Books: New in Print

February 01, 1989 7 min read

Reading and Literacy

Broken Promises: Reading Instruction in 20th-Century America, by Patrick Shannon (Bergin & Garvey Publishers Inc., 670 Amherst Rd., Granby, Mass. 01033; 186 pp., $44.95 cloth, $14.95 paper). Most elementary-school reading programs rely heavily on commercial materials that teach children only how to decode words and reproduce the meaning of texts, the author says. If reading is to “enable students to gather and evaluate information necessary for them to live fulfilled lives,” he argues, instruction must be restructured for closer interaction between teachers and students.

Eyeopeners! How To Choose and Use Children’s Books About Real People, Places, and Things, by Beverly Kobrin (Viking Penguin Inc., 40 West 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010; 317 pp., $16.95 cloth, $7.95 paper). “The best nonfiction answers questions and inspires even more,” writes the author, who suggests ways adults can foster children’s interest in reading and recommends approximately 500 titles, arranged by topic.

Prereading Activities for Content Area Reading and Learning, 2nd edition, by David W. Moore, John E. Readence, and Robert J. Rickelman (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 74 pp., $7.75 paper, $5.25 for ira members). Activities and teaching strategies designed to make reading accessible to students.

Teaching Vocabulary To Improve Reading Comprehension, by William E. Nagy (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139, and National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 42 pp., $7.50 paper, $4.95 for ira and ncte members). Drawing on research, the author suggests techniques for using vocabulary-related activities to improve reading comprehension.

Transitions: From Literature to Literacy, by Regie Routman (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 352 pp., $16 paper). Advocates moving from basal reading curricula to literature-based reading and writing programs; includes a selection of professional resources for teachers and recommended reading for students.

Book Lists

Books for Children To Read Alone: A Guide for Parents and Librarians, by George Wilson and Joyce Moss (R.R. Bowker Company, 245 West 17th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 184 pp., $32.95 cloth). An annotated bibliography, categorized by grade level and readability, of books for children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Books for the Gifted Child, Vol. 2, by Paula Hauser and Gail A. Nelson (R.R. Bowker Company, 245 West 17th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 244 pp., $32.95 cloth). Annotated bibliography of 195 recent titles selected for complexity of language and effective interaction between text and illustrations.

Your Reading: A Booklist for Junior High and Middle School Students, edited by James E. Davis and Hazel K. Davis (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 494 pp., $12.95 paper, $9.95 for ncte members). Organized by theme, this annotated listing includes approximately 2,000 titles of interest to students in grades 5 through 9.

Researchand Monographs

At-Risk Students and Thinking: Perspectives From Research, edited by Barbara Z. Presseisen (National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, Conn. 06516; 159 pp., $12.95 paper). In this collection of essays, eight educators and researchers explore the theoretical and practical bases of teaching thinking--including higher-order cognitive processes--to “at risk” students.

The Broken Web: The Educational Experience of Hispanic American Women, edited by Teresa McKenna and Flora Ida Ortiz (Floricanto Press, 16161 Ventura Blvd., Suite 830, Encino, Calif. 91436; 262 pp., $32 cloth, $23.95 paper). Reasons for the “undereducation” of Hispanic women are addressed in papers by 10 contributors.

The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society, by David E. Hayes-Bautista, Werner O. Schink, and Jorge Chapa (Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 94305-2235; 196 pp., $32.50 cloth). Emphasizes the importance of sound education for Latinos as this population group expands and the “baby boom” generation of non-Latino whites ages.

Deaf in America: Voices From a Culture, by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries (Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138; 134 pp., $17.95 cloth). The authors, who themselves are deaf, explore the culture of deaf people, giving special attention to the importance of American Sign Language.

Education and Greek Americans: Process and Prospects, edited by Spyros D. Orfanos, Harry J. Psomiades, and John Spiridakis (Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, N.Y. 11367; 216 pp., $25 cloth, $12 paper). Papers by 14 contributors address educational and cultural issues confronting Greek Americans in the context of broader national developments.

Education and Learning To Think, by Lauren B. Resnick (National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418; 62 pp., $6.50 paper). The author addresses the challenge of “making thinking and problem solving a regular part of a school program for all of the population.”

The Future as if It Really Mattered, by James Garbarino (Bookmakers Guild Inc., 1430 Florida Ave., Longmont, Colo. 80501; 263 pp., $22 cloth, $13.95 paper). “The future of welfare systems and the wealth of families depends upon the progress towards a sustainable society,” asserts the author, who calls for a reevaluation of current economic and social standards, with particular attention to improving methods of supporting the family.

Inducting New Principals: How School Districts Help Beginners Succeed, by Mark E. Anderson (Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eu8gene, Ore. 97403; 60 pp., $5 paper plus $2 handling). The author identifies common problems in initiation processes for principals and suggests activities to help new administrators exercise effective leadership more quickly.

Keeping Them Out of the Hands of Satan: Evangelical Schooling in America, by Susan D. Rose (Routledge, 29 West 35th St., New York, N.Y. 10001; 253 pp., $29.95 cloth). Focusing on two evangelical communities, the author examines the growth of Christian schools--"the fastest growing sector of private education"--and studies the kinds of educational alternatives evangelicals have structured for their children.

Handbooksand Reference Works

Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs, 1989 (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 131 pp., $6.50 paper). Information about programs for secondary-school students.

Book Finders for Kids, by Ellen J. Dibner and Ronald Gustafson (Point Publications, P.O. Box 145, Point Lookout, N.Y. 11569; 16 pp., $2.95 paper, $24.95 for 10 copies). Lists subjects and corresponding call numbers in the Dewey decimal classification system; designed for children’s use in school or public libraries.

Legislative Studies in State Education Policy, 1976-1988: A Final Summary, prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Education Progam (Book Order Department, ncsl, 1050 17th St., Suite 2100, Denver, Colo. 80265; 146 pp., $10 paper). Summaries of 69 educational-policy studies conducted for state legislatures since 1976, including legislative actions that have resulted from the studies.

Manual on Certification and Preparation of Educational Personnel in the United States, 1988 Edition, edited by Richard K. Mastain (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, P.O. Box 2431, Sacramento, Calif. 95812-2431; 500 pp., $43, three-ring binder). Covers such topics as certification requirements in the 50 states, use of substandard credentials, and support systems for beginning teachers.

Peterson’s College Money Handbook, 1989, 6th edition, edited by Andrea E. Lehman (Peterson’s Guides, 166 Bunn Dr., P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N.J. 08543-2123; 587 pp., $17.95 paper). A guide to costs and financial-aid options for approximately 1,700 four-year colleges in the United States.

Peterson’s Guide to Colleges With Programs for Learning-Disabled Students, 2nd edition, edited by Charles T. Mangrum 2nd and Stephen S. Strichart (Peterson’s Guides, 166 Bunn Dr., P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N.J. 08543-2123; 398 pp., $19.95 paper). Profiles of two- and four-year colleges offering comprehensive programs or support services.

Schools Abroad of Interest to Americans, 1988-89, 7th editon, edited by the Porter Sargent Staff (Porter Sargent Publishers Inc., 11 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 02108; 536 pp., $30 cloth). Brief descriptions of approximately 700 elementary and secondary schools, located in 125 countries, that accept English-speaking students.

A version of this article appeared in the February 01, 1989 edition of Education Week as Books: New in Print