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Child Welfare

Beyond Blame: Child Abuse Tragedies Revisited, by Peter Reder, Sylvia Duncan, & Moira Gray (Routledge, 29 W. 35th St., New York, N.Y. 10001; 191 pp., $19.95 paper). Examines a number of child-abuse cases to reveal recurring patterns of interactions in abusing families and repeated instances of poor communication among child-welfare professionals working on individual cases.

Crack Affected Children: A Teacher's Guide, by Mary Bellis Waller (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 104 pp., $9.95 paper). Distills the experiences of 63 teachers with crack-affected students, and gives advice from social workers, physicians, and parents on forming a list of "survival skills'' for those who teach children with these special needs.

Empowering At-Risk Families During the Early Childhood Years, by Kevin J. Swick & Stephen B. Graves (N.E.A. Professional Library, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 208 pp., $16.95 paper). Identifies social, economic, and other barriers to the empowerment of at-risk families, and suggests methods for educators and social workers to help foster a greater capacity for constructive action among these families.

The Path to Dropping Out: Evidence for Intervention, by Melissa Roderick (Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881; 240 pp., $47.95 paper). A researcher's observations of student-attrition patterns in an urban Massachusetts school system that point to two critical factors in the decision to drop out: the transition to middle school and grade retention.

Preventing Early School Failure: Research, Policy, and Practice, by Robert E. Slavin, Nancy L. Karweit, & Barbara A. Wasik (Longwood Division, Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194; 237 pp., $35.95 cloth). Education-research scholars review hundreds of studies on the most widely proposed early-childhood-intervention strategies, focusing especially on programs designed to prevent reading failure.

Promoting the Health of Adolescents: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Susan G. Millstein, Ann C. Petersen, & Elena O. Nightengale (Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 403 pp., $60 cloth). Essays on current research on social, environmental, and behavioral factors related to teenage-health issues, offering strategies for more effective health education.

Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Kevin Rathunde, & Samuel Whalen (Cambridge University Press, 40 W. 20th St., New York, N.Y. 10011-4211; 336 pp., $24.95 paper). Presents the results of a five-year study of gifted teenagers, examining the combination of personality traits, family interactions, education, and social enviroment that play a part in motivating these young people to develop their talents.

Working Together With Children and Families: Case Studies in Early Intervention, by P.J. McWilliam & Donald B. Bailey Jr. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 310 pp. $23 paper). Twenty-one case studies portray a variety of early-intervention scenarios; each chapter ends with a series of discussion questions on the issues surrounding the individual case.

Handbooks and Reference

Factbook on Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools, 1993, ed. by Mark T. Mattson (Scholastic, 730 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003; 300 pp., $39.95 cloth). Presents data on nationwide trends in education organized by topical areas, including demographic and economic trends, school systems, enrollment, school financing, and student achievement.

1993 Native Education Directory: Organizations and Resources for Educators of Native Peoples of the United States and Territories (ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, W.Va. 25325; 83 pp., $12 paper). Includes contact information for international associations of indigenous peoples, national associations and centers, resources centers of the U.S. Education Department and other federal agencies, and descriptions of related periodicals.

1993 Rural Education Directory: Organizations and Resources (ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, W.Va. 25325; 58 pp., $12 paper). Resources listings include descriptions and contact information for national organizations, federal programs, state organizations, state education departments' rural-program coordinators, state data centers, and journals on rural issues.

Private Secondary Schools 1993-94 (Peterson's, 202 Carnegie Center, P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N.J. 08543-2123; 1,351 pp., $22.95 paper). Profiles of more than 1,300 privately operated precollegiate schools, along with financial advice and answers to the most commonly asked questions about private school education.

Higher Education

The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships, ed. by Deborah L. Klein (Octameron Press, P.O. Box 2748, Alexandria, Va. 22301; 139 pp., $6 paper). Lists nearly 1,200 colleges and universities that offer no-need scholarships for students with B averages and S.A.T./A.C.T. scores of 900/21 or more.

The Best 286 Colleges, 1994 ed., by Tom Melzer, Zachary Knower, Edward T. Custard, & John Katzman (Villard Books, 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; 650 pp., $17 paper). Based on evaluations from more than 40,000 college students, rates schools according to a variety of areas, including campus life, academics, administration, cafeteria food, and race relations.

The Black Student's Guide to College Success, ed. by Ruby D. Higgins, Clidie B. Cook, William J. Ekeler, R. McLaran Sawyer, & Keith W. Prichard (Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881; 384 pp., $39.95 cloth). Features a directory of colleges with information on recruiting, black enrollment, and campus minority organizations, along with college success stories and advice on the application process, effective study habits, student housing, and the pros and cons of attending all-black versus integrated colleges.

Handbook for the College and University Career Center, by Edwin L. Herr, Jack R. Rayman, & Jeffrey W. Garis (Greenwood Publishing Group, 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881; 360 pp., $65 cloth). Gives a historical overview of college-counseling centers and suggests proven policies and strategies for planning, organizing, staffing, funding, and managing a successful one.

How To Get to the College of Your Choice: By Road, Plane, or Train: A Practical Guide to Campus Visits, Central States (Kraus International Publications, 358 Saw Mill River Rd., Millwood, N.Y. 10546-1035; 385 pp., $17.95 paper). Provides information on 169 colleges in the central United States, including driving directions; state, area, city, and campus maps; admissions-office hours; and travel and hotel information.

The Multicultural Student's Guide to Colleges, by Robert Mitchell (The Noonday Press, 19 Union Square West, New York, N.Y. 10003; 837 pp., $25 paper). Offers information on more than 200 top colleges and universities, from application and scholarship information to more specialized data on minority-faculty percentages, ethnic-studies programs and courses, minority enrollment, campus social life, and student organizations.

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