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Foundations of American Education

15th edition

Johnson, et al

This best-selling text prepares students for tomorrow’s classrooms through its thorough coverage of the foundations of American education, including the historical, legal, philosophical, social, and practical aspects of education. The fifteenth edition has been revised to engage future teachers in examining their changing role and the role of schools in today’s diverse society.

New to this Edition!

  • Prepare Teachers to Succeed in Tomorrow’s Classrooms
    • Chapter 6 Place of Schools in Society – Students are introduced to the different roles that schools play in our society. This chapter discusses the culture of schools, school choice, school levels, as well as rural, suburban, and urban schools, concluding with a discussion of effective schools.
    • Chapter 13 Becoming a High-Quality Teacher in a Changing World – Students explore the changing nature of education and the importance of learning through professional development and educational research to gain a better understanding of what it takes to become a high-quality teacher.
    • Integrated Coverage of Technology – Studentscan now view technology as an integrated piece of the instructional and learning process rather than a separate entity.
    • Integrated Coverage of Educational Trends – Chapters conclude with a new Looking Ahead section that introduces students to educational trends related to each chapter topic. This awareness will help students think critically now about educational issues so they will be better equipped to make decisions in their classroom.
  • Prepare Teachers for Diverse Classrooms
    • Reflect on Diversity feature – Located in every chapter, students read about a real classroom situation dealing with diversity. Students can then apply their knowledge by going to this text’s online resource, MyEducationLab, to answer questions where they receive hints and feedback.
    • Integrated diversity discussion – Students are introduced to the challenges and rewards of teaching in today’s diverse classrooms in each chapter.

  • Experience the Classroom
    • MyEducationLab provides easy-to-assign homework and other activities designed to engage your students and ensure that they come to class more prepared. It saves you class time that is often spent reviewing the basics and lets you devote that time to a higher-level learning experience. Informed by evidence-based practice, MyEducationLab offers a window into real K-12 classrooms with assignments providing a personalized experience to enhance learning and improve your students' performance.
    • Go deeper and get a more applied understanding with the Power of Classroom Practice. Help your students develop a deeper, more applied understanding of teaching and learning. In a recent study by the Center for Instructional Innovation at the University of Nebraska, students who used Building Teaching Skills and Dispositions exercises from MyEducationLab overwhelming reported that they knew more about the concepts and strategies covered in those exercises, even when they had previously studied those concepts and strategies in their courses. More than 95% of teacher education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131381285
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Johnson, professor of education emeritus at Northern Illinois University, has been an educator for more than thirty-five years, serving as a public school teacher, teacher educator, and university administrator/researcher/consultant/speaker. He has been coauthor of fourteen editions of Foundations of American Education, as well as author or coauthor of three dozen other college textbooks.

Gene E. Hall, professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), has served for more than thirty years as a teacher educator, researcher, and university administrator. He is active in assisting teacher education institutions in their efforts to become nationally accredited. He is also internationally known for his research on the change process in schools and other types of organizations. He is the lead architect of the widely used Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM), which organizational leaders and staff developers employ in studying and facilitating the change process. In addition to coauthoring the last six editions of this text, he is coauthor of Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles and Potholes, Second Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2006), and The Joy of Teaching: Making a Difference in Student Learning (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).

Donna M. Gollnick is senior vice president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), where she oversees accreditation activities. She is also past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and is a recognized authority in multicultural education. In addition to her work in teacher accreditation, she has taught in secondary schools and coauthored five editions of this text. She is also coauthor, with Philip C. Chinn, of Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society, Eighth Edition (Merrill, 2009) and coauthor of The Joy of Teaching (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Johnson, et al


Part I The Teaching Profession

Chapter 1 Teaching in a Changing World

Part II Historical Foundations of Education

Chapter 2 The Early History of Education in a Changing World

Chapter 3 Historical Perspectives of Education

Part III Philosophical Foundations of Education

Chapter 4 Philosophy: Reflections on the Essence of Education

Chapter 5 Building an Educational Philosophy in a Changing World

Part IV Sociological Foundations of Education

Chapter 6 Place of Schools in Society

Chapter 7 Diversity in Society and Schools

Chapter 8 Students and Their Families

Part V Governance, Organization, and Legal Foundations of Education

Chapter 9 Organizing and Paying for Education

Chapter 10 Legal Perspectives on Education

Part VI Curricular Foundations of Education

Chapter 11 Standards, Assessment, and Accountability

Chapter 12 Designing Programs for Learners : Curriculum and Instruction

Chapter 13 Becoming a High-Quality Teacher in a Changing World

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