Elementary Education: A Reference Handbook

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Elementary Education: A Reference Handbook takes readers on an all-inclusive journey through the history and current status of elementary education in America. The handbook first examines the historical, philosophical, social, and cultural foundations of elementary education. It then delves into the fascinating topic of how children learn, including racial identity formation, culturally differing cognitive thinking styles, and language developments.

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Overview

Elementary Education: A Reference Handbook takes readers on an all-inclusive journey through the history and current status of elementary education in America. The handbook first examines the historical, philosophical, social, and cultural foundations of elementary education. It then delves into the fascinating topic of how children learn, including racial identity formation, culturally differing cognitive thinking styles, and language developments.

A critical investigation of issues relating to the curriculum reveals its purpose, types, and models, weighing the impact of technology and providing a historical review of key subjects, from language arts to physical education. Are the results of standardized testing and high-stakes testing realistic and fair? This handbook explores these and other key questions in a detailed discussion of assessment and evaluation methods.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Writing for people not necessarily in the education profession, Harmon and Jones present elementary education within a holistic framework to allow readers to become familiar with its history and evolution to its current status."

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Reference & Research Book News

"In Elementary Education: A Reference Handbook Harmon and Jones . . . have provided a 'one-stop' experience for everyone interested in elementary education. . . . Large public libraries, academic libraries supporting programs in education, and even school media centers with professional development collections should be sure to buy this book."

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American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079423
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Education Issues Series
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Elementary schools 1
Elementary school student populations 2
Current trends and issues in elementary education 8
Ch. 2 The foundations of elementary education 19
Purpose of education 19
Foundations of education 19
Ch. 3 Development of the elementary student 55
Principles of human development 55
Physical development 55
Cognitive development 57
Language 66
Personal development 69
Moral development 75
Social development 79
Ch. 4 The elementary learner 89
Learning theories 89
Higher level thinking skills 91
Intelligence 93
Creativity 95
Learning styles 96
Culture and learning 99
Language 104
Self-concept and learning 106
Ch. 5 Elementary school curriculum 113
Early childhood education 114
Kindergarten curriculum 123
Elementary curriculum 125
Ch. 6 Technology and elementary education 159
The use of technology between 1800 and 1919 159
Opening doors with technology between 1920 and 1950 160
The many influences of technology on public education between 1950 and 1959 161
The emergence of computer-assisted instruction during the 1960s 162
Smaller, better, more affordable technology of the 1970s and 1980s 164
The limitless possibilities of technology from the 1990s to the present 165
Using technology to support learning 167
Technology/distance learning and home schooling 170
Technology and ethics 171
The one-computer classroom 172
Handheld computers in the classroom 172
Technology and a new literacy 173
Ch. 7 Special programs in elementary education 177
Students with cognitive or academic difficulties 177
Students with social or behavioral problems 183
Autism 184
Students with delays in cognitive and social functioning 184
Students with physical or sensory challenges 185
Inclusion 187
Mainstreaming versus self-contained classrooms 191
Educational strategies for students with disabilities 193
Gifted and talented students 193
Intelligence testing 196
Bilingual education programs 203
School reform movement 206
Ch. 8 Print and nonprint resources in elementary education 217
Print resources 217
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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Excellent for wanna be teachers of elementary school

    Great history resource for evolution of education in the United States.

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