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Higher Education

Foundations of Education, 11th Edition

  • Allan C. Ornstein St. Johns University
  • Daniel U. Levine Emeritus, University of Missouri at Kansas City and University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Gerry Gutek Emeritus, Loyola University Chicago
  • ISBN-10: 0495808954  |  ISBN-13: 9780495808954
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
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Highly respected for its substantive coverage and analysis of all foundational areas--social, philosophical, historical, political, economic, curricular, and legal--FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION, Eleventh Edition, helps students understand the key educational issues and policies affecting American education. Through an array of applied features, the authors help to prepare students for their careers by tying the book’s themes to students’ future practice. These include "TeachSource Video Cases," "From Pre-Service to Practice" real-world teaching examples, and "Certification Connection Activities." Reflective pedagogy encourages students to form their own unique philosophy of teaching, laying a strong foundation for a lifelong career. Completely up-to-date throughout, this eleventh edition also provides the latest information on accountability, technology, diversity, and many other important topics.

Features and Benefits

  • "Preservice to Practice" features help students apply and think critically about concepts discussed in each chapter. Students are asked to read vignettes that describe situations in which new teachers might find themselves, and answer questions that encourage critical and applied thinking about how they might best respond in each situation.
  • "Taking Issue" charts present controversial issues in the field of education, offering arguments on both sides of a question so that students can understand why the topic is important and how it affects contemporary schools. Instructors may use these charts as the basis for class discussion or assignments.
  • "Technology @ School" features in every chapter help keep students up to date on relevant developments regarding educational technology, and provide information that they may find useful to apply during their teaching careers.
  • Study aids include "Focus" questions at the beginning of each chapter, which provide students with an advance organizer of chapter material. "Refocus" questions after major chapter sections help students reinforce their comprehension by asking them to connect concepts discussed in the text to their own situation. "Topical Overview" charts summarize and compare key topics, providing a concise tool for reviewing important chapter concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Motivation, Preparation, and Conditions for the Entering Teacher.
2. The Teaching Profession.
3. World Roots of American Education.
4. Pioneers of Modern Teaching.
5. Historical Development of American Education.
6. Philosophical Roots of Education.
7. Governing and Administering Public Education.
8. Financing Public Education.
9. Legal Aspects of Education.
10. Culture, Socialization, and Education.
11. Social Class, Race, and School Achievement.
12. Providing Equal Educational Opportunity.
13. The Changing Purposes of American Education.
14. Curriculum and Instruction.
15. International Education.
16. School Effectiveness and Reform in the United States.

What's New

  • Up-to-date references and research statistics throughout. Updated content includes the latest on standardized testing as well as current mandates and the problems with, and prospects for, the No Child Left Behind legislation.
  • A completely rewritten Chapter 14, "Curriculum and Instruction," covers the latest instructional approaches, including differentiated instruction, twenty-first-century skills, and technology-enhanced instruction. It also discusses key emerging curriculum trends such as "green" education, education for healthy youth, education of English language learners, and the importance of the arts.
  • Chapters 12 and 16 feature new coverage of Response to Intervention with Tiered Instruction.
  • Thorough update of technology use in schools includes hot topics such as the use of blogs, wikis, Web 2.0, and social networking.
  • The popular video cases, which bring important topics and issues to life, include new cases that are developed in the text and available for viewing on the Premium Website.

Learning Resource Bundles

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ISBN-10: 0495968692 | ISBN-13: 9780495968696

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This is the most carefully researched and edited text of this nature on the market. It comprehensively covers the range of issues that should be addressed in foundations/introduction to education courses, provides excellent teaching tools and available resources, and offers excellent teaching and learning activities throughout."

— Leslie Griffin, Delta State University

"[This] is an extremely well researched and informative textbook. The information is presented to the students in a clear manner. . . . The range of the topics covered in this Foundations of Education textbook is extensive."

— Kelly Kolodny, Framingham State College

"Ornstein and Levine have compiled a comprehensive survey of material important to building a knowledge base for professional practice. It is based on sound scholarship and offers students the opportunity to learn and to think critically about information necessary to meet the standards and guidelines set forth by numerous accrediting and governmental agencies. My overall opinion of this textbook is that it is the best one available to meet the needs of my students and program. . . . It presents the information without editorial (or authorial) comment and I appreciate that stance."

— Carole Wylie Hancock, Washington State Community College


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Instructor Supplements

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495811475 | ISBN-13: 9780495811473)

The instructor area of the premium website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor’s manual, a guide to the ancillaries, and PowerPoint® slides.

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0495810452 | ISBN-13: 9780495810452)

This one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides. In addition to a full Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, PowerLecture also includes ExamView® testing software with all the test items from the printed Test Bank in electronic format, enabling you to create customized tests in print or online, and all of your media resources in one place including an image library with graphics from the book itself and the TeachSource Video Cases.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 049581041X | ISBN-13: 9780495810414)

Jumpstart your course with customizable, rich, text-specific content within your Course Management System. Whether you want to Web-enable your class or put an entire course online, WebTutor™ delivers. WebTutor™ offers a wide array of resources including videos, quizzes, Web links, and more. Visit http://webtutor.cengage.com to learn more.

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eBank Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495810274 | ISBN-13: 9780495810278)

The Instructor’s Manual includes chapter overviews and outlines, student objectives, discussion topics, activities, assignments, a sample syllabus, and a test bank.

Student Supplements

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495811475 | ISBN-13: 9780495811473)

The premium website offers access to the TeachSource Video Cases, four- to six-minute video modules presenting actual classroom scenarios, supported by viewing questions, teacher interviews, artifacts, and bonus videos. The Video Cases let students experience the complex and multiple dimensions of true classroom dilemmas that teachers face every day. Other study tools and resources include links to related sites for each chapter of the text, tutorial quizzes, glossary/flashcards, links to state certification requirements and state standards for specific teaching areas, additional material not included in your text, website activities, and more. Includes access to InfoTrac® College Edition, an Online Research and Learning Center featuring 24/7 access to over 20 million full-text articles from nearly 6,000 journals. Go to http://www.cengage.com/login to register your access code.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Allan C. Ornstein

Allan Ornstein (Ph.D., New York University) is Professor of Education at St. John’s University in New York. He is the author of more than 55 texts and 400 articles and research papers, and has served as a consultant for more than 60 government and educational agencies. He is a co-author of FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION, now in its twelfth edition (Wadsworth Cengage Learning).

Daniel U. Levine

Daniel Levine is a former Professor of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and before that at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Levine has authored numerous journal articles and papers on urban education, school reform, and related topics.

Gerry Gutek

Gerald L. Gutek is the former dean of the School of Education at Loyola University in Chicago. He updates "Part Two: Historical and Philosophical Foundations" in this edition of FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION.