American Education: Building a Common Foundation / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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"A book that gets down to essentials and does so in a responsible manner that will help students to understand more fully the various fundamental concepts of education. The chapters are well-organized, and the writing is clear and to the point. Every effort seemed to have been made to include current research and theory and to focus more on topics of current concern such as diversity and brain research."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495599395
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie S. Kaplan (Ed.D.), a retired school administrator in Newport News, Virginia, is a full-time education writer and an adjunct research professor at Old Dominion University. She has provided middle and high school instructional leadership as well as central office leadership as a director of program development. Before becoming a school administrator, she worked as a middle and high school English teacher and as a school counselor with articles frequently published in The School Counselor. Kaplan's scholarly publications, co-authored with William A. Owings, appear in numerous professional journals. She also has co-authored several books and monographs with Owings, including CULTURE RE-BOOT: REINVIGORATING SCHOOL CULTURE TO IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES; LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR IN EDUCATION; AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE (in its second edition); TEACHER QUALITY, TEACHING QUALITY, AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT; BEST PRACTICES, BEST THINKING, AND EMERGING ISSUES IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP; and ENHANCING TEACHER AND TEACHING QUALITY. Kaplan is co-editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and also serves on the NASSP Bulletin Editorial Board. She is a past president of the Virginia Counselors' Association and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and is currently a board member of Voices for Virginia's Children.

William A. Owings (Ed.D.) is a professor of educational leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Owings has worked as a public school teacher, an elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. His scholarly publications, co-authored with Leslie S. Kaplan, include books on educational leadership and school finance as well as articles in National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Effective Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Education Finance, and the Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics. Owings has served on the state and international board of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), is currently the editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and is on the Journal of Education Finance Editorial Advisory Board. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and a consultant on educational leadership, school finance, and instructional improvement. Owings and Kaplan share the 2008 Virginia Educational Research Association Charles Edgar Clear Research Award for Consistent and Substantial Contributions to Educational Research and Scholarship.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: UNDERSTANDING THE TEACHING PROFESSION. 1. So You Want to Be a Teacher? 2. Teaching as a Profession. 3. Misconceptions about Education and Teaching. Part II: HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS. 4. The History of American Public Education, Part 1. 5. History of American Public Education, Part 2. 6. Philosophy of Education. 7. Purposes and Promises of Public Education. Part III: POLITICAL, LEGAL, AND ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS. 8. Teachers, Ethics, and the Law. 9. School Governance and Structure. 10. School Finance. Part IV: SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS. 11. Equality of Educational Opportunity: Societal and School Practices. 12. Equality of Educational Opportunity: Diverse Students' Perspectives. 13. Curriculum. 14. Instruction. 15. Achievement and Accountability. 16. Effective Schools.

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