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Current Issues and Trends in Education

ISBN-10: 0205486207
ISBN-13: 9780205486205
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $61.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Current Issues and Trends in Education synthesizes political, theoretical, social, and practical topics in a 21st Century context and addresses multicultural education, technology, and gender issues. This text is accessible enough to be used in an introductory education class and yet sophisticated enough to serve as a graduate textbook. It is comprehensive in dealing with issues facing educators today, such as demographics, changing perceptions and research in human development and learning, and education in nontraditional settings. NEW to this Edition: bull; New chapter (6) on assessment includes discussion of questionable testing practices. New chapter (7) reflects current events such as the impact of No Child Left Behind, including Highly Qualified Teachers, PRAXIS and teacher testing ). Chapter on developmentally appropriate practice (8)has been updated and expanded to include best practice guidelines for a wider age range of students. Discusses the pros and cons of technology as it relates to education, including topics ranging from assistive technology to Internet abuse and iPod mania. Addresses teachersrsquo;, studentsrsquo;, and parentsrsquo; rights and responsibilities, including attitudes and dispositions, effective communication, and active participation versus passive/victim mentality. Provides new ways of looking at the organization of schools, including the pros and cons of various issues related to teacher education. Covers current theories related to education, including change theory and attribution theory. Package this text with [ Insert MyLabSchool Logo ] a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!

Preface
Political, Economic, and Historical Trends in Education
Politics and Education
Are Our Politicians Up to the Job?
The Conservative Backlash
Are We Lowering Standards?
Disparities Between Curriculum and Student Needs
Who Controls the Schools?
The Democratic-Progressive Discourse
Do We Have Other Choices?
Federal, State, and Local Control
Recent and Future Political Challenges
Attitudes about Schooling
Policy Issues Related to Education
The George W. Bush Educational Initiatives
Misguided Educational Reform?
Challenges for Educators
References
Changing Demographics and Diversity
Population Statistics
The U.S. Economy: An Overview
Trends in Demography of Childhood Poverty
Americans on the Move
Teacher Mobility
The Average American Family
Changing School Demographics
The Over- and Underrepresentation in Special Education Programs
Defining Culture
High School Graduation Rates
High School Dropout and College Enrollment Rates
Employment
Health
Crime
Gangs
Additional Trends
People of Color Living in Concentrated Poverty
Is Diversity a Myth? Is Singling Out One Group for Special Privileges Simultaneously Patronizing and Bigoted?
What Groups Are Considered Diverse Learners?
Educators' Coping with Changing Demographics
Is Diversity a Myth?
The Impact of Diversity on U.S. Education
Inadequate Assumptions About Human Development
Ethnicity in America: Bridging the Gap Between a History of Racism and a Future Toward Equality in Diversity
Teachers' Responses to Diversity
References
Rights of Stakeholders in Education
The Rights of Children
The Disparity Continues
Children and Youth at Risk: An Overview
A Promising Approach for Addressing At-Risk Students
Children Living in Poverty
The Face of Poverty among Young Children Is Changing
Homelessness
Causes of Homelessness
Consequences of Homelessness
Policy Issues on Homelessness
Child Abuse and Neglect
Prevalence Data on Child Abuse: A Continued Issue of Uncertainty
What Do Abuse and Neglect Mean?
How Do We Recognize It?
Child Fatalities
Child Care
Substance Abuse
Characteristics of Victims
Age
Gender
Ethnicity
People with Special Needs
Characteristics of Perpetrators
People Known to the Child
Stranger Danger
Gender
The History of Child Abuse
Child Victims and the Law
The Effects of Child Abuse
On Children
On Adults Who Were Abused as Children
The Costs of Abuse
The Need for Prevention
Student Disposition-Personality: Determinants of Right or Wrongdoing
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence
Proclivity toward Violence
Bullying
Cheating
Violence and Child Development
Violence during the Preschool Years
Violence during the School Years
Violence during College
Teacher Stress and Burnout
Pay
Student Characteristics
School Policies
Striving for Solutions
What Parents Can Do
Influence of the Media
Violence Prevention in the Community
Safety Issues
Cell phones
Discipline
Corporal Punishment
Need for Teachers to Deal with Abuse
Protecting Our Children and Our Teachers (against Litigation)
References
Evolving Notions of Human Development and Learning
Theoretical Shifts in Our Understanding of Children
Changing Worldviews
Changing Theories
Maturational Theory
Behaviorist Theory
Psychoanalytic Theory
Constructivist Theory
The Sociohistorical Approach
Ecological Systems Theory
Multiple Intelligences Theory
Problems with Traditional Psychological Theories
What Shall we do with Dead, White, Western Men?
What Did These Dead, White, Western Men Really Say?
Critical Theory
Modern and Postmodern Theories
References
Changing Curricular Practices
Teaching as Transmission
Teaching as Transaction
Teaching as Inquiry
Teaching as Transformation
References
Changing Views of Assessment and Instruction
No Child Left Behind?
An Overview of No Child Left Behind
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals
Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
Twenty-first Century Schools
Promoting Informed Parental Choice and Innovative Programs
Flexibility and Accountability
Other Requirements under No Child Left Behind
Nine Issues Related to No Child Left Behind
References
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Best Practice for All Students
What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
What is the History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
What is the Research Base for Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
How Has Developmentally Appropriate Practice Influenced Educational Practice?
Accreditation
An Emphasis on the Whole Child
Individualized Instruction
The Acceptance and Use of Children's Prior Knowledge
Active Learning
More In-Depth Study of a Topic
The Importance of Play
Multiage Grouping
The Teacher as Reflective Decision Maker
Parent Involvement
What Are the Criticisms of Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
Problems Related to Children with Disabilities
Criticisms Related to Context
Issues Related to Theory
Problems Related to No Child Left Behind
What Is the Future of Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
References
Social Promotion, Retention, and Alternative Possibilities
Social Promotion
Prevalence of Social Promotion
Negative Effects of Social Promotion
Implications and Findings from Local Social Promotion Policies
Conclusions about Social Promotion
Grade Retention
Prevalence and Cost of Grade Retention
Retention and Academic Achievement
Retention and Social and Health Implications
Conclusions about Retention
Alternatives to Social Promotion and Grade Retention
The Bottom Line
References
Issues in Accommodating Individual and Family Differences
Teaching in Inclusive Settings: The Challenge and the Opportunity to Engage in Inclusive Strategies
What Is Inclusion?
How Did We Get Here?
Should We Have Inclusion or Full Inclusion?
Mainstreaming
The Regular Education Initiative
Is Inclusion Better Than Full Inclusion?
What about Full Inclusion and the Law?
Should We Prepare for Full Inclusion or Just Inclusion?
Preparing the System
Preparing Teachers
Preparing Families
Preparing Students
What Are the Advantages of Full Inclusion?
Academic Advantages
Discipline Problems
Gains in Socialization
Benefits to Regular Education Students
What Are the Barriers to Inclusion?
Changing Roles for Educators
Adverse Effects on Students
What Would Make Full Inclusion Work?
Delivery Models That Work
Consultation
Team Teaching
Aides' Services
Limited Pullout Service
Peer Tutoring
Teaching Devices
Are There Any Results That Support or Refute Inclusion?
References
Multicultural Education and the Cultural Curriculum
Misconceptions About Cultural Diversity
Cultural Dilemmas Teachers Face in the 21st Century
How Can We Work with Students Who Are Limited English Proficient?
Who Are Limited English Proficient Students?
Who Teaches Students with Limited English Proficiency?
How Do Students with Limited English Proficiency Learn Best in an English-Speaking Classroom?
What Should We Teach with Regard to Culture?
How Should We Teach with Regard to Culture?
References
Working with Families
Married-Couple Families
Grandparents as Parents
Gay- and Lesbian-Headed Households
Black Families
Asian American Families
Latino Families
Other Family Structures or Defining Characteristics
References
Discipline and Classroom Management
Heteronomy
Problems with Rewards
Autonomy
References
Epilogue: What's Next? Future Issues and Trends in Education
Index

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