Books: New In Print

October 31, 1990 12 min read
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Education and Law

Convictions, by Sidney Hook (Prometheus Books, 700 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14215-1674; 310 pp., $24.95 cloth). Essays addressing, among other issues, liberal education, academic freedom, and the late Professor Hook’s defense of Western Civilization courses.

In the Child’s Best Interest: A Primer on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (New Edition, Revised Text), by Kay Castelle (Defense for Children International-USA, 210 Forsyth St., N.Y. 10002; 46 pp., $5.95 paper). Urges support for an international treaty on the protection of children, voted on by the United Nations last year.

Justice and the School Systems: The Role of the Courts in Education Litigation, edited by Barbara Flicker (Temple University Press, Broad and Oxford Sts., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122; 443 pp., $49.95 cloth). Examines judicial intervention in school desegregation through case studies, surveys, and interviews with lawyers and judges.

Politics and Policy in the Age of Education, edited by Laurence R. Marcus and Benjamin D. Stickney (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 2600 South First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265; 319 pp., $49.95 cloth). Examines conditions leading to the current education-reform era, and whether reforms actually affect economic competitiveness.

Curriculum and Methods

The Adventure of Adolescence: Middle School Students And Community Service, by Catherine A. Rolzinski (Youth Service America, 1319 F St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004; 139 pp., $14.00 paper). Advocates youth volunteer service, citing examples of successful programs and their positive impact on young people.

Algebra for Everyone, edited by Edgar L. Edwards Jr. (The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Inc., 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091; 90 pp., $7 paper). Essays on instruction that benefits all learners, including underachieving students.

Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide, by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss (Richard C. Owen Publishers Inc., P.O. Box 585, Katonah, N.Y. 10536; 209 pp., $18.95 plus $2 shipping, paper). Demonstrates methods of using storytelling as an educational tool.

Cognitive Strategy Instruction That Really Improves Children’s Academic Performance, edited by Michael Pressley (Brookline Books, P.O. Box 1046, Cambridge, Mass. 02238; 203 pp., $24.95 paper). Presents procedures for teaching methods that aid subject-matter comprehension.

Mystery and Detection: Thinking and Problem Solving With the Sleuths, by Jerry D. Flack (Libraries Unlimited Inc., P.O. Box 3988, Englewood, Colo. 80155-3988; 246 pp., $21 paper). Emphasizes the development of higher-level thinking skills through the use of mystery as a unifying theme for problem-solving activities.

Professional Issues

Careers in the Classroom: When Teaching Is More Than a Job, by Sylvia Mei-ling Yee (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 153 pp.,4$37.95 cloth, $16.95 paper). Explores reasons for teacher attrition through surveys and inteviews of present and former high-school teachers.

How To Organize for School-Based Management, by John Prasch (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1403; 59 pp., $6.95 paper). Gives examples of ways to foster local school restructuring.

Educational Leadership and Changing Contexts in Families, Communities, and Schools, Part II: 89th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, edited by Luvern L. Cunningham and Brad Mitchell (The University of Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 278 pp., $29.95 cloth). Essays on changing administrative needs and responsibilities.

Improving the Urban High School: What Works and Why, by Karen Seashore Louis and Matthew B. Miles (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 340 pp., $44.95 cloth, $21.95 paper). Surveys current reform programs and provides guidelines for commencing change.

Incentive Pay and Career Ladders for Today’s Teachers: A Study of Current Programs and Practices, by Richard M. Brandt (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 286 pp., $59.50 cloth, $19.95 paper). Examines current programs, their impact and future.

The Contexts of Teaching in Secondary Schools: Teachers’ Realities, edited by Milbrey W. McLaughlin, Joan E. Talbert, and Nina Bascia (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 285 pp., $21.95 paper). Argues that effective teaching depends on the many variables of teachers’ working conditions; examines the workplace from several perspectives.

The Superintendency in the Nineties: What Superintendents and Board Members Need To Know, by M. William Konnert and John J. Augenstein (Technomic Publishing Company Inc., 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 264 pp., $35 cloth). Emphasizes the leadership aspect of the superintendency.

Written Communications and the School Administrator, by Audrey B. Joyce (Allyn & Bacon, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194; 420 pp., $36.95 cloth). Contains practical writing instruction and sample letters for effective writing skills.

Reading and Literacy

The Best: High/Low Books for Reluctant Readers, by Marianne Laino Pilla (Libraries Unlimited, P.O. Box 3988, Englewood, Colo. 80155; 100 pp., $11.50 paper, also available on Apple, ibm). Bibliographic information on 374 titles recommended for poor or reluctant readers.

Beyond Communciation: Reading Comprehension and Criticism, edited by Deanne Bogdan and Stanley B. Straw (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3959; 336 pp., $21.50 paper). Essays integrating pedagogical approaches aimed at reading comprehension and literary criticism.

Cases in Literacy: An Agenda for Discussion, prepared by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 44 pp., $3.50 paper). Booklet for teachers, administrators, and researchers containing case studies, background notes, and questions on 11 key issues in literacy.

Children Learning Through Literature: A Teacher Researcher Study, by June McConaghy (Heinemann Educational Books, Inc., 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3959; 80 pp., $10 paper). Suggests ways of evaluating and effectively exploiting children’s responses to literature.

Choices: A Core Collection for Young Reluctant Readers, Vol. 2, edited by Julie Cummins and Blair Cummins (John Gordon Burke Publisher Inc., P.O. Box 1492, Evanston, Ill. 60204-1492; 538 pp., $45 cloth). Lists bibliographic information on 275 children’s books published between 1983 and 1988, also providing reading and interest levels.

Collected Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom, edited by Hugh Moir, Melissa Cain, and Leslie Prosak-Beres (Christopher-Gordon Publishers Inc., 480 Washington St., Norwood, Mass. 02062; 271 pp., $24.95 paper). Includes 500 reviews of children’s books published during the last five years, with bibliographic information and curriculum suggestions.

High/Low Handbook: Encouraging Literacy in the 1990’s, 3rd ed., edited by Ellen V. LiBretto (R.R. Bowker, 245 W. 17th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 292 pp., $39.95 cloth). Provides a selection of reading materials for reluctant readers.

I Learn To Read and Write the Way I Learn To Talk, by Marlene Barron (Richard C. Owen Publishers Inc., 135 Katonah Ave., Katonah, N.Y. 10536; 32 pp., $45.95 paper). Helps parents understand the development of reading and writing.

Literature & Life: Making Connections in the Classroom, edited by Patricia Phelan (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 182 pp., $7.95 ncte members, $10.50 non-members, paper). Findings of elementary through college teachers who employ the reader-response theory.

Lost in a Book: The Psychology of Reading for Pleasure, by Victor Nell (Yale University Press, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520; 336 pp., $35 cloth, $14.95 paper). Offers scientific insights into the experience of reading for pleasure.

The New Literacy: Redefining Reading and Writing in the Schools, by John Willinsky (Rutledge, Chapman & Hall, 29 West 35th St., New York, N.Y. 10001; 244 pp., $45 cloth, $14.95 paper). Connects innovative literacy programs used over the last decade.

Normal Language Acquisition, by Sharon L. James (College-Hill Press, 200 West St., Waltham, Mass. 02254-99312; 224 pp., $24.50 paper). Explores the process of cognitive development in children.

The Open Door: When Writers First Learned To Read, edited by Steven Gilbar (David R. Godine Publisher Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Mass. 02115; 121 pp., $14.95 cloth). Twenty-nine writers describe their first experiences with literature.

Perspectives on Talk & Learning, edited by Susan Hynds and Donald L. Rubin (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 305 pp., $14.25 pael10lper). Views of teachers and researchers on factors needed for productive classroom discussion and methods of achieving success.

Reading and Writing in High Schools: A Whole Language Approach, by Eric Hobson and R. Baird Shuman (National Education Association, Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, Conn. 06516; 96 pp., $11.95 paper). Suggests ways to incorporate listening and speaking into the teaching of reading and writing.

Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People, by Lorraine M. Dahlstrom (Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 123 North Third St., Suite 716, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 176 pp., $12.95 paper). Offers teachers creative-writing assignments for students age 12 and up.

Word Weaving: A Creative Approach to Teaching and Writing Poetry, by David M. Johnson (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 181 pp., $11.95 non-members, $8.95 ncte members, paper). Advice on how to help secondary-school students use their imaginations for more authentic literary expression.

Research and Monographs

Access to Knowledge: An Agenda for Our Nation’s Schools, edited by John I. Goodlad and Pamela Keating (The College Board, 45 Columbus Ave., New York, N.Y. 10023-6992; 299 pp., $26.95). Contains 15 papers examining school reform.

Biography, Identity & Schooling: Episodes in Educational Research, by Ivor F. Goodson and Rob Walker (Falmer Press, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 218 pp., $55 cloth, $25 paper). Discussions of curriculum reform and changes in the sociological aspects of education.

Going to School: The African-American Experience, edited by Kofi Lomotey (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 242 pp., $49.50 cloth, $16.95 paper). Probes various aspects of underachievement among African-American students.

Institutionalized Learning in America, by Allan C. Ornstein (Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903; 242 pp., $29.95 cloth). Examines teaching strategies based on cognitive psychology.

Involvement in Learning for Low-Achievement Students, by Barbara Smey-Richman (Research for Better Schools, 444 North Third St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123-4107; 53 pp., $12.95 paper). Presents three strategies for changing attributional patterns and self-defeating attitudes.

Promising Practices in Major Academic Subjects in the Middle Grades, by Joyce L. Epstein and Karen Clarke Salinas (Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students, The Johns Hopkins University, 3505 North Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218; 56 pp., $6.50 paper). Reviews over 200 successful programs in various subjects.

Special Education

Chances and Choices: Making Integration Work, by Deborah Full4wood (Paul Brookes Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 178 pp., $24.00 paper). Provides a range of organizational models for successful integration of disabled students.

Come Sign With Us: Sign Language Activities for Children, by Jan C. Hafer and Robert M. Wilson (Gallaudet University Press, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002; 157 pp., $19.95 paper). Illustrated manual (with some bilingual definitions) to help hearing children learn American Sign Language.

Critical Voices on Special Education: Problems Concerning the Mildly Handicapped, edited by Scott B. Sigmon (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 265 pp., $44.50 cloth, $14.95 paper). Authors address common misdiagnoses and innappropriate placements of students in special-education programs.

Fitness in Special Populations, by Roy J. Shephard (Human Kinetics Books, Box 5076, Champaign, Ill. 61825-5076; 328 pp., $39 cloth). Provides exercise programs and other information for teaching fitness to the physically challenged.

Helping Your Hyperactive Child: From Effective Treatments and Developing Discipline and Self-Esteem to Helping Your Family Adjust, by John F. Taylor (Prima Publishing & Communications, P.O. Box 1260JT, Rocklin, Calif. 95677; 496 pp., $19.95 cloth). Covers the various facets of hyperactivity and explains options for therapy.

Hometown Heroes: Successful Deaf Youth in America, by Diane Robinette (Gallaudet University Press, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002; 91 pp., $11.95 paper. Profiles the achievements and aspirations of hearing-impaired teenagers.

Keeping A Head in School: A Student’s Book About Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders, by Mel Levine (Educators Publishing Service Inc., 75 Moulton St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138-1104; 304 pp., $14.50 paper, $24.50 cassette). Shows how case studies, diagrams, and discussions can motivate and encourage students to achieve despite their learning disorders.

Making the Special Schools Ordinary, Vol. 2, edited by Derek Baker and Keith Bovair (Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 251 pp., $49.50 cloth, $22 paper). Case studies provide information on schools and developments that can serve as models.

A Reader’s Guide: For Parents of Children With Mental, Physical, or Emotional Disabilities, 3rd edition, by Corey Moore (Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Ln., Rockville, Md. 20852; 248 pp., $14.95 paper). Contains an annotated bibliography of books and periodicals, and a list of groups dealing with the disabled.

The Skillful Teacher’s Handbook: Effectively Teaching Regular and Special Education Students, by Rosanne M. Manus (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 2600 S. First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265). Research-based teachers’ guide.

The Special Educator and Job Stress, by Charles V.L. Dedrick and Donna B. Raschke (National Education Association, Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, Conn. 06516; 88 pp., $10.95 paper). Defines and gives examples of teacher burnout and suggests strategies for coping with stress.

A version of this article appeared in the October 31, 1990 edition of Education Week as Books: New In Print


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