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  • What are essential elements of valid research:  The problem of 'data' and their collection in cross-cultural contexts
    What are essential elements of valid research: The problem of 'data' and their collection in cross-cultural contexts
    Online version of an article originally published as: Bernhard, J. K. (2010). What are essential elements of valid research: The problem of 'data' and their collection in cross-cultural contexts. Perspectives: A Journal of Family Resource Programs, Canada. 3, 27-32. Publisher URL: http://www.parentsmatter.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewpage&pageid=916
    What can be learned from patient stories about living with the chronicity of heart illness? A Narrative Inquiry
    What can be learned from patient stories about living with the chronicity of heart illness? A Narrative Inquiry
    Background: Patients’ illness stories are valuable information that supports person-centred care across the illness trajectory. Aims: To learn how older South Asian immigrant women experience living with heart illness long after discharge from hospital. Method: We used narrative inquiry, a personal experience method that explores and interprets lived and told stories through the three dimensions of experience. Design: Four participants, over the age of sixty, living with heart illness for over ten years, were invited to engage in narrative interview and Narrative Reflective Process. Outcomes: Giving patients voice, allows caregivers insight into the human experience of illness beyond hospitalization. Considering the increased migration of people around the globe, this knowledge is significant in provision of person-centred care. Implications: Person-centred care does not end with the hospitalization and outpatient clinics. Inter-disciplinary teams need to reconsider the trajectory of chronic illnesses and the care required throughout, especially for marginalized populations., Schwind, J. K., Fredericks, S., Metersky, K., & Porzuczek, V. G. (2016). What can be learned from patient stories about living with the chronicity of heart illness? A narrative inquiry. Contemporary Nurse, 52(2-3), 216-229. doi:10.1080/10376178.2015.1089179
    What do Psychology and Civil Engineering have in Common to Promote Well-Being and Excellence?
    What do Psychology and Civil Engineering have in Common to Promote Well-Being and Excellence?
    Publisher URL: https://csce.ca/en/publications/cce/#1521139218493-f3b96fd6-8a5b
    What is my Child Learning at Elementary School? Culturally Contested Issues Between Teachers and Latin American Families
    What is my Child Learning at Elementary School? Culturally Contested Issues Between Teachers and Latin American Families
    Online version of an article originally published as: Bernhard, J. K., & Freire, M. (1999). What is my child learning at school? Culturally contested issues of Latin American children and families. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, 31(3):72-94. https://go.gale.com/ps/anonymous?id=GALE%7CA82883477&sid=googleScholar&v=2.1&it=r&linkaccess=abs&issn=00083496&p=AONE&sw=w
    What the Death of Local News Means for the Federal Election..In the absence of media scrutiny, politicians have started to spin their own stories
    What the Death of Local News Means for the Federal Election..In the absence of media scrutiny, politicians have started to spin their own stories
    Resignation and outrage colour veteran journalist Mary-Ann Barr’s voice as she reflects on the Red Deer Advocate and its coverage of the recent Alberta provincial election. “There was a brief in the paper yesterday about who the candidates are—buried on page four,” says the former editor and reporter who spent thirty-one years at what is now Red Deer’s last remaining local newspaper. Black Press Media, which owns almost a 100 papers in western Canada, announced last month it could no longer afford two competing titles in the same city and shut down the weekly Red Deer Express., Lindgren, A. (2019, April 24). What the Death of Local News Means for the Federal Election [Scholarly project]. In Thewalrus. Retrieved from https://thewalrus.ca/what-the-death-of-local-news-means-for-the-federal-election/
    What's faith got to do with it?
    What's faith got to do with it?
    “What’s faith got to do with it?” In this paper we explore the multilayered role of faith in two food banks in Toronto. We are drawing on a larger study of five partnerships between faithbased organizations and others for the common good, a study that unpacks the interesting dynamics of collaborations involving at least one faith partner. In the selection we have made for our present paper, the reader can expect to find a description and analysis of those dynamics as they pertain to individuals, groups, religious and secular organizations, new immigrants and long time residents, a rich variety of faith groups—all around the issues of having enough to eat, human dignity and the formation of community. When we use the word “faith” we are aware of the multiplicity of meanings carried by the term. There is a basic distinction, famously formulated by Wilfred Cantwell Smith, between the faith that animates and is held by an individual and ‘a faith’ in the sense of a world religion, which has a history, traditions, sacred texts, liturgy, normative practices, teachings, creeds, buildings, authorized leaders— in short all the characteristics of a religion established over many centuries. Of course, there is a symbiotic relationship between the personal and the institutional. Each enlarges and enriches the other; neither can exist without the other. Keywords: CVSS, Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Working Paper Series,TRSM, Ted Rogers School of Management Citation:, MacLean, P., Meinhard, A. & Bridgemohan, A. (2011). What's faith got to do with it? (Working Paper Series Volume 2011 (2)) Toronto: Ted Rogers School of Management, Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Ryerson University.
    When I'm Sixty-Four: Beatles Rock Band and the Commodification of Nostalgia
    When I'm Sixty-Four: Beatles Rock Band and the Commodification of Nostalgia
    In 2009, only a few months after the game’s release, the popular trade magazine Advertising Age declared Beatles Rock Band one of America’s hottest brands ("America's hottest brands", 2009). This is quite a feat for a lowly video game, and begs that we consider the reasons for the game’s success as well a the potential social consequences for similar popular games. There are two major elements at work in the creation of Beatles Rock Band as a successful brand, and this paper conducts an analysis of the game in order to identify both of them. First of all, it explores the Beatles as a brand that continues to provide emotional and spiritual value for consumers, and how the feelings associated with this brand have developed intertextually since the band first gained international popularity in 1962. Secondly, this paper will show how Beatles Rock Band works almost like a documentary game, and in doing so rewrites history in order to capitalize on a white-washed and romanticized ideal of 1960s culture. As such, it will show the ways that the Beatles Rock Band draws on previous commercial texts associated with the Beatles brand to create an hyperreal fiction based on historic people and events. This paper is divided up into four sections. The first section will provide a theoretical overview of convergence, remediation, and the business of culture, and then will conduct a brief review of the methodology of digital game studies. The second section will look at the specifics of the game, and some of ways that the game has been marketed to the public at large. The third section will provide a description and overview of the Beatles as a brand, and the ways the brand continues to adapt and change over time in order to appeal to a broad and changing audience. Finally, the fourth section will discuss the commoditfication of nostalgia generally, and the specific ways that this game rewrites history to reproduce it as a commodity., Hodson, J. (2012). When I'm Sixty-Four: Beatles Rock Band and the Commodification of Nostalgia. Loading..., 6(10). Retrieved July 25, 2016, from http://journals.sfu.ca/loading/index.php/loading/article/view/110/130
    When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use
    When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use
    Middleton, Catherine. (2011). When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use. [PowerPoint slides].
    When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use
    When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use
    Middleton, Catherine. (2011). When Reality Meets the Mobile Imaginary: Exploring Constraints in Mobile Technology Use. [PDF document]., Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet Conference. Kitchener, February 2011.
    When an inefficient firm makes higher profit than its efficient rival
    When an inefficient firm makes higher profit than its efficient rival
    Also available for download here: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/23324/
    Who Needs a 'Killer App'? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks
    Who Needs a 'Killer App'? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks
    This paper describes the deployment of a residential broadband network by relating two parallel but contrasting stories. Story 1 considers network providers' search for a killer application to drive demand for broadband networks, while Story 2 suggests that consumers have already found a killer application in e-mail and basic connectivity. It appears that residential broadband networks are currently being developed with a Story 1 perspective in mind. Story 2 should be assessed in the context of its historical persistence and significance. The implications for future development of residential broadband networks are considered when both stories are accepted as plausible., Preprint of an article later published as: Middleton, C. A. (2002). Who Needs a 'Killer App'? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks. Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, 34(2), 67-81.
    Who is Responsible for Human Factors in Engineering Design? The Case of Volvo Powertrain
    Who is Responsible for Human Factors in Engineering Design? The Case of Volvo Powertrain
    For a more in-depth look on this subject, please see: Neumann, W.P., Ekman, M. and Winkel, J., 2009. Integrating ergonomics into system development - The Volvo Powertrain Case. Applied Ergonomics, 40(3): 527-537. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2008.09.010 Neumann, W.P. and Winkel, J., 2005. Organisational design and the (dis)integration of human factors in production system development. In: B. Chase (Editor), Human aspects of advanced manufacturing: agility and hybrid automation, San Diego, USA. http://digitalcommons.ryerson.ca/ie/13/ Neumann, W.P., 2004. Production Ergonomics: Identifying and managing risk in the design of high performance work systems, Lund Technical University, Lund, 159 p. ISBN 91-628-6287-1 http://digitalcommons.ryerson.ca/ie/5/ Neumann, W.P., Wells, R.P., Norman, R.W., Jeans, B., Dubblestyne, D., Harvey, H., Peter, O. (1999) Roles and Relationships for Making Ergonomics Change: Results of a 2-Day Focus Session with Industry Personnel. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Hull, Canada http://digitalcommons.ryerson.ca/ie/3/