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Barbash: Fix affirmative action by fixing k-12 instruction

In a clearly reasoned, researched, and written analysis, Shepard Barbash argued that the solution to racial disparity in higher education outcomes is not likely to come from affirmative action. Instead, he wrote, it will come from improving instruction in K-12 schooling. Yes, indeed! We need to teach effectively. His essay is worth the read.

Teach reading effectively

head-and-shoulders shot snagged from video
K. Hempenstall

Professor Kerry Hempenstall wrote a literature review on teaching reading for Australia’s Centre for Independent Studies. It is an excellent resource, because it is true to the scientific evidence, but it is written in a way that is accessible to lay readers.

Parents, teachers, administrators, and interested others: You don’t have to put up with the statistics-ese and mumbo-jargon that we researchers often use when discussing scientific evidence. In Read About It:
Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading
, Professor Hempenstall clearly explains the five fundamental features of reading competence and how to foster them in learners. Down load a copy of this excellent PDF or follow this link to learn how to purchase a hard copy.

Sample the “issues” book

As some loyal readers of TE know, in 2015 Routledge released a book I co-edited with Barbara Bateman and Melody Tankersley. It’s a text aimed at graduate education classes and is entitled, “Enduring Issues in Special Education: Personal Perspectives.”

While I was searching for something else, I found a link (posted by one of the publisher’s associates) to a free sample of the front matter (e.g., table of contents; foreword), the first couple of chapters, and part of the third chapter. If they’re providing a copy for the general public, I want to make sure folks know where to find it. Here is the reference, with the title linked to the downloadable PDF:

Bateman, B., Lloyd, J. W., & Tankersley, M. (Eds.). (2015). Enduring issues in special education: Personal perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Free gift from Education Consumers Foundation!

partial image of cover of Clear Teaching

Isn’t it unusual to get something for free that is actually worth a lot? The good folks over at Education Consumers Foundation (ECF) are giving away a small book that is quite valuable, and I encourage readers to download it, read it, and tell their friends to get it, too.

What are they giving away? It’s a book called Clear Teaching: With Direct Instruction, Siegfried Engelmann Discovered a Better Way of Teaching by Shep Barbash. As one can tell from the subtitle, it’s about Zig Engelmann’s work on education. I talked with Mr. Barbash as he worked on the manuscript for the book, read an earlier version of it, and am very impressed with this finished product. It’s even more impressive that the book is now out in the wild for free. Kudos to Mr. Barbash, John Stone, and all the others at ECF who made this happen.

Clear Teaching – The Book
Written by veteran journalist Shepard Barbash over a period of 10 years, Clear Teaching is a well-researched, highly readable introduction to Direct Instruction (DI), a systematic teaching approach which for more than 40 years has dramatically improved learning outcomes for students of all abilities and from all walks of life. The book looks at the development of DI through the early experiences of its creator, Zig Engelmann; explains the principles that underpin this approach; and looks at DI’s reception in the world of teaching, where it has been effectively shunned despite a formidable research base and example after example of transformative success.

The image at the top of the post is hot, but readers can also click here to go to the ECF page where they can download the PDF.

Kauffman’s Tragicomedy recognized

J. M. Kauffman 2011

The Independent Publisher, a resource for publishers who are not the giant publishing houses that dominate contemporary book publishing these days, annually awards the “IPPY” Awards, which recognize what the Independent Publisher bills as “the best indie-published books of the year in 69 categories, 11 regions, and 12 Outstanding Books of the Year.” For 2011, in the category of “Education/Academic/Teaching,” the Silver Award was made to friend-of-TE James M. Kauffman’s The Tragicomedy of Public Education: Laughing and Crying, Thinking and Fixing which was published by Full Court Press.

Here’s a huzzah for Jim and his book! And here’s a link to Amazon for those who haven’t had a chance to get a copy and read it:

FLASH! John Stuart Mill to the rescue!

In Could John Stuart Mill Have Saved Our Schools? Siegfried Engelmann and Douglas Carnine explain what Mill’s logical analysis contributes to understanding how students learn, what educators should do to teach, and the consequences of education’s failure to apply fundamental scientific reasoning. The publisher doesn’t seem to have a link to it yet, but the ISBN is 1-57861-745-6.

If you want to get an idea of what’s in this book, watch this 30-min video in which Mr. Engelmann explains the ideas.

Looks like a winner!

Explicit Instruction, a new book by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes, sure gives the appearance of a winner. I’ve only had the chance to read the first chapter, but that and the knowledge that these two authors know their way around both the research about and practice of instruction are enough to convince me to place an order.
Continue reading ‘Looks like a winner!’

Mathews on special ed books

Jay Mathews, who writes columns about education under the general title of “Class Struggle” for the Washington (DC, US) Post, reviewed two books about special education in his piece of 9 October 2009. He gives strong recommendations about What’s Special about Special Education by James Kauffman and Daniel P. Hallahan and about Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Problem and Managing the Challenges by Etta Brown.

I have often wondered what I would do if I discovered I had a child with learning disabilities. The parents I have interviewed who have gone through this seem more patient and persistent than I am. I suspect they got that way by necessity. Now I have found a couple of books that may help parents encountering this issue for the first time.

One book came out in 2005, the other in 2008. They were sent to me by people who read my recent confessions of ignorance on this subject. They both qualify for my Better Late Than Never Book Club, a list of recommended volumes I would have reviewed when they came out if I weren’t so perpetually behind in everything I do.

Alert readers will note that the first title was written by my colleagues and that Jim is a sometimes poster here on Teach Effectively.

Link to Mr. Mathews’ column.

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