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Numerous encyclopedias of education and education-related topics get published; single-volume general encyclopedias of education are less common. McCulloch and Crook have headed a team of over 200 international experts on various aspects of this broad subject to produce this one-volume work on the theory and practice of education throughout history and around the world. This is an ambitious undertaking and cannot be expected to have the depth of coverage offered by more lengthy works. Nonetheless, libraries that cannot afford multivolume works, practitioners who would benefit from a one-volume general handbook, and students who need brief introductions to a wide variety of topics in the field may find this work useful. Its roughly 600 A-to-Z entries include short-length (300-word) definitions or biographical information on significant educators, medium-length (750-word) entries giving more detail on specific topics, and lengthy (1500-word) essays on major themes. American readers will certainly notice the absence of entries on such key U.S. topics as athletics, community service, scheduling, latchkey children, school year, or uniforms and dress codes, but they'll get a broader international perspective on bilingual education or home schooling, for instance. Coverage of national systems is very selective, so a work such as Gale's second edition of World Education Encyclopedia: A Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide(2002) may be needed as a supplement.
—Rosanne M. Cordell