Books: New in Print
Building an Ethical School: A Practical Response to the Moral Crisis in Schools, by Robert J. Starratt (The Falmer Press, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 158 pp., $26 paper). The author provides a conceptual foundation for ethical education that includes both educators and parents.
Ethical and Social Issues in Professional Education, ed. by Celeste M. Brody & James Wallace (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 285 pp., $19.95 paper). The authors probe the moral and professional questions confronting many educators about how and what they teach.
How To Establish a High School Service-Learning Program, by Judith T. Witmer & Carolyn S. Anderson (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1403; 86 pp., $6.95 paper). A "crash course'' in how to start or improve student community-service programs.
National Issues in Education: Community Service and Student Loans, ed. by John F. Jennings (Phi Delta Kappa International, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0789; 272 pp., $18 paper). A look at the Clinton Administration's first major education legislation, the legislative process, and the workings of interest groups from the perspectives of key players.
The Politics of Linking Schools and Social Services, ed. by Louise Adler & Sid Gardner (The Falmer Press, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 208 pp., $27 paper). A framework for helping policymakers, educators, and social workers connect schools with other agencies that deal with children and families.
All of Us Together: The Story of Inclusion at the Kinzie School, by Jeri Banks (Gallaudet University Press, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-3695; 200 pp., $24.95 cloth). The true story of an inner-city Chicago school that created a cohesive population of hearing and nonhearing students.
Peer Coaching for Educators, by Barbara L. Gottesman & James O. Jennings (Technomic Publishing Company Inc., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 130 pp., $24.50 paper). A time- and cost-effective method for staff development in the workplace.
Mindful of Others: Teaching Children To Teach, by Suzanne Brady & Suzie Jacobs (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 222 pp., $19.50 paper). A conversation between two veteran educators about different ways to reduce the isolation teachers and students often feel from their peers.
Cultural Diversity in Schools: From Rhetoric to Practice, ed. by Robert A. DeVillar, Christian J. Faltis, & James F. Cummins (State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 401 pp. $24.95 paper). A combination of theoretical concepts with actual practices that encourage change in the classroom.
Teaching Peace: Toward Cultural Selflessness, by Thomas J. Lasley 2nd (Greenwood Publishing Group, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Conn. 06881-5007; 216 pp., $49.95 cloth). An argument and guide for teaching selflessness in the home and school as an antidote to the individualism espoused by mutliculturalism.
Appreciating Diversity Through Children's Literature: Teaching Activities for the Primary Grades, by Meredith McGowan, Tom McGowan, & Patricia J. Wheeler (Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, Colo. 80155-6633; 150 pp., $27.50 paper). The book focuses on four types of diversity--age, gender, physical abilities, and ethnicity--and uses literature to teach children to value and respect difference.
Creative Fire: African-American Voices of Triumph, by the editors of Time-Life Books (Time-Life Books, P.O. Box C-32068, Richmond, Va. 23261-2068, 256 pp., $29.95 cloth). One of a three-book set, Creative Fire traces in vivid detail the history of African-Americans' influence on American music, cinema, literature, and visual arts.
The MESA Way: A Success Story in Nurturing Minorities for Math/Science Careers, by Wilbur H. Somerton, et al. (Caddo Gap Press, 3145 Geary Blvd., Suite 275, San Francisco, Calif. 94118; 214 pp., $17.95 paper). A detailed history of the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement program at the University of California at Berkeley, and its expansion across the nation during the last two decades.
Student Science Opportunities, by Gail L. Grand (John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10158; 292 pp., $14.95). A guide for students and teachers to more than 300 science competitions, internships, scholarships, and national programs.
Physics Begins with an 'M' ... Mysteries, Magic, and Myth, by John J. Jewett Jr. (Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194; 418 pp., $39.50 paper). Designed for teachers and students, this unusual textbook explores the applications of physics in everyday life and examines strategies for transferring this knowledge to others.
Personal Growth Through Adventure, by David Hopkins & Roger Putnam (Taylor & Francis, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 241 pp., $32.50 paper). The authors support the concept of "adventure education''--learning through meaningful out-of-classroom experience--but remain skeptical about its theory and practice as they debate its role in education.
Improving Social Competence, by Pam Campbell & Gary N. Siperstein (Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194; 275 pp., $39.50 paper). Based on the belief that children develop better in classrooms rich in social opportunities, this resource offers teachers strategies and skills to improve students' social functioning.
Handbooks and Reference
Statistical Record of Children, ed. by Linda Schmittroth (Gale Research Inc., 835 Penobscot Building, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 983 pp., $99 cloth). Recent information about all aspects of children's lives--health, education, child care, crime--has been compiled into hundreds of tables.