Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education / Edition 1

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This text offers an alternative to traditional foundational texts by combining a point-of-view analysis with primary source readings. Pre-service and practicing teachers will find a solid introduction to the foundations disciplines - history, philosophy, politics, and sociology of education - and their application to educational issues including school organization and teaching, curriculum and pedagogic practices, education and inequality, and school reform and improvement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205141913
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan R. Sadovnik is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Administration and Affairs at Rutgers University, USA.

Peter W. Cookson, Jr. teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA, and is President of Ideas without Borders in Washington, DC, USA.

Susan F. Semel is Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at the City College of New York, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 The limits and promises of education : toward reflective practitioners 1
2 The politics of education : conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives 23
Lessons learned from a half-century of federal policy development 38
What "counts" as educational policy? : notes toward a new paradigm 45
3 The history of education 61
Forgetting the questions : the problem of education reform 93
Popular schooling 100
4 The sociology of education 110
Japanese education : a Durkheimian ideal type? 128
On understanding the process of schooling : the contributions of labeling theory 135
The politics of culture : understanding local political resistance to detracking in racially mixed schools 145
5 The philosophy of education and its significance for teachers 163
My pedagogic creed 184
Wide-awakeness and the moral life 187
The ideal of the educated person 193
6 Schools as organizations and teacher professionalization 204
Contradictions of reform 225
The TIMSS videotape study 234
Is there really a teacher shortage? 239
7 Curriculum, pedagogy, and the transmission of knowledge 256
The politics of a national curriculum 282
The mimetic and the transformative : alternative outlooks on teaching 293
The silenced dialogue : power and pedagogy in educating other people's children 301
8 Equality of opportunity and educational outcomes 314
Class and the classroom : even the best schools can't close the race achievement gap 358
Chartering and bartering : elite education and social reproduction 363
College-for-all : do students understand what college demands? 377
9 Explanations of educational inequality 394
Keeping track, part 1 : the policy and practice of curriculum inequality 421
Females + mathematics = a complex equation 428
Social class differences in family-school relationships : the importance of cultural capital 438
A black student's reflection on public and private schools 452
10 Educational reform and school improvement 456
The politics of school choice research : fact, fiction, and statistics 489
Reinventing teaching 499
A level playing field 509
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