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History of Education

Avenues to Adulthood: The Origins of the High School and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, by Reed Ueda (Cambridge University Press, 510 North Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801; 306 pp., $29.95 cloth). Studying the role of public education in social changes of the early 20th century, the author focuses on the influence of a Somerville, Mass., high school on employment opportunities and social mobility for the children of middle-class, working-class, and immigrant families.

The College Board and the School Curriculum: A History of the College Board's Influence on the Substance and Standards of American Education, 1900-1980, by John A. Valentine (College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, N.Y. 10101; 182 pp., $26.95 cloth, $17.95 paper). Traces historically the impact of the College Entrance Examination Board's testing programs on school curricula.

An Introduction to Philosophy in Education, by William G. Samuelson and Fred A. Markowitz (Philosophical Library Inc., 200 West 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10019; 190 pp., $12.95 cloth). Examines the historical influence of four philosophies on the development of American education: idealism, realism, pragmatism, and existentialism.

Reconstructing American Education, by Michael B. Katz (Harvard University Press, P.O. Box 1034, 525 Great Rd. (Rte. 119), Littleton, Mass. 01460-1034; 212 pp., $22.50 cloth). The author uses the history of American education to shed light on current problems and prospects for change; identifies as "one of the great obstacles'' to reshaping schools the establishment in the 19th century of bureaucracy as the dominant organizational structure of urban school systems.

The Social History of Education, edited by B. Edward McClellan and William J. Reese (University of Illinois Press, 54 East Gregory Dr., Champaign, Ill. 61820; 370 pp., $34.95 cloth, $11.95 paper). A collection of essays from the History of Education Quarterly on such topics as women's education, the education of minority groups, and the social dimensions of educational reform.

Child Development

Bad Guys Don't Have Birthdays: Fantasy Play at Four, by Vivian Gussin Paley (University of Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60637; 118 pp., $12.95 cloth). An elementary-school teacher uses narratives of classroom experiences to show the importance of fantasy play for young children.

By Silence Betrayed: Sexual Abuse of Children in America, by John Crewdson (Little, Brown and Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 02106; 267 pp., $17.95 cloth). A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist studies child abusers and their victims, and recommends changes in laws and social attitudes.

Early Schooling: The National Debate, edited by Sharon L. Kagan and Edward F. Zigler (Yale University Press, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520; 236 pp., $24 cloth). Gathers essays on research, policy, and practice in the formal schooling of young children.

TV Interactive Toys: The New High Tech Threat to Children, by Pamela Tuchscherer (Pinnaroo Publishing, P.O. Box 7525, Bend, Ore. 97708; 219 pp., $9.95 paper, plus $1 handling). Argues that toy weapons designed for viewer participation in television programs may teach children antisocial behavior; suggests strategies for curtailing television-viewing time.

Understanding Children's Development, by Peter K. Smith and Helen Cowie (Basil Blackwell, 432 Park Ave. South, Suite 1503, New York, N.Y. 10016; 417 pp., $45 cloth, $19.95 paper). An overview of the mental and social development of children.

Curriculum and Methods

Contents of the Curriculum: 1988 Yearbook of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, edited by Ronald S. Brandt (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 125 North West St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-2798; 207 pp., $14.95 paper). Recommendations for content in all major subject areas.

Developing a Thinking Skills Program, by Barry K. Beyer (Allyn and Bacon Inc., Longwood Division, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194; 361 pp., $34.95 cloth). Designed as a practical guide for defining the thinking skills that can be taught and implementing a program of instruction.

Dimensions of Thinking: A Framework for Curriculum and Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano, Ronald S. Brandt, Carolyn Sue Hughes, et al. (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 125 North West St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-2798; 162 pp., $10 paper). Summarizes current research and offers a framework for teaching thinking skills.

Encouraging Early Literacy: An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing in N-3, by Judith I. Schwartz (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 262 pp., $17.50 paper). The idea that language is "a whole, undifferentiated medium ... deeply contextualized'' in children's lives underlies the author's program for teaching reading and writing.

Joining the Literacy Club: Further Essays Into Education, by Frank Smith (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 144 pp., $12.50 paper). The essays collected in this volume are linked by the author's notion that learning is a social accomplishment--that we learn "by 'joining the club' of people we see ourselves as being like, and by being helped to engage in their activities.''

Positive Classroom Discipline, by Fredric H. Jones (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 11 West 19th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 368 pp., $24.95 cloth). Suggestions for structuring classrooms, setting limits on children's behavior, and building patterns of cooperation.

Positive Classroom Instruction, by Fredric H. Jones (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 11 West 19th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; 250 pp., $22.95 cloth). Proposes methods for increasing students' desire to learn, with emphasis on corrective "feedback'' and creative lesson planning.

Preschool in the Suzuki Spirit, by Susan Grilli (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 111 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10003; 219 pp., $14.95 paper). Develops the implications for early-childhood education of the Suzuki method of violin instruction.

Read On: A Conference Approach to Reading, by David Hornsby and Deborah Sukarna with Jo-Ann Parry (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 186 pp., $15 paper). A guide for using children's literature and small-group discussions as the basis of reading programs.

Studying Russian and Soviet History, edited by Abraham Ascher (Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colo. 80302; 122 pp., $9.95 paper). A collection of essays suggesting themes for the teaching of Russian and Soviet history.

Understanding Teenagers' Reading: Reading Processes and the Teaching of Literature, by Jack Thomson (Nichols Publishing Company, 155 West 72nd St., New York, N.Y. 10023; 371 pp., $22.50 paper). Reviewing current research, the author develops a model for connecting teaching with students' response to reading.

Write On: A Conference Approach to Writing, by Jo-Ann Parry and David Hornsby (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 92 pp., $12.50 paper). Writing is a "process,'' according to the authors, who recommend methods of organizing writing workshops for children.

Research and Monographs

American Business and the Public School: Case Studies of Corporate Involvement in Public Education, edited by Marsha Levine and Roberta Trachtman (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 278 pp., $24.95 cloth). Under the auspices of the Committee for Economic Development, the editors have assembled case studies of partnership projects developed by Honeywell, Burger King, the Public Education Fund, and other corporate groups.

Attracting and Compensating America's Teachers, Eighth Annual Yearbook of the American Education Finance Association, edited by Kern Alexander and David H. Monk (Ballinger Publishing Company, 54 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. 02138-3730; 289 pp., $35 cloth). The contributors study the current supply and demand of teachers and analyze efforts to improve compensation.

Changing School Reading Programs: Principles and Case Studies, edited by S. Jay Samuels and P. David Pearson (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 228 pp., $13.50 paper, $9 for I.R.A. members). Suggestions for improving the quality of reading instruction.

Improving Indicators of the Quality of Science and Mathematics Education in Grades K-12, edited by Richard J. Murnane and Senta A. Raizen (National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418; 220 pp., $17.50 paper). A report prepared by the National Research Council evaluating indicators of learning, student behavior, teaching quality, curriculum, and financial support in science and mathematics.

Radical Analysis of Special Education: Focus on Historical Development and Learning Disabilities, by Scott B. Sigmon (Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Inc., 242 Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106-1906; 124 pp., $17 paper). A critical commentary on what the author sees as the non-educational purposes of special-education programs--particularly the misuse of the notion of learning disabilities.

Readability: Its Past, Present, and Future, edited by Beverly L. Zakaluk and S. Jay Samuels (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 144 pp., $9.50 paper, $6.25 for I.R.A. members). Current research on the measurement of text difficulty.

School-Based Affective and Social Interventions, edited by Susan G. Forman (Haworth Press Inc., 12 West 32nd St., New York, N.Y. 10001; 169 pp., $22.95 cloth). Papers on prevention and treatment programs aimed at students' emotional and social adjustment.

School-University Partnerships in Action: Concepts, Cases, and Concerns, edited by Kenneth A. Sirotnik and John I. Goodlad (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 235 pp., $28.95 cloth, $16.95 paper). Essays examining recent efforts at institutional collaboration.

This Year in Science 1988: Students and Science Learning, edited by Audrey B. Champagne and Leslie E. Hornig (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005; 173 pp., $13.95 paper, $11.20 for A.A.A.S. members). Analyses of factors influencing students' learning in science fields.

Other Resources

Directory of Legislative Studies in State Education Policy, prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures (N.C.S.L., Book Order Department, 1050 17th St., Suite 2100, Denver, Colo. 80265; 97 pp., $10 paper, plus $1.50 handling). Summarizes 60 studies of state education policies conducted over the last 11 years.

Education as a Career, by Arlene Plevin (American Association for Counseling and Development, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22304; 64 pp., $11.95 paper, $9.95 for A.A.C.D. members). A handbook for students and adults considering careers in education.

A Handbook for Vocational English as a Second Language, by Joan E. Friedenberg and Curtis H. Bradley (Meridian Education Corporation, 205 East Locust St., Bloomington, Ill. 61701; 90 pp., $9.95 paper). This introductory guide to teaching methods for E.S.L. is intended primarily for instructors in vocational programs.

Long-Range Planning: School Districts Prepare for the Future, by Thomas E. Hart (Oregon School Study Council, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403; 37 pp., $5 paper, plus $1.50 handling). Suggestions for developing goals and launching plans.

A Mindset for Math: Techniques for Identifying and Working With Math-Anxious Girls, prepared by Judy Genshaft and Jack Naglieri (Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center, 55 Chapel St., Newton, Mass. 02160; 42 pp., $8 paper, plus $2 handling). A handbook of screening methods and classroom activities for girls who are uncomfortable with mathematics.

A Parents' Primer: What You Need To Know About Your Child's Elementary School, by Elizabeth F. Fideler (Irvington Publishers Inc., 740 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003; 402 pp., $36.50 cloth, $19.95 paper). An introduction for parents to the structure and policies of elementary schools.

Textbooks in School and Society: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide, edited by Arthur Woodward, David L. Elliott, and Kathleen Carter Nagel (Garland Publishing Company, 136 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 176 pp., $25 cloth). Emphasis on research and commentary published during the last 10 years.

Value Search: Collegiality, Participative Decision-Making, and the Collaborative School, prepared by the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Educational Management (ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, Ore. 97403-5207; 85 pp., $7.50 paper). Lists and describes current articles and research reports.

Vol. 07, Issue 28

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