Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies

"Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies, edited by Dr. John R. Slate, models how to acquire archived educational data (on K12 education within Texas and the U.S.) and to apply solid statistical analyses to understand the trends and then to apply logic to understand the implications and to suggest methods for improvement. In a sense, each chapter is its own case, but in another, the collection is itself a case…of how to conduct archival data analyses (using classic descriptive and inferential statistical approaches). In an age of big data, machine learning, trace data, and social media, this approach reads a little old school but relevant. The work of extracting meaning from archived data is not easy, even as the researchers here make it seem so. After all, those who acquire the data may or may not include sufficient documentation of their research. Often, there are gaps in data, which introduces ambiguity. Those who make assertions from data also risk litigation based on their work and interpretive lenses.  Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies introduces some basic (even templated?) statistical approaches to data analysis. For some, it may leave them wanting more sophisticated techniques, perhaps some cross-referencing to other validated datasets, perhaps some machine learning to find data patterns, perhaps some alternate explanations. Regardless, this collection lays the groundwork for others to request public data and to collaboratively extract statistical patterns and find additional meaning, to improve the world, based on empirical understandings. Apparently, the work is done without a priori hypotheses that are spelled out, but more with post hoc hypothesizing once the data has been explored through well-tested statistical means. Per the title, these “exemplars” may be more typical examples than “excellent models."
Shalin Hai-Jew
Instructional Designer
Kansas State University

Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges

"For a democracy to thrive in a pluralistic society, the pathways to opportunities should be open to all equally, with level playing fields and mitigations against stereotyping and exclusion. This should especially be so in institutions of higher education, which can be the differences not only for individual lives but for societies as a whole. There are benefits to including creative and divergent thinkers and doers. One step in this direction is to better understand social relationships in society, including problem areas that may need attention. Thomas Moeller’s Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges (2020) is comprised of three works surround the issue of “intersectionality,” as a way of understanding people’s complex identities and embodied experiences and their social statuses (or its lack) in contemporary societies.  As a term, “intersectionality” is a highly contested one. Intersectionality, as a framework, refers to “how aspects of one’s social and political identities (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination” (“Intersectionality,” Feb. 15, 2020); the insights from this approach are used to help address combined discriminatory injustices, given the real-world complexities of human interrelationships...David M. Sparks, Kathryn Pole, and Jason Denhartog’s “’I’m Representing All Black People’: A Case Study of the Intersectional Experiences of STEM Students Transferring from an HBCU to a Diverse Urban University” (Ch. 1) depicts a world with macro and micro cultures and stresses as students move between each in critical transitions for their learning, careers, personal identities, and ultimate wellbeing. Dumayi Maria Gutierrez’s “I’m Not Going to Choose a Side Hermana: Adding Voices of Bisexual Latinx Women to an Intersectional Minority Stress Model” (Ch. 2) suggests something of the complexities of being bisexual and racially minority in a conservative culture. This work makes the case for the need for understanding and empathy. Matias S. Ballesteros and Mercedes Krause’s “Adding Interactions in Order to Model Intersectionality: An Empirical Study on Self-Perceived Health Status in Argentina” (Ch. 3) offers a fresh approach to research and analytics based on quant-based intersectionality; this work also suggest potentially different ways of approaching health interventions to improve health outcomes for a thin-sliced population and closer on-ground understandings of peoples and their lived experiences through intersectionality... Humans are complex beings, and triply so with the overlays of socialization and cultural dimensions. Social identities are constantly evolving along with societies, and engaging these with empirical knowledge can be powerful in building more equitable and just and inclusive societies, for the benefit of all."
Shalin Hai-Jew
Instructional Designer
Kansas State University

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Music Education

"The chapters form a unified whole, making the monograph of interest to both experts in the field of music education; students; as well as experts from many other areas (visual art, poetry, movement, language, dance, sciences and history). The most prominent feature of the monograph is interdisciplinarity and a link between science and art, which is particularly welcome to everyone who wants to go beyond the established deliminations of individual scientific disciplines or artistic (musical) fields."
Dr. Marija Javornik Krečič
Associate Professor of Didactics at UM

"Based on specified various approaches and ideas of the contemporary field of interdisciplinarity in the context of music education, scientific publication the Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Music Education represents an important contribution to the existing knowledge in this field. The authors have approached this issue through original research ideas and considered this phenomenon from different points-of-view. Accordingly, collecting various perspective attitudes, beliefs and new and authentic research methods, the obtained results revealed special scientific value of this work, that will be of interest to the target scientific audience in the artistic and other fields as well."
Blaženka Bačljija Sušić
University of Zagreb

"The book, scientific monograph, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Music Education points to diversity and fusion in integrating different subjects with music in music education. It is of interest to the wider population (teachers, music teachers, students who touch music in their faculty programmes)."
Ivana Paula Gortan-Carlin
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Faculty of Educational Sciences

Ethics in Higher Education

"Professions have rules and guidelines that define the standards of practice. It is the responsibility of programs in higher education that prepare persons for the professions to imbue the profession’s standards and to assure that those standards have been learned and practiced. While most books on ethics in the Academy are of a general nature, Ethics in Higher Education focuses on professional preparation in the fields of education and Speech-Language Pathology. The book's editors and chapter authors provide literature reviews and practices that offer a general discussion of ethics in teacher preparation programs and for clinical practitioners in the Speech-Language Pathology professions. Taken as a whole, the book’s content gives a good overview of ethics standards detailed by professional associations and accrediting bodies in general and in the areas of teacher education and Speech-Language Pathology preparation. In addition, comprehensive documentation of research related to standards and practices in preparing practitioners in these areas is provided. Suggestions for additional or improved preparation practices supported by research (e.g., best practices) are offered. The topic of ethics and ethical practice is particularly relevant in today’s political context. We are trying to address a history of racism and other ethical issues, including those related to the management of a pandemic. These circumstances make it all the more important for professionals to practice in an ethical manner that recognizes the needs of all individuals. The comprehensive literature reviews in each chapter in the book can inform our understanding of today’s ethical challenges in the preparation of professionals and strategies for addressing them. Three chapters in particular speak more directly to the need to educate the next generation of practitioners in sound ethical practices. These chapters focus on academic honesty (chapter 2), cultural competence in teaching diverse students (chapter 4), and strategies for addressing students’ diverse learning needs (chapter 5). All chapters provide recommendations for strategies to use in teaching ethical practices. There are several audiences for this book. These include Education and Speech-Language Pathology doctoral students preparing to teach in higher education settings, current faculty in higher education, and administrators in higher education who are responsible for overseeing preparation programs. The book makes a compelling case for improving both the programs that prepare professionals and the development of faculty responsible for the preparation."
David S. Hill, Ed.D.
Faculty Emeritus
SUNY College at Plattsburgh

The Next Big Thing in Education

The world changes dramatically right in front of our eyes in almost any way possible. As we witness these dramatic events we may ask ourselves - "what's next?". That is exactly the question we posed to leading experts, academicians, leaders, and practitioners in the field of education. And they answered. The result is this book - a collection of ideas, directions for future thought and action, from some of the leading minds in education. Contributions to this book come from various disciplines, different countries and cultures, and take varying perspectives on the seemingly simple question asked "what, in your opinion, is the next big thing in education?". Authors noted opportunities and challenges, had words of caution as well as advice and encouragement. This book may be of interest to educational researchers, policy-makers, administrators practitioners as well as students of teaching, pedagogy and education. Readers are invited to peruse the leaves of this anthology, and gain insight, new ideas, identify trends in the making and perhaps gain a tiny glimpse of the future of things to come.

Communication and Mental Health Promotion in Early Childhood Education

This book makes a significant contribution to international literature on communication and mental health promotion in an early childhood education context. More specifically, this book presents in-depth insights into the dynamics of communication and the capacity of developing mental health promotion within the context of preschool and early childhood education. The book, although not a teacher’s guide, provides useful information that will help teachers, parents, caregivers, professionals of psychology and sociology fields as well as student teachers to better understand such issues as communication problems and mental health promotion, which, unfortunately are quite prevalent in schools, even in the early grades. The chapters offer theoretical originality along with practical ideas that help inform the careful reader. Thus, from theory to practice and back again, this book will reward readers, who will better understand the centrality of interpersonal relationships and communication through mental health promotion. Such an understanding is quite crucial in improving teaching and parenting quality in most, if not all, of their issues.

Fluency and Its’ Bases

"The comprehensive information contained in this book is a result of a collaboration of esteemed students and colleagues sharing years of clinical and research experience for the purpose of expanding knowledge and understanding of different facets related to speech fluency in children and adults. Culminating decades of innovative teaching and research by an acknowledged master of the profession, Dr. S.R. Savitri’s book crystallizes into a unified whole, a multidisciplinary subject of broad scope, great richness, and enormous practical importance. Each chapter in this book provides the necessary foundations for students, clinicians and researchers. Must-read primer for anyone who is interested in carrying out evidence-based practice with their clients with fluency disorders should have a copy of this book and refer to it frequently."
Teralandur K. Parthasarathy, Ph.D.
Former Professor and Chair
Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL

"Fluency and Its' Bases is written by Dr. S. R. Savithri, a highly accomplished and multi award winning researcher, clinician and educator in the area of Speech sciences and Speech pathology. Stuttering is a complex speech disorder, and, to appreciate the complexities of this disorder, one must have a good understanding of fluency. In this book, Fluency and Its Bases, Dr. Savithri has done an excellent job in analyzing fluency from a multidimensional perspective. This is the first comprehensive book to analyze and summarize the body of work done on fluency both nationally (within India) and internationally. This comprehensive book on fluency and its disorders is an essential reading for students, teachers and researchers in the field of communication disorders. This book, organized into eight main chapters and a summary in chapter nine, provides a comprehensive coverage of fluency. Starting with a clear explanation of fluency and its development, the reader is then guided through various bases of fluency including relevant theories and literature. These chapters elucidate bases of fluency including anatomical and physiological, acoustic, genetic, linguistic, psychological, and prosodic bases. Readers will appreciate the history of research as well as the current state of the art research regarding the various dimensions of fluency."
Sreedevi Aithal, PhD, MSc., MPH., M(Aud)SA
Consultant Audiologist
Adjunct lecturer- James Cook University
Adjunct lecturer – University of Queensland
Department of Audiology
Townsville University Hospital

Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education

"Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education is the result of more than 40 years of experience as a pedagogue and a teacher; the result of his visits abroad, of his interactions with other teachers and researchers. This is not just another book on globalization and education. This is the knowledge and the experience of learning by sharing at its best. Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin, whom I had the chance and pleasure to meet in person in Russia and then to work with on some research activities, takes us in a journey of reflection, not only about his thoughts but also about how we see ourselves in this world both as citizens and teachers. I dare the reader to accept his invitation and 'embark on a deeper probe'. I wish you all a good reading."
Anabela Mesquita, PhD
Polytechnic of Porto & Algoritmi RC

"In Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education, Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin challenges us to reinvent education in a way that accounts for the enormous complexity of globalization today. This timely and highly erudite book leads readers through a sweep of history, geography, and social thought in order to question old assumptions and prompt creative thinking about how next generations ought to be prepared."
Christine Sleeter, PhD
Professor Emerita
California State University Monterey Bay

"Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin’s timely work, Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education, examines seven key issues facing educators throughout the globe in the third decade of the 21st century. In examining various issues associated with globalization, Sinagatullin provides his thought-provoking take on essential topics such as neoliberalism, the digitalization of education, and English as a global language. Easy to read and laded with insightful comments on the status of global education, the book is destined a must read for educational leaders at all levels, policymakers, lawmakers, and all interested in education."
Charles J. Russo, J.D., EdD
Panzer Chair in Education and Research
Professor of Law
University of Dayton
Ohio, USA

Positive Psychology and School Leadership

"There is a clear and urgent need to apply principles of positive psychology, positive leadership, and positive organizational practices to educational institutions. Compelling research shows that the performance and well-being of both students and teachers are significantly enhanced by the principles discussed in this book. Jolanta Burke has written a straightforward and clear explanation of how positive leadership can produce this outcome. It is a much-needed contribution."
Professor Kim Cameron
Founder of the Positive Organisational Scholarship
University of Michigan

"Clearly written, accessible and inspiring, Burke delivers a cutting-edge tour of positive psychology theory that celebrates the history and evolution of the field. Burke’s background as a psychologist, researcher and leader shines throughout the book. Readers are treated to a skillfully developed and engaging narrative that signposts strategies leaders can adopt to shape more holistic and caring cultures in their organisations. As we globally struggle to find better ways to support each other during the COVID19 pandemic, provocations to shape how we bounce back and adopt more positive practices in our schools are most welcome. Every once in a while, I buy a book in multiple copies because I know that my students and colleagues will be borrowing them, often. This is one of those books!!"
Dr. Karen Edge
London Centre for Leadership in Learning
University College London

"Dr. Jolanta Burke has written a must-read book. Packed with insightful and expert knowledge, and with a direct writing style, the book offers a right balance between theory and practice. It introduces an original and provocative perspective to apply the latest research in the science of positive psychology in educational contexts and to encourage leaders to use new approaches to confront some of the main issues in school communities. During these challenging times for education, this is an evidence-based inspirational text for those who want to create schools in which everybody can flourish and thrive. As a lecturer in this field, I recommend this book as the perfect choice for every school leader and teacher, and every course in education studies."
Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes
Director of Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology
University of East London

"This is an important text and a very significant contribution to an aspect of school leadership that is growing in importance. Dr Burke has opened a door that has been locked or ignored for many years. Positive psychology offers important perspectives and a range of strategies that have great potential to challenge prevailing orthodoxies and provide a sophisticated conceptual framework that integrates academic rigour with professional relevance. This text will enhance academic programmes, school based professional development and personal reflection and learning."
Professor John West-Burnham
Educational Leadership Expert
University of Worcester

"Dr. Burke has written an important book and I expect Positive Psychology and School Leadership to become essential reading for both practitioners and academics working in the field of educational leadership and management. It is a timely book given the levels of stress and performativity associated with headship today, and a refreshing take on a much-neglected aspect: how to go deep into the minds and motivations of stakeholders to help them get the best out of themselves, and create the positive school culture that we know from educational effectiveness research matters so much to students and teachers alike."
Professor Anthony Kelly
Educational Leadership Expert
University of Southampton

"We have now reached a point in the development of positive psychology that its findings can be applied in a variety of settings to improve well-being and functioning. Nowhere is this more important than in our educational system. In this book, Dr Burke skillfully brings together relevant findings from positive psychology research and leadership theory to provide a wide-ranging guide for school leaders. She blends her own experience as an educational and academic leader with a rigorous assessment of the research literature on positive leadership in schools. Today there is widespread and growing interest in positive education, an approach that blends academic achievement with the development of strengths, resilience and character. This approach has been shown to be effective, not only in increasing children’s well-being, but also in enhancing their academic achievement. Dr. Burke’s work here on positive leadership in schools adds an important dimension to this vital new approach to education."
Professor Ciaran O’Boyle
Founding Director of RCSI Institute of Leadership
Director of RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health

Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies