- Series: Debating Issues in American Education: A SAGE Reference Set
- Hardcover: 3968 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (September 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1412989787
- ISBN-13: 978-1412989787
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.5 x 14.4 inches
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Gr 10 Up-Each of about 150 issues in primary and secondary education, in areas that range from school financing and governance to alternative schooling and the uses of new technology, is addressed here in a piece that opens with a "Yes/No" question (with some exceptions), and is followed by an overview and a pair of point-counterpoint arguments. The general slant of the material is academic, and the arguments are tightly laced with research results and case studies. The entries and the general introductions that open each thematic volume end with recommended resources and, where relevant, lists of court cases and statutes. Despite the high level of discourse, much of what is explored here is practical and, at least theoretically, should be of interest to present and future educators, parents, and politicians. Questions tackled include, "Should corporal punishment in public schools be abolished?" "Should English-only curriculums be eliminated or expanded?" and, "Should all forms of ability grouping be eliminated in schools?" Other debates take on school vouchers, teacher certification, religious expression in public schools, appropriate sources of funding, homeschooling, safety, and more. Though usable (and available) individually, each volume is capped by an analytical index to the entire set that highlights overlapping and interlocking subjects-notably the Common Core State Standards Initiative, aspects of which are examined in all five volumes. Relentlessly utilitarian design notwithstanding, these titles merit serious consideration for their systematic approach and unusually broad scope.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Education continues to face controversial issues. Not surprisingly, educators have varying perspectives about these complex topics. This set of 10 volumes (each title is also available separately) covers research-based opposing views on significant current topics in preschool through secondary education. Each volume begins with a lengthy introduction to the topic being addressed. The introduction lays out the issues and links them to the following point-counterpoint chapters. Anywhere from 13–18 specific issues are debated per volume. Each issue starts with a three-page introduction to the key elements, followed by a research-based point-of-view review and a counterpoint review. Sample topics include corporate participation in school governance, the place of popular culture in curriculum, ability tracking, school prayer, behavioral interventions, district debt, alternative routes for credentials, school uniforms, virtual schools, and charter schools. Some topics have a long history, and others are emerging issues, but all are relevant and worthy of debate. Both the introduction and the ensuring chapters conclude with further readings and resources. An extensive index ends each volume.The series editors have extensive expertise in education administration and law, both in preK–12 and higher-education settings. Contributors are either teachers or administrators in U.S. educational settings. The writing is both professional and accessible. The contributors provide balanced and well-researched coverage. Debating Issues in American Education has great potential for professional and higher-education libraries. The set is uniquely and very well structured and provides valuable research-based reviews of important educational issues.TITLES IN THIS SERIES Volume 1: Alternative Schooling and School Choice Volume 2: Curriculum and Instruction (9781412988087)Volume 3: Diversity in Schools (9781412987646)Volume 4: Religion in Schools (9781412987752)Volume 5: School Discipline and Safety (9781412987561)Volume 6: School Finances (9781412987578)Volume 7: School Governance (9781412987653)Volume 8: School Law (9781412987585)Volume 9: Standards and Accountability in Schools (9781412987660)Volume 10: Technology in Schools (9781412987592) --Lesley Farmer
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