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Exemplary Elementary Social Studies

"Those interested in improving social studies curriculum and instruction will find rich fodder in this text. This is the kind of book which instructors of elementary social studies methods classes might assign to their students with the instruction to read the first chapter as well as just a couple others of their own choice. After reading several chapters, preservice or inservice teachers may enjoy presenting what they learned from one of the case studies and listening to colleagues analyze the other chapters in the book. Preservice and inservice teachers might benefit from writing reflections on how they could adopt some of these teachers' practices or why they are uncomfortable with some of the practices described in the case studies." Mary Beth Henning Northern Illinois University The Journal of Social Studies Research

The Language of Peace

"Invites students, educators, and researchers to think about language in new and challenging ways. . . . Highly original and refreshing, even inspiring . . . Insightful, positive. . . . Never shirks the big questions, or the bold statements: Oxford is unequivocal in her view that peace is a genuine possibility and considers the contributions we can all make through our discussions and our use of language. . . . . Subtly persuasive . . . . Voice switches between a committed activist’s enthusiasm and an effortless scholarly erudition, making for a lively, stimulating read. The thematic scope is truly impressive. . . . At no time does the author opt for the short cut and offer superficial overviews. The book is as deep as it is wide. . . . Made me stop and think about who I am and what I do . . . High praise indeed . . . . Unexpected and reinvigorating. . . . A highly positive, rewarding experience." Stephen Ryan Senshu University Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching

The Language of Peace

"Sweeping and expansive. . . . Erudite yet accessible discussions of complex subjects. . . . Strengths of the book include its expansive and lucid coverage of many of the most complicated and misunderstood theoretical concepts of peace and justice studies . . . . The drawbacks of the book are few and would not be noticeable to novice readers learning about peace communication. . . . Written in an easy to read manner . . . . Would . . . work well as an advanced high school or lower division college reader in . . . peace and conflict studies, English language studies, and . . . communication and conflict management or intercultural communication. . . . Would enhance course units or seminars on feminist and gendered perspectives on peacebuilding . . . [and] also be very useful in multi- or non-denomination theological courses and workshops . . ." Ellen W. Gorsevski Bowling Green State University Journal of Peace Education

The Language of Peace

"A substantive contribution . . . For any scholar wishing to bring both the theory and practice of peacemaking into the teaching of Comparative Education, these two volumes are indispensable. About The Language of Peace: Draws upon the fields of linguistics and critical discourse analysis to examine a wide range of literature related to issues of peace, war and conflict resolution . . . . Language becomes an irresistible force for social transformation. About Understanding Peace Cultures: Focus is on culture as opposed to language . . . The heart of the volume is . . . chapters introducing Buddhism, Islam and Confucianism as religions that build peace from an inner spiritual discipline that extends outward . . . . A striking feature of a number of other chapters is the way in which the reality of violence and discord is faced directly." Ruth Hayhoe University of Toronto Comparative Education Review

Girls and Women in STEM

"This book is a useful review for educators, curriculum developers, and administrators at all levels in understanding the current challenges girls and women face in learning STEM disciplines in K-12 education and out-of-school time, higher education, and in the pursuit of STEM jobs. It is a reminder that we are far from equalizing the field for men and women, and that more attention must be placed on strategies that successfully engage and retain girls and women in STEM fields. It also suggests the importance of out-of-school environments, as well as the role of families and communities, to support girls, showing that not all answers must come from schools." Julia Skolnik The Franklin Institute Science & Education

Understanding Peace Cultures

"Thich Nhat Hanh (quoted in Quinn, 2014) describes the current human condition as a small boat on the stormy sea in which “we need people who can sit still and be able to smile, who can walk peacefully… [and] each of you is that person” (p. 1). The stillness inside can settle the turbulence outside, but this stillness must be cultivated in each particular person through education. Understanding Peace Cultures answers the call to demonstrate the craft of nurturing inner peace and creating peace cultures, inviting all to become that person." Hongyu Wang Oklahoma State University Teachers College Record

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"Pathfinders in International Psychology is an exceptional book that offers its readers the opportunity to travel simultaneously in time and space across the landscape of our discipline and of the world. Internationally renowned Drs. Rich and Gielen have astutely selected a sophisticated list of 17 pathfinders from 14 countries and then asked accomplished authors to write biographies that detail not only their personal histories but also their professional and scientific contributions.

This volume makes a unique and remarkable contribution which brings about recognition for those psychologists and psychiatrists who have made our discipline and our world a better place. As readers, we are inspired by the lives of these Pathfinders and feel compelled to further develop their gifts to humanity. We are indebted to the editors for being pathfinders themselves, transcending the customary list of historical figures and highlighting individuals from every continent." Andrés J. Consoli, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Re-Envisioning Higher Education

"Readers interested in engaging with ideas about higher education beyond ubiquitous contemporary neo-liberal discourses will be heartened by Jing Lin, Rebecca L. Oxford and Edward J. Brantmeier’s book Re-envisioning Higher Education. Eschewing solely “a rational, scientific, individualistic, and materialistic framework for higher education” (p. xii), this edited collection delves into the ways “we are moving into a new era of cultivating whole beings and wisdom” (p. xiii), a project less often explored in higher education literature. Explicitly challenging dominant ideologies and mainstream practices in academia, the authors collectively invite us to imagine how we may center relationality and embodiment as central components of education." Anne E. Wagner & Riyad A. Shahjahan Teachers College Record

The Duality of Women Scholars of Color

"Women of Color considering the professoriate will find this book a very practical guide with empirically supported techniques for approach, entry into, and survival in the academy. Some of the authors provided insight into the unspoken expectations of institutions of higher education. They did this by indicating that there is considerable research on barriers to retention and promotion of Women of Color, but they remained focused on what works to move over, around, and beyond those barriers." Martha E. Banks ABackans DCP, Inc. PsycCRITIQUES

Improving Employee Health and Well Being

"This newly published volume from the Stress and Quality of Working Life series contains a collection of brief, straightforward, and academically oriented chapters that successfully tackles the topic of employee health and well-being from various perspectives. Editors Rossi, Meurs, and Perrewe´ have effectively compiled independently written chapters that logically flow from the individual micro level to the social and legal macro level. Both academicians and corporate managers will gain a useful awareness of how employee health and well-being is currently studied and analyzed and how to use this information to design programs and procedures that can potentially improve the health and well-being of employees." William P. Schaefer George Mason University World Medical and Health Policy

End of Academic Freedom

"The aim of analyzing the core purpose of contemporary universities is a highly welcome one, considering that institutions of higher education today are rapidly changing and highly exposed and susceptive to shifting political regimes of governance. These pressures interfere with the institutional autonomy they have achieved to varying degrees, depending upon the different political and historical contingencies and the social contexts they are situated in. The situation calls for differentiated and comparative analytical approaches to meet the promise of the title of the book, talking about ‘the core’ purpose and ‘the coming’ of certain threats against academic freedom." Claus Emmeche University of Copenhagen Science and Education

Girls and Women in STEM

"As the story goes, if you want to teach a mule anything, first hit it in the head with a two-by-four—this will get its attention. The first half of this book, edited by Koch (Hofstra Univ.), Polnick (Sam Houston State Univ.), and Irby (Texas A&M Univ.), is about hitting readers with a metaphorical two-by-four. In report after report, contributors describe how despite decades of efforts, there are significant barriers to entry and persistence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for women, especially women of color. Thus primed, readers are motivated to work through the second half of the book, which covers treatments that have been used with varying degrees of success. Going through this section is a fair amount of work because the writing styles of all the contributing authors are dry and academic. This book is useful for people who are thinking about taking action to help with gender balance in STEM and looking for confirmation of the extent of the problem or evidence of success for existing approaches. It is not a casual read or something directly useful for advocacy. Part of the "Research on Women and Education" series." D. J. Van Domelen Amarillo College CHOICE

Placing Practitioner Knowledge at the Center of Teacher Education

"Foregrounding practitioner expertise, as promoted by the book and the CPED consortium, would seem to be an urgent necessity in the shifting worlds of education policy, research, and practice. To do so in the course of doctoral study does not mean the EdD is inferior to the “pure research” model of the PhD in education. In fact, this text convincingly argues that practitioner knowledge is poised to transform PK-20 education more positively and profoundly than many current efforts at educational research and reform." Jenice L. View George Mason University Teachers College Record

End of Academic Freedom

"Who will benefit from reading this book? Whether psychologist or not, any academic who is concerned with the drift and shift in academic values that appears to be happening on many, if not most, campuses in the United States will want to become familiar with the work’s portents. Since it is something akin to a call to arms (or at least minds), I do not believe this is the sort of book to be read in the solitude of one’s own ivory tower or philosophical armchair. This is a book about an imperiled community as well as an imperiled “sense of community,” and how shared visions and traditions are under assault, sometimes in apparent ways and other times in more subtle but still corrosive ways that often masquerade as “necessary” choices or decisions. Colleagues who value institutional shared governance or who are constructively active in campus politics (I am thinking here of faculty senates and the like) should read this book; indeed, they should consider forming discussion groups or panel presentations.

Administrators from the top on down, from presidents and provosts to deans and department chairs should read this book if only to learn why so many of their faculty colleagues are restive and restless, if not resentful. Bowen, Schwartz, and Camp are not really telling us what we don’t already know—they are giving us a nuanced and reflective, if sometimes distressing, account of it. Trustees and regents, too, should read this book if only to try to understand the critical faculty worldview that likely puzzles or annoys them. The university was conceived to be a place apart from the worlds of commerce, government, and even private life—this feature is a key to maintaining academic freedom, and nonacademics should be aware of this fact." Dr. Dana S. Dunn Moravian College PsyCritiques

Girls and Women in STEM

"In the edited book Girls and Women in STEM: A Never Ending Story, the contributing authors convincingly argue that despite improvements in women’s participation in STEM fields, there is still much work that needs to be done. Specifically, this book highlights the importance of considering the intersectionality of gender with race, class, and language." Debra L. Oswald and Maha Baalbaki Marquette University PsycCRITIQUES

Trust and Governance Institutions

"The relationship between trust and governance institutions has attracted attention from public administration scholars in recent years (Klijn, Edelenbos, & Steijn, 2010). Over the past three decades or so, the concept of governance has become pervasive in government around the globe, inspiring a mode of government in which the public, private, and third sector work together to provide public service. Does this partnership among stakeholders from different sectors affect public trust? If so, how? What factors determine the level of trust in government as a whole? If the trust-governance link seems to be intuitive, is there empirical evidence to support it? These are legitimate questions that have not been adequately studied. In this regard, Trust and governance institutions: Asian experiences, edited by Milan Sun, Clay Wescott, and Lawrence Jones, is timely. It provides a notable contribution to the existing literature by introducing the Asian experience of the trust challenge in the era of governance." Jie Gao National University of Singapore International Review of Public Administration

Life Stories

"In summary, Life Stories provides engaging snapshots across slices of time and place through deconstructing the complex relation between historical moments and the biographical back stories of the actors who shaped educational trajectories. Biographical detail affirms the power of sociocultural forces in shaping historical narratives as we hear echoes in our own discourse and ventriloquate the voices of educators across the ages." Dr. Virginia Navarro University of Missouri-St. Louis PsycCRITIQUES

A Learner Centered Approach To Online Education

"ALearner Centered Approach to Online Education by Lisa Harrell (2013), is a short, seven-chapter book that covers the basics of online education. The purpose of the book is to act as a guide for designing and teaching online in a way that is learner focused. It is marketed for those new to online education, wanting to learn more about online education, and/or undergraduate and graduate students." Kathleen Stone Center for Distance Learning All About Mentoring

Queer Voices from the Classroom

"The greatest strength of this volume is the opportunity it presents to learn of the experiences of LGBT teachers in their own words. All of the authors responded to the editors’ call for personal narratives about their experiences as LGBT teachers. Each then wrote an essay addressing four separate prompts. The questions guided the teachers to discuss (a) their identities as queer teachers, (b) how their identities influenced their decision to become teachers, (c) significant moments regarding their lives as teachers, and (d) their hopes as queer teachers." Glenda M. Russell University of Colorado PsycCRITIQUES

Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation

"As part of the series “Evaluation and Society,” this edited volume brings together thirteen contributors with extensive experience to share perspectives on international development evaluation. The Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant to Claremont Graduate University to convene this group of leaders in global evaluation, who were then asked to share their papers describing best practices, approaches and principles guiding evaluation work in seven outcome areas. The publication is “intended to enhance learning in development and philanthropy by advancing concepts that can guide practitioners and support understanding in international development evaluation”(p. 2)." Linda A. Pursley Lesley University Education Review
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