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Children and Parents

Thinking About Children, by D.W. Winnicott (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 328 pp., $25cloth). This selection of the late pediatrician and psychiatrist's writing covers more than 40 years of his career and includes articles discussing case histories and theoretical advances. It also covers autism, adoption, early infant development, psychosomatic problems, and family relationships.

Keeping Kids Reading: How To Raise Avid Readers in the Video Age, by Mary Leonhardt (Crown Publishers Inc., 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; 250 pp., $23 cloth). How do you foster a love of books in children who are surrounded by the distractions of an electronic age? The writer offers research-based strategies to set children on a "reading path."

Handbooks and References

Encyclopedia of African-American Education, ed. by Faustine C. Jones-Wilson, et al. (Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, Conn. 06881; 544 pp., $95 cloth). The entries in this reference provide a comprehensive overview of significant issues, policies, historical events, laws, individuals, and theories in African-American education dating from Colonial times to the present.

Handbook of Educational Psychology, ed. by David C. Berliner & Robert C. Calfee (Macmillan Reference, 1633 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10019-6785; 1022 pp., $75 cloth). The 33 chapters in this reference gather the theories, research, and methodologies of leading educational psychologists from all over the world.

Educational Policy

Holding Schools Accountable: Performance-Based Reform in Education, ed. by Helen F. Ladd (Brookings Institution Press, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 382 pp., $42.95 cloth). Without dictating solutions, this book delves into new forms of accountability and explores how they might be applied in school districts nationwide.

Does Money Matter?: The Effect of School Resources on Student Achievement and Adult Success, ed. by Gary Burtless (Brookings Institution Press, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 289 pp., $39.95 cloth). This collection of essays, written by education and economics professors from across the country, addresses through quantitative analysis whether or not larger school budgets would boost student performance.

Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education, by Joe Nathan (Jossey-Bass Publishers Inc., 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 233 pp., $25 cloth). The author addresses critical questions about charter schools, drawing from nationwide surveys, research, and dozens of site visits. He describes the ideas behind the charter movement and how these schools differ from magnet schools, voucher plans, and site-management applications.

Educational Technology

The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap, by Seymour Papert (Longstreet Press, 2140 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 118, Marietta, Ga. 30067; 211pp., $22.95 cloth). This book addresses questions about the formidable technological changes children face on a daily basis and about how the digital age affects different generations.

The Educator's Guide to the Internet: A Handbook With Resources and Activities, ed. by Catherine Anderson & Christine Freeman (Innovative Learning Publications, Alternative Publishing Group/Addison-Wesley Publishers, Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 236 pp., $13.50 paper). Looking for ways to incorporate the Internet and real-world data into the classroom? This guide, written by and for teachers, explains how to "surf" the Internet, locate educational resources, and bring a global perspective into the curriculum.

The Nearness of You: Students and Teachers Writing On-Line, ed. by Christopher Edgar & Susan Nelson Wood (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, New York, N.Y. 10003-3306; 290 pp., $16.95 paper). Twenty-four teachers, from the elementary through college level, demonstrate how they have effectively integrated computer technology into creative-writing exercises. The essays in this compilation describe meaningful and effective ways for students to revise, peer edit, and publish their work on the Internet.

Social Issues

School Wars: Resolving Our Conflicts Over Religion and Values, by Barbara B. Gaddy, et al. (Jossey-Bass Publishers Inc., 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 340 pp., $25 cloth). The authors of this text take an objective look at the debate surrounding religion and education and suggest ways to understand and respond to differing worldviews.

Barometers of Change: Individual, Educational, and Social Transformation, by Seymour S. Sarason (Jossey-Bass Publishers Inc., 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 227 pp., $29.95 cloth). This book examines the events and trends that have shaped society since World War II. Today's reform movements and cultural shifts are examined in terms of their impact on the future.

Social Policies for Children, ed. by Irwin Garfinkel, et al. (Brookings Institution Press, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 273 pp., $42.95 cloth). The authors suggest new social policies for seven areas affecting childhood development: child care, schooling, transition to work, health care, income security, physical security, and child abuse. The proposals argue for varying degrees of government involvement in achieving socially acceptable goals.


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