School and Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 4by Steven E. Tozer
Pub. Date: 08/16/2001
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
A core text for the Social Foundations course,School and Society provides an analytic framework that shows how and why certain school-society issues first arose in this country and changed over time. In its examination of the evolution of education in the United States,this book tells an engaging historical story. The text's analytical framework focuses on the political economy,the dominant ideology,and existing educational practices that are prevalent in any one historical era. Chapter 1 explains and illustrates this framework in detail. Readings at the end of each chapter,are designed for the student to critique using the same analytic framework as the authors employ in the text. This edition adds a new Chapter 15 to wrap things up and look to the future and new material on youth culture,teacher assessment tests (PRAXIS,subject area exams,portfolio assessment),recent legal issues,technology in education,parent-teacher relations,and cultural awareness and respect. In addition to a new,more open design and updated photos,the revision incorporates for the first time specific pedagogical elements designed to help students. These new pedagogical elements include Chapter Overviews,Chapter Objectives,Timelines,Developing Your Professional Vocabulary,Thinking Critically About the Issues,and Web Sites of Interest.
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If you are looking for a textbook to support the progressive left altered view of society and social justice this is a great book. If however you want something that is a fair and balanced view with logical and relevant discussions this is not it. The historical facts in the first half of the book are a fair representation, but it ends there.