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Recent Books by Peabody Faculty

Human and Organizational Development

Repositioning RaceRepositioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Postracial Obama Age

Contributing Peabody faculty: Sandra Barnes

In Repositioning Race, leading African American sociologists assess the current state of race theory, racial discrimination, and research on race in order to chart a path toward a more engaged public scholarship. They contemplate not only the paradoxes of Black freedom but also the paradoxes of equality and progress for the progeny of the civil rights generation in the wake of the election of the first African American US president. Despite the proliferation of ideas about a postracial society, the volume highlights the ways that racial discrimination persists in both the United States and the African Diaspora in the Global South, allowing for unprecedented African American progress in the midst of continuing African American marginalization.

Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Between Citizens and the StateBetween Citizens and the State

Contributing Peabody faculty: Christopher Loss

This book tracks the dramatic outcomes of the federal government's growing involvement in higher education between World War I and the 1970s, and the conservative backlash against that involvement from the 1980s onward. Using cutting-edge analysis, Christopher Loss recovers higher education's central importance to the larger social and political history of the United States in the twentieth century, and chronicles its transformation into a key mediating institution between citizens and the state. Framed around the three major federal higher education policies of the twentieth century--the 1944 GI Bill, the 1958 National Defense Education Act, and the 1965 Higher Education Act--the book charts the federal government's various efforts to deploy education to ready citizens for the national, bureaucratized, and increasingly global world in which they lived. Loss details the myriad ways in which academic leaders and students shaped, and were shaped by, the state's shifting political agenda as it moved from a preoccupation with economic security during the Great Depression, to national security during World War II and the Cold War, to securing the rights of African Americans, women, and other previously marginalized groups during the 1960s and '70s. Along the way, Loss reappraises the origins of higher education's current-day diversity regime, the growth of identity group politics, and the privatization of citizenship at the close of the twentieth century. At a time when people's faith in government and higher education is being sorely tested, this book sheds new light on the close relations between American higher education and politics.

Leading School Improvement: A Framework for ActionLeading School Improvement: A Framework for Action

Contributing Peabody faculty: Joseph Murphy

What does it mean to lead in a learning environment, as opposed to a system of knowledge transmission? A community, as opposed to a bureaucracy? A customer-oriented organization, as opposed to a public monopoly? To create truly powerful learning environments, school leaders must focus the lens on leadership, school improvement, and leadership for school improvement. In Leading School Improvement: A Framework for Action, author Joseph Murphy pulls together 14 practitioner-based articles to present a cohesive narrative about the unique and critical role that leadership plays in school improvement. Murphy clearly identifies key factors that shape the future of any school and explains the work that leaders must do to ramp up academic press and foster a supportive culture for school improvement He goes on to unpack the concept of leadership practice, focusing on principles and values that define excellence in leadership in schools. Personal characteristics and virtues, such as persistence, passion, courage, and integrity, count more than behavioral descriptors, he argues, and meaningful, productive leadership cannot take place without them. This book guides today's school leaders toward that ever-essential goal.

Psychology and Human Development

Needham Book Learning About Objects in Infancy

Contributing Peabody faculty: Amy Needham

How do young infants experience the world around them? How similar or different are infants’ experiences from adults’ experiences of similar situations? How do infants progress from relatively sparse knowledge and expectations early in life to much more elaborate knowledge and expectations just several months later? We know that much of infants’ learning before four to five months of age is visually-based. As they develop the ability to reach for objects independently, they can explore objects that are of particular interest to them—a new skill that must be important for their learning. Through this transition to independent reaching and exploration, infants go a long way toward forming their own understandings of the objects around them. Towards the end of the first year of life, infants begin manipulating one object relative to another and this skill sets the stage for them to begin using objects instrumentally—using one object to create changes in other objects. This new ability opens up many opportunities for infants to learn about using tools.

Unraveling Reading ComprehensionUnraveling Reading Comprehension: Behavioral, Neurobiological, and Genetic Components

Contributing Peabody faculty: Laurie E. Cutting

What do we know about reading comprehension-and what do we need to know in order to improve it and help all students become confident readers? This urgently needed research volume is the only cohesive, up-to-date compendium of knowledge about the behavioral, neurobiological, and genetic components of reading comprehension. More than 40 top researchers from multiple disciplines present the latest findings on comprehension, addressing theory and science, effective instruction and intervention, and priorities for future research that will move the field forward.

Special Education

Introduction to Contemporary Special EducationIntroduction to Contemporary Special Education: New Horizons

Contributing Peabody faculty: Naomi Chowdhuri Tyler

In this new-generation resource, readers learn the key concepts of special education in an engaging, straightforward, comprehensive approach using two-page themes and supplemental links to videos and other resources. While the time-tested elements of traditional books have been retained, this text meets readers’ desires for more interactive, multi-media approaches to learning. Economical and not as lengthy as many books on the subject, Contemporary Special Education is available in print and digital formats, both supported by Web-based enhancements. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded videos.

The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-Quality ProgramThe Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-Quality Program

Contributing Peabody faculty: Erin Barton

Inclusion is clearly related to better outcomes for young children—but reports from the US Department of Education show the practice has grown by just 5% over the past 27 years. This is the how-to book preschool administrators, school district leaders, child care directors, and faculty need to step up the progress of early childhood inclusion through big-picture, systems-level change. Shaped by feedback from a nationwide survey of IDEA Part B Preschool Coordinators and local school district leaders who shared their real-life inclusion challenges, this is your comprehensive toolbox of problem-solving tips, evidence-based practices, and practical checklists and handouts. You'll learn how to overcome the challenges to a high-quality inclusive preschool program, and you'll create a solid action plan for building and maintaining a successful program where all children learn and grow together.

Teaching and Learning

Developing Essential Understanding of Geometry and Measurement for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 3-5Developing Essential Understanding of Geometry and Measurement for Teaching Mathematics Grades 3-5

Contributing Peabody faculty: Richard Lehrer

This book gives teachers of students in grades 3-5 the deep understanding of geometry and measurement that they need to identify and dispel students common misconceptions, correct erroneous claims that they make, and move them forward mathematically. It prepares teachers to introduce terms from geometry and measurement in ways that not only bolster students vocabulary but also enhance their understanding of concepts and definitions. By helping teachers understand what changes or stays the same when shapes are transformed, the book equips teachers to support and extend students understanding of shapes and the space that they occupy. 

Teaching Advanced Literacy Skills Teaching Advanced Literacy Skills: A Guide for Leaders in Linguistically Diverse Schools

Contributing Peabody faculty: Emily Phillips Galloway

In our knowledge-based society, K-8 students need to develop increasingly sophisticated skills to read, write, and speak for a wide variety of purposes and audiences. Including an extended case example from a linguistically diverse school, this book guides school leaders to design and implement advanced literacy instruction through four key shifts: strengthening the instructional core, giving data a central role, using a shared curriculum, and providing supportive and tailored professional development.

Write Now!Write Now! Empowering Writers in Today's K-6 Classroom

Contributing Peabody faculty: Kathy Ganske

To become truly "college and career ready," students need to be able to communicate effectively in writing and teachers need to be confident and prepared to teach writing in ways that motivate, encourage, and challenge students to higher levels. In this groundbreaking volume, renowned researchers and beloved classroom educators come together to provide research-based instructional strategies that can encourage your students' writing skills and, perhaps even more important, increase student engagement and motivation to write.