Educational Foundations: Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives / Edition 1

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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.

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"I love the tone of this book. It is so warm and personal and it starts out that way immediately with the introductory essay to the reader. The tone is sustained throughout. Also, with the biographical information on several leaders in the philosophy section, the philosophy takes on a concrete quality rarely seen in such chapters."

"This is an appealing text to me because it humanizes the teaching experience with the use of case studies and the chapters I examined on culture have a deeper understanding of recent research on funds of knowledge and cultural capital."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618562558
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 934,127
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Grace Huerta is an Associate Professor at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 1994 from Arizona State University. Her areas of research include multicultural education, educational foundations, qualitative research methodology, teaching strategies, and ESL/bilingual education. Dr. Huerta earned the Utah State University President's Diversity Award for faculty in 2001 and the Teacher of the Year award for the Department of Secondary Education in 1996. Her professional memberships include the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University Faculty.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary. I. A Foundational Framework 1. 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 2. 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 II. The Teaching Profession: Our Callings, Our Challenges 3. 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 4. 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 III. School Structure, Finance, and Public School Law 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 IV. Educators in Action: The Local Classroom, the Global Classroom 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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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