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Suggested Reading List Notes & Quotes

Anderson, Richard D. Schema-directed Processes in Language Comprehension,  Technical Report No. 50. Cambridge, M.A.: Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, Inc. 1977. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 42.)

Barzun, Jacques. (1954)  Teacher in America. Anchor. [H,R, N7]

_____. (1959) The House of Intellect. N.Y.: Harper & Brothers. [R, N7]

"Aristotle was warning of one sort of pedantry when he said that no subject should be treated with more precision than the purpose required." (218)

[pages 226-227 include a fascinating, and complex, discussion of "method" and "definitions."]

[pages 240-249 include a discussion of the teaching of grammar. Barzun blames Charles Fries for "the demise of grammar in the American schools." (241)]

     "to appreciate the extent of the intellectual disaster brought on by the liquidation of grammar and to gauge the fanaticism, the bad reasoning, the incapacity to come to a point, the self-righteousness of the antigrammarians, one should scan the five-hundred-page report of the Commission of the National Countil of Teachers of English on what they first called 'The English Curriculum' but later renamed 'The English Language Arts.' The volume is one long demonstration of the autthors' unfitness to tell anybody anything about English." (243)

[In Chapter Five, and in an addition to it at the end of the book, Barzun argues against objective tests.]
_____. (1991) Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [R, N7 Notes & Quotes Although not as detailed as some of the other books on education, this book reflects some excellent perspectives of Barzun's fascinating mind.]

Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1987.  [HR, N7 -- much better than Hirsch's Cultural Literacy.]

Bloom, B. and Lois Broder, "Problem Solving Processes of College Students." The Learning Process. ed. T. Harris and W. Schwahn. NY:Oxford UP, 1961,  59-79. (S=The Writer's Mind, 180.)

Booth, Wayne C. "Is There Any Knowledge That a Man Must Have?" reprinted in The Norton Reader. Sixth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton. 1965. 293-308. [This should be required reading for every teacher.]

Bruner, Jerome. The Process of Education. Harvard UP, 1977  [H,R, N7]

_____ . On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand. NY: Atheneum, 1976 (orig 1962)  [R, N7]

_____ The Relevance of Education. Ed. Anita Gil. NY: Norton, 1971.  [H,R, N7]

Campbell, Jeremy. Grammatical Man. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Conant, James. The Education of American Teachers. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1963. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 256]

Copperman, Paul. The Literacy Hoax. NY: William Morrow, 1978.  [R, N7]

Damerell, Reginald G. Education's Smoking Gun: How Teachers Colleges Have Destroyed Education in America.NY: Freundlich Books, 1985.  [Educationists will hate this one, but it should be of great interest to thoughtful teachers and members School Boards.] [Notes & Quotes]

Deese, J., and Hulse, S.H. The Psychology of Learning. 3rd ed. NY:  McGraw-Hill, 1967. (S=Hill, 237)

Dewey, John. Art as Experience. NY: Minton, Balch, 1934.  (S=J.Miles, 175)

_____ . et al. Art and Education. Merion, Pa.: Barnes Foundation Press. 1947.  (S=J.Miles, 175)

_____. Experience and Education. 1938; rpt. NY: Collier Books, 1963.

_____ . Logic, The Theory of Inquiry. NY: Henry Holt, 1938. (S=J.Miles, 175)

Feigenbaum, E.A. and Feldman, J. , eds. Computers and Thought. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963. (S=Hill, 233)

Flesch, Rudoof. The Art of Clear Thinking. NY: Harper & Bros. 1951. [R, N7]

_____ . The Art of Plain Talk. NY: Harper & Bros., 1946. [R, N7]

_____ . The Art of Readable Writing. NY: Harper & Bros. 1949. [R, N7]

_____ . Why Johnny Can't Read. NY: Harper & Row, 1955. [R, N7]

Freedle, Roy O., ed. New Directions in Discourse Processing. Norwood, N.J.:Ablex Publishing Corp, 1979. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 42.)

Gagganiga, Michale S. The Bisected Brain. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 41)

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. NY: Bantam. 1995. [HR. This is an important book for anyone who cares about the reasons for students' successes and failures.]

Goldstein, H., Krantz, D.L., and Rains, J.D., eds. Controversial Issues in Learning. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1965. (S=Hill, 237)

Goodman, Ken. The Whole Language Catalog. American School Publishers, 1991. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 263]

Greeno, James G., and others. Associative Learning: A Cognitive Analysis  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1978. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 42)

Gross, Martin L. The Conspiracy of Ignorance: The Failure of American Public Schools. NY: HarperCollins, 1999. [Notes & Quotes]

Gruber, Frederick. Historical and Contemporary Philosophies of Education. NY: Thomas E. Crowell. 1973.  [R, N7]

Guthrie, E.R. The Psychology of Learning. Rev. ed. New York: Harper, 1952. 

Hart, Leslie A. How the Brain Works. NY: Basic Books, 1975.  [R, N7]

_____ . Human Brain & Human Learning. NY: Longman, 1983.  [R, N7]

Hilgard, E.R., ed. Theories of Learning and Instruction. Sixty-third yearbook  of the National Society for the Study of Education.  Part I.  Chicago:  Distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 1964. (S=Hill, 234)

_____,  and Bower, G.H. Theories of Learning. 3rd ed. NY:  Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1956. (S=Hill, 237)

Hill, Winfred F. Learning: A Survey of Psychological Interpretations.  Scranton: Chandler, 1971. (R, N7 Bib done.)

Hirsch, E.D. Jr. Cultural Literacy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.  [H,R, N7 -- basic idea is good, but the book is superficial]

_____. The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them. NY: Doubleday, 1996. [Notes & Quotes]

Hull, C.L. Principles of Behavior. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1943.

Inhelder, Barbel. and Jean Piaget. The Early Growth of Logic in the Child. NY:  Norton, 1969. (S=The Writer's Mind, 143.)

_____ and Jean Piaget. The Growth of Logical Thinking from Childhood to Adolescence. NY: Basic Books, 1958. (S=The Writer's Mind, 143.)

_____. & Karmilloff-Smith, A. "Thought and Language." In B.J. Presseisen, D. Goldstein & M.H. Appel (eds). Topics in Cognitive Development: Vol. II: Language and Operational Thought. NY: Plenum Press, 1978. (S= Prater, "Cognitive, " 7)

Joftus, Scott, and Berman, Ilene. "Great Expectations? -- Defining and Assessing Rigor in State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts." Council for Basic Education. January, 1998. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 265]

Kendler, H.H. and Kendler, T.S. "Vertical and Horizontal Processes in Problem  Solving." Psychol. Review, 1962, 69, 1-16. (S=Hill, 234)

Koch, S., ed. Psychology: a Study of a Science. Vol.2. General Systematic Formulations, Learning, and Special Processes. New York: McGraw-Hill,  1959. (S=Hill, 233)

Koerner, James D. The Miseducation of American Teachers. Baltimore: Penguin, 1963.  [R, N7]

Koffka, K. The Growth of the Mind. Trans. R.M. Ogdon. New York: Harcourt,  1925. 

_____ Principles of Gestalt Pychology. New York: Harcourt, 1935. 

Kramer, Rita. Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America's Teachers. Free Press, 1991. [R, N7, Notes & Quotes]

Lewin, K. Dynamic Theory of Personality. Trans. D.K. Adams and K.E. Zener.
 New York:McGraw-Hill, 1935. 

_____ Principles of topological psychology. Trans. F. Heider and Grace
 M. Heider. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1936. 

Luria, A.R. Cognitive Development:Its Cultural and Social Foundations. trans.  Martin Lopez-Morillas and Lynn Solotaroff, ed. Michael Cole Cambridge,  Mass: Harvard UP, 1976. (S=The Wrriter's Mind, 23.)

Mayer, Frederick. A History of Educational Thought. Columbus, Ohio: Charles E. Merrill, 1960.  [R, N7]

McGuiness, Diane. Why Our Children Can't Read and What We Can Do About It. NY: Free Press, 1997. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 263]

Melton, A.W. ed. Categories of Human Learning. New York:Academic Press, 1964. 

Miller, N.E., and Dollard, J.C. Social Learning and Imitation. New Haven: Yale UP, 1941. (S=Hill, 235)

Milner, Brenda, ed., Hemispheric Specialization and Interaction. Cambridge, M.A.: MIT Press, 1975. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 42.)

Mitchell, Richard. The Graves of Academe. Boston: Little Brown, 1981.  [R, N7]

    "You simply cannot think about commas and the placement of modifiers without finding that you are thinking about thinking." (29)
Mowrer, O.H. Learning Theory and Behavior NY: Wiley, 1960. 

_____ "On the Dual Nature of Learning: a Re-interpretation of  'conditioning' and 'problem-solving'." Harvard Educ. Review, 1947, 17,  102-148. (S=Hill, 235)

Neisser, Ulric. Cognitive Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall,  1967. (S=The Writer's Mind, 42.)

Osgood, C.E., Suci, G.J., and Tannenbaum, P.H. The Measurement of Meaning Urbana: Univ of Illinois Press, 1957. (S=Hill, 235)

Palmer, Parker J. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1998. [R, N7 Notes & Quotes]

Perry, William. Forms of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1968. [Reviewed in CE, 46 (1984), 447-454.]

Piaget, Jean. The Child's Conception of the World. London: Kegan Paul. 1929. [S=Kessel, 58]

_____. Genetic Epistemology. Trans. Eleanor Duckworth. NY: Columbia UP, 1970. [R, N7]

_____ The Language and Thought of the Child. Trans. Marjorie & Ruth Gabain. NY: Humanities Press, 1959.[R, N7]

_____. "Quantification, Conservation, and Nativism." Science. 1968, 162, 976-979.  [S=Kessel, 58]

_____. Six Psychological Studies. NY: Random House, 1967.  [S=Kessel, 58]

_____ To Understand is to Invent: The Future of Education. Trans. George-Anne Roberts. NY: Grossman Publishers, 1973.

    Piaget : See also "Inhelder, Barbel"

    Ginsburg, Herbert, and Opper, Sylvia, Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development: An Introduction. Prentice-Hall, 1969. (HR, N7)

     Flavell, John H. The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget. NY: Dvan   Nostra, Ltd. Company, 1963. (S=The Writer's Mind, 24.)

    Kohnstamm, G.A. "An Evaluation of Part of Piaget's Theory." Acta Psycholgica, 1963, 21, 313-356.  [S=Kessel, 58]

    Mehler, J. & Bever, T.G. "Reply to Piaget." Science, 1968, 162, 979-981.  [S=Kessel, 58]

    Phillips, John L. The Origins of Intellect: Piaget's Theory. San   Fancisco: W.H. Fresman and Co., 1976. (S=The Wrriter's Mind, 24.)

    Spencer, Ann. Understanding Piaget. rev. ed. NY: Harper & Row, 1980.   (S=The Writer's Mind, 143.)

Postman, Neil & Charles Weingartner. Teaching as a Subversive Activity: NY: Delacorte Press, 1969.  [R, N7]

Ravitch, Diane. "Education with Accountability, " (charter schools), Forbes, March 10, 1997. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 271]

Regnier, Paul. "The Illusion of Technique and the Intellectual Life of Schools." Phi Delta Kappan. September 1994. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 261]

Rickover, Admiral H.G. Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better. NY: Little, Brown. 1962.  [R, N7]

Rochester, J. Martin. "The Decline of Literacy." Education Week: May 15, 1996. 34. [H,R, Xerox - an excellent essay]

Rousseau, J.J. Emile. trans. Barbara Foxley. NY: Dutton, 1969.  [R, N7]

Saltz, Eli. The Cognitive Bases of Human Learning. Homewood. Ill.: The Dorses  Press, 1971. (S=The Writer's Mind, 23.)

Schank, Roger C. and R. Abelson. Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding. Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1977. (S=CCC, Feb84, 42)

Shanker, Albert. "Quality Assurance: What Must Be Done to Strengthen the Teaching Profession," Phi Delta Kappan, November 1996. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 274]

Silberman, Charles E. Crisis in the Classroom: The Remaking of American Education. NY: Random House, 1970.  [R, N7]

Skinner, B.F. Verbal Behavior. NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1957. 

Smith, Frank. Insult to Intelligence: The Bureaucratic Invasion of Our Classrooms. NY: Arbor House. 1986.  [R, N7]

Smith, Mortimer. And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1949.  [R, N7]

Snow, C.P. The Two Cultures; and A Second Look. Mentor, 1963.  [R, N7]

Sowell, Thomas. Education: Assumption Versus History. Stanford University: Hoover Institution Press, 1986. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 261]

_____. Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas. NY: Free Press, 1993. [Notes & Quotes]

_____ . Knowledge and Decisions. NY: Basic Books, 1996. [S=Gross, Conspiracy, 261]

Spence, K.W., and Spence, J.T., eds. The Psychology of Learning and Motivation  NY: Academic Press. Vol 1, 1967; Vol.2, 1968. (S=Hill, 237)

Spielberger, C.D., and DeNike, L.D. "Descriptive Behaviorism versus cognitive  Theory in Verbal Operant Conditioning" in Psychol. Rev., 1966, 73,  306-326. (S=Hill, 235)

Sykes, Charles J. Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why America's Children Feel Good About Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1995. [R, N7 - a very important book for anyone concerned with the state of education Notes & Quotes]

_____. A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1992. [Notes & Quotes]

_____ . ProfScam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education. Washington, D.C. Regnery Gateway. 1988. [R, N7 - a very important book for anyone concerned with the state of higher education] 
[Notes & Quotes]

Thorndike, E.L. The Psychology of Learning. NY: Teachers College, 1913. 

Tolman, E.C. Purposive Behavior in Animals and Men. NY: D. Appleton-Century,
 1932. (S=Hill, 235)

_____ Drives Toward War. NY: D. Appleton-Century, 1942. 

_____  "There is More than One Kind of Learning." Psychol. Rev., 1949, 56, 144-155. (S=Hill, 236)

_____  Ritchie, B.F., and Kalish, D. "Studies in spatial learning. I.  Orientation and the short-cut." Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1946,  36, 13-24. (S=Hill, 236)

Tulving, Endel and Wayne Donaldson, ed. Organization of Memory. NY: Academic Press, 1972. (S=CCC, Feb 84, 42.) 

Underwood, B.J. "Interference and Forgetting." Psychol. Rev., 1957, 64, 49-60. 

Vygotsky,  Lev. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. ed. Michell Cole, et al. Harvard UP, 1978. [R, N7 - very good]

_____. Thought and Language. Trans. Eugenia Hanfmann and  Gertrude Vakar.  Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1962. [R, N7 -- another very important book]

Walter, W.G. The Living Brain. NY: Norton, 1953. 

Watson, J.B. Behaviorism. 2nd ed. Chicago:U of Chicago P, 1930.

Weinberg, Carl. Education Is a Shuck: How the Educational System Is Failing our Children. NY: William Morrow & Co., 1975.  [R, N7]

Wertheimer, M. Productive Thinking. NY: Harper, 1945. 

Whimbey, Arthur, Mary H. Johnson, Eugene Williams, Sr., and Myra J. Linden. Blueprint for Educational Change: Improving Reasoning, Literacies, and Science Achievement with Cooperative Learning. EBSCO Curriculum Materials, Box 486, Birmingham, AL 35201 (800) 633-8623 (1993).

_____, Eugene Williams, Sr., and Myra J. Linden. Keys to Quick Writing Skills: Sentence Combining and Text Reconstruction, EBSCO Curriculum Materials, Box 486, Birmingham, AL 35201 (800) 633-8623 (1993).

[Although we have never met, Art Whimbey and I have corresponded for many years. I admire his work, a longer list of which can be found at my Rose Parisella site. Additional information about his work can be found at the Institute for TRAC Research.]
Whitehead, Alfred North. The Aims of Education and Other Essays. NY: Free Press, 1957 [1929]  [H, R, N7]

Woodworth, R.S. Contemporary Schools of Psychology. Rev. ed. NY:Ronald, 1948.

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