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Mobile Makes Learning Free

"Boris Handal, in contextualising the mobile learning movement, refers to it as the culmination of a dream and reminds us that one of its goals is to change the role of teachers by unburdening them from their place as sage on the stage. His book attempts to situate mobile learning within conceptual frameworks to guide future research and discussions of best practices. ... At the end of the book, it is clear that the author has produced a case for the teacher as a learning professional. The teacher who embraces mobile learning technologies must also be reflective and thoughtful about the integration of pedagogy with technology.
" Michael McVey Eastern Michigan University Intl Review of Education

Mentoring for the Professions

"Howley and Trube’s Mentoring for the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future is an important contribution to the growing body of literature in the mentoring field. Mentoring is a concept that crosses multiple disciplines and professions, and continues to provide support to all involved. This volume in Mentoring Perspectives provides the reader a wide-range of situations and experiences with regard to mentoring. Because of these varied roles, the reader is afforded an opportunity to expand on the current research of mentoring and through the literature, find additional strategies that can be easily adapted to their organization or a way to build on their current mentoring practices." Jason C. Bryant Auburn University Mentoring Association

Peace Jobs

"David J. Smith, who is well known in peace education for his work as a consultant and educator and his former roles at the US Institute of Peace, wrote Peace Jobs to answer a question students frequently ask him: How can I get a job working for peace? That anyone can do peace work in almost any occupation is a central claim of this book, which brings a career guidance lens to the emergent broad scope of peace education. Smith frames the book in terms of the pressures that students today face to treat college as career training and devalue liberal arts education: they will end college with high educational loan debts, and the job market is tight. The study of peace bridges the gap, Smith suggests, by inviting students to discover a sense of purpose as they prepare for careers of the future." Janet Gray The College of New Jersey Global Campaign for Peace Education

Child Advocacy and Early Childhood Education Policies in the Caribbean

"Overall, Child Advocacy and Early Childhood Education Policies in the Caribbean consists of significant contributions to the field of early childhood education by (a) providing much-needed literature that is contextual on a regional basis and relevant to developing ECE policies in the Caribbean; (b) synthesizing the canon on advocacy initiatives to better support young children; and (c) advancing appropriate policy and practice recommendations to purposefully engage ECE instruction, curriculum and overall development initiatives for children’s well-being. This book is a must-read for early childhood practitioners, scholars, policymakers, parents, and ECE agencies trying to create sustainable change in the Caribbean." Saran Stewart University of the West Indies Teachers College Record

Ethics and Risk Management

"The book Ethics and Risk Management focuses on the ethical aspects of risk management and reveals how culture and social values shape risk perceptions and, consequently, the actions that a community takes to mitigate and manage risk. As the book’s editor, Lina Svedin, points out: risk perception is subjective and can be influenced by culture and social context (p. 1). Consequently, societies with different cultures and value systems may perceive risk differently and may have different preferences regarding the policy options used to respond to risk. While the topics of “risk management” and “ethics” are seldom discussed in unison in the field of public affairs, this book explores the linkage between these topics and urges policymakers and public managers to recognize the cultural and social contexts in which they operate and to propose just, fair and appropriate measures when designing policies that seek to mitigate and distribute risk." Dr. Wen-Jiun Wang Sam Houston State University Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Leading Schools in Challenging Times

"In sum, we believe Leading Schools in Challenging Times makes an important contribution to the literature on principal preparation and educational leadership in the current context of school reform and shifting U.S. demographics. This book can be of even greater use when supplemented with other resources focusing more on educational leadership issues and the challenges associated with creating more equitable schools and communities..." David Edward DeMatthews & Becca Gregory University of Texas at El Paso Teachers College Record

Law & Education Inequality

"Law and Education Inequality expertly examined multiple factors that contribute to inequality in education. Through examining the role of law and how it may negatively impact desirable educational reforms, the authors help readers think critically about how policymakers, lawyers, social scientists, and educators can work toward equal education for all people. By doing so, the study joins other efforts that seek to use empirical understandings of youth and legal responses to their needs to address their rights (see, e.g., Levesque 2015, 2016a, b). This is an emerging field that takes both empirical science and the law seriously. From this perspective, this book makes an invaluable contribution as it provides an example of the importance of this line of work. More specifically, it reveals that, although our society and educational systems in general have come a long way, it is important to recognize that there is inequality in the education system, identify factors that contribute to inequality, and consider ways to remedy them. Through this realization, people can work collaboratively and support the basic liberties of youth from diverse populations." Hannah Colias Indiana University Adolescent Research Review

Point of Departure

"Point of Departure is a unique and profound book. It offers a lucid presentation of ideas that are often rendered in the overly abstract language of metaphysics. This is a huge achievement! More than that, it presents simple techniques for putting Indigenous worldview into practice. Perhaps most remarkable is its appendix, where Four Arrows tells two personal stories that illustrate the effectiveness of Indigenous methods – stories whose outcomes are “miracles” when seen through Western worldview but are fully understandable when seen through Indigenous worldview. Anyone can achieve similar outcomes using trance-based learning. It’s a matter of remembering that “fear offers an opportunity to practice a virtue; authority comes only from honest reflection on lived experience with the realization that everything is related; words and other forms of communication are understood as sacred vibrations; and Nature is the ultimate teacher." Kevin Barrett blog

Leadership and School Quality

"Leadership matters in high quality schools and lack of leadership matters significantly in low achieving environments. As scholars and school practitioners begin to isolate the very forces that influence, or impede, student achievement, the notion of quality leadership comes quickly to the forefront of the conversation. Editors Michael DiPaola, from the College of William and Mary and Wayne K. Hoy, from the Ohio State University, provide us with a relevant and current discussion grounded by both the perspectives of frontline practitioners as well as active researchers who have considered the issue of leadership for many years." Zach Kelehear Augusta University School Administrator

The Construction, Negotiation, and Representation of Immigrant Student Identities in South African schools

"An important addition to the body of work on immigrant students’ schooling, The Construction, Negotiation, and Representation of Immigrant Student Identities in South African Schools examines the ways in which immigrant students’ identities are framed, challenged, asserted, and negotiated within the dominant institutional culture of schools in South Africa. In doing so, authors Vandeyar and Vandeyar broaden the literature on immigrant schooling to include an example from South Africa, rendering this population of students more visible while simultaneously filling the gap between policy and daily life." Theresa Catalano University of Nebraska-Lincoln Anthropology & Education Quarterly

Higher Education in Development

"This book is recommended for anyone in the field of comparative education interested in higher education in sub-Saharan Africa or other developing countries. Education development workers, especially those focused on finance, professional development, long-range planning, and research infrastructure would also benefit. Even those in the field working outside of the region can gain insight into the role they might play in terms of partnership and support of the region." Elizabeth R. Bruce Lehigh University Forum for International Research in Education

Multicentric Identities in a Globalizing World

"Theories, methodologies, and epistemologies grounded in mainstream psychology privilege the experimental method across disciplines to center the normative, generalizable, and universal in the study of human behavior. Nowhere is this grand narrative more visible than in education where theories of child development, behaviorism, and psychometrics dominate the field. Sergio Salvatore, Alessandro Gennaro, and Jaan Valsiner's edited volume Multicentric Identities in a Globalizing World comprises a diverse collection of global scholarship that disrupts some of the major tenets of the grand narrative of mainstream psychology. The text advances the idiographic turn in the qualitative study of human behavior with implications for a wide range of disciplines such as education." Suniti Sharma Saint Joseph's University Teachers College Record

Co-Teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in The EFL/ESL Classroom

"If teaching is an art its effectiveness rests in the work of many dedicated hands – a conviction that contributors of Coteaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom unanimously share. There are many helpful books on teaching but this one is unique in its aim and concrete ways it offers “teachers to collaborate effectively” (xviii). Andrea Honigsfeld and Marla G. Dove achieve their goal of providing “an accessible resource long awaited by educators whose individual instructional practice and/or institutional paradigm shifted to a more collaborative approach to language education” (xviii). Ingeniously compiled, the twenty-six essays, divided into four parts, examine the:

rationale for teacher collaboration to support ESL/EFL instruction, presenting current, classroom-based, practitioner-oriented research studies and documentary accounts related to coteaching, coplanning, coassessing, curriculum alignment, teacher professional development, and additional collaborative practices, and offering authentic teacher reflections and recommendations on collaboration and coteaching. (xviii)" Aliou C. Niang Union Theological Seminary Wabash Center

The Language of Peace

"Finally, the book is a vital contribution to the literature in the field. It is not only a book for peace educators but also for peace studies teachers and students. The book is pregnant with conflict and conflict resolution research and teaching suggestions, and would be a useful companion for new and old peace scholars and practitioners alike." Mumbua Simon University for Peace In Factis Peace

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"Pathfinders in International Psychology will provide a rich context for our students as they explore the direction of their careers. I found the book enjoyable and engaging, as it illuminated the challenges, choices, detours and rebounds in careers of 17 psychologists, psychiatrists, and healers living from 1727 to the present across the world. " Sheila J. Henderson The General Psychologist

The Future of Evaluation in Society

"The 2011 Stauffer Symposium at the Claremont Colleges was intended to honor Michael Scriven for a half century of unflinching and unstinting leadership in evaluation. The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven is the published record of this gathering. But, as editor Stewart Donaldson tells it, the guest of honor refused to attend until the spotlight turned to the future of evaluation." Linda Mabry Washington State University American Journal of Evaluation

Mathematics in Middle and Secondary School

"Karp and Wasserman's Mathematics in Middle and Secondary School provides an effective framework for exploring the domains of algebra, geometry, and discrete mathematics. The ideas in this book could be deepened with more recent research in problem solving and further exploration in probability and statistics. The first parts provide adequate pedagogical knowledge to better analyze the lesson plans and problem solving ideas presented in subsequent sections. Similarly, the first section of each chapter discusses key ideas, such as aims and objectives, standards, theoretical frameworks, and pedagogical approaches and allows readers to apply these ideas to problem solving and designing lesson plans. These discussions help readers develop a thorough understanding of sound practices in lesson planning and challenges in teaching for, about, and through problem solving." Jonathan D. Bostic & Lance Kruse Teachers College Record

Women and Leadership around the World

"Women and Leadership Around the World, edited by Susan R. Madsen, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, Karen A. Longman, and Cynthia Cherrey, brings attention to the need for a paradigm shift in terms of understanding current issues related to gender equality and leadership. Specifically, the book breaks down the notion that women are making moderate progress toward equality in a uniform fashion and points to the heterogeneous ways in which countries around the world are addressing the need for leadership among women. The book brings to light that a majority of research and writing reflects the socioeconomic and cultural contexts of industrialized societies, labeled WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic; Henrich, Heine, & Norenzayan, 2010).

The audience for this book includes anyone who is interested in gender research, political advancements for women, oppositional movements, social change, and gender leadership in industry. The chapters, using a case study approach, are organized into four parts: (1) Middle East, (2) Europe, (3) North America, and (4) Asia Pacific. The flow of the book is that each chapter presents a case-by-case analysis from a representative country, elucidating specific examples of gender-based leadership challenges and/or solutions." Candice R. Hollenbeck University of Georgia PsycCRITIQUES

The First Sourcebook on Asian Research in Mathematics Education - 2 Volumes

"UM Mathematics Professor Bharath Sriraman recently completed a major project involving Asian mathematics education which resulted in the release of a two volume set entitled “ The First Sourcebook on Asian Research in Mathematics Education: China, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and India”.

This massive effort has resulted in a 1780 page tome involving a prominent editorial team from 6 Asian countries and co-ordinating the efforts of 130+ researchers/authors. The book is a milestone for all these countries because it gives an encyclopedic state of the art of what is known in mathematics education for each of the countries." University of Montana Research

Revisiting Education in the New Latino Diaspora

"The New Latino Diaspora (NLD) refers to areas of the US that have not traditionally been home to Latinos but are experiencing—now and in recent years—an increase in their Latino populations. These rapidly shifting demographics have major implications for education systems. These implications are carefully and thoroughly excavated throughout this text in a way that is both scholarly and story-like. Editors Hamann (Univ. of Nebraska—Lincoln), Wortham (Univ. of Pennsylvania), and Murillo (California State Univ., San Bernardino) have compiled a comprehensive collection of research highlighting the heterogeneity of NLD populations in the US, as well as the improvisational nature of the response of various education systems. Each chapter explores a different facet of the NLD educational experience; each chapter is captivating in its own right, but taken together they weave an encompassing narrative on the complexity of Latino immigration and education in the US. A volume in Educational Policy and Practice: Critical Cultural Studies Series, this book is critical for individuals engaged in any aspect of educating Latino youth in the United States." M. B. Hopkins Nazareth College of Rochester CHOICE
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