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Children, Families, Schools, and Communities
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Children, Families, Schools, and Communities is an introductory text in the field of Child and Family Studies. It provides a lens for understanding the evolving definition of “family”. It promotes strategies for culturally sustaining and deeply collaborative relationships. Children, Families, Schools, and Communities is an adapted OER text from Rebecca Laff’s and Wendy Ruiz’s "Child, Family, and Community".

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Psychology
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Remixing Open Textbooks through an Equity Lens (ROTEL) Project
Author:
Joan Giovannini
Date Added:
05/23/2023
The Early Literacy Journey: Supporting and Celebrating Young Learners
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"The Early Literacy Journey: Supporting and Celebrating Young Learners" provides an overview of language and literacy development in the early years, from birth through preschool. It examines the critical role that these years play in the emergence of literacy. All aspects of this area of development, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are explored and considered. This text was adapted from an OER text, "Early Childhood Literacy: Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers, Birth-Age 5," written by Schull, C., La Croix, L., Miller, S., Austin, K., Kidd, J.

This adaptation focused on creating and enhancing OER materials for courses in Early Childhood Language and Literacy. The intent was seen as a cost saving measure as well as to reflect the diverse culture of our college community. Diverse perspectives are apparent throughout the text with the inclusion of vignettes, photos, related websites, videos, and application activities.

The text begins with an overview of emergent literacy and the critical role that the early years play in the development of literacy. Theories are examined and developmentally appropriate practices are explored. The importance of valuing and understanding the family and the part they play in early language and literacy is emphasized. All aspects of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening are introduced and considered.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Sandra Carrie Garvey
Date Added:
01/24/2024
Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing
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This textbook, Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing, includes principles of writing and information literacy through the lenses of curatorial activism, cultural heritage, and curation/exhibition. Heritage topics that students are introduced to include (but are not limited to): anti-racism, #MeToo, indigenous peoples, women/gender/LGBTQIA+, climate change, etc. They gain a broader understanding of cultural heritage and heritages of change, particularly disability heritage, in general in order to apply the concepts through their writing. This textbook presents these topics, but more specifically how to communicate about and research them.

In first-year writing courses, it can often feel that we practice writing and research in a vacuum. Writing is about communication, and, if we do not feel that we have an audience, then it can seem like our writing has no purpose (even though practice of any kind will help us develop these skills). Heritages of Change: Curatorial Activism and First-Year Writing is a method for students to think about the social changes that were prevalent during the COVID years and remain important in their wake. Heritages of Change is a lens for thinking and writing about these ideas. Through curation and exhibition as an act of activism, students focus on a specific audience with whom they can communicate authentically about this dynamic world.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Kisha G. Tracy
Date Added:
01/30/2024
Social Work Practice and Disability Communities: An Intersectional Anti-Oppressive Approach
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Given the high prevalence of disability worldwide, the status of disabled people remains an area of concern for practitioners who seek to respectfully engage with a stigmatized and often oppressed population. The book encourages practitioners to draw on intersectionality theory, the critical cultural competence framework and anti-oppressive practice approaches to contend with the concerns facing disabled people today. These issues include parenting, mass incarceration, ableism, aging and employment, among others. This title acknowledges difference and multisystemic privilege and oppression while also drawing readers’ attention to the importance of solidarity and allyship when it comes to meaningful social work practice with and social change for disabled people.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Work
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Alexandria Lewis
Alison Wetmur
Ami Goulden
Andrea Murray-Lichtman
Elspeth Slayter
Gabrielle Gault
Katie Sweet
Lisa Johnson
Mallory Cyr
Michael Clarkson-Hendrix
Date Added:
01/29/2024
Statistical Problem Sets in WeBWorK
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The authors of this book adapted homework problems to improve accessibility and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the introductory statistics course they teach at Fitchburg State University. The problems are showcased in this book, but we have also incorporated them into our existing problem sets on an open-source online homework platform called WeBWorK. The problems can be used as a companion to the OpenStax textbook "Introductory Statistics" by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean or any other textbook for a semester-long introductory statistics course. For a fuller experience for you and your students, we encourage you to contact us for help accessing the problem sets on WeBWorK. On that platform, students will engage more fully with the questions, and a slightly different version of the same problem will be generated for each student.

Subject:
Mathematics
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Peter Staab
Rachael Norton
Date Added:
01/30/2024
Statistics Through an Equity Lens
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This Open Educational Resource (OER) carries a significant responsibility by presenting statistics through an equity lens. The metaphor of a lens is used intentionally–as the glasses one wears can have a profound effect on what one sees. The book encourages further inspection of the ways in which data is collected, interpreted, and analyzed on a variety of social justice issues, such as health disparities, hunger and food insecurity, homelessness, behavioral health (mental health and substance use), and incarceration of males of color. It also attempts to reveal how the misuse of data can reinforce inequities, for example, by stigmatizing people and labeling neighborhoods as high poverty, violent, and having poor educational opportunities. Whether an intended or unintended consequence, irresponsible data use can contribute to racist impressions of people and communities.

Subject:
Mathematics
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Yvonne Anthony
Date Added:
12/11/2023
The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years
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This text gives an overview of development, beginning in the mother’s womb through about the age of eight. It starts with a look at perspectives of early childhood, including how children have been viewed historically as well as cross-culturally. Following this chapter, there is a complete overview of the important theorists that have helped to deepen and bring clarity to how children develop. These theories include psychodynamic, behavioral, social cognitive theory, cognitive theory, humanistic, multiple intelligence, growth mindset, and Bloom’s taxonomy. Understanding the implications of each theory is important foundational knowledge for the study of development.

Chapters Three and Four give an overview of the domains of development, followed by an overview of the developing brain. Chapter Five takes a look at the prenatal period, including the birth and postpartum process. Chapter Six describes development in infancy, and Chapter Seven describes the toddler years, including safety considerations that are critical for this period. Chapter Eight looks at the preschool years, including the role of peers, play, and television (and other electronics) in development. Chapter Nine concludes the text with a brief look at the start of what is known as the school-age years, universally recognized as between the ages of five and eight.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Education
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Deirdre Budzyna
Doris Buckley
Date Added:
03/17/2023
Why Do I Have to Take This Course?
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Why Do I Have to Take This Course? A Guide to General Education helps students think about why they take General Education courses and what significance they have, individually and as a program as a whole. It allows students the time to contemplate connections, the potential reasons for developing certain learning outcomes and skills, and the applications to other courses as well as their professional and personal lives. General education is viewed through the lens of what John Lewis called "good, necessary trouble," expanding on how the liberal arts and sciences contribute to understanding and creating change in the world. Sections include stories, research, testimonies and reflections about student success, links to further readings, and activities.

Subject:
Education
Higher Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Kisha G. Tracy
Date Added:
01/29/2024