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Soft skills, hard rocks

Making diamonds ethical in Canada’s Northwest Territories

Lindsay A. Bell

miners. In line with general transformations of job training programs for the poor and unemployed across North America, Ready for the Job focused on “soft skills” over and above technical industrial know-how ( Peck and Theodore 2000 ; Purser and Hennigan

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Mike Keating, Cathal O'Siochru, and Sal Watt

This article describes a C-SAP-funded project evaluating the introduction of a new tutorial programme for first year Sociology students, which sought to integrate a 'skills framework' to enable students to develop a range of academic skills alongside their study of the subject.

The pegagogical and institutional background to the decision to adopt this 'integrated' approach is summarised and the staff and student experiences are then evaluated using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Primarily concerned with evaluating staff and student responses to the new programme, this paper also raises some issues with regard to the methodologies of evaluation.

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Nathan Hughes, Sue Wainwright, and Caroline Cresswell

Whilst approaches to the development of undergraduate academic writing skills vary between disciplines and institutions, academic tutors are consistently presented as playing an important role. One aspect of this role is supporting students to engage effectively with feedback in order to develop consciousness and competence regarding academic writing. This article reports on the use of a form, which was designed to encourage students to use feedback in a structured and consistent manner and to support subsequent tutor-tutee dialogue. Students and tutors who used the form suggest it encouraged students to reflect on their learning needs and identify priority issues for discussion with the tutor. However, barriers to its effective use remain. In particular, there was resistance amongst students to accessing academic support, due to anxieties that staff would look negatively upon those who seek help. Students expressed concern that tutors would perceive those seeking support as failing to cope with the demands of independent study, a set of skills they perceive that they were required to have on arrival at university, rather than to acquire during the course of their studies with the help and guidance of their academic tutor.

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Rachel Gooberman-Hill, Isabel de Salis, and Jonina Einarsdottir

This issue of Anthropology in Action examines the relationship between conventional anthropological methods and those used by anthropologists working in applied health research. Three of the articles were originally presented at a workshop at the 2006 conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, while a fourth (Poehlman) addresses related themes and sits well alongside those from the workshop.

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Regina F. Bendix

– science and scholarship have developed divergent formats to write, speak and silence, internalised during disciplinary training so as to succeed on the path into research positions. As we acquire these skills, we become hotly proficient disciplinarians

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Paula Booke and Todd J. Wiebe

, communicate their message and mobilise their bases, the technological tools and skill sets that students must use to analyse elections become more complicated. Increasingly these core goals cannot be achieved without the integration of information

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‘We Are Both Diplomats and Traders’

Afghan Transregional Traders Across the Former Soviet Union

Magnus Marsden

the forms of diplomatic capacity and skill that are important to the daily lives of these mobile traders from Afghanistan. It suggests that the notion of ‘everyday diplomacy’ is helpful as a device for analysing the traders’ thought and activities

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Egor Antonov and Venera Antonova

Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low

2005: 7, 70, 78, 251 ). Much attention has been given to the selection, placement, and training of cadres. People who possessed required business qualities and organizational skills were well supported and given assistance in their careers irrespective

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Factors in the Development of Spatial Cognition in Boys and Girls

Assessing the Impacts of Biology and Navigational Experience

Mariah G. Schug

task. In most cases boys had larger ranges and greater spatial skills than girls, but the girls with large ranges outperformed the boys with smaller ranges. In short, there was a clear link between experience and ability that was proposed as a possible

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Andrew Sanchez

waste from a nearby pile of rubbish: an empty water bottle, a broken CD case, a child's toy boat, and a carrier bag. Over the course of our lunch break, Dipesh provided me with a careful tuition in the manual and entrepreneurial skills of the scrap