Published: Oct. 28, 2022

A quick look at the recent books from our faculty and community.

Image of Book Cover for book "The Foundational Handbook on Improvement Research in Education"The Foundational Handbook on Improvement Research in Education

by Donald J. Peurach, Jennifer Lin Russell, Lora Cohen-Vogel, William Penuel

“Grounded in research and theory about what it means to study and radically transform practice, this is a book for any of us who refuse to maintain an inequitable status quo. An edited volume with a seamless analytic core, authors remind us why the work of improvement research cannot wait. This book addresses a delicate, complex interplay between the individual and the institutional—it teaches as it traverses.”
—H. Richard Milner IV, distinguished professor of education, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University 

School of Education community members contributed as chapter authors, including PhD student Robbin Riedy, alumna Carrie Allen (PhDEdu’16), and Project VOYCE Executive Director and community partner Vanessa Roberts

 An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary EducatorsSocial Studies for a Better World: An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary Educators

Noreen Naseem Rodríguez, Katy Swalwell

“Brilliantly conceptualized, Social Studies for a Better World offers essential insights for understanding how social studies can help students decipher the past and make sense of the present. It is essential reading for anyone who believes in the power of social studies to transform society.”

—Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate history professor at The Ohio State University and host of the podcast Teaching Hard History, produced by Teaching Tolerance



 Credos and Controversies"Historical and Conceptual Foundations of Measurement in the Human Sciences: Credos and Controversies

Derek C. Briggs

“This book explores the assessment and measurement of nonphysical attributes that define human beings: abilities, personalities, attitudes, dispositions and values. Graduate students, researchers and professionals in educational measurement and psychometrics will emerge with a deeper appreciation for both the challenges and the affordances of measurement in quantitative research.”


 How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment"School's Choice: How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment

Wagma Mommandi, Kevin Welner

“This book breaks new ground by focusing specifically on access to inform the public and the field. It’s a must-read, an accessibly written primer of charter school information. It is an ideal volume not only for academics and policymakers, but also for parents and communities to scrutinize the charter school ethos of equity and access.”

—Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean and professor, University of Kentucky


 Exploring How Relationships to Data Shape Learning"Situating Data Science: Exploring How Relationships to Data Shape Learning

Edited by Michelle Hoda Wilkerson, Joseph L. Polman

“Drawing from theories of learning and identity development in the learning sciences, this volume investigates the impacts of these complex relationships on how learners think about, use and share data, including their understandings of data in light of history, race, geography and politics. Together, the contributions offer a vision of how the learning sciences can contribute to a more expansive, socially aware and transformative data science education.”


 Endarkened Storywork"Recovering Black Storytelling in Qualitative Research: Endarkened Storywork

S.R. Toliver

“By utilizing Black storytelling, Afrofuturism and womanism as an onto-epistemological tool, this book asks readers to elevate Black imaginations, uplift Black dreams and consider how Afrofuturity is qualitative futurity. By centering Black girls, the book considers the ethical responsibility of researchers to focus upon the words of our participants, not only as a means to better understand our historic and current world, but to better situate inquiry for what the future world and future research could look like.”