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“I think this is an excellent text for a Foundations of Education course. The coverage of essential topics and the connection with today’s world are accomplished in an easy-to-read and attractive format.”

-Linda Maguire, New Kensington Campus of Penn State University

“It [This text] is comprehensive, well-organized, and written in a student-friendly manner that is ideal for our purposes…I believe that it is head and shoulders above any others I have seen.”

-Jim Dawson, Rochester College

Keeping pace with current issues and professional requirements such as standards and teacher certification, this best-selling text by respected authorities in their field offers solid coverage of the foundations of education. This new edition continues to develop successful teachers by providing a broad introduction to the foundations of education based on interesting and current discussion of important theory and practice. The book offers a thorough overview of the historical, legal, philosophical, social, and practical aspects of American education and includes features dedicated to classroom observation, INTASC standards, and teacher certification.

New to this Edition:

  • New Theme! This new edition is framed by the theme “Perspectives on Education in a Changing World.” The new theme focuses on the diversity of perspectives within education and how these perspectives are affected by changes within American society and the larger world community.
  • New Case Studies! Each chapter begins with a real-life case study featuring current news in education and also a series of reflection questions to tie these cases to personal teaching experience.
  • New Chapter! New to this edition, Chapter 13 on Technology in a Changing World, covers basic technology concepts to help new teachers better integrate technology into their classrooms.
  • MyLabSchool Activities! Each chapter of the new edition contains a section correlated to MyLabSchool, a collection of online tools developed to help students transition from student to teacher.
Updated Emphasis! In response to readers’ feedback, this new edition has increased coverage on current events and legislation in American classrooms. Coverage of teacher certification and certification testing is found in chapters 1, 5, and 11. Expanded coverage of No Child Left Behind and its effects is found in chapters 2, 3, and 4.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205514694
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/18/2007
  • Series: MyLabSchool Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

*Each Chapter Concludes with s Summary, Discussion Questions, School-Based Observations, Portfolio Development, Preparing for Certification, Websites, and Further Readings.


1. Teaching in a Changing World

Case Study: Heroes Every One

Learning Outcomes

Today’s Teachers

Teaching as a Profession

Challenges Affecting Teachers

Beginning and Continuing a Teaching Career


2. Diversity in Society

Case Study: Mother Tongue- Area Schools Find Themselves Teaching English to Thousands of Immigrant Children

Learning Outcomes

Culture and Society

Socioeconomic Status

Race and Ethnicity



Sexual Orientation



3. Sociological Perspectives on Students and Families

Case Study: Culture Clash

Learning Outcomes

Today’s Families

Where Students Live

Challenges of Childhood and Youth

Power in Society


4. Multicultural Perspectives in Education

Case Study: Anytown Fires Up Teens to Foster Acceptance

Learning Outcomes

Roles of Schools

Purposes of Schools

Values in Schools

Multicultural Education

Challenges in Multicultural Education

Teachers as Social Activists


5. Organizing and Paying for American Education in a Changing World

Case Study: Push Is on for Magnet School at Jefferson to Attract Students

Learning Outcomes

The Structure of the American Education System

Financing Education: Sources of Funds and the Move from Equity to Adequacy

6. Legal Perspectives of Education

Case Study: The Forum- How One School District Found Religion

Learning Outcomes

Legal Aspects of Education

Teachers’ Rights and Responsibilities

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities


7. The Early History of Education in a Changing World

Case Study: Teaching Patriotism–With Conviction

Learning Outcomes

The Beginnings of Education (to 476 CE)

Education in the Middle Ages (476—1300)

Education in Transition (1300—1700)

Educational Awakening (1700)

Evolving Perspectives of Education in Our Developing Nation

Meager Early Education for Diverse Populations

Private Education in America

8. Historical Perspectives of Education.

Case Study: Casualties of Segregation Receive Honorary Diplomas

Learning Outcomes

More Students and Bigger Schools

The Development of the Teaching Profession

Changing Aims of Education

Preparation of Teachers

Recent Trends in Education


9. Philosophy: Reflections on the Essence of Education

Case Study: Teacher Resigns over Plagiarism Fight

Learning Outcomes

Structure and Methodology of Philosophy

Schools of Philosophy and Their Influence on Education

10. Building an Educational Philosophy for a Changing World

Case Study: Scientists Explore the Molding of Children’s Morals

Learning Outcomes

The Dynamic Relationship between Philosophy and Education

Teacher-Centered Locus-of-Control Educational Theories

Student-Centered Locus-of-Control Educational Theories

Developing Your Own Philosophy of Education

Using Philosophy of Education beyond the Classroom


11. Standards-Based Education and Assessment of Student Learning

Case Study: State’s Kids Rate Low on Reading Test, National Exam Results Disappoint After School’s Efforts to Improve

Learning Outcomes

Traditional versus Standards-Based Education

Standards-Based Education

Assessment: The Other Side of Standards


12. Designing Programs for Learners: Curriculum and Instruction

Case Study: Guidelines for Teaching English are Adopted

Learning Outcomes

Curriculum: Relating Expectations for Learning to What is Taught

Instruction: Turning Curriculum into Classroom Activities

13. Technology in a Changing World

Case Study: Technology- A Class Act

Learning Outcomes

Technology Basics

Teacher’s Use of Technology

Issues Related to the Use of Technology

A Look Ahead

14. Education in the Twenty-First Century

Case Study: Take a Hike

Learning Outcomes

The Nature of Change in the Twenty-First Century

Futurism and Transformational Trends in Twenty-First-Century Education

The Changing Profession of Education

A Vision for Twenty-First-Century Schools


A. State Certification and Licensure Offices throughout the United States

B. Code of Ethics of the Education Profession

C. Teaching Job Websites

D. Important Dates in the History of Western Education

E. Professional Education Associations: A Selected List


Name Index

Subject Index

Photo Credits

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