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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

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
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