Educational Foundations Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-28
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This innovative new program for the Foundations of Education course combines traditional coverage of the history, philosophy, and sociology of education with content for multicultural education courses, examining the wide diversity of classrooms across the US. In addition to blending these important perspectives, the text examines the interrelationship between the history and structure of the American education system, the changing nature of the teaching profession, and the socio-cultural factors influencing education. The author considers foundational themes from a critical theory perspective. Often, preservice teachers lack the basic understanding of why inequities exist in today's schools. They are unaware of the historical events that put a system in place and are not empowered with strategies to address these issues once they enter a classroom. Providing students with this important background information, this text's goal is to enable teachers to help every child fulfill his or her potential.

Table of Contents

A Foundational Framework
Historical Perspectives Informing the Schooling of a Diverse Society
A Legacy of Inclusion and Exclusion First Person
Anyone Can Make It in America, but Not Alone Greek Influences on American Education
An Education Program for a New Country
The Education of Immigrants: A Historical Overview
Immigration in a Contemporary Context
The Legacy of Educational Exclusion
African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans and Asian Americans Arab Americans Seeking Understanding amid the Stereotypes
Educational Philosophy First Person
Making Time to Care About Philosophy
Connections to Practice and Social Justice
The Role of Philosophy in the Teaching Profession
Leaders Whose Educational Philosophies Cross and Blur Borders
The Teaching Profession: Our Callings, Our Challenges
Entering the Teaching Profession First Person
Anyone Can Teach
The Default Major
The Important Role of Teachers in a Democratic Society
The Process: Securing Licensure and Certification Expectations of Teachers
Tenure and Evaluation Educational Reform's Impact on the Teaching Profession Today
The Education Job Market
Projected Needs and Recruitment Strategies
New-Teacher Induction Programs: Inconsistencies
Equity and Educational Practice First Person: Minority Communities
"Don't Care About Kids" and Other Myths What Is Equal Opportunity?
Poverty, Segregated Communities, and Segregated Schools
Social and Educational Outcomes of Desegregation
Intersections Between Educational Practice and Socioeconomic Status
The No Child Left Behind Act and Education Equity
Implications for Educators Engaging Family and Community
School Structure, Finance, and Public School Law
School Governance and Community Ties First Person
We Don't Care About the Politics!
The Role of the State Board of Education and Office of Education
Local Control: School Districts, School Boards, and Departments of Education School Structures
School Choices Privatization of Public Schools
Charter Schools Charter, School Choice, and Voucher Initiatives
Controversial Implications The Home School Movement
Paying the Bills--School Funding First Person
Unequal Funding Equals Unequal Schools Educational Funding
A Historical Overview Federal Educational Initiatives
New Responsibilities Contemporary Finance Systems State Funding of the Public Schools
Taxation Funding Schools Equitably The Impact of Demographics on School Finance
Public School Law First Person: Following the Law
Did I Do My Job?
Teachers and the Law
An Introduction Securing Employment, Securing a Contract Losing a Job
Contributing Factors Regarding Dismissal Teacher's Rights and Liability Issues Teachers'
Private Lives Teacher's Rights What Can and What Cannot Be Taught?
Students' Rights
Educators in Action: The Local Classroom, the Global Classroom
Teacher Practice: Understanding the Work First Person
Minority Parents "Don't Care About Their Kids"
Effective Teaching: Characteristics, Theory, and Strategies
Understanding Ability Differences: Multiple Intelligences
Understanding Sorting and Tracking
Linking Theory and Practice
The Eurocentric and Inclusive Curricula
Who Is Responsible for Students' Classroom Behavior?
Parental Involvement in the Learning Process
Understanding Assessment First Person: Teaching to the Test
History of Student Assessment Strategies
The Identification of Goals and Objectives
The Politicization of National and State Assessment Standards
What Knowledge Is Measured and How Assessment
Instruments Commonly Used
Strengths and Weaknesses
The Impact of Standardized Test Outcomes on Teachers
The Impact of Standardized Test Outcomes on Diverse
Learners Alternative Assessment Strategies
Exploring the Relationship Between American Culture and Education
First Person: Is a Culturally Relevant Curriculum Just About Celebrating Holidays?
What Is Culture?
American Cultural Values American Culture and Egalitarianism
Teaching English Language Learners
Bilingual and English as a Second Language Efforts First Person
Success Story
Vicki and Ruben's Sixth-Grade Year Different Roads to Different Outcomes
Choices in Language Education
The Story: History, Politics, and Law
Ideologies: How Do We Think About English Language Learners?
The Theories: How Should We Teach English Language Learners?
The Programs: A Largely Monolingual
Tale Curriculum: What Should We Teach English Language Learners?
Assessment: How Do We Know What English Language Learners Know?
Karen: Hybrid Identity
Globalization and Schooling First Person
Computer Labs, School Cafeterias, and the Global Economy
A Healthy Mix?
Considering Education Beyond Our Borders Understanding the Global Community What Is Global Education?
Understanding Comparative Education
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