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In the Beginning

"Helps teachers, parents, and counselors teach children important life lessons augmenting their emotional as well as cognitive intelligence." Dr. Jerry M. Kutnick Gratz College, Philadelphia

In the Beginning

"This collection makes use of Biblical stories and wisdom, linking them to the emerging field of positive psychology, retelling them in a child-friendly way." Nathan A. Fox The University of Maryland

Books, Not Bombs

"Books, not bombs: teaching peace since the dawn of the Republic is an invaluable and extremely comprehensive account of the evolution of peace education in the USA beginning with the Iroquois Federation and with Benjamin Rush’s 1793 proposal for a national peace office down to the current challenges to peace and peace education. It is a must for the education of teacher candidates and serving teachers, and should be a required text for courses on the history of peace, introductory peace studies, and classes in American social and cultural history. It is also extremely encouraging for peace activists who can now, by reading this book, look back on a long and distinguished line of predecessors. It demonstrates a building momentum for peace." Kent D. Shifferd Northland College, Ashland, WI, USA Journal of Peace Education

Computer Games and Instruction

"This is an important book that I can highly recommend for both beginning and experienced researchers in this area, and for anyone who has an interest in computer games and their current and future use to enhance the learning process." Tim S. Roberts Teachers College Record

Young Children and the Arts

"The contributors argue that the arts are foundational to learning and help nurture children's creativity and imagination. They present a comprehensive approach that calls for engagement, initiative, and adaptive activities vital to contemporary education. The contributors' insights reveal how the arts are "foundational to high quality early education." Summing up: Recommended" G. A. Clark Emeritus, Indiana University Choice

The Brother Code

"This book starts a conversation that is much needed. Educators and all those who care about the success of African American men should Dancy's work to be most insightful." Eric M. Mridges PsycCRITIQUES

Catholic Schools in the Public Interest

"Catholic Schools and the Public Interest is an excellent contribution to international Catholic education studies in the quality of its scholarship, the rigour of its research and the rich resource of its policy ideas for securing and enhancing the future of Catholic schools in challenging conditions.

This is a book which will establish that contemporary Catholic schools are not, as critics suggest, a private and exclusive enterprise, but an educational mission devoted to the service of the common good of all people and to the public interest of all societies.

This book has the potential to change public and political attitudes toward Catholic schools, not only in the USA but also internationally. It deserves a wide readership." Professor Gerald Grace Director, Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education. University of London, Institute of Education, UK

Catholic Schools in the Public Interest

"Catholic schools are a national treasure. At a time when the only metric of educational conversation is standardized tests, these schools remind us that a true education of persons entails so much more. Because what and how these schools teach - about education as a force for moral and social good - this book belongs in our national conversation. It deserves to be read by all constituents - researchers, politians, parents, and educators." Anthony S. Bryk President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Stanford, CA, USA

The Mismeasure of Education

"When the Obama Administration decided to spend the billions it got for schools as part of the stimulus package to launch the Race to the Top program and the NCLB waivers, forcing many states to adopt teacher evaluation based on changes in student test scores, leading experts warned that this “value added” system did not have a reliable scientific basis and would often lead to false conclusions. This sobering and important study of the long experience with this system in Tennessee (where it was invented) shows that it did not work, was unfair, and took attention away from other more fundamental issues." Gary Orfield Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

The Mismeasure of Education

"If The Mismeasure of Education offered only its penetrating new look at Conant and Coleman, it would be worth the price. But that’s just the beginning. Horn and Wilburn uncover the obsessive instrumentalist quantification and apocalyptic rhetoric soapboxed by both liberal and conservative political elites. Their autopsy of value-added accountability reveals the pathology of ed reform’s claim about teachers not being good enough for the global economy." Susan Ohanian Educator, Author, Activist

The Mismeasure of Education

"A well-researched (and frightening) look at examples of shameful pseudoscience in America, the latest manifestation of which is value-added assessment for determining teacher competency... A well-documented and thorough analysis, inescapably leading to the conclusion that student test data cannot be used to determine teacher effectiveness. A must read for policy makers enamored of the idea that value added assessments will do what is claimed for them. They do not!....An excellent and scholarly history of how we got to an educational-testing/industrial complex, now promoting invalid assessment strategies that are transforming education, but not for the better. A scary book that should be thoughtfully read by those who value America’s greatest invention, the public schools." David Berliner Regents' Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

The Mismeasure of Education

"The Mismeasure of Education is a magnificent work, an elegantly written, brilliantly argued and erudite exposition on why the “what,” “how” and “why” of effective teaching cannot be adequately demonstrated by sets of algorithms spawned in the ideological laboratories of scientific management at the behest of billionaire investors... This book will serve as a sword of Damocles, hanging over the head of the nation’s educational tribunals and their adsentatores, ingratiators and sycophants in the business community... The Mismeasure of Education will have a profound resonance with those who are fed up with the hijacking of our nation’s education system. This is a book that must be read by everyone interested in the future of our schools. It is a book that advocates real educational justice, for student, teachers, administrators and the public; it is informed by impressive scholarship and compelling argument. It is surely to become a classic work." Peter McLaren Professor, GSEIS, University of California, Los Angeles, Distinguished Fellow in Critical Studies, Chapman University

Refugee and Immigrant Students

"Rarely does a volume in education dealing with issues that affect both refugee and immigrant youth center on the experiences of refugee students. Although there is wide diversity in the cultural and socio-economic experiences of refugee students and families, they nonetheless face issues that are unique to the condition of forced displacement (M cBrien, 2005; Quaynor & Hamilton, 2012; Sarr & M osselson, 2010). As the editors of this volume remind us, 15.2 million persons in 2009 were registered as refugees with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, and 41% of this population were children under the age of 18. This book is a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature on refugee education. The contributors provide cross-national perspectives on issues involved in refugee education while rejecting deficit-based frameworks and maintaining an explicit focus on “the agency and resilience of people with refugee experience” (p. xviii)." Laura Quaynor Teachers College Record

Pathways to Transformation

"This book can be read as a whole by anyone interested in pedagogy and is an effective tool not only for developing teaching capacities, but also for enhancing empathetic responses of teachers and counselors to a diversity of learners. In either case, reading this text could benefit a new teacher seeking to discern his or her own teaching practice, the experienced teacher who is confronted by technological and cultural changes in the classroom, and the adult learner who could gain a more conscious understanding of his or her own learning styles. The dual foci for the essays - adult education and counselor education - support but do not distract from the editors' primary aim - providing a guide for transformative learning in relationship." Stephanie Riley Boston University Teaching Theology and Religion

Taking Your Course Online

"If there is an online course in your immediate future, this collection of dispatches from the frontlines will be useful reading." Lance Pape Brite Divinity School Teaching Theology and Religion

Creating Connections in Teaching and Learning

"Readers interested in the social science research methodology of brief, descriptive case studies will find enormous variety in this collection." Alison Downie Indiana University of Pennsylvania Teaching Theology and Religion

Ubiquitous Learning

"Ubiquitous Learning takes a philosophical stance in favor of a constructivist pedagogy, which is learner-centered. Opportunities for uLearning are evaluated according to their potential to support active and interactive learner-centered instruction." Amy Erickson Iliff School of Theology Teaching Theology and Religion

The Professor's Guide to Taming Technology

"What many will find advantageous are three distinctions of the work. First, it provides the reader with ideas that arise from the classroom experience, as well as multiple perspectives from different teaching contexts. Second, each chapter contains important questions a faculty member should ask herself when considering employing a new technology in the classroom. Third, it provides limited, but very helpful, Web 2.0 recommendations. This is where the idea of taming comes across most dramatically." Michael Joseph Brown Wabash College Teaching Theology and Religion

The Professor's Guide to Taming Technology

"The idea of taming technology has probably occurred to almost everyone in the field of education. This guide to the process of taming technology is written by faculty members who have managed to find ways to use various technologies to effectively support the learning process. The book is written in a style that is user-friendly and reflective of the faculty perspective. Regardless of the discipline, this guide introduces the reader to current teaching/learning technologies, explains the benefits, and provides relevant examples and references." Ed Cunliff University of Central Oklahoma Adult Learning

Operation Pied Piper

"Similar to the absolute relevance of the several evacuations of schoolchildren from London to rural areas for an understanding of wartime schooling in Britain, Gaertner's very important study is essential to the continuance of efforts to portray and understand the schooling of German children during the second world war. Indeed, comparative studies with this and subsequently uncovered and analyzed information can only contribute positively to an increase in the robust understanding that wartime schooling in Europe properly deserves." O.L. Davis Aamzon.com
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