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Democratic Evaluation and Democracy

"Lehn Benjamin gives an analytical summary of the book in its penultimate chapter and with clarity focuses our attention on core questions—a prelude to the final chapter in which Donna Podems gives a pedagogical rendering of the book—how to use the chapters for “constant comparison.” These contributions realize the greatest promise of case study — as a curriculum. They affirm the inestimable value of the book in our continuing learning about what evaluation is and might be, what it was and might become. The prognostics are not clear and are not all positive. There is as much evidence for us to take away the thought that evaluation is an instrument for “evaluative thinking,” as there is evidence to suppose that evaluation is just too lost in the entwining undergrowth of administrative systems. Where there is a need for democratizing information — where we face the challenge of reducing “information poverty” - evaluation, by the evidence of this book, can both help and hinder. If we take a zero-sum view of power, in order to empower civil society, we have to disempower political and administrative hierarchies; to empower parliament, we have to disempower the executive and its outriders in the state bureaucracy. Here is where evaluation becomes “troublesome.” How much “trouble” can South Africa tolerate? How much trouble can your own context tolerate? Read this book and you will know better." Saville Kushner University of the West of England American Journal of Evaluation

For the People

"In conclusion, the book is very good for many readers across the world, especially students studying Social Studies and American History as well as those studying Peace and Conflict Studies. It would also be a positive contribution to the global field of Peace Studies if the book could be translated into many languages." Kazuyo Yamane Ritsumeikan University Global Campaign for PEACEducation

Successful Science and Engineering Teaching in Colleges and Universities, 2nd Edition

"This book is a light and joyful read. Its friendly features and structures help readers understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of these research-based teaching strategies. … In this book, Kalman introduces many strategies that can scaffold students’ learning to connect their prior knowledge, create conceptual conflict, and enact conceptual change when applicable. These strategies not only help professors teach science more effectively in large classes, but also offer useful methods to help students learn science outside of class. This book is a great reference for beginning science and engineering professors, especially those who teach large classes in higher education." Pei-Ling Hsu University of Texas at El Paso Teachers College Record

Holistic Education and Embodied Learning

"Holistic Education and Embodied Learning is an intriguing inquiry about the role of the body in holistic education. This book presents a wide variety of perspectives and practices written by multiple authors that will be informative to both researchers and practitioners." Lisa Lucas West Chester University Teachers College Record

Computers, Cockroaches, and Ecosystems

"Overall, Pugh is successful in his goal of helping readers understand how the teaching and learning processes work from multiple perspectives. In particular, Pugh’s approach would be helpful for teacher educators and others interested in making modern cognitive learning theory accessible to practitioners and laypeople. Pugh states, “We are in the age of learning. Yet the core principles of learning are not common knowledge. This is a problem” (p. 9). This book provides a useful set of answers to this problem." Joseph Erickson Augsburg University Teachers College Record

Portraying Lives

"Throughout Portraying Lives, Fitzgerald and May directly confront the gendered nature of archival documents in a wide variety of ways; but rather than abandon such artifacts, they insist that the “archive cannot be bypassed: it must be negotiated and disrupted” (p. 111). To this end, Fitzgerald and May’s slim volume offers a well-curated collection of ways to quietly disrupt the patriarchal archive on which our prior historical understandings have been based. " Jackie M. Blount Ohio State University Teachers College Record

Radical Thoughts on Ethical Leadership

"It is easy to recommend a book that takes a broad palette to a topic like ethical leadership and accomplishes the project effectively. This is a subject that has become increasingly important in recent years, where leadership has sometimes been most conspicuous in its absence. ... standout material by Waddock, Webb, Farazmand, and the editors themselves ensures the usefulness of this collection. This is a worthy contribution to the literature and is certain to spark discussion and new work in an exciting area of study." Christopher L. Atkinson Walden University International Journal of Public Administration

Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology

"Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology is a comprehensive must-have resource for educators interested in offering students a current and accurate portrayal of the global influences which shape major subfields of psychology. In addition to this volume being a beneficial pedagogical resource, it has rich insights which could be of interest to educational policy makers, scholars seeking to internationalize their research agenda, and institutions training graduate students who are seeking to be applied practitioners, among others." Anjana Balakrishnan Western University, London, Ontario Canadian Journal of School Psychology

Evaluating Second Language Courses

"If it were nothing else, this book would be an invaluable resource for the tidy and useful way in which program evaluation research has been catalogued. One takes for granted that in subsequent editions of this book, these citations will be updated to include research conducted after the initial publication of the book. This book is a clearly written, accessible method for busy language teachers to evaluate how the components in their course are functioning." Deirdre J. Derrick Northern Arizona University English for Specific Purposes

Educational Leadership and Organizational Management

"Educational Leadership and Organizational Management is extremely useful for students and teachers who are engaged in leadership in education. Of course it is also an excellent study book for the managers themselves. The book almost exclusively provides examples and literature references from higher education, but I think the analyzes also prove valid for other types of education." Pim Breebaart Th&ma Hogeronderwijs

Where's the Wisdom in Service-Learning?

"Where’s the Wisdom in Service-Learning? is Rob Shumer’s collection of reflections from 10 leaders representing decades of experience. The volume is a valuable addition to the canon of knowledge about the history and development of service-learning. Additionally, by reflecting on the current state of the field and giving suggestions for a path forward, Shumer, John Duley, William Ramsay, Bob Sigmon, Timothy Stanton, Jane Szutu Permaul, James Kielsmeier, Terry Pickeral, Cathryn Berger Kaye, and Bobby Hackett offer helpful wisdom to current and emerging practitioners, scholars, and partners with the potential to advance and strengthen the field." Leslie A. Garvin North Carolina Campus Compact Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Women of Color in STEM

"This book is both enlightening and uplifting, despite the constraints of the past. The strength and resilience of the women are inspiring. I recommend it to teachers, school and workplace administrators, and for inclusion in graduate student reading lists, as well as to feminists in all walks of life who are committed to making a difference in future possibilities for girls. It would be particularly helpful to parents whose daughters are mathematically or scientifically inclined. The focus is on how things could be different: more encouragement, more mathematical/spatial experiences, less gendered parenting and educating, and more attention to differentiation by race. In addition to opening up opportunities for women of color, this can open up the talent pool for STEM occupations." Dr. Michele Hoffnung Ph.D. PsycCRITIQUES

Advanced Management for Deans

"The typical career path for most academic administrators begins as a faculty member, then as one assumes more responsibility, a department chair, and then, for some, to deanship. Few, if any, have formal training on leading a department or academic unit, and almost none have a background in higher education scholarship. As a result, learning how to be a dean in higher education typically involves on the job training. Advanced Management for Deans is a book that early career deans can consult to learn how others have dealt with issues ranging from strategic planning to administrative structure, fund raising, hiring, and leadership. Almost all of the chapters are authored by current or former deans, many of whom were involved in establishing or reestablishing their academic units." Linda Clark Central Connecticut State University Teachers College Record

"The Brain Controls Everything"

"Overall, the book significantly contributes to the development of children’s ideas about the human body and how this topic can be taught and assessed by classroom teachers. Primary school students are curious by nature, which makes the human body an ideal subject for them to learn. Human anatomy is an active subject that allows students to explore their bodies and discover new things. The science education community generally accepts the idea that children have their own understanding of how the body works prior to receiving formal science instruction. These understandings often do not agree with the scientifically accepted view of the world (Driver, Squires, Rushworth, & Wood-Robinson, 1994). Investigating children's inexperienced interpretations of the body will shed some light and provide guidance for prospective and practicing teachers. Once teachers know the way their students think, they can implement instructional techniques and activities to challenge existing student ideas. Teachers can target their students’ misconceptions by planning activities and questions in advance. In general, students' misconceptions are not addressed in the curriculum, allowing them to exist unchallenged." Saoussan Maarouf Columbus State University Teachers College Record

Project Based Literacy

"Overall, this book is a fantastic guide for the teacher wanting to engage their students in real-world, authentic learning. For those teachers anxious about change and technology use, Gura and Reissman provide scaffolds and supports for reference. As teachers, we consider how to make learning real and authentic for our students, and while it can be difficult, resources like Project-based literacy: Fun literacy projects for powerful common core learning, help facilitate the exploration of new pedagogies and approaches to teaching in the digital age." Jason Trumble University of Central Arkansas Teachers College Record

Teaching ELLs Across Content Areas

"Teaching ELLs Across Content Areas: Issues and Strategies provides valuable, extensive knowledge and expert practices from an English language development perspective. In an era of preparing all teachers to be teachers of students whose home language is one other than English, this text provides foundational knowledge requisite in the development of confident, effective teachers of ELLs in content area classrooms." Leanne Evans University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Teachers College Record

Chinese Education from the Perspectives of American Educators

"Chinese Education from the Perspectives of American Educators, edited by Chuang Wang, Wen Ma, and Christie L. Martin, is poised to make a unique contribution to the field of comparative education studies. ... We recommend this volume to students and scholars who are interested in taking a comparative perspective to acquire some fundamental knowledge about educational similarities and differences between the United States and China." Chen Li & Wayne E. Wright Teachers College Record

Beyond the Campus

"This book exposes how the mission of civic engagement has been and too often still is overshadowed by the current prominence of the pursuit of individual goals disconnected from community perspectives and issues. The authors underline the still prevailing trend of dissociating academic learning from civic involvement by implementing curricula which are socio-culturally distant from the lives of the majority of students." Paul Belanger Universite du Quebec Intl Review of Education

Philosophy as Disability & Exclusion

"In Philosophy as Disability & Exclusion: The Development of Theories on Blindness, Touch, and the Arts in England, 1688-2010, Simon Hayhoe takes his readers on an intellectually stimulating journey over three centuries of philosophy. This philosophical thought still influences present day knowledge and the practice of arts education for the blind in England. The author argues that these philosophies have overwhelmingly “linked immorality, intelligence, and physical ability” (p. 2). Hayhoe expresses several goals in writing his text: (a) furthering an understanding of accessibility in the field of disability, (b) uncovering the historical epistemology of disability with its influence on culture and institutions that serve people with disabilities, and (c) reconsidering the ability of people with disabilities to access cultural institutions. His overarching call is for a “new epistemological method of studying difference and ability in humans” (p. 154) to bridge social divisions, rather than relying on stereotypical understandings of morality and ability. The book is divided into three sections. It moves from a wide scope of dense epistemologies and philosophies emerging since the Enlightenment to practical examples of institutions influenced by this thinking." Jessica Bacon & Jaclyn Ingoglia Montclair State University Teachers College Record

Peace Jobs

"By putting a spotlight on lesser known organizations, Smith provides tools for career professionals. Career counselors can use this text with students who are exploring majors, in an internship search, beginning to network, in a job search, or exploring graduate school options. This book is a practical resource for career counselors because they can point to specific chapters which can guide students based on their interests and major. " Mason Murphy Texas State University National Career Development Association
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