Child Welfare

December 02, 1992 5 min read
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Children in Danger: Coping With the Consequences of Community Violence, by James Garbarino, Nancy Dubrow, Kathleen Kostelny, & Carole Pardo (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 262 pp., $24.95 cloth). Child-development specialists examine the effects of growing up in high-crime neighborhoods of cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington and offer suggestions to teachers, psychologists, social workers, and counselors for insuring normal psychological development.

Growing Up Is Risky Business and Schools Are Not To Blame, by Jack Frymier (Phi Delta Kappa, 8th & Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47402-0789; 246 pp., $20 paper). The final report of Phi Delta Kappa’s “Study of Students at Risk’’ documents the extent and severity of problems American children face today.

Missing Children: Rhetoric and Reality, by Martin L. Frost & Martha-Elin Blomquist (Lexington Books, 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 305 pp., $22.95 cloth). Expands on the argument that most missing children are runaways from dysfunctional families or have been abducted by a parent or other family member.

Screwing the System and Making It Work: Juvenile Justice in the No-Fault Society, by Mark D. Jacobs (The University of Chicago Press, 2801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 295 pp., $32.50 cloth). Describes how probation officers are forced to circumvent the juvenile-justice system in order to make it work, and recommends a more “synchronized’’ effort between families, schools, communities, and workplaces, for more effective service to children.

Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment, by Anne Colby & William Damon (The Free Press, 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 350 pp. $22.95 cloth). Through profiles of altruistic individuals, explores how values and personal strengths originate and how exemplary character is formed and sustained.

Tender Mercies: Inside the World of a Child Abuse Investigator, by Keith Richards (The Noble Press, 213 W. Institute Place, Ste. 508, Chicago, Ill. 60610; 280 pp., $12.95 paper). First-person account of the daily pressures of a child-protective-services worker; describes interviewing parents and children, finding emergency placements for abused children, and testifying in court--while dealing with bureaucratic roadblocks.

Educational Policy
Career Academies: Partnerships for Reconstructing American High Schools, by David Stern, Marilyn Raby, & Charles Dayton (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1310; 193 pp., $26.95 cloth). A guide for establishing “schools within schools’’ career academies, which are educational entities that integrate academic and vocational curricula; gives advice on staffing, budgeting, student selection, and parental involvement.

Kids First/Primero Los Ninos: Chicago School Reform in the 1980’s, by Charles L. Kyle & Edward R. Kantowicz (Institute for Public Affairs, Publication Unit, Pac 478, Sangamon State University, Springfield, Ill. 62794-9243; 367 pp., $14.95 paper). Examines reform efforts in the Chicago schools against the historical backdrop of city politics--both at city hall and the board of education.

Mentors: Making a Difference in Our Public Schools, by Thomas W. Evans (Peterson’s, 202 Carnegie Center, P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N,J. 08543-2123; 256 pp., $18.95 cloth). The chairman of the board of Teachers College, Columbia University, tells the stories of dozens of individuals, business leaders, teachers, and other grassroots reformers who have helped revitalize the schools.

Pupil Transportation and the Law, by Ralph Mawdsley (National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 3601 S.W. 29th St., Ste. 223, Topeka, Kan. 66614-2047; $25.95 paper). Updated version of a 1984 monograph, focusing on liability and duty to transport students; discusses transportation of special-needs students, desegregation, and the use of private versus district-owned vehicles.

Curriculum and Methods
A Different Kind of Classroom: Teaching With Dimensions of Learning, by Robert J. Marzano (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1403; 191 pp., $15.95 paper). Describes K-12 instructional framework that teachers can use to improve the way they plan instruction, design curriculum, and assess student performance.

The First Honest Book About Lies, by Jonni Kincher (Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave., North, Ste. 616, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 200 pp., $12.95 paper). Shows how to evaluate information, stressing such areas as sensory input, statistics, and advertising.

Girls Are Girls and Boys Are Boys: So What’s the Difference?, by Sol Gordon (Prometheus Books, 700 E. Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14215; 48 pp., $9.95 paper). Illustrated volume for children ages 6 to 10 designed to help parents teach about sex in an unbiased, sensitive way.

Light of the Feather: Pathways Through Contemporary Indian America, by Mick Fedullo (William Morrow & Company, 1350 Ave. of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10019; 256 pp., $22 cloth). Chronicles the experiences of a writer who traveled through Indian reservations in the West.

Social Issues in the English Classroom, ed. by C. Mark Hurlbert & Samuel Totten (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 344 pp., $18.95 paper). Essays by 25 English teachers on how lessons might explore such controversial topics as racism and homophobia.

The 21st Century Constitution, by Barry Krusch (Stanhope Press, P.O. Box 1177, New York, N.Y. 10163; 405 pp., $14.95 paper). Presents the views of Americans for a Constitutional Convention, which questions the appropriateness of the current Constitution for today’s society; details more than 200 proposed changes, including amendments on term limitations for federal officials and public financing of campaigns and stronger statements on educational rights.

Who Built America, Vol. 2, by the American Social History Project (Pantheon Books, 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; $45 cloth, $20 paper). Conveys the role ordinary Americans played in the nation’s economic, political, and social history, from Reconstruction to the present.

Professional Issues
Effective and Responsible Teaching: The New Synthesis, ed. by Fritz K. Osler, Andreas Dick & Jean-Luc Patry (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1310; 458 pp., $45 cloth). Combines an overview of new research on moral education with chapters on new approaches to teacher assessment, teacher-student communication, and the role of curriculum in understanding the learning process.

Teaching: Making Sense of an Uncertain Craft, by Joseph P. McDonald (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 143 pp., $16.95 paper). A teacher and researcher reflects on the teacher’s world as a place of “chronic but productive uncertainty;'' presents classroom dilemmas as well as those of school reform in general and of the profession.

A version of this article appeared in the December 02, 1992 edition of Education Week as Child Welfare


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