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Curriculum and Methods

"The Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning, by Eleanor Duckworth (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 151 pp., $13.95 paper). Essays on the applications of Jean Piaget's thought for teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development.


Ideas and Insights: Language Arts in the Elementary School, edited by Dorothy J. Watson (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 244 pp., $14.95 paper, $11.95 for ncte members). This overview of the "whole language" approach to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the elementary school includes discussions of the theories underlying new teaching methods as well as suggestions for classroom activities.

The International Development Crisis & American Education: Challenges, Opportunities, and Instructional Strategies, edited by Carroll Joy and Willard M. Kniep (g.p.e./n.c.f.l.i.s. Publications, 131 Varick St., New York, N.Y. 10013; 158 pp., $14.00 paper). Selections concern the theory and practice of instruction in American schools about the development of the third world.

Intimacy With Language: A Forgotten Basic in Teacher Education, prepared by the Orton Dyslexia Society (The Orton Dyslexia Society, 74 York Rd., Baltimore, Md. 21204; 70 pp., $7.00 paper). Papers on the training of reading teachers and on methods of teaching dyslexic and learning-disabled children.

Promoting Effective Student Motivation in School and Classroom: A Practitioner's Perspective, by Donald R. Grossnickle and William B. Thiel (National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 72 pp., $6.00 paper). The authors create a system of strategies for managing students' motivation problems through the phases of prevention, intervention, and resolution.

The Peer Tutoring Handbook: Promoting Cooperative Learning, by Keith Topping (Brookline Books, P.O. Box 1046, Cambridge, Mass. 02238; 123 pp. $22.95 cloth, $18.95 paper). Practical suggestions for guiding students as they help their classmates.

Preventing Classroom Discipline Problems: A Guide for Educators, by Howard Seeman (Technomic Publishing Company Inc., 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 313 pp., $29.00 cloth). This handbook for teachers emphasizes the prevention rather than the control of discipline problems.

Reaching Marginal Students: A Primary Concern for School Renewal, by Robert L. Sinclair and Ward J. Ghory (McCutchan Publishing Corporation, 2940 San Pablo Ave., P.O. Box 774, Berkeley, Calif. 94702-0774; 165 pp., $24.25 cloth). Identifying conditions of the school setting that "hinder improvement" of marginal learners, the authors suggest ways of modifying curriculum and classroom practice, and of aligning home and school environments.

Spell by Writing, by Wendy Bean and Chrystine Bouffler (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 92 pp., $10.00 paper). Argues that children learn spelling most effectively by using words in their own writing, as shaped by their reading and talking.

Using Discussion To Promote Reading Comprehension, by Donna E. Alvermann, Deborah R. Dillon, and David G. O'Brien (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 66 pp., $6.75 paper, $4.50 for ira members). Explores methods for the effective use of discussion in content-area classes.

Research and Monographs

Classroom Discourse: The Language of Teaching and Learning, by Courtney B. Cazden (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 230 pp., $15.00 paper). Analyzes the influence of patterns of classroom language in determining "what counts as 'knowledge'" and the equality or inequality of students' educational opportunities.

Comparing Public & Private Schools, Vol. 2: School Achievement, edited by Edward H. Haertel, Thomas James, and Henry M. Levin (Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis, 242 Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106-1906; 148 pp, $13.00 paper). Studies comparing the academic achievement of public and private--primarily Catholic--schools, based on data from the High School and Beyond survey of the U.S. Education Department.

Developing Student Leaders: Exemplary School Activity Programs, by Desmond J. Leatt (Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 35 pp., $5.00 paper). Examines the functions and effectiveness of student councils and student-leadership classes.

Education and Learning To Think, by Lauren B. Resnick (National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418; 62 pp., $6.50 paper). Proposes methods for teaching the skills of "higher-order thinking."

From Isolation to Collaboration: Improving the Work Environment of Teaching, by James J. Scott and Stuart C. Smith (eric Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 85 pp., $8.00 paper). Synthesizing recent literature on the interactions of teachers and administrators, this study advocates the promotion of such "collaborative" norms as teacher collegiality and involvement in decisionmaking.

Instructional Leadership: Contexts and Challenges, by James R. Weber (Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 44 pp., $5.00 paper). Surveys research concerning the contexts of instructional leadership, the tasks performed by leaders, classroom observation, and the sharing of leadership functions.


Learning Style Theory and Practice, by James W. Keefe (National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 48 pp., $7.00 paper). Summarizes current theories of cognitive, affective, and physiological styles; offers methods of assessment and suggestions for classroom applications of the learning-style concept.

Models of Instructional Leadership: Annotated Bibliography, by James R. Weber (eric Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 22 pp., $6.00 paper). Brief discussions of literature published since 1980.

Restructuring Education, edited by Melissa A. Berman (The Conference Board, 845 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 46 pp., $15.00 paper). Reports from a 1987 conference studying the future needs of the American job market and their implications for education.

Separation of Church and Child: The Constitution and Federal Aid to Religious Schools, by Thomas Vitullo-Martin and Bruce Cooper (Hudson Institute Publications Office, 5395 Emerson Way, P.O. Box 26-919, Indianapolis, Ind. 46226; 126 pp., $10.00 paper). The authors examine the impact of the Supreme Court's 1985 Aguilar v. Felton decision and suggest methods for helping children with special needs in nonpublic schools without violating constitutional principles.

Student Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement, by William J. Holly (Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 37 pp., $5.00 paper). Concludes from current research that self-esteem is an effect rather than a cause of academic achievement.

Handbooks and ReferenceWorks

American Writers for Children Since 1960: Poets, Illustrators, and Nonfiction Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 61, edited by Glenn E. Estes (Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 430 pp., $92.00 cloth). Includes biographical sketches of 32 writers and illustrators.


Bilingual Education and Bilingual Special Education: A Guide for Administrators, edited by Sandra H. Fradd and William J. Tikunoff (College-Hill Press, 4284 41st St., San Diego, Calif. 92105; 335 pp., $27.00 paper). Essays intended to acquaint administrators with strategies and procedures for the implementation of programs aimed at limited-English-proficient students.

The Faculty Directory of Higher Education 1988, Vol. 4: Education Faculty (Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 777 pp., $100.00 cloth). Entries list the faculty member's name, department, institution name and address, and course titles.

State Coordination Guide Book (70001 Training & Employment Institute, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 300, West Wing, Washington, D.C. 20024; 215 pp., $30.00 paper). Provides brief descriptions of state and federal programs in the areas of education, welfare, job training, and juvenile justice designed to help the disadvantaged.

The Teacher's Almanac: 1987-88, edited by Sherwood Harris and Lorna B. Harris (Facts on File Inc., 460 Park Ave. South, New York, N.Y. 10016; 297 pp., $29.95 cloth). Among the topics included in this collection of listings and miscellaneous information on education: the teacher's year, state rankings, salaries and jobs, textbook-adoption schedules, student performance, awards, finances.

Touchstones: Reflections on the Best in Children's Literature, Vol. 2: Fairy Tales, Fables, Myths, Legends, and Poetry, edited by Perry Nodelman (Children's Literature Association, 210 Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907; 230 pp., $25.00 cloth). Twenty critical essays exploring masterpieces of children's literature.

Your Child in School: The Intermediate Years, Grades 3-5, by Tom and Harriet Sobol (Arbor House, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 376 pp., $18.95 cloth). Aimed at parents, this handbook offers an overview of typical curricula and common teaching methods in these grades; it also suggests approaches for handling special problems and for judging the effectiveness of teachers and schools.

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