The Gold and the Dross: Althusser for Educators
David I. Backer
In the last decade, there has been an international resurgence of interest in the philosophy of Louis Althusser. New essays, journalism, collections, secondary literature, and even manuscripts by Althusser himself are emerging, speaking in fresh ways to audiences of theorists and activists. Althusser is especially important in educational thought, as he famously claimed that school is the most impactful ideological state apparatus in modern society. This insight inspired a generation of educational researchers, but Althusser’s philosophy—unique in a number of ways, one of which was its emphasis on education—largely lost popularity.
Despite this resurgence of interest, and while Althusser’s philosophy is important for educators and activists to know about, it remains difficult to understand. The Gold and the Dross: Althusser for Educators, with succinct prose and a creative organization, introduces readers to Althusser’s thinking. Intended for those who have never encountered Althusser’s theory before, and even those who are new to philosophy and critical theory in general, the book elaborates the basic tenets of Althusser’s philosophy using examples and personal stories juxtaposed with selected passages of Althusser’s writing. Starting with a beginner’s guide to interpellation and Althusser’s concept of ideology, the book continues by elaborating the epistemology and ontology Althusser produced, and concludes with his concepts of society and science. The Gold and the Dross makes Althusser’s philosophy more available to contemporary audiences of educators and activists.
The Cooperative Classroom: Empowering Learning
This text is designed to help preservice and inservice teachers develop an appreciation of the power of working together and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create classrooms where students become empowered as learners. It addresses the difficult questions that teachers often ask about cooperative learning such as, “Why should I use cooperation?”, “When, how and how much should I use cooperation?”, and “How about the kid who?”. The featured scenarios have been developed from “real” classrooms and the models, examples, and activities used throughout the text have been extensively field tested with both preservice and inservice teachers.
Teaching Joe L. Kincheloe
Rochelle Brock, Curry Stephenson Malott, and Leila E. Villaverde
Teaching Joe L. Kincheloe is one of a handful of recent books posthumously moving Kincheloe’s work further into the twenty-first century. Written and edited by Kincheloe’s former students and colleagues, the book underscores the depth and breadth of his extraordinarily productive career. In an era marked by the ruling elite’s desperation as U.S. power wanes globally, this work opens up transformative ways of seeing conducive to challenging the technocratic, imperialistic purpose of the dominant forms of education. Kincheloe would surely have been pleased to see this – among his many postformal contributions – counter-hegemonically providing critical pedagogy with the theoretical and practical strength to contribute to the global uprising currently challenging the imperialist project of wealth extraction and cultural domination around the world. Teaching Joe L. Kincheloe will only gain relevance as the global movement against authoritarianism intensifies and citizens search for new ways to better understand their worlds and the historical development of their own identities.
Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher
Dave F. Brown
What every urban teacher should know could take years of experience and plenty of mistakes, discouragement, and frustrations along the way. Or it could simply mean learning from other teachers who have been there, done that, and succeeded. Veteran teacher Dave Brown has set out to make the lives of new urban teachers easier by sharing the stories of thirteen successful urban educators from grades one through twelve. These teachers provide practical advice on everything from effective instructional strategies, gaining students' cooperation, and managing a classroom, to developing curricula that match the interests and academic levels of the students they serve.
Why America's Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids
Dave F. Brown
The successes of America’s public schools are unrivaled throughout the globe providing an opportunity for every American to graduate from high school. Graduation rates have soared, test scores are better than at anytime, and immigrants and African Americans are reaching new successes. The percentage of graduating high school students including minorities attending college is at an all time high. Despite all these successes, the media, politicians, and big business attack public schools and their teachers with inaccuracies that threaten the equal opportunities provided by public education.
Big business moguls seem determined to dismantle public schools in the name of a market driven system of educating children via vouchers and charter schools. No Child Left Behind contributes to this business-model and penalizes children and teachers with unrealistic expectations and expensive unnecessary testing. Research indicates that NCLB, charter schools, and vouchers do not improve students’ learning or help educators teach better. The facts presented herein are evidence of public school successes and provide reasons to honor public school educators and support public schools across America.
What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know
Dave F. Brown and Trudy Knowles
Middle level researchers Dave Brown and Trudy Knowles have updated their bestselling classicWhat Every Middle School Teacher Should Know with more student voice as well as timely new research, strategies, and models that illuminate the philosophies and practices that best serve the needs of young adolescents. Once again a comprehensive description of truly responsive middle level teaching, the Third Edition features:
Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations: An Interactional Perspective
Claire L. Dente
Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA Populations provides an overview of key issues for social workers working with LGBTQIA clients. Each chapter considers clients' experiences in different social and interpersonal contexts. This text encourages students to think critically about the barriers and discriminations clients might face in their lives and how social workers can be equipped to address these issues. Students are challenged to develop approaches that extend support to these clients and that remove structural barriers that clients face within the systems they encounter. Utilizing intersectionality theory, students will gain an understanding of the risks and protective factors unique to this population in social work contexts.
The School Counselor as Consultant: Expanding Impact from Intervention to Prevention
Karen L. Dickinson and Richard D. Parsons
Written to help school counselors address the ever-changing needs of their clients and the growing demands of the profession, The School Counselor as Consultant: Expanding Impact from Intervention to Prevention provides readers with a service delivery model that emphasizes remediation and prevention. The model empowers school counselors to intervene when necessary, identify key opportunities to promote growth, and successfully deter future challenges and incidents.
Section I addresses the expanding role of school counselors, fresh perspectives for approaching this important work, and an introduction to the concept of prevention. In Section II, readers learn key strategies for effective consultation, are introduced to a multidimensional, integrated model of consulting, explore the concept of counselors as agents for change, and learn tips for working with resistance and maintaining an ethical practice. Section III focuses on moving beyond intervention to prevention and provides actionable instruction for varying levels of prevention. The final section shares case studies that demonstrate multiple levels of intervention and prevention and invites students to reflect upon and discuss the topics addressed throughout the text.
The School Counselor as Consultant is an enlightening and practical text that is ideal for both pre-service and practicing school counselors.
Assessment for Reading Instruction, Fourth Edition
Katherine A. Dougherty Stahl, Kevin Flanigan, and Michael C. McKenna
Now in a revised and updated fourth edition, this accessible text has given over 100,000 preservice and in-service teachers vital tools for systematic reading assessment in grades K–8. The book explains how to use both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' strengths and needs in all components of reading. Effective, engaging methods for targeted instruction in each area are outlined. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes 30 reproducible tools, plus an additional multipage assessment in an online-only appendix. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
Creating Art for All Ages: Industry and Imagination in Ancient and Modern Civilizations
Frances Flicker, Jacqueline G. Van Schooneveld, and Jeanne Richins
This is the third book in the series Creating Art for All Ages. The series takes students on an interdisciplinary cross content journey. Each book provides experiences in language arts, social studies, math and art as the students investigate ancient and modern civilizations. Industry and Imagination in Ancient and Modern Civilizations is the third book of the series and examines the generations of the Industrial Revolution, society during WWI and WWII, Modern and Contemporary times. During the era of the Industrial Revolution, the role of the artist transformed as the patronage changed and advancements in photography were able to portray likenesses. The artist sought new avenues by using art as an expressive tool. As time progressed, artistic expression navigated the art into innovative, imaginative and unique styles. Art became whatever the artist intended it to be.
Developing Leadership Skills and Abilities for Student Affairs Administrators
Jacqueline S. Hodes, Matthew Shupp, and Zebulun Davenport
Leadership skills and abilities are essential for student affairs administrators and educators. Through a narrative approach, this book addresses current issues in leadership and administration for student affairs from a variety of perspectives. Lessons, tips, and strategies for student affairs professionals at various levels are provided. Letters from new professionals in the field of student affairs are included, offering insights to graduate students on the challenges of leadership that occur when entering the profession. Additionally, these letters can be used in the classroom as case studies. The book is structured into three parts that include letters to graduate students from new professionals, mid-level managers, and senior/retired administrators. Part I focuses on making the transition from graduate student to new professional, navigating a new campus culture and environment, setting and maintaining boundaries, creating a work-life balance, the importance of campus and professional association involvement, and looking beyond traditional student affairs roles to serve students. These letters will be a valuable tool when evolving as a leader in student affairs. Part II explores the supervisory relationship, ethical dilemmas in higher education and leading colleagues, using challenge and support with students and colleagues, and preparing for the next steps for moving up from new professional to mid-manager. These letters contain the knowledge, skill, and insight to train graduate interns and supervisees new to the student affairs field. Part III studies the letters written to mid-level managers from senior/retired student affairs administrators. The importance of building relationships throughout the leadership journey, forming a professional identity, understanding the importance of budgets, the importance of leading with integrity, and the significance of strategic leadership is stressed. Reflection and Action exercises at the end of each chapter will enhance the knowledge, skills, and wisdom for the reader to map out the journey in becoming a competent leader in the field of student affairs. This book will be an excellent student affairs resource for entry-level, mid-level and senior-level professionals, and college administrators.
Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers
Travis Ingersoll and Brent Satterly
Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers is a research-informed, reader-friendly guide that helps practitioners address sexuality-related issues with a variety of clients.
Topics covered include the role of values in sexuality, sexual health and reproduction, relationships, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, sexuality and the lifespan, sex work and sex workers, sexuality in the ill or disabled, and being a sexually healthy adult. Chapters feature discussion questions, implications and applications for real-world practice, case examples, and opinion pieces from each of the authors to enhance learning, reflection, and critical thinking.
The second edition features updated QR codes to direct students to additional resources, a new chapter called “Sexuality, Spirituality, and Social Work,” updated discussion questions, fresh author opinion pieces, and new topics, including racial preferences when dating, conversion therapy, and sexuality policies in retirement and assisted living facilities.
Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers helps practitioners build their sexuality literacy to better assist patients. It is ideal for advanced undergraduate and foundational graduate courses on human behavior, sexuality diversity, and human sexuality for social workers.
Practice-Based Professional Development in Education
Crystal C. Loose
Teachers, as life-long learners, engage in professional development to deepen their understanding of content and instructional methods. Teacher professional development is a form of adult education, and adults learn best if they are actively involved in their own learning and see it relative to their own needs. Grounding professional development in actual classroom practice is a highly powerful means of fostering effective teachers. Research has shown that, for professional development to be effective, several components of instruction should be considered: reflection on practice, problems arising in practice, subject matter content, and principles of adult learning. Practice-Based Professional Development in Education is a cutting-edge research publication that explores both effective and ineffective professional development practices and presents arguments for why adult learning theory should be considered when designing a professional development session. Highlighting a range of topics including social media, education reform, and teacher learning, this book is essential for teachers, academicians, education professionals, policymakers, curriculum designers, researchers, and students.
Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers
Lisa J. Lucas
Most teachers enter the field of education to make a difference in children’s lives. But many end up, as author Lisa Lucas puts it, “tired, wired, and running in circles.” This leads to many new teachers abandoning the profession or to burnout among veteran teachers. Drawing upon her own experiences, Lisa has written a book to help you more successfully manage the frustration of feeling overwhelmed. Written in an informal, conversational tone, Practicing Presence is filled with ideas, exercises, checklists, personal anecdotes, and practices you can use to reframe and establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom.
Critical Pedagogy and Cognition: An Introduction to a Post-Formal Educational Psychology
Curry Stephenson Malott
This book simultaneously contributes to the fields of critical pedagogy and educational psychology in new and innovative ways by demonstrating how critical pedagogy, postformal psychology, and Enlightenment science, seemingly separate and distinct disciplines, are actually part of the same larger, contextualized, complex whole from the inner most developmentally-fixed biological context of human faculties to the perpetually shifting, socially and politically constructed context of individual schema and human civilization.
History and Education: Engaging the Global Class War
Curry Stephenson Malott
History and Education is a text that engages the history of the global class war, from the United States to the former Soviet Union, from the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in order to contribute to the development of communist pedagogy. Central to this communist pedagogy is the struggle for Native American sovereignty and for the self-determination of oppressed nations within the U.S. Pedagogical theory is mobilized to highlight the centrality of seizing state power in the movement for transforming capitalist production relations and bourgeois society into socialist relations and a communist form of society premised on the self-determination of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. In the process History and Education challenges both the white chauvinism of pure proletarian communists as well as the anti-communism that, for decades, has dominated the Left in general, and the educational Left in particular, especially in the U.S. The book contributes to the current resurgence in the popularity and appeal of socialism as an achievable and necessary internationalist, solidarity-based alternative to capitalism.
Policy and Research in Education: A Critical Pedagogy for Educational Leadership
Curry Stephenson Malott
There is a substantial body of important work that connects qualitative research and critical pedagogy at the level of teaching. Much of this literature is geared toward assisting teachers in becoming non-paternalistic agents of social change in their own classrooms. However, the connections between research and practice, from a critical pedagogical perspective, are far less frequently commented on at the level of policy. This book therefore seeks to provide educational leaders with a critical pedagogical approach to assess and reflect on their own work. The book is also designed to offer teachers and professors intellectual and practical tools for democratizing the leadership structures to which they are subjected.
Teaching Marx: The Socialist Challenge
Curry Stephenson Malott, John M. Elmore, and Mike Cole
Through this volume our goal was to contribute to the literature by concretely demonstrating the practical implications of Marx’s theory to curriculum. However, while this book provides concrete examples of how Marx can and has informed a revolutionary critical education, it is not intended to be prescriptive. That is, the chapters should not be read as a how to guide, but they should be taken as inspiration for new, creative approaches to Teaching Marx and interpreting and posing The Socialist Challenge.
Critical Pedagogy in the Twenty-First Century: A New Generation of Scholars
Curry Stephenson Malott and Bradley J. Porfilio
This book simultaneously provides multiple analyses of critical pedagogy in the twenty-first century while showcasing the scholarship of this new generation of critical scholar-educators. Needless to say, the writers herein represent just a small subset of a much larger movement for critical transformation and a more humane, less Eurocentric, less paternalistic, less homophobic, less patriarchical, less exploitative, and less violent world. This volume highlights the finding that rigorous critical pedagogical approaches to education, while still marginalized in many contexts, are being used in increasingly more classrooms for the benefit of student learning, contributing, however indirectly, to the larger struggle against the barbarism of industrial, neoliberal, militarized destructiveness.
Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
Douglas McConatha, Christian Penny, Jordan Schugar, and David Bolton
Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning explores the tools and techniques that enable educators to leverage wireless applications and social networks to improve learning outcomes and provide creative ways to increase access to educational resources. This publication is designed to help educators and students at every level optimize the use of mobile learning resources to enhance educational experience and improve the effectiveness of the learning process regardless of physical location.
Parents and Families of Students With Special Needs: Collaborating Across the Age Span
Vicki A. McGinley and Melina Alexander
Parents and Families of Students With Special Needs: Collaborating Across the Age Span teaches students the skills they need to effectively collaborate with parents and families to ensure a child's success in the classroom. The text takes a lifespan approach with a special emphasis on the critical transition points in a child’s life. Information is provided on what can be seen at each stage of an individual with disabilities’ development, and addresses the concerns and needs that families may have during these unique phases of growth. The authors provide an in-depth discussion of how parents and families are affected by particular disabilities, family system theory, the laws that affect individuals with disabilities, and assessments for individuals with disabilities. Chapters written by academics and professionals who are also parents of students with special needs bring a diverse range of voices into the narrative.
Social Justice and Parent Partnerships in Multicultural Education Contexts
Katherine E. Norris and Shartriya Collier
Social Justice and Parent Partnerships in Multicultural Education Contexts is a critical scholarly resource that explores the importance of cooperation between parents, teachers, and administrators to create valuable support systems that will promote student success through strategies using social justice. Featuring coverage on a wide range of topics, such as parent collaboration, bilingualism, and community-based partnerships, this book is geared toward academicians, researchers, and teachers seeking current research on the importance of cooperation between parents and education professionals in encouraging positive student outcomes in multicultural learning environments.
Building Brotherhood One Step at a Time
Katherine E. L. Norris
At first, Kyle was excited that his new adopted brother, Carter, would be moving in permanently. He couldn’t wait to be a big brother. It wasn’t long before he realized that being a big brother was not always fun. Maybe he didn’t want to be a big brother after all. Can Mommy find a way to bring the two brothers together once and for all?
A Student's Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Online Classes
Staying at home and continuing your education via online classes may not have been your choice. At the present time, however, it may be your only option, so it’s vital that you make the most of it.
Preparation is key. Are you ready to log on and learn in the online classroom? You may have comfortable clothes and a snack prepared, but have you created a plan for how you’ll participate, considered how you’ll troubleshoot potential technical issues, and thought through other challenges and opportunities?
A Student’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Online Classes provides you with practical, research-based suggestions to prepare you for success in online educational experiences. With this guide, you’ll reframe your concept of the “classroom” and reflect on your personal learning style in relation to online learning. You’ll learn how to adapt critical study habits and learning skills, including self-regulation, personal motivation, goal setting, and time and task management, to virtual settings.
A timely and vital resource, this guide will help you develop the mindset and skillsets required for you to thrive in your online courses.
A Student’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Online Classes is part of the Cognella Series on Student Success, a collection of books designed to help students develop the essential life and learning skills needed to support a happy, healthy, and productive higher education experience.
Cognitive Therapy: Principles and Practice Applied in Professional and Personal Life
Cognitive Therapy: Principles and Practice Applied in Professional and Personal Life is designed to help practicing clinicians employ cognitive therapy both with their clients and within their own lives to build self-awareness and foster happiness and emotional wellbeing. By taking ownership of the cognitive therapy model, the text posits that clinicians can better assist their patients in the treatment of severe emotional disturbances.
The book is divided into two sections. In Section I, readers learn the core concepts of cognitive therapy and strategies to help them explain the cognitive paradigm to clients. Subsequent chapters address the power and functionality of human emotion, the difficulty of changing irrational beliefs, and the need to recognize and reshape different types of distorted thinking. In Section II, practitioners learn how to help clients experiencing cognitive distortions due to stress, anxiety, shame, guilt, the need for approval, anger, and depression. Each chapter includes clear and effective Directives for Practitioners, exercises to encourage self-reflection and personal application, key takeaways, and a list of additional resources.
Approachable, personal, and highly applicable, Cognitive Therapy is an ideal text for courses on cognitive therapy and any clinician who wants to help clients better understand the innate power they hold over their own emotional wellbeing.
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