Thinking about Schools: A Foundations of Education Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Designed specifically for students with little or no education background,Thinking About Schoolsis an essential collection of classic and contemporary readings that provides a complete, balanced overview of educational foundations. Anchored in classic scholarship from the 1960s to today, this book also incorporates a number of thought-provoking popular essays that will engage students and encourage critical thinking about vital issues concerning the purpose of education, curriculum content, the roles and responsibilities of students and teachers, and new directions for education in the twenty-first century. In addition to selecting each reading for its impact and accessibility, editor Eleanor Blair Hilty further promotes student comprehension by including introductions, discussion questions, guides to further reading, and related resources for each of the five parts.

Author Biography

Eleanor Blair Hilty is an associate professor of education at Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina. She is the director of the MAED program in secondary education and teaches foundational education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Questions That Guide Our Practicep. xiii
What Are the Aims and Purposes of Education?
Introductionp. 3
Conflict and Consensus Revisited: Notes Toward a Reinterpretation of American Educational Historyp. 7
A Past for the Present: History, Education, and Public Policyp. 13
Intellectual Capital: A Civil Rightp. 29
Learning from the Pastp. 59
We Want It Allp. 69
Additional Resources
Discussion Questionsp. 93
Guide to Further Readingp. 93
Related Resourcesp. 94
What Should be the Content of the Curriculum?
Introductionp. 97
The Shifting Ground of Curriculum Thought and Everyday Practicep. 99
But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogyp. 107
The Banking Concept of Educationp. 117
Markets, Standards, God, and Inequalityp. 129
The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People's Childrenp. 157
Additional Resources
Discussion Questionsp. 177
Guide to Further Readingp. 177
Related Resourcesp. 178
What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Teacher Leaders?
Introductionp. 181
Teachers as Transformative Intellectualsp. 183
On the Frontier of School Reform with Trailblazers, Pioneers, and Settlersp. 191
How to Build Leadership Capacityp. 201
Against the Grainp. 205
What Are We Doing Here? Building a Framework for Teachingp. 227
Additional Resources
Discussion Questionsp. 249
Guide to Further Readingp. 249
Related Resourcesp. 250
What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of Students?
Introductionp. 253
Adequate Schools and Inadequate Education: The Life History of a Sneaky Kidp. 255
Educators, Homosexuality, and Homosexual Students: Are Personal Feelings Related to Professional Beliefs?p. 283
At-Risk Children and the Common School Idealp. 323
Silencing and Nurturing Voice in an Improbable Context: Urban Adolecents in Public Schoolp. 337
Standing for Students, Standing for Changep. 357
Additional Resources
Discussion Questionsp. 361
Guide to Further Readingp. 361
Related Resourcesp. 362
What Are the Issues that Impact Twenty-First-Century Schools?
Introductionp. 365
Grouping the Gifted and Talented: Questions and Answersp. 367
Let's Declare Education a Disaster and Get On with Our Livesp. 379
The Professionally Challenged Teacher: Teachers Talk About School Failurep. 389
The Educational Costs of Standardizationp. 411
From "Separate but Equal" to "No Child Left Behind": The Collision of New Standards and Old Inequalitiesp. 419
Closing the Achievement Gap by Detrackingp. 439
Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheidp. 445
Talking About Race, Learning About Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroomp. 465
Come and Listen to a Story: Understanding the Appalachian Hillbilly in Popular Culturep. 491
Rethinking Education in a Technological Worldp. 503
Additional Resources
Discussion Questionsp. 519
Guide to Further Readingp. 519
Related Resourcesp. 520
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 521
Creditsp. 527
Indexp. 531
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