Each year, a committee of AESA members selects a number of titles it regards as outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies. These books are designated as AESA Critics’ Choice Award winners and are displayed prominently at the annual meeting.
The Critics’ Choice Award serves to recognize and increase awareness of recent scholarship deemed to be outstanding in its field and of potential interest to members of the Association.
Any inquiries regarding this award can be directed to the Chairperson:
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Abdi, Ali A., Carr, Paul R. (Eds.). Educating for Democratic Consciousness: Counter-Hegemonic Possibilities. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.
Best, Steven, Kahn, Richard, Nocella II, Anthony J., & McLaren, Peter. The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2011.
Brooks, Jeffrey S. Black School White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)Leadership. New York: Teachers College Press, 2012.
Cameron, Jeanne. Canaries Reflect on the Mine: Dropouts’ Stories of Schooling. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2012.
Cooper, Karyn, & White, Robert E. Qualitative Research in the Post-Modern Era: Contexts of Qualitative Research. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.
Chaddock, Katherine Elise. The Multi-Talented Mr. Erskine: Shaping Mass Culture through Great Books and Fine Music. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Darder, Antonia. Culture and Power in the Classroom: Educational Foundations for the Schooling of Bicultural Students. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2012.
DeVitis, Joseph L. (Ed.). Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
Duarte, Eduardo M. Being and Learning: A Poetic Phenomenology of Education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers, 2012.
Fassbinder, Samuel Day, Nocella II, Anthony J., & Kahn, Richard. Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers, 2012.
Hall, Julia (Ed.). Children’s Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers, 2013.
Hansen, David T. The Teachers and the World: A Study of Cosmopolitanism as Education. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Heybach, Jessica A., & Sheffield, Eric C. (Eds.). Dystopia & Education: Insights into Theory, Praxis, and Policy in an Age of Utopia-Gone-Wrong. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers, 2013.
Horsford, Sonya Douglass. Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration. New York: Teachers College Press, 2011.
Jackson, Alecia Y., & Mazzei, Lisa A. Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Jacobsen, Douglas, & Jacobsen, Rhonda Hustedt. No Longer Visible: Religion in University Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Knoester, Matthew (Ed.). International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
Levinson, Meira. No Citizen Left Behind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.
Love, Bettina L. Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
Meiners, Erica R., & Quinn, Therese (Eds.). Sexualities in Education: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
Nash, Robert J., Johnson III, Richard G., & Murray, Michele C. Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
Noddings, Nel. Education and Democracy in the 21st Century. New York: Teachers College Press, 2013.
Noel, Jana (Ed.). Moving Teacher Education into Urban Schools and Communities: Prioritizing Community Strengths. New York: Routledge, 2013.
Patel, Lisa. Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion. New York: Teachers College Press, 2013.
Pérez, William. Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education. New York: Teachers College Press, 2012.
Pierce, Clayton. Education in the Age of Biocapitalism: Optimizing Educational Life for a Flat World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Ray, Louis. Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights Movement, 1932-1954. Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012.
Souto-Manning, Mariana. Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom: Approaches, Strategies, and Tools Preschool-2nd Grade. New York: Teachers College Press, 2013.
Tuck, Eve. Urban Youth and School Pushout: Gateways, Get-aways, and the GED. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Vassallo, Stephen. Self-Regulated Learning: An Application of Critical Educational Psychology. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.
Warnick, Bryan R. Understanding Student Rights in Schools: Speech, Religion, and Privacy in Educational Settings. New York: Teachers College Press, 2013.
|2012 Awards||open : close|
Beineke, John A. Teaching History to Adolescents: A Quest for Relevance. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
Ravitch, Diane. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
|2011 Awards||open : close|
Ávila, M. B., Revilla A. T., & López Figueroa, J. (Eds.). (2011). Marching Students: Chicana and Chicano Activism in Education, 1968 to the Present. NV: University of Nevada Press.
Kovacs, P. (Ed.). (2011). The Gates Foundation and the Future of U.S. “Public” Schools. New York: Routledge.
|2010 Awards||open : close|
Baez, B. Boyles, D. (2009). The politics of inquiry. Education research and the "culture of science." Albany, New York: SUNY Press.
Kahn, R. (2010). Critical pedagogy, ecoliteracy, and planetary crisis: The ecopedagogy movement. New York: Peter Lang.
|2009 Awards||open : close|
Amster, Randall, DeLeon, Abraham, Fernandez, Luis, Nocella II, Anthony J. & Shannon, Deric (Eds.) (2009). Contemporary anarchist studies: An introductory anthology of anarchy in the academy. London: Routledge.
Anderson, Gary L. (2009). Advocacy leadership: Toward a post-reform agenda in education.
Besley, Tina (A.C.), & Michael A. Peters (2007). Subjectivity & truth: Foucault, education, and the culture of self. New York: Peter Lang.
Currie, Dawn H., Deirdre M. Kelly, & Shauna Pomerantz. (2009). Girl power: Girls reinventing girlhood. New York: Peter Lang.
Eppert, Claudia, & Wang, Hongyu (2008). Cross-cultural studies in curriculum: Eastern thought, educational insights. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Gause, C.P. (2008). Integration matters: Navigating identity, culture, and resistance. New York: Peter Lang.
Gordon, Mordechai (Ed.) (2009). Reclaiming dissent: Civics education for the 21st Century.
Mackler, Stephanie (2009). Learning for meaning's sake: Toward the hermeneutic university. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
McRobbie, Angela (2009). The aftermath of feminism: Gender, culture and social change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Pedroni, Thomas C. (2007). Market movements: African American involvement in school voucher reform. New York: Routledge.
Stitzlein, Sarah M. (2009). Breaking bad habits of race and gender: Transforming identity in schools. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Twomey, Tyra, Sagendorf, Ken, & White, Holly (2009). Pedagogy, not policing: Positive approaches to academic integrity at the university. Syracuse, NY: The Graduate School Press.
Urrieta, Luis (2009). Working from within: Chicana and Chicano activist educators in whitestream schools. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Villaverde, Lila E. (2008). Feminist theories and education primer. New York: Peter Lang.
Webb, P. Taylor (2009). Teacher assemblage.
|2008 Awards||open : close|
Biesta, Gert (2006). Beyond learning: Democratic education for a human future. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
Dillard, C.B. (2006). On spiritual strivings: Transforming an African American woman’s academic life. Albany, NY: SUNY.
Gabbard, D. (2008). Knowledge and power in the global economy: The effects of school reform in a neoliberal/neoconservative age. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing.
Giroux, Henry, A. (2007). The university in chains: Confronting the military-industrial-academic complex. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.
Hare, William, and John P. Portelli (Eds.), (2007).
Hyslop-Margison, Emery and M. Ayaz Naseem (2007). Scientism and education: Empirical research as neo-liberal ideology. Springer.
Joshee, R. and L. Johnson (Eds.), (2007). Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia Press.
Kellner, Douglas (2008). Guys and guns amok: Domestic terrorism and School shootings from the Oklahoma city bombing to the Virginia tech massacre. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
Lather, Patti (2007). Getting lost: Feminist efforts toward a double(d) science. Albany, New York: SUNY.
Mayo, Cris (2007). Disputing the subject of sex: sexuality and public school controversies. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Noguera, Pedro (2008). The trouble with black boys. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Robbins, Christopher, (2008). Expelling hope: The assault on youth and the militarization of schooling. Albany, NY: SUNY.
Ross, E. W., & Gibson, R. (Eds.). (2007). Neoliberalism and education reform. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Salvio, Paula (2007). Anne sexton: Teacher of weird abundance. State University of New York Press.
Saltman, Kenneth (2007). Capitalizing on disaster: Taking and breaking public school. Boulder, CO: Paradigm.
Schultz, Brian (2008). Spectacular things happen along the way: Lessons from an urban classroom.
Solomon, R. P. and D. N. Sekayi (Eds.), (2007). Urban teacher education and teaching: Innovative practices for diversity and social justice. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Yosso, Tara (2006). Critical race counterstories along the chicana/chicano educational pipeline.
Villegas, Malia, Neugebauer, Sabina Rak and Kerry R. Venegas (Eds.), (2008). Indigenous knowledge and education: Sites of struggle, strength, and survivance. Harvard.
|2007 Awards||open : close|
Blackmore, J. & Sacks, J. (2007). Performing and Reforming Leaders: Gender, Educational Restructuring, and Organizational Change.
Carlson, D. & Gause, C. P. (2007). Keeping the promise: Essays on leadership, democracy, and education. New York: Peter Lang.
Donato, R. (2007). Mexicans and Hispanos in Colorado schools and communities, 1920—1960.
Hughes, S. (2007). Black hands in the biscuits not in the classrooms: Unveiling hope in a struggle for Brown's promise. New York: Peter Lang.
Noddings, N. (2007). Critical lessons: What our schools should teach. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Van Galen, J.A. & Noblit, G. W. (2007). Late to class: Social class and schooling in the new economy.
|2006 Awards||open : close|
Apple, M. (2006). Educating the 'Right' Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality (2nd edition). New York: Routledge.
Badaracco, J. L. (2006). Questions of character: Illuminating the heart of leadership through literature. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
Bernal, D. D., Elenes, C. A., Godinez, F. E. & Villenas, S. (Eds.). (2006). Chicana/latina education in everyday life: Feminista perspectives on pedagogy and epistemology. New York: SUNY Press
Britzman, D. (2006). Novel education: Psychoanalytic studies of learning and not learning.
Bulman, R. (2005). Hollywood goes to school. Cinema, schools, and American culture.
Charmaz, K. C. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: A practical guide through qualitative analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Dixson, A. D. & Rousseau, C. K. (Eds.). (2006).
González, N., Moll, L. C. & Amanti, C. (2005).
Hatton, S. D. (2004). Teaching by heart: The Foxfire Interviews. New York: Teachers College Press.
Hesse-Biber, S. N. (Ed.). (2006). Handbook of feminist research: Theory and praxis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kesson, K. &Ross, W. (Eds.). (2004). Defending Public Schools, Volume 2: Teaching for a Democratic Society. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Lomawaima, T. & McCarty, T. (2006). To remain an Indian: Lessons in democracy from a century of Native American education. New York: Teachers College Press.
McLaren, P. (2007). Life in schools. New York: Pearson.
Palmer, P. J. (2004). A hidden wholeness: The journey toward an undivided life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Salinas, C. & Fránquiz, M. E. (2004). Scholars in the field: The challenges of migrant education. Charleston, WV: Appalachian Regional Educational Laboratory.
Stout, H. (2006). Upon the altar of the nation: A moral history of the Civil War. New York: Viking Press.
Weis, L. & Fine, M. (Eds.) (2005). Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race, and Gender in United States Schools (revised edition). New York: SUNY Press.
Williams, H. (2005). Self-Taught: African American education in slavery and freedom. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
Yoshino, K. (2006). The hidden assault on our civil rights. New York: Random House.
Zubay, B. & Soltis, J. (Eds.). (2004). Creating the ethical school: A book of case studies. New York: Teachers College Press.
|2005 Awards||open : close|
Bettis, P. & Adams, N. (Eds.). 2004. Geographies of girlhood. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Blount, J. (2005). Fit to teach: Same-sex desire, gender, and school work in the twentieth century.
Canestrari, A. & Marlowe, B. (2004). Educational Foundations: An anthology of critical readings.
Harris, A. (2004). All about the girl.
Hitchock, J. (2002). Lifting the White veil: An exploration of White American culture in a multiracial context. Roselle, NJ: Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books.
Hooks, B. (2004). The will to change: Men, masculinity, and love. New York: Atria Books.
Hoy, D. C. 2004. Critical resistance: From poststructuralism to post-critique. Boston, MA: MIT Press.
Irvine, J. J. 2002. In search of wholeness: African American teachers and their culturally specific classroom practices. New York: Palgrave.
Kozol, J. (2005). The shame of the nation: The restoration of apartheid schooling in America.
Lewis, A. (2003). Race in the schoolyard: Negotiating the color line in classrooms and communities. New York: Routledge.
Macdonald, V. 2004. Latino education in the United States: A narrated history from 1513-2000. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Mayo,P. (2004). Liberating praxis: Paulo Freire’s legacy for radical education and politics.
Nash, M. 2005. Women's education in the United States, 1780-1840. New York: Palgrave.
Noguera, P. (2003). City schools and the American dream: Reclaiming the promise of public education.
Null, J. W. 2003. A disciplined progressive educator: The life and career of William Chandler Bagley.
Peters, M. A. & Burbules, N. (2004). Poststructuralism and Educational Research.
Pollock, M. (2004). Colormute: Race talk dilemmas in an American school. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Rethinking Schools. (2004). The new teacher book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.
Rothstein, R. (2004). Class and schools: Using social, economic, and educational reform to close the Black-White achievement gap. New York: Teachers College Press.
Rousmaniere, K. (2005). Citizen teacher: The life and leadership of Margaret Haley. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Smith, M. L., Miller-Kahn, L., Heinecke, W. & Jarvis, P. F. (2004). Political spectacle and the fate ofAmerican schools. New York: Routledge Falmer.
Solomon, R. P. & Levine-Rasky, C. (2003). Teaching for equity and diversity: Research to practice.Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.
Tomasa Dueñas C., Tomasa Dueñas T., López, M., & Sánchez, P. (TransNacionales/TransNational Latinas). (2003). Recuerdo mis raíces: Remembering my roots and living my traditions.
Trueba Enrique (2004). The new Americans: Immigration and the transnational experience.
|2004 Awards||open : close|
Adams, N. G. & Bettis, P. J. (2003). Cheerleader: An American icon. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Asante, M. K. (2003). Surviving racism: The survival of the American nation. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
Bowers, C. (2004). Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the environmental crisis. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Bush, M. (2004). Breaking the code of good intentions: Everyday forms of whiteness. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Christensen, L. & Karp, S. (2003). Rethinking school reform: Views from the classroom.
Cochran Smith, M. (2004). Walking the road: Race, privilege, and social justice in teacher education.
Cohen, E. G., Brody, C. M., & Sapon-Shevin, M. (Eds.). (2004). Teaching cooperative learning.
Cortese, A. J. (2004). Walls and bridges: Social justice and public policy. New York: SUNY.
Hill, D., McLaren, P., Cole, M. & Rikowski, G. (Eds.). (2002). Marxism against postmodernism in educational theory. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Latina Feminist Group. (2001). Telling to live: Latina feminist testimonios. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Lipman, P. (2004). High stakes education: Inequality, globalization, and urban school reform.
Macedo, D., Dendrinos, B., & Gounan, P. (2003).
Mcclure, M. (2003). Discourse in educational and social research. Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press.
National Council of Teachers of English. (2000).
Nelson, J., Palonsky, S., & McCarthy, M. (2004).
Prashad, V. (2001). Everybody was Kung Fu fighting: Afro-Asian connections and the myth of cultural parity. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Reyes, M. & Halcon, J. (2001). The best for our children: Critical perspectives on literacy for Latino students. New York: Teachers College Press.
Schlosser, E. (2001). Fast food nation: The dark side of the All-American meal. Boston, MA: Houghton Miflin.
Steinberg, S. & Kincheloe, J. (Eds.). (2004).
Watras, J. (2004). Philosophic conflicts in American education—1893-2000. Boston: Pearson.
Weiler, K. (Ed.). (2001). Feminist engagement: Reading, resistance, and revisioning male theorists in education and cultural studies.
Weis, L. (2004). Class reunion: The new white working class. New York: Routledge.
Wellstone, P. (2001). The conscience of a liberal: Reclaiming the compassionate agenda.
|2003 Awards||open : close|
Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W., Casteneda, R., Hackman, H. Peters, M. Zuniga, X. (2000).
Bettie, J. (2003). Women without class. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Beykont, Z. (Ed.) (2002). The power of culture: Teaching across language differences. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Publishing Group.
Biddle, B. (Ed.). (2001). Social class, poverty, and education: Policy and practice. New York: Routledge Falmer.
Bowers, C. (2003). Mindful conservatism: Rethinking the ideological and educational basis of an ecologically sustainable future. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Boyle-Baise, M. (2002). Multicultural service learning: Educating teachers in diverse communities. New York: Teachers College Press.
Brantlinger, E. (2003). Dividing classes: How the middle class negotiates and rationalizes school advantage. New York: Routledge Falmer.
Calabrese Barton, A., Ermer, J., Burkett, T., Osborne, M. (2003).
Cazden, C. (2001). Classroom discourse: The language of teaching and learning. Portsmouth, NJ: Heinemann.
Chomsky, N. (2000). Chomsky on miseducation.
Craig, C. (2003). Narrative inquiries of school reform: Storied lives, storied landscapes, storied metaphors. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
Fine, M. & Weis, L. (2003). Silenced voices and extraordinary conversations: Re-imagining schools.
Kelly, D. (2000). Pregnant with meaning: Teen mothers and the politics of inclusive schooling.
Kliebard, H. (2002). Changing course: American curriculum reform in the 20th century. New York: Teachers College Press.
Lareau, A. (2003). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
McLaren, P. (2000). Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the pedagogy of revolution. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Moran, J. (2000). Teaching sex: The shaping of adolescence in the 20th century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Moses, M. (2002). Embracing race: Why we need race-conscious education policy. New York: Teachers College Press.
Newman, J. (2002). America’s teachers: An introduction to education (4th edition). New York: Allyn and Bacon.
Ogbu, J. (2003). Black American students in an affluent suburb: A study of academic disengagement. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Perry, T., Steele, C., & Hillard, A. (2003). Young, gifted, and Black: Promoting high achievement among African American students. Boston: Beacon Press.
Plumwood, V. (2002). Environmental culture: The ecological crisis of reason. New York: Routledge.
Sadowski, M. (Ed.). (2003). Adolescents at school: Perspectives on youth, identity, and education.
Spring, J. (2003). Educating the consumer-citizen: A history of the marriage of schools, advertising, and media. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Thomas-El, S. (2003). I choose to stay: A Black teacher refuses to desert the inner city.
Wolcott, H. (2002). Sneaky kid and its aftermath: Ethics and intimacy in fieldwork. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Zimmerman, J. (2001). Whose America: Culture wars in the public schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.