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Hollywood or History

"The Hollywood or History? approach focuses on comparing selected film clips with primary and secondary sources so that students can reach conclusions about how much the film is consistent with historical evidence and how much of it is creative license. The introduction to the book provides a brief outline of the method in seven steps: selecting films or film clips, developing questions, finding historical resources, creating student scaffolds, enacting the lesson, having students draw conclusions, and debriefing. Repeatedly comparing films with primary and secondary sources in order to judge their accuracy would likely become tedious for students if enacted multiple times over the school year, but, as the lesson examples illustrate, there are many permutations of the core inquiry strategy that keep the pedagogy fresh across multiple films and time periods." Christopher Clark Teachers College Record

Peace Education Evaluation

"As a peace education scholar who is designing a peace education intervention, I found it greatly helpful. It equipped me with a rich understanding of existing critiques, tensions, complications and practices of evaluation. It also inspired me with ideas towards developing a methodology for the evaluation of my intervention. By spanning a multitude of existing evaluation practices on a global scale and opening up novel avenues and possibilities, Peace Education Evaluation is undoubtedly a useful resource for a wide range of audiences." Basma Hajir University of Cambridge In Factis Pax

The Power of Community Engagement for Educational Change

"In conclusion, The Power of Community Engagement for Educational Change provides readers with an overview of the field (past, present, and future) and numerous accounts of community-based initiatives. These highly detailed accounts—which offer insights into the goals, frameworks, outcomes, and processes associated with authentic community engagement—were carefully selected to ensure maximum variety with regard to location, setting, demographics, and other characteristics. As a result of these features, the book is most suitable for practitioners and educators who wish to assume an active role in the advancement of community engagement. Nonetheless, as the book covers such a wide array of initiatives, it may also be incorporated into teacher education courses and utilized for purposes not explicitly identified by editors.7/1/2019" Tracey Kumar Southeastern Louisiana University School Community Journal

Family Involvement in Faith-Based Schools

"Family Involvement in Faith-Based Schools is a recent addition in this series from Information Age Publishing using Joyce Epstein’s (2010) “Six Types of Parent Involvement,” focusing on family involvement with a secondary and more narrowed focal point of faith-based schools per the book’s title. It is the type of book that those exploring ways faith-based school organizations can involve families should read and would be of interest to steering committees, school leadership, teachers, and all individuals who seek to improve education through family involvement. The book provides a snapshot of current practice and of concerns with the schools it highlights and offers examples and directions on related topics such as parent choice and diversity." Karen Estep Grand Canyon University School Community Journal

Learning Analytics in Education

"This is a book that satisfies in a number of ways. It is scholarly and regularly deploys theory, but also demonstrates a keen understanding of the practical. It addresses novel technologies and considers policy implications. It illustrates the power of Learning Analytics while also cautioning about its inherent risks. It will undoubtedly prove to be of enduring value to educational professionals and all those with an interest in this exciting field." Peter Waring Murdoch University Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching

Leadership Matters in the Education of Students with Special Needs in the 21st Century

"Leadership Matters is an academic book citing many references and research findings that take a deep look at the leadership practices the four editors have found to be most effective in addressing special needs learners and students in general. They recognize that there are no quick fixes and talk about “the growing field of implementation science,” which finds that the innovation process can take two to four years or more. The process includes multiple decisions, actions and corrections before a program is successfully implemented and operational." Bob Schultz Brandman University School Administrator

Control is Not a Four‐Letter Word!

"Control is Not a Four Letter Word provides an abundance of helpful information for everyone from the first-time teacher to the veteran teacher. After forty years of classroom experience, Sarah Clancy-Ballard bridges the gap between learning how to teach and establishing classroom authority. She believes a teacher sets the tone for the entire year in the first five days of a new school year (xii). The resonating theme of the text is that classroom control emerges from preparation and “the depth of commitment the teacher has to control the class” (xiii). The author examines the importance of first impressions, organizing and utilizing the written word, time management, and behavior management." Christina Sebastian New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Reflective Teaching

Deep Learning in Introductory Physics

"In this book, Lattery does more than reconstruct some main trends in the model-centered learning literature, identify diverging positions, or find support for a compromise view that builds on already existing work. He defines a research program at the confluence of decades of research it builds on. For that reason, it will be most useful to educators and education scholars who are not convinced that model-centered learning requires methods and resources that one usually does not find in a traditional classroom setting." Yann Benétreau-Dupin San Francisco State University Science & Education

Computers, Cockroaches, and Ecosystems

"Computers, Cockroaches, and Ecosystems provides a concise and easy-to-read introduction to four major learning theories: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and socioculturalism. It is a practical and relevant guide for new and experienced teachers alike. Pugh helps the reader to understand each of the learning theories using examples drawn from his own personal experience, as well as case studies from the literature. The book is written in a conversational tone that is easily accessible and mostly free of jargon." Rachael Anderman Lancor Edgewood College Science & Education

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

Attitude Measurements in Science Education

"In sum, Myint Swe Khine’s book Attitude Measurements in Science Education: Classic and Contemporary Approaches is extremely rich, instructive, and insightful at several levels, and for different purposes. For example, science education researchers will definitely find useful the various examples of practical attitude measurements through different empirical studies, as well as the main theoretical prospects in research on attitudes. Also, teachers as well as students could also benefit from this book, as research results and teaching implications are emphasized, especially the value the former can bring to the latter. Even though some chapters require some more advanced understanding of the issues related to attitude measurements, the major part of the book is accessible and of great interest for an audience who has some curiosity in science education research." Florian Stern University of Geneva Science & Education

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
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