New Books from Faculty Authors

Posted: February 11, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following is a selection of books recently written or edited by members of the Mason faculty.

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Susan Crate, assistant professor of environmental science and policy, edited a book with Mark Nuttall called “Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions” that was released in January 2009. The book was published by Left Coast Press Inc.

The book examines the relationship between human cultures and changing environments in a series of scholarly essays. It includes case studies of research in anthropology and climate change, including Crate’s own research in northeastern Siberia, Russia, where changing climate conditions have caused the local people to need to revamp language, farming techniques and other ways of life.

According to Crate, the book attempts to “understand what roles anthropologists have in response to climate change” and “open dialogue among anthropologists to questions concerning the extent of [their] roles as advocates, communicators, educators, practitioners and activists.”

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Michael O’Malley, associate professor of history, edited “The Cultural Turn in U.S. History” with James Cook and Lawrence Glickman. The book was released in February 2009 by the University of Chicago Press.

The book traces American cultural history and includes previously unpublished essays by scholars who look at topics such as the different strains of cultural history, cultural history and its relationships with arenas from mass entertainment to public policy, and the ways cultural history has been shaped by catastrophe.

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Lynne Schrum, director of teacher education for the College of Education and Human Development, and colleagues Lynn Bell and Ann D. Thompson wrote “Framing Research on Technology and Student Learning in the Content Areas: Implications for Educators,” which was published by Information Age Publishing Inc. in November 2008.

A volume in Research Methods in Educational Technology Series edited by Walter F. Heinecke, this book is a result of collaboration between the National Technology Leadership Summit and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

“Framing Research” is targeted at individuals or small teams of educational researchers who are interested in conducting high-quality research addressing the effects of technology-enhanced instruction on student learning.

The analyses provide guidance on the design of future technology research grounded in student learning of K-12 curriculum. The conclusions also serve as a tool for teacher educators seeking to prepare teachers to integrate technology effectively in their instruction and to motivate reluctant teachers to overcome perceived inconveniences connected with technology use.

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Mark Rozell, professor of public policy, along with Michael Genovese and Kristen Heyer, edited the book “Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension between Faith and Power,” which was published by Georgetown University Press in December 2008.

The book is divided into four parts: Catholic Leaders in U.S. Politics, The Catholic Public, Catholics and the Federal Government, and International Policy and the Vatican. It describes the implications of Catholic universalism for voting patterns, international policymaking and partisan alliances.

Contributors include political scientists, ethicists and theologians. The book targets not only scholars in political science, religious studies and Christian ethics, but also lay Catholics interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the tensions that can exist between church doctrine and partisan politics.

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Peter Stearns, provost, wrote “Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities,” which was published in December 2008 by Routledge.

“With growing competition from British and Australian universities, and students coming into college with growing interests in global issues but scant concrete preparation, this is a defining moment for international education in the U.S.,” says Stearns. “There is little help from the outside — most notably, from state and federal government — to aid colleges and universities in meeting a global agenda. The need, clearly, is for innovation.”

In the book, which Stearns uses in a course he teaches at Mason on international higher education, he recommends that universities offer a wide menu of international activities, and not just put added emphasis on study abroad programs.

Citing best practices at a variety of institutions, the book provides practical coverage and guidance in the major aspects of global education, including curriculum, study abroad, international students, collaborations and branch campuses, while also dealing with management issues and options.

Designed to increase the comfort level with global education, the book is intended for academic administrators dealing with global education issues and students studying in higher education administration programs.

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