Scientists Making a Difference is a fascinating collection of first-person narratives from the top psychological scientists of the modern era. These readable essays highlight the most important contributions to theory and research in psychological science, show how the greatest psychological scientists formulate and think about their work, and illustrate how their ideas develop over time. In particular, the authors address what they consider their most important scientific contribution, how they got the idea, how the idea matters for the world beyond academic psychology, and what they would like to see as the next steps in research. The contributors, who were chosen from an objectively compiled list of the most eminent psychological scientists, provide a broad range of insightful perspectives. This book is essential reading for students, researchers and professionals interested in learning about the development of the biggest ideas in modern psychological science, described firsthand by the scientists themselves.
This volume addresses a fundamental and highly debated issue in the evaluation field - the use of evaluation information for decision-making. Chapter authors honor the contributions of Professor Marvin C. Alkin to the evaluation use literature and advance our thinking on the topic by exploring a wide range of issues related to the theoretical and practical challenges of using evaluation information to make informed, evidence-based decisions. Readers will come away from this volume with a new and clearer understanding of the theoretical, contextual, methodological, and political dimensions of use and with direction for practice. Chapters are written by leading evaluation scholars, including Ernest House; Stewart Donaldson and Tarek Azzam; Eric Barela; Richard D. Nunneley, Jr., Jean A. King, Kelli Johnson, and Laura Pejsa; Eleanor Chelimsky; Michael Quinn Patton; and Wanda D. Casillas, Rodney K. Hopson and Ricardo L. Gomez. Evaluation Use and Decision-Making in Society: A Tribute to Marvin C. Alkin will be of great interest to evaluation students, scholars and practitioners. This volume has scholarly application for those who desire a state-of-the-art resource for the latest insights and perspectives on one of the most pressing issues that the evaluation field faces today, while also serving as a useful guide for both novice and experienced evaluation practitioners. It is appropriate for use in a variety of evaluation courses including Introduction to Evaluation and Procedural Issues in Evaluation as well as topical seminars such as Evaluation Use and Decision-Making .
A hands-on guide to making valuable decisions from data using advanced data mining methods and techniques <p> This second installment in the <i>Making Sense of Data</i> series continues to explore a diverse range of commonly used approaches to making and communicating decisions from data. Delving into more technical topics, this book equips readers with advanced data mining methods that are needed to successfully translate raw data into smart decisions across various fields of research including business, engineering, finance, and the social sciences. <p> Following a comprehensive introduction that details how to define a problem, perform an analysis, and deploy the results, <i>Making Sense of Data II</i> addresses the following key techniques for advanced data analysis: <ul> <li> <p> <b>Data Visualization</b> reviews principles and methods for understanding and communicating data through the use of visualization including single variables, the relationship between two or more variables, groupings in data, and dynamic approaches to interacting with data through graphical user interfaces. <li> <p> <b>Clustering</b> outlines common approaches to clustering data sets and provides detailed explanations of methods for determining the distance between observations and procedures for clustering observations. Agglomerative hierarchical clustering, partitioned-based clustering, and fuzzy clustering are also discussed. <li> <p> <b>Predictive Analytics</b> presents a discussion on how to build and assess models, along with a series of predictive analytics that can be used in a variety of situations including principal component analysis, multiple linear regression, discriminate analysis, logistic regression, and Naïve Bayes. <li> <p> <b>Applications</b> demonstrates the current uses of data mining across a wide range of industries and features case studies that illustrate the related applications in real-world scenarios. </ul> <p> Each method is discussed within the context of a data mining process including defining the problem and deploying the results, and readers are provided with guidance on when and how each method should be used. The related Web site for the series (www.makingsenseofdata.com) provides a hands-on data analysis and data mining experience. Readers wishing to gain more practical experience will benefit from the tutorial section of the book in conjunction with the Traceis<sup><small>TM</small></sup> software, which is freely available online. <p> With its comprehensive collection of advanced data mining methods coupled with tutorials for applications in a range of fields, <i>Making Sense of Data II</i> is an indispensable book for courses on data analysis and data mining at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as a valuable reference for researchers and professionals who are interested in learning how to accomplish effective decision making from data and understanding if data analysis and data mining methods could help their organization.
If you can imagine the audacity of wearing nothing but a smile - while planting a patio garden; if rummaging through an overstuffed wardrobe for something to wear, wears you out; if your weekly dry-cleaning bill is higher than the gas bill for your ATV; then this guide to 'dress-free' living is your next must-read! 101 Things to do Naked! is a nostalgic journey that conveys the qualities of naturism with infamous quotes and true life episodes. At its core is the author's epiphany - a resurgence of the joy in living naked with her induction to cottage country. Consequently, Catherine embarks on a mission to alter a 'clothes-minded' society. Her humorous descriptions of plausible events, however, may keep you in stitches till the end! Tag along with cohorts Jay and Blue, hapless hubby and faithful hound, as they explore the diaphanous side of rural life. A spellbinding journal, this story encompasses four distinct seasons in Atlantic Canada: blackfly, summer, fall, and cold-as-a-witch's-tit! Each time period accentuates the benefits as well as the risks associated with a clothing-free lifestyle. Alternative ways of dealing with public opinion, municipal roads and communal waterways are uncovered with mirth and the certitude of an adept naturist. The hilarity of being caught in the raw is exposed on every occasion with humor and unabashed acuity. Because every reader will identify with at least one or more real life situations, 101 Things to do Naked! A Guide to 'Dress-Free Living will appeal to city slickers and cottage dwellers alike. It's a raucous ride recommended for an immature audience. Personal Note from the Author: Growing up, I adopted the profound misconception that clothing mattered. It mattered if others could see you, it mattered if you wanted others to be seen with you, and it mattered if the weather warranted it. That was then, this is now. My present-day naturist existence is not a learned state of being however. More so, it is a reawakening of my inner child. It's a bare bones acceptance of my body despite its gloriously flawed and natural state. No doubt, it may also be middle-aged madness gone amok. Enough said. In the realm of 'how-to' tutorials then, this is the one that teaches you what you already knew as a tot - that stripped down, almost everything you do is just plain better. Scroll up, click the buy button & get naked today!
Meet Brown - the least used pencil in the box. He's tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun colouring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn't smile very often because he doesn't get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too! In her trademark clever and humorous fashion, author, Julia Cook, teaches kids of all ages (and adults too!) how to practise the art of friendship and getting along with others. This title is the first in a Happy to Be, You and Me series of books focusing on relationship-building skills for children. Included in the book are tips for parents and teachers on how to help children who feel left out and have trouble making friends.