Posts By: Sharon Teng

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

    Contemporary China

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    Introduction 1978 marks the launch of economic reforms for China when veteran statesman Deng Xiaoping assumed leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and introduced a new economic development strategy aimed at rebuilding China’s ailing economy and society. The new Chinese government led by Deng Xiaoping adopted an open-door policy and encouraged foreign trade and investment… Read more »

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    Humanitarianism

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    Introduction Humanitarianism is defined as the act of improving the welfare and happiness of people in relation to saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people who have been caught in or displaced by man-made and natural disasters and warfare.  It also involves helping communities to prevent and/ or to make vigorous preparations for potential… Read more »

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    Seminal Books on Early Childhood Education

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    Introduction This resource guide is a step towards developing a practical and authoritative early childhood education collection at the National Library Singapore and is useful for industry practitioners, educators and students pursuing early childhood education courses. A total of 164 titles covering different aspects of early childhood education are listed under the following eight categories:… Read more »

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    100 General Reference eBooks on Overdrive

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    Introduction This resource guide features 100 digital reference titles specially selected from the NLB OverDrive* platform. The titles fall into three broad subject categories: Business Science and Technology Social Sciences and Humanities Covering key topics such as business management, sustainability, energy sources, culture and social media, these 100 ebooks are a convenient way to access… Read more »

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    Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organisations

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    Introduction A strategic plan functions as a roadmap for an organisation to chart its organisational priorities, define operational goals and align resources to support the strategic planning framework. The board’s responsibility is to set the direction, steer the organisation through the strategic planning process, analyse operating costs, set budget targets and develop performance indicators to… Read more »

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    Social Learning

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    Introduction The social learning theory (1977) was the brainchild of an influential psychologist, Albert Bandura, and has become an important theory for examining how people learn. Bandura believed that learning can be done through observing, instruction, imitation and modelling the behaviour of others. In today’s Internet-based environment, a great proportion of social and non-formal learning… Read more »

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    The Korean War

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    Introduction At the end of World War Two, Korea was divided into two along the 38th parallel – the communist-occupied North (then called The People’s Democratic Republic of Korea) and the South (The Republic of Korea). The Korean War began on 25 June 1950, with the invasion of North Korea (supported by the Russians) in… Read more »

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    The Cuban Missile Crisis

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    Introduction The Cuban Missile Crisis (14 Oct – 20 Nov 1962) nearly led to a nuclear war outbreak between the Soviet Union and the United States, with Cuba unfortunately sandwiched in the conflict. In 1962, the Soviet Union secretly installed intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba to counter the United States’ lead in developing missile weapon… Read more »

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    The Cold War

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    Introduction The Cold War refers to the post World War II hostilities between the Soviet Union and the United States that eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Throughout the 45-year period, although no real battles were fought between the two superpowers, there was a threat of nuclear war on both… Read more »

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    English Language

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    Introduction English is the most widely spoken language in the world with over 360 million native speakers and more than 750 million second language learners. It is the international lingua franca for social, cultural, scholarly and business discourse among people of different countries and continents. English is the official language of more than 60 sovereign… Read more »