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The Center for Holocaust Studies of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has published the premiere issue of "Dimensions: A Journal of Holocaust Studies."

Designed for use by secondary-school teachers, librarians, and other educators, the journal focuses on the history and impact of the Holocaust and offers book reviews, listings of forthcoming events, and descriptions of resources on the Holocaust.

The publication, writes Dennis B. Klein, director of the Holocaust Center, will "translate knowledge into action wherever possible--supplying recommendations for Holocaust programming, forums for debate and analysis, and referring readers to the most authoritative publications and audiovisual materials."

The journal will be published three times yearly, at a cost of $5 per issue for individual copies, $12 for a one-year subscription, and $20 for a two-year subscription. For subscription information, write: adl, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017.

The Library of Congress and CBS News have produced a series of 100 one-minute informational broadcasts for young viewers to be aired during the network's 1985-86 season. The educational spots, called "American Treasury," will spotlight interesting and unusual facts about people, places, and events, according to a Library of Congress statement.

"At the Library of Congress, the treasures of civilization are collected in ways peculiarly American," said Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin in announcing the series. "'American Treasury' ... will present an engaging sampler of the world's greatest library--an invitation to discover the Library's countless stories and treasures."

The current mathematics textbooks in use in elementary and secondary schools are not as "demanding" as those printed 20 years ago, a researcher at the Pennsylvania State University has determined.

But today's math texts are more demanding than the textbooks published in the 1970's, according to Robert F. Nicely Jr., associate professor of education at the university's College of Education.

Mr. Nicely, who has been conducting research on math textbooks for 24 years, says the higher-order thinking skills required in today's texts are "significantly lower" than those required in 1960's textbooks. Textbooks of the last decade, he says, "rarely pose real problems."

Since most educators, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, consider the textbook the most important factor in determining what mathematics is taught, Mr. Nicely says, teachers and curriculum committees will have to supplement the commercially available texts to provide instruction that effectively develops higher-order thinking skills.

He also recommends that publishing companies employ "instructional designers" to work with the mathematicians and math educators who write textbooks to improve the books' quality.

Mr. Nicely's research calculated the cognitive content, or factual knowledge, delivered by textbooks by determining how often and at what level the authors actively involved students throughout the development of a mathematical concept.

Dell Publishing Company has launched a new children's book-publishing venture called "The Trumpet Club" designed to sell books directly to schools.

The new program, for pupils in grades 4, 5, and 6, will be in operation in September and will compete with other established school book clubs, including Scholastic's "Arrow," Troll's "4-6," and Weekly Reader's "Discovering."

"The Trumpet Club," which was unveiled last week at the International Reading Association convention in New Orleans, will offer 30 to 35 titles each month. About 75 percent of the books will be Dell volumes by such prominent children's authors as Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Lloyd Alexander. The remaining 25 percent will be purchased from other publishers, according to Dell.

The new club will also feature special teacher- and student-bonus programs. For more information on the club, contact "The Trumpet Club," Dell Publishing Company, 245 East 47th St., New York, N.Y. 10017.

The dramatic change in home-economics instruction over the last 30 years has led Scholastic Inc. to rethink the classroom home-economics magazine it has published since 1956.

"Co-ed" will be replaced in September by "Choices," a new magazine geared to both male and female secondary-school students.

"Our research made it clear that the home-economics curriculum was changing as rapidly as society itself," said Richard Spaulding, executive vice president and publisher of Scholastic's classroom-magazine division. "No longer limited to sewing and cooking labs, home-ec teachers are now involved in consumer and career education, personal growth for teens, family life, [and] human and child development--with special work on everything from parenting to gerontology."

Requests from teachers for material better linked to the current focus of home-economics classes, plus a year of research involving home-economics professionals and classroom students, convinced Scholastic that the new magazine was needed, Mr. Spaulding said.

"Choices" will be published monthly through the school year and is available to classroom teachers for $4.50 per subscription with a minimum of 10 subscriptions per classroom. For more information, write to Scholastic Inc., 730 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003.

"Free Speech/Free Press" is the theme of the American Library Association's "Banned Books Week '85--Celebrating the Freedom to Read," to be held Sept. 7-14.

The event, designed to draw attention to censorship issues, is also sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores.

The ala has asked sponsoring organizations to encourage their members--librarians, publishers, booksellers, and others--to plan local exhibits and programs to mark the week and is selling $10 promotional packets with an annotated list of books banned or the subject of controversy, a collection of quotations on the First Amendment, three posters, and suggestions for media coverage.

For more information, contact the ala at 50 East Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611.


Vol. 04, Issue 34

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