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Religion and Spirituality

"As with all contemporary work on spirituality and religion, definitions are slippery and the editors have done well to leave the definitional aspect alone. Instead, the collection of essays offers an intuitive impression of the breadth of spiritual and religious experience that affect the pursuit of positive social outcomes. Similarly, there is a very broad definition of 'education' and essays cover formal institutional settings, creation of learning environments for personal spiritual development, and consideration of the place of education and social justice within spiritual experience and religious traditions. Overall, the collection achieves the editor's objective to “demonstrate the possibility of a healthy integration from a truly global, transdisciplinary and ecumenical perspective in education and religion” (xi)." Michelle Wade St. Mark's Theologican Centre Canberra Crucible

Why Public Schools?

"This book does an excellent job of sharing honestly the places in which the public school systems both fails and succeeds, and the tone is positive and encouraging. Why Public Schools? not only asks an important question, but seeks the answer from the people who are best quipped to answer: the public." Rachel Knoepfle University of the Pacific Education Review

Advances in Longitudinal Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

"In the past 25 years or so, there have been many statistical and technological developments in analyzing longitudinal data, e.g. observations made on individuals over a period of time; this has occurred as more longitudinal data becomes available. Among the substantive concerns of different authors is growth in ability, mood change among adolescent smokers, social interactions, and intellectual development in children - each of these occurring over time. ... The authors of different papers in this edited book offer many methodological innovations that should advance the study of longitudinal data, e.g. using a mixture of linear and non-linear mixed-effect models for dealing with subpopulations among whom nonlinear change may be different." Dean H. Harper University of Rochester SB&F

A Curriculum of Imagination in an Era of Standardization

"There is a hopefulness that is created when a problem, in this instance standardization, is named. It makes the problem visible and opens opportunities to engage in creative problem solving. For many people within academia, it is assumed that standardization—set curriculums, established learning outcomes, rubrics, and the process of experts transferring knowledge to novices—is simply what constitutes education. Others in academia likely feel a lack of hope that the tides will turn and that critical thinking and academic depth might again be reclaimed.

For both groups, Lake’s book and his imagined dialogues offer a tool that is useful for raising consciousness about how the current approach to education leads to dehumanization. His book should prove valuable in encouraging the consideration of alternatives and helping inspire educators to recognize the vital role that imagination plays in human advancement." Dr. Jason J. Platt Alliant International University PsycCRITIQUES

Beyond the Campus

"This is a good story of community engagement, offered with a strong theoretical framework,
making the book a useful resource for a variety of courses and shared readings among
those who promote this type of university–community alliance." Kathleen Sullivan Brown, PhD University of Missouri PsycCRITIQUES

Navigating the Academic Career

"...Shaw takes a fairly frank, often edgy no-nonsense approach to discussing the issues in academia. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the book is the inclusion in the appendices of examples and samples of the documentation that academics are required to produce. This alone would be worth the price of the book for up-and-coming academics." Richard D. Harvey and Andrea R. Cox Saint Louis University and University of Missouri PsycCRITIQUES

Educated for Change?

"Buck and Silver provide a strong counternarrative to Orientalist depictions of Muslim women as passive and oppressed by radical Islam, showing how women actively, discur- sively, and transnationally engage with notions of modernity and tradition in their edu- cational journeys. This ethnography charters new territories in refugee studies by locating emergent cultural, historical, and structuring forces in fractured schooling contexts and relying on women’s narratives to illuminate the gendered production of Islamic East–West relations.

Such an excavation contributes vitally to theories of social and transnational citizenship and the field of anthropology of education, and ultimately enriches scholarly conversa- tions around gendered experiences of precarity in a globalized era." Julia McWilliams University of Pennsylvania Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Guide to Transforming Teaching Through Self-Inquiry

"The book, Guide to Transforming Teaching through Self-Inquiry written by James Pelech, is true to its title, guiding educators through self-inquiry via purposeful, holistic, authentic, and reflective processes." Seth Batiste Lone Star College Education Review

Dangerous Counterstories in The Corporate Academy

"In Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narrating for Understanding, Solidarity, Resistance, and Community in the Age of Neoliberalism, Daniels and Porfilio have collected thirteen critical narratives that offer a wide range of experiences, analyses, and ideas for how to work within and resist the corporate academy. The edited volume contains the insightful voices of students, scholars, and activists from multiple disciplines, organizations, and institutions across North America. Explaining the purpose of the volume, Daniels and Porfilio explain that "some scholars have found fissures amid the alienating, often hostile academic world to learn, grow, cope, and create socially generative and transformative communities. Until recently, however, their stories have not been captured" (viii). Thus, by collecting and sharing these narratives, the book acts as a resource for knowledge, encouragement, and hope for other students and scholars who are resisting the anti-critical forces that encroach on their work toward social justice." Dave Wolken Syracuse University Education Review

Teachers Sourcebook for Extensive Reading

"Teachers Sourcebook for Extensive Reading (TSER) by Jacobs and Farrell is an easy-to-read tool for introducing beginners to and reminding experts of the theory and practice of extensive reading (ER)." Mike Misner University of Hawai’i at Manoa Reading in a Foreign Language

Trends and Issues in Distance Education 2nd Edition

"FROM E-LEARNING to m-learning and from Brazil to Mozambique, distance education comes in many shapes and sizes today. This diversity has advanced the field in many directions over the last decade, yet it has presented an important challenge for those who are considering distance education to improve performance. Namely, how do you keep up with the global trends and issues that are defining the next generation of distance education options?

The four editors of Trends and Issues in Distance Education recognized this challenge, and in response created a book that presents international distance education in a truly broad spectrum. This breadth is balanced with a writing style that illuminates practical applications that designers, developers, and other professionals can apply in a variety of contexts—including situations that do not cross international borders. The result is a very readable book that explores the theories, technologies, models, and approaches to distance education in its many forms, with a consistent focus on improving practice." Ryan Watkins George Washington University Performance Improvement, vol. 53, no. 1

Promising Practices for Fathers' Involvement in Children's Education

"This book would be a great fit for a workshop or book club to help teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other educators learn various ways that are in place to help promote father involvement and why fathers might respond (or not respond) to certain methods." Gilda Martinez-Alba Towson University The School Community Journal

The Interdependence of Teaching and Learning

"This edited text is composed of three sections; each individually examines an aspect of the complexities involved with teaching and learning as well as the politics woven into the fabric of educational policies." Mary Shea Canisius College Teachers College Record

Exploring Cultural Dynamics and Tensions Within Service-Learning

"The book challenges educators to consider helping students identify and understand their social location and multiple priviledges (for example, race ethinicity, gender, education, sexual orientation) before entering into relationships with the communities they serve. It also challenges readers to understand the communities in which students engage, acknowledge the agency of the communities in which they work, and invite the communite into a collaborative learning process." Karen L Yonemoto Claremond McKenna College

Fostering Global Citizenship

"This book could serve as a catalyst for inspiring more faculty to consider ways of establishing team-taught courses at their respective insitutions." Joanne Maguire Robinson University of North Caroline at Charlotte

Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-First Century

"Those who use this book as a thinking tool will gain new ideas while questioning what it means to educate in the second decade of the 21st century." Himanee Gupta-Carlson SUNY Empire State College

Teaching Inclusively in Higher Education

"Moira A. Fallon and Susan C. Brown's Technical Inclusively in Higher Education is a collaborative volume written by scholars in the field of education interested in pedagogical methods and strategies that make learning accessible to a more diversified college population. College faculty and instructors who sense that their classroom environments are increasingly complex in ways difficult to parse and educators perplexed by institutional pressures to change time-honored teaching methods will find the book illuminates the increasing diversity of student learners and the orientation of education scholars assessing its implications for teaching." Miriam Y. Perkins Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Teachers Sourcebook for Extensive Reading

"Overall, this book... represents a valuable new resource for teachers seeking useful ER activities that have been used successfully by practicing teachers. Teachers who want to implement ER in ways that are more dynamic by incorporating cooperative learning in their classrooms can also benefit from the various activities introduced in this book." Namhee Suk Northern Arizona University Reading in a Foreign Language

Participatory Evaluation Up Close

"With the possible exception of research on the influence of evaluation findings and processes, there is probably no broader body of work in the evaluation literature than research on participatory evaluation. Cousins and Chouinard have drawn on their years of experience in conducting research on participatory program evaluation, teaching about the topic, and conducting participatory studies to produce what they correctly describe as "certainly the most comprehensive review to date of the research on participatory and collaborative approaches to evaluation, and quite possibly of any other domain of interest in evaluation."" Paul R. Brandon University of Hawaii American Journal of Evaluation

In the Beginning

"An engaging retelling of well-known Biblical stories matched with well-grounded psychological insights makes “In the Beginning” a valuable resource for children and adults who care for them." Rev. Talitha Arnold Senior Minister, The United Church of Santa Fe