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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

In the Beginning

"This remarkable book brings the bible and storytelling together in ways that will deeply enrich and enthrall children and the adults reading with them." Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University

In the Beginning

"This book makes you want to be a child again." Woodrow Kroll Founder and Past President,Back to the Bible International

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
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