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2008 at last!


Over the last two week I’ve been out of the country, but I’m pleased to say I took some excellent reading material with me.  I’d like to recommend the following, firstly Mark C. Taylor’s The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture, a book steeped in critical theory and philosophy, but with plenty to say about our current experiences of modernity.  Furthermore this book is illustrated, and that, I feel, is never a bad thing.  Secondly, I’ve been reading How to Write a Thesis by Rowena Murray.  This book is aimed firmly at those working within the UK academic system, but is couched in internationally informed terms.  This is not a bluffer’s guide to…’, or a ‘thesis writing for idiots…’ tome.  It is reassuringly thorough and oozes experienced commentary.  It has certainly focused my mind on the case in hand.  Finally, I purchased the Guardian’s Guardian Style. A style guide by David Marsh.  Now I have a style guide I wonder how I managed (or mis-managed) without one.  A style guide offers advice on reporting and writing standards, helping you to deal with the irritation of the ‘apostrofly’ and ‘shimmer of errors’ involved in any writing.  The Guardian has twice won the  Plain English Campaign’s award for best national newspaper.  I’m hoping some of this will rub off on me.  Do you use a style guide?  Which one?  Any comparison comments welcome!

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  1. 05/02/2008 10:00 am

    Kia ora from New Zealand,
    I just found your site through my Google Alerts for Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy. I have read your material and enjoyed what I found. I think that you may enjoy my own website – which you are free to use as a resource. I am a retired academic with more than 40 years teaching Architecture at the top Universities on three continents (the UK, U. C. Berkeley and U. of Auckland, New Zealand). I have a PhD in Architecture – specialising in the interface between design education and critical theory/critical pedagogy. I am writing because I thought you might find my own website useful. I have a distinguished teaching Award from the University of Auckland (where I taught for 20 years), and for the last five years served as Director of Academic Programme development at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, (one of three Maori Universities) in New Zealand, giving me a unique perspective on issues of Colonisation, Education and Cultural Pluralism and Critical Pedagogy. I retired a year ago and have set up the website as an educational resource, covering issues such as:
    Critical Theory
    Critical Theorists
    Critical Practice (Praxis)
    Critical Pedagogy
    Critical Education Theory
    Indigenous Studies
    Critical Psychology
    Cultural Studies
    Critical Aesthetics
    Academic Programme Development
    Sustainable Design
    Critical Design etc. etc.
    The website ( ) contains more than 60 (free) downloadable and fully illustrated PDFs on all of these topics and more – offered to students from the primer level, up to PhD. It also has a set of extensive bibliographies and related web links in all of these areas.
    The website ( ) contains more than 60 (absolutely free) downloadable and fully illustrated PDFs on all of these topics and more offered to students from the primer level, up to PhD. It also has a set of extensive bibliographies and related web links in all of these areas.
    I would be very grateful if you would have a look at the website and perhaps bring it to the attention of your students for them to use as a resource.
    There is no catch!
    It’s just that I believe the world is going to hell at an unimaginable rate and I want to do something to help to turn it around – for my children and my grandchildren All that I ask in return, is that you and they let me know what you think about the website and cite me for any material that may be downloaded and/or used.
    I would also appreciate a reciprocal link to my site from your own so that others may come to know about it and uuse it.
    Many thanks
    Dr. Tony Ward Dip.Arch. (Birm)
    Academic Programme, Tertiary Education and Sustainable Design Consultant
    (Ph) (07) 307 2245
    (m) 027 22 66 563

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