Knowing how to study at higher education level doesn’t come naturally – it’s something you have to learn. But those who have been poorly prepared in high school or who are the first in their families to attend education beyond secondary school, can lack these important skills.
Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students is therefore written to help people working in higher education induct these students into their new learning environment, especially into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects – enabling them to not just get by but excel.
Looking at topics such as study skills training, self-regulated learning and mentoring students, this guide is packed with quick and easy steps which STEM faculty staff can take to support students.
In addition, the book offers helpful insights into the challenges that students may face, giving staff greater understanding so they can better encourage and support their students.
This book will be invaluable for many further and higher education teachers across Africa. STEM is growing in popularity throughout the continent but many students will be the first in their family (or village) to attend university. This handbook will therefore be a welcome tool to help faculty staff not only make STEM subjects more accessible but enable their students to take charge of their learning with improved study skills.
Teaching STEM to First Generation College Students will be a particularly useful resource for universities in countries where schools are rapidly being built, more children are completing secondary education and higher education is reaching new communities such as Zanzibar, the Malawi and Rwanda. Copies will soon be on their way.
Our Book of the Month for November is this title from the Arabic Club for Kids:
The Arabic Club for Kids is a bright, fun series of books for young learners of Arabic, designed to nurture confidence and motivation in reading.
They have been created by experienced Arabic teachers and authors and titles are grouped into colour bands for different reading abilities.
These books cover a wide range of stories and topics in both fiction and non-fiction and are brought to life by bright eye-catching photos and illustrations. They are designed for guided reading but can also be used for class story time or to read independently.
Oxford University Press have donated huge numbers of books in this series and copies have been sent to our partners working with displaced people in Greece, Lebanon and Jordan as well as our partners in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
For children uprooted from their homes through conflict and living in new, unfamiliar countries, reading books in their own language can provide a sanctuary and the opportunity to relax in otherwise stressful situations. Books for young readers like this will also enable children to develop their reading skills, ensuring their education continues in spite of being far from home.
‘What weapon can children use to fight violence? A vote for peace!’
Yeny and the Children for Peace by Michelle Mulder is an uplifting, inspirational story based on real events in Colombia in the 1990s. Young Yeny and her family have fled the violence in their mountain village to a new life of relative safety in the city. But the threat of violence remains as armed gangs patrol the streets and members of her family are kidnapped. Yeny and her friends feel afraid and powerless until they decide to do something about their situation. They organise a peace carnival, with a march and banners and workshops for peace. As the news of the carnival spreads, children from all over the country start to get organised and hold a national vote for children’s rights in their conflict-riven country. 2.7 million children (90% of the country’s youth) turn out to vote overwhelmingly for peace, citing their right to survive as paramount and the government is forced to listen.
Mulder’s fictionalised version of the real-life Columbian Children’s Peace Movement is written in a way that will inspire children everywhere to believe their actions really can make a difference. This copy is being sent to our partner the Tamer Institute for Community Education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where its message of empowerment will encourage children there like Dalia and Yosef that they too can make a positive difference.