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Curriculum and Methods

Curriculum Auditing, by Fenwick W. English (Technomic Publishing Company, 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 359 pp., $39 cloth). "To ascertain how well systemwide goals and objectives are being reached," the author advocates independent evaluation of the design and delivery of curricula in schools and districts.

Unlocking Shakespeare's Language: Help for the Teacher and Student, by Randal Robinson (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Ill. 61801; 86 pp., $9.95 paper, $7.95 for ncte members). Exercises to help students read and interpret the Bard.

When You've Made It Your Own ...: Teaching Poetry to Young People, by Gregory A. Denman (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 201 pp., $15 paper). The poet is "a caretaker of the human experience," writes the author. Identifying common problems in poetry instruction, he provides brief analyses to improve teachers' appreciation of poets' methods and describes strategies for teaching.

Reading and Literacy

Adolescent Literacy: What Works and Why, by Judith Davidson and David Koppenhaver (Garland Publishing Inc., 136 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 275 pp., $39 cloth). Through case studies and site visits, the authors review effective literacy programs that can be replicated or used as models for designing new approaches.

Annual Summary of Investigations Relating to Reading, July 1, 1986, to June 30, 1987, edited by Sam Weintraub (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 293 pp., $23 paper, $15 for ira members). Summarizes approximately 900 recent research studies.

Comics to Classics: A Parent's Guide to Books for Teens and Preteens, by Arthea J.S. Reed (International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139; 121 pp., $8.95, $7.95 for ira members). Beyond listing recommended titles, the author suggests ways to help adolescents develop and retain a love of reading.

Growing Up Literate: Learning From Inner-City Families, by Denny Taylor and Catherine Dorsey-Gaines (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 234 pp., $16 paper). Arguing that "sex, race, economic status, and setting cannot be used as significant correlates of literacy," this study profiles black children living in urban poverty who are successfully learning to read and write.

Literature-Based Reading Programs at Work, edited by Joelie Hancock and Susan Hill (Heinemann Educational Books Inc., 70 Court St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801; 118 pp., $12.50 paper). Advocating a shift away from basal reading programs, 12 educators share their experiences using literature to develop students' skills.

Reading/Learning Disability: An Ecological Approach, by Jill Bartoli and Morton Botel (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 265 pp., $29.95 cloth, $16.95 paper). Traditional solutions to reading and learning difficulties are not effective, the authors contend; they back instead an "integrated language" approach encompassing student experience, text, and social context.

Voices of Readers: How We Come to Love Books, by G. Robert Carlsen and Anne Sherrill (National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, Ill. 61801; 155 pp., $8.75 paper, $6.95 for ncte members). Analyzes written comments of three generations of students about their experiences with reading and the influences that engendered their love of books.

Professional Issues

Careers in Education, by Roy A. Edelfelt (VGM Career Horizons, 4255 West Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, Ill. 60646-1975; 175 pp., $12.95 cloth, $9.95 paper). Outlines professional opportunities in schools, colleges, and businesses for prospective and experienced educators.

Recruiting and Selecting Teachers for Urban Schools, by Martin Haberman (Association of Teacher Educators and eric Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027; 71 pp., $8 paper). Predicting that "the shortage of urban teachers will continue to increase," the author identifies problems in recruiting and training teacher-candidates and proposes methods for reforming teacher education.

Recruiting Mathematics and Science Teachers Through Nontraditional Programs: A Survey, by Neil B. Carey, Brian S. Mittman, and Linda Darling-Hammond (rand Corporation, 1700 Main St., P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, Calif. 90406-2138; 73 pp., $7.50 paper). Addressing the national shortage of teachers in these fields, this study endorses the development of alternative preparation programs for candidates without undergraduate degrees in teacher education.

Teacher Job Satisfaction: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Research, by Paula E. Lester (Garland Publishing Inc., 136 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; 324 pp., $47 cloth). Brief descriptions of studies conducted from 1975 to 1986.


Education Incorporated: School-Business Cooperation for Economic Growth, edited by the Northeast-Midwest Institute (Quorum Books, 88 Post Rd. West, Box 50007, Westport, Conn. 06881; 206 pp., $39.95 cloth). Six studies examine benefits of collaborative efforts for business, education, government, and community.

Partners in Education: How Colleges Can Work With Schools To Improve Teaching and Learning, by Theodore L. Gross (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104-1310; 206 pp., $22.95 cloth). Calling on colleges to "view the development and administration of educational partnerships as a central aspect of their mission," the author describes existing collaborations and suggests approaches for initiating new ones.

Reference Works

Children's Literature Awards and Winners: A Directory of Prizes, Authors, and Illustrators, 2nd edition, by Dolores Blythe Jones (Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc. and Gale Research Inc., Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226; 671 pp., $92 cloth). Describes 211 awards granted in English-speaking countries and lists the books, authors, and illustrators honored by these programs.

Directory of School Mediation and Conflict Resolution Programs, by Annie Cheatham (National Association for Mediation in Education, 425 Amity St., Amherst, Mass. 01002; 169 pp., $12.50 paper plus $2.50 handling). Profiles of 86 school and community mediation centers in 27 states and England.

Directory of State Legislative Staff for Education Issues, 1988-89, compiled by Constance L. Koprowicz (National Conference of State Legislatures, 1050 17th St., Suite 2100, Denver, Colo. 80265; 59 pp., $7.50 paper). Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of contacts in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Vol. 08, Issue 05

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