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Child Development

The Care and Education of Young Children: Expanding Contexts, Sharpening Focus, edited by Frances O'Connell Rust and Leslie R. Williams (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 156 pp., $12.95 paper). Thirteen essays on child care and early-childhood education.

A Child's Play Life: An Ethnographic Study, by Diana Kelly-Byrne (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 277 pp., $37.95 cloth, $18.95 paper). An interdisciplinary perspective based on close observation of one child's play over the course of a year.

Early Childhood Education: Bridging the Gap, by Hulda G. Berk (Prometheus Books, 700 East Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14215-1674; 169 pp., $14.95 paper). Outlines approaches to care and education of children from infancy to age 5.

Starting Out Well: A Parents' Approach to Physical Activity and Nutrition, by Helen T. Fish, Ronald B. Fish, and Lawrence A. Golding (Leisure Press, Human Kinetics Publishers Inc., Box 5076, Champaign, Ill. 61820; 223 pp., $10.95 paper). Recommends strategies for ensuring sound diet and exercise for children.

Curriculum and Methods

Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy, edited by Joseph M. Moxley (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 272 pp., $15.95 paper, $12.50 for ncte members). Essays on practical aspects of teaching creative writing.

How To Use Conjecturing and Microcomputers To Teach Geometry, by Daniel Chazan and Richard Houde (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 56 pp., $5 paper, 20 percent discount for individual n.c.t.m. members, bookstores, and orders of 10 or more copies). Recommends guides to computer instruction and methods for teaching students to practice conjecturing, which is described as "plausible reasoning."

Leadership: Self, School, Community, by Robert Maher (National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 89 pp., $9 paper). Details a curriculum for training student leaders.

NYSML-ARML Contests, 1983-1988, by Gilbert Kessler and Lawrence Zimmerman (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 148 pp., $18 paper, 20 percent discount for individual n.c.t.m. members, bookstores, and orders of 10 or more copies). Collects approximately 400 problems from the annual high-school competitions of the New York State Mathematics League and the American Regions Mathematics League.

Teaching International Politics in High School, edited by Raymond English (Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1030 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005; 161 pp., $28.25 cloth, $14.75 paper). "The teacher's primary concern in civic education is not with intercultural understanding, or even with tolerance of people of other cultures, but with power relationships," writes the editor in this collection of essays on global education.

Special Education

The Comprehensive Local School: Regular Education for All Students With Disabilities, by Wayne Sailor, Jackie L. Anderson, Ann T. Halvorson, et al. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 274 pp., $33 cloth). Proposes a model for educating all students within adaptable regular-education programs of local schools.

Schooling and Disability, Part 2 of the Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, edited by Douglas Biklen, Dianne L. Ferguson, and Alison Ford (University of Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 287 pp., $27 cloth). Essays focusing on the relationship of special and regular education.

Researchand Monographs

Assessment and Placement of Minority Students, by Ronald J. Samuda, Shiu L. Kong, Jim Cummins, et al. (C.J. Hogrefe Publishers, P.O. Box 51, Lewiston, N.Y. 14092; 231 pp., $38 cloth). Studies cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic biases in standardized-testing procedures and proposes alternative methods of assessment.

Changing Problem Behavior in Schools, by Alex Molnar and Barbara Lindquist (Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif., 94104-1310; 194 pp., $19.95 cloth). Recommends an "ecosystemic" approach to correcting behavior problems in the classroom.

Educational Effects of Magnet High Schools, by Rolf K. Blank (National Center on Effective Secondary Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1025 West Johnson St., Madison, Wis. 53706; 32 pp., $7 paper, prepaid). Synthesizes research on the scope and effectiveness of magnet schools.

A Proper Inheritance: Investing in the Self-Sufficiency of Poor Families, by Sar A. Levitan, Garth L. Mangum, and Marion W. Pines (Center for Social Policy Studies, George Washington University, 1730 K St., N.W., Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20006; 59 pp., free; send self-addressed, stamped envelope with $2.05 postage). Proposes a "family investment initiative" for improving services to poor households, especially those headed by women with children born out of wedlock.

Other Resources

Administering Grants, Contracts, and Funds: Evaluating and Improving Your Grants System, by David G. Bauer (Macmillan Publishing Company, 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 234 pp., $34.95 cloth). A guide to maintaining grant-seeking programs in nonprofit organizations.

Making Sense of School Budgets: A Citizen's Guide to Local Public Education Spending, prepared by Susan Perkins Weston (U.S. Education Department, Office of Educational Research and Improvement; order from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402; 46 pp., $1.75 paper; cite stock no. 065-000-00382-1). Explains data available in school-budget statements and identifies ways to locate information such statements may not provide.

Partnerships for Learning: School Completion and Employment Preparation in the High School Academies, prepared by the Academy for Educational Development (Academy for Educational Development, 1255 23rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037; 55 pp., $7 paper, plus $2 handling). Guidelines designed to help educators and industry representatives establish academic-vocational "academies" as part of their dropout-prevention efforts.

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