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Children Don't Come with an Instructional Manual


reviewed by Mary Lynn Collins ó 2005

coverTitle: Children Don't Come with an Instructional Manual
Author(s): Wendy L. Moss
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744433, Pages: 173, Year: 2004
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With so many children in our schools experiencing learning and behavioral difficulties, Children Donít Come with an Instructional Manual, by Wendy L. Moss, is a timely book for parents, health professionals, and especially teachers. Dr. Moss, a clinical and school psychologist, with the added consultation with her husband, a psychiatrist, speaks with authority and expertise in the field of children with special needs. This book, which provides excellent supportive studies and recent data, is to be considered a reference manual. Consisting of 156 pages, it is easy to follow and comprehend. This book reinforces for teachers the need to write well-documented referrals to a mental health professional or a team of mental health professionals for an accurate diagnosis of a childís problem. This reference manual should not be used by a lay person to attempt to diagnose symptoms and label the child with a disorder. † † Children Donít Come with an Instructional Manual is an excellent resource for experienced teachers and also for schools of education that are... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 2, 2005, p. 277-280
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11400, Date Accessed: 8/17/2017 1:49:57 AM

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  • Mary Collins
    Nova Southeastern University
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    MARY LYNN COLLINS is a Professor in the Fischler Graduate School of Education, Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests include teacher behaviors that influence student learning particularly teacher enthusiasm. For her study on teacher enthusiasm she was awarded the outstanding research award from the Association of Teacher Educators. She is working on a follow-up publication on this research originally published in the Journal of Teacher Education. Her most recent publication, "Becoming an Effective Teacher of Reading," was part of an online course funded by the Florida DOE. She is also involved in establishing Professional Development Schools with the local school districts in South Florida.
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