Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent

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Educational reform, and to a lesser extent educational dissent, occupy a prominent place in the annals of U.S. education. Whether based on religious, cultural, social, philosophical, or pedagogical grounds, they are ever-present in our educational history. Although some reforms have been presented as a remedy for society’s ills, most programs were aimed toward practical transformation of the existing system to ensure that each child will have a better opportunity to succeed in U.S. society.

Educational reform is a topic rich with ideas, rife with controversy, and vital in its outcome for school patrons, educators, and the nation as a whole. With nearly 450 entries, these two volumes comprise the first reference work to bring together the strands of reform and reformers and dissent and dissenters in one place as a resource for parents, policymakers, scholars, teachers, and those studying to enter the teaching profession.

Key Features

  • Opens with a historical overview of educational reform and dissent and a timeline of key reforms, legislation, publications, and more
  • Examines the reform or dissent related to education found in theories, concepts, ideas, writings, research, and practice
  • Addresses how reformers and dissenters become significant culture-shaping people and change the way we conduct our lives

Key Themes

  • Accountability
  • Biographies
  • Concepts and Theories
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Diversity
  • Finances and Economics
  • Government
  • Organizations-Advisory
  • Organizations-Business and Foundations
  • Organizations-Curriculum
  • Organizations-Government
  • Organizations-Professional
  • Organizations-Think Tanks
  • Public Policy
  • Religion and Religious Education
  • Reports
  • School Types
  • Special Needs
  • Technology

This authoritative work fills a void in the literature in the vast areas of educational reform and dissent, making it a must-have resource for any academic library. Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

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Editorial Reviews

"....All four editors of this work have strong backgrounds in issues connected to educational reform and dissent.... Although all of the entries do a good job of covering their topics, some are exceptionally strong.... This is a useful resource that academic and large public libraries will want to own. Also available as an ebook."
S. R. Rosenblatt
"....Over 200 scholars contributed more than 400 entries. Entries are thorough and vary in length.... One of the encyclopedia's strengths is coverage of religion and religious education. No other reference book has the exact focus of this one... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."
District Administration
"Accessibly written A-to-Z entries present key theories and concepts, important research, policy decisions, landmark legislation, biographies and practical applications. The work also includes a historical overview and a timeline of important events in the history of U.S. education, as well as profiles of education-related organizations, foundations and think tanks."
"....All four editors of this work have strong backgrounds in issues connected to educational reform and dissent.... Although all of the entries do a good job of covering their topics, some are exceptionally strong.... This is a useful resource that academic and large public libraries will want to own. Also available as an ebook. "
Library Journal
Coedited by four American professors of education, these two volumes amass more than 440 signed entries by 229 practitioners and scholars. The work is arranged alphabetically, with a list of entries in both volumes that include cross-references. The first volume also contains a reader's guide, organizing the entries into 20 subjects, including organizations of varying types, biographies, accountability, concepts and theories, curriculum and instruction, diversity, finances and education, reports, school types, special needs, and technology. Each entry contains See Also references and a list of further readings. There is a historical time line in the first volume, covering the years 1635–2008, and a comprehensive index at the end of volume two. The introduction in the first volume provides a chronological overview of the entire topic. BOTTOM LINE This work on educational change and critical pedagogy is a valuable resource for any education collection. Whether you are seeking a biography of a figure in the education world, an overview of a legal case or theory, or information about an education association or group, this set is the place to turn.—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll. Lib., Bayside, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412956642
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Pages: 1112
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Hunt is a Professor in the Center for Catholic Education and the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Dayton, where he has taught since 1996. He received his B.A. in History at Loras College, a Licentiate of Sacred Theology and an M.A. in Seondary Education Administration from the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (Social and Historical Foundations of Education) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has authored or co-authored 20 books.

James C. Carper is Professor of Foundations of Education and Coordinator of Programs in Educational Psychology, Research, and Foundations of Education at the University of South Carolina. He earned his B.A. in American History at Ohio Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education at Kansas State University. His research interests include history of education in the United States, education and religion, and private schools. He is president of Associates for Research on Private Education.

Thomas J. Lasley, II is executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton at the Dayton Foundation and a professor at School of Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton. From 1998 until 2010, he served as dean at School of Education and Allied Professions, University of Dayton. He completed his baccalaureate (1969), master’s (1972), and doctoral degree (1978) at the Ohio State University. Lasley has published in excess of 70 articles in professional journals and also has published a wide variety of op-eds in both regional and national newspapers (Education Week, Columbus Dispatch, and the Dayton Daily News). He has authored or coauthored 13 books. He was instrumental in helping cofound the Dayton Early College Academy, which is a unique educational partnership between the University of Dayton and the Dayton public schools, and was the first early college of its type in the state of Ohio. He serves on a variety of nonprofit boards or committees including Think TV Network (education chair), Dayton Digital Technology High School (president of the board), the United Theological Seminary (trustee), the Ohio College Access Network (chair), Young People Succeeding (co-champion), and The Ohio Early College Association (executive director).

C. Daniel Raisch received his Ph.D. in Educaitonal Administration from Miami University in 1973. He began his career as a high school teacher, principal, and superintendent before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton as an assistant professor in 1991. Since that time, he has served as department chair for Teacher Education and, since 1998, as Associate Dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions.

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