How Can We Approach the Labor Market of the Social Educator?

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We tried to answer this question in Catalonia (Spain) based on an empirical work presented in “Aproximación al mercado laboral del Educador Social,” which was published in the online journal Aula Magna 2.0 of the Educación en Red scientific journals, promoted by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) with the editing support of Lorenzo García Aretio and the late Ramón Pérez Juste.

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Readers as main figures in the book ecosystem

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The world of books is living a silent revolution, and the main figures of such revolution are readers. In the traditional book ecosystem, they were valued as distant, blurry subjects… Today, due essentially to the Internet and social media, readers have gained importance and imposed themselves on authors and, even, on texts.

The printed book has required more than 500 years to consolidate its power and, in turn, to contemplate its crisis. This crisis should not be understood as decadence (the end of books), but as an opportunity to look at its renewal. This can be done from a dynamic perspective that sees new cultural products—the electronic book, to name one—as reinventions of others because it joins together new communication systems that allow their resurrection and adaptation to a different historical environment.

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Inclusive education: Education for all

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We can safely state that current education is either provided with an inclusive approach or is not considered education. I think this statement is not unfounded. Let’s see: We live in societies that call themselves democratic, implying that they respect, value, and promote differences; that they require citizen participation for individual talents to contribute to the group; that they promote equal opportunities for the population as a whole; in short, that they need the concurrence of each individual, with their singularities, to become a society in which coexistence in diversity prevails as a dominant value…

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Quality of scientific publications

Quality of scientific publications beyond standard output indicators

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We all know that it is not possible to determine absolutely or categorically the quality of scientific publications. However, there are quantitative indicators that allow an approximate assessment of their impact on the scientific community. These indicators are useful to know which publications have higher or lower prestige in the different scientific disciplines and—more importantly but questionable—to make decisions about third parties, based on the prestige of a publication (for example, the promotion of faculty)…

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ICT in educational curricula

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The social, political, and educational reality that exists today in the world and affects students and teachers themselves is forcing educational institutions to try to adapt their teaching and learning processes to the divergent situations that society presents to politicians, theorists, and practitioners of education. Thus, the development of digital resources aimed at improving the didactic act has rapidly increased. This is evidenced by the articles found in journals such as EDMETIC, which has recently published a monograph discussing experiences in the development of content learning mediated by augmented reality and pointing out its great possibilities…

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Measurement scales and their use in education

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When we want to conduct a study in the field of education, we find variables whose quantification is not possible or directly realizable. This is the case, for example, of a person’s sex, motivation or attitude towards studies. According to the nature of data, a measurement scale is the instrument that allows to classify them, order them, and even perform statistical tests for their analysis. How are these scales used? The first step is their creation, for which it is necessary to know what type of variable we are going to deal with. Thus, scales are classified into nominal, ordinal, interval or ratio: Nominal scales deal with variables that can only be classified (e.g., sex: male or female). Ordinal scales deal with variables that cannot only be classified, but also ordered…

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