The College at Brockport is very proud to showcase our faculty authors in Brockport Bookshelf, a gallery within our institutional repository, Digital Commons @Brockport. The Bookshelf features books and videos published by the faculty and professionals (both current and former) of The College at Brockport. It also includes items that have contributions by our authors: chapters, articles, essays, short stories, poems, or plays.
Patrons of The College at Brockport may check these books out at Drake Memorial Library. Otherwise, please use your library's Interlibrary Loan program to request them from us.
Kelley W. Zanghi
Compiled by Kelley W. Zanghi.
Collected readings for a freshman English course.
Azemia : A Novel : Containing Imitations of the Manner, Both in Prose and Verse, of Many of the Authors of the Present Day; With Political Strictures.
William Beckford 1760-1844 and Robert J. Gemmett Editor
By William Beckford.
Edited with an introduction and notes by Robert J. Gemmett, College at Brockport Faculty emeritus.
Azemia is a satirical attack on what William Beckford perceived as characteristically feminine novel-writing. First published in 1797, under the pseudonym Jacquetta Agneta Mariana Jenks, it joined its companion volume Modern Novel Writing, or, The Elegant Enthusiast (1796) in ridiculing the sentimental and sensational novels of the day, and especially the productions of William Lane's Minerva Press. However, it is also a biting political satire, attacking the Tory party and its leader, William Pitt the Younger, for the war with France, repressive legislation, and neglect of the poor.
This is the first-ever scholarly edition of the novel and includes a new introduction by Robert J. Gemmett, as well as thorough annotations, a bibliography, and contemporary illustrations.
William Beckford (1760-1844) was a novelist, travel writer, art critic, and collector. One of the most controversial figures of his time, as well reputedly the richest man in England, he is probably best remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Vathek (1786) and the creator of Fonthill Abbey.
Robert J. Gemmett, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Brockport, is an acknowledged expert on William Beckford and is the author of numerous books and articles on his life and works. He is also editor of the first scholarly edition of Modern Novel Writing, published in 2008.
Balancing Work and Family : A Practical Guide to Help Organizations Meet The Global Workforce Challenge
Ma. Nuria Chinchilla Albiol, Mireia Las Heras, Aline D. Masuda, and Laurel A. McNall
Edited by Nuria Chinchilla, Mireia Las Heras, Aline D. Masuda.
Includes a chapter co-authored by College at Brockport faculty member Laurel McNall: A conceptual framework for understanding work-family conflict and policy implementation across countries.
Parents around the globe are facing the common challenges of balancing family and work. And the need has never been more urgent for organizations to recognize how having a family impacts an employee's creativity, productivity and performance. Here is a useful guide to help leaders implement country-sensitive work-family policies and create family-responsible environments in which employees can carry out their work and still be fully engaged with their families. In nine chapters, Balancing Work and Family reviews and addresses the unique cultural, social, political and economic climates in the United States, Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. It provides practical recommendations based on solid international research. It presents theory as well as vivid accounts of employee experiences from different geographical regions and cultural backgrounds. It shares examples and business cases illustrating best practices from companies in these regions. The book's perspective is truly global, with chapters written by international authors. It brings together a diverse team including an academic expert who has conducted rigorous studies on work family conflict, a lawyer who addresses the legal environment in some countries and a practitioner with hands-on experience with real employers and employees. Each chapter presents an overview of the factors in a specific region impacting work-family integration, the main challenges to individuals and organizations, solutions companies have implemented and many examples of the processes companies use to foster family-responsible cultures. The authors make a strong case that it is the job organizational leaders - not HR professionals - to direct change in this important area. With this book, you have a roadmap to creating more effective organizations, societies, economies and - most importantly - stronger families.--Publisher's description
Obi N. Ignatius Ebbe and Dilip K. Das
Edited by Obi N Ignatius Ebbe (former College at Brockport faculty member), Dilip K Das.
Also includes chapters by former College at Brockport faculty member Obi N. Ebbe: Definition and historical antecedents of criminal abuse of women and children ; Causes of criminal and noncriminal abuses of women and children ; The scope and cuases of criminal abuse of children ; Control and prevention of criminal abuse of women and children : domestic and international approaches.
The abuse of women and children transcends geographical boundaries as well as economic, cultural, religious, political, and social divisions. Comprised of the work of more than 20 academics and practitioners from around the world, Criminal Abuse of Women and Children documents the atrocities that have been committed against these victims from ancient to modern times. It examines the causes of such abuse and provides a global survey of what forms of abuse exist and how cases are handled in various parts of the world.
International Experts Survey Patterns of Abuse
Following an introduction to the historical antecedents and theoretical explanations of criminal abuse, the contributors review efforts at control and prevention. They focus on informal control mechanisms, religious intervention, and the criminal justice system, and highlighting the limitations that are inherent in these attempts. The remainder of the text consists mainly of case studies covering the various facets of abuse in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. The contributors also explore the role of community policing and supply a critical assessment of how American police practices may contribute to the continued victimization of women and children.
A Call to Action to End the Scourge of Victimization
A comprehensive analysis of the worldwide problem of the exploitation of women and children, the book elevates this topic to a subject worthy of academic discourse. It underlines the need for concerted global action and intervention at the national, regional, and local level.
Moira Fallon and Susan C. Brown
Edited by Moira A. Fallon (College at Brockport faculty member) and Susan C. Brown
This book is designed for higher education instructors. The focus of the book is to assist all faculty instructors in higher education to better meet the needs of their student populations. It addresses the major issue of higher education teaching today: the need to reach all higher education students using active learning strategies. Higher education today is rapidly changing and faculty members are being presented with new types of students; ones who often have clear goals for bettering themselves, but at the same time lack what might have been considered to be basic skills necessary for success in a college or university setting. Instructors today must reach and bring all students into the college or university setting in an inclusive manner. The emphasis of this book is on student-focused strategies for teaching inclusively. This book will provide valuable strategies and practical techniques for instructors to develop inclusive college classrooms that promote the learning of all students. The audience targeted will be all instructors who work with higher education students, including students in community colleges and vocational institutions. The book is designed to be mainly practical instructional strategies with limited theoretical text and references. At the same time, major theories will be included to demonstrate why specific approaches are recommended. Although the authors and editors are from the field of education, the book is particularly valuable for all college instructors without a background in the discipline of education.
Sondra Horton Fraleigh
By Sondra Fraleigh [College at Brockport emeritus].
"Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest against Western values, butoh is a form of Japanese dance theater that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the growth of this provocative art form from its midcentury founding under a sign of darkness to its assimilation in the twenty-first century as a poignant performance medium with philosophical and political implications. Employing intellectual and aesthetic perspectives to reveal the origins, major figures, and international development of the dance, Fraleigh documents the range and variety of butoh artists around the world with first-hand knowledge of butoh performances from 1973 to 2008. Her definitions of butoh's morphology, alchemy, and philosophy set a theoretical framework for poetic and engaging articulations of twenty butoh performances in Japan, Europe, India, and the West. With a blend of scholarly research and direct experience, she also signifies the unfinished nature of butoh and emphasizes its capacity to effect spiritual transformation and bridge cultural differences."--Publisher.
Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers : 44 Professionals Tell Stories From "Real-Life" Social Work Practice With Older Adults
Linda May Grobman, Dara Bergel Bourassa, and Trevor Gates
Edited by Linda May Grobmen and Dara Bergel Bourassa.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Trevor Gates: Field placement in geriatric case management.
This book, like its predecessors Days in the Lives of Social Workers and More Days in the Lives of Social Workers, highlights the experiences of social workers through first-person narratives. This volume focuses on professional social work in direct and indirect practice with and on behalf of older adults. The contributors to this book are social workers at the BSW, MSW, and doctoral levels. Gerontological social work is a growing and exciting practice specialty! The stories told by these gerontological social workers will transform your thinking about what this type of work entails. You will gain a better understanding of the issues facing older adults and their social workers, and you may be inspired to pursue this career path. This engaging collection will make a welcome supplement to the theory found in traditional textbooks. Organizations, Web sites, additional readings, and a glossary of terms are included to assist you in further exploring these areas of social work practice. Photographs by social worker/photographer Marianne Gontarz York are featured to expand your visual images of real people as they grow older.
Douglas M. Lambert, A. Michael (August Michael) Knemeyer, and John T. (John Thomas) Gardner
By Douglas M. Lambert, A. Michael Knemeyer, John T. Gardner (College at Brockport faculty emeriti)..
In an environment characterized by scarce resources, increased competition, higher customer expectations, and faster rates of change, executives are turning to partnerships to provide sustainable competitive advantage. Partnering provides a way to leverage the unique skills and expertise of each partner and may also lock-out competitors. Partnerships, however, are costly in terms of the time and effort required. A firm cannot and should not partner with every supplier or customer. It is important to ensure that scarce resources are dedicated only to those relationships which will truly benefit from a partnership. Yet, many organizations become involved in relationships that do not meet management expectations and/or which end in failure. How can managers determine, in advance, if a relationship is one which will result in competitive advantage, and is worthy of the time and resources needed to fully develop into a partnership? Further, all partnerships are not the same. How does management know what type of partnership would provide the best pay-off? These questions may be answered by using the partnership model presented in this book. The partnership model provides a structured and repeatable process to effectively and efficiently build and maintain tailored business relationships that may become an asset for executives looking for competitive advantage.
The book also includes The Partnership Model Toolkit, which provides resources to help sell the benefits of the partnership session both within your company and to a potential partner, materials to help participants prepare for the meeting and all of the slides and handouts required to conduct a session.
Foster Susan Leigh
By Susan Leigh Foster, former College at Brockport faculty member.
"This is an urgently needed book – as the question of choreographing behavior enters into realms outside of the aesthetic domains of theatrical dance, Susan Foster writes a thoroughly compelling argument." – André Lepecki, New York University
"May well prove to be one of Susan Foster’s most important works." – Ramsay Burt, De Montford University, UK
What do we feel when we watch dancing? Do we "dance along" inwardly? Do we sense what the dancer’s body is feeling? Do we imagine what it might feel like to perform those same moves? If we do, how do these responses influence how we experience dancing and how we derive significance from it?
Choreographing Empathy challenges the idea of a direct psychophysical connection between the body of a dancer and that of their observer. In this groundbreaking investigation, Susan Foster argues that the connection is in fact highly mediated and influenced by ever-changing sociocultural mores.
Foster examines the relationships between three central components in the experience of watching a dance – the choreography, the kinesthetic sensations it puts forward, and the empathetic connection that it proposes to viewers. Tracing the changing definitions of choreography, kinesthesia, and empathy from the 1700s to the present day, she shows how the observation, study, and discussion of dance have changed over time. Understanding this development is key to understanding corporeality and its involvement in the body politic.
Joseph C. Makarewicz and Theodore W. Lewis
Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District has a long history of working to keep soil and nutrients on the land and out of the water. Much of this work has focused on Sodus Bay and Port Bay (Makarewicz and Lewis 1989, 1990; Makarewicz et al. 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994; White et al. 2002). However, little is known about the environmental status of other major creeks in Wayne County away from the coastal area of Lake Ontario. As a result, the Wayne County Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) recommended a study to evaluate nutrient and soil loss from six watersheds and their creeks [Canandaigua Outlet, Glenmark (Sodus) Creek, Crusoe Creek, Black Brook, Red Creek East, and Red Creek West] not previously assessed. The purpose of the monitoring program was to collect water quality data in order to quantify the concentration and loading of nutrients and suspended sediments transported from these creeks and to evaluate the environmental health of each creek. In addition, the data serve as a database to make informed water quality management decisions, including the development of a watershed management plan, and as a benchmark of discharge and nutrient data to measure the success of future remediation efforts and to begin a data set that would lead to a priority listing of water quality goals.
Megan A. Norcia
By Megan A. Norcia, College at Brockport faculty member.
During the nineteenth century, geography primers shaped the worldviews of Britain’s ruling classes and laid the foundation for an increasingly globalized world. Written by middle-class women who mapped the world that they had neither funds nor freedom to traverse, the primers employed rhetorical tropes such as the Family of Man or discussions of food and customs in order to plot other cultures along an imperial hierarchy. Cross-disciplinary in nature, X Marks the Spot is an analysis of previously unknown material that examines the interplay between gender, imperial duty, and pedagogy. Megan A. Norcia offers an alternative map for traversing the landscape of nineteenth-century female history by reintroducing the primers into the dominant historical record. This is the first full-length study of the genre as a distinct tradition of writing produced on the fringes of professional geographic discourse before the high imperial period.
Mary Jo Orzech
This bibliography represents nearly 500 faculty/staff publications published at The College at Brockport during 2005‐2010. It includes citations from all of the schools and many academic departments. Citations were gathered from a number of sources including a call to authors and the use of online databases. The bibliography is primarily, but not exclusively, composed of books, book chapters, DVD/films, and refereed scholarly articles.
Alison M. Parker
By Alison M. Parker [College at Brockport faculty member].
In this original study of six notable reformers, Alison Parker skillfully illuminates the connections between the gradual transformation of reform strategies over the course of the 19th century and the political ideas of the reformers themselves. Parker argues that American women’s political thought evolved from an emphasis on reform through moral suasion and local control into an endorsement of expanded federal power and a strong central state. This book reveals Fanny Wright, Sarah Grimké, Angelina Grimké Weld, Frances Watkins Harper, Frances Willard, and Mary Church Terrell to be political thinkers who were engaged in re-conceptualizing the relationship between the state and its citizens. Collectively and individually, black women made a significant contribution to the shift toward an activist central state by strongly supporting a federal government with expanded authority to protect and enforce civil rights. Offering profiles of two black reformers, Parker explores the complex role that race played in the political thought and strategies in both black and white women reformers. Paying particular attention to the ways in which women’s ideas about the state and citizenship factored into their struggles for racial and sexual equality, Parker illuminates the wide-ranging and creative ways in which they engaged in politics. For scholars interested in 19th-century women, race, or reform in American history, this significant study offers a fresh take on these vital topics.
S. W. Pope, John Nauright, and Cesar R. Torres
Edited by S.W. Pope and John Nauright.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Cesar R. Torres: South America.
"This book provides a comprehensive guide to the international field of sports history as it has developed as an academic area of study. Readers are guided through the development of the field across a range of thematic and geographical contexts and are introduced to the latest cutting edge approaches within the field. Including contributions from many of the world's leading sports historians, the Routledge Companion to Sports History is the most important single volume for researchers and students in, and entering, the sports history field. It is an essential guide to contemporary research themes, to new ways of doing sports history, and to the theoretical and methodological foundations of this most fascinating of subjects."-Publisher's description
Ted Richards and Cesar R. Torres
Edited by Ted Richards.
Includes a chapter co-authored by College at Brockport faculty member Cesar R. Torres, Embellishing the ugly side of the beautiful game.
Joseph Sarkis, James J. Cordeiro, and Diego Vazquez Brust
Edited by Joseph Sarkis, James Jude Cordeiro [College at Brockport faculty member], Diego Vazquez Brust.
"Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration" takes an unusually international perspective of sustainable innovation with contributions from Australia, Europe, and North America. Prominent policy makers, scientific researchers and practitioners in this field provide various inputs and analyses relating to the development of sustainable innovations. It is expected that policy makers, organizations, individual researchers, students and even communities can further develop and implement concepts and practices by drawing on the variety of projects and theoretical foundations presented in this volume. Topics include environmental supply chain management, regional sustainability strategy, the ‘Triple Helix’ collaboration, and specific technological developments and advances in this area. A reader can thus quickly build a comprehensive and state-of-the-art understanding of the field of sustainable innovation and its future directions. This broad perspective is needed for a complex and evolving field such as sustainability.--Publisher's description
Can be previewed as an eBook: http://www.springer.com/environment/sustainable+development/book/978-90-481-3158-7
Alex Thiou, Thomas C. Calhoun, Addrain Conyers, and Denise A. Copelton
Edited by: Alex Thio, Thomas C. Calhoun, and former College at Brockport faculty member Addrain Conyers.
Includes chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Denise A. Copelton: Eating for two : how pregnant women neutralize nutritional deviance.
This collection of diverse readings represents the full range of deviance sociology, dealing with many different theories as well as data collected via different research methodologies.
Designed for use as either a main text or a supplement, Readings in Deviant Behavior includes selections with high student-appeal. All of the readings have been carefully edited for clarity and conciseness to ensure that they are enjoyable and useful in helping students learn. The sixth edition features many new articles that reflect current trends.
Jo Butterworth, Liesbeth Wildschut, and Susan Leigh Foster
Edited by Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut.
Contains chapter by Susan Leigh Foster, former College at Brockport dance faculty member: 'Throwing like a girl'? : gender in a transnational world.
This innovative text provides a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and traditional understandings of dance making. It features contributions by practitioners and researchers from Europe, America, Africa, Australasia and the Asia-Pacific region, investigating the field in six broad domains: Conceptual and philosophic concerns, Educational settings, Communities, Changing aesthetics, Intercultural choreography, Choreography's relationships with other disciplines. By capturing the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century this reader supports and encourages rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.
This pre-AIDS era ethnography and evaluation study of two sexually transmitted infection clinics on Long Island, New York is as relevant today as it was when presented as a doctoral dissertation back in 1981. The numerous case studies give a very human face to the crisis of STIs that was rapidly growing in the years leading up to the advent of AIDS. It is learned that attitudes toward the clinics, the doctors, and the nurses differ not just among whites, blacks, and Hispanics, but also among different white ethnic groups, as well. Most of the policy recommendations are as valid today, if not more so, as they were when they were first made. This is the first ethnography by an anthropologist of STI clinics in the United States, and it is destined to become a classic in this field.
Murder attempts... missing umbilical cords... haunted quarries... fat camps... These darkly comic stories fill the pages of All Screwed Up. Young, gay, and poor, Steve Fellner attempts to shed his trailer park past and seize a better life for himself. But coming from the sticks offers a certain kind of freedom: no one expects anything from you, so you can be as wild and ridiculous as you want. Fellner s humorous and touching memoir centers on his odd relationship with his mother, a woman who was once a championship trampolinist and is now a champion of the unpredictable. Who could blame her for demanding her son attend her high school reunion? Or suggesting the family team up to do some shoplifting? Told with shocking humor and startling honestly, All Screwed Up manages to reinvent the comingout story and describes one of the strangest mother-son relationships in recent memory. Winner of the 2008 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert, and Joan Lippincott
Edited by Charles Forrest, Martin Halbert.
"Our sources of information, and the practices we use to find it, are in a period of rapid flux. Libraries must respond by selecting, acquiring, and making accessible a host of new information resources, developing innovative services, and building different types of spaces to support changing user behaviors and patterns of learning. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes an emerging library service model that embodies all three spheres of response: new information resources, collaborative service programs, and redesigned staff and user spaces."
"Technology has enabled new forms of information-seeking behavior and scholarship, causing a renovation of libraries that revisits the idea of the ‘commons’ -- a public place that is free to be used by everyone. A Field Guide to the Information Commons describes the emergence, growth, and adoption of the concept of the information commons in libraries. This book includes a variety of contributed articles, and descriptive, structured entries for various information commons in libraries across the country and around the world."--Jacket.
Susan Leigh Foster
Edited by Susan Leigh Foster, former College at Brockport faculty member.
What world has been constructed for dancing through the use of the term 'world dance'? What kinds of worlds do we as scholars create for a given dance when we undertake to describe & analyze it? This book endeavours to make new epistemological space for the analysis of the world's dance by offering a variety of new approaches.
Frederick J. Gravetter and Lori-Ann B. Forzano
Bestselling statistics author, Fredrick J. Gravetter [College at Brockport emeritus], and co-author Lori-Ann B. Forzano [College at Brockport faculty member] have written a text for research methods that helps you see how interesting and exciting experimental and non-experimental research can be. Inviting and conversational, RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Third Edition, leads you through the research process from start to finish. The text opens with tips and strategies for generating research ideas, moves to selecting measures and participants, and then offers an examination of research strategy and design. This step-by-step approach emphasizes the decisions researchers must make at each stage of the process. The authors avoid a "cookbook" approach to the facts by linking terminology with applied concepts; their "lecture in a book" style emphasizes discussion and explanation of topics. Each chapter ends with a set of exercises and activities.
Frederick J. Gravetter and Larry B. Wallnau
By Frederick Gravetter [College at Brockport emeritus]., and Larry Wallnau [College at Brockport emeritus].
By far the best-selling introduction to statistics for users in the behavioral and social sciences, this book continues to offer straightforward instruction, accuracy, built-in learning aids, and real-world examples. The goal of STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 8th Edition is to not only teach the methods of statistics, but also to convey the basic principles of objectivity and logic that are essential for science and valuable in everyday life. Authors Frederick Gravetter and Larry Wallnau help users understand statistical procedures through a conceptual context that explains why the procedures were developed and when they should be used. Users have numerous opportunities to practice statistical techniques through Learning Checks, examples, step-by-step Demonstrations, and problems.
Joseph F. Healey, John Boli, Earl R. Babbie, and Fred Halley
By Joseph F. Healey, John Boli, Earl R. Babbie, and College at Brockport faculty emeritus Fred Halley.
A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.
This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).
Key Features: Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social issues ; Shows students how analyzing data from the General Social Survey, a major national research program, can help them better understand compelling social issues ; Teaches students how to use SPSS as they analyze GSS data on a random sample of the population ; Guides students step-by-step through exercises that have been designed for those with no background in SPSS ; Includes research reports that follow a standardized fill-in-the-blank format for analyzing and presenting results, but with space left for students to summarize their results in their own words.
Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition can be effectively used in Introductory Sociology or other undergraduate sociology courses and may be used in conjunction with most of the standard textbooks in the field. The text is ideal for courses where the professor also wants to introduce students to doing social research and using SPSS.
This charming book-length poem written and illustrated by Ingrid Hess is the perfect day or bedtime story of looking to the possibilities for the child. Children learn that, just like them, kids around the world are getting up with things to do and explore. For preschoolers.
Modernism and the Marketplace : Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen
Alissa G. Karl
Karl jumps in with a marvelous passage from Truong's Book of Salt, in which Binh, Gertrude Stein's and Alice B. Tokas's Vietnamese cook, describes with confidence the material culture in which they all lived, ranging from cigars to naughty postcards to the type of devotion the Mesdames had for each other and the types of kitchens in which Binh toiled. This introduces the main points of Karl's dissertation-turned-book, that the rise of consumer capitalism produced uneven economic, political and racial conditions upon which Western modernist production and our perceptions of modernism rest. Karl continues by examining the desires of Rhys's marketplace culture, of the consumerism and imperialism enmeshed in Woolf's The Voyage Out and Mrs. Dalloway, of the experiments of Stain and Sylvia Beach into was is actually and enterprising modernism, and the web of consumerism and race woven in Nella Larsen's Quicksand. This is both elegant and exciting. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Susan Schultz Huxman
THE RHETORICAL ACT: THINKING, SPEAKING AND WRITING CRITICALLY, Fourth Edition, teaches you how to craft and critique rhetorical messages that influence, inviting and enabling you to become an articulate rhetor and critic of the symbolic universe. The text combines thorough coverage of rhetorical criticism, media literacy, and strategic public speaking, providing a solid grounding in essential concepts while helping you hone your skills in each area.