure is often higher (Boyle, Kwon, Ross & Simpson, 2010; Smith, Wellington, Cossham, et al., 2011). High non-completion rates provide strong incentives for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to do as much as possible to promote student success. Targeted support programmes can achieve this end (Grant, Olivier, Rawlings & Ross, 2011). In this paper we describe one such targeted support programme a peer mentoring programme and discuss how it impacts positively on the engagement and success of first-year students studying at a distance.

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  • Team-based, creative learning and bridging education

    Howland, P. (2010)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Frustrated by high student attrition and failure rates – both course-specific and overall within Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) Level 4 University Preparation programme – the author developed and introduced team-based, creative learning exercises and assessments into the social science elective (UP016) in an attempt to overcome this situation. The introduction of team-based, creative learning (TBCL) resulted in improved student retention and course pass rates for UP016 and has had positive socio-educational outcomes for both students and teachers. This article and the accompanying video, produced with the assistance of an AKO Good Practice Publication Grant (GPPG10-004), examines the rationales behind the introduction of TBCL; the operational mechanics (e.g. group formation); problems encountered and consequent refinements made; possible improvements for future applications of TBCL; and the impact of TBCL on student retention and success in UP016 over four trimesters during 2009–2010.

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  • National culture and e-government readiness.

    Kovacic, Z. (2009)

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    Open Polytechnic

    Diffusion of information and communication technologies is a global phenomenon. In spite of rapid globalization there are considerable differences between nations in terms of the adoption and usage of new technologies. Several studies exploring causal factors including national cultures of information and communication technology adoption have been carried out. The focus of this chapter is slightly different from other studies in this area. Rather than concentrating on the individual information technology an overall e-Government readiness is the focus. This research conducted an analysis of the impact national culture has on e-Government readiness and its components for 62 countries. E-Government readiness assessment used in this study is based on the UN E-Government Survey 2008, while the national cultural dimensions were identified using Hofstede's model of cultural differences.

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