Exploring Education An Introduction to the Foundations of Education

ISBN-10: 0415808618

ISBN-13: 9780415808613

Edition: 4th 2013 (Revised)

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Description: This text offers an alternative to traditional foundations texts by combining a point-of-view analysis with primary source readings. Pre- and in-service teachers will find a solid introduction to the foundations disciplines---history, philosophy, politics, and sociology of education---and their application to educational issues including school organization and teaching, curriculum and pedagogic practices, education and inequality, and school reform and improvement. At a time when foundations of education are marginalized in many teacher education programs and teacher education reform pushes scripted approaches to curriculum and instruction, Exploring Educationhelps teachers to think critically about the "what" and "why" behind the most pressing issues in contemporary education.

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Book details

List price: $104.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

ALAN R. SADOVNIK is Associate Professor of Education at Adelphi University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Limits and Promises of Education: Toward Reflective Practitioners
Educational Problems
The Achievement Gaps
The Crisis in Urban Education
The Decline of Literacy
Assessment Issues
Understanding Education: The Foundations Perspective
The History of Education
The Philosophy of Education
The Politics of Education
The Sociology of Education
The Foundations Perspective: A Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approach
Critical Literacy and Empowerment: Toward the Active Voice of Teachers
The Politics of Education: Conservative, Liberal, Radical, and Neo-liberal Perspectives
The Purposes of Schooling
Political Perspectives
General Issues: Conservative, Liberal, Radical, and Neo-liberal Perspectives
Traditional and Progressive Visions of Education
The Role of the School
Explanations of Unequal Educational Performance
Definition of Educational Problems
Educational Policy and Reform
Education and the American Dream
The Neo-liberal Perspective
From Political Perspectives to the Politics of Education
Hijacked! How the Standards Movement Turned into the Testing Movement
What "Counts" as Educational Policy? Notes Toward a New Paradigm
The History of Education
Old World and New World Education: The Colonial Era
The Age of Reform: The Rise of the Common School
Opposition to Public Education
Education for Women and African-Americans
Urbanization and the Progressive Impetus
Education for All: The Emergence of the Public High School
The Post-World War II Equity Era: 1945-1980
Cycles of Reform: Progressive and Traditional
Equality of Opportunity
Educational Reaction and Reform and the Standards Era: 1980s-2012
Understanding the History of U.S. Education: Different Historical Interpretations
The Democratic-Liberal School
The Radical-Revisionist School
Conservative Perspectives
Conclusion
Popular Schooling
Capital Accumulation, Class Conflict, and Educational Change
The Sociology of Education
The Uses of Sociology for Teachers
The Relation between School and Society
Theoretical Perspectives
Functional Theories
Conflict Theories
Interactional Theories
Effects of Schooling on Individuals
Knowledge and Attitudes
Employment
Education and Mobility
Inside the Schools
Teacher Behavior
Student Peer Groups and Alienation
Education and Inequality
Inadequate Schools
Tracking
De Facto Segregation
Gender
Sociology and the Current Educational Crisis
The Contribution of Schooling to the Learning of Norms
On Understanding the Processes of Schooling: The Contributions of Labeling Theory
The Politics of Culture: Understanding Local Political Resistance to Detracking in Racially Mixed Schools
The Philosophy of Education and Its Significance for Teachers
The Perspective of Philosophy of Education
What Is Philosophy of Education?
The Meaning of Philosophical Inquiry
Particular Philosophies of Education
Idealism
Realism
Pragmatism
Existentialism and Phenomenology
Neo-Marxism
Postmodernist and Critical Theory
Conclusion
My Pedagogic Creed
Wide-Awakeness and the Moral Life
The Ideal of the Educated Person
Schools as Organizations and Teacher Professionalization
The Structure of U.S. Education
Governance
Size and Degree of Centralization
Student Composition
Degree of "Openness"
Private Schools
Conclusion
International Comparisons
Great Britain
France
The Former Soviet Union
Japan
Germany
Finland
Conclusion
School Processes and School Cultures
Teachers, Teaching, and Professionalization
Who Becomes a Teacher?
The Nature of Teaching
Underqualified Teachers
Teacher Professionalization
Contradictions of Reform
Rich Land, Poor Schools: Inequality of National Educational Resources and Achievement of Disadvantaged Students
Is the Supply of Mathematics and Science Teachers Sufficient?
Curriculum, Pedagogy, and the Transmission of Knowledge
What Do the Schools Teach?
The History and Philosophy of the Curriculum
The Politics of the Curriculum
The Sociology of the Curriculum
Multicultural Education
Curriculum Theory and Practice: The Reconceptualization of Curriculum Studies
Pedagogic Practices: How the Curriculum is Taught
The Philosophy of Teaching: Differing Views on Pedagogic Practices
The Stratification of the Curriculum
The Effects of the Curriculum: What is Learned in Schools?
Conclusion
The Politics of a National Curriculum
The Mimetic and the Transformative: Alternative Outlooks on Teaching
The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People's Children
Equality of Opportunity and Educational Outcomes
Calculating Educational and Life Outcomes
Class
Race
Gender
Educational Achievement and Attainment of African-American, Hispanic-American, and Women Students
Students with Special Needs
Conclusion
School Differences and Educational Outcomes
The Coleman Study (1966)
The Coleman Study (1982)
Conclusion
School Segregation
Educational Attainment and Economic Achievement
Education and Inequality: Mobility or Reproduction?
Class and the Classroom: Even the Best Schools Can't Close the Race Achievement Gap
Chartering and Bartering: Elite Education and Social Reproduction
College-for-All: Do Students Understand What College Demands?
Explanations of Educational Inequality
Explanations of Unequal Educational Achievement
Student-Centered Explanations
Genetic Differences
Cultural Deprivation Theories
Cultural Difference Theories
School-Centered Explanations
School Financing
Effective School Research
Between-School Differences: Curriculum and Pedagogic Practices
Within-School Differences: Curriculum and Ability Grouping
Gender and Schooling
Do Schools Reproduce Inequality?
It's Not "a Black Thing": Understanding the Burden of Acting White and Other Dilemmas of High Achievement
Gender Inequalities in Education
From Social Ties to Social Capital: Class Differences in the Relations Between Schools and Parent Networks
A Black Student's Reflection on Public and Private Schools
Educational Reform and School Improvement
Effective Teachers
Educational Reform from the 1980s to 2012
Federal Involvement in Education
Goals 2000: Building on a Decade of Reform
No Child Left Behind
Race to the Top
Approaches to Reform
School-Based Reforms
School Choice, Charter Schools, and Tuition Vouchers
School-Business Partnerships
Privatization
School-to-Work Programs
Teacher Education
Teacher Quality
The Effective School Movement
Societal, Community, Economic, and Political Reforms
State Intervention and Mayoral Control in Local School Districts
School Finance Reforms
Full Service and Community Schools
Harlem Children's Zone
Connecting School, Community, and Societal Reforms
A Theory of Educational Problems and Reforms
A Few Thoughts on Making This Work
Education and Poverty: Confronting the Evidence
Appendix: Suggested Resources
Permissions
References
Index
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