Journal of Practical Studies in Education 2021-06-15T13:29:46+00:00 Dr. Ruzbeh Babaee Open Journal Systems <p>Journal of Practical Studies in Education (JPSE) is a bimonthly double-blind peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes educational research making a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of education as well as advances in the field . Moreover, JPSE aims towards publishing high-quality papers addressing the relevant practical and theoretical aspects of educational processes embedded in different social, behavioural, and cultural contexts. Articles submitted to JPSE should bring together a variety of practical and methodological tools relevant to educational disciplines. We welcome empirical and methodological papers, experimental studies, observations of classroom behaviours, interviews, and surveys. Important criteria in the selection process are quality of argument and execution, clarity in presentation, and educational significance.</p> Book Review: Wulf, A. (2015). The Invention of Nature. The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt. The Lost Hero of Science. John Murray Publishers 2021-06-15T13:26:32+00:00 Dan Manolescu <p>Andrea Wulf, the author of this magnificent book, was born in India, but spent some years in Germany before moving to England, where she currently resides. For the research done in preparation for this huge project that culminated with the publication of <em>The Invention of</em> <em>Nature</em>, the author has been highly praised in the literary and obviously the scientific world. For the thrilling journey through the years in search of Alexander von Humboldt’s right place among other scientists and discoverers, the avid reader will be in for a unique, geographical, and highly informative trip of a lifetime. Organized in five parts, with a prologue and an epilogue, this biography/adventure story also contains maps, drawings, illustrations, a note on Humboldt’s publications, as well as colorful pictures of various places Humboldt visited during his explorations.</p> 2021-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 One Busy Day! A Critical Analysis of New Faculty Orientation Programs 2021-06-15T13:29:46+00:00 Michael T. Miller <p>New faculty orientation programs can serve as an important introduction to an academic community. They can create expectations, provide exposure to technical assistance, and welcome faculty members to new communities. The current study explored new faculty orientation programs, cataloging their activities to identify the most common practices in research-centered universities. Findings revealed a strong reliance on one-day programs that often host a variety of speakers from different offices, yet they rarely were found to have any sort of outcomes based approach to their design. To be effective, these programs should possibly incorporate longer activities that might last an entire semester or academic year. Further, these programs might include virtual as well as in-person opportunities to learn about the institution, the students they serve, and the offices and other tools that the institution provides to help faculty be successful. Further study on the effectiveness of different models is also recommended.</p> 2021-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021