Books: New in Print

May 06, 1992 7 min read

Child Development

The Economics of Child Care, ed. by David M. Blau (Russell Sage Foundation, 112 E. 64th St., New York, N.Y. 10021; 192 pp., $24.95 cloth). Essays on such issues as government regulation of child care, the child-care market, and the balance between economic efficiency and psychological concerns about the adequacy of care.

Fateful Choices: Healthy Youth for the 21st Century, by Fred M. Hechinger (Hill and Wang, 19 Union Square West, New York, N.Y. 10003; 254 pp., $18.50 cloth). Using findings from the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, the former education editor for The New York Times describes some of the hurdles young Americans face on the road to healthy adulthood, including drug abuse, alcohol and cigarette addiction, poor nutrition, and pregnancy, and offers concrete, sensitive suggestions for how parents, educators, and health professionals can help overcome them.

Growing Up With Language: How Children Learn To Talk, by Naomi Baron (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1 Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 288 pp., $21.95 cloth). Discusses the influence of television and computers, the needs of bilingual children, gender-difference issues, and methods of fostering language development.

Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In, by Stephen Nowicki Jr. & Marshall Duke (Peachtree Publishers Ltd., 494 Armour Circle, N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30324; 178 pp., $14.95 paper). Examines the range of socially dysfunctional behaviors that may occur among children, offering guidelines for assessing communication problems and an appendix of resources for seeking professional help.

Helping Children Love Themselves and Others: A Resource Guide to Equity Materials for Young Children, by S. Gellert, K. Hollestelle & E. Kotlus (The Children’s Foundation, 725 15th St., N.W., Ste. 505, Washington, D.C. 20005; 135 pp., $8.95 paper). Includes an equity handbook on conflict resolution and building partnerships with families, as well as developmentally appropriate equity activities that reflect a multicultural approach, annotated bibliographies of young-children’s literature, and adult resources; lists suppliers of anti-bias, multicultural materials.

Overcoming the Odds: High Risk Children from Birth to Adulthood, by Emmy E. Werner & Ruth S. Smith (Cornell University Press, 124 Roberts Place, P.O. Box 250, Ithaca, N.Y. 14851; 279 pp., $15.95 paper). Follows the lives of an ethnically diverse group of Hawaiians through several decades, monitoring the physical and psychological development of their children.

Playing to Learn: The Young Child, The Teacher and the Classroom, by Otto Weininger & Susan Daniel (Charles C. Thomas, 2600 S. First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265; 204 pp., $38.75 cloth). A psychologist and an expert on children discuss the significance of play at school for the child’s development.

Curriculum and Methods

The Cartoon Guide to Physics, by Larry Gonick & Art Huffman (HarperCollins Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022; 212 pp., $10 paper). Uses simple, clear, and humorous illustrations to explain complex ideas such as velocity, acceleration, electricity, and magnetism.

The Complete Dinosaur Directory, by Donald F. Glut (Carol Publishing Group, 600 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 320 pp., $17.95 paper). Contains more than 400 illustrations and photos, along with up-to-date descriptions and classifications of hundreds of dinosaurs.

Getting the Real Story: Nellie Bly & Ida B. Wells, by Sue Davison (The Seal Press, 3131 Western Ave., Suite 410, Seattle, Wash. 98121-1028; 120 pp., $8.95 paper). Provides easy-to-read biographies of two female investigative reporters of the 19th century; aimed at young adults or new adult readers.

Teaching Text Illumimates the Process of Masterful Teaching, by George Graham (Human Kinetics Publishers, P.O. Box 5076, Champaign, Ill. 61825-5076; 192 pp., $20 paper). Physical-education teachers share insights on the practical aspects of successful teaching, such as planning formats, behavior protocols, assessing progress, and motivating students.

Handbooks and Reference

At-Risk Youth in Crisis: A Handbook for Collaboration Between Schools and Social Services, (ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 73 pp., $7.50 plus $3.50 shipping fee, paper). Features guidelines for responding to students at risk for suicide, including topics such as immediate crisis-intervention processes, long-term prevention considerations, training needs, and the shared responsibility of schools and social services.

E for Environment, by Patti K. Sinclair (R.R. Bowker, 121 Chanlon Rd., New Providence, N.J. 07974; 292 pp., $39.95 cloth). Annotated bibliography of 517 environmentally-oriented fiction and non-fiction titles recently published for children in preschool through age 14.

EL-HI Textbooks & Serials in Print 1992, 120th ed., (R.R. Bowker, 121 Chanlon Rd., New Providence, N.J. 07974; 1,460 pp., $119.95 cloth). Annotated bibliography of textbooks, serials, and teaching materials for students in grades K-12, featuring more than 42,000 entries, including 6,000 new listings of materials.

Kister’s Best Dictionaries for Adults & Young People: A Comparative Guide, by Kenneth F. Kister (Oryx Press, 4041 N. Central at Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Ariz. 85012; 438 pp., $39.50 cloth). Critical assessment and annotated bibliography of current American, Canadian, and British works, as well as electronic dictionaries for adults, students, and children.

Leadership Education 1992-1993: A Source Book, by Sara N. King & Frank H. Freeman (Center for Creative Leadership, P.O. Box 26300, Greensboro, N.C. 27438-6300, 500 pp., $59.95 cloth). Provides information on current trends and course and program offerings in leadership education, along with an annotated bibliography of 700 entries; includes resource-organization listings and an annotated film and video section.

The Next Marketing Handbook for Independent Schools, ed. by Rick Cowan (National Association of Independent Schools, 1800 M St., Ste. 460, Washington, D.C. 20036; 111, pp., $22 cloth. Includes essays by private-school experts on collaborative marketing, market research, public relations, and ethics in marketing.

Schools Abroad of Interest to Americans, 8th ed., 1991-1992 (Porter Sargent Publishers Inc., 11 Beacon St., Ste. 1400, Boston, Mass. 02108; 592 pp., $35 cloth). Offers detailed descriptions of schools worldwide, including information on enrollment, faculty, tuition, and accreditation, along with contact information for international education associations.

Special Education

Collaborative Teams for Students with Severe Disabilities: Integrating Therapy and Educational Services, by Beverly Rainforth, Jennifer York & Cathy Macdonald (Brookes Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 284 pp., $29 paper). Describes step-by-step methods for parents and professionals to take in creating challenging learning opportunities for disabled students; includes advice on choosing team members, defining responsibilities, and implementing team strategies.

Conducting Research and Evaluation in Gifted Education: A Handbook of Methods and Applications, by Nina K. Buchanan & John F. Feldhusen (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 360 pp., $25.95 paper). Focuses on the research process, discussing ways in which research methodologies can be applied specifically to gifted education; includes an overview of program evaluation.

Developmental Education in the 1990’s, by Jim Grant (Modern Learning Press/Programs for Education, P.O. Box 167, Rosemont, N.J. 08556; 136 pp., $10.95 paper). Provides answers to “92 of the most frequently asked questions about education,’' including those in areas such as developmental education, placement, special needs, and national school-reform strategies.

The Hunter College Campus Schools for the Gifted: The Challenge of Equity and Excellence, by Elizabeth Stone (Teachers College Press 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 168 pp., $35 cloth, $14.95 paper). A critical history of the Campus Schools at their half-century mark, based on more than 200 interviews with past and present teachers, administrators, students, and parents; stresses the rigors gifted programs face in balancing commitment to excellence with the egalitarian ideal of equity.

Schooling Without Labels: Parents, Educators, and Inclusive Education, by Douglas Biklen (Temple University Press, Broad & Oxford Streets, Philadelphia, Pa. 19122; 199 pp., $39.95 cloth, $16.95 paper). Presents examples of improved academic-performance levels and psychological “transformations’’ that have been achieved when disabled children are integrated into normal school environments.

A version of this article appeared in the May 06, 1992 edition of Education Week as Books: New in Print