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Education and Law

The Courts and American Education Law, by Tyll van Geel (Prometheus Books, 700 East Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14215; 502 pp., $29.95 cloth). This review of state and federal statutes and judicial opinions highlights trends in education law.


Parents, Schools, and the Law, by David Schimmel and Louis Fischer (National Committee for Citizens in Education, 10840 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 301, Columbia, Md. 21044; 280 pp., $17.95 cloth, $10.95 paper). Using layman's language, the authors explain the rights of students and parents under education law.


Reading and Literacy

Adult Literacy: A Source Book and Guide, by Joyce French (Garland Publishing Inc., 136 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 435 pp., $58.00 cloth). Identifies issues and provides a bibliography of research on adult-literacy instruction.


The Hidden Problem: A Guide to Solving the Problem of Illiteracy, by Peter Rynders (Minerva Press Inc., 6653 Andersonville Rd., Waterford, Mich. 48095; 15 pp., 79 cents paper, bulk-rate prices also available). This pamphlet describes ways in which illiterate adults hide their inability to read and write, and seeks help from the literate in tutoring such individuals.


Literacy Through Literature, by Terry D. Johnson and Daphne R. Louis (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 160 pp., $15.00 paper). The authors present techniques for using children's literature in the classroom as part of a whole-language/literacy program.

Reading Process and Practice: From Socio-Psycholinguistics to Whole Language, by Constance Weaver (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 483 pp., $27.50 paper). Considers different theories of language and reading, and examines methods of reading instruction, with special attention to whole-language approaches.


Curriculum and Methods

Freire for the Classroom: A Sourcebook for Liberatory Teaching, edited by Ira Shor (Boynton/Cook Publishers, Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 237 pp., $13.50 paper). A collection of essays written by teachers who have used the methods of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire in their classrooms.


Handwriting: Theory, Research, and Practice, by Jean Alston and Jane Taylor (Nichols Publishing Company, 155 West 72nd St., New York, N.Y. 10023; 229 pp., $32.50 cloth). This review of research on handwriting includes recommendations for educators.


This Year in School Science 1986: The Science Curriculum, edited by Audrey B. Champagne and Leslie E. Hornig (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005; 273 pp., $13.95 paper, $11.20 for aaas members). A collection of papers reviewing data on current science and mathematics curricula in intermediate and secondary schools.


What Curriculum for the Information Age? edited by Mary Alice White (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Suite 102, 365 Broadway, Hillsdale, N.J. 07642; 102 pp., $19.95 cloth). The essays collected in this volume study the influence of information technologies on "access to information, the learning processes, and the very nature of information itself.''


Reference Works

Annotated Bibliography for Teaching Conflict Resolution in Schools, compiled by the National Association for Mediation in Education (name, 425 Amity St., Amherst, Mass. 01002; 37 pp., $4.50 paper). This listing includes brief comments on articles, audio-visual materials, books and bibliographies, and curricular materials pertaining to school-based mediation and conflict resolution.


Children's Literature Review: Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, and Commentary on Books for Children, Vol. 13, edited by Gerard J. Senick (Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 307 pp., $80.00 cloth). This volume collects excerpts from critical writing on works by 14 authors.


Something About the Author Autobiography Series, Vol. 4, edited by Adele Sarkissian (Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 398 pp., $65.00 cloth). Autobiographical essays by 19 authors and illustrators of books for young people.


Other Resources

Collaborative Bargaining in Schools: Case Studies and Recommendations, by Demetri Liontos (Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate St., University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore. 97403; 27 pp., $4.00). Advocates replacing the adversarial approach of collective bargaining with a cooperative process built on the collegial relationships of teachers and administrators.


Establishing Career Ladders in Teaching: A Guide for Policy Makers, edited by Paul R. Burden (Charles C. Thomas, 2600 South First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265; 270 pp., $32.50 cloth). Fourteen authors discuss theoretical and practical issues surrounding this method of restructuring the teaching profession.


Learning To Say Goodbye: Starting School and Other Early Childhood Separations, by Nancy Balaban (Plume Books, New American Library, 1633 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019; 196 pp., $7.95 paper). Arguing that first separations from parents are important in the development of a child's sense of security, the author suggests ways in which parents and teachers might guide children through these experiences.


Understanding and Managing Overactive Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Don H. Fontenelle (Front Row Experience, 540 Discovery Bay Blvd., Byron, Calif. 94514; 200 pp., $7.95 paper). A child psychologist describes characteristics of different types of overactivity and recommends management techniques.


Unplugging the Plug-In Drug, by Marie Winn (Penguin Books, 40 West 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010; 206 pp., $18.95 cloth, $7.95 paper). Having studied the consequences of "addictive" television viewing in The Plug-In Drug, the author notes the benefits for families of no-television periods and outlines plans for the organization of television "turn-offs" in the home, the school, and the community.

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