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Service-Learning to Advance Access and Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity

Editor: Travis T. York
Abstract: Service-Learning to Advance Access & Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity, focuses on how service-learning can advance access and success. Not simply access and success of students, but the ways that service-learning can advance access and success for all through bridging institutional and community capacity building. The chapters in this volume serve as a testament to the ways in which service-learning research continue to be advanced by thoughtful scholar-practitioners. The 12 chapters included in this volume are organized into three sections.
Publisher: Information Age
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Shattering Inequities: Real-World Wisdom for School and District Leaders

Author: Robin Avelar La Salle
Author: Ruth S. Johnson
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This book describes the systems in schools and districts that perpetuate historical and persistent underachievement for the same demographic groups of students who have struggled for decades. It provides educators with a set of essential lessons aimed at breaking that unacceptable cycle. For leaders who believe that all students deserve the premium education that only some currently experience, this book will be a comfort seeing how your leadership can bring about equitable outcomes for our most vulnerable students. Chapters include examples of actual equity leaders. Complex leadership lessons are shared as easily retrievable “Equity Hooks.” Equity Hooks function the same way as musical hooks in songs that remind us of entire songs with just a few words. Equity hooks included in each chapter are memory cues of complete, complex, and nuanced leadership takeaways. In the throes of educational transformation, the rich lessons presented through actual on-the-ground examples provide leaders with a practical way to quickly and effectively infuse substantive thoughtfulness into common equity challenges. This book will inform equity-grounded decisions and inspire equity-driven action to ensure that demographics do notdetermine destiny.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Shuttered Schools: Race, Community, and School Closures in American Cities

Editor: Ebony M. Duncan-Shippy
Abstract: Shuttered Schools: Race, Community, and School Closures in American Cities (Information Age Publishing) is an interdisciplinary volume that integrates multiple perspectives to study the complex practice of school closure—an issue that transcends education. Academics, practitioners, activists, and policymakers will recognize the far-reaching implications of these decisions for school communities.Shuttered Schools features rigorous new studies of school closures in cities across the United States. This research contextualizes contemporary school closures and accounts for their disproportionate impact on African American students. 
Publisher: Information Age
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Silencing Ivan Illich Revisited: A Foucauldian Analysis of Intellectual Exclusion

Author: David Gabbard
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Originally published in 1993, Silencing Ivan Illich fell out of print when the original publisher went out of business in 1995. The author, David Gabbard, states that the book was pivotal in the evolution of his understanding of schools. Delving into Foucault's work to forge a methodology, he wanted to understand the discursive (symbolic) forces and relations of power and knowledge responsible for the marginalization of Ivan Illich from educational discourse. In short, Illich was “silenced” for having committed the heretical act of denying the benevolence of state-enforced, compulsory schooling. In Silencing Ivan Illich Revisited, Gabbard revisits the text as a means of opening the question of what schools should be. Inspired by Slavoj Žižek's call for a Positive Universal Project, the book provides an alternative vision of what our species ought to be doing in the name of collective learning.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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Social and Emotional Learning in Out-Of-School Time: Foundations and Futures

Editor: Elizabeth Devaney
Editor: Deborah A Moroney
Abstract: This volume focuses on social and emotional learning (SEL) from a variety of perspectives. The goal of the volume is to offer a clear framing of SEL in relation to other related out-of-school time concepts and initiatives. SEL has gained popularity as a concept in recent years and there remains confusion as well as great interest in the meaning and implementation of SEL in OST. 
Publisher: Information Age
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Social Studies Teacher Education: Critical Issues and Current Perspectives

Author: Christopher Martell
Abstract: This volume examines how teacher educators are (or are not) supporting beginning and experienced social studies teachers in such turbulent times, and it offers suggestions for moving the field forward by better educating teachers to address growing local, national, and global concerns. In their chapters, authors in social studies education present research with implications for practice related to the following topics: race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, religion, disciplinary literacy, global civics, and social justice. This book is guided by the following overarching questions: What can the research tell us about preparing and developing social studies teachers for an increasingly complex, interconnected, and rapidly changing world? How can we educate social studies teachers to “teach against the grain” (CochranSmith, 1991, 2001b), centering their work on social justice, social change, and social responsibility?
Publisher: Information Age
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South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom

Author: Punita Chhabra Rice
Abstract: This book tells the stories of South Asian Americans in K-12 schools, through a look at their perceptions, experiences, and support needs in school, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency and belief in “the model minority myth” (the perception of Asians as the perfect minority). This book mixes stories, quotes, and anecdotes with quantitative research in order to paint a multifaceted picture of the varied and complex experiences of Asian Americans in schools. 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Special Education Law Case Studies

Author: David Bateman
Author: Jennifer Cline
Abstract: The case studies presented here are actual students eligible for special education and related services. The case studies are represented not to tell districts and parents that this is the only way questions about special education law can be answered, but to provide likely answers along with commentary for analysis. The cases were developed to help new (and experienced) special education leaders and supervisors survive the pressures of working with students with disabilities while working to provide appropriate services and prevent litigation.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programs in Specialized School Settings

Editor: Bronwyn MacFarlane
Abstract: Specialized Schools for High-Ability Learners focuses on educational programming offered in nontraditional, publicly approved, and private settings, with important details about how to serve high-ability learners in specialized schools and deliver schoolwide educational change. Each chapter offers a differentiated resource for educators who are interested in designing and implementing programs in specialized school settings by providing a discussion of the critical components for inclusion in a carefully planned, coherent, and quality-minded K-12 curricular sequence. This book delivers a comprehensive discussion with recommendations for the learning experiences of high-talent students in specialized schools and alternatively approved educational programs.
Publisher: Prufrock
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Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness

Author: Katie Egan Cunningham
Abstract: Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness links what we know from the science of happiness with what we know about effective literacy instruction. By examining characters in the books they read, children develop empathy for others and come to understand that we all struggle and we all love. When given a choice about what to write, children express hopes, fears, and reactions to life’s experiences. Literacy learning is full of opportunities for students to learn tools to live a happy life. 
Publisher: Stenhouse
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Student Activism in the Academy: Its Struggles and Promise

Author: Joseph L. DeVitis
Author: Pietro A. Sasso
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Student Activism in the Academy: Its Struggles and Promise is a wide-ranging, provocative survey of student activism in America’s colleges and universities that critically analyzes the contentious problems and progress of a movement that has stirred public reaction in and out of academe. Its fundamental purpose is to engage diverse publics in both reasoned and passionate reflection and soul searching on vital issues that surround campus protest. Thus, the essays in this volume respect the need to consider how to weigh freedom, fairness, safety, and protection inside and outside the walls of ivy. Their authors ponder the big picture of student activism, including: strategies for student activism, the role of social media and technology, legal questions on campus speech, the dilemmas of political correctness, generational differences among student activists, and various forms of student protest related to race, class, gender, and disabilities.

Both professional and student voices prompt us to better comprehend academic realities with more hope and wisdom. Administrators, faculty, students, and student life personnel in higher education—indeed, all those interested in today’s colleges and universities--will want to participate in the timely and productive dialogue within these pages.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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Student Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education

Author: Nicola Barden
Author: Ruth Caleb
Abstract: Good mental health is essential for students to manage the challenges that university life presents. This book offers pragmatic guidance to support academic and student services staff in engaging with this critical issue, both in terms of being proactive within their role to promote a positive approach to wellbeing, and understanding how to care appropriately for students who may not be flourishing in the university environment. 
Publisher: SAGE
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Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice From the National Association for Gifted Children

Editor: Kathleen Niles
Editor: Jennifer L. Jolly
Editor: Tracy Ford Inman
Editor: Joan Franklin Smutny
Abstract: Chapters address such topics as underachievement, twice-exceptionality, acceleration, underrepresented populations, student advocacy, and more. Additionally, the book includes discussion and reflection questions that are perfect for parent support groups, conversations with families and children, and individual parent reflections.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
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Successful School Leadership: International Perspectives

Editor: Petros Pashiardis
Editor: Olof Johansson
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Successful School Leadership identifies the characteristics, behaviours and practices of successful and effective school leaders through the adoption of a systemic view of the quality of school organizations. Edited by Petros Pashiardis and Olof Johansson, chapters explore the similarities and differences between successful and effective school leaders and across various socioeconomic contexts. Capitalizing on the experiences of the international contributor team, this book will inform the preparation and further development provided to school leaders in an era where ministries of education, universities and multinational organisations (such as the OECD) are increasingly interested in the leadership of our schools.

Systematic analyses of multi-perspective data provided from around the world and offers the readers a comprehensive picture of the key behaviours and practices central to successful and effective school leadership. An original contribution to the theoretical perspectives on the subject is derived through insights from empirical research, case studies, and bibliographical literature from the field.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Suicide Among Gifted Children and Adolescents (2nd ed.): Understanding the Suicidal Mind

Author: Tracy L. Cross
Author: Jennifer Riedl Cross
Abstract: The updated second edition of Suicide Among Gifted Children and Adolescentsexplores the suicidal behavior of students with gifts and talents. It provides the reader with a coherent picture of what suicidal behavior is; clarifies what is known and what is unknown about it; shares two major theories of suicide with explanatory power; and offers an emerging model of the suicidal behavior of students with gifts and talents. In addition, the book includes chapters offering insight into the lived experience of students with gifts and talents, and what we can do to prevent suicide among gifted students, including creating caring communities and specific counseling strategies. It also provides a list of resources available to help.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
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Supporting Fraternities and Sororities in the Contemporary Era: Advancements in Practice

Editor: Pietro Sasso
Editor: J. Patrick Biddix
Editor: Monica Lee Miranda
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Supporting Fraternities and Sororities in the Contemporary Era is inspired by sustained and reoccurring professional conversations and scholarship that have suggested that not just change is necessary, but that there ought to be a fundamental shift towards reconceptualizing the construct of fraternities and sororities. The co-editors curate work from scholars and noteworthy practitioners from across higher education to provide an imperative text that reflects the complexity and expansiveness by addressing diversity, programming, and support approaches. This text commences with the understanding that issues will continuously exist, requiring a greater nuanced depth of appreciation to reduce their negative impact. It also summarizes national organizations from authentic, represented voices. Chapters then focus on solutions to support the fraternity and sorority experience, providing strategies and emerging explanations for the issues described in this text. Supporting Fraternities and Sororities seeks to do exactly as the title implies: to inform all stakeholders so that they can make better decisions about the future of these institutions.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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Systems for Instructional Improvement: Creating Coherence from the Classroom to the District Office

Author: Paul Cobb
Author: Kara Jackson
Author: Erin Henrick
Author: Thomas M. Smith
Abstract: In Systems for Instructional Improvement, Paul Cobb and his colleagues draw on their extensive research to propose a series of specific, empirically grounded recommendations that together constitute a theory of action for advancing instruction at scale. The authors outline the elements of a coherent instructional system; describe productive practices for school leaders in supporting teachers’ growth; and discuss the role of district leaders in developing school-level capacity for instructional improvement.
 
Based on the findings of an eight-year research-practice partnership with four large urban districts investigating their efforts to enhance middle school math instruction, the authors seek to bridge the gap between the literature on improving teaching and learning and the literature on policy and leadership. They look at the entire education system and make recommendations on improvement efforts with a focus on student learning and teachers’ instructional vision. In particular, the authors offer insights on the interplay among various supports for teacher learning, including pullout professional development, coaching, collaborative inquiry, the most instructionally productive uses of principals’ time, and the tensions that tend to emerge at the district level. They provide a guide for district-level leaders in organizing their work to support significant teacher learning.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Taking Control of Writing Your Thesis: A Guide to Get You to the End

Author: Kay Guccione
Author: Jerry Wellington
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Taking Control of Writing Your Thesis offers you a clear account of the how, what, why and who of working together so that you can produce, finish and submit a successful thesis. Guccione is a Thesis Coach and Thesis Mentoring Programme Designer and is currently researching the barriers to thesis completion; Wellington has supervised and examined numerous dissertations at MA and doctoral level. They draw on these experiences throughout in providing you with expert guidance for your thesis, informed by real student testimonies and with 'Points to Ponder' and a wealth of online resources to support you along the way.

Guccione and Wellington show that planning, writing and support for thesis writers is a collaborative venture but also one which you can take ownership of and manage. They show that there are ways to become more connected to what and who you need, and explore the collegial and peer-support structures that are there to be utilised. They situate the student within an educational context viewing them not as the lone researcher able or not able, skilled or unskilled, but as the navigator of the writing process. The authors draw on their experience to provide ways of thinking, and tools for empowering students to feel more in control of the practices of writing about research.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Talent Development as a Framework for Gifted Education: Implications for Best Practices and Applications in Schools

Author: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
Author: Rena Subotnik
Abstract: "Talent development" is a phrase often used in reference to the education of gifted children. Recently, it has been presented by researchers to refer to a specific approach to the delivery of gifted education services. Much of this discussion has been at the conceptual level, and there is a need for translation of the model into concrete practices and examples that enable educators to better serve gifted children within their schools and districts. This book addresses that need. The research behind the talent development framework is briefly reviewed, followed by practical implications for identification and program design within domains of talent. To illustrate successful approaches, the authors draw on examples from academic domains, as well as performance fields such as sports and music, to help teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, social workers and counselors, graduate students, and parents develop gifted students' talents.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
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Talented Young Men Overcoming Tough Times: An Exploration of Resilience

Author: Thomas P. Hebert
Abstract: Talented Young Men Overcoming Tough Times features the life stories of five gifted, high-achieving young men who overcame serious adversity in their lives. Their stories, captured through qualitative interviews, help us to better understand the factors that shaped their resilience and enabled them to overcome difficult challenges, including homelessness, poverty, bullying, dysfunctional families, and abuse. The five young men succeeded in overcoming their difficult circumstances in adolescence and met strong success in higher education, obtaining advanced graduate degrees and moving on to productive professional careers. 
Publisher: Prufrock
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Teacher Preparation at the Intersection of Race and Poverty in Today's Schools

Editor: Patrick M. Jenlink
Abstract: Teacher Preparation at the Intersection of Race and Poverty in Today's Schools introduces the reader to a collection of thoughtful works by authors that represent current thinking about teacher preparation. Importantly, the book is divided into two primary sections, the first being four chapters that offer understanding of the depth and breadth of the intersection of race and poverty as it relates to teaching and teacher preparation. The second section presents Dialogues of Teacher Education focused on “Meeting the Challenge of Race and Poverty in Our Schools: The Role of Teacher Education” with eight contributing authors who reflect on and give voice to meeting the challenge. 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Teaching and Learning About Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: Fundamental Issues and Pedagogical Approaches

Author: Samuel Totten
Abstract: In writing this book, Totten reports that he "crafted this book along the lines of what he wished had been available to him when he first began teaching about genocide back in the mid-1980s. That is, a book that combines the best of genocide theory, the realities of the genocidal process, and how to teach about such complex and often terrible and difficult issues and facts in a theoretically, historically and pedagogically sound manner." As the last book he will ever write on education and educating about genocide, he perceives the book as his gift to those educators who have the heart and grit to tackle such an important issue in their classrooms.
Publisher: Information Age
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Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education

Editor: Pam Grossman
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In Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education, Pam Grossman and colleagues advocate an approach to practice-based teacher education that identifies “core practices” of teaching and supports novice teachers in learning how to enact them competently. Examples of core practices include facilitating whole-class discussion, eliciting student thinking, and maintaining classroom norms. The contributors argue that teacher education needs to do more to help teachers master these professional skills, rather than simply emphasizing content knowledge. They  outlines a series of pedagogies that teacher educators can use to help preservice students develop these teaching skills. Pedagogies include representations of practice (ways to show what this skill looks like and break it down into its component parts) and approximations of practice (the ways preservice teachers can try these skills out as they learn). Vignettes throughout the book illustrate how core practices can be incorporated into the teacher education curriculum. Drawing on the work of a consortium of teacher educators from 13 universities devoted to describing and enacting pedagogies to help novice teachers develop these core practices in support of ambitious and equitable instruction, the authors aim to support teacher educator learning across institutions, content domains, and grade levels. The book also addresses efforts to support teacher learning outside formal teacher education programs.

Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Teaching Empathy: Strategies for Building Emotional Intelligence in Today's Students

Author: Suzanna E. Henshon
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As classrooms become more diverse, it is increasingly important that students learn how to empathize with others who may come from very different backgrounds. Teaching Empathy:

  • Guides teachers to create and maintain classrooms in which students are sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Shows teachers how to create an environment of empathy and understanding for 21st-century students.
  • Uses relevant research and ideas for classroom activities.
  • Offers advice for working with diverse students.
  • Discusses cognitive, emotional, and compassionate empathy, as well as emotional intelligence.
  • Considers the long-term global impact of cultivating empathy in students.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
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Teaching for Educational Equity: Case Studies for Professional Development and Principal Preparation (Volume 2)

Author: Jane A. Beese
Author: Jennifer L. Martin
Abstract: Teachers and school leaders are confronted by various issues pertaining to social justice every day. This volume will help school leaders to handle these issues ethically, and is intended to be used by administrators for the professional development of teachers, teacher leaders, and aspiring principals. This volume can be also be used in the higher education classroom in order to prepare current and aspiring administrators to lead for social justice. This volume utilizes the case study approach, which has been found to “sharpen problem-solving skills and to improve the ability to think and reason rigorously” (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2013). 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Teaching for Purpose Preparing Students for Lives of Meaning

Author: Heather Malin
Abstract: In Teaching for Purpose, Heather Malin explores the idea of purpose as the purpose of education and shows how educators can prepare youth to live intentional, fulfilling lives. The book highlights the important role that purpose—defined as “a future-directed goal that is personally meaningful and aimed at contributing to something larger than the self”—plays in optimal youth development and in motivating students to promote the cognitive and noncognitive skills that teachers want to instill.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Teaching Girls: How Teachers and Parents Can Reach Their Brains and Hearts

Author: Peter Kuriloff
Author: Shannon Andrus
Author: Charlotte Jacobs
Abstract: The authors review the special qualities of lessons that resonate with girls and show how they meet their developmental needs throughout adolescence. They also show how vital it is that such teaching happen within schools that help students learn about the numerous ways that gender affects girls’ development. The authors conclude by detailing how school leaders can create cultures that support this kind of great learning and teaching.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Teaching History and the Changing Nation State: Transnational and Intranational Perspectives

Editor: Robert Guyver
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Capitalizing on the current movement in history education to nurture a set of shared methodologies and perspectives, this text looks to break down some of the obstacles to transnational understanding in history, focusing on pedagogy to embed democratic principles of inclusion, inquiry, multiple interpretations and freedom of expression.

Four themes which are influencing the broadening of history education to a globalized community of practice run throughout Teaching History and the Changing Nation State:
· pedagogy, democracy and dialogue
· the nation – politics and transnational dimensions
· landmarks with questions
· shared histories, shared commemorations and re-evaluating past denials

The contributors use the same pedagogical language in a global debate about history teaching and learning to break down barriers to search for shared histories and mutual understanding. They explore contemporary topics, including The Gallipoli Campaign in the WWI, transformative approaches to a school history curriculum and the nature of federation.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Teaching in Context: The Social Side of Education Reform

Editor: Esther Quintero
Abstract: Teaching in Context provides new evidence from a range of leading scholars showing that teachers become more effective when they work in organizations that support them in comprehensive and coordinated ways. The studies featured in the book suggest an alternative approach to enhancing teacher quality: creating conditions and school structures that facilitate the transmission and sharing of knowledge among teachers, allowing teachers to work together effectively, and capitalizing on what we know about how educators learn and improve. The studies also show how social dynamics influence the speed, depth, and success with which any new idea is implemented, and how policies enacted without adequate consideration of their impact on the social fabric of schools can produce unintended negative consequences.
 
Policies aimed at improving teaching should focus on strengthening the organization as a whole so that all teachers are likely to improve. The chapters in this book point to the need to reevaluate current policies for assessing and ensuring teacher effectiveness, and establish the foundation for a more thoughtful, research-informed approach.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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Teaching in the Age of Disinformation: Don’t Confuse Me with the Data, My Mind Is Made Up!

Author: Selma Wassermann
Abstract: Teaching in the Age of Disinformation makes a case for the importance of developing students’ intelligent habits of mind so that they become more discriminating consumers of the information that comes at them from the Internet, social media, television and the tabloid press in this “alternate truth” era. Part I sets the stage for the need for an informed citizenry, given the many and varied sources of disinformation that they are exposed to and what the implications are when they are unable to make such distinctions. Part II deals with the specifics of how teachers may develop curriculum activities that call for higher order thinking, within the many and diverse subject areas of elementary and secondary education. Hundreds of examples of curriculum activities are included, as well as suggestions for how teachers use higher order questioning strategies in classroom discussions to enable and promote student thinking. “A pleasure to read,” the book draws on the author’s long and extensive experience in teaching, writing and research with “teaching for thinking,” and offers teachers research-tested ways to incorporate the development of students’ intelligent habits of mind in their daily classroom work.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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