Encyclopedia of American Education / Edition 3

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New edition of a three-volume reference that covers multiple topics related to issues confronting administrators, educators, parents, politicians, and students. The 2,000-plus entries contain facts, figures, and in-depth analyses of every aspect of American education such as its history, school curricula, education funding, church-state controversies, school choice, violence in schools, landmark legal decisions, state-by-state school system overviews, the success or failure of contemporary theories of education, bilingual and multicultural education, classroom and library technology, and more. New and revised entries include academic quality, bullying, charter schools, distance learning, home schooling, media centers, prayer in school, school vouchers, single sex education, and wired classrooms. Also included: a general chronology since 1607, a summary of significant federal education legislation since 1787, relevant U.S. Supreme Court decisions, listings of graduate school and undergraduate majors at American colleges, and several b&w photographs and line drawings. Unger, a former professor of journalism and English, has written several books on American history and education.

Annotation © Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Unger (School Choice: How To Select the Best Schools for Your Children) is not so much an education expert as an expert education critic. Covering grades seven and up, this third edition includes a new introduction by the author and appendixes for significant federal legislation and U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as for graduate and undergraduate programs at American colleges. The bibliography, chronology, and general index remain. More than 2000 entries, most a few paragraphs long, cover a broad range of education topics from Colonial times to the present. They give a brief introduction to a topic or definition of a term but do not provide in-depth discussion. Case in point: the entry "memorization" briefly describes the psychological process without mentioning, for example, the past emphasis on this type of learning or the controversy on how much memorization should be included in modern curricula. The few references at the end of individual entries have been dropped in this edition.

Although Unger claims to have revised 750 entries, some of what he calls revisions amount to a few additional sentences mentioning current political figures or legislation. There are also some inexplicable deletions, e.g., the entry "Abington School District v. Schempp." Some entries, such as "household," which does not have a definition specific to the field of education, are quirky inclusions and highlight the risks of lengthy one-author reference works: no single author is an expert on every aspect of a field as large as education.
—Rosanne M. Cordell

Library Journal
The author of this comprehensive encyclopedia, a former professor of English and journalism, has written five books on education, and his column appears regularly in the weekly journal Education. His three-volume set contains over 2000 alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of education past and present, including educational movements, biographical information on prominent educators, health issues such as AIDS and sex education, legal issues, publications, organizations, schools, programs, and tests. The final volume includes an extensive bibliography divided into 41 major subject areas, while the four appendixes offer a wealth of information, including a chronology of major dates in the history of education from 1607 to 1994, federal education legislation from 1787 to 1993, and significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions in education. Nothing currently available has the scope of this excellent encyclopedia. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.Barbara S. Meagher, Central Connecticut State Univ., New Britain
Library Journal
This fully revised and updated edition of the publisher's award-winning encyclopedia is significantly larger in scope than the first edition (LJ 9/15/96). With over 2500 entries, the encyclopedia covers virtually every area of education: administration, federal and state court decisions and legislation, finance, learning disabilities, pedagogy, history, reform, special education, technology, civil rights, church-state conflicts, and minority education. Also covered are the most recent developments, such as distance learning, the wireless and virtual classrooms, and controversial issues such as the decline in affirmative action, growing public reaction against bilingual and multicultural education, church-state controversies, and the effects of legal and illegal immigration on the quality of public school education. Appendixes add to the text's comprehensiveness by providing an extensive bibliography for each subject area, a chronology of education in America since 1607, and summaries of every significant piece of federal legislation since 1787 and of every major U.S. Supreme Court decision affecting education. Unger, the author of eight other books on education and three historical biographies, has a thorough yet easy-to-follow writing style that will be accessible to beginning students and yet is thought-provoking enough to be appreciated by scholars. As the only comprehensive reference on U.S. education, this work is essential for academic libraries and for public libraries seeking to provide thorough coverage of education. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach Lib. Dist., FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Intended mostly for students of education, but of value also to the broader educational community. Contains some 2,500 entries covering administration, pedagogy, history, reform, and such issues as child labor, church-state conflicts, civil rights, minority education, and women's education. Entries include references and/or cross-references. The bibliography is carefully prepared and is classified into 41 subjects. Appendices include a chronology; significant federal education legislation, 1787-1993; significant US Supreme Court decisions; and a simple listing of graduate school offerings in education, undergraduate education majors, and undergraduate majors at American colleges. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816068876
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Facts on File Library of American History
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1408
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlow Unger

A veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian, Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon and is the author of sixteen books, including five other biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He lives in New York.

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