Understanding Educational Reform: A Reference Handbook

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Crafted in ten skillfully written chapters, Educational Reform covers the history, politics, and processes of educational reform and addresses reforms in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Starting with a definition of educational reform and where its far-reaching results can lead, the work goes on to assess the role of the public in educational reform, the educational reform industry, and resistance to reform.

Of interest to school boards and administrators and useful in graduate and undergraduate courses in education, it is written in a conversational tone that brings the subject out of the realm of dry analysis. Readers will benefit not only from the numerous case studies that intersperse the themes discussed, but also from the extensive bibliography of print and nonprint resources (including websites) listed for further study. There is little doubt that the classroom must change to meet the needs of the 21st century—read Educational Reform to learn just how.

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"This well-written book will be quite useful for educators, parents, or policymakers seeking to understand the myriad of important issues in educational reform . . . This title is highly recommended for public and academic libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078082
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/5/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Education Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Ch. 1 The Essential Questions about Educational Reform 1
Ch. 2 The History of Reform in American Education 31
Ch. 3 Chronology 65
Ch. 4 The Politics of Educational Reform 81
Ch. 5 The Process of Educational Reform 109
Ch. 6 The Dilemma of Educational Research 157
Ch. 7 Reform in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 197
Ch. 8 The Role of the Public in Education Reform 229
Ch. 9 Resistance to Reform 247
Ch. 10 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources 267
Glossary 297
Index 315
About the Author 339
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