Books: New in Print

April 29, 1992 4 min read

Educational Policy

Adolescence and Poverty: Challenge for the 1990’s, ed. by Peter Edelman & Joyce Ladner (Center for National Policy Press, 317 Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 300, Washington, D.C. 20002; 162 pp., $14 paper). Essays by various authors explore the effects of poverty on specific groups of teenagers, including young mothers and black males, and the public-policy initiatives designed to combat the problems these groups face.

Just Education: The Right to Education in Context and Conversation, by Barbara Senkowski Stengel (Loyola University Press, 3441 North Ashland Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60657; 162 pp., $19.95 cloth). Using hypothetical situations, dissects the contextual meaning of the “right to education’’ and discusses whether that phrase helps or hinders the advancement of justice in education.

Lessons in School Reform from Great Britain, by John E. Chubb & Terry M. Moe (The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; 50 pp., $6.95 paper). The authors of a critically acclaimed book on school choice in America offer a firsthand look at school reform in Britain, arguing that it could serve as a model for U.S. efforts.

Liberating Schools: Education in the Inner City, ed. by David Boaz (Cato Institute, 224 Second St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003; 219 pp., $15.75 including shipping fees). Leading education analysts offer innovative reforms for inner-city schools based on choice.

Middle Level Education: Programs, Policies & Practices, ed. by Jody Capelluti & Donald Stokes (National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091-1537; 55 pp., $7 paper). Examines current policies, programs, and practices in light of recent developments at the middle-school level.

Restructuring Schools: Theory and Practice, by Charles Reavis & Harry Griffith (Technomic Publishing Company, 851 N. Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 225 pp., $45 cloth). Combines theoretical support with practical suggestions on implementing the restructuring process; includes advice on management theory, public-school choice analysis, and creating effective progress reports.

School Leadership: A Blueprint for Change, ed. by Scott D. Thomson (Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Newbury Park, Calif. 91320; 64 pp., $8.95 paper). Contributions of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration to the dialogue and process of school restructuring; discusses preparation of administrators, their certification, and strengthening professionalism.

Textbooks in American Society: Politics, Policy and Pedagogy, ed. by Philip G. Altbach, Gail P. Kelly, Hugh G. Petrie, & Lois Weis (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 261 pp., $49.50 cloth, $16.95 paper). Essays by various authors examine how textbooks are produced and selected, as well as the relationship of the textbook to the broader educational system.

Curriculum and Methods

The Collaborative Dimensions of Learning, by Mary Hamm & Dennis Adams (Ablex Publishing Corporation, 255 Chestnut St., Norwood, N.J. 07648-2090; 154 pp., $39.50 cloth). Examines the issues, trends, and practical teaching concerns that surround cooperative learning; puts forward specific organizational plans and content-area lessons for teachers.

Effective Economic Education in the Schools, ed. by William B. Walstad & John C. Soper (Joint Council on Economic Education, 432 Park Ave. South, New York, N.Y. 10016). Traces the development of a model program for teaching economics in the elementary and secondary classroom that is now operating in over 2,500 school districts; 22 essays by leading educators.

Guide to the 1992 Presidential Election, by Michael L. Goldstein (Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1414 22nd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037; 96 pp., $12.95 paper). Provides educators with a course structure on the election process, examining such issues as campaign financing, voter turnout, and the role of the media and public-opinion polls.

Holiday Games and Activities, by Barbara Wnek (Human Kinetics Publishers, P.O. Box 5076, Champaign, Ill. 61825-5076; 184 pp., $14 paper). Offers activities for commemorating various holidays that range from physical-fitness games to art projects to songs.

Illumination Rounds: Teaching the Literature of the Vietnam War, by Larry R. Johannessen (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 186 pp., $11.95 paper). Suggests classroom-discussion topics, methods for researching the war, approaches to studying drama and film of the period, and techniques for interviewing veterans of the war; includes an annotated bibliography of books on the subject.

Crossroads: Integrated Models for Teaching Ethics and Spirituality, ed. by Michael J. Gorman (The Council for Religion in Independent Schools, P.O. Box 40613, Washington, D.C. 20016; 41 pp., $10.50 plus $1.05 shipping, paper). Contains previously published articles on the integration of ethical and spiritual concerns into subjects such as literature, history, foreign languages, and science.

Understanding Curriculum as Phenomenological and Deconstructed Text, ed. by William F. Pinar and William M. Reynolds (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 280 pp., $21.95 paper). Essays explore two traditions of scholarship and research: phenomenology and post-structuralism, along with the history of the two traditions in North American curriculum studies.

A version of this article appeared in the April 29, 1992 edition of Education Week as Books: New in Print