Harvard Educational Review
  1. School-Community Connections

    Exploring Issues for Research and Practice

    Edited by Leo C. Rigsby, Maynard C. Reynolds, and Margaret C. Wang.

    San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995. 441 pp. $45.00.

    Educators have long recognized the importance of the societal context within which education takes place, yet have only recently begun to explore the linking of educational, health, and social services to address the complexity of out-of-school issues that accompany children to schools. School-Community Connections is a compilation of the deliberations of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on the integrated or collaborative services movement — that is, the effort to connect social service agencies with schools. The contributors seek to understand and explore solutions to the complex host of issues teachers face in educating children today, particularly in urban communities, and to challenge the current delivery of education and social services.

    Recognizing that educators often lack the professional expertise and that schools lack the financial resources to provide comprehensive social services to children and their families, School-Community Connections draws on the expertise of professionals from a variety of disciplines. The book's nineteen chapters summarize current theory and research on school-community linkages and include discussions about both the necessity of collaboration and barriers to its realization. The book is an essential read for any researcher, policymaker, or practitioner with an interest in the connection between schools and communities. It is a valuable resource for all those interested in the ways that the integration of school and community resources hold promise for providing effective educational services, and related health and social services, to children and their families.

    J.B.
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    Abstracts

    Getting to Scale with Good Educational Practice
    By Richard F. Elmore
    Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildering
    The Use and Misuse of State SAT and ACT Scores
    By Brian Powell and Lala Carr Steelman
    A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies
    Designing Social Futures
    The New London Group
    The Politics of Culture
    Understanding Local Political Resistance to Detracking in Racially Mixed Schools
    By Amy Stuart Wells and Irene Serna

    Book Notes

    Moral Development
    Edited by Bill Puka

    Places of Inquiry
    By Burton R. Clark

    Teaching and Learning in History
    Edited by Gaea Leinhardt, Isabel L. Beck, and Catherine Stainton.

    School-Based Management
    Edited by Susan Albers Mohrman and Priscilla Wohlstetter.

    Developing Home-School Partnerships
    By Susan McAllister Swap

    Over the Ivy Walls
    By Patricia Gandara

    Composition as a Cultural Practice
    By Alan W. France

    Fugitive Cultures
    By Henry Giroux

    A New Generation of Evidence
    Edited by Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla.

    Mother-Work
    By Molly Ladd-Taylor.

    Beyond Tracking
    Edited by Harbison Pool and Jane A. Page

    School-Community Connections
    Edited by Leo C. Rigsby, Maynard C. Reynolds, and Margaret C. Wang.

    Bird by Bird
    By Anne Lamott

    The International Education Quotations Encyclopaedia
    Edited by Keith Allan Noble

    Learning from Strangers
    By Robert S. Weiss