Book review

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Doing a Systematic Review

Yesterday I had my first ever academic book review published (find it in Veterinary Evidence here). I reviewed one of my favourite evidence-based practice books*, which I use a lot for my teaching practice, but also my research practice.

It made me think about the value of a book review. Writing it forced me to think about who I wrote it for, and how I would get my message (this book is awesome!) across in a fair and balanced manner. Ideally, this book review will be a helpful guide for those looking for help in writing systematic reviews, which can be both postgraduate students (MSc and doctoral level) and early career researchers. It was not easy to find a writing style which would be accessible to both.

However, I think I did a fair job, and although it is no a peer-reviewed output, I see the fact it has made it past editorial staff and editor review as an indicator of it’s quality. I hope it is of use to researchers. Feedback always welcome, and if you like the book, do let me know!

*To avoid any doubt, I have no financial or other gain from writing this review, nor am I in any way linked to it’s authors. I just really like the book.

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New addition to the collection

Today I received a copy of Boyle and Charles’ Curriculum Development. For now it will have to go onto the reading pile for the summer, but a quick flick though has already shown some very useful sections which I can take forward as an undergraduate course manager and curriculum developer.

More on this at a later point.

Curriculum Development book

Boyle, B. and Charles, M. (2016) Curriculum Development. London: SAGE Publications, pp.222, ISBN 978-1-44627-330-2.