Books: New in Print

November 01, 1995 6 min read


A Circle of Empowerment: Women, Education, and Leadership, by Rita L. Irwin (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 206 pp., $17.95 paper). A portrayal of how women’s leadership styles mesh with a school district’s administration and supervisory system.

New Voices in the Field: The Work Lives of First-Year Assistant Principals, by Gary N. Hartzell, Richard C. Williams, & Kathleen T. Nelson (Corwin Press Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320-2218; 187 pp., $ 21.95 paper). The results of a five-year study addressing the realities of day-to-day life for new assistant principals that includes actual experiences of men and women who have made the transition from teacher to administrator.

Special Education Law: Issues and Implications for the 90s, by Stephen B. Thomas & Charles J. Russo (National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Southwest Plaza, Suite 223, 3601 S.W. 29th, Topeka, Kan. 66614; 238 pp., $ 39.95 cloth). An interpretation of the laws and regulations concerning students with disabilities and an analysis of the laws’ implications for educators.

Toward a Common Destiny: Improving Race and Ethnic Relations in America, ed. by Willis D. Hawley & Anthony W. Jackson (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 486 pp., $45 cloth). A group of educators examines the sources of racial and ethnic prejudice in this country, and identifies ways to combat intolerance and discrimination.


Marsalis on Music, by Wynton Marsalis (W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., 500 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10110; 175 pp., $29.95 cloth). The acclaimed jazz musician introduces children to the fundamentals of classical music and jazz, and to their rich, multicultural histories. A companion book to the public-television series airing this fall.

Playmaking: Children, Writing and Performing Their Own Plays, by Daniel Judah Sklar (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square W., New York, N.Y. 10003; 169 pp., $16.95 paper). A step-by-step account of teaching a group of students at New York City’s P.S. 34 to write, direct, and stage their own plays.

Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change, by Maxine Greene (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 221 pp., $21.95 cloth). The author, an educator and philosopher, ruminates on the role of imagination in cognitive and other modes of learning.

Cross-Cultural Studies

Children of Atlantis: Voices From the Former Yugoslavia, ed. by Zdenko LeÅic× (Central European University Press/Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 208 pp., $12.95 paper). A collection of autobiographical essays written by 100 young refugees about their feelings and experiences during the war in their divided country.

The Other Side of the Asian-American Success Story, by Wendy Walker-Moffat (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 208 pp., $ 27.95 cloth). A look at the bitter contrast between the educational experiences of new Asian immigrant groups and what the author sees as the popular myth of Asian-American success.

Education History

The Origins of the American High School, by William J. Reese (Yale University Press, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, Conn., 06520-9040; 326 pp., $35 cloth). The story of the American high school in the 19th century, and of the social changes and political debates that shaped this institution.

Preschool Education in America: The Culture of Young Children From the Colonial Era to the Present, by Barbara Beatty (Yale University Press, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, Conn., 06520-9040; 252 pp., $35 cloth). A historical chronicle of the education policies and programs developed for 3- to 5-year-olds, and of the efforts to make preschool programs part of the public school system.

Education Policy

In Search of the Virtual Class: Education in an Information Society, by John Tiffin & Lalita Rajasingham (Routledge, 29 West 35th St., New York, N.Y. 10001-2299; 204 pp., $17.95 paper). A vision of what education and training could become if individuals around the globe are taught with the technology of the information society.

John Dewey: An Intellectual Portrait, by Sidney Hook with an introduction by Richard Rorty (Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Dr., Amherst, N.Y. 14228-2197; 242 pp., $29.95). A timeless introduction to the philosophy and visions of John Dewey, originally written by his friend and student in 1939.

School Reform in the Information Age, by Howard D. Mehlinger (Center for Excellence in Education, Indiana University, 201 North Rose Ave., Bloomington, Ind. 47405-4006; 165 pp., $14.95 paper). An analysis of how technology is altering schools and how the information age is placing new demands on educators and students.

Health Issues

Marketing Social Change: Changing Behavior To Promote Health, Social Development, and the Environment, by Alan R. Andreasen (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1342; 348 pp., $29.95 cloth). A professor at Georgetown University’s school of business explains how marketing techniques and concepts can be used to solve chronic social problems--from drug use to unsafe sexual behavior.

Teenagers With ADD: A Parents’ Guide, by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy (Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817; 370 pp., $18.95 paper). Comprehensive information on all types of attention-deficit disorders affecting this age group, including effects on home and school life and interventions and treatments used to help adolescents.


Developing Inclusive Schools, by Barbara Hoskins (Case Research Committee, Smith Research Center, Room 103, 2805 E. 10th St., Bloomington, Ind., 221 pp., $29.95 paper). A guide for administrators, teachers, and special-education staff members who want to create an education system that can meet the needs of diverse learners.

Inclusion Confusion: A Guide to Educating Students With Exceptional Needs, by Fern Aefsky (Corwin Press Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320-2218; 69 pp., $ 11.95 paper). A presentation of the legalities, guidelines, strategies, and techniques for developing and implementing inclusion programs.

Youth Issues

Free (and Almost Free) Adventures for Teenagers, by Gail L. Grand (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10154; 270 pp., $14.95 paper). A user-friendly guide to low-cost educational-enrichment programs for precollegiate students.

Gay and Lesbian Students: Understanding Their Needs, by Hilda F. Besner & Charlotte J. Spungin (Taylor & Francis, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, Pa. 19007-1598; 174 pp., $22.95 paper). Designed to promote understanding and dispel myths about gay and lesbian teenagers, this book also makes curriculum suggestions for advocating self-acceptance and reducing homophobia among heterosexual teenagers.

Lives in Balance: Youth, Poverty, and Education in Watts, by Ann C. Diver-Stamnes (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 172 pp., $16.95 paper). Combining the voices of high school students in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles with current research, the author tries to present a realistic picture of living in poverty and of the factors that perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

Majoring in High School: Survival Tips for Students, by Carol Carter (The Noonday Press, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 19 Union Square W., New York, N.Y. 10003; 221 pp., $10 paper). Friendly advice for students, including how to make the most of their high school years, find out more about who they are, manage their time, and seek out mentors.

“Where Something Catches": Work, Love, and Identity in Youth, by Victoria I. Mu¤oz (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 282 pp., $18.95 paper). An inquiry into young people’s development of a sense of self through the encouragement and love of significant adults.

A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 1995 edition of Education Week as Books: New in Print