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Book announcments

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”

― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Our faculty know how to write! At the same time interesting and professionally useful, our faculty not only churn out books left and right, but they release books people actually use!

Here’s a sampling of some of the their books:

A.G. Rud

Imagining Dewey: Artful Works and Dialogue about Art as Experience

Edited by: Patricia L. Maarhuis and A.G. Rud (Eds.). (2020). Brill.

Imagining Dewey features productive (re)interpretations of 21st century experience using the lens of John Dewey’s Art as Experience, through the doubled task of putting an array of international philosophers, educators, and artists-researchers in transactional dialogue and on equal footing in an academic text. This book is a pragmatic attempt to encourage application of aesthetic learning and living, ekphrasic interpretation, critical art, and agonist pluralism.

Kristin Huggins

Developing Rural School Leaders: Building Capacity Through Transformative Leadership Coaching

Written by: Hans W. Klar (Clemson) and Kristin Huggins (WSU). (2020). Routledge.

Developing Rural School Leaders combines a focus on rural education and school leadership development to illustrate how the teaching and learning conditions in rural schools can be enhanced through transformative leadership coaching. By unpacking literature related to rural school leadership development and using case studies to authentically illustrate the complexities involved in rural school leadership development, this book explores how leaders can develop their abilities to increase data-informed instructional decision making, create a culture that supports teaching and learning, and develop other leaders. Ultimately, this important book concludes with an exploration of the opportunities and challenges of developing rural school leaders.

Phyllis Erdman

Pet Loss, Grief, and Therapeutic Interventions: Practitioners Navigating the Human-Animal Bond

Edited by: Lori Kogan and Phyllis Erdman. (2019). Routledge.

This book recognizes and legitimizes the significance of pet and animal loss by exploring the various expressions of trauma and grief experienced by those who work with, live with, or own an animal or pet.

The chapters of Pet Loss, Grief, and Therapeutic Interventions weave together cutting-edge research with best practices and practical clinical advice for working with grieving clients. Beginning with an overview of the human–animal bond, the book guides readers through the many facets of pet loss, including topics such as animal hospice and euthanasia, offering a comprehensive account of one of the field’s most rapidly emerging areas. Designed to help mental health professionals support clients coping with pet loss, the collection explores personal narratives, current theories, up-to-date research, and future directions.

This unique and comprehensive book will be of interest to students, clinicians, academicians, and researchers in the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work.

Amy Roth McDuffie

Transforming Mathematics Teacher Education: An Equity-Based Approach

Edited by: Tonya Gau Bartell, Corey Drake, Amy Roth McDuffie, Julia M. Aguirre, Erin E. Turner, Mary Q. Foote. (2019). Springer.

The Teachers Empowered to Advance Change in Mathematics (TEACH Math) project has an explicit focus of equity in mathematics. That means developing a new generation of preK-8 mathematics teachers to connect mathematics, children’s mathematical thinking, and community and family knowledge in mathematics instruction.

This book builds on that. One thing the TEACH Math project did was develop three instructional modules for preK-8 mathematics methods courses. These activities have been reviewed, discussed, refined, and then shared with other university mathematics teacher educators in this country.

Chapter contributions represent diverse program and geographical contexts and teach prospective and practicing teachers from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, in particular providing accounts of supports, challenges, and tensions in implementing equity-based mathematics teacher education. The chapters supply rich evidence and illustrative examples of how other mathematics teacher educators and professional developers might make the modules work for their unique practices, courses, workshops, and prospective teachers/teachers. It promises to be an important resource for offering guidance and examples to those working with prospective teachers of mathematics who want to create positive, culturally responsive, and equity-based mathematics experiences for our nation’s youth.

Brian French

Educational and Psychological Measurement

Finch, W. H. & French, B.F. (2018). Educational and Psychological Measurement. New York: Taylor & Francis.

This new text provides the most current coverage of measurement and psychometrics in a single volume. Authors W. Holmes Finch and Brian F. French first review the basics of psychometrics and measurement, before moving on to more complex topics such as equating and scaling, item response theory, standard setting, and computer adaptive testing. Also included are discussions of cutting-edge topics utilized by practitioners in the field, such as automated test development, game-based assessment, and automated test scoring. This book is ideal for use as a primary text for graduate-level psychometrics/measurement courses, as well as for researchers in need of a broad resource for understanding test theory.

Don McMahon

Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators

Don’t just know how to use mobile technology. Know how to use it to transform learning. This refreshingly easy-to-use workbook shows educators how to make mobile devices a natural part of their classrooms by optimizing technology, no matter what the content. Discover:

  • practical mobile device management skills such as how to project and use devices as a whiteboard and tools to capture student responses.
  • fun strategies students will love such as teaching vocabulary using text speak and slang or using a digital assistant (like Siri) instead of writing.
  • helpful resources to enhance professional learning.

Brian French

Applied Psychometrics Using SPSS and AMOS

Finch, W. H., Immekus, J. C, & French, B. F. (2016). Applied psychometrics using SPSS and AMOS. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing

The book will be designed primarily for graduate students (or advanced undergraduates) who are learning psychometrics, as well as professionals in the field who need a reference for use in their practice. We would assume that users have some basic knowledge of using SPSS to read data and conduct basic analyses (e.g., descriptive statistics, frequency distributions). In addition, the reader should be familiar with basic statistical concepts such as descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, median, variance, standard deviation), percentiles and the rudiments of hypothesis testing. They should also have a passing familiarity with issues in psychometrics such as reliability, validity and testsurvey scoring. We will not assume any more than basic familiarity with these issues, and will devote a portion of each chapter (as well as the entire first chapter) to reviewing many of these basic ideas for those not familiar with them. We envision the book as being useful either as a primary text for a course on applied measurement where SPSS is the main platform for instruction, or as a supplement to a more theoretical text. We also anticipate that readers working in government agencies responsible for testing and measurement issues at the local, state and national levels, and private testing, survey and market research companies, as well as faculty members needing a practical resource for psychometric practice will serve as a market for the book. In short, the readership would include graduate students, faculty members, data analysts and psychometricians responsible for analysis of survey response data, as well as educational and psychological assessments.


Amy Roth McDuffie

Annual perspectives in mathematics education 2015: Using research to improve instruction
Suurtamm, C. (Volume Ed.), & Roth McDuffie, A. (Series Ed.). (2015). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Assessment is one of the most discussed topics in mathematics education today. That includes its proper role, how to show accountability in the process, etc. It’s 21 chapters, written by leading mathematics educators and researchers, are grouped into four sections: 1) Assessment in Action. 2) Design of Assessment Tools and Strategies. 3) Professional Learning to Enhance Classroom Assessment. 4) Assessment as Reasoning from Evidence.

Brian French

Latent Variable Modeling with R

Finch, W.H. & French, B.F. (2015). Latent Variable Modeling with R. New York: Taylor & Francis.

This book demonstrates how to conduct latent variable modeling (LVM) in R by highlighting the features of each model, their specialized uses, examples, sample code and output, and an interpretation of the results. Each chapter features a detailed example including the analysis of the data using R, the relevant theory, the assumptions underlying the model, and other statistical details to help readers better understand the models and interpret the results. Every R command necessary for conducting the analyses is described along with the resulting output which provides readers with a template to follow when they apply the methods to their own data. The basic information pertinent to each model, the newest developments in these areas, and the relevant R code to use them are reviewed. Each chapter also features an introduction, summary, and suggested readings. A glossary of the text’s boldfaced key terms and key R commands serve as helpful resources. The book is accompanied by a website with exercises, an answer key, and the in-text example data sets.

Brian French

Applied Psychometrics Using SAS

Finch, W. H., French, B. F., & Immekus, J. C. (2014). Applied psychometrics using SAS. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

The goal of the book is to provide readers with the tools necessary for assessing the psychometric qualities of educational and psychological measures as well as surveys and questionnaires. Each chapter will cover an issue pertinent to psychometric and measurement practice, with an emphasis on application. Topics will be briefly discussed from a theoretical/technical perspective in order to provide the reader with the background necessary to correctly use and interpret the statistical analyses that will be presented subsequently. Readers will then be presented with examples illustrating a particular concept (e.g., reliability). These examples will include a discussion of the particular analysis, along with the SAS code necessary to conduct them. The resulting output will then be discussed in detail, focusing on the interpretation of the results. Finally, examples of how these results might be written up will also be included in the text. It is hoped that this mixture of theory with examples of actual practice will serve the reader both as a pedagogical tool and as a reference work.