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With a focus on the future of American education--and the goals and nature of teaching in a global economy--this forward-thinking text provides you with a comprehensive overview of the foundations of modern American schooling. The book's premise is that education in the 21st century must facilitate more complex, deeper, and more varied learning that will enable all citizens to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. In presenting traditional topics and important educational issues--including diversity and equity, the accountability movement, effective schools, instructional best practices, and alternatives to public schools--the authors cultivate the very skills and knowledge base that they believe are critical for success in a "flat" world. With the overarching goal of furthering higher-order thinking, they model the principles of evidence-based practice and the critical-thinking process by examining issues and controversies in depth and presenting supporting research to validate their conclusions. Activities support the critical-thinking focus and promote your self-understanding, challenging you to weigh "common knowledge" against real evidence and form your own conclusions. Written in an appealing, conversational style, and using examples that immediately resonate with prospective student teachers, this thought-provoking new text provides a timely and insightful perspective of American education.
- Written in an appealing, conversational style, and using examples that immediately resonate with prospective student teachers, this thought-provoking new text provides a timely and insightful perspective of American education.
- A unique chapter (Chapter 3) explores and rebuts three commonly held misconceptions about public schools. In the process of "debunking," the authors teach students to better analyze issues and controversies in education.
- Two chapters on the history of American schools give special attention to how American public schools have educated women, African Americans, and persons with disabilities--populations often treated as "exceptions to the rule" in other texts. This strong focus on equity issues in U.S. education continues throughout the book, especially in its two chapters (Chs. 11 and 12) dedicated toward equality of educational practices.
- The textbook's "A Closer Look" feature presents primary sources for students to further explore and analyze key issues related to education, teaching, and learning.