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Literacy as Gendered Discourse

"Scholarship in this volume is rich in critical theories and maintains the various intersectionalities while also being aware of and avoiding conflations of race, class and gender. The authors consistently critique power structures, and urge other practitioners and scholars to continue to think critically about issues of gendered literacies and inequity." TC Record

Blame Teachers

"Cultural shifts over the last half century have left educators vulnerable to myriad attacks from the public, politicians, and corporate entities. Battles over the means, methods, and efficacy of education, which manifest in debates over curriculum, funding, and assess-ments, limit and in some cases imperil educators’ efforts to facilitate learning. Jones (2015) levels reasoned, insightful criticisms at those who seek to restrict teachers’ praxes and abolish protections such as tenure which allow them to carry out research and expand pedagogy. The author’s useful text staunchly defends the teaching profession and exposes the mendacity of education leaders such as Arne Duncan and the detrimental effect neolib-eralism has had on the profession, primarily in charter schools. The text behooves educa-tors and those preparing to enter the field to guard themselves against cultural and politi-cal threats to the profession and to decode the language used to vilify and dismantle edu-cation in its truest sense." Jarrett Neal Aurora University Critical Questions in Education

How Management Programs Can Improve Organization Performance

"[one] of the best books of 2015 ... The world is changing rapidly, so organizations must change to succeed. The question, of course, is what to change and how. Richard E. Crandall and William Crandall bring decades of experience in manufacturing, engineering and academia to distill more than 50 business improvement programs into groups that address a variety of improvement categories, including planning, execution, cost reduction, quality improvement, performance measurement and response time. This gives readers a handy guide to decide which program, from just-in-time to lean to service-oriented architecture, will be most appropriate for your operational needs. Each program’s philosophy and principles are discussed, along with how to use the programs to achieve optimum success." Michael Hughes Industrial Engineer

Girls and Women in STEM

"The aim of analyzing the core purpose of contemporary universities is a highly welcome one, considering that institutions of higher education today are rapidly changing and highly exposed and susceptive to shifting political regimes of governance. These pressures interfere with the institutional autonomy they have achieved to varying degrees, depending upon the different political and historical contingencies and the social contexts they are situated in. The situation calls for differentiated and comparative analytical approaches to meet the promise of the title of the book, talking about ‘the core’ purpose and ‘the coming’ of certain threats against academic freedom." Claus Emmeche Københavns Universitet Science & Education

Promising Practices for Engaging Families in Literacy

"This book is a timely addition that brings us back to the origin of children’s literacy development in an enriched family environment. This is refreshing in light of standardized assessments and Common Core State Standards related movements in education. One key principle for literacy instruction is to start where the learner is (National Academy of Science, 1999). Understanding the influences of children’s literacy skills beyond the school wall informs us of who they are and provides insight into how we assist children in learning.

It provides ample program practices with a moderate literature review which clearly illustrate perspectives about the family’s role in children’s literacy development. Readers will find the program approaches informative, which may help generate more ideas to suit their own practice. Though being literacy-focused, the ideas could be applied to different subject areas. Additionally, the approaches could be useful for all levels of education from preschool to adulthood. For educators and practitioners involved in family learning programs and seeking ideas to inspire family engagement project development, this book is a great resource for expanding the repertoire of family literacy practices." Grace H.C. Huang Cleveland State University Journal of Family Strengths

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"In conclusion, this book was quite revealing and informative, particularly with respect to describing the efforts of outstanding professionals during the 1700s and 1800s. The broad lens and foci placed on these professionals worldwide resulted in a publication that is highly unusual, rich in context, cultural perspective, and nuance, and also rich in its exploration and explanation of the creation and implementation of theoretical, methodological, and practical innovations and discoveries. The importance and critical urgency for psychologists to be knowledgeable about what is now labeled cross-cultural, cultural, indigenous, and international psychology is readily apparent throughout this book." Dr. Lawrence Gerstein & Dr. Yuichung Chan Ball State University PsycCRITIQUES

Life Stories

"An ubiquitous complaint about the analytical and topical studies historians often produce is that the lives of people, their daily struggles, the weight of their choices in tense moments, the connection between the personal and the professional, and the defining themes of their lives and careers are absent or underappreciated. Biography can address this complaint by offering important ways to critically connect people and their lives to larger ideas and events. Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History Through Biography, a collection of essays by Linda C. Morice and Laurel Puchner, is an important, stimulating effort to bring biographical perspectives to educational history." Carlos Kevin Blanton Teachers College Record

Doing Race in Social Studies

"Like many books written by and for school teachers, Doing Race in Social Studies goes beyond generalities and platitudes to show what actual teachers and teaching materials are bringing to the classroom. That is, the book takes concepts and theories and makes them practical, giving teachers ideas and models of things that they can actually implement in their own teaching." Jack David Eller Anthropology Review Database

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"...the book constitutes a major contribution to international and cultural psychology by a unique team of editors and authors of 14 nationalities. Collectively, they have elucidated the intertwining of universal, cultural, and personal threads of behavior as they have ben brought to light by the distinguished pioneers and innovators whose efforts span more than two centuries. The book will be of interest to a widening circle of psychologists who are curious about the vicissitudes of their discipline across space and time. Beyond disciplinary boundaries, it will alos appear to cultural anthropologists, comparative sociologists, and social historians." Juns G. Draguns, PhD Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University International Psychology Bulletin

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"Pathfinders in International Psychology is a very valuable book because it reminds us that psychology is, without doubt, an international discipline. Drs. Rich and Gielen have done a spectacular job highlighting psychology's past and present, as well as giving us hope and excitement for its future." Carrie M. Brown Mohegan Tribe SCCR Newsletter


"...this is not a book to skim through or quickly scan. The further one reads, the more intense the narrative seems to become. It is an "easy read," but is so loaded with the events of the time and the appearances of historic figure that a "skimmer" might miss out on the delights within. ... This is a fascinating book that success that what Kolodny intended it to do." Amy Freshwater St. Louis Community College Vitae Scholasticae

Exemplary Elementary Social Studies

"Those interested in improving social studies curriculum and instruction will find rich fodder in this text. This is the kind of book which instructors of elementary social studies methods classes might assign to their students with the instruction to read the first chapter as well as just a couple others of their own choice. After reading several chapters, preservice or inservice teachers may enjoy presenting what they learned from one of the case studies and listening to colleagues analyze the other chapters in the book. Preservice and inservice teachers might benefit from writing reflections on how they could adopt some of these teachers' practices or why they are uncomfortable with some of the practices described in the case studies." Mary Beth Henning Northern Illinois University The Journal of Social Studies Research

The Language of Peace

"Invites students, educators, and researchers to think about language in new and challenging ways. . . . Highly original and refreshing, even inspiring . . . Insightful, positive. . . . Never shirks the big questions, or the bold statements: Oxford is unequivocal in her view that peace is a genuine possibility and considers the contributions we can all make through our discussions and our use of language. . . . . Subtly persuasive . . . . Voice switches between a committed activist’s enthusiasm and an effortless scholarly erudition, making for a lively, stimulating read. The thematic scope is truly impressive. . . . At no time does the author opt for the short cut and offer superficial overviews. The book is as deep as it is wide. . . . Made me stop and think about who I am and what I do . . . High praise indeed . . . . Unexpected and reinvigorating. . . . A highly positive, rewarding experience." Stephen Ryan Senshu University Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching

The Language of Peace

"Sweeping and expansive. . . . Erudite yet accessible discussions of complex subjects. . . . Strengths of the book include its expansive and lucid coverage of many of the most complicated and misunderstood theoretical concepts of peace and justice studies . . . . The drawbacks of the book are few and would not be noticeable to novice readers learning about peace communication. . . . Written in an easy to read manner . . . . Would . . . work well as an advanced high school or lower division college reader in . . . peace and conflict studies, English language studies, and . . . communication and conflict management or intercultural communication. . . . Would enhance course units or seminars on feminist and gendered perspectives on peacebuilding . . . [and] also be very useful in multi- or non-denomination theological courses and workshops . . ." Ellen W. Gorsevski Bowling Green State University Journal of Peace Education

The Language of Peace

"A substantive contribution . . . For any scholar wishing to bring both the theory and practice of peacemaking into the teaching of Comparative Education, these two volumes are indispensable. About The Language of Peace: Draws upon the fields of linguistics and critical discourse analysis to examine a wide range of literature related to issues of peace, war and conflict resolution . . . . Language becomes an irresistible force for social transformation. About Understanding Peace Cultures: Focus is on culture as opposed to language . . . The heart of the volume is . . . chapters introducing Buddhism, Islam and Confucianism as religions that build peace from an inner spiritual discipline that extends outward . . . . A striking feature of a number of other chapters is the way in which the reality of violence and discord is faced directly." Ruth Hayhoe University of Toronto Comparative Education Review

Girls and Women in STEM

"This book is a useful review for educators, curriculum developers, and administrators at all levels in understanding the current challenges girls and women face in learning STEM disciplines in K-12 education and out-of-school time, higher education, and in the pursuit of STEM jobs. It is a reminder that we are far from equalizing the field for men and women, and that more attention must be placed on strategies that successfully engage and retain girls and women in STEM fields. It also suggests the importance of out-of-school environments, as well as the role of families and communities, to support girls, showing that not all answers must come from schools." Julia Skolnik The Franklin Institute Science & Education

Understanding Peace Cultures

"Thich Nhat Hanh (quoted in Quinn, 2014) describes the current human condition as a small boat on the stormy sea in which “we need people who can sit still and be able to smile, who can walk peacefully… [and] each of you is that person” (p. 1). The stillness inside can settle the turbulence outside, but this stillness must be cultivated in each particular person through education. Understanding Peace Cultures answers the call to demonstrate the craft of nurturing inner peace and creating peace cultures, inviting all to become that person." Hongyu Wang Oklahoma State University Teachers College Record

Pathfinders in International Psychology

"Pathfinders in International Psychology is an exceptional book that offers its readers the opportunity to travel simultaneously in time and space across the landscape of our discipline and of the world. Internationally renowned Drs. Rich and Gielen have astutely selected a sophisticated list of 17 pathfinders from 14 countries and then asked accomplished authors to write biographies that detail not only their personal histories but also their professional and scientific contributions.

This volume makes a unique and remarkable contribution which brings about recognition for those psychologists and psychiatrists who have made our discipline and our world a better place. As readers, we are inspired by the lives of these Pathfinders and feel compelled to further develop their gifts to humanity. We are indebted to the editors for being pathfinders themselves, transcending the customary list of historical figures and highlighting individuals from every continent." Andrés J. Consoli, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Re-Envisioning Higher Education

"Readers interested in engaging with ideas about higher education beyond ubiquitous contemporary neo-liberal discourses will be heartened by Jing Lin, Rebecca L. Oxford and Edward J. Brantmeier’s book Re-envisioning Higher Education. Eschewing solely “a rational, scientific, individualistic, and materialistic framework for higher education” (p. xii), this edited collection delves into the ways “we are moving into a new era of cultivating whole beings and wisdom” (p. xiii), a project less often explored in higher education literature. Explicitly challenging dominant ideologies and mainstream practices in academia, the authors collectively invite us to imagine how we may center relationality and embodiment as central components of education." Anne E. Wagner & Riyad A. Shahjahan Teachers College Record

The Duality of Women Scholars of Color

"Women of Color considering the professoriate will find this book a very practical guide with empirically supported techniques for approach, entry into, and survival in the academy. Some of the authors provided insight into the unspoken expectations of institutions of higher education. They did this by indicating that there is considerable research on barriers to retention and promotion of Women of Color, but they remained focused on what works to move over, around, and beyond those barriers." Martha E. Banks ABackans DCP, Inc. PsycCRITIQUES
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