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Professional Issues

Computers in English and the Language Arts: The Challenge of Teacher Education, edited by Cynthia L. Selfe, Dawn Rodrigues, and William R. Oates (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 299 pp., $16.50 paper, $12.95 for n.c.t.e. members). Thirty-one contributors from colleges and high schools examine components of successful computer-training programs for teachers.


The Effective School Administrator, by Richard W. Hostrop and associates (etc Publications, P.O. Box etc, Palm Springs, Calif. 92263-1608; 342 pp., $23.95 cloth). Outlines responsibilities and offers management strategies for superintendents, principals, and assistant principals.

Finding Our Own Way, edited by Judith M. Newman (Heinemann Educational Books, 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 157 pp., $13.50 paper). Essays by teachers about moving from a traditional to a "holistic" perspective in the classroom.

Planning and Managing School Facilities, by Theodore J. Kowalski (Praeger Publishers, Greenwood4Press, 88 Post Rd. West, Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881; 215 pp., $39.95 cloth). Studies administrative issues in building management.

A Practical Guide to Teacher Education Evaluation, edited by Jerry B. Ayers and Mary F. Berney (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 101 Philip Dr., Assinippi Park, Norwell, Mass. 02061; 268 pp., $47.50 cloth). Essays addressing such topics as field experience, student-performance outcomes, and follow-up.

Reluctant Teachers: Why Some Middle-Aged Teachers Fail To Learn and Grow, by Michele A. Howser (Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 42 pp., $6 paper, plus $2 handling). Examines reasons why some teachers lose their motivation and suggests methods for stimulating growth.

School Leadership: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Joel L. Burdin (Sage Publications, 2111 West Hillcrest Dr., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 443 pp., $39.95 cloth, $18.95 paper). Twenty essays on issues in administration.

School Management by Wandering Around, by Larry Frase and Robert Hetzel (Technomic Publishing Company, 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 204 pp., $35 cloth). Describes an administrative approach built on "person to person" involvement.

Reading and Literacy

Adventures in Excellence: A Summer Reading Program for Students and Teachers, by Barbara Campbell MacPhee, Jane L. David, and Winifred Green (Southern Coalition for Educational Equity, P.O. Box 22904, Jackson, Miss. 39205; 30 pp., $10 paper, $7 for orders of 10 or more copies). Outlines a curriculum for improving the reading comprehension of low-scoring elementary- and middle-school students.

Beginning To Read: Thinking and Learning About Print, by Marilyn Jager Adams (mit Press, 55 Hayward St., Cambridge, Mass. 02142; 494 pp., $29.95 cloth). Surveys recent research and suggests that phonics and whole-language approaches can be used together in teaching reading.

Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers, 23rd edition, edited by Arthur Waldhorn, Olga S. Weber, and Arthur Zeiger (R.R. Bowker, P.O. Box 762, New York, N.Y. 10011; 465 pp., $39.95 cloth). Annotated listings for approximately 3,000 "enduring" titles in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Reading Instruction for At-Risk Students: Implications of Current Research, by Russell Gersten and Joseph Dimino (Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 30 pp., $6 paper, plus $2 handling). Reviews findings about effectiveness of direct-instruction and whole-language approaches.

Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades: A Whole-Language View, by Gary Manning, Maryann Manning, and Roberta Long (National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, Conn. 06516; 64 pp., $7.95 paper). Strategies for lessons in which students "use language for real purposes that touch their lives directly."

Watching Children Read and Write: Observational Records for Children With Special Needs, by Max Kemp (Heinemann Educational Books, 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 263 pp., $27.50 paper). Offers alternatives to standardized tests for evaluating literacy.

Other Resources

How To Build a Strategic Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide for School Managers, by Katherine Clay, Sara Lake, and Karen Tremain (Ventures for Public Awareness, P.O. Box 7140, San Carlos, Calif. 94070; 112 pp., $17.50 paper). A guide for school boards and superintendents to setting goals and planning strategies to meet them.

Students at Risk: Problems and Solutions, by Ben Brodinsky with Katherine E. Keough (American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore St., Arlington, Va. 22209; 112 pp., $13.95 paper, plus $3.50 handling, 10 percent discount for 2 to 9 copies, 20 percent discount for 10 or more copies). Analyzes aca4demic, familial, and social problems of at-risk students and describes a variety of existing programs designed to meet their needs.

The Teenage Parent's Child Support Guide, by Barry T. Schnell (Advocacy Center for Child Support Inc., P.O. Box 276, Yorklyn, Del. 19736; 135 pp., $14.95 paper). Information for teenage parents on gaining social-service assistance.

The Tuition Dilemma: Assessing New Ways To Pay for College, by Arthur Hauptman (The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2188; 104 pp., $22.95 cloth, $8.95 paper). Studies such financing plans as prepayment programs and tuition guarantees.

What Children Can Tell Us: Eliciting, Interpreting, and Evaluating Information From Children, by James Garbarino, Frances M. Stott, and faculty of the Erikson Institute (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 373; $24.95 cloth). A guide to obtaining and assessing information from children in courts and classrooms.

Youth Suicide: A Comprehensive Manual for Prevention and Intervention, by Barbara Barrett Hicks (National Educational Service, 1821 West Third St., P.O. Box 8, Bloomington, Ind. 47402; 131 pp., $19.95 paper). Outlines community-based prevention strategies.

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