Reviews

Enlightenment room CC by mendhakThe aim here is to showcase some of the best ecological and environmental science publishing as it is published. As such it continues a movement from the very start of this work to share resources with colleagues and to hopefully allow for better informed and more engaging teaching and learning. Nothing improves learning more than current ideas and the latest from the research world. It’s especially important for those in school or at the start of their university careers because it is here that the most care needs to be taken – these students are our colleagues tomorrow! Look through the range of books reviewed, comment if you wish and suggest others I might like to see. I’ve managed to get all the main publishng houses to add me to their lists but I know there are equally important works from smaller publishers. The more we share ideas, the better our work will be.

When you look through, there are two ideas I’d like you to bear in mind. The first is that I see good teaching and learning material in a very wide range of publications. Just because it’s a post-graduate text doesn’t mean it’s useless for schools. Many of these have great case studies and data you can’t find elsewhere (and so I want to share these finds). It’s also the case that I’m expanding my outlook to move into e-learning and education/pedagogy in general as well. The second idea is that I tend to follow a set of criteria for both selecting books (and increasingly other forms of publishing) and for publishing reviews. The first makes it fairer; why review a text no-one can afford in schools? The second actually came about in discussions with publishers and writers. So many reviews are written by those with vested interests in supporting/denying the work. I don’t have any affiliations like this so I see a book for its value in learning. A few controversies won’t matter (students are rarely aware of these anyway). I like to focus on the “three C’s”: context (how does the work fit into the subject’s canon; content (what’s in the publication) and contribution (is it worth purchasing given limited resources). By this method I can give an honest opinion without resorting to the more “academic” styles of reviews! As an overall measure, I have a star-rating; the more, the better!

In the previous site I always gave the publisher a warning and a preview. Now, I’ll be getting an RSS feed so they can check out reviews (and comment) the same time as everyone else.

Finally, a few links to help you: