Library Information, New books

New to the Library: Colin Brock’s ‘Education as a Global Concern’ and the new Children’s Laureate

Colin Brock has long been an important figure in the field of comparative and international education. Since the late 1990s he has become increasingly interested in how education can respond to the needs of those marginalised groups who are often excluded from mainstream schooling, for example, refugees, asylum-seekers, street children, oppressed indigenous minorities etc. His latest book, Education as a Global Concern, examines the educational situation of such groups and promotes the view of education as a humanitarian response to their needs. Check Library availability for this book here.
The UK has a new Children’s Laureate in the form of Julia Donaldson, author of the The Gruffalo and a great many other children’s books. She will hold the position for two years, 2011-2013, and she says, ‘… drama, music, stories for deaf children, libraries, plus building on the great work of my six predecessors as Laureate: these will be my “big things”, and they are all linked to the “biggest thing of all” – the pleasure and richness to be gained from reading.’ The Faculty Library has copies of several of Julia’s books, including, of course, The Gruffalo, in the children’s literature collection.