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Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent

Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent

Two Volume Set
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January 2010 | 1 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Educational reform, and to a lesser extent educational dissent, occupy a prominent place in the annals of U.S. education. Whether based on religious, cultural, social, philosophical, or pedagogical grounds, they are ever-present in our educational history. Although some reforms have been presented as a remedy for society's ills, most programs were aimed toward practical transformation of the existing system to ensure that each child will have a better opportunity to succeed in U.S. society.

Educational reform is a topic rich with ideas, rife with controversy, and vital in its outcome for school patrons, educators, and the nation as a whole. With nearly 450 entries, these two volumes comprise the first reference work to bring together the strands of reform and reformers and dissent and dissenters in one place as a resource for parents, policymakers, scholars, teachers, and those studying to enter the teaching profession.

Key Features

  • Opens with a historical overview of educational reform and dissent and a timeline of key reforms, legislation, publications, and more
  • Examines the reform or dissent related to education found in theories, concepts, ideas, writings, research, and practice
  • Addresses how reformers and dissenters become significant culture-shaping people and change the way we conduct our lives

Key Themes

  • Accountability
  • Biographies
  • Concepts and Theories
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Diversity
  • Finances and Economics
  • Government
  • Organizations?Advisory
  • Organizations?Business and Foundations
  • Organizations?Curriculum
  • Organizations?Government
  • Organizations?Professional
  • Organizations?Think Tanks
  • Public Policy
  • Religion and Religious Education
  • Reports
  • School Types
  • Special Needs
  • Technology

This authoritative work fills a void in the literature in the vast areas of educational reform and dissent, making it a must-have resource for any academic library. Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

"...BOTTOM LINE This work on educational change and critical pedagogy is a valuable resource for any education collection. Whether you are seeking a biography of a figure in the education world, an overview of a legal case or theory, or information about an education association or group, this set is the place to turn."

Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Queensborough Community Coll. Lib., Bayside, NY
Library Journal

"....Over 200 scholars contributed more than 400 entries. Entries are thorough and vary in length.... One of the encyclopedia's strengths is coverage of religion and religious education. No other reference book has the exact focus of this one... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."

S. R. Rosenblatt
California State University, Fullerton

"Accessibly written A-to-Z entries present key theories and concepts, important research, policy decisions, landmark legislation, biographies and practical applications. The work also includes a historical overview and a timeline of important events in the history of U.S. education, as well as profiles of education-related organizations, foundations and think tanks."

District Administration

"....All four editors of this work have strong backgrounds in issues connected to educational reform and dissent.... Although all of the entries do a good job of covering their topics, some are exceptionally strong.... This is a useful resource that academic and large public libraries will want to own. Also available as an ebook."

Key features
  • Comprehensive and authoritative coverage is ensured by 450 signed entries arranged A-to-Z across two volumes, with accompanying cross references and bibliographies and suggested readings to guide readers to more in-depth sources and classics in the field.
  • Over 225 professors, practitioners, and association officials from 100 universities and organizations contributed entries under the guidance of a distinguished editorial advisory board.
  • Wide-ranging, the volumes cover such major thematic threads and key topics as biographies of reformers and dissenters, theoretical and ideological perspectives, key programs and legislation, judicial verdicts impacting educational change in America, the politics and processes of educational reform and policy making, dissent and resistance to reform, and technology's impact on educational reform.  A Reader's Guide in the front matter groups entries around such themes to help readers find related entries more easily.
  • An anchor essay on the history of educational reform and dissent opens the work and is supported by a chronology of key reforms, legislation, publications, etc.
  • Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

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