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EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS, Second Edition, explains today's schools for those who are trying to picture themselves within the education profession. College students taking their first education course often do not see how foundations topics connect to their future careers. This book addresses that “disconnect” by making educational foundations topics relevant and personally meaningful to both young learners and mature adult learners-while also offering the comprehensive scope, scholarly depth, and conceptual analysis of contemporary issues that many professors expect. This new edition includes a greater emphasis on InTASC and Common Core State Standards, and incorporates a number of new features that enable students to gain a realistic and insightful perspective of the field.
- The text has been thoroughly revised to reflect current standards, including InTASC and Common Core State Standards. A list of relevant InTASC Standards to be addressed is presented at the beginning of each chapter.
- “Did You Get It?” quizzes allow students to measure their performance against the learning objectives in each chapter. One question for each learning objective is featured in the textbook to encourage students to go to CengageBrain.com, take the full quiz, and check their understanding.
- TeachSource Videos, introduced throughout the text and viewable at the Education CourseMate website, feature footage from the classroom to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical-thinking questions encourage students to reflect on the video content.
- An “American Educational Spotlight” in each chapter contains personal and professional portraits of notable individuals from diverse backgrounds who contributed to the topic under discussion in a meaningful way.
- “FlipSides” present students with a range of philosophical and practical education dilemmas, garner arguments for each position, and invite readers to decide for themselves. For example, the “FlipSide” in Chapter 8 asks, “What are the best practices for teaching a challenging and rigorous curriculum to low-income and minority students: the traditional approach or the cultural competence approach?”
- “Diverse Voices” in several chapters present personal essays from individuals who have lived issues discussed in the text-such as disability, race, sexual identity, poverty, and academic interest-and suggest ways teachers can help students deal with them. For example: “A Teacher Finds His Niche” explores the question of how teachers can keep academic expectations high for students who are not “academic stars.”
- “Reflect and Discuss Activities” help students develop the essential skill of being reflective practitioners. Located immediately following major concepts in each chapter, these “minds-on” thought exercises help students make the information they just read relevant and personally meaningful. Instructors can adapt and revise these socially mediated or individual activities in accordance with their instructional goals.
- Icons, which are visibly incorporated throughout each chapter, flag topics in the text that highlight issues of diversity, Common Core State Standards, InTASC Standards, 21st century skills, and technology.
- The textbook's “A Closer Look” feature presents primary sources for students to further explore and analyze key issues related to education, teaching, and learning.
- Written in an appealing, conversational style, and using examples that immediately resonate with prospective student teachers, this thought-provoking text provides a timely and insightful perspective of American education. It addresses students' needs for relevance and meaning as well as professors' needs for respected foundations content and conceptual challenge.
1. So You Want to Be a Teacher?
2. Teaching as a Profession.
3. Philosophy of Education.
Part II: HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS.
4. The History of American Public Education.
5. Education Reform: 1900 to Today.
Part III: SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS.
6. Competing Goals of Public Education.
7. Cultural, Social and Educational Causes of the Achievement Gap and How to Fix It.
8. Diversity and Cultural Assets in Education.
Part IV: LEGAL, POLITICAL, AND FISCAL FOUNDATIONS.
9. Teachers, Ethics, and the Law.
10. School Governance and Structure.
11. School Finance
Part V: CURRICULAR AND INSTRUCTIONAL FOUNDATIONS.
14. Standards, Achievement, and Accountability.
15. Best Practices for Effective Schools.
"This is a good foundational text that provides a starting point for important discussions in education foundations classrooms." - Robin Voetterl, Siena College
"[This book provides] a very solid background that every educator needs to read in order to understand how education works in America-where we've come from and where we are going." - D R Wilson, Houston Baptist University
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank
An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.
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CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more. It also includes Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual and Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides.
CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your Education CourseMate. Go to CengageBrain.com.