This text presents a comprehensive but practical overview of how to develop and implement effective survey projects. This book presents a comprehensive but practical overview of the different phases and activities involved in the development and implementation of effective survey projects by language teaching professionals. It is accessible to graduate students, language teachers, administrators, and researchers. The theoretical and practical issues involved in survey design are defined and discussed. Each chapter includes a list of key terms, a set of review questions, and a collection of exercises for practical application. Language teaching professionals will find all the crucial information needed to survey students and teachers about their beliefs and practices.
Classifier systems play a major role in machine learning and knowledge-based systems, and Ross Quinlan's work on ID3 and C4.5 is widely acknowledged to have made some of the most significant contributions to their development. This book is a complete guide to the C4.5 system as implemented in C for the UNIX environment. It contains a comprehensive guide to the system's use , the source code (about 8,800 lines), and implementation notes. C4.5 starts with large sets of cases belonging to known classes. The cases, described by any mixture of nominal and numeric properties, are scrutinized for patterns that allow the classes to be reliably discriminated. These patterns are then expressed as models, in the form of decision trees or sets of if-then rules, that can be used to classify new cases, with emphasis on making the models understandable as well as accurate. The system has been applied successfully to tasks involving tens of thousands of cases described by hundreds of properties. The book starts from simple core learning methods and shows how they can be elaborated and extended to deal with typical problems such as missing data and over hitting. Advantages and disadvantages of the C4.5 approach are discussed and illustrated with several case studies. This book should be of interest to developers of classification-based intelligent systems and to students in machine learning and expert systems courses.
Having just emerged from a prolonged civil war and faced with the urgent tasks of establishing political stability and reinvigorating an economy in tatters, the Transitional Government of Ethiopia (1991-1995) had to set a new direction for the economic reconstruction and social rehabilitation of the warn-torn and poverty-ridden country. During the Transitional Period a spate of new policies and strategies defining the development priorities, goals and implementation instruments of the new regime led by the EPRDF was introduced. This work is a synthesis of various sectoral policies and an attempt to trace the genesis of the policies, highlight the continuities, significant departures and other salient features. Each of the reviews in this digest briefly analyses the critical elements of the policies, identifies major gaps in the conceptualisation of the policy as well as the achievements registered and the challenges encountered in its implementation. The authors also try to identify the outstanding issues to be addressed by policymakers and suggest remedies. The policy reviews have been grouped into three parts and presented under social, economic and governance sectors.
Planning Programs for Adult Learners, Third Edition coversthe development of adult education programs in clear, specificdetail. This popular step-by-step guide contains information onevery area of program planning for adult learners, fromunderstanding the purpose of educational programs to obtainingsuitable facilities to incorporating technology appropriately. Foreducators and practitioners for whom planning programs is afull-time responsibility or only a part of their jobs, as well asvolunteers in a variety of organizations, will find this book to bean essential tool. Grounded in a variety of program planning models, the newedition includes: new refinements to the 11-component interactive model updated exercises and examples from new settings new material on the practical application oftechnology discussion of instructional and program evaluation a focus on critical managerial tasks a new chapter on exploring the foundational knowledge ofprogram planning a new section on the ethical issues related to programplanning
Assessment and Planning in Health Programs, Second Edition enables students and practitioners to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate programs and interventions that will assist individuals and groups in maintaining and improving their health. Written in an accessible manner, this comprehensive text provides an overview of needs assessment, program planning, and program evaluation, and explains several goals and strategies for each. It addresses the importance and use of theories, data collection strategies, and key terminology in the field of health education and health promotion. Instructor Resources: Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint Presentations Student Resources: Companion website
Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise
Author: Dean Leffingwell
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
“We need better approaches to understanding and managing software requirements, and Dean provides them in this book. He draws ideas from three very useful intellectual pools: classical management practices, Agile methods, and lean product development. By combining the strengths of these three approaches, he has produced something that works better than any one in isolation.” –From the Foreword by Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates; author of Managing the Design Factory; and leading expert on rapid product development Effective requirements discovery and analysis is a critical best practice for serious application development. Until now, however, requirements and Agile methods have rarely coexisted peacefully. For many enterprises considering Agile approaches, the absence of effective and scalable Agile requirements processes has been a showstopper for Agile adoption. In Agile Software Requirements, Dean Leffingwell shows exactly how to create effective requirements in Agile environments. Part I presents the “big picture” of Agile requirements in the enterprise, and describes an overall process model for Agile requirements at the project team, program, and portfolio levels Part II describes a simple and lightweight, yet comprehensive model that Agile project teams can use to manage requirements Part III shows how to develop Agile requirements for complex systems that require the cooperation of multiple teams Part IV guides enterprises in developing Agile requirements for ever-larger “systems of systems,” application suites, and product portfolios This book will help you leverage the benefits of Agile without sacrificing the value of effective requirements discovery and analysis. You’ll find proven solutions you can apply right now–whether you’re a software developer or tester, executive, project/program manager, architect, or team leader.
This book introduces students to the theory and practice of managerial and leadership functions, with a practical approach that provides important guidelines for working within agencies. The authors address important topics germane to management and administration, including evidence-based and empirically supported practice, challenges of management, environments of human service agencies, program design, organizational theory and design, human resources, supervisory relationships, finances, information systems, program evaluation, organizational change, leadership, and achieving and maintaining organizational excellence. To help illustrate specific issues, the authors have included case examples throughout the text. In addition, a new running case set at the Grandview Community Center helps students see each issue more clearly because it takes place against the backdrop of a single setting. Reflection questions encourage students to consider how they would handle the scenario. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Leaders want to see changes in behavior as a result of what people have learned and may expect these new behaviors to deliver results for the business. With the third edition of this book, readers have an opportunity to update their understanding of this classic evaluation framework and to learn from the case studies about how to effectively apply the framework to a variety of learning programs. Readers are presented with the tools and the know-how to tell their own story of value creation.---Foreword by Merrill C. Anderson, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, MetrixGlobal, LLC
This invaluable text presents the theory and practice of the administration of physical education and sport programs in an easy-to-read, easy-to-use format. With a strong background in history, Administration of Physical Education and Sport Programs, 5/E, addresses current topics and trends in management and administration while investigating the future of athletic administration. Special emphasis is placed on diversity, ethics, standards, conflict resolution, and transparency needs in all organizations. Each chapter begins with a case study and includes engaging end-of-chapter exercises. Critical thinking scenarios reinforce key terms and concepts. From the basics of management and administration to more topic-specific chapters discussing public relations, communications, law, and financial planning and budget restrictions, the text covers everything students need for administration courses.