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In Asia, we are witnessing an era where the pendulum of power seems to be swaying towards the East with the rising strength of China and India and Singapore is at the 'crossroads' between these populous nations. Although Singapore may appear to be the most westernized country in Asia, she is nevertheless a multi-cultural Asian society. Having the most open economy in the world, Singapore is plugged into the global marketplace of education and learning. The development of human capital is used as a strategic economic driver to internationalize and transform education for sustainable competitive advantage. Singapore's education system, regarded as one of the consistently best performing in the world, offers a unique opportunity to explore issues where eastern and western culture, values, beliefs, learning and knowledge systems converge, clash, and at times diverge. This book is meant to extend our knowledge on the role of ‘learning’, often overlooked and taken for granted as the air that we breathe but which constantly transforms our lives and reshapes societies. It is the first book that deals with the dichotomy of ‘east’ and ‘west’ going beyond the traditional learning and education framework to other areas such as economic, socio-cultural, political, and technological dimensions that impact Singapore. It puts together key topical issues and explores the underbelly of how a small 'resourceless' independent city-state like Singapore stays ahead of the learning curve, even while facing increasingly intense global competition where the discovery and emergence of new systems for empowerment and independence and the resulting creation of new knowledge and modes of communication are challenging traditional boundaries between the virtual and real world. Contents:ForewordIntroductionA Learning State?Cultural Neuroscience in LearningThe Business of LearningSwitching between CulturesWireless Learning: A New Frontier?The East-West Learning MatrixTheories and Discourses Readership: Universities, business schools and public and private institutions conducting executive programs, libraries, private and public sector organisations, individuals, consultants, researchers, HRD/HRM directors/managers, teachers, policy-makers, etc. Keywords:Learning;Culture;Education;Marketplace;East;West;SingaporeReview: “This is a thoughtful book about the Singapore success story and its future.” Tommy Koh Professor and Rector Tembusu College National University of Singapore “There is an urgent need for understanding and collaboration between people of diverse backgrounds. Dr Kumar draws on scholarship from multiple disciplines and his extensive experience in Singapore to report on approaches to learning that respect diversity while achieving academic success. This is an important book that should be read widely.” Carsten Kowalczyk Associate Professor of International Economics The Fletcher School Tufts University “Prem provides a good overview of the evolution, issues and trends in Singapore education. He nudges us to ponder whether education should be left to market forces and whether we should make changes to better prepare us for the future.” Tsui Kai Chong Provost and Professor SIM University Key Features:New and original edition on educational and learning that puts together topical issues as seen from both the East and West perspectives in the context of SingaporeServes as a reference in understanding the why, what and how educational policies and practice converge
Master BeagleBone programming by doing simple electronics and Internet of Things projects About This Book Quickly develop electronics projects that interact with Internet applications using JavaScript and Python Learn about electronics components such as sensors and motors, and how to communicate with them by writing programs A step-by-step guide to explore the exciting world of BeagleBone—from connecting BeagleBone to doing electronics projects and creating IoT applications Who This Book Is For If you want to learn programming on embedded systems with BeagleBone by doing simple electronics projects, this book is for you. This book is also helpful to BeagleBone owners who want to quickly implement small-scale home automation solutions. It is assumed that you have familiarity with C and Python programming. Some familiarity with electronics is helpful but not essential. What You Will Learn Connect your BeagleBone to a computer in different ways and get the Cloud9 IDE running to quick-start programming on the BeagleBone Get to know about BeagleBone extension pins such as GPIO and how to connect various electronics components with BeagleBone Read and write to various electronics components such as LED, Push-button, sensors, and motors Grasp in-depth theory on Analog, PWM, and BUS programming and the electronics components used in programs Handle data to and from various BUS supporting modules such as UART, I2C, and SPI using the Adafruit BBIO Python library Write real-life IoT applications in JavaScript and Python such as shooting an e-mail on overheat and controlling a servo motor remotely Make use of online free cloud services to store and analyze sensor data collected on the BeagleBone Discover what else can be done using the BeagleBone Get to grips with embedded system BUS communication In Detail The whole world is moving from desktop computers to smartphones and embedded systems. We are moving towards utilizing Internet of Things (IoT). An exponential rise in the demand for embedded systems and programming in the last few years is driving programmers to use embedded development boards such as Beaglebone. BeagleBone is an ultra-small, cost-effective computer that comes with a powerful hardware. It runs a full-fledged Debian Linux OS and provides numerous electronics solutions. BeagleBone is open source and comes with an Ethernet port, which allows you to deploy IoT projects without any additions to the board. It provides plenty of GPIO, Anlaog pins, and UART, I2C, SPI pins which makes it the right choice to perform electronics projects. This gives you all the benefits of Linux kernel such as multitasking, multiusers, and extensive device driver support. This allows you to do programming in many languages including high-level languages such as JavaScript and Python. This book aims to exploit the hardware and software capabilities of BeagleBone to create real-life electronics and IoT applications quickly. It is divided into two parts. The first part covers JavaScript programs. The second part provides electronics projects and IoT applications in Python. First, you will learn to use BeagleBone as tool to write useful applications on embedded systems. Starting with the basics needed to set up BeagleBone and the Cloud9 IDE, this book covers interfacing with various electronics components via simple programs. The electronics theory related to these components is then explained in depth before you use them in a program. Finally, the book helps you create some real-life IoT applications. Style and approach An easy-to-follow guide full of real-world electronics programs and quick troubleshooting tips using BeagleBone. All the required electronics concepts are explained in detail before using them in a program and all programs are explained in depth. Most of the theory is covered in the first part; while the second part gives you some quick programs.
This book is designed to aid students in their preparation for JEE (Main). It is a well-planned study guide which shows through examples and challenging questions how to think analytically, and find a way to the “mysteries” of problem solving. The book leads students through a broad spectrum of levels of difficulty with the intention that they will be able to crack their examinations successfully. HIGHLIGHTS The topic-wise concepts of the subject matter have been explained in each chapter for ease of recapitulation by the students. Each chapter contains nearly 180 solved problems, from the routine to the intriguing, to test, reinforce and expand the understanding of the concepts presented. Each chapter contains a large variety of questions to hone the analytical and reasoning skills of students. The book contains three sets of mock test papers and one fully solved sample paper for practice.
Strictly as per the new CBSE course structure and NCERT guidelines, this thoroughly revised and updated textbook is meant for class XII of senior secondary schools (under the 10 + 2 pattern of education). The subject matter of this book is presented in a very systematic and logical manner. Every effort has been made to make the contents as lucid as possible so that the beginners will grasp the fundamental concepts in an unambiguous manner. KEY FEATURES •Large number of solved examples to understand the subject. •Categorization of problems under: •Level of Difficulty A (Cover the needs of the students preparing for CBSE exams) •Level of Difficulty B (Guide the students for engineering entrance examinations). •A Smart Table at the beginning of each chapter to decide the relative importance of topics in the CBSE exam. •Problem Solving Trick(s) to enhance the problem solving skills. •A list of Important Formulae at the beginning of the book. Besides this, each chapter is followed by a Chapter Test and an exercise in which the questions from the CBSE papers of previous years are provided. Working hints to a large number of problems are given at the end of each and every exercise. In a nut shell, this book will help the students score high marks in CBSE, and at the same time build a strong foundation for success in any competitive examination.
Praise for the Third Edition of Qualitative Research: "Sharan B. Merriam synthesizes twenty years of developments in qualitative research with clarity and acumen." ?Michael Quinn Patton, author, Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods "Here is a qualitative research methods book that reinforces the connection between professional experience and qualitative inquiry." ?Robert Stake, author, The Art of Case Study Research and Multiple Case Study Analysis "In this new edition, Sharan Merriam once again presents the world of qualitative research in language engaging and accessible?for new and experienced readers alike. If you can have only one book about qualitative research, this is it!" ?Patricia M. Reeves, associate professor, School of Social Work, University of Georgia "Mystified by qualitative research? You couldn't ask for a better guide than Sharan Merriam, who introduces you to the fundamental concepts of this research method, explains its complex forms, and then shows you exactly how to do a high-quality qualitative study." ?M. Carolyn Clark, coeditor, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
The conventional understanding of Singapore''s foreign policy can be summarized in three main propositions: first, it is dictated by the imperatives of being a small state; second, its primary purpose is to ensure Singapore''s survival, given its small size; and third, this logic of survival dictates a realpolitik approach to foreign policy and national security. This book argues that an exclusively realist view of Singapore''s foreign policy is inadequate. Singapore''s foreign policy is also shaped by the positive effects of economic interdependence and regional institution-building OCo instruments that realists tend to dismiss, but which Singapore has self-consciously tried to promote as instruments of regional order. The book first looks at the evolution of Singapore''s foreign policy, before analyzing Singapore''s international relations and national security in the context of economic growth and terrorism. It concludes with an interesting chapter on the impact of the rise of China and India on the regional landscape. Sample Chapter(s). Introduction: Rethinking Singapore''s ForeignPolicy (435 KB). Chapter 1: The Evolution of Singapore''s Foreign Policy: Challenges of Change (468 KB). Contents: Introduction: Rethinking Singapore''s Foreign Policy; Part I: Foundations: The Evolution of Singapore''s Foreign Policy: Challenges of Change; The Economic Foundations of Singapore''s Security: From Globalism to Regionalism?; Part II: Adaptations: Diplomacy in Hard Times: Singapore Confronts Global Terrorism and Regional Regression; Waging the War on Terror: Singapore''s Responses and Dilemmas; Singapore and Southeast Asia in a Fast-changing Landscape: Coping with the Rise of China and India. Readership: Undergraduates, graduates and academics in foreign policy and international relations; government ministries; general readers interested in Singapore issues."
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