BooksWinter 2017


Published November 2017


Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions: A Practical Handbook for Teachers and School-Based Staff

Alison Ekins, Sally Robinson, Ian Durrant and Kathryn Summers

Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions supports teachers who are working with children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in mainstream schools by providing them with the core knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice within a whole-school and cross-agency approach.

Mainstream schools now include increasing numbers of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and this accessible book is written by a team comprised of both education and health professionals, helping to bridge the gap between different services.

Recognising the complexity of individual cases, the authors communicate key principles relating to the importance of communication, multi-professional understanding and working and proactive planning for meeting the needs of any child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition that can be applied to a range of situations.

Reflective activities and practical resources are provided and are also available to download. This book will be of interest to teachers in mainstream schools, as well as teachers, SENCOs and senior leaders in all school settings, school nurses, children’s nurses and allied health professionals.

RRP: £23.99

University Bookshop: £19.99

Dr Alison Ekins is Senior Lecturer in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University; Dr Sally Robinson is Principal Lecturer in Health Promotion and Public Health in the School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University; Ian Durrant is Senior Lecturer in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University; Kathryn Summers is Principal Lecturer in Children’s Nursing in the School of Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation

David Burton

Buddhism, in its diverse forms and throughout its long history, has had a profound influence on Asian cultures and the lives of countless individuals.

In recent times, it has also attracted great interest among people in other parts of the world, including philosophers. Buddhist traditions often deal with ideas and concerns that are central to philosophy.

A distinctively Buddhist philosophy of religion can be developed which focuses on Buddhist responses to issues such as the problem of suffering, the purpose and potential of human existence, life after death, freedom and moral responsibility, appearance and reality, the nature of religious language, attitudes to religious diversity and the relationship between Buddhism and science.

Buddhism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation examines some of the central questions that such ideas raise, drawing on ancient and more recent sources from a variety of Buddhist traditions, as viewed from a contemporary philosophical standpoint.

RRP: £29.99

University Bookshop: £23.99

David Burton is Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Seeking Wisdom in Adult Teaching and Learning: An Autoethnographic Inquiry

Wilma Fraser

This book concerns the pursuit of wisdom in education, and the argument that wisdom – personified here as Sophia – is tragically marginalised or absent in current Western epistemological discourses.

It includes a review of key historical and classical framings which have lost much potency and relevance as certain cultural narratives hold sway; these include the reductionist, technicist and highly instrumentalist discourses which shape the articulation and delivery of much education policy and practice, while reflecting similar troubling framings from broader neoliberal perspectives.

Fraser argues that wisdom’s marginalisation has had, and continues to have, profoundly deleterious consequences for our educative practices.

Through a compelling combination of narrative and autoethnographic techniques, while also drawing on philosophical and cultural traditions, the book pushes at the boundaries of emerging knowledge, including how knowledge is generated.

It will be of interest to those who facilitate the learning of adults in a variety of settings as well as to students and supervisors seeking exemplars and ‘justification’ for working in non-traditional ways.

RRP: £66.99

University Bookshop: £40.00

Dr Wilma Fraser is Senior Lecturer in the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University.


The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership

Edited by Mark Bennister, Ben Worthy and Paul ‘T Hart

The Leadership Capital Index develops a conceptual framework of leadership capital and a diagnostic tool – the Leadership Capital Index (LCI) – to measure and evaluate the fluctuating nature of the leadership capital of leaders. Differing amounts of leadership capital, a combination of skills, relations and reputation, allow leaders to succeed or bring about their failure.

This book brings together leading international scholars in the field to engage with the concept of ‘leadership capital’ and use and apply the LCI to a variety of comparative case studies. It provides an important, timely, and innovative contribution to the now flourishing academic discipline of political leadership studies.

The LCI offers a comprehensive yet parsimonious and easily applicable 10-point matrix to examine leadership authority over time and in different political contexts. In each case, leaders ‘spend’ and put their ‘stock’ of authority and support at risk. United States president Lyndon Johnson arm-twisting Congress to put into effect civil rights legislation; Tony Blair taking the United Kingdom into the invasion of Iraq; Angela Merkel committing Germany to a generous reception of refugees: all ‘spent capital’ to forge public policy they believed in.

The volume examines how office-holders acquire, consolidate, risk, and lose such capital, and concentrates predominantly on elected ‘chief executives’ at the national level, including majoritarian and consensus systems, multiple and singular cases, and also examines some presidential and sub-national cases.

The Leadership Capital Index is an exploratory volume, with chapters providing a series of plausibility probes to see how the LCI framework ‘performs’ as a descriptive and analytical tool.

RRP: £60

University Bookshop: £40

Dr Mark Bennister is Reader in Politics in the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University.


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